It was terrific to see all the Pine and Strawberry kids at the fair last weekend. They had rabbits, goats, pigs, poultry, horses and more. Many of them won ribbons. In the rabbit category, Junior Showmanship honors went to Ashley James in the senior division, and brother Aaron James in the first-time showing division. It was such fun to see the kids taking pride in their animals and answering the judge's questions. The judge was Amy Bullock from Queen Creek.
On stage at the fair were square dancers from Pine and Strawberry. They entertained fair-goers as part of the Zane Grey Twirlers. They all have so much energy.
The PC Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the senior dining room in the Pine Community Center. The program will focus on using CDs and DVDs. The similarities and differences in these media will be discussed, and you will find out how they are different from disk drives. A variety of products available for creating CDs and DVDs will be examined. Both a CD and DVD will be created and burned. Everyone is invited to this interesting session.
The Old-Time Fiddlers will entertain at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall. There is no charge, and musicians of every persuasion are invited to join in or just sing, clap and stomp their feet to the great music.
Mercedes Miranda, the 4-year-old daughter of Strawberry residents Freddy and Laura Miranda, was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. She has been wearing hearing aids since she was four months old. You have probably seen this adorable little girl hanging out at Uncle Tom's in Pine with her grandparents and parents.
Anyone who wears a hearing aid, or knows someone who does, knows how hard it is to be in a crowd because of the surrounding noise. A new piece of equipment, an FM Trainer Hearing System, would allow Mercedes to hear a speaker's voice at school, dance class, church and at home, without having to sort through all the background noises.
The Justice McNeeley Foundation is sponsoring two fund-raisers so that Mercedes can have this new equipment. A Quad Poker Run will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant in Pine. The entry fee includes a breakfast buffet beginning at 8 a.m. A second Poker Run will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Nifty 50's Diner in Pine. Twenty-five percent of the breakfast proceeds will go to the foundation. The entry fee for each of these events is $10.
The Pine Library Friends announce that their book sale and raffle were a great success (even though I did not win that wonderful basket full of kitchen stuff). They were happy to have the sale in the Kiwanis building -- with a roof overhead while setting up and during the sale. Winners of the raffle prizes were: Bev Snidecor, basket of kitchen gadgets; Grace Wilewski, tote bag; Ruth Mason, decorated sweatshirt; and Pat Mead, handmade quilt. Congratulations to all the winners.
The Pine Library Friends will meet for a noon potluck Monday, Sept. 26 at the library. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. The program will consist of an evaluation of the past year, and a brainstorming session. The election of new officers will follow. All are invited to attend this meeting. New members are always welcome.
The Gila County nurse will be at the Pine Senior Dining Room for September only, on the fifth Thursday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for blood pressure and blood sugar testing. After September, the nurse will be in Pine on the fourth Thursday, not the third as previously stated in the Payson Roundup.
Last week, I wrote an update on the Fuels Reduction Program. Mike Brandt called to thank me for writing about it, but he also informed me that I was incorrect in a couple of my statements. I said that the grass seed Mike is making available through Plant Fair Nursery is fire-resistant. It is not fire-resistant, but it is drought-resistant.
Also, the Billy Brushwacker program is an educational program emphasizing the need to keep brush cut down and under control. This brush consumes a lot of water that is needed by the bigger trees. It also burns readily when it is dry. There will be two herds of goats munching brush in Pine and Strawberry, but that is a different program.
Also I mentioned calling the fire station if you have brush that you have thinned from your property but I neglected to put in the phone number. They will pick up your yard trimmings as part of this program. The number to call is (928) 476-4272. Stop by the fire department in Pine or Strawberry for more information.