Fire Break Making Difference In Pine/Strawberry

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As you drive down highway 87 from Strawberry to Pine, you have certainly noticed a difference. Little elves are coming out in the night and cutting away all the fuels that have been growing along the roadway.

Check out the roadways around your home and see what you can do to help. It really makes a difference. We are going to be safer this fire season because of all the help from each and every homeowner. If you do not know how to do your part, call the fire department at (928) 476-4272. They will come to your home and tell you what needs to be done on your property and the surrounding properties. They will also tell you what help is available to haul away the brush and if you need outside help, they will give you some names. We all need to be preparing for this fire season. Together we can work to keep us all safe.

Other Pine activities

There will be a blood drive in Pine from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87. Call Sherri Earp at (928) 476-3655, for an appointment. Your blood is needed. Stop by and give.

The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. These gatherings are free, fun and everyone is invited to join in the playing or sit back and enjoy. Don't miss it.

Hot Topics/Burning Issues -- Arizona Project Learning Tree is for all educators, firefighters and concerned members of the community. This is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program. PLT/Firewise will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Gila Community College, Room 402. To register or for more information, contact PLT coordinator Wade Albrecht (928) 774-1868, ext. 25, or e-mail at walbrech@ag.arizona.edu.

OneBOOKArizona, featuring "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg, will be discussed at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the library. You still have time to read the book and join in on this interesting and stimulating discussion. Reserve your copy at the library today.

Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held in Payson on June 2 and 3 at the Payson High School track. Join the Pine Library Team, the only team from Pine and Strawberry. Stop by the library to register. This is a community gathering where everyone can help in the fight against cancer. "Because cancer never sleeps" each team will have a member on the track from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

As the sun sets, hundreds of luminaries will be lighted, each one honoring a cancer survivor or a victim. Each of these people will be mentioned during the long night vigil. Purchase luminaries for your loved one. Stop by the library for all the details. You can purchase these luminaries from any team member or at the library. Pay what you can as all money goes toward cancer research. As stated in the brochure, "The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated." Stop by the Pine Library and get signed up on the team. This will be the most fun team of all. Don't miss out. I look forward to seeing you on the track.

This is an expensive time of the year. Income taxes are due, and then the final installment of those darn property taxes is due May 1. They, along with gas prices, seem to only go in one direction.

Happy Easter

Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events 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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