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2017 Verde Valley Joint Governing Board Meeting

Thursday at Beaver Creek School, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen told a room full of educators that her “focus is children,” during the annual Verde Valley Joint Governing Board Meeting. “You put me in a room with 2- and 3-year-olds and I’m happy,” she said. Allen, District 6 Representative, provided a legislative update and answered questions presented by the seven governing boards represented at Thursday’s meeting: Camp Verde, Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union, Sedona and Valley Academy Career and Technical Education districts. Before Sen. Allen’s presentation, fifth graders at Beaver Creek School led the Pledge of Allegiance, then led the National Anthem in sign language. Also Thursday, Clarkdale-Jerome Interim Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor talked about the February Professional Development Afternoon, then Sedona-Oak Creek Superintendent David Lykins discussed the Fiscal Year 2018 shared calendar agreement for winter and spring breaks. Before the meeting closed, representatives from each of the districts presented outgoing Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Barb U'Ren with a plant as a way of saying thank you for her years of service. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Earth Day Camp Verde

Reduce, reuse, recycle at Earth Day Arts Fest Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Rezzonico Park, folks learned about reducing, reusing and recycling at the Town of Camp Verde’s first Earth Day Arts Fest. Events included a tree planting ceremony, live music, poetry and other spoken word performances, a kayak clinic, magic, cartooning demonstrations and a recycled materials fashion show. Also, Smokey Bear introduced himself to recyclers of all ages. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Culpepper & Meriweather Circus in Rimrock 2017

The Thursday, April 20 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus performed two shows at Rimrock's Beaver Creek School. The visit was indeed a special occasion. Thanks to the generosity of the circus, through its partnership with the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, a portion of the proceeds from Thursday’s event will go toward afterschool activities at Beaver Creek School. With lions and tigers, clowns, unicycles and tight ropes, as well as participation from the audience, the circus presented two 90-minute performances, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Roadwork On SR 260

Though road improvements on SR 260 from I-17 to Thousand Trails Road are expected to take about 18 months to complete, roundabout and sidewalk work at Industrial Drive, just east of I-17 on SR 260 should be completed by July. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is one of the Town of Camp Verde’s signature celebratory events. This year, the festival was held March 18-19. Each year, Camp Verde Promotions organizes the festival, which is a combination of several community events, such as the Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff, Native America Craft Show, live music, vintage baseball, and a wide variety of vendors with their arts and crafts – and their foods. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Exodus Commemoration

The Yavapai-Apache Nation held its annual Exodus Commemoration Day on Saturday with a full day of activities, arts and crafts, as well as food. The day began with a 6 a.m. Spirit Run and blessing at Boynton Canyon in Sedona. At 10 a.m., participants marched from Veterans Memorial Park, located below the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, to the Yavapai-Apache Culture Center, where Spirit Runners joined them following a nearly 30-hour run from San Carlos, symbolic of the return of the Apache and Yavapai people to the Verde Valley. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 Camp Verde Parade Of Lights

Camp Verde celebrated a festive holiday season Saturday, Dec. 10 with its annual Parade of Lights, at 6 p.m. along Main Street, with floats-a-plenty, and with Santa and Mrs Claus. Later, at the Community Center Gym, both Santa and Mrs Claus greeted children of all ages, and hears their Christmas wishes. At Fort Verde State Historic Park was the annual Candlelight Tours along Officer's Row. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 CVUSD Spelling Bee

Students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Camp Verde Unified School District competed Dec. 8 in the district’s annual spelling bee. Camp Verde Elementary School fifth grade student Matthew Piper successfully spelled the word peculiar to become the district’s fifth grade winner, while Daniela Vega won in the middle school category by spelling the word jackrabbit. Winners will compete in the Yavapai Country Spelling Bee at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the district’s Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts. Winners of the county bee will compete at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Arizona Spelling Bee at Arizona State University’s downtown campus. Winners of the state bee will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee June 1 in Washington, D. C. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Fog at Verde Lakes

Camp Verde resident Arlene Chadwick recently shot some photographs of Verde Lakes one foggy morning. The Camp Verde Bugle thanks Chadwick for sharing them with us.

Annual Camp Verde Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner

Each year, the Camp Verde Senior Center serves a Thanksgiving luncheon with all the fixings the Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving. This year, the Camp Verde Senior Center held the gathering on Friday, Nov. 18. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 Veterans Day at Montezuma Castle National Monument

Friday, Nov. 11, Montezuma Castle National Monument hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony in partnership with The Verde Valley Marine Corps League. American Legion Post 135 Cornville was on hand to post the colors, offer an invocation, perform a 3-volley rifle fire and conduct the benediction at the Veterans Day ceremony. Command Chief Master Sergeant Robert Hall, retired U.S. Air Force was both Master of Ceremonies and guest speaker. Following the message, Hall announced each major war fought by U.S. forces. A rifle volley and the playing of Taps ended the ceremony, followed by National Park Service volunteer Harry Seavey playing Amazing Grace on the Native American flute. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 Elections

Camp Verde residents congregate Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the United Methodist Church on First Street to vote not only for the next President of the United States, but also for various Verde Valley school district boards and propositions. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 New Camp Verde Library opening

An estimated 500 people attended the grand opening of the new Camp Verde Community Library Saturday, Nov. 5. The $4.1 million, two-story, 17,000-square-foot facility traveled a seven-year journey from concept to creation. Thanks to grass-roots fund-raising efforts such as rummage sales and the support of town officials, the Citizens Committee for Camp Verde Library (CCCVL) website reports $1.4 million dollars has been contributed towards building the new library. In addition to a $417,000 donation check presented to the library by the CCCVL in June 2016, additional contributions include $650,000 from Mary Lyons; $375,000 from the sale of the Cliffs property and $45,000 derived from Impact Fees. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 United Christian School Veterans Dinner

Camp Verde United Christian School hosted its annual Veterans Dinner Thursday, Nov. 3 to honor the area’s servicemen – and servicewomen. The school’s seventh grade students sang a selection of patriotic songs before students in grades 8-12 served dinner to the veterans and their families. Dinner included Tire Track Jerkey (roast beef), M.A.S.H. potatoes, Navy gravy, Marine beans, grenade rolls, apple gruel, then a heaping dish of All American Apple Pie for dessert. (VVN photos by Bill Helm)

Al Filardo Resignation At 11-01-2016 YCDGB Meeting

Tuesday, District 3 Representative Al Filardo resigned from the Yavapai College District Governing Board, effective Dec. 1. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 Beaver Creek and Camp Verde Halloween Celebrations

In Beaver Creek, it’s called Spooktacular. In Camp Verde, it’s Trunk or Treat. No matter what its name, these two communities celebrate Halloween each year as they shut down their Main streets to motor vehicles and provide plenty of space for local residents, businesses and organizations to give out candy galore to kids of all ages. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday in the Verde Valley’s east end communities, the streets were filled with music, games – and candy as far as the eye could see. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2016 Dr Daniel Bright Halloween Parade

Halloween at Dr. Daniel Bright School means the annual parade, and on Monday, Oct. 31, the parade kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with witches, princesses, super heroes and even Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, all in attendance. Staff, parents and all the children had fun. (Photos courtesy of Dr. Daniel Bright School)

2016 VVFPA Role Of Post Secondary Education Program In Camp Verde

With a round of applause from close to 50 Verde Valley residents and other guests, the last of four post-secondary education discussions held by the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs ended Tuesday. Now, says Town of Camp Verde Economic Development Director Steve Ayers, is when the fun begins. “This is an action plan,” Ayers told a filled room in the Wingfield Plaza on Camp Verde’s Main Street. “I hate to go to a meeting where nothing happens … so now it’s time to get to work.” (Photo by Bill Helm)