The Fall Apple Festival brought quite a crowd to Pine last weekend. Folks were milling around checking out the many booths, sampling chili, and enjoying delicious apple desserts.
It was another beautiful day and it seemed everyone wanted to be outside enjoying the sunshine. Although the chili cook-off didn’t have the large number of contestants as last year’s, those who competed made it well worthwhile, and there was a delicious variety to choose from. Twelve-year-old Delaney Savage won first place with her red medium beef chili, second place went to Metzer Paul with another red chili, and third-place honors went to Larry Watson with his green pork chili. Thanks to all who brought delicious chilies to the event and also to the members of the Pine-Strawberry Business Community for sponsoring it.
Art activities at the library
The kids at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School start their fall break this Monday, Oct. 4, and the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will be offering free art activities to help relieve the inevitable boredom. The first class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. for seventh- and eighth-graders, and 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. for fourth- through sixth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 8, kindergartners through third-graders will meet from 11:30 until 12:30.
The classes are taught by Jeannette Sindik and will take place in the library’s activity room. I know that the kids who participated in her last art classes really enjoyed themselves and produced some very nice art work in a variety of mediums.
Rimside Grill is gearing up for the Justice McNeeley Foundation’s 2010 Annual Quad Run to be held Saturday, Oct. 16. Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. with departure scheduled at 10 a.m. For those participating in the quad/poker run, there will be prizes for the best and second best hands. A horseshoe tournament takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. with live music from the Whiskey Creek Band throughout the afternoon.
There will be a live auction taking place between 3 and 6 p.m. with lots of great items to bid on. You might also like to purchase raffle tickets for many wonderful items too. All proceeds from the auction and raffle sales are donated to the Justice McNeeley Foundation which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting folks with children who have medical needs or expenses not covered by insurance. If you have questions about the foundation, call (928) 476-4416.
The Pine-Strawberry Fire District Board is currently seeking two community members to serve on the Policy Review Committee. Interested individuals should submit a letter to new Fire Chief Dave Straub or any current fire board member. Include your contact information, as board members may wish to ask you questions or clarify information. You may drop your letter of intent at either fire station, e-mail it to Dave at dave.straub.pine@gmail .com, or mail to Pine-Strawberry Fire District, P.O. Box 441, Pine, AZ 85544. Information must be submitted by Oct. 15 because the board hopes to fill the positions at their regular meeting Wednesday, Oct. 20. If you have any questions regarding the position or what it entails, please contact Chief Straub at (928) 476-4272.
The Fire District Board is also seeking an individual from the community to serve on the Public Safety Retirement Board. The term generally lasts four years, but the current position runs through December 2013. The PSRS (Public Safety Retirement System) board meets quarterly or more often when necessary, to discuss issues relating to retirement and disability eligibility and related matters. Those interested in being considered for the position should submit a letter or e-mail Fire Chief David Straub, (see the contact information listed previously).
Have a great week enjoying the warm days while they last!