Saturday Special Events 3/9/2019

Dear Neighbors
This Saturday is another fine day to participate in events throughout our community.  In early morning the monthly food bank is open to all at Beaver Creek School. Then over in the Lake Montezuma Village Square our new health service provider, Canyon Medical Clinic, is having a Grand Opening which includes lunch!!  At 1 PM in the Adult Center, there will be a presentation on the proposed Verde Connect which includes a new bridge and a new road.  In the late afternoon at Montezuma Well, the first in a series of free Yoga classes is offered at Montezuma Well.
Verde Connect?  The calendar crew has asked a few folks about this.  The common answer is that I’ve heard of it but am not sure what it is.  This is your opportunity to find out what Yavapai County is spending your money and to have some input in it.  Where will this road and bridge be located?  The general Verde Connect study area is below.
On March 21 the annual free dumping days begin at the refuse centers.  Thank you to the Board of Supervisors!  Fire Chief Terry Keller would like to remind you that none of the Verde Valley fire and EMS districts or departments are soliciting donations.  Please ignore calls from the Firefighters Support Association PAC.  More information is below.
See you out & about enjoying the Saturday events,
. . . . . the calendar crew
Saturday in Beaver Creek
Saturday, 3-9–Free food is available at Beaver Creek School  from 7:45 to 9 AM.  Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to everyone and during the month as needed.  Emergency boxes are available by calling the school at 928-567-4631
Saturday, 3/9-The Grand Opening Celebration of the Canyon Medical Clinic is from 11 AM to 3 PM. Please come enjoy hamburgers & hot dogs, chips, popcorn and waters. The Clinic is located at 4200 E Zuni Way in the Lake Montezuma Village Square. Rain or Shine!! We’ll be inside if nature speaks.
Saturday, 3/9-A Verde Connect public participation presentation is at 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.
Saturday, 3/9-A Free Yoga Class will be held at Montezuma Well from 3 PM to 3:45 PM the 2nd & 4th Saturday through April 27. Open to all levels. Some mats are available, but visitors advised to bring your own if possible. Please contact Caitlin Hughes at 928-567-3322 ext 221 for more information.
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BCCA Business Directory deadline 2/28/2019

Last Chance to be included in
2500 copies
The Beaver Creek Business Directory is being printed and mailed to all 86335 and 86342 Zip code mail recipients next month. If you would still like your business, trade skill, service, church, or organization listed, please contact Bob Burke at 928-301-0394 by 5 PM on Thursday, February 28.  Business cards welcomed.  Photos and artwork may be emailed to
The Directory is sponsored by BCCA, the Beaver Creek Community Association for Rimrock, Lake Montezuma & McGuireville. Draft copy of directory cover below.

Annual Meeting Saturday 1/26/2019

Beaver Creek Community Association

Annual Meeting


“Good Neighbors 2019″

January 26, 2019


Please enjoy the refreshments before, during and after our meeting!!


Pledge of Allegiance


President’s Welcome & Update:  Includes introduction of 2018 board members; Janet Aniol, president; Sharon Olsen, vice president; Bob Burke, secretary/treasurer,  Mike Nelson, Ron Melcher and Phil Edwards, directors.  Chris Nicol is the webmaster.


Special recognition for Good Neighbor 2018 Award to Missy Maine & Attitudez on Maine.


Yavapai County Presentations:

District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman, “State of the County”

Public Works, Updates on road projects.

Development Services, Updates on building permits.


BCCA Business Directory Presentation–Bob Burke


BCCA Board of Directors Election


Adjournment.  The next regular association meeting will be on Monday, February 11 at 3 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.

Beaver Creek eNews 1/23/2019

Dear Neighbors
January began with an unusual snow storm creating a depth of 4 to 6 inches in most areas of Beaver Creek. Then came the coldest freeze that most of us have felt here, temperature reported to sink to 5 to 8 degrees. Our plumbers have probably already put down money for summer vacations! We’ve also had rain and wind and some beautiful days, too. And the last week of the month looks to be mostly sunny and mild.
This Saturday there is a double special event at the Beaver Creek Adult Center which spent some time closed due to a burst pipe. The main room of the Center is open for business as usual. (It may be awhile before the library room has new carpeting and is reopened.) Saturday AM the semiannual Dump the Drugs is from 10 AM to Noon. Then at 4 PM the annual Yavapai County District 2 Community meeting combined with the annual Beaver Creek Community Association are welcoming anyone who would like to attend. Some very useful information is provided at this meeting as well as some good food. The following Monday the Verde Valley Photography Society has a reception at the Beaver Creek Library. More information on these events is below.
At the December Governing Board Meeting for Beaver Creek School, newly elected board members Daniel Dubien and Brandi Bateman and reelected member Betty Hart were sworn in by Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter. Perry Krowne and Jackie Harshman continued in their terms. Retiring board members Karen DuFresne and Jo Burke were honored for their long term and fine service at this, their final meeting. At the January meeting Jackie Harshman was elected President and Brandi Bateman was elected Clerk.  Karin Ward and Katrina Sacco continue respectively as Superintendent and Principal of the school.
Jo Burke
Karen DuFresne
Daniel Dubien, Betty Hart, Brandi Bateman
Please check out the “Good Things at Beaver Creek School” and the Swift Water Rescue report from Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District. Many activities are ongoing at Emerald Waves and the Beaver Creek Adult Center. Each has its own calendar for you to check out onsite.
This ‘N That
  • Food from the St Mary’s Food Bank is still being delivered on Wednesdays at the BC Adult Center.
  • The National Park Service has 5 Fee Free Days scheduled for 2019.  (See the press release below.
  • The bimonthly birdwalks at Montezuma Well will start at 9 AM January through April.
Ready to exercise,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
Upcoming Special Events for End of January
Saturday, 1/26-Dump the Drugs   is back at the Beaver Creek Adult Center from 10 AM to Noon.  This event gives an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication (including ones for pets).  Please drop medications off at the Beaver Creek Adult Center (across from Cricket’s), 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.  The event is sponsored by the BC Community Action Team, YC Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE.   Jeannette Estes is our local contact at 928-567-5421 for more information . (See Flyer Below) 

Saturday, 1/26–BCCA Annual Mtg & Supervisor Thurman Community Mtg. The annual Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA) meeting in conjunction with District 2 Supervisor Thomas Thurman’s Community Meeting will start at 4 PM in theBeaver Creek Adult Center located at 4250 E Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma. Supervisor Thurman will speak about Yavapai County and Beaver Creek issues. Yavapai County Public Works will present roads information and Development Services will discuss land use. BCCA will present an update including a brief presentation on our soon to be distributed business directory, the 2018 financial report and conduct the board of director election. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and enjoy some tasty refreshments and visiting with neighbors. More information available at

Monday, 1/28-The Grief Recovery Course will be held 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.
Thursday, 1/31-The Verde Valley Photography Society has a Closing Reception for their photography Art Exhibit at Beaver Creek School from 3:30 to 5 PM.
Please mark your calendars for these two March events:
Saturday, 3/2-The Beaver Creek Adult Center BCAC will hold its Annual General Meeting and Election of Board Members  at 10 AM. A light lunch will be served. Four Board Members will be retiring this year and replacements are being sought. According to the by-laws, all membership dues are to be paid in order to vote or to run for election to the Board. Applications for Board Members are available at the Center and contain information regarding campaigning between now and the election.
Saturday, 3/2–TEA TIME AGAIN!   This year Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club Tea will be from 2 to 4 PM at Beaver Creek School, 4810 Beaver Creek Rd in Rimrock.  There will be a surprise fashion show, silent auction, hats for sale plus delicious tea fare.  Tickets are $20 and limited to 80.  Tickets are available from Bonnie McConachie 567-5017, Lisa Delight 928-451-4360, Betty Hart 567-2946, Carol Keeton 567-0457, Darla Melcher 592-0782 and any Civic Club member.  This is a fundraiser for a Beaver Creek student scholarship and to support local community organizations.  Don’t miss it-get your tickets now! (See Flyer Below)

Saturday, 3/23-The Trek for Tech 5K Walk/Run returns.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings & Activities in Late January
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
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.
Tuesday, 1/29–The BC Kiwanis  meet at 5 PM at X Marks the Spot (formerly Nikki’s Grill)  Please call Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information.

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The Good Things Happening in the
Beaver Creek School District -December 2018
 Happy New Year 2019!
Our annual winter concert was a festive and enjoyable time. The kids worked hard to put on a great show. A special thank you to the teachers and paraprofessionals who helped them along the way, as well as the many family members and friends who supported them.
Mrs. Patricia Garitson has been working with Arizona State University to support research on healthy eating in schools, because of that partnership she has obtained a salad bar for the cafeteria.
All classes participated in a winter door decorating contest. This year each class decorated their classroom door with concepts from a winter themed storybook. This allowed each class to share some joy as well as integrating literacy standards into the activity.
The 7th and 8th grade classes held a bake sale to raise funds for their end of year trip. They baked together, and brought things from home to sell. It was very successful, and a great way to teach economics using a hands on approach.
The NAU Practicum students finished their semester in Preschool and Head Start. A new group of students will start the end of the month.
Verde Valley First Books Readers have come to preschool and Head start to read books and give the students books.
Thanks to the Beaver Creek Community, we were able to help 46 families and 110 children to have a brighter Christmas. A special thanks to Merryl Dones for coordinating with Beaver Creek Baptist Church, the Adult Center, the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, and Verde Valley Toys for Tots and Cottonwood Wal-Mart
Several Community Members coordinating with Eileen Conn have begun painting the bathrooms with positive messages.
Mrs. Karin Ward
Beaver Creek School District #26
4810 E Beaver Creek Road
Rimrock, Arizona 86335
Swift Water Rescue CCF&MD
On January 19 th  , at approximately 09:40 PM, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical were dispatched to a report of a person needing rescued from high waters on the Verde River.  Upon arrival, crews made voice contact with the stranded person standing on an island surrounded by rapid moving water.  Copper Canyon Fire and Medical deployed their  Swift Water Team which is made up of highly trained technical rescue members.   The stranded  patient was extricated safely from the river without issue and then evaluated by medical. There were no reported injuries to any of the responders, and the 1 patient refused further treatment after a medical evaluation.
CCFMD wants to remind everyone that attempting to drive or walk across flooding streams or rivers  is simply not worth the risk.  From the perspective of driving a vehicle, it can be difficult to judge the depth of water on the road.  It only takes inches for the tires to lose tractions and begin to float downstream.  Please drive safely and avoid tasking unnecessary risks.
Dale Duns
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District
Battalion Chief
National Park Service  News Release
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will waive its entrance fee on five days in 2019.
The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:
●     Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
●     Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
●     Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
●     Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
●     Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
“We are very excited to provide the public opportunities to visit us on our fee free days, as well
as throughout the year, and hope everyone takes advantage of these days,” says Dorothy FireCloud, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Superintendent.
As of January 1st, 2019, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument will normally charge $15 per adult 16 and older. Admission covers both monuments for 7 days. Children 15 and younger are always free. Western National Parks Association will offer a 15% discount on all items in the park stores during fee free days, and is tax free every day.
In addition to entrance fees being waived, the following events will occur:
January 21st – Day of Service. Join us at Montezuma Well as we get our traditional use garden ready for spring planting. Work includes pulling weeds, tilling the soil, etc. Please wear sturdy shoes and sun protection.   Gloves and tools are provided, as well as warm beverages and snacks.
April 20th – Junior Ranger Day activities at Tuzigoot National Monument and Native American music concert at Montezuma Castle at 6pm
August 25th – Birthday celebration at noon at both monuments
September 28th – Volunteer event for Montezuma Well garden
November 11th – Veterans Day Event
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are two of 115 national parks that has an entrance fee. The other 303 national parks do not charge an entrance fee. The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and is comprised of 418 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores.
Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
An annual park pass for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments costs $45 and allows unlimited entrance to both monuments for four adults. The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.
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Canyon Medical Clinic opens in Lake Montezuma 12/11/2018

Dear Neighbors
We’ve had requests for more information on Canyon Medical Clinic which opened today at 4200 E Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma.  It is next to the Lake Montezuma Post Office and across the street from Rollins Park and Cricket’s Sandwich Shop.  The phone # is 928-592-9424 and starting hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 7 AM to Noon and open on Wednesday afternoons, also.  The clinic offers Primary Care and Walk In Care.  No appointment is necessary, no insurance is necessary (low cash pay), most insurances accepted including ACCSS and Medicare. They offer immediate services, DOT physicals, weight loss, B12 shots and other.  Appoints may be made by calling.
. . . . . . the calendar crew
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Calendar Crew eNews Bulletin 12/11/2018

Dear Neighbors
Today is extra special because a medical office opens here in Beaver Creek starting at 7 AM.  It has been a long time since one has been available, so we are very fortunate to have the services of Canyon Medical Clinic. . . .  Twelve hours later, at 7 PM, the annual Blue Christmas Service is presented at Montezuma Chapel.  In between there are Yoga and movement classes, the Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club luncheon and several club meetings.  If you live in Montezuma Estates and have decorated the outside of your home for the holidays, please stop by Montezuma Rimrock Water Co to enter the contest which has terrific cash prizes.  On an added note, Walmart has a 12 hour hiring event going on in Cottonwood if anyone is looking for extra winter funds.
At the Adult Center, some more food donations would be appreciated for their Angel Tree families.  The Kiwanis could use some more donated items to sell at the last three days of Christmas House.  These can be dropped off today or tomorrow at Kiwanis Clothes Closet or on Thursday or Friday at the Christmas House.
Enjoying the holiday activities,
. . . . . . the calendar crew
Tuesday, December 11 Events in Beaver Creek
Opens Today, 12/11-Canyon Medical Clinic  in the Lake Montezuma Village Square opens for service today. The doctor is in from 7 AM to Noon, Mondays through Thursdays and also Wednesday afternoons. Most insurances accepted including ACCSS and Medicare. Appointments without insurance are $45. Walkins are welcomed.
Tuesday, 12/11-Walmart Hiring Event. On the spot job offers for pay rates of $11 to $15 per hour, full and part time available. Please come to Best Western Inn located at 993 S Main St in Cottonwood from 8 AM to 8 PM. For more information call Personnel at 928-634-0444.
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.Classes $5.
Tuesday, 12/11-Yoga Classes today at Emerald Waves Healing located at 3470 E Beaver Creek Rd. are 10 AM and 6:15 PM. More information is available from Christine Frydenborg Dargon at 603-321-7284. Classes $10.
Tuesday, 12/11–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. Superintendent Karin Ward will bring students from Beaver Creek School to sing Christmas Carols    Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating Christmas Contact Bonnie Best at 510-761-0439 for more information.
Montezuma Chapel
Tuesday, 12/11-The Blue Christmas Service begins at 7 PM in Montezuma Chapel located at 3450 E Rusty Spurs Rd. This service is to bring comfort for anyone who may have lost a loved one, has a struggle in their life, is feeling discouraged, suffering anxiety, etc. The Christmas Season is difficult for some. The community is welcome to attend this service.
Deadline is Wednesday, 12/12-Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest for Montezuma Rimrock Water Customers. Enter today or tomorrow. Judging is December 12 through 17 for first, second and third place prizes of $200, $150 and $100. Sponsored by the Montezuma Rimrock Water Company.
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This Week in Beaver Creek 9/10/2018

Dear Neighbors
Lots of good news this week!  Deuce the dog was found at VVHS and is back at home.  This chip sealing got off to a slow start and is not proceeding in the expected order, but Cactus Asphalt is doing a much better job than we had from the last chip sealing work done in our area.  Before your street is chip sealed, a “Notice to Residents” flyer will appear at your home which has the dates to NOT park in the street.  Meanwhile, enjoy this nice beginning fall weather!
On Thursday at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station the annual Kiwanis Donation Spaghetti Dinner will be from 5 to 7 PM.  Kiwanians and Kiwanis student clubs invite you to come spend an evening visiting with us.  At lunch time on Tuesday, the Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club meets for the first time this fiscal year and has a special guest speaker from Out of Africa.  On Saturday, a monarch butterfly survey is being completed at Montezuma Well.  If you’d like to participate, the instructions to register are below.  Also on Saturday morning, the Food Bank at Beaver Creek School will be open. Other clubs and organizations are meeting again starting this month.  Please check out the schedule below.
Upcoming special events for later this month are the Shred-A-Thon, the Chili Cook-Off and free prostate screening.
It’s cooling off a little and the sky is beautiful.  So we hope to see you out & about.
Celebrating the wonderful month of September,
. . . . . the calendar crew 
Regularly Scheduled & Special Events September 10 thru 15
Monday, 9/10–The Beaver Creek School Governing Board  meets at 6:00 PM in the school board room.  The agenda is posted at several sites locally and is also at: 
Monday, 9/10-The Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA)  meets at 3:00 PM in the BC Adult Center. YCSO LT David Williams will be answering questions about vandalism, dumping and speeding. Please contact Janet Aniol at 928-592-2839 for further information.
Tuesday, 9/11–The BC Kiwanis  meet at 7:30 AM in the BC Adult CenterLibrary.  Please call Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information.
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.
Tuesday, 9/11-The MRFD Auxiliary meets at 10 AM at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station. Please call John Gosnik at 216-659-4708 for further information.
Tuesday, 9/11–The  Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club  meets at Robbie’s in Rimrock, 11 AM to 1 PM. Lunch (soup and salad bar) is $13. Ashton from “Out of Africa” will be the speaker. 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, 9/12–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.
Wednesdays, thru 9/26- The Rimrock Farmers Market  offers fresh produce, baked & canned goods, plants, artwork & crafts, eggs, and more from 4 to 7 PM every Wednesday evening at the Verde Valley Honey store, 3100 E Beaver Creek Rd. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Please contact Candace Hammond  for more information or to participate.
Thursday, 9/13– The Beaver Creek Kiwanis Donation Spaghetti Dinner  will be served from 5 to 7 PM at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station, 3240 E Beaver Creek Rd in Rimrock. Please come enjoy spending time with your neighbors and meeting some new folks, too.  The proceeds will benefit community projects in the MR Fire District. Event staff includes: Beaver Creek Kiwanis, Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station Personnel, Beaver Creek School K-Kids and Builders Clubs, and our High School Key Club (Sedona Sky, Camp Verde & Mingus). (See flyer below)
Saturday, 9/15–Free food is available at Beaver Creek School  from 7:45 to 9 AM.  Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to everyone and during the month as needed.  Emergency boxes are available by calling the school at 928-567-4631
Saturday, 9/15-Monarch Butterfly Surveying is from 8 AM to 10 AM at Montezuma Well. Rangers will lead volunteers through the process of catching, tagging and releasing migrating monarch butterflies as they head south to Mexico for the winter.  If you would like to volunteer, please visit the web site and follow the monarch butterfly link.
Saturday, 9/15–The Men’s Breakfast  at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church welcomes new friends and old at 8 AM. Please call Pastor Ken Miller at 928-567-4557 for further information.
Saturday, 9/15–The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League meets at 10 AM at Grace Lutheran Community Church. The function of this church auxiliary is to help members of the community. Please call 928-567-4608 for further information.

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Where we are in a big world

Lake Montezuma, Arizona, is a teeny, tiny town or maybe a gistmedium-sized village in a big world.  When I came here several years ago, my first stop was the Post Office.  I wanted to ask whether my new home was in Lake Montezuma (86342), or Rimrock (86335).  I was warmly greeted by  Assistant Postmistress Tre. There was no big line for service in this Post Office, no red rope barrier hanging from yellow plastic posts. Tre soon introduced me to Postmistress Lisa as well.  These two charming and friendly ladies explained to me that, although I live within 100 feet of the Lake Montezuma Post Office, my address could be either Rimrock or Lake Montezuma, and that I did not need to put up a mailbox, as there is no mail delivery to my door.  They proceeded to rent me a PO Box, though they said I could also get a box from the Rimrock Post Office if I preferred.  Hmmmm. . .


Now, this might have discouraged some people, but to me it was absolutely perfect!  I had rented my new home on Craigslist, and stumbled blindly into a place where even Google maps could not quite locate me, Bing was unsure of my zipcode, and Qwest maps wasn’t altogether clear that my street existed at all.  To the USPS big digital database, my new location was strictly unknown, physical whereabouts optional.  Directions to relatives do not include “turn left at the 3rd streetlight”, because, of course, that would be three  streetlights beyond this place.


I have since learned that Rimrock works for deliveries, Lake Montezuma works for Post Office Box mail only, and Beaver Creek might be another option for my community moniker. Beaver Creek is inclusive of McGuireville as well as Rimrock and Lake Montezuma. Several thousand people call Beaver Creek home.


It’s not exactly rural, though it’s unincorporated.  Lake Montezuma itself has a wonderful restaurant, and there are several others, as well as two discount stores, several antique and thrift shops, a feed store, Montezuma Well, first class hiking trails, and three gas stations within five miles.  There are schools and a very good library in Rimrock, several churches, very active community organizations, some stop signs, and from time to time a bar or liquor store opens and closes.  No grocery store, but the gas stations and discount stores do what they can to fill that need.  There are rumors of a grocery/deli coming to Rimrock. There once was a big golf course with a restaurant and bar here, and there are always rumors that it will become active again.  Meanwhile, visitors keep looking for the big lake, which is really a nice big pond with dozens of ducks and geese.  Wet Beaver Creek is a fully functioning, beautiful, clear creek, and we have two parks, a big one on Beaver Creek and a small one in front of the Post Office.

The friendly ladies at the Post Office are a daily delight. They know every resident’s name, the names of their kids and dogs and cats, mothers and dads, aunts and uncles. They assist some of us in and out of the lobby and down and up the front steps, even when the occasional wanderer arrives in pajamas and is unsure how to get back home.  They somehow find my lost packages, and they call me when my puppy gets loose and runs around the park without me. They know exactly where we are in the world!  Thank you both so much for making life in a small place just terrific. You are truly good neighbors.

PS to USPS:  I wanted to be sure not to say anything which would cause USPS anxiety in this post office, so I looked up what I think is the appropriate rule in a manual here.  I believe that Handbook PO-209 for Retail Operations says it nicely on page 8:

The Post Office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service. For many customers, the lobby is their close-up view of Postal Service operations; therefore, its appearance, convenience, and efficiency directly affect the Postal Service’s public image. The perfect transaction includes clean lobbies that are stocked with forms and supplies and professionally attired, friendly retail professionals who are knowledgeable about the products and services offered by the Postal Service and know how to match these to our customers’ needs each and every time. The retail professional must follow the GIST (Greet, Inquire, Suggest, and Thank) model during every retail transaction conducted.

I guess I could say more, but you get the GIST.




eNews 7/9/2018

Dear Neighbors
Grand Marshal Verna Shafer & BC Kiwanis President Peter Jensen
What a wonderful 4th of July we had and now the monsoons are beginning!  We’re all sure hoping for some good rains and more water in the creek.  However, the ducks did make it through the channel that is still running.  Thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated more than $7000 worth of prizes this year.  The prize winners are being called today, so the prize list will be published during this week.  Thank you to all who celebrated in Rollins Park and made it the best get together to date.  Please don’t miss Bill Helm’s photo gallery “2018 Beaver Creek Independence Day Celebration”.  He captured the enjoyment of the event.
And Sunshower Rose has posted a tribute to Friends of Beaver Creek Library at the celebration on youtube:
Local availability of food is a theme of this week.  In addition to the second Saturday of themonth Free Food Distribution at Beaver Creek School, the Rimrock Farmers Market starts Wednesday evening at the Verde Valley Honey store on Beaver Creek Rd.  Candy Hammond, RRF Director, gave us a taste of what’s to come by providing 195 servings of watermelon at the Beaver Creek 4th of July Celebration and had that colorful and creative parade entry.
And continuing about local creativity and ingenuity, two more authors have books available on Amazon.  Both authors have been long time residents and volunteers in the community.  Carol Rotta now lives in a senior complex in Prescott.  Her book is about her early years homesteading in Alaska.  Carol Penfield’s new offering is a sequel entitled Lucina’s Destiny which follows Midwife of Normandy and continues the historical saga of the Dupres family in the 17th century.
       Ready for some summer relaxing & reading,
                    . . . . . the calendar crew
Special Events in July
7/10 & continuing on Tuesdays-Preschool Story Time is from 11 AM to Noon in the Beaver Creek School Library.  Call 928-567-4034 for more information.  Part of the Summer Reading Program.
7/11 & 7/18, Wednesdays-2018 Summer Reading Program for all ages from 1 to 3 PM in the Beaver Creek School library.  There is a fun activity, game or surprise guest each Wednesday.  Call the library with questions at 928-567-4034.  Part of the Summer Reading Program.
Wednesdays, thru 9/26- The Rimrock Farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked & canned goods, plants, artwork & crafts, eggs, and more from 4 to 7 PM every Wednesday evening at the Verde Valley Honey store, 3100 E Beaver Creek Rd.  This is a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy a beautiful sunset.  Please contact Candace Hammond   for more information or to participate. (See more information below)
7/14, Saturday– The $5 Donation Pancake Breakfast is from 8 AM to 10 AM at the Beaver Creek Adult Center.  Come in and enjoy a leisurely meal with friends. Kathy will be mixing the batter, Phil and Ron will be flipping the cakes, Dixie will be serving the coffee and the rest of us will be serving the food or cooking the sausages. Coffee, juice, tea or water.  Donation of only $5.  It is to help with the expenses of the renovation of the center.   Please contact Judy Edwards at 928-274-6023 for more information.
7/12 & continuing on Thursdays-Movies that Rock!  For teens only from 2 to 4 PM.  Part of the Summer Reading Program.  Call 928-567-4034 for more information.
7/16/18, Monday-Love for All Seasons, Learn the Powerful 7-Step Process to Create a Life of Unconditional Love meets from 5 to 6 PM in the BC School Board Room on the first & third Mondays through August 6.  Contact Librarian Bonnie Best at 928-567-4034 for more information.  Part of the Summer Reading Program.
Regularly Scheduled Events July 2018
Monday, 7/9-The Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA)  meets at 3:00 PM in the BC Adult Center.  Please contact Janet Aniol at 928-592-2839 for further information.
Monday, 7/9–The Beaver Creek School Governing Board  meets at 6:00 PM in the school board room. Board members are:  Jackie Harshman, president; Jo Burke; Karen DuFresne; Betty Hart; and Perry Krowne.  The agenda (which includes adoption of the FY budget) will be posted at several sites locally and is also at: 
Tuesday, 7/10–The BC Kiwanis  meet at 7:30 AM in the BC Adult Center Main Room.  Please call Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information.
Wednesday, 7/11–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, 7/14–Free food is available at Beaver Creek School  from 7:45 to 9 AM.  Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to everyone and during the month as needed.  Emergency boxes are available by calling the school at 928-567-4631.  (See chart below)
Tuesday, 7/17–The Beaver Creek Trails Coalition Board  will meet at 8:30 AM in the BC Adult Center. Contact  for further information.
Saturday, 7/21–The Men’s Breakfast  at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church welcomes new friends and old at 8 AM. Please call Pastor Ken Miller at 928-567-4557 for further information.
Saturday, 7/21–The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League  meets at 10 AM at Grace Lutheran Community Church. The function of this church auxiliary is to help members of the community. Please call 928-567-4608 for further information.
Rimrock Residents Rejoice for the Return of the Annual Farmers Market!
from Candy Hammond, RR Farmers Market Director

The Rimrock Farmers Market begins Wednesday, July 11th from 4 to 7 PM and will be held every Wednesday, through September 26th.  The new location, Verde Valley Honey, 3100 E Beaver Creek Road, is anticipated to be extraordinary with its covered patios and easy access off the main drag, you can’t miss it.  In keeping with what the Verde Valley Ancestral Gardens (VVAG) started 3 years ago, the goal is to create a gathering place to support fresh and healthy food alternatives to meet the needs of the community. The Rimrock Farmers market will offer locally grown, seasonal vegetables, floral

John Hasper, VV Honey Owner & Candy Hammond RRF Director

arrangements, and eggs, along with baked and canned goods that our gardener/farmer’s produce using organic or old-fashioned methods. We will also be providing some musical entertainment. Weekly demonstrations of gardening practices, cooking methods and hands on crafts will make you want to come back week after week. There will also be some fantastic artisan, crafts and natural health and beauty product booths available.

If you are a gardener, farmer, artist, or musician, and are interested in participating in the weekly Rimrock Farmer’s Market, please contact Candy for additional information, Call/Text 602-402-9075 or send a message
The Rimrock Farmers Market is made possible by sponsorship of the Beaver Creek Kiwanis, a group of dedicated volunteers and the hard work of local farmers and gardeners.  So remember to EAT YOUR VEGGIES, Shop and Support LOCAL and Thank a FARMER/GARDENER.
FREE FOOD–Pickup & Meal Schedule
July 2018 Schedule in Beaver Creek area
 (Call Beaver Creek Transit at 301-2749 for more information)
Beaver Creek School
Community Food Bank
2nd Saturday each month
Free Food Distribution
4810 E Beaver Creek Rd
Call Monday – Friday for
Emergency Food Box
Bring bags
Extra food for children
Ages 5-15
Saturday, 7/14/18
7:45 to 9 AM
Free Food & Clothing
Every Wednesday
Just come to the 7th Day Adventist Church in Camp Verde at 1406 N Boothill Dr & get in line.
Bring bags
7/11, 7/18, 7/25
9:30 AM to Noon
Hot Meals & Food Boxes
Every Tuesday
Just come to the Camp Verde Community Center at 435 S Main St in Camp Verde (Bread of Life Mission)
7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31
 5:30  PM Start
Free Food Every Tuesday Afternoon/Evening
1st Southern Baptist Church at 11340 E Circle Dr in Cornville
Bring bags
3:00 to 6:00 PM
Beaver Creek Adult Center
  Bread & Veggies
Mon – Fri until gone
Open 9 AM-Noon, Mon & Fri;  9AM to 3PM, Tues, Wed, Thurs
4250 E Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma Village Square across from Cricket’s
Call 567-4556 to check on arrival of the food
Bring a bag
Delivered around 2:30 PM Weds, and food remains until gone
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Beaver Creek 4th of July Pancakes, Parade, Celebration, Duck Race

Beaver Creek 4th of July Pancakes, Parade, Celebration & Duck Race, Sycamore Park to Rollins Park
On Wednesday, July 4, the Beaver Creek Parade will leave the Sycamore Park area in Lake Montezuma at 9:00 AM and travel south on Montezuma Avenue past the Village Square.  Montezuma Avenue in this section will be closed to other traffic from about 9 until 9:20 AM.  If you need to cross the bridge, please plan to do so before or after this time.
This year the Grand Marshal is Verna Shafer and Junior Marshal is Abigail Jensen.  Parade entrants (walkers, animals, vehicles, floats, etc) should sign up at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station or call 928-567-9401. (If you haven’t signed up already, please just show up at 8:30.) The festivities and pancake breakfast will be in Rollins Park at the Lake Montezuma Village Square. The BC Kiwanis Duck Race will be on Wet Beaver Creek by the bridge at Sycamore Park. For inquiries about display tables, entertainment and activities please call Carol Keeton, Kiwanis Past President, at 928-606-4050.  Scheduled events are over about 12:15 PM, so there is plenty of time afterward for family get-togethers.
For the past several weeks Beaver Creek merchants have been selling Duck Race tickets.  Thank you, thank you to the businesses that have been helping the Beaver Creek Kiwanis raise funds for community projects. This year more than $5000 in prizes have been donated by merchants and individuals to make this one of the best races ever.
The Beaver Creek Celebration schedule and the list of participating merchants who have done Duck Ticket sales this year are below.
Beaver Creek Celebration Schedule
In Rollins Park before the parade
BC Kiwanis donation pancake breakfast: 7 to 8:45 AM
Parade on Montezuma Avenue:  9 AM   
     Led by Camp Verde Post 93 American Legion Riders
Grand Marshal Verna Shafer
     Junior Marshal Abigail Jensen
     Pastor Ken Miller, BC Baptist Church, Master of Ceremony
In Rollins Park after the parade
Flag Ceremony Honor Guard for Rollins Park Flag, Camp Verde American Legion Post 93
National Anthem performed by Charity Worden
Free hot dogs served by Beaver Creek Baptist Church immediately after flag ceremony
Free ice cream cups from BC Adult Center until gone
Parade ribbons donated and awarded by the Copper Canyon FMA and lots of music
Music by performer Lou Lane and DJ Jimmie Willis from Beaver Creek Traders
Tattoos, face painting, water balloons and more until Noon
Games with the Key club & Kiwanis
Community information & vendor displays
Water game fire truck from Montezuma Rimrock Fire District
Kiwanis Duck Race at Sycamore Park: Noon
Duck Ticket Business SponsorsDuck Race Sign
Attitudez On Maine
Beaver Creek Adult Center
Beaver Creek Gas Mart
Beaver Creek Service Center
Beaver Creek Traders
Beaver Hollow Mini-Mart
Candy’s Creekside Cottage
Cricket’s Village Square
Dry Beaver Feed Store
El Patio Bar & Grill
Kiwanis Clothes Closet
Montezuma Dental
Nikki’s Grill
Rask’s Auto Services
Rimrock Resales Thrift Shop
Robbie’s Restaurant
The Honey Hole
Verde Valley Honey
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