eNews 4/2/2019

Dear Neighbors
Sping is wonderful and finally here!! Folks are out walking and biking throughout the Beaver Creek areas.  So good to see!!  We do have gusty spring winds expected & could get up to 32 MPH today.
Tomorrow Kindergarten registration begins at Beaver Creek School for the ALL DAY Kindergarten.  Don’t miss introducing your new to school kids to Mrs Artrip.  Also there are  two teaching positions open at Beaver Creek School, one Primary and one Intermediate.  Candidates must have a valid AZ teaching certificate and an IVP finger print clearance card.  Apply at school or print an application at  www.bcs.k12.az.us  .
Our last FREE dump days are this Thursday, Friday & Saturday at the Camp Verde Transfer Station.  Please ask to get directed back to Phil’s location with your electronics, computers, metals, pots & pans, TVs, refrigerators and aluminum cans.  He is our local connection to recycling and is working on improving recycling for Yavapai County.  And Beaver Creek Transit will benefit from your aluminum cans which he also is collecting.  Please write Phil a note or send an email to him supporting his request to continue free drop off every Saturday for metals (like refrigerators) and electronics recycling. pkobuswwrecycle@gmail.com  Let’s keep our lands clean!
Next Monday is the monthly Pancake Breakfast at the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  On Saturday (13) is an opportunity to take your hazardous waste to Red Rock High School in Sedona for collection.
April is another busy month for Beaver Creek.  Please check out the info and flyers below.
Enjoying the beautiful weather,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
Special Events for April
 
Wednesday, 4/3-The Welcome to Kindergarten Registration Roundup at Beaver Creek School starts at 10 AM. Mrs Artrip will be hosting a special session for parents and students. The Kindergarten is full day. Please call 928-567-4631 for further information. (See flyer below)
 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6-LAST FREE DUMP DAYS  at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17 from 8 AM to 4 PM.District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman and The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in the Verde Valley.  Accepted items are: household appliances,  TV’s , computers & computer parts, bagged trash, auto batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings. Items that will not be accepted: loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries, dead animals and any commercial dumping.  For additional information please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Public Works at 928-771-3183.

(See flyer below)

 
Monday, 4/8-The Donation Pancake Breakfast is from 8 to 10 AM at the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Join your neighbors at the Center for pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fruit – all for a suggested donation of $5. Yummy!! Phone:  928-567-4556
Saturday, 4/13-A FREE Hazardous Waste Collection for Yavapai County residents of unincorporated areas and Sedona is from 8 AM to Noon at Redrock High School in Sedona. (See flyer below)
 
Sunday, 4/14– Local singer/songwriters Leslie and Larry Latour are honoring the Beaver Creek Adult Center from 3 to 5 PM by presenting a concert and generously donating the proceeds for the Center’s use. (See flyer below)
 
Thursday, 4/18-A NACOG Representative will give a very informative presentation at 9:30 AM in the BC Adult Center on how the County can provide assistance to residents in many instances.
Regularly Scheduled First Week in April
 
Tuesday, 4/2–The BC Adult Center Board  meets at 10 AM in the Center Library. Planning for activities and operations.  Meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Please call Julie Ulatowski at 928-284-8175 for details.   http://bcac.online
 
Tuesday, 4/2-The Youth & Family Committee meets from 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Beaver Creek School Board Room. Kids at Hope training, summer programming, College for Kids & other community events. Mentor planning for next school year.  Contact Scott Worden at 928-567-4631 for more information.
 
Wednesdays, All-The Al-Anon Family Group meets every Wednesday from 6 PM to 7 PM at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church (entrance is the same as to the Rimrock Post Office). Are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? This is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problem.
 
Saturday, 3/16–Bird Walks at Montezuma Well  will be hosted by NPS from 9 AM to 11 AM the first and third Saturdays through April.  Meet at the Montezuma Well picnic area.  For more information please contact NPS at 928-567-3322, ext 0.
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eNews 3/11/2019

Dear Neighbors
graduation_cap.jpgTomorrow the Beaver Creek Kiwanis and the Fire District Auxiliary both meet in the morning.  At 11 AM the Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club meets at Robbie’s and as usual has a wonderful guest speaker.  At the beginning of this month LMWCC held a tea and auction to raise funds to support their many community good deeds. Their current scholarship applications are located at various sites through out the area.  The Beaver Creek Kiwanis are also offering scholarships.  BCK  will be awarding three $500 scholarships to local graduating seniors that have been a resident of the area OR attende d Beaver Creek School. GPA of 2.0 or higher is required. The application can be found on line at www.bckiwanis.org  Submit all requirements by April 20. Any  questions, please call Eileen Conn, 928-300-6072.
On Friday is the annual meeting for the Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society.  Again, an interesting and entertaining guest speaker and refreshments will be available.  More information is below. On Saturday is the bimonthly bird walk at Montezuma Well and a Wild Flower hike sponsored by the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition.
Next week the annual free dumping at the Camp Verde Refuse Center begins.  On Saturday is the sixth annual Trek for Tech.  This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Beaver Creek Library.  All month long there are National Park Service activities, demonstrations and lectures celebrating archaeology.
This is March.  Those events and meeting above are just a few of so many this month.  So, if you have a little time, please choose something to enjoy while in our beautiful area.
See you out & about,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
Special Events for March
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Friday, 3/15-The Annual Meeting of the Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society is at 10 AM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jana Bommersbach’s presentation, “Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona”. Jana represents AZ Humanities and currently writes for True West magazine. Guaranteed to be entertaining and informative. Light refreshments will be served. A short business meeting and election of Board members will follow. Please contact President Judy McBride at 928-567-4648 for more information. www.beavercreekhistory.com   (See flyer below)
 
Saturday, 3/16–The Spring Wildflower Hike  starts at 9 AM at the Forestglen Trailhead located at the intersection of Forestglen and Redrock Drive at the southeast end of Wickiup Mesa.   Hike from the trailhead to Russell Springs and back to the trailhead, approximately 3 miles total. Moderate to strenuous intensity level. Please contact KennTrout at 928-567-4162 for further information. (See flyer below)
 
Tuesday, 3/19-The SUNSET / FULL MOON HIKE starts at 6 PM at the Forestglen Trailhead located at the intersection of Forestglen and Redrock Dr at the southeast end of Wickiup Mesa. Hike the Cedar Knoll Trail from the trailhead to the Golden Gulch Trail junction and back, approximately 1.2 miles total. East to moderate intensity level. Please contact Kenn Trout at 928-567-4162 for further information. (See flyer below)
 
Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, 3/21 thru 4/6-FREE DUMP DAYS  at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17 from 8 AM to 4 PM.District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman and The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors,working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in the Verde Valley.  Accepted items are: household appliances, TV’s , bagged trash, auto batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings. Items that will not be accepted: loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries, dead animals and any commercial dumping.  For additional information please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Public Works at 928-771-3183. (See flyer below)
 
Saturday, 3/23– Sixth Annual “Trek for Tech” 5K/10K Fun Run hosted by Friends of Beaver Creek Library at Rollins Park in Lake Montezuma. Check-In at 7:30 AM. 10K begins at 8 AM & 5K begins at 8:30. Register now at www.trekfortech.com or pick up a registration form at Beaver Creek School, Beaver Creek Public Library, Kiwanis Clothes Closet, Cricket’s, or the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Register by March 15th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. On-line registration closes on March 20th. Healthy fun for the entire family. Entrant’s drawings for great prizes donated by local businesses. For more info call 567-4648. See you there!
Friday, 3/29-FREE Movie Night for 1st through 5th graders at Beaver Creek Baptist Church hosted by the Kiwanis Key Club. Doors open at 5:30 PM and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” starts at 6 PM. Snacks will be available for purchase. Contact Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information.
Celebrate Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month with the National Park Service. Please check the press release below to find many activities, demonstrations and lectures scheduled in the Verde Valley National Parks.
Regularly Scheduled Meetings & Activities for 3/12-3/19
Tuesday, 3/12–The BC Kiwanis  meet at 7:30 AM in the BC Adult Center Main Room.  We will set a date for roadside cleanup. Please call Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information. www.BCKiwanis.org
Tuesday, 3/12-The MRFD Auxiliary will meet at 10 AM at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station. Please contact Laurie Stafford at 928-567-4820 for more information.
Tuesday, 3/12–The  Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club  meets at Robbie’s in Rimrock, 11 AM to 1 PM. Lunch (soup and salad bar) is $15.Debi More will be our speaker.  She wrote the book “When Your Loved One Dies”.  It is a book about healing from loss.  Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch, see old friends and make new friends.  Come find out what is happening in Beaver Creek and bring a friend. Contact Bonnie Best at 510-761-0439 for more information.
Wednesday, 3/13–The Blood Pressure Clinic  is available the second Wednesday of each month in the BC Adult Center from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.  Come get your blood pressure taken by Sue Brann, RN.
Saturday, 3/16–Bird Walks at Montezuma Well  will be hosted by NPS from 9 AM to 11 AM the first and third Saturdays through April.  Meet at the Montezuma Well picnic area.  For more information please contact NPS at 928-567-3322, ext 0.
Monday, 3/18–The Beaver Creek Trails Coalition Board  will meet at 1 PM in the BC Adult Center library. The meeting dates have been changed to the third Monday at 1 PM . If you’d like an update on the Wickiup Mesa Trails and other, please attend. Contact Stanmish@beavercreektrails.org  for further information.
Monday, 3/18-The Grief Recovery Course continues from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Sheets Hall at Montezuma Chapel, 3450 E Rusty Spurs Rd in Rimrock, for 13 weeks. Your attendance can start at any week. There is a $15 book charge for which scholarships are available. The course is sponsored by Grief Share. Please contact Cyndi Howell at 928-567-4759 for more information.
Monday, 3/19–The CCF&M District Fire Board  meets at 9 AM at Station 82 on Beaver Creek Rd this month. Call Robyn Cook at 928-567-9401 for further information.  Don’t forget that you can find past minutes and the current agenda on the new web site at  http://ccfmd.az.gov/
Tuesdays, All-The Creative Movement Classes meet in the BC Adult Center from 9 to 9:45 AM. The Chair Yoga classes meet from 5:30 to 6:15 PM. Please call Pamela Zahnzinger at 928-592-9114 for further information.
All Week-Many activities classes meet various days each week at Emerald Waves Healing located at 3470 E Beaver Creek Rd. More information is available from Christine Frydenborg Dargon at 603-321-7284. Mondays: 11 AM Chair Yoga, 4:30 PM Hula Hoop, 6 PM Qigong; Tuesdays: Yoga at 10 AM & 6:15 PM; Wednesdays: 10 AM Hula Hoop, 12:30 PM Yoga, 2 PM Pilates, 3 PM Prayer/Intervention Group, 3:30 PM Hypnosis Classes, 6 PM Meditation Class, 7 PM Witching Hour; Thursdays: Yoga at 10 AM & 6:30 PM, 11:30 AM Support Group for New Parents, 5:30 PM Emotional Disorder Management Support Group; Fridays: 10 AM Qigong, 11:30 AM Restorative Yoga, 3:30 PM Support Group for Parents of Teens, 5-7 PM Free Healing Exchange Open House; Saturdays: 10 AM Yoga, 1-3 PM Drop in Reiki and/or Readings.
National Park Service   News Release
 
Celebrate Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month with the National Park Service.
During the month of March, visitors from near and far will have the opportunity to learn more about Arizona’s rich native history and archeological legacy.   T he National Park Service will be hosting a series of events and guided tours. In partnership with Verde Valley Archaeology Center, lectures at Camp Verde Community Library will be focused on recent research at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Our March special event calendar includes:
3/1 at 11:30am: Guided Archaeology Walk with a Park Ranger at Montezuma Castle
3/2 at 10:00am: Apache Silversmithing w/ Jerry Whagado at Montezuma Castle
3/9 at 6:30pm: Archeo – Astronomy Talk and Star Party with Ken Zoll at Tuzigoot
3/15 at 11:30: Guided Archaeology Walk with a Park Ranger at Montezuma Castle
3/19 at 6:30pm: Lecture: Studying and Interpreting Montezuma Castle’s Architecture with Park Archaeologists at the Camp Verde Library
3/22 at 11:30am: Guided Archaeology Walk with a Park Ranger at Montezuma Well
3/24 at 10:00am: Sacred Scarlets with Kelley Taylor at Tuzigoot
3/26 at 6:30pm: Lecture: Dating the Construction and Use of the Montezuma Castle Cliff Dwelling with Greg Hodgins and Nicholas Kessler at the Camp Verde Library
3/29 at 11:30am: Guided Archaeology Walk with a Park Ranger at Montezuma Well
3/30 & 3/31 at 10:00am: Santo Domingo Jewelry and Art with Priscilla and Harvey Nieto at Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd., Camp Verde, AZ 86322.  Montezuma Well is located at 5525 Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, AZ 86335.  For additional information about these and other programs , please call our visitor center at 928-567-3322 x 0 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/moca .
Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information about these and other programs, call 928-634-5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.
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Community Events Sponsored by BCCA 3/9, 3/11/2019

Community Events Sponsored by BCCA

Saturday, 3/9 1 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  The study team for Yavapai County’s Verde Connect Project is presenting information on the project which is looking for a new north-south road in the area bounded by SR 260, I-17, Cornville Rd & SR 89A.  The project includes a $25 million BUILD Grant to construct a bridge across the Verde River.  Your input would be appreciated.

Monday, 3/11, 3 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.   BCCA Board meeting.  Our agenda includes discussion of flooding and emergency preparedness.

Monday, 3/11, 6 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  Public meeting to review the proposed plan and discuss the proposal for a communications tower for the CCF&M District which will include broadband equipment to provide Internet service for the district.  An increase in height by 20’ would also allow cell service carriers such as Verizon, ATT&T and Sprint/T-Mobile to use the tower for improved transmissions to this area.  Comment sheet will be provided at the meeting.

Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting Scheduled for 3/11/2019

Dear Neighbors
Neighborhood Communications Tower Meeting
Monday, March 11, 6 PM
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma Village Square (across from Cricket’s)
This is the text of the letter copied below.  Due to technical issues it is not easy to read in the eNews.  We will post copies of the letter, map, and plot construction design which will be mailed to property owners within 1000 ft at Rimrock Resale bulletin board on Beaver Creek Rd, the LM Post Office, and the BCCA bulletin board in Rollins Park as weather permits.  The CCF&MD owns this parcel and currently has a small tower on it. Fire Chief Terry Keller will be at the meeting. The eNews will also email this information to subscribers upon request.
From Luke Sefton, President & Principle engineer of Sefton Engineering Consultants:
Paul Giovanni, Chief Technology Officer with MerIT Technology Partners, plans to submit an application to Yavapai County for the installation of a communications tower on behalf of the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District at 3660 E Stardust Circle which is near or adjoining your property.  This tower will have communications equipment for the Fire District and Broadband equipment to provide Internet service to the area.

Based on very positive community input, it has been recommended that cell service be added to the tower.  This would require an increase to the tower height to eighty feet from the originally intended sixty feet height.  This will allow the tower to be a three-carrier cell tower and encourage use of it by carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint/T-Mobile.  Verizon, in particular, requires and eighty feet minimum height for their cellular transmissions.

I would like to invite you to meet Paul Giovanni of MerIT Technology Partners and to hear about their plans for this location.  This would be an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed plans and to discuss the proposal with them.

The meeting will be held on March 11, at 6 PM, in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
At this meeting MerIT Technology Partners will discuss the proposal and then discuss any concerns that you may have.  We encourage you to attend this meeting and to share your thoughts.  If you cannot attend, please feel free to contact me at 928-202-3999 orls@sefengco.com and I will be glad to discuss the matter with you.  Additionally, you may send the comment sheet to the address below.
Sincerely,
Luke A Sefton, P.E., CFM
President/Principle Engineer
Sefton Engineering Consultants
 COMMENT SHEET
Paul Giovanni–Wireless Tower–on 3660 E Stardust Circle
If you cannot attend the meeting, we would appreciate your time and feedback is very important to our process moving forward.  Please take a moment to fill out the information below as well as any comments you with to make regarding this project.
Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email:
Comments:
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Please email comments to: ls@sefengco.com  or mail to:
Luke Sefton
40 Stutz Bearcat Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
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Local Monuments Open with Restrictions 2/15/2019

Local National Monuments Open w/Restrictions
2-15-19
National Park Service  News Release
 
For Immediate Release – February 15th, 2019
Laura Varon-Burkhart, MOCA/TUZI, 928-649-6195 x 229
Camp Verde, AZ – Montezuma Castle National Monument
Rimrock, AZ – Montezuma Well
Flooding has temporarily restricted activities at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
Due to overnight flooding in Beaver Creek, much of the loop trail at Montezuma Castle will be closed potentially through Wednesday. The outlet trail at Montezuma Well will also be closed to foot traffic until the creek water recedes. Both parks will remain open, but visitors must remain in designated areas while our maintenance staff remove mud and debris from the trails.
Crossing desert washes and flooded streets can be very dangerous. Visitors planning a trip to Central Arizona are advised to check weather reports and traffic information before departing.
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Swift Water Rescue 2/15/2019

On February 14, 2019 at 10 PM Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District was dispatched to a report of water rising in the area of Rimrock Dr. Upon arrival the street was found to be flooded so units repositioned and began assessing the area. A van tried to cross the road and was unable to go any further so a swift water technician team assembled and was able to make a rescue of all 4 occupants in the van and 2 dogs utilizing a haul system and a boat. The team then started doing low water rescues and going door to door to assist in evacuation of some of the residents, while some residents chose to shelter in their homes. The boat and haul team were again utilized to get an elderly person out of her house due to rising flood waters.
At another location, units comprising of swift water technicians from Copper Canyon Fire and Sedona Fire were able to successfully remove 8 people from a residence on foot. All people evacuated or rescued were evaluated for injuries and transported to a Red Cross location set up at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. The location also had a setup to shelter small pets.  In all, 13 people and 2 dogs were safely removed to the Red Cross location.
There were units from Copper Canyon, Sedona and Verde Valley Fire used to rescue and transport people removed from their homes. Yavapai County Sheriffs were used to help with rescues and traffic control and Yavapai County Emergency Management was activated and were able to get resources to set up the Red Cross location and future needs.
Steve Sarkesian
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
Battalion Chief
 
Photos courtesy of Mikki Weissinger

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Flood Watch Continues 2/14/2019

Flood Watch

Flood Watch National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019

Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction, Bagdad, and Sedona 1216 PM MST Thu Feb 14 2019 … FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… The Flood Watch continues for * Portions of Yavapai and Gila counties. This Flood Watch includes Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek, Granite Creek, Dry Beaver Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek, Tonto Creek, East Verde Verde River, Verde River and Agua Fria River. * Through Friday afternoon * Periods of moderate to heavy rain will develop over Yavapai county early this morning and will move eastward through tonight. Some of the heaviest rain will fall over portions of northeastern Yavapai county and northern Gila county. In addition, snowpack in these areas will melt, adding to the potential for runoff. * Area creeks, streams, washes and rivers will begin to run high by this afternoon, peaking later tonight, or even Friday morning. Many larger waterways are forecast to reach or exceed flood levels. Larger waterways will continue to drain at or above flood levels well into Friday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flooding Within The Watch area. People…especially those located along area creeks…rivers or other flood prone areas…should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flood warnings be issued.
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Verna Shafer Celebration of Life

A toast in celebration, to the life of 

Verna Lee Shafer  (1929 to 2019)

A wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister, friend, artist, entrepreneur, business owner, avid gardener, community organizer, visionary and all around active, engaged and committed member of society. There was no dream too big or detail too small that Verna wouldn’t whole heartedly devote her undivided attention to it. She was a woman of action.
Verna was born in Chickasha Oklahoma to Henry “Hank” and Madelyn Yates their first of two daughters. The Yates family spent the first years of Verna’s young life enduring the hardships of the dust bowl and great depression. To escape dust related health issues the family moved to Phoenix, AZ. While in Phoenix Verna spent her developmental years building lifelong friendships and a passion for art.
A business opportunity prompted the Yate’s family move to Flagstaff, AZ where Verna spent her senior year of high school. It was there that Verna met the good looking shortstop on the baseball team with a “hotrod” ford car who quickly became the love of her life, Frank Allen Shafer. After graduating, and in a hurry to be together, Frank and Verna eloped and were married on Halloween day of 1947. The couple resided in Flagstaff for 55 active years until Frank’s health forced their move to the lower elevation of Beaver Creek. Verna would always call Flagstaff her home town. While in Flagstaff, Verna was active in the community working various jobs, following her children’s pursuits, volunteer work especially the art community. Verna owned and operated an interior design studio (The Finishing Touch) with her partner Debbie (Booth) for many years. Verna was both a student and teacher of art her entire life. During the final days of her life, as her health was failing, she found the desire and strength to give her final (hours long) art lesson to her great granddaughter Taylor Engle (19). Taylor was assisting in the care of her great grandmother during her final days. Upon the completion of the lesson Verna bequeathed to her great-granddaughter her well-worn easel, paint spattered smock and painting supplies hoping to share her passion with future generations.
Verna ShaferOnce relocated in Beaver Creek Verna and Frank felt blessed to live in a beautiful new house built by their (builder) sons Chris and Craig Shafer. Established in the Beaver Creek community Verna once again immersed herself in community service work, organizing people, planning, permitting, arranging funding and overseeing the construction of Sycamore Park and other community projects. She also started a garden club and stayed busy hosting many events in her beautifully decorated house and exquisitely landscaped yards. Verna was instrumental in raising money for many causes. As a reminder, to the family, of Verna’s endless optimism while going through her things we found many sketches and drawings of paintings and projects planned and not yet started. An example would be the partial pallet of concrete pavers, next to the backyard gate, yet to be laid. In her eighties Verna laid hundreds of (heavy) walkway pavers in her yards. It was not uncommon to find an elderly Verna in her back yard, pry bar in hand, rolling a large bolder to a new location simply because she thought it would “look better over there”.
Blessed with a large loving family and in the final weeks of her life Verna was able to stay in her beautiful home tended with loving care by her devoted daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and son Chris Shafer who live nearby. She also enjoyed multigenerational family care provided by Taylor Engle (great-granddaughter) and her final hours were spent in the loving care of her hospice nurse granddaughter Elizabeth Ruby (Shafer) who gently assisted Verna to the gates of heaven.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Frank Shafer and her daughter in law Jennifer Welk (Chris). She is survived by daughter Vicki Womack (Jim) and sons Chris and Craig Shafer (Debi). Her large extended family includes 14 grandchildren, and a whopping 32 great grandchildren and counting.
Our family is deeply saddened by Verna’s passing, but we find solace in knowing she was well loved by many and is now reunited with her love Frank. Verna was one of a kind and will be remembered fondly by her family and those who knew her best.
There will be a memorial celebration of Verna’s life hosted at her house on February 2, 2019, in Beaver Creek at 3890 Sycamore Lane (turn off Montezuma on Meadow proceed to Sycamore) at 11:30 am. A short service with refreshments to follow.
Since there is limited parking in the vicinity of Frank and Verna’s home, shuttle transportation (Beaver Creek Transit) will be available from 10:45 AM on in Sycamore Park by the bridge.  At the park, there is also an opportunity to see the plaque dedicated to Verna and the Beaver Creek Garden Club.
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