Rim Country Snow Survival

Richard Hafford, of Pine, on the rooftop wiping down the satellite dish in snowy weather. Depending on the position of the dish and wind direction, snow and ice can accumulate and block the signals and must be cleaned off to restore service. An Ice Zapper Dish Heater will resolve this problem.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Richard Hafford, of Pine, on the rooftop wiping down the satellite dish in snowy weather. Depending on the position of the dish and wind direction, snow and ice can accumulate and block the signals and must be cleaned off to restore service. An Ice Zapper Dish Heater will resolve this problem.


This week, I’d like to share a tip for any refugees from the desert who could use a refresher course in Snow Survival 101 (For Dummies)! Like many of you, we spent years in harsh winters prior to moving to the Valley of the Sun almost 40 years ago. In the desert, we became accustomed to two flavors — hot and hotter — salsa and weather! These were also the days of “rabbit ears” on our televisions to pick up the stations. My husband and I missed the four seasons and eventually migrated north to savor the colors of fall and the magnificence of winter in Rim Country.

We love watching the falling snow or waking up to a shimmering blanket of white snow covering the mountains and forests. However, there is one place that a covering of snow is undesirable — on our satellite dish! The white stuff wreaks havoc on signals rendering “snow” on our TV screen or just infomercials. On a snowy P/S day, it’s commonplace for the picture to breakup and see the words “searching for signal.” We were offered many solutions from hosing the dish down with water or spraying it with Pam Cooking Spray to covering it with a plastic garbage bag. Uncertain if a technician would recommend this, in my house it meant frequent trips up the ladder and across a snow-impacted roof to brush snow off the dish to restore the signal. I don’t think the local ER docs — or OSHA, for that matter — would approve this precarious procedure.

Last month while driving through town, I observed a sign, “Satellite Dish Snow Melters are here.” A light flashed in my brain! Really? (Like I said ... for dummies!) I’ve since learned that there is an electrical snow-melting device for satellite dishes. The good news is, you can get it right here in Pine. For those who may be “snow-challenged” as I was, this is a godsend. No more holding the ladder — and my breath — as my husband climbs up on the roof during a snowstorm to wipe snow from the dish again and again, risking life and limb so we can watch NCIS re-runs!

You can obtain an Ice Zapper Dish Heater at Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty in Bishop Park at the south end of Pine on Highway 87. It requires an electrical outlet to use and costs under $100.

Remember: the only one who should be up on your rooftop this winter is Santa and the reindeer! Enjoy the beautiful snow and stay safe.

Local business news

I feel compelled to give a “shout out” to a business after inadvertently omitting their New Year’s Eve celebration from my Dec. 28 column. We are blessed with many wonderful restaurants, bars, antique and specialty shops, sights, scenery and recreation. Whatever brings you here, don’t leave without a visit to the Strawberry Lodge.

Long before ever visiting the area, I’d heard tales of the historic hotel and restaurant in Strawberry with rave reviews of their pie, in particular the Strawberry pie. Whether you live here or are just passing through, you will bypass a treasure if you don’t try it.

In addition to great pie, the Lodge has a delicious fish fry on Friday nights followed by Sunday’s slow-simmered, melt-in-your-mouth pot roast. Homemade biscuits and gravy are another treasure you’ll find.

One Pine business is thanking residents for their support by having Customer Appreciation Month in January. Steve and Tamara Morkin, owners of THAT Brewery and Pub, are giving 15 percent off all food and beverages this month if your driver’s license says Payson, Pine or Strawberry. They would like to wish all residents a Happy Brew Year!

In September, we welcomed two merchants to Pine, Carol’s Country Crafts and Coach House Antiques and Boutique. The new year brings a new shop to Strawberry and longtime resident and 25-year local Realtor, Rose Harper, would like you to come check it out. You’ll find Harper’s Bizarre Gallery and Gift Shop in Rose Bud Square at Highway 87 and Fossil Creek Road. The shop downstairs in MVP Realty has a wonderful selection of art and highlights the work of talented local artists. You’ll also find stuffed animals, hats, purses, scarves, exquisite jewelry, greeting cards and more. Rose plans to expand her collection of “Strawberry” items and memorable souvenirs. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Be sure to visit all our fabulous shops and galleries for a perfect and complete P/S experience. Each one offers something unique from Myra’s Gallery to the Hock Crockery Pottery Studio and everything in between.


Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) unites the resources of our businesses and community to foster economic growth and town spirit with family festivals and fund-raising events. If you are a business owner or resident who would like to have fun and contribute to the well-being of P/S, visit their Web site at www.psbusinesscommunityaz.com for more information.

Together we can bring joy and prosperity to our town in 2013.

Pine Public Library

It’s Movie Madness at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. See “Back to the Sea,” a touching story of a heroic fish’s journey, at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. Filled with laughs, action and heart, this is a movie the whole family will love. Bring your pillow and make yourself at home on the library floor. Refreshments will be provided.

Attend “The Big Read” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Established by the National Center of Endowment for the Arts under the Library Services and Technology Act the program is on the great John Steinbeck novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.” Discuss the role Route 66 plays in the novel.

For more information on library programs or services, call (928) 476-3678.

Please e-mail your P/S Happenings or comments to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.


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