New Columnist Has A Familiar Face



I mistakingly believed I’d penned my last column and news story on Aug. 19 after working 27 years as a Payson Roundup reporter.

But just weeks into my retirement, Joy Hafford resigned as the Pine-Strawberry community columnist and I agreed to step in as her replacement.

Taking over for Joy is a tough act to follow, mostly because her coverage of our two tiny mountain hamlets was thorough, accurate and from the heart.

She authored her last “Pine-Strawberry Happenings” column for the Oct. 11 edition and is now preparing for a move that will allow her and her husband to live closer to family members.

In Joy’s final column, she told readers the move was necessary due to a broken hip her husband, Richard, suffered that was followed by eight months of hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Before leaving, Joy shared with me an extensive list of readers and contributors who during her tenure with the Roundup had shared notices, notes and news in “Pine Strawberry Happenings.”

As future columns are published, I will be in touch with those contributors asking for updates.

Most importantly, however, is for those who wish to have an event previewed, photographed or reported upon, contact me as soon as possible. Please e-mail those requests to


Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library assistant manager Ann Pendleton is a hard-working, jovial sort who spent much of the past week preparing for the upcoming Movie Madness afternoon and a revamping of the library, which will include the installation of new carpet.

At the library

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Manager Becky Waer and her hardworking staff are primed to host at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 another of their highly popular Movie Madness showings that traditionally draw throngs of young fans.

The movie to be shown is “Tad, The Lost Explorer” which is not rated.

In the movie, Tad is a celebrity archaeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon — in his dreams, that is. In reality, Tad is a Chicago construction worker. One day, however, he is mistaken for a real professor and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi.

Those who’ve seen the movie say it’s certain to capture the attention of young viewers.

Children are being asked to bring a pillow to the showing so as to be comfortable on the floor inside the library. As usual, refreshments will be provided.

One of the advantages of living in a small town like Pine and Strawberry, is that our young people can enjoy such programs

Also at the library, the facility will be closed Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 for the installation of new carpet.

Also to facilitate the installation of carpet, library hours on Oct. 29 will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 30 they are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where the Buffalos roam

Pine Strawberry school will host from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 25, its annual fall festival in the school’s gymnasium.

For those with hunger pangs, a scrumptious Mexican dinner will be served. Adult plate includes three tacos, rice, beans and a cookie. Tickets are $5.

Youth plates, which include one taco, rice and beans, are $3 each.

The event will also be highlighted by plenty of games, fun booths, a cake walk and a Halloween costume contest at 7 p.m.

“It’ll be like a mini-carnival,” said school secretary Dawn Potter.

School will be dismissed today at 1:30 p.m. so students, faculty and the administration may participate in the festivities.

The benefit is held each year to earn money for the eighth grade year-end field trip.

Gigantic giveaway

Rim Country outdoor aficionados will soon have the opportunity to reap the benefits of one of the largest giveaways ever held in small-town Arizona.

Most importantly, it’s all for a good cause.

Profits from the “Ultimate Sportsman’s Giveaway” sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors (FAN) club will benefit the Payson High School boys basketball program and the school’s bass club.

Over the course of 30 days of the benefit, 30 prizes with a total value of over $20,000 will be given away.

Among the top prizes is a Remington 700 XCRII rifle valued at over $1,000.

Also on the prize list is a 2013 Matthews Creed bow worth $999.

Beginning Nov. 1, one prize winner will be announced each day for 30 days. The announcements will be broadcast on KMOG radio and posted on the “Ultimate Sportsman’s Giveaway” Facebook page.

For the giveaway, only 400 tickets, at $100 each, will be sold.

Payson High School athletic director Don Heizer is among those lauding the benefit saying, “What a win-win opportunity to help support youth activities and win great outdoor prizes.”

To purchase tickets call Joe at (602) 448-0174.

Tickets are also available at Bud’s Plumbing, Scoops Ice Cream, Big O Tires and Chasin’ a Dream pro shop, all in Payson.

Recall continues

While members of the “Recall PSWID (Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District) Board” remain tight-lipped about some facets of their recall, indications are that the group is forging ahead with its efforts to replace chairman Ray Pugel, vice chairman Gary Lovetro, treasurer Ron Calderon and secretary Richard Dickerson on the current board.

Which means Michael Claxton, Tom Weeks and Sam Schwalm are the only members not currently subject to the recall.

Recall organizers, which include some members of the watchdog group Water for Pine Strawberry, say they undertook the action because they “are dissatisfied with the water situation and the actions of certain members of the PSWID board.”

They also claim some of the board members’ “efforts, objectives and agendas are not for the common good of the entire community.”

Recall committee members claim they have recruited the matching candidates to oppose the current board members, but will not officially announce those names until petitions are signed, signatures certified and the special election is scheduled.

Halloween hijinks

MVP Realty is hosting a Halloween costume contest tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill.

Children should be at the cabins by 5 p.m. and the judging will take place at 5:30 p.m. The trunk or treat tips off at 6 p.m.

The contest is open to children 2 to 12 years old in Pine and Strawberry.


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