Did you see that the August edition of Sunset Magazine featured Payson as a great destination for a day trip? Included in the article was mention of the Tonto Natural Bridge and the Fossil Creek Creamery.
Because the article stated that the bridge would be closed in September, I wanted to clarify that it will in fact be open throughout September with a scheduled closing date of Sept. 27. I sure hope the plug helps generate some additional visitors to our area in the next few weeks. Everything is so beautiful since all the rainfall, (or it will be after we fill in the newly carved ditches and scrape off the excess mud), it really is a perfect time to head north. If you haven’t been to Pine or Strawberry for a while, you will enjoy the short trip since the entire ride is overflowing with multiple shades of lush greenery and wildflowers are in full blooming color everywhere.
If you are interested in the topic of sustainable living, then be sure to head to the Cultural Center in Pine for the Awakening Earth Expo tomorrow. There will be a variety of booths, demonstrations and products available relating to independent energy sources, wildlife preservation, nutrition, aroma therapy, organic gardening, and much more. There will also be booths selling various items like, homemade candles, soap, herbs and original art work. The Awakening Earth Expo takes place both Saturday (Aug. 7) and Sunday (Aug. 8), from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Road work has moved north of town and the crews wrap it up in time to accommodate weekend travelers, so don’t let that keep you from coming to Pine and Strawberry soon.
The AWANA’s Program will start again this coming Monday, Aug. 9 at the First Baptist Church in Pine. The Sparks Program welcomes boys and girls in kindergarten through second-grade each week from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The other clubs for youth in third-grade all the way through 12th-grade meet Monday evenings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” and emphasizes hiding God’s Word in your heart in a fun, work-at-your-own-pace atmosphere. We are so fortunate to have this program, it is a great way for local kids to enjoy fellowship and fun right here in Pine throughout the school year. If you have questions, you can call the church office at (928) 476-3552 or drop by the church on Monday to register your child.
Pine stores will open their doors next Saturday, for the popular second Saturday Shop Hop. Come see the variety of unique antique and specialty shops while enjoying music, refreshments and great deals. The Shop Hop takes place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Aug. 14.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 18 in order to have the carpets cleaned. The staff is sorry for the inconvenience, but all the rain we’ve had recently certainly does make it a necessary task.
The next meeting of the PSWID board takes place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Pine Cultural Hall. With so many rumors and innuendos floating around the community, the board is urging citizens to attend the meetings to stay informed of the current status of obtaining adequate water supplies for our communities.
Last Monday’s Arizona Republic reported that APS has finished removing all the equipment, housing, and other infrastructure for the two hydroelectric plants at Fossil Creek and is ready to turn the site over to the U.S. Forest Service.
I guess at this point it’s hard to say how that will affect those who frequent the area, but hopefully it won’t turn into another place we can no longer visit like Cinch Hook. It would be a shame to punish everyone for the irresponsible behavior of a few — and for those of us who love spending lazy summer days swimming in the crystal waters at Fossil Creek, it would be a shame to see access limited or denied. For now, we can continue to do our part to keep the area pristine by obeying the parking and camping rules and taking an extra bag to haul out at least some of the trash left by those who don’t seem to appreciate this beautiful site.
Hope you all have a great week enjoying the beauty of summer in the Rim Country!