Student Council, Adviser Honored

Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store volunteers Jeanne Coppins and Judy Mueller were honored with a special dinner April 26 for their service to the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation and to the community. The volunteers are moving away after a combined 11-and-a-half years of dedicated service.

Pine Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store volunteers Jeanne Coppins and Judy Mueller were honored with a special dinner April 26 for their service to the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation and to the community. The volunteers are moving away after a combined 11-and-a-half years of dedicated service.


The Pine Strawberry School Student Council received top honors at the Arizona Association of Junior High Student Council State Convention May 3. It was designated Master Council, the highest designation a council may achieve. There were six other councils, out of 239, that also received that designation. Jan Clark, council adviser, was also recognized with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the first one ever presented by the Student Council State Board. Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and dedication and for representing our school and community in such a positive way.

Volunteers deserve thanks

The Pine Strawberry Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) had a special dinner April 26 to say goodbye to two exceptional volunteers who are moving away. Judy Mueller, a volunteer for six-and-a-half years, and Jeanne Coppins, a five-year volunteer, were recognized for giving back and making a difference in our community.

Judy has been a welcoming face at the Community Center Thrift Store in Pine, where she shared her expertise in specialty clothing and quality control of clothing donations, while also serving on the board of directors.

Jeanne was responsible for the beautiful flower arrangements seen throughout the Thrift Shop. Her beautiful work was admired by all and brought an artistic and professional quality to the shop.

Rhonda Bossert, Thrift Store manager, praised Judy and Jeanne for “exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism in giving so much of their time and talents to serving and helping others.” She went on to say “they have been a blessing to know for SCAF and the community.”

Without volunteers, many services in our community would not exist. Thank you does not begin to cover the gratitude they deserve. We are fortunate to have so many caring people living right here.

When you see a volunteer, take time to say “thank you.” Better yet, look for opportunities to enrich your life and your community by becoming a volunteer.

Judy Mueller and Jeanne Coppins shared their unique talents and expertise to help the community. No matter what your talents are, you can put them to use in your community.

The Thrift Store has some big shoes to fill. Are you up to the challenge? Call the Thrift Store at 928-476-4633 or stop by at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine to get started.

There’s always something fun happening at the local thrift store. From May 9 to May 19 they are celebrating Western Days with an extensive collection of western clothing and home décor.

For more information on local community groups and volunteer opportunities, visit

May Day Festival

Kick off the weekend with the May Day Festival in Pine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 12, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 13. Come help Pine and Strawberry residents celebrate what makes the area so special and join in the fun. If you have never been to Pine and Strawberry, come find out what we’re all about. You just may discover a place you will want to return to again and again.

The third annual May Day Festival will take place at the Pine Community Center on Highway 87 in Pine. You’ll enjoy arts and crafts booths, entertainment, an antique car and tractor show, a kids craft booth, playground, lots of great food and more.

The Pine Strawberry Business Community knows how to throw a festival, with great events all year, including the Strawberry Festival, Fall Apple Festival and more. It’s always a great place for a weekend getaway with beautiful scenery, nature and wildlife, antique shops, quaint restaurants, historical sights, camping, and lodging at historical hotels, a bed and breakfast, cabins, and even a yurt!

Visit the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona or take a walking history tour with pioneer homes and a historic cemetery. You can also take the kids to feed baby goats at the Fossil Creek Goat and Llama Ranch for an experience they will treasure.

Library Movie Madness

Movie Madness is back at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine with the showing of the movie Flicka Country Pride at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 16. Bring a pillow to relax on the floor, enjoy refreshments, and watch this great movie.

Pine Strawberry School Career Day

The school is hosting Career Day for students and the community from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, May 18. A highlight will be an Army Blackhawk helicopter, which will be on the school’s west playground. Come meet state and county emergency responders, members of the Mounted and Sheriff’s Posse, see a K-9 demonstration and visit with representatives from Search and Rescue, the Gila County Attorney’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Game and Fish, the U.S. Coast Guard and more.

You can also participate with your business or group to let the community know what you do. If you are interested, please call Michael Clark, principal/superintendent, at 928-476-3283.

Riff-Raff’s Naked Yard Sale needs donations

The Riff Raff Club is a great group that raises money for local charities and provides baskets to churches and food bank recipients on holidays. You can help your community by donating un-used or quality items for the fifth annual “Naked Yard Sale” (meaning, no clothing donations please!), to be held June 9.

Donations are now being accepted at Bishop Storage on Old Country Road, in Pine, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June 9. All money raised by the group helps individuals and families right here in Pine and Strawberry.

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