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home : the villager : the villager April 15, 2014 

Red Rock Ranger District welcomes new Ranger, Nicole Branton
The first thing Nicole Branton says about herself, when asked how she became the Red Rock District Ranger in the Coconino Forest is, "I grew up in an urban setting in St. Louis, Missouri and my family didn't share a big outdoor life."

Ranger Branton discovered her love for the forest lands and open spaces as an adult earning her degree in Anthropology at the University of Southern Illinois in Edwardsville.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

County says VOC U-Haul trucks violate zoning
VILLAGE of OAK CREEK -- Having golden arches taking on a turquoise hue may be good for Sedona, but Yavapai County has said no to white-and-orange U-Haul trucks at the nearby Oak Creek Factory Outlets.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

AIMS testing begins April 14
Here at Big Park we are in the last two months of the school year. We have been back from spring break for several weeks now and will be taking the AIMS test starting April 14th. We will be testing from the 14th through the 17th, which is a long grind for the students and staff.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chip Davis to address Big Park Community Council
On April 10, Chip Davis, the County Supervisor for our area, will be attending our monthly meeting.

We always look forward to Chip's attendance as he updates the community on happenings at the County level.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Extraordinary partnerships bring garden project to life
It couldn't have been more magical. There they were, more than 100 friends and neighbors from all walks of life, arriving with pansies and roses, geraniums and baby vegetables, etc., etc. in hand.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

VOCA/Village Calendar

APRIL 7 : Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council Executive Board

APRIL 10: Big Park Reg. Coordinating Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) bigparkcouncil.org

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

From an Arizona farmhouse to a respected Heritage Museum
How does an Arizona farmhouse become a respected Heritage Museum?

It begins in 1880 when the Wil Jordan family came into the Verde Valley. Wil and Annie (Bristow) Jordan had a passel of kids, Walter and George being Nos. 6 and 7.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A big night out at Timo
Our last evening at the end of the best ever Sedona International Film Festival was spent at Timó, a wine bar and wood-fired eatery, inside Los Abrigados Resort. It is one of two restaurants recently opened by the Wild Thyme Restaurant Group.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eye Boutique of Sedona opens in Village
Eye Boutique of Sedona is now open! This full service eye care center is the latest venture by Carolyn Martin, OD, of the Village of Oak Creek.

Spending the last eight years with another eye care facility in the area, Dr. Martin recognized a need for full service eye care resulting in the new Eye Boutique of Sedona.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The cycle-friendly Village
The Sedona area is now rated among the Top 10 World Destinations for mountain biking; and the League of American Bicyclists awarded the Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community designation to Sedona. Cyclists seem to smile on the Village, and those of us in the Village love that fact!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Preventative medicine, or is it time to vaccinate your pet?
Not too long ago the dog world was rocked by the emergence of a new disease that devastated owners and veterinarians alike. This disease was called parvo, which had apparently mutated from another species to attack our canine friends.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pets offer owners physical and emotional health benefits
You have probably seen the license plate that says, "Pets Enrich Our Lives." Surely there are many individuals who have had an experience of an enriched, more fulfilled life due to a relationship they shared with an animal.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Golf's rules always subject to interpretation
In last month's column I started a rant about the Rules of Golf, and how strange, if not silly, some of those rules are. But let's be balanced here. Most of the rules make sense. They're meant to keep the game fair for all. Sometimes it's the interpretations that seem to go awry. Or the misinterpretations.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eat, sleep and do Pilates!
In attempting to stick to your New Year's fitness resolutions, you might have overlooked the necessity for restorative sleep.  As I'm certain you know, it's crucial for your health to give your body the rest it needs.  Making time for sound sleep, as well as relaxation, needs to be part of everyone's fitness program. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Living the gift of fitness
We all know that being fit and lifting weights is good for us. We've all heard how it increases muscle mass and bone density. That it improves our balance and coordination. Better fitness gives us increased stamina and quicker reflexes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Soul Provider: Conversations with my cat
A Survivor's Journal is an extraordinary visual and honest account showcasing 20 original paintings of the author's cat's face - each expressing deepening and more knowing eyes and each one representing a stage of healing.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Village Community Visioning Meeting
More than 125 people turned out for the Community Visioning Meeting, held on March 18th at the Hilton Hotel's Tequa Ball Room. Villagers of ALL ages mingled, chatted, brainstormed and registered their opinions about what directions they want our town to take.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

National Library Week observed April 13-19
Those of us who regularly use the library wholeheartedly agree that libraries are treasures.  If you have not been to the library recently, you will be amazed by the free services offered at your local library.  
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet the VOCA Board of directors candidates
Last month, I wrote about the current VOCA Board members so you could get to know us better. In this article, it's time to introduce the candidates that are running for our two open seats.

We're very fortunate to have a community that is interested in getting involved.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big Park Council defends establishment of National Scenic Area
The Big Park Regional Coordinating Council members, at their regular meeting on March 13, voted to reaffirm their long standing support for the establishment by the U.S Congress for a National Scenic Area designation for the National Forest lands in the Sedona area.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 18 gathering designed to allow Villagers to 'Create a Sense of Place'
The time has come to join together in the next step of our community's Vision and Enhancement Planning.

Mark your calendars for this free event and bring your neighbors on March 18 at 7 p.m. to the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa Grand Ballroom. Door prizes will be donated by local businesses. Come prepared to vote and choose the key area you want to be a part of sustaining or bringing to life as together we "Create a Sense of Place."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What will our future be? It's time to decide
The big news from the Feb. 13 Big Park Regional Coordinating Council is the community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel at 7 p.m. It will set our course for the future!

What is important to you?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Villager/VOCA Calendar of Events: March 2014
March 10 : Big Park Reg. Coord. Council Executive Board

March 13: Big Park Reg. Coord. Council, 9 AM, Fire Station (2nd Thursday of Month) www.bigparkcouncil.org

March 26: Wednesday 2:00PM Meet the 2014 Candidates , before Regular Board Meeting 3:00 PM.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Defining an enduring vision for Big Park Community
On March 18 at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa's Main Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. will be a most important community meeting for the presentation of the Vision Statement for the VOC/Big Park Community. The presentation is being hosted by the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council with the Vision Committee chaired by Paul Jankovsky leading the meeting.
Thursday, February 20, 2014

The VOCA Board is never bored
The Board of the Village of Oakcreek Association is never bored. We continue to make progress and gain clarity around the needs of the organization and remain optimistic about our progress.
Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Food Neighbors collection to the rescue ... again
Were you there? Did you see it? You would have loved it ... and felt so proud of our Community!

On that bright, crisp Saturday at the Outlet Mall, 45 cheerful Volunteers from the Village/Big Park and Sedona helped out at the 4th BIG Collection Day for the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Loys of Red Rock Country's Loy Canyon
Like Rodney Dangerfield, the very early settlers of Sedona's Red Rock Country -- Samuel Loy and his progeny -- seem to get no respect. The Loy family was most responsible for the building of Schnebly Hill Road, but you see whose name the road carries. How did this faux pas happen?

Samuel Loy, the family patriarch, was born in 1820. Records seem to be unclear in the family log as to whether that was in Virginia or Ohio!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Spring has sprung at Big Park School
March - We are two-thirds of the way through the school year and still going strong. March is a month during which there are few extra activities going. Classroom teachers are really focusing on getting the students prepared for AIMS testing in April.
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Benefits of Village Living: VOCA - Building a Community
OCA, the Village of Oakcreek Association, encompassing one and a half square miles in area, and almost 1000 acres, accounts for almost one half of the area of the Village. Therein live over 5,700 residents, in about 2,300 homes.

Over the 46 years since it was first founded, VOCA now includes 25 HOAs, or about 40 percent of the Village total.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Being prepared goes a long way in animal world
I always consider myself truly fortunate to live in the Village, it is a beautiful place. There are things that may not be as convenient as they are in a major city, and by and large, these are items I can work around.

Take, for example, our animals. Living here we let go of the idea of having 24-hour emergency clinics at our beck and call. We FINALLY do have a true emergency and critical care clinic for Northern Arizona, Prescott Area Pet Emergency Clinic (928-778-1990).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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