Like most Vietnam veterans, Mike Clark, now the principal-superintendent of Pine-Strawberry School, has been tight-lipped about his military service during the war era.
That is until he agreed to allow Roundup reporter Pete Aleshire to pen a story about his career in the May 2 edition of the newspaper.
Clark said the arrival of The Wall in Payson next month prompted him to finally talk about his memories of his years in Vietnam.
The story is a fascinating one that's sure to stir the emotions and passions of all readers, especially those who remember the war years of the 1960s and 70s.
Aleshire's story also reveals that Clark is a true American hero who we all owe our gratitude.
It's obvious after reading Aleshire's story that Pine-Strawberry School teachers have a tremendous resource to call upon when they begin to teach units on recent American history.
The story also reminds us that Clark's sacrifices and those of his fellow soldiers should not have been in vain.
When The Wall goes on display June 6 to 8 at Green Valley Park, be sure to set aside time to visit and show your respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
New information center set up in museum
The Pine-Strawberry Information Center, to be housed at the Pine Museum, has been formed to support and market businesses in our two mountain communities.
Until recently, the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society and the Pine-Strawberry Museum were a part of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Pine location.
With the formation of the information center, businesses belonging to PSAHS will be given space in the museum to promote their company with business cards and pamphlet information.
That will be good news for local businesspersons because visitors to the museum can exceed 300 a month during the busy summer season.
While the Pine-Strawberry Museum and Information Center has much to offer, it also needs the support of all who live in our beautiful towns.
Individual memberships are $20, businesses are $35, or a lifetime membership is $200.
Or, if you would like to simply donate to this worthwhile group, please send your donation to PS Archaeological and Historical Society, P.O. Box 564, Pine, AZ 85544.
Calling all volunteers
The Pine Museum is looking for volunteers. Volunteers at the PS Museum require a two- to four-hour weekly commitment. Volunteers will be trained to work at the PS Museum or the Strawberry School House. The choice is yours. Call Karen Kelly at (928) 476-4346, if you are interested.
Pine Library Friends Book Sale and Raffle
Pat Sogan is donating a hand-quilted wall hanging to benefit the Pine Library Friends at a raffle to be held at 2 p.m., May 25.
Tickets for the drawing may be purchased at the library or from a Library Friends member. They are $1 each, six for $5, or 12 for $10.
Also, in the library activity room, a book sale will be held May 24 and 25. Hours are Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pine-Strawberry School promotion ceremony
The Pine-Strawberry School promotion ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. May 21. Family and friends from the community are invited to attend.
CERT classes offered
Payson area Community Emergency Response Team instructors will soon host emergency preparedness classes in Pine-Strawberry.
CERT instructors will focus on ways of preparing us to take care of ourselves, other family members and neighbors in the event of a major community incident.
Participation of the community is vital to the success of the program. For more information, call (928) 476-427. Dates and times for the program will be announced after the number of participants is determined.
School receives windfall
The state School Facilities Board has awarded a $94,918 Energy Project Implementation Grant to Pine-Strawberry School.
The money will be used to purchase and install energy-saving equipment and material that should save the district a huge sum of money.
School principal-superintendent Mike Clark estimates the annual utility cost savings to the district to be about $14,615, which equals 88,534 KWH of electricity saved and 3,147 gallons of propane saved per year.
The grant will provide for the installation of:
- Direct digital controls on all HVAC equipment. This will provide for an operator workstation interface that will allow password-protected access to schedules, set-point changes and after-hours usage.
- Classroom lighting will be controlled with state-of-the-art occupancy sensors. You enter, the lights come on; you leave, lights turn off. The existing switching will be retained for manual control if necessary.
- High efficiency vending mizer controls will be installed to reduce energy consumption of our one coin-operated vending machine during unoccupied times.
- All existing T12 lighting will be retrofitted with highly efficient T8 lamps and latest generation of electronic ballasts. This will also eliminate the current magnet ballasts that continuously draw power whether the lights are on or not.
- Existing halide HID fixtures in the gym will be replaced with T5HO fixtures providing better light quality and instant on (no warm up) capability.
- All exit signs will be replaced with new LED signs ensuring long life and virtually no maintenance costs.
- ll incandescent light bulbs will be replaced with compact fluorescent assemblies.
Clark said he hopes to learn in the next six weeks when the school will actually receive the money.