Whew, we sure are heading into fall with some nippy mornings. The temperature this week has been in the cool, lower 40s. I’ve noticed a few leaves starting to turn, too. Thank goodness for the sunny afternoons — they make the transition a little easier, don’t they?
It appears that the communities of Pine and Strawberry will soon realize their goal of breaking away from Brooke Utilities once and for all. The PSWID board recently voted to file the final legal paperwork necessary to transfer ownership of both the Pine and Strawberry Water Companies to the towns. It has been a long, emotionally charged process, but one that should ultimately benefit both communities. I am sure that a little patience during this crucial transition would be greatly appreciated by the board and all entities involved in the transfer.
The 6th Annual Octoberfest Celebration takes place tomorrow night at the Rimside Grill in Pine. The fun begins at noon with games (including a volleyball tournament), giveaways and lots of German food, beer and jager available. DJ Josh will provide music until 5 p.m. followed by the JD Madrid Band, who will play from 6 p.m. until closing.
Pine Library Friends meet Sept. 28
There will be a meeting for all Pine Library Friends (or those wishing to know more about the group) at the library annex building on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. The first order of business will be the presentation of the officers who will be serving for 2010. Next, Carol LaValley will be discussing methods and ideas for preserving precious memories of your family to enjoy for generations to come. Refreshments will be served.
Are you looking for a meaningful way that your whole family can bless others? How about volunteering for the Great Pine Clean-Up scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4? Helpers are needed to help clear brush from the properties of elderly local residents on Saturday, and then haul the debris to the brush pit on Sunday. If you would like to know more details about how you can help, please call Judy Kosloski at (602) 770-8609.
Justice McNeeley Quad Run
Mark your calendars now for the Oct. 10 Justice McNeeley 2009 Annual Quad Run at the Rimside Grill in Pine. The day begins with a special $3.99 breakfast between 7 and 9 a.m. followed by sign-up for the Poker Quad Run which begins at 10 a.m. There will be prizes for the best and second-best hand. Later in the day, gather your friends for either the four-person volleyball tournament or the horseshoe tournament. Both begin at 4 p.m. The Rockin’ Ron Gibson Band will be playing from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. in conjunction with a live auction and raffle. All proceeds from the auction and raffle go to the Justice McNeeley Foundation, which is a 501 3c charity organization that helps the children of local families with medical needs or expenses. If you’ve ever found yourself in such a situation, then you know how quickly those expenses can add up. This is an extremely valuable resource for our community, and one you can be proud to support — plus, you’ll have plenty of fun in the process!
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library has several great events planned in November such as a presentation of the Birth of Rock and Roll, the Human History of the Grand Canyon, and a special tribute to veterans scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The library would like to invite vets from all wars to come to the library and meet folks from the community between 2 and 3 p.m. that day. If you are unable to attend, then you are welcome to fill out a profile sheet (available at the library or online www.pinepubliclibrary.com) and perhaps submit some photos if you would like, as well. If you would like to learn more about this unique tribute, please call the library at 476-3678.
It’s time once again for the See’s Candy Holiday Fund-raiser at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Pre-orders must be submitted and paid for by Friday, Nov. 13 this year. This is an easy way to gift shop without all the crowds and fuss. Everyone loves See’s delicious candy, and all proceeds help fund many library events throughout the year.
I hope you are enjoying the cool mornings and lovely afternoons. It is such a perfect time to enjoy our beautiful mountains. God bless!