Melting Snow Filling Up Creeks And Drainages

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All of the creeks and drainages are full as the snow melt continues.

Everything is one big mud pit right now, but the warm days are starting to dry things out in at least some areas.

Pretty much everywhere you look along the highway or in yards there are signs of damaged trees, but for the most part, once the broken limbs are removed, the rest of the tree seems to be fairing well.

The most amazing thing is the size of the oak and juniper branches that busted off, and the trees that seem to have split right in two!

A few people report that they had entire trees break, but for the most part, the ponderosas that have fallen were already dead anyway.

The fire department is taking advantage of the wet conditions by resuming the controlled burns.

It seems that we’ll be entering into the dry season as prepared as we’ve been for a while. Let’s all try to do our part and be a good neighbor by cleaning up our own yards, too.

The Pine-Strawberry Riff-Raff Club is hosting a birthday party for one of its original members, Miss Betty Wyatt, who recently turned 90 years of age.

The celebration will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry.

There will be a potluck luncheon, so bring your favorite dish and head up to Strawberry to help Miss Wyatt celebrate this very special occasion.

Quilt-A-Thon is coming

Less than a week to go before the big DPS Annual Three-Day Quilt-A-Thon begins.

The event kicks off Wednesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church off of Highway 87 in Pine.

The Angels will be hard at work until 4 p.m., stopping only to enjoy a scrumptious potluck lunch.

They will return on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, again from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m., in hopes of making as many quilts as possible to supply the entire Department of Public Safety fleet throughout the state of Arizona for another year.

The child-sized quilts are distributed by the DPS personnel to help comfort trauma victims who they encounter in the course of their duties.

Quilters and nonquilters alike are welcome to come and help with a variety of tasks needed to complete the quilts. Whether you can spare an hour or an entire day, the DPS Quilt Angels welcome all who have a heart to bless others.

My family is looking forward to being a part of this monumental effort and I’m sure that yours will be blessed to be a part of such a worthy endeavor, too.

If you have any questions, please contact Willene Smith at 476-3587 or email her at quiltrladydps@ msn.com.

Read Across America Week

All next week, starting on Monday, March 2, the Isabelle Hunt Pine Library will celebrate Read Across America Week.

The focus includes a tribute to Dr. Seuss with themed activities planned for each day. On Saturday, March 7, the library will host a giant Birthday Party starting at 2 p.m. —complete with a birthday cake, stories, activities and a visit from “Dr. Seuss.”

What a fun way to celebrate one of the most enduring children’s authors to have ever lived.

Other March activities include preschool story time with an emphasis March 4th on Dr. Seuss; March 11 “Wearin’ of the Green” with songs, stories and poems celebrating St. Patty’s Day; March 18 will focus on the effects of wind and studying different types of kites; and March 25 will take a look at all things spring, including planting seeds and monitoring their growth. The pre-school story time takes place each Wednesday from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

On Thursday, March 5 and again on March 26, the library will host an afterschool program for the Pine Strawberry Elementary School children from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the afterschool room.

Genealogy classes

Time is running out to sign up for genealogy classes taught by Judy Voran.

The first class takes place on Wednesday, March 11 and is geared for beginners. The second class will be taught the following week, March 18, and caters to those who have some experience.

Each class runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the library’s activity room, with an hour break for lunch.

The classes are $10 each, and proceeds will go to the library’s computer lab maintenance fund.

If you have any questions, please call the library at 476-3678.

Spring break for the school begins March 9. The kids will have two weeks off before returning on March 23. That should get everyone good and rested for the upcoming AIMS tests which will begin at the end of the month.

Enjoy your week, and may you be blessed in all your endeavors!

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