November Offers A Number Of Notable Occasions

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Sunday evening, Oct. 27 — We’d had an early dinner and were watching the fourth game of the World Series. Len, who was recently a patient in PRMC, was preparing to go to bed. Just as he was about to crawl under the covers — chirp…chirp…chirp. The bedroom smoke alarm decided to  make itself heard. (Don’t those batteries ever get weak during the daytime?)

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November is Model Railroad Month and the Library Friends of Payson will feature Stan Garner of The Train Source as guest speaker at their Nov. 18 meeting. Be at the library, 328 N. McLane Road, at 10 a.m. for this special presentation.

In past years, we have always had the batteries changed in October, but because of Len’s hospital stay, hadn’t got around to it this year. Since neither of us climb ladders anymore, I called the Payson Fire Department  who immediately responded and quickly silenced the demented canary inside the alarm. Then, checking the other alarms, all of which are 10 or more years old, they found  some were defective and would have to be replaced. The wonderful firefighters came to our rescue and replaced all the alarms in the house so now we can sleep peacefully and in quiet. Thanks to these dedicated people who help make Payson the great town it is.

P.S. … when I was purchasing the alarms at Home Depot, I mentioned to the clerk that members of the Fire Department were going to replace them for us. With a big smile, she said “There sure are some good-looking firemen here!”

Say November and what comes to mind?  Thanksgiving, of course, but this month has a number of other notable occasions as well. Veterans Day, on the 11th, honors those who have served in the military. There will be a special observance at noon in the Senior Center with recognition of all veterans present.

If you are in a marching mood, November is International Drum Month. It is also Model Railroad Month. Coincidentally, the Library Friends of Payson’s Nov. 18 meeting will feature Stan Garner of The Train Source. He has worked as Train Coordinator and Consultant on a number of major motion pictures and television series and is a qualified engineer on both steam and diesel locomotives. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a brief business meeting followed by Garner’s presentation which is open to the public.

You may want to skip the following day, however; it is Have a Bad Day Day. Makes you wonder who ever came up with that, doesn’t it?

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Senior Center at 514 W. Main St. is re-opened on Fridays, but  lunches will not be served. Lunches are served at noon Monday through Thursday. Advance reservations should be made  by calling (928) 474-4876 or stopping in the Center Lobby. Monthly menus and schedules of events are available at the Center.

Legal services provided through Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Center, advance appointments required.

Feeling a little uneasy when crossing open spaces? Find it hard to negotiate unfamiliar grounds? Balancing becomes more difficult as we age. There will be a Balance Testing Workshop at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Center, call the above phone number for more information.

Community Bridges on Aging Elders will present an informative program at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in the Center Dining Room.

Are you looking for new activities  to keep busy this coming winter? Consider becoming a volunteer at the Senior Center or Thrift Store. Numerous opportunities are available. Persons are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to the homebound. For many, the delivery volunteers are the only people they see during the day, and your visit means not only a hot meal, but also a friendly face and a few moments of conversation which brightens their lives. No driving is required; volunteers (called runners) have someone to drive the route, you need only to go from the vehicle to the living quarters. Nor do you deliver every day, you are given a schedule which fits your availability. Perhaps you would enjoy the friendly environment at the Thrift Store where you could sort donations, stock shelves and racks, assist cashiers, package purchases or many other jobs. For information about volunteering, stop in the Center Lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call (928) 474-4876.

In looking for an appropriate quote for November to close this column, I found that poets, writers and speakers have very little good to say about this month.

Words like solemn, cheerless, gloomy and dreary abound. So here is my wish to you all:

It is time to remember All the good things of November Trees decked out in red and gold Are a pleasure to behold  Sunny weather, bright blue sky Roasting turkey, pumpkin pie Savor each November day Winter isn’t far away.

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