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Despite their own diminutive size, the Verde Valley’s five incorporated communities can sometimes overshadow their unincorporated neighbors.The Beaver Creek Kiwanis celebrates the nation’s birthday with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade and duck race down Wet Beaver Creek. Each year attracts upward of 400 people.

This means that many of the quirky events organized by these communities pass by without locals knowing.

The scenario is familiar to anyone who does the grocery shopping: You walk into the store, looking for fresh produce. Noting that your avocados are rock hard, your bananas green, you wonder where on Earth the fruit is from.Sarah Hall of Cornville took her boys Everest, 2, center, and Tristen, 6, out for  breakfast at a local restaurant. The Farm to Fork program aims to get locally-grown food into restaurants, grocers and schools.

Peru, perhaps, or Brazil. China, maybe?

Verde Valley-wide, libraries have quickly moved to redefine themselves in the 21st century, shifting their focus toward community events that promote not only reading but all varieties of learning.Magician Bret Fox came to the Camp Verde Community Library to put on a magic show for kids. Fox measured the kids’ magic power with his Magic Meter when the magic word “read” was shouted. The library has added several programs to its summer list.

A library was once a place defined by the whisper. Interactions were muted, sometimes outright discouraged. Now, however, libraries are embracing new activities, drawing in crowds for more than quiet space for a good read.

Learning that your child has autism can be a rude awakening.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers

Beyond the effects of the condition itself, the unfortunate fact is that autistic children are often stigmatized. In extreme cases, they are labeled “low functioning,” reflecting the widespread belief that they cannot enjoy any level of independence.

Like any town, Camp Verde can feel small, like you’ve seen everything it has to offer.Camp Verde has developed a new mobile app to promote tourism. Called Visit Camp Verde, the app is available for both Apple and Android users.

Yet there’s only so far your feet and your eyes can lead you. At the intersection of community and technology, town officials are hoping to provide an opportunity to discover Camp Verde’s known and not-so-known assets.

Early this summer, residents of Camp Verde will receive a big upgrade in medical care.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers Dr. John Rooney, head physician at Northern Arizona Healthcare’s new Camp Verde Campus, stands in one of the new exam rooms. The campus will be structured as a same-day clinic, focused on efficiency and flow, eventually leading to patients self-rooming.

According to the man overseeing the facility’s development in the community, primary care physician and osteopathic doctor John Rooney, the opening of Northern Arizona Healthcare Camp Verde Campus marks a shift in health care opportunities for the area — allowing residents to see a highly qualified health care professional quickly, often within 24 hours of their call.

Arizona’s nonprofit sector is an economic force to be reckoned with, according to a report by the Arizona Community Foundation. Anthony Evans presents the findings of a recent Arizona Community Foundation report on the impact of Arizona’s nonprofit sector on the economy. The data suggests that state nonprofits are a major contributing factor to job creation and revenue.

The Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization and other local organizations hosted an overview of Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact, June 1 at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

Camp Verde Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Goodwin is unequivocal in his denouncement of the four-day school week model the district has used since the 2014-15 school year.Dennis Goodwin is the superintendent of the Camp Verde Unified School District. At a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, he spoke on Proposition 123, getting rid of the four-day school week model and Capturing Kids’ Hearts.

As evidenced by a Thursday, June 2, address to the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, he is also not shy about expressing his plans to go back to a five-day week and expand the number of classroom days per year.

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