50th Pine Fair Is Now A Memory

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The 50th Annual Northern Gila County Fair has come and gone. Winners have ribbons to brag about and many of us are plotting for next year's entries.

But will there be a next year?

Perennial co-chairs Walt and Willene Smith have retired, and, without a leader, there can be no county fair. If you have an inkling, call them or chat with Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen. This is a grand event that we all would hate to lose.

Bark beetles run amuck

If bark beetles are infesting your trees, or if you are worried about them spreading or if you have heard of treatments and wonder what works and what doesn't, plan on attending the following meeting:

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine, speakers from the Arizona State Land Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire District, Regional Payson Area Project, United States Forest Service and the University of Arizona Agriculture Extension Office will be on hand to educate, dispel rumors and answer your questions. The meeting is sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Fire District and the Regional Payson Area Project.

School improvement

The Pine-Strawberry School asks that all of us be patient with the construction taking place on school grounds. The parking and traffic routes can alter daily as crews work to improve the parking lot. It should be completed by the end of October.

Aside from a complete parking lot overhaul, projects under way are new heating units for the main building, roof repairs and east side basketball court repairs.

Student's First Funding provided by the legislature is paying for the improvements. No district funds were used.

Isn't it nice to see something actually work?

Book Fair

Pine-Strawberry School is once again hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Monday, Sept 30 to Friday, Oct 4. Books are on display and can be purchased on site.

No children in school? Home schooled? No problem. Come on down, check in at the office and shop to your heart's content. Books make great Christmas gifts and shopping with school children guarantees a good opinion or two.

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