Power lines downed by storm

On Friday morning, Tucson Electric Power crews worked to replace utility poles on Oracle Road north of Magee Road that were damaged during the high-wind monsoon storm the previous afternoon.

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Park bench to be dedicated to Wynema Honea

On July 18, one of Marana's pioneering ladies will be remembered when a park bench is dedicated in her honor.

At 11 a.m., a park bench in the Ora Mae Harn Park will be dedicated to Wynema Honea, an early activist for incorporation of Marana and the mother of Mayor Ed Honea. She died June 5, 2009, after a fight with cancer.

Wynema Honea had lived in Marana since 1949. In 1956, she and her husband Ray developed the first subdivision of homes in what was then a rural farming community. A year later, they began the Honea Heights Water Co.

Wynema was "instrumental" in the incorporation of Marana, her family said, carrying petitions and working for incorporation that came in 1977.

The public is invited to meet in the lobby of the Marana Senior Center, 13250 N. Lon Adams, just prior to the ceremony.

OV Rotarians install new president

On July 1, Daniel Sharp was installed as president of the Rotary Club of Oro Valley for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. Sharp is the chief of the Oro Valley Police Department.

"Oro Valley Rotarians will certainly be on their best behavior during the coming year," joked Rotarian Tom DuPlain in a press release.

The group meets Thursdays at 7 a.m. at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive. The next meeting - the first of the new Rotary year - is July 14.

For more information, visit www.orovalleyrotary.org.

Tour Trico's sun farm facility on July 14

Trico will dedicate its new SunWatts Sun Farm at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Trico Electric Cooperative, 8600 W. Tangerine Road.

Afterward, the company will take attendees on a tour of the sun farm facility.

The Trico SunWatts Sun Farm consists of about 840 photovoltaic panels. The program concept is to make solar energy accessible for renters and homeowners who cannot site a solar system or who do not have the capital to fund or otherwise finance their own unit.

To apply, call 744-2944, ext. 1524.

Building activity among topics at MPA breakfast

Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson will be among the guest speakers discussing planning, positioning and profiting in Pinal County during a breakfast hosted July 15 by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance.

Davidson will update attendees on how the Marana Regional and Pinal airparks plan to combine forces to develop a freight hub. Other speakers are Ben Belkin of Walton International and John Ward of Pulte Homes. Belkin will discuss why his company purchased significant amounts of land in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Ward will give an update on Red Rock Villages.

The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. at the Tucson Association of Realtors community room, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd. The cost is $25 for those who RSVP by 5 p.m. July 13 and $45 afterward.

For more information, visit http://mpaaz.org.


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