Family Gives To Community At Reunion


The Seaman family tradition is to perform a community service in the locale where they gather for their family reunions.


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Seaman family descendants gathered at Pine Strawberry School on Saturday to build raised flower beds in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Jerry and Helen Seaman celebration in Pine. They were joined by Diane Ludwig of P/S School (second row down on the right - in hat) and Russ Youngcourt of Safeway (top row on the left).

Nathan Seaman contacted Diane Ludwig of Pine Strawberry School indicating the family would meet here for the 50th wedding anniversary of Jerry and Helen Seaman.

On Sept. 7 the Seaman family descendants from the East Valley, Colorado, Texas and Illinois arrived at the school to construct raised beds for a new garden along the south wall of the music/maintenance wing. Participating were 55 family members, who came with plywood, shovels, drills and other materials ready to go to work.

Ludwig, a third grade teacher at the school, started the garden project. She received contributions of $500 from the school board, a $1,500 grant from Western Growers Foundation and a $1,500 grant from Safeway.

Over the years, Safeway has generously supported many local projects. Russ Youngcourt, representing Safeway’s School Beautification Project, was on hand to kick off the construction of the garden.

Jerry and Helen Seaman’s spirit of community and love of gardening is reflected in the commitment instilled in their nine children and 43 grandchildren. The couple has a long tradition of gardening at their Mesa home that incorporates raised beds. Each child has planted a garden.

“There are lots of do-it-yourselfers in this bunch,” said Delene Seaman, who attended with her husband Nathan from Quincy, Ill.

“Family projects are the norm for us,” said Delene.

“The garden project will be the highlight of the reunion,” she added. “It is something worthwhile besides eating and playing!”

Diane Ludwig expressed appreciation to the family, saying, “Thank you Seaman family so very much for giving back to the community of Pine/Strawberry. Your example of generosity will live on at this school and surrounding communities.”  

Fire on the Rim

Welcome mountain bikers and visitors to the third annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend in Pine. Here’s a breakdown of activities.

Campsite opens at noon, Friday, Sept. 13. The Beer Garden opens at 4 p.m. You’re in for a treat at the Italian Feast beginning at 5 p.m., along with a silent auction. Enjoy the music of the J D Madrid Band. Late registration continues until 8 p.m.

The last chance to register is from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. If you find the cool mountain air and altitude gives you an appetite don’t worry, food wagons open bright and early at 6 a.m.

The daring 45-mile racers will take off from the Mary Ellen Arena on Bradshaw Drive at 7:30 a.m., after an introduction and memorial to the Granite Mountain Hotshots presented by Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin.

The 30-mile race begins at 7:45 a.m.; the 15-mile race at 8 a.m.; and the kids race starts at 9 a.m.

Stick around for the Beer Garden opening at 11 a.m. and the Bucket List Band beginning at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Get those tickets ready for the bike raffle drawings and see what you won at the silent auction. The fun is just getting started as Trouble in Paradise performs at 4 p.m., followed by the John Scott Band at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, be the first to experience the new bike trail in Pine at 10 a.m. and enjoy all that P/S has to offer from great scenery and wildlife to awesome restaurants, saloons, galleries and antique shops. Campsites close at 3 p.m.

Annual Steak Fry

For anyone who didn’t get the word, the Mountain Village Foundation’s (MVF) — formerly Strawberry’s Elite — annual Country Western Steak Fry fund-raiser will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14 at the StrawBEARy Bear restaurant in Strawberry.

The menu includes steak, ranch beans, cole slaw, roll and Texas sheet cake. The steaks will be cooked to your specification with non-meat options available.  

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any MVF member, at the StrawBEARy Bear or at the door. Trouble in Paradise will be providing wonderful music.

The Mountain Village Foundation is a non-profit (501(c)3 organization. All money raised through their fund-raising events stays in P/S helping children and families in need. MVF provides winter clothes and lunches for local school children and helps families in emergency situations. 

For more information, please call Christy at (928) 476-2239.

Sock Drive

The P/S School Builders Club is holding a Sock Drive through Sept. 27. They are collecting new socks to be given to an organization called One Small Step, that provides socks to homeless and emergency shelters and nursing homes. Please support our local students and help them make a difference in the world! 

Drop off sock donations at P/S School.

Block Party

The Church on Randall Place will host its annual community Block Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the P/S Community Center.

Pastor John and Simone Lake and the church members invite you and your family to come out and join them for a fun-filled afternoon of food, friendship, games, live music and more.

Farm Dinner 

Strawberry’s Ranch at Fossil Creek Creamery is having its third annual Farm Dinner at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. The event benefits the fuels reduction program. It is a delicious country-style meal. This year three outstanding chefs will dazzle you using local foods served outside at the beautiful farm. The coordinating chef is Akos Szabo from M. Culinary Concepts, the company that caters the Phoenix Open. Seating is limited and tickets are $75 per person.

For tickets call (928) 476-5178 or visit 

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