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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:05 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

OV offers free Swim pool barrier inspections in May

To help raise awareness of building safety, the Town of Oro Valley is celebrating Building Safety Month during May.

"The important work we do is often overlooked until a catastrophic tragedy occurs," said Suzanne Smith, Oro Valley's building official and director of the Town's building safety department. "When building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings during and after construction, we help to ensure that the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe."

This year, as part of a focus on backyard safety, the town's inspection team is offering free pool barrier inspections and provide information to "assure residents that they have safe installation of their pools and spas," Smith said.

"These audits will provide homeowners with a comprehensive list of recommendations to ensure that the pool or spa is in compliance with safety standards," she said.

To schedule a free pool barrier inspection, call (520) 229-4800, press "8" to reach building safety and a representative will assist you.

Blood drive in Marana May 27

The American Red Cross and Marana are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27 at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Blood donation takes 45 to 60 minutes, and you need not know your type in order to give, a release said.

The Red Cross supplies blood to patients at all local hospitals. Because the demand for blood is constant, the Red Cross needs about 300 donors each day in Arizona.

To sign up, contact Marana Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell at rcampbell@marana.com or 382-1936.

Grant helping NW Fire buy 'file of life' cards

A $5,000 grant from two businesses is allowing Northwest Fire District to purchase 10,000 emergency medical cards for local citizens.

Each file, known as the "File of Life," is a small personal medical information card containing the resident's medical history, current medications, drug allergies and any medically related information that could be useful for firefighters when they arrive on-scene, a release said.

The money came from BBVA Compass and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.

"During a medical emergency, time is critical," a Northwest Fire release said. "Within minutes, firefighters and paramedics must treat and stabilize a patient. Knowing a patient's medical history and current medications enables rescuers to take immediate action."

Available for distribution are 5,000 magnetic cards to place on a refrigerator and 5,000 wallet-size cards.

"I encourage the elderly and anyone with an ongoing medical condition to always carry a File of Life card," said Northwest Division Chief Jim Grasham.

The cards will be distributed at local events and made available through the Northwest Fire District by calling (520) 887-1010, extension 1801.

AZ Highways prints summer hiking guide

The June issue of Arizona Highways magazine features its third annual summer hiking guide.

"Whether you're looking for a strenuous trek at the Grand Canyon or a moderate stroll through the bird-watching capital of the world, there's a trail for everyone in this issue," a release said. "Editor Robert Stieve, avid hiker, wrote this feature about great summer hiking that takes you on trails all over the state."

Arizona Highways is one of the first publications in the state and country to use a 2D barcode technology in its magazine. On this month's editor's page, a 2D barcode can be scanned with a phone, and it'll take viewers to a website to discover more hiking trails for the summer.

"They couldn't all fit in the publication," the release concluded.

Sun Shuttle makes changes in OV, Marana

Sun Shuttle has identified new schedules for the summer, with changes in the rural bus system taking effect in both Marana and Oro Valley.

New routing has been established on Route 412 in Marana "to better meet passenger needs," a release said. This route will no longer serve the Dove Mountain area, but does travel to the Tohono Tadai Transit Center on Stone for easier connections to Sun Tran routes.

Route 402 in Oro Valley, serving Rancho Vistoso and La Cañada, is no longer in service, the release said.

Schedules are now available online at www.suntran.com, offering detailed route and schedule information effective May 24-Aug. 14. Sun Shuttle schedule brochures should be available on vehicles starting Tuesday, May 11, as well as at various locations around the region, such as public libraries and major malls starting Monday, May 17.

Sun Shuttle is the region's neighborhood transit service funded by the Regional Transportation Authority. RTA is the fiscal manager of the $2.1 billion plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006.

Tucson bank acquires assets of Mesa bank

Tucson-based Commerce Bank of Arizona, the largest independent bank in Pima County, said Monday it is purchasing substantially all deposits and assets of Mesa-based Towne Bank of Arizona through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Towne Bank's sole branch on 3156 E. Baseline Road in Mesa re-opened Monday as a Commerce Bank of Arizona branch office. Towne Bank staff and customers automatically become part of Commerce Bank of Arizona.

"Commerce Bank of Arizona is pleased to serve Towne Bank of Arizona's customers," said Randy Yenerich, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bank of Arizona. "We also are excited to be entering the Phoenix-area marketplace, which has been a goal of our organization for several years."

Commerce Bank of Arizona was founded in 2002 by a group of local investors. It has five branch offices in Tucson, Green Valley and Tubac.

Candidates to face off Friday

Oro Valley mayoral candidates Satish Hiremath and Mike Zinkin plan to debate Friday, May 14 at the Hilton El Conquistador.

Tucson radio personalities from the "Wake Up Tucson" show on 1090 AM, Joe Higgins and Chris DeSimone, plan to moderate the debate.

The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Fire damages fourth church in Northwest

A fourth church in the Northwest has sustained fire damage.

On Monday, May 10, firefighters with Golder Ranch Fire Department put out a blaze at the Catalina Lutheran Church, at 15855 N. Twin Lakes Drive.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 9:45 p.m. Damage to the church was minimal, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Sheriff's officials said the cause of the fire was not yet known, but noted that it was similar to three recent church fires in the Northwest.

The three previous fires occurred in neighborhoods near La Cañada Drive between Wetmore and Orange Grove roads. All of those fires began near the entryways of the churches, and the three fires all started at roughly the same time, close to midnight.

Firm raises Marana ratings on two bonds

As part of its recalibration efforts, Fitch Ratings has raised the Town of Marana's ratings on its Municipal Property Corporation excise bonds and Tangerine Farms Road Improvement District special assessment bonds.

The Municipal Property Corporation bonds climbed from A-plus to AA-minus, and the Tangerine Farms bonds improved from BBB-plus to A-minus, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson told the town council last week. The Tangerine Farms bonds were issued in 2006 with a rating of BBB-plus, which was affirmed by Fitch on April 29. The new ratings took effect April 30.

"The Town of Marana is proud to say that its bond ratings have remained sound despite the sluggish national economy," Davidson said. "These ratings demonstrate that the town's bonds are safe investments."

Fire causes $20K damage to vacant home

Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to home fire at 5630 W. Oasis Road on Monday, May 10.

Firefighters arrived at the location at about 9:30 p.m. to find smoke pouring from the vacant house. The firefighters successfully extinguished the fire.

Damages to the home are estimated at $20,000.

The Pima County Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Rural/Metro officials suggest that residents change smoke detector batteries every six months and check them at least once a month to make sure that they are in good working condition.

Fire officials also suggest having an emergency evacuation plan and a safe meeting place for you and your family outside the home.

Open house Saturday at NW's Station 34 on Wade

Northwest Fire and Rescue is hosting an open house this Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 34, 8165 N. Wade Road.

Fun, food and safety are the appeals, according to a release.

Visitors can tour the station, climb into a fire engine, and get a close-up look at technical rescue equipment. Children can practice home escape skills by finding their way out of safe, white smoke in the safety trailer.

The visit is topped off with firehouse hot dogs and chips, and chatting with firefighters.

All ages are welcome. The event is free of charge.

Elks make awards to 2 Oro Valley graduating seniors

Two Oro Valley students have been awarded scholarships through the Elks National Foundation.

Elizabeth K. Petersen of Ironwood Ridge High School and Kelsey R. Andres of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy were recognized during an awards luncheon at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 on May 2.

The Elks Foundation recognizes top students across the country based upon their academic achievements, financial needs, and leadership skills as well as their participation in community affairs, a release said.

Petersen is one of 16 Arizona high school seniors to receive the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship. She will receive a scholarship of at least $1,000 per year for four years, and is competing with 500 national finalists for a greater award.

Andres was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Arizona Elks National Foundation. These scholarships can be used at the college of a student's choice.

Awards were presented by Roger Mastro, lodge scholarship chairman.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks designates the first week in May as National Youth Week to recognize, honor and reward young people.

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