APRIL 29, 2015

Community Briefs

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Scottsdale Chamber donates famed Cowboy sign to city
It pointed the way to the Chamber of Commerce’s original offices, publicized local events and, today, serves as a top spot to take a selfie. Now, it belongs to the city of Scottsdale. The Chamber of Commerce recently donated to the city the recognizable Downtown Scottsdale Cowboy which sits in its original location on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street. The sign was commissioned in 1952 and created by artist Dee Flagg. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Kidder says, “That the sign no longer serves its original purpose is of no consequence to its historical value to the city and its place as a symbol of Scottsdale.”

Foothills Caring Corps Volunteer Orientation
Event: Volunteer Orientation
Who: The Foothills Caring Corps
Where: 7275 E. Easy Street, Suite B103, Carefree
When: The second Thursday of each month. Next sessions take place from 9 – 11 a.m., Thursday, May 14.
Info: 480-488-1105 or www.foothillscaringcorps.com

Water Resources employee, elite rescue team member helps save family of four
A city employee’s volunteerism recently turned into an act of heroism. Water Resources Sr. Water Quality Specialist Justin Bern is a volunteer with Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association. The elite group of climbers, cavers, mountaineers and backcountry adventurers perform search and rescue missions throughout the state. Team members maintain the fitness, skills, training and stamina to perform a continuous 36-hour shift in the backcountry when they receive a rescue call. Justin received one such call on an early April evening when a family of two adults and two children were stranded in the Verde River after their boat capsized in rapidly rising water. Justin and his mountain rescue team rushed to Horseshoe Bend where they immediately executed a plan – with the only light coming from a DPS helicopter overhead – to paddle out to the family, rescue the two children and go back for the adults.