One Busy Weekend In Pine, Strawberry

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Joanne Halm spends her time constructively Saturday as she crochets a scarf while patrons ask questions about quilts and other items at the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show.

Many folks entered to win the quilt “Arizona Mountain Home” depicting the four seasons in the Rim Country at the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show.

Last week’s festivities in Pine and Strawberry proved to be every bit as fun and exciting as promised. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so many people in Pine and they kept streaming in non-stop throughout the weekend.

At times, traffic was backed up to Whispering Pines Road, but the delays were worth it. The organizers of the various events did a fabulous job of giving folks non-stop activities to participate in and everyone I’ve talked to thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show was fabulous. It might be better described as an art show because the work that was displayed was unique, beautiful and extraordinarily creative.

It was impossible to make just one pass through the hall especially while trying to pick out your favorites in the various categories. The detail and ingenuity of the quilters was beyond words. Where else can one view so many amazing works of art for a mere $2. It’s no wonder that folks come from miles around to attend this event.

The Strawberry Festival was also quite an event, with many talented vendors selling their wares. Everyone in my family found something they just couldn’t live without. I know that I went home with full bags and empty pockets! And the strawberry delights — oh my goodness, what a treat! After indulging in chocolate-dipped strawberries, I took a pint home and every time someone opened the refrigerator the sweet smell permeated the whole kitchen. This is definitely a case where the festival really lives up to its name!

Summer block party this weekend

The fun continues this weekend when the fifth annual Summer Block Party takes place from 5 until 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20, under the new ramada in Pine. There will be food, games, a bounce house, friends, and music by Covenant 31. The Church on Randall Place is sponsoring the event in order to bless the community, so everything is absolutely free.

Pine resident, Dave Christian has built and donated two Adirondack chairs and an outdoor swing to the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library to help raise funds for ongoing services. The furniture, which can be viewed in front of the library, are of very high quality and you may have an opportunity to win them by purchasing raffle tickets at the library. One ticket costs $1, six tickets cost $5, and 15 tickets go for only $10. The drawing will be held July 5, so purchase your tickets today.

The library is currently seeking donations of CDs that you may no longer have a use for. Tax receipts are given for all donations. They are also exchanging extra copies of DVDs for Audio CD Books if anyone would like to participate in that program.

Summer Movie Madness continues at the library throughout June. This afternoon, the G-rated movie “The Fox and the Child” shows at 1:30 p.m. Then next Friday, June 26, PG-rated “The Dragon Hunters” shows, also at 1:30 p.m.

Summer reading program

The summer reading program continues each Wednesday during the month of June as well. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon and is open to youth between the ages of 5 to 17. Events geared for youth aged 2 to 5 take place each Thursday beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 11:15 a.m.

If the recent quilt show inspired your family, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the library has teamed up with the Strawberry Patchers to offer quilting class for youth between the ages of 6 and 17 years old.

One of the participants at the recent quilt show was only 7 years old, and the talent she displayed was incredible.

The four classes will be held on Tuesday, July 7; Friday, July 10; Tuesday, July 14; and Friday, July 17 from 9 until 11 a.m. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the deadline to register is July 1. Simply stop by the library or call 476-3678 to reserve a spot for your youth.

Library book sale

The Friends of the Library are hosting another used book sale July 3, 4 and 5 at the library’s activity room. They are currently accepting book donations at the library. The last sale had many quality books of all types, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

The brush crew has been working overtime to clear the brush piles around our communities before the fire danger gets any worse. Here are some tips to help make pick up go more smoothly.

First, try to form one big pile rather than several small ones. The brush crew uses a bobcat to pick up the brush and it is capable of lifting a pretty hefty load. It is impractical and inefficient for the crew to have to travel to several small piles to try to remove them.

That leads to another important reminder — try to place your brush in a location accessible to the bobcat. Near the edge of the road is usually a good spot, however, county officials recently raised concerns about folks piling the brush in the drainage ditches.

A good rain will cause all of the brush to quickly clog the culverts and lead to flooding. So when you are forming your piles, please take a look around and try to choose an area that is both safe and accessible.

Please do not place pine needles in garbage bags. Needles clump well and can easily be picked up by the bobcat. Since the brush pit does not accept plastic, when you bag your needles the brush crew must first hand-load the bags, transport them to the pit, and then dump out each bag individually! Again — this is a time-consuming and unnecessary step. Unfortunately, pine cones and oak leaves cannot be picked up by the bobcat so it is OK to bag them for removal.

Last, don’t forget to fill out the necessary community worksheet available from the crew, at the fire station, or download it from the Web site. If you still have questions about the do’s and don’ts of brush pickup, please visit the fire department’s Web site at www.pine-strawberryfire.com.

Health fair

Next Friday, June 26, Dr. York of the Pine Strawberry Medical Clinic will host a Health Fair at the Pine Community Center ramada. In addition to educational materials, there will be many opportunities to be tested and/or screened for various health issues for a minimal fee.

If you have any questions or would like to register for a mammogram or Pneumovax, please call the clinic to register in advance at 476-3258.

The board of directors of the Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic is seeking at least one new member for a three-year term beginning in July 2009. 

Board members attend monthly meetings (the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.) and assist in maintaining a facility for medical services in Pine-Strawberry.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact current board president, Don Smith, at 476-2655, or current board vice president, Christine Tetzloff, at 472-8323, or e-mail lccogoff@msn.com. The board will have a suggestion box available at the upcoming Health Fair and they appreciate any comments or suggestions about the services currently offered at the clinic or ideas for additional services you would like to see available in Pine and Strawberry.

If you would like to contact me about events happening in our community, please call 476-3561 or e-mail me at smithster5@msn.com.

Thanks so much, Jodee!

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