Hundreds hunt for hidden treasures


Last Saturday, hundreds of Pine-Strawberry little ones scrambled through grass and manzanita in search of colorful eggs left by the Easter Bunny and his volunteers. Inside the eggs, children found candy and prizes. T-shirts, toys and gift certificates were just some of the prizes the Rim Country Kiwanis gathered and gave out Saturday.

A drawing produced two Grand Prize winners, Collin Bellah (a $50 savings bond) and Laynie Brogdon (a $50 Wal-Mart certificate).

If you are interested in supporting or joining the Kiwanis, they meet at 1 p.m. each Tuesday in the Kiwanis Building at the Community Center in Pine. The organization raises money to better the community, and also hosts a weekly bingo game at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Check out the new librarian

Norma Tisdel is the new librarian of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. She has spent the last couple of weeks familiarizing herself with the hundreds of community members who check out their books in Pine.

"I am most impressed with the usage of this library," Tisdel said.

The new census numbers show the Pine-Strawberry area is home to about 3,000 full-time folks. Compare that to the 2,000 folks each month who peruse our little library's shelves and take advantage of the services they offer, and you can see why Tisdel is impressed. The range of age and the variety of people who visit the small-town library also awes the new librarian.

"We have all ages, from elementary school, the high school and senior citizens," Tisdel said.

With almost 10,000 books on the shelves, the Pine Library also has audio books and videos, public access to the Internet, reading to preschoolers at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, a summer reading program for school-age children and regular book sales. To manage this valuable center of information, Tisdel has one part-time assistant and about 15 volunteers, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Tisdel has kept a cabin in Strawberry for more than 10 years, and this job is an opportunity many have longed for a chance to live here full-time. Her husband, John, will continue to commute to the Valley. Take a moment this week and stop in and meet and greet your new librarian.

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