A wonderful celebration commemorating the 95th birthday of Arizona took place in Pine last weekend.
Great creativity was shown in many of the floats for the parade. The school band traveled on a flatbed truck and played patriotic favorites. The students did a great job. Lots of candy and fun things were thrown to the parade watchers along the route. Following the parade, free hot dogs and beverages were distributed to all -- 700 hot dogs were given out.
The fireworks began at dark and were terrific. The hardy gathered in the school playground to watch the fireworks, but the road was lined with people watching from their vehicles.
It was a wonderful day. Children of all ages enjoyed the parade and fireworks.
Many thanks to the Pine Strawberry Business Community for this wonderful event.
The Investment Group will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Mogollon Steak House. A big group appeared for the last meeting and there is lots of enthusiasm. If you want to be a part of this newly formed group, come to this meeting.
There was a special cleanup along Highway 87 this past week in the two-mile stretch before the turnoff to the dump. There were 13 members from Search and Rescue and five Take Pride members participating. They collected 52 bags of trash, along with large items too big for a bag, including auto parts, tires, boxes and piles of packing Styrofoam.
One of the most distressing items, although not the most noticeable to those driving by, is the thousands of cigarette butts. Not only are they unsightly and take a long time to break down, it is frightening to think that any one of these could start a fire in the dry season. Obviously careless and thoughtless smokers toss these from vehicle windows. Why can't they use their ashtrays?
Groups are needed to clean up mile sections of our highways. The area along the passing lane by the turnoff to the Tonto Natural Bridge has no one cleaning it now and it is an eyesore to our visitors. Think about it. It is not hard work, bags and vests are supplied and you get your name on a sign recognizing your efforts.
There is a drastic shortage of blood and therefore, there will be a special blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Pine. This is a holiday, Presidents Day, so many people will be off of work. If you were not able to give blood at the last blood drive in January, this is your opportunity to make it up. Call Sheri Earp for an appointment or if you can help in other ways, (928) 476-3655.
Odds and ends
The Old-Time Fiddlers will be playing in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Don't miss out on the fun.
Each Wednesday, preschoolers, ages 2 through 5, are invited to the Pine Library at 10:15 a.m. for stories, rhymes, songs, movement and creative drama.
The Positive Players Drama Group will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the library. For more information or with questions, call Sandy Carver at the library, (928) 476-3678.
The Medical Information for Emergency Responders cards are available at the administration building next to the fire station in Pine. These bright colored cards should be posted on your refrigerator so that in case of emergency, the responders will immediately know medications and special medical conditions. Check with your neighbors who live alone to make sure they have these cards filled out. Especially in the winter months when there are so few residents, it is important that we look after one another.
The Pine Library now has a Web site. You can get all sorts of wonderful information here and the site is beautifully done. Check it out: http://pinelibrary. inpayson.com.
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