Library, Other Groups, Need Volunteers

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Other than the worry about fire, not much is happening around Pine and Strawberry, so far as I am hearing. Everyone appears to be resting up after the holidays and apparently, many people were sick with that awful flu-like sickness that was going around. Hopefully, our colder weather has chased all the "sick-bugs" away.

The library continues to be busy; in fact it is so busy, more volunteers are needed. Several of the longtime regulars have moved away. Working at the library is fun. And what could be better than to surround yourself with books and nice people? Becky and Ann are very good to their volunteers. It is like one big family. If you have time and want to contribute to your community, stop by the Pine Library and talk about volunteering. Three or four hours a week would be terrific, and you would be able to see all the new arrivals, as well as get to know the people in your community. It is a warm, cozy and friendly place that needs your smiling face.

The library has acquired a lot of new, fun, nonfiction books that are now in the "New Book Section," There are how-to's, cookbooks and travel books, to name a few. These categories are the favorites of many library visitors. Stop by and see what's new. These cold, dark evenings are great for sitting in front of the fire and reading a wonderful new book.

Book Buddies 2006 is a story time and craft program for children, ages 3 to 5, which meets at the Pine Library at 11:15 a.m. each Thursday. Children regularly participating in Book Buddies 2006 will receive their own library cards and should arrive at the library at 11 a.m. to check out two books and/or videos of their choice. After the story time, at 11:50 a.m., a library staff member will walk the preschool children to Pine Elementary School. Parents of kindergartners should be at the library by noon to pick up their children, as they are finished for the day. Anyone with questions about the new program is invited to stop by the library and talk with Becky or Grace, or call them at (928) 476-3678.

Remember, the new emergency phone number for the fire department. You now dial 9-1-1. The old emergency number has been disconnected. The non-emergency and business number is (928) 476-4272.

Volunteer opportunities and volunteer organizations are plentiful in Pine and Strawberry. If your New Year's resolutions included giving back to your community, there are lots of choices. The library and food bank need volunteers. Someone is needed to organize the blood drives for Pine and Strawberry. This is a great job for someone who cannot give blood but who wants to help. Strawberry's Elite and Take Pride are two of the organizations that are looking for good volunteers. And 4-H in northern Gila County needs people to work with children in archery, gardening and other areas of interest. Your group could meet in Pine or Strawberry. Contact Lani Hall, (928) 474-4160, with questions about 4-H.

That is all the news that is fit to print -- at least that I know about.

Please 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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