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Birds abound at Green Valley Park

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Taking a shortcut behind the Parks and Rec office at Green Valley Park, I couldn’t help but notice peeping sounds, getting louder and louder as I got closer to the back of the cinder block wall.

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Softball bolsters economy

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There were 32 teams competing; with an average of 12 girls per team; an average family size of four. Figure in friends and relatives.

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A special treat for an oldies fan

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A couple of weeks ago while we were setting up our music at Bison Ranch’s Labor Day celebration weekend in Overgaard, one of the vendors near us came over and said “Do you know that the vendor running the booth on the other side of you is Joey Dee’s sister?”

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Fair time means Rim Country fun

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September is upon us — which means it’s time for the Northern Gila County Fair. Once again time for all of our area 4-H kids to show off their animals that they have been grooming for the past year, carnival rides and vendors.

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We planted roots in forest ‘ruins’

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After four or five years of enduring a real downturn in the economy, the job market and the housing industry seem to be looking a whole lot better lately here in Payson. A four-year college in Payson seems to be on the cusp of realization, new businesses are popping up all over town and new housing subdivisions are projected to soon follow.

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Happy primary election will be over Tuesday

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At last, another election Tuesday is just about here. And, thank goodness, just about to be done and over with.

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Get ready to rodeo!

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This is it! Payson’s signature weekend is here again. The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with 130 years of buckin’, ropin’, clowns, parades and a whole lot more, has stampeded into town.

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Local economy on the upswing

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Things are getting better. At last.

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Mother Nature on stage at last concert

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Two big thumbs up to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for again providing Rim Country music lovers with another entertaining summer outdoor concert series.

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The wings of eagles dazzle

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In the early spring of this year, during the second week of April to be exact, two little kids were born at Woods Canyon Lake. Well, technically, it might be more accurate if I said two little eaglets were hatched.

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When weather reigned in song

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The long-awaited monsoon season is here. And boy, what a relief it is for our parched land and thirsty vegetation.

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Great Blue Heron chicks fledge

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Except for a dozen Canada geese, a handful of mallards and two coot families, there isn’t much bird watching going on lately at Green Valley Park, especially with our resident Great Blue Herons away from the lake most of the time during their nesting period.

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‘You can come home’ again

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They came from all over the state of Arizona. Some came from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Missouri. They all came home to Payson.

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‘Jersey Boys’ is a movie worth breaking the rules

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For the last 20 years or so, I’ve always had a movie-going policy of not attending R-rated movies. I just don’t care to see violence or listen to potty-mouth language.

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The passing of a radio icon

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Sadly, on Father’s Day this past Sunday, one of America’s most beloved DJs, Casey Kasem, passed away. He was 82.

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Smokers, courtesy please

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For the last 11-plus years, I’ve ended my morning jog somewhere around the north end of Green Valley Park, near the playground. Then, as part of my cool-down, I leisurely stroll through the park and by the lake before stretching out on the lake’s south side.

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Time to get dirty in Rim Country

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This Saturday at the Payson Event Center, the second annual Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K Run will kick off at 9 a.m. sharp.

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Graduation is finally here

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“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!”

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Whether playing or sitting on the bench, student-athletes are stars

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I would like to add my congratulations to the many others in our community who have saluted our high school athletic teams for their highly successful spring seasons.

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TCCA hosts child prodigy pianist

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This Saturday evening, May 17, at 7 p.m., child prodigy and world-renowned pianist, Umi Garrett will grace the stage in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Get wild at the park this Saturday

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In my last week’s music trivia article, I wrote about the different birds I’ve seen down at Green Valley Park in the last few months. But those sightings will pale in comparison to the wildlife that will be seen at the park this Saturday.

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Birds add to beauty of park

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My fascination with the birds of Green Valley Park has steadily grown over the 11 years that I’ve lived in Payson — and has pretty much exploded over the last year-and-a-half.

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Gear up for a great classic car show

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“I’m jacked up, revved up, my motor’s runnin’ and I’m ready to put my pedal to the metal.”

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The wonderful world of Payson

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“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

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Artist’s life fuels inspiring music

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It was just last fall when 1990s country music star Suzy Bogguss graced our community with her charm, beauty and talent. Now, just seven months later, another end-of-the-20th-century Nashville superstar is coming to town.

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Students bring great music, dance to Rim

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“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose ...

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One of the Rim’s best events is at hand

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One of my favorite weekend events is taking place tomorrow, this Saturday, at Green Valley Park.

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Sailing away with Payson’s yacht club

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I’ll bet that many readers would be surprised to know that Payson has a yacht club, right here in town. I know I was.

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TCCA program promises to be terrific

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This coming Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) series will present its sixth concert (of a series of eight) of the 2013-14 season, “Back on Broadway.”

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Eagle dad is awesome parent

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Last week I wrote about the very recent and awe-inspiring aerial display that two juvenile American bald eagles put on in the skies over Green Valley Park.

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Green Valley display dazzles

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In my 11 years of living in Payson, I’ve never seen anything like it. And those who saw it, too, said they had never witnessed anything like it either.

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T-shirts and shorts in fashion for February

It seems almost unbelievable that this current run of warm, dry Rim Country weather has continued for so long.

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The men and their music that made history

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“Ladies and Gentlemen – The Beatles!”

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Linden a wide-ranging talent

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The Tonto Community Concert Association has yet another dandy event to present to the community on Monday night. “An Evening with Hal Linden” is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Wow! It’s like spring out there

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Pinch me. Pinch me, please!

Neighbor is one of the really good guys

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There are good guys in this world, and then there are really good guys. My neighbor, Ron Unrah, just happens to fall head over heels into the really good guy category.

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Great music for dancing at fun evening

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This Saturday night the Mazatzal Casino is hosting one of Rim Country’s most elegant affairs — the eighth annual Black and White Ball, sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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Bye Bye Phil

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Just a week ago, singer Phil Everly, one-half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo, the Everly Brothers, died in a hospital in Burbank, Calif. He was 74.

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Time for New Year’s resolutions

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It’s now the third day of 2014, which means that many of us are off to a flying start on our New Year’s resolutions. This is the time of year that many of us are excited about making some long overdue changes in our lives.

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A look back at 2013 music highlights

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The old saying really is true. “Life is like a roll of toilet paper — the closer one’s life is to being over, the faster it unrolls.” And, boy, 2013 seemed to just fly by for me!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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With parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and caroling out in the snow; with scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago, Christmas for many is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

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No doubt about it – baby, it’s cold outside!

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As I’m writing this week’s article, I can’t help but look up and notice how empty our beautiful Green Valley Park is today.

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Time is flying toward year’s end

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It seems like just yesterday that we were sitting outside listening to the bands play at the summer concerts in the park and watching the annual fireworks display over the lake at Green Valley Park.

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Give thanks and help Salvation Army

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This weekend marks the 392nd anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, when in fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and the local Wampanoag people sat down to celebrate a successful harvest and give thanks.

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Runners take your mark ... get set ...

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And at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 the gun will sound for more than 100 runners in this year’s version of Payson’s annual 5K (3.1 miles) Turkey Trot. Serious runners and weekend joggers, zealous youngsters and slow-but-steady octogenarians will race from Green Valley Park, west on Main Street to the course’s turnaround point at the sanitary plant, then huff and puff their way back to the finish line at the park.

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Snowbirds have returned

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Snowbirds from Maine to Minne-snow-ta to Alberta have begun showing up at our local chamber of commerce on their journey south to balmy weather in their favorite Arizona winter residences.

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On the run in Rim Country

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This past Saturday, Julia Randall Elementary played host to two very healthy activities. On a beautiful Rim Country fall morning, inside the gymnasium, hundreds of area residents gathered for the annual Community Health and Care Fair.

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Give yourself the gift of health

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It’s time to put out our cigarettes, set down our vodka and wine glasses, turn our backs to the jelly rolls and do something a whole lot healthier this weekend.

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The bewitching hour is near

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Next Thursday, skeletons, monsters of the Black Lagoon and alien creatures in every shape and size will take to the streets in search of Halloween treats.

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‘Les Miserables’ coming to Payson next week

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The Payson High School Theatre Company will present “Les Miserables,” a play (not the musical) adapted for schools by Tim Kelly and from the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24; 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25; and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 in the high school auditorium. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for both senior citizens and students. The play is a Tom Walling production.

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