Come See The Light Display In Pine

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Pine and Strawberry residents had their first Festival of Lights this year, featuring a parade and a visit from Santa.

There were certainly plenty of sparks flying at the recent fire board meeting. A large crowd showed up to question the board on its decision to approve the promotion of three captains to battalion chiefs while publicly stating that there would be no salary increases this year. Unfortunately, some folks look at dissent as a personal attack rather than an opportunity to dialogue and have civil discussion regarding all sides of an issue.

It’s a cancer that seems to be affecting our nation in general — resort to labeling those in opposition, or calling those who disagree, unflattering names rather than discuss all sides of an issue.

As it turned out, the fire chief withdrew his request to promote the firefighters and the subject became a moot point, but once again we see a need for diligence on the behalf of our community to keep informed and not be intimidated about speaking out.

There were several positive suggestions put forth by folks in attendance that I would hope the board members choose to consider and perhaps implement.

Well we’re finally getting caught up on all the moisture we missed this summer. It’s a shame we couldn’t spread it out a bit, but hey it’s just nice to see everything perking up again.

Only one week to go until Christmas — can you believe it? I hope there are some good last-minute sales because unfortunately, that’s when I’m going to be doing some of my shopping!

The Pine-Strawberry Food Bank is still seeking donations of gift items for teenaged youth. Some suggestions are video games, CDs, mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, other clothing items, and games. If you would like to help out, but aren’t sure what to get, you may make a monetary donation. However, you must specify on your check that the donation is for toys — otherwise the food bank has no choice but to use the money for food items.

Donations may be dropped off at the Pine and/or Strawberry fire stations, or you may call Sue Montgomery at 476-4647, or Marti Heinert at 476-6469. Distribution of the gift items is taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, so please try to get the items in by the Dec. 20. The folks at the PS Food Bank are so appreciative of the many generous folks who have helped supply the needs of our community again this year.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host a Movie Madness event for children on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. They will be showing PG-rated “Night at the Museum, Battle of the Smithsonian.” The following Wednesday, Dec. 30, they’ll be showing Walt Disney’s “G-Force.”

The library also hosts pre-school story time each Wednesday from 10:15 until 11:15 a.m. Each week the kids participate in fun theme-related activities including stories, crafts, games and music. The story time will take place on the regular schedule throughout December.

The road work into Pine is basically complete and there are no delays happening at this time, so if you are still looking for that perfect gift for someone special, be sure to visit one of our many specialty shops. Also, if you enjoy the tradition of packing up your family and cruising around to see the holiday light displays, the 15-minute trip to Pine will be well worth your while. The whole downtown corridor is lit up in the most beautiful display imaginable and you will be glad you made the effort.

Have a great week and God bless!

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