No End Of Disasters This Summer, So Be Prepared


Goodness, will there be a reprieve? We have been threatened with fires galore, and North Dakota is about to wash off the map!

One of the churches in Minot is pastored by a classmate of mine. Pictures show water to the windowsills.

If you have not yet made a donation to one of the many charities accepting money to help out, think about getting out your checkbook. Write an amount out of your generosity and gratefulness.

Here is another note about fire and its threat that I discovered while trying to keep track.

If you needed to evacuate, what should you be thinking about? Well, consider this; remember your six P’s: people, personal computers, pets, pills, papers and pictures.

In my years in Southern California, I kept a “fire box” in the garage with many of these things already there. The new one for me is my personal computer.

My, how times change! The wise thing to do is make a list of what and where these things are and then assign a member of the family for certain items to collect. The truth is, you may not have much time and it is good to have a plan.

Strawberry Market update

Have you noticed the flurry of activity at the site of the old Strawberry Market this summer? Well, the new Strawberry Market sign is up and, yes, there will be a market in our tiny burgh once again. The plan is to be open by July the Fourth. Stop by and see if Oscar made his deadline. There are plans for a breakfast bar and even four rooms to rent for overnighters in the future.

The ‘new’ 12-ounce pound

As they say, Rant On. Price increases come in a “gotcha,” coming and going. I noticed the price of a “pound” of bacon has gone up a bunch.

More maddening is that the “pound” has also shrunk by 25 percent to 12 ounces. And not only for bacon. It seems there are an increasing number of food stuffs where this practice prevails.

Speak up, but not to the fine folks who stock the shelves and check you out at the register. Write the companies. They all have Web sites these days. Personally, I think it is insulting for them to think I would be so stupid as to not notice. Rant Off.

Library doings

Summer Vacation Movie Madness has taken over the library! There are two offerings thus far. On Thursday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. enjoy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Welcome to the Next Grade.” It is PG rated at 99 minutes long.

On Thursday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m.. enjoy “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a Disney film, PG rated at 109 minutes long. Refreshments will be provided by the library, but bring a pillow to make the floor a little more comfortable. Keep in mind, that parents are responsible to judge the suitability of these movies for your child.

Did you know that the Pine library is a nonprofit (501c3) library? It accepts donations of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and VHS movies.

Money raised from these sales assist the library in funding new materials. 

A tax donation receipt will be given to you for tax purposes. Any questions, contact the library at 476-3678.

What a deal! Clean out your drawers and cabinets and do a good deed for our library as well.

Drama Camp

Drama Camp for 6- to 14-year-old boys and girls will be held over a two-week period, July 11 through July 22 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Cultural Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.

The free Drama Camp is sponsored by the Pine library and will be taught by Patti Lawrence. The name of the play is “The Trial of Goldilocks” with a possible public performance. Stay tuned for that announcement. Methinks the celebrated fairy tale has taken on a new twist!

Quilt Auction

The Strawberry Patchers’ third annual “A Beautiful Quilt Auction” is coming up on Aug. 13. You can begin ogling the beauty and register for the auction at 10:30 a.m.

The auction begins at 2:20 p.m. at the Pine Cultural Hall. “Sylvester” is the name of the quilt made by International Quilt Show winner Sharon Schamber.

Admission is free, but bring a can/package of non-perishable food for the food bank. For more information go to or call Kathy MacCleary at 928-472-4410.

Thanks again!

Once again, thanks for keeping me informed at I even got fan mail this week!

I so appreciate your reading the column and am thrilled that you express your opinions and ask for information about things around our two little towns.

It is truly great to live here with such fine folks. Keep ’em coming, dear ones. I’ll try to keep up.


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