Although we would never dare complain about rain, it did stay dry just long enough for our busy Labor Day weekend festivities. The rain came as visitors were heading down the road.
The arts and craft fair in Pine reported good crowds for their last event of the year.
There is no county fair this year in Pine, but the hard working 4-H kids are having their fair this coming week.
On Friday, Sept. 12, beginning at 7 a.m., the animals are weighed in. Hog and lamb showmanship follows at 10 a.m. and goat showmanship is at noon.
Spectators are welcome to attend these events and kids interested in 4-H can come and ask lots of questions and see how it all works. Saturday, Sept.13 is horse showmanship and small animal showmanship.
The 4-H market animal livestock auction is Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to attend the auction and bid on these animals. The kids have worked hard on their projects and greatly appreciate the support of the communities.
Farabee's Farm Fresh Meats is the meat processor and Roland Farabee will be on hand to discuss various meat cuts and his smoke process. Anyone who is interested in finding someone to share the bid and the meat, let the auction people know. All events take place at the 4-H barn in Pine.
School is in full swing and the enrollment is up to 175 students. That is very good news as funding depends on the number of students and money is always in short supply.
Hearing and vision testing will be done on Thursday, Sept. 18 for pre-school through second grade and for those in sixth grade. Also all new students and students receiving special services will be tested. These students will be re-tested in a month and for those requiring additional testing, notes will be sent home.
The school office reports that many children come to school tired every day. The following is a guideline as to how much sleep a child needs in order to function well in school:
- 4- and 5-year olds -- 11 hours;
- 6- through 9-year olds -- 10 hours;
- 10- through 14-year olds -- 9 hours; and
- 15- through 18-year olds -- 8 hours.
Keep this chart on the refrigerator for reference when your kids tell you it is too early to go to bed.
Bingo is played every Saturday night at the Kiwanis Hall in the Pine community center, sponsored by Kiwanis of Pine and Strawberry. This is a major, ongoing fund-raiser for Kiwanis and the money is used for scholarships and many other special needs. Bingo starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.. A pack of playing tiles is $10. and there are cash prizes for all winners. There is no smoking in the hall.
Please provide information about your upcoming event in Pine or Strawberry no later than Wednesday morning of the week before the event. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@ earthlink.net.