Community Almanac


Attention Mesa del voters

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the Governing Board Member Election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District. The Gila County Recorder’s Office and the Gila County Department of Elections will be mailing a paper ballot containing the Northern Gila County Sanitary District Board Member election to those voters who have already received their Early Ballot.

Ballots issued at the polling place will include the Northern Gila County Sanitary District election.

Questions should be directed to the Gila County Recorder, (928) 402-8734 or to the Gila County Department of Elections, (928) 402-8708.

Free screening of ‘2016: Obama’s America’

The 2012 documentary, “2016: Obama’s America” is being shown in three free screenings Friday, Oct. 19 at the community room of Messinger’s Mortuary.

The documentary about President Obama’s life has been shown in movie theaters around the country to paying audiences.

Robert McQueen, a local real estate broker, has purchased a copy of the film and will have it shown at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

Pioneer Cemetery tour

Back by popular demand, the Northern Gila County Historical Society is proud to present a free tour of the Payson Pioneer Cemetery at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, followed by an optional lunch prepared and served by Duke and Terry Wilbanks at the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street. There will be a charge of $7 per person for lunch at this historic venue. Reservations for lunch are requested and would be appreciated for the tour as well. Contact the Rim Country Museum at (928) 474-3483 or stop by 700 Green Valley Parkway.

Located in Payson at Vista and Mesa streets, the Pioneer Cemetery is owned and cared for by the Payson Womans Club. Local historian and author Jinx Pyle will guide the tour and impart the history and lore of our community, as only Jinx can.

Children’s Book Sale

There will be a Children’s Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Kevin Dick Investments, 715 S Beeline Highway. There will be hundreds of children’s books available for all ages, from pre-kindergarteners to students in middle and high school. Most books are in very good or like-new condition.

Proceeds benefit Rim Country Literacy Program, a 501c 3 organization. Call (928) 468-7257 for more information.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Members of the Payson Knights of Columbus will be distributing free Tootsie Rolls during their annual Tootsie Roll Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend in front of Safeway, Walmart and Walgreens.

Council members will be accepting donations to help Payson Special Olympics in specially marked canisters for the disabled.

Meet the Hellsgate Fire Board candidates

There will be a Meet and Greet for the candidates running for a position on the Hellsgate Fire District Board of Directors at 9 a.m., Saturday Oct. 20 at the Moose Lodge, 4211 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. 

Spooktacular Dance

Time is running out to put together that Halloween costume. The annual Spooktacular Dance for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is this Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Oxbow Saloon.

Admission is $10 per person and is open only to those 21 and older. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Moonshine Mafia plays from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Steak Fry in Pine

The charity foundation Strawberry’s Elite will host the 2012 Steak Fry starting at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at THAT Brewery and Pub. Proceeds benefit needy families in the area. Get tickets at THAT Brewery in Pine for a great night of food and fun.

Reduce the risk of falls

If you are concerned about possible falls or are caring for someone and have the same concern for them, Powell House and KC’s Home Health have teamed up to help by providing a free presentation on how to decrease the potential for falls and how to safely transfer someone you are caring for.

The program, presented by local KC’s Home Health therapists, will be at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 at the Powell House. located at 806 W. Longhorn Road. Call Hunter Comton at (928) 474-6249 for questions or directions.

Artober Fest

Fine Art & Craft Show Oct. 19-21

Extraordinary works in watercolors, acrylics, oils, jewelry, sculpture and more will give the Mazatzal Event Center a golden glow this weekend. The annual Payson Art League ARToberFEST is Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Doors are open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. This year the show features 22 artists working in a wide variety of media. The show and sale is a great place to start your holiday shopping.

Early voting

The Gila County Recorder’s Office will be conducting Early Voting at the following locations and times in the month of October:

• Pine and Strawberry, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, First Baptist Church of Pine

• Whispering Pines, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Whispering Pines Fire Station

• Gisela, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Gisela Community Center

The Gila County Recorder’s Office would like to remind all registered voters that early voting for the 2012 General Election began Oct. 11. You may cast an early ballot at either the Gila County Recorder’s Payson Satellite Office, 201 W. Frontier St., until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2.

The last day to request a ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 26. All ballots voted by mail must be received by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6 at either the Globe or Payson Recorder’s Offices. Ballots voted by mail may also be dropped off at any Gila County polling site no later than 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

If you have not received or have damaged, lost or spoiled your ballot, contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office in Payson at 201 W. Frontier St. or in Globe at 1400 E. Ash St. If you have questions, you can contact the Gila County Recorder’s Office at (928) 402-8734 or (928) 402-8731.

Chili Supper planned

The 16th Annual Chili Supper will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge. This popular event is presented by PAWS in the Park for the benefit of Rim Country animals.

Tickets for the Chili Supper are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., and at the Humane Society Thrift Store, east of the Payson Senior Center on West Main Street. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.

Rim Churches plan pre-election prayer services

Seven of the Rim Country churches involved with the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship (PCMF), are having special pre-election prayer services.

All citizens are encouraged to attend at least one of the services, which will be held:

• 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson

• 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson

• 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Cowboy Church of Star Valley Baptist, E. Hwy. 260

• 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar, Payson

• 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Pine’s Church on Randall Place, 6338 W. Randall Place, Pine

• 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, Calvary Chapel, 1103 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson

• Tuesday, Nov. 6, pray wherever you are and also be sure to vote.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

There’s an old saying that you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Time Out Inc. would like to give Rim residents that experience and provide an opportunity to participate in a fun way to support the organization’s Emergency and Transitional Domestic Violence Shelter.

The annual walkathon is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 on West Main Street, from the Community Presbyterian Church and back. There will be a short program prior to the walk and a special closing afterward.

A pledge in any amount is welcome — $75 will provide shelter for one person for one night.

To learn more, call (928) 468-8635.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A raffle for baked goods is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the PRMC Cafeteria. Come bid on baked goods to help raise money for the Cancer Closet, which provides materials to help the victims of the disease through their treatment and recovery.

A PRMC 5k Fun Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness will start at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Green Valley Park. Registration is $10 per person and all ages are welcome.  For registration forms and waivers, please call (928) 472-1275.

Help needed

Ray Kinsman of Payson participates in this year’s Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in Phoenix, he is probably going to be the event’s oldest participant. The event this year will be Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 and Kinsman will be 88 on Oct. 21. Kinsman is walking in memory of his late wife, Theresa, who died of brain cancer. The three-day, 60-mile walk costs $2,300 for a participant to join, Kinsman said. He needs about $1,300 more in donations to help him reach the goal, he said. Donations on his behalf can be made at or by calling 800-996-3329. Kinsman has been in Payson for 23 years and had donated years of service to a wide range of organizations in that time.

Train the brain

Dr. Terry Rousseau will present a program to train the brain at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Learn ways to keep your brain healthy from Rousseau with simple exercises that minimize brain disease.

To reserve your seat, call (928) 951-2305.

Trunk or Treat Festival

The Annual Trunk or Treat Festival, sponsored by Chili’s Restaurant is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the historic Ox Bow Saloon.

The Town will once again be purchasing all of the candy and providing it to more than 30 decorated booths manned by volunteers who will hand it out to children ages 12 and under.

Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor a booth during the Trunk or Treat Festival should come to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, 1000 W. Country Club and sign up. The cost is $25 and the Town will supply you with the candy. You must supply and decorate your own 10-foot-by-10-foot trunk. Trunk space is limited. The space reservations must be made by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.

This year, the Town has once again partnered with the Drama Department at the Payson High School to provide a haunted house at the Ox Bow Saloon. A portion of the gate will go to help support the Drama Department and its activities. The haunted house will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; admission is $3 or bring a can of food for the local food bank and get in for $2.

For more information, please contact David Roehrig at (928) 474-5242, extension 7, or at or go to

Halloween Boo Fest

The Payson Elks Lodge 2154 will have a Halloween Boo Fest Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with an all-you-can-eat salad and spaghetti dinner or stew served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music by the Elks Jam Band will be presented from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Advance tickets, available at the Elks Lodge, are $12 per person; admission at the door will be $15 per person.

Raffle for field trip

The third- and fourth-grade combo class at the Payson Community Christian School is planning a field trip the first week of May 2013 to The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. The Creation Museum is an impressive museum that includes all kinds of scientific information from the Biblical perspective. 

To help the students and school raise the funds for the trip — an estimated $12,000 — Scott Helmer of Rim Country Guns has donated a Ruger 10-22 Take Down Rifle to raffle. The tickets are $5 for one or six for $25. The tickets for the raffle may be purchased from the Christian School Office, 213 S. Colcord Road, and the phone number is (928) 474-8050. Tickets can also be purchased at Rim Country Guns, 513 S. Beeline Highway, call (928) 474-8000 for details. Participants must be able to legally own a gun and be 18 or older. The drawing is planned for Dec. 20, 2012.

St. Philip Parish Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip the Apostle Parish annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the parish hall at 511 S. St. Philip Street.

Thanks to the skill and care of the great crafters and bakers of the Mystical Rose Sodality, delicious baked goods, lovingly made crafts, and one-of-a-kind items to give as gifts will be on sale.

A table with great, gently used bargains, books, etc. is here every year.

In addition, three extraordinary works of art will be raffled off at noon. Tickets can be purchased each day of the sale until the drawing is held.

These unique artworks include a beautiful handmade afghan, a 3-dimensional religious picture under glass, and three counted cross-stitch panels, each depicting a Southwestern design of special significance to three Native American tribes in our vicinity.

The sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Homemade cinnamon buns and coffee will be sold for breakfast on Sunday.

Health & Care Fair

The annual Community Health & Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Julia Randall Elementary gym. The free event will offer health information and screenings. Some screenings are free; others require a small fee. Immunizations for the flu, pneumonia and shingles will also be available for a fee.

The event is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus, Payson Care Center, Rim Country Health, Powell House and Wells Fargo.


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