My goodness, I don’t think the weather could get any crazier. The wild snow flurries on Monday, gave way to drizzly rain followed by an outrageous wind storm.
I kept waking up and praying one of those big old pines that was swaying to and fro didn’t uproot and smash the house to bits. Daylight showed that we had only suffered minor damage; small ponderosa branches, an upturned porch swing, and such, but it sure seemed likely that just about anything could get uprooted in that wind.
The Pine-Strawberry Business Community is hosting a good old-fashioned Sweet Spring Fling on Saturday, March 13. Plans include a baking contest and sale, live music, pie throwing, food vendors, a classic car show, and much, much more. If you are nostalgic for a simpler time when friends, family and neighbors gathered for a day of fellowship and laughter then you won’t want to miss this special day. The fun begins at 10 a.m. at the Community Center in Pine and events are planned up until 3 p.m. If you would like to enter the baking contest, please go to www.psbcAZ.com (just follow the links) or call (928) 476-3655. This should be a great time for young and old, so grab your family and head to Pine — oh, and did I mention, admission is absolutely FREE!
Bidding for the Ford F-150 pickup being auctioned by SCAF (Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation), ends tomorrow (Feb. 27), so if you’ve been dragging your feet, it’s time to pick up the phone or stop by the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop and make your offer. To find out more details call (928) 476-4633.
Also tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 27), is the bake sale/silent auction to raise money for Scott Fredrick. The auction takes place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., while the bake sale lasts from noon until 3 p.m.
As you may already know, Scott took a nasty fall recently and accrued some hefty medical bills. This auction and bake sale is one way that we can all help alleviate some of the financial burden and stress that this situation is causing him and his wife.
Every little bit helps, so please consider making a contribution to help out. You might also like to purchase a raffle ticket for the beautiful quilt donated by the DPS Quilt Angels on Scott’s behalf. You can view the quilt and buy a ticket (or several) from the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Shop during normal business hours Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Don’t forget to send your favorite strawberry recipe in to the Pine-Strawberry Business Communities Web site http://www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com/ before March 25. Accepted entries will be featured in an upcoming cookbook entitled “The Secret Strawberry — A Country Collection of Loved Recipes.”
In addition to recipes, the book will contain local quips and historical tidbits about our area. If you are one of the lucky folks to have your item selected, you will receive 50 percent off your first copy of the finished product. This is shaping up to be a wonderful local gift item you will want to share with all of your acquaintances!
Time is running out to submit your nomination for “Volunteer of the Year” to the folks at Take Pride Project. Anyone who has made a significant contribution to our community in the past year is eligible. Simply write a brief paragraph of why this person should be considered and submit it to Ira Gibels, Secretary of Take Pride Project via mail, P.O. Box 1204, Pine, AZ 85544, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 1.
The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) Board is in the process of replacing one of their members who stepped down due to personal matters. The resignation took effect at the last board meeting (Feb. 18), and the members are hoping to appoint someone as soon as possible. If this is something you might be interested in, please call or stop by the PSWID office for details. The office is located on Hardscrabble Road and the phone number is (928) 476-4222.
If you missed out on the Valentine’s Day See’s Candy sale at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, you’ll be happy to hear that they now have a whole new batch of Spring Candy Specials available. Supplies are limited, so be sure to get yours soon.
Also please remember that the library will be closed from Thursday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, March 6 so that they can move the entire children’s section into the new addition and rearrange the remaining resources to better utilize space.
The library will have a special Open House and Dr Seuss Celebration featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog as special guest on Saturday March 6 between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the new Children’s Room. Come out and help celebrate this grand opening with all your friends.
The library will resume their normal business hours on Tuesday, March 9.
That wraps up a wet and blustery week in Pine and Strawberry!