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Candidates for Anthem Community Council announced

Original production highlights Arizona’s history MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR


Voting for the 2012 Anthem Community Council board won’t be completed until March 21, but one of three spots at stake was filled on Thursday. When the Jan. 18 deadline to file as a candidate came and went nobody from Villages had thrown their name into the race including Emily Wrinkle, the current board member, who elected not to run for reelection. At a Thursday meeting Villages elected John Balzer to be the representative on the Anthem Community Council. He will begin serving beginning at the April meeting. Balzer, who has been an Anthem resident since 1999, said he has had a variety of different experiences in his time in Anthem from being a PTA president, to coaching youth sports as well as starting Anthem’s Neighborhood Watch. “I don’t have a list of my own agendas, but I think I have a good feel of what Anthem is and have the perspective of having been there from the beginning,” he said. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the discussion of how we make Anthem a


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Desert Foothills Theater is presenting an original piece, “In the Devil’s Frying Pan”, which will debut at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek

In the pioneer spirit of the Grand Canyon State’s forefathers Desert Foothills Theater is putting together an original performance, “In the Devil’s Frying Pan”, which will debut at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek. The performance, celebrating Arizona’s centennial anniversary, Feb. 14, tells the story of those that settled the land we now call Arizona. In developing a story line Lori Vander Maten, a long-time north Phoenix resident said she spent about a year and a

half doing research to come up with a story. “To try and tell the story of Arizona was an interesting idea to me,” she said. “I’ve always been attracted to things a little bit different. I think we’ve come up with a different genre of theater. You have comedic moments. You have tragic moments. We have original music, original songs as well as dance and poetry.” In trying to put together approximately 20 short oral histories, sometimes seemingly unrelated vignettes about Arizona’s history, Vander


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Phoenix Open brings golf, music, parties to North Scottsdale STAFF REPORT

Defending tournament champion Mark Wilson, 39-time PGA Tour winner and two-time Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson and three-time PGA TOUR winner and Scottsdale resident Bubba Watson will be in the field for the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open set to get under way beginning Monday and concluding with the final round on Feb. 5. Overall the tournament field has four of the top six players and 88 of the top 125 leading money winners from the 2011 PGA Tour season including Webb Simpson (No. 2), Nick Watney (No. 3), Dustin Johnson (No. 5) and Kuchar (No. 6) are the four leading Money Winners to commit. A field of 132 players will vie


for the $6.1 million purse, the $1,098,000 first-place check and FedEx Cup points at the TPC of Scottsdale with first round action getting under way on Thursday. General admission tickets are $25 for adults, with those 17 and under gaining entrance for free with a paid adult. For information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit Beyond the golf the Phoenix Open has grown a reputation for its post-golf festivities at the Birds Nest. Grammy-award winning artists the Goo Goo Dolls and of the Black Eyed Peas, will be performing a special DJ set, will headline this year’s entertainment line-up at


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The Phoenix Open, which draws some of the biggest crowds on the PGA Tour, returns to Scottsdale beginning Monday. Along with the golf, crowds turnout for the parties at the Birds Nest.



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Animal adoption event returns to Anthem STAFF REPORT

The Eighth Annual PACC911/Anthem Animal Extravaganza and Adopt-aThon will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Anthem Community Park. Sponsored by PetSmart Charities©, the event is open to the public. 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 up-to-date on vaccinations. “It is so rewarding that the residents of Anthem have wholeheartedly embraced this now annual event since its debut in 2005, “ said event chair and PACC911 Board Member Eileen Proctor. “As in previous years, hundreds of healthy and adoptable animals will be crossing their paws that they will find their new forever homes in this beautiful community.”

As a result of last year’s Extravaganza, more than 170 pets found new homes. This year’s goal is 200. The downturn 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. 

Adoptions and So Much More In addition to adopting a pet, attendees at the Extravaganza will be able to enjoy several pet-centric activities and services, such as a dog show

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The eighth annual PACC911/Anthem Animal Extravaganza and Adopt-a-Thon will take place in the Anthem Community Park from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 4. The event will include more than 50 animal rescue organizations on hand with pets available for adoption. The animals available will include dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats and even horses.

and parade hosted by Anthem Neighborhood Watch, agility and disc dog demonstrations by Villa La Paws, a lure course set up by the Arizona Jack Russell Rescue, low-cost microchipping, and vaccinations. To help acquire much needed food for the animal welfare groups, attendees are asked to bring unopened bags of pet food for which they will receive a raffle ticket for many valuable 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 additional information, visit or contact

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As part of the state’s centennial the town of Carefree will bury a time capsule at the sundial on Feb. 14. The capsule is scheduled to be opened on Feb. 14, 2059, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the sundial. On Jan. 17, Carefree announced among the objects it wishes to include in the time capsule are 4 X 6 inch photographs from its citizens documenting Carefree in 2012. The pictures should be printed on high quality photo paper with the date taken, the

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Anthem examines plan to grow, aid business community has a large number of churches and schools, but not that many businesses. I’m struggling in what many look at as a bedroom community how we’re going to draw business. I see how bringing in medical makes sense and that secondary education would drive some jobs to the area, but overall I see this task as quite daunting. It almost seems like you need two plans, a west side plan and an east side plan.” Anthem resident Bob Golembe asked whether it would be worth Anthem’s time to look at incorporating and becoming a city. “There are big costs to put a government in place,” Scalise said. “You would have to expand the tax base. It would be

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“How are you going to get people to drive north past Tramonto to shop,” ESI representative Julia Scalise asked. “Customers aren’t going to fly blind into the Anthem area. Right now people think of Anthem primarily as residential. When they do think of business they think of The Outlets.” Another concern is the cost to rent space in Anthem being higher than in Tramonto. Steve Champion, a Country Club resident, said he sees other issues. “One of the things I don’t have a good understanding of is the effect of the community being split by I-17,” he said. “You have the west side in Phoenix with a business community that is struggling and then another situation on the east side, which





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A pair of Cactus Shadows seniors decided they’ll remain in the North Valley next season when they continue their softball careers at the college level. Earlier this month teammates Megan Scarpulla and Kristin Hillier signed their letters of intent to play at Paradise Valley Community College next season. The Falcons seniors, who helped Cactus Shadows to a program best 21-9-1 mark a season ago that included a trip to the 4A Div-I state quarterfinals, will be counted on to lead a young team this season. A year ago Scarpulla, an outfielder, hit .402 on the season, with 35 hits, good for third best on the team, scored 25 runs (fourth), and was second in steals, with 16, despite missing four games. “Megan is a special kid because she is so good natured and doesn’t have a bad thing to say about anyone,” coach Danica Gianni said. “She helps us all stay positive.

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Cactus Shadows seniors Megan Scarpulla, left, and Kristen Hillier, right, will continue their softball careers next season at Paradise Valley Community College where they will play for Nick Candrea.

I look forward to her helping us on offense this year, like she did last year.” Hillier, the team’s third baseman, hit .412, the third best mark on the team, while also showing tremendous power as she hit five home runs (second on the team), had nine doubles (tied for second) and drove in 40 RBIs (second). “Kristin has been a definite leader since her freshman year

and I am looking to both of these girls to help keep players focused in practices and to keep the team mentally strong in the tough games we will have this season,” Gianni said. “Kristin’s competitive nature will ignite others around her.” At Paradise Valley the pair will join a Pumas squad that struggled through an 11-37 season in 2011.

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better place moving forward.” Balzer, who attended the Jan. 18 meeting at the Community Center regarding the economic analysis performed by ESI Corporation, said he’s interested in what the Council will be able to do to improve the climate for business in Anthem. “Our responsibility is to create a situation where there’s a good atmosphere to bring new business to Anthem,” he said. Balzer said the meeting illuminated some of the challenges and limitations, but he said he thinks the effort by the Council is an important one. Balzer will be joined by at least one fellow newcomer to the council as Ron Jerich has elected not to run for reelection to represent Country Club. Vying to succeed him will be a pair of involved residents in Holly Matson and Roger Willis. Matson is the chair of Anthem Community Council Economic Development and Marketing Committee while Willis is the Chair of the Water Rate Case Panel

The largest race will be for the seat representing Parkside where board vice president Bob Copen will run for a second term, opposed by Billy Gwin, Robert Linder and Jon Salmen. In addition to the races for the Anthem Community Council elections for both Parkside and Country Club Board of Directors and the Anthem Golf and Country Club Board of Governors also are taking place. The lone candidate running for the Parkside board of directors is Kristen Rensmeyer. Anthem Country Club’s list of candidates include Steve Champion, William Fondow, Jo-Ann Greenstein and Rick Kesselman. Anthem Golf and Country Club’s Board of Governors candidates include Chuck Durrant, Chris Ensign, Ginger Hoeder, Douglas McDermott, William Steinmetz, Andy Tobias and Ron Tucker. Along with electing Balzer to represent them on the Community Council the

Villages reelected their current board members Thursday: Don Crane, Ron Perez, Douglas Hoffman and Adman Azam, but leaving one opening remaining. Wrinkle has expressed interest, but would not be able to hold a seat on the Villages Board until her term is up for the Anthem Community Council at the end of March. Moving forward a Meet the Candidates Night is set for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 2 with Country Club candidates meeting at Ironwood Clubhouse and Parkside candidates meeting at Anthem Community Center’s Pioneer Room. Ballots and candidates biographies will be mailed to residents on Feb. 6. Ballots are due by 5 p.m., March 14 at the HOA Office. To get more information about the candidates go to

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Roadrunner cook-off aids Anthem teen The Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon will hosts its 15th annual Chili Cook-off in conjunction with both the state’s jalapeno eating contest and the state championship salsa contest as well as a green chili contest from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Jan. 28. The Chili Appreciation Society of Arizona also will give out various awards including the Showmanship contest, given to the person with the best costume. Other festivities will include a 50/50 raffle and entertainment, Cart of Cheer and bingo. Admission is free. Tasting cups are $5 for all day tasting until the chili is gone. Celebrity judges are needed. Sponsorships are being accepted for the event. Prize money will be given out to the top three finishers in the people’s choice category, with first place receiving $500 followed by $300 for second place and $200 for third place.

Proceeds from the event, put on by the New River Kiwanis, will support Boulder Creek student Katie Wagner, who was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer last year. The Roadrunner is located east of I-17 at the New River exit (232), .25 miles north on the frontage road. For information about the contests contact Sharren at 623-742-6476. Desert Foothills women host annual event The annual Desert Foothills Woman’s Club Fundraiser is set for 11 a.m., Feb. 9 at the Fairway House at Grayhawk Country Club in Scottsdale. Proceeds from raffles and silent auction items will go to benefit educational scholarships and community projects in North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek. The theme for the event is “Hoops and Boots: featuring Tony Duncan, an Apache Hoop Dancer and The Cowgirl Historical Foundation’s Fashion Show. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite western attire. Lunch will be served at noon with a social/cocktail hour beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $55 per person and open to all

who are looking to support the Desert Hills community. Grayhawk Country Club is located at 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. For information or to purchase tickets call Carol Wilson at 480488-0341. New River rescue receive boost from Wickenburg Horseshoe Café in Wickenburg and Dreamchaser Horse Rescue located in New River have teamed up to raise funds for the rescue. From 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, the Café in Wickenburg, located at 207

E. Wickenburg Way will host a fundraiser for the rescue complete with a silent auction and raffle of horse related items and Dreamchaser merchandise as well as breakfast. Dreamchaser Horse Rescue, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and accredited American Sanctuary. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature horse related silent auction items, raffles, and Dreamchaser merchandise. Dreamchaser has rescued more than 300 horses with 13 saved in 2010, and three pregnant

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community events Continued from page 7 mares saved in 2011 along with one thoroughbred. Abused, neglected and abandoned horses, most of which were at Premarin farms or feedlots, destined for slaughter, have been rescued by Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation. The all-volunteer organization gentles and trains the horses to prepare them for adoption into qualified homes. Dreamchaser’s operating and horse related expenses average $10,000-$12,000 per month and fundraising events are one of their main sources of income to pay for these expenses. For information on Dreamchaser go to or call 623910-6530 or 623-640-7173. Golf tourney aids Boys and Girls Clubs The annual Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational, supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is set for Feb. 9 – 10 beginning with a mix and mingle event from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Feb. 9. IRS & AZDOR CONFLICTS TAX PLANNING & PREPARATION:

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The event, bringing together more than 200 golfers as well as local and national sports celebrities, supports the youth development programs for children and teens served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The event costs $150 per person. After a mix and mingle at an upscale cigar dinner at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on Feb. 9 there will be a golf tournament beginning at 10 a.m., Feb. 10 at the Phoenician Golf Club. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the shotgun start at noon. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. Foursome packages range from $3,600 $10,000 and include a chance to golf with a celebrity golfer, tee gift package for each golfer and a hole sponsorship. Contact Chris Marshall at 480-344-5681 or for detail or go to HEALTH Hospice group meets in Anthem Hospice of the Valley is

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holding a free grief support group, Picking Up the Pieces in the Midlife, which will address how to manage challenges when a spouse or partner dies. The group meets 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Feb. 14 at the North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem. The group will address issues such as shifting identity from a couple to a single person, dealing with loneliness, negotiating relationships with friends, family and social networks, and finding new roles as a parent or grandparent. Reservations are requested by calling 602-636-5390. Hospice offers series on dealing with grief Hospice of the Valley will have a free series of talks about grief and mourning that will address the fundamentals of getting through grief, common myths and misconceptions, and ways to get through the holidays and special milestones. The talks are all scheduled at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. Meetings will be at 10 a.m. and last 60 -90 minutes. Listed are the dates and topics: - Feb. 10, Picking up the Pieces: When a Spouse or Partner Dies, Part II - April 13, Helping Another in Grief For information, contact Joan Zecherle at 602.330.9606 or

New River woman hosts alternative health classes The Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center in New River has a variety of classes and activities coming up this week. Friday: The first women’s gathering of 2012 will include the creation of a vision board. A vision board is a tool that activates the Universe to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. Participants will create a visual representation of the things that they want to have, be or do in their life. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring magazines and other inspiring ideas to use. Cost is $10 and includes posters board. Sunday: From 1 – 4 p.m. there will be a workshop on caring and feeding of your energy body. Just as the physical body needs care and attention, your energy body also needs regular maintenance. The workshop examines some of the causes of low energy and offers tips and techniques to help you restore energy into your life. Learning to balance your energy can help you rediscover the lightness of life and the joy of being alive. Cost is $40. For information on the two courses, or other ones offered go to Call 623 - 465 – 5875 for direction to the New River location.


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plan Cont. from page 5 spending quite a bit of money that you might not see back for a long time.” Amongst the suggestions for Anthem was focusing on attracting higher education to the region as well as health care services. While it might not be economically viable now ESI said the idea for a Market Street in Anthem that could be viewed as a centerpiece for a business district would be a big addition to the community. In accessing some of the feedback from ESI, Anthem’s Economic Development and Marketing Committee has come up with an outline of some prioritized objectives. The short list includes: 1. Implementing a business retention and expansion program. 2. Attracting a post secondary education institution and or classes to Anthem 3. Establishing a business identity for Anthem 4. Build and leverage collaborative relationship/ partnerships to develop and deliver information, resources, projects and programs that support economic and community development. The committee plans to present a flushed out plan for the Anthem Community Council to vote on at the February council meeting. Country Club resident Roger Willis suggested that going after IT firms to bring high paying jobs to Anthem also would be make sense. Scalise agreed, but also reminded those in attendance that, “it’s far easier to keep the businesses you have than to attract new ones.” Council member Ron Jerich said Anthem staff and the business community need to reach out to each other. “There’s a perception that the business community isn’t really with it, that they aren’t together, but we need to come to the table with these people,” he said. “There are some good business minds out there, but I’m not sure we’ve communicated what is and isn’t available to them. They need to know there is a business bandwagon to get on.”

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In the Devil’s Frying Pan, tells the story of Arizona’s bid to become a state. Tickets to the show, which runs Feb. 2-19, range in price from $15-20 for youth and from $22-30 for adults.

Maten felt like she needed a central character to frame the play around. Vander Maten eventually decided Sharlot Hall, one of the state’s earliest historians, who played a role in Arizona’s bid for statehood, would fill the roll. “I guess you can call her a narrator, but that seems as though she’s a distant observer,” Vander Maten said. “I call her the spine of the story.” The story starts on Feb. 10, 1912 as Vander Maten works feverishly to write up the Arizona story, a first person account, to support Arizona’s bid for statehood. In crafting the story Hall incorporates the tales she has heard over the years. The task of weaving these personal histories together was given to director Mark Clemente.

“I just think it does a really great job of exploring the why of what made people come to Arizona whether it was for religious freedom, better health, fortune,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in history and to be able to tell the story of the transition of going from a territory to a state is exciting.” Designated a Centennial Legacy Project, the show includes a cast of 40 playing 100 characters. “You think of Indians. You think of people carrying around guns and there not being really any rules or them just making up rules. I think the adventure of living in the Wild West is what intrigues folks,” Clemente said. While she has lived in Arizona most of her life Vander Maten said doing the research for the play was quite educational.

Along with entertaining and educating Vander Maten said she is hoping the audience gets more out of the show. “I really think you can elevate history with art,” she said. “I think we can learn so much about who we are today by understanding the people that made our history. As I started writing, my question was why would anybody have come here. As I read the stories and learned who the people were, what they dealt with and how they dealt with it I really grew to be proud to be an Arizonan. One of the cast members said she can barely get through the last song of the show without crying.”

Shows are Feb. 2 – 5, 10-12 and 17-19. The Sunday shows are 2 p.m. matinees, while the rest of the performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 N. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Tickets for youth range from $15 - 20 while adult tickets are $22 – 30. For information on the show or to order tickets go to, call 480-488-1981 or email tickets@

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Houston, Michael Jackson and many more. Just last month he released his first single “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger off of his untitled electro album, which will be released at a later date.  Making his third consecutive appearance at the Birds Nest, national recording artist Kelley James will open at 6 p.m., Feb. 2. James’ music is a collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics, and freestyle flows. Earlier this year he joined O.A.R. on their 31city summer tour and released his latest EP, “The Recent Future” in June 2011, which

infuses pop melodies with laid-back hip-hop flows. Flashback Heart Attack, an 80s cover band from Southern California known for their twists on classic 80s hits by Billy Idol, Rick Springfield and other superstars of the decade, will close out the Birds Nest entertainment line-up on Feb. 4. Also, back again for a third straight year and performing nightly will be the world’s No. 1 Video DJ - Roonie G. Roonie G. is best known for his unique creative blends of audio and visual content encompassing popular music videos, iconic film footage, custom graphics and comedy shorts, delivering multi-sensory stimulation.  

The main act for Feb. will be announced at a later date. Birds Nest tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800745-3000, www.ticketmaster. com, and all Ticketmaster outlet locations). General admission tickets for Feb. 1 are $25.  General admission for Feb. 2 - 4 are $30 in advance, $35 day of. VIP tickets are also available for $150, which provides exclusive access to the Absolut Vodka VIP area. VIP guests are treated to a complimentary catered dinner provided by Tom’s Tavern, complimentary drinks and access to a premium viewing area for the show. The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road.  The entertainment venue opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Feb. 1 - 4. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8 p.m. The Coors Light Birds Nest is a 21-and-over venue.  The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 30 – February 5, 2012 at the TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host, The Thunderbirds, have raised more than $75 million for charities, with more than $48 million generated in the last decade. For information about the 2012 Coors Light Birds Nest, visit

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The Daisy Mountain Fire Department is mourning the loss of Engineer Paramedic Michael David Dorsey, 33, who passed away in his home on Jan. 16, 2012. He leaves behind his wife Felisha, who is five months pregnant with their first child together. A memorial is set from 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday at Boulder Creek High School in the Performing Arts Auditorium. Boulder Creek High School is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Mike, formerly Michael Parks, was a 15-year veteran of the fire service. He has served as a member of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department for the last five years. Cause of death has yet to be determined. “It is difficult to put into words the sadness and emptiness that our organization is going through with the loss of our friend and colleague Michael Dorsey,” said Daisy Mountain Fire Chief Mark Nichols. “He was a valued member and will be greatly missed. I know our organization is a better place for having had him here.” An account has been established to help the Dorsey family. Donations can be made at Chase Bank, account 2997857764, in the name of “Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities Association.” The Daisy Mountain Fire District was formed in 1988. It covers roughly 100 square miles, and serves roughly 50,000 citizens from the communities of Anthem, Desert Hills and New River, Arizona.

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Cactus Shadows falls in coach’s return to Shadow Mountain MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Twelve years after helping the Shadow Mountain Matadors to a state championship Cactus Shadows boys basketball coach Jamaal Scott made his return. While the Falcons defeated the Matadors on their home court, 75-72 on Jan. 10, the rematch on Friday, saw the current edition of the Matadors ruin Scott’s homecoming. While the pregame introduction included a welcome of Scott, and recognition of his accomplishments as a Matador, his team felt anything but welcome in the return in suffering a 50-47 defeat, their third straight loss. In falling to 9-7, the Falcons scored their lowest total of the season as they struggled to find holes in the host Matadors zone defense. In a game in which neither team led by more than seven the Falcons went to the fourth quarter clinging to a 35-33 lead. Offensively, though, the Falcons were at their worst in the fourth quarter, making only 3-of-12 shots. Included in that 25 percent shooting was a 1-of-8 effort from three point range. Despite the poor shooting the Falcons still led 47-45 with 1:50 left in the game. Down the stretch the Matadors got an offensive rebound putback from senior Matt Piccirillo to tie the score. When they were most effective during the night the Falcons got the ball to the high post where the Falcons post men regularly found senior Eric Johnson along the baseline. Johnson and Mike Rabbini tied for team high honors with nine points. In the game’s final two minutes, though, the Falcons missed a quick three pointer from senior Alec Stewart coming out of a timeout, saw senior Austin Horton shoot an air ball on a three pointer and had Horton get a shot blocked out of bounds. Despite all the struggles the Falcons would still get one last chance, down 50-47. With 4.8 second left Cactus Shadows inbounded from half court. The team got the ball to junior C.J.

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Cactus Shadows senior Eric Johnson, left, goes up for a layup in Friday’s game at Shadow Mountain. Johnson shared team high honors with nine points. Falcons junior Austin Paciora prepares to shoot over a trio of Matadors defenders. In their lowest scoring game of the season the Falcons dropped their third straight game, falling 50-47 to Shadow Mountain. To view more photos from Friday’s game go to thefoothills.focus.

Davis, but his desperation effort, that could have sent the game to overtime, was blocked, giving the Matadors the win. While the loss ruined Scott’s homecoming, it also dropped the Falcons to No. 17 in the Division II power rankings with only six games remaining in the regular season. Only 16 teams will qualify for the state playoffs. On Tuesday the Falcons played host to Thunderbird (results unavailable at press time). Tonight they go on the road to face Notre Dame before heading to Peoria on Thursday for their third game in three nights against the Panthers. While the Cactus Shadows boys team had to settle for a split of the season series with the Matadors, the Falcons girls pulled off a split with Shadow Mountain, avenging a one point loss earlier in the season with a 62-54 win. The win halted a 6-game losing streak for the Falcons, who improved to 5-17 on the season. On Tuesday the Falcons traveled to Thunderbird to take on the Chiefs (results unavailable at press time). Tonight they return home to host Notre Dame before playing their final road game of the season Tuesday at Scottsdale Christian Academy.

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Cactus Shadows soccer suffers devastating overtime loss MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

The Cactus Shadows Falcons boys soccer team went into their Jan. 17 game at Greenway High School with the mindset that they were facing a must win in their quest to keep their post season hopes alive. For a squad that went to the state quarterfinals during the 2009-2010 season and one that advanced to the state semifinals in 2010-2011 the expectations were high for coach Tony Vos’ squad this season. Instead, an up and down regular season, in which Vos said the lack of experience defensively proved a challenging obstacle to overcome, hit a new low as the Falcons squandered a 2-0 and 3-1 lead on their way to a 6-3 loss to Greenway in overtime. Having gone into the game ranked 20th in the Division II power points, the Falcons, 4-5 in power rating games, slid all the way to 34th following the loss. With only 16 teams making the postseason field the Falcons coach said his team’s season will likely end (tonight) when the Falcons host Shadow Mountain at 6 p.m. “We have to finish the season out,” Vos said. “You never know what might happen, but I told my seniors they’d get as much of the time as I could give them. You want them to leave with as positive of a feeling as they can take away from this season. It’s just hard. I’ve known these seniors for 10 years.”

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Cactus Shadows senior Dylan Hartman (4) heads in a corner kick during the Falcons 6-3 loss to Greenway Jan. 17. Hartman’s goal gave Cactus Shadows a 3-1 lead, but the host Demons scored the game’s final five goals. To view more photos from the Jan. 17 game go to

The Falcons started strong as sophomore Nick Jackson showed off his speed on a pair of give and go plays. On the first effort he passed the ball to senior Dylan Hartman, darted to the right of the goal, then received the return pass in time for a shot that beat the Demons goalie to the far post for a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, on a striking similar effort, Jackson passed the ball to fellow sophomore Nick Hammer, cut hard to the goal and got the ball back from Hammer, beating the Demons net minder from inside the 18-yard box once again, to make the score 2-0, 22 minutes into the first half.

The score would remain 2-0 until the 4:33 mark of the first half. A steal near midfield set up a rush by the Demons, one that wasn’t stopped until the Greenway attacker was tripped inside the box. Awarded a penalty kick by the officials, Demons junior Connor Holbert capitalized to make the score 2-1. “One goal in soccer can change all the momentum,” Vos said. “We had dominated the first half, but that one play gave them confidence. Even though we scored early in the second half I don’t know if we ever got it back.” The answer by the Falcons came less than three minutes into

the second half when sophomore Kishan Patel’s corner kick was headed home by Hartman. The header, from the far post wasn’t crisply struck, but was perfectly placed, sneaking just in under the cross bar. Unfortunately for the Falcons their defense simply couldn’t hold the lead. The Demons offensive strategy appeared to consist entirely of blasting the ball down the field with the hope of getting the ball to junior Mark Dogbah. The physical forward was challenged by Falcons senior Ryan Leander all night, but managed to score the tying goal in regulation, the second Greenway goal in a three minute span that knotted the score at 3, with 32 minutes still remaining in the game. Jackson nearly won the game in regulation for the Falcons. On a long lead pass up the middle of the field the sophomore received

a pass, with a step on the defense. Jackson drove to just within the 18-yard box where Greenway’s goalie made a spectacular save to keep the game tied 3-3 with approximately nine minutes remaining. In overtime Greenway took its first lead of the game only two minutes into the extra session. On a long lead pass up the middle senior Reed Gasperone got to the ball and saw Cactus Shadows goalie Jake Berry come out to try and stop the rush. As soon as the ball got to his foot Gasperone chipped a high soft shot over Berry, a perfect effort that found the back of the net. Any thoughts of Cactus Shadows making a comeback and sending the game to penalty shots ended at the 8:45 mark of the second overtime when Dogbah scored his second goal. While Berry stopped the initial shot, the ball ricocheted off his hands and Dogbah beat everybody to the rebound to give his team a two score advantage at 5-3. The Demons tacked on another goal on their second penalty kick of the night, this one converted by senior Christian Nag. “We knew coming in that our backs were against the wall,” Vos said. “We just didn’t get it done. If I want to look on the bright side I say we only started four seniors and the rest we’ll return. The future might be bright, but that doesn’t do much for the seniors. I feel bad for Ryan and Jake because we just didn’t have enough true defenders back there with them to help. It was a struggle on the back line, but we still should have been right there.” On Monday the Falcons took out some frustration with a 14-0 win over Paradise Valley.

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The more things change – the more they stay the same I hope 2012 is getting off to a good start for all of you. As I expected, and as we have seen in the previous four years, 2012 brings prediction for another housing market “bottom” as well as a recovery for the broader economy. The phrase, “the more things change, the more they stay the same” comes to mind as we have been hearing this same song and dance since the crisis began in 2008. And as much as I wish I could stand alongside those predicting an end to the economic and real estate malaise, I am afraid I cannot. The facts on the ground just do not warrant the rosy predictions. When one is confronted with the facts as opposed to the madefor-TV numbers, then it is not hard to see that our economy (locally, nationally and globally) is still in a giant mess. Of course, if one would rather wish upon a star, then go ahead and hang your hat on the glowing prophecies that everything will be just fine in 2012. Of course, these same prognosticators have been dead wrong in ’08, ’09, ’10 and ‘11, but hey who’s counting. I am afraid that, at best, 2012 will be more of the same. Just like there was no improvement during 2011, there will be none in 2012. And that might be the good news. If a few of the size 15 shoes start to drop this year then it could get even uglier. Of course, sooner or later we are all going to pay for the sins of our fathers. However, when this serious deleveraging and fallout occurs depends on how much more pixy dust (Quantitative Easing) comes from the Central Bankers of the world. As we have seen, Bernanke and his counterpart the world over continue to levitate commodity and stock prices with their injection of trillions of dollars. However, their printing presses cannot seem to buy one job or do a darn thing to help housing prices. Those in the financial world and in the world of politics need you, the commoner, to have

hope. As such they will twist and turn the numbers to make you think all is good or at least that all is getting better. As you might know by now they are not doing this because they want what is best for you. No, they need you to feel good and optimistic so you go out and spend your hard-earned cash and then vote for the party that does the best job of making you think they are helping you. Sadly, it is all smoke and mirrors. For example, at the end of 2011 there were rosy reports about the increase in housing starts. Sounds good, right? What was not mentioned was that the slight uptick came from multifamily construction, not from single family. Meaning builders are building a lot more apartments because people are opting to rent rather than buy homes. What about all the press surrounding increased buying? Well, in the Valley 2011 ended with nearly exactly the same amount of homes sold as 2010. What about prices? There, too, the numbers came in about the same, which by the way is equal to what homes were selling for in the year 2000. And because of all the continued foreclosures and short sales, home prices will remain under significant pressure not just for 2012, but for years to come. The chief economist at real estate firm, Stan Humphries recently stated that he believes, “We’re still three to five years away from ‘normal’ housing market conditions.” I tend to agree that it will take at least that long, but only if we are lucky enough to avoid another financial crisis. If we can continue to inch along then we might move through the many more thousands of distressed properties in the next 4-5 years. The biggest challenge for housingremainsunemployment/ underemployment (more detail to follow) and the sheer number of distress sales (foreclosures and short sales) to come. I know it seems like this housing

nightmare has been going on forever, but I am afraid that we have years to go before we come out of it. Because there are still hundreds of thousands of homeowners throughout the valley and millions more across the country severely underwater there will be more foreclosures to come. Meanwhile the policymakers in Congress along with the President shovel more taxpayer money down the housing black hole. Previous rescue programs like — HAMP, HARP, HOPE NOW, etc. — have done virtually nothing to help housing, but have instead added to the national debt. The only thing we can count on D.C. for is that their efforts never live up to the hype. The national unemployment number has gone down not

because we are adding jobs, but instead it is falling because there are tens of thousands of unemployed who are not being counted by the government anymore because they have exceeded their 99 weeks of benefits. During the same time that the government said the numbers dropped, Gallup, which unlike the government, does not fudge the numbers, has found that both underemployment and unemployment have risen for the last four weeks in a row. The problem is made worse by the massive number of people who are employed, but at a job that pays them far less than the one they lost a few years ago. This impact on the economy cannot be ignored. And as our President kills a

pipeline that would have secured oil from a friendly neighbor and would have created 10s of thousands of high-paying jobs, he touts tourism as a job creator. Of course, any new job is good, but more minimum-wage jobs in the hotel/travel sector are not going to cut it. So – why else do I remain bearish? All I have to do is open my eyes and look around not only at the U.S., but the entire world. The real numbers out of China suggest they are in for a “hard landing.” Germany, the only solvent European nation now looks to be going into recession. Meanwhile, the entire Eurozone is entering terminal cardiac arrest, and the doctors

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Beauty and the Beast 3D showing worth a look SHANA SCHWARZ SPECIAL FOR THE FOOTHILLS FOCUS

Whether you’ve seen it hundreds of times since its original release in 1991, or you’re getting ready to share it with someone for the first time, make plans to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D at some point during its limited release. Though it may seem like the 3D fad is overdone and pointless for many films released today, this classic Disney cartoon (the first cartoon ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards) shines greater than ever this time around. During a recent Phoenix screening, audience members old and young were awed by the beauty and magic of this tale that’s old as time. Though several of the little ones in the audience had seen the movie before, seeing it on the big screen, and in such grandeur was quite a new experience. There is no scene

in animated history as epic and touching as the ballroom dance scene, and several sentimental members of the audience found themselves with misty eyes. “Disney certainly knows what they’re doing,” said a 42-year-old man in attendance, after remarking that though he’d seen it in theaters before, this experience was “truly something else.” After the fantastic success enjoyed by Disney when they rereleased The Lion King last Fall, it’s no surprise to see an upcoming list of previously released films being dusted off and brought back to theaters. Some may scoff that it’s just a marketing ploy to recycle old films in a new way to make a quick buck, and maybe it is, but one things for sure; it’s brilliant. For every cynic who will avoid seeing the new line of Disney re-releases in the theaters, there are 2 bright-eyed romantics looking to relive the magic of their childhoods.

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Community events Continued from page 8 and understanding of cultural diversity and inclusive communities. Last year more than 1,200 people attended the event hosted by PVCC’s Office of Student Life, Center for the Performing Arts and the P.R.I.D.E. student organization. Filmmakers, actors and leaders of social change also will attend the showings to discuss provocative subject matter. Guest speakers include Arizona State University professor and

filmmaker Christopher Bradley, actor Matthew Ludwinski and filmmaker J.C. Calciano. The event also includes musical performances by Tina Angotti, Saith, Mary Godfrey, Kenny Thames Jazz Trio and Amber Norgaard. Film Festival proceeds support LGBTQA Scholarships ways). Tickets are on sale at the PVCC Center for the Performing Arts Box Office noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays through Fridays and can be purchased online at or by calling 602-787-7738. For information on the festival call Dale Heuser at 602-787-7276 or go to

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LIKE OUR PAGE FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATES AND MORE! Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, AZ is now accepting bids for food service concessions for the 2012 season. Utilities, use of a concession trailer and use of all vending machines is included. The successful bidder will have exclusive rights to over 150,000 visitors to Bearizona from 3/1/2012 to 12/31/2012. The successful bidder will be required to be open from 10 am to 5 pm every day of the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and from 10 am to 4 pm all other dates. Please submit proposals and resumes via email to Sean Casey at For further information or to set up a site visit, call 605-391-9042. The deadline to submit a bid is February 15th at noon.

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Tramonto business aids developmentally disabled individuals For years Anthem residents and the surrounding areas have had to drive into the heart of Phoenix to find a day treatment and training center that caters to high functioning individuals with developmental disabilities and even more of a drive to find a center with a work program. Advanced Developmental Disabilities Services of Anthem has filled both of those needs with their new day treatment and training center is located around the corner from Albertsons on Carefree Highway and I-17 (34406 N. 27th Drive). ADDS, which provides transportation to and from the program for all Anthem residents and Carefree area residents, has designed a program in place that is specifically for higher functioning individuals with developmental disabilities. At the Center, which is open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday the main goal is helping the clients to become more independent within their home and within the community. Raymond Joy, the executive director of ADDS explains that it can be a struggle for families that have an individual with a disability living in the home and helping that individual to learn to do things for themselves can help relieve some of that stress that the families are feeling. “We have a very structured

program that really focuses on teaching individual skills, social skills, communication skills and helping them to be more self reliant.” Starting from the basics of making sure clients know their address and phone number Joy said classes at the Center include cooking classes where they learn to make an area of snacks and simple meals. Joy explains that cooking class includes looking at a recipe and making a list of ingredients needed, looking at the amount of money that is needed to buy the ingredients, checking the newspaper for specials and coupons and then going to the market to do the grocery shopping. “There are teachable moments in everything that we do,” he said. “Something that sounds pretty simple like cooking a meal incorporates reading skills, measuring skills, budgeting skills, as well as proper etiquette in the kitchen.” The Center also provides classes in computer skills, full academics, laundry skills, safety skills, anger management and an array of other classes and activities that will help individuals be more independent. Joy said that ADDS is implementing a work program that will have some clients

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BEFORE THE DIRECTOR OF THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES Case No.: 2012-EMS-T101-DHS EMS No. 3692 NOTICE OF INTENT TO WAIVE HEARING TO AMEND LEGAL ADDRESS. In the Matter of: Black Canyon Fire District dba Black Canyon Fire Department, Applicant. PURSUANT TO an application filed on September 6, 2011, the Black Canyon Fire District dba Black Canyon Fire Department requests to amend its Certificate of Necessity in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R9-25-905. PURSUANT TO Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) §§ 36-2232(A)(4) and 36-2234(C) the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (Director) may amend a Certificate of Necessity and waive hearing on the submitted application respectively. THE DIRECTOR GIVES NOTICE that unless a written request for hearing regarding this application is received by the Office of Administrative Counsel and Rules, Arizona Department of Health Services, 1740 West Adams, Room 203, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, by 5:00 p.m. January 27, 2012, the Director will issue an amended Certificate of Necessity to allow the requested amendment based on the following information and other evidence currently on file: 1. The Applicant holds Renewal Certificate of Necessity, No. 121, valid through March 6, 2014. 2. The Applicant submitted an application for a change to its current Certificate of Necessity with the appropriate filing fee. 3. The Applicant has requested that its current Certificate of Necessity be amended in accordance with A.R.S. § 36-2201(8)(g). Therefore, the following entry on the Certificate of Necessity will be removed: “Central Operating Station: Black Canyon City, Arizona (19381 East Mud Springs Road)” and will be replaced with the following proposed language: “Legal Address: 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324” 4. No other changes to any of the terms under Certificate of Necessity Number 121 have been requested. 5. Details of the Applicant’s request for the changes stated above are open to the public and are contained in its application on file with the Clerk of the Department, Arizona Department of Health Services, 1740 West Adams, Room 203, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. Dated this 6th day of January, 2012 Robert Lane Director’s Designee

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Some things don’t work anymore Is there really any need in these times to operate an expensive losing business, like the the post office? I know that there is a sentimental value among those of us who remember when a stamp cost a nickel, and all telephones were black, rotary and gave you a busy signal if the person you called was already on the line. Ah, those were the good old days! 85 percent of my mail six days a week is junk mail composed of advertisements, coupons, offers for purchases, credit cards, services and is also an unsustainable waste of oxygen, air cleaning, water recycling, trees which provide habitats food and homes) for millions of species of animals everywhere. The documents, bills and bank services that are important will soon go internet as well. We’ll be virtually “paperless”. So why not start now? I received one of those “too good to be true” offers in the form of a stay home, staple booklets and earn $25,000 or more weekly. Right. After the hook is set there is this line; we would love to get you started with no registration fee, but to make sure that you’re a serious home worker, we’re going to require a $99 refundable fee. And it continues yada yada.  An address to send your checks to, ostensibly the location of ummm. Maxwell Gates Enterprises in New Jersey is all you get. Is there a phone number on this “offer” of employment. Of course not. What bothers me about this type of scam (and they go on constantly thru the mail) is that there are going to be plenty of trusting and/or ignorant folks who are going to fall for this come on. If that isn’t true, then scammers would not invest the money to have many thousands or more of these mailed to you. It costs them; they know what percentage of people are going to send them the money. There is no way to monitor these crimes and no way to stop

them. Which leads me to an even graver thought. Remember the old Anthrax scare immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attack? We have gone crazy at the airports, escalating arduous security checks nearly to the point of strip searching in order to provide a sense of safety to people flying in planes. What, I have to ask-is keeping some twisted soul or an actual terrorist from locally mailing a small powerful bomb timed to go off in a predetermined amount of time to any business in any large building in the country? Or easier, set off by a cell phone or other remote device? What would stop a crazed angry nut from poisoning some locality’s drinking supply of water with a potent toxic chemical like arsenic and such? I am not trying to scare you and ruin your peace of mind; I’m just trying to point out two true things. One, the post office has outlived it’s usefulness and is an avenue for petty crime at the least and potentially worse things. So close it!  And two, all that our government, or our rifles, or home security systems and neighborhood watch programs can provide us with is a “sense” of security, not the reality of safety. Our best defenses might deter a perpetrator or a pipe bomb but it doesn’t stop a person determined to hurt others. Here in Arizona we can carry loaded weapons displayed, even at political rallies. We already know how easy it is to shoot a politician or whomever the killer targets. And guns make it possible to do a lot of damage in a very short time. Maybe a little more investment and effort put into the health and well being of our citizenry as well as our relationships with foreign countries would result is a world that really is....safer. Harvey Rabichow, Anthem Rabichow welcomes reader’s responses and comments at his blog:

Spiritline, cheer squad are worthy of community support Did you know that your local high school’s spiritline/ cheer competition teams have worked very, very hard not only for their school, but in our community doing community service work? That cheer is truly a sport to be recognized?  I am new to the world of cheer and cheer competition and I am so impressed by these girls not only for their hardwork and the pain that they go thru, but the dedication they have to their school and the community.  I really think that these girls need to be recognized. 

Anyway, I am asking if you would please talk to Suzy Young.  She is the booster president for the Boulder Creek HS spiritline.  Her email address is or   She can provide you with all the amazing stuff/stats about this group of girls, as well as the need for school tax credit dollars and corporate sponsorships for the spiritline.  You probably aren’t aware, but your high school’s cheer competition team competed recently and placed second overall in the state and also the national qualifier

competitions. They are going to the state competition finals which are being held in Prescott on Feb. 4. Also, since they made second overall for nationals they really want to compete at the finals for the national level, which is the end of March in California in Disneyland!  Boy do they want to go!  Please show these athletes that their community supports them.  Thank you all so very much,   Kim Grigsby Curves of Anthem/New River

Running group focuses on completion rather than competition Every Saturday morning a group of amazing North Valley neighbors gets together to go run. It’s not an exclusive club of hard-core elite athletes. It’s not a professional training group.  It doesn’t even cost anything.  It’s a group of (primarily women) who decided to make a change in their lives and learn to run--and then pay it forward to other folks who have that same desire. Their core motto is to “complete not compete.” They are called the Cupcake Runners.  You may have seen them--people of all shapes and sizes--trudging through the streets of Anthem in the early morning hours every Saturday.  If you have been part of Anthem’s annual Turkey Trot or Emma’s Run, you couldn’t miss them...the loud group of cheerleaders in matching shirts that are there until the very end, cheering in every last runner. This group teaches people who have never run--who may not even like to walk--to slowly and steadily train for a 5K. Simple

premise, but extraordinary results. After many “batches” of Cupcakes, graduated runners often stick around and set a new goal: is it a 10K? a triathlon? a half marathon?  The noncompetitivie, uber encouraging running support group is there to cheer you on to whatever “next” goal you may have.  It’s a pretty cool concept. One, I am proud to be a part of. So, a big thank you to the Cupcake nation, going

into their 4th year of “completing” great runs. You may not be able to put lightning in a bottle but if you could trap inspiration in a group, it would be this one. Sincerely, Heather Gray Cupcake Runner, North Valley resident

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