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    Smoldering cigarette suspected as cause of fire in Sedona’s Chapel area

    SEDONA – Friday evening, Sedona Fire District crews were dispatched to the 200 block of Fawn Drive in the Chapel area. Residents of the home were awoken by a smoke detector and discovered that a fire apparently started outside on the deck and spread to the interior, setting off the smoke detector.

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    Farewell Big Park Community School

    Twenty-three years of educating the children in the Village of Oak Creek and well over 7,000 children who have walked through the breezeway … a total of five principals and many teachers sharing the experience of education at Big Park over those years.

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    Memories of Big Park Community School

    My daughter attended Big Park as an eighth grader when the School opened. After college her first job as a teacher was at Big Park.

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    Council seeks positive working relationships with all VOC neighbors

    Transition is always accompanied by uncertainty, but information widely available gives us a sense of confidence when change occurs.

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    Big Park Council profile: Carolyn Fisher

    I have the pleasure of representing Oak Creek Country Club Estates Unit I, a residential neighborhood and one of the original members of the Big Park Council. OCCCE considers itself a “neighborhood” rather than a Homeowners Association and has never had an active HOA.

    Voice your opinion What stores/theaters/services would you want and support in the new Village malls and shopping areas?

    As new owners of the Sedona Vista Mall and The Collective actively seek new businesses for their retail spaces, now may be our community’s only opportunity to make them aware of what Village Community residents (as well as tourists) need, want and would support.

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    Village People: Vaso Lazic: Taking life as it comes

    Vaso Lazic doesn’t get overly excited about much. He takes life as it comes, the good and the bad. He has strong opinions about things. Life is black and white.

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    Lessons about money can be priceless gifts to children

    Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons.

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    VOCA swings into busy golf tourney season in June

    Did you know that of the 2,345 properties in VOCA, 16 owners are from outside the United States, 1,753 have Arizona residency and 45 states are represented?

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    VOC's version of ' Luncheon of the Boating Party'

    Not along the Seine just outside Paris, and not on the balcony of Maison Fournaise in Chatou, France, but right here, outdoors in the VOC, is where it happened. A lovely gathering of friends was found celebrating the good life and discussing Susan Vreeland’s fictional story about Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Impressionist painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party.

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    Caring Hearts of Sedona 15th anniversary celebration June 15

    The public is invited to the June 15, Caring Hearts of Sedona 15th anniversary celebration.

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    Whether it’s your backyard or forest, wildlife is all around us

    It’s springtime and perhaps local residents have noticed that certain scent that indicates skunks are out and about in greater numbers. So are other animals that hikers should be wary of.

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    Vanishing bees a threat to myriad food sources

    We are at the height of the bloom for Mesquite trees and many native plants in Sedona and the Verde Valley. In spite of unprecedented drought this past winter, many native plants and cacti are flowering.

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    Looking for a good book to read, ask a library patron

    If you have spent any time in the Library, you will hear patrons asking these questions throughout the year, and even more so during the adult summer reading program.

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    ADOT to sweep bike lanes on State Route 179

    Upsetting many an the community at the time, the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition received a letter dated January 17, 2017, from the Arizona Department of Transportation threatening immediate removal of the bike lane markings and signage on SR 179, unless the VVCC agreed to sweep the bike lanes from the Ranger Station to Back-O-Beyond Road within a month and continue quarterly sweepings moving forward.

    Sedona Village Business Association elects new board

    The Sedona Village Business Association (SVBA) has elected new Officers for the next year.

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    MCT presents ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

    An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Monday, June 11, at Verde Valley School from 10 noon. Those auditioning should arrive at 9am for registration and plan to stay for the full three hours.

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    10 YEARS LATER: Village of Oak Creek infant homicide case continues with new judge

    Ten years later, the death of a 3-month-old boy in the Village of Oak Creek remains unresolved in the Yavapai County Superior Court system.

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    Sedona-Oak Creek School Board votes to close Big Park

    The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Board voted 4-1 to close Big Park Community School Tuesday as members of the district try to address foreboding $1.4 million debt due in part because of declining enrollment and state funding.

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    Jumping like a Navy Seal

    I jump from planes. But I skydive in tandem because I don’t trust myself to open that parachute. (Plus, those plane-jumping dudes are always so good-looking.) For some strange reason, the tandem jumper attached to my back during the freefall always thinks that I know what I’m doing.

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    Internationally known chef, Alamelu Vairavan, holds class at Dunnery

    Over the years, Alamelu Vairavan has developed a passion for cooking and sharing foods with family and friends. She also developed a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes.

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    May library calendar packed with activities

    People and Plants from the Land of the Colorful Corn May 3, 1:30 to 3 p.m., community room at SPL presented by Phyllis Hogan, owner of the Winter Sun Trading Company in Flagstaff. Phyllis, a practicing Southwest herbalist for 25 years, will discuss organic southwest herbs and tinctures and their traditional uses.

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    Village People: A life of service all in day's work for 'Dr. C'

    Dr. “C” (Cynthia Dodge) was born in KC, Missouri, an only child to a stay-at-home mom and a dad who was in insurance. She had two sets of wonderful grandparents and describe her maternal grandparents as pillars of the community with a 60-year marriage, him a local builder with streets named after him.

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    Keeping weeds at bay along State Route 179

    The Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District (RRREMD) Board met on April 18th to discuss maintenance responsibilities along SR-179 and to review a proposed FY2018/19 budget.

    Meet your Big Park Council Rep: Richard Forrest

    Q&A with Richard Forrest