Halloween Happenings Aplenty In Northern Gila County



Residents of Pine and Strawberry, grab your children and get up to Pine tonight for the annual Halloween costume contest and party sponsored by ERA Young Realty of Strawberry/Pine and Strawberry Market.

At 5 p.m. sharp, children from infants to eighth-grade will gather at the upper parking lot behind ERA (formerly MVP) for the costume-judging contest. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available and each child will receive a goodie bag.

From there, Tonto Search and Rescue will safely parade the costumed children across the road to the Strawberry Market where a haunted house and Trunk-N-Treat await them. Anyone wishing to participate in Trunk-N-Treat should be set up at Strawberry Market by 5:30 p.m.

Remember the Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 1. Participating shops will be decked out for the holidays and there will be customer appreciation gifts, discounts and lots of gift and decorating ideas. Shops participating are Annabelle's Antiques, Moose Mountain Gifts and Pine Accents, Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, the Bondurant House Country Pleasures, Pine Artisans, Cyds Fine Art and the Gingerbread House. Donations to the Pine-Strawberry food bank will be accepted at all participating locations.

The Library Reading Group will meet at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 8 for a discussion of the book, "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achese. The discussion leader is Kathleen Alexander-Young. The group meets at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

The Citizens Action Committee is sponsoring a chain saw training class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Pine Fire Station for those willing to help with the removal of dead trees around Pine and Strawberry. There is no charge for this training but the group is limited to 15 and advanced registration is required.

Rob Beery of the Payson Fire Department will do the training, which will consist of some class work and then hands-on tree cutting. Participants will learn the safety aspects of using a chain saw, as they can be very dangerous without proper training. No one will be allowed to participate in the tree removal without attending this class.

More classes will be scheduled depending on demand.

Call Dan Mote, coordinator of volunteers for CAC, (928) 476-3257 for more information or to register.

"We need all your help to protect Pine and Strawberry from wildfires," Mote said.

The Pine-Strawberry Medical Center is closed temporarily until the search for a new provider is completed. The negotiations are confidential so details cannot be released at this time, but progress is being made.

The board of directors sincerely regrets the closure and the inconvenience it is causing area residents and is determined to get the clinic open again as soon as possible.

The Pine Strawberry School recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week, a drug awareness program. Wearing sunglasses to show that they were "Too cool to do drugs," rubber boots to "Help stomp out drugs" and fun socks to "Sock it to Drugs," the theme of each day reminded students of the value of being drug free.

The week's theme, "The choice for me - Drug Free" was printed on red ribbons worn by the students throughout the week. The program culminated with a 5K walk-a-thon to "Walk away from Drugs." Those who completed the walk were given a "I've got better things to do than Drugs" water bottle.

The sheriff's department and paramedics joined the parade, showing their support by sounding their sirens while keeping the children safe. Cars passing by honked and waved. The students enjoyed the events of Red Ribbon Week and will hopefully carry its message with them.

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

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