Monsoons Don’T Even Tease Anymore

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

A long line of vehicles wait in the late afternoon as bulldozers and construction crews work on a section of Highway 87 north of The Home Depot. Motorists may experience slight delays during this road widening project between Payson and Pine.

It seems as if the monsoons have given up even teasing us lately. Everyone is hoping and praying that they might still surface, but in the meantime, water is getting pretty lean in Pine.

We have been setting on Stage 3 for nearly two weeks and with the lack of rain, it seems only a matter of time before we advance to a four or five. With the horror stories coming out of Mesa del Caballo, we must consider ourselves fortunate that Brooke hasn’t resorted to hauling water yet, because unlike Mesa del, we do get charged and the cost is generally much more than a normal water bill.

It seems that unless we get some rain soon, Pine and Strawberry will be acquiring the water company at the worst possible time imaginable.

It is somewhat comforting to know that drilling new deep wells and increased storage capacity are both high on the priority list for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) board when they take possession of the water company. Still, I think we will be in for some tough times in the near future.

Fortunately, the board members also reside in our towns so they are as anxious as we are to tackle this thorny issue.

If you were unable to attend the welcome back barbecue for the AWANA Clubs, the first club meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 17. Boys and girls in kindergarten through second-grade meet from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.; third-grade through 12th-grade meet Monday evenings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The AWANA Club is sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Pine on Highway 87. If you would like to know more about the clubs, you can call the church office at 476-3552.

Community events

The First Baptist Church of Pine will also host their free, monthly community supper at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19. The church welcomes all members of our communities to come enjoy fellowship and a nice meal together.

There will be a Fiddlers Jam taking place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Pine Cultural Hall. We invite you to come enjoy this free, lively entertainment.

For students of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, there will be an early dismissal day on Wednesday, Aug. 19 as well. The kids will be released from their classes at 11:30 a.m. in plenty of time to attend a movie at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. G-rated “Hannah Montana” will be featured at 1 p.m. that afternoon and everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the show and refreshments.

The next meeting of the PSWID board is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Cultural Center. Community members are welcome to come hear the latest developments in the purchase of the Pine and Strawberry water companies.

Rifle Raffle

Members of the Pine-Strawberry Riff Raff Club are busy selling tickets for their up-coming Rifle Raffle. There will be numerous prizes including an Ithaca 12 gauge shotgun, a Winchester 22 caliber rifle, and a Remington 30/06 bolt action rifle with a scope, in addition to an electric trolling motor, a truckload of gravel, camping gear, and gift certificates, to name just a few.

The raffle will be held at the Sportsman Chalet, Sunday, Sept. 6 beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets can be obtained from any Riff Raff Club member or by calling Jim at (928) 476-3250 or Jerry at (928) 978-5507. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5, and you need not be present to win.

Bike rally

Taylor Gas Station managers Tammy and Mike are organizing an upcoming bike rally to help benefit the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. In addition to donating all registration fees, they will be donating the cost of items sold at the accompanying raffle. Although details are still coming in, the rally is currently scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20.

And that sums up another week in Pine and Strawberry.

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