Do you know of an individual in Pine or Strawberry who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in 2009? Why not honor them publicly?
Take Pride Project is accepting applications for the “Volunteer of the Year” award. To enter someone, simply write up a paragraph or two about their contributions and why you think they deserve this honor. Next, send the information to P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544, or e-mail it to Ira Gibel , Secretary of Take Pride, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by March 1 in order to be considered.
On Sunday, Feb. 21 the First Baptist Church in Pine will be hosting a special concert during the 11 service by duet, Dirk and Cheryl Zwiebel. The Zwiebels share the good news of Jesus Christ, through their music which includes contemporary, traditional, and southern gospel styles. All are welcome to attend this very special event.
The Pine-Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) is currently collecting recipes, historical bits and pieces, and other interesting local tidbits to be used in an upcoming book titled “The Secret Strawberry! A Country Collection of Loved Recipes.” They plan to sell the book at the Strawberry Festival and other such community events. If you have a recipe or a local story you think is worthy of consideration, please submit it to http://www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com (there is a special submission link set up on the site), by March 25. Families who submit items will receive a 50 percent discount off of their first copy of the finished cookbook!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but April 15 will be here before we know it, and we all know what that means! However, I do have some news that might brighten your day a bit. The AARP is offering free tax aid provided by AARP volunteers right here in Pine. The aid is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS and is provided to low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 or older. Volunteers will be at the First Baptist Church in Pine between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, March 11 and April 8. The service is also offered at the Payson Elks Lodge on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. When you come, be sure to bring a picture ID, Social Security cards for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, your 2009 tax documents, and proof of real estate taxes actually paid in 2009 (for the property tax credit).
There is still time to bid on the Ford F-150 truck that is being auctioned to raise money for on-going senior center activities. If you would like to view the truck, just stop by the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store where you can also place your bid. The Thrift Store is opened Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and they will be accepting offers until Feb. 27. You may also call (928) 476-4633 to find out more about the vehicle or to make an offer.
This is your last week to drop off items for the silent auction to be held to help Scott Fredrick pay for some unexpected medical expenses he recently accrued. Items can be dropped off at the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop during regular business hours. Baked goods can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon at the Senior Center dining hall on the morning of the event. The silent auction begins in the dining hall (behind the Thrift Store through the chain link fence) at noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 until 3 p.m. that afternoon.
You can also help Scott out by purchasing a raffle ticket for the quilt that is currently on display at the Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop. The cowboy-themed quilt was donated by the DPS Quilt Angels and all proceeds will be donated to Scott’s medical fund. Tickets cost $1 each or $5 for six.
That’s it for now — have a great week and be sure to get outside to enjoy the lovely weather we’ve been having, after all, who knows if it will last?!