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.

 

 

 

There’s Your Sign

sign3Visitors to Rollins Park will notice the new sign at the park entrance.  Ron Melcher created the beautiful new “Beaver Creek Community Association” sign which replaces the original “Lake Montezuma Property Owners Association”. Thanks, Ron!  The new sign looks great, and we are proud to welcome everyone to the park with our name on it.  BCCA maintains the park, which includes providing utilities such as lights and water, tending the grass, trimming the trees, maintaining the bulletin boards, benches, and memorial stones, and fountain.  We invite all our neighbors to join BCCA to help support the park! Get involved with BCCA and join in the community activities they are also known for, representing Beaver Creek residents on everything from transportation issues to zoning and property use, County services to taxes, and supporting other organizations like the Beaver Buggy, Beaver Creek Trails Coalition, and the Montezuma Rimrock Fire District Auxiliary, public schools, free food programs, and more.

BC 4th of July a Red-White-and-Blue Winner

jensen4th_3The annual parade and picnic for July 4th in Rollins Park went off like a firecracker,  with 350-400 attendees eating pancakes and sausage, hot dogs, and ice cream.  What an exuberant celebration!

Peter Jensen, President of sponsoring BC Kiwanis club,  couldn’t have been prouder when the parade marched by, featuring daughter Junior Grand Marshal Abigail Jensen representing both her family and the community.  Daily Bugle columnist Bill Helm, our personal favorite journalist, featured Abigail in his column July 3rd.

Grand Marshal Verna Shafer, the original designer of Sycamore Park, was also featured in a Bugle column citing her lifetime contributions to the community.   American Legion Post 93 Riders of Camp Verde started off the parade, and the audience sang, saluted, cried, and cheered when the national Anthem was played.

The worducksld-renowned duck race at Sycamore Park was, of course, the next highlight of the day. Prizes of all sorts were won by duck sponsors, and kids of all ages had a wonderful time.

Here is Ray of Ray’s Handyman, the fountain guy, in front of the newly renovated fountain, which is back to its bubby condition at the center of the park.ray2

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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Park Fountain out of ICU but in Therapy

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Fountain Update:  After a few days, the fountain has exhibited some mechanical problems due to someone tampering with the float.  Ray, the fountain fixer, is working on the problem with Jim Guerreri, who does all the park lawn maintenance. We hope to get things back working soon. Thanks to them both, and Ron and Janet and Tree and Lisa, and everyone else who has been monitoring the patient for signs of relapse.   And to the dog, or child, or adult (who should know better), please leave the blue float alone. It’s not a toy, and the eyes of BCCA are upon you.