The Memorial Day Weekend is here and there are lots of activities to keep you and your guests on the go. Begin both Saturday and Sunday with breakfast served by the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. A great deal for a great cause.
The small Strawberry Fire last Friday served as a wake-up call. Many saw the smoke, heard the planes and worried. Two boys were playing with matches and lost control. However, they did act responsibly, calling 911 and staying with the fire. If they had run, the results could have been disastrous. The sheriff gave them a talking-to and they have learned a good lesson. Remind your children, grandchildren and any visiting children (or smokers) of the dangers that surround us.
Neighbors near the fire worried because they were not given any information. I visited with firefighters and pass on this message: We must trust that if a fire is threatening, residents will be notified immediately. Our fire department is working with many teams who are on the ready when the alarm goes out. Aircraft will be in the air immediately. Seeing aircraft is not a sign to panic, but to realize that help has arrived. The teamwork between various organizations is incredible.
One of the problems with fighting this fire in Strawberry was the onlookers who blocked lanes of traffic and wandered around in the path of the fire. Once the fire crew arrives, everyone needs to get back and leave all access roads open.
Very soon, all alarm sirens will be in operation. These sirens are monitored silently from the fire department. But to reassure all of us, we should soon hear them monthly.
Incidentally, some who have had property assessments completed on their property are still waiting for the fuels reduction crews. Mike Brandt is carefully selecting strategic areas that are most crucial for fuel reduction. He is working to eliminate fuels where fire could travel quickly into residential areas. The crews are hard at work clearing where it is most desperately needed.
For those clearing their own properties and needing brush pick up, the list is long and there were problems with the truck. But they are catching up. For information, call the P/S Fire Department at (928) 476-4272. You must fill out a work sheet, showing the number of hours you spend clearing your land, in order to have a pick up. Remember, no fuels reduction done by private companies can be picked up through this service. It is for residents who do their own work.
The threat of fire this year is very serious, but due to the generosity of those who contributed to the fuel break project and those who are clearing their own property, the work being done by the fuel's reduction crew and the amazing cooperation and extensive plans of firefighting crews from throughout the area, we are better prepared than ever. We live here because it is beautiful. We must be extremely careful and then relax and enjoy our wonderful life here.
Events in Pine/Strawberry
Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the Pine Community Center. There will be over 80 craft booths and lots of food and fun for all.
Pine Library Friends will have a huge selection of books at their sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at the library activity room at the rear of the Pine Community Center.
Be sure to sign the kids up for the Summer Reading Program offered every Thursday during June. Stop by the library for more information. "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales" is the theme.
Sign the children up for drama classes with Sandra Carver. Children in grades K through 12 will have fun and experience all aspects of the theater. Call Carver at (928) 476- 4682 for all the information.
The Relay for Life event is June 2 and 3 at the Payson High School track. Stop by the library and get a luminaria for a loved one who has struggled with cancer. The very meaningful lighting ceremony will be at 9 p.m. Friday. If you have friends or relatives who have lost their battle with cancer, remember them with a luminaria.
The Strawberry Patcher's Quilt Show will be in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, 10 and 11. This is a must-see event.
The Strawberry Festival will be at the Pine Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The many booths will offer art, crafts, food, music and fun. There will be games, music and special strawberry food and drink items at businesses in Strawberry. All restaurants in Pine and Strawberry will serve strawberry specialties.
Lets all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Weekend.
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