Listen up! I’m starting a campaign to banish the word “basically” from our vocabulary. Some people can’t begin a sentence unless it is prefaced with “basically.” You hear it everywhere, the grocery store, library, sidewalk conversation, news anchorpersons, politicians, on the radio and television — it even pops up on the computer. Here’s my plan: every time I hear that word spoken, the speaker will be fined 10 cents for the first violation and 25 cents for repeated utterances. Proceeds from the fines will be donated to Payson Community Kids, but only if they pledge not to say “basically” ever again.
If you haven’t been to the new St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at South Beeline and Cedar St., it is well worth a visit. Not only is the merchandise plentiful and varied, it also is presented attractively in two separate buildings. One is a home that is built of massive logs and has a beautiful fireplace of local stone. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. All profits benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, which is open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call (928) 474-4476.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
If you haven’t renewed your Senior Center membership, now is the time to do so. June formerly was membership month; that was recently changed to January, although new members are welcome all year round. Annual membership is $15 per person for those 50 and older. Benefits include a variety of activities from exercise classes to live musical entertainment; card playing, Bingo and dominos; educational programs and much more. Weekday lunches are served at noon for a nominal donation, no tax or tip! More than 45 local businesses offer discounts to members. The Center provides Meals on Wheels, transportation around town for those who no longer drive and community outreach. The Center is located at 514 W. Main St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (928) 474-4876.
Wednesday, March 20 is Arizona Gives Day, when members of non-profit organizations, including the Senior Center, are encouraged to make donations to their favorite cause. Donations are tax deductible.
At 1 p.m., Friday, March 22, the State of Arizona Focus Group will be at the Senior Center to hear your thoughts and ideas on what services seniors most want and need. Make your concerns heard.
Dr. Alfonso Munoz of the Arizona Heart Institute will speak on neurological vascular disease at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 in the Center Dining Room. Nurse Danette Anderson, also from the Arizona Heart Institute, will assist him. No reservations are needed and the program is open to the public.
John K. will provide live music on the keyboard and piano in the Center Dining Room at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 28. There is no charge and a variety of musical styles will be played.
All winter clothing and jeans are being closed out at half price through the end of March in the Thrift Store adjacent to the Senior Center. Collectibles and knick-knacks also are on sale for 50 percent off. Sales of $20 or more entitle the shopper to draw a poker chip that may give them additional discounts on purchases.
Polly Ann Ford is Volunteer of the Month for March. She works in the Thrift Store.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Work continues in the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store to repair damage done by a broken water pipe in January. Staff plans to have a reopening soon. Applications are being accepted for two positions — one is for approximately 30 hours per week as cashier, which requires experience in handling money, preparing daily reports, multi-tasking and capability of following instructions is required; the second position is for approximately 20 hours per week in back yard sales and candidates must be physically able to lift appliances and furniture. Friendly customer service is a necessity for both positions. Starting pay is minimum wage. Applications may be picked up at the Pine/Strawberry Community Dining Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Interviews will be scheduled. No phone calls, please.
Think about it: Diet is a plan for putting off tomorrow what you put on yesterday.