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Boulder Creek remains perfect in Northwest Region MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

In a game with first place on the line in the Northwest Region the Boulder Creek Jaguars went on the road and knocked off the Sandra Day O’Connor Eagles by a 6-4 margin. “It was a good game all the way around,” Boulder Creek coach Joe McDonald said. “Both teams manufactured runs. There was some good defense, good pitching. The difference was we came up with the big two outs hits.” After battling to a 3-3 tie through the front three innings, the Jaguars (22-4, 6-0) came up with three runs in the top of the fourth. Senior Andrew Parrott got things started with a one-out double. Senior Jonny Pawling

followed with a single to put runners on the corner. After a strikeout senior Alex Real came to the plate with two outs. An inning after he connected on an RBI double Real came through again, as the Jaguars third baseman collected another double, to give his team the lead. “This was a really important game,” Real said. “We knew they were undefeated in region too. Today we had to grind it out. We have notions that we’re going to run rule every team we play, but they hung tough.” Base running would be a factor in each team’s success, as both teams executed a successful steal of home.


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Boulder Creek catcher David Real follows through after connecting in the third inning of the Jaguars 6-4 win over Sandra Day O’Connor on Friday. For more photos from Friday’s game go to The Foothills Focus Facebook page at

Anthem set to participate in solar challenge MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Anthem has seen the light. At the March 23 community council meeting the board unanimously agreed to take part in the Arizona Solar Challenge. The project, presented by Arizona SmartPower, will see Anthem compete with up to 13 other Arizona communities to see which can be the quickest to have 5 percent of their homes using solar power. The goal is to achieve that mark by 2015. Toni Bouchard, the state director for Arizona SmartPower, explained that the non-profit has been around for 10 years and has a mission of promoting clean energy.


“Clean energy hasn’t been sold to people like any other consumer product,” she said. “For a time there was a question of how to market it. We’ve found that people are confused as to how to go solar. There isn’t a trusted source.” To ease that fear and offer some direction Arizona SmartPower, which is funded by APS to help them meet standards, offers participating communities the opportunity to take advantage of solar coaches. “They’ll come in and conduct workshops about solar,” she said. “We don’t sell anything, we don’t take a commission. We recommend people get three different bids. The size of the

solar panel you need is dictated by your energy use.” In addition to the coaches Arizona SmartPower will call on people within the community that have already gone solar, and ask them to share the knowledge they have in going through the transition. Board member Bill Clower called it a wonderful idea. Board member Ron Jerich added,” The more I read into it the more committed to it I became.” SmartPower isn’t limited to Arizona. Bouchard said the organization also has a presence in Michigan, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut and Massachusetts as well.

The organization said their research shows that 85 percent of Americans say they prefer energy generated from sources such as wind and solar, but that less than 3 percent actually purchase it. They view their role as closing that gap. The company explains that with more than 300 sunny days a year, the sun is one of Arizona’s most abundant natural, renewable resources and it only makes sense to harness the power of the sun to help reduce smog, pollution and green house gasses. Bouchard said Arizona SmartPower has already conducted successful pilot projects in the Sunnyslope




Water for Our World run to benefit Valley homeless

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area and also in Flagstaff and is excited to see the program expand throughout the state. Community Executive Officer Jenna Kollings suggested to the board that Anthem can help facilitate the effort by offering up space for the solar coaches or home owners already using solar to give talks about the process. “I think this is a positive, exciting thing for Anthem to be a part of,” she added. For information about Arizona SmartPower go to azsmartpower. org. From there viewers can find more information about the Arizona Solar Challenge.


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Charity run to aid Valley’s thirsty MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

For three straight years supporters of Water for Our World have participated in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Those efforts have gone to help the Anthem based non-profit with its international mission, funding and building wells in third-world countries around the world. In May Water for Our World, founded by Anthem resident Scott Foreman, will put on a shorter run, focusing its efforts on raising funds for local relief efforts. At 7:15 a.m. on May 7 Foreman and Dan Spinogatti, who has coordinated training runs for

each of the last three marathon efforts, are joining forces for the inaugural Run for the Thirsty. The race will take place at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Participants can get involved in either a 10K, a 5K or the 1-mile walk/ fun run. Proceeds from the run will go to help the City of Phoenix’s effort to keep the homeless as well as seniors and other homebound Valley residents from succumbing to the summer heat. “I think the number is typically around 100 people that die each year due to dehydration,” Spinogatti said. “Our goal is targeting 0.”

Entry fees to the event are $30 for the 10K race, $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile walk/fun run. Children 12 and under can participate in any of the events for $10. Along with donating to the cause registrants will receive a race shirt, as well as a pass for admission to Wet and Wild water park, located at 43rd Ave. and Pinnacle Peak. “Our goal is to get 1,000 people signed up,” Spinogatti said. “We’re going to give out medals to the top five placers in each age category.” In addition to the proceeds from the entry fees participants are asked to bring a case of bottled water with them to the event. For every case of water they

bring they’ll receive a raffle ticket for prize drawings that will take place following the event. A wide variety of gift certificates will be given away as prizes. People showing up to encourage runners will be able to enjoy live music by Divide and Conquer and have the opportunity to check out an expo with some of the event’s sponsors. “We’re encouraging people to bring families,” he said. “The park is great. There are plenty of spots to hang out. We’re hoping to have a beautiful May morning before it gets too hot. We’re really making an effort to try and get kids out there, not only the 12 and under crowd, but we’re hitting up schools in the area trying to get

cross country and track coaches involved with the cause.” Registration will be available the day of the event although Spinogatti encourages early registration as a race t-shirt will only be guaranteed to those who sign up by April 23. To register go to and type Thirsty. For information about Water For Our World go to There is also a link to register for the event on their page. Phoenix Reach 11 Sports Complex is located at 2425 East Deer Valley Road in Phoenix.

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Anthem Pets now has a new partner, giving the non-profit a new way to bring in funds to support their efforts to care for and find homes for lost and abandoned animals. Anthem Pets President Barbara Windgassen explained the new relationship with Goodwill of Arizona. “They have a program to clean up the environment of unwanted cars, trucks, boats and golf carts,” she said. “Our role will be to find people in Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, Tramonto, Scottsdale and North Phoenix that have vehicles that they want to donate and let the people of Goodwill know about them.” Windgassen said donors benefit in a variety of ways. “Instead of letting a vehicle just sit and leak oil somebody can get something for it,” she said. “If nothing else it’s a tax write off.” And not only does the donor benefit, but proceeds from the selling of the vehicle will aid the Goodwill and Anthem Pets. “We’ll get a percentage from the leads we come up with,” she said. “The proceeds will go toward paying for medical bills

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Jackass Acres, located east of I-17 on the frontage road between Anthem and New River, will host a spring shots clinic from 10 a.m. – noon on April 16. Anthem Pets is now working with Goodwill of Arizona. For every lead Anthem Pets gives to Goodwill that leads to a vehicle donation the non-profit receives a percentage of that sale.

of the animals we have under our care. It seems like we have so many animals that are either lost or abandoned lately. This year we’ve gotten to the point where we’re worried whether we’re going to be able to pay for all these medical bills.” Windgassen estimates that Anthem Pets finds homes for approximately 400 animals a year. The Good Wheel program sometimes results in vehicles being refurbished and sold. Other times vehicles are simply junked and sold for scrap metal. Along with being able to pay for the medical care of animals Windgassen said any funds they receive also will benefit their efforts with a summer water drive that takes place in Black Canyon City. “We’ll give away 2 ½ gallon bags of dog food to the needy in Black Canyon City,” she said.

“We know some seniors that have trouble enough paying their bills and rent so we want to do what we can to make sure they can keep their pets.” Anthem Pets next community outreach is set for 10 a.m. – noon April 16 when they are conducting a shot clinic at Jackass Acres Dog Park. The park is located on the east side of I-17, on the frontage road between Anthem Way and New River Road. Through Academy West Animal Hospital pet owners will be available to get a variety of vaccinations for their animals including a 3-year rabies, canine DHLPP and Bordetella all for $16 each. A feline shot costs $21, an AVID micro-chip costs $26 and an a rattlesnake vaccination also costs $26. For information on Anthem Pets go to or call 623-551-2234.

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The Young Musicians Competition will take place at 2 P.m. Sunday at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church in North Scottsdale.

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The Arizona Musicfest 2011 Young Musicians Competition Finals take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church in North Scottsdale. A serious competition for the musicians doubles as a two-hour concert experience (with an intermission) for the audience.   In Sunday’s free competition, the finalists will perform a variety of works by popular composers Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Ravel, Debussy, Lalo, Dvorák, and Haydn.

Promising young musicians from throughout the Valley, grades 7 through 12, soloists and ensembles, competed in the annual Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition on April 2 and 3, before a panel of distinguished judges: well-known adjudicator Dr. Barbara Spoelman; Dr. Robert Strava, violinist with The Phoenix Symphony; and Marian Buswell, principal oboe of The Phoenix Symphony. “Musically speaking, based upon the fine work by the fifty Competition participants and the outstanding performances

by the Finalists,” commented Andrea Terhune, Arizona Musicfest Chairman of the Board, “the world is in good hands.” Desert Foothills Lutheran Church is located at 29305 Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 85266 (between Dixileta and Dynamite). Call Arizona Musicfest at 480-488-0806 for additional information or driving directions. The Young Musicians Competition was established in 2002 to honor two founding members of Arizona Musicfest, Chet and Ann Goldberg.

Archaelogical Society brings author to Cave Creek STAFF REPORT

The Desert Foothills Chapter (DFC) of the Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) will have geologist and author Wayne Ranney as their guest speaker at their 7 p.m. April 13 meeting at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Church in Cave Creek. Ranney’s lecture will be about ancient landscapes of the American Southwest, a presentation that will include visuals from the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Petrified Forest and the Superstition Mountains. Ranney will discuss how the formations came to exist.


Chapter meetings are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Ranney has both Bachelors and Masters degrees in geology from Northern Arizona University. He has worked and lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, been to both the North

and South Pole and has traveled to more than 80 countries. He is an award winning author of four books, Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, Carving Grand Canyon, Sedona Through Time, and Arizona Landforms. All of his books will be available at the meeting for purchase and autographs. The DFC has been active in the Cave Creek area for more than 30 years. Go to azarchsoc. org for membership information and to find out about the many other chapters statewide. For direct information about other DFC activities, contact President Paddi Mozilo at 480-595-9255.


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Anthem junior experiences U.S. Space and Rocket Center MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Tyler Doty has aspirations of going into the Air Force once he has completed his high school education. The 16-year-old Anthem resident, who attends Northpoint Preparatory in Phoenix, got a preview of that future after spending a week last month in Huntsville, Ala., the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Doty was one of 238 students from 26 countries and 27 U.S. states selected to attend the week-long camp (March 5-11) put on by Honeywell. “I didn’t expect it to be so diverse,” he said. “We got to try a lot of different thing and I thought it was extremely well done. It was an outstanding opportunity.” At the Leadership Challenge Academy Doty and his fellow students got to learn about DNA testing, dissected animals and conducted a simulated space shuttle among other activities. Many of the activities called on students to present their findings or opinions to a panel of experts. With aspirations of going into the Air Force Doty said getting an opportunity to try his hand in an F18 was one of the highlights of the trip. “It was very realistic,” he said. “You had all the buttons and instruments, from the flaps and targeting to takeoff and landing. At first I had some issues with the landing gear, but overall I definitely excelled in the simulator.”

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Doty said the camp emphasized physics and calculus skills. “I was already majorly interested in those subjects, but this camp confirmed that I want to go into a science based major,” he said. Another focus of the camp was leadership. The teens had a variety of speakers talk to them including former astronauts and pilots. The students invited to participate were chosen based on academic achievement and community involvement. Along with being ranked eighth in his class academically, with a 4.3 GPA, Doty is involved in student government, competes on the varsity football team, as a tight end and defensive end, and is on the varsity track team, where he runs the 400 and 800 meters. Another hobby for Doty is the piano, as the Anthem teen has played for eight years. When it comes to wanting to

go into the Air Force Doty said it’s a desire that has been with him for several years. “My grandpa flew in World War II,” he said. “That was what first inspired me, but now I just think there’s something special about doing your best and serving your country.” As he approaches his final month of his junior year Doty said his experience at the Leadership Challenge Academy was definitely one he’ll remember. “I learned a lot, but I think the thing I’ll remember most was the people I met there,” he said. “It was a culturally diverse group. I met people from all over the world and it was great to see all the different cultures. We got along. Most of us dressed the same regardless of where we were from. The students from other countries were making fun of American food. We had a good time getting to learn about each other’s traditions.”

Wildlife Film Festival comes to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center STAFF REPORT

The International Wildlife Film Festival Comes to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Cave Creek from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Arizona Wildlife Education Foundation (AWEF) will sponsor the festival of award-winning films. AWEF has selected several award-

winning programs selected to appeal to audiences of all ages, including Lords of Nature (as seen on PBS), Chick Flick, and others. The International Wildlife Film Festival & Media Center, located in Missoula, Montana was established in 1977 and is the longest running event of its kind in the world. The Arizona Wildlife Education Foundation

is proud to sponsor this event for the first time in Arizona. In addition to films, there will be children’s activities, wildlife displays, a silent auction, Arizona wildlife, and more. The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 N 60th St. in Cave Creek. Ticket prices are $5 for children ages 3-12 and seniors age 60 and over, $8 for adults.

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to continue their perfect run in Northwest Region play when they took on Goldwater Tuesday (results unavailable at press time). After the game against the

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The Jaguars turned the trick in the fourth with Real coming home to score while the Eagles had David Jones hung up between first and second. Staked to a 6-3 lead Boulder Creek starter Tony Blanford, who allowed only five hits in his five innings of work, posted a scoreless fourth. Despite being pestered by an aggressive base running Sandra Day squad the Jaguars ace right hander largely shutdown the Eagles attack. In the fourth Blanford worked around a lead-off single from Eagles Greg Saenz, who reached with a single. With his team trailing by three Saenz stole second base, but Blanford quelled the comeback effort as he maintained the three-run lead for his squad with a strikeout, groundout and a then a pop out to end the inning. In the fifth the Eagles manufactured a run with a double steal of home, to pull within two. After five innings of work, in which he allowed four runs on five hits, striking out four while walking two, Blanford gave way to Alex Lowes. The junior lefty worked around a leadoff double to post a scoreless sixth, setting up Real to try and seal the victory. The senior, who went 2-for4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, proved a star on two fronts in earning his ninth save of the season. “I don’t really worry too much about nibbling or locating my pitches,” Real said. “I just fire it up there and see if they can hit it.” After walking the lead-off hitter Real came up with a strikeout and then induced a ground ball double play to end the game. McDonald said he was excited to see the focus his team came to play with. “We knew it was a big games,” he said. “After being at home for such a long stretch it was good to see the way we played on the road. We clutched up at the plate when we had to. It’s all about finding a way to put the ball in play.” The 22-4 Jaguars, who improved to 6-0 overall, looked

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Phoenix Film Festival shines in North Valley MONTE YAZZIE Special for The Foothills Focus

Eleven years and still the Phoenix Film Festival endures as a premier staple for the film community in Arizona. Over the course of eight days films compete and are showcased to an eager community of film enthusiasts at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters. The crowd was large this year, selling out a few shows before the end of the first day. Films span numerous genres from around the world, and showcase the talent of artists both amateur and professional. Most of the films entered are looking to be discovered and find distribution, so a majority of the audience has not seen many of these films. Walking into a film that you know nothing about and leaving pleasantly surprised seems to be a common theme at this festival.

These films are something to be discovered. Many of the filmmakers made it out this year to display their work and conduct question and answer forums after their films. It’s a delight to have the director or actor talk about their influences or experiences during the filmmaking process, an opportunity one rarely gets to experience. Not only was this the Phoenix Film Festival, but it also combined the International Horror and Science Fiction Film Festival to its’ option. Most of the films are also entered for competition, and are judged and awarded prizes in technical and artistic categories. This year also featured some interesting conversations with some of Hollywood’s most talented. Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire),

Peter Weller (Robocop), and Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street). All shared stories and insight from their careers. Awards were handed out Sunday night after the weekend competition and will be showcased throughout the rest of the week. The festival award for Best Picture was given to a film called A Little Help. The film chronicles the life of a dental hygienist (The Office’s Jenna Fischer) who gets entangled in a web of lies after the unexpected death of her husband, and is left to pick up the pieces with her twelve-year-old son in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. This year’s Audience Award was given to a wonderful documentary called Wild Horse, Wild Ride. The film depicts the story of the wild mustang, and a competition where 100 regular people are given the opportunity

to tame 100 wild mustangs in order to auction the mustangs off for adoption. Each trainer has three months to tame the wild horses before they are showcased in an exhibition. The film features the stories of some local trainers, a glamorous, yet tough woman from Queen Creek and a father and son from the heart of the Navajo Nation. It’s a gorgeously photographed, unexpectedly enthralling film. This film also won the Jury Prize for Cinematography. Late night programmer Andrea Beesley-Brown brought one of the most fun films to the festival in the form of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. This horror-comedy had some of the biggest laughs of the weekend. Though at times gruesome, this film takes the backwoods horror film in a different direction. Tucker and Dale are two friends that are mistaken for deranged killers by

a group of spring breakers who think Tucker and Dale have kidnapped their friend. While trying to save their friend, the spring breakers meet a series of grisly, self-induced unfortunate events, all to the shock and awe of Tucker and Dale. Those are just a few of the many great films that the Phoenix Film Festival has to offer. From short to feature length, some that will make you laugh, cry, scream, and think, the Phoenix Film Festival has something for every taste of film. Come out for the remaining days and enjoy some popcorn, a chat with fellow film buffs, and some movies that will show the passion of filmmaking. Schedule and competition winners can be found at

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Tractor trailer wreck kills 24 cattle, shuts down I-17 on Friday STAFF REPORT

A tractor trailer rig rolled over at 3:05 a.m. Friday morning killing 24 cattle and left I-17 southbound closed for more than 8 hours one mile north of the Bumble Bee exit. According to reports the truck struck a guardrail causing the trailer to overturn on the highway.

Interstate 17 remained closed as DPS officers along with ADOT crews and local ranchers helped to transfer the 13 cattle that survived the accident out of the overturned trailer and into other trailers brought to the scene. The driver of the semi, Tucker Green, 37 of Box Elder, South Dakota, will be cited for failure to control his vehicle. DPS

Commercial Vehicle officers have not ruled out fatigue as a cause of this collision. Green is the owner/operator of the vehicle and was traveling from Oshkosh, Nebraska to Phoenix. He was not injured in the collision. One southbound lane was reopened as crews removed animal carcasses from the scene.

Turning computer off at night makes sense SUBMITTED ARTICLE

In part one of this three part series, we explored the first reason why it’s best to turn off your computer at night (or when it’s not in use for an extended period of time). The second reason why you should turn your computer off at night is to give the internal components a rest. There are several parts of a computer that are working constantly including the system processor fan, the video processor fan, the power supply fan and the hard drive. All of these items spin at a rapid rate, some faster than others. Although all of these items are designed to spin a long time, each one of these items represents a point-of-failure in your computer. Physics teaches us that anything which moves will be

subject to friction and anything subject to friction will suffer some eventual wear. It goes without saying that these parts will not last forever. The system fan cools down your processor, which is one of the hardest working components in your computer. The processor becomes extremely hot, and without a fan to keep it cool, your system will shut down to avoid overheating and starting a fire. The video processor fan is probably the second hardest working component, although not all computers have a video card with a processor fan. If you do have a video processor with a fan, it must stay in working condition or your computer will become very unstable and unreliable. The power supply fan is also essential in keeping the computer in working condition. Since

the computer’s power supply is actually a miniature electrical transformer, converting AC power to DC power it produces a lot of heat. If this fan stops working, the entire power supply typically needs to be replaced. When your computer is turned on, the metallic platters that hold all of your important information are spinning. Not giving your hard drive a periodic rest can be extremely detrimental to your valuable information stored on it, especially if your data is not being backed up regularly. Turning off your computer when not in use gives all of these components a rest and will prolong the computer’s useful life. Mark Gogan is an Independent Computer Consultant in Cave Creek and can be reached at 480720-0233 or at

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Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is having a Last Gasp (of winter) Trail Ride and Poker Run from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. A day’s worth of events will go toward raising funds for the rescue, which is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association. There will be a pair of trail rides, one going from 10 a.m. – noon and then a second from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Those interested in the early ride should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Those

interested in the second ride should arrive by noon. Each ride will be limited to eight people. Cost for riders that provide their own horse is $75. Those riding their own horse are asked for a $50 donation. There will also be a Poker

Run, which starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Along with the rides the day will include a barbecue lunch, margaritas, a DJ playing music, a raffle, a bake sale, a tack sale. A photographer will take shots of participants and rescue horse. The event will also serve as an adopt-a-thon. Dreamchaser is located at 48019 North 7th Ave. in New River. For information or to reserve a horse by paying online go to For question R.S.V.P. at bobbiesbarn@

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community events PERFORMANCES MTA performs Honk! Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem will perform the musical production of Honk! Jr., the contemporary and comic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, “The Ugly Duckling” at 7 p.m. on April 14 and 16 and at 3 p.m.

April 16 and April 17 at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center. The show, with a cast of 65 area youth ranging in age from 6 – 14, reminds the audience not to judge a book by its cover. Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center is located at 40404 N. Gavilan

Peak Pkwy. in Anthem. Tickets may be purchased online at musicaltheatreofanthem. org. Adult tickets are $18 and students, seniors and children 12 and under are $15. Pioneer hosts historic show Pioneer Living


Museum will host Melodramas and Megastars: The Theatre in Territorial Arizona at 2 p.m. April 17. The reader’s theater presentation by Tom Collins and Karen Churchill will relive the golden ages of live theater when larger-than-life classical actors brought Shakespeare’s most melodramatic tragedies to Tombston, Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott during days when legitimate drama competed with magicians, midgets and minstrel shows. The presentation will be enhanced by Power Point slides of actors, vintage theater posters, scenes from plays, and old-time opera houses, that brings Territorial Arizona to life. Pioneer Living History Museum is located off of I-17 at exit 225, just west of the freeway. The show is included in the regular price of admission, which is $7 for adults, $5 for students, $6 for seniors 60 and up. Children under 5 are free. For information call 623-4651052 or go to MUSIC Spring Jazz Festival continues in Scottsdale Alice Tatum will perform from 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday at El Pedregal in Scottsdale as the latest act in the Spring Wine and Jazz Festival at El Pedregal. Tatum, who has played with the Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson will perform the free show in the outdoor amphitheater. Food and wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. El Pedregal is located at 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For information call 480-488-1072 or go to Norterra shop hosts open mic Elevate Coffee Company will have an open mic from 7 – 9 p.m. every Wednesday at their Norterra location (2530 W. Happy Valley Road). Performers receive 25 percent off anything on the menu.

EDUCATION Deer Valley searches for new Superintendent The Deer Valley Unified School District will conduct listening sessions to help develop a profile and search for the next superintendent. The third in a series of public forums is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium. Attendees will be asked what characteristics they want in a superintendent and what issues the superintendent will face in the next 12 to 18 months. A more extensive survey can be found at The deadline for application is Monday. The DVUSD Governing Board intends to name the superintendent at the May 10 meeting. Boulder Creek High School is located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. Desert Foothills Library offers computer class on photography At 10 a.m. April 19 Picasa 101, an adult computer class will offer information on how to edit photos and create collages, videos and DVDs at the Desert Foothills Library. Participants will receive a DVD with Picasa software and instruction for set-up on their own computer. Call 480-488-2286 for information or to register. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. TAX AID AAPR offers assistance to taxpayers AAPR Tax-Aide volunteers will be available from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday through April 13 at the Desert Foothills Library. The volunteers will help taxpayers prepare and file their personal federal and Arizona income tax returns. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the Library at 480-488-2286. AARP volunteers offer free income tax preparation AARP Tax-Aide is available at both the Beauf Community

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Cactus Shadows suffer through tough week MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

It was a rough week for the Cactus Shadows Falcons. Just two days after squandering an 8-3 third inning lead in a 12-11 Desert Sky Region loss to Queen Creek the Falcons had a chance to avenge themselves against the defending state champions Saguaro Sabercats on Thursday. Heading to the bottom of the second the Falcons, already up 4-3 after batting around in the first inning, had their first five hitters of the second inning reach base. Up 6-3 with the bases loaded and no outs the Falcons (13-5, 3-2) looked as though they had a chance to blow things open. Instead Saguaro’s Mike Benson got a strikeout and then induced a ground ball double play to get out of the jam, sending the momentum to the visitor’s dugout. “That seems to be our Achilles heel,” coach Spencer Grace said. “We struggle to deal with adversity. And in that case it wasn’t even adversity. We could have looked at the fact that we followed up a four-run first with a two-run second as a positive. Instead we let it affect us the rest of the game.” After putting up six runs and nine hits in the first two innings the Falcons managed just five hits and one run over the game’s final five innings. The Sabercats (21-3, 5-0) meanwhile would take the lead in the top of the fourth as Saguaro got to Falcons senior starter Joey Ford. Following a hit, walk and hit batter Saguaro loaded the bases with nobody out. After a sacrifice fly scored the first run of the inning, Sabercats junior leadoff man Austin Anderson launched a deep drive that fell in centerfield that brought home two runs to tie the score at 6. The inning, which saw eight Saguaro hitters come to the plate, didn’t end until Brandon Demerest made the score 8-6 following a two-out RBI single to center. Saguaro would eventually make the score 10-7 as the Falcons went to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Cactus Shadows junior Sean O’Grady is greeted by teammates after his three-run home run Thursday gave the Falcons a 4-1 lead over Saguaro. The Sabercats rallied to defeat the Falcons 10-8 in a Desert Sky Region matchup.

Cactus Shadows senior pitcher Joey Ford delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game against Saguaro. The Falcons got the tying runs in scoring position before the Sabercats were able to close out the game for a 10-8 win.

Looking to pull off a rally the Falcons got off to a promising start when junior Grant Lasley drew a leadoff walk and was followed by a double off the bat of senior Max Patterson to put runners on second and third with nobody out. At that point Saguaro went to its bullpen and gave the ball to senior Chris Freudenberg. The southpaw would retire the next two hitters without giving up a run, bringing the Falcons to their last out. Senior Charlie Dominick would extend things by drawing a walk to load the bases for senior catcher Connor Sabanosh. The Falcons backstop, who went into the at-bat 2-for-4 with an RBI would engage Freudenberg in a lengthy battle, running the count full at 3-2. On the payoff pitch though Freudenberg got the Falcons senior to pop up, fouling out to his counterpart, Demerest to end the game. “I feel like we’re getting better, but we left nine guys on base,” Grace said. “We just have to stay with it. I thought we had one of our better days of practice this season leading up to this game. We have all the talent in the world, we just have to keep trying to find the right chemistry. We’ve got to do a better job of getting each other going rather than waiting for something to happen.” Grace said there can’t be a let down come Tuesday when

available the rest of the season. “That kinds of leaves us scrambling a bit, but we’ll figure something out,” he said. Despite being unable to pitch for the foreseeable future, the Falcons had O’Grady’s bat in the lineup Thursday as the team’s designated hitter. The junior went 2-for-4 with four

the Falcons face McClintock (8-10, 4-2) particularly since the Falcons are likely to be in search of a starting pitcher. In the loss to Queen Creek, Sean O’Grady left with a shoulder injury. Grace said results of an MRI aren’t back yet, but he is mentally preparing as though O’Grady won’t be

RBIs including a 3-run home run in the first inning. Results of Tuesday’s game were unavailable at press time. On Thursday the Falcons traveled to Apache Junction to take on the Prospectors (9-10, 3-2) in a 4 p.m. game.

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community events Continued from page 10 Center and the Deer Valley Senior Center on select days through April 15. Customers do not need to be AARP members to participate. The free service will prepare and e-file tax returns primarily for low and moderate income families, with special attention being provided to those individuals ages 60 and older. This year, AARP Tax-Aide has expanded the number

of trained tax counselors and can now accommodate many more taxpayers for added convenience. Beuf Community Center is located at 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road. For information on times and dates call 602-5344754. The Deer Valley Senior Center is located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane. For information on times and dates call 602-495-3735.For general information and other local sites

offering AARP Tax Aide services, go to No appointment is necessary. RELIGION Anthem Country Club hosts Passover event A traditional Passover Sedar will take place beginning at 5 p.m., April 19 at the Anthem Country Club Ironwood Ballroom. The event, sponsored by the North Valley Jewish Community Association,

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real estate for real people

Now everyone is an expert Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing some numbers and statistics about the economy and the real estate market that I believe will be eye opening to say the least. As it relates to housing, there will be some positive numbers, but many of the numbers and indicators that I will be sharing point to continued trouble ahead for both housing and the economy. As I have relayed numerous times in the past, the entities (the banks, the fed and many of the politicians) that caused the housing crisis, continue to play a major role in the continuation of the problem. However, to be fair, there is another group of people that are also wrecking havoc both on the overall real estate market, and as importantly in the lives of countless families. Real estate agents. Of course, there are some very good agents/Realtors who are doing a lot of good for both the overall market place as well as distressed families. However, while half of my normal workday is spent dealing with the incompetency at the banks, much of the other half is spent dealing with far too many agents that just do not know what they are doing. In any market, it is vital for the seller to have an agent who truly knows what he/she is doing, but this is especially so in the current environment. Now that short sales make up such a large proportion of the market place, we see a massive explosion of agents that are calling themselves “experts” at short sales. What makes these people experts?

Well, largely the title comes from sitting in an eight hour (or less) class getting instructions from another agent who has no (or very little) real life experience in dealing with short sales. If the agent has that ability (to stay awake), then the title of “expert” is given and the agent is off to help those in need. Unlike in a normal market, where the consequences of an inexperienced and/or untrained agent might cost the seller a few thousand dollars at the closing table, now the lack of competency might cost the seller a foreclosure. The other day I called an agent to see what the situation was on one of his listings. The listing showed active in the MLS and I had a buyer who wanted to view it. I checked tax records to see if there was a trustee sale date set. Upon checking tax records, it became clear that the home had already been foreclosed and transferred back to the bank as an REO. Because the listing was still showing active and because the homeowners name and number was still listed in the MLS, I called the homeowner. I am not sure who was surprised more when I had to inform him that his home had been foreclosed a few days prior. Not only did the owner not know he had been foreclosed on, but neither did the agent who had the listing. “Wow, I kinda forgot about that one,” the agent said. Wow – I am sure the sellers who just lost that home to foreclosure will not forget about that one so easily. The above scenario is just one

example of what can happen if the agent you hire does not have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you through the short sale maze. If you’re a seller and are faced with the prospect of having to do a short sale, you need to understand that it will be the most important real estate transaction you will ever be involved. On the surface, it really should not be that complicated. Your home is listed at the current market price, a purchase contract is obtained and submitted to your lender(s). The bank orders an appraisal/BPO, submits the results and purchase contract to the investor and they approve or counter the offer. If it were that easy, short sales certainly wouldn’t take months and months to complete and the national average for successful short sales would be higher than 25 percent. Sadly, there are far too many reasons a short sale can go wrong and with this list growing everyday due to the nightmare called HAFA and all the other government interventions. It takes an expertise only obtained from dealing with the banks, a thorough understanding of business negotiations, and an artful knowledge of how to push

the right buttons when needed. Perhaps the most important ingredient the agent conducting the short sale must have is compassion for the homeowner, which will hopefully translate into tenacity to get the job done. Sure, some deals are easier than others are, but none are “easy,” and because of the high degree of incompetency and ruthless behavior demonstrated by the banks, your agent had better know how to take the gloves off and go to battle for you. To make matters worse, many times the agent is not just dealing with just the lender(s), and investor, but also potentially a mortgage insurance company, bond holders and even credit default swaps could all come into play behind the scenes. The negotiating skills of your agent could determine if you’re approved or if you are denied. Because of the complexity of these transactions, the listing agent better have a system and a skill set designed to see the transaction to a successful conclusion. Oh by the way, he/ she had better know how to keep the buyer engaged through the entire ordeal or otherwise no approval in the world is going

to help if there is not a buyer for the home. After helping hundreds of homeowners navigate the treacherous waters of short sales, I can tell you those at the banks are often clueless and always merciless, the government help is no help at all, and sadly all too many of the so-called experts are a major contributor to the overall problem. Despite all the challenges a short sale is very often the best option for a distressed homeowner in today’s market. So, if you are going to enter the waters of this market, (whether to buy or sell) you must find a Realtor that has the knowledge, experience and resolve to help you through the storm. To learn more about short sales and understanding your options in our local housing market, contact the [HOLT] group. Robert Holt, CDPE/SFR and Christina Holt, GRI/SFR/ CSSN of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. For info visit or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts. Visit us at Anthem Days Saturday and Sunday.

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MORRIS This is Morris, a 2-3 year old orange tabby. He needs his own home.  He was abandoned in Anthem Country Club and while on his own was attacked by an owl.  He is all better now and has been neutered and has had his shots.  He is

a loving, mellow cat and just craves attention. Email or call if you would like more info on Morris at or 623-551-2234. Anthem Pets is a non-profit organization that exists solely on donations.

HOLIDAY A pair of free Easter egg hunts are scheduled to start at 9 and 11 a.m. April 16 at Shops of Anthem, between the Ace Hardware and Shanghai Club. The event also will include egg decorating, egg toss, balloon bunnies, cake walk, face painting, cookie decorating as well an opportunity to take free photos with the Easter Bunny. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. A free drawing will take place at 10:45 a.m. By donating a nonperishable food item to donate to the Foothills Food Bank participants can earn additional tickets for the drawing. The event is sponsored by Regency center and the businesses at Anthem Marketplace and Shops of Anthem.



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New River hosts egg hunt The Kiwanis Club of New River will have its annual spring games and egg hunt for children ages 3-10 at 10 a.m. April 16 at the Kiwanis Community Park. The park is located just north of New River Road off of 15th Ave. at 48606 N. 17th Ave. The New River Kiwanis Community Park which is located just north of New River Road off of 15th Avenue at 48606 N. 17th Avenue.  GUN SAFETY Arizona Women’s Shooting Associates host handgun safety course A course offering basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for owning and using a pistol safely will take place from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sept. 17 at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Students will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Upon completion of the course, which includes a written exam students will receive an NRA certificate. Cost for the class is $115, which is non-refundable. For information on registration call Carol Ruh at 602571-3886 or go to

SPORTS Pop Warner North registration opens Registration for the 2011 Fall Tackle and Flag football seasons is under way for North Valley kids. Tackle divisions are available for ages 7-15. Flag football is for ages 5-7. Registration dates are April 16, May 14, June 18, July 9 at various North Valley locations. Cost for tackle football is $190 while cheerleading is $160 and flag football is $120. The tackle season begins Aug. 1 with games beginning Aug. 27. The flag football season starts Aug. 8 with games starting Sept. 3. For information on all the registration locations, requirements to play and boundaries for players go to, e-mail or call 602-944-4508. HEALTH Caring Corps offers caregivers tips The Foothills Caring Corps and Scottsdale Healthcare present Caregiver Tips, a free, informative session for individuals taking care of elderly loved ones from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the FCF-Holland Community Center. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Saturday at 480-488-1105. For information on the Foothills Caring Corps, call or visit The FCF-Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N 60th St. in Scottsdale. 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 dayto-day situations. For information contact Jerry Abrahamson at 602-741-8992 or Anthem Al-Anon group hosts 1st meeting Does someone’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon can help. Courage to Change AlAnon group meets from 6 –7 p.m. Wednesdays at Cross of Christ Church is located at 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. ART New program for seniors available at FCF Seniors create a unique piece of art on the third Tuesday of each month at the FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., #B, Scottsdale. Jane’s Mandela Design is a therapeutic coloring session using the Hindu or Buddhist circular symbol of the universe, or mandela. Each session combines a social experience with therapy for hand-eye coordination. Classes are free. Contest highlights area high school students Emerging young artists from North Valley high schools will be exhibiting their work as part of the sixth annual Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) Regional Teen Art Competition from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 16 -17 at the Outlets at Anthem, Suite 550. “Artists in Studio” will feature mixed media, ceramics, oil, acrylic and more.  Students will be recognized at a reception open to the public from 3 -5 p.m. on April 17.   Live entertainment will be presented by Musical Theatre of Anthem at noon on April 16 and beginning at 1 p.m. on April 17.  To learn more about the Arts Council of the North Valley visit or call 623-516-2268.

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opinions and letters Anthem resident offers cost-saving measure on water bill Did you know that 1-inch meter users can downsize to 3/4-inch meter and save up to $400 annually in 2011 and up to $500 by 2013?  Did you know that there are 182 homes in the Parkside Landings with fire sprinklers which use 3/4-inch meters and not 1-inch meters.  And, per Parkside Anthem resident and former fire chief, Tom Johnson, “the county code does not regulate meter size for a home with a fire sprinkler, it is a result of fire sprinkler design based on the calculations of water pressure at the meter, elevation of the highest sprinkler head, length of pipe run and pressure required for the sprinkler heads used.”   And, finally did you know that there is no code that mandates fire sprinklers in a gated community as confirmed by the Daisy Mt. Fire Department? I have coordinated with Arizona American Water, a professional

engineer and Anthem Licensed Plumbers the process steps and requirements to downsize your 1-inch water meter to 3/4inch. Arizona American Water will swap meters if your residence meets code to provide sufficient water flow and pressure that will meet the internal water demands of the structure and, if applicable, the fire sprinkler system, and will not violate current plumbing, building, or fire codes and/or create unsafe conditions. There are more than 3,000 households in the Anthem Golf and Country Club and Parkside that are eligible, but must first qualify.  For those that qualify, the annual cost savings would be up to $426.72 in 2011, $456.96 in 2012, and $487.32 in 2013 per the water company’s current rate schedule.  It will take approximately 16 to 18 months to break even depending on when you have your meter

downsized. To facilitate this process, first contact a professional engineer. For your convenience, call Arif Kazmin, at 480-722-2996 for an appointment and estimate. Upon inspection and measurements, he will issue a Certificate of Compliance if you qualify.  Following that, call John Lulewicz, Operations Supervisor to request an Arizona American Meter Downsizing Request Form. Attach to the form the Certificate of Compliance and mail it to Lulewicz at Arizona American Water 6215 N. Cattle Track Road. Scottsdale, AZ 85250-6000. a plumber on standby.  What is  Upon receipt, Mr. Lulewicz normally needed is just a threaded will schedule a visit to your coupler and nipple to fill the gap premise and send a field between the customers service representative to check the lay and their meter spud (that is the length of the old meter vs. the swivel connection that threads new meter before they schedule onto our meter).  the job.  By doing this, they will The cost for the 3/4-inch be able to tell you if you need meter and install from the water

Does eating meat cause hunger? So far, agriculture has kept up with population -- there’s enough food in the world to feed everyone. But not everyone’s getting fed -- at least a billion people live with hunger, according to the U.N. World Food Program. And the world is in the midst of yet another spike in food prices. As long as we keep diverting grain from human mouths to animal ones, people will go hungry. It’s simple market economics: It’s more profitable to produce meat -- even though the meat that results from feeding grain to animals has less food value than the grain itself. Which is why there’s hunger even when there are no grain shortages: The wealthy of the world are willing to pay more to feed animals than poor people can pay to feed themselves. So must we all become vegetarians in order to avert world hunger? Not necessarily. Recent food price spikes mean those on the margins are more likely to go hungry, and political instability is among

the outcomes. In February, the World Bank reported price levels only 3 percent below the 2008 peak that produced widespread food riots. The World Bank discusses two factors driving up food prices: weather and ethanol, and quotes a USDA estimate that 40 percent of the U.S. corn output will go to making ethanol this year. But in the United States in 2009, the last full year for which numbers are available, 137 million metric tons of corn, sorghum, barley, and oats became animal feed. That’s 46 percent of total U.S. consumption of those grains. The solution to world hunger, then, is simple: Stop eating meat. It turns out, though, that eating meat doesn’t have to take food away from hungry people, and it doesn’t have to involve a lifetime in a cage. At Salatin’s Polyface Farms, the pastures are five times as productive as the local average. Salatin raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and does it all without using anything

that could become human food. He says his farmland has gotten richer and more fertile as a result of decades of grazing. This is the model that most humans followed for most of history: Animals ate what humans couldn’t, and turned that into meat that humans could eat. Not a great deal, mind you -- about three quarters of a pound of meat and 1.33 pints of milk per week. But the roughly 1.5 billion people in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh eat less than that already. For the sacrifice of cutting our meat consumption, we’d eliminate the cruelty of confinement animal-feeding operations. We’d do away with the bulk of the greenhouse gases associated with industrial livestock -- Salatin says his operation actually sequesters carbon. Best of all, we’d know that no one in the world had to go to bed hungry. Doug Pibel is managing editor of YES! Magazine.

company is $205. However, if a plumber is needed, there is additional cost of up to $200 depending on the plumber. These are the tools to downsize your meter.  Consider this as a means to save money in the long run.  Bob Golembe, Anthem

Christian asks those of faith to reflect on actions There’s an old axiom that states ‘Those who speak, don’t know, and those who know, don’t speak. We’re finding more and more that there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of talking and protesting and bellyaching, but fewer people actually walking the walk. We have extremists protesting funerals of gay soldiers, pundits decrying the use of abbreviations for the word Christmas and activists campaigning for prayer in public schools. These are all very divisive issues, and have little to do with the good works the Bible wants the faithful to perform. And people wonder why the media tide is turning against people of faith.” If there is something about society that you don’t like, chances are you can find a quote in the Bible that demonizes it. It’s not difficult to take just about any reference material, secular or non-secular, and use it as a means to pit people against each other. But that’s not what the Bible was meant to do. It was meant to

bring people together. The key to reversing the trend, according to Minor, is to use actions more than words, and for people of faith to quietly go about the good works and charity that is at the essence of the Bible’s teachings. Shouting louder than the other guys only results in more shouting, which never gets anything done. The key is to go about your life, as one of the faithful, and to make sure you actually do at least one thing each day that reflects the faith in which you believe. Imagine the impact on a world stricken with strife and pain when literally millions of people – all at once -- stand up and, instead of talking about their faith, actually act on it. That’s the kind of world that can only become a reality when people of faith band together and commit themselves to achieving it.” Kirk Minor earned a a Doctorate of Ministry from Lake Charles Bible College in Lake Charles, LA.

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Disaster tests faith of masses unimaginable and provide hope, love and assistance to those people who need our help. A minister in England told his congregation, “You can’t mope around wondering why or how it happened and question God or it will drain you of every bit of faith you have.” We can seek encouragement and inspiration from the outpouring of caring and aid that is being offered. That humans rise up to help each other is one of our best qualities. But the ongoing events of nuclear fallout, rebuilding, trying to locate loved ones and giving dignified burials to the deceased are major mountains to climb. The heartbreak continues. My neighbor has a nineyear-old daughter, named Caroline, who drew a picture of the Tsunami. It was a large blue wall of water on onehalf of the page, drawn on the other half there were dozens of stick-figure people, each with little wings. There was a bright yellow ball of sun shining down on all of the stick-figures. I asked Caroline, “Is this a picture of when the bi –––– tidal wave came?” “Yes,” she answered solemnly. “But God came first. He came down to give all the people wings. Next came the wave. The people became angels and flew to safety.” Some things can never be fully explained. Until next time… keep the faith.

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A benefit to support 22-yearold Taylyn Dunphy of New River is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Gavilan Peak Sports Bar in New River. Auction and raffle items are being accepted to help raise funds for Dunphy who was involved in a head-on collision on Feb. 23.

Dunphy, a mother of a 22 month-old daughter, had to be cut from the vehicle and airlifted to the hospital. She suffered life-threatening injuries including TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The benefit will include a $5 entry fee for a buffet. Entertainment will include

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H e l l o God, are you still up there? Evidently this is the question Bluhm on a few million peoples’ minds. Whispered by children, pondered by adults, analyzed by world leaders, anguished by families of victims, and confirmed by theologians, our world seems to be in one hell of a mess. When the force of nature’s blast is so powerful that the earth’s plates shift violently, altering the “tilt” of our planet, moving the entire country of Japan about one parking space to the east and sending walls of water annihilating entire communities, what are we to think? It is hard to comprehend such absolute devastation. If your faith in divine intervention is shattered, you’re not alone. The big question of “why did this happen” or “how could God let this happen” seems to be shaking up the belief systems of people of different cultures, races, ages and religions. A woman in Cave Creek sent me an email saying, “This Tsunami makes it pretty hard to ask God for help. How can any of us ask for the most mundane of things, like the hope that our medical tests come back negative, or that our family member makes

it through a surgery, or that our children are safe, when we see such horrific death and destruction?” A Muslim spiritual leader was interviewed on NPR and said that “Now is not the time to question God, but to simply believe that things happen for reasons beyond our limited abilities to understand. Now is the time to respond courageously, generously and swiftly.” Pastors, priests, rabbis, monks, nuns, and holy leaders throughout the world echoed these words. A website discussed on CNN has been taking a poll of “what people really believe” about God’s role, lack of role, or lack of God in the wake of this tragedy. While many respondents claim that God “tests us” by “causing” various world crises, most people seem to believe that God, for “reasons unknown,” does not like to intervene with nature. Many of those surveyed said that a disaster of this magnitude is “proof that God exists only in people’s minds,” while still other people contend that, “God has lost interest in humankind and is an absentee landlord.” A psychiatrist wrote in a medical journal that how an individual “sorts out” terrible tragedies is important to one’s mental health. If people become “disconnected” from their own core belief systems (whatever that may be), then fear, depression and despair takes over. We are advised to keep our collective chins up, come to terms with the

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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. Moving soon – must sell – almost new entertainment center. Holds up to 42 inch T.V. – inside lighting, glass shelving storage, drawers and storage for CD’s$1000. Sears Elite HE Washer and Dryerlike new – $750 for set. Oak Curio cabinet – very nice $150, Office desk,chair and credenza-$150 for three piece. Anthemphone 623-551-3770 after 5:30 p.m. or anytime on weekend. **BRAND NEW** EGYPTIAN COMFORT BED SHEETSETS** TRAMONTO RESIDENT **820 COUNT $20 **1200 COUNT $30 **1500 COUNT $35** PLEASE CALL TED @ 602-558-7777. THANK YOU! Large wood display case. 48in wide, 6ft high, 18in deep. Sliding glass doors, movable glass shelves, lighted.480-488-4376 Landscape Timbers 8inx8inx64in, $5ea. 6ft T-Posts, $3ea. 623-694-4338 Used galvanized pipe greenhouse rafters. $35 each. 623-492-0799 Landa 3200 P.S.I. Pressure Washer. 20HP, Honda. 6.3 GPM. Tandem Axle trailer. 300 Gal storage tank. Set up for 2 gun operation. Cost $14,000 new. Under 400 hours operation. 2-2-06. $6500 obo. 623-692-9939 Pool table made by Dynamo,bar table,all accessories included. excellent shape.$750. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Misc Wanted WANTED: .38 SPL or .357 MAG dbl action revolver, 5.5in and up barrel. $300 depending on condition. Don 623-465-9317 Wanted: Old/New Guns, anvils, wagon wheels, Antique safes, Guitars, Old Spurs. Cash Paid. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Big Screen TVs, as is, 41”-100” HD TV’s, Statewide pick up. Quick response. Bob 602-271-4461 Services Offered LEGAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION: Notary, Legal Forms, Divorce, Wills & Trusts, Bankruptcy I17 / Carefree TuesSat 623-889-7144

SPRINKLER REPAIR & INSTALLATION. Sprinkler/Drip Line Repair & Installation Experts No Job To Big Or Small....Free Estimates!!!! Since 1993 WWW.IFIXSPRINKLERS. COM Robert Smith 602-380-9658 A&D LAWN MAINTENANCE, LLC. 12 years Experience Residential & Commercial One time cleanup service and/or lawn maintenance, grass service/planting, weed pulling/ spraying. Storm Damage cleanup. Trash hauling Tree & Palm Trimming, shaping, pruning. FREE ESTIMATES SATISFACTION GUARANTEED O:623465-5576 or cell 623-680-7505 I will clean your home. 14yrs local experience. $12 hour your supplies. Good References. 623-434-8125 Carpet, Vinyl, Laminate, Installations and Repair. Quality Work, Reasonable Rates, Free Estimates. Lots of Experience. Call Jerry at 602-373-3556 2011 Still Upside Down? We Can help. Success with short sales since 2007. Short Sale Masters AZ The Young Group HS 602-284-5435 www. Lynn & Roy’s Helping Hands. To help move, haul or just shuffle your stuff around. 928-899-0977 Pets & Supplies Rattlesnake proof your dog now. Snake proofing for all breeds of dogs. New River location. 480-215-1776 www. REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602506-PETS. Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480-488-5711

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Rockman Pool Service. Weekly Service & Repairs! Call today for a free estimate. 480-234-5715

Real estate Commercial Property Anthem office condominium with two offices and a conference room or three offices. Huge kitchen/work room, lobby, and more. Decorator paint and carpet; glass doors; and other upgrades. Perfect for attorney or other professional. Call Landlord (Becky) at 480-215-3805 for more information, or Tenant (Steve) at 602339-4551 to see. Landlord willing to offer flexible leasing terms. 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 Roommate Wanted $600. 2 rooms for the price of one in Beautiful Cave Creek/Carefree home. Big house, gated area, Dove Valley Ranch. 2 rooms joined by private bath. Bedroom furnished. Garage, cable & WiFi. Private entrance. Access to house, kitchen & pool w/ beautiful backyard. No smoking, no pets. Utilities included. References required. 480-488-3215

Rentals NEW RENTAL...3 bdrm 2 bath house for rent in Tramonto. 17 and Carefree Hwy. New carpet and paint. Community pool, basketball courts, playgrounds and trails. Great neighborhood. $1450. per mo. Call 602-561-6152. Cave Creek: One Bedroom.New Kitchen with dining area. Small covered patio. Nice Quiet area with beautiful views. References One Yr, lease $700 mo.480-488-2752 2 bdrm, 2 bath on 2 acres in New River.

Satillo tile throughout. All appliances. Horse set-up. Other pets O.K. Beautiful mountain views. $1200 mo. Credit check & lease required.  Available April 1st. 623465-5877 Airstream Trailer, West Cave Creek. Suitable for one person, covered porch, fenced, private, secure, $400 mo. includes utilities. 480-326-2480 For Rent. New River. 27th Ave & New River Road. 2-3 Bedroom, 1.5 bath, water included, NO PETS. $850mo plus deposit. 623-533-1675

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 OWC Lovely 2/1 mobile in BCC, AZ. Half acre, well is move in ready. Suitable for retired couple or responsible single. Possible Rental. For more info call 623374-9267

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April 9 & 10

Stilllife waiting for yourWell, lifeyoupreserver? Well, you are not alone. Still waiting for your preserver? are not alone. Unfortunately, anyone who has been waiting on the economy to rebound or for a Gov bailout

Get the Facts:Get the Facts:

Unfortunately, anyone who has been waiting on the economy to rebound or for a Gov bailout • Less than 12% of eligible borrowers receive a loan mod with 70% of those ending is out of luck. With foreclosures surging and home prices declining, many homeowners areof eligible • Less than 12% borrowers receive a loan mod with 70% of those ending is out of luck. With foreclosures surging and home prices declining, many homeowners are up in foreclosure within a year of obtaining the modification. desperately underwater. Coupled with the onslaught of economic distress, many arewithin a year of obtaining the modification. up in families foreclosure desperately underwater. Coupled with the onslaught of economic distress, many families are • Banks are NOT on your side, but we are! on the brink of financial collapse. While it may seem bleak, you do have options. The [HOLT] • Banks are NOT on your side, but we are! on the brink of financial collapse. While it may seem bleak, you do have options. The [HOLT] • Short Sales have MUCH LESS negative impact on credit than Foreclosures. Group has helped countless buyers and sellers navigate this market and we can helpSales you have too! MUCH LESS • Short negative impact on credit than Foreclosures. Group has helped countless buyers and sellers navigate this market and we can help you too! • We DO NOT charge up front fees and are only compensated by the bank. You owe it yourself and your family...The time to take action is now! You owe it yourself and your family...The time to take action is now!

• We DO NOT charge up front fees and are only compensated by the bank. • The Holt Group is not new to the process. Our team has successfully negotiated • The Holt Group is not new to the process. Our team has successfully negotiated 100’s of Short Sales since 2007. (ASK US HOW) 100’s of Short Sales since 2007. (ASK US HOW) • We are full-time, trained, and experienced professionals with a proven system that • We are full-time, trained, and experienced professionals with a proven system that can help you avoid the devastating effects of Foreclosure. can help you avoid the devastating effects of Foreclosure.


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

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Each Office Independently Owned & Operated Each Office Independently Owned & Operated. IMPORTANT NOTICE The FTC requires that The Holt Group inform you that we are not associated with IMPORTANT NOTICE The FTC requires that The Holtand Group informisyou we are the government, our service not that approved bynot the associated governmentwith or your lender (that is a good thing). the government, and our service is Even not approved by this the offer government or your lender a good if you accept and use our service, your(that lenderis may not thing). agree to a short sale. If you stop Even if you accept this offer and usepaying our service, your lender may not agree to a short sale. If you stop your mortgage, you could lose your home and damage your credit – duh! paying your mortgage, you could lose your home and damage your credit – duh!

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