8/21/2012 9:04:00 AM Around Williams: Week of Aug. 22, 2012 Salvation Army seeks volunteers
The Salvation Army's rental, energy, and stranded traveler programs are running again. Pat McShane is the new director. If anyone needs minimal assistance with rent or utilities, call her at (928) 635-8960. If travelers need assistance, they can stop by the Williams Police Department and one of the dispatchers will help them out.
Planning for Christmas has begun. The Williams' branch needs a volunteer to run the bell ringing program as well as bell ringers. The norm is a two-hour shift. Dress for the weather! Remember, the number is (928) 635-8960.
Lions Club needs items for goody bags
On Labor Day, 200 runners from all over Arizona and nearby states will compete to "Lope the Loop" through and around Williams in 5 and 10K runs. Entry funds collected by the Williams Lions Club will go toward eye exams and eyeglasses for local children and adults.
The Lions Club and generous businesses donate items to be given out in goody bags to the participants. The bags are filled with local advertising items such as pens, stickers, visors, cupholders, pencils, clips and coupons. If you have a suitable item you could donate, please call Bonnie at 635-2090 for pick-up by Thursday, Aug. 30. Two hundred runners, their families and friends and over 50 volunteers will be aware of your generosity. Thank you.
Ponderosa Fire seeks two citizens
The Ponderosa Fire District (PFD) Board of Directors is committed to citizen involvement in the fire district's strategic planning process.
Currently there are two openings for citizen positions on PFD's Strategic Planning Committee. One person from Bellemont and one person from Parks is needed.
This committee is an advisory panel that makes planning recommendations relating to future growth of the fire department. There are no term requirements to serve on this committee.
Committee members will determine the frequency, length and number of meetings needed to review and revise the current Strategic Plan. Interested community members must live within the fire district boundaries at the time of their appointment, and for the full duration of serving on the committee.
To apply, pick up an application Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fire Station 82 in Bellemont, call (928) 773-8933 to request an application be sent to you, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 17.
Chamber seeks board applicants
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is holding board elections. Members in good standing are eligible to participate. Applications are available online at WilliamsChamber.org or at the chamber office, 200 W. Railroad Ave. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday. For more information, contact Gioia Goodrum at (928) 635-0273, ext. 202.
Forest Service hosting field trips to review 4FRI
The Forest Service and a group of stakeholders are hosting a series of field trips to view existing forest conditions and discuss desired conditions and proposed restoration treatments as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).
The field trips are intended to provide interested members of the public with an opportunity to visit proposed 4FRI treatment areas, discuss and visualize how treatments will be implemented, and ask any questions they may have.
Field trip dates are tomorrow, Sept. 6 and Sept. 27. All field trips will leave from the Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff. Attendees should arrive by 7:45 a.m. The field trips will be from 8 a.m. to noon.
Field trip participants should plan to bring rain gear, sunscreen, drinking water, a hat and sturdy hiking shoes. Field trips will proceed even if it rains.
For additional information, contact Neil McCusker, (928) 226-4681, email@example.com, or Edward Smith, (928) 864-7113, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP driving class
An AARP driving safety class will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. There is a one-hour lunch break. Call Sandy at (928) 286-2424 to register.
Mix it up with Farmers
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will mix it up 5-7 p.m. Friday at Farmers Insurance, 325 W. Railroad Ave.
Enjoy appetizers, raffle prizes and more with Farmers Agent Brian Prager and Staff. Everyone is welcome. Grand Canyon Brewing Co. sponsors all 2012 mixers.
Adult education classes available
GED preparation classes are offered at the Coconino Community College Williams Campus with new student registration weekly. Classes are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is between $20 and $60 per year based on annual income and family size.
For more information, contact Karla at 635-1325 on Wednesdays or drop by during normal class hours. Additional info can be found at www.coconino.edu/adulted. The campus is located at 636 S. Seventh St. just south of Williams High School.
Big buck contests open to all
Elk Horn Trading and Sporting Goods, 428 W. Route 66, is holding an archery and rifle big buck contest. The rifle contest ends Nov. 22 and archery Dec. 31.
All junior deer hunters that enter will receive a free pocketknife. First buck checked in on either hunt wins a buck-skinning knife. For more information, call (928) 635-5326.
Lions Club meetings open to all
The Williams Lions Club meets at 6:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the lounge inside Denny's. Everyone is welcome.
Slow down in school zones
School has started. The Williams Police Department is enforcing speed detail in school zones. Anyone caught exceeding the 15 MPH speed limit will receive a citation.
Buy a car, help memorial fund
Findlay Automotive group in Flagstaff is going to donate $250 for every car that is sold through the month of August to Williams Own Veterans Memorial. Anyone purchasing a vehicle from them at any one of their three locations will generate $250 to Williams Own. The promotion is good for anyone in the Williams area zip code. Carol Glassbourn of Williams Needs an Angel is joining forces with Sue Weaver of Inspirations to assist in completing this project.
Dinner on the Deck Sept. 8
Eat Dinner on the Deck at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and help Save-Meant to Rescue. Dinner will include two entrees, three salads and three desserts. Gather your friends and come out for the evening. Purchase tickets by calling Robynn at (928) 635-4726 or Pat (928) 635-6734.
Enter Labor Day parade
The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to the 2012 Labor Day Parade on Route 66. The theme of the parade this year is "Then and Now." Attendees can expect to see an assortment of entries including Grand Marshal Aggie Bustillos. At 92, she has been living and working in Williams for the majority of her life. She has owned and operated businesses around Williams, including El Sombrero restaurant and her own beauty parlor. She continues to work at the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center managing the retail and bookstore operations.
The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at the corner of Ninth Street and Route 66, ending at Pine Street. Line up for participants begins at 10 a.m.
If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact Alicia at the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce by calling (928) 635-0273, ext. 210 or visit www.experiencewilliams.com for more information.
Shoot a buck, win a rifle
Score the widest buck (outside to outside) and win a new Diamond bow. The Big Buck Contest and Raffle is open to all units south of Grand Canyon.
Entry number also gives contestants a chance to win a Remington 870 Express Super Mag. The entry fee is $15. The contest ends on Jan. 31. The drawing is Feb. 2 at Hunters Headquarters.
Enter now at The Outdoor Store, corner of Route 66 and Fourth Street or Hunters Headquarters at 4401 N. Highway 89, Suite 3 in Flagstaff.
Rain barrels available now
Rain barrels are now on sale and available for pick up at Williams Mountain Nursery. They are 50 gallon Rain Barrels with spigot. Get ready for the monsoon season.
St. John's seeks memorabilia
St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary in October. Members are seeking any photos or memorabilia to be shared on Oct. 7. For more information, contact Julia Glaab at 635-1191.
Tee sponsorships available
The Elephant Rocks Golf Committee wants to make improvements to the level of the golfing experience year upon years. Being a municipal golf course does however, put budgetary restrictions upon these improvements. While the quality of the playing conditions has never been better, it is those other improvements to the facilities that have suffered.
The golf committee has decided that one of the main improvements they would like to see occur is to replace the existing tee markers with a more descriptive type of sign. The signs are guaranteed for 20 years. The cost of these signs is rather expensive and beyond the means of our present budget, so the committee is offering sponsorship on the signs.
For a fee of $1,000, your company name can appear on one of the signs for five years - that's just $200 per year. At the end of five years you can continue with your sponsorship for just $200 per year.
If you would like further information about the program, call Brian James, Committee Chairman at (928) 600-4436 or Brent Redman, PGA Professional, at (928) 635-4935. To reserve your space call Brian James who will inform you of the holes still available and be pleased to take your booking.
Shop at swap meet this weekend
The Kiwanis Swap Meet runs through Labor Day. Shop until dusk Saturday and Sunday. The swap meet is located on West Railroad Avenue, west of the Williams Justice Center.
Buy bulbs, help Save
Buy bulbs and plant now for flowers next spring. A big selection is less than $25. Proceeds benefit Save-Meant to Rescue. Call Paula at 635-4090.