Aggressive Action By Fire Crews Saved The Day

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I couldn’t resist bushwhacking up to Dripping Springs with some family members to check out ground zero for the recent fire. What a sight.

It is really hard for me to understand the logic behind starting a fire in such a location. Yes, there is a small amount of water in the area due to the spring, but one look around at the fallen pine needles laying in thick piles all over the ground, the dead snags, and numerous ponderosas dying from bark beetle infestation should make it clear that a fire might not be the best idea.

Then you add the steep terrain — the wind literally swirls around in giant circles in the massive gulches gusting here and there unpredictably. Just trying to get a foothold on the vertical slopes resulted in tumbling debris — can you imagine if that debris were burning? If it wasn’t for the aggressive action of the fire crew and a miraculously windless day, Dripping Springs could very easily have been a disaster for Pine.

Ramada dedication and more on May 16

That is one good reason we should all make an effort to attend the ramada dedication on Saturday, May 16.

The Pine Strawberry Fire Department and the fuel reduction committee members will be available with handouts, brochures, demonstrations and information that we all need to know about the precautions necessary to keep our communities safe.

The better informed we are, the more we can share with others and hopefully we can avoid another close call like last week. The entire event is free (although the PSFR folks will gladly accept any donations). So gather friends and neighbors and come enjoy an afternoon of food, music and fellowship under the newly completed ramada.

If you’re a tractor enthusiast you won’t want to miss the antique tractor show that will also be taking place in Pine on May 16. There will be tractors from all over Arizona on display for the entire day.

Organizers are expecting a great turnout. If you would like to know more about this event, call Dave Fohr at (928) 476-3623 or Randy Aherns at (928) 476-4151.

The Isabelle Hunt Historic Pine Library Gift Shop will be hosting its grand opening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 16 as well. The gift shop is located at the historic site right next to The Randall House Restaurant. To help celebrate, there will be a storytelling event featuring Alice Natale scheduled especially for children in the park at 12:30 p.m.

Shop Hop is Saturday

If you’ve been waiting for the Second Saturday Shop Hop, wait no more! Tomorrow will be the very first event of the season. Several art galleries, gift shops and antique stores join together to make the second Saturday of each month a perfect opportunity to visit Pine and discover the unique shopping opportunities here. Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, why not come to Pine to find the perfect gift?

There will be a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 12 at the First Baptist Church gym in Pine. All donors and volunteers will be entered in a drawing to win a brand-new Beaver Cut Stetson hat donated by Bud McHenry.

The free art classes for home-schooled children continue at the Pine library activity room throughout the month of May. The next class is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 beginning at 1 p.m.

There will be activities throughout the week at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library to celebrate National Book Week. On Saturday May 16, bring your children in for fun, refreshments and a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at 1 p.m. in the activity room.

This event coincides perfectly with the ramada dedication and other events taking place that day in Pine.

Registration for the summer reading program begins at the library May 15. The program begins in June and there are many fun activities planned to help keep your children reading during their summer vacation.

Don’t forget the Friends of the Library Book Sale taking place May 22, 23 and 24 in the activity room behind the community center.

The First Baptist Church of Pine is hosting a free monthly community supper that is open to all. May’s supper will take place on Wednesday the 20th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Folks can come anytime between those hours for a wonderful dinner and opportunity to get to know others in our community. The church is located at 4039 N. Highway 87 in Pine, and if you have any questions, you can call the church office at (928) 476-3552.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the happening event at the Payson High School track on June 5 and 6. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of this dreadful disease and also money for the American Cancer Society in their ongoing efforts to find a cure for cancer. The ACS is the largest source of private, nonprofit cancer research funds in the country, investing more than $100 million each year.  

Cancer survivors lead off the walk which begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening. The remaining team members then join in, walking until 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. At least one person from each team is to be on the track throughout the evening.

Fighting cancer is a team effort. Your local hometown team, The Ponderosa Marketeers, invite you to join them. If you can walk for a couple of hours, they would love to have you. Throughout the night, there is entertainment, music, games, food, silent auctions, scavenger hunts and lots more. If you want to stay awake all night, there is a lot to see and do. If you want to walk a while and then go home, you can do that also. Or bring a comfortable chair and take a nap between laps!

Luminaries line the track. Each luminary honors a cancer survivor or shines in remembrance for a person who lost the battle. The luminaries are lit at dark and each name is read while people walk solemnly around the dark track. It is an awe-inspiring tribute.

Cindy Maack and Christy Powers are co-captains for the Ponderosa Marketeers team. They are currently recruiting team members. Each team member pays $10 which is a donation to the ACS and then receives a T-shirt.  

Cancer survivors are invited and do not pay a fee. Luminaries are $10 or what you can afford. Also, they are selling green reusable shopping bags as an additional fund-raiser.

You can pickup your bag at The Ponderosa Market. If you have any questions, feel free to call Christy at (928) 476-2239 or Cindy at (928) 978-1187.

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