Pine Resident Needs Help Covering Costs Of Cancer Treatment

PINE/STRAWBERRY

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Is it almost time to say we have had enough rain? I think we are all afraid to say "no more," but a nice, sunny day would be welcome so that everything, including ourselves, can dry out.

A resident of the Pine/Strawberry community needs our help. Edward Wayne Bench was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer recently and has had a radical laryngectomy.

Due to infections, he ended up back in the hospital. A long course of extensive radiation lies ahead.

Bench established Premier Environmental Services, an alternative water treatment system, which fellow workers are currently operating for him.

He has no disability insurance. An account has been set up at Bank One to help the family with medical expenses. To donate, stop by Bank One and ask for the Edward Wayne Bench account.

Library Friends

The Pine Library Friends meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the library. Randy Roberson, who recently returned from a humanitarian mission to Sri Lanka and Thailand, will give his impressions of this amazing experience, meeting the victims and seeing the devastation of the tsunami disaster.

Randy is the voice of KRIM radio. All are invited to attend this meeting.
Each year, the Strawberry Patchers gather to make special quilts for the Department of Public Safety officers to carry in their vehicles. These quilts are given to children who are involved in accidents. The quilt-making event this year is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 2, 3 and 4, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center.

If you wonder how a group can produce 250 quilts in just three days while talking and having a great time, stop by and watch them. Better yet, come and help them. Volunteers are needed and you do not need to have quilting skills. You do not even need to know how to sew. For more information, call event chairman, Sandy Tower, (928) 476-5727.

The Friends of the Library are raising funds to help support the library by selling raffle tickets for a gourmet food basket. Come see the basket at the library and buy your tickets, $1 each or six for $5. There are additional prizes, gift certificates from local merchants.

The drawing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, during the book sale. You do not need to be present to win.

Hiking with dogs

Is anyone interested in being part of a "hiking with dogs" group? One is being formed in the Pine/Strawberry area.

"There are many directions this could go, so I welcome all interested parties to contact me and let's talk aboutt," Lori Chandler said. The hikes could be short or long, easy or difficult; it all depends on the interest and input.

E-mail or call Lori at mtnrider@cybertrails.com or (928) 476-2633. Spring is just ahead, a great time for hiking. After a long, wet winter, we and our dogs would benefit from a good hike.

The PC Users Group had a very successful and interesting session in February concerning digital cameras. Because of the interest, presenter Les Hulse is seeking input to see whether there is interest in having another class on working with digital cameras.

If you want to get on the e-mail list for this group and have input into the topics for future sessions, send an e-mail to rl_hill@cybertrails.com. The computer group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the senior dining room at the Pine Community Center.

A book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 18 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. There will be lots of books in the sale.

Come and browse. It is supposed to be a wet spring. What better rainy day activity than enjoying a good book or several.

The ONEBOOK AZ book discussion will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16 at the Pine library. Carol Scott, a fun and informative lady, will lead the discussion. The books for discussion are "Sunk Without a Sound" and "Grand Ambition."

One fiction and one non-fiction, these books take a close look at one of the unsolved historical mysteries in Arizona. The books are available at the library now.

Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry. Call or fax (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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