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Mike Brandt (right) presents a $1,500 donation from the Senior Center Affairs Foundation (SCAF) to Walt Smith (center) and Dave Burkhart (left) of the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction Group at their monthly meeting on Nov. 30. SCAF donated proceeds from the Tellabration story telling event to help the non-profit group that works to keep our community safe from wildfires. SCAF, who operate the Pine-Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store and senior dining room do many fundraising activities throughout the year to help non-profit groups in the community.

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Small-town generosity is inspiring

This community never ceases to amaze me. To visitors, it is a place of beauty, outdoor recreation, friendly people, festivals and fun. To live here, is to be inspired. Community groups here share one mission: to genuinely help others. I’ve learned that people here don’t just wear one hat, or belong to one group, but to many. Some belong to the Senior Center Affairs Foundation, Pine-Strawberry Business Community, Library Friends and the Riff-Raff Club — or two or three other groups — all at the same time.

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