OV man earns Toastmasters' state honors

James Eng of Oro Valley has received the 2010 -11 Toastmasters International Area Governor of the Year award in recognition of his exceptional leadership and devoted service to the Tucson Toastmasters community.

Each year, Arizona District 3 Toastmasters selects one area governor to receive this award for the entire state of Arizona.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident communicators and effective leaders. To visit a Toastmasters club or start up a new club, visit www.toastmasters.org or email dvg.sonoran@aztoastmasters.org.

OVBC to hear about ‘ultimate' social media

Area merchants can receive additional tips on how to build their business when motivational speaker Hawkeye Richardson addresses the topic at the next Oro Valley Business Club luncheon.

It is scheduled for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sun City Vistoso social hall, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Lunch will follow at noon. The cost is $17 for members, $20 for non-members. The cost for attendance only (no lunch) is $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

Payment by cash or check only will be collected at the door.

The Oro Valley Business Club provides a forum for business networking, business development, community and political awareness with the goal of businesses and business leaders to benefit themselves and the community.

For more information, contact Hank Jepsen at jepsenaz@comcast.net or 818-2761.

Flood elevation certificate class set for Sept. 7

The only protection from flood-related water damage is a flood insurance policy. Flooding risk is significant in portions of Pinal County but even properties that are not in a designated flood zone are only protected if they have flood insurance.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Pinal County will host a workshop on FEMA Elevation Certificates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. The registration deadline is this Friday.

The workshop's content is geared to private and public engineers, floodplain administrators, land surveyors, building, planning and public works staff, builders and developers, and government workers who deal with development.

Registration is required but attendance is free. The program will be held in the Emergency Operations Center, 31 N. Pinal Ave., in Florence.

For information or to register, contact Brian Cosson at ADWR at 602-771-8657 or btcossan@azwater.gov or Chris Wanamaker at Pinal County's Flood Control Section at 520-866-6010 or Christopher.wanamaker@pinalcountyaz.gov.

Did you know? Labor Day is Monday

Labor Day shouldn't just be viewed as another vacation day or the unofficial end of summer. It's time to pay tribute to working men and women nationwide.

The first observance of Labor Day occurred on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York, when a parade of 10,000 workers took to the streets. Ten years later, more than half the states were celebrating a Labor Day, and Congress and President Grover Cleveland established it as a federal holiday in 1894.

This year, America will be honoring 153.2 million adults currently in the nation's labor force. But unlike 100 years ago, almost six million workers currently work from home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Four easy ways to save money at the pump

It's easy to panic at the gas pump when you watch those numbers fly by as you fill up.

Much of the increased seasonal cost of gas can be offset by adjusting driving habits and implementing a preventative maintenance plan, said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

The CCC offers these tips:

• Properly tuning your car improves gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

• Keep tires properly inflated for another 3 percent.

• Replacing dirty spark plugs can reduce mileage by two miles per gallon.

• Change oil regularly and gain another mile per gallon.

Driving behavior also impacts fuel efficiency, so observe the speed limit and avoid excessive idling, along with quick starts and stops.

Does your teen text too much? Take heart

Teenagers today are glued to phones in ways their parents never were. But it's no longer about gabbing with friends late into the school night, as texting has taken over instead.

The typical teen sends an average of 3,364 texts per month according to new research from The Nielsen Company.

But take heart, your teen probably is spending less time watching TV. The average teen watches 23 hours and 41 minutes of TV weekly. This compares with more than 39 hours of TV-watching by the average American.

Deadline nears for history book submissions

Author Barbara Marriott, Ph.D., is looking for nominations of historical families and friends from Marana, Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke and Catalina for her upcoming book, "Legendary Locals."

Marriott had set an Aug. 31 deadline for submissions, but will still accept some.

Marriott needs to fill the book with 100 pictures of people who lived locally or passed through and left their mark. Some of the celebrities she's looking for are Linda McCartney, the late wife of musician Paul McCartney; actor Lee Marvin when he lived in Oro Valley; and Hollywood actor D.C. Warren, who lived in Marana.

"We're looking for ranchers, cowboys, people who are historically significant, and not sites or buildings," said the SaddleBrooke woman.

People who would like to submit images can email digital pictures to Marriott at Bbarb3@aol.com. She also will be happy to scan and return pictures to those who only have hard copies of their photos.

Marriott, who resides in SaddleBrooke, also wrote "Images of America: Oro Valley."

The book will be published by Arcadia Publications. It is expected to be in bookstores by mid-2012.

For more information, call Marriott at 818-0569.

Store receipts program benefits Marana schools

The Friends of Marana Unified School District Libraries group formed last May to support the district's libraries. The group is working with three local Safeway stores on the 10% Back to Schools fundraising program.

The program has two parts. First, between now and Sept. 13, people can use their Safeway card at participating locations to receive a 10-percent discount on thousands of items marked with the group's yellow school bus tags.

Then, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 9, people should look for a message that prints out on their Safeway receipt with a dollar amount and redemption code. They can donate that receipt (or the bottom portion with the amount and redemption code) at the Friends of MUSD Libraries box in the store to help a MUSD school library.

Participating Safeways are located at 9100 N. Silverbell, 9705 N. Thornydale Road and 7110 N. Oracle Road.



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