P-S Students Shine In Recent Competitions

Skyler Cornelius, a 6th-grader at Pine Strawberry School, proudly displays the beautiful first-place trophy she won in the 2012 Arizona State Archery Tournament.

Skyler Cornelius, a 6th-grader at Pine Strawberry School, proudly displays the beautiful first-place trophy she won in the 2012 Arizona State Archery Tournament. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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On March 3, an incredible young lady, Skyler Cornelius, a 6th-grader at Pine Strawberry School, placed first among 300-plus competitors in the AZ State 2012 Archery Tournament at Ben Avery Range. Congratulations, Skyler, on your amazing achievement!

Nine outstanding students from our school rocked the Gila County Science and Engineering Fair in Globe on March 1.

Congratulations to Abby Greenleaf, 8th-grader and Jerusha Paine, 5th-grader, who received top honors. Abby was grand prize winner in the Middle School Division and Jerusha secured the grand prize in the Elementary Division.

In the Middle School Division, Caleb Paine, Ty Zimmerman and Tianni Lawrence proudly earned first place.

These students will advance to compete in the AZ State Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix on April 2-4.

Also to be recognized for a fantastic job are Ana Bartusch and Jacqueline Jones who took second place, Dakota Minear who took third and Matilda Kurtz who took fourth place.

Congratulations to all of you, and good luck as you move forward in these and other endeavors. You are all winners and do your school and community proud.

Cat in the Hat comes to life

The magic of books came to life and brought an exuberant form of chaos to the Pine Library when the Cat in the Hat came to town on March 2 for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The lovable and mischievous cat in his signature red and white striped hat and bow tie had the excited kids up to some antics as they raced about the library in their hand-made “Cat hats,” tooting horns and laughing gleefully.

The tongue twisting books of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss bring children into a world of imagination and make reading fun.

Fifteen years ago the National Education Association designated the author’s birthday as Read Across America Day in a program that encourages children to read. The Cat in the Hat became the mascot, with some 50 million children taking part in the annual event.

Our library hosted this year’s 108th birthday party for Dr. Seuss inviting local kids and the Cat in the Hat as a special guest, who bore a strikingly odd resemblance to Becky Waer, library manager.

On March 14 the Library presents the Dr. Seuss movie, “The LORAX” for Spring Break Movie Madness at 1:30 p.m.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library sponsors many programs for children and adults and is an invaluable community resource. For information on their many programs and services, visit their Web site at pinepubliclibrary.com.

Pine Strawberry Trail Day

Have you heard about “Trail Day?” You will!

The 800-mile Arizona Trail runs from one end of Arizona to the other, passing through Strawberry and Pine.

The Arizona Trails Association is promoting Gateway Communities, and we are one! This means we are a community where hikers can get off the trail to refuel, relax, sleep, shower, shop, etc. Being a Gateway Community is a great opportunity as Arizona Trails will be advertising and promoting our community on their emails, maps, and Web site.

The hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, rock climbers and others will need to know about our laundromat, stores, places to eat, drink, stay and get supplies.

We have all they need and on April 21 will show them with our first annual Pine Strawberry Trail Day!

You can anticipate a great day of activities with planned dog team demo, horse demo by Gila County Mounted Posse, Medieval fighting demo, music at the ramada, clowns, fire trucks, pancake breakfast and more! There will be booths for local groups to promote their services and activities.

Hopefully, this will become a yearly event to promote our community and will get bigger and better each year.

It will be an all-day event at the Community Center and proceeds will be used for things like local charities, school funds, community beautification and other things to make Pine Strawberry a desired place for people to experience — a destination!

You are invited to a meeting and brainstorming session March 14 at 3 p.m. at Sidewinders Saloon. And here’s some food for thought... try Carol’s Sampler while you’re there for a fantastic appetizer!

Concert at First Baptist Pine

On March 11, Nashville comes to Pine with The Blackwood Legacy in a free concert at First Baptist Church at 4039 N. Highway 87 at 6 p.m.

Rick Price, Luke Yates and Daniel Childs make up one of the most successful, hard working gospel music groups today, who formed as a tribute to the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet.

People of all ages are sure to be inspired and enjoy a great evening of music.

Other happenings

Need a special gift for someone? Before driving a long distance, why not check out the local antique and specialty shops in Pine and Strawberry? We have a gold mine full of treasure right here in our own back yard.

The “Pine Mall” aka Community Center Thrift Store is offering a whirlwind of sales in March with proceeds funding valuable programs for seniors in the community. Come in March 9 and 10 for 50 percent off all items in the linen/craft room as well as jewelry, watches and specially priced clothing. 8-track tapes are 5 for 25 cents! On March 14 to 17 you can get your St. Patrick’s Day decorations and the winter clothes clearance begins with fill a bag for just $2. For donations or pick-ups call 476-4633.

March 13 to 15 the Quilt-A-Thon takes place at First Baptist Church in Pine. Join us from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for this fun and rewarding quilting event.

I’ll close with some words from Dr. Seuss for all the wonderful, unique people in Pine and Strawberry...“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” You can contact me with events at haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.

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