Columnist Gets A Barnyard Education



Last Saturday, I was delighted to be asked to judge a 4-H event in Pine. Children from 8 to 15 presented demonstrations based on their own projects.

I learned how to estimate the weight of a pig, all the things made from pigs, the various breeds of pigs, how to saddle and bridle a horse and how to tie a horse securely and safely.

I also learned all the parts of a horse, all the parts of a saddle and bridle, how to give a horse a shot, how to keep him comfortable in hot weather and how to recognize and cure a disease of the hoof.

And I learned how to shear a sheep, how to make a waterer for a pig and all about breeding show rabbits.

I was most impressed with the research these students had done and the amount of knowledge they had. It was very impressive. Many volunteer hours go into these great programs.

Remember that Polly Thomas will be at the Strawberry schoolhouse at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 19, doing free face painting.

The Life and Times

Wyatt Earp, A Life on the Frontier, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. Tickets, which are $5, are available at the museum or at the door.

This one-man play by Terry Earp was originally written for Hugh O'Brien, the star of the 1950s TV series, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp."

This play has been presented throughout Arizona, Colorado and California and was also performed as part of the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and was given a four-star review, calling it an ..."authoritative cultural phenomenon." Terry Earp is an award-winning Arizona playwright whose works have been produced at universities throughout the US as well as in Hollywood. The Pine-Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society present this performance.

Take Pride

The Pine-Strawberry Take Pride Silent Auction and fund-raiser is Saturday, July 26 at Cyds in Pine. The silent bidding, refreshments and live music begin at 5 p.m. followed by the auctioning of all leftover items. Frank Allen will be the auctioneer. There is no charge for admission. This is sure to be an evening of fun and great bargains.

Donations of auction items are most appreciated and are tax deductible. Call Cyds, 476-2429 for information.

Take Pride cleaned a mile of highway just south of Pine. They found out that it is hot work, people driving by think they are prisoners on work release, they dislike people who litter and that they feel great afterwards about what they did. Many local groups clean up our highways. We owe them many thanks.

School days

The first day of school at the Pine Elementary School is at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, July 31, beginning with early dismissal at 1 p.m.; Aug. 1, is the beginning of the regular schedule.

If after-school day care is needed, parents must fill out an application prior to students attending, even if your child attended last year.

Pick up your book for the quarterly book discussion sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library.

"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant will be discussed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the library. Kathleen Alexander-Young will conduct the discussion.

Fire on the mountain

With a fire once again raging in the White Mountains, we are reminded that it could just as easily be a fire right here. We all must be extra careful with flame and cigarettes.

Remember, no outside smoking -- and that means when you are in the car, you must use your ashtray.

Lightning started the Kinishba Fire, but the majority of them are started by human carelessness. Let's all be super careful.

To provide information about an event or item of interest in Pine or Strawberry, please call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail

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