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Diners' guide to Thanksgiving in Verde Valley
The Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are not able to prepare it for themselves.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

What's Happening, 11-19-15.
Connections Equine Therapy is a non-profit organization located in Cornville, offering therapeutic riding and other services designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Child of the Month
Aidyn is an intelligent and active 10 year old. He has been waiting for a Big for over 6 months. He lives with his grandparents and he is an only child.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

What's Happening, 11-18-15.
This year, merchants, residents and building owners of Jerome are encouraged to Light up the Mountain with the theme of Peace and Love.

There will be a lighting contest, decided by mystery judges. The first, second and third place cash winners will be announced at the Annual Town dinner for Jerome residents on Dec. 12 at Spook Hall.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

VERDE VALLEY- Having an idea of what you want to be when you grow up gives you a goal to strive toward.

Sometimes throughout childhood these goals change, you decide to go down a different career path. But either way, having a dream to be something is important. Though each child may have a different goal, the students in the Verde Valley want to be successful.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BEST-LAID PLANS: Valley professionals look back at their childhood dreams
VERDE VALLEY - There's a world full of people who dream of becoming movie stars, rock stars, athletes, firefighters or police officers.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What's Happening, 11-15-15.
Auditions for Verde Valley Idol (formerly Cottonwood Idol) are from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 18 and from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov 21.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Mission of Love
Verde Valley Christian School took a mission team to Belize with the purpose of bringing library books, Bibles, laptops, and dictionaries.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Myth of certainty like building a house on sand
Recently I had a conversation with a friend about "Today I Choose You," the column I wrote last month. The interaction prompted me to examine the topic of certainty, and I recalled a book I had read many years ago entitled The Myth of Certainty.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christopher T. Prats, U.S. Army
In February, 1961, Christopher T. Prats joined the U.S. Army, and left Southern California looking for adventure.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Special Edition
We are proud to honor these local veterans and share their stories in our 2015 Veterans Day Special Section.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Military Service Park becomes reality for Verde Valley
COTTONWOOD -- Maybe he didn't know his great grandfather, but he will know how he was great. That is the mission of the Verde Valley Military Service Park.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Service to country, veterans, a way of life for Jeri Strande
CORNVILLE -- Most people around the Verde Valley know retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeri Strande for her work in the Cornville American Legion Post 135.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Jefferson L. Bice Intelligence Specialist Chief Petty Officer
Attended Cottonwood Elementary School in Clemenceau. Also attended Cottonwood Jr. High School. Graduated from Mingus Union High School May 1979.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sgt. First Class Angelica-Maria L. Lopez , U.S. Army MOS: 31B, Military Police
Cottonwood's Angelica-Maria L. Lopez is currently stationed in Ft. Bliss, Texas and soon will move to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, to be an instructor at the Personal Security Training school.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

James D Toon Jr. Sergeant Air Force Aircraft Mechanic 1966-1970 Cottonwood Sgt. Air Force 1966-1970
I have always thought of my military days as the light side of the Vietnam conflict.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Specialist Four Jenifer A. Hamilton, U.S. Army
By direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Army Commendation Medal is awarded to Specialist Four Jenifer A. Hamilton, U.S. Army.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

John Tavasci Jr US Army 2/7th Air Cavalry Corporal 1969 to 1971 Born and raised in Verde Valley
I proudly served in Vietnam in a recon unit gathering intelligence and disrupting supply lines.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Joe L Bennett E-2 U.S. Army
I was in Artillery; Driver for 8-inch on tracks and also driver for Captain in his jeep. Funny thing: First time taking Sarge and Captain for a ride in the jeep the Sarge hollered out , "Dang Bennett, slow it down.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lee E. Converse, SHC
Joined the Navy 1951 - Retired 1971

Served aboard: USS Sandoval - Troop carrier - San Diego CA

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Steve Mercer U.S. Coast Guard
My name is Steve Mercer, I am an Arizona native, 66 years old. I served in the United States Coast Guard from 1969-1973, honorably discharged with a rank of E-3.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kirk Womack, U.S. Navy
My name is Kirk Womack and I grew up in McGuireville Arizona and went to Beaver Creek Elementary and Camp Verde High School.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Paul Joens U.S. Army
Cottonwood's Paul Joens served in the U.S. Army three years, from early 1967 through 1969. He received basic training in Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sgt. Nelson Avery U.S. Air Force 1968-72
Enlisted July 1968 after graduating Woodbridge Sr. High School, NJ. Basic Training and Security Police Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Preston W. James U. S. Navy
Preston W. James, 3rd class petty officer, U. S. Navy Motor Machinist Mate 3rd class, 1943-1946.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Richard Odell U.S. Navy
Richard Odell left school and joined the U.S. Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Edward Takach SSG USAF 1949-1953 Lois Takach SSF USA (WAC) 1961-1967
Ed (Ohio native) and Lois (Michigan native) met at American Legion in Phoenix in 1968.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Peter A. Sesow U.S. Army -- Infrantry
Peter A. Sesow, EdD

U.S. Army -- Infrantry

Rank- Specialist 3rd Class

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PFC Sam Huffaker U.S. Army
Sam Huffaker is the fourth generation from his Verde Valley family to serve in the U.S. military.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shig Sairo U.S. Army
In July of 1945 I went from Livingston, Montana, to Camp Hood in Texas for Basin Training in the infantry.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Stephen Watson, US Navy Retired, 1960 to 1989
Stephen Watson, US Navy Retired, 1960 to 1989, Master Chief Engineman, E9

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Suni Jackson U.S. Navy
Suni Jackson enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and advanced to chief petty officer (E-7) before earning a commission as an ensign in 1987.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lieutenant Colonel Troy C. Bucher, U.S. Army
Lieutenant Colonel Troy C. Bucher is the Professor of Military Science at Oklahoma State University.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Von Hatch U.S. Marine Corps
Von Hatch served for four years in the Marine Corps from August of 1965 to June of 1969.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Still working together as a unit, but now it's for the environment
A crew of 7 Veterans who work for the Vetraplex/Vets for Hire through the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, led by Sean Borusso, US Army, come together each Fall to become the Verde River Crew.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Vietnam Wall to visit Sedona during Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
On March 30, 2011, the United States Senate officially designated Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day to honor all those who served honorably and bravely in Vietnam.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Frank P. Vallely, Jr. -- I Shall Live Twice
I give them back their all

I trade my sword for a quill.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cottonwood's Alfred J. Lukus receives Bronze Star from U.S. Marines
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Alfred J. Lukus, U.S. Marine Corps, the son of Livi Gonzales of Cottonwood, received the following Bronze Star citation June 3, 2011

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sgt. Doug Jones, U. S. Army
Doug Jones moved to Cottonwood in the summer of 1968. Graduated from Mingus Union High in 1969. Move to Camp Verde in the fall of 1969. Married Virginia Allen, a Cottonwood native, in 1981.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Emmitt McMenamin, U.S. Army
Born in McGuireville Nov. 6, 1920, Emmitt McMenamin is 95 years old.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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