Chili Challenge A Success, Next Up Is Fall Fest

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The weather is glorious. Hopefully we all have time to spend a little time outside enjoying it. The leaves are just beginning to turn. How fortunate we are to live here.

The Blue's Dog Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at the Pine Trail Head. Sign up at 8 a.m. The event starts at 9 a.m. T-shirts and doggie goodie bag for all entrants.

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The winners of the Chili Challenge, sponsored by the P/S Senior Center were, first place, Dave Edwards, holding the huge trophy, second place, Midge Konager, left of Dave, and Gary Rains, right. Katie Calderon thanks Bill King, Chili Challenge coordinator, far left, for his hard work.

The Chili Challenge, sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Senior Center, drew a super large crowd of eager chili tasters. 32 contestants entered their chili recipes.

Some were hot, some were sweet, but according to circulating rumors, all were delicious. It did not take long for all the crock pots to be emptied.

The event was a huge success and plans are under way for next year's event. Winners of the Chili Challenge were: first place -- Dave Edwards, second place -- Midge Konager and third place -- Gary Rains.

Most all local businesses donated silent auction items for the Chili Challenge. Many people worked to make this event an amazing success. Thanks to all.

Senior Center menu

The menu for Oct. 15 through Oct. 19 is: Monday -- Roast turkey, stuffing, vegetable and cranberry sauce. Tuesday -- Chef's choice. Wednesday -- Meat loaf, potato and vegetable. Thursday -- Stir-fry with rice. Friday -- Tilapia, fries and vegetable. Lunches are $5.00. All meals include salad bar. Salad bar only is $3. Call (928) 476-2151 for a reservation.

Remember to sign up for flu shots which will be available at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. both days. Call the Thrift Store, (928) 476-4633 to make an appointment.

Book sale

Stock up for your winter reading at the Fall Book Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, in the Pine Library Activity Building at the rear of the Pine Community Center. There will be great books, videos, music and books on tape for your selection. The prices are very reasonable and the money helps provide great extra programs at the library.

Fall festivities

The Second Annual Fall Festival will be at the Pine Community Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be lots of family fun, games, food, flea market, silent auction and much more.

For information on the Bake Off, call Karen Blake at (928) 476-3658. Most businesses in Pine will be open for "Trick or Treaters on Sunday." Watch for more details.

In last week's column, thank you's were issued to those who helped with the blood drive in Pine. Inadvertently, DJ Craig's name was left off. It is such fun having him there and his music sets a great mood. Thanks.

Tellabration will be Saturday, Nov. 17, at the PS Cultural Hall. The DPS Quilt Angels are sponsors of this event. Proceeds will benefit the Payson Humane Society's building fun.

A neighbor gave me an article from The Arizona Republic, 10/10/07, about how inconsiderate visitors are quickly destroying the new Fossil Creek. Litter, vehicles and people making trails and human waste is quickly destroying this riparian gem.

The water is being polluted. It is unbelievable that people who would make the difficult trek to this beautiful place would not care about how they left it.

What is the answer?

Soon it will be off-limits to everyone, or we will have to pay for a pass to visit. Such a tragedy.

Please 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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