November 11, 2020
Veteran’s Coalition of Central Arizona in conjunction with Weaver Mountain Health Organization held a Veteran’s Day Event at Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park. Coffee and Donuts were served and Wal Mart gift certificates were handed out to the veterans who attended. Those who attended also got to see the most recent updates to the park including wrought iron fencing and the start of the landscaping.
The event was enjoyed by the many veterans who attended.
June 30, 2020 Remembrance Event
This years Remembrance Event was different in important ways from previous years. It was a Virtual Remembrance Event on June 30, 2020, at 4:30 pm. The concern for our residents in the face of COVIID-19 risks led us to follow the lead of other organizations, and provide a digital version of a shortened event to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire, and the tragic loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew, were remembered in a 15-minute event available online.
It was available beginning as of 4:30 on June 30, as a way to heighten the awareness of the time the Hotshots perished. The ceremony included an invocation by Paul Jones, a performance of *Blazing Honor* (an original song written and performed by local musician Denise Roggio), flag raising by representatives of the Yarnell Fire District and the Peeples Valley Fire District, reading of the names of those who perished by Lew and Marcie Theokas, grandparents of Garret Zuppiger, one of the Hotshots, and an original bagpiping song performed by the daughter of a Yarnell resident. Visuals will include filming of the participants, along with still photos of remembrance symbols from throughout the community. By coming to this website and clicking on the button in this area you are able to view the video.
6th Annual Memorial Service
The 6th Annual Memorial Service for the Yarnell Hill Fire was held June 30, 2019 at the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park.
Lew Theokas welcomed the attendees and Pastor Shawn Clark gave the invocation. The Guest Speaker was Augie Perry, owner of Augie’s Restaurant in Prescott, a long time supporter of Yarnell’s Restoration and the Memorial Run. Gale Henry did a lovely rendition of “Blazing Honor”. After brief comments from the fire chiefs from Yarnell and Peeples Valley, Bob Broscheid, director of Arizona State Parks and Trails, spoke about the events of that day and the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. Jack Rauh gave an update on the Memorial Park. Cheryl Shearer and David Zambrano performed “Restoration”. The final presentation was Lew and Marcie Theokas reading the names of the Hotshots with the bell ringing for each of them, followed by a moment of silence.
A Possibilities Breakfast was held for members of all non-profit organizations in the region on Sat. July 20, 2019 at the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church 16455 Tabletop Drive, Yarnell to engage more residents in collaborating for sustainable communities in the Weaver Mountains
After plentiful and delicious was shared Frances Lechner, YARG President, opened the meeting.
Judy Garner, YARG VP and Treasurer made a presentation about the new website (which you re logged into) and the new Weaver Mountain Community Calendar. This calendar can be viewed by going to our RESOURCES page and clicking on the link either on your smartphone or your computer. Judy then went over the capabilities of the calendar and how easy it is to put entries onto the calendar. Each non-profit is welcome to request an access code to put entries for their organization on the calendar. Just send an e-mail to Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org .
After that, Frances and Scott Mayer, from Peeples Valley Fire Department, reviewed the progress on the Weaver Mountain Health Initiative. This should be a wonderful option for many of the residents in the area.
Chuck Tidey followed with an update on the progress on the Memorial Park. Although funds are getting short good progress is being made.
Lew Theokas also from Peeples Valley Fire Department did a presentation on work being done toward fire mitigation.
Frances Lechner then conducted the annual meeting of the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, Inc. dba Yarnell Area Resource Group. During that meeting Frances Lechner, Judy Garner, and Nancy Mahaffey were nominated for continuing terms on the YARG Board of Directors and voted in unanimously.
It was a great meeting and good things are coming from this group!