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Judy Mueller, 2011 SCAF Volunteer of the Year, donates approximately 100 hours a month doing quality control for clothing donations at the Pine Thrift Store, as well as serving on the board, during the six years she has been a volunteer. She also donates time to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.  It is the “volunteer spirit” of working together and helping others, carried on from pioneer days, that makes the community what it is today.

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Pioneer spirit lives on, making ours a great community

In the late 1800s, wagon roads were forged by the military through the thick forested, mountainous terrain, penetrating the land of the Tonto Apache. Adventure seekers and Mormon homesteaders were first to journey into the vast, unexplored territory now attainable by horse, sled and wagon, and discover its magnificence and challenges. With faith, courage and determination, an oasis called Pine Creek and Strawberry Valley sprang up in the Arizona wilderness. In 1884, the first Pine post office was established in the home of Mary D. Fuller, and mounted mail carriers followed a trail forged by General Crook from Camp Verde to Pine, Payson and Globe. Word spread that Pine was “one of the prettiest villages in the Southwest.”

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