There's No Place Like Home

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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During my week's absence, I hear I missed some cold weather. It is gorgeous today, and there is no place like home.

Tomorrow, Saturday, there are two events sponsored by the Justice McNeeley Foundation for Mila Phillips. The first is a trail ride beginning at 9 a.m. at the west end of Fossil Creek Road. The other is a night of cowboy poetry, food, fun and music at the Mogollon Steak House in Strawberry. Call Kate at (928) 476-2233, for all the information.

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The 14 trees that were auctioned at the Pine Community Christmas Party raised $4,780 for Pine Strawberry School. Each tree was decorated in a different theme by P-SES students. "Tropical Vacation" and "I Spy" were just two of the tree themes. Money raised from the sales of treats, poinsettias and Christmas cards designed by P-SES students has yet to be tallied.

This is certainly a worthy cause. But you need to hurry.

The Community Christmas Party and the Pine Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction was a tremendous success. Nearly $6,000 was raised for the school. The whole community deserves a pat on the back for this one, as so many individuals and businesses contributed. Those who bought the trees were most generous. The Christmas cards designed by the students were also a big hit. Some remaining cards are available at Moose Mountain on Hardscrabble Road.

All proceeds go to the school. Mike Clark, school principal, said, "The community really went far out of its way to support the kids and the school. Every penny goes right back into the classrooms." Mr. Clark and the teachers, staff and students send a tremendous thanks to the community.

Special thanks to Ed Floyd, the guy in the red suit, Frank Allen, the auctioneer, and Dick Clark, the master of ceremonies for the evening. I hear that the school band did a super job and added so much to the evening. This is the kind of event that is terrific, because everyone makes a contribution.

Thanks to all who helped. A special "thank you" to Kris Lovetro and Jennifer Zimmerman who put the whole event together and kept it running smoothly.

The Toys for Tots program has been extended for one week. The new deadline will be Friday, Dec. 15. Bring those new unwrapped toys to either the Pine or Strawberry Fire Department and make a few more children extra happy.

Visiting children and grandchildren, ages 2 through 5, are invited to take part in the preschool story time at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m. Fun activities will be planned as well as a great story. Call Sandy Carver, (928) 476-3678, for further information.

AA meets each Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Pine Community Center Dining Room.

-- 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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