Survey To Measure Area Need For Transportation

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The rain keeps coming and so do the weeds. One cannot keep up by pulling them. My weeds were waist-high, or on the way. I finally took the weed eater to them.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Board meeting was changed from Wednesday to Tuesday at the last minute. I apologize to anyone who read about the meeting in my column and went to the station and found no meeting. Hopefully, next time there is a change we will know ahead of time.

Strawberry's Elite is having their annual Steak Fry from 2 to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Mogollon Steak House, formerly the Black Bear Restaurant in Pine. The steaks will be top of the line premium, tender and delicious. There will also be cowboy beans, potato salad, rolls and Texas sheet cake. Tickets are $13 each or two for $25.

The Payson Jazz Quartet, also known as PJQ, will be providing the entertainment. This is a great group of musicians. Don't miss the opportunity to hear them.

Strawberry's Elite raises money for children and families in need in Pine and Strawberry. Tickets are available at the door or from the members.

Remember those survey forms I talked about in past columns? Over 125 forms have been distributed by S.C.A.F. to determine if there were people in Pine and Strawberry needing help with transportation around town, to Payson or to the Valley. There have been few returned surveys, implying that transportation is not a need. The deadline for returning the surveys is Aug. 28. Forms are available at the senior center, thrift store, post office, library and local churches. Return them to the senior center or thrift store or mail them to S.C.A.F., P.O. Box 1281, Pine, AZ 85544. If you need help with transportation, this is the time to let it be known.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Department just received a generous donation from Wal-Mart for the Guardian Angel Program. If you know of someone who is living alone and needs a way to summon help in case of a fall or emergency, call the fire department at (928) 476-4272, for information on this terrific program. The person simply pushes the button on the pendant, which is worn around the neck all the time, and help is summoned.

Funds are available for those who are not able to pay or can only pay for part of it. Finances should never be a reason to not have one of these life saving pendants.

The Pine Library is having a book sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, in the Library Activity Building. The wonderful tea basket will be raffled on Sunday afternoon. Stop by the library to see the basket and buy your raffle tickets. You do not need to be present for the drawing to win.

There will be a Quad/Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, Sept. 30. This is a benefit for the Justice McNeeley Foundation, which provides funds for children with special medical needs. More details to follow.

The Pine Strawberry Business Community, PSBC, is hosting the Fall Festival at the Pine Community Center on Oct. 7 and 8. There will be apple and pumpkin events, American Indian dances, games, contests, special events for the children and much more.

Also, gather your unused and unwanted treasures for The Good, The Bad, The Ugly rummage sale that will be part of the festival. Call Cindy at (928) 476-2406 to reserve your space. You need to bring your own table and shade. Watch for more information about this family event.

Plan for the next blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Pine. Watch for more information.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is having a book discussion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Library Activity Room. "Kite Runner," written by Khaled Hosseini, is the book, and Annetta Folmer will lead the discussion. This is a terrific book and copies are available at the library.

Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer? The Pine Museum needs volunteers to welcome visitors. The Pine Strawberry School welcomes volunteers to help in the classrooms or other places around the school. If your organization needs volunteers, send me the particulars and I will mention it in this column.

-- 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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