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2/16/2010 11:51:00 AM
Around Williams: Week of Feb. 17
Food bank needs diapers

The Williams Food Bank desperately needs diapers. Any and all sizes are needed. Diapers can be donated at the Williams Food Bank, 200 S. Ninth St.

Groomed hard-pack at Elk Ridge

Despite warmer weather, Elk Ridge Ski Resort still boasts quality ski conditions according to owner Tammy Fountain.

"We haven't had a lot of snow loss," Fountain said.

Eighty inches of snow remains at the bottom of the mountain with 100 inches at the top. Ski runs at lower elevation are currently groomed hard-pack.

Fountian said their is still some fresh powder at higher elevation.

Along with skiing and snowboarding, tubing is available.

Elk Ridge is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every Friday through Sunday and Monday holidays.

Free tax preparation today

Free tax preparation will be offered in Williams 4:30-7:30 p.m. today and March 3 at the Williams Elementary-Middle School, 601 N. Seventh St.

This free service is available to those earning less than $49,000 in 2009. Claim your earned income tax credit, which is up to $5.657 based on family size and income. You must bring all relevant paperwork pertaining to taxes.

For more information, call 1-800-829-1040 or visit nazunitedway.org.

County partisan offices up for election

The following Coconino County offices are up for election in 2010: Clerk of Superior Court, constable, Justice of the Peace (Williams, Flagstaff, Fredonia and Page) and Superior Court judge in Divisions I, II and IV.

Partisan nomination packets, including filing deadlines, are available for anyone interested in running for office. The exact number of petition signatures required by law is based on voter registration statistics as of March 1. However, candidates may begin collecting petition signatures at any time.

The paperwork necessary to run for office may be obtained at the Coconino County Elections office, 110 E. Cherry Ave. in Flagstaff; by visiting www.coconino.az.gov/elections (click on Candidate Filing Information); or by calling (928) 679-7860 or toll-free (800) 793-6181.

Free legal services for area seniors

Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), Area Agency on Aging's Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program is at the Williams Senior Center on Friday.

The Legal Program serves seniors 60 and older or those married to someone 60 and older whom otherwise cannot obtain council. The Legal Program provides services in the areas of civil and administrative law, but no criminal law. Services include the preparation of legal documents such as wills, beneficiary deeds, quit claim deeds, powers of attorney, living wills/advance directives, special needs trusts, income only trusts and, codicils. The legal program can assist with Social Security disputes, consumer complaints, and bill payment issues. There are no fees; this service is provided for donations only.

To schedule an appointment please call the Williams Senior Center at (928) 679-4780. If you have any questions please call Kelly O'Donnell at (928) 213-5246 or 1-877-521-3500 or by e-mail at kodonnell@nacog.org.

Barbecue cook off planned July 2-3

Chuck Vaughn of Cactus Canyon Old Time Photo is working with the Williams Main Street Association to get a professional barbecue contest in Williams July 2-3.

Major sponsors are necessary to make this happen since the bigger the prize pot, the more teams that will travel to Williams for the competition. The event will be a state championship and also a Triple Crown event where professional barbecue teams will earn points.

A beer garden is planned featuring locally brewed beer, bands and a possible dance. A kids' corner play area will be available. The professional barbecue awards will be presented July 3. An amateur cook off featuring local talent will be held. Proceeds will benefit northern Arizona charities. Local charities are invited raise money through raffles.

The event is in the planning stages and volunteers, organizations and sponsors are needed. To find out more, call Vaughn at (928) 635-2395.




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