Celebrating All Around The Community


Travis Baxley, Supervisor of Gila County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit, gave demonstrations with the dogs for an enthusiastic crowd during P/S Trail Day event last year. This year’s event will take place at the P/S Community Center on April 27.

Travis Baxley, Supervisor of Gila County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit, gave demonstrations with the dogs for an enthusiastic crowd during P/S Trail Day event last year. This year’s event will take place at the P/S Community Center on April 27. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Read Across America Day

On Saturday, March 2, the staff of Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will join millions of librarians, teachers, administrators and students across the country in a celebration of Read Across America Day. The annual event strives to motivate children to read and coincides with the birthday of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel – also known as children’s author Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was an amazing storyteller who reminded us all that reading is one of life’s greatest joys.

The Pine Public Library will host a party for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday inside the library from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 2. There will be crafts with activity booklets to take home, a drawing for Dr. Seuss books and the chance to win a jar of candy by counting how many candies are in the jar. The Cat In The Hat will be on hand, spinning his mischief and taking photo opportunities with the participating children. For more information on this event and all library services and programs you can visit their website at pinepubliclibrary.com.

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Kids Feeding Kids will begin on April 1at the Fossil Creek Ranch and Creamery in Strawberry.

News from The Ranch at Fossil Creek

It was a great year at the Fossil Creek Goat and Llama Ranch and Creamery in Strawberry with more than 80 baby goats born. Most were sold to great homes and the males were donated to the Navajo Indian children, who love them and use their hair for rugs and blankets. The baby goats are due again in 2013 on the first of April. It will soon be time for another Kids Feeding Kids event, where visitors can come out, grab a bottle, and feed the kids. My husband and I had a wonderful time participating in this last year.

In other Ranch happenings, John and Joyce are expanding classes and now taking reservations for groups of six or more people. Classes include the basics of cheese making, how to work with llama and sheep wool, and cooking classes taught by great Arizona restaurant chefs on the many uses of goat cheese.

There are also planned Kids and Grandkids Camps and Llama Hikes including Birthday Party Hikes.

For information call (928) 476-5178 or e-mail info@ranchatfossilcreek.com.

Pine pastor celebrates accomplishment

Congratulations to Pastor John of the Church on Randall Place in Pine, who has passed his doctorial dissertation and is now Dr. John Lake. He passed with flying colors from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky with his dissertation, “Effects of Consumerism and Individualism in the Local Church”.

His graduation will be celebrated in May.

P/S Trails Day

Last year’s inaugural P/S Trails Day event was a great success. If you missed out last year, there’s plenty of time to get on board for this year. The event promotes the area’s walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail system and promotes the community as a Gateway to the 800-mile Arizona Trail. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Pine Ramada at the Community Center. There is no cost to attend. The format of the event will be like that of an informational convention and participants will be providing facts about the area trails and educating the public. The event brings many visitors who enjoy the extensive trails system and also provides a boost to local groups and businesses. If you would like to participate or learn more about this upcoming event, please e-mail maureen.walsh@edwardjones.com.

P/S Community Center Thrift Store

This year’s weather has certainly presented its challenges to our small community. Several residents have suffered from falls on the ice, including my own husband, Richard, who is still hospitalized in the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix after breaking his hip and many resulting complications.

Several restaurants and businesses sustained damages, most notably the P/S Community Center Thrift Store (aka the Pine Mall), which had a broken pipe in January that created extensive flooding and damage to the back room and merchandise. Work to repair the damage is progressing and a new floor is being installed. The Pine Thrift Shop tentatively plans to be re-opened sometime in March, with no firm date as of yet.

A reminder that Senior Lunches and Meals-on-Wheels are still being served through the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) in the Senior Dining Room adjacent to the Thrift Store. For further information call 928-476-2151.

Thank you for sending your P/S Happenings to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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