Civilians Needed To Help Angels Stitch Quilts In Pine

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Willene Smith and her band of DPS Quilt Angels are gearing up for their big benefit of the year -- a quiltathon.

"We've had a work day preparing and we have two more before the big three days (of the quiltathon," Smith said. "We have some really dedicated hard working gals who believe in this project so much."

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Sunlight and snow graced the landscape in Pine earlier this week.

Smith hopes there will be enough volunteers, which she calls "civilians," on hand to help the group reach its goal of assembling 300 quilts.

The event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at the First Baptist Church on the east side of S.R. 87 in Pine.

Those familiar with these Angels know all about the remarkable goals they have set...

For those not familiar with the Angels, these ladies make trauma quilts for the DPS officers to carry in their cars and give to children as needed.

The officers say it makes their job easier if they can calm a child and these quilts certainly aid in giving comfort.

Recipients include lost children, accident and fire victims and even a newborn.

Since 1990, they have made 5,114 quilts.

Smith promises there will be jobs for everyone.

If you have a straight-stitch machine, bring it and basic sewing supplies.

If you do not have a sewing machine, but want to help, please come and join these dedicated women.

There will be jobs that take no quilting skills. The quilts are already pieced and layered with backs and batting so all that is needed is for a person to sew around the edges.

A potluck lunch will be held every day and there will be door prizes for participants in this worthy cause.

Smith promises no business meetings, just lots of fun and laughs, and of course, sew, sew, sew.

Call Smith (928)476-3587 or e-mail quiltrladydps@msn.com for more information.

Cinch Hook a hot spot for cold fun

The snow that covered the Rim Country early this week is bound to attract throngs of visitors eager for a bit of winter fun. Most who visit travel to Cinch Hook near the intersection of S.R. 260 and Beeline Highway.

Cinch Hook is a great play area but a reminder from the Pine Strawberry Fire Department is that revelers play at their own risk.

The invitation is to come up, play, have fun, but be careful. In the past, the area has been the site of several serious accidents.

Also, a reminder from Lisa at the PS Fire Department is that the Food Bank is always in need of canned goods.

School board meetings changed to Mondays

The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School board will meet 5:30 p.m. February 11 in the conference room.

Meetings have been traditionally held on Tuesdays, but from this date on, will be held

on Mondays.

The board meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.

Painting workshop filled

Today, Friday, the Pine Library begins a new water-color painting workshop for home-schooled students, ages eight to 12.

The workshop will include the basics of watercolor painting, mixing colors, etc. and materials will be provided by the library.

There was room for only 20 students and the class has been filled on a first-come, first-served basis.d

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