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Assessor needs current addresses

The Gila County Assessor’s office mailed out the “2014 Notice of Values” on Feb. 28, 2013. Many of these have been returned to the assessor’s office due to lack of correct mailing address.

If you want to receive your notice you must notify the assessor’s office of your address change. Address change forms can be completed on our Web site

Or you can phone the office to have an address change mailed to you. Call (928) 472-7973 in Payson; (928) 402-8714 in Globe; or toll free (Arizona only), 800-304-4452.

Holy Week service notices due

The Payson Roundup invites Rim Country churches to submit information about the Holy Week services being planned.

With Palm Sunday on March 24, the paper will begin running the announcements on Friday, March 22. To be included, please have all the information to us by 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 20. It should be brief as we expect a number of announcements to be included. E-mail your information to or drop it by the office at 708 N. Beeline Highway (we cannot take information over the phone).

Historical Society has program on Payson sawmill

The Northern Gila County Historical Society will feature Gail Hearne’s history of Owens Brothers Lumber (the old sawmill) at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park.

The mill once stood at the corner of Highway 87 and West Main, the current site of the Sawmill Crossing shopping center. It was the largest employer in the area for a number of years and many homes in Payson were built from the materials it produced.

This event will be held on the second floor of the Rim Country Museum. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Support Payson groups through Arizona Gives Day

With Arizona Gives Day, residents in the Rim Country and from throughout the state (and elsewhere) can go online, find the specific nonprofit and make a contribution through the course of one 24-hour period, Wednesday, March 20. If you don’t know of a specific charity, you can choose the type of charity to donate to and locate a recipient in that way.

Time Out and more than 12 other Payson area nonprofits hope to benefit from the program. The groups will have a special event at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. There will be food, music and raffles. The groups will all have information on their programs.

It will be possible to make an online contribution at the party or you can just go online to at your home computer and follow the instructions.

Other Payson groups seeking online contribution over the course of Arizona Gives Day are: Brush With Kindness, Payson Habitat for Humanity’s exterior home preservation service; Humane Society of Central Arizona; Library Friends of Payson; Mogollon Health Alliance Inc.; Northern Gila County Historical Society; Payson Community Kids Inc.; Payson Habitat for Humanity; Payson Multipurpose Senior Center Development Association Inc.; Payson Senior Center; Support for the Payson Library; Rim Country Friends of Ferals; and Rim Country Literacy Program Inc.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice.

Senior Circle has bingo

The Senior Circle’s next Member Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20 and will feature a couple of bingo games. The lunch is $4 per person and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 472-9290.

Artists of the Rim Gallery ribbon cutting scheduled

Come and celebrate the opening of the new Artists of the Rim Gallery at a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at noon, Wednesday, March 20. The new gallery, with new member artists, is at 618 N. Beeline Highway. For details, call (928) 472-1159.

Lenten services

• Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (across from Tiny’s Restaurant), will hold mid-week Lenten services on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. There will also be a Lenten supper served (free-will offering) each week at 5 p.m., just prior to the mid-week service.

• Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a Lenten service on Wednesday, March 20. Everyone is welcome to come to the free soup supper in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the service at 7 p.m. The theme of our Lenten services this year is “Names of Wondrous Love.” Pastor David Sweet and Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg conduct the services. Rock of Ages is at 204 W. Airport Road. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

• Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will hold Lenten services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. The services are preceded by a potluck at 5 p.m. The theme for the services is “Restore the Roar” and the community is invited to participate. For additional information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.


Free tax help and free e-file

 Free tax help and free e-file available through April 11

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers now through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of March 18; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

Fry Bread for Families offered Thursday

Fry Bread for Families will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the Fireside Room (old restaurant) at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Get fry bread and a drink for just $6. Proceeds benefit families in need throughout the Rim Country.

Talk about elder services at Friday meeting

The Rim Country Coalition — Connecting Seniors in the Rim Country will host David Besst from the Department of Economic Security at its meeting at 1 p.m., Friday, March 22.

Besst will be seeking input on needed services for the Arizona State Plan on Aging. Areas of concern include: caregiving, transportation, health and nutrition services, legal issues (wills and power of attorney), employment, Medicare fraud, advocacy in long-term care, and attendant care and homemaker.

The input presented by interested parties will be used to help shape strategies and directions for the state’s 2015-2018 plan.

Live music 

John Carpino

John Carpino will perform live from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, March 22 at The Journigan House, 202 W. Main St., Payson; and at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Art, 714 N. Beeline Highway, in a benefit for Payson Elementary School’s music and art programs.

Payson Jazz Trio

The Payson Jazz Trio will perform at Ayothaya Thai Cafe, 404 Highway 260, Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 28-29, April 12-13, May 17-18. The Payson Jazz Trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano; Mike Buskirk, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums

Last chance to register for Women’s Wellness Forum

The annual Women’s Wellness Forum will be held Saturday, March 23 at the Payson High School campus.

The cost is $15 per person and registration is needed ASAP as arrangements for food and information packages must be made. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for details.

Participants can arrive at 7 a.m. and participate in a sample class for the dance and exercise program Zumba®. Check in and a continental breakfast will start at 7:15 a.m. in the PHS auditorium.

The keynote speaker, Abby Rike, will make her presentation at 8 a.m. Rike will discuss how she overcame crushing tragedy in her life and lost 100 pounds in the course of a year through participating in “The Biggest Loser” reality television show.

Other programs planned for the 2013 forum include: parenting teens and preteens with Debra Shewey of Southwest Behavioral Health; cooking for health: meet your nutrition heroes with Dee McCaffrey, an author and speaker, who lost 100 pounds by changing her eating habits and has kept it off for 20 years; healthy gardening with Kenny Evans, a one-time migrant farm worker who went on to assemble one of the country’s largest family farming enterprises, and mayor of Payson; hormones with Roslyn Rogers, certified nutrition counselor and herbalist; Qigong with Penny Navis Schmidt; heart health with Salvatore Gillette, doctor of osteopathic medicine; accelerated wisdom: are you living a balanced life with Holly Crump; bringing a spark to relationships/partnerships/marriages in the golden years with Marilyn Kiefer Andrews; weight management with Dr. Alan Michels; reducing toxins to reduce disease with Dr. Cynthia Booth.

Mexican Consulate in Payson

The Mobil Mexican Consulate will be at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Saturday, March 23. Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for processing of Passport and Mexican Matricula Consular. Please do not bring companions to your appointment.

To make a free call to set up appointment, dial 1-877-639-4835.

Senior Circle

Dr. Patrick Harrison will talk about carpal tunnel and trigger finger at the 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 Lunch and Learn.

Harrison will speak about the causes, symptoms and treatment of carpal tunnel — a condition where pressure on the median nerve affects feeling and movement of the hand. He will also address trigger finger — a painful condition where the finger or thumb catches, snaps or locks, then “pops” back suddenly (as a trigger on a gun.) Please reserve a seat by calling (928) 472-9290.

Help stock food bank and see art underway

Down the Street Art Gallery is conducting a food drive now through First Friday, April 5.

Stop by the gallery, 703 W. Main St., Payson, and donate a non-perishable food item and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win an original work by Donn Morris. See photos of the work in progress at the gallery.

The drawing will be during the First Friday celebration, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 5.

The more food donated, the better the chance of winning. Morris will be the featured artist in April and will be showing a collection of his latest works in watercolor and pen and ink.

Egg Scramble

The Town of Payson Community Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30. The event is for children ages 12 and under. Call the parks office at (928) 474-5242 for details.

Jean sale

The Polkadot Blvd will be having a designer bling jean sale in the main lobby at Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 25. Buy one and then get a second for 20 percent off.

Proceeds will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Woolwine benefit

A benefit for Kayla Woolwine is planned for Saturday, April 6 at the Spur Bar, 3964 E. Highway 260 in Star Valley. There will be food, drinks and a raffle with multiple prizes. 

Tickets are $20 each and are available at El Rancho, Bud’s Plumbing, Chitwood Cabinets and NAPA. Contact Joe Mustaca, (928) 595-0151 with questions.

An account to help the family with medical and travel expenses has been opened at Canyon State Credit Union, 514 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. The account is under “Ronnie and Wendie Woolwine” and is for Kayla.

Fool’s Day Fun is April 6

The Payson Community Prevention Council will be holding its 8th Annual Fool’s Day Fun from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Julia Randall Elementary School.  

The “Start Talking Before They Start Drinking Event” aims to inform parents and their children about the dangers of underage drinking.  

The event will feature lots of family oriented games and activities designed to open a dialogue between children and their parents about underage drinking.  

Hot dogs and beverages will be provided, as well as a number of raffles and event giveaways. For more information, contact Debra Shewey at (928) 595-1199 or Joe Sanchez at (928) 238-0256.

Time Out seeks alumni volunteers, board members

Time Out will be honoring volunteers — past and present — at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Homecoming at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at the Oxbow, 607 W. Main St.

This luncheon will highlight the last 20 years that Time Out Shelter has been in existence. If you have volunteered for Time Out in the thrift shop, shelter, transitional housing or as a board member, please join us in this celebration. It will be a fun filled afternoon with lunch, music, raffles and sincere appreciation. RSVP to or (928) 472-8007 or sign up at the Time Out Thrift shop with Charlotte at (928) 474-3989.

Jazz concert, wine auction set for humane society

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has announced plans for its upcoming fundraiser. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will have live music by the Payson Jazz Trio; a special menu of sweet and savory hors d’ oeuvres; wine tasting; a photo booth; poker for paws; spa package raffle items; wine auction; and a majestic Arizona sunset.

The location of the Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction is Falcon Crest Bed and Breakfast overlooking the town of Payson. Falcon Crest is located at 1105 N. Falcon Crest Drive.

The Sunset Jazz & Wine Auction is scheduled for Friday, May 10. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information. visit or call (928) 474-5590.


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