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    Pinon Woods Gate, Hilton Garden Inn remain high on VOCA radar

    As a Board member of one of the largest homeowners association in the VOC, and often as the voice that represents our Board of Directors, it’s challenging to find the right balance in communicating to the community, in terms of the method, content, and frequency.

    Feb. 14 is deadline to declare candidacy for VOCA Board of directors

    The Village of Oakcreek Association (VOCA) announces that applications are being accepted for the Board of Directors ballot.

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    PAD amendment workshops for The Collective well received by locals

    In an effort to answer Villagers’ calls for more transparency in the real estate development process, The Collective Sedona has been hosting a series of community meetings dubbed “P.A.D. Amendment Workshops."

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    Meet your Big Park Council representative: Jan Lisowski

    Lisowski: I represent the Village of Oak Creek Association. VOCA is the largest H.O,A. in Big Park.

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    Contractual CC&Rs define community 'feel 'of Big Park

    As all who live here implicitly know, Big Park is a true community. While not being an incorporated area establishing its own planning, zoning and other policies, the large majority of Big Park’s residents and businesses function from properties covered by a “contract” that defines how the property will be used.

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    VOC's Sedona Vista Village retail area, hotel work right on schedule

    We’re happy to announce that the façade renovation of the Sedona Vista Village retail area is just about complete. New stucco, new rusted steel architectural highlights and new earth tone colors should all be in place within weeks.

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    Sedona Heritage Museum to host Tribute to Loretta Benore Feb. 5

    Loretta Benore, our favorite local historian, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at her Village home on December 21, 2018 with her husband of 57 years, David, nearby.

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    How the Village came to be (part I)

    Here’s where you’ll learn about the early days of the Village of Oak Creek/Big Park (why the two names?) and all about the reconstruction of SR-179 (our Main Street) and much more. Each month we’re featuring a different Village story from Loretta Benore’s wonderful 2016 book, “History, Hilarity and Heartbreak.” These stories were part of Loretta’s popular column in The Villager called “Days of Yore” that ran in the early 2000’s. The stories have been updated, expanded & compiled for this book and The Villager will be exclusively excerpting some of them.

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    Sedona Village Business Association happenings for February

    Congratulations to Crystal Hoyle on becoming our new President. Best wishes to Rebecca Miller who took a corporate position with Edward Jones; we all wish you luck in your future endeavors.

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    Verde Valley Green Bag Project collects 12,000+ pounds of food in December

    Generous individual donors throughout Cottonwood, Sedona, and the Village of Oak Creek made the holidays a little brighter for local residents by contributing 12,220 pounds of non-perishable food items at the Verde Valley Neighborhood Food Project’s December collections, the group reports.

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    Bubble rolls play big role in family traditions

    Traditions have always been an important part of the Redenbaugh family. Including bubble rolls.

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    Perseverance key ingredient to character of Villager Steve Murphy

    Steve Murphy has great respect for people who struggled and sacrificed, survivors who gave of themselves for future generations, placed others above themselves, lived genuine integrity and loved their families beyond description.

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    Be Fit Fit: Building your strong house, brick by brick

    During my initial intake of Be Fit Fit clients, those with weight loss-related goals are surprised when I ask them not to go on a diet -- at all. I also insist that they never come to my studio to train feeling hungry or hanrgy -- hungry-angry.

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    Letter: Your participation, contributions ensures Villager is YOUR newspaper

    Your community needs you.  For more than 16 years, our Village of Oak Creek newspaper, The Villager, has proudly covered the news written by and for our unique citizenry.

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    Letter: Your voice counts so long as you make it heard

    The front page of The Villager on November 1, 2018 had the “Verde Valley/Sedona School Report Cards,” which shows how bad the school ratings are (except for our previous neighborhood school which received an A).

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    A busy 2019 with new leadership at Big Park Council

    On December 13th, 2018, at its regular meeting, the Board elected its new officers for 2019: Marc Fuller: President, Jim Cunningham: Vice President, Dave Norton: Treasurer, Secretary: Crystal Hoyle.

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    HOA’s offer a sense community, property value protection

    People often ask, “Why is my neighborhood in an HOA and what do I get for my assessments?”

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    Community collaboration builds Western Gateway trails

    Work has begun on nearly 30 miles of new National Forest trail thanks to collaboration of local and national partners.

    Yavapai County News Your Can Use: County Assessor's Office

    As the Village of Oak Creek/Big Park is an unincorporated town in Yavapai County, its governing authority falls under the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

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    Clark’s Market in the Village promises culinary excitement and whole new look

    After months of renovation to the former Weber’s IGA Market, Clark’s Market is rounding the final corner on their massive remodel.

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    Dine In/Dine Out with The Dunnery: Tortas de Fuego at last

    What is that? Sandwiches on fire? They can be or not, depending on your taste buds! The Dunnery welcomes the Jimenez-Sanchez family and their restaurant, Tortas de Fuego, to the VOC.

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    Village People: Edie Knell, surviving life’s challenges

    A first-generation American, Edie Knell has stories. Edie’s mom (Denmark) immigrated here with her parents in 1924, age 13. Her dad (Germany) finished third grade, became an apprentice carpenter by 11, left a home of eight brothers (all of whom later died at the Russian Front) and two sisters, joined the Danish merchant marines, jumping ship in Canada in 1932, age 19, embarking on a life in America.

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    Fannie Belle Gulick: The belle of Bell Rock Country

    Fannie Belle Gulick, one of the more colorful characters in Sedona’s recent past, had a major role in the development of both Big Park and West Sedona.

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    Oakcreek Country Club Women’s Club celebrates 50 years of great golf

    Oakcreek Country Club is celebrating 50 years of golf in the Village of Oak Creek. Recapping our successful 4th Quarter 2018:

    Keep Sedona Beautiful awards of excellence

    Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) honors businesses, organizations and individuals in the Greater Sedona Area who have helped to fulfill its mission.