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Rim holidays – Halloween

Back When

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.

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The quiet of fall slips back into the frantic – temporarily

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity for the Snyder household.

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P-S Fire District needs budget override to maintain services

Rattlin' the Rim

Pine-Strawberry voters have by now received in the mail their early voting ballots for the Nov. 8 election. The vote-by-mail ballots were sent out Oct. 12.

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

Your Turn

I have always been someone who takes life calmly, accepting the things we can’t change, but focusing strongly on the ones we can. The result is that I may possibly be the biggest “Think Ahead!” nut on the planet. 

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Who will be in the dog house?

Adoption Options

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be “impounding” members of our community for a fundraiser.

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Better do your deer hunting homework

Outdoors Under the Rim

The rifle deer season has begun with many youth hunts just finishing the weeklong pursuit of any antlered deer.

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‘The Accountant’: Intricate, interesting thriller

Double Oscar winner Ben Affleck plays a guy suffering from what seems to the audience to be a form of autism. He has a great difficulty communing with other people, but he has a strong affinity for numbers.

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Great fall color around Creek area

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is certainly no exception when it comes to tout their favorite areas to experience fall colors. Their recommendation is always more spectacular than anywhere else.

Horns host Blue Ridge tonight

More Than a Game

As Payson’s seniors play their final home game against Blue Ridge tonight at 7 o’clock, the formula seems simple enough.

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On the road with a professional bass angler

Outdoors Under the Rim

As much as I loved teaching and coaching, being retired does have its benefits. There is a liberty that allows me to say yes, rather spontaneously when needs arise within the family or with friends.

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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.