The holiday season is just over the horizon prompting Pine and Strawberry residents to jump-start efforts to help those less fortunate among us.
Rick and Marlene Kubiak are among those stepping up to provide a healthy dose of holiday cheer.
The Kubiaks will again this year set up a home holiday display that in 2011 was the first place winner in the Holiday House Lighting Contest.
Most importantly about the display, the Kubiaks will be collecting food for the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank while the display is in place.
“We had a good response last year and hope this year will be even better,” said Marlene.
The Kubiak home is located at 8720-47 Tonto Rim Drive in the Rimwood neighborhood of Strawberry.
Marlene says due to some health issues Rick was facing, “We weren’t sure we would do (the Christmas displays), but with the help from friends and neighbors they’re going up.”
The decorations have long been a highlight in the two tiny mountain hamlets, but this year they should be even more unique.
Marlene says new additions include a fishing Santa Claus at the pond near the driveway, several snowmen sitting around a campfire and a village display Rick built last summer.
Marlene says the display will be turned on Thanksgiving Eve and remain up through New Year’s Eve.
Those who wish to express their thanks may do so by donating food to the local bank. The items may be dropped off at the Kubiak home during the evening lighting hours.
Buff honor students chosen
It appears the Pine Strawberry School is producing a throng of eager young scholars.
Evidence of that surfaced when Principal Cody Barlow announced the names of those who had during the first quarter made the Principal’s List for earning all A grades and those named to the Honor Roll for making all A and B grades.
Congratulations to those hard-working students and their teachers.
Named to the Principal’s List were: Alyssa Baeuerlen, fourth grade; Darby MacFarlane, fourth grade; Raci Miranda, fifth grade; Emma Paine, fifth grade; Kendall Brooks, sixth grade; Abby Ast, sixth grade; Adam Leneberg, sixth grade; Lizzie MacFarlane, sixth grade; Cameron Taylor, sixth grade; and Mercedes Miranda, seventh grade.
Joining the Honor Roll are: fourth-grader, Angelina Blanch; fifth-graders, Lexi Ward and Haley Hargett; sixth-graders, Veronica Blanch, MaKenzie Abney and Holly Carl; seventh-graders, Michael Augon, Lucy Miller, Jerusha Paine, Katie Poole, Lars Tanner and Quaid Tanner; and eighth-graders, Maddy Abney, Krislyn Alford, Brittany Fleming, Shaila Hein, Savannah James, Samantha Jones, Seth O’Neil, Becca Ralls and Tyler Staub.
Blood Drive at Baptist Church
United Blood Services will host a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Pine.
For those unfamiliar with United Blood Services, it is a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood and blood products for hospitals.
Founded in 1943 as the Salt River Valley Blood Bank in Phoenix, United Blood Services community blood centers, such as the one in Pine, provide blood, blood components and special services for patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states.
For those who have never given blood, remember to hydrate by drinking an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after your donation and to have a healthy meal before your donation. However, avoid foods high in fat.
Also, don’t forget to take along your ID.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Maureen Walsh at (928) 978-1086. Appointments can also be made at the Web site: http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/.
Recall documents finalized
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Recall Committee has in its county-mandated “Grounds for Recall Demand” paperwork become more specific about the reasons the group believes PSWID chairman Ray Pugel, vice chairman Gary Lovetro, treasurer Ron Calderon and secretary Richard Dickinson should be removed from the board.
The paperwork was filed in Globe this week.