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VOC parents get their first glimpse of Big Park's future
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- After months of rumors and uncertainty, parents of children attending Big Park Community School had a first look at the future as Superintendent David Lykins unveiled five possible alternatives for the cash-strapped Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District during his presentation at the Jan. 12 governing board meeting.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Villagers to be honored at KSB Awards of Excellence
Keep Sedona Beautiful will hold its 44th annual Awards of Excellence Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m., in the ballroom at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in Sedona. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Only constant in school system is promise of change
One of the very first articles I wrote for The Villager as principal of Big Park Community School was on the subject of change. At the time I was presenting information on the changing standardized testing program in Arizona. In that article I agreed with Heraclitus' pronouncement that "[t]he only thing constant in life is change." The last 12 to 18 months have certainly proved that sentiment to be prescient.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Season for volunteering
At the heart of a successful community, you will find the volunteers who generously give their time to make the places that they inhabit a better place to live.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Communication is foundation of relationships; building block that gives strength to our community
My name is William "Amadeus" Larew and my direct e-mail is Amadeusbprcc@AOL.com. The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council (BPRCC) elected me president at the January 14, 2016 meeting.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Village gets Visitors Center
The momentum continues for the Sedona Village Business Association as enthusiastic new members contribute creative ideas for making things happen.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Village resident Eric Holowacz shares vision for Sedona Arts Center
This is the first installment in a three-part interview by the Sedona Village Vision Alliance with Eric Holowacz, Executive Director of the Sedona Art Center.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yavapai Food Council collections on upswing
SEDONA - The Yavapai Food Council reports meal collections were up 21 percent and donors rose 8 percent countywide between October and December for its Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Hudson: A Neighborhood Restaurant
Mark and Lisa Shugrue have hit upon a winning combination of style, menu and service when they reopened under the new name, The Hudson.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It takes a fitness village
I cannot stress enough how crucial a strong support team is to our fitness and health-related goals.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Staying safe with your backyard neighbors
Wintertime brings colder weather, encouraging wildlife to move closer to 'civilization' (our homes). Food and water become scarcer, therefore opportunistic critters find sustenance around housing.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Making and keeping financial resolutions
How will your money habits change in 2016? What decisions or behaviors might help your personal finances, your retirement prospects, or your net worth?


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Oakcreek well represented in Club State Medallion Tournament
Arizona Women's Golf Association held its yearly Club State Medallion Tournament at Pebblecreek Golf Resort in Goodyear, AZ, on January 16 & 17.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Brilliant Bites - Every forkful supports Big Park Community School
There's plenty of uncertainty within our school district these days, but at least we know one thing: we currently have a vibrant community school here in the Village of Oak Creek - and Big Park PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) is here to support our students, their families and our faculty and staff.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Road work ahead in Village of Oak Creek
2016 has begun and promises to bring about some big changes. Supervisor Jack Smith has taken over the reins as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors along with Supervisor Tom Thurman as Vice-Chairman. I believe both of these gentlemen will help lead Yavapai County in a positive direction.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New focus for Yavapai College Board Advisory Committee
At the request of Yavapai College's District Governing Board, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee is shifting its focus within our communities to the following four questions:
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Year's garden rich in imagination and hope
In the cold days of winter it is tantalizing to leaf through the pages of the new seed catalogs and imagine all the beautiful vegetables and flowers pictured growing in your garden.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Community library is the ultimate travel guide
Imagine what Saint Augustine would think of travel in today's world! This quote appeals to my sense of wanderlust.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Red Rose lends support to abused animals with rewarding results
Red Rose Inspiration For Animals continues to work toward a future goal of maintaining its own rehabilitation facility.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coconino National Forest lists fee-free days for 2016
As part of a nationwide event, fees will be waived for all Red Rock Pass Fee Program sites including Palatki, Honanki, V Bar V Cultural sites, and multiple trailheads.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Changes to come at Verde Valley Campus in 2016
CLARKDALE -- As Yavapai College increases its focus on serving the Verde Valley, Executive Dean Dr. James Perey shared a peek at what's ahead for the Verde Valley Campus:
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Photo of the Month
February's Villager Photo of the Month was submitted by Nancy Bihler of Kaylee, her Collie, photographer in her backyard.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Sedona connection
Bernie Sanders might be from Vermont, but he's got some Sedona roots now.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

VOC parents get first glimpse of Big Park's future
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - After months of rumors and uncertainty, parents of children attending Big Park Community School had a first look at the future as Superintendent David Lykins unveiled five possible alternatives for the cash-strapped Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District (SOCUSD) during his presentation at the Jan. 12 governing board meeting.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

What's the future of Sedona-VOC schools?
After hearing feedback from community roundtables, meeting attendees and the school superintendent himself, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board unanimously agreed to conduct further research before moving ahead with restructuring action.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Variety of options explored to deal with Sedona school concerns
The Sedona-Oak Creek School Board has not made any decisions yet about how best to deal with a financial shortfall next year.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Woman dies after fall from Bell Rock
At about 3:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received a cell phone call from 28-year-old Krista Hower of Sedona, who said she was stuck in a steep section of the rock face.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

An amazing evening of piano artistry
The "Glorious Night of Piano" with three extraordinary artists was indeed a smashing success. The Sedona Hilton Grand Ballroom was SOLD OUT. The setting was festive with huge Christmas trees surrounding the softly lighted stage area. The event was created and produced by the Sedona Village Vision Alliance, with Beverly Kievman Copen, President, and David Gill, Vice President, opening the evening with welcome comments. They explained briefly who the Vision Alliance is and the organizations' plan for helping the Village to become more vibrant and exciting with events such as this one. As with all events, the focus of community involvement is paramount.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Your Villager wants you!
2015 was the best year ever for The Villager. With the creation of a local editorial board, the newspaper took significant strides to strengthen and enhance the newspaper's coverage of the Village of Oak Creek and Big Park by utilizing more people from the community to report the news.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

KSB event will help you 'Change your diet, change the world'
"It's the food," says Susan Pitcairn, "A simple change of diet is the most significant step anyone can take to save our planet ... what we choose to eat every day makes a huge difference in all these issues."
Thursday, December 24, 2015


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