Autumn Arriving Quietly For Communities

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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We are beginning to see, feel and smell the approach of fall. It is wonderful. The invasion of wild flowers is amazing. I wish they could stay forever.

Mary Hunt of Strawberry was recently honored for 25 years of volunteer service to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. Mary was one of the founders of the Library Friends organization and has been active ever since that time. She said they named the group Library Friends rather than Friends of the Library because they wanted to be independent rather than connected with any national group. The group has been, and continues to be, independent and hard working.

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Mary Hunt was recently honored for her 25 years of volunteer service to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. She was presented an award by the president of the library's board, Melvin VanVorst.

Melvin VanVorst, president of the library board of trustees and the historical society, made the presentation. The plaque includes a picture of Mary and the following inscription, "On behalf of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees, we present this plaque to Mary Hunt for her unceasing commitment as an active board member serving over 25 years. Her devotion to the library has been exemplary in her wish to give back to a community she loves. Thank you." There were two copies of the plaque made, one of which will hang in the library.

In her tearful response, Mary expressed her gratitude for being able to serve on the board, which has allowed her to know so many wonderful people. Refreshments were served by the Library Friends.

The Library Friends introduced their new slate of officers. They are: Ruth Neigh, president; Dolores Finamore, vice president; Sylvia Rose, secretary; and Pat Sogan, treasurer.

We are so fortunate to have this wonderful library in a community the size of Pine. It is truly a treasure. If the book you are looking for is not on the shelf, just ask and they will do their best to find it for you. The library also has a wonderful collection of videos, particularly the classics, and books on tapes. Did you know that the tiny square building across the road from the library is the original home of the library? Just imagine it.

The grand opening celebration of Gallery 87 in Pine is Saturday evening, Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery is located next to Cyds on Highway 87, in the center of Pine. Meet the artists whose work is displayed in the gallery. It features a collection of contemporary and traditional fine art, including watercolor, acrylic, glass, oil, ceramic and pottery. Trouble in Paradise will entertain and refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.

This is rather a quiet weekend in Pine and Strawberry, and a great opportunity to visit the museum in Pine and the Strawberry Schoolhouse, and it's a perfect time to take the Walking History Tour of Pine. Details are available at the museum. Bring a picnic lunch and let the kids play in the new playground at the community center. It is there just for them. The many shops, galleries and restaurants will be open all weekend to welcome you.

Remember the big weekend coming up Oct. 11 and 12. It is an antique extravaganza with antique appraisal clinic, silent auction, harvest festival and much more. Anyone willing to bake a fall dessert as part of the harvest festival, please contact me. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Please provide information about an 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.

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