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Rim holidays – Veterans Day

Back When

On Veterans Day attention will turn to Payson’s Pioneer Cemetery and to the graves of those who fought in America’s wars. But Sam Hill was one of those who never wore a uniform.

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One holiday down, a couple more to go in 2016

The Village

Whew! One more holiday down and a few more left for this year. The trick or “treaters” were very few and far between this year, the parties at Shelby School and the Trunk or Treat at the Tonto Village Chapel kept the “treaters” busy collecting candy and having fun at the parties.

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The way I became a teacher was just plain crazy

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Real teachers, they say, are born, not made. Maybe so, but you can’t prove it by me. If every teacher had to go through the convoluted twists and turns I went through before I ended up standing in front of a classroom there would be a lot fewer teachers.

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Fishing with kids: Just make it fun

Life on the Fly

Take cues from kids when you take them fishing. Want a fishing buddy for life? Just take your son or daughter fishing and make sure they have a great time.

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Extended fall worth its own celebration

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a quaint, picturesque, creekside, mountain community, tucked away beneath the Mogollon Rim in the ponderosa pine forest of east-central Arizona.

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Library loaded with activities this month

Rattlin' the Rim

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s November activity calendar is jam-packed with activities for patrons of all ages and interests.

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East Verde River becoming year-round trout stream

Outdoors Under the Rim

The East Verde River has certainly become a magnet to weekend visitors to the Rim Country during the summer months.

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Shelby School students collecting money for UNICEF

The Village

Wow, what an exciting weekend Bill and I had. Our children decided we needed to be at our granddaughter’s wedding in Coronado, Calif. so it was arranged that we would stay at our daughter Vicki’s house, spend the night and then the next day, drive the rest of the way to Coronado.

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Are you, like I am, one of those ‘Think Ahead!’ types? – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I told you how a snake stuck its face in mine while I was on a high ledge, causing me to, (a) let go and fall, and (b) tell myself as I dropped that next time I should do a little more checking before I start out on across a narrow ledge above a height.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day (Part One)

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Veterans Day has come down to us as the successor to Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. It was Nov. 11, 1918 when that “war to end all wars” concluded with a signed peace agreement.

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Creekers enjoying all types of outdoor activities

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is fully into firepits, football and fall foliage. As we near another flip of the page on the calendar, the beautiful weather has lent itself well for all outdoor activity. A ride or a hike up See Canyon on FR284 is quite spectacular with its palette of autumn colors.

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Pine/Strawberry archery event impressive

As a retired public school coach of 37 years and a Payson Roundup and White Mountain Independent sports reporter for close to 30 years, I’ve attended and participated in hundreds, maybe thousands, of athletic events.

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Final burst of fall along the Highline

On an absolutely cracking fall day in mid-October, 18 of us set out from Payson to enjoy one of our favorite hikes — the eastern end of the Highline Trail as it meanders from the Two Sixty Trailhead to the See Canyon Trailhead at Christopher Creek

Imagine a playoff run

More Than a Game

Imagine this. Payson qualifies for the Class 3A state football playoffs with a 5-5 record. The No. 14 Longhorns will do just that with a win in the regular season finale tonight at No. 22 Holbrook (2-6). OK, that seems reasonable enough.

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Rim holidays – Halloween

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Because Rim Country settlers were masters of the practical joke, Halloween proved to be a favorite holiday in Payson. For many years teacher Julia Randall held a small carnival at school for the children to cut pumpkins and display them.