Museum At Risk Of Losing Funding

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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The predictions are dire. We may not get needed moisture this winter. Now might be the time to begin our water rationing.

As I was rinsing out the coffee pot this morning, I realized I should be saving that water for my outdoor plants. The birds and squirrels would certainly appreciate a little drink as well. Let's start conserving now so we have enough water to get us through the summer.

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The Pine-Strawberry Museum does not have enough volunteers to stay open the required hours to receive full funding.

This is the last week to take advantage of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department smoke detector program. They will come to your home, check your smoke detector and show you how to clean it, check it and change the batteries. We all definitely need working smoke detectors. If you do not have one, a few are available through this program. Call the P/S Fire Department at (928) 476-4272.

Vigil to speak

The Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at the Library Activities Building, formerly the Kiwanis building, at the rear of the Pine Community Center. Lynne Vigil, RN, FNP, who served as health provider at the Pine Clinic for several years, will be the featured speaker. She will speak about the important subject of general health maintenance and will answer your questions. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend.

Museum needs volunteers

Beyond the fear of fire, another dire situation exists in our communities. We desperately need new faces in the volunteering department. The museum is facing the loss of some funding because there are not enough volunteers to keep it open the required hours.

The museum is such a peaceful place to volunteer. When it is quiet, it is very quiet and you can bring a book or paper to read, or bring your knitting. The quiet times also give you a chance to tour the library and delve into local history. There is so much to see and read at the museum.

When it is busy with visitors, you meet all sorts of interesting people from around the world. The museum welcomes volunteers whether they can work three or four hours a week or only one.

For more information about volunteering at the museum or to sign up, call Karen Kelly at (928) 476-4346.

Join the Historical Society

The Historical Society needs your membership. Your $20 membership helps support the museum and the schoolhouse. It also helps the Historical Society offer interesting free programs for the community. Stop by the museum or Moose Mountain to pick up a membership application. Your name, phone number and address, along with your $20 check is all that is needed.

Most everyone can afford $20 and the benefits are far reaching. Membership in the Historical Society does not require that you volunteer, although it is appreciated. Volunteers at the museum do not need to belong to the Historical Society. The Historical Society met recently and voted to donate $1,000 to the P/S Fire Department Fuels Reduction Program. Many thanks for that generosity.

Fire reduction

You will be hearing more about the Fuels Reduction Program. We desperately need to clear the fire break which surrounds Pine and Strawberry. This is an expensive task and state or federal funding is not available. It is up to each of us.

Our personal donations, no matter what amount, are vitally important. And contributions from every business and organization in our community are essential. Watch for a letter, which will be arriving within the week concerning this Fuels Reduction Project.

Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry has donated $10,000 to get the program well on its way.

Any major contribution will be mentioned in this column. Discuss it at your next organization meeting. For more information, call Mike Brandt at the P/S Fire Department.

Get children reading

"Every Child Ready to Read" is a program for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children from birth to age five, sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

The time to introduce books and reading to children begins at birth. Help them develop a love for books and reading, which opens up whole worlds of information and enjoyment to last a lifetime.

"Every Child Ready to Read" will be presented from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Pine Library Activity Room in the old Kiwanis Building.

This program is for adults only but you will be given a gift bag full of tools to bring the world of books and reading home to the young children in your life. If you have questions about this program or if you want help working with a child of any age who struggles with reading, talk to Becky at the library.

Strawberry Festival needs volunteers

One more thought on the subject of volunteers. The Strawberry Festival, if it is going to happen, needs volunteers. This is a wonderful, fun volunteering opportunity. Sign up for a few hours or volunteer to be on a committee. Your help is needed and you will meet lots of great people in your community. Watch for further word, but think about how you would like to help. It is fun.

Please provide information for this column regarding upcoming events, activities and items of interest for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry by calling (928) 476-2239 or e-mail cpwrather@earthlink.net.

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