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Proudly serving Superior SMALLTOWNPAPERS SAMPLE 5026 CALIFORNIA ST. SW SEATTLE, WA 98136 FCCLA candlelight cancer fight an inspiration to all on Saturday night By Cindy Traey cancer and funds to fight it have hminaria ceremony. All funds raised People in Superior, as people been held recently in town. Included by both events went to the American everywhere, are busy these days were the February 20 Superior Has Cancer Society. doing their part to battle the disease Heart dinner-dance and last Satur- In the wings with a planned date of cancer, day's moving 2*d Annual Cancer of May 20 is the American Cancer Events to raise awareness about Fight by Candlelight walk and Society 2011 Relay for Life of Supe- Hike for the fight .... Participants in the 2"d Annual Cancer Fight by Candlelight went the distance from the top of Sunset to the football field at the March 5 fund-raiser for cancer presented and organized by the FCCLA (Family, career and Community Leaders of America) of Superior High School. Cindy Tracy photo L rior. For more information, contact Tamika Davis of the American Cancer Society at 602-586-7400. To learn more about Relay for Life visit http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/. The Cancel' Fight by Candlelight on Saturday was an inspiration in movement, light, sound and spirit organized and presented by the FC- CLA (Family, Career and Commu- nity Leaders of America) of Superior High School. Cancer is a concern to almost ev- eryone, one way or another. Whether their journey is one of having cancer or having a relative or friend or acquaintance who has cancer, few folks are exempt from being touched by the disease. It was not surprising that a crowd of walkers in the white event T-shirt had gathered at the top of Sunset well before the 5:30 p.m. walk time. Down on the football'field prepara- tions were taking place as music played from the loudspeaker. Two rows of airy white balloons tethered to the field floated in the breeze. These represented those who had lost their lives to cancer. In a final gesture of goodbye at the end of the ceremony, the balloons were re- leased from their tethers and allowed to ascend gently into the heavens until they disappeared. But first there was the walk and the motivating story of one Superior student who survived childhood See FCCLA on E 4 Good,by... Balloons are released in honor and farewell to those who have lost their lives in their journey with the disease of cancer. The balloon release was the culmination of a fund-raising walk and candlelight ceremony on March 5 with proceeds to benefit the work of the American Cancer Society. Cindy Tracy photo Senior cyclists still vital and making a difference in the fight to eliminate pediatric cancer By Cindy 1'racy Mike and Lois Libenson lost their granddaughter, Sammy Rotman, to pediatric cancer shortly after her 9 birthday. She had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 7. Osteosarcoma is a cancer of the bone that starts in immature bone cells. It usually occurs in adolescents and young adults but can sometimes occur in younger childi'en. While trying to make sense out of this heartbreaking los;, the Libensons made the decision that Sammy's death should not be in vain. With another couple they formed a group called SammyRides, Grandpar- ents Riding for the Health of Grand- children. Last year, SamrnyRides was highlighted at the AARP convention in Orlando. As a result of this decision, a group of 70+ year."young" men are riding their bicycles from Sun City, Arizona to Sun City, Florida in an effort to raise awareness about pediatric Cancer. Lois Libenson is driving the support van across the miles the cyclists are pedaling. She is also 'serving as the group's EMT for the trip. On May 1,2011, the team will complete their ride in Greater Sun City Center, Florida They will celebrate with other residents there both the success of their project and the beginning of the ye ,long recognition of their city s 50 anniversary. That's the back story behind a relaxed and pleasant meet and greet and potluck for the SammyRides cyclists and support team in Superior on March 4. The Superior Optimist Club, the Superior Presbyterian Church and the Superior Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at the church. Mila Lira of the Optimist Club introduced the cycling group to ev- eryone present. She said that part of the Optimist International Creed is to support childhood cancer research. Mike Libenson spoke about the group's project. "We are cycling through the country and trying to do it in such a way that we don't take too many chances and so that the focus is not on us. It has to be on the ki ," he said. The trip will encompass stops at eight hospitals. They have already stopped at one of these, Phoenix Chil- dren's Hospital. "We saw youngsters there who were heroes of cancer, bat- tling something and hoping that they can overcome it," he said. "We gave them medals and shirts and just tried to show them we loved them. And, then, of course, they signed our shirts, our riding shirts." He said the cycling team will be visiting a lot more hospitals and other venues and that the Presbyterian Church in Superior was actually their first church connection. "But we will be stopping at 14 churches along the route and they will be kind enough to offer us, as you have done, our sup- per, and that's wonderful," he said. He said the thinking, tOO, is if there is a family of a child who is battling . illness in a town along the way, the SammyRides group will try to encourage people to come and donate to help that family. "That's one of the things that well could happen," he explained. The group started offwith nine rid- See SENIOR on P. 4 Meet and greet ... Representatives from the Superior Optimist Club, Superior Presbyterian Church and the Chamber of Commerce host a meet and greet/potluck dinner at the church for SammyRides cyclists and support team. The group is " bicycling across the country to raise awareness and funds for the fight against pediatric cancer. Cindy Tracy photo 1 there be light! Celebrate the 23rd Annual Apache Santa... Joe Papas, Business . Development Manager for APS Energy Services, explains an energy management systems upgrade projects to board members and the public. The upshot of the package' of cost saving environmental measures and funding sources is that Superior will have its football field lighting back better and more efficient than ever, possibly by graduation. In the meeting, Papas was referred to as 'Santa Claus' for bringing such a propitious plan to the district for energy savings and new sports lighting. Cindy Tracy photo By Cindy Tracy what APS Energy Services could Leap Mining Festival this month Yes, Cynthia Benson and Pete Guz- man, there IS a Santa Claus. Benson is president of the Govern- ing Board of the Superior Unified School District. Guzman's title in the district is Superintendent rincipal. Both have, by their own accounts, been turned into Santa believers by recent happy news from Joe Papas of APS Energy Services. Papas reported at the March 2 school board meeting that it is, in- deed, possible for the district to have new football lighting on the field by graduation, if all goes as planned. Superior lost the use of the lights during a storm in 2010. With the football field the hub of many traditional community and school ac- tivities such as Friday night football, graduation, the 4 of July celebration and much more, the loss was felt by everyone when the lights came down. The district has been searching for a way out of the light dilemma. The cost to replace the unsafe poles and lighting was not feasible for the district, even with help from insul:- ance and a grant from the San Carlos Apache Tribe written on the schools' behalf by Deputy Town Manager/ Police Chief Lou Digirolamo. Dona- tions have also come in, including those from Freddie Miramon, a California resident, and Pinal County Attorney James Walsh. Still, the funding level needed could not be reached. But at a previous board meeting, Papas had appeared and talked about offer the district in terms of energy saving projects and services. At that time, he shared his empathy for the loss of Superior's. football lights and the Friday.night football custom. He pledged .to work with the district to find funding for the lights. ',We'll get it done," he said then. APS Energy Services is a provider of "innovative energy conservation and renewable energy solutions" that puts together sustainable projects for school districts, municipalities, etc. The firm secures funding through grants, incentive programs, renew- able energy credits and third party financing. Papas kept his promise about the football lights. He came to the March 2 board meeting with a "preliminary energy audit" worked up for Superior Schools. This document, presented by Papas in an overhead presenta- tion, shows proposed annual cost avoidances of $60,587 (42 percent less than existing annual costs). This savings would be realized by putting the proposed green technologies into effect and the total system improve- ments would include stadium lighting that would not cost the district anything. The district has received three bids for the project The lowest bid was from Musco Sports Lighting LLC for $60,000. APS service crews have volunteered to drill holes, set poles and run wire, offsetting costs by $16,000. Thirty luminaries will be See LIGHTS on P. 4 By Cindy Tracy live music from the Aztex Band." It's that time of year again when the Sunday festivities begin at 10 word from the Superior Chamber of a.m. with food booth, carnival and Commerce is that everyone is invited entertainment, according to Lira. to come on out and enjoy the 23 "There will also be a Junior Mining Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival Competition for youth ages 10-17," March 18-20 in downtown Superior. she sai& "Other entertainment for "The theme for this annual festival Sunday includes a performance by is 'Helping Hands of Superior,'" Baile Folklorieo Alma de Superior said Mila Lira of the Chamber. "This and Safety Patrol." year the Chamber will honor the Red The Copper Corridor Mobile Visi- Bear Outfitters for their service to the tor Center will be open from 5 to 9 community." p.m. on Friday and 10 to 5 p.m. on Things get underway on Friday night . Saturday and Sunday, Lira said. Local with food vendors, carnival and enter- authors Danielle Tomerlin and Carol tainment. On hand will be live music Schumacher will be available to" and a DJ dance with music videos sign their new book on Superior and hosted by the Superior Optimist Club Queen Valley for the Arcadia Publish- and DJ Roy Chavez. ing Images of America Series. "The 10 a.m. parade kicks off Rolling Rock Gallery will present Saturday's events, as well as opening a speakerseries during the weekend. ceremonies to honor the Red Bear Lira said that author Sam Lowe will Outfitters. There will be the carnival speak on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. On and food booths that day as well as Sunday Ricardo Provencio will give a entertainment and the annual mining -talk at noon. Provencio was recently competition, featured in the Arizona Republic for Following the parade the carnival his storytelling about growing up in. and food booths will open. There will Superior and his Latino roots. Return' also be entertainment and the annual ing also to the Apache Leap festival mining competition. "Saturday's is author Jack Sap. Felice who will entertainment will feature perfor- perform at 1:30 p.m. The gallery is mances from Baile Folklorico Alma located at 160 West Main Street. de Superior, East Valley Institute of There will be horseshoe toumaments ' Technology Comedy Improv Troop, on Saturday and Sunday to benefit Chihuahua Races, and live music local organizations. Lira said that sign performances by local band Safety ' up for tourneys begins at noon both Patrol," Lira said. "The evening will days with the tournaments starting at commence with a street dance with 1 p.m. The tournaments are hosted be- hind the Superior Senior Center at 230 Main Street. Saturday's tournament, benefits the Superior Optimist Club Richard Castaneda Scholarship and Sunday's benefits the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Fiesta Car Show. Registration is $20 per team. "Entertainment and activities are still being scheduled for the entire weekend," Lira said. "Please visit us at www.superiorarizonachamber.org for the most up to date information on the Apache Leap Mining Festival or for information on registering for the parade, Chihuahua races, mining com- petitions or horseshoe tumaments"' For more information on the event or 'to be a vendor or entertainer, contact the Superior Chamber of Commerce directly at. 520-689-0200 or superiorarizonachamber.org. Date HighLow Pcp Feb. 29 69 29 .01 Mar. 1 76 42 Mar. 2 77 42 Mar., 3 78 45 Mar. 4 79 41 Mar. 5 77 50 Mar.' 6 80 46 Weather readings courtesy Boyce Thompson Arboretum.