Spring Is Time To Enjoy Great Outdoors


In 1974 Ralph and Velma Fuller donated a 1920s cabin for use as the original Pine Library, fulfilling the dream of Pine Elementary School teacher, Isabelle Hunt, to establish a library to serve the Pine area.

In 1974 Ralph and Velma Fuller donated a 1920s cabin for use as the original Pine Library, fulfilling the dream of Pine Elementary School teacher, Isabelle Hunt, to establish a library to serve the Pine area. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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The welcome was not so warm, but spring is finally here! The flowers are blooming with vibrant colors and people are out in their gardens enjoying the great weather, sunshine and clean, mountain air. I hear the call of the streams, lakes, forests and mountains. It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate a new season here in Pine and Strawberry — where there’s always something happening.

Thank you from PSFR

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction group (PSFR) would like to thank all who gave so generously to the recent fund drive to clear the hazardous brush accumulation at the bottom of the canyons leading out of Arrowhead. Through a partnership with Payson Ranger District, the work is done and we’re all a little bit more protected.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Janet Brandt at (928) 595-0204.

Pine Library has something for everyone

The library in Pine has a rich history. It was initially housed in a 1920s cabin that is still standing in Randall Park, adjacent to the historic Randall House restaurant. Today, the library, at 6124 W. Randall Place, provides a host of services to the community in a warm, welcoming environment.

Parents with infants to 3-year-olds can bring the young ones to a Tots and Toddlers Playtime every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. For 2- to 5-year-olds there are stories, crafts, music and games each Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday each week the library offers computer games for children and they offer specialized programs for home-schooled children, including oil painting classes.

Adults will also find a variety of educational and entertaining programs at the library from computer proficiency classes to oil painting and more. The staff invites everyone to come in or call to reserve a copy of the book “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger and to participate in a book discussion coming this summer.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be closed through Saturday, March 31 for weeding of the collection and maintenance. Please drop off library materials at the book drop by the front door. Pre-school and Tots and Toddlers story times will also be canceled during this time. Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 2.

For more information on the programs and services available at the library, call (928) 476-3678.

Small Town Kids ‘Got Talent’

The “America’s Got Talent” TV show has nothing on the Pine Strawberry School students who wowed an enthusiastic audience in their recent annual Talent Show hosted by the Student Council.

Staff members assisted students with 19 acts, helping to choreograph routines and prepare them for their singing, instrumental and drama presentations. The staff members — Patti Lawrence, Keith Howell, Andy Ward, Ashley Kendrick and Lu Carpino — helped students with setup, tryouts and music, while Katie Parks, a mom volunteer, ran the music and sound.

A talented duo of second-grade students — Gavyn Patterson, 8, and Hailey Bridges, 9 — powered their way through “I’m a Believer” in a commanding performance.

A young dance team with Harlie and Piper Parks and Alexia Vandenbosch performed an impressive, well-rehearsed routine to the tune of “Gitchee, Gitchee Goo” and Noah Iannoli, a fifth-grader, mesmerized the audience on guitar to “12 Bar Blues.”

Other notable performances included a Hula Hoop act by Emma Paine, Caitlyn Ganassin and Hazel Brooks; a fifth-grade play written by fifth-grader Mercedes Miranda; eighth-graders Ana Bartusch and Heiley Hamblem in a phenomenal vocal presentation; and an accomplished dance team with Tianni Lawrence, Devin Duarte, Sumer Aguon and Jasmine Hernandez in a flawless performance.

All of the students were happy and passionate on stage, and the performances truly showcased a wealth of local talent. The annual Talent Show is one of many initiatives taken by the school to build student self-confidence and maximize their potential. In the Talent Show, all of the performers were winners and received a certificate.

Celebrate Easter




The third annual Easter Egg Fun Day will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7 at the Pine Trailhead. The free event includes an egg hunt, coloring area, snacks, prizes, fire truck, a visit from the Easter bunny and handmade candy carriers.

First Baptist Church of Pine invites residents for Easter services on April 8. There will be an inspirational Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m. on the church grounds with free breakfast to follow. Bible study is at 9:15 a.m., and worship service at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 4039 N. Highway 87. If you are coming to the Sunrise Service, dress warmly and bring blankets — it is quite cool in the early morning.

The Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail organization is helping Pine and Strawberry residents and businesses recognize the value of being a Gateway Community to the Arizona Trail hiking, biking and equestrian use. It offers us an opportunity to be prepared for those who “jump off” the trail. Lodging, restaurants and laundromat are high on the list of important services as well as resupplying food and meeting first aid needs of the long-distance hikers who come off the wilderness trail. Often family and friends meet the hikers here and they spend additional time at a shop or two. Let’s dish up a heaping helping of hospitality to our guests to further enhance their wilderness backpacking adventures along the Arizona Trail.

The community’s first annual Trail Day is April 21 at the Pine Community Center. I hope you will spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors and come join in a great day of fun and a celebration of our community.

Please contact me with your happenings at haffordjoy1@gmail.com or call (602) 790-0248.

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