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Carefree Fine Art Festival returns for 18th year MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Leo Posillico has been capturing the lighter side of life for the last 40 years as a professional painter. “I want to keep things light and be funny,” said the 65-year-old California resident. “There are very few satirical artists out there. I get a chuckle out of it. To create sellable art it has to be heartfelt and honest. I think I’ve succeeded in creating that.” The New York native will be in Carefree Friday – Sunday for the 18th annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival. Posillico said he has always thought of the event as one of his favorites and is honored to be the featured artists for this year’s show, which touts 175

award-winning artists from across the United States and abroad displaying paintings in all mediums and subjects. “The thing I like best about the show is that regardless

Posillico said he was impressed to see the show’s directors go in a different direction. Using acrylic and oil paints Posillico has carved out an identity with his shadow characters that are taking in displays WHAT: 18th annual Carefree within an art gallery. Fine Art and Wine Festival “I had used that theme WHEN: Friday - Sunday HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. once for a show when I was WHERE: Downtown Carefree, Arizona back in New York years (101 Easy Street, 85377) ago,” he said. “I walked ADMISSION: $3 (Complimentary Admission outside of the Whitney for Residents of Carefree {Museum of American & kids under 18) Art}and I’m there on PARKING: Free Madison Avenue and it dawned on me that we’re of what style of art you all in a painting together. You prefer the quality of art on just have to capture the scene. I display is very high,” he said. sat down one day and reflected “It’s one of the best looking back on that idea. The shadow shows that I’ve done.” characters have been utilized Having seen primarily by other artists, but that southwest themed artists Fine arts festival earn the honor over the years continued on page 10

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Leo Posillico will be the feature artist for this weekend’s Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival which takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday in Carefree. Posillico is an acrylic and oil painter who is known for his scenes with shadow characters reacting to pieces in an art gallery.

Arizona Musicfest readies for 20th anniversary celebration STAFF REPORT

North Valley music aficionados will have the opportunity to hear 13 shows in a 28 day span featuring Classical, Jazz and Broadway artists as Arizona Musicfest prepares for its 20th annual celebration. Guest artists bring iconic band tributes; chamber music from a piano phenom and a string quartet with a sound so rich your cholesterol will zoom off the charts; Broadway-infused cabaret; and sentimental reunions of the jazz and orchestral


stars in the world. The series, which begins Jan 31, also creates performing opportunities for young musicians and supports music programs in six school districts including Deer Valley Unified and Cave Creek. Kicking off the season will be Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Scottsdale First Assembly. Sandy, Buddy Hackett’s son, has put together a group that attempts to recapture the great crooning, showmanship, and musical talents of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and the humor of Joey

Bishop – The Rat Pack. This Arizona Musicfest exclusive engagement, with multiple singers and a full band, is inspired by the show that completely sells out at the Sahara. Listed below are a summary of the other 12 shows that make up Arizona Musicfest. Feb. 4: At 7:30 p.m. The Fab Four, a Celebration of The Beatles will include Act One, numbers from the Early Beatles. Among the numbers during the




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Robert Moody, the conductor of the Arizona Musicfest, will lead the Festival Orchestra and Chorus to close the 20th annual celebration. The series will include 13 shows from Jan. 31- Feb. 27.


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Anthem School celebrates aerospace focus MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Their mascot is the Rockets and their school is home to the Aerospace Academy. On Jan. 19 during the K-8 school’s open house Anthem Elementary will have a Stargazing for Everyone event in the school’s cafeteria, as they continue their focus on all things relating to the sky. Three different sessions at 6 p.m., at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. will give 80 participants an opportunity to experience a 20 minute program from inside the inflated dome. Inside they’ll learn about the night sky environment for studying the stars, constellations, the moon, planets, deep space

objects, celestial coordinates, the seasons, multicultural folklore/ mythology and more. While the planetarium will be the centerpiece of the evening the open house will show off the aerospace emphasis the school has instituted. “It’s for our students and parents, but we’re welcoming anybody from the community to come see what our kids are learning,” Anthem Elementary Principal Pat Yennie said. “Our whole idea with the aerospace academy is getting kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math.” Earlier in the year the school had representatives of the Civil Air Patrol out to the campus at the conclusion of a unit in which students designed paper

airplanes while learning about concepts such as lift and drag and the physics of flight. The school has eight seventh and eighth grade students that have signed up for the Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program. During an eight week course the students meet weekly at Deer Valley Airport where they learn the tenants of leadership and good citizenship through aerospace education. The Air Force role model emphasizes public service while the cadets participate in a variety of activities, gaining rank and increased recognition as they move through the program. Students that complete the program have the opportunity to take a free flight. In order to teach a curriculum

emphasizing aerospace the teachers at the school have all become aerospace education members by going through an orientation. Part of the program includes getting a chance to fly a plane. To this point 13 of the school’s teachers along with Yennie have gone to Deer Valley Airport, where they went up in Cessnas and got the opportunity to fly. “We used cameras to record our experience and the teachers come back and show it to the kids as part of discussions in different units,” the principal said. Yennie said that open enrollment at the school, which is available through the end of January, is up 3 percent from a year ago and he attributes it largely to the aerospace emphasis.

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AZ music festival Continued from page1 show are, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Help, Yesterday and other favorites. In Act Two the group will perform Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude and Imagine. The show will take place at Scottsdale First Assembly, located at 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb 8: At 7:30 p.m. the Miami String Quartet will perform Haydn’s “String Quartet in D Major,” Vasks’ “String Quartet No. 3,” and Schumann’s String Quartet in A Major.” The group consists of Ivan Chan, on the violin, Yu Jin, on the viola, Cathy Meng Robinson, on the violin and

Keith Robinson, on the cello. The show is at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church located at 34605 N. Scottsdale Road in Carefree. Feb. 11: At 7:30 p.m. the 20th anniversary Arizona Musicfest Jazz Band, put together by Ken Peplowski, will play a variety of jazz classics. The show will feature Peplowski on the clarinet, Bob Briethaupt on the drums, Wycliffe Gordon on the trombone, Jay Leonhardt on the bass, Eric Schneider on the saxophone, Derek Smith on the piano and Byron Stripling on the trumpet. The show will take place at Scottsdale First Assembly, located at 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb. 13: At 3 p.m. 16-year old Conrad Tao a piano prodigy who is a frequent guest on NPR and perform concerts around the world will be in Carefree for a performance. The teen, who was found playing children’s tunes on a piano at 18 months, will perform Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Stravinsky and numbers he has composed himself. He is the winner of the Juilliard PreCollege Competition, plus the Prokofiev Prize, and is a Fellow Laureate of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

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The concert, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, at 34605 N. Scottsdale Road in Carefree, will mark Tao’s first performance in Arizona. Feb. 14: At 6 p.m. there will be a Valentine’s Dinner accompanied by the Love Songs of Broadway performed by Jenn Newman and tenor Mike Eldred. The show will take place at Fairway House at Grayhawk, located at 8620 E. Thompson Peak in Scottsdale. Feb. 18: At 7:30 p.m. the Pizzarelli Family will perform “Rockin’ in Rhythm” with John providing guitar and vocals, Martin on the bass, Larry Fuller on the piano and Tony Tedesco on the drums is joined by Broadway vocalist Jessica Molaskey along with guitar wizard, Bucky Pizzarelli. The Pizzarelli family sets the standard for stylish modern jazz, performing beloved standards and selections from John’s newest CD, “Rockin’ in Rhythm.” The show will be at Scottsdale First Assembly, located at 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb. 19: There will be two performances, one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. of Bob Moody, Arizona Musicfest’s current artistic director combining forces with Paul Perry, Musicfest’s

January 12, 2011 founding artistic director. The concert including laughter, memories and music will toast 20 years of Arizona Musicfest. In a cabaret setting the duo will share songs and their stories about themselves, about Arizona Musicfest and about their favorite musicians. Many of the musicians will be invited on stage to perform during the shows. The two shows will be at Fairway House at Grayhawk, located at 8620 E. Thompson Peak in Scottsdale. Feb. 22: At 7:30 p.m. Robert Moody will conduct the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Highlights include the world premiere of Desert Transport, an all-acoustic new work by Composer-inResidence Mason Bates; Chris Thile, mandolinist from the Punch Brothers performing one of his own classical compositions; the presence of 2011 Artistin-Residence trumpeter Ryan Anthony; and Beethoven’s Ninth – Ode to Joy! as the finale. The performance will take place at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, located at 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb. 24: Beginning at 7:30 p.m. the Festival Orchestra and Chris Thile will perform Centuries of Concertos from Bach to Thile. Along with the classics, Chris Thile will perform his

Mandolin Concerto, making its Arizona Premiere. The performance is at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, located at 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb. 25: At 7:30 p.m. Moody will conduct the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra through a show that will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Jongen’s Toccata from Concerto No. 1, Piazzola’s Four Seasons along with Chris Brubeck’s Interplay for Violins and concludes the evening with Ravel’s Bolero. The performance will take place at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, at 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Feb. 27: At 3 p.m. Moody will conduct the Festival Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of the The Ninth, the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. Beethoven conducted the Premiere performance. 187 years later the Moody, the orchestra and the chorus will use The Ninth to conclude the 20th annual festival. The show will take place at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, at 25150 N. Pima Road. For information on tickets for any of the shows call 480-488-0806 or 866-488-0806 or go to azmusicfest. com. Complimentary valet parking is available at all venues.

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Carefree election nears STAFF REPORT

Mail-in ballots for the March 8 election in Carefree will be sent out by Feb. 10. Carefree residents will have the chance to vote for six council members and for the first time directly elect their Mayor. In November nearly 80 percent of voters were in favor of being given that opportunity. The current system has had the elected council appoint a Mayor. Councilman Douglas Stavoe is challenging incumbent David Schwann for Mayor. Schwann has been a member of the council since being appointed to fill a vacant seat in July 2005. He then won election in May 2007 and May 2009. He was then tabbed to be the Mayor by the current council. Stavoe, a Carefree resident since 1993, was elected to the council in May 2009 Along with selecting the Mayor, voters will be asked to select the other six council members. The candidates include current vice mayor Glenn Miller as well as a host of newcomers that include Michael Farrar, Arthur

Gimson, Jim Peirce, Melissa Price, Marty Saltzman and Karen Smith-Lovejoy. All seven members of the council are up for election every two years. In addition to the candidates for the council Carefree voters also will consider three propositions. Prop 421 will consider term limits while 422 would add a section stating that it would take a 2/3 majority vote of the council to present a property tax proposal to the voters. Proposition 423 regards adding a chapter on property tax and requiring a majority of voters to approve a property tax. Both Mayoral candidates have their own websites. For information on Schwann go to For information on Stavoe go to The next Carefree Town Council meeting is set for 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Meetings take place in the Town Council Chambers, 100 Easy Street. For information on the Town of Carefree go to


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The Cactus Shadows boys soccer team is beginning its traditional January roll through their region. On Thursday Poston Butte was the latest team to feel the power of the Falcons offense as Cactus Shadows improved to 7-1 on the season with a 5-1 win. “We’re really passing the ball well,” coach Tony Vos said. “We try to play a controlling style at our pace.” With a roster of players from different club backgrounds Vos said he knew he had the talent to succeed from day one, but was just interested to see how long it would take to develop some continuity. “It’s doing a lot of fine tuning,” he said. “More than anything we just have to get the new guys to adopt our style. Year after year we have talent and expect to win the region. It’s just a matter of coming together and finding that camaraderie.” In Thursday’s Desert Sky Region matchup Poston Butte, a new program in its first season of varsity soccer, one that doesn’t have a senior on its roster, was taken to school by

last year’s state semifinalist. Just more than five minutes into the game senior Jacob Donovan took in a lead pass down the left sideline. From approximately 25 yards outs he quickly sent a centering pass to the middle where it perfectly found the foot of freshman Nick Hammer who easily took the pass and slid it past sophomore keeper Peyton Oliver. “Yeah, it was a really good pass,” Hammer said. “We move the ball well as a team.” Vos said he’s excited by the recovery of Donovan, who missed time early in the season after dislocating his knee just prior to the start of the season. While Hammer acknowledged the first goal didn’t require much from him, his second goal, 11:23 later, saw the freshman close on a lead pass up the middle in impressive fashion. “I trained his brothers and sisters so I knew about him before he came to Cactus Shadows,” the coach said. “At the start of the year he finished with the third best time in the 40 yard dash, so yes, I had a pretty good idea that he might be able to get to the ball.” In tracking down the lead pass from Jonah Vittorio, Hammer

showed impressive closing speed to get to the pass, then quickly sent a shot perfectly to the far corner of the goal, beating a helpless Poston Butte goalie. When asked for surprises in the season’s early going Vos pointed to his pair of freshmen. “Hammer has been on a tear here lately,” the coach said. “I think he has five goals and three assists in the last three games. As for Johah, he started game one because of an injury and he has played so well I’ve never thought of taking him out of there.” Senior defender Tyler McKinney said he and his older teammates have tried to help along the younger players. “We’re playing better as a unit the more time we’re out there together,” he said. “We have guys from all different age groups, who play on all different club teams so it takes some time to figure out how to play together. The young guys have been great additions to the team. They were nervous the first couple of games, but now they are really making strong contributions.” The team’s next home game will be at 6 p.m. Thursday when the Falcons host Queen Creek.

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With a roster featuring a total of six freshmen and sophomores out of their 11 players Boulder Creek girls basketball coach Theresa Beall knew her team would need some time to develop. On Friday though the Jaguars inched over the .500 mark on the season improving to 6-5 with their fourth win in the last five games, a 46-35 win over Kingman. The victory, behind a gamehigh 20 points from freshman Samika Mendoza, who scored seven points in the decisive fourth quarter, also moved the Jaguars to 2-1 in Northwest Region play. “Overall we’ve gotten a lot better on the defensive end, both with our rotations on our press and in the half court,” Beall said. After fighting to a 19-17 halftime lead the Jaguars opened the second half by going on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. Thanks to the Boulder Creek defense’s full-court press Kingman went 0-3 from the field and turned the ball over five times during the first four minutes of the second half. Using 6-foot-3 center Sam

Young at the front of the full court press Beall said her sophomore’s athleticism and length give opposing teams fits. “We’re looking to do a couple things with the press,” she said. “Obviously you’d like to force a turnover, but if you can’t do that you’re at least hoping to force them into quick shots which gets the tempo going the way we like to play.” The coach said it’s the second line of the press that often will come up with the steals as guards just aren’t seeing the court that well trying to find teammates around Young, or are forced to throw looping passes to get the ball past the Jaguars center. Despite the strong start to the second half Kingman would make a game of it, getting to within six to end the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs would get within four, before senior forward Brittany Allen responded with a layup followed by a baseline jumper from Mendoza. Kingman’s Bianca Sapien’s three-point shooting kept her team close as the Bulldogs senior captain scored 15 points, getting to within five at 40-35 with 4:20 left in the game. The Jaguars would hold off

the comeback though, scoring the game’s final six points, four of which came from Mendoza to claim the win. Beall said the team took away some confidence from their 3-1 performance in the Payson Holiday Tournament over the holiday break. “We finished third and I think we really came together with a couple good wins in the event,” Beall said. On Tuesday the Jaguars hosted Goldwater (results unavailable at press time) before heading out on the road Friday for a game at Sandra Day O’Connor (3-11). CACTUS SHADOWS After playing in a tournament in Wyoming where they went 0-3 over the holiday break the Falcons returned to Arizona with a Desert Sky Region win, beating Queen Creek 47-18 on Jan. 4. Despite only having a 6-8 record on the season the victory moved the Falcons to 4-0 in Desert Sky Region play. On Tuesday the Jaguars played host to McClintock (results unavailable at press time) before hosting Apache Junction (6-7, 4-2) on Friday. On Jan. 18 the Falcons travel to Combs to take on the Coyotes ( 2-7, 0-5) in another Desert Sky Region matchup.

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The Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Corps (DMFDCC) program was recently awarded two grants through the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. The first grant in the amount of $12,290 is to fund equipment used by the volunteers in an Emergency Sheltering and Volunteer Reception Center Project. Recently, the DMFDCC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was deployed due to severe weather conditions in the New River area, where an improvised emergency sheltering plan went into effect. While many resources for the shelter were secured through DMFDCC, other resources were requested from distant CC or CERT organizations. The new funding allows for more training and resources that increase the selfreliance and efficacy of the DMFDCC program in the community.  The second grant, in the amount of $10,000, goes to offset some of the costs

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The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) is hosting a farewell reception for Virginia McElyea, its Superintendent of eight years from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the District Office Executive Governing Board Room located at 20402 N. 15 th Avenue. McElyea has accepted an opportunity with Arizona State University to be the Executive Director for the Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Teacher Incentive Fund Grant, a federal grant led by Arizona State University in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education,

Arizona Department of Education, and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching beginning Jan. 31. During McEyea’s tenure the district was able to: Construct nine new schools, numerous school remodels and updates, and the largest K-12 Solar Energy Project Increase technology and integration into classroom instr uction. Pass six elections for Maintenance and Operations Override, Bond, and Capital Override. Implement a systems approach for continuous improvement. Raise the bar on student achievement.

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Luv Shack makes New Year’s Eve rescues

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Among the eight rescues from Wickenburg on Dec. 31 was a 20-year-old gelding. All the horses were underweight. Some had some teeth issues while others had some hoof concerns, but Luv Shack Rescue fonder Joey Ogburn said all of them will make full recoveries. MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Like many people Joey Ogburn closed 2010 by watching the festivities on television with the drop of the ball and the fireworks to celebrate the start of 2011. The rest of the day for the president and founder of Luv Shack Rescue, located in North Phoenix, is hardly one the majority of people could relate with. Having been contacted by a Wickenburg woman earlier in December Ogburn wasn’t sure to what degree the animals were in need of assistance. “I was asked to come over and help feed the horses, because she was going through some financial issue,” Ogburn said. It quickly became clear though that the woman, who had eight horses and six dogs on the property, simply wasn’t fit to take care of her animals any longer. “We got a call from the local feed store saying that the food we had purchased for the woman wasn’t even getting picked up,”

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Pregnant Apaloosa was one of eight horses and six dogs rescued by the Luv Shack Rescue on Dec. 31. Three of the horses rescued are pregnant. The animals, now at the North Phoenix rescue are all available for adoption.

Ogburn said. With that Ogburn, her husband and several other volunteers made their way out to the far West Valley to rescue eight horses, three of which were pregnant mares along with six dogs. “We pulled them out of a pretty bad situation,” she said. “We were not in a position to take on all eight of these horses, but she was going to let them starve. They were all undernourished. Thankfully we were able to bring them to a place where they can heel.” While one of the dogs had to be euthanized, suffering neurological issues brought on by an infection from an untreated broken jaw, Ogburn said the other animals should make full recoveries. While Ogburn said it is gratifying anytime an animal is rescued she is faced with the reality of now having 32 horses under her care. “Ideally we like to say our capacity is 20 horses,” she said. “I already have some pregnant horses at my home so we’re going to be very crowded if we can’t get

some animals adopted.” In addition to find foster homes and getting the animals adopted Ogburn is concentrating her efforts on applying for a PetSmart emergency grant that will aid in rehabilitating the rescued horses. “The grant will go to taking care of their medical needs,” she said. “For each horse you’re looking at $500-1,000 to get them back on track. They’ve got some issues with their teeth and then with their hoofs. Beyond that they just need to regain some weight, but all of them will be in position to be adopted in the coming weeks.” The three pregnant mares, which are due in February, March and April, also are adoptable if those interested have the background to deal with a horse’s pregnancy. The dogs that were rescued are not being kept at a shelter for dogs. Luv Shack Rescue is located at 31614 N. Cave Creek Road. For information go to or call either 602-299-8975 or 602-499-5496.

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character at a gallery was really the key thing. It immediately indicates that it’s one of my pieces.” One of his latest additions to his work has been a word series that fall from his characters. “One of the fun thing about we as people is that we always want to make a point, we have a desire to express ourselves, even if it’s just gossip we’re always communicating and sharing,” he said. “Can you imagine if all your words were connected to you and followed you? I really think it’s a great element.” Another key element for his art is coming up with a title. “That’s one thing that makes my works what they are,” he said. “The titles are key

galleries around the country and in Japan, but they’re no where near as engaging as what you have at an outdoor show. That’s where the juice is. I missed that integral chance to communicate with the art enthusiasts. Inevitably it’s one of the most rewarding parts of the process. There’s a good back and forth. You hear all kinds of questions, some good, some not so good, but it is fun and for the purchaser I think that adds a level of reward that they got to talk to the artists whose work they’re going to hang on the wall.” In addition to Posillico the show will have more than 175 artists displaying Submitted photo paintings, drawings, charcoals, and pastels. festival Posillico said he Additionally there will be especially enjoys the chance sculptures, bronzes, handto interact with the attendees, blown glass, wood, clay, something that is missing in metal, stone, jewelry and the gallery setting. photography among others. “I’ve been represented by While patrons are viewing for a lot of the collectors. I used to give it less credit, but now I believe it’s equally as important as the piece.” When it comes to the

January 12, 2011 the artists they’ll hear live music from Moodafaruka, who mixes Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western motifs. Also, performing will be Bob Culbertson. His musical style ranges from light jazz with folk and blues flavor, to classical with contemporary and traditional influences. An array of wineries also will be in attendance including: Alcantara Vineyard, AZ

Wine Co., Cape of Good Hinnant Family Vineyards, Kokopelli Winery, Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars and Schlossadler International Wines. For $10 those interested will get an engraved wine glass and six wine tasting tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $1. The event is put on by Thunderbird Artists. For information go to

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The 18th annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival will have more than 175 artists on display, along with live music and numerous wineries offering samples for sale. The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday in Carefree

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community events MUSIC Pinnacle Series presents Broadway Showstoppers Broadway Showstoppers, the latest performance in the Pinnacle Concert Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. From classic shows to the hottest tickets on Broadway today the music journeys down the most famous street in the world with some of the most famous music ever written. Performed by Broadway and national tour artists, audience members will hear hits from The Producers, Spamalot, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked and many more award-winning shows. Tickets for the show are $28 for general admission or $42 for premium seats. Main floor rear tickets are $12 while student tickets are $6. At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 the Pinnacle Concert Series continues with Piano4, a four-piano quartet formed with matching grand pianos that perform distinct parts as they play pieces ranging from Bach to Broadway. General Admission tickets are $28 with premium seats going for $38. Main floor rear seats cost $12 and student tickets are $6. Both performances will take place at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, at 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, on the northwest corner of Pima and Happy Valley Roads. For information call the Pinnacle Concert Series Box Office at 480303-2474 or Eagles tribute band to perform in Anthem Take It To The Limit, an Eagles tribute band, will be the first band to perform at the Catholic Community of St. Rose in Anthem on Sunday. Concerts will take place at the St. Rose Spirituality Center, which is located at 2825 West Rose Canyon Circle in Anthem. Tickets are $15 and the concerts are open to the public. The Take It To The Limit concert is the result of a new partnership formed between the Parish and TAD Management. St. Rose will

provide the venue for upcoming productions and TAD will provide the performers. Right now, there will be free child care for this concert and there will be different sections for different ages. Drinks and treats, movies, coloring and such will be provided. The Parish can handle about 50 kids, so they will accept the first 50 reservations made at time of purchasing tickets. Or, a reservation can be made at the Parish Office, after tickets have already been purchased. All kids have to be potty trained. Child care will be provided from 6:309 p.m. Parents who are interested in child care can call the Parish at  623-465-9740 for information. ART FCF Community Center begins art lecture series The FCF Visual Arts Monday afternoon lecture series continues at 4 p.m. Monday with Clark Olson, the senior docent at the Phoenix Art Museum discussing “Eight Easy Pieces to Collecting Art”. At 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 Donna Isaac, a senior project manager wit Scottsdale Public Art will present “The Soleri Bridge and Plaza”. The FCF Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale. For a complete listing of all FCF programs log on to www. LECTURE Symposium discusses immigration A two-day free symposium discussing the immigration issue will begin with a 7 -9 p.m. session on Jan. 21 and followed by a 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. session on Jan. 22 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. On the opening evening Edward Alden, the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness will speak. Alden is the former Project Director, Task Force on Immigration Policy and former Washington Bureau Chief of the “Financial Times.” Lunch will be available community events continued on page 13


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The Seventh Annual PACC911/Anthem Animal Extravaganza and Pet Adopta-Thon will take place in the Anthem Community Park between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 29. More than 50 animal rescue organizations will have pets available for adoption, including purebred and mixed-breed dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, and even horses. All pets will be spayed/neutered and upto-date on vaccinations. According to Bari Mears, president and founder of PACC911, each organization has different rules for adoption. “Some do same-day adoptions; others need more approvals and perhaps a visit to the new home, so it could take one or more days.” For many would-be

adoptions, the deal can be done on the spot or in one day or less, but the most important thing is making the right match. As a result of last year’s Extravaganza, 180 pets found new homes. This year’s goal is more than 200. The down-turn in the economy has resulted in a large and growing number of abandoned pets left by owners who could no longer care for them. Unfortunately, this results in more animals being euthanized. As the “911” in PACC911 indicates, this event is an emergency call to rescue these animals from that fate. Sponsored by the PetSmart Charities© organization, the event is open to the public. In addition to adopting a pet, attendees at the Extravaganza will be able to enjoy several pet-centric activities and services, such as agility and disc dog demonstrations and

a lure course set up by the Arizona Jack Russell Rescue. The Arizona Animal Welfare League will also provide on-site low-cost microchipping and vaccinations in its mobile vaccine clinic. To help acquire much needed food for the animal welfare groups, attendees are asked to bring unopened bags or cans of pet food for which they will receive raffle tickets for many prizes (raffle tickets are also available for purchase). Additionally, guests can purchase items from the PACC911 gift shop which benefits the Emergency Medical Fund (EMF), a fund that provides financial aid to Valley nonprofit animal welfare groups needing assistance with medical costs. Admission to the event and parking are free. For information, visit or contact

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community events Continued from page 11 during the Jan. 22 event for $10 when Dr. Llewellyn Howell, Hon. Victor Trevino and Rev. Mark Adams speak. Howell is Emeritus Professor of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management and former International Affairs Editor, “USA Today” Magazine. Trevino is the Consul General of Mexico, Phoenix; Minister, Mexican Foreign Service; and MA, Centro de Estudios Superiores Navales. Adams, coordinates six Frontera de Cristo ministry areas; and is former Presbyterian Church Mission Co-worker serving with Frontera de Cristo, one of six

border co-sites of the U.S. and Mexican Presbyterian Churches.    Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale on the Northwest corner of Pima and Happy Valley Road. For information call 480-585-9448 go to or Class about desert offered at FCF Community Center Desert Awareness will share a “Touch of the Desert” from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the FCF Holland Community Center. The hands-on-experience will give participants an opportunity to learn about medicinal plants and foods of the desert, geology and archeology of

the desert, and the desert’s predators and prey. The FCF Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale. For a complete listing of all FCF programs log on to www. SHOPPING Carefree Flea Market set for Saturday The Kiwanis of Carefree Flea Market will take place from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at 7111 E. Ed Everett Way near the southwest corner of Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road. Charge cards, cash and checks with photo I.D. are accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a shopping bag. Sale items include lamps, framed artwork, home décor and gently used indoor/ outdoor furniture. There are sets of tableware and glassware to choose from. Exercise equipment and sporting goods also will be available as well as televisions, computers and other electronics in addition to hardware, jewelry, books, toys and games. All proceeds benefit

community children’s programs. Kiwanis is a 501©3 organization. Donations of items are tax deductible. Items can be dropped off at the flea market building 1:30 – 4 p.m. most Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. For information or to arrange a pick up go to WWW.KiwanisCarefree. org or call 480-488-8400. HEALTH Senior Center provides tips on tips to seniors The Benefits Assistance Program, providing information about Medicare and other health insurance benefits to seniors, the disabled and caregivers will be available from 9 a.m. – noon at the Kiwanis Building in New River. The free information assistance will have trained volunteers offering to field questions regarding Medicare Supplement Insurances. No appointment is necessary. The Kiwanis building is located at 48606 N 17th Ave, New River in the community park. For information call the New River Senior Center at 623-

465-0367 or the Benefits Assistance Program through the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, Inc at 602-264-2255. Chronic pain support group meets American Chronic Pain Association, a group designed to help people in pain deal with their problems, has a local chapter that meets from 6 - 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Azools Bar and Grill at 3134 W. Carefree Highway. The Northern Phoenix group will cater toward veterans, but also is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend the meetings. Utilizing skills taught at ACPA meeting will allow members to become actively involved in their own recovery. The support members receive at group meeting will enable them to continue to make progress. ACPA groups are meant to offer a support system to members, as well as teach skills which will enable members to cope with the community events continued on page 14

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community events Continued from page 13 day-to-day situations. For information contact Jerry Abrahamson at 602-741-8992 or acpa@ PERFORMANCES MTA performs Peter Pan Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces performances for Peter Pan, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Jan. 22-23 at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center. The show includes a cast of almost 100 children and adults, many of whom have received distinguished awards for their talents. Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Tickets prices are $18 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and children 12 and under. For tickets go to BENEFIT Harold’s host Pasta for Paws in support of rescue Pasta for Paws in support of the Foothills Animal Rescue is set for 6 -9 p.m. Jan. 20 at Harold’s in Cave Creek. Tickets for the event, which will include pasta and live music are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The can be purchased at the shelter’s resale shop, at 23030 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale, or at Harold’s in Cave Creek. Silent

auction items are also be accepted for the fundraiser as well as gift cards for balloon pops. Contact Jo Powell or Laura Jones at 480-585-5777 for donation details. BOATING Class offers safety tips at Lake Pleasant The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and Arizona Game and Fish Department have collaborated on a daylong kayaking course that addresses the unique safety needs of paddlers that will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 23. This National State Boating Law Administrators sanctioned course will offer both on-the-water and classroom instruction designed to get the novice paddler off on the right course. The morning portion of the class will take place from 8 a.m. – noon at the Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters, located at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The afternoon segment then follows from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, located at 41402 N. 87th Ave. in Peoria. Registration is $50 and includes instruction, materials, a goodie bag, Lake Pleasant Regional park entrance, use of life vests and paddles and access to a variety of kayaks. Registration prior to Jan. 16 is required to secure a place in the class. Enrollment is limited to 26. For information call 602-372-7470 or 602559-1440. To download flyer and registration go to PADDLE123_combo.pdf. VOLUNTEERING Musicfest seeks help during concert season Arizona Musicfest is looking for volunteers to provide assistance in a number of different areas to help in presenting the annual winter music festival with nationally-acclaimed guest artists of the classical, Broadway, and jazz worlds, and its very own Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Arizona Musicfest also provides performance opportunities for promising young musicians, lively family concerts, and supports a daily music program, “Musicfest Minutes,” for elementary school students in six school districts including the Cave Creek and Deer Valley Unified School Districts. Volunteers gather for “Breakfast at Musicfest,” at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month, in the Community Room at the Harris Trust Bank. For information call volunteer chairperson Fran Rosenthal at 480-488-0806. community events continued on page 17

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real estate for real people

What will 2011 bring? in his “Trends to Bank On” that “The Arizona trend” would continue to dominate and “there’s got to be another 20 years of rapid growth, and then health thereafter.” Oops… Unfortunately, a lot of people bought homes in 2007, who are now seriously underwater because of advice like this. We heard from others in 2008, that “the real estate market was rocky, but near the bottom.” As it turns out, we are still looking for that bottom. In 2009, the overriding sentiment was that while it is “tough out there” we are “poised for a market rebound.” The same optimism was heard in 2010. Now once again, we hear how we are “on the brink of a recovery.” Well, I guess any prediction can come true if we wait long enough. Look, I know that no one wants to keep hearing bad news or that things are tough, but to continue to deny the realities that confront our economy is delusional and does no one any good. So, while I cannot tell you exactly what lies ahead, I can tell you what concerns me as we move into another year. What I see is a recovery that is not self-sustaining despite the greatest government intervention of all time. The extraordinary government bailouts and equally unprecedented fiscal stimulus gave us the weakest economic recovery coming out of a recession, ever. Now that the money has run out and the public’s appetite for more government spending has diminished, I see no true signs of recovery. Plus, I believe that all the government intervention (spending and money printing) has done nothing but postpone a day of reckoning. While the U.S. government propped up the banks with TARP money, and then gave banks ultra-easy money terms to recapitalize, the number of bank failures in 2010 rose to 157, surpassing 2009, which saw a total of 140 bank failures. Furthermore, 903 institutions were on the FDIC’s “problem” banks list as of September 30, 2010. Meanwhile, banks are not lending to the average Joe despite being flushed with cash. Why? Because they know what is headed our way and how many more loans that are currently on their books as “performing assets” are actually “dead.” In short, they need the money to cover massive losses that are coming down the pipe. The goal of all of this intervention was to try to numb the pain until the global economy could heal itself, but sadly it

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Part 1 Happy New Year to everyone! Now that 2010 is in the books, I am sure that you have noticed all the rosy predictions about our economy from national and local economists alike. Over the last week of 2010, the Arizona Republic ran articles titled, “Economic signs strong for 2011” and “Economic forecasters optimistic about 2011.” I have read one glowing prediction after another about how the economy is going to rebound vigorously in 2011, and while I wish I could agree, I find myself wondering what these optimistic economists are seeing that I am not. Over the course of the next two weeks, I intend to point out some of issues I see in the economy that are causing me continued concern. As stated many times, I am not being pessimistic. In fact, I wholeheartedly wish I could tell you that I see the same positive signs that the often quoted prognosticators are seeing. Nevertheless, I just don’t see anything on the horizon that would lead me to think we are about to see a robust rebound of any sort. In fact, what I see is, at best, more of the same for the economy. Additionally, I see what could be new and even bigger threats to the U.S economy and housing market. Of course, no one can perfectly predict the future and I do not pretend to know exactly how anything is going to unfold. However, I think any objective appraisal of the bigger picture would reveal some pretty scary facts, that in my mind are cause for continued concern not renewed optimism. Look - we will get out of this mess one day, but as I have stated many times, we are not in any ordinary recession and all the socalled government help is only making the underlying problem worse. Our economy is reeling from the effects of multiple massive popping bubbles (with a few more on the way). Bubbles do not re-inflate. Of course, the Fed is doing its best to re-inflate them, but they will have no luck. Instead, they will simply create new bubbles that will also pop. There is no getting around it. So, while most of the pundits continue to sugar-coat problems, I emphatically believe that adults are better served with the truth than with some glazed over dose of false hope created by the same cheerleaders who have consistently gotten it wrong. I have given many examples of this over the last year, but here are a few more. In 2007, we were told by one often quoted local economist

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real estate for real people Continued from page 15 hasn’t worked. Globally, with only a few exceptions, things are pretty bleak. Europe’s economy is coming unglued as governments are insolvent. Japan is continuing to sink while China faces serious inflation issues that will negatively influence its economy. Here at home, the U.S. Government’s debt to GDP ratio is at 73 percent, which is alarming enough, but it does not even include the Social Security or the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Trust Fund. Add these numbers in and the debt to GDP ratio would be around 90 percent. All toll we have staggering $60 trillion in U.S. debts and obligation. This is a number beyond comprehension and it means one thing: This country is broke! And, if the U.S dollar was not the World Reserve Currency, the standard of living you and I are used to would be a faint memory. However, because many countries around the globe are reeling at the ongoing fiscal recklessness of the U.S. there is now evidence that the U.S. dollar could be on the way out as the World Reserve Currency. Russia and Chine just entered into an agreement removing the U.S. dollar from any of their trades with each other. Meanwhile, as bond prices sink and rates move higher, investors around the world are starting to question the credit worthiness of the U.S. Even Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, who are riddled with conflicts of interest, can no longer ignore the massive problem at hand as they are threatening to lower the U.S. credit rating. People often say that politics and real estate are “local.” Well the same can be said for the debt problem as municipalities around the country are going broke, as are the insurance companies that back the Muni bonds. This is not good news for the people who depend on the services of the towns and cities that are going BK, nor is it good for the investors holding the so-called safe investments. According to Meredith

Whitney, one of the most respected financial analysts on Wall Street and one of the few who predicted the financial meltdown and housing crash, “this issue has tentacles as wide as anything I’ve seen. I think next to housing this is the single most important issue in the United States, and certainly the largest threat to the U.S. economy.” She goes on to predict that more than 50 major U.S. cities are in serious trouble and nearing default. As the problem worsens (and it will), it will influence any recovery as it will cost millions of public employees their jobs and require another big bailout from DC adding more debt to the deficit. Arizona is so desperate that the governor sold off the state capitol, Supreme Court building, and legislative chambers to a group of investors. The state also eliminated Medicaid funding for most organ transplants. Get ready for more cuts. Our neighbor to the west is so deep in the red it has a credit rating approaching junk status. All over the country, the story is the same (and worse). Who is going to bail out the bankrupt cities? You guessed it – Uncle Sam –or in other words, you and me. Perhaps the biggest bubble of them all, U.S. debt, which at this time last year was $13 trillion, is at nearly $14 trillion today. Of course, politicians from both parties gave a lot of lip service to cutting deficits. But, what they’re saying and what they’re doing are polar opposites. The same clowns that promised (before the election) to show fiscal restraint just passed a package that will cost more than $900 billion over the next two years. Folks, we do not have the money! New estimates show the deficit will come in at a whopping $1.34 trillion for 2011. Nothing in DC is changing and because of it, the European debt crisis is a preview of what could happen here if we don’t get our house in order. Nevertheless, some people

point to the stock market and say things can’t be that bad. Well, yes it keeps going up and all I hear on CNBC is how bullish all the advisors are about 2011. Yet to me, the market is going up for the wrong reasons. Just like the tech bubble and the housing bubble, I believe we are watching yet another bubble in stocks and commodities, one that is purposely being created by the Fed. It is worth pointing out that Wall Street brokers and many ratings firms have consistently failed to uncover market weaknesses until well after the stock market starts to disintegrate. Sadly, that is after millions of average Joe’s lose untold billions of dollars in their 401k. Of course, the market might continue to rise on speculation that our economy is coming back around or over fears of inflation, but many of the same people who are bullish are the same ones that were telling people that F annie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, Enron, Lehman Brothers, WorldCom, and (the list goes on) were all good investments. These are the same people that told us in 2007, that housing had bottomed and unemployment would not go over 5 percent. Not the best track record. Next week I will cover the state of housing and tie it in with the info in this article. In the meantime, I hope you use some of the facts above as a jumping off place to get more informed. There has never been a more important time to learn the truth about the financial health of this country. Can we turn it around – well some think we can’t – I however, think we can, but not until we all wake up to the mess we are in and thusly make some serious changes. In the coming weeks I will talk about what some of these changes are and what I think must take place to turn this train wreck around. Robert Holt, CDPE,SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. For more info or access to archived articles, visit TheHoltGroupAZ. com or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.

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community events Continued from page 14 HIKING Cave Creek Park has multitude of hiking opportunities Cave Creek Regional Park has a variety of hikes and other activities available to the public throughout the month of January. Listed below are some of the events available for the remainder of the month. For a complete listing go to www. Thursday: At 9 a.m. a class about desert plants will leave from the Nature Center for a 1-mile hike. Thursday: At 3 p.m. Cave Creek Trailrides will have a one-hour ride with the park ranger where riders are introduced to the nature and landscape. Registration is required for the fee-based program. Call 623-742-6700 for information or to register. Friday for a look at the Sonoran Desert simplified. The 1-mile hike will include a discussion of the plants and animals in the area and the adaptations that have allowed them to thrive. Friday: At 4 p.m. Ranger Sarah will lead a quiz show in the Nature Center where participants will test their knowledge of desert mammals, reptiles, birds, plants, history, geology and hiking. All ages are welcome to participate. Saturday: At 10 a.m. participants will lead off on a one-mile hike from the Nature Center. The hike will include a discussion about which native plants are edible. Saturday: At 2 p.m. there will be a bugs presentation at the Nature Center giving families a chance to view insects, arachnids, diplopods and more with live exhibits. It will also include an animated film. Attendees are welcome to bring a mat, pillow or blanket. Sunday: At 9 a.m. a veterinarian led dog walk will leave from the Nature Center. Sonoran Foothills Pet Clinic Veterinarian will give some advice on hydration, poisonous creatures and other topics concerning pet safety. Bring water for both pet and hike for a moderate 3.5 mile Overton Trail informative hike. Jan. 19: At 6 p.m. a full moon hike to Clay Mine will leave from the group campground. The easy 1-mile hike will take explorers to the mine as the moon comes up. Once inside the cave candles will take adventurers through the history of the mine. Those interested should wear sturdy shoes and bring water as well as a flashlight. ASTRONOMY Anthem School puts on trio of presentations The Anthem School PTA will have a stargazing opportunity at

6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Skylab Portable Planetarium. The inside of the dome provides a night sky environment for studying the stars, constellations, the moon, planets, deep space objects, celestial coordinates, the seasons, multicultural folklore/mythology, and more. Each 20 minute program accommodates 80 people. Those interested can get free tickets at the school’s cafeteria. The Anthem School is located at 41020 NE Freedom Way. For information go to Club hosts astrophotographer The Desert Foothills Astronomy Club will host Dennis Young, a professional astrophotographer at its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 meeting at the North Valley Regional Library in Anthem. Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. Young, a Sedona resident will show examples of his work, blending Earth and sky and offer some tips about what he does during a two-hour event. North Valley Regional Library is located at 40410 North Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. For information go to FOOD New River bar hosts Chili Cookoff, jalapeno eating contest The Chili Appreciation Society of Arizona and sponsors presents the 14th annual Roadrunner Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon. Competitions include Arizona Red Chili State Championship Jalapeno Eating Contest, People’s Choice Chili and a Green Chili Contest. There will also be a showmanship contest where everyone has the opportunity to dress up and show their enthusiasm. Festivities will include a 50/50 raffle and a variety of entertainment. Admission to the event is free. Tasting cups are $5 and are good throughout the day, or at least until the chili is gone. All proceeds benefit The New River Kiwanis Club. Celebrity and public judges are needed. Sponsorships are being accepted in order to support the Kiwanis Club in New River. The Kiwanis Club supports the New River area including the Senior Center. The Roadrunner Restaurant is located off I-17 at exit 232. After exiting I-17 motorists head east to a stop sign. From there the restaurant is .25 miles north on the frontage road. Those interested in being contestants or judges can sign up by contacting Norman or Sharren at 623-742-6476. For more community events go to:


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opinions & letters

Anthem resident denounces memorial I am awestruck by the Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee’s drive to justify squandering $250,000 for a lawn ornament, asserting that it is to be built in honor of veterans. Many of us who have sat in the waiting room at the V.A. are worried and wondering about the tens of thousands-I repeat, tens of thousands-of wounded soldiers returning from America’s multiple wars, those whom we see have been blinded, those with legs blown off, those with steel plates in their heads, those with faces burned beyond recognition, those with PTSD, those with chemical wounds and those with any number of serious wounds typical of war. I, among many veterans, worry about how these young men and women will pay their rent, feed their children, find a way to educate themselves

and to support themselves under these dire health circumstances in this very tough, depressed economy. The Anthem “memorial” committee attempts to downplay the financial hit to our community by claiming that the hard cash comes from the sales of homes in Anthem, the so called “enhancement” fund, not the general fund, as though these funds are funny money and do not really belong to the community at large. It doesn’t matter what the percentage is or what you call it-where I come from, $250,000 is still a helluva lot of money. We will also be asked to pay for its upkeep and keep it “illuminated in all hours of darkness” where videotapes will record all activities. Videotapes in a place of contemplation? More power usage when we cannot even pay for solar panels on our

community center, offer a full schedule of fitness classes, or even afford to keep paper in the bathroom dispensers? On one hand, the committee subtly attempts to insinuate that this “memorial” will bring people to Anthem and on the other they claim the project is not a commercial venture. Ronald D. Tucker, chair of the AVMPC, publicly stated that the memorial will be “marketed” nationally. The mere insinuation that this memorial will be “marketed” shows a commercial callousness by those on the committee, who, in my opinion, are quite obviously partial to the military. This also shows a willingness by the artist, who is not a veteran, to take a free public ride on the broken backs of wounded veterans. In addition, nearly every community in the world holds an open call to artists

to choose ideas for any given public art project. Did this process happen in Anthem, or did this thing just suddenly appear from behind the scenes? Artistically, the AVMPC attempts to peddle this monolith as a “unique and compelling” art piece when, in fact, its pedantic affectations are matched only by its sheer banality. The monolith motif has been used worldwide for centuries, is artistically common as dirt, metaphorically devoid of any possible meaning and therefore, in my opinion, spiritually insulting to the true experience of war veterans. I think many of us just want to try to forget about it all and move on, but there seems to be a movement these days, partially by those “military types” who have some need to keep their service years alive, which they have a right to do, and particularly by those who

by circumstance, slickness, or cowardice have never served, to prove to everyone how much they appreciate our service. To the latter I say, I don’t care what you think, and I say thanks but no thanks-you don’t remotely have a clue. Please put a stop to this monstrous and shameful waste of money and precious community resources by contacting your council members. Ask for your money back. Please, give the money to any number of organizations that help veterans to come home, or use that $250,000 to begin a fund here in Anthem to help returning Veterans survive. It is cold outside. Use the money to get veteran’s children some food and warm clothing. Feed them first. House them first. That will surely get Anthem “marketed nationally.” Kong Fu

The truth about Grit On April 7, 1970, John Wayne received the Academy Award for best actor after wowing people in the movie “True Grit.” For Wayne, it was really a lifetime achievement recognition, as he beat out the likes of Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, all considered “serious” actors, unlike Wayne, who specialized in personalitydriven performances. Wayne’s portrayal of harddrinking U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn was a classic. The actor totally blew away his costars Kim Darby and Glenn Campbell (yes, that’s Glenn Campbell). In one scene, the Duke is riding the range between Darby and Campbell, and they look like Lilliputians to Wayne’s Gulliver. Whatever else you might think about John Wayne, he dominated the screen whenever he appeared on it. Forty years later, there is a remake of “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges as Cogburn. Bridges

is a serious actor and plays the part well. But he can’t touch Wayne. By the way, another serious actor, Matt Damon, plays the Campbell part, and Bridges blows him away. Some advice for the younger leading man: Stay away from the old pros; they know how to move the audience in ways you don’t. The “True Grit” comparison also reflects the times the films were released. Back in 1969, the United States was in turmoil over Vietnam and the rise of the Woodstock generation. Revered traditions were breaking down fast, confusing and angering many Americans. John Wayne was a throwback to better times, a man respected by traditional folks. And it was Wayne they were watching on the screen, not Rooster Cogburn. It was Wayne who protected the young girl out to avenge her father, and it was Wayne who imposed justice on the brutal bad guys. The strong-minded actor brought audiences comfort

amid chaos both on the screen and in real life. Today we are a country once again experiencing turbulent times. But Jeff Bridges offers no antidote to that; in fact, his portrayal disturbs rather than comforts. Bridges plays the flawed marshal well and may very well be nominated as Wayne was, but he revels in Cogburn’s neurosis, whereas the Duke used it as a prop. John Wayne was accessible to the audience as basically a good guy. Jeff Bridges puts the troubled character he plays right in your face. And that’s the difference in America over these 40 years. We once were a country with boundaries and rules of behavior. Now many of those boundaries are gone. We expect explicit violence and personal angst. Many of us relish seeing that. In 1969, when “True Grit” played in the theaters, Americans were looking for heroes like John Wayne to

show them nobility. Today there are far fewer heroes, and we don’t expect much nobility, even in the movies. I liked both “True Grits.” But for me, it is Wayne who still deserves most of the cheers. The man was larger than life, a symbol of the insurmountable American spirit. Boy, do we need that today. Veteran TV news anchor

Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Who’s Looking Out For You?” To find out more about Bill O’Reilly, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at This column originates on the Web site

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(CASH ONLY) MOVING SALE: REGULATION ALL WOOD POOL TABLE,--SECTIONAL COUCH,--GLASS COFFEE TABLE,-NEW TWIN BEDS EXTRA LONG,--NEW KING HEADBOARD,--ARMOUR,--2 END TABLES,--KITCHEN TABLE W/6 CHAIRS,--LIQUOR SIGNS,SOME ELECTRICAL,/DECANTORS,--SKI’S & BOOTS,--DISHES,--KNICK KNACKS,-MENS/WOMANS ITEMS,--MICROWAVE,-MISC ITEMS. QUESTIONS CALL: PH#623-465-8654--38309 N 33RD DR, PHX (9AM-5PM) Help Wanted Exciting opportunity to re-shape the auto retail industry. Start-up co. is seeking someone who likes to negotiate, is knowledgeable about vehicle pricing, energetic and people orientated. Email to set up interview.

STAFF SUPPORT ASSISTANT ANTHEM AREA. PARTTIME POSTION AVAILABLE FOR AN INSURANCE SUPPORT CO. STRONG COMPUTER, VERBAL TELEPHONE, MUILTI-TASKING SKILLS A MUST. MUST BE ABLE TO WORK A MINIMUM 24 TO 32 HOURS PER WEEK. $12 to $15 per hour based on experience. Send Resume to 48412 N Black Canyon Hwy-PMB 193 New River, AZ 85087 Drivers-Teams: Werner Enterprises Team Sign-On Bonus Extra 3cpm on ALL dispatched miles for first 6mos could mean between $3500.00 to $4000.00!1888-567-3101 RETAIL SALES OPENING ANTHEM. MINIMUM 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD. RESULT ORIENTED PERSON, REQUIRING LITTLE DIRECTION. SALARY PLUS INCENTIVES. MUST BE ABLE TO SELL. FAX RESUME TO 623-551-6256 CALL 623-551-6255 FOR INTERVIEW Hair Stations Available. Rental Only. Contact Brandy at Magnolias. 623-465-2999 Livestock & Supplies HORSE BOARDING/TRAINING LESSONS. If you are looking for a ranch that truly cares for the well being of your horse look no further! We offer full care with all amenities. Feed, fly spray system, auto waterers, bedding, turn-out all included in $300 board. Horse & rider friendly atmosphere. Arena plus trails. 602-810-7772 Saddle & Tack Repairs. English & Western. I back all my work, 23yrs exp. Same location for 18yrs. Buy – Sell – Trade. Circle Mtn. & 18th St. 623-465-7286 LUV SHACK RANCH RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter. We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-400-0826. ADOPT HORSES rescued from slaughter! Rehabilitated & ready for families. Volunteer,donate or sponsor also! Dreamchaser Rescue an accredited American Sanctuary and a 501c(3) registered charity is in need of donations. Funds, tack, supplies or just your time. Also looking for special people to sponsor

our sanctuary mares. These mares will live out their lives here at the ranch. Also have several horses available for adoption. Now offering riding lessons & trail rides to feed the horses” 623-910-6530 or email MISC.

Love Seat

Like New Light Brown Micro Fiber 60” Love Seat

Paid $799

Moving Must Sell $300

Like New Pillow Top! Queen Mattress Set


623-326-9015 Roll up door for shop. 6ft, all hardware. $125. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Pool table made by Dynamo,bar table,all accessories included. excellent shape.$750. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Misc Wanted Wanted: Corrugated Steel panels (approx 2ft x 7ft), and old steel shed. Will pick up. Call cell 1-847-738-1194 Free Clean fill dirt wanted, near New River & Circle Mtn Roads. Some rocks OK 847-738-1194

Preparation, TRAMONTO office 623-5510136 Lynn & Roy’s Helping Hands. To help move, haul or just shuffle your stuff. 928-899-0977 Pets & Supplies Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. AKC Lab pups. 3 chocolate males. will be ready for their new homes on 1/15. with first set of shots and paper work. parents on sight. for pics. or more info please call Jennifer @ 602-291-8902 Basic Obedience Class: 7pm. This 6 week course will focus on basics: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Leave It, How to walk on a leash without pulling, Proper Etiquette for meeting & working around other dogs & people. Goal is to improve your working relationship with your dog and establish the foundation needed for effective dog training. $10 a class. Arline 623-465-7397 Carefree Hwy & I-17. Private classes available. REMEMBER TO ADOPT!<< Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602506-PETS. Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711

Top Dollar

Wanted: Old/New Guns, anvils, wagon wheels, Antique safes, Guitars, Old Spurs. Cash Paid. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Wanted to buy. US Silver coins 1964 & earlier. $10 x face value. 623-465-9872 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 Services Offered WELD AND REPAIR SERVICES. On Site welding,Oil,Black,Galvanized Pipe Fencing,Arenas,Stalls,Corrals,Mare Motels,Shades,Gates,Custom Barns Etc. FULL MOBILE SERVICE 602-821-7167

•Jewelry •Gold •Silver •Platinum •Diamonds

I will clean your home. Over 20 years experience. Anthem area. References. Call for information. 623-297-9123 Janelle’s Cleaning Service. Residential Cleaning, Office Cleaning, Window Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning. Licensed & Insured Family Owned 602-312-6242 I will clean your home. 14yrs local experience. $12 hour your supplies. Good References. 623-434-8125 DOG BOARDING 623-516-0139 LEGAL




real estate Commercial Property RV SPACE-YOUR RV/PARK MODEL. QUITE, CLEAN, TREES, LAUNDRY, FREE SHED & WIFI. APPROVED PET OK. 55+. PHOTOS- $270. MONTHLY. 623-374-9123 For Rent: 1100sqft Building, C-2, Office, Retail, Plant Nursery. Between Anthem and New River exits, east side frontage road. For info call Shannon at 602-629-1000 Medical Space for lease at 60th Street and Carefree Highway. Beautiful building with an affordable lease rate and immediate

availability. Contact Marina Hammersmith at Ensemble DevMan of Arizona, 602-954-8414. Manufactured Homes FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE! New doublewides. Upgrades galore! 28x40, $36,995; 28x48, $41,995; 28x56, $47,995; FREE 50” PLASMA TV WITH PURCHASE! Home Outlet 1-800-493-2221. www. (AzCAN) Rentals 2bd, 1ba mobile. Lovely half acre. Responsible only. BCC 623-374-9276

RV SPACE-YOUR RV/PARK MODEL. QUITE, CLEAN, TREES, LAUNDRY, FREE SHED & WIFI. APPROVED PET OK. 55+. PHOTOS- $270. MONTHLY. 623-374-9123 PARK MODEL in Oasis/Black Canyon City 55+ GATED w/amenities. Gorgeous inside & out; corner lot just $36,000. Also, park model lots (apprx 60x100) w/guaranteed LOW rent. 623-826-4001/Owner Airstream Trailer, West Cave Creek. Suitable for one person, covered porch, fenced, private, secure, $400 mo.

includes utilities. 480-326-2480 Tired of Searching for just the right rental? Call Jo at Coldwell Banker Daisy Mtn Re for one on one service at no cost to you.480-326-8825 Real Estate Gorgeous Sante Fe style mfgd home approx 1600 sf 3BR/2BA. 55+ GATED com w/resort amenities/Black Canyon City. New SS-appl pkg +SO much more. $79,900 w/guaranteed LOW month lot rent 623-826-4001/Owner

Cave Creek House for Sale on the Creek. 2800sqft home plus 1200sqft guest house on 2.5 acres. Cathedral ceilings, Satillo tile & fireplace. 2 master suites, very private, beautiful views. $449,000 obo. 480-488-4237 ADVERTISE YOUR HOME, property or business for sale in 91 AZ newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: www. (AzCAN)

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It has been a pleasure to work with you. I appreciate your hard work and professionalism.

Thank you for publishing your insights and putting it all in perspective.

Thank you both for all your help to get us through this short sale. We appreciate all your effort and assistance.

THANK YOU for your articles that are published in our local paper! You are speaking the truth!

We applaud the professional manner in which you handled this nightmare called a short sale…

It has been quite a journey and you have been great! I for sure would have not been able to do any of this without you! If you need any referrals count me in!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You both were so helpful throughout this whole process.  We truly appreciate everything you did.

I can’t believe this short sale got done – you are both amazing - thank you so much for all of your hard work and supporting me through this process

You and Christina were awesome – Thank you both for your efforts on our behalf. Your help made a painful process more tolerable.

We, at The Holt Group, have helped countless buyers and sellers navigate this market and we can help you too!

Thank you both, VERY much. We have appreciated your professionalism throughout this ridiculous process.  This is one chapter we are happy to close!

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Robert Holt 623.748.9583 Certified Distressed Property Expert Top 1% producing teams in AZ RE/MAX Chairman’s Club and Hall of Fame

Robert, thank God I read your articles in the Foothills Focus – you need to be syndicate this column to reach more people to give them "The real Scoop."

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Kevin and I are very grateful that we found you. We have worked with our share of realtors over the  years and none of them even come close to you.  We will never use anyone else again.  We appreciate you putting up with us over these last months.

Thank you for assisting us through the surreal short sale & BOA odyssey – we appreciate you more than you will ever know. My experience from the beginning with both you and Christina, has been beyond expectations. Thanks again. Thank you so much!!!.. you guys are great.  To be out from that house is a huge relief for us even though we loved it.  Michelle and I want to thank you for all your help with selling our home.  It was probably a lot tougher than we all thought and we appreciate you seeing it through.    We really appreciated the great job you and Christina did for us. You will never really know how much you two have helped.

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