Along the Gila: Happy Ash-entine-izona Day?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

South Lana Way named last fall by the Kearny Town Council in honor of Lana Dalton, Council Member (deceased). Pinal County is standardizing all street names, so ‘north and south and east and west’ will be part of future street signs … and Lana’s is the first! It takes a while to get signs manufactured, so the honor is long delayed.

What a choice we have this week! Wednesday, Feb. 14, is not only Valentine’s Day but also Ash Wednesday and Arizona Statehood Day. Ash Wednesday is by far the oldest observance, with Valentine’s Day coming second, but as an Arizona native this is the day I claim as my own and fly the Arizona state flag.

  Last week, at a special Kearny Town Council meeting, it was decided to pursue a grant from Resolution Copper’s Community Fund to purchase the Arizona DES building between the General Kearny Inn and Norman’s IGA, The State of Arizona is making the building available at a very low price and the Mayor and Council are considering buying it to serve as a larger quarters for the Police Department. It’s not a done deal, for sure. The grant process for monies from Resolution is competitive. On top of that, the land is owned by an entity represented by Osselear, the holding company which owns much of the property along Alden Road.

  Accordingly, Town Manager Anna Flores was directed to explore the terms of a lease with Osselear. Once the terms are known and if the grant from Resolution Copper comes through, the Town Council will know the feasibility of the project and can make some decisions about it.

  The Copper Basin Women’s EXPO is just around the corner, on Saturday, Feb. 24 beginning at 11 a.m. The admission is only $3.00. There will be drawing, samples, speaker and demonstrators of all kinds of merchandise. It will be held at the Hayden/Winkelman School’s district building. This may be the best EXPO yet.

  There’s lots of chatter on the computer social pages about Pioneer Days, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 15-18. Many people are reminiscing about how Pioneer Days “used to be.” Well, the Chamber of Commerce is working to make these Pioneer Days more like the old ones, but with a twist of the new as well. And have you or your organization taken steps to enter a float or other entry for the grand parade on Saturday, March 17? Support the candidates for Junior and Senior Pioneer Days Queen by buying raffle tickets, too. Tee shirts will be on sale soon. We all can do our part.

  The NOMADS are back in town! Starting this weekend, nine volunteers from United Methodist Churches around the U.S. will be living in trailers parked behind The Church of the Good Shepherd, and will be doing volunteer work at the church and in the Copper Basin. They receive no remuneration, and often match the contributions which Good Shepherd has raised to carry on their work. You will be them around. The jest is that NOMADS means “nice old Methodists avoiding deep snow.” It is true that most of them come from northern states.

  Next week I will mention the upcoming golf tournament sponsored by Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church in April. This will be a big event. I’m on the look for more events to promote. Let me know!

Sam Hosler (85 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Sea Lions Swimmers compete at the IM Xtreme Games

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      USA Swimming held the IM Xtreme Games in Mesa, Arizona at the Kino Aquatic Center Nov. 16-18.    To […]


    Horizon Health and Wellness CEO retires

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      Horizon Health and Wellness announced today the retirement of its CEO, Norman E. Mudd, effective Dec. 31, 2018.   […]


    Electric light parade, winter festival Saturday in the Copper Basin

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      Are you ready for “Sweater Weather?” There are only three days until the Electric Light Parade Saturday, Dec. 1.  […]


    Ray School Board has vacancy

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      The Ray Unified School District Governing Board has a vacancy which will be filled by Pinal County Superintendent of […]


  • Additional Stories

    Arizona Trail hiker aiming to set record

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      Recently, Kearny community leaders Carol and Sam Hosler hosted adventurer Art “Karts” Huseonica who is attempting to set an […]


    Miley Chester mails the first letter to Santa in Kearny

    November 28th, 2018
    by

      Miley Chester was first this year to mail her holiday wishes to Santa Claus.   The six-year-old writes: “Dear […]


    CAC Aravaipa cabinetry and auto classes to be cancelled

    November 21st, 2018
    by

      Students at the Central Arizona College Aravaipa Campus were saddened to learn that the cabinetry and auto classes would […]


    The Bridge of Unity in memory of Stephani Yesenski serves as a reminder of all that is good in a small community

    November 21st, 2018
    by

      When she first saw the larger-than-life painting hanging in the bank in Kearny, the teenager immediately identified with the […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger