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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

LCMNA to host community yard sale Jan. 29

Residents in the La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association are cleaning house by holding their annual fund-raiser yard sale from 7:30 a.m. to noon at a private home at 7460 San Anna, at La Cañada Road. The intersection is north of Ina Road on west side of La Cañada Road between Ina and the Pegler Wash.

Donations of gently used items will be accepted starting Jan. 26 after 4 p.m. Organizers ask donors to call 744-6096 before stopping by as no indoor storage will be provided.

Those who need assistance with larger items or those that require a truck should call Dave at 647-3281 or 444-5405.

LCMNA, Inc., is a registered nonprofit corporation. All unsold items will be donated.

Caregivers advocate to be honored at Feb. 4 luncheon

Colleagues from the fields of nursing, caregiving, education and advocacy will gather on Feb. 4 at a luncheon honoring Jessie Pergrin, PhD, RN BSN, MPH, a local leader, educator and advocate for elders and caregivers.

The luncheon, hosted by The Fountains at La Cholla, will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. at the northwest side retirement community, 2001 W. Rudasill Road.

“Jessie’s contributions to caregivers and to the caregiving profession are boundless,” said Kay Warren, executive director for The Fountains at La Cholla. “We are pleased to host this luncheon as our small way of honoring this amazing woman for her lifetime of accomplishments.”

Pergrin is one of America’s foremost authorities on gerontology and brain health. She worked as a public health nurse in New York and Michigan for more than 20 years before serving on the faculty at University of Arizona College of Nursing, where she was Chairman for the Graduate Program in Gerontological Nursing for 15 years.

Instrumental in founding the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Pergrin was a member of its board of directors for 13 years, serving at various times as president, secretary and treasurer. She has been continuously involved as an Alzheimer’s educator and counselor since the mid-1970s.

Pergrin currently conducts four caregiver support groups in Southern Arizona. She serves as secretary of the Pima Council on Aging and as president of the Caregiver Consortium.

She will return to The Fountains on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, to give the public presentation Healthy Living for the Brain.

To attend either event, call 1-877-470-6550.

Diaper event is right up Marana’s alley

Bowlers for Diapers will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 29, at Golden Pin Lanes, 1010 W. Miracle Mile.

The entry fee is $25 per individual, $95 for a team of four players and $180 for a team of eight. The fee covers shoe rental, practice time, two qualifying games, coffee, donuts, prizes and playoff games for the top four teams.

Donations of unopened packages of diapers sizes 1-4 and pull-up-style are requested. They will be donated to the high school Teen Age Parent Program as an incentive for good attendance.

The fund-raiser is being co-sponsored by Integrity Automotive, Spectrum Ina Road Auto Collision, Red Point Development and Tucson Federal Credit Union.

For more information, call 682-4314 or e-mail kathyprice@maranachamber.com. An entry form may be downloaded from www.maranachamber.com.

Volunteers needed at Marana chamber

The Marana Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help out weekdays at its visitors center, 13881 N. Casa Grande Hwy. Volunteers must be available for a four-hour shift between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The right person should possess good communication skills and phone etiquette, and be willing to assist with office tasks.

For more information, call 682-4314 or e-mail info@maranachamber.com.

Foreclosure buying seminar to be offered

The free workshop Tips on Buying a Foreclosure will be presented by Jay McCall, GRI, SFR on Wednesday, Feb. 2. It will begin at 6 p.m. at RealEstate.com Realtors, 3175 N. Swan Road, Suite 135.

The workshop will cover the risks and benefits of homeowner and investor opportunities. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested.

Call 909-9375 to reserve a spot or for more information.

AAA searching for Crossing Guard of the Year

Is there a crossing guard in your area who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect school children? You can nominate them for AAA Arizona’s fourth annual Crossing Guard of the Year Award.

“Crossing guards are vital members of our community because of their dedication to our children’s safety,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “They are up early every day to perform a valuable service, and we wholeheartedly appreciate their commitment.”

The auto club invites school administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students and community members to nominate their candidates whom they believe deserve the Crossing Guard of the Year designation. Self-nominations will also be accepted.

Nominations must be submitted by March 11.

AAA Arizona traffic safety staff will evaluate nominations to select finalists for the award based on dedication, friendliness, professionalism and safety. The honors will be awarded to the two finalists – one from Pima County and one from Maricopa County – who demonstrate the best example of the procedures and responsibilities outlined in AAA’s Handbook for Adult Crossing Guards.

Those winners will be announced on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, April 29. Winners will receive a recognition plaque and a $100 Target gift card.

Last year, AAA presented the award to Jim and Kathy Koellisch of Coyote Trails Elementary School in Tucson and Lena Dougherty of Val Vista Lakes Elementary School in Gilbert, after receiving nearly 200 nominations from students, parents, community members and school faculty.

Nomination forms are available at all Maricopa County and Pima County school district offices. They also can be downloaded online at www.aaaaz.com/news/CrossingGuardoftheYear.htm. Completed forms can be mailed to: AAA Arizona, Attn: Public Affairs, 3144 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85013; faxed to (602) 776-0466; or e-mailed to publicrelations@arizona.aaa.com.

Reward upped for info about dead bats

An anonymous donor from the Arizona Land and Water Trust has added $1,000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with approximately 80 bats found dead or dying beneath the Speedway Bridge over the Pantano Wash the week of Dec. 27.

That reward offer is in addition to the $750 offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief. Individuals with information should call 1-800-352-0700, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT# 11-000017. Calls will be taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Eleven of the bats examined at a department lab in Phoenix bore signs of physical trauma consistent with being shot with a 4 mm BB gun; three such BBs were recovered from their bodies. A fourth BB and similar trauma was found during necropsies of four bats performed by a U.S. Geological Survey lab in Madison, Wis., which ruled out white nose syndrome as the cause of death.

Rabies was previously ruled out as the cause of death by the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix.

The remaining bats removed from the scene by the Pima Animal Care Center also exhibited physical trauma consistent with the finding. Trauma apparent in the necropsies ranged from mild to severe, with seven fractured wings, one spinal fracture, one leg fracture, two “through-and-through” entrance and exit wounds on opposite sides of the body, and four cases of generalized wing trauma.

“We’re gratified that the Arizona Land and Water Trust is joining the effort to solve this crime,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of AGFD Tucson. “This is an especially cruel case, given the number of animals killed outright or apparently mortally wounded. We ‘re actively seeking information leading to full prosecution of whoever is responsible.”

Unlawfully taking non-game wildlife is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of four months in jail and $750 fine. Civil penalties may also apply.

Man robs Los Betos restaurant

At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 7, deputies from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded to a robbery at the Los Betos restaurant, 3760 S. Palo Verde Road, Suite 120. A male suspect had entered the restaurant and demanded money while holding a knife to the neck of an employee. The suspect also displayed a black handgun in his waistband. The suspect exited the restaurant through the back door with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a skinny, light-skinned, adult male between 20 and 35 years of age. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded jacket, white T-shirt and a half-face mask.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

Man’s body found in toolbox

A hunter discovered a man’s body inside of a toolbox at 11:42 a.m. on Jan. 16 while in the area of East Florence Kelvin Highway near State Route 177 in Kearny.

Homicide detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Deaprtment responded and began the investigation. The “Delta”-brand toolbox was partially buried in the ground. Inside of the toolbox, detectives located the decomposing body of an adult male. The male was middle-aged; the body had obvious signs of trauma.

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The death is a homicide, and detectives are in the process of attempting to notifying next of kin and determining who is responsible for the murder of this victim.

If anybody has any information on this case, they are asked to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department at (520) 866-5111.

Local company provides free grief counseling

Serenity Hospice & Palliative Care is offering free support and grief counseling for those affected by the Jan. 8 mass shooting.

This act of violence is devastating to all and has left Tucson with an overwhelming sense of loss, said Laurel Rokowski, RN, and SHPC executive director.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, families, and friends of this traumatizing event. Serenity is dedicated to providing support during difficult times. We understand the phases and feelings of loss and the need for support of family and friends,” she noted.

“Our goal is simple-to provide you with support and offer hope and peace to help you through a most difficult journey. Whether the support is one-on-on or as a group, our staff will be there for you.”

Among the services provided are tips to parents and caregivers about helping their families cope with feelings of anger, sadness, confusion, and fear, and grief support for groups.

People who would like to talk to someone or need help talking to their friends and family about what happened can visit www.serenityhospiceaz.com or call 886-2344.

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