From all indications, the Chair-ish Auction was a raging success.
Katie Calderon, chairperson for the Pine Strawberry Take Pride Project said proceeds from the Aug. 2 event surpassed expectations and raised a substantial amount of money for Pine library and Take Pride.
A final tally was not available, but more than $10,000 was raised.
Co-chair Gloria Fohr, Willene Smith and Gail Reese helped Calderon host the auction.
"The Chair-ish Auction Committee did a job over and above the call of duty," Calderon said.
Businesses most generous
"The businesses of Pine, Strawberry, Payson and all around the Rim Country were most generous in their gifts for the silent auction."
Calderon lauds Frank Allenor his talents as auctioneer and Barbara and Chuck Casey for playing beautiful music for the occasion.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office provided security in the Cultural Hall and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue aided by directing traffic.
Assisting Take Pride members were volunteers from the DPS Quilt Angels, the senior center kitchen, Friends of the Library, Christy Powers and Bob Ayers of the Cultural Hall.
The ticket outlets at theonderosa Market, ERA Young Realty, Sunny Mountain Realty, and Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty did a great job pre-selling tickets.
"We had wonderful artists from around the Rim Country create beautiful chairs," Calderon said. "There is a lot of talent up here."
Riff Raff Club needs camping equipment
The Pine Strawberry Riff Raff Club is looking for new or like-new camping equipment for a raffle to be held Sept. 7.
If you are not familiar with the group, they are an informal crew of good guys with only one membership requirement, buy a ball cap or T-shirt from another member. They hold meetings only when necessary and can be counted on to always help neighbors in need.
One of their ongoing projects is a series of yard sales to fund holiday baskets for families in our communities needing an extra bit of help at Thanksgiving. Last holiday season they had a few dollars left over from the yard sales and being the kind folks they are, raised enough more to adopt four working families in the Pine Strawberry area.
Their mission now is to raise even more money to purchase a wheelchair for a deserving community member.
We will have more details on the raffle coming and will pass them on, but right now, see if you can't find some camping equipment to help this very worthy cause.
Call (928) 476-3250 if you have an item or items in gently used condition that you would like to donate. Pick up arrangements will be scheduled.
Pine Library Friends' Annual Labor Day Book Sale
Labor Day is fast approaching and we really don't need to be reminded that after Labor Day, cool fall days and the holidays arrive quickly.
Which means, the Library Friends' Labor Day Book Sale is a great opportunity to pick up some reading material in anticipation of cozy afternoons by the fire. Also, there is always someone on your holiday shopping list that will appreciate a good book.
The book sale will be held in the library activity room behind the Community Center in Pine. Hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 30; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 31.
Going green in Pine
It appears residents are taking advantage of the paper recycling container sitting near the PS school campus. Each time I have dropped off paper, it is evident it is being put to good use. Just a reminder, the container, which is provided by Gila County, is located at the southeast end of the Pine-Strawberry school grounds. The container is placed along the outside of the chain link fence east of the basketball court and pavilion.
The container may be used by anyone to dispose of paper or cardboard, etc., for recycling.
Remember, this is recycling bin, not a trash container.
And, on the subject of recycling, remember to drop off aluminum beverage cans in the spotted recycling bin located at Ponderosa Market on the corner of Hardscrabble Road and Highway 87 in Pine.
This is a twofold effort, it reduces the amount of refuse at the landfill and benefits and Payson Humane Society, located at 812 S McLane Road in Payson.
If you have accumulated a supply of plastic bags there is also a resource for recycling them locally. We have two bins for this purpose, one is located at the Pine post office and there is one at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School.
Next week at Pine-Strawberry School
The Pine-Strawberry School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11 in the conference room at the school.
Also, Aug. 12 marks a big day for future scholars from our two towns.
Thirteen pre-school students will begin their academic career at 8 a.m. that morning.