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contents :: contributors 08

Meet the Bielstein Family


High School Sports :: BCHS Volleyball

20 Community

Shelly Spence :: Owner/Publisher :: 623-341-8221 Annis Pepion Scott :: Editor


Yerkovich Brothers


ACTS - Neighbors Helping Neighbors


Veterans Day Parade


Anthem/North Gateway Chamber :: Rayne of the North Valley


We Care


Operations Santa Claus


Fighting for a Place - Sallie’s Place


Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour


Veterans Heritage Project

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Local Index

Stephanie Maher Palenque :: Contributing Writer Amanda Christmann Larson :: Contributing Writer Donna Kublin :: Contributing Writer Paula Theotocatos :: Contributing Writer Jenny Brooks :: Contributing Writer Nigel Spence :: Contributing Writer Elizabeth A. Medora :: Contributing Writer Karen Sophia Photography :: Photographer Jerri Parness Photography :: Photographer

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feature staff bio Stephanie Maher Palenque has been writing for ImagesAZ since 2004. She is a self-described nerd who has been a writer, lover of literature and a book collector for as long as she can remember. She grew up above the New Jersey deli owned by her family, and married executive chef Jaime Palenque 20 years ago. When they fell in love, their interests collided, and Stephanie became a food writer. Now, with their three daughters, they enjoy discovering all of the culinary surprises that Arizona has to offer. Stephanie earned a B.A. in political science and criminal justice, and an M.A. in English literature and creative writing, both from Seton Hall University in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey. She also earned an M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. She teaches all levels of English literature and creative writing, and enjoys sharing her passion for the written word with her high school and college students.

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Stephanie lives in Anthem with her husband, and three daughters, Sophia (11), Alexandra (9) and Charlotte (8) who all attend Anthem Prep. Visit her website at

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welcome W

e are approaching another holiday season, which is typically the time of

year when many people think of sharing their blessing with others. This holiday season is no different, and there are many opportunities to give and do for others in our community. We have wonderful organizations such as We Care and ACTS who are hosting fundraisers such as the Tenth Annual We Care Golf Tournament and the Club Corp Classic. Volunteer for Operation Santa Claus or as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. Consider giving a pet a warm home this winter. Worthy causes surround us and often remind us of just how lucky we are. This season, take a look at your time, talents and treasures and see where you can do the most good. Enjoy your family and friends and all of the blessings you have in your life! Cheers! Shelly Spence ImagesAZ Magazine Owner/Publisher

Veterans Day Parade Photo by Sandi Carll P. 40


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Local First A R I Z O NA Submission of news for Community News section should be in to by the 10th of the month prior to publication. ImagesAZ is published by ImagesAZ Inc. Copyright Š 2012 by ImagesAZ, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in whole or part, without permission is prohibited. The publisher is not responsible for the return of unsolicited material.


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Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Karen Sophia Photography

Meet the

Bielstein Family Strength through Faith


ach month, we feature families in ImagesAZ as an opportunity to “look over our fences” (concrete walls, in many cases) and get to know our neighbors. Over the years, we have had the honor of peeking into the lives of dozens of families and seeing the good, the bad, the routine, and the outstanding. What we have learned is that, although no one is perfect, each of us has a little something special in our lives. We all have things to be grateful for, and we all have challenges. Through the years, these families have moved and encouraged us by their strength and tenacity. Behind closed doors, many of us are going through personal struggles, and sharing both the accomplishments and the challenges of others inspires us to become stronger as individuals and stronger as a community. Christi and Carl Bielstein may appear to be just another family on the block. In many ways, they are. Christi, now an art director, fell for Carl while she was designing a brochure for a golf club where Carl was working. They began their lives together, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, in 1996. Along the way came their daughter, Lauren, 11 years old this month, and Dawson, who will be 9 years old this month. Two Labradors, Durango and Remington, are also part of the family. As a family, they left the Lone Star State when Carl took a job with Troon Golf and became part of our North Valley community. “When we visited Anthem we loved the community feel – family-friendly with all the parks and sports for the kids,” said Carl. Christi’s job gave her the flexibility to work from anywhere, and together, they began planting new roots in the community.


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As the children have grown, the family has become involved in Anthem Soccer Club. Lauren takes piano and Dawson plays baseball. They say that, more importantly, they are blessed to have a great spiritual home in Desert View Bible Church, where they’ve served in adult ministries. Their story sounds typical of so many neighbors and friends in our community. However, like most personal stories, it is often an unexpected challenge in life, and how we deal with it, that reveals character and make us stronger. For Carl and Christi, that challenge was cancer. In March 2007, while Carl was in China on a church mission trip, Christi became a statistic: she joined the sorority of approximately 230,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year. While less common in women under 50 years of age, breast cancer in younger women has a tendency to be more aggressive. For the Bielsteins, just as for the one in eight U.S. women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the news was shattering. The family opted for aggressive treatment. In April 2007, Christi had surgery. She began a five-month chemotherapy regimen weeks later. Even through the tough times, though, they remained strong, rooted deeply in their faith


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in God and each other. “When you are as close to someone as I am to Christi, you see and know just about everything,” Carl explained. “You see the best and worst side of things, and I would say that there wasn’t any self-pity or ‘Why me?’ feeling sorry for herself during the entire ordeal. Instead, it was always, ‘How can I glorify the Lord through this process?’” Christi added, “Even from the other side of the world Carl was a huge encouragement, he reminded me that God wants us to trust Him 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. It was a blessing to lean on the Lord and experience His peace and grace.” Life has been tough at times over the last five years, no doubt. Occasionally, blood work has come back with red flags, but all of Christi’s scans have come back clean. “I’ve dealt with cancer stuff for over five years, and at this point, I still see an oncologist every six months, but that should change soon, and I shouldn’t have to go that often,” Christi said with enthusiasm. “Some of this sounds kind of dramatic, but there have been so many blessings that have come from it. This past April, I celebrated five years of being cancer-free!”


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The Bielsteins’ story serves as a good example of strength and encouragement. Not only have they become more resilient as a couple, but also their whole family has learned through love and example about grace and promise. “I think one of our strengths is realizing we can’t ‘do life’ on our own,” Christi said. We really try to seek and trust in the Lord.” We were also very blessed to have friends and family that were there for us during that time. As his wife has gone through her challenges, Carl has pushed his own physical limits, competing in several marathons since Christi’s diagnosis. “But more importantly,” Christi said, “and a big reason why I fell in love with him, is his strong relationship with Christ and his love to serve others. His consistent character and commitment to anything he’s involved with are the type of characteristics that I can see our children learning.” “Christi is more sensitive, aware and appreciative of God’s creation than anyone I know,” Carl added. “Any walk, hike, or run with Christi will not be about the exercise, it’s about what God wants to show you while you’re out there. She has taught those same qualities to our children. Christi is a prayer warrior, very in touch with God’s presence.” As for so many others, cancer has been a battle for the Bielsteins. However, it has been a test they seem to have passed with honors. They recognize that their ending is a happy one that some are not as fortunate to experience, but still, the journey, they know, is the most important part. “Because of Christi going through breast cancer we definitely have a closer relationship with each other and as a family, but importantly with Christ. Cancer tested and strengthened our faith and gave us the opportunity to share our faith with others, even to today,” said Carl. “A verse we often rely on is, ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.’ It’s not a coincidence that He tells you the only way you can be joyful is to pray, to experience His presence all the time, then you can have the deep joy and peace remembering He is in control.”


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BCHs Volleyball

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Coach Sarah Widhalm slaps a well-directed float serve deep into the opposing court, splitting two defenders. The slightest hesitation from the Libero causes her to be late into position, forcing an illdirected pass. The setter scrambles, but does not have time to get underneath the ball, instead opting to bump the ball high to the back row. A free ball is then passed over the net, back toward Widhalm. “Zero for two,” Widhalm declares, keeping track of the number of times that her team can serve-receive and finish with an attack. Every five serves the players rotate, just as they would in a game, and Widhalm records how many times the team successfully completes the drill. After eleven rotations, Widhalm shares the results of the drill with the girls, explaining what percentage of points they can expect to win when the opposition serves, based on what she just witnessed. The numbers were not what anyone on the team wanted to hear. Widhalm pauses, and then, in a thoughtful tone points out the volleyball fundamentals that would help her team attain better results. She delivers a positive message of her faith in the team, her belief in what they could achieve if they would commit to what they have been working toward. She never raises her voice nor rolls her eyes. She educates, encourages and inspires. The drill resumes and three series later the team completes a perfect five for five. It has been a season full of moments like this that has challenged Widhalm in her fifth season as the Head Coach of the Boulder Creek High School Volleyball team. The team is young, has promise, but sometimes things just haven’t clicked, “I have not experienced a season like this. It has been a challenge from the


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beginning. Early in the season we had problems with scheduling practice times, then we had a starting player have an allergic reaction five minutes before a game started. It just seems to have been random events one after another.” Widhalm confessed. But out of the adversity has come strength, and Widhalm has witnessed first-hand that the players are beginning to show the traits that she has preached since taking over the reins. “One of the early lessons that I instilled in the team when I started this program was to be adaptable to different situations. This year I have heard the girls telling each other to adapt. No matter what has happened, they are committed to adapting and have been comfortable with the changes that we have had to make,” Widhalm said. Katie Olsen has epitomized adaptability. As a senior who has been with the program all four years, Olsen would not be blamed for wanting herself and her fellow seniors to have the limelight while the underclassmen fill the supporting roles. But the roster did not justify this scenario, and Olsen has stepped up as a utility player, making her arguably the team’s most versatile commodity. “Katie has put up a lot of points for us, especially on that right side. She has really embraced that position. She has also been having some swings as an outside hitter and has played in the back row when we have needed her. She has come to me with a ‘put me where you need me and I will perform’ attitude, which has been great. Most impressively, she has been a consistent player no matter where she has played,” Widhalm explained. Leigh Irons, another senior, has also bought in to the team concept. As Widhalm explains, “Leigh has been the ultimate team player. She works day in and day out without complaint and has truly embraced our motto ‘Team above self always.’ Whether she’s putting up a block or cheering from the sidelines, Leigh has impressed me with her positivity, gratitude and commitment to the team and program.”


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Fellow senior Amanda Haagen has been more of a “lead by

Throughout the season, the favorite target of both setters has been

example” role model. The lessons that Haagen has learned over

the dynamic outside hitter Sierra Ruiz. While small in stature for

the years have been invaluable to her development and Widhalm

a hitter, Ruiz puts everything she has into the ball, often catching

can point to the senior as one who has been in younger players’

opponents off guard by her power. Coach Widhalm believes that

shoes and can attest to the rigors that are required for success.

her size disadvantage has perhaps made her a smarter player, with

During each game, Haagen and fellow senior, Andrea Olson, have

great vision and a high volleyball IQ that allows her to outsmart her

made valuable contributions patrolling the net and keeping opposing

opponents as often as she out-powers them.

attackers honest, while also creating offensive opportunities. With a 17-14 record, 3-9 in the division, it would be fair to say The role-playing by the seniors has allowed Widhalm the flexibility

that the season has had its fair share of challenges. Under the

to have the players compete for starting positions and playing

guidance of a thoughtful and provocative coach, the team faced

time. Several young players have stepped up, including freshmen

those challenges head on. They stood as one, and through the

Megan Mowry and Amy Bartimoccia who have gained valuable

course of the season the players learned, grew and developed

experience playing at the varsity level.

both as athletes and as people. It would be easy to look to the future and see the returning bright stars and think of what might

Sophomore setter Jenna Tunnell secured the starting setter

be for Boulder Creek Volleyball. But one would be remiss not to

position and has been an instrumental player this season. She has

reflect upon this season and acknowledge that the principles that

gained experience playing as a single setter in a 5 – 1 formation

make up the core ideology of this program are beginning to shine

and has worked in tandem with fellow setter, junior Hailey Goyette,

through during the toughest of circumstances. And in some ways,

when the team plays a 6 – 2 formation. Tunnell is one of the team

that may end up being the greatest victory.

captains this season and is adjusting to being a young player with leadership responsibilities.


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Our Community Salvation Army Seeks Volunteers

The Anthem Extension Unit of the Salvation Army seeks more than 200 volunteers to ring bells for The Salvation Army during their annual Red Kettle Campaign. The annual Red Kettle Campaign is the largest fundraising campaign of the Salvation Army Anthem Extension Unit. Dollars raised from the kettles support the charitable giving for residents in need throughout Anthem, New River, Black Canyon City and areas just south of Anthem. Bell ringers ring at the two entrances of WalMart, Frys and Safeway every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24. Two-hour shifts are available on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you wish to volunteer at Safeway, contact Tim Maki at If you wish to volunteer at WalMart, contact Larry Evans at If you wish to volunteer at Fry’s, contact Tom Leyda at or call 760-485-5549 If you are unable to donate your time, donations are gratefully accepted and may be mailed to: Salvation Army Anthem Extension Unit, 3655 Anthem Way A109, PMB 107, Anthem, AZ 85086. Please make checks payable to the Salvation Army Anthem Extension Unit.

Taylor Swift Exhibit to Join MIM’s Artist Gallery

On Oct. 20, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will unveil the newest addition to its Artist Gallery—an exhibit honoring international multiplatinum superstar Taylor Swift. The exhibit will be welcomed with a weekend-long celebration including live music, educational workshops, exhibit talks, and more! The first section of the exhibit details the beginning of Swift’s career, from learning to play guitar and writing songs to the release of her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in June 2006. Objects in this part of the exhibit include Swift’s handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw,” along with her signature Taylor koa, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots featured in the “Tim McGraw” music video. Furthermore, the space dedicated to the Taylor Swift exhibit will be one of the largest for a single artist, matched only by the Elvis Presley display. The second section features Swift’s meteoric rise to superstardom, shown through instruments, stage wear, and set pieces from the Speak Now World Tour. MIM will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a variety of activities for the entire family on Oct. 20 and 21. All activities are free with museum admission. For more information and the complete schedule of activities, visit


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Anthem Loves Dogs Art & Writing Contest Categories

• Grades 1-2: art work theme: “Playing with a dog at the Anthem Dog Park” • Grades 3-4: essay theme: “Having fun at the Anthem Dog Park” • Grades 5-6: essay theme: “Why a dog park would be fun in Anthem” • Grades 7-8: essay theme: “Why Anthem needs a dog park”


Prizes • $25 prize for winning entry in each theme category • Popsicle party for classroom sets of entries • Winner’s teacher in each category receives 2 movie tickets All entries must be received no later than Nov. 9, 2012. Winners will be announced Nov. 30, 2012. Mail entries to: S. McKenzie, 41633 N. Panther Creek Trail, Anthem, AZ 85086. Call 623-551-3871 for rules.

ProMusica Arizona Offers New Youth Strings Education

ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) is launching a new String Education Program (StEP) for kids in grades 5-8 in the greater Phoenix area who want to learn to play string instruments. This program has been developed in response to interest expressed by parents in the community and a lack of such training in most schools. The new program is similar to a beginning band program, but with string instruments. The 2012 StEP program offers lessons for beginners, playing time, a final concert with a professional string quartet at the end of two 12-week sessions, and an instrument to play. Violins, violas, and cellos will be provided by PMAZ the first year, substantially reducing the cost for beginning students. The first 12-week session for beginners will start in Nov., followed by an additional 12-week session beginning in Feb. 2013. Instruction will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. in the band room

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McTeacher’s Night Raises $3,300 for Local Elementary Schools Anthem elementary schools, are “lovin’ it!” The Anthem McDonald’s restaurant, located at 3623 W. Anthem Way, raised $3,300 for local elementary schools.

The restaurant, owned by Gordon and Jennifer Schrage, hosted a monthlong McTeacher’s Night Challenge in September for five elementary schools including: Canyon Springs, Gavilan Peak, North Valley Christian Academy, Anthem and Diamond Canyon. As part of McTeacher’s Night, a portion of McDonald’s sales during a two-hour period benefited each school. The school’s principal and teachers “worked” at McDonald’s greeting customers, and manning the registers. Families of students and local school supporters visited McDonald’s and tipped their teachers to help raise funds. The Schrage’s presented checks totaling $3,300 to each of the school’s principals during a reception at the Anthem McDonald’s restaurant. Gavilan Peak Elementary School won the “McTeacher’s Night Challenge” raising the most money with its fundraiser and received a $1,000 prize. “We were delighted to bring this McTeacher’s Night Challenge to the Anthem community and work with our local schools to raise money for education,” said Gordon Schrage, Anthem McDonald’s owner/operator. “Our family takes great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.”

Musical Theatre of Anthem Wins 6 ZONI Awards

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) was honored with six ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (ZONI) at the awards ceremony held at Tempe Center for the Arts. “We are honored to have received awards for all aspects of our productions


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including acting, directing, music directing, and choreography,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s Producing Artistic Director. And the winners are: Supporting Actress in a Youth Musical Ali Whitwell as Lucy - “13” Supporting Actor in a Youth Musical Maxximillian Carlisle - King as Archie - “13” Guest Actor in a Youth Musical Matt Newhard as Rooster - “Annie” Musical Direction in a Youth Musical Jackie Hammond and Mark 4Man - “13” Choreography in a Youth Musical Sherry Henderson - “13” Director in a Youth Musical Laura O’Meara - “Willy Wonka Jr.”

November 4 Anthem Golf & Country Club Sixth Annual Charity Classic Anthem Golf & Country Club, a member of the ClubCorp family of clubs, will participate in the Sixth Annual ClubCorp Charity Classic. This event is ClubCorp’s major annual philanthropic open-house event, and will be held Nov. 4.

“We are thrilled to be able to open our club to the community during this exciting event,” said Desi Howe, general manager at Anthem Golf & Country Club. “It is an honor to be a part of this ClubCorp tradition, which benefits our local community, makes a positive impact on the lives of so many, and so strongly reflects Anthem Golf & Country Club’s commitment of building relationships and enriching lives.”









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November 3 & 4 ProMusica Arizona Season Opens

The ProMusica Arizona 10th anniversary season will begin with the Chorale and Orchestra performance of “America the Beautiful - Heritage and Heroes.” The concert will feature a collection of American favorites including lively folk songs, spirituals, ballads, American poetry put to music and patriotic songs. In recognition of Veterans Day, the performance will include a tribute to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Saturday, Nov. 3 performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. The Sunday, Nov. 4 performance will be at 4 p.m. at the Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley. Audience members interested in preferred seating and an informative and entertaining pre-concert conductor’s talk on Nov. 3 can purchase tickets for $20. Regular adult tickets are $15; senior tickets are $12.50; and student tickets are $5 for the afternoon performance and $10 for the evening performance. To purchase tickets, go to the ProMusica website, call ProMusica or stop by Deer Valley Credit Union or Andrew Z Jewelers in Anthem. 623-889-7144

November 4 Vineyard Church Celebrates New Name & Location

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and larger facility at 34225 N. 27th Drive, just behind Mountainside Fitness. The church opens at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served in the Carefree Café. The service starts at 10 a.m. including classes for children birth through fifth grade, followed by lunch on the patio. “We want to re-introduce ourselves, invite people to come check out our new building, celebrate this milestone in our church’s history, and consider growing with us,” said Pastor Terry Tarleton. “It’s a good time to jump in as we expand to serve the larger North Valley community.” The non-denominational church, which began meeting in the Hampton Inn in October 2001, moved to its first permanent facility in the Anthem Commerce Center in 2005 and now to a 5,200-square-foot, free-standing building just south of Carefree Highway. In addition to the auditorium, which seats about 150 people, the space includes four children’s classrooms, offices and a coffee bar.

November 8 Orthopedic & Sport Rehab 10th Year Open House

Orthopedic and Sports Rehab (OSR) Physical Therapy is celebrating ten years of service. Opened in 2002 by husband and wife physical therapists’, Aaron and Kori Williams, OSR has been committed to a distinct mission to provide patients with highly qualified care and handson personalized rehabilitation, which has led OSR to proven results. On Nov. 8, from 5 - 8 p.m. at each of their four locations, OSR will be celebrating their tenth year with an open house for past and present patients, local physicians and the surrounding community. Food, drink, anniversary cake, raffles and giveaways will be provided and the original Anthem office will also host a bounce house, face painting and live music provided by Kip Fox.

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November 8-11 “Thumbelina: A Swallow’s Tale”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of “Thumbelina: A Swallow’s Tale,” the new musical version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, which will charm audiences of all ages. The awardwinning cast of 13-18 -year olds presents the coming-of-age story from Nov. 8 – 11 in Anthem. “Bringing a U.S. Premiere to MTA for our performers and patrons is so very special. I have always loved the story of Thumbelina and its message of love and hope and to persevere regardless of the odds,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA Producing Artistic Director and “Thumbelina” Vocal Director. Performances take place on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 11 at 3 p.m. at MTA’s theatre performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way, Bldg. 2, Anthem, AZ 85086. Tickets may be purchased online. Adult tickets are $18 and Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $15.

November 10 Help An Autistic Child

Duo Hair Design, located at 42201 N 41st Drive, Anthem, is joining forces with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) to raise awareness and much needed funds to fight autism. A surprisingly high one in eighty-eight children are born with autism disorder. Treatment expenses can cost up to $70,000 per year, and these expenses are often excluded by health insurance. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, join the Duo Hair Design team for a parking lot rummage sale and discounts on future Duo services. Proceeds from the event benefit SARRC and families who carry the financial burden of caring for a child diagnosed with autism. 623-215-4176

November 10 Veterans Parade

The 8th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) Parade and Family Picnic will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Anthem beginning at 10 a.m. Family activities, including games and entertainment, will follow between 12:30 and 3 p.m., with vendors in a food court providing a wide variety of refreshments. Four former Prisoners of War will serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade: Brigadier General E.D. (Dave) Woellner, USAF (Ret) Colonel Thomas H. Kirk Jr., USAF (Ret) T/Sgt Henry Ong Jr., USAAF Corporal James Yeager, USA


The DMV will once again participate this year with the U.S. Marine Corps in its “Toys for Tots” program. Collection boxes will be available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 9 at the following locations in Anthem: The Anthem Community Center, both Wells Fargo Bank offices, OSR Physical Therapy, Toys “R” Us in the Outlets, Phantom Realty, Rayne of the North Valley, and State Farm No v e m b e r 2 0 1 2

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Insurance. Those who prefer to bring a toy to the parade will receive a piece of birthday cake in honor of the 237th anniversary of the Marine Corps celebrated on Nov. 10. 623-243-7998

November 16 AZDance Fundraiser

AZDance Group, will host their second annual fundraiser, “Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert” at the intimate Fellowship Performing Arts Center in Anthem, Nov. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. The event will delight your palate - both your taste buds with memorable desserts by Our Kitchen to Yours, and emotionally through a private preview performance of their professionals and their young adults with Down Syndrome, Autism and/or Physical Challenges. Single tickets for this event are $35 and couples tickets are available for $50. Funds from this “Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert” will allow AZDance’s most inspirational outreach program, Movement E-Motion (MEM), to expand and continue. It will allow this company to continue to present their works in numerous venues throughout the region and beyond. 623-256-8903

November 16 Kick-Start Your Holiday Shopping

Mongrel Design and Merle Norman are teaming up for a special “Pre-Black Friday Ladies Night.” Both stores, located in the Anthem Crossroads (Fry’s) Shopping Center, Anthem, will host a night of wine, food, prizes, special savings and fantastic gift selections. The festivities will run from 5 – 8 p.m.

November 17 B.C.H.S. Band Holiday Bazaar & Swap Meet

The Boulder Creek High School Band is hosting a Holiday Bazaar & Swap Meet in the school’s parking lot, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem,


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between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 17. Individuals are encouraged to clean out their closets and sell off their household “stuff” to make room for the upcoming holiday season. The event is also a perfect avenue for businesses and artists to promote and sell their works or services. P R E S E N T S

The cost of a selling space is $15. Admission for buyers is free. 623-451-0341

Award-Winning Fine Art, Wine & Culinary Festivals Immerse yourself in the Arts! Discover incredible art and enjoy a weekend of great entertainment, wine tastings, artist demonstrations, cultural performances, culinary delights and more!

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10am – 5pm

November 17 America’s Tallest Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree Lighting

Outlets at Anthem is proud to announce Phillip Phillips as the headlining performer for the eleventh annual lighting of the nation’s tallest Christmas tree, being held from 6 - 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the shopping center’s center court. “We are ecstatic to bring Phillip Phillips to the Outlets at Anthem for our annual Christmas tree lighting spectacular,” said Sallyann Martinez, marketing director for the upscale factory outlet center in north Phoenix. “Our Christmas tree lighting event has become a savored holiday tradition for families across the Valley with fun for every age including various national and local performers, an appearance by Santa Claus, giveaways, special shopping discounts and even snow! We pride ourselves in showcasing some of the best rising talent in the nation at our annual event, and look forward to the addition of this one-of-a-kind artist that captured America’s votes and hearts last season on American Idol.”

November 23 Santa Moves to Outlets at Anthem

On Friday, Nov. 23, the big man in red will be opening his wonderland cottage for visits from children and






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family photo opportunities. Santa’s House, a two-room chalet festively decked out with holiday cheer, will be open through Monday, Dec. 24. Not only will kids have the chance to see Santa in person and tell him what they’re hoping he’ll bring, each child who visits Santa’s House will receive their own copy of “The Night Before Christmas” and an exclusive code for online holiday-themed fun and games. Visits to Santa’s House are free of charge. Professional photography is available on-site to capture all the pictureperfect moments, with keepsakes available for purchase. Additional details about Santa’s House and the daily hours of operation are available online.

November 29-December 2 MTA World Premiere “Something Beautiful, A Spider’s Tale”

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) brings to stage for the first time the world premiere musical production of “Something Beautiful, A Spider’s Tale,” written and composed by Janice Maruca and Joe Bousard. “Something Beautiful,” presented Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 in Anthem, tells the story of Stella the spider who is tired of her ordinary life and wants to be a honeybee. Performances take place Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 and 2 at 3 p.m. at MTA’s new performance space, 42323 N. Vision Way, Bldg. 2, Anthem, AZ 85086. Tickets may be purchased online. Adult tickets are $18 and Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $15.

Save the Date - December 7-9 5th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival

Imagine a quaint town named Carefree set high in the foothills of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, suddenly transformed into a lighted Christmas winter wonderland. Experience it yourself at the 5th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival, taking place along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Free holiday events for the entire family will take place throughout the weekend and include an Electric Light Parade and Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza, live music, a gift and food market and 25 tons of real snow. The Electric Light Parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday and feature more than sixty lighted entries. The Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza will takes place at 8 p.m., immediately following the parade. Parade attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs to get a prime viewing spot. The Carefree Christmas Gift Market by Magic Bird will take place throughout the weekend and will feature more than 100 gift vendors offering a wide array of holiday gift shopping options and seasonal food and drink favorites. Real snow and Santa are the highlights of the Kid’s Zone at the festival. More than 25 tons of snow, a snow slide, bounce house and other activities are available for children of all ages. Santa will be available for photos throughout the event. Carefree Christmas Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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Rated District 1 of Top 5 in Maricopa County

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2011-12 National Civil Air Patrol- Aerospace Connections in Education Honorable Mention Teacher of the Year Tracy Huemoeller, 3rd grade teacher Anthem School 2011-12 Southwest Region Civil Air Patrol Teacher of the Year Tracy Huemoeller, 3rd grade teacher Anthem School 2012 CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Kathy Parmigiani, 2nd grade teacher Sunset Ridge School Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2011 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Sarajane Hudson, PE teacher Boulder Creek High School 2011 Dance Educator of the Year Stacy Shane, Dance teacher Boulder Creek High School

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The Yerkovich Brothers speed racers!

Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque


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The need for speed has always been a part of the young Yerkovich’s lives. Pete Jr. (now 15 years old) started racing when he was just five years old. He played baseball, but he always had hot wheels in his pocket.. When his Dad asked him why he kept them in his pocket, he said that he would rather be racing! Mom, Brenda, explains, “The boys (Pete Jr. and brother, Tommy, now 13 years old) had seen a show on the Discovery Channel about go-kart racing, so we found a kart shop and race track here in town.” Both Pete Jr. and Tommy are members of the Phoenix Kart Racing Association (PKRA), which is a member-owned and operated club and facility in Phoenix with a multiple configuration asphalt track. It is ¾ of a mile long and averages 25 feet in width. The track sports 12 turns of various radii and over 500 feet of straight away. Racers know that this track is a constant challenge for both the novice and expert driver. In the short racing careers of the Yerkovich boys, they have had some impressive “highs.” Tommy won a Screaming Eagle award for Pole Setting position = Fastest time at a Grand National race in California. Both boys are state champions in Arizona. Pete Jr. has garnered several awards, including IKF and WKA National Championships. They could not do it without the constant support of their parents, Pete and Brenda, who consider the boys’ hobby of go-kart racing a family affair. Brenda shares, “It takes all four of us. We travel to California, Nevada and Tucson for their events.” However, it is not all a bed of roses, and the Yerkovich family is well aware of that at this point in their racing careers. In order to make it to races in other states, the boys sometimes have to miss a couple of days of school. There are also the more serious concerns. Brenda shares, “Our only concerns would be accidents. They do get into accidents traveling at 70 miles per hour. Pete Jr. has spent the night in the hospital in California due to a concussion after a crash.” Overall, the Yerkovich family feels that the boys’ racing activities have given them both confidence and joy in their daily lives. Brenda explains, “It has given them a great deal of confidence and something to look forward to. I see older kids come and ask them for advice on racing. I even see adults come and ask them for advice. They had dinner with Richard Petty and he was bragging to some Vice Presidents at Discount Tire (Pete’s employer) about the boys. They have raced go-karts with Brad Keselowski (NASCAR driver). When we pull into a track in another state, the parents would say, ‘Oh no, here comes the Yerky boys!’ They are a hard team to beat. They will push each other to do better. They are competitive and they are fast. They have no fear.” It appears as if there is nothing but more awards ahead for the boys – they are buckled in and speeding toward success. We wish them all the best in their bright racing future. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Beneath Jose Leonard’s peaceful and pleasant demeanor is a young man who has experienced more pain and suffering than anyone his age – or any age – should have to endure. His relationship with Estrella Leonard, the beloved Anthem School teacher our community lost barely two months ago, began as many budding relationships do – as a friendship. “We were best friends, and there was always a spark there, but the timing had never been exactly right.” That is, until Jose moved to Arizona to take a job and stopped pursuing her. Jose shares, with a twinkle in his eye, “It was as soon as I stopped pursuing her, that she became interested.” It was not long before Estrella moved to Arizona to join her best friend and new love interest. Even though they were facing Estrella’s ominous 2005 diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer, it was an exciting new start for the young couple. Estrella had a wonderful doctor in California whom she trusted, and an equally wonderful doctor once she moved to Arizona. Jose notes, “The funny coincidence is that both doctors had studied together. It was almost like it was meant to be.”


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Estrella went for a job interview at Anthem School and started teaching there in 2008. “Her students meant everything to her,” said Jose. The fact that she was meant to be a teacher was evident to both her students and their parents. One of her former students, Isabella Mejia, remembers her fondly, “Mrs. Leonard was the kind of teacher who, no matter how bad you didn’t want to do the work, you wanted to do well just for her. Every day in class, her energy lit up the room and made everyone smile. She knew how to make even the most boring days exciting and her confidence made you respect her even more.” Jose and Estrella wed in 2010, and at that point, believed that Estrella was cancer-free. In the months and years ahead, it became apparent that, while they might have won one of their battles, the war was far from over. Jose remembers, “When Estrella was going through her numerous chemotherapy treatments, she was saddened by the fact that she could not be the wife that she wanted to be. She wanted to have dinner made for me when I returned home from work, as she always had.” A counselor at Anthem School turned her on to ACTS, an organization that could help her with some of the initial struggles that she and Jose were facing. Jose explains, “I was like so many people who are embarrassed to ask for the help that they need. I let Estrella deal with the particulars of setting up the meal deliveries in the beginning, because I was uncomfortable with it.” However, as Estrella’s sickness progressed, Jose found that his pride fell away when he began to deal with the overwhelming task of being his wife’s

primary caretaker. “I would come home from work and find a ‘Disconnected’ notice on my front door – our utilities were being shut off because I forgot to pay the bills. Later, when Estrella stopped working and receiving a paycheck, I was short on money to pay those bills. ACTS (Anthem Cares Through Service) stepped in and, not only helped with those needs, but also anticipated the help that we would need as well. They would not only pay a utility bill with donations, but they would also overpay it so that I had a credit for the next month.” ACTS stepped in to handle many more details in the Leonards’ life. Jose shares, “There was a point when Estrella could only drink Capri Suns. ACTS ordered a case of them online and had them sent to us. ACTS also helped to organize meal donations from many neighbors and community members.” Jose knows full well that ACTS is not a faceless organization, but rather a community of people who give until they can’t give anymore. In my time spent with him on a beautiful Saturday morning in Anthem, the only instance when he became visibly emotional was when he spoke about the special people of ACTS, such as Barb Birdseye and Holly Matson. “I believe that things happen for a reason. They were our guardian angels. I didn’t have to worry about a thing – they had the forethought to address our needs before we even knew or could communicate what we needed,” Jose shared. When speaking with Jose, it is easy to see that his life was transformed through the pain he endured. He knows that there are many other families in the community who need assistance of this type. “When you are in the middle of a situation in which you are caring for someone with a grave illness, you have many needs. The organization can use, not only donations of money and meals, but also things like comfort items, shelves, plastic drawers for medications, and trays on which to rest a computer or food tray.” Jose has had the opportunity to move away from Anthem, but he is choosing to stay here and try to give back to the community that gave so much to his lovely wife. One of the ways he has done this is to request that donations be made to ACTS in his wife’s memory, in lieu of flowers. According to Barb Birdseye, six donations have been made in Estrella’s memory, but many more were made prior to her passing. She explained, “In addition to what ACTS was able to do for the Leonards, we served as a collection point for donations. Checks would come in that were earmarked for the Leonards, and we would put them into a special account for their needs. People felt compelled to help them – they desperately tried to stay on top of their bills. These are the type of people we want to reach through ACTS.” ACTS has been doing a superb job of getting help to those in our community who are truly in need. They have helped 56 families with some form of assistance since the first of the year. The organization, and the people who work within it, have formed special bonds with many of those families. Perhaps none closer than the one they formed with the Leonards. Barb cried softly as she remembered the impact the Leonards had on, not only her life, but also on those involved with ACTS, as well as the rest of the community. “What an amazing woman, and a special couple. She touched all of us in a way we won’t forget.” Donations to ACTS may be made by making contact by email or through their website., 3655 W. Anthem Way, 109-349, Anthem, AZ 85086 N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Sixth Annual clubcorp Charity Classic On November 4, the Anthem Golf and Country Club will once again host the ClubCorp Charity Classic, ClubCorp’s major annual philanthropic open-house event. The 2012 proceeds will benefit many deserving nonprofits such as; MDA’s Augies’s Quest, an aggressive, cure-driven effort singularly focused on treatments and cures for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease); ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation (EPCF) a fund created to help ClubCorp’s employees and their families by providing financial assistance in times of trouble; and Network of Anthem Area Assistant Providers (NAAAP) a network that assists individuals and families in need of help to get back on their feet. The NAAAP originally included the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Ministry, the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, and Anthem Cares through Service (ACTS – please see related article, “ACTS: Neighbors Helping Neighbors”), and the Anthem Giving Circle. This group now serves as the steering committee for the larger network. Each of these organizations offers its own unique brand of help, but together they create a powerful force for good in the community. Desi Howe, general manager at Anthem Golf & Country Club says, “It is an honor to be a part of this ClubCorp tradition, which benefits our local community, makes a positive impact on the lives of so many, and so strongly reflects Anthem Golf & Country Club’s commitment of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives.” The sixth annual event promises to be a fun-filled and fulfilling day!

All Day Event: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tennis Tournament 10 a.m.: Golf tournament @ Ironwood 5:30 to 9 p.m.: Silent Auction, Live Concert & Dinner – Ironwood

Participant Pricing: $150 per person: Includes golf, dinner and concert $60 per person: Includes tennis, dinner and concert $50 per person: Includes dinner and concert for adults (12 and older) $15 per person: Includes dinner and concert for kids (6-11) Free: Dinner and concert for kids (5 and under)


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OSR turns ten


Orthopedic and Sport Rehab (OSR) Physical Therapy is an out-


patient private practice owned and operated by husband and wife

year, OSR continues to be

doctoral physical therapists, Aaron and Kori Williams. Having met

a positive influence in the

in physical therapy school in Flagstaff, AZ at Northern Arizona

Anthem community.

University, Aaron and Kori have brought together their common

supporting multiple charitable

goals of providing a personalized rehabilitation experience in a

causes, to sponsoring youth

private practice setting for the growing community of Anthem and

sports and education programs,

the north valley.

to providing athletic training




YEARS Est. 2002


Anthem Location: 41125 N. Daisy Mountain Dr.,

services to Boulder Creek High

Suite 121 Anthem, AZ 85086 Phone: 623-551-9706

Opening in November of 2002, Aaron started the practice with

School, OSR finds its identity

the help of one staff member, while Kori was completing her

engrained in the fabric of its

degree in physical therapy. In fact, Kori referred one of the

patients and the community. For leadership and influence in

first OSR patients to Aaron while she was in residency with

the community, Aaron was honored in 2007 with the Small

Mayo Clinic Hospital. Aaron continued to develop and enlarge

Business Person of the Year Award from the Anthem Chapter

the business in the Anthem community. Aaron and Kori were

of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

married in 2006 and now have two beautiful daughters, Emma


and Sophie, and are expecting a third daughter in January

In 2004, OSR moved from its original location in the Anthem


Marketplace near Safeway to the Anthem Medical Plaza. Then,

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after 7 years, OSR had outgrown its location in the medical plaza and moved to a new building in the Anthem Market Center behind Walgreens. Along with expanding within Anthem, OSR has spread its services into other communities in the Valley, including North Phoenix in 2008 and Gilbert and Peoria in 2009. Over the years, OSR has built a reputation as the leader in outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation in communities throughout the Valley. Based on a mission that supports principles of outstanding healthcare for it’s patients, dedication to it’s employees and support for the community, OSR continues to grow and influence the lives of thousands of people in need of physical therapy care. Outside of the business, Aaron and Kori love to spend time with their kids and watch them grow. Emma and Sophie keep busy with all the activities and events that are available to them in Anthem. Their favorite activities include swimming, dance, soccer and gymnastics, and they are extremely excited to have a new baby sister on the way. As a family, the Williams love to travel and spend time in the outdoors in Arizona and Colorado. OSR provides outpatient physical therapy services that care for and include: postoperative care, sports and orthopedic injury, pain management, auto accidents, work injury, back and neck pain, aquatic therapy, neurological injury, soft tissue injury, and most recently, certified hand therapy. OSR accepts most all insurance plans including Medicare and state funded health plans.

For more information,

please visit or call any of its locations. For information or to schedule an appointment in Anthem, call 623551-9706. Also, please feel free to visit an OSR location for its 10 Year Anniversary Event on November eighth from 5-8PM. This advertorial was brought to you by OSR. N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Veterans day PARADE For such a relatively young community, we have a few time-tested traditions that we hold dear year after year. One of these is the Veterans Day Parade and Family Picnic. In fact, it is one of the largest veterans celebrations in the state of Arizona, designated as an Official Arizona Centennial Event for the second consecutive year. It is something of which we, as a community, can be proud . This year, we are lucky to have four former Prisoners of War who will serve as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade: Brigadier General E.D. (Dave) Woellner, USAF (Ret) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He flew twin-engine aircraft over France before and during the Allied invasion of Normandy. Lt. Woellner later transferred to the Eighth Air Force, where he piloted B-17 bombers. On his 13th mission, Woellner’s aircraft was shot down. He was captured and interned at Stalag Luft I in western Germany for the duration of the war. Woellner subsequently received two Meritorious Service Medals, two Legion Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Sandi Carll


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of Merit Awards and several combat decorations. Gen. Woellner later served in Korea and Vietnam, and retired as a Vice Commander of the Air Force.

Colonel Thomas H. Kirk Jr., USAF (Ret) served in the Korean Conflict and flew fighterbombers during the Vietnam War. In 1967, Kirk’s F-105 was shot down while participating in a raid on North Vietnam. After safely parachuting from his aircraft, Tom Kirk was captured and sent to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where he remained for more than five years until the war’s end in 1973. Kirk was awarded the Air Force Cross, three Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, nine Air Medals and the Purple Heart for his combat leadership and heroism. Col. Kirk later commanded a pilot training wing in Alabama and served as Vice Commander of all Special Forces in Europe. He retired from the Air Force in 1978. T/Sgt Henry Ong Jr., USAAF flew 30 missions during WWII as a radioman/gunner on B-24s and B-17s. On what was to be his last mission before returning home, Sgt. Ong’s B-17 was brought down by enemy ground fire. After bailing out, Ong was immediately captured and sent to Stalag Luft IV in Poland. He took part in the infamous “Forced March” of thousands of Allied prisoners during the brutal winter of 1945. The British Eighth Army liberated Ong in May of 1945. He is the holder of the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, four Air Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation. Ong subsequently served as Commissioner of the Military Veterans Commission and was inducted into the Arizona Hall of Fame in 2005. Corporal James Yeager, USA joined the Army in 1949 and was sent to Korea the following year as part of the 29th Infantry Regiment. During an engagement with the North Korean Sixth Army, Yeager’s unit sustained 90 percent casualties leaving fewer than 100 remaining, who were taken prisoner. The enemy marched the POWs 600 miles into North Korea. There they herded the Americans into the Sunchon train tunnel and opened fire with machine guns. Yeager escaped by playing dead. Found the next day by the 187th Airborne Regiment, he is one of only 21 survivors of the massacre. Corporal Yeager received the Combat Infantry Badge, Prisoner of War Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Korean Service Medal. He was separated from the service in 1952. Also serving as Grand Marshals will be four Purple Heart recipients and fifteen Wounded Warriors. Due to the large number of honorees, parade organizers are seeking additional convertible vehicles and drivers. Those interested in assisting may send an e-mail to: The event will also recognize Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, USA, who was taken prisoner in Afghanistan during June of 2009 and remains there to this day. Remember to bring a toy to the parade for the Toys for Tots program and you will receive a piece of birthday cake in honor of the 237th anniversary of the Marine Corps celebrated on Nov. 10.

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C hamber Profile

Chamber Contributor Jenny Brooks, Special to ImagesAZ

Softening the North Valley

Upcoming Chamber Events Business for Breakfast

When my husband and I contracted to build our house, we had it set up for a soft water system, but we never purchased the system.

Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7 - 8:15 a.m. Speaker: Anthem Community Council, Economic Development Update Hampton Inn: 42415 N. 41st Dr. Anthem

SAVE The Date Anthem Business Holiday Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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It has always bothered me that we are letting the hard water build up in our pipes and in our appliances – not to mention what it does to our hair and our skin. Moreover, have you seen hard-water build up on a showerhead? However, it was not until I recently interviewed David Newham, owner of Rayne of the North Valley, that I finally understood the full value of the investment. “I say the water softener is the most important appliance in a house,” said Newham. “People pay more than a thousand dollars for their refrigerator, which protects a hundred or so dollars of food. The water softener affects the whole house and all the appliances and it’s less expensive than any major appliance.” I thought that shined a new light on the subject. Newham’s mission is to be the water treatment company serving the North Valley. “We are the only fullserve water treatment company in Anthem,” said Newham. “I want a Rayne softener in every home, and we aren’t going to get there by doing a little bit of everything. We have to focus on water treatment.” Newham started working in the water business when he was in college. He has devoted his entire career to water, moving from Minnesota to Indiana in sales and then to Anthem, where he purchased North Valley Rayne. During our conversation, I asked him about his choice of a Rayne franchise. “Water is what I know, and I wanted a company with a good name,” he explained. “Rayne has a huge name on the west coast, and I like putting my name with a company that has been around since 1928. I


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enjoy selling something that’s been proven.” Not only was he looking for a business with a great name, but also for one that offered great resources. He has ready sales materials and a product with a reputable history. “I’m doing what I know, and I love doing it,” said Newham. “I’m proud to wear my Rayne shirt everywhere I go, and I’m excited to be part of such a great community.” Newham, who is President of Anthem Rotary, does not shy away from talking about the benefits of joining the Chamber of Commerce, either. “I’ve only lived here four years and my involvement in the Chamber and Rotary are how I’ve made friends and built my business,” said Newham. “I’ve always enjoyed networking, and I love referring people to my fellow business owners.” Water treatment is a big business, and as Newham says, your water affects almost all of your major appliances. Not only do you want a reputable product to protect your home, you also want it installed and serviced by a reputable company. “We offer great, fast, dependable service at a great price, plus a great product. We strive to make a name for ourselves in this way,” he said. Newham has three children, who are all in or just finishing school. His youngest son, who just graduated from college, is going into the Marines as an officer. He and his partner Marge Frame live in Anthem. Most mornings, Newham works out at the Anthem Community Center or works on improving his golf game.

want to be treated, it will be wonderful,” he said. “Give them what they want and don’t sell them what they don’t need.”

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Rayne is now offering a Soft Water Exchange Tank, a new water-softening system. When you sign up for this service, a Rayne technician will deliver a fully regenerated tank to your home and exchange it, as needed, for a fee. It is like getting a new softener delivered to your home every month. According to Newham, this is the only system that will solve frequent customer issues. First, the tank has no valve, which means, no more water wasted during regeneration, no more leaky bypasses, no more leaky valves, no more electricity needed, and no more loud noise during regeneration. Secondly, the tank does not require salt/potassium. Finally, you NEVER have to purchase another water softener again. As Newham says, it’s the green way to treat water.

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Do Moore this year: The Tenth Annual We Care Golf Tournament Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque Photographer Jerri Parness


On a bright, temperate day last April, my family met a wonderful group of people in the Anthem Community Park. They were all cancer survivors who were part of the Relay for Life team here in Anthem. They had gathered for a photo shoot, resplendent in purple – the color for survival. Ashley Moore stood out as the only young person in the group. She was beautiful and appeared carefree and happy to be enjoying the day in the park. Ashley was a typical pre-teen looking forward to her thirteenth birthday. It was difficult to believe that she had been presented with a difficult diagnosis just over a year earlier: stage three astrocytoma Brain Cancer. Since then Ashley’s condition has changed drastically, and she was recently placed on a feeding tube so that she can get the nutrients she so desperately needs to continue her brave fight against cancer. Ashley has a couple of role models to look up to, including her mom, Renee, and dad, Stefan, who are fighting alongside their daughter as her protector and advocate. Her Aunt Natalie is also fighting stage four metastatic breast cancer. Mom, Renee, shares, “You just fight everyday with everything you have.” Renee has been overwhelmed and humbled by the community’s efforts to help the family deal with Ashley’s battle and all that

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make transportation and lifting a world easier. Renee explains, “Ashley has a great deal of pain in her legs, arms, and especially her neck. Every time we lift her, it causes her an extreme amount of pain in these areas.” One of the items that might be able to alleviate some of that pain is a Sonaris Reclining Bath lift. Of course, there

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is a great price tag associated with this chair, but organizations like We Care, and events like the Annual We Care Golf Tournament go a long way to help offset costs such as these. Cancer wreaks havoc on lives, regardless of age, social or economic status, or the plans we make and the dreams we hold. The 10th Annual We Care Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 16 for the benefit of Ashley and her family. The proceeds will go towards her medical and other related expenses for her care. There will also be a silent auction that evening for the benefit of Anthem Cares Through Service (ACTS – Please see related article, “ACTS: Neighbors Helping Neighbors”). For more information on the Tenth Annual We Care Golf Tournament, email or visit If you are not able to attend or take part in the Golf Tournament, please consider donating to We Care in Anthem’s MidFirst Bank account for Ashley Moore, account #2033006652. Checks may be made payable to We Care. Online supporters can donate via PayPal to the payee:, then, in description, notate – for Ashley Moore. You can go to and then click on N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


quality legal representation As the holiday season approaches, and the snowbirds return

Law Firm has expanded their practice areas to meet

to the North Valley to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful winter, North

these needs. Recently, the firm added two attorneys, Mr.

Valley’s premier general practice law firm reflects on the year

Reid White and Ms. Andrea Crawford, in addition to office

thus far. The Carroll Law Firm has had a great year. Some of

personnel, Ms. Dorothy Olga and Ms. Angelica Kollar. These

the firm’s notable achievements include successfully settling

additions help expedite the firm’s cases and provide more

cases in a wide variety of areas, including covenants not

expertise in a wider variety of practice areas. Reid White has

to compete, senior abuse, personal injury, and competing

a background in criminal law, and offers DUI representation

claims to probate estates. The Carroll Law Firm continues to

and criminal defense. Andrea Crawford is experienced in

add more local businesses to its roster, and the attorneys are

personal injury law as well as defense for people who have

proud to boast a successful track record of satisfied clients.

been unfairly harassed by debt collectors. The Carroll Law Firm is excited to offer services to our community in these

The needs of the community are growing, and The Carroll


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expanded areas of practice.

In addition to these new areas of law, the law firm continues

this community, but also the friendships forged over the past

to offer legal representation and counsel to clients in various

several years. You can expect to see the attorneys, staff

stages of litigation. The firm represents clients in matters

and their families around the community center, gym, and

in the superior courts, justice courts, and district courts.

Anthem parks, enjoying the many amenities our wonderful

Whether a client is in need of a pre-nuptial agreement or a

hometown has to offer.

divorce, business establishment or bankruptcy, lease review or short sale advice, The Carroll Law Firm has the experience

The attorneys and staff at The Carroll Law Firm are excited

to help. The firm also continues to offer estate planning

about the firm’s recent growth, and look forward to continuing

consultations and documentation, including the newly

to serve residents of the North Valley with quality legal

offered Mental Healthcare Power of Attorney document, for


their same reasonable fees. With the addition of the new staff, the law firm now offers counsel and representation to Spanish speaking clients as well. In May of this year the firm opened a Phoenix office location. While The Carroll Law Firm still prides itself on being Anthem’s Hometown Law Firm, the Phoenix office offers access to downtown resources including court buildings, law libraries, and more. The Phoenix office also provides an opportunity to offer legal services to those people in the valley who are unable to make the trip to the Anthem location in the North Valley. The Carroll Law Firm attorneys are happy to offer downtown services with the same small town rates. The Carroll Law Firm also has expanded its involvement within the North Valley’s business community. This year the firm joined Anthem’s Rotary Chapter, and hosted a mixer for the Anthem North Gateway Chamber of Commerce. The Carroll Law Firm remains an active member of the Professional Businesses of Anthem, and continues to foster relationships with local business owners. Not only is the law firm involved within the North Valley’s business community, but the attorneys and staff at The Carroll Law Firm are involved in the community in their individual capacities as well. Attorneys, staff and family members of the firm volunteer as softball and youth soccer coaches, participate in the Musical Theater of Anthem, attend local churches, compete in Boulder Creek Academic Decathlon tournaments, take part in Anthem Pets events, lead Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, and more. The law firm is proud of not only the business relationships forged within

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Operation Santa Claus Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to Phoenix!

Operation Santa Claus – one of the city’s largest holiday charity drives - is in its eleventh year, jointly sponsored by Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln and ABC Channel 15. “Our motto is: feed a family, make a kid happy and win a new car,” says Max Sirstins, director of marketing for Sanderson Ford. “By doing something good, such as making a donation of new toys, children-sized clothing or any non-perishable food, the donor gets to fill out a donor registration slip that enters you into a drawing for your choice of a new car. With our two different dealerships, we are offering a new Ford F-150 Super Crew Ecoboost or the all new 2013 Lincoln MKZ.” In addition, each

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accepted donation comes with, not only the opportunity to be one of fifteen finalists to win a new car, but also each finalist will win a $100 Visa Gift Card. The first ten years have resulted in a record number of donations for Valley children’s charities; last year alone generated 35,000 donations. This year, the goal is 50,000 donations.


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“We have four great charities that we work with,” says Sirstins. “All the food goes to St. Mary’s Food Bank. We also work with SARRC, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. It works with many families who are financially strapped due to the expense of treating a child with autism. Therefore, the toys, clothes and food can make for a great Christmas. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is another beneficiary this year, as well as MAM, Military Assistance Mission Arizona, a nonprofit military support organization whose mission is to support our Arizona military, their families and our returning wounded who are facing financial struggles.” Last year, 30 tons of food and $80,000 in cash donations were collected, providing thousands of Valley families with a merrier Christmas holiday.

I want to help be Santa! “It’s a great way to do something for the community,” says Sirstins. “There are so many struggling families. It’s really important for us to be involved and help.” To help with Operation Santa Claus bring a new, unwrapped toy, children’s clothing, packaged food or a monetary donation to ABC Channel 15, any Sanderson dealership, a UPS Store location nearest you or any Operation Santa Claus event from November 16 through December 20. See the Operation Santa Claus Web site for more details at N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Sallie’s Place is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Sallie Carroll, a retired Vietnam veteran and decorated Bronze Star recipient (pictured above).


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Fighting for a Place

Sallie’s Place

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Photographer Jerri Parness

It was in 1963 that Bob Dylan recorded “The Times They are A-Changin’.” Influenced by racism, poverty and social change, the words he wrote became the country’s unofficial anthem during a time when we were mourning the assassination of a president, the civil rights movement was sweeping the nation, and our troops were building up in Vietnam.

It seems times are still a-changin’ in many ways. The world is certainly a different place from what it was 40 years ago, but even with the changes that have occurred, some lines that have divided us still remain.

The border drawn between men and women in the military has evolved from an impenetrable boundary to a more ambiguous and subtle one. In recent years, according the U.S. Department of Defense, 280,000 women have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, or to jobs in neighboring nations in support of their conflicts. Because hostile fire can be found around any corner in even the most seemingly friendly places, keeping women out of combat zones, as required by military policy, can be next to impossible. As of February 2012, of the more than 6,300 military deaths, 144 were women.

This new dynamic of women in combat has caused changes that have trickled down into civilian life. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports that women make up about 8 percent, or 1.8 million, of the 23 million U.S. veterans today. For many, some

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of the most significant struggles have not been with

place to live. They’re going couch to couch, living with

what happens while they are enlisted, but rather with

friends and family.”

reintegrating into the civilian population once their military careers have concluded.

While some programs exist for male veterans, very little has been done to create similar programs for women,

Like their male counterparts, more and more female

according to Sisco. “Nothing has been done across the

veterans find themselves faced with traumatic injuries,

nation for women, as far as housing them. Many are

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, and

homeless, and many more of them are at risk, close to

hypertension. Unlike their male counterparts, however,

being homeless.”

female veterans return home to find that they have to navigate through a benefit system created for men.

Veterans First, Ltd. has launched a pilot program to

Many are also rejoining civilian life as primary caregivers

provide affordable housing, rent assistance, and a

for their children.

supportive community for women veterans as they ease back into their lives after service in the military. Last

A disproportionate number of these women are finding

year, the group opened Mary Ellen’s Place, a complex

that, although much of their military training is helpful,

of 16 studio apartments for single women veterans in

they have missed out on certifications and other skills

North Central Phoenix. Now, thanks in large part to the

needed to make them competitive in today’s difficult

success of Mary Ellen’s Place, they plan to launch a

job market. A disproportionate 13.5 percent of women

second complex nearby for homeless or near-homeless

veterans were unemployed last January, compared to

mothers who are veterans.

8.5 percent in the population of the non-veteran women. Sallie’s Place is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel


“We’ve got 46,000 women veterans in Arizona alone,”

Sallie Carroll, a retired Vietnam veteran and decorated

said Joan Sisco, Marine Corps veteran and president of

Bronze Star recipient who served in the U.S. Air Force,

Veterans First, Ltd., a Phoenix-based 501(c)(3) non-profit

Marine Corps and Army from 1952 - 1975. She has

organization dedicated to addressing issues female

been a pioneer for women, winning numerous shooting

veterans are facing. “So many of them are coming back

awards at national and international levels, and was

from this war, and they can’t find jobs or an affordable

inducted into the US Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of

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Fame. Now, at 80 years old, she is fighting her own personal battle with health issues.










bedroom apartments near the city’s transit system and schools, with a playground built just for the children of these special women.

Anthem Rotary Club is among the organizations that have recognized the importance of the work Veterans First, Ltd. is doing by presenting a check for $1,000 to help build Sallie’s Place. “These women have served their country when we needed them, and now we need to assist them when they need us.” said Anthem Rotary president Dave Newham.

“So many people and groups have been such a part of this to make it happen,” said Sisco. “We receive no have

federal money. done





we by

people donating money and in-kind donations. We’ve been so blessed, but it needs to continue to happen if we’re going to help these women.”

The times, they may be a-changin’, but





proud. We are a people who reach out to those in need, especially to those who have given so much for our country. We need to fight for those who fought for us.

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r u o T o i d u t S s l l i H e h t n i n Hidde on i s s a P r e H ng Livi s g g Bo e n a J

blin Writer Donna Ku

It is said that people who find their passion and achieve success have lives that are fulfilled. My recent visit with award-winning artist Jane Boggs brought this to mind as I learned she is living her life just that way. I talked with Jane about art and gained insights into how she found her passion and how she developed it into her business. Jane is the directory cover artist for this year’s Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour (HITH), which takes place the last two weekends in November. It is a coveted honor and Jane is thrilled to have been selected. Each year there is a competition and this is the first time that a three-dimensional artist has been chosen. Jane works with gourds and many materials to embellish them, creating one-of-a-kind art pieces, including sculpture figures that are multi-cultural, masks, and vessels. It is her piece, titled “Avatar,” that was selected for the cover. It is a large piece, measuring 49”w x 52”h x 12”d and, while it looks amazing in the photograph, in person it is stunningly beautiful. If it were a woman, it would be said that, “she exudes beauty, energy, power and confidence.” For Jane, “Avatar” was two years in the making. It started with a beautiful gourd and an idea. Jane had created masks before, using gourds and natural feathers to embellish them, but she knew that this particular gourd wanted to be something epic. “It took a while for the idea to develop and many months to select the design and combinations of feathers and sculptural qualities,” said Jane. The wait paid off… the piece is magnificent. Jane shared with me how she got started with gourds. “It all began with a safari to Africa that my husband and I took in the early 1990s,” said Jane. “I was intrigued with the functional uses of gourds and how they have been used by many cultures for over 10,000 years for things like water dippers, storage containers, canteens, and musical instruments. In fact, gourds are still used today for some of the same purposes.” She showed me one that she purchased on that trip, which had been used as a “lunch box” by a Maasai warrior. The lunch was something like goats’ milk and blood, which sounds pretty primitive, but is extremely nutritious. While purely functional, the object is highly decorated, which is what many cultures do with everyday items.

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Jane Boggs

The next piece of the puzzle fit together when Jane and her husband moved to Cave Creek from

Denver, Colorado fifteen years ago, after a successful business career. One of the first things she did was to take up oil painting. One day, a friend called her and asked if she wanted to go to a farm in the South Mountain area. When she got there she saw a field full of gourds drying in the sunshine. She walked out into the field and instantly felt a real connection to the gourds. She loved the earthiness of them and the possibilities they presented. She ended up filling her car to the brim with gourds, having bought over 100 of them. She and her friend laughed all the way home. “I had no idea what to do with them,” said Jane with a chuckle. “And, of course, the car was a mess; it was also filled with the soil and detritus from the fields.” Her trip to Africa had sparked her interest, and she felt called to do something with gourds, but 15 years ago gourds were not used for art very much and there was very little information available about how to treat them or their artistic potential. Internet search capability was in its infancy, and there were very few relevant books. She had to figure it out on her own: how to clean them, cut them, dry them and then how to use them as a medium for artistic expression. There was a lot of trial and error. She became so fascinated by gourds that she dropped out of oil painting and concentrated on experimenting and developing her ideas using gourds as an artistic medium. She always loved


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Hopi Kachinas and was inspired to use gourds as the figurative shape for the sculpture. Her first sale was to a man who has an extensive Kachina collection. Since that time she has created many wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces. Each gourd speaks to her and tells her what it wants to become. This process usually starts as the gourd is cleaned and the outside surface reveals its true colors. The unusual contours might indicate the potential for an interesting figure or mask, an Asian-style piece, something contemporary, or something that would be enhanced with an etched drawing. Acrylic dyes, inks and paints are then applied to complement the organic surface of the gourd. Some of the pieces are embellished with exotic feathers, leather, turquoise, copper, natural reeds and beads, which give each piece their truly original look. She also adds clay to her figures, which gives them an even more realistic life form. As with her Avatar piece, Jane doesn’t force or rush the creative process. Working out of her beautiful pueblo-style home and studio, Jane also enjoys teaching classes at her studio, in addition to creating art. Many students return time and time again for the experience. They find that creating an art piece and being in the beautiful Sonoran desert is a wonderful way to spend the day. Throughout our discussion, several things about Jane struck me. Her enthusiasm and vibrancy is clearly visible, but behind that there is her sense of adventure, her inner confidence, and her willingness to take risks. I asked her how she came to be the person she is:

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Jane Boggs


When I see people look at my art and smile, it makes me very happy

someone willing to be open to discovering and then following her passion. She explained that her mother instilled in her the philosophy that, whatever you want to try - do it. The only failure is not to try. “My advice to anyone who will listen is that, if there is something you really want to do in life, do it,” said Jane. “I always felt that when I’m gone I want to leave something here on earth that is part of me, not just being a wife and mother, but rather something that makes people think of me, something they will enjoy. When I see people look at my art and smile, it makes me very happy and I realize I got my wish.” Jane is open to what life presents, willing to think outside the box and to jump into things she knows nothing about. Over the course of her life, she started her own business, she later became head of a six-state region for junior competitive tennis, and for the past 15 years she has pursued her art and provided leadership organizing art events and helping other artists. Drawing on these insights from Jane, perhaps finding your passion takes courage to try things that you don’t know anything about, to follow something that sparks your interest, to be willing


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to experiment, and to be tenacious in discovering what will work and not work. Perhaps, though, it all boils down to the lesson she learned from her mother - the only failure is not to try. What a great philosophy to pass on to your children. Jane’s studio has been on the HITH Studio Tour for 15 years, and she hosts many of the same artists she did from the beginning. Talented artists at her studio this year include fine art jewelry, Cynthia Downs;

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pastel painter, Sue Hunter; oil painter, Ellen Leibow; photographer, Bill Leibow; and leather furniture, Ernie Apodaca. Her studio number is #38 and it is located at 33488 N. 55th Street, Cave Creek, AZ. Her phone is 480-488-8833 and her website is HITH is one of the best artist studio tours in the country, and the largest in the Valley. The self-guided tour features 150 working artists at 45 studio locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale and is held the last two weekends in November: November 16-18 and November 23-25, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All art forms are included with many nationally- known artists presenting their latest work, as well as talented new emerging artists. This event provides art enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to tour at their own pace, observe artists at work in their private studios, and purchase art directly from the creators. The 450-member non-profit Sonoran


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Veterans Heritage Project:

Since You Asked … Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

Any casual observer of popular culture understands that humans have a strong need to be known. We all want someone to acknowledge our existence in this world, and to know us. This need becomes stronger as we age, especially when we have been through a particularly meaningful event or traumatic period. The ‘need to be known’ has nothing to do with fame or celebrity status. It has everything to do with the human desire for connection with others, even with future generations. It is this desire to be known that Barbara Hatch tapped into when she started the Veterans Heritage Project in 2004. Hatch explains, “My interest in this area of history and archiving autobiographical history grew after I watched the movie Saving Private Ryan.” Barbara received her first grant from Salt River Project to document history in 2003. She archived the history of the Cave Creek Christmas Pageant, which began in 1952, with eight girls working on a 4H project. Barbara explains, “The project was very fulfilling, and actually led to the pageant being resurrected in the town.” When looking for a project for the second year, she received feedback from her history students at Cactus Shadows High School.

They suggested interviewing the

veterans whom she had brought into the classroom to speak with her students. Once they started interviewing veterans they never looked back.

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During the year, Barbara, along with her students, videotapes a student interviewer asking questions about the veteran’s experiences. The interviewer then takes notes, which are transformed into an essay, that is from a couple of pages to 10 or 12 pages long, depending upon, both the interviewer’s time and skills, and the interviewee’s time and willingness to have an open discussion. The veteran signs a release and gets final approval rights before his story appears in print. The interviews in story form are then bound into books. There is a reception and book signing in April when they are finally published. Barbara sends all taped interviews to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. They have collected 85,000 videotapes of archival material. Barbara and her students have taped more than 500 stories. It is a worthwhile endeavor, as the stories are valuable historical accounts and, oftentimes, never have been told before. Barbara shares, “One soldier told us about ditching his dog tags because he had a ‘J’ on them that stood for ‘Jewish.’ It is those kinds of details that you would just never get from a textbook.” Time is an issue with this project as the nation is losing many of its World War II veterans. Many have passed away while on the list of those to be interviewed by the project. Barbara observes, “Our list is so long that we couldn’t possibly get to all of the veterans who wish to be interviewed. Once those stories are lost, they are lost forever. We would spend days traveling to interview veterans in every corner of the state. But when you get a chance to interview a Navajo Code Talker, you don’t pass it up.” Barbara thought it prudent to expand the project to other schools. Soon she and her students formalized the project by creating a non-profit organization. Last year there were five schools involved in the project, and this year they have expanded to 14 schools. As the founder of the Veterans History Project, Barbara Hatch now guides new schools until they become self-sustaining in running their own projects. The therapeutic nature of the interviews is no small feature of the entire process. Barbara shares, “We are starting to see Vietnam veterans opening up and sharing their horrific experiences for the first time. We are also seeing veterans of more recent wars


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who desperately need to share what they have been through. For the first time, grandchildren are starting to ask about their grandfathers’ experiences. Grandfathers are starting to share their memories with their grandchildren. It is a ‘win-win’ experience.” This ‘win-win’ experience will now be in Anthem, run for the first time by the non-profit group, Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA). The first group of interviewers was recently trained and




first into the project. Lyle and Evon Kishbaugh, board members of MTA, are overseeing the training and have been impressed with what they have seen so far. Lyle notes, “There are no self-absorbed students here; they are completely invested in the process.” Kishbaugh’s




write the story of Mike Spinelli, local photographer and a Vietnam veteran. Lyle shares, “Many of the veterans who have not seen combat feel that

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they have nothing of value to say. In fact, their experiences and insights are rich and historically important.” Through this project, the men and women who have served our country faithfully throughout history will not go unrecognized and unknown. One by one, their stories will be collected and





come, and they will become part of the rich fabric of our nation’s history. If you want to learn more about this worthwhile project, please visit VHP’s website:


November 16 - Dancing Divas & Dudes in the Desert 6 to 8pm - Fellowship Performing Arts Center at Anthem Fundraiser for continued performances and AZDance’s MEM program A scrumptious evening of delectable desserts, silent auction items and special preview performances. Tickets December 1 - A Joyous Christmas - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center December 2 - A Joyous Christmas - PVCC Center for Performing Arts 2pm both performances A tradition for families of all ages; emotionally filled afternoons of music and movement. Tickets* $5-15; Details January 20 - DanceInspiration - Orpheum Theater guest artists April 27 and 28 - Simply Put 2013 - Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center 480-215-1916 N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


Furry Friends

Pet rescues offer a second chance for homeless animals

Writer Elizabeth A. Medora


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Ah, coming home at the end of a long day and relaxing in your favorite chair with the television or a book for company – comforting, but sometimes a bit lonely. Often the best company has four legs and sheds fur on your sofa. If you have been thinking about bringing a pet into your life, now could be a great time.

“They have enriched my life in so many ways and are a part of my family...”

Anthem resident Lorraine Celotti has opened her home to many a homeless pet, and she is a strong “We specialize in some of the medically needy

promoter of rescuing pets.

pets,” Borkowicz said. “We get in many bottle “I have been very fortunate to have lived most of

babies, pregnant mothers, pets in need of surgery

my life with rescue pets of all species, colors, and

to repair injuries or with minor problems needing

sizes. They have enriched my life in so many ways

medical attention. These pets will be on medical

and are a part of my family,” said Celotti. “To come

hold during their recovery and rehabilitation with us

home to a house without a beloved pet would be

before being put up for adoption.”

just a house.” On Sunday, Nov. 11, Four Peaks will be hosting You can give an animal a second chance at life

Paws Awhile at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. The

when you adopt from one of the Valley’s many

Veterans Day event will include a buffet, silent

rescues, including small animal rescues and breed-

auction, and baked treats, with all proceeds going

specific rescues. The local foundation, Anthem Pets,

to the animal rescue. See more information at www.

is a 501(c)3 corporation that focuses on finding

loving homes for displaced pets. If you are an animal lover who holds one particular “Animals come to us that are strays or from owner

breed dear to your heart, just about every breed

surrenders and foreclosures. They are all housed in

has a rescue organization dedicated to it. The

private foster homes, so we learn how they relate to

Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue takes in needy Boston

a family and other pets,” said Anthem Pets director

Terriers, as well as occasionally fostering what Vice



President Rebecca Pederson lovingly refers to as the

advocates are distinguished by their animal welfare

terriers’ “smooshiemug ancestors,” the French and

hotline and the dog park they established, the K-9

English Bulldogs. The caring volunteers here have a

Corral dog park. To see pets available for adoption

strong love for this curious, intelligent, and cuddly

from Anthem Pets, visit .

terrier breed, and they share information about the





care of these special animals. Four Peaks Animal Rescue takes in all kinds of animals who need shelter and care. “We have a list of adoptable dogs on our Web site, “We have brought in dogs, cats, horses, goats, pot, as well as on our Facebook

belly pigs, bunnies, tortoises, birds, and even a

page, Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue,” said Pederson.

male beta fish!” reported Nancy Borkowicz, the Four

“In addition, we have several events scheduled

Peaks Animal Rescue director. This wide-reaching

throughout the year, where we bring our adoptable

rescue program is dedicated to the late Carol Igini,

dogs to meet and greet the public.” AZBTR was

who first financed this dream.

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What: Four Peaks Animal Rescue Veterans Day Event Where: Harold’s Cave Creek Corral When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 4-7 p.m. Tickets: Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Harold’s is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, about three miles north of Carefree Highway. last January, and they will be at the Eighth Annual

Hedge Rabbit Rescue offers adoptable rabbits. This

Extravaganza next February as well.

unique rescue began in 1986 and now takes in an average 11 homeless rabbits per month. Brambley

Desert Hills resident Marielle Marne has a house full

Hedge operates a thrift store in Phoenix, as well

of pets, but her furry buddies are a bit smaller than

as a rabbit supply center with everything a happy

most. She takes in homeless guinea pigs, ferrets,

bunny could want.

and rabbits, in addition to her three cats. Interested in adopting a rabbit? Head to www. “It’s just a joy to share your home with pets. and fill out an online adoption

You can’t beat a guinea pig smiling up at you or


‘wheeking’ for carrots when they hear a bag rustling. The cats show their gratitude by alerting us to

“We come up with a list of four to five rabbits that

pesky scorpions stuck in overhead bathroom fans.

might be appropriate for a family,” said volunteer

And Zeke, the ferret, eats crickets.”

Stephen Guida. “Then the adopters attend an adoption event to meet and spend time with the

In the past, Marne has shared her home with several

rabbits on the list.”

rabbits. When looking for a rescue bunny, she found Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue, a local organization

Every rescue can use donations to help in the saving

dedicated to caring for domestic rabbits.

homeless pets. Visit their Web sites if you would like to donate. They will accept pet food, blankets, and

“From there, I adopted Piper, a lop bunny whose

other supplies, as well as much-needed monetary

one ear was chewed off by her mama,” said Marne.

contributions. Many donations are tax-deductible.

She emphasizes the joy her critters have bought to her life with their lovable and sometimes wacky little

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. When you

habits. “You can’t help but smile at them!”

adopt a pet, you give them a loving home and you, in return, get the limitless rewards of their

If you do not have the space for a larger pet, small animal rescues may have the answer. Brambley


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life long learning Writer Paula Theotocatos

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese proverb One special plus for me that comes with writing articles

Bernard Osher, conceived of a foundation, which would

for ImagesAZ is the interesting research involved. I find

collaborate with universities across the nation to provide

investigating new subjects fascinating and, over the years, I

interesting and challenging educational opportunities for

have learned about subjects as diverse as the history of tai

older adults. There are more than 115 university-affiliated

kwon do and how to create a Navajo horsehair/pottery vase.

Osher Institutes nationwide, offering non-credit short

Therefore, I was delighted to learn about an educational

courses, lectures, and workshops for enjoyment only – no

program for adults right here in the Valley – the Osher Lifelong

credits, but no homework!

Learning Institute at Arizona State University (ASU). Anthem residents Sally Bergeron and Diane Kurtzman Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which is part of

completed a course entitled “Ruminations on the Botany of

ASU’s Partnership for Community Development, offers an

Desire” last spring, and are now taking “Japan’s Greatest

interesting array of short courses and lectures for 50-plus

Hits! A Brief History of Japan.” As former educators, they

students. The Institute promises: “As an OLLI member you’ll

were excited about the opportunity to learn new things

discover new interests, new opportunities and new friends!”

and renew the experience of being on a college campus again. In addition to the courses, they have attended

For the reasonable semester membership of $15, you are

lectures and performances.

able to access an impressive array of courses, costing only


$35 each. The courses are offered at campuses in West

“The class on ‘Botany of Desire’ exceeded my expectations,”

Phoenix, downtown Phoenix, two locations in Tempe, and

said Diane. “The professor was very well prepared and

one in Scottsdale. Membership also provides extra benefits,

presented a lot of new material. He was able to engage the

such as discounted tickets to performances at Ballet Arizona,

class in discussion and had a terrific sense of humor. He

the Arizona Opera, the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, the Actors

explained scientific phenomenon in a manner that was clear

Theatre, and the Herberger Institute of Design and Art.

and understandable without ever being condescending.”

The Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning was born in 1977 in

Sally learned about OLLI through her sister, who lives in

San Francisco when businessman and community leader,

Delaware, and has taken classes there. “Attending classes

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of interest is stimulating and uplifting to those loving education and enlightenment,” Sally told us. “And, we can do all of this without the worries of homework or tests! The love of learning new subjects or enlarging on old ones keeps one young and connected. I read a great deal, but actually attending a class where information is discussed is more stimulating and there is the social component as well. You can virtually be a sponge; just go and absorb the information without having to take a test or write a paper – the privilege, but not the responsibility of real college classes.”

Although most of the fall classes have begun, there are a few short courses starting in November. Upcoming Classes at ASU West: • Opera through the Ages; November 5, 19, 26, December 3; 1 – 2:30 p.m. – The development of opera in Western culture features four main styles: Renaissance and Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. • International Relations; November 6, 13, 27, December 4; 10 – 11:30 a.m. This American foreign affairs class features major countries and regions that both share and impede progress. • What Exactly Am I Eating; November 6, 13, 27, December 4; 12:30 – 2 p.m. This class explores the nature of our modern food production industry. • The Plays of August Wilson: the African American Shakespeare; November 7, 14, 28, December 5; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. This course will delve into Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s ten-play series, exploring the lives, dreams, triumphs and tragedies of black America throughout the 20th century. All ASU/OLLI locations: ASU West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix ASU Downtown Phoenix, The Mercado, 502 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix Friendship Village Tempe, 2645 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe Tempe Connections, Tempe Public Library, Main Level, 3500 S. Rural Road Maravilla Scottsdale, 7325 E. Princess Boulevard, Scottsdale 602-543-6440 N o vem b er 2 0 1 2


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Prescott Station

Dining Guide Spotlight

A short drive from Anthem, the town of Prescott feels worlds away from the bustle of the Valley. Transforming into a quaint winter wonderland during the holidays, it’s the perfect 200 E. Gurley St. place to take visiting friends and family. Now, with the addition of Prescott Station to the Prescott, AZ 86301 culinary scene, a world-class dining experience with small town charm can be found in 928-778-0133 this mile-high city.

A smaller counterpart to the popular Carefree Station, this Northern Arizona outpost features the same globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Whether you visit with the family for Sunday brunch and try one of their unique versions of Eggs Benedict, stop by for happy hour and sample the bar menu, that sets the “bar” high for any other establishment, or you plan a date night and order an exquisite dish such as Chef Matt’s Santa Fe Pasta featuring housemade red pepper pasta – you can’t go wrong.

Combining big, bold flavors with a Southwestern emphasis, Prescott Station has quickly become a new out-of-town dining favorite! Open Thanksgiving and Christmas, plan a visit to this new gem in the heart of Prescott, conveniently located just a short walk from the downtown Courthouse Square.


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Recipe Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque

S t u ffing by any other name …

Following in the footsteps of the age-old argument, “Is it ‘sauce’ or is it ‘gravy’?” is a Thanksgiving-inspired linguistic drama. There seem to be two camps of people in the United States: those who call the typical bread mixture, which is traditionally cooked inside the bird, ‘stuffing’ and those who call it ‘dressing’. Some have tried to make the point that, if one cooks it inside the bird, it should be called ‘stuffing’ and, if it is cooked separate from the bird, it should be deemed, ‘dressing’. I think that the battle lines are drawn geographically. My Mid-Atlantic family of Yanks calls the mixture (whether we stuff the bird with it or not) ‘stuffing’. The further south one travels, the more that mixture is referred to as ‘dressing’. Oh well, stuffing by any other name smells as sweet (or savory). Here is an updated twist on your mom’s Stovetop. Try this West Coast version this Thanksgiving and enjoy!

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta Ingredients: 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter 2 large onions 3 celery stalks, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Salt and freshly ground pepper

8 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 2 (7.4-ounce) jars roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely broken 1 pound day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4 –inch-cubes 1 cup (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth 2 large eggs, beaten to blend

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté until crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a large bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Sauté until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the pancetta. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough broth to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.


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ImagesAZ Magazine :: Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New River  

November 2012 issue. ImagesAZ Magazine distributed to Tramonto, Anthem, Desert Hills and New RIver.

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