Monday, June 24, 2013

How to Get Emergency Power From a Phone Line

Michael Marguiles shared this article on how to get emergency power from a phone line. A link to a PDF describing the steps is below. Since this PDF file is stored on a computer, it might be a good idea to print out a copy for a time that you might need it. We'll also add a link to this file on the CERT section of the blog.

Emergency Power

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wild Flowers in Pine Valley

All of these wild flowers are in Pine Valley. Most are blooming right now. Do you know their names? I'd give you an answer key, but I don't know all of them myself :) They're very pretty though.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Pine Valley should be a perfect place to view the "super moon" which will occur on Sunday, June 23. Also called a "perigee full moon," it describes the moon’s closest approach to Earth for a particular month. The June super moon will be the moon’s closest encounter with Earth this year and will look even larger than it does in other months.
Some of the messages being circulated about this particular moon tend to exaggerate how big the moon will actually appear or to suggest that it will be bright purple or blue. It will be its normal moon color, but should be beautiful to view and photograph. Don't go to bed too early :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mountain Lions in Pine Valley

A mountain lion has been caught on camera at a deer feeding station recently in the valley. Also known as cougars or pumas, these cats prefer areas with tree cover, rocky outcroppings and boulder fields—sounds like a description of Pine Valley, right? So there are probably others around, but they just don't let us see them. They are usually very reclusive and will go to great lengths to avoid other creatures including humans. For those of us who like to hike, it is suggested that we hike with others. If by chance a mountain lion is encountered, usually making a lot of noise will make them run. If not, do things to look as big as possible, wave your arms, open your jackets, etc. If one approaches, fight back with rocks sticks or even your hands. Don’t play dead or bend over because it makes you look small. Especially don’t run since that invokes the chase instinct. Attacks on humans are very rare, but mountain lions will prey on any small animals so it would be wise to keep an eye on your family pets.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Hours for Chapel Tours

The Pine Valley Chapel is open for tours every day during the summer until September 9. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You are invited to tour the chapel and bring visiting friends and family. For groups larger than 30, please give Frank Davie a call (435) 574-3804, so that he can arrange to get some assistance for the tour guides.

CPR Recertification class

The first of the three CPR recertification classes for June 13 has been cancelled because only a couple of people signed up for that date. The other two classes will still be held as planned. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

CPR Recertification Classes

For All CPR Trained Residents: CPR recertification classes will be offered on the following days: 

  • Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the PV Fire Station
  • Monday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the PV Fire Station
  • Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the PV Fire Station
Select the day that best meets your schedule, and call Gerald Shiefer at 703-4457 to sign up. 

Space is limited to 16 people per class. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

America's Bird

Yesterday, while I was hiking on the connecting trail between Forsyth and Whipple, I saw what I am almost entirely sure was a bald eagle. It wasn't close enough for this to be my photo :( but I could clearly see the big dark bird with the white head. While I was watching it, it stayed on the south side of the valley, fairly near the mountain. At first it was flying not too far above the pine trees, but most of the time, it was just having a great time on the wind currents.

I hope that it really was a bald eagle and will decide to make Pine Valley home. I understand from reading that the bald eagle may be the most successful recovery of an endangered species in North America. Because of the impact of pesticides on their ability to reproduce, in 1963, the population was down to 417 breeding pairs in the Lower 48 states. By 2000, there were over 10,000 pairs, with counting after that date considered unnecessary.  America’s national bird was removed from the federal list of endangered species in 2007.