Many Deer And Elk Spotted Around Pine

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I was mentioning to my husband how I’ve been seeing deer everywhere I go in Pine lately. One day recently I saw eight deer scattered in three different locations.

He agreed that he’s been seeing a lot of deer around too, but neither of us had seen any elk. Lo and behold the very next morning at dawn the dogs started to go crazy. We looked out the window and saw some elk, then some more elk, and some more, and more, and, well you get the picture. By the time the procession had passed we figured that the herd must have had 30 or 40!

They were cruising down the center of the road without a care in the world before heading off into the forest. Seeing deer and elk for me is a lot like seeing dolphins and whales while sailing ... every single incident is thrilling and I never get tired of seeing them. It is such a blessing to live here in Pine.

Don’t forget to stop by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library to pick up some See’s Candy for your Valentine. The library has a variety of cash-and-carry items perfect for any taste or budget. Proceeds from the candy sales help fund many ongoing events at the library, so hurry down to get yours today before it’s all gone.

Registration for the next series of home-school art classes ends Feb. 1. The series will run each Wednesday from 1:30 until 3 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 throughout the end of March. The classes are taught in the library activity room by Robyn Bossert for students aged 5 and up. Space is limited, so stop by the library or call 476-3678 to ensure your spot.

Riff Raff Club

The Riff Raff Club met recently to elect new officers and discuss fund-raising for their Thanksgiving and Christmas outreaches, as well as the scholarship funds they provide for local students. New officers include President Jim MacLean, Vice President Jerry Nader, Secretary Shelia Deasey and Treasurer Anette Van Den Bosch. The Riff Raff Club works hard each year to make sure that no one in our community falls through the gaps, and their Rifle Raffle is one of the most popular fund-raisers in town.

New columnist sought

They say all good things must come to an end and so it is for my time writing the Pine-Strawberry Happenings. It’s been a lot of fun, but my schedule is such that it is time to move on.

I can honestly say that this has been a wonderful opportunity which allowed me to meet many, many great people who are actively involved in our community. If anyone is interested in taking over, please contact Tom Brossart at the Payson Roundup (tbrossart@payson.com or 474-5251).

I will also be happy to sit down with you and pass along information that will help your transition. My last column will be at the end of February unless someone chooses to take over before then.

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