Girls' basketball team takes first-place trophy


Congratulations to the Pine-Strawberry School's seventh- and eighth-grade girls' basketball team for the giant first-place trophy they won at home during their tournament against Oak Creek, West Sedona and Beaver Creek.

For those basketball fans who missed the action, the school's fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams -- boys and girls -- will play in a tournament at 8 a.m. this Saturday in the Pine-Strawberry School gym.

The tournament is a free event and a great chance for the community to support the children and their activities. See where some of your tax dollars are going and enjoy the sport.

Eighth-grade trip

The Pine-Strawberry Class of 2000 is getting ready to meet the millennium.

Planning for the future begins with serious planning for this year's class trip.

The class is looking for donations for its fund-raiser of the year -- a silent auction at the Phoenix Coyote Dinner, Dance and Auction. To make a donation, call the school at 476-3283.

SADD beginning

Our little K-8 school now has a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions, and members of the group are actively trying to make a difference in the community.

They pass on their thanks to Payson Concrete and Materials for its cash donation to the club.

The group is selling carnations for $1.50, which will be delivered to students and staff on Valentine's Day. Sales are being conducted before school and during lunch. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to remember your favorite student, teacher or staff member this holiday.

It's the dash that counts

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone. From the beginning ... to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth, and now only those who loved her know what that little line was worth.

For it matters not how much we own: the cars, the house, the cash. What matters is how we live and love -- and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard. Are there things you'd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's read with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

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