The Rain Keeps Coming And The Weeds Are Growing



Are we ready to say we have had enough rain? It just keeps coming. The trees even feel damp, which is wonderful.

It is amazing how quickly the weeds grow with a little water. With the ground so soft, it is a good time to pull them. I try to take one tiny little section at a time. When you are pulling weeds, you cannot look up as they go on forever and you will get discouraged and quit. Our cherished plants don't grow nearly as quickly as these darn weeds. Have you ever seen Strawberry look this green and lush? Grass is springing up where we least expect it and water is flowing in the creek. I wonder what kind of a winter is in store for us. I just ordered my two cords of wood.

Things are quiet in our communities right now as far as planned events, but many people come up on the weekends just to get out of the heat. Certainly we see a lot of RVs passing through on their way to campgrounds and fishing holes. Hopefully, they will stop and eat a meal and shop a little.

Plans are in the works for a Quad/ Motorcycle Poker Run, a benefit for the Justice McNeeley Foundation in Pine. Saturday, Sept. 30, is the date. Watch this column for more details. The Justice McNeeley Foundation raises funds to help children with special medical needs.

Remember to fill out the S.C.A.F. questionnaire if you have need for public transportation. S.C.A.F. is sponsoring this effort to determine if there is a need. The need could be for travel within Pine and Strawberry, down to Payson for groceries or medical appointments or to the Valley. These questionnaires are available at the senior center, thrift store, post office and local churches. Return you questionnaire to the Senior Dining Room, the thrift store or mail to S.C.A.F., P.O. Box 1281, Pine, AZ 85544.

Stop by the Pine Museum to see the beautiful quilt that is on display and buy your raffle tickets. The drawing will be this fall. All monies help support the Pine Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society. Be sure to read the story of the Monkey Wrench design. It is fascinating. While you are at the museum, pay your dues and join PSAHS. Your support is very much needed to help carry on the wonderful work of the historical society. An individual or family membership is only $20.

School is once again in full swing. "Celebrate School" night is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 in the school gym. This is your chance to meet the teachers and new families. Show your support for your child, the school and the teachers by coming to this valuable event. Re-enrollment packets are due no later than Aug. 18. You can bring them to "Celebrate School" night.

The Governing Board of the Pine/Strawberry School will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 in the conference room. The public is invited.

Volunteers are needed in your child's classroom and other areas around the school. Stop by and talk with Betsy in the office.

Get out and pull weeds and enjoy the gorgeous weather. With the whole country suffering from extremely hot temperatures and power surges, we are very fortunate.

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