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Wyatt Douglas Althoff

October 6, 1986 - August 17, 2013 Wyatt Douglas Althoff, 26, passed away on August 17, 2013, in a boating accident on Roosevelt Lake. He was born on October 6, 1986, in Tucson, AZ. Wyatt is survived by his mother, Linda (Casey) Smith of Gilbert, AZ; his father, Brent (Marianne) Althoff of Payson, AZ; his loving girlfriend, Kelsey Early, daughter of Scott and Jerri Early, of Maricopa, AZ; and his Grandparents, Bob and Jessie Miller, Oracle, AZ; Ken and Nancy Althoff, Payson, AZ, and Zelma Ann (David) Homan, Gatesville, TX. Wyatt is also survived by many aunts and uncles; Alan (Stella) Miller, Oracle, AZ; Greg (Susan) Althoff , Robyn Althoff, and Bo (Heather) Althoff, all of Payson, AZ; Mary (Bill) Sturgeon, Taylor, AZ; Kevin (Susan) Althoff, Crawford, TX; Jacqueline (John) Smith, Apache Junction, AZ; Judy (Jeff) Tujetsch, Aliquippa, PA, as well as 17 first cousins.

There was a very special place in Wyatt’s heart for Joe and Shelly Brown, Tonto Basin, AZ, and their children, Trevor “TJ” and Chancy, whom Wyatt considered his second family. Wyatt was born into rodeo and he was a natural, winning countless rodeos and championships. After graduating from Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, AZ, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and Business from New Mexico State University in 2010. During his time at NMSU he won the title of 2008 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association All-Around World Champion, a highlight of his rodeo career. The other highlight of his time at NMSU was meeting Kelsey Early, the love of his life. Wyatt and Kelsey made their home in San Tan Valley, AZ, and were preparing for their future together. At the time

Wyatt Althoff is intense as he prepares to wrestle this steer to the ground. (Photo courtesy San Manuel Miner) of his death, Wyatt was still pursuing his rodeo dreams and was also employed as a field service engineer at Tokyo Electron in Phoenix. A celebration of Wyatt’s life was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at Burrell’s Arena, 14155 N. Luckett Rd, Marana, AZ 85653. The

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June 1, 1983 – Aug. 13, 2013 Justin Conrad Clay, born and raised in Florence on June 1, 1983, passed away on Aug. 13, 2013 in Casa Grande. He is survived by his wife, Reyna; children: Alexis, Daniel, Rey, Josef, Ariana, Ananna, Patrick-Louis, Anysia; sister, Samantha Kunce; brother, Nick Clay; father, Jeffery Clay; and, mother, Bernadette Kunce. A funeral service was held on Tues., Aug. 20, At Season’s End Mortuary, followed by interment at Mt. View Cemetery in Mesa at 12:30 pm.

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family asked that attendees not wear black, as it was a celebration of Wyatt’s amazing life. Cowboy Up and Ride. An account has been set up in memory of Wyatt Althoff and donations can be made at any Chase Bank, account #256636528.

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Happy ending to tragic story of ‘Lakota’ and puppies left in Florence dumpster By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger In early June, a Florence resident who was passing by heard something coming from inside a dumpster. It sounded like a baby crying. Upon closer investigation, the passerby opened the dumpster and found four little puppies, about a week old, crying and wailing. It was a hot day. Temperatures were climbing into the triple digits, and inside the dumpster, it was like an oven. The puppies were dehydrated and needed their mother, but she was no where to be found. The passerby jumped into the dumpster, gathered each little puppy up and took them all into Pinal County Animal Control. Animal Control then took the puppies and attempted to bottle feed them with tiny syringes while the search for the mother dog continued. The puppies were identified as being week old Rottweilers.If the passerby wouldn’t have heard the puppies crying they most likely would have been dead within hours, slowly baked to death in the grueling Arizona summer. Soon, a Florence resident claimed that his pure bred Rottweiler had been stolen. The community was up in arms about a thief who could be so cruel as to steal the mother dog and simply throw the puppies away. Residents began combing streets and posting the story on Social Media sites. Pinal County Animal Control gave custody of the pups to ‘The Barkside Dog Rescue’ in Gilbert, who specializes in caring for and placing special needs dogs. According to Wendy

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Lakota nurses her puppies and adopted kitten. (Submitted photo)

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$40/Ticket or $70/couple Tickets on sale now at the Copper Basin YMCA, 28300 N. Main St., STV or call 480.882.2242 Lakota and her canine family. (Submitted photo) Sowder, Assistant Director for Barkside, “We took the puppies because we know what hard work it is to bottle feed and care for pups that need 24 hour care. We really wanted to help the puppies and find them loving homes. How someone could just throw them in a dumpster is cruel and almost unbelievable.”

Around the same time, Katie Christ was outside on her property at the Windmill Winery in Florence, Ariz. and noticed a black dog walking slowly towards her. The dog was friendly but was very thirsty and looked like she had been walking for quite some time. The dog was a female Rottweiler, and Lakota, Page 4

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Scorpion Scavenger Hunt at San Tan Mountain Regional Park What has 8 legs, 2 pincers, and glows under a black light? SCORPIONS! Set out on a desert exploration at night as we search for these fascinating creatures and find out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. We will be hiking 1 mile, round trip, on the Goldmine Trail; bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and a flashlight (black lights also encouraged, but are optional). Black lights will be available to rent at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan.For more information call (480) 655-5554.


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Desert Diggers c. 1950 (Photo courtesy San Tan Historical Society) By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger A new gardening club in Queen Creek and San Tan Valley has formed and has asked the San Tan Historical Society for permission to revive the name of a garden club that was once active in

and around Queen Creek during the 1940s and 1950s. The Desert Diggers were a group of women who loved to garden. According to the San Tan Historical Society the original club’s mission was “to stimulate interest in gardening and

roadside planting and to encourage the study and conservation of native plants and wildlife in Arizona.” In July 2013, a new club was formed and was given permission to use the name. The Desert Diggers

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would have it, the puppies and mother immediately recognized each other. Lakota started whining and licking the puppies and started to nurse them. Meanwhile, during the happy reunion, the original owner who claimed that ‘Lakota’ was stolen, soon gave up all rights to her and to the pups. Pinal County Officials are looking into the case. Barkside Rescue urges people to use common sense, compassion and love with animals. “If you can no longer care for your pet, please find the pet another loving home or turn the pet over to a no kill shelter. Throwing away your animals should never be an option.” Barkside Rescue accepts special needs dogs, and has dogs that need foster homes and forever homes. Contact them at 970-396-4545 or visit Pinal County Animal Control has forwarded case information to the Pinal

County Attorney’s Office pending further investigation of animal cruelty and abandonment. As Lakota and puppies enjoyed being reunited, a small kitten was turned into the shelter the same day. The kitten was very tiny, only a few days old and needed to nurse. Shelter workers introduced the kitten to Lakota’s litter, and Lakota accepted the kitten like it was one of her own pups. Happily, all four pups were healthy, weaned and adopted to loving homes. Lakota was adopted by the Windmill Winery in Florence and Tophat, the kitten, is healthy, thriving and has a forever home at the Barkside Rescue. Sometimes tragic tales do have happy endings. And Lakota’s story proves that even if you are mistreated and abused, love is always more powerful than hate. A little bit of love can make a world of difference in the lives of puppies, kittens and humans everywhere.

looked as if she had recently been nursing a litter of pups. On the collar was the name ‘Lakota.’ Christ stated “Lakota came right up to me and was very sweet and gentle. I was concerned at first because I have a lot of animals on my property, but she didn’t bother any of them. It seemed like she was searching for something. That is when I noticed that it looked like she had been nursing pups.” Christ stated that one of her employees had heard a news story about a stolen Rottweiler mother dog and puppies that had been thrown into a dumpster. Christ called Pinal County Animal Control and stated that she had found a mother Rottweiler matching the description of the missing dog. Pinal County Animal Control came and picked the mother dog up and as luck

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old name, offers gardening talks and classes

Olive Mill General Manager Rob Holmes. (Bridgette Crosby photo)

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welcomes beginning and experienced flower, fruit and vegetable gardeners from the Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Florence areas and seeks to encourage more people to learn how to garden or how to improve current gardening skills. In addition, members are people who love to eat fresh, local foods and who want to make a positive change in their communities. “Queen Creek and San Tan Valley are prime areas for gardening, we hope to cultivate a renewed sense of interest here and hopefully, in the future, bring back some type of local farmers or growers market,” stated one group member. Desert Diggers held a free gardening talk on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at A & P Nursery on Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. About 25 people attended. The club is also planning a native landscaping and gardening talk in September and a possible Diggers, Page 9

Desert Diggers garden talk. (Bridgette Crosby photo)

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Desert Diggers enjoy lunch. (Bridgette Crosby photo)

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Queen Creek seventh grader finishes third at National Figure Skating Competition By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger Shelby Sapp, a seventh-grader at Cambridge Academy in Queen Creek, earned a third place finish at the U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase in Hyannis, MA. Shelby, a member of the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona, finished third in Group A for the Juvenile Light Entertainment event and sixth overall. The showcase included more than 350 competitors of all ages. Shelby competed against other skaters in her age group who were up to 14 years old. She reached the finals by finishing in the top four of two separate qualifying events on consecutive days. Shelby’s introduction to figure skating came after watching the Olympics. She celebrated her ninth birthday by having an ice skating party at Polar Ice in Gilbert, Ariz. After watching the Olympics and skating at her birthday

party she knew skating was something she wanted to pursue. “I just saw (the Olympians) doing these big jumps and I thought, ‘Wow, that’d be really cool to go back to my school (and show off)’,” Shelby said. Shelby enrolled in a Learnto-Skate class. That’s where she met JJ Barksdale, Polar Ice’s Skating Coordinator and, now, her coach. After finishing two additional skating classes JJ suggested that Shelby start taking private lessons. Shelby’s parents, Debbie and Colin, believe in letting their children try something if they so desire but with one condition. “They have to finish (what they signed up for),” Debbie said. “They can’t quit. They have to finish it if they asked to sign up for it.” Part of the process of children participating in any

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Shelby Sapp and her icy splits. (Photo courtesy Chad Wheeler, Web Designs Your Way) extracurricular activity is to find out if they like it or not. “They have to, at least, try it and give it a good go,” Debbie finished. Shelby has done more than give it a good go. She’s reached an elite level. According to Barksdale, Shelby is special. “She’s dedicated,” he answered when asked what makes her special. “It’s what she’s put into (skating) is what she gets out of it.” Not only is Shelby dedicated but she is also committed and determined. She said her day starts at 4:30 a.m. when her father wakes her and drives her to the ice rink. Her first of two daily practices starts at 6 a.m. and ends when her mom picks her up at 7:25 a.m. to take her to school. Her mom picks her up at school at noon in order to arrive at the rink at 1 p.m.

for warm-up. Shelby is on the ice for her second practice from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.. After some off-ice work, she returns home between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and looks forward to her after-practice beverage. “My mom makes me a smoothie,” Shelby says. After completing her homework each day and dinner, Shelby is in bed by nine. Although her mom says she should be in bed by eight. She practices twice a day, six days per week. It’s unusual for a child of her age to have the dedication, commitment and determination Shelby shows. Why does she do it? “Because I love it,” she says. Her coach knows how rare an athlete she is for her age. “It’s almost impossible,” Barksdale said about most children’s ability to reach the level of dedication that Shelby

has. Shelby’s parents, grandparents and her coach form a team. They all assist in allowing her to pursue her figure skating dreams. Debbie says the cooperation of the administration and faculty at Cambridge Academy has been equally important. Despite her grueling schedule, Shelby has successfully maintained her academics at Cambridge Academy where she is an “A” student. Shelby will compete in two upcoming competitions. The first will be in California beginning on Aug. 29, 2013. The next competition will be the regionals in October and there will more after that. “As far as I can,” Shelby replied when asked how far she wanted to go in figure skating. Does she want to be an Olympian?

“That’s every skater’s dream,” she responded. “My ultimate goal is to make it to nationals. If I make it to the Olympics that’s great, but my goal is to make it to nationals.” When she does it won’t be to show off. It’ll to be to win.

Shelby performs as a cowgirl. (Submitted photo)

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Vans donated to 3F to help feed the hungry “The board of directors was pleased to receive the donation of two refrigerated vans this week,” says Jim Tchida, chairman of Future Forward Foundation, Inc. (3F for short). “Through the generosity of Brandon Lang, owner of Edible Arrangement franchises in Mesa, Gilbert and several other locations, we have been given these great vehicles which will be used to transport fresh produce from our garden

projects.” San Tan Valley resident Bridgette Crosby heard 3F Executive Director Lina Austin mention at a chamber meeting that the foundation was in need of refrigerated vehicles to transport produce from the nine vegetable gardens that they have planted in Florence. The produce will go to farmers markets, restaurants, food banks and those in need. Crosby, a former manager of the Gilbert

Edible Arrangements store and former employee of Lang’s, made the connection and a few months later, the vans were donated to 3F. “Now that we have our 501 c 3 IRS tax exempt status, we are happy to receive in-kind donations as well as financial support,” says Austin. “Right now we are looking for volunteer skilled labor to remove the commercial wraps on both vans before use.”

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The Future Forward Foundation will expand the “Seed the Future” backyard garden program in the coming year in Florence and in other sections of Pinal County. “We would like to produce enough fresh produce for all those in need in the area,” stated Tchida. “Now we know that we can distribute what is grown in a timely manner, thanks to this great contribution from Lang.”

Local First Arizona visits Greater San Tan Chamber and urges members to shop local By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger On a sunny day in San Tan Valley, a crowd of nearly 100 people gathered for the Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona, shared insights about the importance of supporting local business owners and merchants. According to Lanning, Local First Arizona is a non profit organization that works to support the ties between communities, local businesses, and the economies that join them. Local First Arizona was founded in 2003 and celebrates locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. They do this by educating citizens and business leaders, and even law makers, about the importance of bringing local economies back into the limelight by supporting locally owned and operated businesses. The mission of Local First Arizona, according to it’s

website, is “to promote, support and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating citizens about local business ownership, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship and collaboration.” Local First Arizona has over 2,400 members, and is the largest alliance of local businesses in the United States. Lanning states, “Local First Arizona is based in Phoenix, we are the largest alliance of local businesses and our job is to support and create sustainable communities and level the playing field for smaller businesses to be able to thrive in those communities.” Shopping locally goes beyond just shopping at Target or Kohl’s. According to Local First, shopping local at smaller, independently owned stores is vital to local communities because for every two jobs that a national chain brings into town, three local jobs are lost. As a result a smaller

locally owned business ends up shutting their doors. In addition, when consumers shop at smaller, locally owned stores, more money stays in the communities where they live and creates up to 75 percent more tax revenue to the community and to the state. Lanning also stated, “Think about this: Studies have shown that when communities shop at smaller, independently owned stores, those stores will generate almost four times as much economic benefit to the community and surrounding region than shopping at a national chain store will.” In closing, Lanning shared that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, about $45 will remain in Arizona, while the same $100 spent in a national chain will only leave $13 in the state. Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce President Stacy Gramazio stated, “I have always believed in

The Greater San Tan Regional Chamber learns more about Local First AZ. (Bridgette Crosby photo) what Local First Arizona is doing and it really matters, for our businesses and our communities. Each of us should do all we can to ensure that we shop local as much as possible. If there

is something you need that maybe you don’t think is here in San Tan Valley, take the time to ask someone. You might be surprised at what you’ll find.” For more information

about Local First Arizona, visit For more information about the Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce, visit www.

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RICKY WILSON JUNIOR – SAN TAN FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: FOOTBALL/BASKETBALL/TRACK & FIELD POSITIONS: RB – MLB/ PF /100m – 200m – 4x100m Coach Schenks said the team came up with the slogan: “One Team, One Mission.” What does it mean to you and your teammates? Basically it means our team is one unit and our mission is to get the championship and win it all. Where is one area, or areas, you believe the team has improved the most? I believe both our passing game and our defense have improved the most. We have receivers who are really securing the ball and making plays. On defense, guys are getting off their blocks and competing. What are your goals over the next two years? I hope to improve every single play over the next two years and be the player my team can count on to get us to the championship. I want you to finish this sentence: My greatest athletic memory so far at STFHS is… Helping to motivate one of my teammates when he was down and picking him up. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I wear my heart on my sleeve. There’s really nothing people wouldn’t know about me because they can see it. Name one person you would most like to meet and why? I would love to meet DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys. Back in the day he started on third or fourth string and he worked his way up to be a leading rusher for the Cowboys. I really look up to that.

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Bulldogs hold off Broncos in opener By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger The Queen Creek Bulldogs began the defense of their state championship with hardfought victory over the Poston Butte Broncos, 21 – 12. The victory extended the Bulldogs’ winning streak to 15 games. The first half was highlighted by the defensive play of both teams. The Broncos’ George Ruan returned a Queen Creek fumble 15 yards for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion attempt the Broncos led, 6 – 0. The score remained 6 – 0 until the Bulldogs’ Matt Guida scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:06 remaining in the second quarter. The extra point attempt by Mrkus Paulsen was good to give the Bulldogs the lead, 7 – 6. After sitting out the first quarter Guida, a senior, finished the first half with 9 rushes, 61 yards, and 1 TD. Brandon Hatfield led the way for the Broncos with 7 rushes and 90 yards including 62 yards on a fake punt in the first quarter. The defenses continued to shine in the second half before Bulldogs QB Layne Roshay connected with junior Hunter Redd on an 8-yd touchdown pass with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Paulsen, a senior, converted his second extra

point of the game to give the Bulldogs a 14 – 6 lead. While the Broncos offense struggled to solve Queen Creek’s defense, their special teams was on top of their game. After the successful fake punt in the first quarter, speedster Zaq Smith returned a Bulldogs’ punt 60 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos again attempted and failed on a two-point conversion leaving the score 14 – 12 entering the fourth quarter. The defenses continued to dominate play in the fourth quarter. With 5:02 on the clock the Bulldogs’ offense took over looking to run their four-minute offense. After forcing the Broncos to use their timeouts, they converted a key 3rd-and-11 when Weston Barlow rushed for 19 yards to the Broncos’ 1-yard line. Guida scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yd run with 31 seconds left in the game and Paulsen was good on his third extra point of the game. After the game, Queen Creek head coach Joe Germaine was extremely pleased with the performance of his defense as they held the Broncos’ offense scoreless. Junior defensive end Skyler Bollman had three sacks in the game. Germaine was equally satisfied with his offense’s final

drive of the game. “One thing we talk about (entering) every year is a fourminute drill,” Germaine said. “If we get the ball late in the game, especially with 5:02 tonight, and we just execute, take the clock out of the game – the air out of the football – and they don’t get a chance to get it back. That was a great way to finish the game.” Matt Guida finished the game with 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns behind an offensive line filled with new starters. “They did good picking up their guys, picking up the (middle linebacker and outside linebacker), and they did well on their pass protections,” Bulldogs QB Layne Roshay answered when asked about the play of the offensive line. As could be expected during a week zero game there was a number of penalties in the

game which prevented both teams from getting any offensive rhythm. “It was not a game that, I think, we ever got a rhythm – a groove,” Germaine said. Broncos head coach Mike DeLaTorre said the number of penalties in the game were only part of the issue for the Broncos’ offense and knows there is work to do to improve on that side of the ball. He was disappointed in the Broncos’ lack of discipline. “(We were) so undisciplined. That’s embarrassing,” DeLaTorre said. “That was maybe the ugliest game (as far as penalties).” DeLaTorre said the Broncos have a very good chance to win a number of games when their offense begins to play as well as the defense. “Defensively we played really well,” DeLaTorre said. “I mean, you can’t ask for a better effort than that.”

Coyotes ready to show new look By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger The 2013 version of the Coyotes’ football team will look vastly different from last year. Head coach Jesse Hart is excited about the outlook of the upcoming season and believes the ‘Yotes players and fans have reason to be optimistic. “I like the change in our offense and the re-focus on the defense,” he said when speaking about changes the team has made for the new season. Coach Hart said the ‘Yotes will be a more of a run-

oriented offense and expects his coaches to use multiple formations to put the players in the best possible situations for success. They also expect to take advantage of their team speed. “Our focus has been on team speed, so hopefully we can have a smooth transition,” he said about the offensive changes. Along with the changes in the offense and a re-focused defense, Coach Hart is pleased with the effort and determination of his players.

“The kids have been working real, real hard throughout the summer, up at camp, and going into the pre-season,” he said. The Coyotes have several younger players who will be introduced to the varsity level for the first time. With a number of first-time varsity players on the roster it’s important to have seniors leading the way. “We have some really good senior leadership,” Hart said. “We’re still young and we need (the young players) up to

speed.” The Coyotes traveled to Show Low High School for a week of camp to implement the offense, compete with other schools, and most importantly learn about each other. “(The bonding) is the most important part of camp,” Hart said. “We get them away from mom and dad for a week and they have to hangout with each other. They get to find out what drives each other nuts and how to communicate Coyotes, Page 11

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Gardening Classes to be held in San Tan Valley starting in September By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger Pinal County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering gardening classes for the first time in San Tan


Continued from Page 5 plant swap. The club is free for members and will be hosting different types of gatherings which will include lunches, gardening talks, and visits to nearby farms and gardens. The club also has a Facebook group called Desert Diggers Garden Club, which gardeners may also sign up for. The Desert Diggers are hoping to partner with local businesses and the Town of Queen Creek and other communities to expand their program. Currently, the club is partnering with Pinal County Cooperative Extension Office, which will be offering gardening courses and Master Gardening classes for the first time in San Tan Valley. The classes are open to all beginning and advanced gardeners and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday morning Sept. 4 through Nov. 27, 2013 at the SRP Service Center located at 3725 E. Combs Road in San Tan Valley. Gardening courses are $120 per person, regardless of experience and gardeners who complete the Master Gardener Course will receive a Pinal County Master Gardener Certificate. Anyone with an interest in gardening will benefit from taking the classes. The Pinal County Extension Office requires at least 10 gardeners to start. Class topics will include: Basic Botany,

Valley this fall. The classes will include beginning and intermediate gardening and will also offer a Masters Gardener Certificate. Classes will be held every

Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon starting on Sept. 4 and running through Nov. 27, 2013 at the SRP Center in the Eagle Conference Room at 3735 E. Combs

Road. Cost for the classes are $120. Each participant will receive a reference notebook filled with up-todate information to grow

soils, turf, vegetable gardening, weeds, Irrigation, native plants, citrus and many others. For more information, or to sign up for the classes,

contact Lynne Davis at 480-464-4627 or email or for more information about becoming a Master Gardener contact

Pinalmastergardener@cox. net. Member and new gardener Karen Mooney stated, “I moved here from Maine so I am hoping to learn how to garden in the desert. I think the club and the classes are a wonderful opportunity for people to come together, learn gardening skills, make new friends and have a positive impact on the community.”

plants in the desert, plus attendees will get to meet other area gardeners and share information. Coordinator for San Tan Valley, and Master Gardener, Barbara Seemuth, stated, “Bringing classes to

San Tan Valley is a good thing for residents here, we know there are gardeners out there and invite them to join us.” Space is limited, for more information contact Barbara Seemuth at 520-431-6167.

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1758 W. Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley 480-888-1636

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St. Michael the Archangel Church 25394 N. Poseidon Rd., Florence • 520-723-6570 Rev. Fr. Dale A. Branson, Pastor •

Weekend Masses (held at Copper Basin K-8 School) Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. CCD Classes Sunday 9:15 a.m.

Our current teaching series is: RUTH “The Romance of Redemption”

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4815 W. Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek • 480-677-2100 Service Times ...............................................Sunday 9:15 & 11 a.m. Children’s Classes held during all services 4th/5th grade & Jr. High ......................................Sunday 9:15 a.m. Sr. High School .......................................................... Sunday 11 a.m.

Call Mila Besich-Lira at 520-827-0676 or email at to be included in the directory today!


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The Bubbly Hostess receives a cookbook of family recipes during a visit in May, my mom brought down a batch from Colorado for my family to share.


leadership on the team. He believes those components will allow the Coyotes to have a very successful season. “(If we are) injury-free, have good senior leadership and have each other’s back – we’ll be all right,” Hart answered

Continued from Page 8 with each other.” Coach Hart said the ‘Yotes were able to have multiple practices each day and competed with five other schools at the camp. The opportunity to work with other schools raised the competition level which will benefit the team as the season progresses. Returning players Juan Luquin (OL/DL, 6-1 241), Nick Prueher (QB/LB, 6-2 202) and Nick Dunker (OL/ DL 5-11 240) will be counted on to provide leadership. Coach Hart said he has high expectations for newcomers Todd Goodman (OL/LB, 5-11 220) and Danny Taunima (RB/ DL, 6-0 300). Senior Sean Sasser (QB/DB, 5-9 172) can expect to see a lot of playing time at multiple positions. “He’s a great athlete,” Hart said of Sasser. “We have to find a way to get him on the field.” Coach Hart knows the ‘Yotes have the talent to be successful and said the seniors have done a great job of providing

After receiving the cookbook, it was easy for me to figure out which recipe I wanted to make first. I made

The Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars look yummy. (Heather Sneed photo) when asked for keys to the season. “We will have a chance to change the culture here.” The Coyotes open their season at home on Aug. 30, 2013 versus Globe. Game time is 7 p.m.

these in an 8x8 pan, but they could also be made in a 9x11 pan which would result in a thinner bar. I certainly hope that you will try this recipe and either visit my blog or my Facebook page to let me know what you thought of them! Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Can be used in 8x8” or 9x11” pan 1 cup sugar ½ cup margarine ½ cup super chunk peanut butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 10-oz package of chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips) Grease baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add sugar, margarine, and peanut butter.

Using an electric mixer, stir together until combined. Add egg and vanilla, beating until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt using a spatula. Stir in chocolate chips. Turn into prepared pan and spread out until even. Bake in 350 degree oven 2535 minutes or until set. The smaller the pan, the thicker the bar, and the longer it will take to bake. Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy with a large glass of cold milk.

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By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Special to the Ledger Welcome back! I recently received a spiral bound cookbook filled with recipes from my mom’s side of the family. One of her cousins spent quite a bit of time collecting the recipes, adding old family photos, and even including the nutritional content of each dish. I am so happy to have this in my possession now, what a great way to relive memories of food I was served as a child and start to make new memories for my boys. I wasn’t surprised to see the recipe for my mom’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars, I grew up eating these and they are a tried and true favorite. I was reminded of them earlier this spring and

BUY 1 ENTRÉE & GET 1 FOR $1 WITH PURCHASE OF 2 BEVERAGES Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Valid at San Tan Valley location only. Offer expires September 30, 2013.


Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Valid at San Tan Valley location only. Offer expires September 30, 2013.

1758 W. Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley • 480-888-1636

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At Banner Ironwood Medical Center we understand that no matter what the emergency, you want convenient care that takes the fears and tears away fast. That’s why we offer private treatment rooms and short wait times that typically allow patients to be seen in under 30 minutes. Our board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained staff will exceed your expectations. And that should put a smile on everyone’s face. • /BannerIronwood 37000 N. Gantzel Road, just south of Combs Road

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