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Max Foster

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First combined holiday event a hit

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Those pesky squirrels, so abundant in the Rim Country, apparently like fiber-optic cables as well as they do the fruit off my apple and apricot trees.

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Carolyn Fruth running down distance records

Turning a half-century old is not slowing Carolyn Fruth.

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A heart-warming holiday story

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Working in the newspaper business is never without its surprises and feel-good stories.

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Area has terrific young archers

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Move over Katniss, make way for Micheal.

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Pine fire district gets new board members

Robed in symbolic judicial garb during a Nov. 19 Pine Strawberry Fire District meeting, Payson Regional Justice Court Judge Dorothy Little solemnly administered the oath of office to governing board members Mike Clark and David Burkhart.

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Keep emergency information handy

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A tragic incident last week involving a longtime Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library volunteer underscores the need to have medical information readily available for first responders.

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Remember — Tellabration is tomorrow

For a hoot of a good time, plan on attending the Senior Citizens Affair Foundation’s annual Tellabration tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Pine Community Cultural Hall.

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Former Payson High standout athlete delivers ASU-Notre Dame game ball

Julie Popeck Hansen’s 27-plus years of dedication to United Parcel Service earned her the privilege of being the UPS driver chosen to deliver the official game ball to Sun Devil Stadium prior to Saturday’s Notre Dame vs. Arizona State gridiron showdown.

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Sometimes we need to adjust our perspective on problems

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We sometimes stumble across stories of courage that prompt us to rethink the importance of our own trials and tribulations.

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Pine gets help from some very tall friends

Woman’s effort yields $5,000 Phoenix Suns grant for library

Professional sports franchises bolstered by big-name players clutching million-dollar contracts are not often linked to small-town libraries. But that’s exactly what unfolded Nov. 3 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix when the Phoenix Suns awarded the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library a $5,000 grant to upgrade children’s programs.

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Archers on target at local contest

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The Pine Strawberry School archery team’s annual trip to the Archery in Schools National Finals tournament might not be the Buffalos’ most impressive accomplishment. Rather, that laurel rests with the fact that one of the smallest rural schools in Arizona is able to field an impressive roster of 20-plus student athletes.

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Library lands $5,000 Suns’ grant

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Phoenix Suns announcer Al Mc Coy is well known for his catch phrases that include “Zing go the strings” and “Swish-a-roo for two” when Phoenix scores.

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Pine group wants design review

Volunteers sought to influence county planning

Finding townspeople willing to serve on a community Design Review Board (DRB) was the focus of a Wednesday evening Town Hall meeting hosted by an offshoot group of the Rim Country Business Coalition.

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Proof in the proverbial pocketbook

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During the opening days of school each year, geometry teachers stress to students that a “given” is a fact being provided to help solve a proof.

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P-S Fire District honors local heroes

An overflow crowd of Pine and Strawberry residents packed the local fire station on Oct. 15 for a monthly fire board meeting in which a longtime fire captain hung up her turnout gear and three other firefighters were promoted.

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Pine pulses with Fall Apple Festival, chili fest

The pulsating vibe surrounding the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival, chili cook-off and antique show pleasantly surprised some first visitors to Pine.

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Remember, P-S students go to PHS

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Pine and Strawberry taxpayers are not eligible to vote in the upcoming Payson Unified School District’s override or school board elections because we do not live within school district boundaries.

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Pine benefit a smashing success

Wine Around the Library draws crowd

Weeks of selfless preparation and planning paid huge dividends last week with the smashing success of the inaugural Wine Around the Library benefit.

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Apples, antiques, chili and wine

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Pine and Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) members are enthusiastically gearing up for the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival and the Third Annual Antique Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day, Sunday.

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Hydrant, rain help dodge a fiery bullet

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Homeowners living in the northern reaches of Pine Creek Canyon, just beyond the intersection of Cedar Meadow Lane and Pine Creek Canyon Drive, dodged a deadly bullet Sept. 26 when the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department contained and extinguished a fire at 4150 Portal Dr., only feet from the entrance to Portals II.

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Nature’s regal beauty in our back yards

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Although I’ve lived in rural Northern Arizona most all my life, I never paid much attention to the sounds of elk bugling until my good friend Dennis Pirch, a former Roundup outdoor columnist and Payson High teacher/ coach, began writing about “elk talk.”

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Benefit poker run raises $11,000

Pine’s Beeline-Hardscrabble intersection morphed into a beehive of activity Saturday afternoon as more than 100 mud-caked ATVs of all sizes and configurations motored into the parking lot of Sidewinders Tavern and Grill where they were greeted by fellow Justice McNeeley Poker Run roisterers reveling in plenty of old-fashioned, small-town cam­araderie.

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Fire on Rim race draws record numbers

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The Fourth Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was a fantastic event that drew raves from racers and spectators alike.

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Pine’s weekend Poker Run helps community children

Justice McNeeley Foundation finishes its first decade

The Justice McNeeley Foundation doesn’t usually receive the philanthropic credit it deserves, but that doesn’t prevent its scores of dedicated volunteers from continuing to provide financial aid to needy children.

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Pine mountain bike race sets record

The Fourth Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was “bigger and better than ever” just as event co-chairs Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon promised during an April 5 community meeting.

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Fire on the Rim promises fun, food and awards

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Gerardo’s Italian Feast to be served 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 12, at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena on Bradshaw Drive and Old County Road is sure to be win-win for everyone.

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Pine gearing up for mountain bike races

Fire on the Rim co-chair Janet Brandt has spent almost a full year planning for the fourth annual mountain bike race and her hope now is that large crowds turn out Saturday to cheer on the cyclists.

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Reprehensible rascals steal Pine sign

Some dastardly deeds are downright deplorable.

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Mountain bike race rolling along

Pine gears up for activities for Fire on the Rim race

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race is growing in popularity among Rim Country residents and has event co-chairs Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon fired up.

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Schools’ windfall not so great on closer look

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Because the Arizona Legislature violated Proposition 301 passed by state voters in 2000 and shortchanged the public school system during the recession, it is only right that the state pay $317 million immediately to schools as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled in a judgment on a long-standing lawsuit challenging school funding.

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Karolyn’s Wish raises money for children in Pine

In vintage Old West movies, it was common to see on the big screen mounted cavalry riding to the rescue with flags waving and bugles blowing.

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Lots of fun in Pine this weekend

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The highlight of the Labor Day weekend is certain to be the myriad of activities on the agenda for the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day.

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Buffs to celebrate academic triumph

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Pine Strawberry School students and teachers will gather at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 29 during the school’s first flag ceremony of the year to celebrate the improvement on the new state accountability system to a B grade from last year’s C.

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P/S School goes from a C to a B

Pine Strawberry Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow attributes a share of the school’s rise from a grade of C to a grade of B on the state’s rating system to a small school population.

Guild gearing up for Labor Day festival

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With the flap over parking on Beeline during holiday festivals now settled, the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is focusing on the Labor Day celebration to be held Aug. 30 and 31.

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Return to Camp T ... sort of

Sun Devils return to deep Tontozona roots

Any trip to Camp Tontozona to cheer the Arizona State University football team during its annual preseason training camp wouldn’t be complete without pausing to shake the hand of the gray-haired, 85-year-old man sitting on the sidelines scrutinizing every second of on-the-field action.

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P/S guild, ADOT resolve festival issues

A meeting some predicted would be contentious quickly morphed into an amicable gathering of Arizona Department of Transpor­tation (ADOT) officials and Pine and Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild members.

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Fuel reduction efforts outstanding

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Calling the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s 2014 brush pickup program an overwhelming success would be an understatement.

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Library launches new benefit event

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The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library operates on a shoestring budget but manages to keep doors open by hosting several fundraisers throughout the year.

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Firefighter retires after 21 years

Don Voakes’ clearest memories of the 21 years he spent as a Pine Strawberry Fire Department engineer and EMT might not be battling inferno-like wildfires or answering life-threatening medical calls.

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Big benefit poker run on the horizon

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The annual Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad Poker Runs have been, since their founding 10 years ago, among the most celebratory gatherings held in Pine and Strawberry.

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Remembering coach Jerry Daniels

Commentary

I didn’t know Jerry Daniels in 1971 when I enrolled in “Theory of Coaching Football” at Arizona State University.

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P/S fuel reduction work continues

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduc­tion committee’s brush pickup program wrapped up collections in Zone 2 late last week and operators are currently working in Zone 3, which is the area south of Hardscrabble Road and east of Beeline Highway.

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Popular golf tourney this month

Proceeds go to Elks’ Clothe-A-Child program

Benefit golf tournaments, all funding very worthy causes, are played at Payson Golf Course almost every weekend throughout the summer.

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Five teams to attend Payson football camp

The age-old coaching proverb, “Championships are won in the off season” seems to ring true at the end of each prep sports season about the time state title gold balls are awarded.

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Finally, wet stuff comes to Rim Country

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Borrowing from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Rain at last, rain at last, thank God almighty we had rain at last.”

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ADOT purloins Pine parking

State bars use of Highway 87 shoulders, businesses cry foul

Arizona Department of Transportation’s decision to ban parking on both sides of Beeline during the July 4th Arts and Crafts Festival created a town-wide stir that drew complaints from vendors, visitors and sponsors.

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Celebrate 4th of July holiday with arts & crafts

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Happy Independence Day readers!

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Pine protests drive off store

Plans to build a Dollar General store off Highway 87 in Pine have been scrapped after Southwest General Develop­ment Managing Partner Beau Woodring withdrew his request to rezone the property.

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Enthusiastic response overwhelming

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction brush pickup program on Monday reached Zone 1 in Pine.

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