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LEDGER Building Community Connections in STV & QC Vol. 2 No. 4 Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 FREE

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FREE Bible Lessons on: Bible Authority – II Timothy 3:16-17 The Godhead – I John 5:7 Love and Commandments – John 14:15 The Old & New Testaments – Matthew 5:17-18 Grace – Titus 3:5 Faith – Hebrews 11:6 The Faith – Jude 3 The Church – Colossians 1:18, 24 Doctrinal Purity – Proverbs 30:5-6 Doctrinal Unity – I Corinthians 1:10 Spiritual Purity – Matthew 18:3 All materials are mailed to your home. You complete each lesson at your own pace. All references are from the King James Version. If interested call Angela: (480) 983-9706

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Queen Creek Chiropractic urges ‘Back Pack Safety’ for local students By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger School is back in session, and that means children will be hauling school books, notebooks, binders and supplies back and forth between classes and to and from school. Local chiropractor Dr. William J. Gunderman of Queen Creek Chiropractic is urging parents to watch how their children use backpacks

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this school year. As wonderful as backpacks are convenience wise, Gunderman states that, “When worn incorrectly or too heavy, backpacks can and will cause back, shoulder and neck pain, strained muscles and even poor posture and balance.” Students in many schools today are faced with the problem of not having a locker to place books and personal belongings that are not needed during certain classes. Although many schools do offer double sets of books so that one book can stay home and the other in the classroom, children, especially teens, have a tendency to overload backpacks. Gunderman shares the following tips: Choose the correct backpack, with wide, padded shoulder straps and an assortment of pockets, this will help distribute weight across the shoulders and back evenly. Backpack weight should be no more than 10 percent of the child’s total body weight. Heavier items such as books should be loaded as close to the center of the back as possible. Encourage kids to use both straps of the back and reduce loads in backpacks as much as possible. Watching kids as they pick up and take off heavy backpacks is also important, and if done properly, can help avoid arm, back and shoulder injuries. Kids should bend at the knees, and grab the backpack with both hands, then slide the straps onto the shoulders. In addition, Gunderman adds, “Watch how your child walks with his or her Backpacks, Page 13

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FUSD to seek third override attempt; school programs at risk By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger In it’s third attempt to gain override approval from voters, the Florence Unified School District (FUSD) is ramping up efforts to bring awareness about how bond overrides impact education of voters’ children. With two failed attempts in 2011 and 2012, the school district is seeking an override in order to bridge the gap created with decreased funding from the state in recent economic downturns and budget crunching. According to Arizona State Law, a school district may ask for an override of its maintenance and operations budget by as much as 15 percent. FUSD is hoping for 12 percent. When voters approve overrides, they are basically allowing the schools to use those extra funds specifically for educational programs, teacher salaries and other activities that take place inside the classroom. If approved, the override would last for approximately seven years, and would cost taxpayers approximately $1.96 per average $100,000 of assessed value. If voters do not approve the override, class sizes will most likely increase, electives and special programs will be cut, and staffing in areas such

as health, libraries and security will be also be impacted. In an area that is still experiencing high population growth, local school districts continue to feel the squeeze as the numbers of students increase, yet funds for schools decrease. Overrides are an important part of a districts’ ability to secure additional funding. If overrides are not approved, usually electives, or classes not required for a child’s education, but yet impart huge benefits to the child, are the first to be cut. These types of classes include art, music, band, orchestra, choir, and physical education. FUSD may also consider

asking for a bond this fall as well. Bonds are used for the acquisition of vehicles and the construction of schools while overrides are used to fund programs in classrooms and pay staff. Teachers in the Florence District have not had a raise in over four years. This gap leaves an open door for teachers to seek higher paying jobs in the Maricopa County school system. Currently the school district has about 8000 students attending 12 schools. FUSD covers approximately 925 square miles and is larger than the state of Rhode Island. According to FUSD, there are dedicated teachers who do stay, regardless of pay freezes because they

believe in the district and they believe in the kids they are teaching. But as times get tougher, more teachers are forced to go elsewhere because they can no longer survive continuing pay freezes. Dr. Amy Fuller, superintendent of FUSD, stated, “Our district needs over 600 highly qualified teachers to educate over 8,000 students. We lost some of our teachers due to losing the override two years ago. Last year, we had to let go of half our elective teachers at each site. We lost other teachers too because we aren’t able to offer competitive salaries, with salaries that had been frozen for four years. We have some of the Override, Page 13 The City of Show Low hub of the beautiful White Mountains in Northeastern Arizona, is seeking motivated and community oriented individuals to fill the following position opening:

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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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CaZBA Seventh Annual Butterfly Count Central Arizona Butterfly Association's Dave Powell invites you to help with this annual butterfly census; the Arboretum opens at 8:00 a.m. from Septemberthrough-April, and this annual tally begins at 8:30AM sharp, so please arrive as soon after Eight O'Clock as possible so we can divide into teams. Our total count circle has a 15 mile diameter, covering the same approximate region as the Christmas Bird Count: a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. For lunch we will get together in a local restaurant in Superior (or you can bring your own), and we will exchange findings & information. 79 species of butterflies appear on the Arboretum's checklist, while the record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during the same count 3 years ago! Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the BTA. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Read more and connect with


All About Saguaros at San Tan Mountain Regional Park Why do saguaros grow arms? How old do they get? What are the unique strategies they use to survive and thrive in our desert? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about saguaros, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Visitor Center as Ranger B from Usery Park shares his love for the “jolly green giant of the desert.” From 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. for more information please call (480) 655-5554. Geology walking tour at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Local geologist Alan Seymour returns as guide for this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information please call 520-689-2811.




Pumpkin & Chili Party at Schnepf Farms Hay rides, carousel, 4 acres corn maze, 10 acre celebrity corn maze, miniature golf, flying farmer ride, country road rally, jumping pillows, petting zoo, honeybee adventure, swinging lady bugs, roller coaster, witch mountain giant slide, tennis ball launch, lil farmers play yard, bon fires & marshmallow roasting, extreme canine dog show, BMX stuntmasters show, Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races and fireworks Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:30pm. New this year: Rock climbing wall and outdoor movies on Friday & Saturday nights Thursday – Sunday the entire month of October. (October 31st open til 4pm) for more information call (480) 987-3100. www.

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By Chris Clark AZ Family Financial Services Special to the Ledger “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” is common sense advice passed down for generations. Most of us probably understand and agree with the concept. If I asked you to put all of the money you could get your hands on into this one great investment I had you probably wouldn’t be in a big rush to break out the checkbook. However, when your employer came to you and said the same thing you probably jumped at the chance. That’s exactly what happens for most people who participate in their company sponsored 401(k) plan. Contributing to a 401(k) plan is a good idea for many people. It’s a convenient way to consistently save money and defer taxes. It’s even better when you get a company match on those dollars too! The problem comes when your 401(k) is your only form

of savings. At that point you have concentrated your risk and in effect “put all your eggs in one basket.” Our recent economic conditions made it clear that having all of your retirement assets in the stock market can be devastating during a down market. Run–ups over the past couple of years have certainly mitigated some of the damage, but many people have had to make big changes to their retirement dreams. There are a few things you can do to change the odds in your favor and reduce the market risk to your portfolio. The first is to do more research on the funds available in your plan. You may have just glanced at the summary of historical returns and chose one or two funds based on past performance. Perhaps you asked a coworker or picked a target date fund based on your age. You might have thrown all the papers in the air and picked the fund that landed on top (I’ve seen

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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: “Bad to the Bone” 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.

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Chris Clark, AZ Family Financial Services it happen!). A little research is worth the effort to protect your retirement dreams isn’t it? Start with resources such as Morningstar and avoid commercial publications and TV personalities. You can also hire a professional to help you. The next thing you can do, especially if you have saved a significant amount of money, is to complete an “in–service withdrawal” from your plan. Most plans allow for withdrawals even while you continue to work and contribute to your 401(k). This is a great way to take advantage of your company match and the growth potential offered by your 401(k) plan while occasionally ‘taking money off the table.’ You can direct this money to other investments outside of your 401(k) plan without penalties or tax consequences so long as you follow the IRS rules to the letter. Don’t make a mistake and don’t try it on your own if you’re not certain about the regulations. You will need to read the plan documents to find out if your employer’s plan allows for these withdrawals. Even if someone tells you that they aren’t allowed, look at the documents yourself because many people simply don’t know about them. It’s important that you have Finance, Page 13

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Desert Diggers present Desert Plant Talk

The Desert Diggers Gardening Club will present Desert Plants Talk by Regina Whitman, founder of Desert Cry Wildlife Rescue, on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A donation of $25 affords the opportunity to take home a bunch of plants growing at Desert Cry. All donations are tax deductible and benefit the Desert Cry Wildlife, Inc.,, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The club asks those attending to bring a shovel/ trowel to dig up plants along with pots or containers and gloves. The club would also like those attending to bring salad or BBQ tongs to pick up cactus pads. For more information please call 480-987-3544. Directions to Desert Cry are as follows: Ellsworth Road south to Empire, turn right, go to Sossaman, turn left, go to Mustang, turn left, follow bend to first house on right, it’s purple; from Power Road south to Hunt Highway, turn left, go to Sossaman, turn left go to Mustang, turn left, follow bend to the first house on the right, it’s purple; or take Hunt Highway north (from Johnson ranch) big curve onto Ellsworth Road (traffic light), turn left onto Empire, go to Sossaman, turn left, go to Mustang, turn left, follow bend to first house on right, it’s purple.

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Dr. Irene Lebedies

Confidence Point Coaching Co-Director Network Together

When did you first become interested in public service/the community? Actually, interest in the community has always been a part of my life. As a child growing up, I always knew the neighbors, shared joys and sorrows with them, and helped them as they helped me. Since moving to San Tan Valley five years ago, I have noticed that people living here are from many different places and backgrounds. In order to form a solid community, we get to know each other, share our joys and sorrows, and help each other out. What is your proudest achievement thus far? I am a co-director of a business networking group called Network Together. That is awesome! We have grown from three members to eight chapters within three years. I am proud to assist and support small business owners here and help their businesses grow. Business networking is an excellent way to nurture relationships within the community. What additional improvements to Queen Creek/San Tan Valley and the surrounding region do you strive to achieve? Because of the nature of San Tan Valley, I feel that we are all individually doing our separate things. My vision is to unify the community to align around common goals so that our children inherit a vibrant and healthy future. Individually we may travel fast, but together we will travel far. What's your favorite thing about this region? I love the "country" feel, the open spaces, all the outdoor options. Who are your personal heroes? George Washington, Jesus, and my four children (that is quite the collection!) What is your favorite film? Dessert? Sports team? -Dead Poets' Society -chocolate anything -Deutsche Bundesliga (German Soccer Team)

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Round Up for San Tan Valley Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m.

The Terrace at Johnson Ranch 30761 W. Golf Club Dr., STV

Purchase tickets now for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktail samples & country entertainment! Honored Guests & Speakers: Sheriff Paul Babeu Supervisor Cheryl Chase Supervisor Todd House

$40/Ticket or $70/couple Tickets on sale now at the Copper Basin YMCA, 28300 N. Main St., STV or call 480.882.2242 Sponsored by: Golden Eagle Distributors, Johnson Ranch Golf Club, Gantzel Farms Country Store, Sonoran Vision Homes, Right Away Disposal & Florence Copper.

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Education in the Southeast Valley

By using the numbers listed below, ďŹ ll in the blanks in the diagram. The total addition for each line is indicated at the end of the line. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 18

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Scorpion Scavenger Hunt at San Tan Mountain Regional Park! Set out on a desert exploration at night as we search for these fascinating creatures and ďŹ nd out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. We will be hiking 1 mile, round trip, on the Goldmine Trail. This event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, and starts at 7:00 p.m. For information please call (480) 655-555.

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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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Dr. Scott Asay, Chiropractic Physician Troy Babel, Physical Therapist Dr. Michael Voisin, Chiropractic Physician Dr. John McDonald, Chiropractic Physician

STAGE ONE CARE: Reduce pain through chiropractic care, physical therapy and massage. STAGE TWO CARE: Strengthen and repair damaged tissue through physical therapy, also using our SpineForce® machine and specific exercises with chiropractic treatments. STAGE THREE CARE: Continued chiropractic and massage as needed.


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FUSD hosts inaugural community event sport, 2) provide free all-day kindergarten, 3) maintain art, music and physical education programs, and 4) lower class sizes for higher academic achievement. FUSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Fuller addressed an audience of parents, students and faculty from district’s schools. She spoke about the lack of overrides and the related consequences. “Last year (FUSD) had

to cut 23 bus drivers,” she said was a result of FUSD not receiving overrides for the past two years. “The consequence of that was we had to change the school schedules because 77 remaining bus drivers could not do the job of 100 bus drivers.” According to Fuller, additional tutoring may not be accessible to children because transportation is not available

as a result of the reduction of bus drivers. Dr. Fuller encouraged voters to exercise their right to vote. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for voters who are registered by October 7th and reside within the district boundaries. This election will be an allmail ballot. Your ballot will be mailed to you by first class mail beginning October 10, 2013.


Pilot Test Facility “PTF”

Dr. Amy Fuller, Florence Unified School District Superintendent

The Pilot Test Facility (PTF) is a project that will: ́ Prove the safety and reliability of in-situ mining ́ Show and improve best water quality practices ́ Optimize the process utilized by previous property owner BHP Copper Inc.




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solution of 99.5% water to .5% sulfuric acid is injected into the copper formation to dissolve the copper. The copper rich solution is extracted using a series of withdrawal wells that control where the liquid moves ́ Small scale test facility will demonstrate that

successfully ran a nearly identical PTF at our site ́ Since the first PTF in the late 90s, we have 16

years of water testing results from 31 wells at various locations on site

HOW BIG WILL THE PTF BE? ́ Approximately two acres with 24 triple cased wells

we can create and maintain control of the copper bearing solution ́ The solution has an acidic strength similar to

– 4 injection wells, 9 recovery wells, 4 geochemical sampling wells, and 7 observation wells

technologies have proved to fully protect the integrity and quality of groundwater resources ́ Arizona Department of Water Quality has

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By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger The Florence Unified School District hosted its Inaugural Community Event on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Poston Butte High School. The event which took place in the PBHS gymnasium included music, food, games, and even face-painting. Representatives from each of the district’s schools were on hand to answer questions and promote their respective schools. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced Town of Florence government officials, the FUSD Board of Directors, Superintendent Dr. Amy Fuller, and top administrators from several schools. Sheriff Babeu, a supporter of the development and education of children throughout Florence and San Tan Valley, spoke about the importance of education before introducing FUSD President Bob Dailey and Superintendent Dr. Amy Fuller. “We care about the kids in our community – we care about education,” Babeu said about one of the reasons for the event. “We’re here to celebrate the good things in our community.” According to a release posted on the FUSD website, the Governing Board of the FUSD is asking voters in the community to authorize a 12% Maintenance and Operation Override. The proposed override funds cost an estimated 39 cents per day for an average home in their district and will allow the district to: 1) eliminate payto-participate fees for each

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Sabercats’ defense is stingy in

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By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger The San Tan Foothills Sabercats’ defense had six sacks, two interceptions, and held the Florence Gophers to only three points in their 12 – 3 victory last Friday night. It was the season opener for both teams. “Anytime you can keep (the other team) out of the endzone all night (you did a good job),” Sabercats’ head coach Roger Schenks said after the game. The game at Florence High School was delayed by inclement weather with 10:05 remaining in the first quarter. After a 70-minute delay, play resumed and the Sabercats scored first. Sophomore quarterback Juan Lopez connected with wide receiver Garrett Baer on a 33-yard touchdown pass and reception. The

two-point conversion attempt failed and the ‘Cats led, 6 – 0. On the Gophers’ ensuing possession, ‘Cats LB Saige Waxter registered the defense’s first big play of the game as he intercepted a pass. Defensive lineman Caleb Ortiz had two sacks in the game. Ryan Tipton also had an interception. The play of his defense was no surprise to Coach Schenks. “We got after it,” he said. “We worked really hard to make sure our defense was tough. We fly around to the football and we’re very active.” The Sabercats’ special teams played well in the game also. Twice they punted and pinned the Gophers inside their own five yard line. The Gophers only scoring drive came in the second

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quarter and started at their own three-yard line. The drive ended with a Gophers field goal but the Sabertcats took the lead into halftime, 6 – 3. The Sabercats defense continued to play well after the half. With the bad weather and the play of his defense, Coach Schenks said there was no reason to take any unnecessary chances on offense. He said the weather affected what they were able to do offensively, especially in their passing game. The Sabercats finished the scoring when Juan Lopez scampered 35 yards for a touchdown. The twopoint conversion attempt failed leaving the score, 12 – 3. According to Coach Schenks the play of offensive lane was impressive as they opened

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victory versus the Gophers


The Sabercats’ Juan Lopez throws a pass in the game against the Florence Gophers. (Andrew Luberda photo) running lanes for Lopez and running backs Ricky Wilson, Saige Waxter, and Malik Wolf. He said the offense can make more plays.

“Our offense – they’ll get clicking,” he said. “It’s game one and the offense is always a little behind the defense. We’ll work on that through the week and

get better.” The Sabertcats take on Tonopah Valley in their home opener on September 6, 2013. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

The Four Corners of Sports ... with Andrew Luberda Queen Creek Football – The Bulldogs moved to 2 – 0 on the season and extended their winning streak to 16 games with a 21 – 14 victory at Highland High School last Friday night. After a bye-week, the Bulldogs will look to extend their streak to 17 consecutive wins when they host Show Low in their home opener on September 13, 2013. Game time is 7 p.m. Poston Butte Football – The Broncos’ offense was rolling last Friday night as they de-

feated Gila Ridge, 20 – 3. Junior running back Brandon Hatfield scored three touchdowns and finished with 139 yards rushing, including a 77-yard run. Junior linebacker Chris Musselman led the defense with eight tackles. The Broncos face a difficult road test as they travel to Mesa to battle the Dobson Mustangs on Friday, September 6. It’s sure to be an emotional game as Broncos’ head coach Mike DeLaTorre leads his team against his father, Dobson head coach George DeLaTorre, and his team. Dobson fell to Mesa High

School in their opener last Friday, 12 – 0. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Combs Football – The Coyotes opened their season with a victory over Globe, 9 – 0. It was a successful start to the season after head coach Jesse Hart and his staff installed a new offense with a new offensive philosophy. The defense preserved the shutout in the win. The Coyotes look for another win next week when they travel to Canyon State Academy and battle the Rams. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Skyler Bollman tackles the quarterback in the Queen Creek-Poston Butte game. (Photo courtesy of Mike Palermo of The defense only allowed 92 points for the entire season in 2012. In the opener versus PBHS, the defense held their offense scoreless. Do you think the Bulldogs’ defense is underrated? Yes. I think our defense is really good this year. You had three QB sacks in the game versus the Broncos. How were you able to be so dominant? I just kept with it. I was able to get pumped up and I tried my hardest. My cousin, Shane Till, inspires me to play well. What are your personal goals over the next 2 years? To play at the varsity level and get a scholarship to ASU. I want you to finish this sentence: My greatest athletic memory so far at QCHS is… Tackling the QB in the backfield against Poston Butte. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? For a football player, I’m smaller than a lot of people think I am. Name one person you’d most like to meet and why? Darnell Docket of the Arizona Cardinals. I’ve always watched him play since I was younger and he’s the reason I started playing football. He’s my idol.

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Pan de Vida Foundation Serving Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. Based out of the town of Queen Creek, Arizona

Health, Social & Community Fair Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Creek Library

21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ

High Quality Health Screenings & Services Free Flu Shots, Car Seats, Fitness Challenges Information on Wide Variety of Health, Social, Legal & Educational Services Local Restaurants, Retailers, Businesses, Governmental & Professional Agencies. This year’s sponsors include: FirstBank, East Valley; Southeast Valley Ledger; Gloria Greer, Higley; Salt River Project; MidBank, Queen Creek; Bridgette Crosby, BE CREATIVE Art, Writing & Marketing; Olive Garden, Queen Creek.

For more information, please call 480.987.0819

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Florence Copper bolsters community affairs team with new hire Florence – Florence Copper announces the hire of Stacy Gramazio as their senior community affairs advisor for San Tan Valley and Anthem. A resident of San Tan Valley, Gramazio joins the public affairs team and will be actively managing stakeholder outreach and coordinating site tours, which are open to the public. “The Florence Copper team is extremely happy to have Stacy on board,” said Dan Johnson, Florence Copper Vice President and General Manager. “She is well respected in her community and her civic involvement is an asset to both Pinal County and our project.” Gramazio has a strong communications background,

Finance Continued from Page 4 a retirement plan in place that takes advantage of several investment types so that you lessen your overall risks. This point becomes even more important if you only have modest savings because any loss is significant. A well balanced retirement plan allows for growth, plans for income, and minimizes risk. Take advantage of your 401(k), but keeps those eggs in different baskets.


Continued from Page 2 backpack on. If your child leans forward, or uses only one strap, the backpack is too heavy and not being used properly. Parents may want to demonstrate proper backpack usage to help their child avoid back, shoulder and neck problems in the future.” For more information, or to get a backpack checkup, contact Queen Creek Chiropractic at 480-987-0585 or stop by the office at 20231 E. Ocotillo Road, Suite 1, in Queen Creek.

having worked in television production before moving to the San Tan region in 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Media Arts program and has taught for both the Florence Unified School District and Central Arizona College. In addition to her position at Florence Copper, Gramazio is the current president of the Greater San Tan Chamber of Commerce and works with various businesses in print and marketing campaigns. “I’m very happy to work at Florence Copper and am excited to help bring positive growth to our community – I am supportive of anything that is good for my town,” Gramazio said. “Florence

Copper will create over 170 direct jobs using a process that is safe – the opportunity I’ve been hoping would come to Pinal County. ” Tours of Florence Copper are currently slated for the first and third Fridays of each month at 9:30 am. Special groups can arrange alternate days and times, and additional dates may be announced on Interested persons can contact Gramazio at 520840-3106 or email stacygramazio@ Curis Resources (Arizona) Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curis Resources Ltd., a mineral development company associated with

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the costs for text books. Fuller continued, “We hope the override passes, so we can continue our journey to excellence and to serve all students accordingly. The consequences of the override not passing would be cutting more electives, higher fees, and fewer programs to challenge our students.” When asked why voters should approve the override, Dr. Fuller added, “Our students rise to high expectations. We are committed to their success, but all great programs cost money. All resources we have are expensive, yet they benefit our students tremendously.” In addition, Fuller hopes that voters recognize the need for quality education for their children and what an impact a good education will make in the lives of students 10, 20 and 30 years from now. “We have an outstanding program that prepares our leaders of tomorrow with the skills they will need in the future.”

best teachers I’ve seen in my entire career, and I hate to lose them because we can’t pay them competitive salaries.” Fuller went on to state that FUSD administration and directors salaries were also frozen along with the teachers. According to John Schreur, director of construction and public relations for the school district, “FUSD is one of the largest school districts in the state. The educational programs that we offer kids are also some of the best. If the override is not passed, we will definitely have to cut what we are offering at the schools, including the high school computer programs.” Right now, all high school students in the FUSD receive a laptop which not only increases the breadth of technology education students receive, but also dramatically cuts down on

Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI), a diversified global mining company with a 25-year history of mineral development success.

Curis is focused on the acquisition, development and operation of high-quality next-generation copper properties in progressive

jurisdictions around the world. It is currently focused on advancing its 100%-owned Florence Copper project in Arizona USA to production.

Swap plants with the Desert Diggers The Desert Diggers Gardening Club will be having a plant swap on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The swap will be held at the Earth Spirit Center for Healing located at 25251 S. Power Rd. in Queen Creek, Ariz. The center is located just south of Riggs Road on the east side of Power, under the big Eucalyptus

trees. Please park to the right of the driveway. The club encourages those attending to bring cuttings, pups, starts and established specimens. Have some written instructions for planting and growing specimens for those who choose them. There will also be a plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All plants are grown in

the desert and are proven drought and frost tolerant. The plants for sale will include red and yellow blooming aloe, pine cone cactus, paper spine cactus, donkey ear cactus, prickly pear cactus, blue agave and more. Prices are starting at $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Desert Cry Wildlife, Inc. and the Earth Spirit Center for Healing.

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The Bubbly Hostess receives a cookbook of family recipes By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Special to the Ledger Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed my last column with the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar recipe – it certainly is a family favorite. Over the next couple of months, I’ll share a few more recipes that have been around for a while! In the meantime, I’d like to give you a recipe for a delicious appetizer. This was recently posted to my blog, but it is way too good to not dedicate (just about) an entire column about it. If you like goat cheese, you are going to want to try this! Not only does it taste good, but it is super easy to make.  Lemon Rosemary Goat Cheese Crostini with Aged Balsamic Drizzle Serves 6-8 as appetizer  11 oz. log of goat cheese

2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary cheese will not absorb all of Salt the oil. 1 tablespoon whole black To make the balsamic peppercorns drizzle, in a small saucepan Peel of 1 lemon over medium heat, add 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil aged balsamic vinegar ¾ cup Aged Balsamic and brown sugar, stir Vinegar to combine. Watch the 1/3 cup brown sugar Baguette, sliced Place the log of goat cheese in a narrow pan, a loaf pan is perfect for this. Add rosemary, salt, black peppercorns, and lemon peel. Pour olive oil over goat cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, periodically spooning more olive oil over the goat cheese. You can also break up the goat cheese into large pieces so that more of it can marinate in the olive Lemon Rosemary Goat Cheese oil. Note that the goat Crostini with Aged Balsamic Drizzle

pan constantly and stir frequently until the vinegar reduces by about half. This will take 15-20 minutes. Once reduced, let cool and pour into squeeze bottle.  Just before serving, preheat oven to broil. To each slice of baguette, spread a generous amount of goat cheese and place on a baking sheet. Spoon a small amount of the marinated olive oil to each slice. As you start to spread the cheese, it will start to break apart in the marinating dish. 

Goat cheese can be very crumbly! It’s OK - just keep scooping it up, along with the oil, with your spreader. Broil until cheese is bubbly and toasts are golden, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Using squeeze bottle (or spoon), drizzle balsamic glaze over each baguette slice. Serve. Store any remaining balsamic glaze in refrigerator. Next, I hope you will check out this post on my blog and “LIKE” for future reference.

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