The snow is melting, but the troubles from the freezing temperatures and snowdrifts continue to plague many folks. With the melt we have areas that have become glacial making walking and driving in certain places, a somewhat treacherous endeavor. Folks continue to deal with broken water pipes, and unfortunately, many of the homes that have problems belong to summer residents; that is keeping the meter readers on their toes trying to identify where losses are taking place.
It doesn’t look like the nighttime temperatures will be letting up in the near future, so let’s do what we can to help each other out.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library holds preschool story time each Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Each week children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 5 years of age meet to listen to stories, do puppetry, arts and crafts, and much more. The library also has an after-school enrichment program for students at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School each Thursday from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, the library will show the movie “Monster Mutt” at 1 p.m. in conjunction with early dismissal at the school. The movie is not rated and refreshments will be served.
You can support the many library programs and give a tasty gift to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, by stopping by to pick up a box of delicious See’s Candy. Sales began on Jan. 13 and since this is a cash-and-carry deal, you may stop in several times to replenish! There is a limited supply, so don’t wait to get yours.
The library is gearing up for its next set of home-school art classes. The next nine-week session begins Wednesday, Feb. 2 and will continue each Wednesday through March 30. This free class is taught by Robyn Bossert and is limited to 15 students from the age of 5 up. Please register at the library or by calling 476-3678 by Feb. 1 if your child wishes to participate.
Looking forward a bit, Jeanette Sindik will lead a book discussion on “The School of Essential Details” by Erica Baurmeister, beginning March 3. You may pick up a copy of the book at the library any time.
Then in April, Melba Field will lead a book discussion on “Hop Summer Letters from Ethel to Maude” by Caroline O’Bagy Davis. That discussion will begin April 14. Both discussions will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the library, and refreshments will be served.
Don’t forget the Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store has many bargains each week and new stock daily. Their hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The proceeds from the store are used to help provide nutritious meals for our senior citizens, either at the dining hall behind the store, or through the Meals on Wheels program. The meals are $5 and include salad bar, entrée, dessert and drink. To find out more about the program call 476-4633.
If you are looking for something to do during the chilly January days, why not stop by the Pine-Strawberry Museum? The museum houses a treasure trove of local history and friendly volunteers to welcome you and answer your questions. Winter hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The museum also has many resources available for purchase as well, all relating to our area.
That wraps up another week in Pine and Strawberry. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful blue skies framing the winter wonderland — I’m sure that it only seems like the cold will last forever.