It’s a rather slow news week in Pine and Strawberry. I guess everyone is recovering from Christmas and scratching their heads wondering how it is that we are already in 2010! Even the Christmas break seemed shorter than usual this year.
At any rate, my “To Do” list is the only thing that doesn’t appear to have lessened.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, 88 percent of folks make New Year’s resolutions, but only 20 percent actually keep them. I’ve decided to be part of the 12 percent that doesn’t bother!
Of course when I told my 17-year-old son that little tidbit he informed me that 95 percent of statistics are made up on the spot (including that statistic I presume).
At any rate, for those of you brave enough to make a resolution, may you be one of the few brave souls who succeeds.
I was so sad to see that another person lost her life after veering off the side of Highway 87 and down a steep embankment south of Pine last week. So many folks in the area had hoped that part of ADOT’s improvements north of Payson would include guardrails along the more treacherous stretches of road. There is no doubt that adding the turn lane into Bradshaw and the Pine Trailhead, while widening the shoulders will help alleviate accidents and delays near Pine, but the guardrails would help along the many twists and turns that have caused so many accidents between the two towns. The elk, deer and varmints crossing the road add to the element of danger as well, so even if you know the road blindfolded, please slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
Most folks will be resuming their post holiday routines on Monday, Jan. 4, including the students at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. Shortly after their return, they will participate in the school spelling bee. Good luck to all the participants!
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library has re-scheduled the movie “Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian” for Wednesday, Jan. 13. The original date was canceled due to the snow. The movie will take place at 1 p.m. which is an early release day for the students at the school and all youth are invited to participate.
That wraps up a quiet week in Pine and Strawberry. I wish you all the very best for the coming new year!