Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Hosts Summit

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The board of directors of the Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic will hold their annual meeting at 10 a.m., July 19 in the Pine Fire Department board room.

The meeting is open to the public. This is an opportunity to express your feelings regarding the functioning of our community clinic, be it praise, concerns or questions.

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Chuck and Barbara Casey of "Trouble in Paradise" will provide plenty of toe-tapping tunes at the upcoming Chair-ish Auction to benefit the Pine library.

Also, theoard is still seeking twoew members to assist in coordinating the functioning of the clinic.The new board members' terms are for two years, beginning in July 2008. Clinic board members ensure the presence of an operational medical clinic serving the Pine-Strawberry area. The board meets monthly, at 5 p.m., the third Monday of the month.

Tickets on sale for Chair-ish Auction

Buy tickets now for the Chair-ish Auction and support Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The annual auction, to be held Aug. 2 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall, is sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Take Pride Project. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a preview of the chairs to be auctioned. The always-lively auction begins at 6 p.m.

Frank Allen will have a busy time auctioning off the many beautiful chairs, each a work of art.

A silent auction is also on the agenda. Among the auction items is an autographed copy of Jim Paxon's book, "The Monster Reared His Ugly Head," an account of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.

Paxon, now known as "The Fire Guy," said he wrote the book because so many people asked him to tell the real story of the 2002 inferno that ravaged much of northern Arizona. At the time of the blaze, Paxon was the U.S. Forest Service's lead information officer and was widely thought of as the face and voice of the fire.

A review of the book reads, "Jim weaves together human stories with operation facts that not only captivate the reader, but educate them on the intricacies of fighting this dramatic fire."

Of course the book hits home for most of us who live in the Rim Country and recall the daunting days the Rodeo-Chediski seemed to be a threat to all of Arizona.

There are also many of us who volunteered during the blaze, especially in Payson where residents of Heber and Overgaard were evacuated.

The book also includes 300 spectacular photographs, many of them taken by the firefighters on the line.

Also at the upcoming auction, stained glass art pieces, children's chairs and other treasures will be offered.

The DPS Quilt Angels have contributed a beautiful quilt to be raffled

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Among the items up for auction at the upcoming Chair-ish event is a John Deere chair.

Chuck and Barbara Casey of "Trouble in Paradise" will entertain the crowd with toe-tapping tunes.

To round out the evening, delicious hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be served.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 and are available at the Pine library, ERA Young Realty in Pine, Sunny Mountain Realty, Bishop Realty and Ponderosa Market, or from any Take Pride member. The cost of the tickets at the door is $12; children under 12 are $5.

Pine Strawberry School bus schedule

Pine Strawberry Elementary School will commence regular school bus services on July 28, although there is early release at 1:30 p.m. on that day. A full day schedule begins on July 29.

For our high school riders:

July 29 -- reshmen Orientation Day.The bus will make its normal morning run on this day. If a student does not get picked up in the community, the high school bus will depart Pine Strawberry Elementary School for Payson at 7:45 a.m. Students will be picked up at 12:30 p.m., arriving back in Pine at 1:10 p.m.

July 30 -- Normal school day bus service.

Sports/Activity Bus. Exact schedule to be determined as soon as the high school lets Pine Strawberry Elementary School know what they need.

Call the Pine Strawberry Elementary School office at (928) 476-3283 if you have questions.

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