2007 A Year To Be Environmentally Friendly

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Happy New Year. Wow, it is 2007. How those years do fly by.

I am a bit behind on actually documenting my New Year's resolutions, but they have been rolling around in my mind.

U.S. News and World Report, in the Dec. 25, 2006 edition, has an article, "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2007."

The list is very interesting. Some if the ideas sound rather whimsical, such as "Learn Arabic" and "Lose the shoes," but they all offer some great advice for this new beginning.

The list does not include what I need most, which is to get organized and to put things back where they belong, but they are all worth considering.

Since I have not received much Pine Strawberry news to pass on, I will list a few of my favorites from the list:

Get happy. Drink white tea. Get pre-tested for diabetes. Book a passage to change. Learn a musical instrument. Study the sky. Write a family cookbook. Unplug the television. Take a road trip without DVDs. Read "Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century." See a glacier before it melts and turn off your dryer. One of my favorites is: Reduce your environmental footprint.

Along with the list were short paragraphs explaining them in greater depth, but just by spending a little time reflecting on these, you get the idea.

The New Year is a great opportunity to make some changes and lead a healthier and more environmentally friendly life. I read recently, that if you want to make a change in your life, doing it consistently for 30 days will make it a habit. I had better get started.

A great way to start the New Year is to give blood. What greater gift is there and at this time of the year? It is so desperately needed. The opportunity for you to donate will present itself on Tuesday, Jan. 9, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Pine. Call Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655 to schedule a time or help in other ways, like baking, registering donors and serving juice and cookies. You do not need to make an appointment, but if you do not want to wait in line, call Sheri for a time. You will be so glad you did.

To start off the year in good health, get your blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked. The nurse is at the senior dining room on the third Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Her next visit will be on Jan. 17.

Also, the senior dining room is serving wonderful lunches every weekday. Lunches are $3.50 for members and $5 for non-members. A trip through the salad bar is only $2. Chef Scott is doing an excellent job. Try it out. Become a member for only $5.

Also to start the New Year, pick up your Medical Information for Emergency Responders card from the Pine Fire Station. Fill out the information and post it on your refrigerator. In case of emergency, all your medical information will be readily available for the emergency crew. This is another great project of the PS Fire Fighters Association. They also sponsor the Guardian Angel program which is a device worn around the neck and in case of a fall or illness, pushing the button will alert help. Check it out.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, under the direction of Sandy Carver, is initiating some great new programs for teens. The Junior High Positive Players will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Pine Library. The Teen Drama/Improvisation Company will hold its first gathering at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Bring a friend and join this great new adventure. Call Sandy at (928) 476-3678 for more information.

The after school program of the Pine Strawberry School will begin a library enrichment hour each Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. The students will come to the library for a variety of activities.

AA meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at the Pine Community Center Senior Dining Room.

Get busy on those resolutions.

-- 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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