Many beneficiaries of the annual Pine Cove Property Owners donations to local organizations received their gifts at the Saturday, June 1 meeting. From left are Marcia Krull, representing the Friends of the Idyllwild Library; Susan Righetti, from the library’s children’s program; Marlene Pierce, Idyllwild Area Historical Society; Thom Wallace, Mountain Disaster Preparedness; Annamarie Padula, Mountain Community Patrol; Sherry Edwards, the Idyllwild Snowplay group; and Theresa Teel, Soroptimist Women’s Cabinet. Not present were Jay Mulder, and representatives from the Pine Cove Fire Station (23), the Idyllwild Help Center, and the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund. Photo by JP Crumrine

Continuing a longstanding practice, the Pine Cove Property Owners Association announced its annual donations and gifts to various local organizations. This year’s donations totaled $5,750. The PCPOA membership is 592.
“Every year, PCPOA makes these donations to the benefit of Pine Cove members, as well as the wider community,” said Richard Schwartz, PCPOA president.
The Idyllwild Help Center, Mountain Disaster Preparedness and the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund each received $!,000. Each of these groups has been a beneficiary of PCPOA’s generosity for several years.
While $1,000 was the largest gift this year, four groups were given $500 each: Friends of the Idyllwild Library and children’s program, the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, Mountain Community Patrol and the Pine Cove Fire Station (23).
The remaining gifts were between $150 and $300. See the accompanying list for the complete list of awards.
During the meeting, Jerry Holldber, chair of the County Service Area 38 (Pine Cove) Advisory Committee, reminded attendees that the next CSA 38 meeting would be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.
The committee will discuss the 2019-20 budget. Holldber described the three main priorities. Support for thinning and opening small private roads will receive $45,000. Another $50,000 will be allocated to the Red Hill Vegetative Management project and other fuelbreaks. The third will be $35,000 for 10 fire hydrants. Five will be larger and replace smaller hydrants. The other five will be located in new areas.
Thom Wallace, representing MDP, informed the group that efforts are moving forward to set up an emergency alert system for the Hill and the local fire departments — Idyllwild Fire, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service — support the concept.
“It’s so we don’t have a situation like Paradise where people didn’t get the message,” Wallace said. The siren will be an indication to check sources such as cell phones, radio or WNKI for information about any actions to take.
“The most important thing you can do is abate your own property around the house,” Holldber encouraged PCPOA members.
Some debate ensued about when the next PCPOA meeting would be scheduled and what it would include.
The next regular PCPOA meeting will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Later that day, PCPOA, along with CSA 38, will sponsor a community open house at Fire Station 23.