The Pine Library Bookworms, under the efficient captainship of Becky Waer, exhibited lots of community spirit and pride throughout the night at the Relay for Life, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Over 500 people were on the 22 teams and over $45,000 was raised, well ahead of the $28,000 total last year.
The organizers of this event did a super job. It is not easy to stay awake all night, but seeing those kids play football, searching for scavenger hunt items, hula hooping and doing the limbo, showed just how young many of us are no longer.
DJ Craig kept us awake with lively music, but we were all ready to crash after the 6 a.m. closing ceremonies.
The survivors, wearing purple T-shirts, took the first lap.
There were lots of them and it warmed my heart. Those survivors then joined their own teams and walked throughout the night. Young and old, some with canes, many couples holding hands, these survivors are happy to be wearing that purple shirt and we are all so proud of them. Several of them were on our team. They are to be admired.
The Payson High School Track was lined with luminaries, one for each remembered survivor or for those who lost the battle. At 9 p.m., these were lighted and all other lights were turned off. Each name was read aloud as we walked slowly around the track. It was amazing. Many worked very hard to make this a success. Next year, don't miss it.
Big weekend at Pine Community Center
The Strawberry Festival, featuring all things strawberry, plus many booths, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.
A wide variety of crafts and art will be available including the Emu Ranch, Horny Toad Jewelry, Wildfire Pottery, Rustic Wonders, Wood-n-things, Crystal Light Jewelry, Pacific Leather, the Bag Lady, Hordes of Gourds and Laughing Crow Flutes.
Live music and a terrific variety of food choices will keep you full and entertained. Strawberry pie, fresh strawberries and strawberry jam will be available. Strawberry food items will be on the menu at all local restaurants. The Rim Country Regional Chamber sponsors this event.
Strawberry will have its own celebration. All the businesses will have fun, games, music and strawberry items on a special menu. There will be a shuttle running from Pine to Strawberry and another going from the center of Strawberry to the Strawberry Schoolhouse.
The Strawberry Patchers' Amazing Quilt Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Cultural Hall. You just cannot imagine the amazing design and beauty of these quilts. Admission is $1. Buy your raffle tickets for the beautiful Opportunity Quilt for $1 each or 6 for $5. The money from these tickets is used to buy fabric and supplies for the 200-plus trauma quilts, which are made each year and given to DPS officers for children in stressful situations.
There will be a blood drive in Pine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87. This is a great opportunity to help in a very personal way. Your blood is always needed and put to great use. Volunteers are also needed to check people in and make and serve refreshments. If you can help, or to schedule an appointment to donate your blood, call Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655.
Rimside Grill is having a Wine Tasting Dinner on Monday, June 19.
Call Tamara at (928) 476-3349 for information and reservations.
The road from Payson to Pine, a beautiful drive, is totally littered with garbage. Last weekend, there were two large, full trash cans at different places along the road. You cannot have one of these fall out of your vehicle and not know it. Paper was scattered everywhere along the roadsides.
How does this look to our visitors? Are we no longer teaching our children and grandchildren about the responsibilities of caring for our earth? I always wonder who these people think will pick up after them. Let's keep this place that we love clean.
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