Keeping The Area Safe From Fire

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Cyclists of all ages helped raise funds to keep the area safe from fire through the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. Among the youngest riders were 18 youngsters who competed in the event’s three races designed specifically for kids.

The largest group of racers was in the age 7 and under category with eight children tearing up the track. They were super competitive, with Logan Newell taking first place in a matter of 1 minute and 5 seconds.

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A delicious Italian feast prepared by Chef Gerardo Moceri was enjoyed by those attending the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race last weekend in Pine.

The second largest group of racers were age 8, with six kids pushing through and crossing the finish line safely with Logan Fischer taking the win in 1 minute and 28.17 seconds.

The smaller total number of racers was in the age 9 to 12 category with four children competing. The top racer was Cole Fischer who made it look easy to go fast, completing the required two laps around the track in 1 minute and 24.2 seconds.

This was a real race with real points and prizes. All 18 child racers showed endurance and determination and earned bragging rights for participation in the race.

Medals went to first, second and third place. A medal was also awarded for sportsmanship, going to Ryder Lepak, who unselfishly stopped to help another child who fell off his bike.

Shara Lawrence-Weiss of Mommy Perks, reports that the kids area at this year’s race was super busy.

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Cyclists of all ages — including 18 youngsters who competed in the Fire on the Rim kids races — helped raise funds to keep the Pine/Strawberry area safe from wildfires.

“We had more than 40 kids come through between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. We had arts and crafts along with games. We provided paper, pens, paint, fabric paints, bags to decorate, wooden cars to paint, popsicle sticks to make

crafts with, pipe cleaners, bandannas to color and decorate, bubbles, a hula-hoop, a bowling game, ring toss, sidewalk chalk, a Play-Doh table and more. Numerous parents commented on how much fun the kids area was this year — it was a hit!”

Congratulations racers! Let your friends know how much fun it was! It’s never too soon to start bike riding and nothing is more fun than racing your bike in the woods! Thanks to all the parents, kids and sponsors for your support of the 2013 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

Block Party

Some are fortunate to recall the good old days when folks flocked to Pine July 4th for fireworks at P/S School. It was a fun small-town celebration as cars lined Randall Street and others found parking in the lot at the little white church on Randall Place.

Since so many were utilizing the church grounds, Pastor Lake and the congregation decided to incorporate a potluck feast. The days of fireworks are gone, but the tradition continues with an annual Block Party held at the P/S Community Center.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., everyone is invited for an afternoon of free hot dogs and food galore (believe me, these folks can cook).

There will be games, an inflatable obstacle course and more. The group, Sojourn, will provide live music. The group plays a wide range of music from a rock-based sound to familiar hymns.

Farm Dinner 

The Ranch at Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry is having its third annual Farm Dinner tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. This is an important annual fund-raiser that benefits the P/S Fuels Reduction program which keeps our community safe from wildfires.

The delicious country-style meal is served outdoors in a beautiful setting. The coordinating chef is Akos Szabo from M. Culinary Concepts, who caters the Phoenix Open.

Fresh menu items include Cajun Shrimp Salad, Cedar Plank Salmon, Wilson Farm Slow Ham and of course a Fossil Creek Goat Cheese entrée.

Tickets are $75 per person and seats are limited. For reservations call (928) 476-5178 or visit http://ranchatfossilcreek.com/ news-events/.

Library Friends

The Pine Library Friends’ next meeting is at 10 a.m., Mon­day, Sept. 23 in the library activity room just behind the Cultural Hall in Pine. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend.

You won’t want to miss Shirley Payne, a fire tower lookout person who will tell us about her fascinating job.

Sock Drive

The P/S School Builders Club Sock Drive continues through Sept. 27.

Please drop off donations of new socks at the school office and show your support for our local students.

Apple Festival & Antique Show

The P/S Business Commun­ity’s (PSBC) Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show, is coming to the P/S Community Center and Cultural Hall Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.

It’s time to get signed up for the festival’s annual Chili Cook­off. There are so many varieties of chili with their own unique ingredients and flavor — hot and spicy, mild, red, green, vegetarian or beef. I was going to say elk, but I can’t bring myself to say it (even though I just did). I love shooting those beautiful, elegant creatures — with a camera!

There is no fee to enter the cookoff. Commercial entries can win a traveling trophy and great recognition.

Non-commercial prizes include $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third. Call (928) 476-3641 or come by Coach House An­tiques & Boutique on Highway 87 in Pine to sign up and get information. All proceeds benefit the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank.

It’s a great year for apples in P/S. The PSBC is requesting your donation of apples to be utilized for the many great apple treats that visitors will enjoy at the festival.

Volunteers are also needed to assist in this wonderful event.

To enter the cookoff, donate apples, volunteer or for information, please call Manny or Char­lotte at Coach House Antiques. See what the PSBC is doing to help our community on its Web site at www.psbcaz.com.

Please send events to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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