The Pine-Strawberry Communities Blood Drive was held Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87.
More than 50 persons pre-registered to give blood and some walk-ins dropped by.
Drive coordinator Sheri Earp said 72 people donated a pint each by the end of the day.
All donors were entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant.
All donors also received a voucher for a complimentary one-day general admission ticket to the 2008 FBR Open in Scottsdale.
The prestigious tournament will be held Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 at the TPC Course located north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
Senior Center Dining Room reduces cost of meals
To better fit the needs of the community, the Pine/Strawberry Community Center Dining Room has reduced the cost of their meals to $4.00.
This includes the main course, salad, beverage and sometimes, dessert. Salad bar alone remains at $3.00.
Kids get credit
Once again supporters of the Pine Strawberry School came through with flying colors. The final tally for the Credit for Kids Program netted a tidy sum of $54,540.
Although the amount was lower than last year, Doris Randall of the Pine Strawberry School said this is a great amount for a small school, and expressed gratitude to all who contributed. Contributions will soon be doled out to extracurricular activities, according to the wishes of the donors.
Some choose a specific program, but many simply donated to the general fund. This means administrators and officials can use the money where it is most needed.
Last year, funds from "Credit for Kids" financed the installation of artificial turf on the softball field and the goal this year was to obtain donations to complete the remainder of the field.
The amount needed was not available at press time and we are waiting for the final dispersing of the funds.
Hoopers medal at Kenny Hartnell Memorial
The Pine-Strawberry girls basketball team placed second and the boys, third, in the Kenny Hartnell Memorial tournament held over the holiday break in Tonto Basin.
Pine Strawberry Elementary School students who made all "A" grades during the second quarter will be treated to breakfast Jan. 17 at the Strawberry Lodge.
The ceremony will be hosted by Principal Mike Clark.
The student guest list includes Diane Ludwig, Margaret Bullard, Alex DeHart, Adam Jergens, Erika Kirkham, Rachael Larned, Heather Parks, Nick Schneider, Austin Waterman, S. Flanagan, Wesly Goldschmidt, Sarah Sprinkle, Scott Jacobson, Eileen Hayes and Bethany Sprinkle.
The honor students are allowed to bring a parent with them to the breakfast.
Also at the school, the following students were named to the honor roll for posting 3.0 plus grade averages:
Fourth grade: Abby Greenleaf, Lisa Lombardi, Madison Waterman;
Fifth grade: Katie Cate, Armondo Chambers, Raf Duarte, Emma Greenleaf, Tom Kiekintveld;
Sixth grade: aynie Brogdon, Rachel Davis;
Seventh grade: oe Davis Sarah Krogulski, Sedona O'Connor, Kalynn Roggenstein, Noel Struening;
Eighth grade: Sarah Davis, and Shaylah Parssinen.
Rim Country Water meeting
Rim Country Water is asking for your support and encourages your participation at meetings scheduled for Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Pine Community Center.
The meetings will focus on introduction of candidates running for recalled PSWID seats, formation of a domestic water improvement district, financing and purchase of the current utility, and a time frame to achieve these goals.
All quiet on the Rim Country front
The good news from the PS Fire Department is that Christmas and New Years holidays were mostly accident-free.
There will be a Pine Strawberry Fire Board January Special meeting on Jan. 12 at 8 a.m. Item discussions include reviews of policies.
Cinch Hook for snow fun
Nothing brings visitors to our high country homes like snow. Most who visit travel to Cinch Hook near the intersection of SR 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. 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. Currently, there is a need for canned fruits.
New home school program at Pine Library
On Feb. 8, Pine Library will begin 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 is room for only 20 students, so students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parents can register their student by calling the Pine Library, (928) 476-3678, or stopping by the library.
Free Fruit Tree Pruning Class
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is sponsoring a free fruit tree pruning class for those of us who know the tasks should be done, but are not sure about going at them.
Walter Krison and Don Crosiar will teach the 9 a.m. class, Jan. 26 at the Pine Library Activity Room. Now is the opportunity to learn a valuable gardening skill.
Calling all Rim Country writers
The Pine library is sponsoring the Rim Country Writers -- a support group for anyone who authors fiction or non-fiction. The group is led by Carol Osman Brown.
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at the Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village on Highway 87 in Payson.
Meetings are also held the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Pine Library Activity Room located behind the Pine Senior Center Thrift Store. Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and last approximately two hours.
Call Sandy at the library, (928)476-3678 for more information.
All are welcome!
-- Kay Foster is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. Contact her with items for this column at (928) 476-2788 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.