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Firewise project day

The Firewise Committee of the Chaparral Pines Community Association held its annual Firewise Community Project Day on Saturday, April 17.

This event falls under the responsibility of the committee to motivate, educate, and update their neighbors since they became an official member of Firewise Communities USA in 2007.

This year it was decided to have a “Trim the Trails” day and begin clearing the walking trails that wind throughout the area. What a great way to make your community a safer place from fires by working shoulder to shoulder with your neighbors. It was very heartwarming to see so many men, women, and one teenager come out for this special project — 40 in all, organizers said. After a morning of laboring through the manzanita, scrub oak, and rocks, everyone was rewarded with pizza and drinks.

The project day served as a kick-off for Spring and Fall Dumpster Days that the Firewise Committee sponsors each year. April 16 through May 2, neighbors are given the opportunity to clean up and clear their yards of dead debris and thin out overgrowth. Everyone piles the debris to the street or driveway and the Community Association picks it up and hauls it away. This has become a very popular scenario and has successfully encouraged the importance of keeping our neighborhoods safer. In this respect, many admit the beauty of their landscape has been enhanced.

Scholarship fund-raiser

“Bet on a sure thing, the future of Rim Country Kids” is the theme for this year’s scholarship fund-raiser.

The Rim Country Rotary and Gila Foundation for Higher Education have partnered for this year’s scholarship fund-raising Casino Night to be held Sunday, May 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fargo’s Steak House, located on Highway 260.

Tickets are $100 each or two for $150, inclusive of hors d’oeurves and $100 in playing chips.

Tickets are available by contacting the following: Bill Lawson, (928) 474-2784; Rich Stockwell, (928) 978-2840; or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office.

Both of these nonprofit organizations award scholarships to local area students to provide financial assistance to help further their education.

The Rim Country Rotary has awarded scholarships for the past 13 years for the benefit of Rim Country students who want to attend college or trade school to prepare for a strong vocation career.

The Gila Foundation for Higher Education, in its ninth year of awarding scholarships, gives preference to students who attend Gila Community College.

There is no restriction as to the area of study, although a preference is given to those careers that may be pursued in the Payson area.

All applicants are required to complete an application and submit it to the respective organization. Scholarships are awarded based on the completeness of the application and the need for scholarship assistance.

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