Thanks Pine And Strawberry



This column is the toughest I’ve written because it’s the one in which I say I will not be doing the P/S Happenings column after today.

I am so grateful to have met you and been part of the most extraordinary community and people.

This year has brought as many twists and turns as there are in the roads of Rim Country. Here you don’t know what’s around the next bend until a deer darts across the road or two elk are standing in the middle of the highway ahead.

In life, as in the Rim Country, you don’t know what’s around the next curve until it stops you in your tracks. 2013 began with high hopes, but came crashing down when Richard fell on the ice and broke his hip. Miraculously he survived eight months of uncertainty that followed. The year brought new friends from the State Veterans Home and KC’s Home Health of Payson. Our wonderful community sent cards and prayers and the ladies at the Church on Randall Place provided warm meals that were a godsend. The column kept me going.


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Richard and Joy Hafford earlier this year at a Phoenix park next to the State Veterans Nursing Home where he was recuperating from a broken hip. They wish the community and P/S Happenings column readers the very best as life’s journey takes them in a new direction.

Many times, I sat at my computer trying to imagine what would spark a reader’s interest in our events and what words would do justice in conveying the wonder of the town and people of P/S. Some nights, I sat in the dark at a blank computer screen with the windows open summoning up words in the ancient sounds of the forest. Other times, I jotted thoughts for the column on any piece of paper I could find so not to forget an idea. In the end I realize words on paper aren’t enough. I had it nailed in my first column, “once you go you know.” You have to go to know what makes P/S so special.

Now we must exchange this incomparable place and privilege with the opportunity to live by family, but it will not diminish the wonderful years in which you became our family.

I leave the column with a talented professional who will articulately promote your events and instill pride in all that is P/S.

In a few weeks we will load up a truck and see the warm familiarity of Arizona fade in our rearview mirror. We wish you could all come along. There’s room for a couple of those deer that scamper across the highway and I’m sure a spider or lizard has smuggled aboard the packed boxes.

I must now learn how to navigate the bumps and curves on life’s highway, adjust to all things new, find joy in the changing scenery and record it in a blog I call (I do Lodi). The title is a palindrome (the same spelled backward or forward) and is appropriate since I don’t know if I’m coming or going right now.

To the editor and staff of the Payson Roundup and readers who have followed the P/S Happenings column, thank you beyond what words can say.

To the people of P/S, don’t ever lose sight of how amazing you and your town are. What I said of the SCAF volunteers last week is true of you. If you could package all the good in the people of P/S and release it around the world, what a wonderful and different world it would be.

It has been an honor doing the column. May God’s blessings be upon you and may all your businesses be prosperous and your events successful.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

The Ninth Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall.

This is a Regional Quilt Show with AQS quilt appraiser Gail VanHorsen, nationally recognized teacher Sharon Schamber, classes, lectures, vendor mall, shop hop, special exhibit, a Saturday evening awards banquet and $3,500 in prize money.

Admission is $5 (age 12 and under are free). Bring a non-perishable food item and you will receive a ticket for a daily drawing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13.

See an amazing collection of quilts, Southwest wearable and fabric art and a special exhibit “Bag-It” with bags and purses.

For information visit or call (928) 978-3464.

Library Movie Madness

The Pine Public Library will show “Sofia the First — Ready to be a Princess” at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 as part of its Fall Break Movie Madness. Bring your friends and a pillow and get comfortable on the library floor. Enjoy refreshments provided by the library.

Taste at The Bridge

The Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge invite you to their second annual Taste at the Bridge Dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Proceeds directly benefit the “Friends” efforts to improve the park and keep it open. 

They are still accepting sponsors of all levels and collecting donated items for an auction. 

Tickets are $50 per person and available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in Payson.

For additional information on the event, go to

Library Improvement

Pine Library Friends has approved the purchase of new carpet for areas of the library needing improvement. 

The work will be done from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, with a revised schedule of hours during that time. Tuesday, Oct. 29 hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 30 hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library will be closed on Oct. 31, Nov. 2 and 3. It will re-open on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.

Becky Waer said, “The work will truly make a difference in our library.”

Best Brewery

Tamara Morten encourages residents to vote for THAT Brewery in Arizona Foothills magazine as Best AZ Brewery. Just click the link and cast your vote at


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