In raising our children, two of the most dreaded words were "science fair."
Years later, we find ourselves continuing to guide our grandchildren through science projects.
Our now-18-year-old grandson chose, as a 10-year-old, a science project that focused on a family vacation.
His science agenda was not one of the more popular activities on our vacation.
All those memories remind us that the Pine --Strawberry Elementary School science fair is Jan. 22 to 25.
The junior high competitors will be awarded grades for their endeavors. Be sure and check upcoming editions of the Payson Roundup for details of the competition.
Successful blood drive
Pine-Strawberry Communities Blood Drive coordinator Sheri Earp is calling the recent drive an overwhelming success. More than 50 persons pre-registered to give blood and an additional 22 people dropped by to bring the total number of pints contributed to 72.
Success stories like this are not possible without the help of exceptional people giving their time and efforts.
Special thanks to the First Baptist Church for providing the beautiful space to house the drive, and to DJ Craig for playing music that made for a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks also should go to volunteers Fran Oestmann, Sharon Weir, Christy Powers, Bev Snidecor, Annetta Fullmer and Dave Earp. They kept things running smoothly from registration to serving snacks to the donors.
If you see any of these volunteers out and about, give them a smile, a pat on the back and a thanks.
Also, the drive would not have been the same without the contributions of Safeway, Pine Village Bakery, Uncle Tom's Quik Stop, Brooke Utilities, Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant, Pine Deli, Dale Oestman, and Dianne Mitchell.
The lucky winner of the drawing for the Pine Verde restaurant gift certificate was Gary Taylor.
And last, but absolutely not least, thanks to the 72 who gave. The front of the information card given to the donors said it best -- "you're our hero" and "thank you."
The Hashknife Pony Express will be riding Jan. 30 into Payson to pick up mail.
If you want to have a letter carried and marked with a special cancellation stamp, pick up a mailer at the Pine (or Payson) post office. The cost of the 50th anniversary commemorative mailer is $1.
The mailers should be returned to the post office before Jan. 30. Be sure to take them inside to the counter so they can be placed in a special bag for pickup.
The Hashknife Pony Express is a nonprofit organization and relies on sponsors and donations. The proceeds from the mailer help with the operational cost.
Think about this, how exciting would it be for your granddaughter or grandson to go to" show and tell" with a letter delivered by the Hashknife Pony Express?
Consider this a "heads up." Pine Strawberry School spring pictures will be taken Feb. 20.
Also, a family portrait session is being arranged. The hours will be announced soon. Picture day is a month away but who wants to hear," pictures today" as your child is leaving for school, or worse yet," we had pictures today," when they return home from school.
Save box tops
Just a reminder, continue to save box tops for the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School.
Send them to the school or drop them off in the collection envelope at the Pine post office. The products eligible are easily identified -- they have the "box top for education" logo prominently displayed on them.
The school receives a check worth 10 cents for each box top redeemed. The tally for this school year has reached $182.80. It's amazing what we can accomplish, one box top at a time.
Remember to drop off aluminum beverage cans in the spotted recycling bin located at Ponderosa Market on the corner of Hardscrabble and SR 87 in Pine.
This is a twofold effort, it reduces the amount of refuse at the landfill and benefits the Payson Humane Society located at 812 S. McLane Road in Payson.
Pre school storytime
The children's department at the Pine Public Library is hosting a "Pre-School Story Time & Activities" every Wednesday beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Children ages two to five-years are invited to attend and enjoy stories, music, rhymes, movement and creative drama.
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 class, Jan. 26 at the Pine Library Activity Room. It begins at 9 a.m.
The class is a great opportunity to learn some valuable gardening skills.
-- 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.