Lots of things to write about and not much time. Here is what I know, or think I know.
The water situation continues to be complicated, confusing and not totally straight-forward.
It is about time we all work together for a solution that will work for all of us in both Pine and Strawberry. We need the full, true story and a plan that will work.
A ribbon-cutting was held at the new Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry, just east of the bridge in Strawberry.
If you have not had a chance to take a look, do so.
Many people worked to clear debris, trim and remove dead trees, paint over the graffiti, put in a walkway and hand-rail and more. Take Pride financed this project.
Hopefully, residents and visitors will enjoy this park and respect the need to take out all garbage and keep the park clean and enjoyable for others.
Last week, I mentioned that there was a photograph in the Pine Museum of the coke factory that used to be in Pine before the Depression.
I naturally assumed my informant was speaking the truth -- but he assumed I would know it was a joke. I have not had the chance to visit this display. I will soon. Forgive me.
French Dip on the menu
Menu for August 27 - 31 in the Senior Dining Room: Monday -- Mexican chicken, rice, vegetables and custard. Tuesday -- French dip sandwich / au jus and onion rings. Wednesday -- Chicken Cordon Bleu, mashed potatoes and vegetable. Thursday -- Chef's choice. Friday -- Fried or baked cod, French fries and cole slaw. Salad bar and beverage included for $5.00. Salad bar alone is $3.00. Call 928 476-2151 for reservations.
The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will offer assistance to seniors through a community event at noon, Friday, Aug. 31.
The event is at the Pine Senior Center. Information will be available about the Medicare prescription drug program -- Medicare D, and the limited income subsidy.
There will be information about assistance with prescription costs, social security programs offering help for drug costs and help with annual deductibles, premiums and co-payments. Help will be available in applying for these programs and Medicare enrollment which must be done between November 15 and December 31. Call (928) 476-2151 for more information.
Annual arts and crafts festival
The Art and Craft Festival will be at the Pine Community Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Labor Day weekend, September 1 and 2. There will be a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. both mornings, served by the Pine Strawberry Fire Department and Strawberry's Elite. Those wonderful Navajo tacos will be served in the Senior Dining Room.
Special prices on books
Pine Library Friends will have a book sale and quilt raffle from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2 in the Library Activity Building at the rear of the Pine Community Center. There will be rows and rows of fiction and science fiction books to choose from with special pricing both days. Tickets for the raffle are available at the library or from Library Friend's members. The quilt is on display at the library. The drawing will be 2 p.m. Sunday.
Blue's Gallery in Pine is sponsoring a dog walk on Saturday, October 13. Stop by the gallery to sign up.
Flu shots will be available at the Senior Center on the following dates: 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23 and Monday, November 5. Make a note of these dates.
Steak fry success
The Steak Fry sponsored by Strawberry's Elite was a great success. Besides a good turnout for the dinner, people were most generous with their bidding on the terrific silent auction items. Many thanks to those who donated the items and also those that bid on them. This money will be used to help children and families in Pine and Strawberry.
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