Emergency Responders Card Could Save Your Life

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Those beautiful leaves have been rapidly floating to the ground and the trees are looking very bare. Now, we need to remove the leaves and pine needles from our roofs and gutters and rake them all up. Such fun.

A "Medical Information for Emergency Responders" card is now available at the administration building at the Pine Fire Station. This bright gold card is to be posted on the refrigerator so that if an emergency arises and medics are called, they will know immediately what medications you are on, your allergies, doctors and other contact information.

With the old system, a vial was stored in the freezer. No one would ever find something like that in my freezer. Medics could not take the time to search for them. This card is easily seen. If the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to answer questions, this information could save a life. Pick up your cards today. The P/S Fire Fighters Association is providing this terrific service and the cards are free.

The Toys for Tots boxes are filling, but not quickly enough. Tonto Rim Search and Rescue is sponsoring this event and the collection boxes are at both the Pine and Strawberry Fire Stations.

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to ensure a happy Christmas for a child who might otherwise have nothing. Lisa Sieracki, the voice for the fire department in such matters, reports that the Pine box has filled much more rapidly than the Strawberry box.

Should we start a contest? Let's get that Strawberry box filled to overflowing.

The P/S Food bank is in need of canned goods and other non-perishables. These also can be dropped off at the Pine Fire Station Admin building. Canned fruit is especially needed. Buy a few extras when you are at the store and help a family or two have a good holiday.

Lisa also reports that the regular brush pickup schedule has added greatly to the number of people who are cleaning their properties.

She thanks everyone for their hard work and encourages them to keep it up, and also to encourage their neighbors to do the same.

While you have the weed eater out, clear a bit along the roadways.

As the grasses die out, the potential for fire grows. But also, it sure looks nice when the roadways are cut down.

Preschool Story Time at the Pine Library is at 10:15 a.m. each Wednesday. Activities include stories, story drama, puppet shows, crafts, games and more. If you have questions, please call Sandy Carver at 476-3678.

The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is having its Holiday Boutique this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 and 26 in the craft room of the Pine Community Center. Hours each day are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All items are handmade and include a wide variety of gifts for holiday giving and decorating. Do stop by and support your local crafters.

The Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Cultural Hall of the Pine Community Center. This is a lot of fun. Bring your instrument and join in or just sit back and listen while doing a little toe tapping. These musicians volunteer their time and talents. Tell them "Thank you."

The new teen program at the library is having an information gathering meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the library. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss what our teenagers and you want from the new program. Your input is needed. Please attend the meeting. Sandy Carver is experienced in working with this age group and she is very talented. Let's make it a successful program.

Tellabration 2006: An Evening of Storytelling, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. These storytellers are wonderful. Don't miss this special event. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library or at the door. All proceeds benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library.

"Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini is the book for discussion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the library. Annetta Follmer will lead the discussion on this wonderful book. Get your book today and start reading.

Save Friday, Dec. 1, for the Children's Community Christmas Party and the Pine/Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction. All monies raised by the tree auction are used for special programs for the students. There will be entertainment, refreshments, prizes and Santa Claus. Home-school children and preschoolers are invited.

If you would like to donate a tree for decorating or would otherwise like to contribute to this worthwhile event, call Betsy at (928) 476-3283.

Get your raffle tickets for the wonderful firetruck, which will be auctioned off on Dec. 9. This is a fund-raiser for the Pine Library Friends and all proceeds benefit the library. See this truck at the library. It is a collector's item.

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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