FORAGING FOR ARIZONA MUSHROOMS Story and photos by T. Stone, Boyce Thompson Arboretum
“All mushrooms are edible, but some only once.” ~ Croatian proverb
Arizona, in case you don’t realize it, is one of the most biologically diverse places in the United States. This might seem counterintuitive when one considers the overall arid climate, but it’s true. Besides several distinct desert regions, we also have “sky islands” – tall isolated mountain ranges that are covered in trees and attract rain-laden clouds. In short, instead of a homogeneous environment, Arizona is a patchwork of restricted micro-environments begetting an amazing array of flora and fauna. And mushrooms. Mushrooms are found throughout the temperate regions of the world. Here in Arizona there are a few desert-specific mushroom species that you can find after a rain around Tucson or Phoenix including Podaxis pistillaris and Battarrea phalloides, but you find the most mushrooms in the warm damp humus beneath pine and oak trees in the mountains above 6,000’. Leccinum insigne Needless to say, we have plenty of mountains over 6,000’, including the Pinals. – edible
Boletus rubriceps – excellent and prized edible
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Arizona Mushrooms, Continued on page 3
The History of Rosa McKay By Heidi Osselaer
She was knocked down by gunmen as she marched into the Bisbee Western Union office, but that did not deter Rosa McKay from sending a telegram to President Woodrow Wilson requesting “protection for the women and children of the Warren District.” It was July 12, 1918, and Cochise County Legislator Rosa McKay watched helplessly as over 1,200 deputies led by Sheriff Harry Wheeler rounded up 2,000 striking copper miners in Bisbee, placed them on railroad cars and left them in the desert outside of Columbus, New Mexico. When local officials told McKay that Sheriff Wheeler had ordered all women and children off the streets of Bisbee that day, she replied... Rosa McKay, Continued on page 33
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Nicole holds up a recently completed ‘combo’ set for a two-year old which is shipping out to a couple in Florida.
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ne local mom just couldn’t make herself go back to her job at a local bank after her second child was born. . . So she didn’t. And that was how she discovered how a home-based business, Simply Irresistible Embroidery, can grow so fast that it can’t be contained in a house. Simply Irresistible, Continued on page 34
...“There is not enough gun men in the United States to drive me off the streets today.”
Old Dominion Park Rosa McKay and Vernettie Ivy at the state capital.
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Boletus barrowsii sliced for a food dehydrator.
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Besides the fact that mushrooms are fascinating organisms in their own right, many are also delicious. Across the United States, collecting mushrooms “for the table” is becoming a popular pastime. Arizona’s mushroom season is mostly during the summer monsoons between mid-July and late September, with August often seeing the most fungal abundance. (But you can find morels in the spring!) Hunting for edible mushrooms is not to be done as blithely as, say, getting married or wrestling alligators. You must be fully focused and able to identify certain characteristics of mushrooms before entertaining the thought of eating them. Does the mushroom you found have gills, pores, or “teeth”? If there are gills, are they attached to the stem or not? Is there a collar encircling the stem? What kind of trees are around the mushroom? Do you know how to make a spore print? These are the kinds of questions you must be able to address. The simple reason for this cautionary approach is that there are a couple of regional mushrooms that will kill you if you eat them – Amanita phalloides, for example, which may not be common but you only need one to die. There are also quite a few mushrooms that can make you very sick
– Amanita muscaria, Cortinarius spp., Lepiota spp., Rubroboletus satanas, etc. To the untrained eye many mushrooms look alike, so it’s crucial that you take your time and gain experience and knowledge before embarking – with basket in hand – on the road to mushroom hunting. If you aren’t absolutely sure of the species you collected, DO NOT EAT IT. It seems obvious that this would be common-sense advice, but, as Voltaire pointed out, common sense isn’t so common. The Arizona mushrooms you will want to familiarize yourself with for gastronomic consideration include these Amanita muscaria – toxic common species: Boletus rubriceps, Leccinum insigne, Boletus barrowsii, oyster And finally there’s the Arizona Mushroom Society mushrooms, Amanita cochiseana, chanterelles, lobster that leads a couple of forays each year. You can contact mushrooms, and puffballs. Of course there are many more them at: arizonamushroomsociety.org. You should attend edible species, but start with these “easy” ones first. a couple of forays before going out on your own. As the Collecting mushrooms is addictive and is somewhat old saying goes: There are old mushroom hunters and akin to having “gold fever”. Every summer bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old bold for the rest of your life you will excitedly mushroom hunters. explore the forests closest to you. For now however, until you learn more, I encourage you to simply look at the beauty and diversity of mushrooms without thinking too much Live Music with Trio Rio Concert about eating them. April 15 • 12-2 p.m. If and when you are ready to go mushroom collecting, contact people who can introduce Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday April 15 • 1:30 Start Time you to them. And exercise your conscience when you go out into the woods. Don’t Earth Day Concert – harvest every mushroom you see. Don’t pull Live Music with Baba Marimba the mushrooms up by their mycelial “roots”, April 22 • 10 a.m. cut them with a knife instead. Show respect to Sunday Intro to Photography Walk nature by not being too acquisitive. April 23 Information related to mushrooms is Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks easily available online. Most relevant for us May 13, June 10 and July 8 • 8 a.m. is the Facebook page – Arizona Mushroom Butterfly Walks Resume Forum - where you can see in real time what May 27 • 9:30 a.m. exactly people are finding in the highlands of Dragonfly Walks May Arizona. Too, I recommend three books for July • 8:30 a.m. your library:
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With pitch-perfect temperatures hovering around the 70s and 80s, there are few places in the state that are nicer than central Arizona at this time of year. It just begs a person to be outside in a kayak, on a trail, in the garden or in the park. The new Gila County Outdoor Recreation Guide is now out; a project we developed on behalf of the Gila County IDA with grant funding received from the Freeport McMoRan Community Investment Fund. We’re thrilled to be a part of this project and we discovered a lot that we didn’t know in the process. The books will be distributed across the state and will be printed twice a year in both April and October. We invite you to get a copy and check out the guide for yourself. And let us know if we missed something which we should include in the fall issue. The focus of the guide is on the southern half of Gila County, and as anyone who lives here knows, that includes the Pinal Mountains out our back door, the Salt River and Roosevelt Lake (just minutes away) and the Tonto National Forest stretching as far as the eye can see to the North. It’s a huge wonder land for the outdoor enthusiast and a true asset for us ‘locals.’ As for our features this spring, we showcase two local entrepreneurs who both consider Globe-Miami home and “where the heart is.” Nicole Gregory and Jordan Baker have both launched successful business ventures which serve local customers and visitors. See pp 1 and 22. The article by Peter Bigfoot (and company) reminds ua that garden produce starts with good dirt and hard work. His organic farm, Reevis Mountain Farm, is perhaps the largest supplier of fresh produce at the Globe Miami Farmers’ market each year, and there are few people more knowledgeable than Peter when it comes to coaxing an outstanding performance from his garden each year. See pp 5. A few fun hikes are featured in this issue: ones specifically for those looking for kid-friendly hikes in the area and another personal favorite of mine since I live in downtown Globe and just a block from the Copper Hen; the Stair Walk. See pp 26 and 14. As someone once said, “ Kids don’t remember their best day of television.” But really, do any of us? See you on the outside! Cheers,
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Rattlesnakes And Your Pets
Mompreneur Creates Great Styles For Kids, Families
Hobos in America
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Something Different and Delicious for Globe Miami
Globe Unified School District
Four Short, Kid-Friendly, Local Hikes to Check Out
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Spring Farming at Reevis Mountain
Law & Order
A Walk About Town
Old Dominion Mine Park
SPRING FARMING AT REEVIS MOUNTAIN By Peter Bigfoot and Patricia Sanders, Photos by Cynthia Schultz
e’re getting ready for the farmers market, and just in case anybody thought we get this food for free out of the garden, we thought we’d tell some of the story of how dirt, water and sunshine get turned into food at Reevis Mountain. We have a crew of five at the farm now, and most of the outdoor work gets done by me (Peter), Cynthia, and Mike, with Travis and Rebecca helping out where needed. Travis is mainly our technical guy now, and Rebecca is a big all-around helper. Getting food growing for the market started way back in the fall … well, actually it started back in 1979 when some friends and I found the farm and bought it and put in the first garden and orchard … or maybe back when I was a kid growing up in North Plainfield, New Jersey, and my brother Charles and I had competitions for growing vegetables in our ten-foot patches. Anyway, last fall we brought truckloads of cow manure up from an organic dairy in Gilbert and started seasoning it for use in the garden. In February, we started spring planting, which continues into April and sometimes longer. Most often we use seeds we have saved in previous years. Before we can plant, though, we need to prepare each garden bed depending on what we plan to grow there. We then plant the seeds Peter Bigfoot communing with a baby fruit tree according to the moon phase and he’s just transplanted. rainfall. The very best scenario is to plant under the new moon, just before a light rain. That way the seeds get the best of everything they need as they’re starting out.
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The chicken run at Reevis Mountain, where the hens get to lunch on garden weeds and bugs, safe from predators.
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A baby chick lucky enough to get hatched at Reevis. The farm has about 70 laying hens, which live in rotation pens so they always have plenty to eat.
After planting, we hand water the baby plants until they can survive with only the general daily watering that we give the whole garden (by sprinkler). After that, the plants will need to be tended to as they grow, including being thinned, sometimes transplanted, weeded, and if necessary treated organically for pests. We find that we have problems with pests only if we’re trying to grow something out of season, or plants that just don’t grow well here. The stress of trying to grow where they aren’t happy makes them weak and open to attack. The fruit we bring to the farmers market needs attention all year round. During the winter we prune the trees, and we chip the branches for mulch. We also do maintenance and improvements on the tree basins. The basins surround each tree and help make sure water gets to the entire root system. With more than 100 trees in our orchard, we constantly have to keep working on the basins to make sure they are level and extend out to the drip line. Watering the garden and the orchard takes about 20,000 gallons in the summertime, every day. This fills our irrigation tank twice. We get water from mountain springs in the canyon up the creek from the farm, and from Campaign Creek with our solar water pump. As the fruit ripens, we need to protect it from birds, insects and other wildlife, such as foxes, coatimundis, and sometimes bears. Javelina will butt the tree trunks to make the fruit fall, and then they’ll eat it, pits and all, so there’s no evidence of their misdeeds. To protect the fruit we hang fake snakes in the branches and also hang up the Scare Bears, our stuffed-animal patrol. Also CDs, sparkly garlands, and anything else that will scare the birds away. Some years we have to use the bird cannon. This does not shoot birds or even shoot at birds, it only makes a loud noise on a random timer that scares the birds away, as well as many of our human visitors. This past winter we reworked our blackberry patch (which is about 25 years old) by cutting it back and adding a new trellis setup, so we hope to have even more blackberries this year and in future seasons. And all that is before we even get to harvest the food! Everybody’s favorite part. We enjoy harvesting it directly into our mouths as we wander through the orchard in the early morning. But we grow plenty more than we need, and we get a lot of joy out of sharing it with our friends in Globe on market days.
Peter Bigfoot loading the farm’s dump truck with organic cow manure in Gilbert. The garden at Reevis needs about six truckloads of manure each season.
Peter and Mike installing fencing in the Reevis garden. Mike is a work-exchange helper who has visited Reevis several times in recent years.
Peter Bigfoot plants a young fruit tree in his orchard. The farm has about 100 fruit and nut trees, including 11 apricot trees and seven persimmons.
The colors of Reevis eggs come from the different varieties of hen. Did you know you can tell the color eggs a hen will lay by the color of its legs?
Spring fruit blossoms at Reevis Mountain, with the eponymous mountain standing over the valley.
LAW & ORDER
Prohibition and the IRS By Linda Gross
In 1909, the debate on Prohibition took place in town halls and back alleys, and while it would take another five years for Arizona to pass a law banning alcohol sales consumption, the Daily SilverBelt ran regular articles about the issue. This excerpt in an April 1909 issue cautioned readers about the outcomes of the law. “…Prohibition does not yield encouraging returns in North Dakota,” the Daily reported. “Returns show 1,791 United States liquor-selling licenses issued in the state. That stands for one drinking place to each 244 of population, while in Minnesota, non-prohibition, there is one saloon for each 500 inhabitants.” In other words, the writer points out, “dry North Dakota has twice as many saloons in proportion to population as wet Minnesota. And in further reporting that month, the Daily SilverBelt published this news coming out of Bisbee, which read: “The prohibit are going to try for (a) local option at Bisbee. If they succeed in carrying the election, Bisbee will enjoy the proud distinction of being the only “dry” mining camp in the United States.” Of course, history tells us now that Prohibition was a failure in achieving its high ideals almost from the start. Instead of creating a more sober America, one which proponents vowed would be free from “diseased bodies, wrecked and diseased minds and wrecked and diseased souls,” Prohibition was responsible for a rise in organized crime, a proliferation of speak easies and a loss of nearly $11 billion in tax revenue (while costing over $300 million to enforce.) Arizona did indeed pass the measure in 1915, along with Colorado and Washington, and joined the nation in repeal it 18 years later in 1933. It is generally recognized that after losing the income from liquor tax, the U.S. needed an income tax to keep the money flowing. And now you know the rest of the story. Happy Tax Day!
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When: April 6 – 9 Where: Florence Cost: General Admission $50 and up, depending on day and package This blockbuster four-day concert brings in some of the finest talent from around the country. Whether you plan to go for a day or camp out and catch the whole show, the event’s organizers have you covered. www.arizona. countrythunder.com.
When: April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where: Dream Manor Inn Cost: $35/person or $315 for a table for nine It’s the time of year to pull down that hat box and put on your favorite hat to show your support for the Horizon Domestic Violence Safe Home and for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Host your own table and invite your family and friends to join you for a morning champagne brunch to raise funds for the Horizon Domestic Violence Safe Home. The event includes brunch, a silent auction, hat contest, table awards, raffles, door prizes, and a guest speaker. For more information contact Carolyn Gillis at (928) 812-2521.
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Globe’s 33rd Annual Historic Home & Building Tour When: April 8 & 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Historic Train Depot, Globe Cost: Adults $15 (includes souvenir copper ticket), children $10 Hosted by the Globe-Miami Chamber, the tour showcases a variety of local homes and commercial buildings, including Globe’s Trost and Trost-designed train depot and the 1910 Territorial Jail. The tour begins at the train depot, where you pick up your copper ticket and take a shuttle to each of the stops on the route. For more information call the Chamber at (928) 425-4495. **Special Addition to Home Tour this Year is the Cemetery Tour**
When: April 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Historic Train Depot, Globe Cost: $15 per ticket or $25 for both home tour and cemetery tour (saves $5); children under 10 free with adult supervision As a featured addition to this year’s Globe Home Tour, the Globe Historic Downtown Association is offering a tour of Globe’s oldest cemetery. The tour is a 90+ minute historical walking tour that will depict an old West time gone by. The guided tour includes performances by Globe’s local theater group to tell the tales of lives once led. This is NOT a ghost & ghoul tour, this is a history tour of the land and time of Globe’s past. We appreciate in advance the respect of our cemetery residents, and where they rest. Shuttles will depart approximately every 20 minutes from the depot. Tickets include a cemetery keepsake map. After arriving back from the tour, for more fun in the land of the living, linger in the Jailyard Cantina (no host, open until 11 p.m.), located next to the 1910 Territorial Jail (just one block from the depot).
SPRING 2017 boasts 1,515 individual campsites, 80 lakeside picnic sites, nine boat launch areas, and six fish-cleaning stations. With miles of water to explore, it’s easy to blast across the lake with a bass boat, and opportunities abound for boating, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, wading, swimming, camping, and picnicking. The Wild West Bass Trail provides premier competitive fishing events in the western United States to promote the highestquality companies and anglers.
Eighth Annual Miami Loco Arts Festival When: April 21 – 23 Where: Downtown Miami Cost: Free Miami Loco is an art walk of diverse cultures, for all ages and tastes—from traditional to contemporary. Visit art galleries, antique shops, storefronts and studios that are participating with new art installations, live music, poetry and stage performances. Festival begins 6 p.m. Friday; art spaces will be open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m – 5 p.m. All-ages alternative Organic Poetry open mic Sunday afternoon. Maps and event schedules will be posted. Twilight procession on Saturday evening featuring select galleries. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Chamber Camaraderie STEMfest/Arbor Day Celebration 2017 When: April 22, 10. a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: Gila Community College Campus Cost: Free Supported by Gila County School Superintendent’s Office and Gila Community College, this annual science fair includes demonstrations and fun activity booths where there is something for everyone. The college campus is a beautiful setting for this years STEMFest/Arbor Day Celebration and will include a 5K Ruin to Ruin race at 8:30am and a tree planting ceremony to celebrate Arbor Day.
When: May 5th. 530 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: Dream Manor Inn Cost: $150 Enjoy an evening of great company and fabulous prices at the Chambers’ premier fundraiser. Held at Dream Manor Inn your ticket will include a steak dinner and a chance at $5,000 which always makes the evening an exciting one. Tickets are available through the chamber at 425-4495.
Mother’s Day Tea When: May 8, 1 – 3 p.m. Where: Cobre Valley Center for the Arts Cost: $20 Show your appreciation for Mom – or Grandma or a wife or daughter – at this special sit-down tea service, including delicate sandwiches, cakes, cookies, sweets, hot tea, and opportunities to shower her with singing telegrams, flower deliveries and more, all delivered by the Copper Cities Community Players. For more information and reservations, phone (928) 425-0884. Presented by the Copper Cities Community Players.
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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
Student Earth Day Event – Taliesin When: April 22 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Bullion Plaza MuseumFront Lawn Cost: Free A group of student interns from Taliesin’s Globe-Miami Studio project will be hosting an Earth Day in which student groups present environmental projects, host Earth Day activities and make speeches about the environment. For more information contact: Michael 23, Project Manager, Globe-Miami Studio. 602-300-7575.
When: April 27 – 30 Where: Verde Valley, Cottonwood Cost: $15/person or $30/family This nature festival has been going on for 17 years and is known as the friendliest birding festival around. Workshops, nature walks, field trips, nature fair. www.birdyverde.com.
Wild West Bass Championship When: May 4 – 6 Where: Roosevelt Lake Cost: Pro/am. See wildwestbasstrail.com. At nearly 20,000 acres, Roosevelt Lake is considered a bass fisherman’s paradise, known for producing impressive amounts of largemouth bass – including some over 10 pounds. The lake spans 22 miles and
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Community Concert: Bryan Bowers When: May 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Where: High Desert Middle School Auditorium Cost: $20 (included with season tickets) At this last installment of the year’s community concert series, you won’t want to miss Bryan Bowers. His instrumental virtuosity, along with his warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism, make him a much enjoyed listening experience. Bowers is a well-known singer/songwriter and a member of the Autoharp Hall of Fame. His dynamic personality has made him a fan favorite.
23rd Annual Payson Wildlife Festival When: May 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Green Valley Park, Payson Cost: Free A carnival offering wildlife encounters and hands-on outdoor activities for all. Parents and kids can fish, play games and get a close-up look at a variety of wildlife, including birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. www. paysonr imcountr y.com/Activities/ Special-Events/Wildlife-Fair
Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo When: May 18 – 20, gates open at 5 p.m. Where: Payson Event Center, Payson Cost: Per day: Adults $14, seniors $12, children $10, children 7 and under free, active military free This rodeo benefits local youth and honors Payson native Gary Hardt, a wellknown roper and member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association. www.payson prorodeo.com/Event_Schedule.html
17th Annual Sunrise Challenge 5K Run
Relay for Life When: May 12, 6 p.m. Where: Harbison Field, Globe Cost: Fundraiser Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year’s local event will feature local bands and musicians, campsite contests for best theme, family activities, a photo booth, a luminaria ceremony, and more—plus, of course, the all-important Survivors Lap. For information and to sign up, please visit www.relayforlife.org/ coppervalleyaz.
When: June 3, 6:00 a.m. Cost: $25 (early registration, postmarked by May 29), $20 students The annual Round Mountain Sunrise Challenge is a difficult 5K cross-country run (3.1 miles) or 1.7 fun walk/hike that features major elevation changes and the chance to enjoy the sunrise over Globe-Miami. The event is presented by the Globe Rotary Club, the City of Globe and the Gila County Division of Health and Emergency Services. All participants will receive a T-shirt, and trophies and medallions will be awarded for the top three 5K finishers in each division. Male and female divisions (5K only): 11 and under; 12–20; 21–35; 36–50; 51–65; over 65. For details call (928) 425-4495 or visit www.globemiamichamber.com.
SPRING 2017 Apache Independence Day When: June 18 Where: Downtown San Carlos June 18 marks the anniversary of the day in 1954 that Congress issued an executive order officially establishing the San Carlos Apaches as a tribe. Celebrating Apache Independence, the day includes a volleyball tournament, horseshoes competitions, a fry bread contest, pageant and more.
Globe-Miami Farmers Market When: Saturdays 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., June 3 – September 30 Where: Veterans Park/Globe City Hall, just off Hwy. 60 Each Saturday the market opens at 8 a.m. offering fresh, delicious produce from local growers, tempting baked goods, and a smattering of art, music, crafts, kids activities, and great conversation. Please support local growers. For more details contact Holly Brantley, Market Manager, at (928) 7013097, or check out the market’s FB page.
Prescott Frontier Days – World’s Oldest Rodeo When: June 28 – July 4 Where: Prescott Rodeo Grounds Cost: $12 and up This rodeo attracts more than 20,000 spectators every year and brings in top talent, headliner shows and crowdpleasing attractions. The week-long event includes a rodeo dance, the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade, an arts and crafts show, a cowboy church and more. For tickets and to see the complete schedule of events, visit www.worldsoldestrodeo.com.
44th Annual Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Arts Fair When: June 3 & 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily Where: Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott Cost: Adults $10, museum members $8, 17 and under free Every year the Sharlot Hall Museum grounds are transformed into a traditional 19th-century Arizona village featuring themed districts and emphasizing education, demonstrations and hands-on experiences. For more information visit www.sharlot.org/azhistory-adventures/yearly-festivals.
Fourth of July – Celebrating Independence Day When: July 4 Where: Tailings dam across from Walmart, Globe Come watch the best fireworks around as FMI once again hosts a fantastic fireworks show from the top of the tailings dam. Show begins at dusk.
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Beauty and the Beast
The Beast, played convincingly by Stewart Kim, speaks to a splendid Belle played by Mariel Jones.
The production involved dozens of actors.
3rd Annual Gila ATV Jamboree March 23-26 Included a Kick Off Thursday Nite with the Chamber’s new “Alive After Five” Mixer held at McSpadden Ford.
A stellar performance of the braggadocios 'Gaston' by Noah Barnes had audiences in stitches. Shown here with Silly Girl #1, 2 and 3: Sarah Barajas, Ivy Moss and Kelly Stennerson along with Moon Thomas who gave any excellent portrayal of Gaston's sidekick Le Fou.
The stage production and costuming courtesy of the magical talents of Diana Tunis and stage manager Caressa Shipley.
Photography courtesy of Kenneth Chan Bullion Plaza Director, Tom Foster and United Fund Executive Director Maryn Belling, joined Bryan Seppela (Chamber President and Community Outreach for Resolution Copper) in welcoming visitors to this year’s event.
Linda Oddenetto, city staff, greeted participants at the Drift Inn at one of the stops on the downtown ‘Poker Run,’ during the kick off event.
Despite rain the day before, Friday dawned bright and sunny. Here a group composed of locals and Canadians get ready to take off for the morning ride from downtown Globe. Nearly 60 riders participated in this year’s Jamboree.
Lisa Weilenga, Rob Zache, Bob Zache, and Udon McSpadden enjoyed the kick off event at McSpadden Ford. McSpadden also hosted the event registration.
Cobre Valley Health Fair
Yvonne Freeman and her son John host a booth featuring home made soaps made by daughter Kristal. Their product, “The Rustic Bar” is a vendor at Globe-Miami Farmers’ Market each summer.
Lorraine Gonzales (Nurse), Mike Fritz (OR Manager), Globe City Councilman, Freddie Rios and Lisa Brazil. Brazil is now the Jenn McDonald (Nurse Anesthetist) and Globe Community Resource Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association for Mayor Al Gameros turned out early for the 5K Southern Arizona. fun run.
Team Globe. The City of Globe was out in force to participate in this year’s health fair. City staff members Shelly Salazar and husband Michael, Linda Oddonetto, Michele Yerkovich, Evonne Hernandez standing with Mayor Gameros.
The Clans of Oddonetto, Franco and Ramos
Hospital CEO, Neal Jensen with CVRMs Evelyn Vargas and Melissa Steele. Vargas and Steele organize the fair each year and ensure it runs smoothly with a host of volunteers!
Charlie Thomas, Director of Support Services at CVRMC was directing booth set up. Shown here with Debbie Guthrey of the Globe Lions.
The Copper Tigers Running Club launched this year thanks to a grant The Club and includes Preschool thru 5th grade runners.
Bill Nowak and Christa McBride
Mariah Campagna with Gila County Health Department, hosted the booth for Teen Pregnancy
Coach of the Copper Tigers Running Club Anna McQuinn.
(L-R) Kathleen Howard and Isabella Sukosky with the Howard kids; Megan, John and Benjamin, came ready to run.
Lions members: Bobby Ravenkamp, Kathy Johnson and Debbie Guthrey showed off their new tool to easily test if someone needs corrective glasses. They hope to be in the schools with this later this year.
A Talking Bench project, developed by architects Wouter, Cristina and Andre, invited people to share local stories.
A WALK-ABOUT TOWN
The plaque marking the spot of Globe’s infamous ‘Hanging Tree’.
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(1) A favorite starting place for the walk is the Copper Hen; a quaint coffee shop located on Mesquite Street just off of Broad. Here you can meet up with friends, get your first cup of coffee for the morning, or a hearty breakfast, before starting out on your walk.
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(8) Once at the top of the stairs, you can enjoy a downhill stroll all the way back to Broad Street, where you’ll see the iconic Tepee and turn right to head back up Broad to your starting destination three blocks down at Cedar and Broad. (7) When you emerge from the stairs you’ll be on Sycamore street, where you’ll turn right like you’re heading back to town. But wait! A short distance away you’ll discover the final set of stairs which take you up to Cottonwood Street.
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CHURCH The Tepee was once the entrance to The Red Roan, an iconic bar whose hey day in the 50s generated many memorable moments. After it was abandoned the building deteriorated and the City purchased the property as an extension to the public library which sits just to the south of the property. The bar was torn down in 2013 and the Tepee repainted and repaired.
The first set up stairs can be found at the back of an empty lot next to the SilverKing building. The overlook at the top is a favorite of photographers.
(3) From here, turn right and cross the street where you will follow the path to the back lot and you’ll find a trail leading to the first set of stairs. Although the hillside is somewhat overgrown in the spring, it is easily navigated.
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(2) Head north along Broad, following the sidewalk until you get to a small bench and historical marker which tells the story of Globe’s illustrious hanging tree which once rose above the buildings and served as the final frontier justice. Retired in 1881, a plaque now marks the spot where it once stood.
f you are looking for something to do while visiting Globe and want to get out and stretch your legs, but not too much, there is a perfect ‘walk-about’ starting in downtown Globe and winding your way through the hills above the business district, following the path of miners and others who used this series of concrete stairs to get around town. The stairs, built mainly between in the early 1900s by the City of Globe, were later refurbished in the ‘30s by the WPA. Today, they are in fairly good shape for their age, and despite some cracks and crumbling in places, all are still quite serviceable. It’s a fun walk around town. Kid Friendly.
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The stairs at Sycamore lead up to Cottonwood.
(4) The view overlooking downtown Globe is your reward for getting to the top of the stairs. Here you can see the entire historic district of Globe with over 60 small businesses located in and around this central location.
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(6) At the top you will still be on Sutherland. Go 1.5 blocks and turn left on Mesquite. You’ll get your heart pumping as you walk up three blocks to East Street where you’ll turn right. As you top the hill on this short block you’ll see the next set of stairs that begin where East Street dead ends into the gully. East Street dead ends into the gully where this set of stairs can be found.
The suspension bridge
(5) Turn right at the top of the stairs and go one block up and turn right again on N Sutherland. Here the pavement drops away to another path leading to the suspension bridge spanning a deep gulley with your second set of steps emerging on the other side.
***Hike/Walk at your own risk. The stairs are not maintained and you might run into the occasional stray dog - or even a skunk but we hope this doesn't deter you from checking out our little walk-about involving this set of historic stairs.
LOCAL VET SEES FIRST RATTLESNAKE BITE OF THE YEAR By Linda Gross
Think of the Arizona desert, and the first things that come to mind are probably heat, saguaro cactus and rattlesnakes. As the saying goes, practically everything in the desert will “stick you, sting you, bite you or burn you.” But for newcomers to the Southwestern desert, the scariest hazard is probably the rattlesnake: that fearsome serpent that lies in wait, coiled under the nearest prickly pear, ready to strike at anyone who comes near. The reality is that rattlesnakes aren’t nearly as dreadful as their reputation suggests. Most snakes seem to want to avoid confrontations just as much as humans do, and experts say that, for most rattlesnake encounters, we’ll never even know they happened. In 95% of cases, we walk right by a rattlesnake without even realizing it’s there. About two to three hundred people do get bitten by rattlesnakes in Arizona each year, but fatalities are very rare. However, for dogs, snake bites are more common and more threatening. There are no statistics for the number of dogs that are bitten or killed by snakes in Arizona, but it’s easy to imagine that the numbers are high. One estimate says that a pet bitten by a rattlesnake is 25 times more likely to die than a human. (Being smaller than humans by weight, a dog or cat is more likely to be killed by the same amount of venom.) Snake bites can also Dr. Jeff Eubank says he treats about a dozen snake bites at his clinic each year. Photo by LCGross cause permanent organ, brain, and joint damage.
Local veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Eubank, of Samaritan Veterinary Center in Globe, says he’s already seen his first case of snakebite this year when a ranch dog was brought in last week. The owners got the Lab into Eubank’s clinic within an hour and a half of the incident, and he was able to treat the dog with fluids and anti-venom and send him home, Eubank says. In other cases, the victims have not been so lucky. One poor dog was bit on the underbelly and required a large skin graft and months of recovery. As this example makes clear, the location of a snake bite is important. The “best” place to be bitten is in the leg or face, because these areas can swell enough that the venom tends to stay more or less in that same location without spreading. On the other hand, a bite to the main part of the body is often lethal, because the venom can quickly affect vital organs. “Every case is different and every snake bite is different,” says Eubank—starting with the bite itself. Not every bite is venomous, Eubank explains, and some bites are not as bad as others. The age, attitude and intent of the snake at the time of the encounter can make a difference. Unless you really manage to anger a snake, most of them simply want to be left alone and have you back off. You can’t always explain this in logical terms to a dog, though—hence the reason that more dogs than humans get bit. It is a fact that a angry snake will release more venom than one that is simply trying to defend his turf. And a young rattlesnake may release more venom because he hasn’t learned the art of “less is more.” And then, for the truly lucky dog or human, there are “dry bites.”
In a dry bite, the snake doesn’t release any venom at all. Maybe he just bit somebody else a few minutes ago, or maybe he wanted to say “back off” in a nice way. In any case, these bites roughly account for 20 to 30 percent of all bites. And as Eubank notes, it’s fairly easy to determine if this is the case. “A venomous bite,” Eubank says, “will be exquisitely sensitive to the touch, and there will be a good deal of swelling around the bite area.” In contrast, he says, “a dry bite will not have the same swelling and sensitivity.” “If people call me and they aren’t sure, I’m pretty sure it’s a dry bite, because otherwise they would know.” Eubank adds, “I still like to see them in the clinic, though, because there are other issues that could cause a problem with a bite like that. Infection, for one.” Snake bites are dirty. Perhaps the best “insurance” that dog owners can purchase is to vaccinate their pets each year. Snakebite vaccine is effective in reducing the potency of a bite by “binding” the venom and not allowing it to spread through the body. In doing so, the vaccine gives the owners more time to get their pet to the clinic, and it helps the animal recover faster. Eubank says he vaccinates between 400 and 500 dogs annually. Considering the potential cost of treating a snake bite (up to thousands of dollars, and weeks or months of recovery), a $40 vaccine seems to be a wise investment for most pet owners. Interestingly, there is not a vaccine for cats or humans. Snake bite photos courtesy of Samaratin Veterinary Clinic
There was a time, When lonely men would wander through this land, Rolling aimlessly along ... “Hobo Song” (John Prine)
Hobos are as American as Hank Williams, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Dust Bowl. Nobody knows for certain who the first hobos were. They might have been veterans of the Civil War who hopped freight trains to get home. Sometimes there was no home for them to go back to, and so they just hopped trains, looking for work and a new home. Or the first hobos might have been impoverished people from towns and cities in the East, who followed the railways toward the promise of the West, hopping on trains for free transportation and working along the way, soon finding this had become a way of life.
Boxcar’s my home, railroad my friend, It’s been that way since I don’t know when. I’m here today, tomorrow I’m gone. Where I hang my hat is where I call home. “Boxcar’s My Home” (Boxcar Willie)
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were between half and threequarters of a million hobos and tramps
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in America. During the Depression years, the number skyrocketed. People who had lost their jobs or their homes hit the road and rode the rails. The railway was a kind of safety net, offering the hope of work and dignity in another place—but often at the price of discomfort, danger and loneliness. About a quarter of these migratory workers were teenagers. Many had had to leave home because their parents could no longer afford to feed them. Some left because their home lives were difficult— or just for the adventure of the open road.
Now bums drink and wander round; Tramps dream and wander, too. But a hobo was a pioneer Who preferred to work for food. “Last of the Hobo Kings” (Mary Gauthier)
We might think of hobos as lazy, irresponsible or social dropouts, but that would be confusing hobos with tramps or bums. A tramp works only when he’s forced to. A bum doesn’t work at all, and doesn’t travel, except when the law makes him move. A hobo is a vagabond laborer who makes a point of earning his way, from personal pride and a desire to serve others
and the communities he passes through. The name “hobo” might have come from the phrase “homeward bound,” used by Civil War veterans, or from the name “hoe boy,” which referred to migratory farm laborers, or it might be a shortening of the Latin phrase “homo bonus,” which means good man. Hobos held to a community-minded moral code and strove to be of benefit wherever they went. Humbly, they often did jobs no one else was willing to do, for less money. They helped build railroads, roads, bridges and sewer systems; they did field work; they built courthouses, schools and hospitals in the growing communities of the West.
I wandered coast to coast trying to earn my keep, But a couple bucks a day don’t buy this rambler a place to sleep, And that Old Man Winter, he’s a-keeping me on the run, Never to find my home. “Nowhere to Sleep” (Chatham County Line)
But it was a dangerous life. Hobos were far from home and often alone. They were often arrested or beaten, and thrown out of town. The “bulls”—railway police—were known for violent treatment of trespassers. Hopping trains is, itself, a very dangerous thing to do, and many Hobos in America, Continued on page 21
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hobos lost feet, legs, or their lives. They got trapped between cars or flung off the top of a train car when it went into a curve unexpectedly. They got crushed to death under ice when freezer cars were loaded, or froze to death because their pay wasn’t enough to rent a motel room.
Rich man took my home and drove me from my door, And I ain’t got no home in this world anymore. “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore” (Woody Guthrie)
Hobos had their own lingo. “California blankets” were newspapers used as bedding. A “jungle” was a hobo camp. To “boil up” was to get cleaned up as well as possible, and to “catch the westbound” was to die. The terms “main drag,” “sky pilot” (preacher) and “big house” (prison) came from hobo language. Hobos also developed a system of symbols to communicate with each other. Two shovels drawn on a wall meant work could be found in that place. A square without its top line meant camping was safe here; three diagonal lines meant danger. A drawing of a cat meant that a kind lady lived in the house; a triangle with hands meant the home owner had a gun.
I ain’t got no home, I’m just a-roaming round, Just a wandering worker, I go from town to town. And the police make it hard wherever I may go, And I ain’t got no home in this world anymore. “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore” (Woody Guthrie)
Hobos were sometimes artists who used whatever materials were available to make their art, such as cigar boxes and scraps of wood. Another popular item they used for art was small-value coins. Coins were commonly available, inexpensive and portable. Nickels in particular were used because the metal was soft. Hobos would rework the coin,
smoothing it, changing details and sometimes engraving it. When the Buffalo nickel appeared in 1913, it became very popular as an art material. It was large and thick, and the Indian head on the front and the buffalo on the back offered plenty of potential for turning the picture into something else. These miniature artworks are known as hobo nickels.
Two hours of pushin’ broom Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room. I’m a man of means by no means— King of the Road. “King of the Road” (Roger Miller)
Today, hoboing is a crime. And in most places, it isn’t even possible to hop a train anymore: boxcars are sealed, and railroad yards are surrounded by razor wire. Like so many other facets of the American West, hoboing belongs to yesteryear, in the memories of our grandparents and the sound of a locomotive drumming down rusty rails.
Please tell me, where have all the hobos gone to? I see no fires burning down by the rusty railroad track. Could it be that time has gone and left them Tied up in life’s eternal travelin’ sack? “Hobo Song” (John Prine)
Story by Aimee Staten; photos by LC Gross
hen clients call Jordan Johnson, they are looking for something a little different, and that’s what she aims to give them. Johnson may be better known to some as the face behind the famous (and soon to re-open) Vida E Café, but there is much more to her than sandwiches, salads and coffee. She also runs a catering company under the same name. Her catering clients – as opposed to her customers at Vida E Café – know her as the creative energy behind elaborate five-course meals served in the comfort of their homes, as well as meals and hors d’oeuvres for graduations, weddings, galas and other local events. “I didn’t limit myself,” she said of her early catering days. “I did catering for anything or anybody.” Vida E Café opened in 2005 and closed in 2015, and Johnson catered the entire time. If she needed help, her family pitched in.
Baker stands at the center of the new interior for Vida E Cafe which is scheduled to open the end of April.
Jordan was one of four area chefs who provided food for the Globe Miami Times 10th Anniversary Gala last June.
As time passed, Johnson’s reputation grew, along with her client list. She catered training meals for the Carlota Mine for several years, as well as events at the San Carlos Wellness Center. Her niche is fine dining, and she does not limit that label to traditional meals. Linda Gross, a vegan, is one of her clients, and Johnson said she had fun planning and catering her 60th birthday party. “I like clients who challenge me,” Johnson says. Another of her clients, Nancy McKay, has eaten Vida E catered food at many different events, including annual Chamber of Commerce mixers at the Center for the Arts, ladies Christmas dinners, anniversaries and birthday parties. She said Johnson never disappoints.
“She brings interesting food to Globe,” McKay said, “and we all expect a little bit more because we know what she can do.” The only time McKay was almost disappointed in Johnson’s service was when she tried to hire Vida E Catering for a 40th anniversary party of about 100 people. Because Johnson was expecting a baby soon (turned out it was within the week), she refused. “She didn’t want to commit with her baby on the way,” McKay said. “I understood!” In 2015, Johnson reverted to her roots in baking and has kept her hand near the oven by baking cakes – for weddings, birthdays and other special events. Jordan Johnson, Continued on page 23
The Vida E Way
When Vida E Café was open from 2005-10, it really was the place where everyone knew your name, Johnson said. “It was like you were part of the town,” Johnson said, “and this was the Cheers of Globe.” Vida E Café is set hold a soft opening soon, and although it has a commercial kitchen, it will initially only offer coffee and healthy drinks like smoothies, juiced drinks and infused water. Later, it will offer the fusion menu. Although she refused to give away all of her plans, she said people should be on the lookout for additional Vida E Catering services in the future. Catering an event at Chrysocolla Inn, a historic B&B in Globe which hosts weddings, anniversaries and community events. Courtesy Photo.
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“I enjoy the cake, but that’s not my specialty,” she said. Her motto and her goal is to cook food that is different but delicious. She plans to introduce a fusion menu when the Vida E Café kitchen is up and running. “A fusion menu is where you do different things with familiar food,” she said. “What if we did a jalapeno popper in an egg roll or had Korean tacos?” Her goal – whether at the café or when she’s catering – is to make eating both enjoyable and adventurous. She remembers a man who had never eaten salmon before but decided he would try it “because it was free.” It is experiences like this one that makes Johnson happy to be in business in the Globe-Miami area. “”I could do great in the Valley (Mesa-Phoenix area), but that’s not where my heart is,” she said. Even as she plans her “something new and fresh” menu for the local community, she said she realizes Globe is on the cusp of “something great. “Everyone can smell it,” she said.
Way Back When
Johnson started out baking as a little girl under the direction of her mother, Susie Baker. When she (Johnson) was 10, all of her relatives received peanut butter cups for Christmas. She had thoroughly scratched the baking itch, however, by the time she graduated from Mesa High School and the EVIT program and was ready to start culinary studies at the Art Institute in Phoenix. Awarded a half scholarship after winning an omelet and crepes-making competition, Johnson graduated in 2005 and set out to make her fortune. “I asked my advisor if I could just skip the baking part of everything,” she said. Johnson wasn’t going to be able to escape baking entirely because her before-school job was as a catering
Johnson is married to Barry Johnson, who works for the Forest Service. They were initially married on board the Copper Spike and then held a formal ceremony later in 2006. They have three children: Mayvra, 7, Silas, 5, and Jace, 2. She has not held a full-time job since the café closed two years ago, and although she is feeling twinges about jumping back into more consistent work, she is also ready. “Jace doesn’t know how it is to have a working mom,” she said, with a slight quirk to her lip. “He will find out soon.”
Jordan, with husband Barry and their three children. Courtesy Photo
representative for Atlanta Bread Co. She not only had to manage the restaurant, which is similar to today’s Panera Bread, but also had to approach organizations to offer deli trays and sandwiches for meetings and events. By the time she graduated, she not only had culinary training but also job experience to add to her resume. Her first job, ironically, was as the omelet maker at a Marriot Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Johnson had been told to get into a hotel somewhere to get some job experience, and she used a highly “scientific” method to obtain that first job. She walked down the beach and chose the largest hotel and asked the manager if he had any job openings. Hard work and perseverance resulted in steady promotion, and Johnson was moved to Atlanta to be the kitchen manager. Although the experience was invaluable, she wasn’t making very much money and she was very homesick, so she moved to Globe. She quickly found a job with the Copper Parrot, where she designed the menu, ran the kitchen and the staff. Six months later, she quit that job and started a 10-year stint with Vida E Café.
Jordan Baker. Chef, Photo by LCGross
Schedule a catering event by calling Johnson at 480-239-9842.
Globe Unified School District Home of the Tigers
obert Burries Jr. (aka B.J.) is not too young to realize a few truths about life, and his grip on those truths could mean the difference between mere potential and actual success in his future. The Globe High sophomore is on many local people’s radar as the kid to watch with his mad basketball skills and his innate ability to lead others, and although his family has worked to form a veritable cone of protection around him, he is aware of the challenges that face him over the next few years. Gila County has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state of Arizona, and drug and alcohol abuse are recognized problems for the area, according to Globe High School Principal Bobby Armenta. The three issues are the top challenges the school deals with every year. As the school works to combat these issues, Burries’ family structure allows him to acknowledge issues with unusually clear eyes. His mother, Kelly Reede, works for the federally funded Women, Children and Infants program, better known as WIC, on the San Carlos Reservation. She said she sees what families, women and teenagers go through on a daily basis.
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James Reede, who was a Marine and the boy’s stepfather since childhood, said the family decided to be open and honest about choices and their consequences. “Awareness is the most important part,” said James. “We don’t want him to have to find out the hard way, so we tell him to ask us the questions that need to be answered.” There was a time that Burries, who is half African American and half Native American, was treated as an outsider. He moved from the San Bernadino, Calif., area when he was about 5, and he said he didn’t have friends for several years. All of that changed when he won a free-throw contest in junior high. “Before, it felt like I was alone all the time, so I practiced basketball to fill my time,” he said. His uncle, Steven Pahe Jr., took an interest in his development in the sport and began working with him. All of that work is still paying off. “It was hard; he pushed me,” Burries said. In fact, he pushed him hard enough that Burries decided he’d had enough of basketball when he was about nine years old. After a one-year hiatus proved to the young man that basketball was still one of his favorite things to do, he approached his uncle about starting up again. “I should have kept going. I didn’t realize he was trying to teach me how to be a man,” Burries said. “I thought I wanted to be a regular kid.” The two started watching YouTube videos and working on a particular aspect of the game. “We still do that to this day,” he said. “We work on separate things each week.” The two work on dribbling, defense, shoot and boxing out.
Too much pride or not enough pride seems to be part of the problem with motivation for teens. “It’s hard on the reservation,” Burries said. He said he has seen so many talented athletes who looked like they were “something” get to their junior and senior year in high school and “start drinking and having babies.” Burries’ mantra is to “stay focused, keep my circle small and listen to my parents and family. “I have found out that they are right almost all the time,” he said after relating an incident in which he was advised to stay away from a certain group of people. He followed the advice of his parents and found out the next morning that the group had been involved in a car accident. “They weren’t badly hurt, but it made me think,” Burries said. Burries does have a girlfriend, and he gets plenty of advice concerning their relationship. “People tell me, don’t get too loved up,” he said. “You will be just like everybody else.” He is working on keeping his goals and his relationship in perspective. “The thing is, she motivates me and understands me. She has goals and brings me happiness,” he said. Burries said he is able to block out many of the messages that seem to turn other people’s heads. In fact, he wants to someday be a motivational speaker for young people. “I would tell them to focus on school first and don’t try to be like everyone else,” he said. “You’ll just end up where you don’t want to be.” B.J. Burries. Photo by Aimee Staten
A Way Out
Armenta, who has been a miner, athletic director, coach, educator, principal, golf pro and in the military, has observed young people in many different environments, and he is proud of the discipline and focus Burries displays. The principal said Burries is a leader both on and off the court. “He is the most unselfish player I’ve ever seen.” Armenta said the sophomore is aware that others look to him for leadership, but he includes them in the process. “This GHS Principal Bobby Armenta. makes them better players,” he said. Photo by LC Gross Burries doesn’t just work hard on the court; he pays attention to his grades as well. His goal is to get a scholarship to a Division 1 school and, hopefully one day, “be good enough for the NBA.” His principal believes Burries is headed in the right direction because of his own college and career experience. “My dad told me that if I was going to work for the mines, I had to be a boss,” he said. “The only way a Hispanic could be a boss was if they had a college education.” Armenta worked days and went to college at night, sometimes traveling several hours every day between work and school. He has watched young people get in ruts and feel as if they have nowhere to
turn. “I tell Native American kids, that (the reservation) is not the only place you have to live.” For most young people, continuing their education – at college, a trade school or the military – is a way out of their circumstances. Parents also play an enormous part in their children’s future. Armenta said he is concerned when he watches high schoolers play sports with stands that barely have enough people in them to be labeled a crowd. “For the younger sports, the stands are so packed that people are standing on the sides,” he said. When young people enter their teenage years, with all of the inherent changes and hormonal shifts, it becomes harder for parents to want to be around their kids. “That’s when they need them the most!”
Burries averaged 26.3 points in 30 games this season, making 104 3-pointers and converting 188 of 226 free throws for the 3A Conference Tigers. He also averaged 4.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 steals and is on pace to score 3,000 career points, according to azcentral.com. He scored 694 points as a freshman with an average of 23 points per game. Burries made a 3A state record by scoring 68 points in a 105-103 win over Florence. Over the first two years of his high school career, he amassed 1,484 points playing varsity. Burries competed in “The Show” Arizona High School Basketball All Star game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 30.
Robotics News And Highlights Team #5059: FRC Robotics Division, Grades 9-12 First Robotics Competition Arizona North Regional – March 8-11, NAU Flagstaff, AZ The team did amazingly, adding on robot elements and working cohesively throughout the whole event. Although we did not rank high enough to advance from this competition, we rose as high as halfway up in competition ranking and were very proud of our accomplishments. We were only disappointed to not have another opportunity to compete with this entirely custom-built robot during the rest of the season. We were recognized as an upcoming team in need of a little extra boost for growth and have been offered a new sponsorship with Boeing to do exactly that next season. The sponsorship will include funding, permitting us to compete at two competitions per year. Team #10246: FTC Robotics Division, Grades 7-12 FIRST Tech Challenge Arizona State Championship – February 25, NAU Flagstaff, AZ Awards Received: • 2nd Place in Promote Award • 2nd Place in Motivate Award
TigeRobotics picks up new sponsor and takes custom-built robot for a spin during competitions in February and March. Photo by Noelle Anderson
• 3rd place Rockwell Collins Innovate Award • Kendra Martinez – one of three Arizona finalists selected for the Dean’s List Award World Championship in Houston: A portion of our team will be heading to the World Championship in Houston from April 19 through the 22 to support Kendra Martinez, our team member who has been selected to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List Award at the international level. Our students will simultaneously participate in valuable conferences designed to develop and improve the team for seasons to come, in addition to witnessing the elite teams compete on the global level. Graduating Member: We have one senior this year who is graduating with honors and has been accepted into the engineering college at Oregon State University, a school strongly invested in robotics. Our team member Hayden Anderson plans on remaining a strong presence on the team after graduation, albeit remotely. Gotta’ love technology! New Team Name: With support from the GUSD Governing Board, we have changed our robotics team name from TigeRobotics to The Midnight Cicadas. We are proud to identify as Globe Tigers, but tiger team names are very popular in the FIRST robotics world. To avoid being confused with other teams during competitions, we call ourselves “The Midnight Cicadas” of the Globe Unified School District. We also keep the same school colors – orange and black.
Teams #10246 and #5059: Members • Kendra Martinez – 11th • Hayden Anderson – 12th • Alyssa Jost – 9th • Ricky Das – 9th • Caylee Lopez – 9th • Angus Wang – 10th • Richard Zorn – 9th • Bradley Pollock – 8th (pre-member of team #5059) • Ruby Parker – 8th (pre-member of team #5059) *pre-member: a student who can participate in the FRC competition, but are not yet old enough to drive the FRC division robot Coaches/Mentors: Darrel Yerkovich, RJ Castaneda, Noelle Anderson, Jenn Walker Sponsors: Resolution Copper, Freeport, Globe Unified School District, Cobre Valley RMC, Miami / Globe Rotary
The Zip Line at Old Dominion Mine Park
Four Short, Kid-Friendly, Local Hikes to Check Out Story and Photos by Jenn Walker
Even if you’re a local, sometimes it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to travel far to find a good hike. Whether you’re just looking for a short hike nearby, or perhaps you’re also looking for a hike for kids, here are a few routes to try. Each one offers something for the adventurous and imaginative kid. Caution: Bring plenty of food, water and sunblock. With the exception of the Sixshooter Trail, these routes provide little shade. If sun or heat exposure is an issue, try these routes during the morning or evening. Those are by far the most magical times to visit, anyway. Also, don’t forget to watch out for rattlesnakes.
Round Mountain Park − The Bull’s Eye Rock Loop Distance: 1.2 miles Getting There: Head east on Highway 60 from downtown Globe. Turn left onto East South Street and continue until the road dead ends at the parking lot. Restroom/Water: Restrooms and a water fountain are accessible at the entrance of the park only. There is no doubt that Round Mountain Park is a popular among parents; you will often find kids on the trails with their families. This route begins on the West Trail, leading to the Bull’s Eye Rock Loop Trail; both are well-kept and well-marked. The West Trail is wide and gently ascends along the western side of the mountain, bypassing cacti, shrubs and desert flowers along the way. Just as the trail begins to turn east toward the Round Mountain summit, you’ll see a clearly marked sign to catch the Bull’s Eye Rock Loop Trail. Just before the trails intersect, there’s a picnic table shaded by a ramada where you can take a breather or stop for a bite to eat. The Bull’s Eye Rock Loop is just a 0.3 mile loop, and it parallels rocky slopes that not only provide small pockets of shade but also nooks and crannies for kids to explore. And, of course, you’ll discover the Bull’s Eye, a rock wall with a large “Bull’s Eye” carved out of its center. If you’re feeling ambitious after the Bull’s Eye Loop, you can continue up the West Trail to the top of Round Mountain for a stunning 360-degree view. Either way, when you reach the bottom of the West Trail, don’t forget to stop at the fish pond (just beyond the ramada)!
Old Dominion Historic Mine Park − Ventilation Vista Distance: Less than a mile Getting There: Head west on Highway 60 from Downtown Globe and turn right onto East Murphy Street. Keep left on Murphy Street at the fork, and turn left again into the parking lot. Restroom/Water: Restrooms and a water fountain are accessible at the entrance of the park only. As a former mine that has been transformed into a park with numerous trails, there is plenty of cool stuff for a kid to enjoy at Old Dominion. Along this short hike, you can enjoy scenic vistas, educational signage explaining the inner workings of the mine, a “boneyard” of original mine equipment, and the park’s epic playground at the end. The route begins on the Interloper Local kids enjoy a hike along the Bull's Eye Rock Loop Trail. Photo Courtesy of Deborah Yerkovich
SPRING 2017 Loop, which you can find just beyond the park’s entrance (if you are entering from the Murphy Street parking lot), past the bathrooms. As the Interloper Loop begins to climb uphill, keep an eye out for the Park Ave. to Ventilation Vista trail sign on your left. This is a nice alternative to continuing up the Interloper Loop - you can still catch views of the mining headframe without climbing uphill. The trail flattens out to a walking path lined with small wildflowers, ending at an old mining ventilation fan and picnic table conveniently placed on an overlook. Here you can stop for a bite to eat and take in the views of Globe and the hills. From here, you can go left onto the Silver Nugget Trail to make your way back toward the park entrance. You’ll pass the boneyard along the way, which is sure to capture kids’ and adults’ interest alike. Just beyond the boneyard is the ramada-style picnic pavilion and playground. With kids, this trip is not complete without a stop here, especially since there is a zip line and a standing spinner. See page 30 for more park info.
Pinal Mountain Trail System − Sixshooter Trail Bridge to Creek Crossing Distance: Less than a mile Getting There: From the Globe Community Center, turn southeast onto Jesse Hayes Road, and then make an immediate right onto Ice House Canyon Road (FR 112). Stay left on FR 112 toward Pioneer Pass. In about 4.3 miles, just after the cattle guard, you’ll see a dirt road to the left, which would take you to Icehouse C.C.C. From this point, continue on the main road (FR 112) approximately another five minutes until you reach a white bridge. Restroom/Water: Vault toilet is located at Icehouse C.C.C.; there is no potable water access For a kid, the most exciting destination on a hike may not be a summit, but water. At the time we went to press, the creek just off Sixshooter Trail was flowing steadily. While sometimes it may seem like the Pinal Mountains is a trek out of town, getting to the start of this route is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Globe, and the mountain views are stunning. From the white bridge, you can walk up the road (FR 112) a short ways until you see the Trail 197 marker on your right. Follow the trail as it gently ascends through manzanita, oak and pines. Not long after you reach the metal gate (be sure to close it behind you), you will reach the creek crossing − a perfect spot to enjoy the cool water and play on rocks. On your way back, you could take the Sixshooter Trail/Trail 197; but, if you don’t mind a bit of bushwhacking through overgrowth, following the creek back down toward the bridge is far more exciting and refreshing, especially for a kid. (You’ll also have to squirm beneath a barbed wire cattle fence, but someone’s already made a gap for you to crawl under.) There is no formal trail, but between rock hopping and worn footpaths, you can make your way downstream without too much trouble. Just follow the creek. Once you reach the white bridge again, if you continue following the creek roughly an eighth of a mile downstream, you will be finely rewarded with small pools flowing with cool water, and large, polished rocks that are ideal for laying out on after a dip.
The Globe Cemetery Loop Distance: 1.1 miles Getting There: From Highway 60, head west out of Downtown Globe and turn left onto Hackney Road. Continue straight onto Jones Street. You will reach the cemetery entrance, which is guarded by short, white columns and tall cypress trees. To the right, you’ll see a dirt area where you can park. Restroom/Water: None This route is arguably more suitable for older kids. There are no bathrooms, it’s a bit of a steep climb, and its appeal is, well, that it takes you through a cemetery. An old cemetery, that is. The cemetery spans 32 acres. Gravestones here date back to the late 1800s (the first burial was in Sept. 1876). For any kid intrigued by eras long past, this is a perfect walk to let the imagination run wild. Wander off the road, and you’ll find headstones of soldiers, sheriffs, cowboys, and some of Globe’s earliest residents. From the entrance of the cemetery, you’ll follow the cracked asphalt road, passing weathered headstones guarded by old cypress and juniper trees as you make your way toward the top of a hill with 360-degree view − the Pinal Mountains behind you, and views of Globe and the Copper Hills in the distance before you. When you reach the armed services plaque on the white pole, be sure to keep left to reach the summit. From the summit, you can continue to follow the loop around to head back down to the same road you came up.
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Photo on top of page: The Creek Running Along Sixshooter Trail
"Spring is the time of the year, when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens
OLD DOMINION MINE PARK: Far more than a glimpse of the past
The Making of a Community Park
By Aimee Staten
The OD Park is foremost a mining park which not only encourages hikes, picnics and frisbee golf, but has ample mining displays throughout the park which tell the story of mining and the area’ rich history surrounding the discovery of copper in the region. Photo by Jenn Walker.
here are few places in Arizona that allow one to simultaneously stand in the present and experience the past as vividly as the Old Dominion Mine Park in Globe. Seen through the eyes of a woman who considered herself an outsider some 19 years ago, the park is simultaneously a valuable receptacle of area history while offering learning and tourist opportunities to the community now and in the future. Dr. Thea Wilshire, previous chairman of the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park Committee for 17 years, rarely thought of the park as a future collection of play areas and hiking trails. Instead, the child psychologist imagined children – hair flying as they buzzed down the zip line and eyes shining as they passed through the miniature mine entrance - on their way to their own enriching experience of learning through play. Wilshire saw families laughing and talking as they hiked the trails, connecting
with nature and each other. Wilshire moved to Globe 19 years ago after being recruited by the San Carlos Apache Tribe as a child psychologist. When she first saw the Old Dominion Mine, she remembers being “surprised by the potential that wasn’t being embraced. “As an outsider, I knew people would come,” she said. When she took over the chairmanship of the fledgling committee in the late ‘80s, she knew that however hard the project turned out to be that she had two useful tools at her disposal: phenomenal tenacity and good organizational skills. Over the next almost decade, those characteristics would sustain her and project through numerous setbacks. Now that the vision has slowly taken on the sharper edges of reality, adults can enjoy pieces of actual mining history while reading about the construction and life of the mine while children play nearby in a handicap accessible park. Since the
The bones of the old mine can still be seen against the skyline, and although most of the historic buildings no longer stand, there is something just as valuable in its place: a gathering place for tourists, locals and children to recreate, exercise and absorb some of this area’s rich past.
construction of the hiking trails in 2011, public restrooms were designed and constructed, as well as picnic ramadas, a zip line and several new play areas. “I know the back story and can see people doing these things,” Wilshire said. “Then they are, and that is highly satisfying.”
The Old Dominion was an active mine from 1882 to 1931 when the area grew from a few prospectors excited about the potential for personal wealth to a thriving community. Since the Old Dominion closed in 1931, talks of making it into a park have occurred for at least 40 of those 86 years. It has only been in the last 17 years, however, that the community has started investing massive amounts of volunteer hours into making the dream a reality. A small group of locals initially led the charge: Wilshire, Mary Ann Moreno, Tanner Hunsaker, Brandon Parker, Bob Zache and Ellen Kretsch. They were later joined by Sue and Bruce Binkley, and the latter became the chairman. “We worked hard on this project for 11 years before we were even allowed on the property,” Wilshire said. During this time, the mine was owned first by Phelps Dodge and then by BHP Billiton. Both companies were in the process of Old Dominion, Continued on page 31
Bruce Binkley talks to a local group interested in water issues in the region. As a local architect, Binkley has been involved in the park since 2011. Courtesy Photo
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the reclamation part of the mine’s life that is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when plans began for the park. While serving the city of Globe – first as a council member and then as the appointed vice mayor – Wilshire was finally able to get the easement needed to allow people onto mine property. The main reason for the delay was that it is still an open mine, and the general public is rarely, if ever, allowed in a mine that has not been closed.
Bruce, an architect who relocated to Globe with his wife, Sue, in 2008, was approached by Wilshire during the annual Historic Home Tour in 2011. Plans to build the picnic structures were already in progress, and Bruce not only designed and helped build the ramadas, he did the same with the bathrooms, which were required by the city of Globe. Wilshire had previously been designing structures for the park and paying a draftsman to make her ideas into plans. When Bruce began designing the structures, the group gained credibility in the eyes of the powers-that-be because it had a licensed architect working for them.
There are several trails throughout the park including this short, level stretch of road which is marked by the vestiges of the once great mining operation knows as the Old Dominion. Photo by LCGross
“There are only a few properties in the United States that are open mine sites that allow people to visit unsupervised,” Wilshire said. “That makes for an interesting pat to satisfy (the requirements) of MSHA, EPA, the city of Globe and BHP.” In 2011, walking paths were completed and opened to the public thanks to a $140,000 grant from the Governor’s Rural Tourism Development, as well generosity of local services clubs, mining companies and individuals.
She then approached Gila County for an economic development grant, which was used to build the bathrooms. Wilshire thought the more than $60,000 grant could be used to build the bathrooms and foot bridges. “The bathrooms took every penny,” she said. This was mostly due to the expense of digging through the extremely hard slag to connect to the water and other city infrastructure. Old Dominion, Continued on page 32
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The next big expense that is still ongoing was the playground. So far, the committee has spent about $250,000, and they are about three-quarters of the way through the project. So far, the playground contains a zip line, which is extremely popular with children and adults, a swing set that is handicap accessible. The committee plans to install a prospector’s mule ($25,000), a head frame climber ($40,000) and ore car benches ($15,000). Future plans include outdoor adult exercise equipment that is heavy duty and weather resistant, including a recumbent bike and an elliptical. Under the direction of Binkley, more pictures of the original mine site were printed, made into signs and set into the ground at the same angle of the original structures. His idea was to show visitors how the mine worked and the steps in the process of mining copper ore. “My whole approach was to create ‘You Are Here’ signs so people can get an idea of how it was when the mine was working. Binkley and John Espinoza built the new entrance to the park using old existing fencing and donated logs.
in the 1910 Census, the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. Its population was 7,083. It is likely it held that spot two years later when Arizona became a state. The largest city 117 years ago was Tucson at 13,193; second largest was Phoenix at 11,134, and the third largest was 9,019. Included on the property, which spans 195 acres, was a hospital, a dining hall, a park for miners’ children. It was a community neatly contained within itself perched on the side of a hill. Originally a miner of silver, the Old Dominion Company received a copper furnace in the early 1880s to treat ore. This was the beginning of an operation that produced about 21 million pounds of copper from 1876 to 1884.
Old Dominion Volunteer Clean Up Day Saturday, April 29, join friends and neighbors to help clean up and improve the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park on Volunteer Day. With spring in full swing, we’ll spruce up the park in time for warm-weather activities. Both individuals and community/civic groups are invited to come out and help polish this gem of a park.
History of the Mine
The mine is the reason for the existence of the city of Globe, which was,
In 1906, one of the largest low-grade ore deposits in the United States was discovered at Old Dominion, but there were two natural springs underground. To access the copper, the water had to be continuously pumped out. The mine was closed in 1931 when the cost of copper plummeted and pumping the water that covered the ore body became cost prohibitive, according to a historical publication called The Border (1909). Binkley said the mine used to take wagons loaded with copper 120 miles to Wilcox, unload it and then make the trip back with a load of English coke, which is refined coal that burns at extremely high temperatures to fire the smelter.
A large, interactive kids playground was installed at the park in 2016. Photo by LCGross
To this day, much of the copper remains under the water, is pumped by BHP Billiton, which purchased the mine from Magma Copper in 1995, and transported to the Capstone Mine west of the property for leaching operations. When reclamation proceedings began in the mid-1990s, members of the community turned out to support preserving the character of the mine and making it into a park to be used by the community. The mine park is only one in a handful of open mine sites in the United States that are accessible to the public and the only one of its kind in the state of Arizona. Other sites include gem and mineral mines that encourage amateur mining in Alabama, Oregon, California, Nevada and Texas. Although the headframe, which can be seen on the skyline above the park, was scheduled for dismantling in the 1990s, the community rallied to retain the piece of historic equipment. Although touching the actual frame is not allowed, the public can walk within feet of the structure.
The entrance to the Old Dominion Mine Park is at 1300 N. Broad Street in Globe. The sign can be seen from the parking lot of the DeMarco’s Italian Restaurant off the highway. There are more than three miles of walking paths that feature signs that detail the history and evolution of mining and local railroads, as well as mining and geological terms that pertain to mining and excavation.
Another of the displays at the OD. Photo by LCGross
Work will range from general tidying-up of trails and display areas to more specialized work involving securing exhibits, putting up signage and marking off the parking area. The work will start at 7 a.m. and continue through the morning. Anyone with tools they could donate use of for the day (such as rakes, hoes and clippers) is invited to bring them. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring your own gloves, sunscreen and hat. Water and snacks will be provided. If your group is interested in participating, please leave your contact information with the Chamber of Commerce (425-4495). The chamber is working with the volunteer community group that has been hard at work for many years to make the park and its amenities a reality. All volunteers are welcome at this special event.
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Rosa McKay had spent her entire life in mining camps and sympathized with the plight of the worker. She was born Rosa Lyons in Colorado in 1881 and at sixteen had married a miner. The couple moved to Miami, Arizona in 1904, but her husband died young from pulmonary disease associated with his occupation. The young widow worked as a housekeeper in a hotel and remarried another miner, Hugh McKay, in 1912 and moved to Bisbee, where she became active in the woman suffrage movement. In 1916, four years after women won the right to vote in the state, McKay was elected Cochise County’s representative to the House on the Democratic ticket. In the legislature, the dedicated labor advocate made her mark quickly, ushering through a bill that guaranteed a minimum wage for women. The house speaker had “declared the bill was slated for the waste basket,” but McKay swayed fellow members with her “thrilling bursts of oratory.” Arizona voters were supportive of labor reforms until World War I, when the mood changed suddenly. During the war striking mine workers were denounced as anarchists whose unions had been infiltrated by German agents trying to undermine the American war effort. In July of 1917, as strikes broke out in Globe, Morenci, Bisbee, and Jerome, Walter Douglas, manager of Phelps Dodge, told union members in Globe: “There will be no compromise because you cannot compromise with a rattlesnake....I believe the government will be able to show that there is German influence behind the movement.” McKay quickly discovered the labor activism that had catapulted her to the legislature was now a political liability. During the Bisbee Deportation she confronted the deputies rounding up men, calling them “dirty curs,” and insisting
A photo, circa 1923 shows Rosa McKay standing directly behind Governor Hunt as he signs her new minimum wage bill. Vernettie Ivy, another female legislator is to the right (with the #2 on her skirt).
they “take their hands off the boys.” Her telegram never reached President Wilson because a local citizens’ loyalty league intercepted all messages out of town, and when she and other Bisbee residents took food and water to the Bisbee deportees stranded in New Mexico, they came under attack by vigilantes as they returned to Arizona. Back home in Bisbee, her home came under surveillance, threats were made against her, and a recall effort was launched to remove her from office. Fearing for her safety, McKay fled to Gila County. In Globe she found residents more sympathetic to her labor activism and she won election to the state legislature in 1918, where she continued to focus on raising the minimum wage for women. Her “energy and ability” as a legislator were often cited as reasons why women were accepted in politics. When she was reelected in 1920, she was one of twenty-two women in the state to serve in county or state office, and that summer, she was one of four women
in the legislature who introduced the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which ultimately gave all women the vote in the United States. When she opted to run for the Gila County Board of Supervisors in 1924 she was unsuccessful, but continued to be active in Democratic politics, serving on the state’s labor advisory board, as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924, on the Board of Visitors for Tempe Normal School (Arizona State University), and on the Gila County child welfare board. When she died in 1924 George Hunt served as an honorary pall bearer and the Arizona flag was lowered to half-mast at the state capitol. Cover photo: Photograph circa 1920s shows Governor George Hunt (6th from right) and Rosa McKay (7th from right). Others in this photo include: Ivy, Weber, John W. Sims, R.B Hammons, Andrew T. Mayes, John W. Burns, W.J. McKay, George W. P. Flock, E.J. Ludwig, O.C. Rogers, C.Earl; Wisener,William. Courtesy of Arizona State Archives
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Nicole Gregory is the wife of Garrett and mother of three – no, four – children and runs her own business from her dining room. Although only three of the kids, Annabelle, Garrett and Wyatt, in her household are her natural-born children, Gregory also claims Spanish foreign exchange student Laura as her own. Her desire to make Disney-themed T-shirts for a family vacation more than two years ago quickly got out of hand after a conversation with her grandmother. “I just wanted to make shirts for everyone in our family to wear to Disneyland for one day,” she said. It was a family custom to visit the magic kingdom
every year. Her grandmother thought it was an excellent idea and suggested Gregory go on a hunt for a tiny sewing and embroidery machine that had been in storage since the birth of her first child. When she found it, she proceeded to embroider shirts for every member of her family for every day they were at Disneyland. Each shirt had the family member’s name and favorite Disney character on it. Then, because the family vacation was at the end of November, she embroidered names on beanies for each member of her family. As Gregory's hobby grew, it took on a life of its own after her initial foray into embroidering vacation shirts.
Nicole and her sons are modeling some of the 2D hoodies she makes. She says she has over 300 designs in the “peeper style” hoodies. Some of her designs are 2D, which is what they are wearing in this photo. Other designs are 3D with ears that stick out. Customers can add a coordinating image on the front left of the jacket with a name if they desire.
Eileen Harbison, Nicole’s mother, works for Simply Sarah’s in downtown Globe during the day, but says her daughter keeps her busy most evenings sewing on projects.
When the family returned from the trip and Gregory posted pictures of the beanies, she was flooded with Christmas orders. “Hmmm. Maybe I could do this as a hobby,” she thought. She made 58 beanies in three weeks and had to visit numerous Phoenix Valley Walmarts to find enough of the hats to fill her orders. “I made them all the way up to Christmas Eve,” she said. After that, her hobby started slowly growing as people called to order shirts, beanies and other embroidery projects. All she asked was that they send her pictures. One of her first orders after the beanies was a Ninja Turtle shirt and shorts set. That order was followed by a matching mom and dad shirt for the same family. She now has two employees: her mother, Eileen Harbison, who started doing all of the sewing projects last April, and her sister-in-law, Erin Sanders, who learned how to make patches, tutus and blankets. Eileen said she sews anything that needs a seam – suspenders, shorts, etc. She eats dinner with her daughter’s family and then takes whatever is piled on the ironing board home with her. “Sometimes, I will stay up and sew all night, and sometimes I can wait until I am off from my other job and do things on the weekend,” Eileen said. Erica Brantley of Globe called Gregory about two years ago and suggested they do some projects together. Brantley made tutus and often received orders for embroidery sets, Gregory said. Brantley was also the one who encouraged her to open at Etsy shop, which is an online store where people can sell and manage their products. “I put a few things on there, and then I started selling a lot of Ninja Turtle products,” Gregory said. She was doing about three projects a week, which seemed “amazing” to her when she received a call from Florida. Gregory almost ignored the call because she was at a family birthday party, but something made her pick up her phone that day. When she heard the woman ordering a Turtle outfit for her kid’s birthday party, it dawned on her that this thing, this business, was going to be much bigger than she imagined. “I was like, oh my God, people are calling me from Florida,” she said. Now, she is at the point where she doesn’t have to “beg and strive” for business, and her embroidery projects feature more Disney than Ninja Turtle. She is very careful, however, to tell people that she has a three-week turnaround on most projects. “If they need something, and it’s an emergency, they’re going to have to pay for my time,” she said. Gregory embroiders shirts, jackets, hats and many other clothing items for everything from births and birthdays to graduations, family reunions and memorials. She has even created a Superman badge for the equine part of a super hero partnership.
Nicole says March was one of her busiest months to date with 125 orders.
What started out on a tiny embroidery machine and a table has taken over the family’s entire dining room. Gregory laughed as she pointed to the chairs surrounding the tiny island in the middle of her kitchen. “I told my family, we can fit around the island at dinner time,” she said. And they do even if it is a tight fit. Gregory said she realized not too long ago that her home could no longer contain her business. She gestured to her dining room, which is crammed with expensive (and increasingly large) machinery and tables and then admitted that she has piles of project clothing stacked in her bedroom, as well. Entrepreneurship is not new to her family; her aunt owns Shirley’s Gifts on Broad Street in Globe. Gregory said she believes she is at a place where she could swing a loan to purchase the shop from her aunt. "I guess we'll see what happens." she said.
How It All Started
Back when Gregory was a little girl, her mother, Eileen, taught her how to sew pillows for Christmas gifts. “I remember her sewing a seam and coming out to show it to me,” Eileen said. “I showed her the ripper and told her she was going to have to take it apart because the inside was sewn to the outside. You should have seen her eyes!” Her grandmother took over teaching Gregory when she was a little older, and from that point on, Gregory made many of her own dresses, costumes and outfits for special events. “I could never find what I liked on the rack, so I learned to design and sew my own stuff.” Because she hated to iron, her grandmother Dorothy was always nearby to grab the sewn material and press Simply Irresistible, Continued on page 35
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open the seams. “She knew if she didn’t, I wouldn’t,” Gregory said with a laugh. When Gregory was in sixth grade, her teacher sent home a box of stuffing and asked her to make pillows for the classroom couch. She made those and then, years later, found herself in another classroom – this time at the Eastern Arizona College – sewing costumes for the drama department. Gregory went on to be a waitress, a bank teller and the executive director of Habitat for Humanity. What she didn’t realize was that creating projects out of cloth was in her blood, and that no matter what else she put her hand to, she would eventually come back to it. Eileen, who had been taught to sew by her own mother, Dorothy Harbison, made all of Gregory’s outfits – dresses, costumes and rodeo – from the time her daughter was a little girl. “She would tell me what she wanted, and I would do my best to make it for her because we could not afford all of those expensive rodeo outfits.” Gregory does the same thing for her own children, and even her youngest makes orders of designs for everyday or special occasions. She demonstrated for the Globe Miami Times by cutting out a vinyl dinosaur with four-leaf clover markings ordered for St. Patrick’s Day by one of her boys.
The t-shirt she is wearing is one of her designs. “I work with a woman I met on Etsy, Jami, who can take any design I send her and make a cut file for me to use on my shirts. “If I can’t create a shirt you are looking for with embroidery, I can do it in vinyl, which leaves endless possibilities,” says Nicole.
Where Can You Order?
Visit Gregory’s shop by going to Simply Irresistible Embroidery on Facebook and clicking the “Shop Now” button. You can also call her at 928-6515417 to place orders.