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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:42 am

Go airborne for Father’s Day

On Sunday, June 17, the Pima Air & Space Museum will be celebrating Father’s Day by offering reduced admission for dads. Fathers will be getting in at a cost of $7. There will also be a discounted rate for kids. Admission for children 12 and under is $6, and ages six and under are free.

While on grounds, visitors are urged to stop and check out the latest project from the museum’s restoration department.  The North American T-28C Trojan re-appeared on the display field a little over a week ago after undergoing an extensive exterior restoration.

“I am very proud and impressed with the job our restoration team does and all of the work they put into restoring and preserving our aircraft collection”, said Scott Marchand, the museum’s director of collections and restoration.

The U.S. Navy introduced the T-28 in 1953, more than three years after it entered service with the U.S. Air Force.  The Navy’s version of the aircraft, the T-28B, differed from the Air Force version, primarily having a larger engine and a three-blade propeller instead of a two-blade prop.

The T-28C is basically the same as the B-model except that it has a tail hook useable for carrier landings.  The Trojan served with the U.S. Navy until 1984.

For more information, visit the website at

Parkinson’s group meeting

Catalina Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at the Catalina Elks Lodge, located at 16045 N. Oracle.

The speaker will be Stephanie Acosta from Athlon Physical Therapy.  She will explain the movement disorders, balance and the BIG and LOUD therapy.

 Discussions will be  held on other problems patients and caregivers might have.

OV Council bans fireworks

Due to the dry conditions and extreme risk of fire, a ban on consumer fireworks in the Town of Oro Valley will go into effect June 15, 2012 and shall remain until conditions improve.

 On July 6, 2011, Oro Valley Town Council amended the Town Code and passed an ordinance to place restrictions on the use of permissible consumer fireworks, in the event that fire risk and dry conditions warrant such restrictions. The ordinance allows the Town Manager, in consultation with the Fire Marshall, to lift the restrictions when conditions improve.

Town Manager Greg Caton remarked, “We’ve been working closely with Golder Ranch Fire Chief Karrer to assess the situation and make the best determination for this community.”

The Town’s decision to enforce these restrictions aligns with the policies in place both at the county and state levels.

Arizona public transit wins national award

These days, the notoriously volatile and mostly-disappointing price of gas has become such a communal point of frustration that the discussion thereof has transformed into a staple of all small talk across the country.

Thankfully for Arizonans, it seems the state is doing a little something to ease motorists’ pain.

As recipients of the 2012 State Leadership Award by the Community Transportation Association of America, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Planning Division has officially been congratulated for its innovation and service to the state.

ADOT Director John Halikowski said the award is especially rewarding because of  it’s recognition of the excellence that ADOT employees have achieved, given their “limited funding.”

Working closely with local communities and agencies, ADOT presides over 21 rural transit programs, as well as 116 coordinated mobility programs servicing the elderly, the disabled, and low-income job training programs.

Now, perhaps more than ever, the need for efficient transit programs is crucial to the development of communities, as Arizonans seek to access jobs, education and medical services without having to rely on their own vehicles where the cost of gas is becoming increasingly higher.

With Arizona being one of America’s leaders in public transit, ADOT officials predict a bright future for our communities.

Arizona Beds opens in OV

Arizona Beds is now open for business on the southwest corner of Magee and Oracle in Oro Valley.

The locally owned, independent retailer of beds, mattresses and accessories opened in May. It’s located at 7881 N. Oracle, next to O’Rielly Auto Parts in the Entrada de Oro Shopping Center.

Owners Jeff Saunders and Beau Schuster seek to provide an atmosphere where customers are treated like family.

Saunders and Schuster grew up in the area.

Arizona Beds is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

McBride’s website issues fixed

The McBride’s Family Framing Gallery has finally fixed issues concerning the business website.

The website,, along with thousands of other websites, was caught in a Microsoft initiated conversion. 

Patti McBride, owner of the local framing business, said it was unfortunate that this change-over corresponded to the exact day of the release of our article and ad in the Explorer’s May 23 edition feature in the Women in Business section. 

“What a mess,” McBride said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Meet SpongeBob at Breakers Water Park

Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants is having a pool party at Breakers Water Park, located at 8555 W. Tangerine Rd., this weekend.  He is dropping anchor at the park on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Come prepared for some fun in the sun and meet SpongeBob.

SpongeBob will be around to just say hello, take photographs and spend the day.  Residents are invited to come and soak up every second when they meet SpongeBob, and it’ll be a seaworthy experience that you’ll be sure to remember.

For more information, visit the Breakers Water Park web site at

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