Kiwanis Presents Two $1,000 Scholarships

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The Rim Country Kiwanis has awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding Pine students. These scholarships are awarded to students who have a 3.0 or better GPA. Course difficulty is weighed along with participation in extracurricular activities and contributions to the community. The payment is made directly to the college. The first payment of $500 is made at the beginning of the first semester followed by the second payment for the next semester if a high standard of class work is maintained.

Joshua Sprinkle is an Eagle Scout and has been involved with many volunteer activities in the community including Habitat for Humanity. Joshua was elected into the National Honor Society and was treasurer of student government. An athlete as well as a scholar, he competed in cross-country and track at the state level. Joshua is presently spending some time in Alaska. He will attend ASU, studying for a degree in mechanical engineering.

Holly Lane served as student body president and plans to be president of the United States someday. She will attend Yavapai Community College for two years and then plans to earn degrees in Political Science and Psychology. Holly will attend the Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Both Joshua and Holly attended the Pine Strawberry School. We congratulate these fine students for their achievements and wish them great success in their futures. Thanks to the Kiwanis for honoring these high achieving students.

POW film

The POW Escape film for Monday, June 16 is "The Wooden Horse" (1950) starring Leo Genn. This film tells the little known story of three British officers who escaped from a German POW Camp and made it safely back to England. The showing is at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Hall. Admission is free.

Safe browsing

The Pine/Strawberry PC Users Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Pine Community Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Each session begins with a question and answer period. The program topic for this month, June 17, is Internet Basics, which will cover internet access including browsers, Internet service providers and telephone and/or cable connections and software. Also covered will be secure ordering, cookies, ad blocking, popup blocking, privacy, other helpful safety features and much more.

These meetings are designed to cover topics of interest to those attending. We are fortunate to have a program such as this in our small communities. Les Hulse, the volunteer instructor is amazingly knowledgeable and incredibly well versed in every area of computer use. He is ably assisted by Lyndon Kelly who does all the publicity and organizational stuff.

There is a $1 charge to cover costs.

Readin' the summer away

"Lights, Camera, Read", the children's summer reading program, continues every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the library. Young local residents and summer visitors are welcome. It is not too late to join the fun and excitement of summer reading. The program runs through July. Call the library, 476-3678 for additional information.

Special events

The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is Wednesday, June 18 at 1 p.m. in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. All fiddlers, guitar players, banjo pickers, accordionists, and other fun-loving musicians are invited to participate. Others can sing along or just relax and enjoy the foot-stomping music.

Coming up June 21 is the Take Pride Fashion Show at the Pine Artisans Gallery. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

There will be appetizers, entertainment by Trouble in Paradise and a raffle of original art pieces besides the latest fashions modeled by your neighbors. Money raised from this and the other Take Pride activities go into the beautification of Pine and Strawberry. Their not profit status allows for tax-deductible donations.

Call Mary at the gallery, 476-3700, for tickets or more information.

Impressive display

The Quilt Show was a great success and visitors could not believe that these wonderful quilts were all made here by a small group of quilters. It was an impressive display.

Strawberry praises

In small communities such as Pine and Strawberry, it takes dedication and hard work to pull together an event such as the Strawberry Festival.

Whether it was cleaning strawberries or figuring out placement for the 80 plus booths and keeping the vendors happy, it all depends on volunteers. For those who heeded the call and volunteered for the first time or those who help every year, you are appreciated. We thank you for your time and your energy. We also hope you met some new friends and neighbors and most of all, we hope you had fun.

Vliet Hulse and Cheryl Holland were co-chairwomen for the event, and they put in countless hours in the planning. If they had been paid by the hour, or paid at all for that matter, they would be zillionaires.

Jerry Holland requested and received donations from the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Mazatzal Casino which helped with the Strawberry Music Fest. Their donations made the event a success. Jerry and his committee did a wonderful job and the music was enjoyed by all.

Traffic control is a prime consideration when you have a large event spanning a highway. The group from Tonto Search and rescue did a terrific job. We thank them for providing a safe weekend.

The Pine/Strawberry Fire Department was on hand in the event of an emergency and also to talk with visitors. Thanks for being there over the weekend and every day.

The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. We certainly appreciated the hours and help from the crew in Payson.

It is hoped that all who came to the festival and attended the other activities in Pine and Strawberry last weekend had a wonderful time and look forward to returning in the very near future.

People are always asking ----"What is there to do in such a small community? Don't you get bored?" There is just not time to answer such a question. We are all too busy.

For more information or to provide information about an event in Pine or Strawberry. Please call or fax Christy at 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.

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