The mornings are getting crisper and the elk are all over the place gathering for the rut. This is one of those times of year when we have to be especially careful while driving between Payson and Strawberry, and even in our own neighborhoods, because you never know when a critter will suddenly appear in the roadway. We are seeing elk and deer daily now, so please be safe and watch carefully while driving.
In spite of a very busy Labor Day weekend, the water tank levels bounced back quickly, and for the first summer in a long time, neither Pine nor Strawberry experienced water shortages or rationing.
It’s astonishing to think that through maintenance efforts alone we never once dipped below a Stage 1. This summer has been such an incredible blessing for those of us who enjoy vegetable and flower gardens. While the debate rages about which wells will produce the best long-term water source(s) for our communities, we can be thankful that we are no longer subject to arbitrary fees and a complete lack of maintenance standards or real oversight that had become the norm under the previous water company.
Don’t forget tomorrow’s CPR/AED class taking place between 9 a.m. and noon. Dave Burkhart will be at the Senior Center dining hall offering these free introductory classes to help folks get an idea of how to respond in case of an emergency. Since the class is not meant for certification, there are no tests to take, however, you will leave with a basic understanding of the components of CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). What a great opportunity to become familiar with two important techniques that could equip you to competently handle a medical emergency.
Fall Apple Festival
The Pine-Strawberry Business Community is gearing up for its third annual Fall Apple Festival. As the name implies, you can expect many wonderful apple treats and baked goods, games, music, and an opportunity to visit Pine shops, most of which will be offering unique selections at special prices.
The event takes place at the Community Center in Pine on Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26. Entry to the festival is free, although if you’re around at 11 a.m. on Saturday you’ll find the $3 fee to sample the delicious varieties of chili at the Great Chili Cook-Off the best bargain of the year.
And for those of you who are sure you make the best chili in the Rim Country, well bring it on — you can enter the contest by contacting the folks from the Pine Senior Center or call the Senior Thrift Shop at (928) 476-4633.
At the library
The Pine Library Friends welcome Sharon Balentine, president of the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank as their next guest speaker. Sharon will be speaking about her many years overseeing our local food bank and some of the needs and challenges facing our communities. Everyone is welcome to come and hear Sharon speak at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27 at the library activity room.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host two Movie Madness events for local kids in September. The first, on Friday, Sept. 24, is PG-rated “James and the Giant Peach” beginning at 2 p.m. The second, “The Black Cauldron,” which is also rated PG, takes place on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. There is no charge for the movies and refreshments will be provided.
The Pine-Strawberry Senior Thrift Shop will have its final summer clearance sale beginning Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. You can fill a bag full with clothing items, shoes, baseball caps, belts, and even purses for only $1 a bag! They are making way for the fall selections that will be out starting Sept. 29.
Yes, fall is just around the corner and it won’t be long before the leaves begin to change color. It’s a perfect time to visit our beautiful communities!