by Myndi Brogdon
Fall blew in this past week, adding a chill to the air.
Now is the time to start planning your nature hikes and walks in the woods to see the vibrant changing of the colors as our deciduous trees shed their summer garments.
Local photographers have suggested any trail that takes you near a creek bed as your best chance to picture the bright reds and yellows against a backdrop of evergreen pines.
Alas, there will be no Apple Festival in Pine this year.
The Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Pine-Strawberry section can always use new faces coupled with a pair of helpful hands. If you have time and are looking to meet new people and participate in some of the best festivals and events under the Rim, saunter on down to the Chamber's Pine office, located in the Pine Museum at the Community Center, and chat with the other volunteers there. Or call Melvin Van Vorst at 476-4791 for more information.
Strawberry Schoolhouse closing for the winter
If you want to see the inside of the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse, you better make it quick. The Schoolhouse will be open for only two more weekends, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gather your friends and visitors and pay this piece of our history a visit.
School is in session
If you think winter means there is little to do around here, have I got news for you.
The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School is just busting with activity and children and parents are always welcome to join the fun.
Flag ceremonies are held Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m. every other week.
Today, Students of the Month will be recognized. This is a great place to catch a glimpse of the student body at work. Run by Student Council members, the assembly generally has some surprise entertainment.
The following week, Oct. 9 - 13, is National School Lunch Week and all community members are invited to join a student for lunch. You can call 476-3283 for a reservation.
There will be volleyball and football games at the school Oct. 10 and 12. The school has two volleyball teams and one football team. Games will start at 3:30 p.m. and run until about 5:30 p.m. Come cheer on your community kids. Encouragement from the community matters just as much to these future leaders as the teachers and parents they all know so well. Besides, it is fun to watch.