Thieves Are Pilfering Water Campaign Signs In Pine


Reminiscent of the Peter, Paul and Mary hit tune," Where Have All The Flowers Gone," four recall candidates for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are wondering where have all their campaign signs gone.

Some think, they are being stolen as a statement of opposition against those who put them up.


Abby Silva and Adriana Marsha were among the 20 youngsters who participated in a recent water color workshop at the Pine-Strawberry library.

The pilfering of political signs occurs almost every election but we would like to think, "Not in my backyard."

However, the campaign signs for PSWID candidates are being removed at an alarming rate. Some say, as fast as the signs go up they are taken down.

Most have been removed from private property, some others from public domains. Stealing or destroying the signs is a direct blow to the candidates and the taxpayers who are also our friends and neighbors.

It is obvious, the water issue in Pine-Strawberry is highly controversial but the theft of the signs only adds to a volatile atmosphere of accusations and bad feelings.

Most thefts have been reported to the Gila County Sheriff's Office because the acts are a crime rather than the simple prank.

Stealing campaign signs is not a way to support or oppose a candidate, and besides, your momma taught you better.

PSWID special election

There is one sure way to voice your opinion and that is to vote in the PSWID special election March 11.

This is a "vote by mail" election, and if you do not have a Pine or Strawberry address on file with Gila County voter registration you will not receive a ballot.

Registered voters owning property in Pine or Strawberry have limited time to call and request a ballot. The deadline is Feb. 16. The voter registration number is (800) 304-4452.

Water color workshop

The first event in a new program for home schooled children was held Feb. 8 at the Pine Library Activity Room.

A capacity class of 20 students from the Pine, Strawberry and Payson area attended the water color painting workshop.

Robyn Bossert, former Payson school district art teacher was on hand to lend her time and expertise. Under her tutelage, the students eagerly learned the basic skills of water color painting.

Generous donations from the Payson Art league's Donn Morris and the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild made children's arts and crafts program possible.

Pine Library Youth Program Coordination Sandy Carver issued an enthusiastic thank you to all who make the workshop possible.

PS Committee Fuel Reduction Meeting

Mike Brandt of the Pine Strawberry Fire Dept said a PS Committee Fuel Reduction meeting will be held Feb.19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pine Fire Station on Hardscrabble Rd.

The public is invited to attend what Brandt promises will be an informative meeting.

Although we have water running in the ditches and mud everywhere, summer is just over the horizon. We all know the danger our committee is in when fire season arrives.

Brandt says he is hoping for a huge turnout of community involvement in the fuel reduction program.


The big day for the DPS Quilt Angels is fast approaching. The three day quiltathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 to 22 at the First Baptist Church on the Beeline.

To reach their goal of finishing 300 children's trauma quilts, the angels need the help of quilters and non-quilters.

If you have a straight stitch sewing machine, bring it and basic sewing supplies. If you do no have a sewing machine you can still help with other tasks. There will be jobs for everyone.

A potluck lunch will be served every day.

There will be door prizes, good fellowship, lots of fun and laughs, and of course sew, sew, sew. See you there.

Call Willene Smith (928) 476-3587 or e-mail for more information.


The 5,114 quilts referred to in the Feb. 1 ‘Ready, Set, Sew' article represents quilts made by participating quilters locally and statewide not just one group.

Congratulations to ALL the quilters locally and statewide who have made these 5,114 quilts.

The DPS Trauma Quilt Project, is a very successful project headed by Willene Smith for a very worthwhile cause. So join them and make this total quilt figure grow by leaps and bounds.

~Kay Foster is a columnist for the Payson Roundup.

Contact her with items for this column at (928) 476-2788 or e-mail

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