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contents :: contributors Shelly Spence :: owner/publisher shelly@imagesaz.com :: 623-341-8221

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The Sisterhood

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High School Sports :: BCHS Baseball

22 Youth

Stephanie Maher Palenque :: executive writer Amanda Christmann Larson :: contributing writer

30 Community

Jeffrey Cody :: contributing writer

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Anthem’s Broad Shoulders

Paula Thoeotocatos :: contributing writer

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Apple Award :: DeeDee Loredo

Donna Kublin :: contributing writer

56 Chamber :: Wood Orthodontics

Jenny Brooks :: contributing writer Nigel Spence :: contributing writer

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Picnic Under the Stars

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It’s All Happening at the Zoo

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Road less traveled :: Marie Peck

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Living Mile-High in Bisbee

Meaghan’s Dream :: graphic artist

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Dining Guide

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Marketplace

Jeff Penzone :: advertising consultant jeff@imagesaz.com :: 623-341-0123

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Local Index

Jerri Parness :: photographer Chris Pondy :: photographer

Imagesaz Magazine 623-341-8221 www.imagesaz.com

82 Recipe :: Shephard’s Pie

feature staff bio Paula Theotocatos Contributing Writer

Paula Theotocatos and her husband, Chris, have lived in Anthem for the past 10 years. Prior to moving to this beautiful part of the country, the couple both worked for the IBM Corporation. A second career opened up serendipitously for Paula when she wrote an article about the nearby town of Crown King and sent it to the new ImagesAZ magazine. An offer of a writing job followed, and she has written and edited for ImagesAZ for the past nine years. She has also had several articles published in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist and Umbrella Publishing. She has an M.A. in Personnel Management from New York University, and a B.S. in Business Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Paula and her husband have travelled all over the world and have visited their “second home” in Greece many times in the past. Now they stay closer to home, travelling throughout Arizona and nearby states. “The West is Best!”

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welcome T

he dawn of spring sheds light on what is, and the hope of what may be. When we look at the young people in our community, we

see a world of hope. Perhaps our writer, Jeffrey Cody, put it best when he said, “We are raising a pretty amazing generation.” From Jake Larson who, at the tender age of 12, is making a real difference in the lives of students a world away from Anthem, to Meghan Strang, who has been singularly focused on living up to her potential and succeeding in both academics and sports, we see examples of amazing young people all around us. Recently, too, we have even seen Joey Hudy, a local young inventor we first highlighted in 2011, visit the White House to meet the President, and young Sam Nollette, who spearheaded the Water 4 Kids baseball tournament to raise money for wells in Africa. Make no mistake about it; young people follow our example. It is not enough to preach “all the right things” to our children. We need to step up and be the example that they will emulate. Parents serve as a first and best example, but so do teachers, coaches, and mentors. Following NCAA signing day, the boys deserve congratulations, but so do all of their coaches, assistant coaches mentors and teachers who worked tirelessly to get them there. In all of our youth highlights, there are adults in those children’s lives who have made a difference. As a community, we can all be proud of who we are, and who we are becoming. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Thankfully, our village and the people who inhabit it are pretty darned extraordinary. Spring has sprung, now let’s watch to see what blooms! Cheers! Shelly Spence ImagesAZ Magazine Owner/Publisher 623-341-8221

BCHS Baseball :: P. 16 Photographer Chris Pondy

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the

sisterhood

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

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ime is a funny thing. When we are young, it is an endless fountain of life, to which we see no limits. Like

a game of chase where we’re far ahead of the opponent, as children, we see time as something that will never catch up to us. As we grow older, though, we start to realize that time can be an enemy and a friend. Its seasons change the landscape of our friends and families, both taking away and bringing new life. It changes the color of our hair and imprints years of smiles around our eyes. It brings wisdom and laughter, compassion and tears. With time, we learn it is the “who” that is more important than the “what.” There is very little that time does not touch, except perhaps the bond between sisters. Sure, the pigtails are gone and the giggles sound older, but the love for each other that sisters share never really changes, only sinks in deeper as the years go by. The Pinkerton sisters of Anthem—Becky MacMillan,

Sherry

Blanche

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Pam

Mavroudis—are easy to pick out in a crowd. They’re all tall and slim with brown hair framing their wide smiles. Their sister Linda, who is moving to Anthem from her home in Missouri someday if her siblings have their say, shares a matching grin, and the same joie de vivre. The four grew up in Kimball, Nebraska, a far cry from the North Valley desert. Their dad, Bob, owned the local newspaper, and their mother, Carol, took care of the girls

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and a virtual zoo of critters; cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, horny toads, turtles, injured owls and a few more well-loved creatures, that wandered into their lives. Their father taught them work ethic and fairness, and their mother taught compassion and hospitality. The girls learned to work hard and love harder, and the bonds they formed in those early years paved the way for years of shared laughter and tears … and a whole lot of fun. Becky is the oldest of the bunch (the “matriarch” as her sisters like to call her). She is 18 months older than Pam. Next came Linda, less than a year later, and Sherry followed closely behind. For years, there were always at least three sisters in the same high school, and they all went to college at the University of Nebraska, their parents’ alma mater. They even pledged the same sorority as their mother. When they share stories, it is not always what they say that’s telling so much as the looks and expressions that happen between them. It’s the secret language of sisters, and they’ve been honing it for years together. It comes from lifetimes of having someone to count on, someone to lean on, someone to tell on. It’s what happens when four girls spend years borrowing, breaking, sharing and annoying, but stick together tighter than glue when one is in trouble or hurting. Anyone who does not understand how a person can love her sister with all of her heart one moment, and want to wring her neck the next, is probably an only child.

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In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. Author Unknown


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There was the time the girls decided to put Sherry down the laundry chute. To hear her sisters tell it, getting stuck was her fault, as was the trouble that followed when their mother hurt her toe rushing up the stairs to help her. Then there was the time Sherry got angry with Linda and kicked her door, then stared in horror at the hole that appeared. The girls thought quickly and put a knee-level poster over the crime before their parents found out. When Becky was in junior high, she was angry with her parents over discipline, so she wrote them a letter to express herself. Her father gave it back with corrections. She went on to teach high school English. Pam and Linda went on to follow her into education. In college, Linda got the urge to ride her bicycle about 400 miles home from Lincoln, Nebraska to Kimball during a break. Sherry, who had ridden a grand total of about six miles in one day, saw no problem with the plan, and by the time they hobbled into their doorway, they realized they might have been in over their heads with that decision. “We spent all our time laughing when we were growing up, and we still do,” said Becky. Ask any one of the sisters who is better at any particular thing, and they all point toward each other. They agree that Becky is the funniest of the bunch, and that Sherry is the most athletic of them all. The rest, though, is solely a matter of opinion, and each thinks the world of the others. As they each started praising the others as the smartest, the prettiest and the most talented, Becky took a moment to be Becky. “I think I’m about to break out in song,” she laughed. Now with families and relationships of their own, they haven’t ever left each other’s hearts or company. Friendships and marriages are acquired, but sisters come with the territory. Pam moved to Arizona after college. In 2003, Becky and her husband came to visit and didn’t leave. She and her husband Hoke were the first to move to Anthem. They veered from a trip to Lake Pleasant to check out the community and bought a house the next day. Becky now works as an attorney at the Boates Law Firm.

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Their parents came out for Christmas that same year, and surprised themselves with a new house, too. They live in Anthem in the wintertime, and in Nebraska during the summer. Once her parents and sister were in Anthem, Pam started to think it might be fun if she and her husband Fred were in Anthem, too. She looked at some houses with Becky on a fateful day in 2005, and bought one near her sister the next day. She now works at the Anthem Post Office. Sherry, who was, by then, operating the family newspaper business in Nebraska, didn’t escape the family lure to Anthem. In 2006, after visiting her family several times, she and her husband Alex also bought a house. A year and a half later, Sherry and Alex sold the newspaper and they made the move with their son Alex, now 11. Now they’re just waiting for Linda, a college professor, to make the family complete. Even in her absence, she is clearly a part of the sisterhood. She comes up in conversation as if she were there, and she is always a part of family trips, especially the Quatre Soeur Tour, which, of course, is their very own invention. When Becky turned 50 years old, the sisters wanted to celebrate together, so they went on Becky’s dream trip to Paris for a week. They had so much fun that they decided to go to Italy when Pam turned 50. For Linda’s big birthday, they wanted to do something different, so they traveled to Cambodia and Singapore. For Sherry, they went to Costa Rica. “Everywhere you go, you see we’re all more the same than different,” Pam said about the people they met. The same could be said about she and her sisters. Cozied up in chairs in Becky’s family room, photos of their lives together play as a slide show on her television screen. The barbecues, vacations, outings and family gatherings form snapshots in a timeline filled with affection for life and for each other. Their travel albums are nearby, full of memories and exciting times. All of these moments, in good times and in bad, have played out the same as they always have: together.

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BCHs baseball

Writer Nigel Spence Photographer Chris Pondy

As the sun set on the first day of baseball practice in

eighth-year head coach was looking at a roster that

early February, coach Joe McDonald stood in front

included twelve seniors, many of whom he has watched

of his team of varsity players and delivered a matter-

play from their Little League days. “I am one of two

of-fact message: “This will be a season that you will

original head coaches at Boulder Creek and was one of

remember for the rest of your lives; make every day

the first teachers hired. This is a great community, a great

count. Remember to take care of business everyday and

baseball community, and we have great kids who have

everything else will fall into place.” The coach continued,

bought into our philosophy,” McDonald shared.

touching on the importance of brotherhood, camaraderie and togetherness, but in the end, he re-emphasized the

His philosophy seems to be one of success. Boulder

importance of each and every day. The players began to

Creek has won fifty-nine games over the past two

stir at the conclusion of the coach’s remarks; they brought

seasons, more than any other school in the state. During

it in as a group to a tight huddle, and broke as one unit

those two seasons, the Jags also experienced their first

ready for the season ahead.

taste of post-season success. In 2009-10, they reached the state semi-final game. Last season, they carried the

It was a simple yet stirring speech, with no room for

number one ranking into the state championship with

misinterpretation. For a fresh face, it may have been

a 31-4 regular season record. The team was upset in

understated, but McDonald knew his audience. The

the quarterfinal by Perry High School and eliminated


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Tony Blanford

David Real

by Millennium High School in the double elimination tournament.

whole team was what drew his greatest enthusiasm. “I’m just glad to

While McDonald could easily dwell on the memory of the one that

have the team together and to be able to get started back to work. I

slipped away, the ambitious coach is nothing but enthusiastic at the

love playing with these guys. We have a great time together both on

opportunity that lay ahead.

and off the diamond and we are able play with no tension, as there is always someone there to pick you up if you get down.”

“We are starting off this year where we did last season, and that is with the idea that we will be playing on May 12, the State

Real understands his role as a leader in the field, and this year will

Championship final. That has been our goal the last two seasons and

shoulder more responsibilities when at the plate. In his junior season,

is again this year. We have won a lot of games the past two years,

Real hit .380 in the number five spot and will be looking for improved

this year we want something to show for it.”

numbers. “I hit three home runs last season. I will be batting in the middle of the line-up again this season and hope to hit a lot more,”

McDonald will be looking for his Jaguars to be a balanced team,

he said with a smile, acknowledging that his off-season workouts had

excelling in all facets of the game. The pitching rotation will be

helped him to gain some added power.

spearheaded by ace starter, Tony Blanford. Blanford, who has been signed by Arizona State University, is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher with

That power will be most useful as the Jags will once again be looking

a fastball that has a velocity of 90-93mph. While the heat may be

for great hitting and on base percentages of their lead off hitters.

intimidating for those who face Blanford, the Jags senior catcher,

Hot bats have been the secret of the Jaguars success in recent

David Real, is relishing the opportunity.

years, evidenced last year by shortstop West Tunnell who batted an amazing .433 (39-90). He also reached base by being walked

“He throws it hard,” Real proclaimed of Blanton, but his interest in the

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Tunnell, who returns for his senior year, will be attending Baylor University on a baseball scholarship in the fall. The on-field success of the Jaguars is equally matched by their off-field activities. Coach McDonald has been a strong proponent of academic excellence since the program’s inception, and he has overseen more players going on to play at a collegiate level than any other program at Boulder Creek. Coach McDonald’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated each season in mid-March when the school hosts one of the largest high school baseball tournaments in the country, the Coach Bob National Invitational. The tournament is held in honor of Bob Weinheimer, a former minor league baseball player who gave countless hours teaching the game of baseball to young men over a 44-year coaching and teaching career. Coach Bob served as an assistant coach at Boulder Creek High School from 2004 through his sad passing last year. This year, the tournament will West Tunnell

host 73 teams from nine different states, including the number one team in the nation from 2011, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The significance of the tournament and of Coach Bob is not lost on senior third baseman and number two pitcher Cameron Brendell. “We won the tournament last year for the first time and we want to do it again in honor of him (Coach Bob). He would always throw out the first pitch; this year a member of his family is going to throw out the first pitch. It will be very emotional.” The Jags play a strong 38-game schedule this season, with several significant dates. They will have their chance to play Broken Arrow in a televised game on Cox 7 Arizona March 22 at Grand Canyon University. The Jags also have their chance to feel like they made it to the Major Leagues when they face North Canyon High School at Chase Field. A full listing of the Jaguars schedule is available online. www.jagsbaseball.com

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Youth

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerri Parness

Meghan Strang

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” -John Wooden Boulder Creek sophomore Meghan Strang is described by her proud parents, Michael and Cindy Strang, as “focused and driven.” Her focus and drive are easy to see when she plays goalie for Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix, for whom she has played since 2007. Her team has earned the title of Arizona State Champions for the last five years. The lessons Meghan is learning will serve her well in the future, which is no doubt as bright as can be.

At the tender age of 15, Meghan holds a number of records on her team and in her sport. The focus that she has on her game is obvious, and has been since she started playing soccer at the age of five. Her involvement in club sports has taken her to many out-

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of-state tournaments. In fact, she has probably visited most of the states in the union already, and she still has a busy season ahead of her. Meghan has probably had to forego her share of parties and afterschool events in recent years, but she is just starting to see the fruit of her labor and dedication. Even as a sophomore, Meghan has started to receive stacks of letters of interest from the best universities and colleges around the nation due to her soccer prowess. No doubt, some of these letters were also due to the fact that she scored in the 97th percentile on her PSATs, which she took recently for the first time. Meghan’s grade point average is at a very impressive 4.3 and holding steady.


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Meghan is not only an impressive athlete, but she is a dedicated student. She says that her favorite class is math, and one of her favorite teachers is her language arts teacher, Mrs. Erickson. Meghan balances soccer practices, games and tournaments with her schoolwork, proving to all who know her that it can, indeed, be done. She is currently taking three honors courses at Boulder Creek High School. With all of the success that Meghan has seen at such a young age, one might think it would be difficult to remain grounded. Meghan credits her involvement in the Canyon Church of Christ with helping her keep a solid outlook on life. Youth pastor Steve Young has served not only as Meghan’s goalie coach in the past, but also as her mentor. Steve has an impressive background which includes being certified in advanced goalkeeping from the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association (NSCAA) and has been beneficial in helping Meghan improve her skills over the M a rch 2 0 1 2

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course of the past two years. As a result, Meghan has set numerous single game and season records for Boulder Creek High School, and is ranked as one of the top 50 players in the nation for her age group. Steve shares, “Meghan is a great young person. She is thoughtful, caring, purposeful and motivated. She is extremely gifted, but Meghan will always be successful because of her strong will, high intellect and hard work.” Meghan is involved in the Youth Group at Canyon Church, and attends meetings and events when she can. She admits, however, “Everything I do revolves around my soccer schedule,” so she misses more meetings during soccer season than she would like. This young goalie dreams big, and she has every right to, as she works fervently toward her dreams each day. Her goals include attending a university with a strong academic program, where she can play soccer. Her first choice college right now is the Air Force Academy in Colorado, where she would love to study Criminal Psychology and eventually become a forensic psychologist. She explains, “I love to study the mind and examine why people do the things that they do.” As one might imagine, someone who has accomplished so much must have an overriding philosophy on life, and Meghan is no exception. “Everything happens for a reason,” is one of Meghan’s favorite nuggets of wisdom, and it helps her handle life’s disappointments, although, Meghan admits it can be difficult to apply it to soccer games and sports losses. Meghan notes that she is following in the footsteps of her older sister Paige, a 2010 Boulder Creek alumnus, who also plays soccer and attends Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Younger brother Michael, a sixth grader at Canyon Springs Elementary and active in Boy Scouts, gets to also travel along with Meghan. While he doesn’t play soccer, he supports his sister in every way possible. There is no doubt that the examples Meghan has seen in life have inspired her to dedicate herself to reaching her ultimate goals. We at Images AZ wish Meghan the best as she makes each and every one of her dreams come true. As she does, we will be cheering her on to victory! M a rch 2 0 1 2

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Youth

Jake Larson, Leader, Role Model

Making a Difference Today “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Attributed by Plato to Socrates of ancient Greece.

Writer Jeffrey Cody Photo by Jerri Parness

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Sound familiar? Do you know someone who shares Socrates’ opinion of “kids today”? Well, last night I met Jake Larson. Jake is 12 and attends sixth grade at Anthem School. Jake plays football and seems an ordinary young man, until you hear what he is passionate about, and it isn’t just football. Socrates, like many people I know today, could profit from meeting this young man.


About a year ago, Jake took a trip to Ghana, West Africa. His mother, Amanda, is the founder and director of Compassionate Journeys, a volunteer organization that, among other things, is building a home for rescued child slaves. Jake had the opportunity on this trip to visit an orphanage and several rural schools. What he experienced there changed his life and inspired his mission. “Kids there, who are my age, don’t have a good education because they are poor, and the school can’t afford teachers.” He went on to explain that rural teachers face many difficulties. They often have to share housing with other families, and lack of clean water, transportation and electricity often drive them to more urban posts where they can find these facilities. Thus began his vision, his mission and his hope for making a difference. Jake would begin raising money to “get teachers to want to come there.” Jake came home and created a webpage and Facebook presence. He had to get the word out. Since he began his mission, Jake, along with family and supporters of Compassionate Journeys, has managed to raise enough money to provide six teachers and four bicycles for Bakpakope, a village that has pledged to be slave-free. Three villages send their children to the school there; kids and teachers walk up to three miles through the bush each way. The teachers are paid $65 a month. This is a tremendous step forward in his mission in a very short time. Jake has already reduced the student/teacher ratio in the school from 240/1 to 40/1. In addition to two more bicycles, Jake plans to raise enough money to build a home for the teachers. Currently, they must ‘board around’ or stay in the homes of students in the villages–homes that are mere huts–homes without bathrooms or even running water–homes with dirt floors and only mats to sleep on, if you’re lucky. So what makes Jake’s vision so different, so special? Aren’t we a nation of givers? Don’t we send relief in the form of money, food and essentials to developing countries around the globe? Yes, we do, but as Jake discovered, the donations don’t always reach their intended recipients. I don’t know if Jake is familiar with the proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If he hasn’t heard it, he has certainly learned it from his experience in Ghana. His mission gives the proverb life.

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“People there don’t have as much as we do, but they really don’t know it,” Jake observed. “We are definitely lucky to have the education and opportunities for jobs that we have here. Moms there often sell their kids into slavery because they can’t feed them; they have no money. With a good education, kids will have more opportunities to make money when they grow up. They can get better jobs, support their families better. Getting teachers will encourage parents to send their kids to school instead of selling them or making them work.” “What work do they have to do?” I asked. Jake responded, “Some boys make fishing nets and fish long hours each day. Others work on farms using hand tools. That is extremely hard, and they don’t get much rest. The girls have to work fetching water and firewood, and those things are really heavy. Some have to go across the lake to a larger village to sell fish in the markets there. They cook and they clean, and often girls have to raise babies for their masters, families or extended families.” While providing teachers, bikes and housing for teachers remains Jake’s primary mission, he doesn’t stop thinking about the problems these people face. Malnutrition is one of the major problems they face daily. The staple of their diet is fufu. This is a food made from the root of the cassava plant, pounded into a paste with long sticks. Plantains are sometimes added, if available. While providing needed carbohydrates, it does little for proper nutrition. This year, Jake chose to focus on this problem for his science project at school. He did the research on what plants could be

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grown in Ghana, and what the people might be able to acquire. His study led him to create a mixture of wheat, milk powder, maize and soybeans, all easily accessible ingredients. He researched the nutrient values of each component to ensure the highest return. This year in June, he will take his recipe with him when he returns to Ghana. Amanda Larson, Jake’s mom, sat through my interview with Jake. She explained that Compassionate Journeys would be returning to Ghana this June. The chiefs of Tafi Atome, another small village situated in the mountains near Lake Volta, have agreed to donate seven acres for a home for rescued child slaves. Slave masters in a village six hours away have agreed to release their slaves, if they have a place to go. Jake’s mission will provide incentives for teachers to come and teach in the local school so that both the released slaves and the children of the Tafi Atome community will have educational opportunities. She said, “Jake works hard and talks about his mission to friends at school. Other parents tell me about Jake’s passion. It is so neat to see him grow as a leader and as a person. I am proud to have a son who wants to follow his passion and make a difference in the world.” As part of his mission, Jake has created a “dog tag,” similar to those worn by our military. On one side is his logo K4T (Kids for Teachers) and, on the other side, a ‘One World’ logo. “It shows that we are all united,” he explained. You can get one of Jake’s dog tags by donating $7 to his cause. Also, as a member of his student council at Anthem School, he is currently working to get a fundraiser started at the school.


Now that I’m retired from teaching, I don’t get to spend as much time around kids. I often hear my peers bemoaning the state of our nation, the world, and the kids who are going to be running things in the future. They remind me of the song from Bye Bye Birdie, when the father sings, “What’s the matter with kids today? Why can’t they be like we were–perfect in every way?” Well, I think Jake proves we have a lot to be thankful for in our kids today. At the age of 12, he is a leader and a role model. I think even Socrates would have to agree; we are raising a pretty amazing generation. www.kidsforteachers.com www.compassionatejourneys.com

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our community Boulder Creek High School Spiritline Shines The Boulder Creek High School Spiritline traveled to Tim’s Toyota Center the first weekend in February to compete in the State High School Championship competition. In the All-Girl Stunt category, the Jags placed 4th, climbing six spots since the qualifying competition in November. In the Show Cheer category, in Division 1, the Boulder Creek Spiritline brought home 2nd place. Coach Brubaker exclaimed of the girls’ performance, “As always, these young ladies represented BC with style and grace. They worked very hard to make us proud.” To see the girls’ awardwinning routines, visit the video library at www.aia365.com, select the video titled “2012 State Spiritline Finals: Afternoon Session” and forward to the 172nd minute.

Boulder Creek Excels at Academic Decathlon The Boulder Creek High Academic Decathlon team participated in their regional tournament, placing third overall in a field of more than forty schools. The team, made up of Shaie Beutler, Kathleen Carroll, Jacky Chen, Ashley Hough, Conrad Smith, Jake Wilkie, Marcus Dovigi, Maddie Anderson, and Trace Marsing has been working toward this goal for several years. The team brought home a huge 3rd place trophy, a trophy for 3rd place in the Super Quiz relay, 18 individual medals as well as nine team medals. “This wonderful achievement is truly a reflection on the amazing teachers we have here at Boulder Creek,” explained Coach Elizabeth Erickson. The students placed in every subject, including Math, Economics, Physics, Language and Literature, Social Studies, Art and Music. “What an impressive team of people we have here! I have never been more proud of these students and all of the hard work they did, as well as the way they conducted themselves this weekend. Boulder Creek was finely represented,” she said.

Calling All Fairy Godmothers It’s that time again–the Prom! And Janet Fitzgerald is looking for Fairy Godmothers who can donate gently-used dresses, (cocktail, bridesmaid, prom, gowns) for young ladies who cannot afford a dress for the prom. Shoes and accessories are also accepted by this wonderful lady, who provides a great service to a segment of our community who rarely gain the attention that they need. The needs of girls in crisis are critical and growing, these young ladies graduate under some of the worst conditions and the “Fairy Godmother“ feels that if they can go to school and graduate, then they deserve to go to the prom and celebrate their achievements. During your upcoming closet spring-clean, set aside any of those garments appropriate for these young ladies and call the Fairy Godmother to ensure that they find a deserving home. 623-451-0341

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The Rotary Club of Anthem Announces New Scholarship The Rotary Club of Anthem announced today it will add a sixth $1000 scholarship to their Scholarship Program. The newest scholarship will honor Deputy William Coleman who died last month in the line of duty in Anthem. The Rotary Board directed the Club’s Scholarship Committee to develop the criteria, application, evaluation and award process. The goal of the new scholarship is to assists individuals pursuing careers in law enforcement, fire fighting, or paramedic training

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MIM in March The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050, hosts several concerts in the month of March. The strong sense of Celtic pride is clearly evident as several Irish-influenced performers take the stage on and around St. Patrick’s Day. MIM will host the following concerts in the month of March: • Paquito D’Rivera with the Brasil Guitar Duo; Friday, March 9, 7 & 9 p.m. Tickets: $40–$45. • Coyote Jump, A Canyon Records 60th Anniversary Concert; Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25–$30. • Museum Encounter: Mark Fugina; Sunday, March 1, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Free with museum admission. Paquito D’Rivera

• MIM Musical Interludes, featuring University of Arizona School of Music: “Heavy Metal Music”– Kelly Thomas, tuba and euphonium; Monday, March 12, 1 p.m. Tickets: Free (no museum admission required). • A Celebration of Celtic Culture; Thursday, March 15, noon to 3 p.m. Tickets: Free with museum admission. • Music In Motion: Trotters Wake; Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. Tickets: Free with museum admission or $7 for performance only. • Steinway Lecture Series: The Secrets of Steinway with Kevin Rindlisbacher; Saturday, March 17, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Free with museum admission. • John Doyle, Karan Casey, and John Williams; Saturday, March 17, 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets: $32–$36. • Toots Thielemans; Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. Tickets: $40–$45.

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German Music for Winds and Piano; Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Tickets: Free (no museum admission required). • Alpin Hong; Friday, March 30, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30–$35 • Nakai, Eaton, and Clipman, A Canyon Records 60th Anniversary Concert; Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35–$40.

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Wildflowers! It’s time to get out on the trails and enjoy the beauty of nature as spring erupts in kaleidoscopic patterns of color around the Valley of the Sun. The parks of Maricopa County offer many opportunities for long, intimate, contemplative meanderings on bright, beautiful, well-marked trails. They also offer educational and informative hikes lead by knowledgeable rangers and docents. Learn what is edible, what is medicinal and what to avoid. There are adventures for every palate, so visit the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation website at: www.maricopa.gov/parks; choose from one of the many informative, wildflower hikes, or just get directions for a private, leisurely stroll. Whatever your decision, you can’t go wrong. The desert is bloomin’ beautiful this time of year. Below is a list of some of the upcoming wildflower hikes: Medicinal Plant Walk–McDowell Park, March 2, 11 a.m. All About Desert Wildflowers–Usery Park, March 2, 12 p.m. Desert Wildflower Walks–North Trail–McDowell Park, March 3, 10 a.m. Wild for Wildflowers! Walk–Usery Park, March 4, 1:30 p.m. The Desert Grocery Store–North Trail–McDowell Park, March 8, 9 a.m. Day Hiking and Flowers–Lake Pleasant, March 10, 10 a.m. Wildflower Walk–Spur Cross, March 17, 9 a.m. Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers!!–Cave Creek Regional Park, March 17, 10 a.m. Incredible Edibles–Cave Creek Regional Park, March 25, 9 a.m.

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el Pedregal Spring Festival el Pedregal Shops and Dining at the Boulders Resort returns with a new Spring Festival featuring lively music, distinctive shopping and refreshing wines. Held in the outdoor amphitheatre, guests are invited to sit under the blue sky, relax on the grass and listen to music every Sunday throughout the month of March between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Urban Quartet, a band noted for their “not your ordinary string quartet” style, will perform March 4th. The band brings to the stage an eclectic repertoire, performing original and contemporary works including Metallica, Sting, U2, the Cranberries, Eminem, Coldplay, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and more! Their music features a wide range of sounds including hard rock, alternative rock, pop, club music, cutting-edge electronic music, jazz and original film music. The lineup for the remainder of the month is as follows: March 11 - Eric Miller, Mike Breen & The Big Dream and JC & Laney - 3 separate concerts March 18 - Marmalade Skies This seven piece band performs songs from the Beatles March 25 - Mother’s Favorite Child

AARP volunteers offer free income tax preparation AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest tax assistance and preparation service, offering free IRS tax preparation for basic personal income tax filings. Once again this year, specially trained financial preparers will be available on designated days to prepare Arizona state and federal tax returns for anyone requiring assistance. Customers do not need to be AARP members to participate. The free service will prepare and e-file basic tax returns primarily for low and moderate income families, with special attention being provided to those individuals aged 60 and older. This year, AARP Tax-Aide has expanded the number of trained tax counselors and can now accommodate many more taxpayers for added convenience. The service will be available beginning in February and will run through April 15th at these north Phoenix sites among many others: Beuf Community Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., 602-534- 4754 (Thursdays), Deer Valley Senior Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Lane, 602-495-3735; and the Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem, 623-879-3011. www.aztax-aide.org

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Elite Cats Coming to Arizona The elite cats are coming. Jaguars from the 1930s to the 2012 models, from elegant touring cars to powerful Le Mans racecars, will be arriving in Arizona for 2012’s largest and most prestigious collection of Jaguars in North America. The Western States Meet will be hosted by the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona (JCCA) March 11-13, 2012 in Chandler, AZ. On Sunday, March 11, the fun begins with the Western States Concours d’Elegance held at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 South Arizona Ave., in the heart of downtown Chandler from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to spectators, this charity event will showcase more than 140 vintage, classic and contemporary Jaguars including an SS 100 –Jaguar’s first sports car –as well as the world-famous million-dollar C-Types and D-Types and over two dozen examples of the legendary E-Type. On Monday, March 12 a 75-mile Western States Rally/Tour will take place with more than fifty Jaguars participating. The rally, beginning at 9 a.m., will depart from the San Marcos Hotel, and is certain to be a must-see for Jaguar lovers. On Tuesday, March 13, many of the same Jaguars will be put through their paces on a timed Western States Slalom course that includes lots of tight turns and squealing tires. The slalom takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chandler’s Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Throughout the event, appearances will be made by Jaguar legend Norman Dewis. Dewis, now 91, spent 33 years as chief test development engineer and was one of the most important figures in the success of Jaguar. At the Concours, Dewis will be signing his book, “Norman Dewis of Jaguar: Developing the Legend,” and will be available for autographs. Still a driver at heart, Dewis will also be participating in both the tour and slalom the following two days. www.jcna.com

Take a Walk for Education Students, families and supporters are invited to take part in the Deer Valley Education Foundation’s First Annual Walk for Education Saturday, March 10 at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, 25250 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix. Registration begins at 9 a.m. for this fun and informational walk to celebrate education and create awareness about DVUSD schools, summer programs, community colleges, student services, family events, health screenings and more. One lucky Deer Valley Unified School District student will win an iPad, and the school with the most participants will earn $150. Additional sponsors are needed for this great inaugural event. Come show your support for our students and teachers! Register at www.dvef.org, call 623-445-5012 or email marie.brennan@dvusd.org with questions, or for additional information. M a rch 2 0 1 2

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March 5 Anthem Emergency Responders Fund Charity Golf Tournament The Anthem Golf & Country Club, Ironwood Golf Course will play host to the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Anthem Emergency Responders Fund, March 5. The fund honors emergency responders serving the Anthem area through services and financial assistance whenever their families face unexpected tragedies. The event will begin with registration at noon, a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and a BBQ at the conclusion of play. The format of the event will be a four-person scramble with oncourse contests. Individual entry is $150, which includes green fees, golf cart and BBQ dinner. A foursome can be purchased for $500. Additional guests can attend the BBQ for $35 for adults, $15 for children (6-12) and kids five and under free. For more information about this event or sponsorship opportunities please contact Private Event Director Kathy Cuaderno at 623-465-3021.

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March 10 One Night on Broadway benefit Let your memory stroll down Broadway as you spend “One Night on Broadway.” Join the Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) for an evening of dinner theatre enjoyment, while adult professional and select youth performers will entertain attendees with songs from Broadway and beyond. Dr. Jeff Kennedy, who has worked in musical theater as a director, performer and music director with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, will accompany the evening’s performers on the piano as they unveil MTA’s fifth season by singing selections from next season’s shows. Tickets may be purchased online. Adults $65 and students and children $40. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

March 19-23 Anthem Soccer Club Spring Camp The Anthem Soccer Club will be hosting a spring skills camp during spring break at Soccer Field #1 (near sand volleyball courts) in the Anthem Community Park, 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Participants will be exposed to quality instruction and led through drills by 18-year pro, and head coach of the Anthem Soccer Club, Mark Kerlin. Each day will feature a new technical development including passing, dribbling, ball control, juggling, shooting and heading skills. Those participating are asked to bring a soccer ball, appropriate footwear, water and sunscreen. The cost for the camp is $110. 623-582-2413 www.anthemsoccerclub.com

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March 24 and 25 13th Annual Anthem Days The community of Anthem invites everyone to experience Anthem Days, a two-day community festival held this year on March 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This family event, now in its 13th year, features tons of family fun and excitement, and highlights the infectious community spirit of Anthem. “Anthem Days is our longest running community event, and everyone looks forward to it,” stated Michele DeMichele, Special Events Director for the Anthem Community Council. “With the event continually evolving, there’s such a variety of experiences for the entire family to enjoy.” Activities scheduled for the weekend include: Anthem Neighborhood Watch 911 Simulator and Child Fingerprinting, Arts and Crafts Fair, Business Expo, Daisy Mountain Fire Department Demonstrations, Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail and the Hippity Hop Band, Live Musical Entertainment, a Kid’s Zone, and a Hoop Shoot Contest sponsored by OSR Physical Therapy. Throughout the weekend, attendees will be able to delight in fine culinary fare in the Food Court and hydrate at the Rotary Beer Garden. Frazier Shows Carnival will start the weekend early with a myriad of carnival rides and games for everyone in the family to enjoy. The carnival runs Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. All You Can Ride bracelets can be purchased for $15 and are valid Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

even t s March 25 “Homes Through Time” Home Tour One thing that makes the Desert Foothills area unique is its diverse architecture. Tour five contemporary homes that stand out for their design and sustainability. Homes on the tour include those of local architects Fred Osmon and Michael P. Johnson, as well as homes designed by Frank Imel, Will Bruder, and Shelby Wilson. Tickets can only be purchased at the Museum, not the homes. Advance tickets cost $25 per person. The Museum will open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 25 to sell tickets, which cost $30 the day of the event. Credit cards are accepted. Please call to purchase advance tickets. 480-488-2764 www.cavecreekmuseum.org

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March 28–April 1 Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo & Parade Mark your calendar to attend one of the Valley’s biggest events, Fiesta Days™ Rodeo, set for Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 1 in Cave Creek. Presented by the Desert Foothills Community Association (DFCA), the 34th annual event kicks off Wednesday, March 28 with a golf tournament at Tatum Ranch Golf Club, followed by dinner, fundraising and awards at Harold’s Corral. The festivities continue throughout the weekend at Cave Creek Memorial Arena with three full, thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants. New this year: Renowned stock contractor Cervi Rodeo will bring world champion bucking horses and bulls to this year’s Fiesta Days Rodeo, elevating the event’s standing in the national rodeo circuit. DFCA organizers say Cervi will infuse a new, fresh energy into the rodeo and attract new contestants. Also new this year: Parking is free, but event organizers will continue to collect non-perishable food donations to support the Foothills Food Bank. Friday night’s performance is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” in support of the fight against cancer. The Fiesta Days Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31 in the Town of Cave Creek. Mutton Bustin’ for the little Buckaroos will be held Saturday afternoon, followed by the Saturday night rodeo performance. Sunday’s performance is Wrangler National Patriot Day in support of America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. Rodeo dances with live music will be held both Friday and Saturday nights after the rodeo at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek. Rodeo admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children five and under are free. www.cavecreekprorodeo.com

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March 29–April 1 Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents “Willy Wonka, Jr.” Get your golden ticket for Musical Theatre of Anthem’s upcoming musical production of “Willy Wonka, Jr.” March 29–April 1 in Anthem. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.” The talented cast of 82 local youth, ages 6-12, will take you on a scrumptious journey with Augustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and of course, Charlie Bucket. The memorable score features “The Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” “Oompa Loompa” and “I Want it Now” by Academy and Grammy award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Performances take place on March 29, 30, and 31 at 7 p.m. and March 31 and April 1 at 3 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School’s mini-auditorium, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. Tickets may be purchased online. Adult tickets are $18 and students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Get your tickets soon, as MTA shows typically sell out. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org

March 30 “Bulls 4 Boobs” Breast Cancer Fundraiser Kicks It Up! Team W.I.S.H. Arizona and the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse join forces for the “3rd Annual Bulls 4 Boobs” fundraiser finale. The fundraising starts Friday, February 24 and every Friday night until the finale Friday, March 30, ending on Fiesta Days weekend in Cave Creek. Team members will stand between the live bull riding and the product table selling ‘pink ribbon’ items, collecting donations, and this year, for the first time, offering a special silent auction each Friday night. Items including a pink Arizona Cardinal baseball cap autographed by Coach Ken Whisenhunt, Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton and Hall of Famer Russ Grimm; and Simpson NASCAR gloves signed by NASCAR driver #31, Jeff Burton. Carol Stacy, co-captain and co-partner of the event states,“We never thought we would continue this event after one year, but the response from locals, ‘snow birds’ and thousands of attendees who have embraced our efforts, keep coming back for fun, eight-seconds of pure adrenaline, the Bulls 4 Boobs collector’s t-shirt and more. Plus the stories of heartache and victory we hear, from families and survivors, motivate everyone involved to raise funds for a cause that we’re all passionate about.” 602-549-9797

March 31 Emma’s Run For Katie 4 Peaks Racing, We Care of Anthem and the Boulder Creek Community Leadership Council (BCCLC) are very proud to continue their partnership for Emma’s Run, celebrating the life of Emma Simpkins. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit the Wagner Family, whose daughter Katie continues her battle with cancer. A 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin on Freedom Way adjacent to the Anthem Community Center. Runners will head north on Freedom Way to Anthem Way, where they will make a right-hand turn, heading east on Anthem Way to the Daisy Mountain Pkwy. intersection. Another right-hand turn allows the runners some respite down the gentle slope before turning right onto Memorial. As runners head back to the west, Freedom Way cannot come soon enough and the final turn leads to the slightly inclined finish. Those participating in the 10K race will complete a second loop. This course is entirely on the road. A lane will be barricaded for runners and monitored by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. www.4peaksracing.com

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Hike the Quartz Trail at Cave Creek Regional Park

A New Adventure Awaits Well, 2012 is off to a wonderful start. After my injuries, operations and illnesses of 2011, anything would be an improvement! That is why I was so eager to experience the newest addition to the wonderful trail system at Cave Creek Regional Park (CCRP). The excitement began building as I laced my hiking boots and grabbed my staff. Standing in the parking lot of the Go John trailhead, I looked off to the east with anticipation. What would I find? Would it be a rough beginning trail that would be improved over a period of time, or would it be as developed as the Overton or Slate trails? The new Quartz trail runs between the Go John and Slate trails, so, on the advice of ranger Sarah Steele, I would begin the first leg of my hike by following the Go John to where the Quartz breaks off to wend its way back east and south to join the Slate. It was a bright, beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky. After a few stretches, I set off up the Go John, the saguaros standing a silent sentinel over the commencement of my latest adventure. The rains of late December had turned the mountainsides green. Even the ocotillo was verdant in the morning light. I began ascending the winding trail to the summit, reveling in the sensations of the sun on my head and my heart pounding a steady rhythm in my chest. I was hiking again! It had been a long,

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Toward the top of the mountain, the trail leveled off and meandered below the crest to where it began a gradual descent to the north and west. After about a mile and a half of the Go John, I saw the sign - Quartz trail. My new adventure waited! As the Quartz trail left the Go John, there was nothing remarkable in the slow and gradual ascent of the trail as it wound up and around to the north and east. At the notch at the top, I turned toward the southeast and there was Black Mountain in the distance! An entire

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expanse of the desert with the trappings of civilization was spread out below. It was rather shocking, as the last 20 minutes or so of the Go John and Quartz had lead me to feel that I was truly on my way into a wilderness. As I followed the trail, it dipped and climbed. Sometimes the grade was steep enough to quicken the pulse, but it wasn’t long before the tenor of the march was evidently downhill. There was obvious evidence along the trail that the wranglers from Cave Creek Trail Rides had already discovered this new adventure and were leading forays out and along this 3.6 mile excursion. I made a mental note to talk to Deb or Jeff Bitten and maybe schedule a ride. Being on the back of a trusty horse lends a whole different perspective to the vistas of CCRP.

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I was enjoying my downhill saunter, noting the forests of teddy bear cholla that blanket parts of the mountainside, when I suddenly became aware of a spectacular quartz outcropping next to the trail ahead. As I drew nearer, I could see a saguaro growing right out of a cleft in the quartz. The trail took a little dip and curve just before this outcropping. Right beside the trail at this curve, there stood a carefully erected cairn of stones with a bush growing up and over it. What could it be marking? Was it a trail M a rch 2 0 1 2

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marker from an earlier time? Maybe the Hohokam used it to find their way from point to point. Maybe Spanish soldiers were trying to ensure that they could find their way back to Mexico. Of course, the soldiers searching for an easier trail to make their way between forts McDowell on the Salt River and Whipple in Prescott could have constructed it to mark a possible route. One last thought went through my mind. Since the 3,000 acres of CCRP hold 54 mine sites from the glory days of Cave Creek mining, it could be a claim marker. The huge quartz outcropping would lend credence to this theory. At any rate, musings aside, it was time to get on down the trail. It had to be by design. It couldn’t have been an accident. There before me as I left the outcropping behind was a giant saguaro standing beside the trail, motioning me to proceed. For all the world, it reminded me of a traffic cop who used to direct at an intersection near our college dorm. Well, it was all downhill from there. My traffic-cop saguaro directed me to the last leg of my journey, which would be on the Slate trail. Once on the Slate, I was on familiar ground. As the trail slowly undulated its way toward the trailhead, I decided to take a short, uphill detour on the Jasper to reconnect with the Go John Trail. That way I didn’t have to travel the roads back to my parking lot. It had been a glorious hike! I love the new trail. Construction on the Quartz Trail began on Oct. 3, 2011 and was completed for use on December 3. It officially opened with signs on Dec. 6, 2011. The trail is wide and well graded, a moderate hike of 3.6 miles roundtrip.

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March should be a great time to experience this exciting, new trail. If the rains provide the moisture, a wildflower experience will satisfy the most ardent admirer. Hiking is just one of the many adventures awaiting you at CCRP. Check out the CCRP website at: www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek for a listing of all the programs, hikes and events Ranger Sarah and her volunteers have planned to engage all ages. Don’t forget to take plenty of water and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. It is the desert, after all. Cave Creek Regional Park is located north of Carefree Highway, seven miles east of I-17 and two

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Following are four instances that have stemmed from tragedy but are benefitting others who are in need in our community. Please support these events and endeavors.

Emma’s Run

There are few in the community who will forget the tragic events that took the life of six-yearold Emma Simpkins. Since 2007, the Simpkins Family has organized “Emma’s Run” in her memory, which in later years grew into a fundraiser that benefits local charities and boasts more than 1,000 participants. This year the run will be held Saturday, March 31. The 10K will start at 8 a.m., 5K will begin at 8:10 a.m., and the free Kid’s Dash will begin at 9:15 a.m. This year, proceeds will benefit Katie Wagner’s family. www.4peaksracing.com

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Avian Allen Memorial Basketball Game Avian Allen was a bright, young girl who attended Gavilan Peak School until her life was tragically and unexpectedly cut short by a critical asthma attack. Since that year, Gavilan Peak School has organized a memorial basketball game between staff and students, with proceeds benefitting the We Care organization. This Year Proceeds will go to We Care as well as Gavilan Peak School’s technology fund. In past years, the event, which is much more than just a basketball game, has included face painting, bounce houses, head shaving for Locks of Love, junior spirit line presentations and a silent auction. In the past, Streets of New York has catered the event and donated an impressive 50 percent of all profits to the charity event. Streets of New York will again cater the festivities. The Sixth Annual Avian Allen Memorial Basketball Game will include more of the same, with some new additions including a “three-on-three” basketball tournament with four different divisions to enter. The divisions will be broken down to 5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade, Women’s, and Men’s categories. All students, parents, teachers, and community members are invited to sign up to compete in a fun filled tournament. The cost is just $15.00 per team. Tournament entry forms are available at gavilanpeak. dvusd.org. Jeff.Kalk@dvusd.org

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Katie Wagner and Grandpa Kelly It had always been 84-year-old Lyndon Kelly’s dream to write a book. His inspiration finally came from notes that were discovered in the antique trunk of his great-grandmother Ann’s house in Vermont. The notes contained everything from home remedy recipes, cleaning tips and good old-fashioned wisdom dating back to the 1800s. Kelly proceeded to painstakingly type the manuscript from those notes and, two years ago, Kelly finally realized his dream and published “Great Gramma Ann’s Scrapbook.” This past December, when Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer, he arranged for the proceeds from the publication to be donated to a fund for 16-year-old Anthem resident Katie Wagner, who is suffering from a similar form of cancer. Kelly’s grandchildren thought it would be a fitting tribute to make a great effort to help Kelly’s book reach the top of the bestseller list. Thanks to Kelly’s family, Wagner’s family, and many other friends, neighbors and supporters, word spread through various forms of social media. Even as Kelly lost his battle on January 27th, his book was soaring to the top of the bestseller list. “Great Gramma Ann’s Scrapbook” rose to number one on Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list, and to number 40 on Amazon’s best selling list, an amazing leap from 690,944. In Amazon’s self-help and biography and memoir category, the book made the top 10. According to Kelly’s grandson, more important than the meteoric rise to the top of the charts is that a lot of money was raised to help Katie Wagner win her fight, as 100 percent of the proceeds went to a fund for Katie. It is quite possible that the most valuable lesson here is the spirit of helping one another in time of trouble, and helping others realize their dreams even in the toughest of times.

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Anthem Area Emergency Providers’ Charity Golf Tournament

The shooting death of Officer William Coleman during his response to a call in Anthem early on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning struck a chord within the community. While most of us lay snug in our beds, Officer Coleman lost his life while he was protecting each and every one of us. It is a shocking reminder that numerous fire fighters, law enforcement personnel, search and rescue teams and emergency medical service personnel make a commitment every day that they go to work to be the first on the scene when danger is present in any form. It is an awesome commitment, not only by emergency providers, but also by their families who may be left without a parent, spouse or child when they become a “hero.” On Monday, March 5 a charity golf tournament will be held to benefit the Anthem Emergency Responders’ Fund, which will offer the families of first responders services and financial assistance whenever they face unexpected tragedies. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Team registration will begin at 12 p.m. and a barbecue will follow. The format will be four-person scramble. This event will take place at Anthem Golf & Country Club/Ironwood Golf Course. Kathy Cuaderno, 623-465-3021

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March Apple Award Winner: DeeDee Loredo, Biology Teacher, Northwest Christian School

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ImagesAZ wants to acknowledge some of the most unique and creative teachers and programs in our schools. Each month, we recognize a teacher or program nominated by people or organizations within the community with our Apple Award. The educators we feature are dedicated individuals whose commitment to their students is admirable and inspirational. They represent their school, their community and also the thousands of other teachers who strive each day to make a difference.

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March Apple Award Winner:

DeeDee Loredo, Northwest Christian School A good teacher is much like a gardener. They plant seeds

of knowledge, and water those seeds with inspiration. With the proper nurturing and care, those seeds sprout into curiosity and a love for learning, and bloom into a passion as colorful and unique as the student dreams it to be. Northwest Christian School biology teacher DeeDee Loredo has a green thumb when it comes to growing inspiration and passion. After 30 years in the classroom, she has cultivated both minds and souls of students to blossom into thoughtful, purposeful adults. She makes learning interesting and fun, but she also sees her role as expanding beyond the textbook. She encourages students to open new doors for themselves, to explore their options and take a look at opportunities. Sometimes, they find the direction they think they want to go is not right for them at all. Other times, their eyes are opened to a new possibility that excites and propels them into a future they’re enthusiastic to embrace. She is effective because she’s followed the same path herself. As a high school student, all she dreamed of being was a stay-at-home mom. She married young and started a family, but when her own children went off to school, she began to think she wanted to open some doors for herself. At about that time, she started teaching Sunday school, and the minute she stepped in front of the class, she felt a tingle of anticipation. She knew she was meant to teach. “I don’t believe in coincidence,” she explained. “I believe we all have a purpose, and I think it’s neat that the pieces came together and I’m here. I know I’m supposed to be doing this, and I love it.” She went on to get her teaching degree, then earned a National Science Foundation grant to obtain her master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Even after graduating, M a rch 2 0 1 2

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she has not stopped learning. She is always on the

takes teaching very seriously. “I have to maintain the

lookout for workshops and seminars to develop both

integrity that the students need to learn the material. It’s

professionally and personally. She does it to be a better

not for play. They need to increase their understanding

teacher, not for kudos and acclaim, but because she

of science, but I also have to make sure they’re not just

believes teaching is her calling, and her faith in God

going through formulas. I have to be giving them the

moves her to keep seeking to serve that calling.

tools that they need to think critically.”

“Since I first started teaching, I’ve had an insatiable

There is always an extra lesson in what Loredo teaches.

desire to learn better ways of teaching and reaching

Students learn anatomy and physiology through

kids,” Loredo explained.

dissections, but they also learn to respect the value and beauty of life at the same time. By solving mystery

There is nowhere more evident than in the classroom.

scenarios in forensic science, they learn scientific

The only science teacher at the school when Northwest

techniques and their real-world applications, but also

Christian School opened 30 years ago, she now

they learn to analyze and discern. Past students come

teaches honors biology, anatomy/physiology, and

in to share their experiences working in science and

forensic science. Her position isn’t the only thing that

technology fields, sharing things like how to save

has changed; the addition of technology in the courses

money in college, what coursework they recommend

has, within a single generation, completely altered the

and stories of their struggles and successes.

style of teaching, and she has adapted well. Not only

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does she embrace the addition of SMART Boards

She takes students to career day events so that they

and Responders, she has developed a very hands-on

can see what local colleges and trade schools have

curriculum full of labs and situational problem solving.

to offer. She helps them to plug in their talents with

Although keeping things interesting is important, Loredo

career goals, seeing what may be routes of obtaining

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Because, in the end, Loredo may be teaching life science, but she’s also teaching the science of life. education and training they may not

students. She has seen countless

have known were options.

graduates go on to pursue careers in science after she planted those

“They need to find out what’s out

early seeds of possibility. She has

there,” she said. “They need to

also played a role in helping so many

explore their choices so that they

students realize their own potential,

can make good decisions.”

both in and out of the laboratory.

During her prep hour, Loredo mentors

“God has really blessed me because I

a group of students, talking to them

get kids who come back and say, ‘You

about their goals, but also listening

did that one thing, and it really made

to them. They share challenges,

a difference. Look at what I’m doing

successes, dreams, disappointments

now!’ Those are the rewards that you

and more, but most important to

get for teaching. That’s why I do it.”

Loredo is that they feel heard, and she enjoys the opportunity to help

Because, in the end, Loredo may

to guide them to realize their own

be teaching life science, but she’s

purpose in the world.

also teaching the science of life.

“I like to be with the kids,” she

ImagesAZ congratulates Dee Dee

said with a genuine smile. “I love

Loredo and Northwest Christian

the curriculum, I love learning new

School on earning our March Apple

things, I love seeing them learn.”

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She has seen her work pay off.

inspired students many more years

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Dr. Wood and his wife Bobbi have four children: Chanel, 14; Erika, 12; Jackson, 10; and Easton, 8.

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Dr. Wood has been practicing in Anthem since 2005 when he opened his own orthodontia practice. As a resident of Anthem, he’s a friendly and familiar face in a business that can be a little nerve-wracking. His patients know he’s for convenient emergency coverage, and he’s a partner in the community.

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“I take pride in supporting the things that are important to our patients and to being a part of the things that they’re involved in,” said Dr. Wood. “Most of our office staff lives here in Anthem and it gives us a nice wide range of local interests and activities to support.” Dr. Wood began his career in general dentistry, but decided to move into orthodontics because, he says, it has a much more positive tone.

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“I like that patients come to my office because they’re choosing to be there,” said Dr. Wood, “not because they’re in pain and have to be there to rid themselves of the pain.” Plus, he said, when he was a kid, he always thought braces looked fun. “I didn’t get braces when I was a kid, and I always wanted them,” said Dr. Wood. “I watched my siblings go through the process and it was very interesting to me.” Dr. Wood enjoys the pace of his days as an orthodontist because every day is different and every mouth is different. “And I really enjoy getting to know our patients,” he said. That’s not to say that all patients come in happily. “I would say our mission is to make everyone who comes into our office feel comfortable because we want to ease their nerves and take away any of the fear,” said Dr. Wood. “We spend a good amount of time with our patients, which gives us the chance to get to know them and their stories.” As a business owner, Dr. Wood knew it was essential to be part of the local Chamber of Commerce when he opened his business in

2005. “I joined the Chamber when I opened and haven’t ever thought about not renewing,” he said. Dr. Wood enjoys the opportunities the Chamber provides to make connections and stay in touch with other members. He also uses his membership in the Chamber to share ideas and have resources when needed.

Dr. Wood’s business advice to others? “When running your own business, treat everyone how you’d want to be treated,” he said. “You can definitely tell which businesses don’t. And always find ways to give back to the people who support you. ” As an Anthem resident, Dr. Wood really enjoys everything the community has to offer and the many opportunities for kids’ activities and fun. On weekends, family time is spent focusing on kid-friendly activities, including soccer, tennis, hiking and riding bikes.

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Writer Donna Kublin

Par ty Time at the Park Picnic Under the Stars ~ Express Your Inner Self! Anthem Community Park, Saturday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

Ever want to honor your alter ego? Like having fun? Enjoy costume parties? Want to help kids? Like getting a bargain? If you answer “yes” to any one of these questions, Picnic Under the Stars–Express Your Inner Self, April 28 at Anthem Community Park, is an event that you will not want to miss! Started four years ago as an alternative to the typical black tie gala, this fundraising bash is affordable, truly unique and made for adults who want to have a fun evening out. “You can let your hair down and dance to live music, bid at auctions, enjoy the camaraderie and have fun!” said Dee Wright, event chair. “It is fantastic to see all of the creative ideas and everyone just having a great time in support of such a worthy cause.” The 4th Annual Picnic Under the Stars raises money to support the educational outreach programs of the Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) and has grown each year in size and reputation. With something for everyone, and each table designed by the people seated at it, the night becomes aglow with stars above and effervescent personalities below.

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Last year’s winning table was themed “70’s Songs.” Tablemates were dressed accordingly and enjoyed singing to anyone who would listen. Sounds of clomping came from a nearby table with the Anthem Grape Stompers from Anthem Gripe & Whine Vineyards stepping out. And taking a theme from literature, characters from Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party kept “switching their places” and joined the fun. “If you are new to the event and want to learn more about it, committee members can help you plan,” said Wright. “Or, you can just get your tickets and join a table of newcomers and make some new friends.” Continuing the theme of “Express Your Inner Self,” guests not only decide how they want to dress for the evening but they also bring their own picnic dinner. Past attendees have brought a range of delectables from light appetizers, sushi, or gourmet pizza to several-course dinners. Wine and beer is available for purchase. Entertainment this year is being provided by the popular band, The Spin. The group has received rave reviews from previous picnic events and is known for music that inspires the desire to dance.


Most of the fundraising comes from the live and silent auction items that have been generously donated by artists, restaurants, service companies and individuals. Chef Jaime Palenque is providing a dinner for six; Renee Palmer-Jones, artist and designer of Anthem’s Veterans’ Memorial, is donating a commission piece; Paco Tort is once again offering his highly sought-after paella dinner for 12; and then there is a Prescott Retreat getaway. These are just a few of the unique live auction items that the procurement team has obtained. In addition, there are massages, gift certificates from local restaurants, wine baskets and many home services that will likely go for bargain prices. “Picnic Under The Stars is a night to celebrate the arts, and especially arts education in North Valley schools,” said Becky MacMillan, president of ACNV’s board of directors. “Students are the artists and audiences of tomorrow. Our foremost commitment is to supporting high quality arts education that keeps the arts alive and vibrant for many years to come.” Stacy Shane, dance teacher at Boulder Creek High School (BCHS) agrees. “The ACNV has provided master classes in African dance to my students over the past five years. These have helped my students understand the roots of dance, the culture from which it sprang, and helped them enlarge their world view. It would not have happened without the ACNV.” Matthew Harrington, fine arts teacher at Boulder Creek High School (BCHS) appreciates the opportunities the Regional Teen Art Competition offers his art students. The competition, being held on April 28th at Anthem Art Gallery, has been an important exercise in real-world experience for the students. Harrington’s students have participated since its inception seven years ago and BCHS is one of seven high schools with work on display this year. “This competition offers the students the experience to be part of a professional community art exhibit. The students are really motivated to produce high quality work for the competition and welcome the recognition they receive from having their artwork on public display,” said Harrington. “We hope to continue and expand our outreach programs with a successful fundraiser,” said MacMillan. “We are grateful for many local companies that have provided auction items as well the financial sponsorships from Andrew Z Diamonds, Anthem Senior Living, Coldwell Banker Daisy Mountain Real Estate, D.L. Jones & Associates, Hasslacher Tax & Financial, Matson Solutions and Phantom Realty.” www.acnv.org, 623-205-5608, Tickets are $35 pp.

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It’s all happening at the

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Something tells me It’s all happening at the zoo I do believe it, I do believe it’s true.

Come eye to eye with an 11-foot-long saltwater croc, stroke the slippery Stingrays as they glide by you in a shallow pool and check out a man-sized 200 pound, 20-foot-long python–all in a day, without leaving the Valley! If you haven’t checked out the zoos in Arizona, you are missing a golden opportunity to experience some of Arizona’s most impressive family destinations. There are a few here in the Valley that make wonderful day trips, especially in this mild weather. Each one is a bit different, with a variety of unique exhibits and animals, and both have new additions and exhibits that will stun even the most seasoned zoophiles. Read on, and learn why it really is all happening at the zoo!

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The most exciting exhibit in the entire zoo has to be the Stingray Bay exhibit, which was seasonal up until this year. The interactive exhibit houses cownose stingrays, which are commonly found in Atlantic coastal waters in warmer months from New England to Florida. Because of a new adjustment made to their swim tank, they will now make Arizona their home year-round. For just $1 for zoo members or $2 for non-members, your family can reach down into the water and touch these gentle, majestic creatures as they glide by. There is also a great opportunity for additional interaction at feeding time, when zoo staff sells food to feed to the stingrays. When you finally tear yourself away from the stingray exhibit, jump aboard the safari train and see the zoo safari style. Cover the vast terrain of the zoo without breaking a sweat. Or, if you are in the mood for a good walk, discover the zoo on your own by following the paved pathway that winds around all of the exhibits of the zoo. If you have wee ones, there are plenty of activities to fill the day after you see the animals. Picnic areas with splash pads, paddle boats for rent, a beautiful animal carousel, and an adorable gift shop and outdoor café will round out your day at the Phoenix Zoo. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the day, though. Throughout the year, events are held to help raise funds for the zoo. Rock the Zoo, one of the zoo’s largest fundraisers, will be held on Friday, March 30. Attendees will be able to rock out to local bands and public vote winners, Echofuzz and Tell Me About the Rabbits, with Second Shift on the azcentral.com stage while sampling beverages from more than 30 local breweries, wineries and national distributors. Those interested in taming their hunger can visit the Lion’s Den featuring more than 15 restaurants and caterers sampling their cuisine. Food will also be available for sale. Rock the Zoo is an age 21 and over event.

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The newest exhibit at this off-the-beaten-pathway zoo is Dragon World, and this exhibit alone makes the drive to Litchfield Park well worth the trip. This exciting new exhibit features ectotherms–living “dragons.” Like all reptiles, these creatures use the environment to control their body temperatures. Dragon World features large acrylic panels including some with underwater viewing to provide visitors with an up-close look at these amazing animals. The centerpiece of this exhibit is the only saltwater crocodile in Arizona, Jaws. Saltwater crocs from Australia and Southeast Asia are the largest and one of the most fearsome varieties of crocodilian in the world. While many smaller crocodilians including the Nile croc, the African Dwarf croc and one of the planet’s most rare reptiles, the albino alligator, already call Wildlife World home, none compare to the size and strength of a “salty.” This species can weight over one ton and exceed 22 feet in length. This means that at about 10-11 feet, Wildlife World’s newest arrival is only half its potential size! A 200-pound, 20-feet long reticulated python, Aldabra tortoises, spectacled caiman, African dwarf crocodiles, and a variety of smaller lizards and several species of monitor and iguana lizards round out this exhibit that will mystify visitors of any age! The Wildlife World Zoo also features an amazing aquarium that will soon add another 7000 square feet of public display in early spring of 2012. This area will feature marine turtles and a permanent small-clawed otter habitat. The main exhibit will be a 40- x 10-foot, 40,000-gallon Amazon River Monsters display containing three- to four- foot long arowana, even larger arapaima and other South American fresh water giants. These species are so large, they are well known for their ability to jump several feet out of the water to catch prey animals, such as birds and primates perched over the water. In addition, the display will have the menacing payara, nicknamed the vampire fish, with six-inch fangs protruding from its lower jaw! The exhibit will be rounded out with Giant Amazon turtles that can grow to nearly four feet across, yellow spotted turtles, black piranhas, as well as fresh water stingrays. Your day will be complete when you set aside some splash time by riding the Flume Ride and dine with your family at Dillon’s Restaurant beside the shark tank in the aquarium!

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Road Less Traveled Month 10: Marie Peck Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

I’ve set out on a mission to find 12 remarkable people in 12 months. I want to know what makes them tick ... what inspires them and how they ended up on that uncharted path. Has it been worth it? Would they change it? What can I learn from them? What does the world have to learn from them? I’m about to find out by letting them take me along their roads less traveled. Nearly everyone is looking for a life full of purpose, a life they can be excited about when they wake up in the morning; a life that, at the end of the day, makes a difference. We all want to find our passion, then follow that passion to happiness. We all do that in different ways, and to different levels. Some live a life sticking their toe in the waters of fulfillment in between careers and responsibilities. Others find a way to dive in head-first, allowing their passion to become their life. Marie Peck falls into the latter category. Marie is the founder and director of the Fetch Foundation, a local non-profit organization that outfits first responders with animal life-saving equipment and turns dogs destined for euthanasia into search and rescue or service dogs. Her love and appreciation of dogs and her realization of the need to protect man’s best friend inspired her to “do something,” and since she began that “doing,” she hasn’t slowed down. With boundless energy and bouncy dark curls to match, she’s a one-woman whirlwind, planning, coordinating and caring for the dogs that have changed her life and the lives of so many others. The sister of one firefighter and mother of another, Marie heard stories about pets dying from smoke inhalation or burns because firefighters or other first responders didn’t have the proper equipment to help them. She learned that, in the United States, half a

million pets are affected by fire, and, each year, about 40,000 animals die from fire-related injuries. She heard ideas those responders had to help, and she ran with those ideas. She began putting together “Fido Bags,” complete with pet oxygen masks, burn sheets, bandages, restraints and rinsing saline, and handing them out to fire departments and search and rescue teams. “We have so many family members in the fire service. I’d hear stories about things that would happen to animals—all the could’ve, should’ve, would’ves. I had to do something,” she explains. As Marie grew the program, it evolved into the Fetch Foundation. People began sponsoring fire departments in memory of pets or family members, donating $225 for each Fido Bag. Now, with the help of veterinarian Dr. Cliff Faver from Animal Health Services in Cave Creek, fire departments and other first responders all over the state, and even across the nation, are now equipped with Fido Bags and trained on their use. Countless lives have been saved, and the potential for more happy tails is immeasurable. “Fire departments that have received our Fido Bags and the training now feel confident they have the tools to give our pets the best chance of survival in these emergencies,” Marie adds. M a rch 2 0 1 2

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But she hasn’t stopped there. Having been involved in search and rescue for several years, she began to see another need she could fill. Through networking her Fido Bags, she learned of the need for trained search and rescue dogs. She also learned that many of the dogs that were good at search and rescue were not specially bred for the job; they came from animal shelters and animal rescues. Like everything else she is passionate about, Marie not only pledged to do something, she took action. She spoke to search and rescue volunteers and dog trainers and learned the traits of a good search and rescue dogs, then began combing shelters and dog rescues for dogs that showed promise, and brought them home to train. She and volunteers created a course in her yard to train the dogs, and eventually she and her husband moved to a home with a larger lot so that they could expand the facilities. She found trainers who would volunteer with the dogs, but still quickly learned how much vaccinations, spaying and neutering, rattlesnake training, hip dysplasia evaluations, dental cleanings and food cost. She began asking for help, and she started to get it. She also found volunteers willing to help with cleaning kennels and fostering dogs, and her efforts began to make a difference. Something wonderful happens when pieces of a passion start to fall into place. Instead of being worn out at the end of the day, doing good tends to recharge your batteries and make each day something to look forward to. That has certainly been the case with Marie. As time and interest grew, what was once a small project on the side for her became a full-time effort, eventually carving out enough time on her calendar to nudge out her photography business. She doesn’t mind, though, because of the good she and her small army of dedicated volunteers are accomplishing.

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“The fact that we’re saving lives supersedes everything else,” she says, in the same determined voice that has gotten her this far.


Success stories have also kept her going. A little over a year ago, she received a call that a terrible car accident near Luke Air Force Base had taken the life of a 19-year-old girl. When firefighters removed the roof of the car to extricate the girl, they found a young black Labrador retriever broken and injured among the wreckage. The dog, Sammy, was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital, and shortly afterward, Marie received a phone call. The girl’s grandfather told firefighters that she had been training Sammy to be a search and rescue dog. Marie and the Fetch Foundation vowed to finish the job and, with the help of firefighters who were touched by the story, money was raised to bring Sammy back to health. He also finished his initial training and was ready to become a search and rescue dog. One of the firefighters who had been on the scene could not get the dog out of his head. In one of those “meant to be” moments, he brought Sammy home and is now a canine search and rescue volunteer. Sometimes fate happens in the most beautiful ways. Is it a lot of work, time and money? Sure. Is it worth it? Marie thinks so. “The fact that we’re saving lives supersedes everything else,” she says, in the same determined voice that has gotten her this far. Some of the dogs that are rescued end up being ideal as service dogs. Some are compassion dogs, some are specially-trained to help owners who have specific needs. Others go to an organization called “Soldier’s Best Friend,” which provides dogs for injured service men and women, or those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. In the last two years, Marie and her volunteers have given out 100 Fido Bags and helped to train and place 46 dogs. Of those, 14 are now search and rescue dogs, and six are service dogs. The rest were dogs that made it into the Fetch Foundation’s foster homes for many different reasons. “They may not have fit our programs, but we were still able to find them perfect homes,” Marie explains. Through her efforts, not only are the lives of the dogs saved, but they are, in turn, saving and changing even more lives. For Marie, though, the lesson has turned into so much more than the fulfillment she gets from changing and saving lives. When she chose the path to give to others, she received so much more in return. Because the true secret to happiness is giving it away. If you would like to find out more about the Fetch Foundation, or wish to learn more about fostering dogs or donating, visit www.thefetchfoundation.com. M a rch 2 0 1 2

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There is another mile-high city in Arizona besides Prescott; it’s the old copper mining town of Bisbee, southeast of Tucson. Bisbee is a small, manageable town, much smaller than Prescott, but chock-full of interesting old buildings and art galleries. It even has a “whiskey row” of its own, called Brewery Road. Bisbee is great for a weekend visit anytime in the year, but especially during the summer when its high elevation provides cool comfort from the searing desert temperatures. Adding to its cozy hometown atmosphere, Bisbee offers accommodations at several bed and breakfast establishments. One of the more unique of these is The Gardens at Mile High Ranch, which also offers restful spa treatments to its guests. Co-owner Maggie moved to Bisbee 11 years ago from San Diego. Maggie and her mother joined her sister, Tara, and niece, Trinity, to help take care of Mom, who had Alzheimer’s. As a way of bringing in income while not having to leave home, Maggie, Writer Paula Theotocatos

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Tara and Trinity opened up their bed and breakfast. “We have seven siblings all together, and they helped us purchase our lovely bed and breakfast in Bisbee, as a way to have our income come to us,” Maggie says. “We took care of mom until she passed away. Our talents definitely cover care-giving in many forms, so it was perfect for us to start offering the spa services as well as the lodging.”


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What is the family trio’s philosophy towards their clients and what kind of experience can they expect?

“As a family-run business we provide a very informal, personable and caring experience for our guests as well as for our spa clients. We believe in taking responsibility for our health and our experiences in life, and we show that by sharing our appreciation of beauty and our love of nature. We share our personal philosophy of eating a high percentage of raw and organic foods, and acting in compassion as much as we can and treating our earth with respect and reverence.” The Gardens is also a great place for families and friends to celebrate in an outdoor setting. Weddings have been a great experience for 35 to 125 guests. The bed and breakfast sits in the middle of giant cottonwood trees and lush gardens – the perfect environment for relaxation, meditation or bird-watching. Asked what she likes most about living in Bisbee, Maggie replies, “I love the small town experience in Bisbee. People here, in general, are kind, generous and liberal in their approach to life. We have a wonderful arts community, the shops are very fun and unique, and the food here is fantastic! I love the surrounding high-desert wilderness and the hummingbirds. There is great hiking in the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Huachuca Mountains and here in Bisbee there are terrific local hikes and beautiful views because of our mountains here.” Maggie continues, “The weather is also fantastic … lots of sun, and the monsoon season in July and August

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Chris Mellon Custom Home and Remodeling Center Are you bored with the look of your home, annoyed with a layout that doesn’t work anymore, or just plain tired of your old flooring and appliances? Say no more; Chris Mellon and Company can come to your rescue. With more than 25 years in business, Chris Mellon and Company is a “Back to Basics Corporation” that offers full-service remodeling from “Concept to Build.” “As your professional contractor we will help with every aspect of your remodeling project, from start-tofinish,” declares Chris Mellon. “Whether you need architectural plans, 3-D modeling to view your design before build-out, obtaining permits, or simply the most important -- completion of the renovation of your interior or exterior project to total satisfaction, Back to Basics Corporation is your solution.” Among their many satisfied clients are thousands of happy customers from residential to commercial, serving Carefree, North Scottsdale, Cave Creek and the Greater Phoenix area. They carry top brand appliances, cabinetry, flooring, stone, wood, carpet and tiles from all the major brands. Instead of working with several suppliers and contractors for your remodeling needs and experiencing all the headaches that come with it, go with Chris Mellon and Company for peace of mind. “Spend your energy where it counts – enjoying your home.”

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Ever try reaching for that can of tuna from the dark recesses of the pantry only to have all the cans in front go rolling out on the floor? One very easy solution to that pesky dilemma is pullout shelves – shelves that you can pull out so you can pluck that recalcitrant can out from behind. Shelves That Slide is the company that can come to your rescue. You may be thinking that installing a fancy sliding shelf system would cost a pretty penny, but Shelves That Slide offers beautifully made shelves that you can easily install yourself. “All of our DIY rolling kitchen shelving is custom-made to fit your cabinet. Our pullout roll out shelves come fully assembled and ready for installation. We also have a large selection of Rev-A-Shelf Lazy Susans and sliding trash and recycle systems.” Shelves That Slide’s web page displays the easy-install instructions in a pdf file. You can install their pull-out shelves in as little as 5 minutes. The standard mounting style comes with four “L” brackets attached to the slides that allow you to mount the pull-out shelves on top of an existing kitchen cabinet shelf or cabinet floor. Of course, we offer installation if you’d rather not do the job yourself. Shelves That Slide are not only very helpful in the kitchen, but also in your entertainment center for dvd’s, etc. or in the kids’ rooms for toys and such; not to mention your office, your clothes closets and your garage. Shelves That Slide is the company that makes life so much easier and so organized. 623-780-2555 www.shelvesthatslide.com

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Mongrel Design For more than 10 years, Michelle Samar has assisted hundreds of homeowners within Anthem, North Phoenix and Scottsdale with her non-essentials interior design business. In addition to her duties as an interior designer and home stager, Michelle has also been a regular contributor to many local magazines and recently opened Mongrel Design, a retail store that represents a mixture of styles and offerings including, furniture, home accessories, giftware and interior design. In a very short period of time, the store has become a popular destination within Anthem for finding just the right piece for both gifts and personal expression within the home. Michelle uses her degree in Textiles and Fashion Merchandising to assist customers choose the right fabrics, finishes, furniture, accessories and art. Armed with formal education, years of experience and natural talent, Michelle takes the time to carefully listen to her clients’ wishes and balance form, function and budget to create personalized, creative spaces.

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C&S Screens “Quality sunscreens at an affordable price” Bob Cooper of C & S Screens moved to Arizona from his native England (via an 8-year stay in northern Italy) back in 1981. He started a custom home design business with his son called, appropriately enough, Cooper & Sons. Two & half years ago, Bob decided to put his home-building expertise to use in the special niche market of screens for the home. Bob takes pride in offering his clients reasonable prices for the best quality sunscreens or window screens, door screens, and patio doors. All of C & S Screens’ work is custom-fit to the home owner’s specifications. The C&S sunscreen line offers a full range of color and materials, including framing provided by ASM and screening material from Phifer. Screen options are typically the Suntex 80® and Suntex 90® materials blocking 80% and 90% of the sun’s rays respectively. And screens needn’t necessarily be plain jane; with C & S’s Shadow Design series metal figures such as AZ symbols kokopelli or quails can be magnetically attached to your screens. The company can also install security doors and pull-down exterior blinds. “Our goal is to create a sun screen that is aesthetically pleasing to you and that will add beauty to your home or business.” 623-582-8592 csscreens@cox.net

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ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-8221 www.imagesaz.com Aesthetic Medicine All About Me 623-518-0255 www.allaboutmeaz.com

Accountant

Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC. 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130

Advertising

ImagesAZ Magazine 623-341-0123 www.imagesaz.com

Air conditioning/Heating Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com

Animal Services Sonoran Desert Pet Resort 623-551-5299 www.sdpetresort.com

Pet Spa Desert Oasis Pet Spaw 623-551-5299 www.sdpetresort.com

Assisted Living

Anthem Senior Living 602-909-9550 www.anthemseniorliving.com

Attorney

Boates Law Firm 623-551-5457 www.anthemlaw.com Droban & Company 480-612-3058 www.kerriedroban.com

Automotive

Econo Lube and Brakes 623-551-0033 42410 N. Vision Way

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Beauty

Hair Care Dollyrockers 623-879-6969 www.dollyrockersaz.com Echo Hair and Color Salon 623-581-3333 www.echohairandcolorsalon.com Shalimar Salon and Spa 623-551-9000 www.shalimarsalon.com Skin Care Merle Norman Cosmetics 623-551-9502 www.merlenorman.com Shalimar Salon and Spa 623-551-9000 www.shalimarsalon.com

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Dollyrockers 623-879-6969 www.dollyrockersaz.com Fans and Fashionistas Shops at Norterra 623-587-1400 Nothing in Moderation Located in Merle Norman 623-551-9502 Sabrina’s Boutique 711 E. Carefree Hwy. Suite 110 623-879-9360 www.sabrinasboutiqueaz.com Shalimar Salon and Spa 623-551-9000 www.shalimarsalon.com

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Anthem/North Gateway Chamber of Commerce 602-495-6483 www.northgatewaychamber.org Preferred Business at Anthem 623-551-0523 www.pbanthem.com

Cabinet Design

Monarch Cabinet Design 480-370-4463 www.monarchcabinetdesigns.com Shelves That Slide 623-780-2555 Free Estimates

Carpet Cleaning

Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning 623-780-0110 Carpet and Tile Cleaning Phoenix Grout 480-395-3400 www.phoenixgrout.com

Charity Network

Network of Anthem Area Assistance Providers (NAAAP) www.anthemnetwork.org

Cruise/vacation

Cruise One Feiner & Associates 623-551-2042 www.cruiseone.com/hfeiner

Custom HOme Remodeling

Chris Mellon & Company 7509 E. Cave Creek Rd 480-575-6977 www.chrismellon.com

dance Education

AZ Dance Group/ “Movement E-Motion” 480-215-1916 www.azdance.org

Dentist

Daisy Mountain Dentistry 623-551-5250 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite #106 North Valley Family Dentistry 623-551-9200 42104 N. Venture Drive, Building E www.myanthemdentist.com

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West Valley Pediatric Dentistry 623-935-9873 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D104

Entertainment

Musical Theatre of Anthem www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org 602-743-9892 On The Towne Community Theatre 623-594-3832 www.onthetownetheatre.org Starlight Community Theater www.starlightcommunitytheater.org www.starlightcommunitytheater.com

Financial Planning Hasslacher Tax & Financial, LLC 623-551-2332 42104 N. Venture Court, B130

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Sports Conditioning Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120

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HOme Remodeling Chris Mellon & Company 7509 E. Cave Creek Rd 480-575-6977 www.chrismellon.com

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Auto/home/life/renters/health/retirement/Auto Loans & refinancing

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Landscape Design

Iddings & Sons Landscaping, Inc. 623-465-2546 623-297-7584

Massage

Hand and Stone Massage and Facials 623-551-6602 39504 N Daisy Mountain Dr

naturopathic

Dr. Jennifer Gentry, NMD 623-251-5518 42104 N. Venture Ct., Suite C-126

Orthodontics

Cordon Orthodontics 623-465-5478 42201 N. 41st Dr., # 102 Wood Orthodontics/Wyatt Wood 623-792-7323 3618 W. Anthem Way, Suite D108

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Pediatrics

Angel Pediatrics 623-551-0442 3654 W. Anthem Way Suite B-114 Twin Pediatrics 623-551-9825 42211 N. 41st Dr. Suite 153

Pest Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 www.titanpest.com

Physical Therapy

Harper Physical Therapy 623-742-7338 41818 N. Venture Drive, Suite #120

Physician

Gavilan Peak Family Practice 623-434-6444 www.JCL.com/practices

Tramonto Crossing 623-295-4820 34974 N. North Valley Pkwy. Suite 100 John C. Lincoln Urgent Care in Anthem 623-434-6444

photography

Jerri Parness Photography 480-650-3138 www.jerriparnessphotography.com

Plumbing

Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com

Realtor

RE/MAX Professional Realtors Linda Rehwalt 602-249-SOLD

restaurants

Café Aroma 623-551-1500 4220 W. Summit Walk Ct. #1202 Café Provence 623-551-1313 www.cafeprovenceaz.com Carefree Station 480-488-8182 www.carefreestation.com Dara Thai Cafe 623-551-6676 3655 W. Anthem Way Ste B-127 Ocho Locos Mexican Restaurant 623-551-8580 3655 W. Anthem Way Q-to-U BBQ 623-465-7800 www.Q-to-U-BBQ.com

Screens

C&S Screens 623-582-8592 cssreens@cox.net

Security Doors

Steel Shield Security Doors 623-581-DOOR www.steelshieldsecurity.com

Sewing Education

So Much Fun Sewing School Age 7 - adults/beginners-advanced 623-551-1079 www.somuchfunsewingschool.com


Schools

Anthem Elementary School Main Line 623-376-3700 Attendance 623-376-3790 Anthem Preparatory Academy 623-465-4776 www.AnthemPrep.org Barry Goldwater High School Main Line 623-445-3000 Attendance 623-445-3090 Boulder Creek High School Main Line 623-445-8600 Attendance 623-445-8690 The Caepe School Main Line 623-551-7808 www.thecaepeschool.org The Caepe Preschool Main Line 623-551-7808 www.thecaepeschool.org

Swimming School Aqua Tots swimming School 623-879-7408 www.aqua-tots.com

Termite Treatment Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 www.titanpest.com

Urgent Care

John C. Lincoln Urgent Care in Anthem 623-434-6444

Water Softener & Filtration

Priceless Plumbing Heating & Air 623-444-0611 www.pricelessplumbing.com

Canyon Springs Elementary Main Line 623-376-5200 Attendance 623-376-5290

Rayne of the North Valley 623-234-9047 www.raynewater.com

Caurus Academy 623-551-5083 www.azmontessori.org

Soft Water Plus AZ 623-465-4873 www.softwaterplusaz.com

Creative Castle Preschool 602-740-9561 www.CreativeCastlePreschool.com Desert Mountain School Main Line 623-445-3500 Attendance 623-445-3590 Diamond Canyon Elementary Main Line 623-445-8000 Attendance 623-445-8090

Weed Control Titan Pest Control 623-879-8700 www.titanpest.com

Worship

Arizona Hills Community 623-465-0202 www.azhills.com

Gavilan Peak Elementary Main Line 623-445-7400 Attendance 623-445-7490

Chabad Jewish Center of Anthem 42302 N. Vision Way Suite #106 623-551-8348

New River Elementary Main Line 623-376-3500 Attendance 623-376-3590

Chapel Bellavista 480-502-0707 www.arizonaministers.com

North Valley Christian Academy 623-551-3454 www.northvalleyca.org

Canyon Church of Christ 623-889-3388 www.canyonchurch.org

Northwest Christian School 602-978-5134 www.NorthwestChristianSchool.org

Christ’s Church at the Crossroads 623-466-7964 www.thecrossroadsaz.com

Sunset Ridge Elementary Main Line 623-445-7800 Attendance 623-445-7890

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church 623-551-9851 www.anthemcross.org

Westwind Prep 623-551-7400 www.westwindacademy.org

Deer Valley Worship Center 623-582-1001 www.DvWorship.com

Fellowship Church 623-551-1144 www.fellowshipanthem.com Grace North Church 623-551-0007 www.gracenorth.com New Creation Community 623-551-2622 www.NCCconnect.com New River First Assembly of God 623-465-7455 newriverag@yahoo.com Northgate Church 34835 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85086 Northridge Community 480-515-4673 www.northridge.org North Valley Assembly of God 623-256-2408 www.northvalleyag.com North Valley Jewish Community Association 623-322-0957 Pioneer United Methodist Church 602-320-7724 www.pioneerumcaz.org Pureheart Christian Fellowship 602-866-8850 www.pureheart.org Shalom Heritage 602-635-3722 www.shalomheritage.com Spur Cross Cowboy Church 623-556-7935 www.spurcrosscowboychurch.com St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church 623-486-8665 www.stharalambos.org Sun Valley Baptist Church 623-986-1687 www.sunvalleybaptist.org Catholic Community of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne 623-465-9740 www.diocesephoenix.org Valley Life Church 623-850-8777 www.ValleyLifeAZ.com Vineyard Christian Fellowship 623-551-1133 www.vineyardanthem.com

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Recipe

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

I was first introduced to Shepherd’s Pie (sometimes referred to as Cottage Pie) when I was in grade school in New Jersey. My class was holding an international food day. I brought in Irish Soda Bread to represent Ireland, while my male counterpart for the country of Ireland brought in Shepherd’s Pie. I believe that after that day I drove my poor mother crazy asking her to make it for our family until she finally tried it. After that, it became a regular favorite for my family. There is no reason why this wouldn’t be a favorite for any family, especially this time of year. It is hardy, low cost (it is generally made with leftover meat, potatoes and vegetables) and it is delicious. This is truly an international favorite. While Ireland and England jump to mind when one thinks of this dish, there are versions all over the world that speak to the dish’s universal appeal. In Bolivia and Chile they serve a similar dish called, “Pastel de Papa;” in the Dominican Republic they serve a potato casserole called “Pastelón de Papa;” in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, a similar dish is called “Siniyet Batata;” in Brazil, their version is called, “Bolo de Batata;” and in Finland a similar dish is named “Lihaperunasoselaatikko.” This list could go on and on, with a similar dish for almost every country. This basic dish has been made since 1791, so if you are just now introducing it to your family, you need to make up for lost time! The meat, vegetables and cheese can be easily substituted for your family’s favorites. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 ½ lbs. ground beef 1 ½ - 2 lbs. potatoes (3 large ones) 1 c. buttermilk or half and half 1-2 c. vegetables–chopped carrots, corn and peas Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

1 onion, chopped 8 tbsp. butter ½ c. beef broth Shredded cheddar or Gruyere cheese

Peel and quarter potatoes. Boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). While potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) in a large frying pan. Sauté onions in butter over medium heat until tender and translucent (about 10 minutes). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas, either at the end of cooking the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add half cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist. In a small saucepan, heat and whisk remainder of butter with buttermilk or half and half. Drain potatoes and mash while slowly adding the butter and buttermilk mixture. Salt to taste. Place beef and onions in a baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese. Cook in 400 degree preheated oven until bubbling and golden brown on top (about 30 minutes). Broil for the last few minutes if necessary to brown.

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