Permit Required To Burn Brush, Yard Clippings

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The Pine-Strawberry Museum will be switching to winter hours on Oct. 16. The new hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

After spending last weekend visiting family and shopping in the Valley, it sure is great to be back home! There is something so wonderful about heading back up the hill after a couple days battling the crowds and the heat. It is like a breath of fresh air to get into the cool pines where folks aren’t in such a mad rush all the time.

Imagine my surprise to see that some of the bushes along Whispering Pines Road started turning brilliant shades of red and yellow in the few days that we were gone.

Burn permits required

The dry weather continues to plague us. Please remember that a permit is required before burning any brush. There are also additional restrictions in place that can be viewed at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department’s Web site www.pine-strawberryfire.com.

If you would rather not burn those volatile pine needles, you may place the debris in accessible piles along the road so that the fire department’s brush removal crew can haul it away during their regularly scheduled pickup times.

Lastly, you are welcome to haul your own brush to the pit off of the Control Road which is open most Sundays and free of charge to the general public. To learn more about any of the above programs you can call the fire department’s information line at 476-4272 or visit the Web site listed above.

At the library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will show two movies over the annual fall break for the kids at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. The first show on Friday, Oct. 9 is “Monsters Versus Aliens” which begins at 2 p.m. Then the following Friday, Oct. 9, they’ll be featuring “Scooby Doo — The Mystery Begins” at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome and the kids are encouraged to bring a friend. The library will provide refreshments for both events.

School news

As mentioned earlier, the students at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School will enjoy two full weeks off beginning Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday Oct. 16, with classes resuming on the 19th.

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for later that week on Oct. 22 and 23.

Quad run

Just one week to go until the Justice McNeeley Foundation’s ninth annual Quad Run. The event begins at 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 with breakfast at the Rimside Grill (right off of Highway 87) for only $3.99. Come early to eat and register for the Quad Poker Run which begins at 10 a.m.

There are other events planned for the day like a four-man volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament, live music, raffle ticket drawings, and a silent auction to help benefit the foundation.

The Justice McNeeley Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to area children with medical needs or expenses.

For more information about any of the events planned, call (928) 476-4416.

New museum hours

The Pine-Strawberry Museum will be switching to winter hours on Oct. 16. The new hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Those hours will be in effect until May. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s day, and Easter.

Water deal progressing

Well it appears that we aren’t quite owners of the water company, but everything continues to unfold as anticipated. The PSWID board will hold a special meeting this week to discuss the loan terms from Compass Bank. The countdown is on and barring some unforeseen problem, it won’t be long before the water company is controlled by the communities of Pine and Strawberry.

That’s about it for the week.

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