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Work and now retirement invigorating for APS's Mike Johnsen
As a longtime community relations liaison for Arizona Public Service, Mike Johnsen was a familiar face at many a special project throughout Quad-city communities, from schoolyard landscaping to United Way campaigns.

"My APS work was just a gift," said Johnsen, who retired in April after 34 years with the company.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Renken, one of town's founding fathers, dies
Some original residents of Prescott Valley remember the late Ken Renken selling property lots back in the late 1960s, and are saddened to learn one of the town's founding fathers is gone.

Renken, 83, died May 6 in Kindred Hospital in Peoria after a brief illness.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rotary Exchange Group enjoys whirlwind tour
If you think Rotary International's Group Study Exchange program is a glorified vacation, think again.

"GSE stands for 'get sleep eventually,'" said Caroline Fox, a member of the Australian group that visited Arizona this past week.

The comment elicited laughter from the other four members, but their itinerary bears out its validity.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Schindler's list survivor gives harrowing account
Leon Leyson lived through some of the darkest days of World War II, surviving the Holocaust with the help of Oskar Schindler.

Leyson, now 80, was 13 when he joined his father and brother at a factory run by Schindler in Krakow, Poland.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Longtime piano teacher Michael Mahany to present students in recital
Michael Mahany, performer and music educator, will present his annual student piano recital at Prescott Community Church, 3151 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m.

The program will feature 20 Mahany Piano Arts students of varying ages and levels performing classical, jazz, pop and original piano music.

Three of the students performing on Saturday are recent Prescott Fine Arts Association scholarship winners. They are Espen Yates, 15; Stephanie Riviere, 15, and Daniel Carlisi, 13.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Library volunteer: using a new machine keeps operations moving
Jan Christman is past retirement age and has other commitments in her life, but she does not plan to stop volunteering at the new Prescott Valley Public Library anytime soon.
Monday, March 15, 2010

Bradshaw grad travels far to become Food Wars host
From the stage at Prescott Valley's Bradshaw Mountain High School to the worldwide stage of television, Cammie Burford has logged thousands of miles.

And she has thousands more to go, partly thanks to her new television show.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Knotek tops age category for Punt, Pass & Kick
With all 32 NFL teams reporting results, the Arizona Cardinals' representative in the National Punt, Pass and Kick contest, Derek Knotek, holds the No. 1 ranking in the 10/11-year-old category. That means he will return to the National Finals next month. He placed second at Nationals in January of this year as a 9-year-old.

Derek's family lives in Prescott, where his dad, Jeff, is a member of the Prescott Fire Department. Derek now is a fifth-grader at Granite Mountain Middle School, but through fourth-grade, he attended Mountain View Elementary in Prescott Valley, where his mother, Staci, teaches music.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Toastmasters honor Lew Rees with leadership award
District 3 - Arizona Toastmasters have named Prescott Valley resident and community leader Lew Rees as the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award winner for 2009. The club will honor him at the Toastmasters Fall Conference at the Prescott Resort Oct. 30 - Nov. 1.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lifetime interest brings Prescott Valley resident to Arts and Culture Commission
Following moves from Chicago to Ventura, Calif., and one uncomfortable year in Ft. Mohave, the newest member on the Arts and Culture Commission calls Prescott Valley "one of the nicest areas in Arizona."
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Soroptimists honor three winners for efforts, service
The Soroptimists International of Prescott Valley celebrates three award-winning women from Prescott and Prescott Valley at a dinner and auction this Saturday.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PV woman's grandson pursues missions despite double amputation
Dora Tucker Houfek knew her family was throwing her a 75th birthday bash at The Villages at Lynx Creek in January. What she didn't know was who would attend. She wasn't surprised family members traveled from Nebraska, her home state. What astonished Houfek, who has lived in Prescott Valley since 1999 and in the park for three years, was when 20-year-old grandson, Caleb Baber, walked in her door from Norfolk, Neb., the day before her party.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tutor helps Prescott Valley resident learn to read
One can get by with just a first grade reading level, but that narrows work options for adults to mostly labor positions. Kenneth "Buddy" Johnson knows how to get by with low-level reading skills, but it comes with a high price.
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fire Pals program touches insurance agent's heart
Allstate insurance agent John Ravnick of Prescott Valley has a 5-year and counting commitment to the Fire Pals program at Central Yavapai Fire District.
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Special needs kids are rodeo stars
Kicking off the Frontier Days Rodeo Monday was the Happy Hearts Rodeo, an event that never fails to draw laughter from the children, adults and crowds beginning to fill the stands. Horses with HEART, an equine therapy program for special needs children and adults, hosts the function each year in the rodeo arena.
Monday, July 7, 2008


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