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Rim Country holidays – Columbus Day

Back When

The day marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas has been observed in the United States since Colonial times. The celebrations have ranged from large parades to no public observance at all, and it was not an official federal holiday until 1937. In 1970 the holiday was fixed by Congress as the second Monday in October.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ will satisfy all viewers

At the Movies

Best known for his innovative animation films, this time director Tim Burton brings us a live action PG-13 yarn about kids with super powers. Or he brings us a yarn — at the least — about  kids with peculiar powers.

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Street Fair to benefit Dupke family Saturday at Moose Lodge

This past week has been a whirlwind of news of the political persuasion, of which I am getting pretty tired. Then we are dealing with a delay in the installation of our kitchen cabinets until this week; that destructive hurricane battering the heck out of the East Coast where most of my relatives now live.

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Winter’s supply of firewood becomes a family affair

Rattlin' the Rim

Almost as disturbing and vexing as the vile references Donald Trump made about women on the recently leaked video is his later assertion that it was “locker room talk.” His absurd reference that “boys will be boys” is a slap in the face to every man, coach and athlete in the country.

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More inventions I’ll bet people would pay a lot for

Your Turn

Way back at the beginning of August we spent some time laughing about inventions we would all like to see, like a Chinese can opener that actually opens cans, or a small device that fits in a pocket or purse and when clicked erases all memory in others of anything really dumb you just said.

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Veterinary techs appreciated year round

Adoption Options

October 16-22 is Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week. All of us at HSCAZ are very lucky to have an extremely intelligent and hard-working medical team. They work with the dogs and cats that come into the shelter every single day.

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Some very handy Internet links

Your Turn

There are a lot of things we complain about these days — and with good reason. That even includes the Internet, but there are some things on the Internet that are just great — if you know where to find them!

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Rim holiday – Old-Time Fiddle Fest

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Across America, towns like Payson celebrate the holidays established by federal and state governments, but these special days do not occur often enough to satisfy the appetite of local folks. People find additional reasons to get together for fun and meeting friends, and one of these occasions is the annual Old-Time Fiddle Festival.

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Acknowledging a milestone of service to Tonto Village residents, visitors

The Village

Believe it or not, this month marks 15 years since I started to write this column. Where has the time gone? The years have simply flown away.

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Special celebrations for a couple of the Creek’s seniors

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek friends and neighbors came out to LR Foreman’s housewarming last Saturday afternoon. You may recall the spectacular house fire back in January that left LR homeless. Seven months later he was in his new home on Coffee Lane.

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How I handled Air Force One

Your Turn

Yes, you read that title right; I not only got to handle the presidential aircraft — Air Force One — but I also got to do most of the grunt work all by my lonesome.

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New ‘High Country Hunter’ magazine a must-have

Rattlin' the Rim

Journalists from the White Mountain Independent and Payson Roundup have teamed up to publish the first-rate magazine “High Country Hunter” that this scribe predicts will soon be on the must-have list of every Arizona outdoors person.

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Rim Country holidays – Flag Day

Flag Day was created by an act of Congress on June 14, 1877 to honor the flag of the United States, but it was not a national holiday and certainly not the kind of holiday that brought cowboys in from the ranches.

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Fulton Fire uncomfortably close to the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a stone’s throw from the Fulton Fire — a mere six miles. Last Saturday’s triggered ignition brought about thick smoke in town on Sunday morning.

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Getting those checkups before end of year

The Village

Have you ever felt like a human pincushion or a scientific medical experiment? That is how I have felt all this month. First, my arteries were checked out, with a suspicion of possible osteoporosis.