Rim Country Quiets As Season Changes

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There is not much news to report. My sources are quiet. I guess we are in the transition stage, preparing for cold weather. The flatlanders have either left or are preparing to leave.

The Poker Run at Nifty "50" Diner begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8. Entry tickets are $10. But even if you are not entering, you can do your part by buying a ticket. It is a fund-raiser for the Justice McNeeley Foundation, and the proceeds will help Mercedes Miranda get the special equipment she needs to hear a single voice, such as in school, church and dance classes. Mercedes is a darling little 4-year-old.

A special movie will be shown at the Pine Library at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 since the school children are on break. All children are invited to bring a pillow and enjoy "Lilo and Stitch 2." For more information, stop by the library.

The PC User's Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center. The discussion will focus on office tools, including spreadsheets and word processing. This great group will have their final meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Topics will include PC Tips, Tricks and Techniques, and there will be a grab bag. Les Hulse has organized and led these monthly classes for, I do not know how long, but they have been extremely informative and educational. It is too bad that more people have not taken advantage of them.

The Old Time Fiddlers will perform at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. Everyone is invited to come join in or just sit and listen to the great music. There is no charge.

Remember that the visiting nurse will be at the Senior Dining Room at the Pine Community Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. In last week's column, I mistakenly said she would be there until 11 p.m. Sorry for that error. After October, she will be there the fourth Tuesday of the month.

A request went out recently for someone to assume the chairmanship of the blood drive for Pine and Strawberry. Apparently no one stepped forward. Does that mean we will have no more blood drives? I was talking with Wayne at Strawberry Auto, and we decided that a committee is needed so a single person is not strapped with all the responsibility of every blood drive. Sooooo -- if you are willing to be on this committee and help with the blood drives, please contact Wayne or me. He does not know that he is on this newly formed committee -- but if we all work together, it will be fun and not too much work. We need our blood drive and our precious blood is certainly needed. In the meantime, we can donate blood during the Payson blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 East Tyler Parkway.

Remember to keep track of the hours and dollars you spend reducing the fuels on your property. Forms are available at both fire stations, and these figures help get more funding for valuable programs. Everyone needs to do their part to make our communities more fire-safe.

If you have some news, please get it to me. There must be some things still happening around these parts.

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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