Silent Auction And Bake Sale Planned For Feb. 27

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A couple weeks ago I wrote about Scott Fredrick’s hospital stay and the medical expenses that have accrued as a result. I am pleased to follow up with a couple more ways you can help.

The DPS Quilt Angels have donated a quilt to be raffled, with all the proceeds going to help pay for Scott’s medical bills. The quilt can be viewed at the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop and tickets cost $1 for one, or $5 for six. The Thrift Shop is located in the Community Center right on Highway 87 and Randall Drive.

Another opportunity to help out the Fredricks is an upcoming Silent Auction and Bake Sale. The auction takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the Senior Dining Hall (located behind the Thrift Shop through the gray doors), from noon until 3 p.m.

The band “Trouble in Paradise” will also be entertaining throughout the event. If you have items you would like to donate for the auction, you may drop them off at the Thrift Store Wednesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Baked goods should be brought to the dining hall on the morning of the auction between 9 a.m. and noon.

The Senior Dining Hall will be showing movies each Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come down, have lunch and stay to enjoy the movie and fellowship.

Lastly, the folks at Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) will be auctioning off a 1998 Ford F-150 standard pickup truck to raise funds for the Senior Center. The body is in good shape, however the engine needs some work — but, hey, bidding starts at $500 and you can’t beat that! The bidding began on Feb. 1 but subsequent bids (in increments of $50) can be placed until Feb. 27. To enter your bid, you can visit the Pine Thrift Shop during normal business hours, or call (928) 476-4633.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will be closed from Wednesday, Feb.17 at 1 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. while new carpet is being installed.

Preschool story time will still occur on Feb. 17 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and every Wednesday of the month as well. February’s theme is Love for family and friends. The children will be making Valentines, reading stories, singing songs, and having fun learning new things. The library also has a new computer in place just for children — complete with games and fun things for them to do.

The Pine-Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society is offering several interesting resources and items for sale at the Pine-Strawberry Museum. These items include a variety of historical books about the area, cook books, and the popular 2010 Calendar which is available at the Museum, as well as the Honey Stand, Ponderosa Market, Pine Country Antiques & Vintage, Moose Mountain, and Pine By Design for only $5 each. If you are looking for a unique gift idea, consider these one-of-a-kind items that are sure to please just about anyone.

The recent winter weather has pretty much shut down the installation of guardrails between Payson and Pine, but I’m sure when the weather warms up a bit, the work will resume as scheduled. In the meantime, please drive carefully! The heavy water flow is causing a lot of rocks to fall, and many of them are making their way onto the road. Also, the cooler temperatures in the early mornings and evenings can create the potential for slick conditions. It sounds like we have more moisture in the forecast, so please drive safely.

Last week we had the opportunity to go skiing over at Sunrise. If you are a skier, you couldn’t ask for better conditions — a solid base, perfectly groomed slopes and lots of sunshine, too!

It’s an absolute shame that we can’t take advantage of all the snow up at Cinch Hook, but it seems the Forest Service is bound and determined to keep the public from enjoying the site. A few weeks ago, my husband observed several cars being ticketed along the highway there.

Since so many folks are still trying to sled there in spite of the closure, they are simply parking along the roadside, creating the potential for a nasty accident and/or risking getting a hefty fine. It sure makes you wonder what is happening with the annual $25 fee we are all being assessed for our off-road vehicles. When implemented, they were touted as a way to keep more of our forest roads and sites open to the public. Hmmm.

Well, enjoy the moisture while we have it and stay warm! If you have any news you would like me to pass on to the community, feel free to contact me by e-mail to smithster5@msn.com or call 476-3561.

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