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Marshall Trimble A Real View on Real Estate

McCormick Ranch Lifestyle SPRING 2011

How will the New Tax Laws Affect You?

City Planning In Our Backyard

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City Planning In Our Backyard . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pi単on Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Yogurtopia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 How Will New Tax Laws Affect You?. . . . . . . 14 Prime Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 McCormick Ranch Lifestyle is published quarterly by eClaire Publishing, LLC, 7349 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-268 Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Phone 480 212-6203. Fax 480 699-2049. Not responsible for unsolicited materials. Not affiliated with the McCormick Ranch Property Owners Association, nor does the publisher endorse the advertisers included. This publication is sent to each household on the McCormick Ranch. If you do not live on the McCormick Ranch or would like a separate copy mailed to you, an annual subscription fee of $12 is requested.



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After an exceptionally cold January, though nothing like the rest of the country, it’s time to enjoy what Arizona is all about. Abundant sunshine, blue skies and mild temperatures make it the best time of year to be out, in my opinion. If you want to catch a Diamondbacks Spring Training game, Salt River Fields has launched its inaugural season in the beautiful new stadium just minutes from our doorsteps! The Pavilions continues to be revived with a luxury cinema, International Auto Museum and upcoming food court. And with the recent announcement of further entertainment plans near the 101 and Via de Ventura, this area is experiencing change in a positive direction. Along those lines, the feature about City Planning on page 12 discusses how you can be involved in making plans for the future of our community. As you may know, I recently ran for a seat on the HOA Board. Thank you to my supporters during this process and to anyone who took the time to vote and attend the annual meeting. Sincerely,

Alexandra Duemer



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A Real View on Real Estate by John Wake “What’s my McCormick Ranch home worth?” Well, I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say it’s worth a lot less than it was worth at the peak of the market. The median home price in 85258, for example, has fallen about 40 percent since 2006. Here in McCormick Ranch even with a 40 percent decline, we’re doing a lot better than most places in metro Phoenix. The median home price in metro Phoenix as a whole has fallen a bit over 50 percent. In a few zip codes, believe it or not, the median home price has fallen more than 75 percent from the peak! And even within McCormick Ranch, some communities were hit much harder than others. Our part of Scottsdale was a center of the condo conversion craze in metro Phoenix during the real estate boom. In McCormick Ranch, both Belcara (Hayden Rd and Arabian Trail) and Rancho Antigua (Mountain View just west of the 101) were converted from apartments to condos. I remember driving down Hayden and watching all the construction activity at Belcara when it was being converted. During its first year of condo sales in 2006, the median sold price of a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Belcara was $238,000. Last year, in 2010, the median sold price was $103,000. Ouch! That’s a 57 percent fall in price. That makes the 40 percent fall in price for single family homes in 85258 look almost good. Well, that’s pretty much ancient history now. You probably want to know, “Is my McCormick Ranch home worth more than it was worth last year?” That’s hard to say exactly but looking at the graphs you can see that your home is probably worth about the same as it was worth a year ago. In fact, the median price of single family homes sold in 85258 has been more or less flat for the last two years. What we all really want to know is, “Will my McCormick Ranch home start to appreciate again this year?” That’s a tough one. I haven’t heard of many people who are expecting an increase in home prices this year either nationally or locally. The biggest worries are the continued high level of foreclosures and the potential for increases in the mortgage interest rate. 6


Nationally, it looks like the number of homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages has peaked. That’s good. So we’re over that hump but on the other hand delinquencies are still running at a very high level and the number of homes already in the pipeline to be foreclosed upon is so high that we aren’t expecting to see any decline in the number of foreclosures that actually hit the market for many, many months. Most market observers that I’ve read are expecting the supply of foreclosures to remain high throughout 2011. Those forced sales should prevent home prices from increasing. In McCormick Ranch in the last three months, we’ve had 8 foreclosures and 4 short sales out of a total of 37 single family home sales. That’s about the same rate of distressed home sales as we saw throughout 2010 so things aren’t getting any worse on that front. Right now in McCormick Ranch we have 88 single family homes listed for sale which is equivalent to a 7 months supply of homes for sale since we’ve been selling about 12 homes a month. For McCormick Ranch home sellers, that’s the essence of the problem of getting your home sold -- your home has to be a better value than most of the other 88 homes also listed for sale, including the bank-owned and short sale homes. The other big worry the pessimists (realists?) usually bring up about the real estate market is that mortgage interest rates have been at historic lows. They focus on the fact that when interest rates eventually increase to more traditional levels, it will certainly put downward pressure on home prices. I’m hoping that by the time interest rates increase, the economy will be strong enough that the increase won’t hurt home sales. For 2011, many observers are not expecting any big changes in interest rates. I’ve learned, however, that it’s impossible to predict interest rates, at least it is for me. One of my biggest worries about the McCormick Ranch real estate market is that the total number of homes sold isn’t where it should be. Before the real estate boom, in 2000, 255 single family homes sold in McCormick Ranch via the MLS. In 2001, a recession year, 230 homes sold. In 2002, 253 homes sold. My worry is that only 153 single family homes sold in McCormick Ranch in 2010. That lack of demand at current prices could foreshadow further price declines. If the number of homes sold in McCormick Ranch was running at a similar pace to the early 2000s, I would be very comfortable that prices would not likely fall any further. But since the number of homes sold in McCormick Ranch in 2010 was about one-third less than in the early 2000s, I’m concerned. Now, homes are indeed selling in McCormick Ranch, but as any home seller will tell you, it’s a tough time to sell your home -it’s a beauty contest and a price war for home sellers. Feel free to call me with your real estate questions at 480 463-4475. John Wake has lived in McCormick Ranch since 1998 and is an Associate Broker with HomeSmart Real Estate. John was born and raised in Phoenix, and lived in Florida, Washington D.C. and Paris before returning to Arizona to raise a family. His wife Liz is from Iowa and works at ASU. Their two sons, John and Chris, graduated from Saguaro High School and both are now in the Barrett Honors College at ASU studying Bio-Engineering. Peppy is their friendly female, 7 year old, 9 pound, red and white Papillion.

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As the sun sets on our beautiful desert and the oranges and reds of the mesas come out, as day transitions into night once again, I am reminded of the cyclical nature of transitions. We go from knowing nothing when we are babies to knowing everything at the ages of 4, 12, 15, 18 and 21 and to recognizing how little we know when we are mature adults. We also transition from being children who play more than work to adults who work more than play and when we become mature adults, we return to playing more than working. Working as mature adults, though, can be as much fun as playing and contributes to lifelong learning and keeping your brain young! Researchers are learning that staying active mentally, as well as physically is important for brain health. Consider these options for retirement. Involvement in your community can bring a continued sense of purpose in life through community service -both paid and volunteer. Paid mature workers offer their expertise in programs which offer flexibility of hours or by acting as senior level consultants in their industries. Volunteerism gives a sense of giving back to the community and offers an opportunity to learn how to meet a community need. Many non-profits thrive because of their expert volunteers. Some mature workers return to school and work on campus as a way to be part of an academic community. One couple decided that they would take every class offered at the local community college and over the span of ten years; they achieved their goal while volunteering in the on-campus computer lab! Other mature workers have found that they enjoy teaching at the college level and with the emphasis on bringing in instructors who have real-life expertise in the field, there is a great need for mature adults in academia. Starting a brand new career is another option for mature workers who have retired and are anxious to learn about something new. My friends’ aunt was 65 and retired from the New York City school system where she had been a music teacher for thirty years. Two out of three of her children are lawyers and at the age of 65, she decided to join the family business. She went to law school, graduated as one of the top of her class and took the bar exam passing it on her first try. She is still a practicing attorney specializing in elder law at the age of 85. Consider writing a book, transforming a hobby by selling your art or photography. There are so many wonderful options to do something which you love and to make a bit of side money. As you transition from work to play remember that work can be play. Enjoy the transition from working to earn to working to learn! Then you will be Choosing to Live! Transitioning Adults plus is proud to be an employer certified by the Arizona Mature Worker program. For information on the Arizona Mature Worker program go to

Resident Recipe by Any Broder

Fig & Prosciutto Tapenade Ingredients


• 2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a small covered skillet over medium heat. When hot

• 1/4 cup finely minced onion (or 1 shallot)

add oil and onion. Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes. Add all

• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar • 1/4 cup water • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped

remaining ingredients except prosciutto. Stir to incorporate. Cover and cook until figs are very soft, about 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid is gone, and the mixture is syrupy. Add the prosciutto and stir to incorporate. Stir occasionally for 3 or 4 minutes. Serve with toasted bread.

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City Planning In Our Backyard

t’s not often that the public gets a chance to voice their recommendations for a part of their city and actually be taken seriously. But as the City of Scottsdale prepares its vision for the Shea area, that’s exactly what they’re asking residents to do. On March 9th, the City will host a Cafe event from 6-8 PM (sign-in 5:45 PM) with 7 tables to address specific questions and concerns about the Shea Character Area. Residents are invited to take part and dis12 SPRING 2011

cuss topics such as economic vitality, transportation, land use, etc. Ross Cromarty, Project Manager, has been with the City for 7 years and previously taught Urban and Environmental Planning at ASU. He says, “This is our way of gathering intelligence about what citizens want and what businesses are looking for. Our goal is to have every demographic represented.” A plan for the Shea area has never been done and it offers a unique challenge

with 80% of the land in the area being residential. Since it contains possible future growth areas, there has been talk of adding vertical mixed-use buildings. Enhanced streetscapes and improved walkability will also be key aspects of the plan. Cromarty says, “The feedback we’ve received during these stages of the planning outreach process have often provided the best and most important aspects of a plan.” For example, with the Southern Scottsdale Character

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at the City’s Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive (off Via Linda) Area Plan, a resident asked why they couldn’t reorient buildings along the Indian Bend Wash so that future development would engage this major open space amenity. This turned out to be one of the most integral parts of the Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan. Cromarty continues, “Some people are under the misconception that the ideas discussed in these early stages of public outreach are simply put on a shelf somewhere. That is just not the case. We are advocates for the people’s suggestions which are integrated into the plan and brought to the Planning Commission and City Council for a vote.” This process is typically a 2-year phase. Character Area Plans are components of the General Plan that are used to guide future development and revitalization within specific areas of the city. Character Area Plans focus on area-related goals and policies whereas the General Plan provides goals and policies applicable to the city as a whole. To avoid repetition, the Character Area Plans supplement the city-wide goals provided by the General Plan. The Character Area Plan process includes five major steps: 1. Visioning and Data Gathering 2. Data Analysis 3. Draft Plan 4. Final Plan and Implementation Program 5. Incorporation into the General Plan The Shea Character Area represents the most populated section of the City of Scottsdale, home to approximately 40% of the City’s total residents. Well-established neighborhoods and commercial developments are found throughout the area and add to its appeal and identity. Additionally, the area is a major sub-component of Scottsdale’s overall economy. Every major sector of Scottsdale’s economy is well represented in the Shea Character Area including the hospitality industry, financial services, business services, research and development, and health care. The City of Scottsdale’s recent General Plan economic analysis describes central Scottsdale and the Shea Character Area as the “economic powerhouse” of the city. To continue this momentum, the city supports strengthening its relationships with the business community, facilitating revitalization and reinvestment, and building on the opportunities and strengths found in the Shea Character Area.

The Shea Character Area is set apart by its geographic location, superb amenities, and diverse housing stock that make it a desirable place to live, work, and play. The Character Area Planning process will help to ensure that this area will continue to retain its prominent characteristics well into the future. As Cromarty says, “This is where you live, recreate and work. Now is the time to get involved and affect the future of the community.”

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How Will New Tax Laws

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Now that the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 is law, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with how this new legislation affects you — both as a wage earner and an investor.  Consider these key parts of the new tax laws: •  Payroll taxes reduced by two percent. Your share of the Social Security payroll tax will drop from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for 2011. Consequently, you should see more takehome pay. . You may want to consider investing at least part of this savings in another retirement account, such as an IRA.   • The capital gains and dividend tax provisions can have significant effects on your investment decisions over the next two years. You now still have a strong incentive to follow a “buy-and-hold” investment strategy, under which you’d earn the favorable 15 percent rate on capital gains from selling an appreciated asset, such as a stock, that you’ve held at least one

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year. And the 15 percent rate on dividend taxes will continue to provide you with good reason to seek out those stocks that regularly pay dividends; besides offering an advantageous tax rate, dividends, when reinvested can help build your ownership stake in the dividend-paying investments. (Keep in mind, though, that companies are not obligated to pay dividends and can reduce or discontinue them at any time.) • Estate tax exemption set at $5 million per person. Under previous tax laws, the estate tax was scheduled to be repealed entirely for 2010 only, and then return in 2011, with an exclusion amount of $1 million and a top tax rate of 55 percent. Under the new legislation, the exclusion amount for 2011 and 2012 is $5 million per person ($10 million for married couples), with a top tax rate of 35 percent. The new law also includes a “portability” provision which can provide increased flexibility in estate planning between married couples to attain full use of the $10 million exemption. You’ll need to see your tax and legal advisors to determine what, if any, changes you’ll want to make to your estate plans for the next couple of years as these laws will sunset at the end of 2012. • Gift tax exemption set at $5 million per person.  Under previous tax laws, the gift tax exemption for lifetime gifts was $1 million.  As always, changes in tax laws can have a big impact on your financial future — so stay informed and take the steps you need to keep progressing toward your goals. Provided by Scott Roelofs at Edward Jones 480 948-2245.

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Piñon Grill’s indulgent lunch menu has something for everyone, from a seared ahi tuna salad to Sonoran pasta with grilled chicken; sesame red chile salmon on seasonal greens; a southwest turkey reuben with red pepper aioli; the mouthwatering mac-n-cheese burger topped with white cheddar macaroni; and pork medallions with chipotle barbeque sauce. A wide variety of palate-pleasing offerings are available for breakfast including flavorful lemon soufflé pancakes; cranberrywalnut French toast; Piñon waffle topped with white chocolate mousse; and pistolero omelet with spicy chorizo. Guests can also enjoy an opportunity to try something new monthly with a special four-course prix fixe dinner menu for $29. In addition, a cornucopia of culinary specials are available daily such as “Monday & More” with a buy one lunch entree and receive a complementary entree; “Take Your Pick Tuesdays” where guests receive a complimentary appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two entrees at lunch or dinner; and “Wine Down Wednesday” where diners can celebrate mid-week with 50 percent off bottles of wine from the “Captain’s List.” A diverse wine tasting series is offered the fourth Thursday of every month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for only $29 providing an incredible value for indulging in irresistible cuisine and wine for several hours. Guests can indulge with up to 12 wines from regions like Italy, France and, Germany in addition to an extensive offering of hors d’oeuvres like shrimp and lobster pot stickers and features entertainment. Piñon Grill dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m.; lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and breakfast is offered from 6:30 to 11 a.m., seven days a week. Happy Hour is offered in the Piñon Grill Bar from 4 to 7 p.m. daily with 25 percent off appetizers and daily cocktail specials like “Tequila Tuesday” and “Flirtini Fridays.”

Piñon Grill Chef Mlinarich has recently recreated the menus at Piñon Grill featuring organic and locally-sourced produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings served seven days a week. The Piñon Grill dinner menu features diverse starter selections including chilidusted borracho shrimp, house-made chipotle barbequed ribs, and baked Bluepoint oysters with spinach and applewood bacon. Local-influenced salads include the Piñon Grill salad featuring Arizona-farmed mesclun greens and piñon nuts; a caprese salad with golden tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella; and a portabella mushroom salad with cotija cheese and roasted corn. Savory dinner entrees feature achiote-dusted Guaymas shrimp and diver scallops with annatto chutney and couscous; grilled Porterhouse pork chop with prickly pear lime butter; a buffalo strip steak with tomatillo sofrito and roasted broccollini; risotto de champiñones with queso manchego; and grilled wild boar chops with ancho cherry sauce.


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In December, Sam Abbas opened Yogurtopia right across from the Railroad Park in Seville Plaza on Indian Bend Rd. As a recent graduate of ASU’s MBA program, this side venture came out of a class marketing plan and help from his peers. With tempting flavors, natural ingredients and 45 toppings to choose from, Yogurtopia is quickly becoming a local favorite for frozen yogurt. Originally from Michigan, Sam is excited to establish his roots as a part of the community and enjoys being involved with nearby schools and fundraisers. He had originally thought of going the franchise route but, coming from an entrepreneurial family, realized he could do better by making a better product. Sam explains, “I didn’t like the consistency of the powder-based yogurts most places were serving. And I didn’t like the use of artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.” After visiting several vendors around the country, he found one that offered a 100% natural product. The dairy base gives a more creamy texture and is sweetened with sucrose. (Dairy-free, non-fat and sugar-free options

are also available.) An urbanspoon reviewer writes: I’ve tried all of the Scottsdale yogurt spots, and this is by far the very best. The place is sparkling clean every time I visit (watch for Sam, he’s always cleaning and offering samples!) despite the activity and fun patrons are having. Adults will appreciate the comfortable setting (TV’s, Wall Street Journal, internet access); kids will (mine sure does) love all the toppings and Sam and his staff work very hard to ensure little ones have a great experience. Sam prides himself on having friendly employees who are knowledgeable about the product and will walk you through the whole experience. “I want it to be personal,” he says. Yogurtopia offers 12 flavors to choose from, including a seasonal rotation and exclusive flavors, like the very popular Strawberry Twinkie. Each customer prepares their own cup of frozen yogurt and can then add toppings from the bar. There are 45 toppings to choose from, ranging from fresh fruit to candies and nuts. At 45 cents per ounce, you really do get what you pay for!

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Sedona is one of my favorite places to visit for both its natural beauty as well the spiritual energy I feel whenever I am there. The majestic Red Rocks surrounded by evergreen foliage makes for a spectacular setting in which to admire nature’s beauty. Thanks to the numerous and well-developed hiking, biking and backpacking trails, I feel that I can discover something new every time I go there. I also particularly like the fact that architecture and layout of the town is such that it blends into its surroundings. Even though there are plenty of amenities available for a broad range of tastes, it never feels overwhelming. The spiritual side of Sedona is a subjective concept that cannot easily be quantified, but I can say that I feel less stressed and more centered every time I go there. These photos were taken on a visit in January. The top photo is looking northwest from Airport Mesa Lookout point in Sedona, just before sunset. Great spot for a birdseye view of Sedona and the surrounding red-rocks. This is one of many artistic weather wheels displayed all over the place in Sedona.

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Spring Garden Notes by Carol Stuttard

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With all the cold weather we experienced this winter, many of your plants will be looking rather worse for wear, especially the Phoenix favorite – bougainvillea. However, resist the urge to prune! Although the plants look very sad, underneath all those crispy leaves will be live tissue just waiting for the weather to warm up, so it can start growing again and actually, the dead parts will be protecting the living areas from further cold damage. If you prune it out now, this will stimulate the plant to put out new growth. If it freezes again, those new parts will be damaged and it may be much more difficult for the plant to recover a second time. Our last freeze date is usually late February, so please be patient and your plants will thank you for it. Once the danger of frost is past, feel free to prune away! If the plant does not recover and leaf out, consider replacing it with something more tolerant and less frost sensitive. For more information contact the Master Gardeners at the Maricopa Cooperative Extension – 602 827 8200. Carol will be conducting a second Vegetable Gardening Class on Thursday March 24th at the Mustang Library in Scottsdale. Happy Gardening!

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Benson notes one of the rewards of owning his own company is getting the opportunity to spend more time with his family. He offices out of his home, so he indeed gets to see his family more often. However, he and his wife joke that owning their own company simply gives them the freedom to choose which 20 hours of the day they want to work. And while he’s thankful for the flexibility that owning his own company affords him, he admits he often finds it difficult to separate work from family time. So when the big monsoon storm hit over the summer, he didn’t cancel the trip to Disneyland his family was anticipating. He simply took work with him, answering calls and emails at all hours of the morning while his family was still snuggled up in Disney dreamland! It makes for a long day, but one that Benson wouldn’t trade.



PARSON d Official Arizona State Historian By Marshall Trimble


Most people around Scottsdale think of their founder as a God-fearing preacher and former Army chaplain. He was all that, but he was also a combat veteran, fighting in some of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. Winfield Scott believed fervently in the preservation of the Union and when President Lincoln put out the call in July 1862 to 300,000 volunteers, Scott got permission to hold meetings and raise troops. His church gave him an indefinite leave of absence and for a time the preacher would lay down the pen and take up the sword. The young minister went to his boyhood home of Farmer Village and quickly recruited a company of 98 men from the surrounding area. Thirty of his cousins joined as did many from his former Sunday school class. He also recruited the entire town band and a local glee club. The band went on to become one of the most distinguished bands in the Union Army and was present at Appomattox when General Robert E. Lee surrendered. Scott and his men were organized as Company C, 126th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry and Reverend Scott became Captain Scott. The green troops, unarmed and untrained were sent to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia where less than a month after mustering in, they went into battle against Stonewall Jackson and his veteran soldiers. Scott was wounded in the battle but refused to leave the battlefield, until loss of blood caused him to lose consciousness. His uniform carried five other bullet holes. The Yanks lost the battle of Harper’s Ferry on September 15, 1862 and Scott was taken prisoner but soon paroled. He went home to heal, but still on crutches, begged to return to duty. The New York Volunteers were assigned to the Army of the Potomac with General Hancock’s Second Corps. Despite his painful leg wound, Scott remained with his men and in July, 1863, fate led them to a place called Gettysburg. There, at Cemetery Ridge, Scott and the men of the 126th

went into battle again. They were cut to pieces at the infamous Wheat Field where Scott lost a third of his men. There were twelve bullet holes in his hat, coat and trousers, but Scott’s amazing luck was holding. He was wounded twice on the final day of the battle as the New York Volunteers suffered the third highest casualties of any regiment at Gettysburg. Scott remained in the field with his men and saw the decisive battle through to the end. Captain Winfield Scott was next put in command of the 126th New York Volunteers and with General Ulysses Grant in command of the Army of the Potomac, the Union pressed General Lee’s army into the Wilderness of Virginia. The Union, short of officers, put Scott in command of a second New York regiment, the 125th. On May 12th, 1864 at a sleepy crossroads called Spotsylvania Court House a fierce battle was engaged in what was called the most terrible twenty-four hours of combat in the war. Scott was leading a charge when he was wounded in the chest, but the force of the bullet was spent on the Bible he carried in his uniform pocket. He was back in command of his troops the next day but five days later he was wounded again by an artillery shell that ripped off a portion of his upper leg while charging a Rebel breastworks. He was left for dead but rose up with his rifle and demanded the doctors take him to a field hospital. One of his soldiers carried him from the field. When Scott’s wife Helen learned of his condition, she was at first refused permission to go to him, however she managed a meeting with President Lincoln and got a pass to join her husband. There she arranged to take him home. For Winfield Scott the war was over. He’d survived Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Scott’s gallantry in action earned him the respect of both enlisted and officers alike. They gave the man who would later found the town of Scottsdale a nickname that suited: “The Fighting Parson.” McCormick Ranch Lifestyle


Local Events

In Your Own By Jeanne Alspaugh


During these tough economic times it can be hard to find things to do with your family and friends that are inexpensive and sometimes even FREE. This column focuses on those opportunities. Sometimes those options are closer than you think, all you have to do is look in your own backyard.


McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Free: Exclusively Little Saturday, March 5th from 11:00am-2:00pm. This special event is held for children six years and younger and is a FREE event. The activities include game booths, moon walks, face painting, petting zoo, health demonstrations and entertainment! Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal and enter it in the Stuffed Animal Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most loved, cutest, and best dressed. There will also be train rides for $2 and carousel rides for $1. Children age three and younger ride free with a paying adult on either ride. Free: Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market Located on the southwest corner of First Street and Brown Avenue. It operates Saturdays, from 8:30 to 1 p.m. and features a wonderful selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, organic produce and socializing. Call the Downtown Office at (480) 312-7750 for more information. Free: Sunday A’Fair in Civic Center Mall Sundays now through April, noon-4pm Set in the beautiful green park next to Old Town Scottsdale, Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts by Arizona’s top musicians. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the grass and relax and enjoy the music. Browse the fine arts and crafts, or shop outside the box at the Store @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. There are fun hands-on art activities for children and families, and admission is free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase, and picnic baskets are also welcome. Free: Native Trails, presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The series of free festivals runs through April on most 22 SPRING 2011

Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., and includes memorable musical performances and traditional dances. Tribes represented include Yavapai, Zuni, Pima-Maricopa, Hopi, Apache and Diné (Navajo). The event celebrates Native American society and focuses on the individual cultures of these Southwest tribes. Performers present their history, pottery, textiles and more to introduce attendees to the diverse lifestyles. Each performance ends in an audience-participation round dance that draws in the crowd and completes the educational journey. Visit for a schedule April Pools Day Saturday, April 23rd 1-4pm Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center 2301 N. Miller Rd (480) 312-2484 No fooling – let’s keep our kids safe around water. Scottsdale’s annual “April Pools Day” event is held to educate children and families in the prevention of drowning. Features include raffles, food and prizes as well as exhibits and water safety demonstrations.

On March 26th, 2011, Scottsdale Athletic Club will host the third annual TENNIS WITH A CAUSE charity tennis event. Organized by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale in collaboration with Scottsdale Athletic Club, this 18 and over Mixed Doubles event will benefit the Rotary youth scholarship programs as well as tennis-specific programs by the Boys and Girls Clubs in Scottsdale. Registration and sponsorship information can be obtained by calling (480) 609-1055 or by emailing

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