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Dear Neighbors
 
Bill Helm, staff reporter/photographer of the Camp Verde Bugle & Verde Independent, has shared with us the complete article that he authored for those publications about our Beaver Creek 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal Betty Hart and Junior Grand Marshal Emily Worden.  It’s an honor to email his report on two wonderful, special local residents in the eNews.
Saluting Betty & Emily,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
2019 Beaver Creek Parade Marshals
 
Emily Worden recently graduated high school. Betty Hart is on the Beaver Creek School Board.
 
Both have been active in their communities as long as anyone can remember. Now both will represent Beaver Creek at this year’s Independence Day parade. Betty Hart has been selected as Grand Marshal and Emily Worden as Junior Grand Marshal of the Beaver Creek 4th of July Parade.
eNews file photo
For Hart, the Beaver Creek community she’s been a part of since 1996 “pulls out of you what you can do best.” “I think that’s wonderful that this community does that,” Hart said. It was at age “4 or 5″ when Hart first thought of becoming a teacher. “My mother was school nurse, and I had some great teachers,” she said. Hart has been an educator for much of her life, 15 years in the classroom and another 14 as an administrator. Though she retired in 1996 and moved to the Verde Valley that year with her mother, she’s more than busy enough with her duties on the Beaver Creek School Board. With three of her own children, as well as six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, being asked to serve as the parade’s grand marshal is “important to me.” She’s even picked out a red, white and blue outfit to wear in the parade.
Photo by Scott Worden

This year, Worden received both the BC Kiwanis Scholarship and the LM Civic Club Scholarship for her citizenship and scholastic achievements. She also volunteered last year with Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas parade. As she prepares to enter Whitworth University, a Christian school in Spokane, Washington, Worden is an artist if there ever was one. She describes her tastes and abilities in art as “super widespread,” and includes pen and ink, as well as watercolors, India inks and oils as her preferred mediums. “When I was younger, I was slightly better than the other kids at bubble letters,” Worden said. “So I kept at it.” Two things Worden knows she wants for her adult life. One, to work as an artist. The other, to serve her community. “I think community matters a lot, especially the one I grew up in,” she said. “I’m not sure anything is more important than connecting with your community.”

Bill Helm
Staff Reporter/Staff Photographer
Verde Valley Newspapers
Camp Verde Bugle
Verde Independent

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