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Jodee Smith

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Pine-Strawberry Happenings writer bids farewell with final column

I had an opportunity to meet with the new Pine-Strawberry Happenings columnist Carol Reed, and I’m convinced that you will all be thrilled with the energy and fresh ideas that she hopes to bring to the column.

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Kids perform in Talent Show Feb. 23

Well it looks like there was a steady stream of supporters at the fund-raiser for Carl Norris on Saturday.

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Teens learn about politics

I hope to see many of you Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Bruce Thompson Senior Dining Room to support the bake sale and silent auction for Carl Norris.

Pony Express rides into Pine next Wednesday

Well it was bound to happen — winter has returned! Some stores have seeds and patio furniture prominently displayed, and I admit I was tempted, but deep down inside I knew it was all too good to be true!

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Builders Club donates to food bank

Honestly, this has been the craziest weather I’ve ever seen (and I was born in Nebraska!). I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the T-shirt weather, but then the biting wind arrived just in time to remind me that winter is still here. Who knows what will come next?

Many deer and elk spotted around Pine

I was mentioning to my husband how I’ve been seeing deer everywhere I go in Pine lately. One day recently I saw eight deer scattered in three different locations.

Cold temps continue to cause problems

The snow is melting, but the troubles from the freezing temperatures and snowdrifts continue to plague many folks.

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Communities of Pine, Strawberry still digging out

The local buzz is all about the incredible snowstorm that hit the state last Wednesday.

Many contributed to bless others this past year

Well, we may not have had a white Christmas, but it appears we will usher in the new year with lots of moisture in the form of snow. I’m sure all the kids are glad that they get to do some sledding before heading back to school on Monday.

Christmas is great time to count blessings

Merry Christmas everyone — I hope that you have a truly blessed time with your friends and family over the holiday season.

Last weekend to visit Christmas Boutique

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching; it seems that the month passes by more quickly each and every year.

Last Shop Hop of the year is tomorrow

The holiday season is in full swing with cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, Nativity displays, light parades, and Christmas concerts. Fortunately, while the calendar may be full, each opportunity gives us a chance to be with family and friends in a meaningful way, so try to enjoy each moment as we hasten to Christmas Day.

Christmas Tree Auction tonight

The Second Annual Festival of Lights event in Pine was a huge success. Several hundreds of people milled around the ramada, inside the local business craft display in the Cultural Hall, and at the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique.

Festival of Lights, Salsa Challenge tomorrow

Well you know the saying, there’s no place like home! My daughter and I enjoyed our time in Chicago, and although she didn’t place in the semi-finals of the Bible Bee, she did a great job, learned a lot and looks forward to trying again next year.

Special flag ceremony will honor veterans

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, members of the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild met at the ramada in Pine, where they distributed a total of $8,600 among several local community groups.

Holiday Open House this weekend in Pine

We enjoyed a busy, blustery weekend attending various functions in Pine last week.

Fall Festival at P/S School

Break out the logs and stoke the fire, ’cause winter is knocking on the door.

Holiday Fashion Show tomorrow

Fall colors are starting to appear between Payson and Pine.

Annual benefit quad run is tomorrow

I just got back from a retreat up north, which took me up through Sedona, (hoping to see fall colors, but the trees were still as green as could be), on to Williams, back through Flagstaff, down Lake Mary Road, and ultimately, home sweet home.

Community Yard Sale, Shop Hop tomorrow in Pine

The members of the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild will be holding a very unique “community yard sale” in Pine tomorrow, Oct. 9 under the ramada in the center of town.

Apple Festival this weekend in Pine

My husband, the girls, and I had a great day fishing at Haigler Creek last Sunday afternoon.

P/S Medical Clinic seeks two board members

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. We had perfect weather in Pine — sunny with a gentle breeze to cool things down a bit.

Festival of Lights will take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Tellabration storytelling event was a huge success. The Cultural Hall was packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy listening to the seven tellers spin their yarns.

Forest visitors urged to pack out garbage


Normally, we try to avoid places like Fossil Creek on the weekends, but a baptism coupled with the intense heat got us down there last Saturday. As it turned out we found a great “new” swimming hole and managed to have an awesome day cooling off in the crystal pools away from the mobs.