Thursday, July 25, 2013

And a good time was had by all!

Thanks to the activities committee for another great 24th of July celebration and to all of the people who helped and supported the activity. I'm not sure what the total count was, but there were a LOT of people having a great time. The breakfast and music were perfect, the speaker interesting and informative and the games were fun for all ages. The CERT leaders were there helping to get information out about preparedness for our valley--if you didn't catch them there, check the CERT tab on the blog to see how you can get information.

Here are a few pictures that show some of the fun happenings of the day:

An Uninvited Guest

Bruce and Laura Bergeson were greeted by an uninvited, and I'm sure, unwelcome guest sunning on their back lawn recently. Luckily, Bruce had a shovel handy in his hand and was able to prevent any further visits. 
According to Jason Jones of the Utah Division of Wildlife, there are eight rattlesnake subspecies that live in Utah. The most common is the Great Basin rattlesnake, which is found across the state. Pine Valley with its rocky, talus slopes is a good habitat for the snakes, but we seldom see them because they are so camouflaged and because they like us even less than we like them. It is likely we have all passed them without knowing.
If you encounter a rattlesnake, the way you act will likely determine the experience you have. Giving it plenty of space will almost always avoid problems. Watch where you step, where you place your hands when you sit down and never harass a snake. Unless necessary, never kill a rattlesnake since at least some species are protected by Utah law. In short, keep your distance if you can--approaching a snake for any reason is almost always the cause of resulting problems.

Here is a link to a publication on tips to keep you safe called "Living with Venomous Reptiles."Living With Venomous Reptiles
This was a young snake--not many rattles. (notice how fearless Bruce looks :)
This picture makes it look as big as an anaconda, but you can see the markings better.

Monday, July 15, 2013

PartTimer Waiting for Rain

I'm a part-time resident that gets up to Pine Valley as often as possible.  This trip was to get out of the LV heat and into all that rain I've been seeing on the weather maps.

Three nights, no rain?  Had to go home, but on my way back what do I see?

Big thunderclouds in my rear view mirror.

Did you get any rain today?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Welcome Rain!

Pine Valley has been so dry; I can just hear the land gulping up this rain. Let's all hope that it is just the beginning of a period of moisture. Welcome Rain!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BYU fans!

Loyal BYU family @
Here's something cute that I knew all of you crazy Pine Valley BYU fans would like to see. My daughter Rachel is the creator of PegBuddies and she recently finished this order for some crazy Las Vegas BYU fans :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Keys Found

Franklin Kolsky found a set of keys at the Pine Valley trash collection area a few days ago.  There are 8 keys, some with colored markers.  If you have a lost and found or can locate the owner, contact him at:

Franklin Kolsky

Thursday, July 4, 2013

PV Celebration

More Photos of our July 4th celebration!

Korrie and Chelsi
 Syd and Renee
Mayor McArthur

July 4th, 2013 in Pine Valley

Another beautiful Pine Valley Day to celebrate our freedoms and blessings.  Just a few photos of the event!

Our own Stan ' Smiley' Snow

Donna Gardner - Rexine Rowley
Local Bovine Marching in the Parade!

President Brooks, Reva, and Marian Wells 'The Tub Player!'
Sharron Northington is the best!

Our Flag of Freedom!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Celebrations in Pine Valley

History of July 4th Pine Valley Celebrations

     From as far back as I can remember, Pine Valley has had an Independence Day Celebration. The men of the valley planned weeks ahead and got permission from the Fish and Game Department to get enough venison to Dutch oven the meat in addition to local home grown potatoes, fried with onion and bacon grease for the celebration in the campground.  The ladies were busy making potato salad, delicious pies of all kinds, mainly berry and/or fruit pies, cooking beans, sharing their favorite recipes and gathering utensils and platters for the St. George tomatoes that were ordered and for the afternoon’s festivities. 

     The young ‘ens were excited about the boxes of Cracker Jacks that came with the Snows from ‘O P Skaggs’ owned by J. C. “Clint’ Snow in St. George.  The kids were also excited to dip their toes in the ice cold creek water, chase through the trees, enjoy the games and relays and watch their parents visit over the picnic tables under the stately pine trees.

     Over time the generations have changed, the campgrounds have changed and the Chapel lawn has become the ‘gathering place’ to pay our respects for our freedoms and our country.

     Let us know your memories and we’ll add them to the Pine Valley Blog.

Mary Esther Putnam

Vere Beckstrom, Rex Gardener and Bruce Snow preparing the venison steaks for the picnic.

Residents gather for potluck and celebration

Effie Snow, Carrie Jacobson and Alice Snow each attended more than 50 of the celebrations.

Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Celebration

July 1, 2013

Keep cool! Enjoy the Celebrations, and drive slowly. There's lots of dust. Remember the Pine Valley 4th of July Celebration, the invite to the Wells' cabin that evening. Bring your favorite 'finger foods', and take Note the PVSSD meeting scheduled for July 3rd will be held this month the 2nd Wednesday: July 10th at 6:00 p.m.