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In his Nov. 6 AFN guest commentary, “Culture is not a costume,” Dr. Neal Lester addresses the “controversy” of the refusal of the Washington Redskins owner to change the team name to something less “offensive.”
This year, like every year since 1996, thousands of lights will sparkle down Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee Foothills and the entire community will be welcome to attend a festival to kick off the holiday season, but there has been several times over the years when the future of the Festival of Lights wasn’t so certain.
Freshmen, it’s not too early to start thinking about your college plans. Your first step is to build a strong resume. If you establish high standards and work hard, you will set yourself up for unlimited opportunities when you apply to colleges in the fall of your senior year. Here are some tips to get you started:
Hayden Innes, a freshman at Brophy College Prep from Troop 375, completed his Eagle Scout project for “Save the Family,” a non profit organization who help homeless families get established again by providing them living arrangements. The Ahwatukee resident’s court of honor will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fry Building, in October.
Boulder City, Nev. -- It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.
Fall is the time for high school seniors to begin college applications. For many the college essay can seem daunting. What should I write about? How will I make my essay interesting to an admissions committee? Where do I begin? You actually have many remarkable stories to tell that will set you apart from other applicants. Let’s take a look at how you can thoughtfully approach this task.
Many view being a part of Boy Scouts as a hobby to do while you’re young.
David Zumwalt at the top of "Tooth of Time" Mountain at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.
David Zumwalt at Camp Geronimo, teaching metal working to other scouts.
The Boy Scout of America award.
Sam Rosendahl, 17, a senior patrol leader for Boy Scout Troop 118, chartered by the Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee, did his Eagle project to benefit Bridging AZ, a furniture bank in Mesa. Jim Piscopo, founder and president of Bridging AZ, said the group is a 501(c)3 organization that works with several agencies through case workers providing beds, furniture, and sometimes household accessories to those transitioning from state/government supported or protective living environments (half-way houses, prison, shelters, etc.) to living on their own.
Tim and Suzanne Wolf of Ahwatukee announced that their son, Alex, 13, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. Wolf began scouting as a Cub Scout with Pack 879 at Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary and earned his Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, when he was 10. He then bridged into Boy Scout Troop 14, which meets at Esperanza Lutheran Church. His Eagle Project consisted of building a wall within the offices of The 100 Club in order to create a therapy room for police officers and firefighters to meet with counselors. The 100 Club is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate assistance to fallen and injured police and fire personnel and their families following a critical incident. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.100club.org/web/100Club.
“Ordinary Grace,” by William Kent Krueger, is a touching coming-of-age novel set in the fictional town of New Bremen, “somewhere in the broad valley of the Minnesota River.” It is the summer of 1961, a time of innocence and hope for the country with a new young president. It’s the first year the Twins played in Minnesota, ice-cold root beers were enjoyed at Halderson’s drugstore soda fountain, and Hot Stuff comic books fill the magazine racks. For 13-year old Frank Drum it is a summer that becomes much more than a winning baseball season as his innocence is shattered due to a series of tragic events and deaths, including accidents, suicide and murder.
I am a Boy Scout in Troop 16 and I would like to express my concerns about our government cutting school funding. I also sent a letter to Sen. John McCain because I did not want him to vote yes to the proposed cut in education funding by 20 percent. I did not receive any response from the senator, but I think it is a very bad idea to reduce spending on education.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Cub Scout Pack of Wolf Den 2, Pack 178 has donated and planted a Chinese oak tree as their way to earn a Conservation patch. They have been using Pecos Park this year as a meeting place and the boys wanted to give back by planting this tree. The Bears are second-graders. The scout leaders are Chris Grosjean and Brenda Covarrubias.
An Andean bear cub recently had its first check-up with Phoenix Zoo vets. After patiently waiting for more than three months, they found out the cut is a boy. Rio, the mother bear, is doing an excellent job raising her young cub. Recently, for the first time in the presence of zookeepers, Rio let go of the cub, stepped away and allowed the cub to be briefly on its own. Keepers were able to capture video of the cub taking some of his first steps, which you can watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkwv-n9KspU.
Jozef Bagby, 14, of Ahwatukee recently received his Eagle Scout Award in a court of honor ceremony on March 16 at Esperanza Lutheran Church. Bagby began his scouting career as a Cub Scout Webelos in 2007. He earned his Arrow of Light before bridging into Boy Scout Troop 124, and eventually transferred to Troop 14 after moving to Ahwatukee.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 78 worked on the Children’s Garden at the Ahwatukee Swim and Tennis Center on Feb. 16 and 23.
Freshmen, it’s not too early to start thinking about your college plans. Your first step — build a strong resume. If you establish high standards and work hard, you will set yourself up for unlimited opportunities when you apply to colleges in the fall of your senior year. Here are some tips to get you started:
Eagle Scout and Mountain Pointe High School junior Jacob Rak-Kinonen, along with Chandler MMA owner Master Paul McGowan, hosted a women’s self defense clinic on Feb. 10 as a fundraiser called “Helping women be prepared” for local Boy Scout Troop 1/A212.
William Austin Gray has enjoyed participating in scouting since he became a Cub Scout in the second grade. He is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 697 in Tempe.
On Sunday, Feb. 10 Eagle Scout and Mountain Pointe Junior Jacob Rak-Kinonen along with Chandler MMA owner, Master Paul McGowan, hosted a Women's Self Defense Clinic as a fundraiser for local Boy Scout Troop #1 / A212.
Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs from the Grand Canyon Council, BSA hosted their annual Scouting For Food Drive on Feb. 2. More than 30 Scouting units from the Salt River District went door-to-door collecting food to support St. Vincent de Paul’s food banks. Scouts in Ahwatukee and Tempe collected more than 15,500 pounds and delivered to three locations; two in Tempe and one in Ahwatukee. The Ahwatukee location broke their previous year’s record by more than 2,000 pounds, collecting a total of 7,556 pounds and overflowing the bins that were set up at the Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School parking lot for the event.