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More than any other event in town, the Marana Founders’ Day celebrates local people and culture. And this year’s Founders’ Day celebration brings the cultural exploration to another level, by examining the past, present and future of the community. 

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There’s much to look forward to during the month of March. March Madness, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Equinox—and now Marana’s Community Conversations!

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Filling big shoes is never an easy thing to do, especially when the shoes belong to Ed Stolmaker. After 15 years as president and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Stolmaker is retiring and Audra Winters is stepping in.

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I am very happy to be here in Marana. The first month has been whirlwind of meeting with our members and our community partners. I am looking forward to building upon Ed Stolmaker’s legacy by continuing to build these important friendships and strategic partnerships. 

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At Marana Parks and Recreation, we try to serve the diverse needs of our residents. We have events for the most elite athletes to those just beginning their fitness journey. We offer classes to enrich the mind, and we provide training to those just starting their first jobs as a baby sitter …

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From park closures to event programming, trail conditions and plenty more, Marana residents and visitors can now stay up-to-date with the local environment thanks to a smartphone app recently released by the town.

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By the time Marana resident Brendan Pajor was two months old, he’d already undergone two open heart surgeries. Now nearing his first birthday, Brendan is doing well, though there are some lasting effects from his journey so far.

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Marana continues to be at the forefront of housing and population growth in southern Arizona. In the past year, we opened a new park, widened a major transportation corridor and finished a wastewater expansion project that will accommodate up to 10,000 new homes. Our population exceeds 47,00…

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While many films have used Southern Arizona for its scenic outdoor locations, future productions will be able to take advantage of the region’s new indoor film location, Modern Studios. With 7,000 square feet of production studio space, the new Marana business contains more indoor film space…

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With a full year of outdoor-friendly weather, it’s no wonder cyclists, joggers and other health conscience residents can be found taking advantage of the region’s many trails, parks and outdoor facilities. The towns of Marana and Oro Valley are taking advantage of the kind weather and beauti…

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Happy new year! While it may seem like 2019 has only just begun, the Town of Marana is busy preparing for year 2020 and beyond. This means taking a closer look at all our town services and programs, identifying new areas for strategic growth, and continuing to prepare our community for 20 ye…

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It is not uncommon for Marana school counselors to receive calls from crying parents. However, more and more of the calls are coming from places of gratitude, rather than concern. 

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Each year, Marana gets bigger and bigger in both size and population. With steady growth over the past few decades, it’s safe to say the Marana Police Department’s officers can’t be everywhere at all times.

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Pima County residents are invited to dedicate some time to improving their personal relationships and physical wellbeing this Saturday, and the towns of Oro Valley and Marana are stepping up to the challenge.

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The Marana Chamber continues our mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community for the New Year, and we’re excited for what 2019 has in store for all of us.

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Over 25,000 bats find a summertime home in Marana’s Ina Road bridge. This might seem a surprisingly high number, but you’d already know that fact if you listened to the Marana Town Talk podcast, a monthly news podcast produced and released by the Town of Marana. 

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While Southern Arizona communities have a long list of potential road improvements, at least some of the needed work is getting done and more is scheduled for the new year. Here’s a roundup of the major projects on the 2019 horizon. 

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Marana’s budget is in good shape, according to new finance director Yiannis Kalaitzidis, who presented the town’s financial results for the most recent fiscal year and gave a new first quarter update to the mayor and council at their Dec. 18 meeting.

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Last week, the Tucson Local Media editorial staff took a look back at the biggest stories of 2018, including the midterm elections, major development projects and the deaths of notable community figures such as Marana Councilwoman Carol McGorray.

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Marana Unified School District recently announced its Marana Cares Mobile service during winter break: Monday through Friday (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) Dec. 24, 26, 27, 28, 31 and January 2, 3, 4, at select locations. 

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Butterfield Elementary School is now eight times older than the average age of its kindergartners. Founded in 1978, Butterfield Elementary celebrated its 40-year anniversary with an assembly where patrons looked both to the past and the future. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently certified every eligible campus in the Marana Unified School District with its Energy Star label for the third time. The Energy Star certification, awarded to 16 of 17 MUSD campuses, signifies buildings with efficient energy use.

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Eight months after a previous attempt, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board decided to permanently close Thornydale Elementary School, located at 7651 N. Oldfather Road, in a 4-1 decision last Thursday evening.

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New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at West Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange.

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The Town of Marana will soon be turning sewage into a community park thanks to their recently opened Water Reclamation Facility. The “100 percent recharge” facility will pump purified wastewater back into the ground, refilling the aquifer and nourishing a nature park. 

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The Marana Chamber continues its mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.

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Due to inclement weather, the Marana Holiday Festival was unfortunately canceled, as most of the parking lots and entertainment zones sat on saturated grounds, and could not accommodate expected foot and vehicle traffic. The public is invited to enjoy encore presentations of the Christmas Tr…

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There has been increased construction activity on Ina Road lately, but the benefits will far outweigh the costs once the dust clears and the Ina interchange opens back up early next year. Until then, there’s much to be excited for and much to still see from area businesses as we head into th…

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Earlier this month, the Town of Marana participated in the third annual Marana Water Festival at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. The Nov. 15 event was put on by Arizona Project Wet and staffed by Marana Water and other Town of Marana employees, as well as Tucson Water and the Univers…

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On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at the Quarry Pines Golf Course some of the world’s most premier athletes will gather and compete for the illustrious title of Marana’s best cornhole player.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 14. Marana celebrated the opening of its new police station, filled with advanced training technology, forensics labs and multiple facilities the previous facilities lacked, including kennels for K-9 officers, a firing range and a vehicle lift. 

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Construction of the new Marana Police Facility has reached completion at the Marana Municipal Complex, and last week we celebrated its grand opening. This project is a perfect example of local government delivering exactly what was promised to the constituents. This new police facility was b…

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The Marana Unified School District revealed details for its new, still-unnamed K-8 CSTEM school last week. The school, set to open fall 2019 at 5650 W. Moore Road in Dove Mountain, will focus its curriculum on Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Marana’s Community and Neighborhood Director Lisa Shafer has got out of bed in the middle of the night more than once to deal with a call about an animal. Shafer runs Marana Animal Services along with Bill Lorefice, the town’s chief code enforcement and animal control officer. And they are h…

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It’s almost Halloween, and you’re probably almost as excited as your kids. Parties, costumes, trick-or-treating…it’s one of the holidays most looked forward to by children and parents, alike. But even as you’re putting the finishing touches on costumes and making that last candy run to the s…

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Restaurateur Sam Fox is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Wildflower this month. Since opening Wildflower, Fox has launched Fox Restaurant Concepts, which now runs nearly 50 restaurants around the country in eight different states, including Tucson’s Blanco, North, Culinary …

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Zoey fidgets with anticipations while her mom mixes the “taco in a bag” ingredients. The 7-year-old spins on a red stool, reminiscent of a ’50s diner, inside the Marana Cares Mobile.

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce’s fall plans include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box and our continued mission to be the voice of business working to build economic growth and ensure a high quality of …

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The Town of Marana is receiving an extra dose of culture this month with the Marana Art Expo. 

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As many in the business community already know, Ed Stolmaker will step down as president and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce at the end of the year. For the past 15 years, he has not only managed the inner workings of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, but transformed it into an integral …