Ring In The New Year In P/S


Kay Foster was this year’s lucky winner of the See’s Candy Basket raffle sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. All proceeds from the annual candy sales and raffle help to purchase needed library materials.

Kay Foster was this year’s lucky winner of the See’s Candy Basket raffle sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. All proceeds from the annual candy sales and raffle help to purchase needed library materials. |

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Joy Hafford

Kay Foster was this year’s lucky winner of the See’s Candy Basket raffle sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. All proceeds from the annual candy sales and raffle help to purchase needed library materials.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and indulged in a lot of goodies. One Pine resident will be enjoying her holiday treats for some time to come. That’s because Kay Foster, of Pine, was the lucky winner of the See’s Candy Basket giveaway sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Kay is a local resident who shares her heart and time volunteering in the community and is on the board of the Pine Public Library. She carried away over $180 worth of See’s Candy!

The library holds the fund-raiser every Christmas season to raise funds for library materials by selling the favorite candy and raffling off the basket. This year, the library raised $249 from raffle ticket sales. Becky Waer and all of the library staff and volunteers thank you for supporting this year’s candy fund-raiser and for your continued support of the library.

Ring in the New Year

If you’re a full- or part-time resident or visitor who plans on spending New Year’s Eve in Pine or Strawberry there are many options to ring in the New Year right here on the mountain.

How about hitting up Tony G’s Sidewinders Saloon for something different? They will begin their celebration during the day starting at 2 p.m. Toast in the New Year at 6 p.m. They will of course, be open throughout the evening as well. You won’t have to worry about being out at night if you don’t want to, but can still have that celebratory toast! Join the locals and kick up some fun. Here’s a tip for the New Year — Sidewinders is the place to be every Friday night for fantastic barbecue ribs and blues music.

You won’t want to miss THAT New Year’s Eve Dinner at THAT Brewery and Pub. From 5 to 11 p.m. sink your teeth into a delicious and fresh baked goat cheese appetizer. Entrees include lobster tail, beef tenderloin and shrimp and scallops Napoleon. Vegetarian? No problem. You will love the eggplant parmesan. Whatever your choice, pair your meal with one of their locally brewed stouts and ales. There is limited seating so reservations and a $10 deposit are required. Since the world did not end in December, THAT Brewery has a great January special just for locals! I won’t give it away, but be sure to “friend” THAT Brewery on Facebook where they update all the happenings at THAT Brewery and a lot of local events as well.

Despite my enthusiasm for the Pine establishments, there’s plenty of other celebrations going on up the hill in Strawberry.

Take your honey to The Strawbeary Bear for great New Year’s Eve dinner specials and live, foot-stomping country music with Cord Price. My husband and I could definitely share the dinner special of king crab legs and shrimp! Richard is extremely fond of crab legs while I consider shrimp the next best thing to my kids and heaven. No worry if you’re not into seafood as the prime rib dinner is sure to satisfy all beef connoisseurs. Toast to the New Year at midnight with complimentary champagne and party favors. You can go ahead and party hearty as designated drivers will be standing by to take you — and your car home safely.

Over at the Flying Grizzly you can dance the night away to the music of the Local Boys band and see what New Year’s Eve special dinner surprises they have in store for you. The Flying Grizzly always brings in bands that rock the house and their food offerings — from homemade soups to unique lunch and dinner specials — are highly acclaimed! This New Year’s Eve, you can secure a room next door at the Windmill Corner Inn for just $50 for the night and enjoy a $6 breakfast with complimentary free coffee.

The historic Sportsman’s Chalet is a great place to hang out any day of the year and shoot the breeze or a few games of pool. Known for their signature beef, buffalo, elk and wine burgers, they have good food and a really nice atmosphere for the night. You’re sure to have fun at the Chalet.

A new name for the New Year

The local charity group formerly known as Strawberry’s Elite will usher in the New Year with a new name. They will now officially be known as the Mountain Village Foundation. Children are the heart of our community and the group’s mission remains the same, to help children and families who are in need right here in Pine/Strawberry.

Their annual steak fry fund-raiser in October enabled the foundation to provide assistance to students at the local school who were in dire need of clothing this winter. Full- or part-time residents who love kids and have a desire to help needy families within the P/S community are encouraged to join the group or to contact them for further information. Please contact cpowerspak@gmail.com. They would love to have you join them!

Community forum

There are many exciting happenings at our local school with the swearing in of new school board members, conversion to solar energy and the upcoming retirement of Superintendent Clark.

On Jan. 9, 2013 there will be a community forum at P/S School to update the community on the east playground improvement and drainage construction program. The forum will take place in the school gym at 6:30 p.m. The school is located behind the P/S Community Center and library off of Highway 87 in Pine.

Please join me for the P/S Happenings column next week for a look at the important role of the school in our community and what lies ahead in the coming year. Till then, wishing you and your families a safe and happy New Year and many blessings in 2013.

Be sure to e-mail me at haffordjoy1@gmail.com with your events or comments.

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