Students Win State Awards In Science


Several students from Pine Strawberry School brought home honors from the State Science Fair, which took place April 1-2 in Phoenix. Caleb Paine won first place in junior engineering; Brittany Fleming won fourth place in junior environmental sciences; and Madison McRae won second place in elementary behaviors and social sciences.

Several students from Pine Strawberry School brought home honors from the State Science Fair, which took place April 1-2 in Phoenix. Caleb Paine won first place in junior engineering; Brittany Fleming won fourth place in junior environmental sciences; and Madison McRae won second place in elementary behaviors and social sciences.

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The superstars of P/S School are bringing accolades to our small town again. Three of our local students received impressive awards at the 2013 State Science Fair. The fair took place on April 1 and 2 in Phoenix. Congratulations to Caleb Paine who took first place in junior engineering. Outstanding student, Madison McRae, received the second place award for elementary behavioral and social sciences. Brittany Fleming also received an impressive fourth place award for junior environmental sciences. Stay tuned to next week’s P/S Happenings for an update on other awards recently received by local students and groups. Kudos to the winners – and to the administrators and staff at P/S School for the great work they do with our kids.

Book signing at library

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library on Randall Place in Pine, will be hosting Barbara Bayless Lacy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Maggie Dawes, Navajo herbalist from Fuzzy Mountain, will also be showing medicinal herbs that grow in the area. The plants described in the book Nanise grow on the Navajo Reservation. Come meet the author at this interesting and informative book signing event. Refreshments will be served.

The Ranch at Fossil Creek

Love animals? This is the perfect time of year to visit the goat and llama ranch in Strawberry for a wide array of activities – and I’m certain you’ll find a baby goat there also with your name on it. The “kids” have eight new moms and more than 40 experienced nannies. Once the babies are checked out they are ready to go to good homes and parents willing to bottle-feed them. Joyce and John offer coaching to new goat parents. During the Kids Feeding Kids program you can come to the ranch and bottle-feed them.

At the Ranch at Fossil Creek you can experience the forest accompanied by your own llama. Choose from a one-hour or a three-hour hike that includes lunch. Llamas will carry your gear and entertain you – this also makes for a fun birthday party.

Restaurants can bring their staff to the farm and see the operations of the dairy along with cheese making. Call ahead to make reservations.

Cheese making classes will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1 and 22 and includes a textbook. Cooking classes are also offered.

You can also learn how to felt and work with llama and sheep wool in a three-hour class for making purses. Schedule a fun class with your grandchildren. Classes begin on May 11.

For further information you can e-mail the Ranch at Fossil Creek at info@ranchatfossilcreek.com.

Church on Randall Place

The Church on Randall Place in Pine, offers many opportunities for women to join with others for community volunteer work, arts and crafts projects, and more. The Women’s Ministry has issued an invitation to join the members for their annual trip to the Prayer Garden at Canaan in the Desert on May 7. For information on Canaan in the Desert, visit the Web site at http://canaaninthedesert.com.

Those in Pine and Strawberry can meet up with Simone Lake at Walgreens parking lot in Payson. Then all will caravan together, leaving at 7:30 a.m. sharp. If you need a ride, please contact Simone.

After the walk, the group will go to the local restaurant, Mimi’s, to enjoy lunch together.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, notebook and pen to journal, camera, bottled water, sunglasses, sun protection, snacks and money for the restaurant.

For more information on the outing or on the many programs offered through the church’s Women’s Ministries, contact Simone at (928) 595-0837.

Don’t fall short: Prevent falls

Falls can sometimes have serious results. On April 5, my husband and I returned to our beautiful Pine community and home. I can’t believe that a fall on the ice on January 21 resulted in such a prolonged ordeal and almost took his life. We are now beginning our “new” normal. We have learned a lot and hope to share this knowledge to understand and support those who find themselves facing a similar challenge.

Our hearts go out to families and individuals who are dealing with the aftermath of a serious injury. We have now joined the ranks of the “broken hip survivor’s club” – a group whose numbers are far too few, especially among the elderly.

There is so much to do in Pine, Strawberry and the Rim Country and so many wonderful people to share it with. Join the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, the Library Friends, Business Community group, P/S Food Bank, Riff Raff or ATV Riders club. Visit the unique antique, specialty shops and restaurants. Check out the newly re-opened and remodeled Thrift Shop and see the changes resulting from the extensive water damage suffered earlier this year. Attend the grand re-opening celebration. Volunteer. Enjoy the scenery, sights, wildlife, outdoor sports, festivals and activities - safely!

Please don’t fall short. Do whatever it takes to avoid a fall, because it can infinitely change your life. Wear safe shoes, use a wheelchair, walker or cane, if necessary. Watch where you are going and avoid ice, curbs and pitfalls. Don’t take chances; take precautions!

My apologies if any of your e-mails or events may have been inadvertently missed while I was with my husband at the VA hospital over the past several months. Please continue to send me information to include in the P/S Happenings column.

Send notices to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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