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Carefree candidates state case for council seat MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Despite the fact that there could be as many as six new council members elected when Carefree voters make their selections March 8 the focus of the Feb. 2 candidate forum largely rested on the race for Mayor. Up until this year’s election, voters in Carefree have elected a council and then the members of that council have appointed a mayor and a vice mayor. In the town’s first direct election of the mayor voters will choose between incumbent David Schwan and council member Douglas Stavoe. Schwan spent much of the forum pointing to his experience as Mayor, guiding the council and community through treacherous economic times while maintaining Carefree forum

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Cactus Shadows boys, girls advance to state semifinals MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

Both the boys and girls soccer programs at Cactus Shadows High School are a win away from playing for the state championship. At 5 p.m. tonight the No. 4 seeded Falcons girls program will take the field against top seeded Catalina Foothills in a rematch of a December game that saw the Falcons of Cactus Shadows defeat the Falcons of Catalina Foothills in a shootout. While that matchup was for the right to play in the championship of the Horizon Tournament tonight’s winner will play for the 4A Div-I state title at noon on Saturday at Tucson High School. While the girl’s team from Cactus Shadows has rolled to a pair of easy wins, 6-0 in an opening round shutout of No. 13 Prescott, followed by a 3-1 win over No. 5 Apollo on Saturday, the boys road to the semifinals has been hard fought.

After opening up with a 1-0 win over No. 11 Independence the sixth seeded Falcons defeated Desert Sky Region rival Queen Creek, the No. 14 seed, in another 1-0 victory on Saturday. Like the Lady Falcons the boys team also will face Catalina Foothills in the semifinals. The game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Tucson High School, 400 N. Second Ave. in Tucson. Catalina Foothills, the No. 2 seed, earned their trip to the semifinals with a 3-0 defeat of No. 15 Apollo followed by a 2-1 win over No. 10 Prescott Saturday. Boys coach Tony Vos acknowledges he doesn’t know much about the team from Tucson, but explains his team knows what it needs to do. “On Saturday we controlled the game, especially in the first half, probably upwards of 80 percent of the time,” he said. “We’re accustomed to possessing the ball, controlling Cactus Shadows soccer continued on page 6

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Cactus Shadows senior Lauren Lazo colides with a Prescott defender during the opening round of the 4A Div-I state tournament. The Falcons play tonight in the state semifinals. To view more photos from Saturday’s game go to

Local veterans share perspective on Anthem Memorial YVONNE DOLBY SPECIAL FOR THE FOOTHILLS FOCUS

Colonel Debra Cavanaugh and Lieutenant Colonel Amber Cargile are local women with long successful careers in the United States Air Force. While the military service of both women will be commemorated with engraved pavers inside the Circle of Honor when the Anthem Veterans Memorial is dedicated on Nov. 11, they are


modest when discussing their own accomplishments. “I did nothing any more grand or awe-inspiring than 99.9 percent of other airmen,” Cavanaugh said. Cargile claims that she received much more from her service than she gave. Describing the significance of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, Cargile said, “Those of us who serve today know that the reason we have the best military in the

world is because we stand on the shoulders of those who have served before us. The Anthem Veterans Memorial honors those past generations of veterans and also acknowledges the sacrifices that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen -- and their family members -- are making all over the world today.  As impressive and important as the big national memorials are, there is something even more touching and poignant in

knowing your own community -your friends and neighbors -- have rallied together to honor public service and create a memorial like this, especially during these tough economic times.  Frankly, it’s that community spirit that makes Anthem such a wonderful place to call home.” While both Cavanaugh and Cargile say economic factors influenced their decision to join the Air Force, neither woman had intentions of making it a




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long-term career. However, Cavanaugh served 26 years before retiring, and Cargile is still serving after 19 years. Cavanaugh enlisted in the Air Force in 1975 and became a personnel specialist. Two years later, she completed her bachelor’s degree and was commissioned in the Air Force Medical Service Corps (MSC). She served in hospital administration, Anthem veterans continued on page 9


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North Valley basketball squads ready for postseason MARC BUCKHOUT MANAGING EDITOR

As the final week of the regular season gets under way in the high school basketball season both the Cactus Shadows boys and girls team along with the Boulder Creek Jaguars boys team are headed to the post season. Leading the way will be the Cactus Shadows girls team. While the program, which WB-ifyouheard-AZ3.79x4.qxd:WBhas1/18/11 PM 4A Page 1 advanced4:38 to the state



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semifinals each of the last five years, hasn’t been as dominant as in years past, but head into the season finale at 1310, heading into the regular season finale on Thursday against Campo Verde. While they won’t win 20

games in a season for the first time since their run started, the Falcons have rattled off six wins in their last seven games. On Thursday Cactus Shadows nailed down the Desert Sky Region title with a 53-50 win over McClintock which moved

their region mark to 11-2. As of Tuesday’s press time the Falcons sat at No. 12 in the 4A Div-I power ratings. If the power ratings remained unchanged the Falcons would head to Tucson to take on No. 5 Marana in the opening round of the state tournament. The 4A Div-I state tournament is set to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the tournament continuing with the quarterfinals on Feb. 18. While the Cactus Shadows boys team won’t win the Desert Sky Region championship they headed into Friday’s region matchup with McClintock still hoping to crawl into a top eight spot in the 4A Div-I power ratings. Needing to run the table in their final three games the Falcons hopes would come up short as the Chargers knocked off Cactus Shadows 72-64. On Senior Night, one honoring guards Max Gersh and Casey Perrin, the Falcons were unable to hold onto a seven point half time lead as the visiting Chargers used a 15-3 run in the third quarter to turn around a game that the Falcons basketball playoffs continued on page 5

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Cactus Shadows Falcons junior Eric Johnson drives to the basket strong against a pair of McClintock defenders during Friday’s region matchup against McClintock. To view more photos from Friday’s game go The Foothills Focus Facebook page.

had led by as many as 10. Chargers guard Cameron Forte was largely responsible for the comeback by the visitors. After getting three fouls in the first half and being held to 14 points in the first half Forte, who set a state record with 60 points in a game earlier this season, exploded for 30 second half points including 20 alone in the third quarter. The 6-foot-6 guard made 9-of-14 shots in the quarter punctuated by a buzzer beater from three point range to account for 20 of his team’s 27 points in the quarter. The roll continued into the fourth quarter with the Chargers scoring the first six points to push their lead to eight. From there Cactus Shadows never got closer than five. Despite the loss the Falcons sat at No. 13 in the 4A Div-I power ratings as of Tuesday’s press time. If the playoffs

started today the Falcons would head down near the border for the opening round of the 4A Div-I state playoffs, drawing the No. 4 seed Nogales. The 4A Div-I state playoffs begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the higher seeds hosting the lower seeds. The quarterfinals will take place Feb. 18. BOULDER CREEK At Boulder Creek High School the defending state champion Jaguars (18-6) boys team played at Deer Valley (13-6) Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) in a game that likely decided the Northwest Region. The Jaguars went into the game with a 9-2 mark in Northwest Region play, while Deer Valley sat at 8-2. In the first matchup between the two squads (Jan. 18) Boulder Creek knocked off the Skyhawks 6347 in Anthem.

On Friday the Jaguars travel to Surprise to take on Willow Canyon (10-12, 5-6) before their season finale Tuesday at home against Valley Vista (6-15, 5-5). As of press time the Jaguars stand at No. 8 in the 5A DivII power ratings. The top eight seeds host a first round home game in the state playoffs. The 5A Div-II state tournament opens up at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. In order to avoid a losing record the Boulder Creek (811) girls team needed to win its final three games of the regular season. That effort started Tuesday when the team hosted Deer Valley (results unavailable at press time). On Friday the Jaguars play host to Willow Canyon before closing the season on the road at region leader Valley Vista. Regardless of the outcome of those three games the Jaguars, who stood at No. 26 in the 5A Div-II power ratings as of press time, appear as though they’ll miss out on qualifying for the state tournament.

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the action. We have 80 minutes to do our job and get a goal. We had lots of good chances, we just took a long time to capitalize.” The game’s lone goal would come with approximately six minutes to play when middle fielder Phil Wiltfong took a feed from freshman Nick Jackson and fired into the right corner of the net to send the Falcons to the semifinals. Should Cactus Shadows advance to Saturday’s finals there’s a good chance the game would be played in the Valley. While the bracket posted at lists Saturday’s final as a 2:30 p.m. game at Tucson High School, Vos said he has been given some indication that if both finalist are Valley teams that the game will be played in town. That scenario would play out if the top seeded Glendale Cardinals can knock off No. 12 Sunnyslope in the bracket’s other semifinal. Check for times and locations for Saturday’s finals. The Cactus Shadows girls will look to improve to 2-0 on the season against Catalina Foothills coming off a pair of impressive wins to open the state tournament. In Saturday’s matchup against Apollo the two teams spent the first 20 plus minutes feeling each other out before the Falcons

began to impose their superiority against a younger, smaller Hawks club. “The first 25 minutes it was really tough because they were keeping all their players behind the ball, but once we got that first goal we started to get things going,” senior Lauren Lazo said. Just less than 30 minutes into the first half senior forward Bethany Park would make an impressive individual play to net the game’s first goal. From just left of the goal Park was sent a pass. While she couldn’t control the ball with her initial touch, approximately 15 yards out, the forward zipped through a trio of flatfooted Apollo defenders, to get another chance at the ball. This time she sent a perfect shot to the far corner for a perfectly placed goal. “I took a touch,” she said. “It got away from me, but I figured I’d give it another try and go for it.” Park said the team is playing its best soccer of the season. “Our back line has really come together,” she said of the team’s defense. “We’ve really meshed well and are playing with confidence.” Just three minutes after the first goal Lazo would set up the team’s second score. On a corner kick Apollo couldn’t clear the

ball. From the top of the 18-yard box, just right of the goal, Lazo corralled a clear attempt and sent a high shot to the far side of the goal that teammate Taryn Mcclendon easily finished off from point blank range. If there was any doubt about the game’s outcome the Falcons erased it by scoring early in the second half. “I like our even keel approach,” coach Jeff Vittorio said. “We’re never too high or too low. We’re excited to be where we’re at, but this is what we expected to do. We’ve got a lot of good players, but they’re also playing well together.” Vittorio said he’s glad to have seen Catalina Foothills once before. “I don’t think it matters that we won the first time,” he said. “It could have gone either way, but what is important is that we’ve played them. They’re an organized, fit team that keeps throwing players at you.” Park said her team will have to play its best to reach the finals. “We know it will be intense,” she said. “They’re quick, big and strong.” Should Cactus Shadows earn their second win of the season against Catalina Foothills they’ll play for the state title at noon on Saturday at Tucson High School against the winner of No. 6 Sabino and No. 2 Sahuaro.

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february 9, 2011 Continued from page 1 the last three months.” The cast of newcomers vying for a seat on the council include Michael Farrar, Jim Peirce, Melissa Price, Marty Saltsman and Arthur Gimson along with write in candidate Jim Van Allen . Gimson was unable to attend the forum. Karen Smith-Lovejoy, who is listed on the ballot, has stepped down. Saltzman, an attorney, while not particularly critical of any one person on the council, said a clarity of purpose and a civility needs to be returned to the council “I think mostly I can contribute by bringing a focus,” he said. “I want to be a part of a council that can avoid the noise and rhetoric and focus on the issues at hand. If we don’t change the way we approach politics you aren’t going to be able to find good people to be on the council. You don’t need to demonize people you disagree with on an issue. If we’re going to create an environment where good people want to run in the future we can’t be tied up in the gossip and everything else.” Melissa Price, a local business owner, echoed those sentiments. “We need a united council,” she said. “The Hatfields and McCoys style of government that seems to be thriving needs to go away. I’m also somebody that wants to hear from the voters. I believe that you’re supposed to represent the majority. You shouldn’t get elected and then simply have your own agenda, believing you know what’s best.” Along with changing the culture of how politics is done the candidates focused on finances, helping business and planning for the future. “I’m pleased with the shape we’re in fiscally,” Farrar said. “We have the third highest

amount of money in reserves in the state when it comes to towns our size. Our focus has to be attracting more business to our retail base.” Peirce spoke about ballot measures, Propositions 422 and 423, stating that he is adamantly against a property tax, pushing for both measures to pass. Proposition 422 increases the number of council votes needed to pass a property tax from four to five. Proposition 423 requires a public vote to enact a property tax or increase an existing tax rate are set for the primary election ballot. He also suggested that Schwan would be supportive of a property tax, a notion the Mayor denied. Jim Van Allen, who recently retired from the Maricopa County Sherriff ’s Office, said he would have filled out the paperwork to run before the deadline if he weren’t still a member of MCSCO. Van Allen said between a background in business in the areas of accounting and budgeting, a background working with people and an intricate knowledge of all of Carefree’s streets and properties will give him an ability to serve the town well. He said the most important issue facing Carefree is coming up with a vision for its future. “I think being able to look to the next 50 years and what we want for our town,” he said. “And it all starts with the budget for 2011-2012.” Mail-in ballots for the March 8 election in Carefree are being sent out Thursday. Carefree residents will have the chance to vote for six council members and for the first time directly elect their Mayor.


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sound financial footing. “Judge me by what we’ve accomplished,” he said. One of Stavoe’s primary messages was that he has pushed for residents’ right to have an impact on their government, pointing out that he supported Prop. 404, which brought about the direct election of the Mayor, a measure Schwann opposed, and that he also supports Prop 421, which establishes term limits for council members. “My opponent and I have opposing views on five past or upcoming initiatives. I’ve consistently been on the side of voters,” he said. “I think you deserve the opportunity to pick your Mayor. I think 421 will assure that we have a council that has fresh perspectives.” Joining Stavoe and Schwan as the only experienced council members is Vice Mayor Glenn Miller. Miller has made fire service one of his chief focuses during his four years on the council. “To assure we have high quality fire service has been very rewarding,” he said. When asked about the purchase of the fire station, truck and associated equipment Miller said the deal has held up as a sound financial decision. “The cost was good at the time of the project,” he said. “It’s a station that should last us 100 years with very little upkeep required.” When asked about the contract with Rural Metro that will expire at the end of the year. “We get a lot of bang for our buck,” he said. “We’ll work on limiting cost, but we’re doing well.” Miller said one of the most critical focuses moving forward needs to be the marketing of the town. “I listen to the business owners,” he said. “When they succeed we succeed. We need increased visibility of our business core. I believe you give marketing to the experts. I have good common sense. I do my homework. I go to a lot of meetings and I listen and I learn. You can already see a difference from the marketing effort that we’ve had going on

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and offer healing classes out of her own home. Her once a month class, which have been ongoing for about a year, begin with some light yoga before she and another Gong Master begin playing. “It’s really a situation where the gong leads me,” she said. “You can feel the energy in the room through it. It helps calm the mind and stop your internal dialogue. It rids your head of the dark, negative thoughts until you find peace.” After the gong playing, which she said lasts for approximately 45 minutes, guests are offered some tea and a chance to talk about their experiences. “The results people have gotten have been very exciting,” Modano said. “That’s why I do this.” Beyond teaching yoga and conducting gong session Modano also offers Reiki Therapy, a form of massage. Recently she had a labyrinth built on her property. She said she is interested in incorporating the gong with events involving the labyrinth in the near future. “I’m looking forward to more people knowing they have a peaceful, safe place to meditate and let go of unwanted stress, to refresh and renew and be with people on the same spiritual journey,” Modano said. For information on what the New River resident has to offer go to or call 623-910-1096.

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but was given many opportunities to broaden her experience during her military career. “One assignment might be in patient administration, the next in logistics, personnel training, resource management, quality, consulting or readiness,” she said. “Every two years I learned new skills, worked with new people and had new adventures.” The Air Force also allowed her the opportunity to earn her MBA. Cavanaugh says her most memorable experiences were in Europe, where she served as the Executive Officer for the European Command Surgeon General. She traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East and participated with the NATO inspection team for multi-national forces in Europe. After graduating from college and working as a radio news director, Cargile applied to Air Force Officer Training School. Commissioned in 1991, she started her career as a flight commander in a transportation squadron. She served as the



Executive Officer of a bomber wing and also cross-trained in public affairs. After her second child was born in 1998, Cargile transferred from active duty into the Reserves. Currently, she is assigned as a spokesperson on the headquarters staff of the Air Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Agency. She spends between six weeks and six months per year at her unit. “We serve as a liaison between the Pentagon and our major wings and centers in the field and also are responsible for interagency coordination with our counterparts in the public affairs offices throughout the intelligence

community,” she said. Cargile said deployment to Haiti after the 2009 earthquake, where she served as the deputy spokesperson for the U.S. military operation, was the most memorable experience of her career. “The sights, sounds and smells of Port au Prince after the earthquake -- the faces of children in the camps, the homeless and the injured -- will stick with me forever,” she said. The most rewarding aspect of the deployment was working with a team of both government agencies and non-governmental organizations to develop

page 9 a communication strategy to assist displaced Haitians find safe shelters. Both Cavanaugh and Cargile credit supportive families for enabling them to have successful military careers, and both have seen major changes for women in the military. Cavanaugh said, “When I first enlisted, service women were not allowed to have children, and a pregnancy meant discharge. Women served primarily in administrative roles. Today women have the opportunity to serve in all career fields.” She was among the first handful of women to be promoted to Colonel in the Air Force, and has mentored many junior officers on how to balance a military career and a family. Cargile said, “The year I joined the Air Force, 1991, Congress repealed the ban on women flying combat aircraft. It was neat to see women begin to trickle into our bomber and fighter squadrons during the 1990s. The Air Force has really led the way with integrating women into military service, and also in larger societal terms, for offering equal opportunity.”

Colonel Cavanaugh retired from the Air Force in 2002. She is currently Vice President of Executive Operations for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a company that provides access to healthcare for service members, retirees and their families. She also is a Board member of the Air Force MSC Association and is active locally with the Veteran’s Medical Leadership Council. She supports Arizona Stand Down, an organization that assists homeless veterans with needed services. She said, “I’m proud to say Anthem is recognizing the service of our Veterans. We should never forget what they’ve given to us – gifts of freedom, service, and sacrifice and, in far too many cases, their long-term well-being.” When not in uniform, Lieutenant Colonel Cargile is the principal consultant of Cargile Communications, a public affairs firm specializing in environmental and risk communications. For information on the Anthem Veterans Memorial go to www. and click on Veterans Memorial.

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It has been said that there are few things as certain as death and taxes. Except now the tax filing deadline for this year has changed based upon a relatively new holiday. The new holiday is Emancipation Day, which the District of Columbia officially adopted as a holiday in 2005. For that reason this will cause the tax filing deadline to be pushed forward from April 15 to April 18. This is because the observed date of Emancipation Day 2011 will be Friday, April 15. Emancipation Day reflects President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862. This preceded the Emancipation Proclamation by nine months, and it freed about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. While, Emancipation Day is only an official holiday in the District of Columbia, the IRS states that holidays observed in D.C. apply nationwide.

Interestingly, D.C. and six other eastern states already had the tax filing deadline pushed forward because of other holidays, such as Patriots Day. Emancipation Day was not planned to intersect with the national tax filing deadline; that was a coincidence, for some that is a welcome coincidence. The date isn’t the only change for the upcoming tax season. Because of the new tax laws that were approved at the very end of 2010, and are in effect for filing 2010 taxes, the IRS reports that its systems will not be ready to accept tax returns with itemized deductions (Schedule A) until at least mid-February. Thus, those taxpayers who itemize their deductions will not be able to file until the IRS is ready. This delay could potentially cause an inconvenience for tens of millions of taxpayers who use Schedule A to claim their deductions for such things as mortgage interest, charitable donations, medical expenses, certain education expenses (via Form 8917) and

local and state sales taxes paid. For information on how the changes in the tax law will affect itemizers, visit or contact Chris Alan directly. Alan has more than 30 years experience

in preparing tax returns and specializes in tax preparation for individuals in the real estate and mortgage industries. Chris Alan is a Designated Broker and tax consultant with

a Tax Time Arizona, a Certified Public Accountant Firm; located at 7745 E Redfield Road, Suite 400, in Scottsdale. He can be reached at 480-829-8463 or 480 Tax-Time.

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community events MUSIC Pinnacle Concert series continues The 12th annual Pinnacle Concert Series continues at 4 p.m. March 6 when the Harry James Orchestra performs Big Band Era tunes at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.was known for his trumpet, his wife Betty Grable, his lead singer Frank Sinatra and his swingin’ lifestyle. The group will take the audience through the nostalgic journey through the golden age of swing. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $42 for premium seats and $12 for main floor rear seats. Student tickets pay $6. For information call 480-303-2474 or Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, 85255 (on the NW corner of Pima and Happy Valley Roads).

MIM Ticket Office at 480-478-6000. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix.

MIM hosts famous ballad singer Ballad singer Tim Eriksen will perform at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Musical Instrument Museum. Along with vocals he comes up with arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto, transforming American tradition with a northern-roots sounds that embraces old New England murder ballads, shape-note gospel, and originals alongside Southern Appalachian and Irish songs. Tickets are $25-30. Purchase tickets online at www.theMIM. org, in person at MIM, or by calling the

PERFORMANCES MTA begins preparations for Honk! Jr. Musical Theatre of Anthem announces auditions for Honk! Jr. at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Caepe School. Honk Jr. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, “The Ugly Duckling”. Come join MTA on the farm where this story will remind the audience to be proud of themselves and not to judge a book by its cover. This show will feature Jr. MTA Performers (ages 6-14) and MTA will

Jazz Festival comes to Scottsdale The Spring Wine and Jazz Festival debuts with Khani Cole at 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at El Pedregal. Cole will perform songs from her three hit albums, including her latest release “Lifetime”. The free concert series features free live jazz music from notable valley artists in the outdoor amphitheater. Guests are invited to sit in the outdoor amphitheater and purchase tickets for food and wine tasting. For information please call the El Pedregal Management office at 480-488-1072 or visit

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community events Continued from page 10 cast all who audition. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will take place at The Caepe School, 42212 North 41st Drive in Anthem. Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. They also need to bring an accompaniment CD or tape to sing with; or be ready to sing acapella. Registration materials, available on the website at musicaltheaterofanthem. org, should be completed prior to coming to the audition. Performances will be at 7 p.m. April 14 and 16 and at 3 p.m. April 16 and 17 at Boulder Creek High School’s Performing Arts Center (Main Auditorium), located at 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, in Anthem. On The Towne Community Theatre brings The Reluctant Dragon On The Towne Community Theatre will perform The Reluctant Dragon at 7 p.m. Friday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cross of Christ Church 19 children make up the cast in a tale of a young man whose love for dragons and his inquisitive nature forces him to venture off in search of a dragon who is supposed to be terrorizing the countryside. Instead he finds an old dragon and her baby all-singing and all-dancing dragonettes. With show-stopping numbers and tongue-in-cheek lyrics and dialogue, this show is campy fun for

the entire family, carrying a message of tolerance and friendship. Tickets are available at the Anthem Community Center, or from a cast member, and cost only $5 for children, and $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults. Call 623-594-3832 or email OnTheTowne@ for more information. Pioneer hosts dinner theater Wyatt Earp Dinner Theater is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Pioneer Village. Attendees will dine on a meal and dessert while listening to Wyatt Earp’s trials and tribulations during the early part of his life. This one-man play is told by Wyatt Earp Presold tickets are availble by calling 623-465-1052 at $35 per person including dinner and the play.   REUNION Michigan, Wisconsin group meet in Carefree The Annual ‘UP NORTH’ Arizona reunion a group of former residents of Gogebic and Iron Counties in Michigan and Wisconsin will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek. For reservations and directions contact Virgil Landretti and call 715-5714263 or e-mail For those in the Tucson, Green Valley, and Casa Grande area contact Diane Rigoni.  Phone: 520-9042861 or email: Cost for dinner and entertainment is $25/person.  Visit with fellow ‘Yooupers’ and all ‘Up North‘ friends. community events continued on page 12

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community events Continued from page 11 HEALTH Chronic pain support group meets American Chronic Pain Association, a group designed to help people in pain deal with their problems, has a local chapter that meets from 6 - 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Azools Bar and Grill at 3134 W. Carefree Highway. The Northern Phoenix group will cater toward veterans, but also is open to the general public. There is no cost to attend the meetings. Utilizing skills taught at ACPA meeting will allow members to become actively involved in their own recovery. The support members receive at group meeting will enable them to continue to make progress. ACPA groups are meant to offer a support system to members, as well as teach skills which will enable members to cope with the day-to-day situations. For information contact Jerry Abrahamson at 602-741-8992 or Anthem Al-Anon group hosts 1st meeting Does someone’s drinking bother you?

Al-Anon can help. Courage to Change Al-Anon group meets from 7 –8 p.m. Wednesdays at Cross of Christ Church, located at 39808 N.Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem Lunch, fashion show aids Foothills Caring Corps Our Lady’s Guild is putting on a fashion show, “Petals and Parasols” at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The luncheon will feature the latest styles of Coldwater Creek of Kierland modeled by Guild members. Social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch following at noon. Proceeds from this event will benefit Foothills Caring Corps who promote independence and enhance the quality of life for older residents throughout the community by providing access to food and medical care, and St. Vincent dePaul, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and homeless in Phoenix. For more than 35 years, Our Lady’s Guild of Our Lady of Joy Church community events continued on page 14

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Cave Creek resident Barbara Bowman will be the featured artist at The Caepe School. The opening is set for 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday. STAFF REPORT

Barbara Bowman, an abstract painter from Cave Creek, is the featured artist for the newest display at the Anthem Art Gallery at The Caepe School. During the free opening event from 7 – 9 p.m. on Saturday the public will have the opportunity to meet the artist during an event that will include light fare and adult beverages. Bowman draws much of her

inspiration from nature and her extensive travels. Growing up in Colorado instilled a deep-rooted appreciation of the vibrant, majestic colors of the Southwest landscapes. For information on the artist or to view samples of her work go to The Caepe School is located at 42212 North 41st Drive in Anthem. For information call 623-551-7808.

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community events Continued from page 12 in Carefree, has provided assistance and raised money to create positive change in the lives of women, children and families. TAX AID

AAPR offers assistance to taxpayers AAPR Tax-Aide volunteers will be available from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday afternoon beginning on Feb. 2 and continuing through April 13 at the Desert Foothills Library. The volunteers will


help taxpayers prepare and file their personal federal and Arizona income tax returns. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the Library at 480-488-2286. AARP volunteers offer free income tax

Alliance Youth Sports

Meet Pro NFL Player Kenny King Saturday February 12th 10:00-2:00   Grade Based System for 1st-8th   Compete with Players Your Age Anthem Community Center   NFL Players as Guest Coaches 41130 N. Freedom Way Saturday March 5th 10:00-2:00 Dick’s Sporting Goods 2350 W. Happy Valley Road

  New State-of-the-Art Equipment   Developing Character, Respect & Tradition

preparation AARP Tax-Aide is available at both the Beauf Community Center and the Deer Valley Senior Center on select days through April 15. Customers do not need to be AARP members to participate. The free service will prepare and e-file tax returns primarily for low and moderate income families, with special attention being provided to those individuals ages 60 and older. This year, AARP Tax-Aide has expanded the number of trained tax counselors and can now accommodate many more taxpayers for added convenience. Beuf Community Center is located at 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road. For information on times and dates call 602-5344754. The Deer Valley Senior Center is located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane. For information on times and dates call  602-495-3735. For general information and other local sites offering AARP Tax Aide services, go to No appointment is necessary.   LECTURE

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, at the Country Library in Anthem. The guest speaker will be Sally Ann Williamson. She will be speaking about the Harvey Girls and Indian Baskets. Forum discusses issue of homelessness The Pinnacle Theological Center continues its 2010-2011 lecture series with various presenters discussing the issue of homelessness from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Speakers Terry Araman is Program Director of the Madison Street Veterans Association and Darlene Newsom, the CEO of United Methodist Outreach Ministries New Day Centers, and a board member for the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. The event is free, although lunch will be available for $10. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located at 25150 North Pima Road in Scottsdale For information call 480585-9448 ext 1 or go to PTC@

Daughters of American Cave Creek Museum Revolution meet at library. The hosts monthly author Cave Creek Museum’s “Authors’ Month” returns at 2 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday with Leland Hanchett. The author will discuss a semi-retired engineer and inventor living in Cave Creek who enjoys studying and writing about Arizona’s past. He has written six books on Arizona and one on Montana with more to come. He has written six books on Arizona and one on Montana with more to come. He enjoys traveling through the West, photographing the scenery, and talking to oldtimers whose families lived through the pioneer days. Some of his books include: They Shot Billy Today: The Families of Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War; Catch the Stage to Phoenix; and Black Mesa: The Hanging of Jamie Stott.

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The Wigwam Festival of Fine Arts is set for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. The event, features fine artists and includes wine tasting, Al Fresco Dining and live entertainment. Juried artists will display their work. Visitors will have the chance to find paintings for their home, enjoy the work of bronze and stone sculptor Mike Greenfield and immerse themselves in the visual beauty of Southwest art. Native American flute player and violinist Arvel Bird will perform with “Many Tribes, One Fire” and fourtime World Champion Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan and the Yellow Bird Dancers. Parking and admission are free. Wigwam Resort is located at 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. Take I-10 west to Litchfield Road (exit 128). From there go north four miles to to Wigwam Blvd. For information go to vermillionpromotions. com or call Wigwam Resort at 623-935-3811.

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Sabercats Football and Cheer is holding open registration for the Spring and Fall seasons. Spring registration is open through Feb. 20. Fall Football registration begins with an opportunity to meet Pro Football Player Kenny King, Saturday at the Anthem Community Center, and March 5th at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Happy Valley location. Both events are scheduled

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as guest coaches. The mission of Sabercats football and cheer is to promote and develop young athletes in the community. The Anthem Community Center is located at 41130 N. Freedom Way. Dick’s Sporting Goods is located at 2350 W. Happy Valley Road in Phoenix.

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around the Bluhmin’ town

The weather outside is frightful Judy Bluhm Special for The Foothills Focus

Brrr! Have you been able to stay warm lately? The harsh winter blast of frigid cold (and I am talking about Phoenix) has been enough to send more than a few people over the edge. I thought folks only got cranky

when we were dealing with relentless triple digits in the Valley of the Constant Inferno, but no, freezing temperatures can make us snap too. It is just “not normal” to have to endure 25 degrees and icy wind raging from the north at 50 miles an hour. What the heck is happening here? Many of us lost trees and watched with horror as pretty green plants got frost-

burned and turned a crisp brown. (Clever were the folks who put little Styrofoam cups on their cacti and covered the lantanas with sheets). Kids could be seen walking home from school bundled up like snowmen. Local grocery stores claimed there was a run on instant hot cocoa. The waterfalls in Anthem froze. Some homes in Cave Creek had their pipes burst. The Phoenix Open was postponed due to frost. People lit up their fireplaces (even on no burn days). Hmm . . . guess we with the thinning blood are not exactly “prepared” for such drops in the thermostats. I tried to use a new (well – not exactly new, but trendy now) mind technique called “imagine and it will happen.” A study from John Hopkins Medical School states that if people who are really hungry imagine themselves eating, it will lessen their appetite. This “imagine” technique is supposed to work with all sorts of conditions. I thought I would give it a whirl, and imagined that the weather was lovely, warm and balmy. I tried this, especially when I was out walking my dog and facing frigid wind and nasty cold. Maybe my concentration wasn’t quite right, because imagining warmer weather didn’t do too much for me or my dog. However, since this technique was first discovered as a success for people who have M&M cravings (and other chocolate affections) I did try it with food. I imagined that I was eating lots of chocolate chip cookies when I made myself a cup of coffee. My “imagine” experiment failed miserably. I ended up obsessing about cookies and had to make a batch (of course I gave them to grandkids – after I ate a few). They actually tasted better than I imagined. Oh, but I digress. I was talking about

the Nordic blast of weather we’ve been having, not delicious little, mouth-watering chocolate cookies. Did I mention that my husband bought me a warm scarf, fuzzy hat and pair of lined gloves? Thoughtful man. When it gets below 40 degrees in Phoenix, I am ready. I also bought my daughter’s little doggy, Chopper, a fine wool sweater. However, when I went to put it on him, he bared his teeth and chased me all around her house like I was trying to murder him! Hey, ten pounds of growling fury was not appropriate when I was only trying to help! I took his little coat back to Wal-Mart and got myself a pair of warm socks instead. By the time this column goes to press, we might be back up in the 60s and 70s – where we belong! This cold weather has done enough damage, and not just to our plants and trees. I saw a woman throw the pump and hose on the ground at a gas station screaming that her hands were “freezing and sticking” to the pump handle. When a man laughed at her (not very kind) she got so mad I was afraid she might run him over. Hey, frostbite is no laughing matter. I remember my brother’s ears turning white and blowing up like cauliflowers when he forgot to wear his hat walking to school. Of course, that what was a winter day in Cleveland. Never thought we might get frostbite in Phoenix! People in cold, dreary climates experience more depression than those of us who enjoy sunnier days. Guess those of us living in the sunshine state are pretty blessed and should be quite happy. Cold? Sip hot cocoa, cover the plants, get out the fuzzy socks and lined gloves. Light the fire, remember to cover your ears in cold weather and eat plenty of cookies. Imagine . . . plenty of .warmer days ahead.

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Problems at home continue Unfortunately last week’s article was too long and had to be cut short by the editor of Foothills Focus, who is constantly warning me that I write too much. The truth is I could write a bunch more, but I not only run out of space, but time. (To read it in its entirety– go to www.TheHoltGroupAZ. com) Anyway, the remaining part of the last week’s article can be found a few paragraphs below. Last week, we discussed how the media has focused its attention on the uprising in the Middle East, but I contend that we have many of the same underlying problems here at home. Many of which

seem to be increasingly ignored. In last week’s article, we asked the questions – Why are people rising up in these far off places? Moreover, could we ever see something like it here in the good ole U.S of A? I acknowledged that while there are plenty of political and even religious reasons motivating millions of people to take to the street, I believe the most basic reason for the revolts that we are witnessing from Europe to the Middle East is due to the persistent and tough economic conditions people are facing. While I doubt we would see anything in the U.S. on the scale of what we are witnessing in Egypt, Tunisia and Greece,

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real estate for real people Continued from page 16 no one thought it would happen in Egypt or Greece either. In early January, experts were saying, “The riots seen recently in Algeria and Tunisia are unlikely to spread to Egypt despite deteriorating economic conditions.” At the end of the day, when enough people get sick and tired of being sick and tired, either they give up or they let their voices be heard. Please know that I am not advocating that anyone take to the streets with swords, but instead, I encourage all of you (who recognize that we have some serious issues at home) to use the power of your pen to write your representatives and tell them enough is enough. After all, the pen is mightier than the sword As pointed out last week and again in the message below, we are not seeing any real change in D.C. as the reckless spending continues, crony capitalism runs rampant and business is as usual for those in power. But, despite all the pie in the sky promises, the pain is spreading throughout the land of the free. So here is the remainder of last week’s article and please look to next week’s article where I will point to the facts on the ground that clearly contradict the propaganda that is flowing from the pie hole of Bernanke and the like. …Despite new regulations and threats from the political leaders, the problems in the banking sector have only become worse. Why is that you ask? Well, namely because the same guys that talk tough about fixing the problem are the same ones that are in bed with the banks. Always have been - always will be, unless the public does something about it. The politicians that talk tough and promise to enact tough new regulations to stop the bankers in their tracks are the same ones that take in millions of dollars in donations from those same bankers. So while the banks continue to crush the American public by refusing to do loan mods (that actually help anyone), the real crisis within the financial industry rages on setting the tables for yet another taxpayer bailout. The (IMF) recently warned that the U.S. banking system remains dangerously fragile, needing as much as $76 billion in capital. According to the report, because of ongoing home price depreciation, the deleveraging in commercial real estate, overall economic weakness, and because the banks are still engaged in high risk business practices, many US banks have the potential to become insolvent and go under in the months ahead. This is not encouraging news and proves that despite the tough talk out of DC, our leaders have shown no ability/desire to take the tough actions needed to regulate the banking industry or curtail the out of control spending. Without tough measures

and a change in monetary policy, another financial crisis is just around the corner, but this time it could prove even more disastrous. Of course, as we have discussed many times, the same men (Bernanke and Geithner), who oversaw the bubble inflating policies that helped create the problem, are the same men who are designing our rescue? There is something wrong with that picture. Our economy is suffering from decades of being over leveraged created by bad monetary policy and reckless spending. Yet, our leaders continue to attempt to solve a debt problem with more debt, which will only act like gasoline to a fire. The prolonged and massive bailouts have only delayed the pain that is surely coming as the country continues down the path of bankruptcy. So, while we do not have rioting in the streets, we do have the same underlying financial problems that is causing the uprising and revolts across the globe. I do not know if our day is coming, but I simply do not see how it is going to be avoided when the underlying balance sheet for most U.S. banks, state & local governments, and particularly the U.S. government are still full of toxic assets. Thus, the insolvency of the banks and the U.S. will continue until the money runs out. If the money does run out, causing interest rates to go through the roof, services to be slashed, and many more jobs to be lost, then who knows how the American public will react. Right after the most recent election, I warned that we could ill afford to become complacent and think that the politicians would do the right thing and stop spending money we do not have. Well - by the looks of the 2011 budget deficit and continued money printing, it is business as usual in D.C. At some point, the spending insanity is going to stop either through free will or because those who own our debt say enough. Either way, there will be some pain, but if it is the latter that causes the end of spending, it will be even more agonizing. Again, I will encourage each of you to write or better yet get on the phone with those that represent us and demand that they take action to stop the fiscal recklessness. I would also encourage you to make sure your money is somewhere that is safe. Then I would encourage you to remain hopeful while keeping your ever-cautious eye open for more dangers ahead. Remember that just because others act stupidly with their finances does not mean we all have too. Robert Holt, CDPE/SFR and Christina Holt, GRI/CDPE/SFR of The [HOLT] Group, RE/MAX Sonoran Hills. Please visit or call 623-748-9583 and tell us your thoughts.

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opinions and letters

Free to die and free to speak When the state of Georgia arrested four Final Exit Network volunteers, it accused them and our group, which advocates for the right to die with dignity, of assisting in suicides. In doing so, it drew attention to a Georgia law that violates the First Amendment right to free speech -- and now FEN has brought an action in U.S. District Court to defend its rights. Georgia’s prosecution has revived a legal row likely to play out across the country in the months and years ahead. “Assisted suicide,” as it is so often and unjustly called, has been a controversial subject since at least the 1990s, when Michigan doctor Jack Kevorkian was imprisoned for helping terminally ill patients die. Quite a few states have passed laws against actively providing “aid” or “assistance” in another’s death. Ironically, Georgia’s statute isn’t explicit on that point. Rather, the state’s assisted suicide law (O.C.G.A. 16-5-5) says that anyone who “publicly advertises, offers, or holds himself or herself out as offering” to aid another in “suicide” is committing a felony. In other words, the law bans talking about aid in dying. That makes it unconstitutional under the First Amendment. A state has no more right to ban speaking about assistance in death than it does to outlaw political speech or controversial books.

The fact is, a small number of terminally ill patients, finding themselves incapacitated or in agony, choose to bring an end to their suffering. It is unfortunate that assistance in death is called “assisted suicide” no matter what the circumstances. The people who rationally decide to terminate irreversible suffering are not “suicidal” and do not wish to die any more than the next person. Their decision should not be likened to the tragedy of an untimely death by real suicide. FEN’s volunteers are deeply sympathetic to the wishes of these patients, and believe that being able to choose whether to live or die should be a basic human right for those under extreme medical circumstances. However, no one in our organization has ever actively aided in another person’s death. Aid in dying is now legal, but only for a physician, in Montana, Oregon and Washington. “Physician aid in dying” will not likely be legal in other U.S. states within the next few years. But it’s not what we do: we do not aid in dying and we are not, most of us, physicians. Rather, our volunteers provide information, counseling, and moral support to terminally ill patients who are considering ending their lives. Usually they’re grappling with conditions like Alzheimer’s, with its slow, painful

descent into advanced dementia; Lou Gehrig’s disease, in which bodily functions, from speaking to swallowing, fail one by one; or inoperable pancreatic cancer, with its crippling abdominal pain. Usually, those patients have already explored all known methods of treatment, in vain. FEN provides two services. First, our volunteers give information on hastening death to those who feel that an incurable medical condition has made life intolerable. Second, we provide compassionate company in the final moments. Technically, since our volunteers share information on how to induce death with certainty and without suffering, Georgia authorities were following their state laws when they brought charges against four of our members in 2009. But that law shouldn’t exist in the first place. That’s why FEN recently brought an action against Georgia in U.S. District Court, to vindicate the free speech rights of our volunteers. The U.S. population is aging. At the same time, advances in medical science are transforming the way we experience death. It used to be that dying was mostly natural, inevitable, and quick. Now, medicines and machines make it possible to keep a dying patient on life support for years. Real choice needs to become a part of the process. And when death becomes a matter of choice, individuals should have the freedom to make it for themselves. Because of these demographic and scientific shifts, we expect to see the debate over the right to die intensify. Meanwhile, more and more people will seek out the counsel of organizations like FEN. As we undergo this change as a society, let’s keep our constitutional rights -- and our freedoms -- in sight. Jerry Dincin, Ph.D., is the President of Final Exit Network and a retired psychologist with more than 30 years of clinical experience. The website for Final Exit Network is www.

Judge teaches merit badge classes The Boy Scouts of American remains as vital to our nation today as they did 100 years ago. Many of my fondest memories of youth are associated with me becoming an Eagle Scout and I will soon have another opportunity to give back. On Feb. 19 and again on March 19, I will be teaching classes so that Boy Scouts can obtain a “Law” merit badge. Often people use the term “merit badge” in an almost derogatory fashion; but all of them require a significant amount of work. If you think the prerequisites for this legal merit badge are easy, consider the following requirement: “Discuss two of the following (a) Justinian’s Code, (b) the Code of Hammurabi and (c) the Magna Carta.” If you asked such a question to people standing in line at a grocery store, how do you think they would do? In addition to learning about the sources of law, scouts will learn about our U.S. Constitution, the development of our jury system and the different burdens of proof required for civil and criminal trial. We also examine famous

legal events, such as the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. The classes and homework mandate a working knowledge of basic federal consumer legislation and briefly explains some key federal environmental statutes. After all, Boy Scouts were “environmentalists” long before that term became trendy. Scouts are required to meet with a law enforcement agent and to conduct an interview. Some of the suggested questions include: “Should police be allowed to unionize and have the right to strike even though they are essential to public welfare and order?” and “Should police officers use no-knock entry and wiretapping even though those actions could interfere with people’s privacy rights?” I enjoy teaching; but my audience is usually other judges. Somehow, I think teaching junior high boys will be very different. However, I could be wrong. Judge Gerald Williams is the presiding justice of the peace for the Northwest Regional Court Center. His column appears monthly in The Foothills Focus.

Desert Hills couple are against New River Road overhaul We are against MCDOT’s forecasted upgrade plans for New River Road. MCDOT spokesman Al Kattan is just pushing this to our community in the guise of safety. In reality it is creating a major highway through our neighborhoods.  Another non MCDOT community traffic planning study would give us a different “doctor’s opinion” opposite of this quacked up plan.  We do not want another Bell Road or Grand Avenue race track worth of traffic flow. Straightening curves will only increase the travel speed, creating a more dangerous road for us to live along. Is this just to enable our fellow Maricopians another high speed major

traffic flow out of Phoenix into the rim country? Upgrade I-17 with additional lanes, not New River Road.  Is there funding from recovery money that is unwisely being spent?  There are plenty of secondary dirt or gravel roads that could use the money for improvements, not New River Road. Post more advance warning signs and larger reduced speed signs, with warning lights for the S curves, or a turning lane for an intersection or two, not make our community’s main street into a high volume threelane highway. G & N Heppner Desert Hills

The Foothills Focus encourages submissions from the public for the editorial page. Respond to the columnists, fellow letter writers, or let us know about something all together different making an impact in your community. Submissions should be kept to less than 400 words. Send letters to If e-mail is unavailable fax submissions to 623-465-1363 or send them by mail to 46641 N Black Canyon Hwy, New River, AZ 85087. Include your name, your city and a phone number where you can be reached.

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480.606.2638 AZ LIC#ROC190311K-34

Specializing in Quality Termite Control Also All Phases of Pest Control Services Including: Africanized Bees • Roaches Wasps •Spiders • Crickets Pack Rats Pigeon Control • Scorpions Ants • Ticks Locally owned & operated in Cave Creek, AZ

623-465-7900 I8479BC, Licensed, Bonded, Insured

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water treatment

Water Heaters

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Clack WS-1 32,000 Grain Water Softener


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AZ 85087

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Notices Basic Obedience Class: 7pm. This 6 week course will focus on basics: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Leave It, How to walk on a leash without pulling, Proper Etiquette for meeting & working around other dogs & people. Goal is to improve your working relationship with your dog and establish the foundation needed for effective dog training. $15 a class. Arline 623-465-7397 Carefree Hwy & I-17. Private classes available. HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY: If you had hip replacement surgery between 2003 - present and suffered problems requiring a second revision surgery you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Charles Johnson 1-800-535-5727. Adoptions ADOPT: Warm, very happily married couple will give your newborn a future full of love, security, support and opportunity. Legal expenses paid. Please call Laurel/ Adam: 1-877-543-9827. (AzCAN) Adult Care Retired R.N. Part time Adult/companion care. Help with activities of daily living, light cooking & cleaning, transportation, activities. References 623-780-3597. Appliances Nice GE gas dryer, $100. 602-568-1044 ATV/Cycle/Etc WHY BUY AN ATV WHEN U CAN GET A JEEP! 1979 CJ7 great condition! $4500 firm 623-374-9888 2003 Yamaha 100 V-twin Custom. 15K miles. Customized – many extras. Must see. $7900 obo. 602-750-5047 1960 to 1976 Enduro or dirt bike wanted by private party. Must be complete 50cc to 500cc. Will look at all, running or not. 480-518-4023 Autos 1964 to 1972 classic sports car, muscle car wanted by private party running or not. 480-518-4023 Business Opportunities EARN INCOME AT HOME! GREAT POTENTIAL! 623 249-4741 Lynette DO YOU EARN $800 in a day? Your own local candy route! 25 machines and candy all for $9995. 877-915-8222. All major credit cards accepted! (AzCAN) Financial Services AMERICAN TAX RELIEF SETTLE IRS BACK TAXES. Do you owe over $15,000? If us now! FREE CONSULTATION. For less than what you owe! Stop wage garnishments! Remove bank levies, tax levies & property seizures! Stop payment

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Pool table made by Dynamo,bar table,all accessories included. excellent shape.$750. 623-742-0369/602-214-5692 Misc Wanted Wanted: Corrugated Steel panels (approx 2ft x 7ft), and old steel shed. Will pick up. Call cell 1-847-738-1194

2 finished barrel horses. 1 gelding, 1 mare. 602-448-2179 LUV SHACK RANCH RESCUE is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. We rehabilitate and adopt out local horses that have been abused, neglected or rescued from slaughter. We are in need of donations and sponsors to help with feed and vet care. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For further info, please call 602-400-0826. ADOPT HORSES rescued from slaughter! Rehabilitated & ready for families. Volunteer,donate or sponsor also!

Dreamchaser Rescue an accredited American Sanctuary and a 501c(3) Commission Salesperson needed. registered charity is in need of donations. Funds, tack, supplies or just your time. Work from home.  High Commissions Also looking for special people to sponsor earned, plus bonus. Call # 623-465our sanctuary mares. These mares will live 9848 out their lives here at the ranch. Also have Drivers-Teams: Werner Enterprises. several horses available for adoption. Now Team Sign-On Bonus Extra 3cpm on offering riding lessons & trail rides ALL dispatched miles for first 6mos could to feed the horses” 623-910-6530 mean between $3,500.00 to $4,000.00! or 888-567-3101 email Hair Stations Available. Rental MISC. Only. Contact Brandy at Magnolias. kiln,pouring table,slip mixer, molds and 623-465-2999 green ware. $1000 OBO 623-465-7829 ADVERTISE YOUR JOB Opening in 87 AZ Thomas Train toddler bed $70,Outdoor newspapers. Reach over 1 million readers playground paid$1400 sell$600 for ONLY $330! Call this newspaper or visit: OBO,Kenmore washer&gasdryer$300

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Kenmore 25.2 Cubic Ft. Refrigerator $300 Kenmore Elec. Dryer $200. Kenmore Washer $200

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The Holt Group would like to thank all those who entrusted us to help them navigate this market –

Real Estate for Real People.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You both were so helpful throughout this whole process.  We truly appreciate everything you did. You and Christina were awesome – Thank you both for your efforts on our behalf.  Your help made a painful process more tolerable.

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

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

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You guys are brilliant in dealing with these banks and you are making a difference – one person at a time – highly commendable.

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

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

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

I can’t believe this short sale got done – you are both amazing - thank you so much for all of your hard work and supporting me through this process Thank you for assisting us through the surreal short sale & BOA odyssey – we appreciate you more than you will ever know. My experience from the beginning with both you and Christina, has been beyond expectations. Thanks again. Thank you so much!!!..  you guys are great.  To be out from that house is a huge relief for us even though we loved it.  Michelle and I want to thank you for all your help with selling our home.  It was probably a lot tougher than we all thought and we appreciate you seeing it through.    We really appreciated the great job you and Christina did for us. You will never really know how much you two have helped.

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