We awoke Monday morning to a light dusting of snow on our lawn in Pine. Although it had completely melted by 9 a.m., it was a vivid reminder that winter is on its way.
In spite of the nippy weather, work continues unabated on the new ramada. This week several volunteers were able to get the plywood roof panels in place. Thanks to the generous donations from several community organizations, the necessary items to complete the project continue to be purchased.
The latest gifts include the electrical supplies needed for the lighting and also metal roofing. Pine resident, Gary Pavis of Pavis Electric has agreed to wire the building at no charge to the community. Due to this truly remarkable community effort there is a good chance that the ramada will be completed by Thanksgiving!
Tellebration Event — a few tickets remain
There are only a few more dinner tickets available for the upcoming Tellebration event. So, if you haven’t picked up yours yet, be sure to get to Sunny Mountain Realty this week.
The dinner will be held at the Senior Dining Room at 5 p.m., with the performance following at 7 p.m. For $25 you’ll receive a fabulous meal and enjoy the performance. This year’s Tellebration features eight storytellers.
You can still attend the performance even if you can’t make the dinner. Performance-only tickets are $5 and available in advance at Sunny Mountain Realty or on the night of the performance at the entrance to the Pine Cultural Center.
Remember that all proceeds will go to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. So, if possible, please bring a food item to donate as well. This year’s Tellebration takes place Saturday, Nov. 22.
Rim Country residents are invited to enjoy a warm welcome from the Pine community while listening to several talented fiddlers Nov. 19 at the Pine Cultural Center. The Fiddlers Jam begins at 1 p.m. (come early and enjoy lunch at one of our many fine restaurants before the performance!) and there is no cost.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District’s monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Pine Cultural Hall. The agenda is usually available for viewing at the Pine library, the post office or the Ponderosa Market prior to the meeting.
Don’t forget to call Marti Heinert at (928) 476-6469 if you have food, a gift or monetary donations for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.
In addition to the usual food items needed, they are seeking new toys to help make Christmas special for children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. If you have any questions about specific needs, please give Marti a call. Donations are also being accepted at both the Pine and Strawberry fire departments.
Thursday, Nov. 6, I had the privilege to attend a special event honoring our veterans at the Pine-Strawberry School.
The event was sponsored by the school’s student council and they did a fine job of organizing, welcoming and honoring some of our local heroes. The event started with the pledge of allegiance, followed by the school band’s talented rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “America.” Representatives from all of the armed forces were present and shared their names, ranks, duties in the military, years of service, and the places they were stationed.
They also answered many of the children’s questions about their military experiences. Retired Col. Art Stone shared some interesting facts such as the reason for the 21-gun salute (as opposed to say a 20-gun salute). If you add the numbers from the date 1776 (1+7+7+6), you come up with the number 21. He also explained the reason that the U.S. flag is folded 13 times — and no it has nothing to do with the 13 colonies. As the color guard demonstrated, each of the correct folds, Col. Stone read the symbolic meanings — all relating to faith, family and those who serve and sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom. If you have never heard the explanation behind the folding of the flag, I encourage you to research this amazing topic.
Afterward, we listened to 95-year-old (retired) 1st Lt. Carl Backas speak about his experience as a POW guard in Alabama during World War II. Because Carl spoke, read and wrote fluent German, he was chosen to process the captured soldiers who eventually numbered more than 3,500 in that camp alone.
He shared how the soldiers were shocked at the good treatment they received while interned — warm bunks, three square meals a day, hot showers, and paid work on farms or in various industries. He attributes mass German surrenders toward the end of the war to the letters the captured soldiers sent home telling of their good treatment.
Carl was part of a recent group of vets who traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of a special honor flight to visit the WWII Memorial — a fitting tribute indeed to a true American hero.
I am sure I speak for both the Pine and Strawberry communities in saying thank you to each of the brave veterans who have served in our armed forces, past or present. Your sacrifices may never be fully known, but they are appreciated by those of us who enjoy the freedoms you fought for.