We Made It Through Memorial Day Weekend Without A Major Fire



We survived this Memorial Day Weekend without a major fire. Everyone is being careful. We had so many people passing through our communities. Many stopped to enjoy the craft fair and other festivities. It was announced on the news that out of the 1,000 or so fires this season, 800 have been human caused. That is quite a terrible statistic. Most of it is just carelessness.

Heading from Strawberry to Pine last Friday afternoon, it was quite a sight. Campers, horse trailers and hundreds of cars were stopped on the road or pulled over into any available space. I got down to Pine but wondered if I would ever get home. Rumor was that cars were backed all the way down the highway and through Payson. It would sure help if every driver would slow down to the posted speed on the hairpin curves above Strawberry.

The Relay for Life is taking place from 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, until 6 a.m. in the morning at the track at Payson High School. Over 20 teams will be participating. Come and cheer on your local team, the Pine Library Bookworms. Each team must have members on the track the entire 12 hours. The lighting of the luminaries is at 9 p.m. tonight. The name of each survivor will be read as their luminaria is lighted. For those who lost the battle with cancer, there will be a silent moment while their luminaria is lighted. Do stop by. This is a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.

The Strawberry Patchers' 10th Annual Quilt Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 9, 10 and 11 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Admission is $1, a real bargain for the opportunity to see so many beautiful quilts. These quilts are pieces of art and most will end up as wall hangings, not thrown on a bed.

"The Opportunity Quilt," which is a team effort of the Patchers, will be on display and raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or six for $5. There will also be the vendor mall, the Berry Patch Boutique and quilt appraisals by Karen Housner. For more information or to schedule an appraisal, call Gloria Fohra at (928) 476-3623 or Grace Davey at (928) 476-4573.

The Strawberry Festival, which is in Pine this year, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 at the Pine Community Center. There will be many art and crafts booths, hand-made and specialty items, lots and lots of food and some great music featuring local talent. The PS Fire Department will have a booth with information and answers to your fire prevention and fuel reduction questions. Don't miss this year's Strawberry Festival.

Time is running out to sign the children up for the Summer Reading Program at the Pine Library. "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales" is the theme this year. Lots of fun and interesting surprises and guests are in store for young readers, ages 3 to 12. Stop by and register. Visiting grandchildren and guests are invited. The program is every Thursday in June.

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

Provide information for this column regarding upcoming events 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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