The goal is pretty simple — to ensure that every child has something waiting for him or her under the tree on Christmas morning.

For nearly 70 years that’s been the driving force behind the popular Toys For Tots program, which is administered by the Marine Corps Reserve.

It’s never too early to start the toy drive as evident by a fundraising dinner at Sedona Winds in the Village of Oak Creek on Sunday, Nov. 6. The event asked attendees to either donate $20 a person or bring in new, unwrapped toys of equal or greater value.

Ask just about anyone on their thoughts of former Sedona City Councilman Dan McIlroy and you’ll hears words like “professional,” “kind,” “dedicated” and “gentlemanly.”

McIlroy, who served on the council from 2010-14, died on Friday, Oct. 21. He was 77. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, and their two daughters. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center.

“He was a dedicated and loving father and husband,” Maureen McIlroy said. “His faith was very important to him. And he truly cared about this community. Everyone I have talked to have had such kind things to say about Dan.”

Steve Segner said that instead of keeping quiet, he feels it’s his obligation to help get the word out regarding a scam that’s hit Arizona.

Segner, the president of the Sedona Lodging Council and owner of El Portal Sedona Hotel, and others fell victim to an elaborate phone scam in which he lost nearly $3,000 this past week.

He received a call on Saturday, Oct. 22, around 9:30 a.m. from someone stating that they were from APS and that the power to El Portal would be turned off in 45 minutes due to nonpayment.

Following a violent altercation with a stranger who entered her home, 29-year-old Amanda Harbeson of Rimrock lost her husband, 25-year-old Jarrod Rogers, to gunshot wounds on Oct. 14.

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m., after an unidentified 17-year-old Cottonwood man entered the unlocked front door of a travel trailer Harbeson and Rogers were renting on a property in the 4000 block of E. Airport Drive in Rimrock.

For nearly two months, every street she walks down, every store she goes into and every phone call she receives, Lydia Murphy hopes that each may lead her one step closer to finding her daughter.

On Aug. 17, 17-year-old Melody Murphy of Cottonwood walked away from a facility in Flagstaff where she was being treated for mental health issues following an attempted suicide.

“My biggest concern is her safety and mental state,” Lydia said. “I’m worried about her becoming suicidal over this crisis that she is facing. I’m also concerned about any possibility of endangerment to her.

The world’s top performance poets will compete across four days next week at four Flagstaff venues for the 13th annual Individual World Poetry Slam.

The competitors include 21-year-old Sedona resident Claire Pearson and five other poets well-known to Sedona poetry audiences.

Like most children of World War II veterans, Bjorn Krondorfer knew little of his father’s time in the war. And maybe even less since his father was a soldier in the German army.

In fact, he never knew the full story of his father’s past until he was 36.

Krondorfer, an author and professor at Northern Arizona University, was the guest speaker as part of visiting scholar series sponsored by AZ Humanities. He spoke before about 50 people on Sept. 28, at the Church of the Red Rocks.

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District will see new faces on the board for the first time in several years as four candidates are vying for three seats on the Governing Board this November.

Those candidates answered questions as they look toward serving the next four years. Next up is Heather Hermen.

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