An enthusiastic "yes" was the answer three women gave when asked if their stint in "jail" was time well spent.
Melissa Hill of Kutz, Etc., Stacy Figueroa from the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department and Kaylene Kendall, a Pine post office employee, spent an hour in "jail' last October raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
As a result of their efforts, and others like them, the MDA was able to send 92 children and teens to Camp Shadow Pines in Heber last week.
Among the campers was Pine Elementary School student Justice McNeeley who was making his first visit to the high country retreat. Upon his return, he said, "I had a blast. I can't wait until I go back next year."
In addition to the campers descending on the Sitgreaves National Forest hideaway, more than 100 volunteers, including college students, professionals and people from all walks of life turned out to help.
Also, when the buses arrived at Camp Shadow Pines the Heber-Overgaard firefighters were on site to help unload, no small task since many are in wheelchairs.
This year, the medical staff included three doctors from St. Joseph's Hospital and three nurses, all volunteering their time.
The camp offers an environment much different from the campers' everyday routines.
Daily activities include horseback riding, hayrides, wheelchair soccer and arts and crafts.
The camp theme this year was "Celebration" and each day was designated a special holiday.
Friday was VIP Day and was highlighted with a special catered awards dinner.
Summer Camp Director Marilyn Hardy said that when campers are asked what they like best about camp, comments include, "I'm not different here," "I make friends," and best of all, "It's better than Christmas."
Justice McNeeley Foundation 2008 annual quad run
omorrow, June 14, will be a great day of Rim Country fun. The annual Justice McNeeley Foundation quad/poker run will be held at the Rimside Grill, 3270 N. Highway 87 in Pine.
In addition to the poker run, a volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament, 50/50 drawing and a live auction are on the agenda.
Begin your day with a $3.25 breakfast to be served from to 9 a.m.
Contestants in the poker run may sign in at 9:30 for the 10 a.m. departure. Prizes will be awarded for the best and second best poker hands.
A volleyball tournament featuring four players to a team will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. A cash prize for the winning team has been donated by Hat Creek Electric.
If horseshoes is your game, take part in the tournament from 3 to 6 p.m.
A live auction is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. with great items generously donated by local merchants and residents.
To add to the festive atmosphere, live music will be provided by the Rockin' Ron Gibson Band.
The Justice McNeeley Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to local area children with medical needs or expenses. Call (928) 476-4416 for more information.
Weeks named to PSWID board
We think it was good news to hear Tom Weeks has been appointed to the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board to replace Susan Hall, who earlier resigned.
Almost everyone who has lived in the high country for any length of time knows Tom, the owner of Uncle Tom's Kwik Stop, and realizes he's an honorable man who will work for the good of all residents.
Tom has lived in Pine-Strawberry for about 30 years and he understands the water problems we all face.
Good luck, Tom, in helping uncover solutions.
Pine library has bugs
No need to panic, don't call the exterminator, the bugs are a part of the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library's summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug."
The Northern Arizona University Traveling Arthropod Bug Show, presented by NAU entomologist Robert Delph, will be presented from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 27. Delph will be in the Pine library activity room with all his bugs, dead and alive, and tons of instruction and information about arthropods and their place in our world.
Sandy Carver, Pine library youth program coordinator, touts this as the "biggest event of the summer reading program."
Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors searching for new member
The Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors is in need of an additional board member.The new board member's term would bewo years, beginningn July of 2008. Clinic board members ensure the presence of an operational medical clinic, which serves the Pine-Strawberry area.
Theoard meets monthly at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. For questions, or to express interest, please attend the regular monthly June 16 board meeting (atackntrance to clinic), or the annual meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 19 at the Pine Fire Departmentoard room.
Invitation to view library's community survey results
Becky Waer, manager of the Pine library is extending an invitation to all those interested in learning the results of the library community survey, completed earlier this year, to attend a meeting t 5 p.m., Thursday, June 26 at the library activity room. Light refreshments will be served.
Still to come
- The second Saturday Shop Hop will be from 4 to 8 p.m., June 14 in Pine. It is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty of Pine, Sunny Mountain Realty of Pine and the Pine-Strawberry Business Community.
- Fiddlers Jam at 1 p.m., June 18 at the Pine Strawberry Community Center.
- Music in the Pines at 6 p.m., June 21 at the Pine Cultural Center.
- The monthly Pine Strawberry Fire Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 25. The meeting will be at the Pine Fire Station. The community is welcome and invited to attend.