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John Wayne. More specifically, watching legendary actor John Wayne up on the movie screen, playing a Marine who uses his teeth to pull the pin out of a grenade and then hurls the grenade at the bad guys in a classic war film.
Middle-school students, from left, Josh Baca, Kayla Tilicki and Aubrey Walters explained to the younger students why Americans celebrate Veterans Day. If you see a soldier, they told the youngsters, "you can just say, 'hey, thanks for serving our country,' or 'thank you for my freedom.'"
Older students waved hands cut from construction paper while singing their thank you song to the veterans and active members of the military during the assembly Thursday morning. The soldiers later took the hands back to their offices to post on their bulletin boards.
Leading the color guard were children from Brownie Troops No. 1383, 2088 and 2228, Boy Scout Troops No. 250 and 270, and Cub Scouts Pack No. 303.
Young students from Wilson K-8 School thanked veterans and active military members in song by singing, "Thank You, Soldiers."
Students at Wilson K-8 School learned Thursday that Veterans Day means more than a day off from classes.
Playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute is known for creating stories that can be difficult to watch, but equally difficult to ignore, such as "In the Company of Men" and "The Shape of Things."
Who’s the push-up king? The winner with 93 push-ups is Cody Patterson, far right, who works at OV Fitness. Competing in the contest were, from left, Steve Dooley, a captain with the Golder Ranch Fire District, who did 81 push-ups; Peter Zimmer, a Golder Ranch firefighter, 74 push-ups; and Anthony McKale, another OV Fitness employee, 69 push-ups. The contest was conducted by the Golder Ranch Fire District.
May Parker, an instructor with Zumba Tucson, left, got people off their feet and dancing to lively music Sunday during the Healthiest Town in America.
Kyla Bowen, 2, gives the term “jump rope” new meaning with a little assist from her dad, Sean Bowen.
SaddleBrooke’s residents are a multi-talented group. Among those performing in Tuesday’s variety show are, seated, Jim O’Brien, and standing from left, Shirley O’Brien, Mary Jane Beasley, Jim Cox, Sam Page and Norm Beasley.
The Coyote Cloggers will perform to a patriotic polka medley. Its members include, from left, Stephanie Cady, Pat Tiefenbach, Donna Leonard, Dan Marsh, director and choreographer Carol Jones, Sylvia Bonesky and Pat Cox. Not present are Skip Brauns and Karen Spalter.
Marana Founders' Day Festival is off to a great start. The four-day festival kicked off last night with the Rotary Heritage Awards Dinner and the opening of the carnival.
Update 9:45 p.m.: UCLA scored in the fourth quarter to bring the score to Wildcats 48-UCLA 12. For the first time in 355 days, Arizona Wildcats have a victory over an FBS team.
Oro Valley police are asking for the public's help in investigating a drive-by shooting that took place Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The new Goodwill retail store in Oro Valley will offer a wide selection of family apparel as well as household items. The grand opening is Thursday at 8 a.m.
Goodwill store manager Michelle Heath moves merchandise into place Monday morning under the watchful eye of a Halloween display.
Beverly Fairful designs fashionable clothing for women, children and dolls, as well as jewelry.
The Pinal County medical examiner is working to establish the identity and cause of death of a man found dead Tuesday morning on the grounds of the Sierra Tucson rehabilitation center, said Elias Johnson, public information officer for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Sierra Tucson, 39580 S. Lago del Oro Parkway, is located within a mile southeast of SaddleBrooke.
Hank Jepsen of the Oro Valley Business Club explains to Peggy Smoot, branch manager for Canyon Community Bank, the benefits of participating in the OVBC Business Fair and Expo. It is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Steam Pump Village in Oro Valley.
Feeling under the weather, Claud Smith opted to use a 4 iron rather than a 6 iron on the ninth hole of the Pusch Ridge Golf Course. As a result, he scored his first-ever hole-in-one.
Todd Wickizer, left, observes the retaining wall being constructed by Robert Miller, a first-year apprentice at Sun Valley Masonry, far right, and fellow troop member Justin John, center, last Saturday at Ironwood Elementary School. The wall is Wickizer’s project to earn his Eagle Scout badge.
MHC Healthcare will commemorate the completion of the new 74,656-square-foot Marana Health Center Main Clinic with a grand opening party and concert on May 21.
The faint outline of where graffiti has been painted over remains on the new State Farm building on Oracle Road in Catalina.
Peter Jones, left, and Jake Honeycutt of Dirty Paws Productions work to complete the fountain that MHC Health Care is dedicating to the late Ora Mae Harn and her service to the Marana Health Center. A private dedication will take place Friday evening.
The unoccupied building just north of 15800 N. Oracle Road in Catalina, appears to be a favorite spot for taggers, who also have vandalized occupied businesses and homes.
Congratulations to Diego Zell, 11, and Lilly Garland, 4, winners of The Explorer’s coloring contest. The youngsters drew a superhero version of themselves to coincide with the Sesame Street Live production of “You’re A Hero, Too! Elmo’s Healthy Heroes.” Diego created “Veggie Boy,” a character that shoots broccoli from his wrists, like Spider-Man, while Lilly created “Ballet Girl,” who twirls before she fights bad eating habits. Each received a family four-pack of tickets to the Sesame Street Live production, which takes place April 26-27 at Tucson Music Hall.
Oro Valley Councilman William Garner met with constituents April 13 during a Council on Your Corner community discussion. The meeting’s hot topic was the town’s budget for 2011-2012.
Staff members for the Town of Marana traded their vehicles for two-wheel transportation last Friday as part of Bike to Work Day. The bikers took a 3-mile route from Gladden Farms Community Park to the Marana Town Hall.
Is your business keeping up with technology? Michael Gray and a panel other social media experts shared ways in which businesses can leverage the Internet and other electronic tools to grow their customer base and revenue during the April 7 meeting of the Oro Valley Business Club. The topic was so popular with attendees that the OVBC is planning to feature a follow-up discussion at a future luncheon.
SaddleBrooke resident Joan Holder, right, introduced filmmaker Cyndee Wing at the April 5 showing of Wing’s documentary “Such Good Friends” at SaddleBrooke’s DesertView Theater. The film tells the story of the Pastime Players, a troupe of physically and mentally challenged students, as they struggle with the rigors of putting together their theatrical performance at Catalina High School in Tucson.
Joe Sorto, the naturalist for the Suffolk Hills neighborhood in Oro Valley, examines desert vegetation, such as, from bottom, prickly pear cactus, burro brush, triangle-leaf bursage and chair fruit cholla during this Saturday’s nature seminars sponsored by the Suffolk Hills Property Owners Association and Immaculate Heart High School. The seminars and Sunday’s nature walks are free and open to the public.
With less than 60 days until the grand opening of the new Marana Health Center Main Clinic on May 21, workers are placing the finishing touches on the exterior of the 74,656-square-foot, three-story building at 13395 N. Marana Main St., near the Marana Town Hall. A grand opening event, Lasso the Moon, is being planned for the public. It will include a concert by country recording artist Troy Olsen, a Marana High School graduate. Watch The Explorer for more details.
During a press conference March 25, Marana police chief Terry Rozema told reporters he hoped the arrest of the two suspects, whom he called “two violent young men,” helps bring closure to the victim’s family and peace to the community.
Suzie Heilman, center, thanked participants for attending the class. “I’m only here because people took Red Cross training,” she told that class’s 95 participants at the Northwest YMCA. Heilman was shot during the shooting rampage Jan. 8 that also wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
John Dineen rolls out a bandage while dressing Joyce Olson’s mock wound.
Later that day, the firefighters also responded to the Village at the Foothills apartment complex, 2600 W. Ina Road, when someone saw smoke coming from an apartment. The fire spread only to the vacant apartment above it. A dog and a ferret in the upstairs apartment were treated for smoke inhalation.
Jane Stump of Oro Valley offers her arm to help Sijie Dai, right, practice her bandaging technique during Saturday’s Save A Life event. Carolyn Austin, center, observes the process as she’ll be next to try out the procedure.
Mountain Vista Fire District held a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 10 for its second fire station at the facility site, 1175 W. Magee Road. On hand were, from left. MVFD Administrative Chief Scott Butler, Rural/Metro Fire Chief Tom Brandhuber, MVFD Board of Directors members Earle Ruhnke and Jerry Phillips, Paul Mickelberg of WSM Architects, William Lloyd of Lloyd Construction, and project superintendent Peter Robertson of Lloyd Construction. Work should be completed by November.
Penning the poems that he eventually published as “Serenity, Love, Hope” helped Steve Hiller pull himself out of a deep depression and find contentment with his life.