Remember Our Fire Restrictions

PINE-STRAWBERRY

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Remember: If you see someone with a fire of any kind in their yard, or any place for that matter, you might remind them of the present restrictions.

If you have a concern, call the Gila County Sheriff's Office at (928) 474-2208.

If you see a serious fire that is out of control, call 911.

The fire level is extreme. All outside fires are prohibited, including charcoal.

Smoking is restricted to inside vehicles or in an area where you are surrounded by gravel or unburnable surface.

Please remind people not to throw cigarette butts out of the car window or drop them while walking.

Remember that more than 50 percent of all wildfires are human-caused, not intentionally, but primarily by carelessness.

The big Fourth of July events are coming up, which, because the Fourth is on Wednesday, events will run over two weekends.

This means a lot of people and a lot of water use. Conservation, consideration and caution are urged.

The Motorcycle Run Benefit for the Justice McNeeley Foundation is tomorrow, Saturday. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at Sidewinders in Pine.

The run begins at 10 a.m. and you will be picking up cards in Camp Verde, Rim Rock, Cottonwood, Strawberry and Pine. Entry fee is $15 each or $25 for two people on one motorcycle. There are prizes for the two best hands and the worst hand.

A silent auction, raffles and good food, as well as live music, will be featured at Sidewinders from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Justice McNeeley Foundation raises money to help children with medical bills and related expenses. This event puts money into the account for when it is suddenly needed.

Get out there with your motorcycle or just come by and enjoy the activities and support the Foundation.

The Library Friends' summer potluck is at noon on Monday. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. To ensure a good variety of food, there is a sign-up sheet at the library. Bring a photo of yourself as a child for the entertainment segment.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Fair will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 30, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 1, at the Pine Community Center.

This event offers an opportunity for artists of every discipline to display and sell original creations in a friendly atmosphere.

Applications for booth space are available through Gail Jones, (928) 476-4480.

Come and find unusual and original gifts, both for giving and to keep for yourself. All money collected by the guild, after expenses, is distributed to community organizations. Don't miss this event.

A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. the Saturday and Sunday of the Arts and Craft Fair at the Pine Community Center. The Pine Strawberry Firefighters and Strawberry's Elite will be cooking up great pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Bring the family and all those visitors.

Those famous Navajo tacos will be served at the Senior Center.

Pine Library Friends will be having a book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, in the Library Activity Room at the rear of the Pine Community Center.

There will be a great selection of large print books. Don't miss this sale.

The Church on Randall Place in Pine will again this year have their annual block party from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 6338 W. Randall Place. There will be games for young and old, a bounce house, food, popcorn, snowcones and music. Pastor John Lake invites everyone from Pine and Strawberry to get together, meet one another and make or renew friendships. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. The contact number is (928) 476-4249. (Columnist's comments: Last year, they were having a great time and then the rain came. I hope the event is not rained out but it would be delightful to have a rain immediately following the festivities.)

The combined communities of Pine and Strawberry have formed a community action committee, Rim Country Water Committee, to review the current status of their water resources. Due to the community interest and concern, an extremely high volume of information has been submitted. Therefore subcommittees are being formed to research and review the various aspects of the situation. Interested parties are welcome to e-mail rimcountrywater@yahoo.com with questions and concerns.

A Web site has been set up and information is being added as quickly as possible. Do visit this site and avail yourself to the important facts and documents. The Web site is ponderosamarket.com. If you want names, e-mail addresses and sample letters where you can express your concerns to your Gila County representatives and members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, you will find the information on this Web site. Cindy of Ponderosa Market is allowing use of this site, but is not managing it.

Get the kids signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the Pine library during July. The kick-off is Tuesday, July 10. "Get A Clue" is the theme, with all sorts of wonderful activities and events planned. Stop by the library to sign up and get more information.

-- 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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