Max Foster

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Library enjoys unexpected success with Lego Day

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A letter to the editor in the July 21 edition of the Payson Roundup created a huge stir in Pine-Strawberry, especially among Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) members, employees and volunteers.

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Leap of Faith

Walking away from corporate life leads to creative success

Tales abound of corporate wage earners fed up with their button-down, rat race lifestyles dreaming of escaping to a plainer, simple life absorbed in a job they love.

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Absent Pioneer Day celebration returns to Pine tomorrow

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Longtime Pine and Strawberry residents will remember the festive Pioneer Day celebrations of years ago that were highlighted by a parade south on Beeline.

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Pine and Strawberry’s loss is Texas’ gain

Clarks praised as ‘civic-minded’ folks who’ll be missed, hard to replace

The Rim Country is losing two of its most civic-minded and respected townspeople.

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Rollover outside of Strawberry revs up speculation

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Pine Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris recited the details of Saturday’s rollover just north of Strawberry as if the incident was a walk in the park.

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Rain dampens forest fire worries

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Pine and Strawberry residents scratched their collective noggins in disbelief on July 2 when Tonto National Forest officials lifted fire restrictions knowing the Fourth of July holiday would draw overflow crowds of sometime oblivious desert dwellers to our precious high country.

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Dude remembered as gut-wrenching catastrophe

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Countless stories have been written the past week about the Dude Fire because it is the 25th anniversary of the inferno that scarred our landscape and our souls.

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Firewise thinning barely saved by donors, volunteers

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members are confident the 2015 brush pickup program that has been delayed since mid-May will begin this week.

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Staying fire smart always wise

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Although those of us who live at the foot of the Mogollon Rim are constantly on the alert for potential forest fires, there was no need to panic this week when billows of smoke filled the skies north of Pine and Strawberry and an electronic smoke warning sign went up in the middle of town.

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Quilters draw crowds to Pine area

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Visitors to the Strawberry Patchers 19th Annual Quilt Show stoically studied the award-winning quilt obviously marveling at the workmanship and creativity that went into crafting it.

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