Traffic on Highway 87 last Friday certainly brought some media attention to the Rim Country, although not the kind we might like.
However, that traffic brought lots of visitors who enjoyed shopping and eating in Pine and Strawberry over the weekend.
The pancake breakfast was a great success.
The Senior Center ran out of Navajo tacos and businesses and restaurants had record sales.
Hopefully, those who had booths at the Arts and Craft Festival were also pleased.
Pretty much everyone was happy, except those who sat on 87 in the heat for two extra hours.
Sitting on my deck on the Labor Day Monday morning, I watched a steady stream of RVs and cars coming down the hill from the Rim.
It is amusing that most people spend the actual holiday driving, because the traffic is so awful.
Crock pots of chili
Get to work perfecting your famous chili recipe. There will be a Chili Cook-Off at the Senior Dining Room on Oct. 6. Bring a crock-pot full of chili.
Since this is the first annual, it is your chance to make history. Watch for more details.
Enrichment activities at library
There are some new projects for kids at the Pine Library.
Special programs will be offered for home-schooled children ages 6 to 18, from the Pine/Strawberry area. In an effort to provide the kind of programs home-schooled families would like to have.
There is a brief survey at the library for parents to fill out.
Ideas are welcomed. Please stop by and fill out the survey. Sandy Carver is looking for your suggestions.
The Pine Library is delighted to be partnering with the Pine/Strawberry School in order to provide enrichment activities for our school children.
Currently, there is a weekly 45-minute drama workshop for junior high students.
Also, there is a once a week after-school enrichment session for the children in the after-school program.
Walk your dog
Blue's Gallery in Pine is having a dog walk on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Sign up early and pay $25. Day of event, it is $30 and kids are $15.
The walk is three miles and begins at the Pine Trailhead. Proceeds will help the Payson Humane Society and Pine/ Strawberry School.
The Pine/Strawberry Fuels Reduction project has removed 350 tons of brush from our communities.
A thousand acres of fuel break work is going on around Pine and Strawberry.
There have been some problems in certain areas regarding fuels pickup. Stay tuned for an update.
Stack the brush on the side of the road where it can be easily spotted.
The truck does break down too often. Efforts are being made to solve that problem.
Do be sure to fill out the form showing the number of hours you have worked to clear your property of brush.
If you have bought any equipment for fuels reduction, keep your receipt and record the purchase on the form. That also contributes toward our grant.
The word in the woods is -- the bark beetles are back.
Hopefully, with the amount of rain we have had, their impact will be limited.
Tuscany Pasta Toss
The menu for lunch at the Senior Center in Pine is as follows:
Monday - Chef's choice,
Tuesday - Beef and cheese enchiladas, rice and beans.
Wednesday - Hot Reuben sandwich, (tender corned beef, Swiss cheese on rye) and onion rings.
Thursday - Bow-Thai chicken stir fry over rice and dessert.
Friday - salmon, cold Tuscany pasta toss with blue cheese, walnuts, etc.
Salad bar and beverage included with lunch for $5.00.
A trip through the salad bar only is $3.00.
The dates for the flu shots at the Senior Center have been finalized. They are Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 5 p.m. every Sunday evening at the Senior Dining Room.
Enough plastic bottles are thrown away each year in the United States to circle the Earth four times.
Isn't that an awful thought?
I read recently about the amount of debris that is floating around in outer space. Who will pick up that litter?
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.