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Christmas trees alongside Carefree Highway vandalized TARA ALATORRE STAFF

PHOENIX – Christmas trees displayed along the Carefree Highway have been vandalized for the second time after a group of residents replaced a vandalized tree with four more decorated trees this last Sunday. The first Christmas tree was put up and decorated by resident Jeremy Krause and his daughter on Sunday, Nov. 19, but by Tuesday, the tree had been snapped in half and vandalized, and by Wednesday, it was gone, according to a story reported by ABC15 News.

Locals went to Facebook to vocalize their disappointment about the destroyed tree, and a group of Cave Creek residents resolved that they would not just replace the one tree, but put up multiple trees, according to several posts on the Cave Creek Facebook page. Krause and a group of locals who call themselves the “Caretree Highway Crew” put up four more trees just west of 7th Avenue on the Carefree Highway this past Sunday. However, by Monday morning,


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Rural Metro Fire Department collecting donations for food bank

Pictured: Donations collected by Rural Metro for last year’s toy drive.

NORTH VALLEY – Crews from Rural Metro Fire Department will be collecting

toys and other donations for the Foothills Food Bank, now through Dec. 18.

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American Legion Daisy Mountain Post member awarded Arizona Legionnaire of the Year ANTHEM – Donald M. DeMarte, a 20-year member of the American Legion Daisy Mountain Post 128 in Anthem, has been awarded the 2017 American Legion Department of Arizona Legionnaire of the Year Award at the Fall Conference in Tucson. According to the American Legion, this award was, in part, due to his particularly significant accomplishments that include the annual Anthem Veterans Parade, one of the largest veteran celebrations of its kind

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Pictured: Don DeMarte and Dept. Commander Bonilla.

in Arizona, where he served for many years as a member of the Parade Committee. In addition, he was the founding influence to establish a lasting relationship between members of Post 128 and veterans who are currently incarcerated in the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution. Once each quarter, DeMarte and other representatives from Post 128 would visit both prison camps and participate in open meetings with inmates who have questions, issues, or interest in the area of veteran affairs.




Peoria Fire-Medical shares

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IRS cautions online shoppers

safety tips for decorating

to begin this weekend

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Additionally, DeMarte actively participates in all other veteran efforts, such as the Arizona Standdown for Homeless Veterans, which is an annual three day gathering in Phoenix to provide multifaceted support to homeless and at-risk veterans. Most recently, DeMarte was a member of the committee that organized the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal ceremony, at which


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bank, and Rural Metro crews will also be raising funds for the Foothills Food Bank Adopt-AFamily program. Donations of toys and other items can be dropped off at Station 825, 37402 N Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek, or Station 821, 37401 N Tom Darlington Dr., in Carefree.

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Crews from Cave Creek station 825 and Carefree Station 821 will be in front of local businesses accepting donations; items donated will be given to families in need to help brighten their holidays. New, unwrapped toys and other donations are being requested for the food

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PEORIA – As local residents start decorating their homes for the holidays, Peoria FireMedical is offering safety tips to help avoid accidents. Taking some simple safety precautions now can prevent a tragedy from happening later. If your holiday display includes a tree, either real or artificial, it is important to take steps to prevent a fire. If you are using an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant and keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources. If you are using a real tree, check the tree for freshness. A fresh tree will be green with needles that are hard to pull from the branch. Needles from fresh trees will bend and not break. Like all decorations, keep away from heat sources.

If you are decorating your home with outdoor lights, check each strand, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard any damaged lights. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance on how many strands can be plugged end to end. Use only outdoor extension cords, and do not overload electrical sockets. Other holiday decorations can present a hazard as well. Small decorations or decorations with small parts can be a choking hazard for children. Avoid tree trimmings or other decorations that look like food. Keep glass and breakable items out of reach of children. Finally, candles cause a number of house fires each year,

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Upscale Singers Christmas concerts to be held in December SCOTTSDALE – Create Christmas memories at the Upscale Singers’ 12th annual holiday concert ‘Songs of the Season’. Concerts will be held on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. on both days. Under the artistic direction of Margaret Watson, the choir will take you through a medley of popular, lighthearted, and sacred music of the season. Don’t miss this Christmas tradition! The concerts take place at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, located at Scottsdale Road & Carefree Highway. For ticket information, go online to or call (480) 575-0811. Cave Creek Museum to hold Stamp Mill display CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum will run the Stamp Mill on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Moved from its original site on Continental Mountain, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill is the pride of the Cave Creek Museum and is the only fully operational stamp mill in Arizona. Stay up-to-date on all events at the Cave Creek Museum by visiting or liking the Cave Creek Museum Facebook page, @CaveCreekMuseum.

Merrill Gardens hosting tax prep presentation ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem’s next Lunch & Learn event will focus on preparing for tax season. The lunch event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Don Whitman of Whitman & Jackson CPAs will be offering a presentation regarding tax document preparation. Complimentary lunch will be served. Participants are asked to RSVP three days prior. The event is free to attend. To RSVP, call (602) 457-6990. Merrill Gardens is located at 2800 W Rose Canyon Circle. Pinnacle Concert Series continues with ‘Handel’s Messiah’ SCOTTSDALE – The Pinnacle Concert Series continues on Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m., with a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Music Director Tito Muñoz will conduct The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and worldclass soloists in this full-length version of Messiah. Tickets for this concert are $79. Tickets are available through the Phoenix Symphony box office, online at www. handels-messiah-2, or via phone at (602) 495-1999.

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New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Monthly “Representative Town Hall” meetings: 2nd Friday 9-11 AM

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Monthly Community meetings: 2nd Tues, 7:00 PM (EXCEPT DURING THE MONTHS OF JULY & AUGUST)

At: Daisy Mountain Fire Station #141 Administration Bldg. The New River/Desert Hills Community Association (NR/DHCA) is dedicated to the preservation of our Community and its rural life style, as reflected by the Maricopa County Land Use Plan (Daisy Mountain Area Plan aka New River Area Plan). We are working to make our community the best in Arizona and we need your support. Please visit our website for more up to date information & maps to locations.

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The Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 North Pima Rd., in Scottsdale. New overhead ‘Wrong Way’ signs added to I-17 in Phoenix PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has added large “Wrong Way” signs on Interstate 17 bridges and other structures between the Interstate 10 “Stack” interchange and Loop 101, facing in the direction of potential wrong-way drivers. That’s the same 15-mile stretch where ADOT is installing a first-in-the-nation wrong-way detection and warning prototype that uses thermal cameras. Placing these “Wrong Way” signs, each measuring 8 feet by 5 feet, is another way ADOT is testing countermeasures to get the attention of wrong-way drivers on I-17. Twenty-six of the signs, 13 in each direction, have been installed to face the wrong direction of travel along I-17. They are mounted above the left lanes of the freeway because research has shown that wrong-way drivers, most of whom are impaired, likely will be traveling in those lanes. Measures already in use to get the attention of wrong-way drivers include larger, lowered “Wrong Way” signs at many freeway off-ramps in the Phoenix area as well as interchanges on other state highways. Crews also have added large white arrows with red reflectors on the travel lanes of dozens of exit ramps to point out the correct direction of travel. ADOT’s pilot I-17 wrong-

way vehicle alert system in Phoenix is scheduled to be fully operational early next year. Thermal cameras will detect wrong-way vehicles on I-17 off-ramps, alerting ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, posting warning messages to drivers traveling in the right direction along the freeway and activating an internally illuminated, flashing “Wrong Way” sign on the ramp as a way to get the driver’s attention. North Valley Jewish Community Association Hanukkah celebration, Dec. 13 ANTHEM – The North Valley Jewish Community Association is holding a Hanukkah celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Ironwood Grille, Anthem Country Club. The event includes cocktails, a candle lighting ceremony, and a traditional buffet dinner, starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 per adult, $15 per child ages 3-10, and children under age 3 enter free. RSVPs need to be received by Dec. 8. For reservations, make check payable to NVJCA and mail to NVJCA, 39506 N. Daisy Mountain Dr., Suite 122-198, Anthem, AZ 85086. For more information, contact Fran Kesselman at (623) 322-0957 or Model Railroading Society holding holiday celebration PHOENIX – The Arizona Model Railroaders Society and Maricopa Live Steamers are

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community news hosting a holiday celebration on the first three Fridays and Saturdays of December. This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome to enjoy scenic outdoor train rides, through desert “towns” with holiday lighting, on the Adobe Western Railroad. Visitors will have the opportunity to be an engineer on the operating model train layouts, which are realistically detailed. Cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee are complimentary, too. Donations to support the park are welcome. This holiday event is held at the AMRS train park, located at 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Rd., in Phoenix. For more info, visit www.

Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The show will be directed by Producing Artistic Director and Resident Vocal Director Jackie Hammond. MTA’s Holiday Show is a concert-style performance filled with the sounds of the season, including classic carols and popular holiday music performed by MTA’s Outreach Group. MTA’s Holiday Show is produced in conjunction with ASCAP and BMI rights agencies licenses. Tickets are $15 for general admission and can be purchased at musicaltheatreof The show takes place at Musical Theatre of Anthem, located at 42323 N. Vision Way.

Coin show to be held Dec. 2 GLENDALE – A coin show will be held on Dec. 2 at St. James Catholic Church, in Glendale. The event includes approximately 40 tables of dealers on hand to buy, sell, and appraise, as well as coins, paper money, gold and silver bullion, medals, tokens, and other collectibles. Bring a collection for an appraisal, or look for that missing coin for your collection. The event runs 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn more by calling (480) 437-4454.

APS Electric Light Parade set for Dec. 2 PHOENIX – The 31st Annual APS Electric Light Parade: Winter Nights Dazzling Lights 2017 is set for Dec. 2, starting at 7 p.m. The parade begins on Central Avenue & Montebello and ends at 7th Street and Indian School. This Phoenix tradition brings together families, neighborhoods, and businesses from around the Valley. Parade entries include lights, floats, marching bands, performance groups, car groups, and more. For more information, call (602) 262-6437 or go online to www.

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Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is seeking donors to brighten the holiday season for children, families, and seniors in the community. The food bank is working with more than a dozen local organizations and churches to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis. The 14th annual Adopt-aFamily program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Black Canyon City at High Desert Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, Bldg. B in Scottsdale, from 1-3 p.m. All families must be signed up by Dec. 1. Individual donors as well as donor groups such as businesses, HOAs, churches, and schools, are encouraged to participate in this year’s Adopta-Family program. Interested donors determine the size of the family they are willing to adopt, then a family wish list is provided as a shopping guide. Monetary donations also are accepted to support the program. All gifts must be wrapped and delivered before Dec. 8, either directly to the family or dropped off at Holland Community Center. Checks are payable to Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws. For information about the 2017 Adopt-a-Family program or to request a donor sign-up form, email adoptafamily@ or pick up a form at the food bank. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive, in Cave Creek.

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MCSO awarded over $200,000 in grants for traffic enforcement programs NORTH VALLEY – The Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office has been awarded over $200,000 in grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The money will be used by MCSO for a variety of traffic enforcement programs. “We thank GOHS for making Maricopa County safety a major priority,” said Sheriff Paul Penzone in a news release sent out Monday. “These dollars directly impact the people we serve by providing safer vehicle travel.”

The GOHS dollars cover four areas: 1. $113,207 for enforcement of DUI laws, DUI Equipment, Drug Recognition Training, Detention Support for Task Forces and Youth Alcohol Enforcement and Education. These funds will help Deputies and Detention Officers with overtime pay and equipment as they support the East Valley and West Valley DUI holiday

season task forces. In 2016, this money funded 48 nights of Task Force Operations, which resulted in 322 Misdemeanor and 55 Felony DUI arrests. 50 of these drivers were impaired by drugs. This grant also contributes to teaching and certification of Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). The DRE program aids in the detection and identification of drug impaired drivers. MCSO and its DREs are known as a premier program. 2. $35,000 to purchase state of the art speed detection equipment and fund overtime costs for Deputies conducting traffic enforcement throughout Maricopa County. Deputies will utilize state of the art equipment installed in marked and unmarked patrol cars throughout Maricopa County. Among the purchases will be two LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) speed detection devices. LIDAR allows deputies to work in congested

high-traffic areas including neighborhood streets and construction and school zones. 3. $36,000 to assist with the investigation of fatal, life threatening and/or serious injury traffic collisions. This grant is specifically intended to enhance the investigation of collisions involving impaired and/or speeding drivers. It targets DUI, Aggravated DUI, Endangerment, Aggravated Assault, and Vehicular Homicide. 4. $20,000 to locate and apprehend subjects with impaired driver related warrants. This grant targets subjects with warrants related to DUI, Aggravated DUI, Endangerment, Aggravated Assault, and Vehicular Homicide. “The population growth in Maricopa County requires frequent, visible and direct traffic enforcement,” said GOHS Director Alberto Gutier. “We’re committed to helping MCSO keep our roadways safer.”

Business Spotlight: Maian Pediatrics Maian Pediatrics opened in Cave Creek in September, and the practice is welcoming new patients. Thomas Erskine, MD, FAAP has been a board-certified pediatrician since 2003, and pediatric critical board certified since 2008. Erskine has served in multiple capacities, including working in pediatric critical care and emergency medicine. “My love for pediatric medicine also led me to take care of the sickest children, that is why I decide to enter into the practice of pediatric critical care too,” Erskine said in an email interview. Erskine emphasizes that spending quality time, educating, communicating, and listening to parents and patients helps nurtures healthy and happy families. Appointments allow plenty of time for parents and patients to ask questions and feel confident in their care.

“I believe that the more educated a patient and family is the more comfortable they are,” Erskine said. “They are able to participate and anticipate better which can alleviate a great amount of stress. I have made great efforts to have a system that is efficient and that allows me to spend more time with patients. I am also a parent so I know how important is to have a trusting relationship with your pediatrician.” Erskine has extensive medical experience, including being on the forefront of research in his career. He served in the United States Marine Corps and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in 1993, then attended Ross University School of Medicine, graduating in 1999. After interning in family practice, Erskine spent three years as a resident at Texas

A& M University’s Scott & White Memorial Hospital. He then completed three more years of fellowship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital in their Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program. In addition to working in multiple Pediatric Critical Care Units, Erskine has served as part of the Medical Hands for Healing Mission in Rivas, Nicaragua. Erskine practices at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, as well as at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems in the PICU and pediatric burn unit and is the Pediatric ER physician for North Valley Emergency Specialists. Learn more about Maian Pediatrics by calling (480) 912-6214 or emailing office@ Maian Pediatrics is located at 30012 N. Cave Creek Rd #101, in Cave Creek.

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How was your Black Friday? If you were one of the brave souls who headed out to shop on Thanksgiving night, I hope you survived the rush. It may be the season of giving, but it is the shopping that happens first. So many presents to buy and so little money! Yikes…what are we to do? Are you feeling courageous? What lies ahead is not for the weak of heart. Tis’ the season to go shopping, and only the brave, the strong and the determined (crazy) can handle the “shopping challenges” that awaits us at malls and retails centers. My friend said she was thrilled to go out to shop All Night Long the night of Thanksgiving in search of big deals, treasures, bargains, and “perfect gifts.” Why? And is this

safe? Plus, aren’t we supposed to be asleep in our cozy beds after a big meal? When I told her she could have stayed home in her PJs and ordered online, she looked insulted and horrified. “You are missing out,” is all she could murmur. Hey, the approaching Holidays shouldn’t be so stressful! We should be happy to give (and receive) a basket of homemade cookies. Well, that’s if we baked cookies. Actually, I do bake cookies, but with four grandsons there will never be a hope of me giving a basket to anyone. When they were younger, I used to hide cookies from them just so I could have a few left for Christmas Day. Stashing food in obscure places can be tricky, especially if you have the tendency to forget where you placed those butter cookies. (It’s a bit disconcerting to discover cookies in your clothes closet in February). My grandmother used to bake fruitcakes and give them to family and friends. A proper English woman, plus a teetotaler, she put enough rum in those cakes to get a family of four tipsy. One bite of Grandma’s cake (which was as hard as a brick), and it could

make your head spin. I recently read that a fruitcake (one that is well-fermented) can last in a tin for more than forty years and still be edible! For the gift that might last a lifetime, perhaps I’ll start my own little tradition of baking fruitcakes. Oh, if you get one from me, please, don’t eat and drive. Dear Readers, shop wisely and calmly. Bake some cookies or a fruitcake. Forget about presents! It’s the warm thoughts and actions that count. Yes, mayhem may await us during this hectic time, when what we really long for is “peace on earth.” Perhaps I will dig up my grandmother’s fruitcake recipe and rekindle an old tradition. Like my grandma, I’ll taste-test everything (a few times) before I mix in the ingredients. Only the best for my friends! And if you receive a little loaf, wrapped carefully in brown paper, please do not confuse this heavy object with a doorstop or one of those fireplace logs. Be brave, take one little bite and you’ll discover the “happy” in the Holidays! Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a story of a comment? Email Judy at judy@

Second annual Cañon Arizona History Book Festival, Dec. 2 BLACK CANYON CITY – Discover Arizona’s best kept historical secrets! Come to the second annual Cañon Arizona History Book Festival that will be held 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Black Canyon Heritage Park, located at 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway. Meet the authors, have your books signed, browse Guidon Book’s collections (prime endorser), enjoy presentations, and talk history with those whose passion is keeping it alive. While at the Park, you can also tour the Old Cañon School Museum and stroll around the Heritage Park while enjoying an afternoon of live music with Jeff Paris. This is a free, family friendly event.

Exhibitors include Guidon Books: Western Americana and Civil War Books; John Bueker: Legend City; Jerry Cannon: Arizona’s History Bridges (Presenter); Michael Sandford: Rock Springs; Phyllis Ralley: Children’s books; H Alan Day: Cowboy Up (Presenter); Marcy J. Miller: New River; Friends of Agua Fria National Monument: Cultural Committee; Barbara Gronenmann: Hohokam Arts and Games; and Robert Kittle: Franciscan Frontiersmen. See more at www. From stagecoach robberies to territorial murders, Arizona has a rich and gritty history. It’s only fitting for the Black Canyon Historical Society in this

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former territorial town of “Cañon” to host this Arizona history book fair. Refreshments will be available, thanks to Nora Jean’s Koffee Kitchen and Kona Ice. Special attractions include the Black Canyon City Community Library, Friends of the Aqua Fria National Monument, and a fire truck from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Event organizers offer special thanks to sponsors Karen Fann (District 1 AZ Senator), Noel Campbell (District 1 AZ Representative), Jon Talton (Author), and Will Wing (Surveyor). For more information or to have an exhibit, contact Ann Hutchinson at CanonArizonaBookfest@gmail. com or (623) 293-8628.

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Foothills Trolley to start service this weekend TARA ALATORRE STAFF

NORTH VALLEY – The Foothills Trolley will officially begin this Saturday; the new free public transit system is running a 30-minute loop on the weekends between Carefree and Cave Creek, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with approximately 13 sponsored stops. Carefree and Cave Creek agreed to each pay one third of the operating costs of the trolley, which is not to exceed $11,000, with the remaining third of the cost to be paid through sponsored trolley stops, and advertising from local businesses. The Cave Creek trolley stops are located at: Big Earls Greasy Eats, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Frontier Town, The Grotto/Red Truck, The Horny Toad, Las Tiendas, Local Jonny’s, Mountain View Pub, Stagecoach Village, and the Cave Creek Public Parking Lot. The Carefree stops are located at: Spanish Village and the Carefree Sundial, according to a Cave Creek press release.

Carefree Councilman Michael Farrar, who proposed the trolley as a public-private partnership, was essential in working with both towns to negotiate the cost of the trolley, as well as working with private businesses to ensure enough funds from advertising were produced to keep the trolley free to the public. “My goal was to provide a free public transit system in a fun, social and entertaining way to bond our two communities together,” Farrar said in a press release. The estimated cost of the trolley is $33,000, for 440 operating hours, for five months, which includes fuel, a professional uniformed driver, an on-duty mechanic, and $5 million in liability insurance, according to Farrar’s official proposal submitted to both towns. “It has been wonderful to have the outstanding support of both Cave Creek and Carefree Town Councils to approve this publicprivate partnership with our very supportive local business owners,” Farrar said.

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approximately 30 Vietnam Veterans in the Anthem area received the medallion and lapel pin. He was instrumental in getting Department of Arizona Commander Domingo Bonilla and other District officers of the Arizona American Legion

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residents were already reporting on Facebook that one of the trees had been vandalized again. Residents were also reporting that Phoenix Police had been seen stopped on the highway in the area, because an anonymous person had reported the trees to the city. Krause was actually contacted by Phoenix Police on Sunday night because one of the trees was technically in the highway’s right-of-way, so it was likely that it would be removed. Then sometime late Sunday night, one of the trees was vandalized again, he said. “After one got vandalized again last night [Sunday] I moved it over against the barbwire about half a mile east of where it was out of the traffic right-ofway, and against the fence that borders state parks land,” said Krause in an interview with The Foothills Focus. As of press time, all four Christmas trees are still standing and Cave Creek residents seems to be fully supportive of the seasonal display, with residents happily reporting their tree sightings on social media. “If they get vandalized again we will just relocate to another spot,” Krause said. “We are already talking to a couple of people about placing them on their private property that sits against Carefree Highway.” The private property is basically in the same spot

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Krause

Pictured is the first Christmas tree alongside Carefree Highway that was vandalized. That tree was damaged last week, and another tree was vandalized on Sunday night. However, the residents putting up the trees aren’t letting the vandalism quash their plans, and they say they hope the trees become a community tradition.

where the trees are located now and could be easily viewed by the highway without having them located in the traffic rightof-way. Krause says the response has been pretty amazing and positive overall, and he hopes that it will become a tradition for the whole community.

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OSR Physical Therapy celebrates 15th anniversary

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NORTH VALLEY – OSR Physical Therapy recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary at each of the eight OSR locations. This year’s celebration offered thanks to everyone that OSR has had the chance to work with over the past 15 years. OSR Physical Therapy staff says they’re thankful for the patients they treat and to the medical professionals that refer them, noting that the best part of working at OSR is hearing stories from patients on

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how life changing OSR Physical Therapy has been for them. OSR Physical Therapy also works to improve the community around them. For OSR’s 15th anniversary event, staff partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission, offering giving opportunities to donate to provide a thanksgiving meal to those in need. All donations were matched by OSR’s owners Aaron and Kori Williams, and OSR was able to help supply 318 meals this Thanksgiving.

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Christmas in the Creek happening Dec. 2

CAVE CREEK – The Horny Toad is hosting Christmas in the Creek on Saturday, Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. During the Christmas event, the Toad will introduce Cave Creek Christmas Company and offer family-friendly fun. Kids will have the chance to visit with Santa and his elves from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Children under 12 will receive a special gift from Kris Kringle. Each child’s photo with Santa will be emailed to their parents. Lunch specials for kids will also be available.

Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to visit the Toad’s new Cave Creek Christmas Company, a Christmas store within the restaurant. Bring a wrapped new toy for a child 4-12 years old and enjoy drink specials. The toys will be donated to Foothills Food Bank for its Adopt-a-Family program. The establishment also will accept canned food and cash donations for the food bank. The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. Call (480) 488-9542 for more information.




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Report: State’s drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025 ANDREW NICLA CRONKITE NEWS

PHOENIX – A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem. The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to predict that the death rate for all three combined would rise from 55 Arizonans per 100,000 in 2015 to 75.8 per 100,000 by 2025. That would be the eighthhighest rate in the nation in both years, the report said, even though the rate of increase in Arizona would be slightly slower than the nation as a whole. Nationally, the death rate would grow by 41 percent, from 39.7 people per 100,000 in 2015 to 56 per 100,000 in 2025. The report, “Pain in the Nation,” said that at current rates, those three causes of death could claim a total of 1.6 million American lives by 2025. “Like the rest of the country, in Arizona the rates are disturbingly high and have increased in the last several years and are predicted to increase unless there is a significant change in terms of the trends that we’ve seen,” John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, said after release of the report on Nov. 21. The report calls on states to adopt a National Resilience Strategy composed of 60

policies, practices and programs aimed to slow the number of those preventable deaths. “Many states are still grappling with what are the right approaches and are now understanding the extent of the seriousness of these issues but they may not have at their fingertips the tools that they need in order to respond in a comprehensive way,” Auerbach said of the proposed strategy.

In June, Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency in response to the 790 opioid-related deaths in 2016. Among other things, that declaration allowed the Department of Health Services to get instant data on deaths attributed to opioid abuse. “The governor takes this issue extremely seriously,” said Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato. “We’ve seen a huge

“By supplying lawmakers and other public health officials with improved information on opioid and alcohol related deaths and suicides, we can make more informed decisions and offer impactful legislative solutions to these growing crises.” - Rep. Heather Carter Key recommendations include requiring physicians to query a prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing opioids, allowing people to get naloxone – a drug that can stop opioid overdoses – over the counter and Good Samaritan laws that protect people from arrest if they report when someone is suffering an overdose. In Arizona, the biggest increases would be in drug deaths, which officials expect will be driven by opioid deaths. Arizona drug, alcohol and suicide deaths were all at 18.7 per 100,000 in 2015, but the drug deaths are expected to climb to 32.6 by 2025, compared to 23.6 for alcohol and 22.3 for suicides, the report predicts.

increase in the amount of deaths related to opioid addiction and drug addiction in general. It’s something we’re seeking to address with urgency and with serious solutions.” Since the emergency was declared, the state health department has been getting real-time data from hospitals and medical providers who deal with the problem of opioid abuse to understand how overdoses and deaths are happening and how to address it. At the same time, a working group was assembled by DHS to address the issue and developed 12 suggestions to introduce to the Legislature in January. Scarpinato said people should expect those recommendations to be a primary focus in the

legislative session and for them to be a “big focus” in the governor’s next State of the State Address. The policies the state working group is looking at include changes that would limit access to certain drugs and provide better access to treatment for people who become addicted. Other suggestions include adoption of a Good Samaritan law, limiting doctors to prescribing no more than five days worth of opioids for people who have just started the drugs, and submitting e-prescriptions for some medications to combat prescription fraud, among other plans. Auerbach, the former director of policy for the CDC, said Arizona has adopted a lot of the changes the report suggests, but that there is room for it to improve its efforts on the problem of addiction. One specific example he cited was the current lack of a Good Samaritan Law. One lawmaker who will play a major role in any policy changes is Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, the chairwoman of the House Health Committee. Carter agreed with the report that opioid overdoses, alcohol abuse and suicides are growing issues that need to be addressed through policy. “By supplying lawmakers and other public health officials with improved information on opioid and alcohol related deaths and suicides, we can make more informed decisions and offer

impactful legislative solutions to these growing crises,” Carter said in a statement on Nov. 21. “Arizona has taken steps to address some of these issues, but more work clearly needs to be done,” her statement said.

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ADOT issues winter weather driving warnings NORTH VALLEY – With winter on the horizon, the Arizona Department of Transportation has spent months preparing for snow and ice that storms will dump on the state’s higher elevations. ADOT has 375 certified snowplow operators ready to operate the agency’s nearly 200 snowplows, which are stationed around the state to keep people and commerce moving when snow falls on highways. Now it’s time for drivers to do their part, starting with following essential safety tips available at to prepare themselves and their vehicles for winter travel. That includes slowing down, leaving extra room behind the next vehicle, taking along warm clothing, blankets, food and water, and packing an emergency kit. Your preparations should include staying apprised of weather conditions and being ready to postpone travel so ADOT’s snowplows can clear roadways. A highway takes much longer to plow when it’s jammed with vehicles that had no business traveling on a roadway that’s slick with snow and ice. That happened last Christmas Eve, when a powerful

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snowplows work and packing supplies in case a vehicle becomes stranded. For example, a little cat litter or sand will provide traction if a vehicle becomes stuck along the roadway. Before heading out, drivers can call 511 or visit ADOT’s Arizona Traveler

Always remember: The safest place on a highway when it’s snowing is behind a snowplow. shoulder is for emergencies only. Those heading to popular snowplay areas should be prepared to spend extended time in winter conditions, as traffic at day’s end is often heavy on highways including US 180 toward Flagstaff. In addition, highways can have extended closures from crashes and weather conditions. Prepare for trips by visiting the ADOT Know Snow web site, KnowSnow, which has tips on making sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving, driving safely on highways with snow and ice, driving safely while

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Buddy the Soldier Bear for the Holidays SHEA STANFIELD ARTS COLUMNIST

The military has always held a special place in the heart of local author Marie Joy. Her father served in WWII and her oldest son, Ryan, served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marie founded and ran a nonprofit organization called Operation Hugs from Home when her son was first deployed. The organization sent thousands of care packages to deployed military service men and women. Presently, Marie sends care packages as a member of her local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, to parents in the Air Force, her stint there was quite brief. Only two weeks into life, Marie’s family would move on to Massachusetts, finally landing in Morganville, New Jersey, where she would spend the remainder of her childhood years. During those years, Marie remembers loving to draw. Her entire family encouraged creativity, especially her brother, Christopher Evan Taylor, who is an artist today. When she first entered college, she enrolled as an art major with the dream of becoming an art teacher. It wasn’t long before Marie changed her major to business in an effort at practicality for the long term. She went on to land a job with a publishing company, while in her 20s, which she credits with her foundational knowledge of the publishing industry. Moving forward a number of years, while running Operation Hugs from Home, Marie was still sketching, but this time dreaming of a way to give back more to our brave service men and women. That’s when Buddy the Soldier Bear popped on her imagination screen. Marie proceeded to gather her ideas, writing drafts and sketches for her first children’s book, which would be entitled Buddy the Soldier Bear. She then went about locating an illustrator for the book; her thoughts turned to Brandon Pollard. Brandon was a young man who had been

deployed with her son and had been the recipient of her care packages and letters during that time. Since leaving the Army, Brandon had attended the Portland Art Institute and was posting his sketches and paintings on his Facebook page. So Marie did what any creative person would do: she contacted Brandon to find out if he would be interested in illustrating her book. The “yes, I will!” came back, from Brandon, with a story. In one of the care packages Brandon had received from Operation Hugs from Home, there was a small stuffed bear. From that point on, Brandon’s bear deployed with him on every mission the CH47D Helicopter Flight Engineer flew. For Brandon, this book project was an extension of the little bear’s reach to provide comfort to children everywhere. Now the team was together, and Marie’s first children’s book, Buddy the Soldier Bear, went to print, selling hundreds to date. The book has won 1st place in the AZ Literary Contest in the Children’s Literature Category, a Mom’s Choice Gold Award, and the Reader’s Favorite Illustration Award. Marie is also a finalist for the 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading Contest with The Author Show.

Recently, Marie gave a book talk and signing at Changing Hands in Tempe. She participates in author visits to elementary schools in the valley, one of her very favorite activities! In January, Marie will be at the “local author book sale” held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Even more good news is Marie and Brandon are working on a sequel to Buddy the Soldier Bear, introducing a new character. In the meantime, visit Marie Joy’s two web sites, and www.buddythesoldierbear. com to purchase a book for someone you know, discover a list of her scheduled speaking engagements, or to contact Marie for a book talk. Buddy the Soldier Bear is also sold on Amazon. Marie Joy holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Management and a Master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is also a member of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire children to dream big. Buddy the Soldier Bear also donates to nonprofit organizations that support active duty military and veterans’ causes. Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@

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movie review


Drive along any busy freeway in the city and you are bound to see advertisement billboards glowing throughout the day. Everything from political commentaries to sporting events to local attorneys have the opportunity to influence and impart their message on your drive through the city. Travel any stretch of highway in America and billboards can compose a welcome sign of humanity after long stretches of paved asphalt on desolate highways. In director Martin McDonagh’s somber, tragic, and comedic film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, billboards play the vessel of emotion for a mother still grieving, still angry. Three bright red billboards with bold black font proclaim a message to a local sheriff (Woody Harrelson) concerning the unsolved death of a young girl violently murdered in the nearby small town. The person responsible for this message is the young girl’s mother Mildred (Frances McDormand), who is using this advertising tactic to bring awareness, and provoke a response, from the police department. McDonagh utilizes these billboards as a device to

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Dir: Martin McDonagh Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Clarke Peters, and Samara Weaving Monte’s Rating 4.50 out of 5.00

introduce a complicated story about human interaction, specifically how people react when faced with emotions they don’t want to confront or are afraid to confront. McDonagh, a playwright turned filmmaker, paints his story with characters easily distinguishable but working towards some kind of transformation. Yet, you can

that is peaked with sadness and cruelty but also undercut with biting comedy that comes through as strong and harsh as the message emblazoned on the billboards. McDonagh articulates a message concerning the nature of humanity, both the redemptive and condemned qualities, through scenes of violence, within moments of tragedy, and beneath the unexpected laughs. “Three Billboards” doesn’t work without a committed cast. Leading the charge is an exceptional performance by Frances McDormand. Her portrayal of Mildred is fiery and confident, filled with passion and heartache. Her story is a portrait of what grief has turned her in to, of how it has forever changed her. Some of

feel that this transformation isn’t going to be so simply achieved. Mildred, beneath the hardened, sharp-tongued demeanor, is still grieving and affected not only by the death of her daughter but also the life she has lived thus far and by the town she has planted roots in. The director plays with these aspects, molding a narrative

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TOWNSHIP 4 NORTH, RANGE 4 EAST, G&SRB&M, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA PARCEL: M&B THRU TRACT 1, BLOCK 5 IN STATE PLAT 44, SECTION 19. CONTAINING 1.18 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. BENEFICIARY: PERMANENT COMMON SCHOOLS (INDEMNITY SELECTIONS) For a complete legal description of the land, prospective bidders are advised to examine the right of way application file as well as all pertinent files of ASLD. Said right of way easement has been valued at $41,512.00 and consists of 1.18 acres, more or less. Additional requirements and conditions of this right of way are available and may be viewed at the Arizona State Land Department, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The complete file associated with the described land is open to public inspection at the ASLD, 1616 West Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., exclusive of holidays and weekends. Please direct any questions regarding this Public Auction to the Rights of Way Section of the Real Estate Division of ASLD at (602) 542-4098. This auction notice is available on the ASLD’s web site at Each potential bidder must show ASLD’s representative a cashier’s check made payable to the Arizona State Land Department in the amount specified under Terms of Sale Paragraph (A) below. TERMS OF SALE: (A)At the time of sale the successful bidder must pay the following by a cashier’s check: (1) The value of the right of way, which is $41,512.00; (2) A Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the value of the right of way, which is $1,245.00; (3) Reimbursable Estimated Advertising Fee, which is $2,500.00. The total amount due at the time of sale is $45,257.00 (less $2,500.00 if the successful bidder is the applicant for a total amount due of $42,757.00). (B) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder must pay the full balance of the amount bid for the right of way and pay a Selling and Administrative Fee of 3% of the purchase price for the right of way less the amount paid under (A)(2) above. (C) Within 30 days after the auction date the successful bidder shall be required to pay the actual legal advertising cost, less the amount paid under (A)(3) above. BIDDING INFORMATION: (A) The time of sale shall be deemed to be the time of declaration of the highest and best bidder. The bidding will begin at the total value of the right of way. A bid for less than the value of the right of way easement or by a party who has not inspected the right of way and/or the associated files and records of ASLD will not be considered. (B) All bidders must sign an affidavit stating that they have undertaken due diligence in preparation for the auction and that their representative is authorized to bid and bind the bidder. It is the bidder’s responsibility to research the records of local jurisdictions and public agencies regarding this property. (C) Pursuant to A.R.S. §37-240(B), the successful bidder must be authorized to transact business in the state of Arizona no later than ten (10) business days after the auction. The successful bidder must sign an affidavit stating it is the successful bidder and sign a Certification Statement pursuant to A.R.S. Title 37 and the Rules of ASLD. (D) If the successful bidder fails to complete the payment as stated in the auction notice together with the additional required fees within 30 days from the auction date, all amounts paid at the time of auction by the successful bidder will be forfeited. (E) In the event of forfeiture, the ASLD Commissioner may declare that the bid placed before the final bid accepted is the highest bid, and that the bidder has five (5) days after notification by ASLD to pay by cashier’s check all amounts due. GENERAL INFORMATION: The ASLD may cancel this auction in whole or in part at any time prior to the acceptance of a final bid. A protest to this sale must be filed within 30 days after the first day of publication of this announcement and in accordance with A.R.S. §37301. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADA Coordinator, at (602) 542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Ruben Ojeda (for) Lisa A. Atkins Commissioner September 21, 2017

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IRS shares tips on protecting your information online NORTH VALLEY – Planning on buying lots of gifts online this year? The Internal Revenue Service is sharing online security information as part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. During the online holiday shopping season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry remind people to be vigilant with their personal information. While you’re shopping for gifts, criminals are shopping for credit card numbers, financial account information, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive data that could help them file a fraudulent tax return. Anyone who has an online presence should take a few simple steps that could go a long way to protecting their identity and personal information. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax community, partners in the Security Summit, are designating this week as “National Tax Security Awareness Week” with a series of reminders to taxpayers and tax professionals, including emphasizing using care when shopping online. Cybercriminals seek to turn stolen data into quick cash, either by draining financial accounts, charging credit cards, creating new credit accounts or even using stolen identities to file a fraudulent tax return for a refund.

Here are seven steps to help with online safety and protecting tax returns and refunds in 2018: • Shop at familiar online retailers. Generally, sites using the “s” designation in “https” at the start of the URL are secure. Look for the “lock” icon in the browser’s URL bar. But remember, even bad actors may obtain a security certificate, so the “s” may not vouch for the site’s legitimacy. • Avoid unprotected WiFi. Beware purchases at unfamiliar sites or clicks on links from pop-up ads. Unprotected public Wi-Fi hotspots also may allow

thieves to view transactions. Do not engage in online financial transactions if using unprotected public Wi-Fi. • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source such as those from financial institutions or the IRS. These emails may suggest a password is expiring or an account update is needed. The criminal’s goal is to entice users to open a link or attachment. The link may take users to a fake website that will steal usernames and passwords. An attachment may download malware that tracks keystrokes. • Keep a clean machine. This applies to all devices – computers, phones, and tablets. Use security software to protect against malware that may steal data and viruses that may damage files. Set it to update automatically so that it always has the latest security defenses. Make sure firewalls and browser defenses are always active. Avoid “free” security scans or pop-up advertisements for security software. • Use passwords that are strong, long, and unique. Experts suggest a minimum of 10 characters but longer is better. Avoid using a specific word; longer phrases are better. Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Use a different password for each account. Use a password manager, if necessary. • Use multi-factor authentication. Some financial institutions, email providers and social media sites allow users to set accounts for multi-factor authentication, meaning users may need a security code, usually sent as a text to a mobile phone, in addition to usernames and passwords. For added protection, some financial institutions also will send email or text alerts when there is a withdrawal or change to the account.

Generally, users can check account profiles at these locations to see what added protections may be available. • Encrypt and passwordprotect sensitive data. If keeping financial records, tax returns or any personally identifiable information on computers, this data should be encrypted and protected by a strong password. Also, back up important data to an external source such as an external hard drive. And, when disposing of computers, mobile phones, or tablets, make sure to wipe the hard drive of all information before trashing. Additional steps people can take a few times a year to make sure they have not become an identity theft victim including keeping a watch on credit. Receive a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once a year. Check it to make sure there are no unfamiliar credit changes. Create a “My Social Security” account online with the Social Security Administration. There, users can see how much income is attributed to their SSN. This can help determine if someone else is using the SSN for employment purposes. The IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry are committed to working together to fight against tax-related identity theft and to protect taxpayers. But the Security Summit needs help. People can take steps to protect themselves online and help stop fraud before it happens. Visit the “Taxes. Security. Together.” awareness campaign online at to learn more.

More online safety tips: • Don’t click on links or attachments in emails from senders you don’t know. • Don’t send passwords via email or click a link in an email to change a password. • If in doubt, delete the email!

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Member Central/Northern Arizona

20 Years In Business!

602-989-1321 Computer Services Prompt onsite service Reduced Pricing for the summer!

· PC/Mac Repair · Printers/Wireless · iPad/iPhone

A.K. Computer LLC Est: 2000


Kool Decks • Garage Epoxy Floors Paver Seal • Driveways • Walkways Patios • Pool Decks & More!






DRYWALL Cave Creek Resident Since 1984



Family Owned & Operated

Licensed Bonded Insured ROC# 289594



Block Walls • Stucco Repairs • BBQ • Fireplace Concrete • Ret-Walls Flower Beds • Iron Gates

SURPRISE SERENADES I will surprise or embarrass your loved one with singing & fun anywhere, anytime.

Birthdays • Anniversaries All Occasions! Call to book an appointment today. Limited show time frames in Anthem and limited surrounding areas


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DAVID'S Handyman Services

Locked out Rekey/Change Locks Mailbox Locks Door Repair Safes Mobile Service

Construction & Landscaping LLC BBQ • Stone Veneer Gazebo/Ramadas • Fire Pits Pavers/Flagstone/Travertine Bee Hives • Outdoor Kitchens Water Features • Clean Ups Tree Trimming • Accent lighting • Curbing • Turf Irrigation • Boulders • Block Fences & Custom Gates

Over 25 years experience

Call David

(602) 686-0208 not a licensed contractor

Local Anthem Resident






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Savage Material



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Serving Desert Hills & the North Valley for over 15 years

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Let Our Conveyor Belt Place or Shoot Product For You up to 55ft!

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CHRISTINA HELPS Personal Assisting and Organizing Service



KAREN MAISON STUDIO OF PIANO Bella Vista College Preparatory School

33401 N. 56th St.

(E of Cave Creek Rd. and Carefree Hwy)

Private Piano or Group Instruction for Students of all ages and levels Theory • Composition Piano Classes


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AZ State Inspector #8423ITC AZ R.O.C. #247028 Licensed, Bonded, Insured

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A less expensive way to help get the dental care you deserve



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If you’re over 50, you can get coverage for about $1 a day* Keep your own dentist! NO networks to worry about No wait for preventive care and no deductibles – you could get a checkup tomorrow

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Electric • Acetylene • Heliarc Fireplace Screens • Equipment Repair • Blacksmithing Portable Equipment • Gates Fencing • Wrought Iron Work Home Accesories• Small Repairs and More!


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November 29, 2017

CLASSIFIEDS PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.THEFOOTHILLSFOCUS.COM TO PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED. RATE FOR CLASSIFIEDS ARE $20 FOR THE FIRST 20 WORDS, THEN $0.50/WORD FOR EACH WORD THEREAFTER AND MUST BE PREPAID. DEADLINE FOR CLASSIFIEDS IS WED. AT 5PM FOR THE FOLLOWING WED. ISSUE. CLASSIFIEDS MAY ALSO BE FAXED TO 623-465-1363. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CLASSIFIEDS ARE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE. NOTICES Looking for ladies to play games such as Hand Knee and Foot, Cribbage, Pinochle, at Boulder Creek High School Library Saturdays at noon. Call Nancy 623-465-9317 after 6pm. Parkinson’s Support Group. Muhammed Ali Center at Barrows Neurological Institute facilitates Parkinson’s disease support groups across the Phoenix metropolitan area and the entire state of Arizona. We would like to start one here in Anthem. We are in the process of organizing a support group for Parkinson’s here in Anthem. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and are interested in joining a support group, let us know. Contact Lorrie Duewiger or Robb Young at North Valley Business Network. We would like to invite you to our growing group of local business owners. We want to work with honest and caring people. Come and join us for breakfast on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at Heart and Soul Café, 8:30am. For more info please call Barb Miner 602377-1892/623-465-9253 Al-anon Meetings in Anthem. Mondays 12pm NEW Location. Cross of Christ. 39808 N Gavilan Peak, Anthem, AZ 623-551-9851 Got a drug problem? We can help. NA Anthem 4111 W. Innovative Dr #8 Anthem AZ Wednesdays 7pm OA 12 Step Meeting. Eaters Anon. Every Tues. to 11:30 a.m. Anthem at of Christ Church Main 623 551-9851 x 0

Over 10:30 Cross Office

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(for 12 Months.) CALL 1- 844-2447498 (AzCAN) DISH Network. 190+ Channels. FREE Install. FREE Hopper HDDVR. $49.99/month (24 mos). Add High Speed Internet - $14.95 (where avail.) CALL Today & SAVE 25%! 1-855-722-2290 (AzCAN) FINANCIAL Social Security Disability? Up to $2,671/mo. (Based on paid-in amount.) FREE evaluation! Call Bill Gordon & Associates. 1-800960-3595. Mail: 2420 N St NW, Washington DC. Office: Broward Co. FL., member TX/NM Bar. (AzCAN) HEALTH/MEDICAL OXYGEN – Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-843-0520 (AzCAN) Have you or a loved one taken and been injured by the SHINGLES VACCINE, ZOSTAVAX? If so, you may be entitled to a significant cash award. Call 866-657-7116 to learn more. (AzCAN) HELP WANTED Safeguard Security currently has full-time unarmed positions available for Uniformed Mobile Patrol and Community Access Control (Gate Guards) in the North East Valley GREAT BENEFITS • Up to FIVE (5) weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) • Nine (9) paid holidays • Health Insurance • Life Insurance • Dental Insurance • Vision Insurance • 401K EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: • Minimum of 21 years of age for Mobile Patrol / 18 years for Gate Guard • Current AZ Security Guard License (Guard Card) (Please include Lic #) • Reliable Personal motor vehicle • Home and/or Mobile Phone All positions will include weekend scheduled days MOBILE PATROL DUTIES: $12/HR • Alarm Response - to alarm activation’s when dispatched by Safeguard’s Monitoring Center or Patrol Dispatch (respond, report and observe) • Vacation Services - check homes & provide requested services for customers during periods when they are away from their home • Patrol Spot Check Accounts - check accounts as contracted with customers providing requested services (Looking for Vandalism, trespassers, ensuring doors are closed and locked, parking violations on a designated property, street lights out, irrigation leaks, etc) ACCESS CONTROL GUARDS: $11.50/HR • Provide clearance services for prestigious communities throughout NE Valley • Obtain the necessary authorization for visitors and/or vendors to the community

• Proper documentation of ALL Visitors and Guests • Monitoring Cameras • You will be reporting to the community Gate house (your own transportation is required)



Beautiful Bolt Action 8mm mauser MDL 24/47 with sling. Ready for elk. $350 obo. Call Don 623-465-9317

NEW RIVER AWESOME FURNISHED 2 BED, 1 BATH RENTAL HOME!! SINGLE LEVEL. AVAILABLE JANUARY 01, 2018! $1,650. Mnth FREE UTILITIES! Non Smoking Home Small dog allowed. Fenced yard. No Agent, No HOA, No Maintenance Fee, No Trash Fee. 1,025 sq. ft. Vaulted Ceilings, Open Floor Plan. KS Bed in Master Suite FS Bed in Second Bedroom. Washer/ Dryer. For many pics email to; 623-465-8696

Rare antique Mauser Broom handle semi Automatic. $725 obo. Call Don at 623-465-9317

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Wanted 32 and 38 S&W revolver ammo for antique revolvers. Will pay up to 35 cents each. I am also looking for old pistols and rifles. Call Don 623-465-9317 PETS & SUPPLIES REMEMBER TO ADOPT! Maricopa County Animal Care and Control 602- 506-PETS. Sheltie & Collie rescue have beautiful dogs for adoption. 480488-5711 SERVICES OFFERED Local Body and Paint. 602-2066040

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ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 67 AZ newspapers. Reach over half a million readers for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: (AzCAN) LIVESTOCK & SUPPLIES FREE SHAVINGS. COW/HORSE, MANURE MIXTURE GREAT FOR FILL / FOOTING OR GARDENING MULCH. FREE LOCAL DELIVERY FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL MON-FRI 6AM-11AM 480-5950211 TRIPLE R HORSE RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter. We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 623-234-0510

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Pet of the Week: Jasper Jasper is in a foster home, so please complete the Anthem Pets Meet and Greet form if you are interested in Jasper: https://form.jotform. com/70376147295967. His adoption fee is $40. Looking for more pets? Visit and view photos of adoptable cats and dogs. Anthem Pets is always looking for fosters, too! If you would like to help or make a donation, email anthempets@

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lights of the Christmas tree that is already up. All he needs is to be home for Christmas! He is super laidback and adapts easily. He sneaks into your heart before you know it. He is neutered. He also tested positive for feline leukemia.

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