2nd Saturday Shop Hop Kicks Off

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Signs (and smells) of the times

Tax day is rapidly approaching. I have been married to my computer munching numbers and swearing yet again that I will keep my records up-to-date so I don’t need to do all 12 months at one time. Right. Even I know that is a pipe dream. But hope springs eternal.

So does spring, or at least my hope for it soon. What a lovely few days we have had recently! I even hung the laundry out last week. Don’t you just love how it smells when you bring it in and fold it? My neighbor hung out her quilt and said how wonderful it smelled when she went to bed that evening.

Got things to sell?

The Pine/Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) has several events coming up. Tomorrow (April 9) kicks off the 2nd Saturday Shop Hop. This year the group has rented the ramada area every second Saturday for a swap meet (except June). People can bring their merchandise and sell it for a nominal fee of $5. At the end of April, look for their annual May Day Gardening Celebration. More information on that later. The Web site for the group is www.psbcaz.com.

Herding javelina

Hoop and Lisa Bramoff have the softest hearts when it comes to critters. Dogs and cats looking for refuge know where to find them for a new home. Currently, the animal population only includes cats, but they also feed the birds. That has led to a problem.

Hoop spends an increasing amount of time herding pigs, javelina that is. Formerly two dogs, now in doggie heaven, kept the javelina on the outside of the fence. Now, however, the fence is a minor nuisance to pigs. So Hoop arms himself with a length of 2x4 or a shovel and yells and runs them out. Javelina, as we all know, tend to have a decidedly unfriendly disposition, are nearly blind, but with a keen sense of smell.

Hoop is a brave man! He tries to keep the fence in good repair and has herded the pigs so often they ought to be trained by now. Recently the herd was at 15, with some babies only a few weeks old. “They are kind of cute,” says Hoop. Well, with a face only a mother could love! Hoop and Lisa own the Bear Restaurant in Strawberry, where Lisa also cooks. She reported that there are NO plans to put javelina on the menu!

More Riff Raff

Speaking of the Bear Restaurant, I dropped by last Friday evening and was treated to a gathering of the Riff Raff Club. They really do have the community’s needs at heart. Look for their annual yard sale and another Riff Raff Rifle Raffle. Say that fast five times in a row!

Support the kids at the library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s Children’s Program again needs your help. They are asking members of the community to donate $25 to the Children’s Program Fund. It’s even tax deductible! The money supports weekly pre-school story time, special events, like Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Movie Madness during school vacations, video gaming with their Wii, and a four-week Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “One World, Many Stories.” The goal is to motivate children to read. Drop your donation in the mail at P.O. Box 229, Pine, AZ 85544. Better yet, drop by and hand deliver it. See what a great resource the Pine library is!

Pine library talks it up

The Pine library will be holding a book discussion on this year’s “One Book AZ” selection “Hopi Summer” by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 14 inside the library. Refreshments will be served. Copies available at the library. Any questions, call the library at 476-3678.

Quilts and books

The library has the books. They also have wonderfully talented volunteers. The late Pat Sogan was one of those volunteers and her passion was quilting. The Pine Library Friends finished a quilt she was working on when she passed away. It can be yours! Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be Sept. 4. The quilt was professionally appraised at $1,975.00!

School Stuff

AIMS testing next week.

Governing board meets at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 11 in Room 114.

Softball vs. Clarkdale on Thursday, April 14.

Signing Off and Soliciting Help

No, I am not quitting, but I do need your help to keep informed. I hope you like the new column, but its value to you is only as good as the things you let me know about. E-mail me at spcolumnist@yahoo .com.

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