Two sets of fireworks to entertain, delight next week

By Curtis Riggs | June 25, 2008

fireworksCAVE CREEK – Lovers of fireworks will have two opportunities to celebrate their American independence next week thanks to the efforts of the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce and a host of committed volunteers.

The July 3 fireworks display will be shot off just after dusk from the hill behind Harold’s. Harold’s plans a barbecue and will feature local favorite rock band EastonAshe on the stage outside, which will also be a prime fireworks viewing area. Country-Western band Young Country will be playing inside at Harold’s from 8:30 until closing. EastonAshe will play from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The 4th of July fireworks, also sponsored by the Cave Creek Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce, will move down the street to the Center of Cave Creek property at Schoolhouse and Cave Creek roads on Friday for another evening of Independence Day fun. The Satisfied Frog, an excellent viewing spot, will offer an outdoor barbecue on Friday and the opportunity to have one’s photo emblazoned onto a T-shirt. Again the pyrotechnics will begin just after dusk.

Merchant’s Chamber of Commerce President Marc Peagler expects this year’s fireworks shows to be the best they have been in years. He expects a large crowd because there is no longer a fireworks show in north Scottsdale since Rawhide moved to the Pima Indian Reservation.

“These shows have always been wonderful times for everybody and are very family oriented,” he said. “It’s a chance for everybody to just sit back and enjoy them.”

Photo by Curtis Riggs

Stolen library computers replaced and ready to use

By Curtis Riggs | June 25, 2008

library computersCAVE CREEK – The folks at the Desert Foothills Library want to let the community know they now have computers available to use, thanks to the generous donation of five new computers and several large monetary contributions.

The library has had no computers available for patrons to use since February when computers valued at $10,000 were stolen.
The Cave Creek Western WiMax Company donated five new Dell computers to the library. The Target Corporation and the Scottsdale Foothills Rotary Club each made contributions of $2,500 and the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club $1,500.

Library Executive Director Kris Proskus said people can now come in and print airplane boarding passes, read their e-mail and search a variety of databases.

She is especially proud of the new computer tables, which allow the computers to be locked down to prevent theft. Another feature she likes about the tables, which were also made possible by donations, is they allow room for people to lay out their materials.

People can also use their laptops to access the Internet throughout the library since the installation of WiFi.

“People had forgotten we had computers. Now everything is in place for them to start using them again,” Proskus said.

Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Phone 480-488-2286 or visit

Photo Caption: Colin Fankan, left, and Jan Rhoades try out two of the five new computers at Desert Foothills Library.
Photo by Curtis Riggs

New recycle/waste transfer station to open early 2009

By Curtis Riggs | June 25, 2008
coady recycleCAREFREE – Citizens were up-dated about a July groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit anyone who wants to protect the environment by recycling and proper waste disposal.

Bill Thorton, Director of Maricopa County Solid Waste Management, told the Carefree Town Council a new Maricopa County waste transfer station/ recycling center will be open at the old Cave Creek landfill on Carefree Highway by early next spring. The facility will be on the south side of Carefree Highway just past the Dove Valley Golf Course.

Carefree Town Councilman Bob Coady said, “It will give people an opportunity to not have to store this stuff for a month.” Coady, Carefree’s Recycling Coordinator, was referring to Carefree’s monthly recycling events.

The near $3-million transfer station will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s a big step in the evolution of recycling in Carefree,” Coady said. “A permanent drop-off site is what we have all been working toward for three years.”

Batteries, used motor oil, paint and Antifreeze and other recyclables will be accepted at the new center. A hazardous waste collection day will be held three or four times a year.

Photo caption: Carefree Recycling Coordinator, Bob Coady, said, “A permanent drop-off site is what we have all been working toward for three years.”
Photo by Curtis Riggs