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Fair and Accurate News for the Southeast Valley Volume 1, Number 3

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See Story, Pages 10 & 11

Rural/Metro warns of bee attacks in the STV/QC area, See Story Page 7

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Letters to the Editor

It is time to face the hard truths dear editor, It’s time to face some hard truths. This year’s election has nothing to do with unemployment, tax rates or spending. This election is about which party will make Arizona stronger. Republicans wants to gut Arizona’s safety net and

public education system while cutting taxes for the rich so the poor and middle class will be dependent on big business. Right leaning candidates paint a picture that returns Arizona to the boom years. Instead, Tea party candidates alike offer up the same policies that

gave Arizona and America a housing bust and a painful recession. Instead, I suggest a different direction. Look across the aisle at the candidates that want to make an investment. Look at candidates that want to invest in public education,

early childhood literacy, housing assistance, and programs that empower the poor and middle class to invest in Arizona. It is fact that big business did not fuel the boom years of the 1950s-1960s, the middle class did. The super-rich paid taxes upwards of 90%

and guess what they did not stop making money. Six years after the housing industry fell apart; Arizona has a long way to go. We need many more jobs, more revenue and more education but Arizona will be stronger, smarter and solid if we choose

candidates that will invest in the people of this great state. If you have the strength to stand up and fight for our children and our neighbors, I promise you that they will stand up for you. /s/John Taylor San Tan Valley

Thanks for all the bottled water dear editor, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some folks who stepped forward to help our schools and our kids by donating bottled water during the recent E-coli water problems in San Tan Valley Fry’s Grocery Stores – 9 pallets, QuikTrip – 72 cases and 4 Your Comfort, LLC – 40 cases.

Thanks also go to the many parents who sent extra bottles of water with their kids to share, and to George Johnson who volunteered to pick up the tab for the water trucks brought in to each FUSD school to provide water for the cafeterias and for the community. Even while San Tan Valley struggles to find a cohesive identity, they have proven

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that they are a community by drawing together to take care of each other in times of crisis. As an individual,

I am proud to be a resident of this growing community, and, on behalf of the Florence Unified School

District, I thank you for your help. /s/Dana Hawman Director of School

Construction & Public Relations Florence Unified School district

dear editor, Last week, a national report revealed some troubling news about education in Arizona. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Arizona has reduced per-pupil funding to K-12 schools by 22 percent. As a result, Arizona ranks number one in making the deepest cuts to education in the entire nation. This is no surprise to

parents and teachers. Politicians at the State Capitol have consistently cut funding for our children and their votes have put Arizona at the bottom in education. This not how we value our students and this is not how we attract quality jobs to Arizona. As a father of three children, education was important in my household. As a Legislator, it was a priority in the State House. That’s why I helped passed

all-day Kindergarten and voted to invest in our state universities for research. Four years later, the Republican-controlled legislature eliminated allday Kindergarten, raised state tuition and gave tax breaks to billion dollar companies. We cannot stand by and let Arizona’s children be shortchanged by shortsighted leaders. Despite these numbers, I am optimistic about Arizona’s future. In order to

re-build our economy, we must invest in education. We need to educate our future nurses, teachers, and engineers. Expand community colleges to retrain workers. I want to see the label, “MADE IN ARIZONA” again. Arizona has ranked last for too long.

Arizona ranks number one in cuts to education

Sincerely, /s/Ernest Bustamante Former Arizona State Representative Mammoth, aZ

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November general election contest preview By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger As the primary season concludes, the County general election races are slowly setting in for November. At press time, election officials released unofficial tallies but were still counting provisional and mail-in ballots. One race in particular hinges on these additional votes. In the District 2 Republican Supervisor race, Maricopa Mayor Anthony Smith led Nancy Discher by only 43 votes, with Fred Mackenzie a close third. Discher showed a slim lead after an initial round of results was posted on the County elections website,

but Smith overtook her in the latest numbers. The Republican winner will face unchallenged Democrat Henry Wade. District 4 consists of SaddleBrooke, Arizona City and Maricopa. In the race for Sheriff, incumbent Paul Babeu clinched the Republican nod over challengers Tom Bearup, Jack McClaren and Derek Arnson. He will face Democratic challenger Kevin Taylor, a Maricopa resident and owner of a private security firm, and independent candidate Ty Morgan, a career lawman and PCSO Sergeant. Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick defeated

challenger Wenona Baldenegro Benally for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 1 and will face Republican challenger Jonathan Paton, a former state lawmaker. Kirkpatrick held the old CD-1 seat before she was defeated by Paul Gosar in 2010. CD-1 consists of rural central and eastern Pinal, as well as northern Arizona cities like Show Low and Flagstaff. Gosar won his primary in the new CD-4 and will face. The district contains northern Pinal cities like Apache Junction and San Tan Valley. In LD-8, Democrats Ernest Bustamante and Emily Verdugo will face

off against the Republican incumbent Frank Pratt as well as Republican candidate Thomas T.J. Shope. There are two seats open. Editorial note: Earlier this month, we inadvertently reported that only Bustamante and Pratt would go into the General Election. We regret the error. Pratt is currently the Representative for LD-23 but is running in newly drawn LD-8, which consists of area of Coolidge, Kearny and Mammoth. Bustamante served in the state legislature for two years beginning in 2003. Verdugo and Shope are both new to the state legislature. The County Board of

Supervisors was expanded to include five total seats from the previous three. State law dictated Pinal County to expand to five Supervisors if the populated reached above 200,000. Census results in 2010 showed an estimated County population of 375,000. In District 1, Democratic incumbent and former state legislator Pete Rios will face Republican Gem Cox and independent candidate Alicia Bristow. Current District 3 Supervisor David Snider, a Democrat, will face Republican Stephen Miller and independent Roberto Almaguer. The District 2 Republican primary saw former PCSO

Director Cheryl Chase beating out four challengers for a spot on the ticket. Chase will face Democratic write-in candidate Margo Feldmiller. “Feldmiller will be on the November ballot as the Democratic Party nominee for the District #2 Board of Supervisor’s race,” said Elections Director Steve Kizer. In the northern Pinal District 5, which is made of areas of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, Republican Todd House will face unchallenged Democrat Maxine Brown. For County Assessor, Republican Douglas Wolf will face unchallenged Democrat Randy Robbins.

National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25 WASHINGTON D.C. - In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. National Voter Registration Day is an effort to ensure it doesn’t happen again in Nov. 2012. National Voter Registration Day is a massive nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on one single daySept.25, 2012. Hundreds of organizations, including Empowerment Systems: Apache Junction, have signed on as partners for the event. On that day, thousands of volunteers and organizations will unleash a nationwide field effort to register eligible voters where they are – on their way to work, on campus, in the community, out shopping and online. By doing this, they hope to ensure that all eligible Americans have the opportunity to register and participate in this year’s election. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities-allowing tens of thousands of voter’s access to registration services they may not otherwise have. In Arizona, voters who

wish to vote in the 2012 presidential election must be registered to do so no later than Mon. Oct 8, 2012. Registration is available online at AZSOS. gov or by request from the Pinal County Recorder’s Office. Completed forms can be mailed or returned in person to the County Recorder’s Office 31 N Pinal Street, Building E, Florence, AZ 85132. If by mail, the form must be received by the County Recorder no later than five days after the last day to register to vote in that election or be postmarked 29 days or more before an election and received by the County Recorder by 7:00 p.m. on election day. The County Recorder’s office will mail proof of registration within six weeks of receiving voter registration. Those registering to vote in the state of Arizona for the first time or those who have moved to another county must submit a proof of citizenship in addition to their registration paperwork. Arizona driver’s licenses issued after 1996 are accepted as are a photocopy of a birth certificate, a copy of a passport, a copy of naturalization documents or equivalent tribal documents. Early voter ballots are also available from the County

Recorder. Any voter may request to be included

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Don’t miss your chance to vote this Nov.; the deadline to register is Oct. 8.

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Town seeks candy donors and support for Halloween event

The Town of Queen Creek is seeking candy donations from the community for the annual Halloween event. Trunk or Treat, presented by Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, a Dignity Health Member, will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27, at Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road. The candy drive will take place Sept. 3 – Oct. 24, with the candy drop off located at the Library Recreation Annex, southeast corner entrance on 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Candy must be individually wrapped and in un-opened original packaging.

Trunk or Treat provides a safe and unique way for families to enjoy an inexpensive evening of Halloween fun! Along with other exciting Halloween attractions, children trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk on “Trunk or Treat Street” to get their bags filled with goodies! There will also be carnival games, a canine costume contest, food, vendors and more. For more information about how to contribute, contact the Town of Queen Creek Recreation Division at 480-358-3700 or visit

Friends of the Queen Creek Library handing out candy at a previous Trunk or Treat event.

Public comment sought for QC’s 2012 General Plan Amendments During its July 18 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council authorized the start of the Town’s major General Plan amendment process for 2012. This year, six amendments are being presented for consideration. An open house meet-

ing will be held on Oct. 11 to review proposal and obtain public comments on the applications. Detailed information may be found on the Town’s website at The open houses will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m.

on Thurs., Oct. 11 at Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. Tell us what you think! The Town will be collected comments about the proposals from residents and local businesses at the open houses and through an online survey, lo-

cated on the Town’s website. All comment is considered public record and will be provided to the Queen Creek Town Council for its consideration. The requested changes will be presented to the Planning

With daytime temps cooling, now is the time to adjust your irrigation timer Landscape Watering Guidelines


Desert Adapted High Water Use Shrubs Desert Adapted High Water Use Ground Covers and Vines Desert Adapted High Water Use Cacti and Succulents Annuals Warm Season Grass (Bermuda, etc.) Cool Season Grass (Rye, Fescue)

Seasonal Frequency – Days Between Watering Spring Summer Fall Winter Mar-May May-Oct Oct-Dec Dec-Mar 14-30 days 7-21 days 14-30 days 30-60 days 7-12 days 7-10 days 7-12 days 14-30 days 14-30 days 7-21 days 14-30 days 30-45 days 7-10 days 5-7 days 7-10 days 10-14 days 14-30 days 7-21 days 14-30 days 21-45 days 7-10 days 2-5 days 7-10 days 10-14 days 21-45 days 14-30 days 21-45 days If Needed 3-7 days 2-5 days 3-7 days 5-10 days 4-14 days 3-6 days 6-21 days 15-30 days 3-7 days None 3-10 days 7-14 days

Water This Deeply 24”-36” 24”-36” 18”-24” 24”-36” 8”-12” 8”-12” 8”-12” 8”-12” 6”-10” 6”-10”

Arizona’s Landscape Watering Guidelines were developed by several cities and towns working together as the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. You can reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your irrigation each season.

Commission on Nov. 5 for their recommendation, and to the Town Council on Dec. 5 for final action. For more information on the

proposed changes, visit or contact Wayne Balmer at 480-358-3095 or wayne.balmer@queencreek. org.

Tips for septic system care and maintenance

Both the septic tank and the drain field must be properly maintained in order to work correctly. With conscientious maintenance, the system should work well for many years. Such maintenance begins with water use and waste disposal habits. Since your family will determine which materials enter the system, you should establish rules for proper use and maintenance. The Town’s website has a variety of tips on maintaining your system, what should and shouldn’t be put into the septic tank and information about when to pump your system. For details visit, click on “Departments & Services” and “Utilities.” Records of maintenance performed on the system must be kept and passed on to subsequent homeowners when the property changes ownership. For more information, please visit Maricopa County Environmental Service’s website, If you have questions regarding the Town’s sewer/wastewater system, please call 480-358-3459.

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CAG Executive Director steps down By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger Brian Tapp, the Executive Director of Central Arizona Governments (CAG), announced on Aug. 13, 2012, and resigned officially on Sept. 6 to take a position at a Missouri university. Tipp was appointed Executive Director of CAG in 2010. Tapp said in leading the organization he aimed to create a more efficient organization that could expand its breadth and more effectively address the needs of the Counties and members. “One of the issues with CAG traditionally is that it has been so dependent on social services programs, it never really went out to provide the direct services it’s needed to provide to its members,” he said. “When you’re so dependent on doing day-to-day stuff, you’re not aggressive and not pushing forward to new additions and new items,” he added. However, one former director was critical of his methods in office, and some argued that CAG as a whole has not been giving small communities and rural members a reason-

able share of resources and consideration. Tapp and others agreed that new leadership at CAG will arrive at a time of good opportunity, but many invested parties are unsure how the scope and direction of CAG will take shape in the future. Tapp will depart CAG to be the new outreach director for Southeast Missouri State University’s Douglas C. Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship center. “It was a great career opportunity for me and my family,” Tapp said of the move. “I was looking forward to that transition and it’s another opportunity for me to use my skill set the best way I can.” Al Larsen, the Regional Development Director at CAG, has been appointed as interim Director by the group’s executive committee with plans to find a full-time director in the near future. CAG suffered a blow in June when it lost out on a $637,000 grant that would have gone toward workforce investment area Title 1 youth programs that would provide job training for young workers. Gila County serves as the fiscal

agent for that program, as well as the Workforce Investment Board, and the program is required to go out for proposal every two years. Funding was forwarded through CAG for its adult workforce programs, but Central Arizona College was instead granted the ability to administer youth program funding. One former CAG director, who requested anonymity, said it was the first time in decades that CAG was challenged for the grant and lost out to another agency. Having served at the time of the proposal, the former director alleged the grant process was handed over to an inexperienced staff member. “I just don’t know how they’re going to function, losing that much money,” the former director said. Tapp said the application process for the WIA grant was pursued in the usual manner. “We pretty much focused on what we did in the past,” he said. The former director also said experienced employees were let go and replaced by out-of-state replacements, something they argued goes against the organization’s traditional regionalism. “The leadership was

just lacking,” they argued. Tapp disagreed. “You bring in some different ideas and get different perspectives,” he said. “It gets back to the idea of what the expectations are per County and per member entity.” Tapp argued that ideally, CAG should have provided additional services outside of the social services and WIA programs. The loss of the grant might even be a blessing in disguise, he argued. “Maybe there could be a different transition with what’s going on. That’s my personal feeling in my 20 years in the council of government.” Representatives from smaller member entities argue they are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to CAG resources. Coolidge Councilmember Jon Thompson said his town is re-evaluating whether or not to pay their assessment to CAG, one that all member entities dole out to the organization in exchange for various services and information. “We’re not generating the revenues we used to generate,” Thompson said. “If we’re not getting the ser-

vice, then we don’t want to pay it.” Thompson said smaller entities were not given enough of a voice in the organization, and weren’t entitled to as many financial benefits. “The administration was dealing mainly with the big boys,” he said. “If you were small, you didn’t get nearly the consideration.” At a Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting in June, Vicechairman Shirley Dawson criticized CAG for maintaining an attitude of “we’ve grown big now and we don’t need rural areas.” Florence Mayor Tom Rankin disagreed and called for renewed efforts for the shared goal of prosperity. “I would hope the towns would stay solid together behind CAG,” he said. “CAG can be a viable organization for the two counties if we all work together to make it so.” Tapp said he was optimistic about CAG’s future as the two counties eventually return to growth. “There’s a lot of big issues on the horizon and I think there’s some good opportunities to push it forward by the leadership at the Council,” he said.

Meet the CAC Presidential candidates By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger Central Arizona College has narrowed down two candidates to replace former President Dennis Jenkins, each sporting an extensive resume and educational acumen. Each will be participating in open forums with the community before the CAC Governing Board makes its selection on Oct. 15. The candidates are current interim CAC President Dr. Doris Helmich and Dr. Ralph Ford, Vice-President of student affairs at Union County College in New Jer-

sey. Experience in community activities, economic development, educational leadership, fiscal stewardship, facilities management and education background were among the qualities desired by the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board. Helmich is available for open on-campus forums on various dates from Sept. 11 to 21. Ford will be available for on-campus forums from Sept. 25 to 28. Helmich was appointed interim President in Nov. 2011

after Jenkins announced his retirement. In her submitted résumé, she cites the improvement of employee morale and a re-focused direction as accomplishments in office. Before her appointment, she served as Dean of students and chief student affairs officer for CAC. She received her doctorate in higher education administration from Johnson and Wales University. In an extensive interview video, Helmich said the economic downturn and a decline in state funding means

community colleges need to focus specifically on career preparation. “We need to get back to why community colleges started to begin with, which was to train the workforce,” Helmich said. “Career and technical education are absolutely where the college needs to provide emphasis right now.” Helmich said her vision for CAC involves bolstering what happens in the classroom and making the product provided for students as relevant as possible within the realm of economic de-

velopment. “I sit on two economic development groups to listen to what we’re talking about in terms of economic development for Pinal County,” she said. “The county is about to recruit some highend manufacturing companies, and the institution needs to stay ahead of all of that.” Ford has served as vice president of student services for Union County College in New Jersey since 2005. Prior to that, he was Dean of enrollment management and student services as well as a psychology instructor at Odessa College. In his video interview, Ford said the training and classes providing by the college needs to be dynamic and in sync with the changing needs of the area.

“The vision has to be: what are the education needs of the area, and do we have any possibility in fulfilling those,” he said, “and also considering possibilities, not just the immediate needs.” Ford said he hopes to see faculty and staff, both fulltime and adjunct, buy into his vision for the future of the college if chosen as President. “Frankly, the reason I want to come is because in a few years I want to say ‘We’re the most successful and dedicated college, and we have the outcomes to prove it,’” he said. “That is my wish for people to buy in to.” Interview videos with both candidates, as well as open forum schedules, are available online at the CAC website,

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South East Health & Community Fair Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Creek Library

21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ

Services offered will include: • Hearing and eye tests for children under 5 • Pain and Psoriasis screening • Free massages • Diabetes testing • Blood Pressure screenings • Dental Checks • Visually impaired • Posture screenings • Victim advocacy • Spiritual counseling • Fitness challenge • Food (hot dogs) • Booths For more information, please call 480.987.0819

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Rural/Metro warns of bee attacks in the STV/QC area By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger According to the Rural/ Metro Fire Department, The San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area has seen two bee attacks in a threeweek span with the second attack occurring Sept. 8, 2012. Both included large numbers of wild bees and required Rural/Metro assistance to dissipate. The Southeast Valley Ledger spoke with Rural/ Metro Public Information Officer Colin Williams who explained that the first incident occurred near San Tan Blvd. and Power Rd. and involved an elderly man who was stung numerous times. “We asked for mutual aid from Gilbert Engine 2511 the crew did an amazing job rescuing the man from the bee attack,” Williams said. “Rural/Metro fire crews then assumed care and the man was transported to the hospital in “immediate” status. He is now doing fine.” According to Williams, the Sept. 8 attack involved a number of dogs and horses. Two of the dogs were euthanized due to

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Goldy was turned in at the pound because he had too much energy for his elderly owners. He is a sweetheart, typical golden, loves attention, loves people, loves belly rubs. He will make a great addition to a family that has children and where he can stay busy. For more information, email All dogs are adopted on a first come - first served basis. If you have other dogs already, you must bring them for introduction prior to adoption. Central Arizona Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation located in San Tan Valley. Visit them online at

their injuries. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Research Service the most important thing to do if stung by a honeybee, is not to panic. Many people believe they are allergic to honey bees when in fact they are experiencing symptoms of a normal reaction. Only a very limited portion of the population (one or two out of 1000) is allergic or hypersensitive to bee or wasp stings. The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight. This means that although 500 stings could kill a child, the average adult could withstand more than 1100 stings. If stung by a honeybee, the first thing to do is remove the stinger. The end of a stinger is barbed and will remain stuck in the skin even if the bee is removed. Muscles in the stinger allow it to continue pumping venom into the victim, even if it is no longer connected to the bee, for up to a minute or until the stinger is removed.

Rural/Metro and Gilbert Engine 2511 respond to a bee attack near San Tan Blvd. and Power Rd.

What to do if attacked by bees 1. Run away quickly. Do not stop to help others. However, small children and the disabled may need some assistance. 2. As you are running, pull your shirt up over your head to protect your face, but make sure it does not slow your progress. This will help keep the bees from targeting the sensitive areas around your head and eyes. 3. Continue to RUN. Do not stop running until you reach shelter, such as a vehicle or building. A few bees may follow you indoors. However, if you run to a well-lit area, the bees will tend to become confused and fly to windows. Do not jump into water! The bees will wait for you to come up for air. If you are trapped for some reason, cover up with blankets, sleeping bags, clothes or whatever else is immediately available. 4. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement and crushed bees emit a smell that will attract more bees. 5. Once you have reached shelter or have outrun the bees, remove all stingers. Scrape the stinger out sideways using a straight-edged object. 6. If you see someone being attacked by bees, encourage them to run away or seek shelter. Do not attempt to rescue them yourself. Call 911 to report a serious stinging attack in progress or if the victim has been stung more than 15 times or is feeling ill.

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Grads return for first Poston Butte homecoming

By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger Poston Butte High in San Tan Valley graduated its first group of seniors, 253 of them to be exact, in May 2012, which was a proud day for the young school. On Sept 14, 2012, the school opened its arms to the graduated alumni in

its very first homecoming celebration. In previous years, there were no Poston Butte alumni to “come home” to their alma mater, so the school saw the event as all of the current students moving forward, thus changing the name of previous homecoming

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events to “forthcoming.” Poston Butte principal Bob Poppalardo said the school was thrilled to welcome back the first round of Bronco alumni. “This is going to be a very exciting day for us,” he said. “To have the graduates come back for the very first time, that’s going to be a really special thing for us.” “We had a great assembly this morning, lots of spirit, and you’re going to see lots of blue and orange in the stands,” he added. In addition to the assembly, the school held its annual homecoming float parade and pre-game fall festival. The pre-game homecoming event, which stayed loud and busy for hours in the school parking lot, gave student clubs and sponsors a chance to fundraise and get pumped for Broncos football. Student clubs and organizations had more than a dozen booths offering food and midway

games in exchange for donations. The AZ-1 Dance Club operated both a popcorn stand and a dunk tank, offering challengers the chance to sink one of their members with a hit of the target. Valley radio station 101.5 JAMZ provided the pregame music, keeping the hits coming loud. Lots of inflatable slides and bounce castles loomed high for the little ones and Bronco colors covered nearly every surface and person. The game itself was celebratory too. The Broncos varsity football team trounced the Combs Coyotes by a score of 526. Bronco running backs ran in six touchdowns total, while the defense pulled down two interceptions. Sophomore quarterback Russell Corriveau completed 11 of 16 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception. This year’s senior class is around 350 students. If the first homecoming celebration is any indication, Poston Butte will be proud to welcome them back next year.

Members of Poston Butte’s AZ-1 dance club in the dunk tank

Problems with rebuilding credit after foreclosure of home By Aaron M. Green Special to the Southeast Valley Ledger A foreclosure will seriously damage a borrower’s credit score causing a drop of 85160 points. However, once the foreclosure is finalized, no new derogatory credit should be reported. Thus, as the prior late mortgage payments and the foreclosure reporting to the credit bureaus fall further into the past, the borrower’s credit score will begin to heal. But what happens if a lender keeps reporting the mortgage late every month, even after foreclosure? This situation of reporting after the foreclosure typically occurs when the borrower had a second mortgage. The second mortgage lender may be unaware that the first mortgage lender has foreclosed. Even worse, at least one lender has stated that it in-

tentionally reports the second mortgage late every month in an effort to force the borrower to make payment on the debt. The lender uses this tactic even if the borrower has no personal liability on the debt (i.e., a purchase money loan protected by Arizona’s anti-deficiency statutes). The result is that the borrower’s credit report reflects recent late mortgage payments that will continue to drag down their credit score. Furthermore, recent late mortgage payments will permanently prevent the borrower from getting a new mortgage because all mortgage programs prohibit a borrower from having any late mortgage payments for at least one year. Thus, twenty years after the foreclosure, the borrower may still be unable to get a new home loan because their credit report will reflect recent late mortgage payments.

So what can a borrower do? The borrower should first check their credit report to determine how their lenders are reporting their accounts. A borrower can obtain a free credit report once per year from After a foreclosure, the lender should report the account as “charged off” if the borrower has no personal liability. If a lender is reporting to the credit bureaus incorrectly, a borrower can call their lender and ask them to correct it. Most lenders will correct the reporting of the account if it is inaccurate. However, if the lender refuses, the borrower should consult an attorney. For assistance regarding commercial or residential transactions, financing, potential litigation, HOA issues, estate planning or other legal matters, Aaron M. Green at 602-957-9810.

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10th Annual

PolarFest 2012 A Holiday Festival for San Tan Valley

Business Vendors & Crafters Welcome!

Get out and meet the public! Vendor Applications are available online at Great Give-Aways Throughout the Event!

$8 Wristb and are re quired s games for all attrac & tions!

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PolarFest Activities will include: • Business Vendors • Arts & Crafts • Snow • Pony Rides An dM • Hay Rides • Bouncies ore F UN! • Fun Games • Music/DJ/Entertainment • Rock Wall • Carnival Rides • Helicopter Rides • Giant Sledding Hill •Snowman Making Contest

Join us! Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 (Rain Date: Feb. 9, 2013)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Behind Walker Butte School

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The power of good intentions By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger When 10-year-old Jacob Chow was faced with the choice of spending the night at a friend’s house or helping out at a carwash that the Phoenix Monsoon soccer team was holding to benefit eightyear-old Berlin Jaeger, a San Tan Valley girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones), he made the choice that any 10-year-old would. After skipping the carwash, Jacob felt guilty and decided to see if he could persuade his school, EDUPRIZE Queen Creek, to host a fundraiser for Berlin who suffered a broken leg in 2011, an additional accident in May of 2012 and is currently dealing with a rod put in place from the break poking through the bone in her leg. Berlin’s mother, Krishna Jaeger spoke with the Southeast Valley Ledger prior to the day of the

fundraiser and explained what happened next. “The Monsoon soccer team was awesome, the carwash raised $300, we’re very grateful for what they’ve done,” she said, noting that the community had already been very supportive of Berlin’s plight. “The beautiful amazing son of the Monsoon’s Marketing Director was bummed he couldn’t make it to the carwash and he took it upon himself to try and help,” Jaeger continued. “He went to the dean at EDUPRIZE and got them to organize a little fundraiser.” All told, Jacob’s fundraiser brought in a total of $2,144.59, more than all of the Jaeger’s other fundraisers combined. “I can’t believe it, is that for real,” Jaeger asked when she heard the total. “It’s just amazing; it’s awesome that someone so young is so compassionate and selfless.”

For his part, Jacob explained that he felt bad that Berlin couldn’t afford her surgery and decided to set up the fundraiser to help. “It wasn’t hard but I wanted to put in some things so that people would want to participate,” he said. Jacob would also like to thank Mr. Green, Mrs. Fox and all the staff and students at EDUPRIZE Queen Creek and a special thank you to the National Junior Honor Society and Mrs. Weiler for all of their hard work to make the event successful. Lester Chow, Jacob’s father pointed out that the school event, titled Helping Hats raised $1,936.59 and that family and friends put in the rest. “He’s always been that way, always looking to help other people,” Chow said proudly, “He offered to use his allowance to give the class with the highest total a pizza party.”

Jacob Chow organized a school-wide fundraiser that raised over $2,000 for a San Tan Valley family in need. Zach Richter/Southeast Valley Ledger

Jacob with his fiends Alfredo Oliver and Aaron Evangelesta. Zach Richter/ Southeast Valley Ledger

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ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS Above and cover: The Jaeger family when they found out how much money Jacob had raised. Dee Myers/Southeast Valley Ledger As for the Jaeger’s, as of press time they were headed to the Shriners’ Hospital in California in hopes that Berlin will be chosen for a pro bono operation. Krishna Jaeger, who shares Osteogenesis Imperfecta with Berlin and Berlin’s older sister, explained their plight. “[Berlin] had an accident at school that caused compression fractures to her spine and she had to be airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Medical Center,” Jaeger recalled before explaining that the real problem was that Berlin had fractured her leg during the fall. “She broke her leg seriously about a year and a half ago, and it hadn’t been healing properly,” Jaeger continued. “When

she fell now it ended up refracturing the part that was healing and it pushed one of the rods through the bone, you can feel it with your fingers.” To further complicate things, Krishna, her husband who has been on disability since having brain surgery in 2005, and their children have been dropped from their government insurance which lead to Berlin being discharged shortly after she reached the hospital. According to Jaeger, Berlin was given a splint and that plus the helicopter ride to Phoenix set the family back $23,000. As Berlin’s condition was non-life-threatening, she wasn’t admitted to surgery then and there and the family was stuck trying to

find a surgeon who would perform the surgery at a reduced cost ever since. The Jaegers thought they had it made when they were able to make it to the Shriners’ Hospital in July only to be told the doctor they were looking for was on vacation until Sept. “It’s taken its toll on all of us,” Jaeger admitted, “ I still have hope but it’s hard to watch a child in pain, getting more and more deformed and not be able to do anything to stop it.” Donations can be made in Berlin’s name at any Wells Fargo bank or online at BerlinsSurgery. Check with SEVLedger. com in the coming weeks for more on this story as it develops.


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Grand Championship winner Glenda Roberts. Photo courtesy of Kevin Fisher

East Valley Arabian Horse Show comes to Queen Creek By Shirley Lind Special to the Southeast Valley Ledger On Sat., Sept. 8, The East Valley Arabian Horse Show came to Queen Creek. The EVAHS is celebrating their 23rd anniversary, and Horseshoe Park hosted the Mini-Circuit Series Open Breed Horse Show. There were some gorgeous horses on display and the talent of these magnificent creatures was a remarkable sight. Credit has to be given to the amazing work put in by the trainers and riders, in all Classes of Competition. There were 31 divisions on the Class List, and most were Open events. The competition started with ‘Open’ Class 1-8. Fillies, Mares. Championship and Reserve/Filly or Mare. Colts and Geldings. Geldings and Stallions. Championship and Reserve/Colts; Geldings and Stallions. Showmanship at Halters. Class 9-10 ‘Sport Horse’ Mares Fillies/In-Hand. Sport Horse’ Geldings/Stallions. Class List 11-23 Walk-Trot, ‘Open.’ Western Pleasure Walk /Trot. Western Walk/Trot. Walk/Trot Open, Championship. Western Equation, Open.Western Pleasure. Western

Pleasure; Open. Class List 24-31: Huntseat/ Saddleseat. Walk-Trot. Sport Horse Under Saddle, Open. Huntseat/Saddle Equation, Huntseat Saddleseat, Open. Huntseat Saddleseat Pleasure. Some of the highlights of the day went to Class 1-10 winners. ‘Championship Winner, Halter/ Geldings’ in Class 7 went to rider Kasey Dallio, of Chandler. Her horse; five-year old ‘Should of Been a Cowboy.’ Trainer; Brittany Russell. A ‘Championship Winner’ is better than a First Place Winner. Class 8, Showmanship at Halter, ‘Championship Winner’ went to Glenda Roberts, riding 2 year old, ‘First Time, Every Time.’ Roberts was very pleased, and a little stunned. She held up her red, yellow and blue ribbon for a photo and quietly said, “I was really so surprised. I won. I won the Championship.” The ‘Reserve Championship Winner’ went to Molly Fisher, and her four-year-old horse, ‘Radical Hanna.’ When Fisher was asked her thoughts as ‘Reserve Champion’ she was thrilled, but more so for Roberts. “Glenda won the big one; the Grand Championship! She is an inspiration

to me.” Both of these women share the same trainer. Fisher explained, “Our trainer is also my husband, Fred Fisher. Fred and Molly both agreed, “This is only Glenda’s second year of showing, and we are just so proud of her! She works the hardest any of our clients.” Both women gave huge thanks to Fred Fisher. He was the trainer for the Championship and Reserve winners. In Class 13, ‘Lead-line’ six-year-old Rylie Mormino of Mesa, was just adorable. She could ride lead line, spell her last name correctly, and pretty much stole the show in her division. Her trainer, Sandra Owens, is also the owner of little Rylie’s horse. Owens explained, “Special FX is 20 years old, and was a Champion horse for many years. Special FX has traveled all over the country for shows, and won.” Owens went on to say, “Yes, she’s pretty wonderful, but now she is retired, and just works with children.” Owens horse was had all the beauty, health and looks of a champion. It was a great day at Horseshoe Park with the EVAHA. The next show in QC is Oct. 6, for EVAHA.

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Copper Basin YMCA offers adventure for STV students By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger The Copper Basin YMCA offers Florence Unified School District families in the San Tan Valley area a low cost after school program on campus at Walker Butte and Circle Cross Ranch K-8 schools with students from Copper Basin and Skyline K-8 are bused to Circle Cross Ranch. Part of the Adventure Club and Y Adventures programs, the YMCA offers K-6 students arts and crafts,

group activities, a healthy snack, homework help and more. Carol Miller, afterschool program director at the Walker Butte location, spoke with the Southeast Valley Ledger about how the program stacks up to its alternatives. “I have a classroom in the Walker Butte school, we offer homework help and try to support the learning that goes on in the classroom,” she said. “We’re just trying to make sure students aren’t heading home to an empty

house.” According to Miller a mother of three who worked with autistic children prior to starting a family, a regular day in the after school program includes daily math problems and a group activity, often a science experiment. “We do three daily math questions, I go off what I see them bringing in, then we do the fun stuff,” she said. “Today the kids will grow their own crystals, yesterday we experimented

with putting ink on coffee filters, they thought that was amazing.” Miller explained that the theme for the year will be space exploration and students can look forward to plenty of themed activities. “So far they’ve [the students] have created their own aliens, made their own planets and decided what their environments would be like,” she said. “Meanwhile I’m sneaking stuff like handwriting in there as well, they’re learning with-

out realizing it.” Currently there are just nine students in Miller’s class, which she says has room for 16 more students. “We have plenty of space available, we have room for 25 and are looking to get more kids involved,” she said. “I think Circle Cross has 12.” The cost of the YMCA Adventure Club is $40 per week but according to Miller, each additional child past the first results in a $10 decrease in price for that child. “Until the fourth

child is free,” she explained. “I don’t think some families realize was a deal it is, students get a healthy snack, tutoring and a first-aid trained babysitter.” The after school program is available Mon. through Fri. until 7:00 p.m. with a modified schedule available during early release days. For more information or to register visit ValleyYMCA. org/CopperBasin or contact the Walker Butter or Circle Cross Ranch administration.

QCUSD on track for PARCC assessment readiness By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger Starting with the 2014-15 school year, Arizona will switch from the AIMS test to newly developed Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment system. Developed as a joint effort between 23 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the PARCC assessment coincides with the Common Core State Standards initiative introduced in 2011 and is designed to ensure students in grades 3-12 are ready for the next step in their education. According to, the overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks

and computer-enhanced tasks. The PARCC will be administered via computer, and a portion of the scoring will be automated. According to the Queen Creek Unified School District Curriculum and Instruction Department Director Linda Carr, the new assessment will better reflect student’s readiness for but will also require school’s to have a digital infrastructure in place. “Right now we’re working on Common Core, next year we’ll be working on integrating the PARCC curriculum,” Carr said. “The PARCC assessment will all be done digitally, fortunately thanks to a bond we already have the equipment, we’re ready for it. “Every single classroom [in the district] has

a SMARTboard, clickers [wireless response units] and documents cameras,” Carr continued. “The K-6 students have the basic models and the high school and the honors classes in the junior highs have the more advanced models that allow them to input formulas.” According to Carr the 2012-13 school year is the District’s technology integration year, which means teachers are focusing on finding better ways to use the tools at their disposal. “Last year we had all the hardware put in and everyone learned how to use it proficiently in the classroom, Carr said, “This year the goal is to integrate the technology into the lesson plans to make them more effective.”

Carr went on to note that creating a digital backbone for the district was no simple task and that planning for the project began in 2009. “The committee investigated different companies and what other districts were doing we went in knowing what would be effective,” she said. To that end, Carr feels the District is well within their target goals for PARCC preparation. “We pretty much figured out what it [the PARCC schedule] would look like, we’re right on track,” she said. QCUSD teachers aren’t alone in their quest for integration as the Curriculum and Instruction Department has hired Lindsay Duran as the District’s educational technology specialist. “She [Duran] is a special-

Students from Mrs. Vigil’s Math class at NBJHS using SMART Response for review. Photo courtesy of QCUSD ist who works with a cadre of trainers so they can perform classroom demonstrations, she also does workshops and in-service training,” Carr explained. “The technology practically changes every day, the SMARTboards offer so

many tools and all kinds of techniques for teachers to use, there’s always something new to learn.” For more information on what students can expect from the PARCC assessment visit PARCCOnline. org.

Patriot Academy Earns an “A” from the State Patriot Academy, a charter school in Queen Creek, received an “A” rating for

accountability this year from the Arizona Department of Education. Jay Brown, the principal, and his wife, Stephanie, both teach and serve as the directors of the school, located on San Tan Boulevard west of Sossaman. Patriot Academy usually has only 110 to 120 students at a time, from kindergartners through eighth-graders, and

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Learning the hard way not to text and drive By Zach Richter Southeast Valley Ledger In 2007 Pamela Woods’ son and grandchildren where in a car accident caused by a texting driver. While most of the family was left with minor scrapes and bruises, grandson Shaun suffered head injuries, memory loss and a T-4 injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. “My grandson’s accident was five years ago and the fact that the problem is still out there, it still feels like it was yesterday,” Woods said in an interview with the Southeast Valley Ledger. “That’s why I’ve chosen to go out and tell my story.” According to Woods, Shaun, who recently celebrated his ninth birthday, has made great strides since the collision, Woods refuses to call it an accident, and has transferred his

love of baseball to hockey. “The lady was 24, she ran the red light and hit their SUV,” Woods said, “My son could see the phone in her hand as it happened.” In the spring of 2012, Woods put together a video and a pamphlet and began offering to tell her family’s story to teens. “It’s just something I got to thinking about it one day, I thought there had to be a way of telling the story and sharing it with others,” she said. Woods first gave her presentation at Combs High School in the spring and says she has since shared her story with over 500 students. “I just started sending out emails,” she recalled, “At first there was nothing and then Combs and Queen Creek High School, requests started coming in.” While Woods, who works at the Mountain View Funeral

Home, doesn’t have a background in public speaking she feels that students have really connected with her message. “The response that I’ve gotten from the students has just been phenomenal,” she enthused. “Everything from hugs to notes saying we’re so glad you shared your story with us.” Woods explained that she starts her presentation by talking about how common red light running and texting while driving have become in our society then moves on to her video presentation without explaining her link to the images on the screen. Her video includes pictures of her grandson before the accident, a similar car accident and then pictures of Shaun in a wheelchair watching other children play in the distance. Woods recalled the affect the video had on group of teens

in the Pinal County Juvenile Court system she shared it with this summer. “I was told that these kids were not well behaved, but when the video finished you could hear a pin drop,” she said. “I was amazed at how they took to the story.” After the video, Woods explains that Shaun is her grandson and that he will never walk again. “Then I ask if anyone has any questions, and we just sit and talk,” she said. “I give each of them a book mark and a piece of red yarn to remind them not to text and drive. I tell them that if they think they can text and drive to just remember my name.” Woods is eager to continue giving her presentation to all that will listen, to contact her about scheduling a presentation email WoodsMrs@gmail. com.

Pamela Woods and her grandson Shaun before an auto accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Picking the right hospital for you By David Sayen, Medicare Regional Administrator Special to Southeast Valley Ledger If you’re having a medical emergency, the best thing you can do is get to the nearest hospital; but if you need nonemergency treatment, and you have time to plan, how do you find a hospital that best fits your needs? A good place to start is the Medicare website, Medicare. gov. There you’ll find an easyto-use tool that has qualityof-care and patient- satisfaction information on more than 4,000 hospitals around the country that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The tool is called Hospital Compare. We have a similar, user-friendly tool – Nursing Home Compare – to find skilled nursing homes. More than 17,000 skilled nursing facilities in the United States are listed. We recently redesigned and added more information to

both tools. You don’t have to be enrolled in Medicare to use Hospital Compare or Nursing Home Compare – anyone can access them. Both tools give you a good snapshot of the overall quality of care at various local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Hospital Compare shows, for example, how often and how quickly hospitals give recommended treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and children’s asthma. It also shows the percentage of patients who developed serious conditions such as bloodstream infections and bedsores while in the hospital. Such conditions are often preventable, if the hospital follows best practices. You can find out how often patients returned to the hospital with the same condition, and how that rate compares with the national average.

We recently began posting information on how often a hospital uses imaging procedures such as CT scans or MRIs on patients with Medicare. That’s important because some imaging tests carry potential health risks, including unnecessary exposure to radiation. Hospital Compare also lets you read the responses of patients to a detailed questionnaire that asks about their experiences and level of satisfaction. The questions include how well doctors and nurses communicated with patients, and whether patients’ pain was well controlled. Patients also are asked if the hospital kept their room clean, and whether they received information in writing about what symptoms or health problems to look out for after they were discharged. Finally, patients are asked to rate their overall hospital experience on a scale of zero to 10 – and if they’d recommend

Choosing a hospital to meet your needs can be a confusing process, can help that hospital to a relative or friend. Nursing Home Compare shows the results of health inspections and provides information on staffing, including the number of nurses, physical therapists, and nursing assistants at each facility. It also has a variety of measures that describe the quality of care in skilled nursing homes, such as the frequency of pressure sores and urinary

incontinence. And we’re now posting the full text of our inspection reports, so you can read in detail about any problems that were found at a specific nursing facility. To find Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare, go to and scroll to the bottom of the page, under “Resource Locator.” We also have compare tools for home health agencies and dialysis centers.

If you don’t have a computer, you can call us, toll free, at 1-800-MEDICARE. We’ll help you get the information you need. David Sayen is Medicare’s regional administrator for California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Trust Territories. Additional answers to Medicare questions are available by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227).

Guided tours, walks, hikes fill Saturday schedule at Oracle State Park Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education will open to the public on Saturdays in September, October and November, offering a variety of guided nature walks as well as the popular morning and afternoon tours of historic Kannally Ranch House. Visitors can enjoy the cool oak woodland environment and miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Arizona Trail. The park has many spots with shaded picnic

tables. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the gate fee is $7 per vehicle. The park was also open on Saturdays this spring after being closed for more than two years as a result of state budget cuts. Guided tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. of the ranch house will be featured every Saturday. Starting September 15 and continuing on Saturdays through November, Gaston Meloche will lead a guided

hike starting at 8:30 a.m.; reservations are required. Sept. 22: Papermaking with Local Plants workshop taught by Val Bembenek, local paper artisan, using iris leaves, ocotillo flowers, and creosote. 1-3 p.m.; $15 fee includes park entrance. Reservations required.. Sept. 29: Guided hike with live llama led by Cyn-d Turner. Reservations required; call for details. Oct. 6: Guided bird walk with

Doug Jenness. Meet at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 13: Desert Harvest event featuring mesquite goodies, live music, food booths, education activities, and the mesquite pod hammermill to grind pods into mesquite flour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20: Make Your Own Nature Journals workshop taught by Val Bembenek, local paper artisan. Learn Japanese stab binding to create blank journals of any size for your

notes or sketching or to give as gifts. 1-3 p.m.; $15 fee includes park entrance. Reservations required. Oct. 27: Worm-Composting talk and demonstration with Linda Leigh. Details to be announced. For registration and information on any park activities, contact Jennifer Rinio, Park Ranger, 520896-2425. Info at www. and Friends of Oracle State Park

website www.friendsOSP. org. November activities and events will be posted soon. Oracle State Park is a 4,000acre wildlife refuge featuring the historic Kannally ranch house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the ranch house patio and on many of the 15 miles of hiking trails, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Santa Catalina foothills, San Pedro River Valley, and Galiuro Mountain Range.

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WEEKLY EVENTS Mondays Clip ‘n’ Swap - The Villages: Bring your coupons, sales circulars, a pair of scissors, your binder and anything else you need to join us for coffee, snacks and conversation location varies visit IILzu for more info Tuesdays San Tan Toastmasters: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the SRP Service Center at 3735 E. Combs Rd. Queen Creek Women in Business: 8:00 a.m. M&I Bank (Ellsworth and Ocotillo) 480-882-3017 Hand and Foot: 8:00 a.m. Denny’s on Hunt Hwy. breakfast with cards to follow call Margaret 480-3108706 Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek: 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM 1st & 3rd Tuesday at Canyon State Academy cafeteria Rittenhouse and Hawes road. call Jerry at 480-209-7699 Wednesdays Bingo at Caliente Casa de Sol: card sales begin at 6:00 p.m. 3502 N. Pinal Parkway Celebrate Recovery: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. step study group call Ron and Lisa Davis 602-391-3292 Rummy Cub: 8:00 a.m. breakfast with games to follow call Margaret 480310-8706 Thursdays Super Market: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. indoor farmers market hayrides and petting zoo Superstition Farm west of San Tan Freeway north on Elliot Cookin N’ Corks at The Windmill Winery: Dinner menu changes every week visit for info reservations are necessary. Call by Wednesday 12:00 p.m. 520-858-6050 Fridays Florence Gardens Mobile

Home Association Bingo: 7:00 p.m. 3815 Florence Blvd 520-868-5136. Happy Hour at The Windmill Winery: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $2 Beer and Wine Appetizer Plates $7 reservations are not required Celebrate Recovery: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. San Tan Christian Center 7377 W. Hunt Hwy. Saturdays Crafts, Food, Vendors: corner of Ironwood and Ocotillo next to M&I bank Open Merchants Market at Ocotillo Trails: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 40975 N. Ironwood Dr. Freedom Fest: Artisan, Crafters & Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 39731 N Kennedy Dr. Gilbert Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. San Tan Valley Co-Ed Golf League: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Golf Club at Johnson Ranch Queen Creek Olive Mill Farmer’s Market: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Local seasonal produce from Green Bee Produce, olive oil popped popcorn, fresh bread, fresh fish from Davey Jones Seafood, local beef, chicken and pork from Red Mountain Cattle, fresh eggs. Held under the large white canopy west of the Olive Mill Building. Cash only Sundays Open Merchants Market at Ocotillo Trails: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 40975 N. Ironwood Dr. 9/20/12 3rd Annual Queen Creek Chamber Business Awards Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Encanterra Country Club 6:00 p.m. 9/20/12 San Tan Republican Club: 6:00 p.m. Sheriff’s office at Gantzel and Combs Paul Messinger 480-358-4046 paulsgop@ 9/21/12 San Tan Regional Chamber: 12:00 p.m. com 9/21/12 Harmony for Lunch Brunch: 12:00 p.m. Dema’s Italian Bistro 18256 E. Williams Field Rd. 480-921-2237 9/24/12 Coolidge Performing Arts Center Family Movie Night: 7:00 p.m. $1 admission 600 W. Northern Ave., Coolidge 9/25/12 GCBA Mixer/ Meetings: 5:30 p.m. www. 9/25/12 San Tan Lions Club: 7:00 p.m. Copper Basin Fire Station 480882-2710 9/26/12 WoaMteC Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $15 May attend twice before membership is required Cantina Laredo 2150 E Williams Field Rd. Gilbert 9/26/12 Tips for Managing Diabetes: 12:00 p.m. Tips for managing diabetes and how to recognize diabetic emergencies Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa 9/27/12 San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. SRP Service Center - 3735 E. Combs Rd, San Tan Valley 480-626-7757 9/27/12 Ask the Docs: Top Health Concerns for Women: 6:00 p.m. Topics for discussion will include gynecologic surgery options, what to expect and ask in your well-women exams, the latest in health screenings and more. Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa 9/28/12 SeniorAdvantage – Fall Fiesta!: 2:30 p.m. Play bingo, enjoy refreshments Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa 9/29/12 Networking Golfing Event at Johnson Ranch Golf Course: 10:00 a.m. Benefits the San Tan Valley Toy Drive All tickets are preorder only contact Jami at 480-544-3996

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Air Force winds ensemble to perform at Coolidge center By Chase Kamp Southeast Valley Ledger The Coolidge Performing Arts Center is hosting a bevy of family-friendly events in the coming months. Most prominent is a performance by Southwest Winds, bringing an array of classical and contemporary favorites, patriotic marches and impressive jazz numbers for music lovers of all ages. Southwest Winds, a component of the United States Air Force Band of the West, brings the highest standards of musical excellence to its audiences. The band is scheduled to perform the evening of Oct. 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. Fashioned after a typical orchestral wind section and comprised of eight worldclass instrumentalists, Southwest Winds promotes the concept of using classical chamber ensembles in musical support of Air Force recruiting and retention, troop morale and community relations missions. The inherent versatility of Southwest Winds enables

the ensemble to perform a wide variety of music, from Mozart and Beethoven to contemporary jazz, popular music, marches and patriotic favorites. Capitalizing on this versatility, Southwest Winds provides entertainment at a multitude of venues to include official military ceremonies and functions, educational outreach at elementary and junior high schools, recruiting concerts at high schools and college campuses and community relations concerts. As part of the Air Education and Training Command at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Southwest Winds is proud to represent the men and women of the United States Air Force. Combining pride in the Air Force story with their love of music and education, Southwest Winds brings a uniquely motivating experience to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico. The event is free to the public. Visit the Band of

the West online at or on Facebook at Facebook. com/ BandoftheWest. Coming up the day after, on Oct. 13, is a performance by the familyfriendly improv comedy troupe Exit 185. Hailing from Casa Grande and having shared their zany brand of improvised humor for more than five years, Exit 185 treats audiences to off-the-cuff humor in the style of the once popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Exit 185 will be performing at 7 p.m. with a cover charge of $5. Children three and under are free. Finally, the Performing Arts Center will be continuing its monthly family movie night on Oct. 29 at 7:00 p.m. The movie nights are always free with concessions and popcorn available for purchase. For more information on upcoming events, visit the Coolidge Performing Arts Center on Facebook at

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reading and math test scores from one year to the next in grades three through eight relative to students across the state who are achieving similarly. It also shows how much each school’s struggling students have improved over the last year. Patriot Academy received 67 growth points. Brown, who teaches thirdthrough eighth-grade math, sixth- through eighth-grade science, homeroom for thirdthrough fifth-graders, and music for kindergartners through eighth-graders, stressed the importance of the school’s customized approach to each student. “We group our students for reading and math based upon their academic ability,” he

said. Brown said that students who perform higher than their grade level go up to the level where they need to be in order to be challenged. He also explained how the school works with parents to formulate a tailor-made approach for students who perform below their grade level. “If they are performing below their grade level, we will place them in the best academic setting or class for reading and math based upon their academic level and put a plan of action together to help the student get caught up as fast as possible,” Brown said. He discussed the other strengths of the school, including the “small, disciplined, family atmosphere” and the many

types of learning opportunities offered. “We educate the ‘whole’ child, providing excellent fine arts and physical education programs. We provide actual leadership opportunities where our older students ‘buddy’ with younger students to read, do math and learn. “All of our staff wear many hats and work together to provide the highest quality education possible,” Brown said. Jay and Stephanie Brown wrote the charter in 2002, and the school opened in the fall of 2003. It is a nonprofit 501(c) (3). Call 480-279-4780 with questions about touring the facility and completing enrollment forms. For more information, visit

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