Pine-Strawberry firefighters are celebrating the welcome news that the new Strawberry fire station should be completed before the original July 1 deadline.
At least that’s the opinion of Pine Strawberry Fire Department Chief Gary Morris, “The construction is ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed before the originally projected date.”
In 2016, voters approved a ballot measure to expand and refurbish the building some called a “shack” that was built in 1970. The facility was in dire need of replacement because it did not meet building codes and was much too small at only 730 square feet.
“The roof leaked, there were mold infestations and termites were eating away at the floor and support timbers,” said Morris.
The new living quarters will be expanded to 1,350 square feet and another 1,200 square feet non-living space under cover.
“Presently underway is installation of electrical, plumbing and air conditioning,” Morris said. “Next week a metal roof is expected to be installed as well as exterior painting.”
The new station is drawing rave receives from residents and passersby who stop to admire the new facility talk with fire crews.
Trail Run tomorrow
Got an itch to run? If so, you might want to participate in the Second Annual Pine Trail Race that gets underway tomorrow, Saturday, May 4 at the Pine Trailhead.
All runners must attend a 6:45 a.m. mandatory pre-race briefing in the parking area.
At 7 a.m. buses will begin loading for trips from the parking area to the starting line. At 7:30 a.m., the first wave of runners report to the starting line.
The awards presentations for the 5K begin at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. for the 8-miler.
The long course goes south on Pine Canyon Trail to Pine View Trail then onto the Highline Trail finishing at the Pine Trailhead.
Former Pine-Strawberry fire captain and Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction President Mike Brandt says the trails have been re-routed, improved and should be very runnable.
Brandt expects to compete.
The trails feature a climbing change of 1,252 feet, but a net elevation drop of -340 feet.
A maximum field of 150 runners is expected to show up to compete in either 8.6-mile or 5K races.
Early online registration wrapped up April 21, but runners who want to gamble to see if they can secure a shot in late registration should show up between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. tomorrow at the Ponderosa Market to ask about last-minute entries. The fee is $65 for the longer race and $45 for the 5K.
The race is open to runners 12 and older and will use “age-grading” to adjust running performances as determined by the World Master Athletics and USA Track and Field Associations.
At the library
Movie Madness at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library continues at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4 with the showing of “Lego Star Wars — the New Yoda Chronicles.”
“Lego Star Wars” became popular in 1999 when the first episode of the Star Wars movie prequel trilogy was released.
Also at the library, children will have the opportunity beginning Monday, May 6 and continuing through the week to design and make their own Mother’s Day greeting cards.
Materials will be supplied and staff will be on hand to assist.
Beginning Thursday, May 9, new summer hours will begin at the library.
Each Thursday thereafter and throughout the summer months the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Also, the library is now on Facebook and director Becky Waer is asking residents to post a “Like.”
On Facebook users can find out daily activities and Library Friends upcoming events, children’s programming and view short live clips about the library.
Festival sure to
The 39th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Show set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day, Sunday, is sure to draw hordes of heat weary desert dwellers.
The Pine Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild has hosted the festivals since 1980 and is gearing up for the onslaught.
Goughnour a guest
Newly appointed Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Jim Goughnour of Payson was the Tonto Rim Sports Club’s guest speaker in April.
Goughnour’s presence on the commission gives the Rim Country, for the first time, a real presence when it comes to hunting, fishing, off-roading and camping issues.
At the club, Goughnour advised listeners to purchase the $5 “Point Guard” when registering for hunting tags to protect their bonus points. He also asked members to sign up for the AG&F’s E-Newsletter to stay current on issues that might affect them.
Goughnour gave an update on Gila trout and the improved fishing conditions at Roosevelt Lake.
TRSC’s next meeting is 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16.
Speakers will be AG&F officers David Daniels and Jarrod McFarlin.
TRSC will host its monthly “Ladies Day” at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 25 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range. For details call 928-468-9075.
Thought for the week
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.