Angels Get Ready For Marathon Quiltathon


Budding Pine-Strawberry School scientists were anxiously looked forward to a flag ceremony and assembly originally scheduled for Jan. 25.

Most were anticipating the announcement of the winners of the science fair, but, snow and the resulting shortened school day forced the cancellation of the assembly, which was postponed until the following Tuesday.

The delay didn't take any of the luster off the proceedings, as the audience cheered every science fair winner.

The open house award, an award determined by votes cast by adults attending the fair was granted to Nick Schneider, a fifth-grader. Wes Sexton, an eighth-grader won the grand prize.

Congratulations to all the winners and those who participated.

100-day winners

January 18 marked the hundredth day of school at Pine-Strawberry Elementary.

It was a special day for five students -- Dwayne Schank, Kayla Schank, Linda Lombardi, Madison Waterman, and Rachel Ralls -- who had perfect attendance.

Congratulations to these young people for an outstanding achievement.

Ready, set, sew

The DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild is inviting quilters and non-quilters to a three day quiltathon to make trauma quilts for children.

Those familiar with these Angels know the awesome task they carry out.

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 and have set a goal of 300 quilts for the three-day quiltathon.

The event will be held at the First Baptist Church on S.R. 87 in Pine.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 20, 21 and 22.

Willene Smith, chairperson for the group says there will be a job 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 Willene Smith (928)476-3587 or e-mail for more information.

Water vote

On Mar. 11, 2008 the Pine-Strawberry WID will be holding a Special Election.

This will be a "vote-by-mail "election. Official ballots will be mailed to each qualified elector beginning Feb. 18.

Election materials cannot be forwarded and it is important that your voter registration information is current.

Voter registration deadline for the election is Feb. 11.

If you have questions or to determine if your information is current call Gila County Voter Registration at (928)402-8734 or (800) 291-4452

Our water supply is an ever-present issue and we all have many questions and concerns.

There are two Web sites that offer information to help with your decision.

Rim Country water at and Water for Pine Strawberry at

Improving your computer skills

Two Gila Community College-hosted computer classes will begin in March.

Computers for Beginners, March 3 through March 26. This is a three hour class, 8:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Introduction to Computers begins March 31 continuing through May 5, Monday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All classes will be held at Pine Elementary School.

Call Gila Community College, (928) 468-8039, for more information.

~Kay Foster is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. Contact her with items for this column at (928) 476-2788 or e-mail fosterkay@

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