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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:00 am

American Legion film screening

A screening of the award winning film, “Lioness, There for the Action, Missing From the Action,” will take place at 7 p.m., March 3, and at 2 p.m., March 4, at the Screening Room, located at 127 E. Congress in downtown Tucson 882-0204.

It is the second film in the series, “Untold History Through Arizona Eyes,” presented by American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132.

“Lioness,” makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts, but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.

This is a fundraiser to support the efforts of the American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 to provide assistance to women Veterans.

It is being shown in recognition of Women’s History Month and affords us the opportunity to celebrate our women veterans. Tickets are available for a donation of $7 and can obtained by contacting Oro Valley Unit 132 at 229-1064,, or visit our website at


OV Police Chief is chairman of state Criminal Justice Commission

Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp has been elected chairman of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

Sharp was initially appointed to this commission by former Governor Janet Napolitano in 2008. He was elected to lead the board in January of this year.

The mission of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is to “sustain and enhance the coordination, cohesiveness, productivity and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System in Arizona.” Learn more about the organization at:


National MS Tucson Walk

On Saturday, March 10 residents are invited to participate in the 19th-Annual Tucson Walk MS, the National MS Society- Arizona Chapter’s fundraising walk. The walk will take place at Reid Park, located at 3101 E. 22nd St.

Participants will take part in a two-mile walk around the park.

Walk MS brings together awareness, hope and fun, as the group looks forward to 2012. Fundraising of walk participants helps the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Arizona Chapter provide support to more than 8,000 individuals in the state.

To learn more about the event, go online to, or call Lisa Cleary at 480-968-2488, Option 2, Ext. 228.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.


Keesler is Director of Development and Infrastructure

The Town of Oro Valley has named Paul Keesler Director of Development and Infrastructure Services (DIS). Keesler, who stepped up from his position as DIS Permitting Division Manager to fill the vacancy left by former Director Suzanne Smith, has served as Interim Director for the past four months.

“DIS is a great department with an incredible staff,” said Keesler. “In this era of doing more with fewer resources, it is imperative that we continue to evaluate our organizational structure to align the best fit of resources against work to be accomplished.”

Interim Town Manager Greg Caton said, “In these past four months as Interim Director, Mr. Keesler has proven himself more than capable of meeting the department’s current challenges while maintaining the excellent service it currently provides. Paul brings with him the private industry perspective, which is helping us to streamline development and work more efficiently. We’re looking forward to his continued success as director of the department.”

Keesler started with the Town of Oro Valley in December 2005 as the Development Review Division Manager until 2009, when he was named DIS Permitting Division Manager.

Keelser is a licensed engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona Prior to joining the Town, Mr. Keesler had a 17-year career as a private civil/structural engineering consultant for two multi-national ENR 500 engineering firms. Paul moved to Tucson from upstate New York , and has been a resident of the northwest Tucson Metro area since 1983 and an Oro Valley resident since 1999.


Saddlebrooke Scholarship program

Among the many activities and initiatives supported by SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO), two programs are specifically designed to support the education of youth within its service area. The SBCO Scholarship Program provides scholarships for students attending an accredited post-secondary institution and the Educational Enrichment Program provides small grants to assist educational and community organizations in programs designed to meet SBCO’s mission

SBCO’s Scholarship Program provides a $2,500 scholarship for each of a student’s first two years. Interested students are encouraged to review the “Scholarship Qualifications and Criteria for 2012-2013” and, if qualified, complete the application.

Both documents are available on the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach website, on the education page, located at

Individuals representing schools or community organizations interested in SBCO Educational Enrichment Program funding are encouraged to review the Educational Enrichment Program Guidelines, Criteria and Funding Cycle, and submit a completed application consistent with the identified funding cycle.

Both documents are also located at the SBCO web address listed above.

Questions about the SBCO Scholarship Program and the Educational Enrichment Program should be sent to Michael Moore at or Julie Goodman at


Red Cross and Marana team up for Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and Town of Marana are hosting a blood drive on March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex (11555 W. Civic Center Drive).

Donating blood takes 45 to 60 minutes, and you do not need to know your type in order to give.

To sign up, please contact Marana Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell at or 382-1936.


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