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    Villager Justine Kushner receives Friends of the Forest Distinguished Volunteer Award

    Friends of the Forest has been honored with the Under Secretary’s Award by the Department of Agriculture for fostering volunteerism.

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    Learn the rest of the story about 'Vanished Arizona'

    Imagine living in Arizona in the 1870s. Martha Summerhayes, the young bride of an Army lieutenant, did just that and shared her adventures in her book “Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman.” This classic book was first published in 1908 and reprinted several times. Martha’s book is still being read, discussed, and enjoyed today.

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    Revealing the heart of an artist

    Local Village artist Maryann Undrill is well known for her landscapes and still life works. Her paintings clearly reveal how she is inspired by natural shapes and light, with a seemingly effortless ability to capture the beauty of her surroundings and translate them through her brushes.

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    Nazarene Church to host Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

    Christmas is a special time for those in the Christian faith. It’s one of the major church holidays and the time of year when they celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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    Village People: Meet Matt Werner, the power of grace and respect for other people

    If you’re looking for interesting insights, deep thoughts, life wisdom, or congenial conversation, Matt Werner is your man. This five-year resident of the Village is looking to get involved in ways to help people and his community.

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    Tapas and Cava in Barcelona

    There is something about the flavors of the Mediterranean that brings out the foodie in me and Barcelona, Spain was no exception.

    Villagers urged to replace outdoor lighting to comply with community's Dark-Sky designation

    In February 2016, Big Park/Village of Oak Creek was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as the 14th community in the world to be awarded as an International Dark-Sky Community.

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    VOCA plans busy holiday season

    VOCA continues to actively encourage our membership and community to utilize our facilities for various events. November has been an active month, and December will continue with the celebration of the holidays.

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    Yavapai College announces forum schedule for finalists in president search

    Yavapai College has announced a schedule for open forums for each of the three finalists in the search for the college’s next president.

    Letter: VOCA's golden rule: If you don't complain, we don't care

    Perhaps those who care to be part of the VOCA need to become more pro active and not reactive after it’s to late?

    Letter: Public transportation the answer to local traffic woes

    Please forgive my idealism here, but as I continue to hear about traffic woes and a $35 million proposed bridge, I can’t help but wonder why I’m not hearing more talk about public transportation ideas. I see nothing but benefits to starting such a system.

    Letter: We need an alternate route from VOC to Sedona

    Those of you who tried to use Route 179 during Thanksgiving week know how frustrating it was to go up to Sedona to do anything.

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    County approves Vista Village sign plan despite public backlash

    COTTONWOOD -- A sign plan that would rebrand the look of the Sedona Vista Village mall in the Village of Oak Creek was approved by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

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    County to review permit for Sedona Vista Village master sign plan

    Vacation rental approval also on Tuesday agenda

    COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will discuss a permit Tuesday regarding a sign plan for Sedona Vista Village in the Village of Oak Creek.

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    Supervisor Garrison: No alternate route being considered at Red Rock Crossing

    Dist. 3 Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison held a Town Hall meeting for the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Community Oct. 11 and it was packed. Most were there to hear more about the rumors about an alternate route from the Village to Sedona being explored

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    Commentary: Big Park conversion to charter school a detriment to school district

    In the Oct. 1 issue of The Villager, David Gill, on behalf of the Big Park Education Exploratory Committee, advocated that the Sedona-Oak Creek School District lease the Big Park School to a charter school organization.

    Letter: 'Easy pass' system perfect for 'Locals Bridge'

    Regarding the “Locals Bridge” at Red Rock Crossing. I think that would be a great idea. It would be easy to monitor with the same technology that “easy pass” uses. Locals that want to use it would pay an annual fee to help maintain the system.

    Letter: Give locals a transmitter to allow bridge crossing

    I have avidly followed the continuing (vociferous) debate regarding the VOC residents and the horrific increase in tourist traffic which negatively impacts the lifestyle and safety of the VOC residents.

    Don't allow VOC to become victim of 'induced demand'

    In the Oct. 1 edition of The Villager, Bill Chameides was attacked and misrepresented, unfairly in my opinion. Ms Lovitt called some of his comments, about new roads increasing traffic, “unfounded and absurd."

    Letter: There must be better solutions than route on Verde Valley School Road

    I am writing as a very concerned homeowner along the Verde Valley School Road corridor in the Village of Oak Creek. My wife and I moved to VOC due to its small-town atmosphere, close proximity of needed commercial enterprises and lack of vehicle congestion.

    Letter: Stop allowing development to take priority over quality of life

    Reference Letter entitled: Every possible option to solve traffic woes deserves consideration: I would like to express my agreement with Ms. Ruthmary Lovitt.

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    Yavapai County news you can use

    The Village of Oak Creek/Big Park is an unincorporated city/town in Yavapai County so its governing authority is the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. And since this area is part of District 3, the County Supervisor is Randy Garrison.

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    VOCA's success dependent on unified team effort

    It takes a village to run VOCA and many are involved. The collective effort of this team makes us the Village of Oakcreek Association.

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    Meet your Big Park Council Representative Jeff Swan

    Swan: I represent the Pine Valley Property Owners Association (PPVOA) which is a RAM. PPVOA formed as a result of the Pine Valley property owners dissolving the HOA. Membership is voluntary and currently stands at 58 households.

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    Jan Saunders: When mind and creativity combine

    For Jan Saunders mathematics was the first step but not the only step leading to her discovery of a love for art, all sorts of art which occupy her heart and mind and talents today.

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