Last week in this column, I passed on some ideas for the New Year found in U.S. News and World Report, from an article titled, "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2007."
The best thing about a New Year is that you can start it with a clean slate. I wish I could share the whole article, because it is filled with world changing ideas, but one more I can pass on because of its impact on our world and its simplicity is, "If every home replaced three light bulbs, switching from incandescent bulbs to more efficient compact fluorescents, that would be the equivalent to taking 3.5 million cars off the road."
We are so quick to complain, but seldom do we stop to offer our appreciation for a kind deed or action. Here is a heartfelt "thank you."
Chris, Linda and Betty Tetzloff want to thank Mike Brandt and the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Fuels Reduction crew for clearing unsafe dead trees from a vacant lot near their home.
Trees have fallen in the past damaging their fence. They feared a diseased tree falling on their home. Many thanks to Mike and the diligent crew.
Many of our absentee neighbors have grossly neglected their properties and are putting us all at risk, not only of falling trees but of fire. If you have a neglected and overgrown lot in your neighborhood, write a note to Mike Brandt at the P/S Fire Department with the name of the owner, an address if possible, and the lot and fire number and subdivision of the property. The property owner will be contacted and advised of the seriousness of the situation. Often, further action is not needed, but if it is, there are steps to be taken.
The Fiddlers Jam Session is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. This is great fun. Bring your fiddle or just come and enjoy the foot-stomping, hand-clapping great music.
The Teen Drama/Improv Company will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Pine Library. Whether you want to work on stage or behind it, or just want to be part of the company, come to this first meeting and bring a friend.
The new Investment Club will have its first meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Mogollon Steak House in Strawberry. Come to this initial meeting to see what it is all about.
If you want to join, the initial investment is $50 and $25 is invested each month. This money becomes part of the ongoing investment package. The members of the group make recommendations of a wide variety of stocks, discuss and research them and then invest. For more information, call Karen Blake at (928) 476-3658. For a full description of the club, read the interview with Karen in the Payson Roundup, published on Jan. 5.
Pine Library Friends will meet at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Library Activity Room. David Bollard, a Strawberry resident and retired pharmacist, will speak on drug interactions. He will also answer your pharmacology questions. Mr. Bollard worked for Walgreens for many years and in several hospitals. He is a University of Arizona graduate.
Everyone is invited to attend this interesting meeting and the refreshments will be wonderful.
The Jr. Hi Writer's Group will have their next meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the library. Bring something that you wrote or something that to read, that you love and want to share.
I will be doing some traveling over the next several months, which means my columns will be prepared and submitted from Anyplace USA.
All items to be included in this column should be e-mailed to me at the address below as soon as possible before the desired date of publication. While away, I will not have access to my fax machine.
The purpose of this PS column is to spread the word of local events and activities. If I do not know about them, I cannot write about them. Thank you.