The highlight of the Labor Day weekend is certain to be the myriad of activities on the agenda for the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day.
While there will be plenty of attractions during the two days, among the most altruistic of the events is the Library Friends-hosted book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., today, Aug. 29 and those same hours on Aug. 30 and 31.
The sale will be held in the library activity room located behind the community center in Pine
The Library Friends group plays a huge role in helping keep the doors of the cash-strapped Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library open and it facilities available to all.
Just this year, the library suffered further financial hardship when Gila County cut its annual grant by 5 percent
The slashing of the county budget made the backing of Library Friends even more crucial.
For the book sale, plastic bags will be $2 each and customers may fill them with as many books as they will hold.
This year, Friends are also sponsoring a raffle for a wine basket. The drawing will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31.
At the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival, the Library Friends book sale earned $1,757.75.
During the organization’s three-day 4th of July book sale, $1,443.67 was raised.
Also during this weekend’s Labor Day festivities don’t forget to stop by and enjoy the $5 pancake breakfast that includes sausage, orange juice and coffee.
The scrumptious breakfasts will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. both fair days.
The breakfasts are the major fundraiser for the Mountain Village Foundation, which helps citizens in both Pine and Strawberry.
The Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild has sponsored the holiday festivals since 1980.
Guild president Olga Sehnert stresses that all money earned from the show directly benefits the community.
Survey says ...
Uncovering the types of businesses residents would like to attract to the Rim Country was among the goals that came out of a rather heated Gila County Planning and Zoning meeting on June 25 in Pine.
At the contentious meeting, many in the audience of about 200 voiced their displeasure over possibly building a Dollar General at the south end of Pine.
Eventually the developer, Beau Woodring of Southwest General Development in Scottsdale, withdrew his request to have the property rezoned so the discount store could be built.
While it was obvious residents weren’t in favor of Dollar General; there was no consensus on what type of store taxpayers would like to have in Pine and Strawberry.
Following the meeting, the Rim Country Business Coalition agreed to coordinate gathering information to help revise the Gila County General Plan so that it would clearly define the kinds of businesses those in Pine and Strawberry would like built.
The coalition began those efforts last week by distributing “Pine Strawberry Future Development Surveys” to residents.
The survey list various types of developments and asks residents to circle the five they would most like to see added to the community and the five they would object to being built in the two mountain hamlets.
Among the 26 choices given are big box retail chain stores, outdoor adventure retail stores, lodging chains, clothing and shoe stores, chain drugstores, fast food stores, convenience store chains and more.
Residents are also given the option to write in any development not listed.
Surveys will be collected and project timelines and objectives settled on during a town hall meeting set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the cultural hall.
Surveys can also be returned to Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, Coach House Antiques and Boutique or Strawberry Auto Service prior to Sept. 3.
The Rim Country Business Coalition is a group of business people who have a goal of helping the business community in Payson and surrounding communities.
The group’s philosophy is for business owners to focus less on competing against each other and more on competing against those businesses that siphon money out of the Rim Country.
The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Chris Walsh’s Edward Jones Office at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B in Payson.
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Pine Strawberry Water Improvement board chairman Tom Weeks is scouring the communities in search of volunteers to help the board of directors.
Volunteer committees are currently being formed.
To volunteer, contact Weeks at email@example.com or call (928) 970-0266.
Fire on the Rim gets big time assist
An impressive list of sponsors has stepped up to help ensure the upcoming Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race is the best in its four-year history.
THAT Brewery in Pine has taken on the role of title sponsor and Certified Bicycle, Sunrise Energy Systems, Coldwell Banker, B33 Consulting and the Tonto Apache Tribe are gold level sponsors.
Silver level sponsors include 87 Cyclery, Pedals-n-Pistons, Lloyd & Robinson Attorneys and Payson Concrete.
Pine Strawberry Business Community, Shamrock Foods, Early Bird Café, Ponderosa Market, Uncle Tom’s Texaco, Atomic Pest Control and PostNet of Payson are bronze level sponsors.
Chili’s restaurant is a supporting donor.
During a race planning committee meeting last spring, board members Kate Calderon and Janet Brandy gave an optimistic preview of the race telling the audience that the Sept. 14 event will be one in which the entire Rim Country can be proud.
In addition to the actual races, there will be a beer garden, camping, live bands, food booths, a kids’ camp, raffles, silent auctions and spaghetti dinner. For more information go to: http://www.fireontherim.com.
Library sponsors needed
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library manager Becky Waer, fellow employees, governing board members and volunteers continue their work on making the inaugural “Wine Around the Library” a social event residents can look forward to for years to come.
The benefit will be held from 3 p.m. to sunset, Saturday, Oct. 11 inside the library.
For the benefit, a selection of wines, both red and white, along with chocolates, light refreshments and music is planned.
Currently organizers are seeking sponsors to help ensure it is an overwhelming success.
“By making a $100 donation, you or your business will become a gold level sponsor,” said Waer. “You will receive two tickets, recognition on signage, in press releases and on the library website.”
Those who donate $50 will become a silver level sponsor which includes recognition on signage, in press releases and on the library website.
“Funds raised will provide for the purchase of additional library materials,” Waer said. A limited number of event tickets are on sale for $20 each at the library. The library is a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status and all donations are tax deductible. Call (928) 476-3678 for more information.