Snow, Rain Perks Up Trees, Plants

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The bees are ready for spring too, but they’re still competing with snow in Pine.

One day the bees were busy pollinating the various blossoms on our fruit trees and the next day we were surrounded by a light dusting of snow.

The snow didn’t last, but fortunately we did get a fair amount of rain, so all the trees and plants seem to have perked up a bit. It’s definitely been a wild and varied spring this year. Many of Saturday’s Easter festivities went on in spite of the biting wind and cold and several folks braved the weather to attend. Fortunately, Easter Sunday dawned sunny and beautiful much to everyone’s delight.

Beginning March 1 the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department has implemented a “Plans Review Charge.”

The charge applies to most new construction projects and information regarding the fee schedule and paperwork requirement is readily available on the Web site — www.pine-strawberryfire.com. If you have any questions, you can contact Lynn Larned at 476-4272.

Campers on Mission

There are still a few time slots available to reserve the “Campers on Mission” and Church on Randall Place volunteers to help you with various projects you may have around your house.

This is the third year that the group has offered their free services to residents of Pine and Strawberry. Some of the projects that they have completed in the past are yard work (fire prevention, clearing, landscaping, etc.), housework, and light home maintenance (such as painting, minor repairs, etc.)

To schedule their services or find out more about the program, please call Pastor John at (928) 476-4249 or (928) 970-4249.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is offering a new service — a coupon exchange basket.

Simply put in clipped coupons that you don’t plan to use or take out coupons that you can use. This is another free service that the library offers to help save your family money.

The second computer genealogy class sponsored by the library will take place on Monday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. An instructor will be available to answer your questions about the do-it-yourself genealogy Web site ancestry.com.

Library news

Celebrate National Book Week with Clifford the Big Red Dog between May 10 and May 16. There will be all kinds of activities throughout the week and a chance to meet Clifford at the library’s activity room on Saturday, April 16.

Only one day left to purchase your raffle ticket to win a rocking chair and beautiful handmade quilt at the library. The drawing will take place April 18. The tickets cost $1 for one, $5 for six, or $10 for 15.

The library is currently accepting donations of new and used books for their annual Library Friend’s Book Sale fund-raiser. The sale will take place over Memorial Day weekend — May 22, 23 and 24 in the library activity room.

If you have books you would like to donate, call 476-3678, or simply bring them to the library during regular business hours.

The library will be selling raffle tickets for a special summer basket prize filled with all kinds of goodies. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. Stop by the library and pick up your tickets today — the drawing takes place Sunday, May 24.

Only a little over a week to go until the Community Family Fun Day sponsored by Take Pride and Strawberry’s Elite.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and kicks off with a “pet parade.” Parade line up is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in order to assure a 10 a.m. start.

From that time on you can enjoy food, fun, and silent auctions for both kids and adults. This should be a lot of fun for folks of all ages.

Volunteers needed

The Ponderosa Marketeers are still seeking volunteers to represent their Relay for Life team. This is a great opportunity to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The event will take place at the Payson High School track from 6 p.m., Friday, June 5 through 6 a.m., Saturday, June 6. The goal is to have enough team members so that everyone walks for about an hour.

The team is also selling luminaries which will be lit on the night of the event.

If you would like to get more information, join the team, purchase a luminary, or just make a donation, please contact Cindy Maack at the Ponderosa Market or Christy Powers at (928) 476-2239.

The first of the year “Second Saturday Shop Hop” will take place on May 9. Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. many local craft, antique, and art shops in the community of Pine offer free demonstrations, music and great prices to locals and visitors alike.

If you’re ready to shake off winter, come up and enjoy our unique array of shops and warm atmosphere. I guarantee you’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list — including yourself!

That wraps up another week in Pine and Strawberry. Hope to see you at some of our upcoming events!

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