Improvement Group Disbands

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The Pine Strawberry Improvement Association (PSIA) has ceased to operate as of June 26, 2003.

PSIA was formed in the early 80s to keep abreast of and fund issues dealing with water. The group was instrumental in circulating petitions for developing the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District. Once the PSWID was formed, PSIA devoted itself to projects focusing on improvements to Pine and Strawberry. Through membership dues, a fair amount of money was raised and was used to support a variety of needs in these communities. They also built up a reserve fund should an issue arise requiring expensive legal fees. A year ago, Pine/Strawberry Take Pride was formed, taking on projects formerly handled by PSIA. Therefore, PSIA decided to disband. The funds in the treasury will be distributed to several non-profit organizations in Pine and Strawberry. Many thanks to all of those involved in the Pine/Strawberry Improvement Association through all these years. Much great work was accomplished.

Pine Strawberry Take Pride will have a silent auction at Cyds in Pine this Saturday evening, July 26, beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to the auction, there will be great music from Trouble in Paradise and an array of refreshments. Frank Allen will be the auctioneer for the items not sold during the silent auction. There is no admission charge for this event. It is sure to be an evening for fun and great treasures at bargain prices.

Come have some fun playing bingo. One of the primary fund-raisers of the Rim Country Kiwanis is Saturday night bingo. Beginning promptly at 6:30, one buys a bingo pack for $10. There are money prizes for all winners and the pot is determined by attendance. There is no smoking or alcohol allowed in the Kiwanis hall. The popcorn is free. Coffee, candy and soft drinks are offered for sale. Come have some fun, visit with your neighbors, meet some new friends and help an organization raise funds that go directly toward doing great works in our communities.

There are new displays at the Pine Strawberry Museum in Pine. Textbooks were found recently in a vault in the old county court house in Globe. Some of these books, used by teachers in the 40s and 50s, are included in this new display. Also, there is a display of photographs of businesses in Pine and Strawberry and copies of some of their advertisements during the 60s and 70s. Photos similar to this are welcomed for future displays.

Another new display features old photographs of people. These were found in the archives of the former Pine-Strawberry Chamber of Commerce. Stop by and see if you recognize some of these people and places.

The museum now has three computer slide shows: The Pine Strawberry Walking Tour, A Wonderful Water Power and Things to do in the Rim Country. Also, audio and video oral history interviews with descendants of early pioneers are available. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no entry fee for the museum. However, donations are appreciated.

Mark your calendar for Strawberry's Elite Steak Fry on August 17th. It is always a fun event and a great meal. All proceeds go to help children and families in need in the Pine/Strawberry area. Watch for more information.

Don't forget to read the book, "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, and be ready for the quarterly book discussion at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine. Kathleen Alexander-Young will lead the discussion on Saturday, August 23 at 1 p.m.

We are very grateful for the rain we have received. Isn't it wonderful? Each day we hope for more. Will we ever get enough to reduce our ever-present fear of fire?

To provide information about an event in Pine or Strawberry, call or fax (928) 476-2239 or email cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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