We're So Lucky To Live Away From City Lights

PINE-STRAWBERRY FOCUS

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There is a beautiful full moon in the sky as I write this column. How fortunate we are to live up here where the city lights do not obscure our view of the night sky. It is beautiful.

The Fiddler's Jam Session is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Enjoy some great music in air-conditioned comfort. These talented musicians are willing to share their talents with us. There is no admission charge. If you play an instrument, bring it along. Otherwise, just clap, tap your toes and sing along with the music.

The Fire Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. Last month, 150 people showed up for this important meeting. But each of these meetings is important and we need to continue to show our support. The Pine Strawberry Fire Department is supported by our tax dollars and they are here to serve our communities. If we do not attend these meetings, we are telling them we do not really care what they do with our tax money and for our communities. Let's make the effort to go to the meetings, which are the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Pine Fire Station. The board was amazed at the attendance last month. Let's keep them amazed.

There was a meeting this week of the PS Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee. The fuels reduction project has grown beyond the expectations of everyone. As a result, some of the programs are swamped and behind. Those who had the fuels assessment on their property are still waiting to get the work done while they see other properties being worked on. It is frustrating. Others are waiting for the assessment. Mike Brandt has been working nonstop trying to make our communities a safer place to live. We all need to be patient. But also, we need to do what we can do for ourselves. Look around your property and you will easily be able to see some things that need doing that you can do for yourself.

The fuels pick-up program was finally catching up and now the little CAT blew a tire. That will set the project back a day or two. One major problem has been folks who contract with a company to have the work done and then that company expects the fuels pick up program to pick up the brush. This program is designed only for people who are doing their own work. If you hire someone to come in and do some clearing for you, make sure your contract includes brush removal.

And, by the way, if you are taking a load of fuels to the brush pit and you see some bags of brush in your neighbor's yard, ask if you can take theirs along with yours. That is one way that we can help each other and do our part for the fuels reduction program. We can all make a difference with this project by doing work on our own property, helping our neighbors and doing a little weed eating along the roadway.

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