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Villagers show heart with fire victim fund-raisers
Big Park Council President
6/29/2012 1:31:00 PM
By the time you read this, we will have had several fundraisers in our community to benefit the families who lost everything in area house fires in May (two in the Village and one in uptown).
What struck me most about this is the immediate and cooperative way the entire community came together to support these people.
Some had insurance (if you rent, you really should have it – it’s not too expensive), but still there are so many irreplaceable things lost in these events.
However, it seems to me that knowing your friends and neighbors are doing so much to help would ease some of that ache. I say a major KUDOs to the greater Sedona area for being a caring community. And another to our Sedona Fire District and the neighbors who helped keep the Village fire from spreading on a day when the winds were very strong.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the idea of Walking School Buses in our community (May 2012 issue). This fall, Yavapai County will resurface and add some shoulders on the stretch of Verde Valley School Road from Bell Rock Blvd. to the edge of the Forest Service land, thus giving us a safer environment for this activity and all walkers and bikers who use that stretch of road.
I urge residents who travel this road frequently to attend Supervisor Chip Davis’ Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, at the VOCA community center to hear details and ask questions.
Some pending details on the contract will depend on citizen input – they want your ideas and concerns expressed. If you can’t make the Supervisor Davis’ August meeting, contact Yavapai County Public Works.
Are you missing the calendar of activities/events that used to appear in the Villager every month? Sadly, Fran McWherter, who used to pull together the information from several sources, died last month and we need to find a replacement. Please contact me at email@example.com if you can take on this relatively small, but important task.
Last, but certainly not least, our business community seems to be growing. In the past four weeks, I’ve been asked to participate in four ribbon-cutting events for Village businesses: Redstone Restaurant at VOCA, L Gaston Jewelers in the Outlets, Buddha’s Dream in Bell Rock Plaza, and Front Burner Media on Cortez.
I also discovered recently that we have an organic farmer’s market on Saturday mornings in front of Marketplace Café which wants to expand. I’m hopeful that this is a sign that our economy is turning around and our vibrant community can lead the way.
As always, we welcome all to attend our monthly meetings at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday at the Village fire station.
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