Teens Learn About Politics


Local TeenPact participants included Isaac Branson (Pine), Jackie Ballam (Strawberry), Tesia Smith (Pine) and Abby Ballam (Strawberry).

Local TeenPact participants included Isaac Branson (Pine), Jackie Ballam (Strawberry), Tesia Smith (Pine) and Abby Ballam (Strawberry).

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I hope to see many of you Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Bruce Thompson Senior Dining Room to support the bake sale and silent auction for Carl Norris.

Bidding for the silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. The bake sale takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

You can also purchase raffle tickets to win a quilt donated by the DPS Quilt Angels for $1 per ticket, or $5 for six tickets. All proceeds will be used to help Carl cover the expenses not covered by insurance for medical treatment after his recent heart attack.

A group of local teens spent last week participating in an informative event that focused on learning important aspects of how our government functions. Abby Ballam from Strawberry, Isaac Branson and Tesia Smith from Pine, all participated in the Christian-based TeenPact event, while Jackie Ballam from Strawberry served as one of the youth leaders. Prior to the event the kids were required to do extensive research about the branches of the federal and state government, identify current leaders, analyze a recent bill, and even write a bill of their own, plus much more.

Then they spent a week at the Capitol meeting legislators, lobbyists, judicial staff, and other state government office holders, forming committees, scrutinizing the merits of proposed bills, then holding mock legislative sessions. The goal of TeenPact is to help youth understand the U.S. government and pique their interest in becoming involved in the political process. Judging from the enthusiasm of the participants, I’d say the program was a huge success.

The students from the Pine-Strawberry School will hold a talent show Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 12:45 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. at the school gym. I am sure that the show will be quite entertaining, so be sure to try to attend one of the performances.

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community is busy planning its annual May Day Gardening Extravaganza. This year’s event will include a two-day craft show and all kinds of information about gardening in the Rim Country. Those who are interested in renting a booth can download a vendor application from the Web site: www.pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz.com or call Bobbie Tullo at (928) 978-0487 or Sheri Earp at (928) 476-3655.

Have you ever wondered what to do with your old cell phones or empty laser and ink jet printer cartridges? If you’re like me, you hate to throw things out that can be recycled, but storing them can be a hassle too. Well the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will take them off your hands. The library recycles them in order to raise funds for their ongoing programs.

There are many ways you can help the library to continue to offer top-notch programs and services such as the up-coming book discussions, art classes, movie madness events and much more.

Visit the library’s Web site www.pinepubliclibrary.com, call (928) 476-3678, or stop in today and find out the numerous ways you can help fund this wonderful local service.

The Senior Center Affairs Foundation (SCAF), is looking for additional cook(s) to help prepare senior meals. If you think this might be something you would enjoy doing, stop by or call the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store at (928) 476-4633 or the Bruce Thompson Dining Hall at (928) 476-2151.

That wraps up another week in Pine and Strawberry.

If you are interested in taking over the P-S Happenings column, contact Tom Brossart at editor@payson.com or call the Roundup at (928) 474-5251.

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