The Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee met this week. A large part of the discussion focused on how to make residents, particularly those who do not live here full-time, more aware of the need for fuels reduction on their property. Many property owners contributed to the fuel break project and that certainly shows their support of our efforts. Any fire is dangerous, but if a fire starts inside Pine or Strawberry, we are in big trouble. Many individuals are doing great fuels reduction on their property and neighbors are working together to get the job done.
The fuels pick up service is a real benefit for these folks. The fuels pick up program is caught up on jobs, and is accepting new requests. Call the fire station, (928) 476-4272, to get your name on the list and you must fill out the form showing the number of hours you worked. These forms are necessary for funding of this project.
However, if you are heading to the brush pit and your neighbor has a pile, take it with you. Many people do not have a vehicle for transporting brush. Your help will make a big difference.
If you have neighbors who are not full-timers and their property needs attention, you might try to advise them of the help that is available and the need to get the job done for the safety of all of us. The fuels reduction crews are working in areas where it can really make a difference. Cool Pines is the focus at this time. Clearing several large properties in strategic locations around our communities is the most effective approach for these crews. That is why it is so important that we all work on reducing fuels on our own properties.
We are feeling quite secure now because of the wonderful moisture we have received. But it has been a difficult summer for firefighters. There are 853 fires are currently burning in the western United States. Firefighters from Pine and Strawberry are being sent to help fight some of these fires. But should they be needed at home, they will be here.
The Pine Library Friends meet the fourth Monday of the month. I neglected to get it in Friday's paper. Hopefully you all remembered.
As mentioned in last week's column, a questionnaire is being circulated to gather information regarding the need for public transportation. This study is being conducted by S.C.A.F., but you do not need to be a member to participate in either the survey or the program. You do need to be at least 60 years of age. The study is designed to determine the need for a reasonable transportation alternative for residents who do not or should not drive. The options being considered are travel to the senior dining room, to Payson for shopping and medical appointments and to the Valley for medical reasons or to the airport. If you have a need for transportation, fill out a survey. They are available at the senior center, the thrift store, post office, library and local churches. Return the questionnaires to the senior dining room, the thrift store or mail it to S.C.A.F., P.O. Box 1281, Pine, 85544.
AA meets at the senior center each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
School is back in session. Re-enrollment packets must be returned to your child's teacher or you can bring them to Celebrate School Night. This packet is very important and reinstates bus privileges for the year.
Preschool screenings for 3- and 4-year-olds will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. Please bring your child's birth certificate and shot records. Preschool begins Monday, Aug. 7, and runs from noon to 3:15 p.m.
School will be released at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 and at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Sport physicals for junior high students will take place at the school on Monday, July 31, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Students must have a parent/guardian signed sports physical form and a check for $15 made payable to Pine Strawberry School.
Don't miss "Celebrate School" Night on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Meet your student's teachers and all the new families. This is a very important event. Don't miss it.
We wish all our students a great school year.
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