Take Pride Names Volunteers Of The Year


Take Pride Project 2007 volunteers of the year honors have gone to Bill Armbruster and Dave Prechtel.

Ira Gibel, president of Take Pride Project introduced the two recipients June 18 at Rimside Grill to onlookers that included a group of TP members and their invited guests. At the luncheon, Gibel also described the two as volunteering many, many hours, giving tirelessly and always willing to help out.


Take Pride Project 2007 volunteers of the year honors have gone to Bill Armbruster and Dave Prechtel, who are shown with Tommie Martin, District 1 County Supervisor.

Tommie Martin, District 1 Supervisor, was on hand to offer congratulations and present plaques to the honorees that commemorated their service.

Take Pride Project members are constantly working at tasks designed to add to the beauty of Pine and Strawberry, and also help by maintaining and improving public buildings and monuments in our area.

Members can often be seen directing traffic and lending a helping hand at local charitable functions. Almost everyone living in our two mountain hamlets have benefited from the endeavors of the group.
For more information about Take Pride, call Gibel at (928) 476-5109.

Summer Block Party

The Church on Randall Place's annual block party will be from 4 to 8 p.m. July at 6338 W. Randall Place in Pine.
This community event offers fun for all ages. There will be a bounce house and games for the youngsters. Great food will be available including snow cones, popcorn and hamburgers. Live music will add to the festivities.

John Lake, pastor of the Church on Randall Place is inviting everyone to come out for a wonderful evening of food and fun.

For those who have not yet met Lake, he was a professional mountain bike racer before becoming a clergyman. He won many Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championships and was a frequent winner of the Payson Mayor's Cup bike race when it was still held.

The block party is a great opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. And, if you are into cycling, Lake might share a few tips.

Lake says, come out and enjoy the cool evening with family and friends. There is no admission charge.

Free prescription discount card available

Residents of Gila County are now eligible for a free prescription discount card. As a result of a joint effort of Gila County government and the National Association of Counties, the card is available and can be used immediately at participating pharmacies. All pharmacies in Payson accept the discount card.

You and your family may use the prescription discount card any time your prescription is not covered by insurance. There are no restrictions and no limits on how many times you may use your card. Savings average 20 percent.

Cards have been placed in the lobby at the Pine post office. Call (877) 321-2652 or visit the Web site, caremark.com/naco, for more information.

No charge for brush and pine needle removal
Keeping our yards and lots free of brush and pine needles is always important but with the hot, dry and windy days we are experiencing, the fire danger isncreasing. Since it may be a whileefore monsoon rains arrive,he Pine Strawberry Fire Department is offering a valuable service. They will pick up brush and pine needles at no cost to the residents.

The pickups are scheduled on a rotating basis and there is no need to call. Here's the routine:

Place brush and leaves in bags on the side of the road where they can easily be accessed with a skip-loader. Pine needles should be stacked, but not placed in plastic bags. No logs bigger than six inches in diameter or eight feet in length will be picked up. Although there is no fee for this huge community service, the fire department is eligible to receive grant money if homeowners fill out worksheets. The community worksheet is available at the fire station or can be downloaded from the Pine-Strawberry Fire District Web site at: http://www.pine-strawberryfire.com/

Go to grant info and click on "download community time sheet."

Coming in July

  • 28th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Show -- July 4-6, Pine -- Strawberry Community Center
  • Pine Library Friends Book Sale -- July 4-6, Library Activity Room
  • Fiddlers Jam -- July 16, Pine-Strawberry Community Center
  • Pine Library Summer Reading Program Reward Luncheon and Creepy Crawly Bug CafĂ© -- 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 18, Library Activity Room
  • Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic Board of Directors annual meeting -- 10 a.m., July 19, Pine Fire Department board room.

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