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May 16, 2012

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Page 10 Quartzsite recognized as one of nineteen AZ Tree City USA communities Phoenix, Arizona — In honor of Arbor Day the Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt is pleased to announce that the Arizona State Forestry Divi- sion (ASFD) will recognize 19 Arizona cities and towns that have received the Tree City USA recognition. Cities and towns include: Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence, Gilbert, Glendale, Globe, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Litchfi eld Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Pinetop-Lakeside, Prescott Valley, Quartzite, Scottsdale, Snowfl ake, and Tucson. Tree City USA—a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation—pro- vides, among other things, national recognition for greener communities. The requirements to be a Tree City USA community are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capi- ta, and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation. Benefi ts of being a Tree City USA are many but include direc- tion and assistance by supporting the framework for a healthy sustainable urban forest that reduces energy costs and consumption, boosts property values, builds strong community ties, and honors your community. Scottsdale was the fi rst Tree City USA community in Arizona. Scotts- dale, at 30 years, is one of the oldest Tree City USA communities in the Southwestern US. Other Arizona cit- ies and towns have been recognized for the following number of years: Casa Grande (5), Coolidge (9), Flor- ence (6), Gilbert (4), Glendale (16), Globe (1), Kingman (1), Lake Havasu City (11), Litchfi eld Park (19), Mesa (2), Paradise Valley (16), Peoria (4), Phoenix (26), Pinetop-Lakeside (27), Prescott Valley (7), Quartzite (5), Snowfl ake (13), and Tucson (20). The City of Scottsdale, for its annual Tree City USA recognition, planted over 200 trees as part of a streetscape design for Scottsdale Road. Accord- ing to the city of Scottsdale, the trees planted were a major part of meeting the projects goals to "enhance the aesthetic of the road; respect neigh- borhoods; provide opportunities for public art; improve mobility for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit travel; and preserve the opportunity for fu- ture high capacity transit, such as the bus rapid transit currently planned in the Valley's regional transportation plan and the City's Transportation Master Plan." For more information on the Tree City USA program visit treeCityUSA/. May 16, 2012 receive grant funds from Wal-mart Local food bank to During the month of April, Walmart customers helped provide meals to families in need by purchasing select products in Walmart stores or by vis- iting Walmart's Facebook page to vote for one of 200 communities to receive $1 million to fi ght hunger. With more than 98,000 votes, Youngstown-War- ren, Ohio secured $1 million in grants through Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign. The 20 communities with the next high- est amount of support each received $50,000. Yuma Food Bank, servicing Quartz- site and La Paz County, fi nished strong, coming in 11th place out of 200 communities throughout the US. Many cities were much larger than Yuma, so to place in the top 20 shows the great support that the Yuma and La Paz communities gave to this ef- fort. 425 N. Central (Hwy. 95) SUMMER HOURS: Monday thru Fri. 8am-noon RV DUMP Cash or Credit Card Auto pay PROPANE OPD Valves Custom Hoses Recertification Refills Tanks R/O Ozone Water RV Potable Water with full hookups R/O WATER 5 GAL/ $1 WATER R/O ICE RV PARK 928-927-3714 KBUX Recycle... it all adds up! Quartzsite Radio 94.3 FM • Quartzsite's Favorite "CLASSIC HITS" • Local Information • Weather • 24 Hours Day / 7 Days Week! 928-927-5111 First locally-owned and operated music station in Quartzsite, Arizona. Proudly serving the communities of Quartzsite, Bouse, Brenda, Rainbow Acres, La Paz Valley and beyond, since 1988. Recycle your empty inket cartridges and used cell phones! NO TONERS, PLEASE DROP OFF LOCATIONS: • Horizon Community Bank • Quartzsite Library • Senior Center • General Store • Business Chamber Sponsored by Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite Walmart and the Walmart Founda- tion have committed $2 billion cash and in-kind, stepping up efforts to help end hunger in America. Congratulations, Carol Kelley, Direc- tor of Quartzsite Food Bank for rally- ing the supporters on Facebook.

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