Tellebration Tickets Go On Sale Nov. 1

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Hasn’t the weather been beautiful lately? If it hadn’t been for those few days when the temperature dipped below freezing, we’d still be eating fresh tomatoes and peppers! As it is, we are down to carrots, onions and radishes.

The warm, sunny days have been teasing us outside though, as we try to get everything in order for winter.

Tellebration

Be sure to get to Sunny Mountain Realty early tomorrow, Nov. 1 to pick up your tickets to the highly popular Tellebration event.

If you have never attended before, you won’t want to miss out. Storytellers from all over the world, including Pine’s own master storyteller Don Doyle, will entertain the audience with spellbinding tales — each displaying their artistic talent in unique ways. This is truly a rare treat in our day and age.

Folks can enjoy a wonderful evening out, starting with dinner at 5 p.m. at the Senior Dining Room. The dinner tickets are $25, and space is limited. The Tellebration performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center.

If you are unable to make the dinner, you can still attend the performance. The performance is just $5 and will feature eight different storytellers.

Tickets can be purchased at Sunny Mountain Realty in advance or at the entrance to the Cultural Hall on the night of the performance.

The proceeds from the event benefit the local food bank, so the sponsors are asking each person who attends to also bring a can of food.

Tellebration is sponsored by the DPS Quilt Angels Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild.

See’s Candy

If you weren’t able to order a box of See’s Candy during the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s recent fund-raiser, you have another chance to help out. A delicious variety of See’s candy bars are currently selling for only $1.50. All proceeds from the sales are being used to purchase needed materials. So, stop by the library during normal business hours and treat yourself.

Still accepting bids

Myra Kraemer of Myra’s Gallery reports that she is still accepting bids for the following items to benefit special needs children at the Pine-Strawberry School: A Bill Ahrendt giclee print on canvas entitled “White Arabian,” a framed giclee on canvas by Myra, and a beautiful hand-stitched quilt by Olive Leah Poisall of Winslow.

If you would like more information about any of these items, you can call Myra at (928) 476-2256, or stop by the shop to view them in person.

Bids will be accepted until Nov. 15, so if you are still looking for that perfect holiday gift, head into Myra’s.

Food bank

Lisa Seracki of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department is seeking donations for our local food bank’s holiday food distribution. They would appreciate turkeys, which will be distributed to local families so that they can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

You can drop off turkeys and/or other food items at either the Strawberry or Pine fire stations at your convenience.

Managing our forests

Many individuals ranging from U.S. Forest Service personnel, county employees, Payson city officials, ranchers, sportsmen, equestrians, hikers, outdoorsmen, and a variety of others, met Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Pine Cultural Center to discuss the state of our forests. The meeting was hosted by Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin.

The main purpose of the meeting was to gather input from the various groups and individuals regarding their vision of forest usage and management. As state and federal Forest Service agencies seek to improve land management, the groups are hoping that their suggestions will ensure a balanced approach including continued public access, while protecting the important ecosystem.

Some of the issues that were addressed were trail systems, roads, respect for the forest, grazing, recreational use (including off-road vehicles and ATVs), trash removal, and the thinning of brush and dead trees. The group acknowledged the tremendous amount of work necessary to adequately address these issues, but felt that this was a good start.

Be sure to vote

It’s hard to believe that election day is almost here. It’s certainly been a drawn-out process with plenty of nonstop drama.

While there are many excuses to avoid going to the polls, ranging from discouragement to apathy, I hope that everyone of voting age considers the truly unique privilege that we have to voice our opinion.

Can you imagine what life would be like if this privilege were ever taken from us?

I sincerely hope that each and everyone will take the time to look past the rhetoric and carefully examine the issues, the records, and the convictions of those running — then get out and vote!

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