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From the Manager

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It was 33.3 degrees this morning in Pine, I guess the monsoons are over. October is one of the best months in Rim Country. Leaves are turning, days and, especially, nights are cooler, and hunting season is on.

As we are located in an area well known for hunting, let’s welcome these sportsmen and women (one lady friend has bagged two elk in recent years, and had one tattooed on her ankle), and make them feel at home. With the tag system, we will get new hunters each year — who knows, they may like it and stay. Hunting and fishing provide a major portion of the attraction to Rim Country, and Green Valley lakes are stocked from October to May. What a country!

This year has been a banner one for events — new and renewed. Look at the changes that have happened: the Rim Country Classic Car Show moved to Green Valley Park; the 20th (not yet annual) Sawdust Festival returned; the Ox Bow was opened several times; the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo was a great success; weekends are crowded with things to do and see; and yes, the Tonto Natural Bridge re-opened for weekends. Each one of these events and openings is a job in itself, much less all of them together.

The vast majority of the work on these events is done by volunteers who care for the events and want to make them successful. The event also pays the volunteer back with the pride of doing it, the camaraderie of working with like-minded people, and the experience of doing something for the community. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work.

And to those who might be interested, but have not taken the step yet, we need your help. Events give you a chance to do something other than normal day to day existence — they get you involved.

I understand that I am only the 100,000th “Chamber Dude” to say this, and I have been excited to see new volunteers coming to do just that — get involved; this isn’t a rehearsal. It’s better to Burn Out than Rust Out.

Remember, BE LOYAL, BUY LOCAL.

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