After a two-year hiatus, the Williams Alliance Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse is re-convening with the assistance of a new grant awarded to The Guidance Center for alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
The Williams Alliance will renew activities to reduce underage drug and alcohol abuse in the community and to provide prevention strategies for youth and families as a way of combating this growing problem.
Any person interested in participating in the preliminary re-organization of the Alliance is welcome to attend the planning meeting on Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Williams Youth Recreation Center.
More information is available from Jennifer O'Neill at (928) 714-6493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A town hall meeting will be scheduled at a later date.
WHS class of the 80s reunion planned for July
The Williams High School class of the 80s is organizing a reunion for July 2014. Organizers are looking for class representatives for 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1989. The next reunion planning meeting is Jan. 18 at noon at Denny's lounge. More information is available from Shawna Standal at (928) 486-7840 or Pimi Barrozo-Bennett at (928) 853-7784.
2014 dog licenses available
Licenses are available for purchase at city hall or the Williams Police Department. Cost is $5 for altered dogs if purchased between now and March 31. Cost is $10 for altered dogs if purchased after March 31 and before Dec. 31. Unaltered dogs are $25 dollars. Dog owners must bring proof of current rabies vaccination and alteration at time of purchase.
Men's breakfast with Judge Krombeen
Saddlebag Sandwich Shop will play host to a men's breakfast on Jan. 11 at 7:30 a.m. Judge Rob Krombeen will speak to members of the community about his law enforcement experiences and spreading God's love. More information is available from Jeanne Smith at (928) 600-6379.
Donations for veterans needed
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars in assisting homeless veterans this winter. DAR is gathering warm clothing items for men and women of all sizes, along with bedding, pillows, blankets and sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped of at 117 Route 66, Canyon Vista Mall, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available from Donna at (928) 525-1118.
Pet blessing and photo session Feb. 8
SAVE Meant-to-Rescue (SMTR), a local non-profit dog rescue organization, is putting on a pet blessing and photo session on Feb. 8. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams Youth Recreation Center, 300 W. Railroad Ave. Father Kilian McCaffrey of St. Joseph Catholic Church will bless all pets as their owners bring them to the center. Simply Angelic Photo will be on hand to take professional quality photos of pets and their owners. More details about the event will be posted at a later date.
SMTR and Many Tails Dog Grooming are also sponsoring two fundraising events on Feb. 14. SMTR is putting on its annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Old Trails Hardware Store, 616 Airport Road. Those interested in donating baked goods to be sold may contact Lita Ebersole at (928) 635-9598.
Many Tails Pet Grooming, at 402 E. Route 66, will donate all proceeds from pet grooming appointments on Valentine's Day to SMTR's building fund. Appointments are available at (928) 635-8897. A limited number of appointments are available.
More information about SMTR is available at www.williamspetrescue.com or www.facebook.com/savemeanttorescue.
Salvation Army update
Williams residents are still able to receive rent and utility assistance through the Salvation Army. Assistance is available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments are available from Pat McShane at (928) 221-3577.
Essay contest open to Williams High School students
Williams High School students who want to know what it's like to be mayor for a day can enter an essay contest for the chance to find out.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory group is putting on the essay contest, which started Jan. 6. Entrants must be in grades 9-12 at Williams High School.
Interested students must write a three paragraph minimum essay on the prompt, "Why do we have a local government?"
Students should submit their essays in a sealed envelope to Mrs. McNelly in the school office by Jan. 20. The winner will spend the day with Mayor John Moore having lunch, learning about the community and attending a city council meeting.
More information is available from Courtney Fritsinger or Devin McNelly.
Special needs screenings available for WUSD preschoolers
Throughout the school year, Williams Unified School District will conduct screenings for 3-5-year-old children to identify those with special needs.
Any preschooler who is having difficulty with vision, hearing, communication, coordination and movement, adaptive living skills, social skills or learning is recommended for screening.
District special education staff will further evaluate children showing significant problems in any of these areas. Determining eligibility for special education begins with the Child Find screening and may be extended to include a developmental and psycho-educational evaluation.
Parents should bring a certified copy of their child's birth certificate and immunization records to the screening. More information and appointments are available from Ms. Ford at (928) 635-4428, ext. 316.
Sit and Fit class available at Bill Williams Senior Center
Coconino County Parks and Recreation will put on a Sit and Fit class through the end of January at the Bill Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant St.
Sit and Fit helps people stay active and healthy, even if they aren't as mobile as they used to be. Participants will use resistance bands to improve strength and mobility while also getting a cardio workout, all while remaining seated.
The class is from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays until Jan. 27 (no class on Dec. 30). The cost is $5 for adults 18 and older and $2 for seniors 60 and older. Georgeanna Koenig teaches the class. Registration is not required for the drop in program.
More information is available at (928) 679-8000.
FooteWork now open during lunch hour
FooteWork Auto License and Title Service is now open during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. More information is available at (928) 635-2006.
Williams Needs an Angel collecting towels
Williams Needs an Angel is collecting used towels for the Williams High School athletic department. Students need towels for swimming at the Williams Aquatic Center, showering after games, and the hiking club. "This is just an easy way for everybody in town to show their support for our youth," said Carol Glassburn, chairperson of the organization. More information is available from Glassburn at (928) 635-4503.
Grief support group offered
The Life After Loss grief support group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. The group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grant Ave.
The group is offered in six to eight week sessions throughout the year for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one under any circumstance. A Northland Hospice counselor facilitates the meetings, discussing different aspects of grief and coping techniques.
Registration is available at (928) 774-1227.
TOPS Chapter 0541 now meeting at health clinic
The Williams TOPS Chapter 0541 now meets in the conference room at North Country HealthCare Clinic, 301 S. Seventh St., at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday. More information is available from Patty Hukes at (928) 699-2122.
Williams Rec Center offers free programs
Basketball for high school age students and adults takes place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Williams-Elementary Middle School (WEMS) gym. The program will go until May 14.
Open Gym for eighth grade students and younger featuring basketball, dodgeball and volleyball takes place Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the WEMS gym. The program will go until May 15.
Free aerobics/group fitness classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WEMS cafeteria. This program goes through May 21.
The Williams Recreation Department sponsors these activities and Williams Unified School District hosts them.
Widest buck contest on now at the Outdoor Store
The Big Buck Contest and raffle is open to all units south of Grand Canyon. The hunter to score the widest buck (outside to outside) will win a new Diamond bow.
The entry fee is $15. The contest ends Jan. 31 and the drawing takes place Feb. 1 at the Outdoor Store.