Broken Tree Limbs All Over Pine



Jodee Smith

Broken tree limbs litter the ground after last week’s storm.

Everywhere I go around town I see broken tree limbs dangling here and there. We counted at least 13 branches torn from good-sized juniper and oak trees on our property.

Thankfully, none caused damage to any structures, but it sure is sad to see so many healthy trees damaged. At one point many of the smaller diameter trees bent over right to the ground where their tops were then buried under huge mounds of fresh snow which promptly froze solid! Let me tell you, it was a challenge just to get them loose!


In spite of a very clear e-mail stating the quilt-a-thon dates as March 4, 5 and 6, I somehow managed to print the wrong dates! So to clarify this matter, the DPS Annual Three-Day Quilt-a-thon dates are March 4, 5 and 6 — that is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the First Baptist Church in Pine.

I hope I haven’t confused anyone too much by that, but just in case you have already marked your calendar, please take a moment to make a correction so you don’t end up coming a day early.

I just want to encourage all who are reading this to consider helping out with this very worthy cause. Parents if you’ve been trying to think of ways to encourage your kids to be more involved in their community, the quilt-a-thon could be a great, fun introduction for them.

There are plenty of jobs for anyone with a heart to help, so whether you are experienced or not, why not come down and lend a hand? DPS Quilt Angels supply more than 600 child-sized quilts to the Department of Public Safety each and every year and this event helps give them a jump start toward their goals.

Imagine being part of something that touches so many lives not only during a time of crisis, but for many years beyond. Each day the quilters provide a delicious potluck lunch — and these gals can cook! — so come get to know others in your community and see how you can make a difference.

If you have any questions at all, or just want to know more about how you can help, I encourage you to call Willene at (928) 476-3587 or e-mail

Calendars for sale

The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society is currently selling 2009 calendars featuring pictures taken by Ed Toliver with scenes of Pine and Strawberry in the 1960s and ’70s.

Not only do these fascinating calendars make perfect gifts, they are a must for residents who appreciate the history of our communities.

The calendars are a bargain at $10 and you can pick up yours at The Museum (located off Highway 87 in the Pine Cultural Center), The Senior Center (adjoining the Thrift Store), Pine Country Antiques, The Yarn Shop, The Ponderosa Market, The Honey Stand and Moose Mountain.

So hurry down to one of these locations and pick up yours before it’s too late — I hear they are going quickly!

As always there are many special and on-going events taking place at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

The library has recently updated their Web site and made it even easier to keep track of future events. Be sure to check out the site then add to your “favorites.”


Join Alice Natale from the East Valley Storytellers as she treats the residents of Pine and Strawberry to an afternoon of her favorite stories at the library.

The fun begins at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Young and old alike will enjoy these engaging tales. If you’ve never had the privilege to attend an event featuring a master storyteller, this is a great opportunity to see how entertaining it can be!

Refreshments will be served afterward, so mark your calendar for next Friday.

See’s Candy

Due to the overwhelming popularity, the See’s Candy fund-raiser continues at the library.

The proceeds from the candy sales helps the library continue to offer a variety of events for library users, so if you get a craving for some delicious chocolate, head to the library and purchase a candy bar or two.

The next home school art class takes place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at the library activity room. You can also view the budding artists’ works which are on display at the library.

If you are interested in learning more about this free program, call the library at (928) 476-3678.

Congratulations to Mike Blaes who recently celebrated the opening of his new office for Edward Jones Investment. The office is located at 4010 N. Highway 87, right in the heart of Pine. It’s always good to see a business opening these days and I wish Mike the very best in his endeavor.

Computer classes

There is still time to sign up for the Works computer class which starts Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in the library activity room.

Remember, this class is free if you are at least 55 years old and a resident of Pine or Strawberry. 

Genealogy classes will be offered in March. There will be two classes, one for the True Beginner, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 11.

The second class is for individuals who have attempted to do genealogy and want to learn more and is titled Genealogy with Judy Voran.

That class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. Each class will take an hour break mid-day for lunch.

Both classes will be held in the library activity room.

There is a $10 registration fee for each class. Funds raised will go toward computer lab maintenance.

That’s a wrap for another great week in Pine and Strawberry!

Enjoy the sunshine and God bless!


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