Bruce Thompson Named Take Pride Volunteer Of The Year

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Bruce Thompson has been named Take Pride Project's Volunteer of the Year. Many letters of recommendation were received for Bruce.

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The Take Pride Project has named Bruce Thompson as its Volunteer of the Year.

His contributions to our communities include: president of SCAF, manager of the Senior Thrift Store and overseer of the Senior Dining Room.

It is well known that he is always willing to help wherever it is needed and he is eager to cooperate with other community organizations. He volunteers at least 32 hours a week at the Pine Community Center and his total volunteer hours for 2005 were 1,358. Wow. Congratulations, Bruce.

Bruce will be honored at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Rimside Grill in Pine. Tommie Cline Martin, our Gila County District 1 Supervisor, will present the award. Refreshments will be served. Please come and express your appreciation to Bruce for his dedication. You will also have the opportunity to talk with Tommie Martin about her efforts on our behalf regarding fuels reduction programs.

Several very deserving names were submitted for the Volunteer of the Year Award. We could only choose one. Begin thinking about who should receive this honor next year.

Fuel reduction

The Pine/Strawberry Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee met this week. The group is extremely appreciative of the tremendous response to the request for funds for the fuel break around Pine and Strawberry. This hand crew is hard at work. Many have been hearing the quickly moving buzz of chain saws. Some have expressed concerns that some trees are still standing within the fuel break. This crew can only remove trees that are less than ten inches. The forest service will come through later and remove the larger dead trees.

Many, many thanks to all who contributed to this fuel break project. It certainly shows how much you all care about our communities. The response has been beyond expectations. If you have not yet contributed, do your part and send in a check. All the funds will be used for local fuel reduction.

Send checks to Fuels Reduction Project/Take Pride Project, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544.

Many thanks for your continued support. The Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee is grateful to Take Pride for allowing us to use their nonprofit status, their bulk mail permit and for handling the incoming checks.

This fuel break gives our communities good protection from fires coming in from outside the fuel break. The worry now is all the fuels on private property within Pine and Strawberry. Is your property fire-safe? Do you have concerns about your neighbor's property? Stop by either the Pine or Strawberry fire department if you have questions or concerns. And remember that brush from your property will be picked up free of charge. Contact the fire department for details. Call (928) 476-4272.

Other P/S events

The "fill a bag for a buck" with clothes sale at the Senior Thrift Store in Pine ends tomorrow, Saturday, April 1. Stop by and refresh your spring wardrobe.

The Pine Library is having a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in the library activity building at the rear of the Pine Community Center. Don't miss out on this great sale of books, videos and books on tape.

The Fire Board Meeting is the third Wednesday of each month at the Pine Fire Station. Members of the community are encouraged to come and voice your opinions. Your taxes are at work here and your input is very important. We all need to understand the issues and concerns of our fire department. Plan to attend the next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

OneBOOKArizona is featuring "An Unfinished Life" by Mark Spragg. The book discussion will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the library. The library has several copies of the book, but there might be a waiting list, so check with them today. Call (928) 476-3678.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine is building a team to take part in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The event will be June 2 at Payson High School. If you would like to be a part of this fun team, contact Becky Waer soon at the library.

My fax machine is back in operation. It is amazing how we count on these machines. Unfortunately, after being unplugged for over a week, I have had to reset the whole thing. Very painful. Hopefully, I did it correctly but it is seems to be working.

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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