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Anthem approves $39,500 for market analysis MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

After an extensive debate, some teeth grinding and admitted concern by multiple members of the board the Anthem Community Council voted to spend up to $39,500 to have ESI Corporation conduct a market analysis for Anthem. The council by a 4-1 vote, with Tim Fyke and Bob Copen abstaining, authorized Chief Executive Officer Jenna Kollings to move forward with the plan. “We see this as a critical part of our process,” Kollings said. “Our staff could put some of this together on our own, but it wouldn’t be nearly as vibrant of a plan. If we go this way we’ll get a tangible document, maps, data tables, charts provided in a format that can be used by realtors and given to potential buyers. They’ll also provide us with an implementation plan, action steps that will be used moving forward. This is not a study that will sit on a shelf. It will be something that gives us a map of where to go. We want to go about establishing a climate to make Anthem attractive, to make businesses want to grow here.” While board members Copen, Ron Jerich and Ray Norris all intimated that

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Anthem non-profit readies for annual charity run MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Living in a desert Valley residents, perhaps more than most people in the United States, are keenly aware of the importance of water. But while most of us simply turn on a faucet for clean drinking water it can be quite an ordeal in other places around the globe. For the fourth straight year Anthem resident and Water for Our World founder Scott Foreman is looking for volunteers interested in participating in a fundraising event that not only change the lives of the thousands of beneficiaries of the effort, but also provides

personal fulfillment as an accomplishment of a lifetime. At 6 p.m. Sept. 8 Foreman, accompanied by Dan Spinogatti, will have an informational meeting at the Anthem Community Center looking for people to participate in the 2012 Phoenix P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Participants are asked to get family, friends and coworkers to sponsor their effort with the money going to pay for the building of a well in areas of need around the globe through Foreman’s non-profit. “As close to the issue as we are as an organization

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Anthem based non-profit Water for Our World will participate in the 2012 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon for the fourth straight year. Each of the previous three groups have raised money through the run with proceeds going to build a well in villages in need in countries around the world.

Revision of county codes proposed MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

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Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Andy Kunasek was in New River on Aug. 24 where he offered up a host of proposed revision to county codes. The proposals came in response to a July meeting in which area residents questioned the strict nature of some of the codes currently on the books. The board of supervisors will vote on the proposals at their Oct. 19 meeting.

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At a meeting in early July 40 plus residents from the New River and Desert Hills area turned out to let Maricopa County Supervisor Chairman Andy Kunasek, who represents District 3, know in no uncertain terms that they are frustrated in their attempts to deal with the county. Specifically their issues included struggles in obtaining permitting to build on their land, concerns about ambiguity in the codes, seemingly inconsistent enforcement and all in all a difficult time communicating with county employees. Just less than two months after their last visit, Kunasek and members of the county staff were back in New River on Aug. 24 at Daisy Mountain Fire

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Station #141. Once again nearly 50 residents showed up to hear the county’s response. “We think we’ve come up with some solutions,” he said. Kunasek offered eight amendments to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance and the Drainage Regulation of Maricopa County that will be discussed at a public hearing on Sept 15 meeting and voted on by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 19. The list includes a text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance that would change the date of a grandfather clause which currently requires a building or structure to have been built prior to 1969. The proposal would give legal non-conforming status

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Carefree Sundial to receive overhaul STAFF REPORT

The Carefree Sundial is in the midst of $9,700 worth of touchup work. Built in 1959, the sundial is the third largest working sundial in the Western hemisphere, measuring 90 feet in diameter. The sundial is made from a steel frame and covered in anodized copper. The metal

gnomon, or shadow casting portion of the dial, stands 35 feet above the plaza and extends 72 feet. A sunburst of colored glass hanging from the gnomon completes the sundial. The sundial will remain the same copper color, but its look will be freshened by some powder coating and painting of its lattice work.

This upgrade, which is expected to be completed before the end of October is the first for the sundial since 2004. At the 5 p.m. Sept. 13 Carefree Town Council meeting the council will also consider adding new lighting to the sundial, a strip of LED lighting which produces a softer light that won’t conflict with the night skies.

The New River Desert Hills Community Association will host speaker Mary Alice Daenzer at their 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 meeting at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in New River. Daenzer, an Arizona State Parks Ranger Specialist, will provide an update on the tenuous status of state parks. She will share how volunteers are stewards for precious natural resources. She works with a variety of community partners, supporting them in becoming partners in creative and innovative state park projects while increasing visitation to the parks.

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Cactus Shadows hosts homecoming 5K event STAFF REPORT

The inaugural Cactus Shadows High School Falcon 5K Homecoming Run-Walk is set for 8 a.m. on Sept. 18. The event, which will start at the football stadium, will go to support the homecoming festivities. Cost for the event is $20 for those 18 and under through Sept. 10. Registration, which is available through the day of the race, will be $25 after Sept. 10. Cost for ages 19 and up is $25 through Sept. 10 and then raises to $30. Those that register by Sept. 10

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to any building or structure built prior to Jan. 1, 2000. Among some of the other proposals brought forth were: • the elimination of a required minimum distance between buildings in the rural and residential zoning districts • a reduction of the two acre minimum area for farm uses and to establish roadside stands as accessory uses in Rural zoning districts • a revision to section 1201 to simplify the application of and enforcement of Hillside Regulations. All disturbances will be relegated to the lot’s buildable area except for driveway, utility and roadway. While those in attendance were largely supportive of the efforts Don Vance was among those that felt the County didn’t go far enough. “I’m less optimistic than I’m supposed to be,” Vance said. “I like some of the items that they brought forward, but I have my doubts as to how many of those will be passed.” Beyond questioning the rationality of what property owners do and do not need permits for there were also stories questioning the county’s inability to deal with issues in a timely manner. One couple, the Donaldsons, mentioned a 2.5 year process to get a permit for a fence. The county believes Valerie Beckett, recently tabbed to be an

ombudsman for the county, will help residents get through the process of applying for permits in a more timely manner. Vance said he is in the process of forming a group of residents that would offer some of its own amendments to the county code, although he said he didn’t get the impression the group was something the county was interested in dealing with. One of the issues he is concerned with was new permitting requirements for home based businesses. “There are 17 different restrictions,” he said. “Some of them make sense, but others are fairly unintelligible. I think that the county is far too controlling. In my opinion if I’m not bothering my neighbors with what I’m doing on my property than they need to back off. I think it’s an invasion of my privacy.” The proposals made by the county can be viewed at Maricopa.gov/planning. Comments on the proposals can be made by emailing darrengerard@mail. maricopa.gov. The county board of supervisors will meet at 9 .m. on Oct. 19. If voted in favor of the proposals would go into effect on Oct. 20. The County Board of Supervisors meet in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, located at 205 West Jefferson St. in Phoenix.


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Cactus Shadows volleyball program loses coach to college ranks, promotes assistant MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Cactus Shadows athletic director Rick Swearengin had a bad feeling when volleyball coach Tom Gardner walked into his office on August 15. After an offseason in which the Falcons athletic director had to replace his football, boys basketball, baseball and wrestling coaches Swearengin said he asked Gardner if he was leaving before the coach could even get the words out of his mouth. After a tenure in which he took his team to three straight state tournaments, while racking up a 78-31 highlighted by a trip to the 2009 state title match and a semifinal appearance last year, Gardner accepted a college coaching position at the University of Southern Maine. Just more than two weeks before the team’s opening match

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Swearengin was in search of yet another coach. “I think he notified me at 3:45 p.m. and I had the job posted by 3:50 p.m.,” he said. While Swearengin interviewed three candidates he didn’t have to look far to find Gardner’s successor as assistant coach Amanda Ware was tabbed to take over the program. “We knew Tom was interested in coaching at the college level so we weren’t completely surprised,” Ware said. “The girls were very supportive. They congratulated him and told him they’d miss him.” The new coach, who has been an assistant the last two seasons with the Falcons, said the hardest part for she and the players was the three days between Gardner stepping down and Ware being named the new coach. Ware said she and Gardner share very similar coaching

philosophies allowing for a smooth transition. The new coach, who spent a years as a junior varsity coach at Shadow Mountain and the last decade coaching at the club level, said nothing will change about the Falcons expectations despite the change. “It’s business as usual,” she said. “The girls have been amazing. I’m an intense coach. That will remain. They know when I’m happy with them and when I’m frustrated, but they respond well to me.” The Falcons open the season on the road at Shadow Mountain tonight, travel to North Canyon for a 6 p.m. match Thursday, before hosting long-time nemesis Sunnyslope in their home opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Vikings have ended the Falcons season each of the last two seasons, defeating Sunnyslope in the 2009 finals and in the 2010 state semifinals.

bucket list things that’s really fulfilling to accomplish, particularly knowing that your efforts are supporting such an important cause.” Foreman said Spinogatti and Alan Dunn break the effort down by providing weekly training sessions and offer a wealth of information on stretching, diet as well as other questions that new runners might have. “We’ve had people as young as 13 and into their 60s that have run,” he said. “We’ll have group runs on the weekends, but during the week we find that people in our group pair up with others to complete training sessions. It’s neat to see the relationships that are formed. Usually you find somebody that is close to your level and that helps having that support system.” Spinogatti coined the phrase, “The finish line is just the beginning,” one the group uses regularly. This year’s project will help a village in Uguanda. “The village is near the shores of a lake that is very polluted,” Foreman said. “The water looks clean, but is riddled with harmful bacteria and disease, but the people there don’t have a choice. We’ve estimated that the number

of people from that village and nearby that will be impacted by having a well is 15,000.” A dedication ceremony for the well financed by last year’s run group is set for this fall. “They ran into some issues that pushed it back a little bit, but when you go to these ceremonies and see the look of joy and appreciation these people have to have clean water it’s very emotional.” Foreman said in today’s environment in which so much of the news is negative people can feel helpless. “I think at some point we quit even taking things in because it’s so depressing,” he said. “Often you feel like there is nothing you can do about it, but we give people an opportunity to help save lives. If you’re training to run a marathon and you’re simply doing it for yourself it’s one thing, but when you’re doing it for somebody else you’re motivated because you don’t want to let them down.” For information on the run go to waterforourworld.org.

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sometimes it’s still shocking what some people are forced to do just to get the drinking water they need,” Foreman said. “For some it’s a 10 hour a day ordeal. Instead of going to school women and their children spend the vast part of their day just going to get water, and in a lot of instances it isn’t even clean water. ” Last year approximately 25 North Valley residents took the plunge and participated in running either the half or the full marathon, raising just shy of $10,000 in the process. In addition to the group of runners others volunteered in helping on the day of the event, serving as support for the participants. Foreman, who said he never considered himself a distance runner prior to the inaugural event, said Spinogatti has an 18-week program, which will prepare people of any ability to complete the event. “Every one that participated made it across the finish line last year,” he said. “We’ll start with approximately a mile training run the Saturday after our meeting and build up from there. Completing a marathon isn’t easy, but it’s one of those

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It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. That was the story of Friday’s season opener for the Boulder Creek Jaguars football team. It’s also a saying first year Cactus Shadows coach Greg Davis hopes will ring true about the 2011 Falcons following a 48-20 loss. In a game that would eventually be a blowout, the visiting Falcons, with a team featuring only a handful of players with any significant varsity experience, took it to the more experienced Jaguars for a quarter and a half. Despite arguably outplaying the Jaguars overall in the first half the Falcons found themselves trailing 21-13 thanks to a pair of Marquis Bundy touchdowns and a goal-line stand by the Boulder Creek defense. “That quick-strike ability is something I think we’ll have working in our favor throughout the season,” coach Dan Friedman said. “I want to be able to have a methodical offense that can march it down the field too, because you can wear out your defense if you’re always scoring with the big play, but you’re never going to complain about scoring.”

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Down 7-0 halfway through the first quarter, Bundy drew his team even with an eye-popping individual effort. Picking up a punt that bounced on the 30 yardline, the senior shook an initial tackler and sprinted left, before fumbling the ball at midfield. Barely breaking stride he managed to pick the ball back up and go all the way for a score. “I just lost it,” Bundy said. “I don’t know why, but I picked it right back up. When I looked up after I got it back I saw that I had a chance to score.” In the second quarter, with his team trailing 13-7, senior

quarterback Trevor Bonifasi rolled right and lofted a pass down the sideline, finding Bundy, who would once again go the distance, this time on a 51-yard pass. “Trevor threw an amazing pass,” Bundy said. “I’d dropped one earlier and I wasn’t going to let that happen again.” Jaguars coach Dan Friedman said his team’s slow start was largely self-induced. “Offensively the thing for us was we finally stopped shooting ourselves in the foot,” he said. “We fumbled on the first series

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was all about. (That summer Diane wore her hair straight). Yes, Manuel makes quite an entrance when he comes back! A week ago, Diane was sitting on her patio one evening, and watched a furry tarantula saunter up her driveway, walk onto the porch and through an open door into her kitchen. He paused, looked around, allowed

the dogs to sniff him, and then happily disappeared down the hallway, glad to be home. Did you know that a female tarantula can live for 25 years? The males usually die shortly after mating, which means they average 10 to 12 years. Could Manuel really be a girl? Or is this an offspring of Manuel? I guess we’ll never know, but he seems to have found “true love” when it comes to Diane. What else could explain his unusual behavior? The arachnid specialist at the Phoenix Zoo speculates that this tarantula has an established migration path each year to include Diane Wilson’s home in New River. What does Manuel do at Diane’s house? Well, he just strolls around, sometimes he can be seen on a wall, or sitting on the back of her sofa, watching television, or snoozing in the corner of her bedroom. He just seems to “fit in” and mostly keeps to himself. Dear Readers, we can all rest easy, because although there are plenty of problems in the world, it does seem to be spinning on its proper axis and the stars are lined up just right. Life is good, because one big, happy spider, seems to have found his way back “home.” If you see one of our desert wonders, the tarantula, please look kindly and do not be afraid. They make perfect houseguests.

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they had trouble justifying the expenditure of funds just two years after $125,000 was spent on the SIMP report Kollings said they were two distinct projects. “This is economic development,” she said. “That was master community planning. That one was looking for direction on what amenities residents would like to see added to Anthem. This is how to actively pull businesses to Anthem.” President Craig Boates said the first thing potential businesses will ask for is information on the community’s demographics. “Without that information, that we would be provided with, by this analysis, perspective business might just view Anthem as that place up there in the middle of nowhere,” he said. Norris said his lean was to defer to Kollings expertise, but questioned if it would make sense to wait a year and see if the economy improves. “I think it’s a lost opportunity if we wait,” she said. “I think by waiting we would miss out on being able to have a leg up and be ready when opportunities arise as the economy comes around.” Fyke questioned whether ESI Corporation would have a road map for helping Anthem since the community is so unique. Neal Shearer, Anthem’s Chief Operating Officer, said that in talking to the president of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, the city of Peoria

and Fountain Hills that he came away confident in what EST Corporation, which has been serving the Valley since 1990, can do for Anthem. Jerich made a motion to not spend the funds on the market analysis. “This whole thing, I just don’t understand,” he said. “Most of the information we are looking for I would think we have. We just have to decide we need it and go get it. It seems to me we’re trying to spend money just because we’ve got it. The landscape has changed {economically} but I don’t understand where we are going at this point.” Jerich’s motion failed by a 5-2 margin with Copen voting with Jerick. The normally quiet Emily Wrinkle followed by asking her colleagues to stop dragging their feet. “When we hired Jenna and hired Neal we asked them to explore economic development opportunities,” she said. “We wanted her to lead Anthem and that’s what she’s trying to do. I don’t know what we are waiting for.” Board member Jeff Pointer followed by making a motion to accept the request for the market analysis, and was joined by Wrinkle, Boates and Norris who voted in favor of the measure. Jerich was the lone no vote. The next Anthem Community Council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Anthem Community Center.

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Manuel, the friendly tarantula, is back visiting in New River. He was missing two years ago, causing many folks to hold their breath, wondering if “our hairy friend” would show up this year. Some feared the worse. To tell BLUHM this story properly, let me start in the beginning. How tolerant are you of houseguests? Imagine if they come unannounced (at the same time each year), want the run of the house, and have eight legs. You might recall, that my friend and New River resident, Diane Wilson, has had a tarantula, fondly named Manuel, who has been visiting her home since 1990! It all started one July day, more than 20 years ago, when Diane noticed something big and hairy walking into her house through an open door (no, it wasn’t her neighbor). Yikes, a spider of the biggest, furriest kind was strutting around her kitchen. From that moment on, a tradition (or migration pattern) was started. Each year, the tarantula arrives at the end of July or beginning of August, hanging around until the end of September or October. He leaves the same way he arrives, quietly and without any fanfare. He makes the perfect houseguest, since he finds his own food, doesn’t demand too much attention and pretty much goes about his routine, not getting in anyone’s way. Manuel walks around the house, on the counters, on the ceilings, into the shower – he goes everywhere. Consider the kind heart and calm disposition that it takes to open your home to a big, fat spider! Not a pet, not a companion, just a little creature of God that strolled innocently in through an open door. After checking out the premises and the occupant, this tarantula liked what he found. He’s been coming back annually, with

pretty much the same behaviors and habits. Like an old friend, he just likes to “hang around.” Diane keeps her eyes open this time of year for her hairy friend, never sure when and where he’ll turn up. A few years ago, Diane got a heart-pounding surprise when one morning she grabbed her sack of Velcro curlers, reached into the bag and found Manuel sitting in the midst of pink rollers! That must have been one hair-raising scream, because even the dogs came running to see what the ruckus

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Anthem Prep begins 2nd season of football MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my,” is a line Mark Huston is hoping opponents of the Anthem Prep Academy will be uttering. While the line was made famous in the movie the Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy claimed there was no place like home, Huston is hoping he has found 16 student-athletes who believes there is no place like the football field In just the program’s second season Huston, who played college football at Northern Arizona University and has run Let it Fly Football Camps, a youth camp in Anthem for several years, was tabbed to take the reigns of the junior high football team. The school, which has already made a name for itself

academically as Anthem Prep’s students scored higher on the AIMS test than students of any school in the Deer Valley District and outperformed all other Anthem schools, including charters, is looking to excel in the sports arena where they compete against other Great Heart Academy schools across the Valley. Huston said his vision is that the students he is working with, who are all committed to academic success, will simply view the football field as a different kind of classroom. “They’re sponges,” Huston said. “You can’t help, but be enthusiastic when you’re working with a bunch of kids that are receptive to learning.” With practices that last only 75 minutes, and a number of players that are either brand new to football or only have limited

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experience Huston said he has tried to simplify much of the terminology. On defense for instance he has given animal names for each position on the field with the middle linebacker being called the bear, a tip of the cap to legendary Chicago Bears player Dick Butkus. The defensive ends are called lions because they hunt in groups while the tiger is the nose tackle, because he hunts solo. Justin Miley, 14, said the players, who have been practicing for two weeks, have taken to their new coach’s ways. “Things seem a lot more organized,” said Miley who plays both defensive end and tight end. “We’ve been given a lot of information about the game. I think it will lead to us having more wins than losses.” The team, which only has 16 players, will compete in an 8-man football league. “What really impresses me about Mark is that he’s really patient,” athletic director Doug Pillsbury said. “He’s willing to work with kids of all levels, from the stars to the ones that have never played.” Butch Bettag, who has worked with Huston for years, said he’s seen the coach really break down the nuances of the game to the kids. “He found out that he really needed to start with the ABCs of football, but he does a great job of explaining things to the

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Coach Mark Huston offers instruction to players on the Anthem Prep Eagles football team. The squad, ranging in age from fifth graders to ninth graders started its second season of football on Saturday, looking to improve on last year’s one win season.

kids and they’re picking things up real well,” Bettag said. Nick McHatton, a freshman, is playing his first season at Anthem Prep after spending a season playing with a local club team called the Wolfpack. “This isn’t as serious,” he said. “I like to play, but that one it was three weeks of conditioning to get ready for the season where it was football, football, football.” McHatton said he’s aware that last year’s team only won one game, but he’s convinced things will go better this season, perhaps a season labeled Revenge of the Nerds. “Our coach, he is enthusiastic,” he said. “He sounds like he should be talking to college or NFL level players even though he’s talking to a whole bunch of nerds. We like it though.” Fellow freshman Joseph

Sessions, who will line up at quarterback despite never having played football before, said he doesn’t have any problem with McHatton’s assessment. “We are a bunch of nerds,” he says with a laugh. Could the team’s high IQs translate to executing game plans on the football field? “Well some of us are smarter in the classroom than we are on the football field,” McHatten said. “I don’t know what to expect since I haven’t played. I’m pretty sure though that we’ll give it our all, be united and have a good time.” The Anthem Prep Eagles play their second game of the season and their first home game at 9 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Bell Park, located at 40004 N. Liberty Bell Way, in Anthem.


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ProMusica performs 9/11 remembrance show On Sept. 11, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) will join concert groups across the country performing Mozart’s Requiem in memory of that day 10 years ago when the towers

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100 Club and Fighter Country Foundation. Among the dignitaries expected to be in attendance are Senator John McCain, Congressman Ben Quayle, Former Vice President Dan Quayle, Lt. General John Bradley Joint Chief of Staff, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Vice Mayor Thelda Williams among others. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. New

or gently used blankets for Afghan refugees will be accepted. For information on the event go to patriotdayaz.org or call 602-696-4646 or email amy@ sensationalevents.com. SPORTS Anthem Community Center hosts triathlon The Anthem Community Center will be both the start

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MUSIC ProMusica hosts choir auditions The ProMusica Arizona Youth Choir will conduct auditions for students in fifth through eighth grade from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. Sept. 12 at Boulder Creek High School. The choir provides an opportunity for students to develop their singing voices in a relaxed environment. Choir members will participate in various outreach events in the Phoenix North Valley and at least two concert performances. To schedule an audition email ydolby@pmaz.org. or call 623-465-4650.

fell. The one-hour tribute--The 9-11-11 Project: A Requiem of Remembrance-- starts at 3 p.m. in different time zones across America. The Rolling Requiem will be performed at the Community Church of Joy (just north of 101 on 75th Ave) in Glendale at 3 p.m. For this performance, ProMusica Arizona members will be joined by singers from the Community Church of Joy, Scottsdale Community College, and several other churches. In all, more than 150 singers and musicians will deliver the performance. The Church of Joy seats up to 1400 people. In addition to the first performance in Glendale a second performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley (6947 E. McDonald Dr., .25 miles west of Scottsdale Road on McDonald). Reservations are not required for either concert and there is no admission charge, although donations may be requested. Information about ProMusica

ART Library features variety of artists The Desert Foothills Library is featuring a number of local artists in various media through Sept. 15. Among the artists on display are Roberta Kritzia, Don Morosic, Patricia Peterson, Betty Muench, Colleen Taylor, Pat Yellin and Gail Thiele. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek.

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Continued from page 9 benefit Canine Companions for Independence will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Troon North Golf Club at 10320 E. Dynamite Boulevard in Scottsdale. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Teeing off with a shotgun start, the event will include a post-tournament luncheon and silent auction, helicopter golf ball drop, miracle putts, raffles, prizes and more. Registration and sponsorship information can be found at www.ccigolf.org. Centennial Copper Chopper stops at Rock Springs The Copper Chopper, designed for Arizona’s centennial celebration, will be

on display from noon – 8 p.m. Saturday at Rock Springs Café. Motorcycle builder, Paul Yaffe, designed and built the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper and is taking the official ambassador/mascot of the centennial celebration on a 17-month state tour. The bike will be raffled off in February. Tickets to purchase a raffle ticket for the bike drawing are $5. Rock Springs Café is located off of I-17 at exit 242, at 35769 South Old Black Canyon Highway. For information go to rockspringscafe. com or by calling 623-374-5794. Carefree Golf Club hosts tournament for Kiwanis Club The Desert Forest Golf Club will host the 38th annual Kiwanis Club of Carefree golf tournament on Sept. 12. Tournament proceeds enable

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on Jan. 15, 2012. The group’s goal is to collect 500 sleeping bags. The church is located at 34835 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. Donations can be made from 8 a.m. – noon on Sundays and from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. To arrange a pickup or for information call 623-581-0627. HEALTH Church hosts advice on dealing with cancer A presentation offering advice on how cancer patients can best communicate with their doctors will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek. A facilitator from Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center will talk about getting the most out of the relationship with a physician. A discussion period will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be available. Anyone whose life is impacted by cancer is welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. at 480-488-3283. Good Shepherd is located at 6502 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. RELIGION North Valley Jewish Association releases holiday schedule The North Valley Jewish Community Association has several upcoming holiday services scheduled beginning with Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 28. Rabbi Muriel Dance will lead services on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 for Rosh Hashanah and also lead Yom Kippur services on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. The group will have a break the fast dinner at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 8 at Anthem Country Club Ironwood Ballroom. Tickets cost $25 per person and $13 for children ages 3 – 10. Reservations are required. Call 623-742-6222. An annual membership, which includes High Holiday services, is $70 per person. For information call Fran Kesselman at 623-322-0957 or email fkesselman@cox.net.

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Cave Creek will get a taste of Hawaii, complete with 10 tons of sand, palm trees, a “Fire Knife Dance” and other festivities when Harold’s Cave Creek Corral celebrates Labor Day weekend with a Hawaiian Luau on Sunday. Festivities feature a pig roast luau buffet, Ka’ea Mauna Lani Hawaiian Luau Dancers, a reggae performance by Grantman & the Island Beat, a limbo and hula contest, face painting, Lei making, Hawaiian vendors, drink specials and more. “If you can’t get to the beach Labor Day weekend, come party with us,” said Danny “Maui Dan” Piacquadio, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral’s co-owner. “We hosted our first Hawaiian Luau 14 years ago, and it grows bigger each year. Where else can you see real cowboys hula dancing? How often do you and your friends have a chance to enter a limbo contest?” Piacquadio encourages those interested to purchase

their tickets early. The event’s schedule is listed below: 5:30 p.m. - Gates open 6 p.m. - Live Hawaiian Band begins performing outside 6:30 p.m. - Hawaiian buffet begins (two stations). The buffet will include roast pork, smoked Mahi Mahi, a shrimp/seafood casserole, herb roasted chicken, Teriyaki steak, and other traditional Hawaiian cuisine. 7:30 p.m. - Luau show begins outside. Ka’ea Mauna Lani Hawaiian Luau Dancers will perform authentic Hawaiian Luau dances including the traditional “Fire Knife Dance.” 8:30 p.m. - Grantman & the Island Beat perform reggae music inside Reservations for the Hawaiian Luau are required. Tickets are: $25 per adult; $12 for children 12 and under. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Road. To purchase tickets, call 480-488-1906 or visit haroldscorral.com.

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of the game, then we snapped the ball over our quarterback’s head. We left some points out there, but overall we played much better in the second half.” The Cactus Shadows offense did the exact opposite, starting strong before fizzling in the second half. Running back R.J. Anderson was a big part of the team’s strong start as the Falcons junior scored on the Falcons second play from scrimmage, capitalizing on a Jaguars fumble with an 11-yard touchdown run. Later in the first half Anderson would score on a 52-yard middle screen, breaking a number of tackles on his way to the end zone. A third potential scoring drive in the first half would fall just short. Junior quarterback Bryce Kinsler marched his team 79-yards on 16 plays with Anderson accounting for 38 of those yards. But on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yardline Kinsler’s pass to the corner of the endzone went off the outstretched of halfpg wide Foothills Focushands burger receiver Kyle Gladstone falling

incomplete and giving the ball back to Boulder Creek. Overall Anderson would end the night with 208 yards of offense with 9 receptions for 152 yards and an additional 56 yards rushing on 16 carries. The team’s backup quarterback also set up the game’s first score with a 34 yard pass on a halfback option. “I saw some good things out there tonight,” coach Greg Davis said. “I really felt like we played a good first half, but in the second half I thought we gave up. Playing football is a privilege and it’s supposed to be fun. We need to be more disciplined and understand that you have to bounce back from adversity.” While the first half was highly competitive a bigger Boulder Creek team appeared to wear down the Falcons defense in the second half as the Jaguars would score on their first five drives of the half. “When things start snowballing on you, you’ve got to7/12/11 get that snowball 3:31 PM melted Page 1in a hurry,” Davis said. “We couldn’t

do that tonight. We’ve got some guys going both ways and some of them looked a little gassed toward the end of the game.” Junior running back Stephen Landeros, who inherited the starting job from 2011 graduate Mike Contreras, the 2010 team’s most valuable player, acquitted himself very well in his first start. The junior scored a pair of touchdowns, the first on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Bonifasi and then later a 1-yard run that made the score 35-13 with 4:34 left in the third quarter, part of 34 unanswered points by the Jaguars. “We had some butterflies early, but once we get it clicking we’re tough to stop,” said Landeros who collected 221 yards of offense going over 100 yards both rushing and receiving. After looking vulnerable in the first half, particularly to the screen pass, the Jaguars defense shored things up in the second half, forcing a fumble, picking off a pair of passes and forcing a turnover on downs. The lone scoring drive for the Falcons in the second half

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Continuing to slay the beast Unless you have been in a coma over the last couple of years, then you have probably heard the countless stories about how poorly banks are fairing when it comes to processing and granting loan modifications and short sales. There have been complaints filed against virtually every lender, but without question, Bank of America leads the pack and by a wide margin. B of A, the same company that has taken hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money, is undeniably the worst at helping their own customers who need a hand up. Those of you familiar with our articles know that I passionately refer to B of A as “The Beast” and for good reason. Not only was this company a major contributor to the global financial meltdown, they are the most ruthless of all the ruthless banks. Unfortunately, the actions of “The Beast” are not only laying waste to countless financially distressed homeowners, but also to the overall real estate market. When loan modification programs began rolling out, there were high hopes that modifying loans would stem the rate of foreclosures and would provide much needed relief to those who seriously needed help to stay in their homes. It was hoped that these programs would stop the steep drop in home values across the country. By examining the numbers, we see that very few banks truly reached out to help homeowners in need, which largely includes people who have experienced a reduction in income (due to job losses or reduction in pay or hours) or have had to deal with ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage) rate re-sets which resulted in significantly higher payments. Over the last couple of years, B of A has offered one excuse after another for their failures, but the bottom line is they simply do not care. Why is B of A so bad? Clearly, this is a company with a miserable Corporate Culture. Every single on-line rating agency I can find has B of A customer service ratings at the lowest level available. The complaints come from not only customers, but also countless employees.

The even bigger question is how a bank, propped up by the American taxpayer, can continue to destroy the lives of so many of its customers and consequently, negatively influence all of us (not just those that have a loan with them)? Remember that every time B of A denies a deserving short sale or loan mod, the real estate market takes another hit. Since B of A now holds more bad loans than anyone else does, they will continue to help destroy home values for years to come as more foreclosures hit the market. Sadly, the biggest reason B of A can get away with their despicable actions is thanks to our government leaders who have allowed “The Beast” to continue to operate despite (in my opinion) being insolvent. However, despite this probability of insolvency, the FDIC is too broke to ever consider taking them over nor would the administration allow it. So, the one thing (fear of becoming insolvent) which keeps banks like B of A honest (used very loosely) is now taken out of the picture. The result of this will mean many more foreclosures, as B of A could care less if they modify a loan or not. In fact, without the worry of being taken over by the FDIC, they would just as soon foreclose since it is a quicker way to get much needed capital. From the beginning of this financial crisis, Bank of America has ignored guidelines denying hundreds of thousands of modifications and short sales. Even if a homeowner is told that they qualify for a modification program or a short sale, the bank continues to harass these same homeowners, often sending out notices of intent to foreclose, in spite of collecting trial modification payments or approving the short sale. Worst of all, there have been many cases of foreclosure auctions taking place on homes when the homeowners were paying trial modification payments or when the short sale had been approved and the home was in escrow. The issue regarding loan modifications / short sales and the mistreatment of homeowners has gotten so bad that state and federal regulators are finally investigating all complaints to

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The Obama dilemma Coming soon to a bus stop near you may be the president of the United States. Faced with growing criticism of his economic leadership, B a r a c k Obama is following the lead of Willie Nelson and O’Reilly traveling by bus to selected parts of the USA. Obama wants to calm the folks and show them that he is in high spirits. That is a bit different from Willie, who usually leaves off the word “spirits.” Anyway, what the president will likely encounter on his road trip is confusion. After more than two and a half years in office, many Americans simply do not understand exactly who he is. Even pundits, paid to analyze him, see him in drastically different ways. For example, writing in Time magazine, columnist Fareed Zakaria calls Obama a “centrist and a pragmatist.” But in The Wall Street Journal, Norman Podhoretz describes him as “the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.” Two guys, two views, not even close. The problem with Obama is that he is not forthcoming about what he is really thinking. Therefore, it is difficult to assign him a category. On economics, his actions portray a screaming big-government liberal who gambled heavily that the feds could jump-start the economy by redistributing wealth. He lost his shirt, and so did many of his constituents. As far as the war on terror goes, Obama is Gen. William Sherman, scorching the earth with predator drone missiles. A true liberal like George McGovern must be wondering what the deuce is going on. If you listen to conservative talk radio, the president is an ardent socialist and perhaps even a communist. But you don’t allow real estate sharks like

Tony Rezko to set up land deals for you if you’re channeling Karl Marx. Yes, Obamacare is a quasi-socialistic program, which I believe the Supreme Court will rule unconstitutional. But the true intent of national health care is to create more dependence on Washington, not to pay homage to Fidel Castro. If you pay close attention to Obama, he emerges as a man of contradictions. Surely, he is a devoted left-wing guy who believes the private marketplace favors the rich and government power must temper that by providing perks for the havenots. But he’s also a man who understands that America is still a traditional country that believes in God and the flag. The president does not often mess with that, angering many far-left zealots who supported him big in 2008. Going forward, it is clear the president’s base is shrinking, while his opposition is mobilizing. George Soros and his band of wealthy ideologues are on record: They believe he has let the radical left down by not seizing IBM or something. The right wing is simply crazed. They see Obama as a combination of James Buchanan and Che Guevara. There is nothing good about him. In order to win re-election, Obama must count on the non-ideological folks who are getting hammered by the awful economy. At this point, there are not enough buses in the world to drive home a happy ending to that scenario. Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama.” To find out more about Bill O’Reilly, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. This column originates on the website www. billoreilly.com.

Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade seeks participants The 7th annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade and family picnic is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Anthem, and has been designated this year as an official Arizona Centennial Event. In conjunction with the dedication of the magnificent new Anthem Veterans Memorial to be held on Nov. 11, the parade will be part of a true “Veterans Weekend”. The Daisy Mountain Veterans organization is a non-profit group comprised of American Legion Post 128, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 128 based in Anthem. Our parade has grown each year since its inception in 2005. In 2010, more than 1,000 marchers and 100 military, civic and historic units took part. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Arizona History” in recognition of our state’s 100th anniversary. Marching groups and float entrants are encouraged to demonstrate some aspect of Arizona’s rich historical past.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to participate in this year’s event by submitting a Sponsorship Form or a Parade Entry Form, both of which can be found on the Daisy Mountain Veterans website: daisymtnvets.org The completed form should be sent to the following address, and must be received no later than Oct. 1, 2011. Daisy Mountain Veterans 4250 W. Anthem Way, Suite 545 Anthem, AZ 85086 This will be a wonderful patriotic event that is fast becoming a local tradition. Please join us in a parade for the ages on November 12. Jim Oliveri, Anthem 623-243-7998 yeeditor@cox.net

Purple landscaping leaves Desert Hills resident feeling blue What is with that horrible non-native purple gravel ADOT is using on the shoulder of 7th Street? I don’t know if they got a good deal or what, but why purple? It does not blend in at all and there is no “purple” desert that I know of

in Az. Maybe a better choice should have been something like quarter-minus Madison Gold. How about it ADOT? Or is it too late to change. Debby Lietz, Desert Hills

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Notices LEGAL NOTICE: Gorden Townsley heirs or persons in interest. A Chevy Cavalier 4 door 2001, VIN 1G1JC524617121304 will be sold at auction on Friday September 2, 2011 at 11am at 44444 N Shangri La Lane, New River, AZ to satisfy landlord lien. Opening bid $2000 New River Recycling. Go green, we will pick up. Old AC, Evaps, Hot Water Heaters, Appliances, Fencing, etc. We will pay some cash for cars and batteries. Please call 602-920-4989 or 480-352-2905 AFFORDABLE-PROFESSIONAL LIVING TRUSTS (FREE Brochure) WILLS, Powers of Atty., Deeds, LLC’s; -AZ Certified 623-271-0626 or www.LEGALZAM.com Looking for ladies who would like to play cards and/or mahjong. 623-465-9317 Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 10:45am. St Rose Parish. 2825 W Rose Canyon Circle. S/W corner of Daisy Mtn & Meridian. Shop the amazing ServicePantry.com

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Garage Sales Furniture & Garage Sale FRI & SAT 9/2 & 3, 41524 N HudsonTrail, ANTHEM. 623-236-8550 Help Wanted Custom Home and Remodeling company looking for self motivated individual. Must have vast experience with 2020 software and the remodeling industry. Fax resume to 623-321-9444 Custom Home and Remodeling Company looking for excellent tradesmen, all trades. Fax resume to 623-321-9444 Seeking Asst for education based business in the Tatum Ranch area. The Asst will work 10+ hrs/wk (M & R 2:30pm-6:30pm) helping children reach their academic potential. Responsibilities include homework assistance & office adm. $10/ hr - $12/hr. tdalewilliams@yahoo.com Immediate openings for phone operators. Heavy phone volume. Accounts Receivable position also available. Positions are full time. Will train. No nights or weekends. 7th St/Carefree Hwy. Please email your resume to customerservice@ eatonvetlabs.com or fax to 602-992-0174 Gavilan Peak Sports Bar & Grill is looking for experienced cook. PT or Full time. 623-465-1020. 46639 N Blk Canyon Hwy.

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VOLUNTEER-SPONSOR-ADOPT! Dreamchaser Horse Rescue offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining our Dreamchaser family! We need animal lovers who are willing to help with everything from ranch chores to fundraising! We have sanctuary horses who need sponsors, and horses available for adoption. Come see us: www. dreamchaserhorserescue.org or Susan at 623-910-6530 MISC. 1944 Farmall Tractor. $3500 firm. Call Bill 602-997-9568 ***NEW BED SHEET SETS***1500 COUNT***$39 (602-558-7777) $39 Used galvanized pipe greenhouse rafters. $35 each.Desertscape Nursery 623-492-0799 Misc Wanted Wanted: Old steel shed and scrap metal. Will pick up. Call cell 1-847-738-1194

AFFORDABLE-PROFESSIONAL LIVING TRUSTS (FREE Brochure) WILLS, Powers of Atty., Deeds, LLC’s; -AZ Certified - 623-271-0626 or www.LEGALZAM.com SAT / ACT / PSAT Private Tutoring. $795, includes 10 hours around your schedule, book, official practice exam, score report and all materials. Learn strategies for each question type. 602-291-3238 or register today at virtualtestprep.net I will clean your home. 14yrs local experience. $12 hour your supplies. Good References. 623-434-8125 Home

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New River Recycling. Go green, we will pick up. Old AC, Evaps, Hot Water Heaters, Appliances, Fencing, etc. We will pay some cash for cars and batteries. Please call 602-920-4989 or 480-352-2905 CUTTING EDGE LAWN CARE. THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR LAWN MAINTENANCE NEEDS. NEW, FAST GROWING, OWNER OPERATED LAWN MAINTENANCE COMPANY IN THE ANTHEM AREA. ASK US ABOUT OUR OTHER SERVICES SUCH AS TREE TRIMMING, IRRIGATION AND LIGHTING. *COMPLETE MAINTENANCE PACKAGES THAT INCLUDE TREE TRIMMING, FERTILIZING, OVERSEEDING AND IRRIGATION WORK. CALL BRANDON AT 480-335-4861

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Real estate Commercial Property 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 Senior looking for another Senior to share her nice Anthem home. Bedroom, own detached bathroom; access to living room, kitchen and laundry room; wireless internet and DirecTV also included. $500 deposit, $500 month includes utilities. Call 623-551-1816 for appointment

$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 & Wi-Fi. Private entrance. Access to house, kitchen & pool w/ beautiful backyard. No smoking, no pets. Utilities included. References required. 480-488-3215 Rentals Space for your RV/Park Model. Nice Park! 50+. WIFi, Shed. Photos: GreenNLush.com $270.00 Monthly. 623-374-9123

Lovely 1BR/1Ba in 55+ BCC community w/resort amenities. Carport +storage W/Dhookup. $750/mo Call 623-826-4001 House for Rent. $900 mo. 3bdrm, 2ba, New River/Circle Mtn. Awesome View! 1.5 ac. Cell 1-847-738-1194 Tatum Ranch, Pool, 3 bedroom, $1495 a month and $1600 damage. no smokers and no pets. Call 651-366-9619 Cave Creek Black Canyon City Beautiful refurbished Apt’s 2-Bdrm 650.00, Must See! Call 928-830-5942

Cave Creek: Upper studio/ $600.00.Close to shops. Water&Electric included. W/D availability. 602-509-2017 If you love the real Arizona lifestyle: One bedroom apartment for rent in Cave Creek: Beautiful Views,Quiet Neighborhood,Nice neighbors, no frills. about 750 sq. ft. Newly renovated. $700 mo. lease. references: 602-405-7508 or 602-448-1054 Airstream Trailer, West Cave Creek. Suitable for one person, covered porch, fenced, private, secure, $400 mo. includes utilities. 480-326-2480

Tired of Searching for just the right rental? Call Jo at Coldwell Banker Daisy Mtn Re for one on one service at no cost to you.480-326-8825 Land For Sale FOR RENT 1AC. in New River. $500/mo great for horses, storage?? No utilities, temp. structure OK. 480-540-3466 New Rvr 1-2 acres, mtn views, great local. TRADE??. Lower acre $60k or Upper acre $115k. U get a place to build dream hse horses ok. I want land for cabin Prescott, Camp Verde, Payson- or RV or Polaris Razor UTV or?? Owner/ agent 480-540-3466


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