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Is this the year you are going to conquer your overeating?


Is this the year you are going to conquer your overeating?


AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers

The Payson AARP Tax-Aide program needs volunteers for computer preparation of federal form(s) 1040 and Arizona form(s) 140 for Tax Year 2012.

Requirements include: knowledge of preparing a tax return and using a computer; commitment of four hours a week from Feb. 4 through April 15, 2013; and attendance at a training one-week class starting Jan. 15, 2013 on both federal and state tax returns.

Call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229 for more information and to volunteer.

Payson Education Center enrolling for spring 2013

Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is currently enrolling for the spring 2013 school year.  New students are being accepted. The spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 7.

Call PEC at (928) 468-8509 for enrollment information. PEC is located on the south end of town at 112 W. Cedar Lane. 

Genealogy library has new hours

Beginning Jan. 4, 2013 the Northern Gila County Genealogy Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed all major holidays.

The public is always welcome to use the society’s library for genealogy research. And if the hours aren’t convenient, contact the society at its e-mail address: or phone (928) 474-2139 and a librarian will return the e-mail or call and set up an appointment.

Animal Welfare Thrift Shop sale 

Visit the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop Friday, Jan. 4 for the monthly First Friday half-off merchandise sale. The store’s winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. It is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, C & D (behind the Time Out Thrift Shop). Proceeds benefit local animal rescue organizations and other animal welfare needs. For more information, call (928) 970-1097.

Concert at church

The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson will present The Brasen Family – Remembering the ’50s from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 as part of the monthly First Friday on Historic Main celebration.

The group includes Larry Sr. on keyboard, trumpet and vocals; Betty on vocals; Larry Jr. on guitar and vocals; Janelle on keyboard and vocals; Sam on violin and vocals; and Holly on bass/cello and vocals.

Make a goodwill offering of $5 at the door for the Payson Area Food Drive and bring a can of food to contribute. The church is located at 800 W. Main St.

Payson Area Computer group

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. 

January’s presentation is titled “Taking Successful Close-up Photographs & Protecting them from Loss” presented by Gene Barlow. Barlow has been an avid photographer since he was 15. His career has been with computers. He was an expert with IBM for 34 years.

The first meeting is always free. All are welcome. Call Lorna at (928) 970-0399 with any questions.


Is this the year you are going to conquer your overeating?

Is this the year?

Overeaters Anonymous to host guest speaker January 7

Is this the year you are going to conquer your overeating? Do you eat

when you are not hungry? Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?

Do you resent others telling you to “use a little willpower” to stop overeating?

Overeaters Anonymous is hosting a guest speaker from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.,

Monday, Jan. 7 at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community Room,

807 W. Longhorn. A member from Tucson, she will share her story and recovery from compulsive overeating. Overeaters Anonymous charges no fees or dues. The only requirement is a desire to not compulsively overeat anymore. For more information, call Denise at (928) 978-3706 or Mary Jo at (928) 978-4663.

Breakfast for a Buck

A Men’s Breakfast for a Buck is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

The meal this time will include a breakfast burrito, plus a fruit bowl, coffee and juice, all for just $1, prepared by Keith Talley and his crew. Randy Wilcox will then share an exciting message.

American Legion Riders to meet January 5 

The American Legion Riders’ next meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m. with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m. Major items to be discussed will be continuation of planning for the United Kingdom Wounded Warriors’ visit to Payson and planning for the seventh annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line.

Interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, call Tonto Rim Post at (928) 474-6969. 

Unity White Stone Ceremony

Dr. Lynnette Brouwer will lead members of Unity of Payson in the annual White Stone Ceremony. This has become a tradition in Unity Centers and is a powerful opportunity to invite the blessings of Spirit into your life and your plans in the coming year. The musicians from Unity of Flagstaff, Jennifer and Ron Paul, will provide special music for the White Stone Ceremony service.

Sunday services are at 10 a.m. at Central AZ Board of Realtors, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 14. For more information, call (928) 478-8515 or visit

Almost New Thrift Shop plans $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags and it can be yours for just $1. This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7.

There is lots of inventory to choose from, so come help support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs presented by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

County swears in officials

Gila County’s elected officials will take their oaths of office at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 in the Supervisors Hearing Room at the Gila County Courthouse, 1400 E. Ash St. in Globe, Ariz.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend. An informal reception with light refreshments will follow in the patio area outside the hearing room.

Democratic Women’s Club

The Democratic Women’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at Tiny’s Restaurant at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8. The featured speaker will be Lin Ennis, a trainer, a writer and the recent communications director for the Angela LeFevre campaign. The subject will be “What next? Three things Democrats should do now.”

This meeting is open to both women and men. Those planning to eat lunch should arrive at 11:30 a.m. If you have further questions, contact Carol Waymire at (928) 468-1115 or Pat Rollins at (928) 472-4700.

Payson Womans Club

The Payson Womans Club, the oldest service club in Payson, holds general membership meetings at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Payson Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. Membership is open to local women ages 18 and up.

Evening Food Bank hours

The Deacon’s Pantry Food Bank at Community Presbyterian Church will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 and continuing every Tuesday except holidays. Hours have also been extended on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main (a block from Julia Randall School); for additional information, call (928) 474-2059.

Senior Circle

The Senior Circle of the Payson Regional Medical Center will host another Lunch and Learn program at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 with Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny, who will discuss a healthy liver as well as diseases of the liver and what we can do to promote healthy liver function. The liver helps your body digest food, absorb nutrients and rid itself of toxic substances, purifying your blood.

A trip is being planned for early February to BransonFest Out West, Feb. 4–7. This is a Branson Country Music Festival and more in Mesquite, Nev. Call Renee at (928) 472-9290 for all the details.

Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Pine Strawberry School Community Forum

There will be a forum to inform the residents of Pine and Strawberry about the school district’s east playground improvement construction and drainage program at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Pine Strawberry School Gym.

For more information, contact Mike Clark, superintendent, at (928) 476-3283. 

New Bible study

Community Presbyterian Church has started its annual in-depth Bible study for the winter-spring of 2013. The study began Thursday, Jan. 3 and continues for 12 weeks, the next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 10. It includes a 90-minute, in-depth study of the Gospel according to Saint Luke. This study, led by the Rev. Charles Proudfoot, is seminary level in content and style, and will feature recent developments in Biblical literature and study. Each person who attends is expected to participate in the on-going study. Various text-critical methods will be explored and each student will be asked to utilize them in a presentation of some of their work.

This continues an annual tradition at Community Presbyterian Church started by Rev. Proudfoot when he moved here in 2002. So far participants have studied all four of the Gospels, three Old Testament books and two letters. By popular demand, it was decided that Luke would be studied again — it the subject in 2003.

There is no charge to be a part of this study and materials will be provided. Study begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m.

If interested, please contact the church office for further information, (928) 474-7442. 

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for Dec. 26 were: Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, first; George Aucott and Steve Fox, second; Ruth Aucott and Judy Fox, third.

For information and reservations, call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.


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