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Preventing child drowning takes a village, Part 2 Pinal County Animal Care By Katy Reeve Southwest Ambulance This is part two in Katy Reeve’s series with Rural/ Metro and Southeast Ambulance professionals about child drowning prevention. In one short year, Southwest Ambulance paramedic Justin Simpson has responded to more child drowning calls than anyone should have to experience. “In the last three months alone, I have been the attending medic on two fatal drowning calls in San Tan Valley,” said Simpson, who

has been a Southwest Ambulance paramedic for five years. Paramedics, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) know when dispatchers page them and the call begins with several long, loud tones, it is a very serious situation. “When you hear the tones, you think, ‘Oh no,’ and your heart starts to sink a little,” Simpson said. “When the dispatcher says the word ‘drowning,’ you start thinking ‘please don’t be a kid,’ and your heart sinks a little more.

They update us with more information while we drive and the moment they said it is a child on the drowning call, your heart drops.” Southwest Ambulance paramedics and EMTs are trained not only in the highest levels

of life-saving procedures, but also in how to manage situations which would cause most others to break down. Simpson said being in the moment and helping a child on a drowning call “almost Drowning, Page 7

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By Alison Stanton Southeast Valley Ledger Note: This is the second article in a two-part series

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Florence and Coolidge Unified School Districts were highlighted in the first article. Last year, Beatrice Jones was enrolled in a full-day preschool program. She adapted so well to being away from home during the day that when it came time to register her for kindergarten, Beatrice’s mom Emily Jones knew she would do very well in an all-day program. Emily signed Beatrice up for the Kinder Express program at Simonton Elementary School in Queen Creek. In addition to its traditional all-day kindergarten program, J.O. Combs Unified School District offers a “wraparound” program called Kinder Express, where students attend a half-day with a certified teacher and then the last half of their school day in a licensed program at the same school. “Our older daughter had been in half-day kindergarten and then when a space in the fullday program opened up,

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value to the student? we switched her over to that,” Emily recalled. “At that point, her reading ability really increased and she was learning so much more. We wanted the same thing for Beatrice—to have the chance to be there all day and do very well in her reading.” Since the first day of school, Emily said Beatrice adapted very easily to the all-day kindergarten program. Like her older sister, she is doing extremely well with her reading. “She can now read anything she picks up, or if she sees a sign she can read that too. We didn’t expect that she would figure it all out so quickly but she did,” Emily said, adding that she is very pleased that Beatrice is having such a positive

experience in the Kinder Express program. “She enjoys being with the kids in her morning class, and then some of the new ones who she sees during the afternoon. She is always talking about the fun things she did in school.” Gayle A. Blanchard, Ed.D., superintendent of the J.O. Combs School District, said that students who attend a full day program like Kinder Express receive extended time to acquire academic skills, as well as enjoy a greater focus on other subjects like science and social studies. “And because the students attend a full day they have more opportunities to participate in school wide programs, which helps build a sense

of community,” Blanchard said. Kelly Guerra, coordinator of community education for the J.O. Combs Unified School District, agrees that both the allday kindergarten and Kinder Express programs provide the extra time that is needed to practice the many skills that kindergartners are learning. “We’ve seen, through phonics assessments, that many students who attend full day outperform peers in the half day classes,” Guerra said. “I think that full day students are also more immersed in the culture of the school, and are more prepared for first grade since they are used to a full day of school.” As for any possible Kindergarten, Page 7

Kindergarten Options at a Glance: J.O. Combs Unified School District The district offers two all day kindergarten 5310. programs: an all-day kindergarten program On Monday, April 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 (pending adequate enrollment) and the Kinder p.m., all of the elementary schools in the J.O. Express program. Combs Unified School District are hosting The cost for the Kinder Express program is a “Kindergarten Experience” for incoming $130 a month. All-day kindergarten is $250 kindergarteners. The event will give them a month. the opportunity to participate in kindergarten Half-day kindergarten programs (a.m. and activities, and parents can tour the campus p.m. sessions) are also available and get important information about the For all kindergarten programs, students must school and its programs. turn 5 by August 31. For students who turn Info: 5 by December 31, early testing is available. The test takes about an hour and assesses academic and social skills. The testing fee is $30. Parents who would like to set up a testing date for their child can call 480-987Queen Creek Unified School District All day kindergarten programs are offered For all kindergarten programs, students must in every elementary school throughout the turn 5 by august 31. For students who turn 5 district. Half-day kindergarten programs are by December 31, early testing is available. also available (a.m. and p.m. sessions). The testing is conducted in June, and the fee The all-day kindergarten program costs is $25. $2,000 per child per year. Parents who enroll Info: their child by July 12 will receive a 5% discount. Those who register by the end of April will receive the month of December for free.

Students in Ms. Noble’s classroom at Jack Barnes Elementary (Queen Creek Unified School District) love their all day kindergarten. (Submitted photo)

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Florence Council rescinds sulfuric acid ban

By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The Florence Town Council voted unanimously at its Apr. 1 meeting to rescind an ordinance passed last year that banned large quantities of sulfuric acid within the town limits. The ordinance was legally challenged by Curis Resources shortly after its passing, the company saying it was special legislation illegally targeting the in-situ Florence Copper Project. The ordinance, enacted on August 6, 2012, made it unlawful to use or store large quantities of sulfuric acid in the Town of Florence or within two miles of the Town’s boundaries. Under the Ordinance, any person conducting a business, except agriculture, utilizing 50-gallons or more of sulfuric acid within any 30-day period is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor with each day such business operates chargeable as a separate offense. The ordinance included an emergency clause making it immediately effective. According to Curis, the

in-situ copper recovery solution is 99.7 percent water and one-third of 1 percent sulfuric acid by volume. The solution is injected about 400 to 1,200 feet below the surface, where it dissolves the copper ore and is then extracted back to the surface. Curis filed a complaint in federal district court that October, challenging the Constitutionality of the ordinance. The Town Council decided to rescind the ordinance after careful review and consideration, explained assistant town manager Jess Knudson in a written statement. “The Town intends to remain involved in the issuance of any permits required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality,” he wrote. Dan Johnson, Vice President, Environment and Technical Services and General Manager with Curis in Arizona, said the removal of the ordinance allows the company to continue preparations for the start of construction

and operations of the Phase 1 Production Test (PTF) facility, which received approval from ADEQ in Dec. 2012. “Curis is awaiting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit for the Florence Copper Project PTF,” Johnson wrote. “We anticipate the EPA will issue the final operating permit for the PTF in the near future.” “The Town remains committed to protecting the health, safety and general welfare of its citizens, residents and visitors,” said Town Manager Charles A. Montoya in a statement. Rita Maguire, senior legal and government affairs advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors of Curis, said the company appreciated the willingness of Town staff and the Council to work with the company to rescind the measure. “We think it was a good choice on their part and we were delighted they were prepared to do so,”

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Continued from Page 2 doesn’t seem real.” “We have prepared so much for moments like this, that while it is happening, it doesn’t feel real,” he said. It is real, though, and Southwest Ambulance first responders know how crucial ever second is to saving a life. “We are trained to respond to all types of emergencies, and when you are on a child drowning call, you automatically revert back to your training,” said Simpson. “I have complete tunnel vision on the patient, my team and equipment.” That extreme focus on the patient and the task at hand is a common characteristic in emergency medical professionals. It allows them to help the patient, focus, remain calm enough to do their job, and provide the best care possible.

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disadvantages to being enrolled in an all-day kindergarten program, both Blanchard and Guerra said they could not think of any. Linda Carr, director of grants, staff and curriculum development in the Queen Creek Unified School District, said allday kindergarten is an extremely advantageous program for children. “The basic curriculum for the half-day program is math and reading readiness, but those who are in the all-day program can spend extra time doing more work on those basic subjects, and can also participate in additional academic activities like centers, science and other subjects.” Being part of an all-day kindergarten program has advantages that go well beyond academics, Carr noted. They get more time

Southeast Valley Ledger drowning can haunt emergency medical personnel, a tragedy they see as completely avoidable. “One of the child drowning calls this past year was in a bath tub,” said Simpson. “One of the things my six-week-old daughter loves most is bath time. I think about the child who was lost every time.” Professionals like Simpson begin to see trends in drowning calls. One piece that makes all the difference in the eyes of those who respond to emergency calls is adult Women’s Day supervision. The Women’s Fellowship “There is absolutely no subof Mountain View Church invites stitute for it,” said Simpson. women in the east valley to attend “I love hearing kids learning their water safety ABC’s, but WOMAN’S DAY,”Celebrate You!” nothing replaces the ‘A’ for The day starts at 10:00 a.m. and adult supervision.” admission is FREE! You will be Simpson said pool barriers treated to scrumptious appetizers and and informational classes a royal chocolate feast! Exhibitors are very important, but the will be offering FREE health, beauty outcome is always better with services, including massages! Bid an adult present. “Child drownings can all be on fabulous raffle items donated by prevented – all of them,” he our community and exhibitors! You said. deserve to be PAMPERED and we are happy to serve you! Mountain View to practice their social the year in their skills and Church is located at 4815 W. Hunt Hwy., skills, she said, and have readiness for first grade. Queen Creek. the opportunity to eat in “The first grade teachers the cafeteria and often get have told me that they can extra “special” classes always tell on the first day during the week. of school who was in the “For example, a child half-day and who was in who attends half-day the full-day kindergarten kindergarten might get programs,” she said. P.E. once a week in the Although Carr said some morning, but the students parents do occasionally who are in full-day might express that they feel their get P.E. two times a week. child is not ready to be And if there are afternoon away from home for a full events at the school, the day of school, she feels it’s all-day students will get to beneficial to everyone who Queen Creek Performing attend all of them.” enrolls in the program. Arts Center: Anything Goes Kindergarteners who “If a child is enrolled in Anything Goes is anything but your attend an all-day program a full-day program cannot also tend to be more handle it, he or she can typical Boy-Meets-Girl story. It is outgoing, Carr said, and always be moved to a halfa roller coaster ride of twists and more ahead at the end of day program.” turns that will make you dizzy with laughter! Top it off with a host of Cole Porter’s amazing scores, and this show is entertainment at its best. Featuring songs like; Friendship, I Git A Kick Out of You and You’re The Top. Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. Contact QCPAC for more information FAA approved program. at 480-987-SHOW(7469). Financial aid if qualified – Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance

“I don’t and can’t get emotional on the scene,” said Simpson. “It is a part of my brain that switches when you need to care for your patient.” Another common characteristic of emergency medical professionals is what happens after their job is over. When the dispatcher hangs up the phone and passes off the care to the paramedic, and when the paramedic delivers the patient to the hospital, the emotion of the child drowning call starts to set in. “Drowning calls, especially involving a child, will easily stay with you,” said Simpson. “I usually want to stay at work, though. After a child was lost to a drowning late last year, the very next call we received was a general transportation for a child who was pretty healthy and would be okay. That was very therapeutic after what happened earlier.” There are other times, however, when the memory of losing a child patient to a






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Their timeless California-cool tracks have the ability to flash you back to long summer days, filled with time spent basking in the sunshine, tossing around a beach ball, and cruising the coast highway in a convertible. The Beach Boys are synonymous with blue skies and an easy-going attitude, producing music that shaped the surf rock sound. Few acts can match their concert presence, spirit and performance. Fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, the Beach Boys will perform classics like “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” at the Good Life Festival™ at Encanterra. Attendees can unwind and partake in the festival’s version of the beach-comber lifestyle for a day that includes a craft beer tasting, noshing on delicious local festival foods, and shopping at boutique booths. Encanterra Country Club 6460 N. Encanterra Drive San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140. Gates open at noon.



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Green Thumb: Is it too late to start a garden?

By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger In my opinion, no, it is never too late to start a garden. Although the weather right now is getting warmer, the nights and days are perfect for growing beautiful plants in a garden, a flower bed or on your patio. Decide which is best for you and go for it! According to

recent studies the color green is the new therapy, improving moods, lifting spirits, reducing stress and generally helping all of us feel a little better. It doesn’t even matter what you plant, the color green has magical powers and can boost your mood and bring a little happiness into your day. If you live int the Southwest,

you will probably know that we have soil issues out here. Alkaline and caliche are dirty words to gardeners. But, fear not, you can overcome! The first thing you should do is research and remember that your soil needs to be fed just like your pets. Once you stop feeding the soil, your plants will not get the nutrients they need. Decide if you will do a

raised box or a sunken garden and take the necessary steps to set yourself up for success. I am not an avid fan of chemical fertilizers. I don’t use them in my garden because in my opinion they do more harm than good, especially when ingested in my food. But that is a story for another time. I compost my kitchen

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and inquire about their recommendations. Kids will love to watch as the sprouts come up, unfurl their leaves and reach for the sun and will also enjoy helping your plant and water. Teach them about where food really comes from, even the smallest child will love playing in the dirt. For a garden in your back yard, choose a spot that will get lots of morning sun and some afternoon as well. If you do not have great dirt in your backyard, teach yourself about the soil and amendments before you plant and have everything ready to go. I have gardened using two different methods, my first experience was having a sunken garden, where you plant your seeds between the rows, not in the hillocks, this serves two purposes, it allows the plants and sprouts a little protection from the drying desert wind and also keeps more moisture in the soil. The second way I have gardened here is by building raised beds. This method has been

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the most successful. Once you have your soil ready, it is time to plant. Right now is a great time to plant anything that you can pick off the plant such as several varieties of beans, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatillo, peppers, jalapeños, and watermelon. Some of these plants are fast growers and love full sun. If you are short on time and want faster results, opt for planting transplants, which can also be found at your local nursery. Gardening is beneficial to your health and a stress reducer. When your plants start to produce you will enjoy being able to eat the fruits of your labor and you will be proud of yourself knowing that you were able to grow a little of your own food.

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The Four Corners of Sports ... with Andrew Luberda

Top softball pitchers for Poston Butte and Queen Creek face off Ryland Estrada SENIOR – QUEEN CREEK HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SOFTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL POSITIONS: CF – 2B / L - DS NOTABLE STATS: .486 BA / 2 HR / 18 HITS / .612 OBP 178 DIGS / 12 SERVING ACES You are the only senior on the softball team. What will you miss most about your teammates? Their attitude because all of them have such great ones and our team is super-goofy; I’ll definitely miss that because they’re always happy and cheery. Coach Bundy described you as “the most determined young lady I have coached in my nine years at QC.” Where do you get this determination? I love sports. It gives me something to work for and I like to try my hardest. I don’t like to let people down so I always try my hardest and do my very best. I’m very passionate about athletics. Your brother was in the Navy and killed by friendly fire last year. Can you talk about your relationship with him before the tragedy? We had a good relationship. Even though we didn’t talk much, we weren’t distant. What are your plans after graduation? I’m going to Chandler-Gilbert College to play softball. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a goofy person, I guess. When I’m around a lot of my good friends I do a lot of goofy and weird things. I want you to finish this sentence: “My greatest athletic memory at QCHS is…” This year, our bus rides on the softball team. They’re super fun – we dance and have lots of fun together. Do you have a quote or phrase you like to refer to that helps get through a difficult time or provides inspiration? “Walk the line.” It means to play to the game as close to cocky as you can without actually being cocky. So, play with confidence. What is your favorite song to listen to before a game? I’m not a big music person. I pretty much just listen to whatever is on the speaker system prior to a game.

By Andrew Luberda The Broncos and the Bulldogs met for the second time this season on Apr. 4 at Queen Creek High School. Two of the better pitchers in the region faced each other in the game: Emily Lodge for PBHS and Madi Merrell for QCHS. The Bulldogs defeated the Broncos, 6 – 0, to complete the regular season sweep. Merrell, a junior, was superb as she pitched a complete game shut-out against a very good hitting Broncos team. She finished with 12 strikeouts while allowing only five hits and one walk. Merrell was supported by some outstanding defensive plays including two from right fielder Courtney Spurlock. In the first, the Broncos had a base runner on third with no outs. Merrell was able to retire the next three hitters without allowing the runner to score. “Madi hit her spots well,” Queen Creek coach Katie Bundy said. “It helps when the pitcher is hitting her spots, we make routine plays, and we execute.” The Bulldogs grabbed a 3 – 0 lead in the first. Ryland Estrada started the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a successful sacrifice bunt by Lexis Valenzuela. Estrada stole third and scored on a passed ball. Merrell and Ryann Holmes both walked. Merrell scored on a sacrifice fly by Courtney Spurlock. Holmes scored on an RBI single by Abi Rope. Merrell struck out the side in the third and al-

PB vs QC Sam Castoldi and Lexis Valenzuela. (Andrew Luberda photo) lowed only two hits over the first five innings. Both hits against Merrell came off the bat of the Broncos’ Cameron Cassinelli. Cassinelli hit a double in each of her first two at-bats. As they did for the whole game, the Bulldogs were able to take advantage of their opportunities. With two outs in the third they scored two more runs, including one on an RBI double by Estrada. Bundy said the Bulldogs played one of their best games of the year. “Our situational hitting was much better,” she said. “Our five through nine hitters came through.” The defense shined too. In the fourth, Courtney Spurlock made a sensational, outstretched grab of a line drive off the bat

of Broncos’ slugger Emily Lodge. Spurlock, a junior, also had an assist later in the game as she threw out a runner trying to score. “Courtney had a great day,” Bundy said. “It’s uplifting when we make great plays,” she continued. “It’s very rare when you’re going (to combine) a good defensive day with a good offensive day.” The Broncos entered the game with a team batting average of .370 and are scoring almost 10 runs per game. Coach Roxanne Greene knows any team is capable of having a tough game and is confident her team will bounce back. “Unfortunately we didn’t get enough bats on the ball and we didn’t get enough runners on and around to score,” Greene said. “We

can’t will ballgames without scoring some runs.” Despite the loss, Coach Greene was satisfied with the defense and the intangibles her team displayed. “Our defense has been solid. We did a fantastic job today,” Greene said. “I think our team showed a lot of heart and I think our intensity was up throughout the entire game.” Broncos’ shortstop Samantha Castoldi is confident her team can regain its offensive prowess. “We just have to try a little harder in the batter’s box and be more aggressive,” Castoldi said. Second baseman, Beth Barnes, is already looking forward to a third game between the schools. “We can see them in the playoffs,” Barnes said.

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The Bubbly Hostess Hosts an Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Welcome Back! Our annual Family Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt is behind us – now for the highlights. This is a party where we send out the invitations via Evite; it’s perfect for this type of event. Our guests always offer to supply food for the brunch buffet and Evite is a great way to track what dishes are being brought. Evite also lets you see how many kids and adults are attending which is helpful when planning food, drinks, etc. This year we had 70 guests attend: half kids and half adults. The kids were entertained by our usual play area, crafts at the kid tables, an awesome face painter

(visit my site to contact me if you are in need of a talented face painter for a future party), corn hole and ring toss games and a bounce house courtesy of good friends who own one (how cool is that?) Once again, our buffet was full of yummy food – make sure you check out my blog as I am posting some of the favorite recipes and cocktails from the party. Last year we really raised the bar on the amount of eggs we filled for the hunt: 1200 eggs for about 30 kids. We had about the same number of hunters this year - so went with the same number of eggs. We have a nice common area across the street from

our house, so about 20 to 30 minutes before the hunt, the hubby collects a few other dads to head over and spread out the eggs. Once they are ready, I head over parade-style with everyone else. Once all of the eggs are collected, we collect back the empty eggs. It’s very green of us, I know. Everyone sits down around a laundry basket to separate their eggs from their prizes. Prizes back in their baskets, eggs back in my laundry basket for next year. Many of our guests left shortly after the egg hunt, a few of our closer friends hung out for the day. The dads took the kids swimming and we found a few pizzas in the freezer to heat

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Softball – The Bulldogs have won three games in a row and six of their last eight. Head Coach Katie Bundy said her team is playing with more consistency and confidence. She believes the level of competition in the Desert Mountain tournament has contributed to the recent success of the Bulldogs. Additionally, the team knows what to expect in future games. “I think we benefited from playing tough teams early so we know what to expect when we get to (the playoffs),” she said. Upcoming games: Apr. 11 @ Campo Verde, Apr. 12 vs. Williams Field, Apr. 15 @ Saguaro, Apr. 16 @ Apache Junction. Baseball – With a consistent approach at the plate the Bulldogs are white-hot of late. They’ve won three in a row and seven of their last eight. Their lone loss came against Saguaro. On Apr. 4 the Bulldogs avenged that loss as they defeated Saguaro at QCHS, 9 – 6. Jaren Holmes, Kody Funderburk, and Marcus Still

Softball – After a three game losing streak last week, the Broncos rebounded by winning two games in a row. They defeated STFHS and Combs HS. They remain ranked #12 in

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Queen Creek’s Ryan Kottcamp takes lead vs Saguaro. (Andrew Luberda photo) led the way offensively. The pitching combination of Chase Beal, Chris Ervin, Jett Wodiuk, and Josh Andrews preserved the victory. Head Coach Mike Campbell spoke after the game about his team’s performance. “Early on I liked our approach,” he said. “A lot of team at bats, guys working walks, extending Saguaro’s staff, running their starter, and almost running the second guy out.”

But just like any coach, he saw a few things in the game he said need to be tightened up. “We did a couple things that aren’t us,” he said. “We aren’t lazy; we hard-nosed, we’re scrappy, and we went away from that and let them back in the game. That part we have to work on.” Upcoming games: Apr. 12 @ Williams Field, Apr. 15 @ Combs, Apr. 16 vs. Apache Junction.

Div. II Sec. I. Upcoming games: Apr. 8 @ Apache Junction, Apr. 12 @ Campo Verde, Apr. 16 vs. Higley. Baseball – The Broncos’ baseball team has won three of their

last four games. They were victorious in games versus STFHS, Red Rock, and Snowflake. Their upcoming schedule is: Apr. 11 @ Combs, Apr. 12 vs. Campo Verde, Apr. 16 @ Higley.

Creek, Apr. 12 @ Coolidge, Apr. 16 vs. Coolidge. Baseball – The Coyotes continue to earn more recognition in state publications. The Arizona Republic ranks them tenth in Div. III according to their most recent rankings. Unfortunately, the Coyotes

dropped their first two games in the Wolves Classic Tournament. However, they came back with a victory in third tournament game against Winslow, 10 – 7. Upcoming schedule: Apr. 11 vs. Poston Butte, Apr. 12 vs. Coolidge, Apr. 15 vs. Queen Creek, Apr. 16 @ Coolidge.

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