Youth Express Appreciation To Senior Citizens


Young-at-heart senior citizens enjoy lunch Monday to Friday at the Senior Dining Room in Pine, sponsored by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation.

Young-at-heart senior citizens enjoy lunch Monday to Friday at the Senior Dining Room in Pine, sponsored by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Want to live in a great community? You already do!

It is the thoughtful, caring actions of residents in a community, passed down from generation to generation, that truly enriches us and makes a community great. Here in Strawberry and Pine, acts of kindness are habitual.

This was demonstrated on Valentine’s Day, when youth from the Pine-Strawberry School Builder’s Club (a junior Kiwanis group) paid a visit to the Senior Dining Room to reach out in friendship and appreciation to senior citizens who were gathered there for lunch. The young people presented each senior with a gift; a flower and a poem of gratitude. The poem entitled “Friends” expressed the beauty, wisdom and spirit of friendship.

Student and Builder’s Club President Bailee Taylor articulated a heartfelt “thank you” on behalf of the group, saying how much they have learned and grown by the example set by the patriarchs of the community.

The senior citizens appreciated the gesture and gave them hearty applause.

Kudos to the parents, advisor Dawn Potter and the school for instilling the spirit of community in the youth of Pine and Strawberry. As Dawn told me, “We are really trying to instill in these kids how important our seniors are to our community and to everyone.”

How else can we begin to eradicate hate, prejudice and the widespread disregard for the value of others that glares at us in the world’s headlines?

This simple story is worth repeating, a profound lesson to the world, and most of all a tribute to an extraordinary community.

Leap for the Thrift Store

To commemorate Leap Day, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, the Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store is having a fill-a-bag-for-a-buck sale. Fit all the clothing, shoes and accessories that you can into a bag for just $1. They are located on Highway 87 and Randall Plaza in Pine.

The store is operated by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation. Proceeds from the store help to fund the senior lunches, Meals-On-Wheels and many other programs for seniors.

Let’s do lunch

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) invites you for a great lunch, fun, laughter and friendship every Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Senior Dining Room in Pine. Any senior age 50 or older from Pine, Strawberry, Payson and the surrounding area can come.

A full meal is $4 for SCAF members and $5 for non-members. Salad bar is $2.50 for members and $3 for non-members.

Two very wonderful cooks take turns weekly planning and preparing delicious meals including favorites like pulled pork sandwiches, chicken enchiladas, salmon, spaghetti pie, meat loaf and many more crowd-pleasing dishes.

Terry volunteered to cook two years ago when Scott, the prior cook, was injured in a weather-related accident. Her background as a nurse is beneficial in preparing healthy, nutritious meals and she takes great care in helping those with special dietary needs including diabetic and gluten-intolerant princesses, like me.

Jacqui perfected her cooking skills for 18 years at the Strawberry Lodge and four years at Nifty-Fifty’s. She has been cooking at the Pine Senior Center for an amazing 20 years.

The salad bar, entree and dessert are a great value, but dining with friends and neighbors and interaction with the young-at-heart, fun-loving, and inspiring seniors is priceless.

Recently I met Elmer Lehman, 93 years young, and eldest senior in the dining room. He has had lunch here every day for more than 20 years. He also enjoys the annual free community holiday dinners.

He remembers when the Senior Dining Room was packed for lunch with standing room only and assigned seating. He and other SCAF members would love to see a return to the days when the area’s entire senior population would come to enjoy a great lunch and each other’s company.

Please come out and join us. Call (928) 476-2151 the day before or sign up in the dining room by noon to reserve your meal the next day. You can see a menu online at www.psaznews.com (click on Community Organizations, SCAF).

Congratulations raffle winners

On Feb. 14 Pine Public Library drew for two raffles they had to raise funds for materials.

The lucky winner of the See’s Valentine Basket was Don Currier of Pine. Bob Papke from Sunset Saddle and Leather drew the lucky ticket for the half-saddle he had donated. Tammy Steven and grandson Peyton were happy to take it home.

Becky Waer, Library Manager, thanks the community, “It takes a community like ours to make our library what it is today!” she said.

Pine Library Friends

The next meeting of Pine Library Friends will be Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. In lieu of a guest speaker they will tour the local museum.

Meet at the front door of the museum located in the cultural hall next to the ramada for a look back at the history of the area.

After the tour, they will go to the library activity room for their meeting. Everyone is welcome. Please join this great group who do so much to make the library a great resource in our community. Everybody needs a “Friend.”

Meet the Cat In The Hat

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is planning Dr. Seuss’ Birthday celebration on “Read Across America Day” Friday, March 2 and you are invited.

The fun is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. See if you can guess how many candies are in the jar and you will win it.

There will be a drawing for Dr. Seuss books. Get your picture taken with the Cat In The Hat, who will be there in person and guaranteed to be the life of the party. Refreshments will be served. You don’t want to miss this very special event.

Send your Pine Strawberry happenings to haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248. Till next week, let’s do lunch.

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