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Girl Scouts Kick Off Thanksgiving In Clarkdale

The Girl Scouts from Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale and Cornville and volunteers worked hard Wednesday evening to serve 300 meals of turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy and pie to the community at the Elks lodge in Clarkdale. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

The Zeke Taylor Barbecue 2017

The cowboy beans get stirred to go with the traditional barbecued beef sandwiches and coleslaw at the annual Zeke Taylor BBQ at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum in Cottonwood Saturday. The barbecued beef for the fundraiser is cooked overnight in a pit outside and is to raise funds for the museum. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

11 14 Walking On Main Cottonwood 2017

Walkin’ on Main in Old Town Cottonwood Saturday had a huge crowd Saturday, with Keith Okie and Friends, a car show, above, vendors and the Mingus Union High School art club drawing their annual chalk art on Main Street. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Veterans Day Cottonwood Saturday

In two events honoring veterans in Cottonwood on Saturday morning: Veterans with the Verde Valley Flyers, who were at a Veterans Day event at the Cottonwood Airport Saturday morning, line up for a photo in front of Terry Andrew’s 1944 attack trainer airplane. The veterans had a cake and music. Col. Wayne Daniels, middle, poses with Terry Andrews, left, and Harry Olson. Veterans gathered during a Verde Valley Flyers Veterans day event at the Cottonwood Airport on Saturday. Daniels said that he was a former POW. He was a B17 pilot and was shot down over German and was captured after he parachuted from the airplane. The Cottonwood Village honored the 35 veterans (25 from World War II), who reside at the Cottonwood Village, in a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday. The Veterans Day program, which included an Honor Guard of Flags and a presentation of certificates and pins, was followed by a barbeque.VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Flag Replacement Ceremony On Veterans Day

The local VFW, American Legion, Marine Corp League and other veterans held their semiannual flag replacement at the Verde Valley Military Service Park on Veterans Day on Saturday in Cottonwood. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Cottonwood Elementary School Veterans Day Program

Monday, Cottonwood Elementary School was host to its annual Veterans Day program, with several presentations and songs by the school’s fifth grade class, led by school music teacher Pam Costello. Songs included: My Country T’is of Thee, God Bless America, America the Beautiful, and You’re a Grand, Old Flag. VFW Post 7400 Cottonwood presented and retired the colors. Taps was played by Art Gallegos of VFW Post 7400. CES Principal Jessica, as well as many of her school’s students, had special reading parts. Students honored veterans from the nation’s Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Halloween in Beaver Creek and Camp Verde

The Camp Verde and Beaver Creek 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 to kids of all ages. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, the streets were filled with music, games – and candy as far as the eye could see. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Camp Verde Elementary School's Halloween Parade of Costumes

Tuesday, Camp Verde Elementary School held its annual Parade of Costumes, as students and teachers marched to beat of music around the school’s grassy area between the campus and Camp Verde High School. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Camp Verde Football At Sedona Red Rock

The Camp Verde Cowboys wrapped up their season with a 30-14 win at rival Sedona Red Rock on Friday Oct. 27.

2017 Fort Verde Days

The 60th annual Fort Verde Days celebration, held Oct. 13-15, was a weekend full of fun for both Verde Valley residents and visitors. The theme for this year’s celebration was Remembering the Pioneers, with events all across the Downtown corridor and at Fort Verde State Historic Park, including the annual parade, vintage baseball, arts and crafts, as well as carnival rides, games, other contests, and lots of food and vendors. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Beaver Creek School's Walk To School Day

Close to 300 students of Beaver Creek School, as well as a few parents, teachers and other administrators walk about one-half mile to school Tuesday in Rimrock. Walkers met at 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Kramer Drive and E. Beaver Creek Road and were escorted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department. Walk-to-School Day is part of the school’s annual Spirit Week, which includes other activities such as Sports Fan Day, Crazy Hair Day and Twin Day. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Special Olympics Bocce

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That is the motto of the Special Olympics. On Sept. 29 at the home of Camp Verde residents Allan and Judy Roughton, dozens of Special Olympians competed in the Bocce Regional Tournament’s Mountain Area regionals of the Special Olympics. Whether in Italian or American English, bocce is a bowling game played on natural or asphalt courts. Competitors included several residents of Rainbow Acres. Known by the Camp Verde-based social services facility as ranchers, Rainbow Acres’ residents were like the home team as the Mountain Area regionals served as a qualifying event, as winners will move on to the Special Olympics state games. Winners at the state games would qualify for the Special Olympics USA Games. (Photos by Bill Helm)

2017 Colonel's Daughter

Ellanor Lee Gray was named the 2017 Colonel’s Daughter in the Sunday, Sept. 24 Colonel's Daughter competition at the parade grounds of Fort Verde State Historic Park. Gray, 15, was one of nine young women who competed in the 57th annual event, as they showcased their horsemanship, poise and personality. (Photos by Bill Helm)

Mingus Union Homecoming Royalty 2017

Justin Link and Taylor Ervin were named the 2017 Mingus Union Homecoming king and queen. Photos by James Kelley

2017 Native American Week Fun Walk Run

Friday, more than a dozen members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation gathered at the Nation’s Middle Verde reservation for a 1.5-mile fun run/walk, part of the Nation’s annual Native American Week, with contests, community meals, movie night, parade and Bingo and karaoke. The morning run started at the Nation’s baseball field, next to the Yavapai-Apache Police Station. Runners of all ages either ran or walked, though one made sure to take a stroll with his baby. (Photos by Bill Helm)