Sometimes it’s the littlest things in life that often mean the most. For the third straight year, members of the Sedona Police Support Services will be gath- ering greeting cards to be distributed to veterans at the Prescott and Phoenix Veteran’s Administration hospitals on Dec. 22.
The SPD campaign is again led by Heidi Videto, who said she and her husband had always wanted to do more for veterans but with limited free time it was often difficult. About five years ago, she thought about bringing cards to the hospital after recalling going to the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Boston years ago with a man who was a father figure to her.
The former site of the Sedona Cultural Park has sat overgrown and empty for more than a decade — its fate still pending. With no apparent plans to restore the area, one teen from Huntington Beach, Calif., hopes to do something about it.
Eighth-grader Riley Hilbert has been visiting Sedona with her family since she was a newborn. Every year, her family would drive her by the Sedona Cultural Park in West Sedona. She always hoped that it would reopen. “I finally just thought, ‘Why not start something?’ Even if it’s just a petition, it wouldn’t be the final step,” she said.
Their message is clear — every boy and girl deserves to have something waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning.
For 70 years, Toys for Tots has been providing millions of smiles to young boys and girls during the Christmas season and this year is no exception. Locally, the program will again get a helping hand from Santa’s elves through the Sedona Fire District, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3690 and Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighter Charities.
Superintendent Dave Lykins’ evaluation was the first item on the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board’s agenda on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
The board spent about an hour in executive session going over the evaluation, then adjourned into open session to vote on awarding Lykins performance pay based on the results of the evaluation. Board member Karen McClelland’s motion to approve Lykins’ performance pay failed in a 2-2-1 vote: McClelland and Karl Wiseman voted in favor, President Randy Hawley and Vice President Heather Hermen voted against, and Zach Richardson abstained.
Four Verde Valley High Performance swimmers competed at the Holiday Swim Festival at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatics Complex from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 3.
Top swimmers from across Arizona as well as California, Colorado, Idaho and Utah participated, and Sedona
12-year-old Carlos Lattanzi again turned in top performances in his age group [11- to 12-year-old boys].
Four goals in a six-minute span spurred the Sedona Red Rock High School boys soccer team to a 6-2 win over North Phoenix Preparatory Academy in its 3A Region 1 opener on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Scorpions [1-1, 1-0 3A Region 1] relied heavily on beating the Gladiators, a co-ed team, down the right side and crossing the ball to create their best scoring chances, including three of their goals.