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Joy Hafford

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Thanks Pine and Strawberry


This column is the toughest I’ve written because it’s the one in which I say I will not be doing the P/S Happenings column after today.

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Hugs and tears at SCAF awards

The Senior Dining Room was packed Saturday night as the P/S Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) volunteers gathered for the 2013 Volunteer Awards Dinner.

Keeping the area safe from fire

Cyclists of all ages helped raise funds to keep the area safe from fire through the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

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Family gives to community at reunion

The Seaman family tradition is to perform a community service in the locale where they gather for their family reunions.

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Countdown to Fire on the Rim

In eight days more than 300 daring and skillful mountain bike riders will gather at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena on Bradshaw Drive in Pine for the 2013 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

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P/S Arts & Crafts Guild: 33 years of excellence

Visit the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival at the Pine Community Center this weekend and enjoy some small-town history along with terrific works, great food and fun.

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Labor Day weekend packed with fun

I’d like to remind everyone that time is running out to get tickets for the big raffle drawing this Sunday, Sept. 1. The Riff Raff Rifle Raffle is upon us — and it’s more than just a tongue-twister!

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Awana Clubs fun for kids of all ages

It’s not too late for children and teens to get involved in this year’s Awana Clubs at the First Baptist Church (FBC) in Pine.

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Take Pride Project presents awards

Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of our community is our volunteer spirit exemplified by citizens like Cliff Sage and Denise Prechtel, who on Sunday were named the Take Pride Project 2013 Volunteers of the Year.

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Mountain Daze this weekend

After all the excitement of the 4th of July holiday, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.

Visit to museum is a trip in time

The P/S Historical and Archaeological Society thanks everyone who came out and supported the ice cream social fund-raiser last Saturday.

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Old-fashioned ice cream social Saturday

A fun and family-friendly event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 in the Cultural Hall at the P/S Community Center.

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July 4th weekend events great

The 4th of July weekend Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival showcased talented artists and crafters from the local community and as far away as Nogales.

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An oh-so tasty tradition

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) operates the Pine/Strawberry Community Center Thrift Store and Senior Dining Room, providing valuable services for area seniors and the entire P/S community.

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Patchers’ quilt show a great success

Strawberry Patchers Quilting Group Chapter Chair Elaine Putnam thanks our wonderful community for outstanding support and for making the 17th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show a great success.

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Don’t miss opportunity to win quilt

It was great to see people smiling and having a good time at the Arts and Crafts Guild Memorial Day weekend event.

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Festival fever ignites in Pine area

The P/S Arts and Crafts Guild, P/S Business Community (PSBC) and other local non-profit groups who serve our community invite you to experience Pine and Strawberry.

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Arizona Trail is a treasure in our own back yard

While hikers were brushing off llamas Abigail, Amber and Sierra from Fossil Creek Creamery in preparation for a llama hike at the Pine Trailhead, a bearded and seasoned long-distance hiker arrived at the location and approached the group.

Western sale at thrift store; May Day fun next weekend

The P/S Thrift Store is celebrating Western heritage in honor of Payson’s upcoming Spring Rodeo. The store will have Western clothing, cowboy boots, and western home decor for sale. There will also be a special feature: a Knapp Sewing Machine.

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Celebrate spring at Arizona Trails Day

It’s been quite a whirlwind lately; these last few months have been anything but calm. It’s good to be back in the serenity of nature enjoying a magical Pine day.

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Casino Day to raise money for McNeeley Foundation

Stop by Sidewinders Saloon at the corner of Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Mesa Road from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21 for the Second Annual Casino Day for the Justice McNeeley Foundation.

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Students win state awards in science

The superstars of P/S School are bringing accolades to our small town again.

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Get out and look for those eggs this Saturday

Greetings and wishes for a happy spring and Easter to you all.

Support appreciated

To all my friends and neighbors in Pine, Strawberry, Payson, surrounding area and readers of the P/S Happenings column — Thank you.

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Calling all quilters and others too

Join the annual Quilt Angels Quilt-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 13, 14 and 15 at the First Baptist Church in Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87.

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Celebrating all around the community

On Saturday, March 2, the staff of Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine will join millions of librarians, teachers, administrators and students across the country in a celebration of Read Across America Day.

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Beautiful in winter, but ice can be deadly

Pine and Strawberry, in the Arizona Rim Country, are a winter playground of outstanding natural beauty.

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Business owners planning year’s events

The festival season may not be on the minds of too many people in January, except for the members of the Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC), who know that it’s never too early to think about festivals.

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Amazing school food service workers

When we think of members of the school staff that play a significant role in the lives of our children — teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators and office personnel come to mind.

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Rim Country snow survival

This week, I’d like to share a tip for any refugees from the desert who could use a refresher course in Snow Survival 101 (For Dummies)!

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A new year brings new hope

On Tuesday we crossed the threshold into a new year knowing that nothing has really changed except the date on the calendar.

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Ring in the New Year in P/S

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and indulged in a lot of goodies. One Pine resident will be enjoying her holiday treats for some time to come. That’s because Kay Foster, of Pine, was the lucky winner of the See’s Candy Basket giveaway sponsored by the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Kay is a local resident who shares her heart and time volunteering in the community and is on the board of the Pine Public Library. She carried away over $180 worth of See’s Candy!

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Group donates $2,800 to food bank

I’m inspired by all of you who have reached out however you can and in so many ways to the disadvantaged and struggling families this holiday season.

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Let’s get moving to re-open FR 708

ATV club members, business owners and concerned residents gathered with Forest Service officials at the P/S Community Center Tuesday, Dec. 4, to discuss the re-opening of Forest Road 708 for access to Fossil Creek.

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Residents exemplify spirit of season

Every day I’m reminded of what makes this a special place. From the awe-inspiring scenery to the fantastic outdoor recreation to the community filled with great people.

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P/S looking a lot like Christmas

Santa Claus is making appearances around Pine and Strawberry. People are decorating their homes and their businesses and enjoying seasonal activities.

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Festival of Lights this weekend

The 4th annual Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting is this weekend at the P/S Community Center.

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Holiday Open House tomorrow

Why wait for Black Friday? Kick off the holiday tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the 14th Annual P/S Merchants Holiday Open House.

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Much to be thankful for all month

The forest has presented its fall wardrobe and it is spectacular.

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Ceremony honors P/S firefighters

The Pine/Strawberry Fire Department held a ceremony on Oct. 17 at Station 41 in Pine recognizing the retirement of Captain Harris Scott.

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Local quilter inducted in hall of fame

Each year, Pine and Strawberry attract thousands of visitors who want to experience beauty and enjoy the great outdoors.

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SCAF says ‘thank you’ to volunteers

As an event columnist for P/S, I have had a busy and rewarding year.

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Apples, antiques on deck in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC), a non-profit group of local business owners and residents, will host the Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show on Saturday and Sunday.

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Wow your visitors in Rim Country

My cousin and her husband drove all the way from Toronto to see the good old U.S.A. and visit us in Pine.

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Good times roll in Pine-Strawberry

Since the early days on the frontier, adventure seekers have journeyed to the remote villages of Pine and Strawberry, nestled beneath the Rim in the heart of Arizona.

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Occupy Pine and Strawberry — for fun

Daring and professional mountain bikers will overtake our mountain this weekend in a bike race that is taking Arizona by storm.

P/S packed with events in September

Blood, sweat and gears will occupy Pine and Strawberry next weekend when one of the most challenging up-and-coming mountain bike races on the planet.

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Get the dirt on in Pine and Strawberry

On a recent trip to the Valley, I decided to throw caution to the wind.

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Don’t miss a chance at great prizes

Summer is coming to an end, and so is your chance to win some great prizes.

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Ahhh ... summer on the Rim

Wasn’t it beautiful at the Mountain Daze Festival last weekend? I find beauty in the coldest or rainiest day, but there’s something about browsing artwork or hiking the Arizona Trail or fishing the Verde River in sandals on a warm summer day that is unbeatable.