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“Almost all the news, part of the time.” Volume 1, Number 4

August 2011


It’s back-to-school time in Oracle ...

See Photos & Stories, Pages 7-10 Also In This Issue:

Fun & Games Check Out the ‘Tickle Your Funny Bone’ & Crossword Puzzle on Page 13

Papermaking Workshops Return to Oracle Studio, See Story Page 14

What does the slant of your handwriting tell about you? Skylar Khan explores the topic, Page 16

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Letter to the Editor: Different perspective on SCIP Editor, Oracle Towne Crier: Re: Lead story on problems with power outages and SCIP (July

1:3). If you’d left out the word Oracle, I would not have recognized the community I live in: being in the

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dark as a way of life? regularly out of power? rude customer service over the phone? Granted I am neither a renter nor new to the area. Still, it is hard to reconcile the bleak picture painted in this story with my daily reality. Recently I have had only two occasions on which to call SCIP. One was an outage in the middle of the night. The dispatcher was courteous and professional.

Within half an hour a truck had arrived and two crew members were walking my property with flashlights looking for the source of the problem. It took them less than an hour to fix it. The dispatcher left a message on my phone to call back if there were any further problems. (There weren’t.) When I had to call Customer Service: again, professional and courteous attention to my

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inquiry. In such a small community as Oracle, I am amazed that I have heard only two people complaining about SCIP recently. I am not a hermit. I do as much of my shopping with local businesses as possible and I participate in numerous community events and gatherings. Yet, there hasn’t been the “buzz” one would expect from reading this article. Attacking SCIP during the monsoons seems like a cheap shot; it is predictably the toughest season of the year for the Oracle SCIP crew. They don’t take holidays because of the numerous outages, many so brief that if I didn’t have an electric plug-in clock, I’d miss noticing them entirely. No doubt there is room for service improvement, but in the interests of community-building

rather than communityfracturing, I would like to have read an article about SCIP with an entirely different tone. SCIP isn’t the big bad evil empire that we have to rise up against. If anything, given that they didn’t get appliedfor AARA funding (a fact buried in paragraph 12 of a 15 paragraph story), we might all benefit from an attitude of alliance rather than that of adversaries. Would it have hurt to acknowledge our Oracle crew as the unsung heroes that they are? About how they sometimes get called out 2 or 3 times in one night, often in the rain, facing customer-obstructed right-of- ways, stopping to fix tires flattened by cactus punctures, unexpectedly coming onto downed poles and having to go back for more equipment, dealing with locked gates posted with No Trespassing signs and properties guarded by hostile dogs? About how every day holds a potential to be killed by a wire that was supposed to be not live? (Despite training and experience, accidents happen.) Couldn’t recommendations to customers have included items such as notifying SCIP about trees in rubbing distance of power lines that the crew could trim in less busy times to reduce outages? What about some See Letter, Page 3


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Pinal County Sheriff’s Report The Pinal County Sheriff’s Report is taken from the daily logs, based on the information provided by deputies. All persons arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. July 3 Burglary was reported in the 2000 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. July 5 Theft of beer was reported in the 300 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. Taken was a 30pack of Bud Light. July 5 Criminal damage to a walk-in freezer was reported in the 2600 block of El Paseo, Oracle. July 5 Theft was reported in the 1200 block of West Neal Street, Oracle. July 5 Criminal damage and attempted burglary


Continued from Page 2 perspective on service: what is the ratio of complaints to satisfaction with SCIP service? How does our area compare to other rural areas? Has SCIP service worsened since 2009 or actually improved? I don’t understand why such questions were not covered by this article. Maybe my experience puts me in a tiny minority; I’d like to know. We live in a rural area. Service here is not going to match that of a big city no matter who the provider is and we need to accept that unless we want to see the huge hike in rates that it would take to match such service. Maybe if we want to live here and rely on freezer food, we need to invest in back-up generators. On the other hand, so far as I know, we have not suffered days of brown/blackouts

were reported at the Chaparral Market in Oracle. An unknown person or persons attempted to kick in the front door. July 6 A fire was reported in the 1200 block of West Neal Street, Oracle. A stove was on fire. Oracle Fire Department was dispatched to the residence. July 6 A juvenile problem was reported in the 2600 block of West El Paseo, Oracle. Two juvenile males, approximately 14 years of age, were reported throwing rocks at bus windows in the Oracle Bus Yard. July 7 Criminal damage was reported in the 800 block of North Calle Futura, Oracle. July 7 Criminal damage was reported in the 2000 block of West El Paseo, Oracle. The school was vandalized. July 8 Assault was reported in the 2700

block of North Rockliffe Boulevard, Oracle. July 9 Theft of an audio system was reported in the 1000 block of North Rancho Robles Road, Oracle. July 11 Burglary was reported in the area of South Willow Springs Road and Atmore Road, Oracle. July 11 Richard Henry Rogers, 30, Oracle, was arrested in the 1600 block of Calle Zamora, Oracle, and charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. He was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence. July 12 A person was cited and released for driving on a suspended license in the area of Milepost 93 on Highway 77, Oracle. July 13 Theft of beer was reported in the 300 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. Taken was a 30pack of Bud Light.

seen in big city areas as interlocking grids shut down in unpredictable ways. I am glad to learn that we will all have the opportunity to join a study group that could become a task force re SCIP services. At least with Perez-Hewitt as its leader, it won’t turn into an underserved lynching party. I hope that those who choose to serve

on it will do so in the spirit of “we-are-all-in-thistogether” because while it may be temporarily less exciting to see it that way, the reality is that we are all in this together. In the words of a friend of mine, it is time to “put our big girl panties/big boy shorts on” and act like it. Sincerely, /s/ Joan Moore Oracle

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July 13 Joshua S. Loya, 26, Oracle, was arrested on Highway 77 and charged with assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing government operations, driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI)

and super extreme DUI (DUI with blood alcohol content greater than .20). He was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail. July 16 Criminal damage was reported in the 1000

block of North Calle Valencia, Oracle. Clothing was cut up with scissors. July 17 Ronald Johnny Valenzuela, 21, Oracle, was arrested and charged with three counts of See Sheriff, Page 14

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‘Senior Freeze’ Applications: Apply now through Sept. 1; Pinal County Assessor ready to help with application materials FLORENCE, AZ – Sept. 1 is the deadline for filing for the Senior Property Valuation Protection or more commonly known as the ‘Senior Freeze.’ “This is an important program approved by the state that allows us to


freeze the full cash value of a primary residence,” Pinal County Assessor Paul Larkin said. “What this does is provides a greater degree of financial stability for people with qualifying low incomes. With property

valuations reflecting a decline in value, this could be an ideal time for seniors to lock in their valuation for the next three years.” Larkin explained that state laws do not allow taxing jurisdictions to freeze taxes

because tax bills reflect the tax rates of multiple jurisdictions such as fire districts, school districts and community colleges. “The actual tax bill may fluctuate from year to year but because the full cash value of the property is frozen, people

on low or fixed incomes should see less movement in the total tax amount,” Larkin said. The total gross income of all owners is what is used to determine eligibility. For a one-owner property, the income limit is $32,352. If

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Family potluck and other Fun for August at Oracle Community Center Last month, the Oracle Community Center (OCC) promised that if it appeared to be successful, they’d continue the potluck meals and make them a regular event. Now, true to their word, and despite a somewhat light attendance, the third Thursday of every month will be Family Potluck Night. Come in on Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., whether you are a member, family of a member or non-member. Bring a side dish to share, or, the recommended donation of $5 per person, $3 per member or $12 for a family of four or more. The main dish will be baked chicken and mashed potatoes. Yum! On Aug. 27, 7 – 11 a.m., there will be a Country Style Breakfast, complete with biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon, potatoes, juice and coffee. The cost for attendance is $6 for adults, $4 for kids or free for children under three who

are with their parents. The next Board of Director’s Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m., at the Center. While all are welcome to attend, if you wish to place something on the agenda, please contact Carl Riggs, President, 520-896-9520. If the item is not on the agenda, there may not be time for it to be addressed. Further plans are in the work for a Youth Movie Night and a Teen Dance in the Fall. If you are able to assist with this event, please call Mary Ann Pogany at 896-9269 or Carl Riggs at 896-9520. The OCC currently has 150 members using the center for many weekly activities, including the ongoing activities of Canasta from 9 a.m. – noon, noon potluck lunch, and 1 – 2 p.m. Bingo on Monday; 12:30 – 4 p.m. Bridge Group with refreshments on Tuesday, which can be joined by

calling Ethel Amator at 520-896-2197; the Wednesday Sewing Bee and Tea Social “Hour” from 1:30 – 3 p.m., including Viola instructing new beginners how to knit and Susie’s new project starting in October; Game Day Thursday, with open card or board game play from 9 a.m. – noon, then Mah Jongg from 1 – 4 p.m.; and Zumba with Deb Breen, to return in September. For more information on the exciting events the OCC has planned for August, you might check out the new bulletin board cases, installed outside the front door. The left one is for general information and the right one is for OCC news and information. Remember, the OCC belongs to the community. Please encourage your friends to become members, which they can do for half price, throughout 2011.

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Oracle School District hosts ‘stuff the bus’ event Remember the excitement of gathering up supplies to stuff in your backpack for that first day of school… all those pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, tablets. Remember organizing them to make sure they were all there, that you had everything you needed, sort of like organizing yourself for the excellent year ahead? Here is an outstanding opportunity to help a local child have that same experience. The Oracle Elementary

School District, along with a cadre of Tri-Community sponsors, is hosting a backto-school supply drive with several drop off points in Oracle, SaddleBrooke Ranch, SaddleBrooke and Eagle Crest for those wishing to contribute. The district has also planned a “Stuff the Bus Rally” on Aug. 27 near the SaddleBrooke Ranch Clubhouse from 9-11 a.m. where citizens can drop off needed school supplies for Oracle school children. The big yellow bus will

then be in Oracle from noon to 3 p.m. on the same day at the Family First Pregnancy Care Center, 1575 West American Avenue, collecting still more supplies. The bus will be back in SaddleBrooke at the Minit Market on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon and will travel to the Eagle Crest Ranch and pick up school supplies at the children’s park located near Eagle Crest Boulevard from noon to 2 p.m. “We greatly appreciate all

of your support and thank you in advance for your generosity and donated school supplies,” said Todd Kissick, superintendent of Oracle Schools. If you are unable to attend the “Stuff the Bus Rally,” donations can be dropped off at the Family First Pregnancy Care Center, Oracle School District Office, or the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Office in SaddleBrooke any work day in August and September.

Sponsors this year include: Family First Pregnancy Care Center, Golder Ranch Fire District, National Junior Honor Society club members at Mountain Vista School in Oracle, Oracle Fire

District, Oracle Inn Steakhouse and Lounge, Oracle Optimist Club, Saddlebag Notes newspaper, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and SaddleBrooke Rotary Club.

Tips for packing healthy school lunches (StatePoint) The rush of getting the kids out the door in the morning can make packing a healthful lunch seem like an impossible burden. The typical parent will pack around 200 school lunches yearly, and planning them all requires some serious nutritional skills. Not only do parents need to know how to choose healthful fare, but they need to know how to

pick foods their kids will actually eat. “When you plan your child’s lunches, be sure to choose items that are both healthful and fun,” says Edmond Sanctis, cofounder of Sahale Snacks, a producer of all-natural nuts and nut blends. “You want to select foods that are colorful and appealing and that provide energy and nutrients to get them through the day.”

On the cover: Taylor and Sadie Bigham are excited about the new school year. Taylor starts Kindergarten this year and Sadie is in third grade. The two are the daughters of Theresa and Wayne Morgan of Oracle. (Jennifer Carnes photo)

• Get creative with protein. Nuts and beans provide more fiber and less saturated fat than traditional proteins, like meat, cheese, and eggs. Try making a bean dip from chickpeas or pinto beans and pairing it with crunchy vegetables, like carrots, celery, bell peppers, or whole-wheat pita triangles. Or add texture and sweetness to lowfat yogurt with a handful of nuts or granola. • Pack edible ABCs. Fresh fruits and nuts are a fun way for kids to get muchneeded vitamins, from A to zinc. For example, oranges pack a wallop of vitamin C, blueberries are full of antioxidants, and almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and iron. • Portion control matters. Little bellies require smaller portions. While kids love opening crinkly bags of chips, the serving size may be too large and unhealthful. Instead, look for small portion packs, like .75-ounce bags of healthful nut blends, such as Sahale

A nutritious lunch doesn’t have to be boring. © micromonkey - Fotolia Snacks Cashews with Pomegranate or Almonds with Cranberries. Choose packaged foods made with natural sweeteners and flavors, like vanilla, honey and sea salt, instead of artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. • Drinks are as important as foods. Once you’ve gone to all that trouble to choose nutritious foods, don’t ruin your efforts by tossing soda into your child’s lunchbox. Opt for

unflavored low-fat milk, water or 100 percent fruit juice. Many juice products only have small amounts of real fruit juice, so read labels carefully. • Make veggies special. Add extra flavor and crunch to salads with apple slices, nuts and dried cranberries. Or mix in pre-packaged nut blends or seasoned nuts. For young children, consider blends combining tree nuts with dried fruit, like pomegran-

ate. Older kids might like salads topped with more flavorful choices, such as Sahale Snacks Barbecued Almonds with Mild Chipotle and Ranch. For more healthful, kidfriendly food ideas, visit “While you needn’t be a seasoned chef to pack great school lunches, it helps to know a few tricks of the lunchbox trade to get your kids eating more healthfully,” says Sanctis.

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Bully Busters coming to Sierra Oaks By John Hernandez Sierra Oaks School has a new, very special after school program. It is a KoSho Karate class. The instructor is

in Karate competitions around the country. The class is open to all ranks and for kids ages 6-11 and ages 12+ (juniors and adults). Besides martial arts/ fitness, the class also teaches good manners, good habits, self-esteem, self-respect, selfconfidence, safety skills, self-defense, the ABCs of conflict avoidance and bully busters. Bully Busters is a program

that schools are adapting and using to combat the prevalence of bullying. The program engages children in dealing more meaningfully with bullying situations and teaches them options for responding to bullying. It also focuses on transforming bullying behavior. Registration for the class is $75 for new students only, which includes a uniform, safety gloves and helmet, and all promotions

and belts for the school year. The monthly program cost is $85 or $300 for four months. Classes are held at Sierra Oaks School Wednesdays and Fridays. The class for kids ages 6 – 11 is from 3:15 – 4 p.m; the class for those ages 12 and above is from 4 – 4:45 p.m. Classes begin next Wednesday August 17. You can pick up a registration form at the Sierra Oaks School office. For more

information about KoSho Karate please call (520) 887-4099.

Debra Dapkus is the new first/second grade teacher at Sierra Oaks. (John Hernandez photo)

By John Hernandez Sierra Oaks School has a new first and second grade teacher, Debra Dapkus. She is also new to Oracle as she just moved here with her husband Jesse and their two boys. She is from Seattle, Washington where she received her degree in Liberal Arts and was involved in a Graduate

Teaching Program in Elementary Education. She has been in Arizona for 10 years, living in Tucson. She was the Program Coordinator for a tutoring program at Tucson Unified School District. Debra lives off of Mount Lemmon Road and she said she “loves it here.” Her family likes to go

hiking and camping and this area is a good place for it. “We are glad we have joined the community and we will be involved in community events,” she said. “I am excited to be here.” Debra likes gardening and listening to the radio. She plans to utilize the Sierra Oaks Garden to

teach her first and second graders. The class will be helping with weeding and planting. She said you can also use the garden to teach other subjects such as spelling. Her two kids are attending school at Sierra Oaks. “Sierra Oaks School is great,” she said. “I love the class sizes and the kids are so friendly and kind.”

(StatePoint) School may be a figurative pain in the neck for many children, but what about a literal pain in the neck -- and back? These days, the answer is yes, and backpacks are to blame. Or more specifically, the improper use of backpacks. “The average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). “Growing children should only be carrying 10 to 20 percent of their body weight.” Heavy backpacks can negatively affect your child’s health by pulling on ligaments and muscles

individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively, keeping pointy objects away from the back. • Check to see if your children’s textbooks are available on e-readers -- it’ll save their backs, as well as paper. Or consider buying a second set of textbooks for your student to keep at home, perhaps used ones. • Learn some backstrengthening exercises to build up muscles. Sit-ups are great since strong abdominal muscles can share the load and take the strain off back muscles. • Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about any pain or discomfort he or she may experience. Do not ignore any back pain in children or teenagers simply because they seem too young.

If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call your doctor of chiropractic, who is licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. In addition, doctors of chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits. You can find more backpack safety tips and learn about treatment for back pain at www.acatoday. org/patients. And lastly, examine your own backpacks, handbags and diaper bags. Parents are as likely to suffer back pain from excess weight or improper carrying as are their children.

Growing children shouldn’t carry more than 20 percent of their weight.

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Backpack safety tips for kids that cause neck and back pain and can possibly cause deformity of the spine, according to the ACA. Parents who want to protect their children from these painful injuries can follow these tips: • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. They should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain. • Encourage your child to use both straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and back spasms. • Pack light or at least smart. A backpack with

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I was in the restaurant yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my gas with the beat of the music. After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me.... Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod. Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of TAMPONS and proceeded to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asked the older boy, “Son, how old are you?” “Eight,” the boy replied. The man continued, “Do you know what these are used for?”

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The boy replied, “not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do either.”

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Popular art workshops continue this fall at Oracle home studio

Val Bembenek (left) shared papermaking basics -- a mold and deckle and plant fiber pulps in tubs of water -- with Barbara Cowlin at a recent workshop. (James Cowlin photo)



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•Solid brick home on 1/3 ac., with oak trees and a spacious backyard. Wood, slate and travertine floors, ceiling fans, wood burning heat. $159,000. •Excellent MH on 2.5 ac. with fantastic views, split floor plan with large MB, block skirting, covered deck. $78,500. •Very well maintained home surrounded by oak trees, lovely fireplace, large kitchen, quiet neighborhood. $94,000. •Country living on Florence Hwy, green house, fenced garden area, private well, windmill on 2.49 acres. Great Price! $99,900. •Priced to sell! Home needs work, but land and neighborhhod are great. $29,000. •Over 1 1/2 ac. completely fenced ready for your children, horses & pets, 2 story home with 2 bd upstairs, 2 down. $109,000.

•Lovely slump block home high on a hill with unobstructed views, 4 bd, 2 ba in pristine condition. $229,000. •Established feed store, 2,000 sq. ft., building plus hay barn on .42 ac lot, fully fenced. $199,000. •Stunning farmhouse on 3.3 ac in Cherry Valley, horse facilites, garden area, peace and quite, lovely interior details. $345,000. •Enjoy the wildlife and views from this immaculate home on an acre. So many upgrades inside, flagstone patio. $225,000. •Almost new MH, 3 bd., plus bonus room, large kitchen with lots of cabinets, breakfast bar and DR, 360 deg. views on 2 1/2 ac, horse propoerty. $199,900.

•Sunrise, sunset and Catalina Mountain range all in your view from this 1 ac. lot. $79,900. •Best price for 5 ac. in Oracle area, can be split, shared well. Reduced to $44,900. •Beautiful hilltop views from 5 ac. parcel. Can be split. Horse property. Well Share. $89,500. •4 lots, 1.25 ac. each, custom home area. Owner will carry. Submit offers. $82,000. •Commerical property on America Ave. owner has started construction on approximatly 6,000 sq. ft. bldg and is including building materials on site. $145,000. •Horse Property! Build your home or put a manufactured home on this great 3.34 ac parcel. $109,000. •Choose your own parcel from 1.25 to 3.75 ac., flat, easy to build on, utilities at street. $84,900 to $210,000.

•40 ac. for your own ranch, can be split, great investment property. $60,000. •4 view lots, 1.25 ac. each in high view area of Oracle, homes only. Utilities at lot line. 3 lots for $95,000; 1 lot for $96,000. •REDUCED!! 3.3 ac. on Linda Vista Rd with great views, ready to build, utilities at road. $164,900. •Two Lots with shared well 1.5 ac each. Price reduced to $26,500. •1.25 to 10 ac., buy part or whole, has excellent well, borders State land, no financing necessary, owner will cary. $32,000 - $125,000. •Half acre plus lot with all utilities, paved road, homes only area. $33,000. •One acre with new access off Linda Vista, boulders, views, trees. $105,000.

•627 W. 4th Ave. Beautiful home, open floor plan, updated bathrooms, large laundry room, newer furnace. $118,000. •1002 W. 3rd Ave. - 2,200 sq ft. home on 1/3 ac lot. 5 bd., laundry room, pantry private back yard. $119,500.

•910 W. 2nd Ave. Totally renovated 3 bd, 2 ba, 2nd bath changed to master bath, new kitchen & appliances. $74,000. •1013 W. 3rd Ave. Brand new kitchen in this 3bd / 2 ba home. Lease w/ OPTION to Buy! $59,900.

•Peppersauce Mine Rd. - 10, 20 or 40 ac., magnificent views of mountains, very private, 20 ac. parcel has well and solar array, borders State land. $64,900, $144,900 or $229,900. •Beautiful MH with fantastic views and 3.3 ac. to spread out in, well, fireplace, large MB, $125,000. •REDUCED!! Stunning views from this elevated property on high side of Redington Rd. Can be split. 8.48 ac $149,500. •Beautiful views, 37 ac in secluded area, State land on 2 sides, zoned for site build or MH. $250,000. •Secluded area with great views, large room addition on mobile, lots of mature trees, 1 1/3 acres. $49,000.

•Large well-kept home, great views, 3 bd, 3ba, 616 sq. ft. basement with its own entrance, rock fireplace with pellet stone insert, large RV carport includes a 500 sq.ft. beauty shop with equipment. $249,000. •2 view lots, city water, sewer, paved roads. $16,500 each. •Great mountain views from this 3.75 ac. south of Mammoth. $47,000. •Just under 44 acres for your own little ranch, hilltop location south of Mammoth. $344,000. •Spectacular 7 ac. in Aravaipa Canyon, well and septic already installed, rustic barn on property. $147,000.


225 N WATER TANK ROAD MLS#: 21114352 Enjoy the wildlife and views from the back patio. Immaculate and exceptionally well maintained home. Quality block construction on .99ac oak covered lot. Sunsets, privacy and quietness all rolled into one. Upgrades include wood shutters, laminate flooring, wood cabinets, pantry, 2005 shingle roof, hutch in formal dining room, walk-in closet in master bdrm, block wall in backyard, flagstone patio, graveled front yard just to mention some. Must see. $ 225,000

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1013 W 3RD AVEN MLS#: 21119841 LEASE TO OWN OR OWNER CARRYBACK! LET’S TALK! Owner flexible in financing options. There is a brand new kitchen and like new appliances in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. 2nd bathroom has been redone. Owner has just painted, put in new tile and carpet and a new heater. Large fenced backyard for your enjoyment. Washer and dryer connections available. Ready to move in. Owner/Agent. $ 59,900

Two of the popular art workshops taught earlier this year by Barbara Kemp Cowlin and Val Bembenek -- Papermaking and a twoday Drawing Intensive -- will be repeated this fall as Hand in Hand Art Workshops continue. The two artists bring together the painterly arts, graphic arts, and classic paper crafts in LAND LISTINGs NOT IN AD casual half-day sessions at the spacious Cowlin home studio in Oracle. Their September-October workshops are open to all who love to create, from experienced to novice. A detailed schedule, workshop descriptions, fees, and registration

informations can be downloaded at www. workshops. “Drawing Intensive” will open the fall season on Sept. 13-14. Other twoday sessions are: “Artful Design and Composition” (Sept. 27-28); “Charming Handmade Books” (Oct. 4-5); and “Color Theory Intensive” (Oct. 11-12). Papermaking on Sept. 20 will feature blue and black denim pulps, while Papermaking on Sept. 21 will offer vegetable fiber pulps. Other one-day workshops are ”Stenciling & Stamping” (Oct. 18); and “Making Stab Bound Books” (Oct. 19).

•7.14 ac. in Oracle with 360 deg. views. Can be split, horses allowed, MH or site built ok. $150,000. •1.25 ac. Flat usable, homes only area, horses allowed. $59,500. •Oaks and boulders on 1 1/3 ac. that will provide your home with Psalm great views. $110,000. •Just over 1 ac with beautiful views, very private. Utilities in. $49,000. •1ac. in homes only area with fantastic views & natural features. $89,000. •3.5 ac. off Cody L oop in Holy Cross Canyon, borders State Land on 2 sides, on paved road. Great Homesite. $165,000. •Great lot in center of Oracle. Ready to build on, utilities at lot line. $31,900. •Corner lot .48 ac zoned commerical. Easy access to American Ave. and Hwy 77. $35,000.



Church Directory Assembly of God ORACLE

Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Thursday Royal Rangers 5 p.m. Pastor Jack Siddle, Jr. Residence 896-2507

Living Word Chapel 3941 W. Hwy. 77, Oracle 896-2771 • 896-9020

Sunday: First Service 9:00 a.m. Fellowship Time 10:30-11:00a.m. Second Service 11 a.m. Children & Youth classes available for both services

Pastor James Ruiz

Oracle Church of Christ

2425 El Paseo 896-2452 896-2067 Sunday Bible Study • 10 am Worship • 11 am

Oracle Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2150 Hwy. 77, Oracle

Saturday: Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Pastor John Roybal

First Baptist Church American Way, Oracle 520-808-3171 Pastor Ray Lott

Oracle Union Church Sunday: Surrounding Listings Ad American Ave., Oracle • 896-2544 not inSchool Near Mt. Lemmon Turnoff “A community church for a world community.”

Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Ed Nelson

9:30 a.m. Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Free food distribution 2nd Tuesday, 11 a.m.

•3.92 ac. on Barrows Pl. with hilltop views. You can have site-built or MH, horse property. $59,000. •Block home new interior paint, great views, carport. $65,000. •2 ac. parcel in Mammoth w/older MH & shop. Has been surveyed into 4 parcels or you can build on it. $79,000. •Almost 1/2 ac. with MH that has a lot of upgrades added recently, hanidcap ramp. $40,000.

To be included in the monthly church listing, call the Oracle Towne Crier 385-2266.

•Well-kept home on 3 lots, wood kitchen cabinets, workshop, 2 car carport, great views. $88,900. •Large home in Mammoth, great for a family, wood burning stove

“We’ve designed the individual sessions as a creative, fun experience for small groups of people wanting to learn different arts or to expand on the abilities and skills they already enjoy.” said Barbara, who has taught art at all levels, grade school to college. More at her website, www. “The sessions offer participants an oppourunity to refresh their creativity as they learn basics and finish projects,” said Val, a paper and book artist for ten years. More at her website,


Continued from Page 3 interfering with judicial proceedings. He was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail. July 18 Theft of copper wire and parts from a well was reported in the 1100 block of North Highway 77, Oracle. July 18 Criminal damage was reported in the 2000 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. A truck driver woke to find that his tractor trailer had been tagged with graffiti in the night. July 18 Burglary was reported in the 2000 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. July 18 Theft was reported in the 2100 block of East American Avenue, Oracle. July 19 An unattended death was reported in the 800 block of North Javelina Street, Oracle. July 19 Christopher Ray Anzinger, 21, Oracle, was arrested at the Pinal County Jail in Florence See Sheriff, Page 15

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Rainy weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm during the week of kids’ fun days at the Oracle Community Center in July. Crafts, games, treasure hunts, and food tastings were part of the library’s summer reading program, which centered on the theme of “One world, many stories” and prompted youngsters to read books about other countries. Susie Cochran coordinated the activities with help from several moms and volunteers. (Val Bembenek photo)


Continued from Page 14 and was charged with aggravated assault on a correction employee. He was booked on the charge. July 20 Vincent Abraham Chavez, 34, Oracle, was arrested at milepost 91.1 on Highway 77 on a warrant for interfering with judicial proceedings. He was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail. July 26 A driver was arrested in the 300 block of East American Avenue, Oracle, and charged with driving on a suspended license. The driver was cited and released. The vehicle was impounded and towed. July 27 Erin Brianne Trott Lansberry, 32, Oracle, was arrested in the 900 block of West Gateway Street, Oracle, and charged with disorderly conduct and assault. She was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail. July 28 Criminal damage

reported in the 800 block of North Calle Futura, Oracle. Aug. 2 Burglary was reported at a business in the 1600 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. A quad was taken. Aug. 3 Criminal damage was reported in the 1400 block of North Justice Drive, Oracle.

to a vehicle was reported in the 2000 block of East American Avenue, Oracle. July 28 Theft of a quad was reported in the 1000 block of East American Avenue, Oracle. July 31 Burglary was reported in the 2000 block of West American Avenue, Oracle. Aug. 1 Theft of tools was




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Slant in Handwriting By Skylar Khan The slant of your handwriting reveals

how you will react to an emotionally stimulating situation.

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In order to find your own slant, consider doing the following:

The vertical slant in a handwritten specimen reveals the writer’s head-over-heart attitude. These people think before they act. They are undemonstrative, detached, and might appear to be indifferent. They stay calm in the midst of chaos. They are not biased. Objectivity is their strong suit.

and ingratiating, but remains emotionally aloof. The writer analyzes how best to proceed in order to achieve his/her objectives. These writers are often misunderstood because they are unable to share their feelings with others. It is important to know that such writers have experienced disappointments and setbacks in life, therefore the watch-and-see attitude serves as a self-protective defense mechanism. Actions may be undertaken without the involvement of feelings.

A leftward slant indicates a writer whose participation in an event is based on what best serves his/her own cause. He/she appears sociable

The rightward slant indicates a writer who is outgoing and reacts to others’ needs and demands. The more the handwriting slants to the right, the more the writer tends to jump into things without much thought, only to regret it later. The word is spoken before it can be taken back.

#1 1. Draw a small “x” at the point where the writing first takes an upward movement. 2. Draw a small “x” at the point where the upward movement stops. 3. Using a ruler, draw a line between both x’s and measure that as your slant. The slant in handwriting is measured at an angle from the baseline of writing. A vertical slant would result in a 90º angle (more or less) from the baseline; a reclined or leftward slant would be between 95º to 160º, and an inclined or rightward slant would be between 15º to 85º.


Decisions are based on emotions. Such writers have the ability to relate well to other people.

And then there is the writer with a variable slant. Such writers are unpredictable. One day they enjoy hearing a compliment; the same statement however bothers them on another day. Others consider such persons to be moody and capricious. Unpredictability is especially troublesome when such a writer is in management. The same applies for personal relationships as well. In addition to slant, the rest of the handwriting needs to be taken into consideration, especially form and pen pressure. If you have any questions or comments, please contact your local Graphoanalyst.

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By Suzan Austin Isn’t it great to discover a new author and find out that he or she has written lots of books? For me, it means that I won’t have to wonder what to read next if some other book doesn’t appeal. I’ll simply look for another novel by the same author. For example, Daniel Silva, whose 11 books starring Gabriel Allon date back to 2000. Allon is an art restorer who works for the Israeli intelligence agency. Intrigue and art -what a combination.

Another series to tempt your literary tastebuds is The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a professional wizard who lives in Chicago. Like Harry Potter, he deals with dark wizards, but in a contemporary setting. Some other cool books for a hot summer day’s reading include Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, an unlikely love story set in England’s north country; and Galore by Michael Crummey, which will stretch your imagination while weaving

a tale of two families in isolated Newfoundland. The library also has Ann Patchett’s latest, State of Wonder. She is author of Run and Bel Canto. And we have the new title from Lisa See, Dreams of Joy. This book is everything you’ve come to expect from Lisa See, and while it is a stand-alone story, it is also a continuation of her previous novel, Shanghai Girls. If you’re planning a road trip, be sure to check out our audio book section for new titles.

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