The rain continues. Rumor has it that a long, cold winter is predicted. My two cords of wood are neatly stacked and I am looking forward to that first fire, but by spring, I will be looking forward to the last. A wood stove is wonderful, but it is also a lot of work.
Thanks to all who attended Strawberry's Elite Steak Fry. The sell-out crowd enjoyed the food, socializing and the wonderful music of the Payson Jazz Quartet. Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who contributed so generously for this event. Ponderosa Market provided the steaks at a special price and donated the potato salad. The musicians always perform for just a small donation. All the money from these events helps children and families in our own communities who are in need. Also, funds provide lunches for children who cannot afford them and school clothing and supplies for students.
There has been a major change in the Pine Strawberry Fire Department's brush pickup service. Names will no longer be put on a list. Starting immediately, a rotating six-zone system will be followed each Monday through Wednesday. Leaves must be bagged, needles must be piled and all the brush must be stacked on the side of the road accessible for the Bobcat.
They will not pick up trash, garbage, lumber debris or logs bigger than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length. No stumps. What is found along the roadside will be picked up, providing the work was done by the homeowner, not a paid crew or individual. The fuel's reduction form must still be filled out, for this is the means for getting the grant funding. When brush is picked up at your property, a form will be left. Please fill this in and fax it, mail it or drop it off. All the information is on the form. For more information or to find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood, call Lisa at the fire department at (928) 476-4272.
Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in the library activity room. Attorney Barry Standifird, justice of the peace pro tem, will speak about legal matters such as wills, breach of contract and guardianship. He will answer any questions concerning civil or criminal law, except divorce. This is certain to be a most interesting program. Do plan to attend and bring a friend.
The Pine Library Friends are having a book sale Labor Day weekend, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, at the Pine Library Activities Building. Raffle tickets for the great Tea Basket are available at the library and also during the sale. The drawing for the basket will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the sale. You do not need to be present to win.
The Last Pine Strawberry Art and Craft show of the season will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3. All spaces are full for this craft sale with 88 crafters featuring jewelry, woodworking, pottery, clothes, cement bears, antler crafts, tie dye clothes, paintings, southwest crafts and much more.
The Pine Strawberry quilters will be selling raffle tickets for their beautiful quilt. Funds from this raffle are used to buy supplies for the DPS trauma quilts. Tonto Rim Search and Rescue will be selling raffle tickets for an ATV and fancy trailer. A clown will be entertaining the children.
The Pine Strawberry Fire Department, assisted by Strawberry's Elite, will be serving breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. both days of the sale including all you can eat pancakes and all the trimmings. There will also be Navajo Tacos, Knights of Columbus hamburgers and hot dogs, Sno-cones, Natalie's Lemonade, Sofia's Nuts and kettle corn.
Bring family and friends and enjoy a day in Pine.
Make plans to take part in the Quad/Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, Sept. 30. This is a benefit for the Justice McNeeley Foundation in Pine, which provides funds for special medical needs for children. Watch for more details.
The Fall Fest, sponsored by the newly formed Pine Strawberry Business Community, will be Oct. 7 and 8 at the Pine Community Center. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Rummage Sale will be part of the event.
Search through those closets and storage buildings and call Cindy Human at (928) 476-2406, to arrange for a table. There will be many fun games, contests and events as part of this fall festival. Watch for more details.
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