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4 March 3 - 16, 2012


Verizon planning antenna pole at HHS


A neighborhood meeting to discuss a new Verizon PHO


South Shore wireless telecommunications facility at the Hamilton High School football field is set for 5 to 6 p.m. Thu., March 8 at the First Baptist Church, 3405 S. Arizona Ave., across from HHS. Site Development Consultant Reg Destree of Reliant


Land Services, Inc. in Scottsdale along with City of Chandler’s Senior City Planner Bill Dermody sent a letter to residents in the area inviting them to the informa- tional meeting. “We are proposing to replace the existing ball field light


on the northwest side of the field and mount antennas below the lights,” according to Destree in the letter. “The existing light pole height will not increase.” Chandler Unified School District spokesperson Terry


Locke says Verizon will replace a light pole in the same location as an existing one, and the District will benefit financially. “We will receive $105,000 up front for a 15-year agree-


ment,” he says. “And another $105,000 up front if the agreement is renewed for another 15 years in 2027.” Locke says funds are not earmarked for any specific pro-


gram, but for the general budget. “These funds have helped the district through three


years of budget cuts and help position ourselves to retain programs,” he adds. “Cell phone antenna funds are used to provide technology.” He says the sound system at Hamilton High was also


paid for through cellular signal funds. Destree is also requesting City of Chandler approval for


a use permit for the antennas. For more information, con- tact Destree at 602-349-6930 or Reg.Destree@rlsusa.com or Dermody at 480-782-3056.


Community


Centennial Speaker Series topics


In honor of the city’s 100-year anniversary, the City of


Chandler presents several talks covering local historical topics in the continuation of its Centennial Speaker Series.


Evolving farms to technology Take a look at how Chandler and other East Valley


communities have transitioned their economies from agriculture to high-tech industry over the course of sev- eral decades in a presentation by former Queen Creek Mayor and owner of Schnepf Farms Mark Schnepf. He is one of the featured speakers at 6:30 p.m. Mon., March 5 at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Representatives from Intel will join Schnepf in “From Cotton to Chips: Agriculture and Industry in Chandler,” sharing the story of how Chandler evolved from a small farm town to Arizona’s version of “Silicon Valley.”


Mayors’ tales In “Chandler Mayors’ Stories,” another installment of


the speaker series, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and former Mayor Coy Payne discuss their experiences growing up in Chandler and how they came to serve on the City Council. This takes place at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., at 6:30 p.m. Tue., April 3. Tibshraeny led the city from 1994 to 2002, and 2011 to the present; while Payne served from 1990 to 1994. Each arrived in the mayor’s seat through a different set of circumstances and their stories provide an interesting contrast, while revealing the city’s rich historical diversity.


Sheep trails Hear about a family who has lived in the Chandler


area for 100 years and ran a sheep ranching operation for more than 70 years in “A Chandler Tradition: The Dobson Sheep Trail Story.” Dwayne Dobson shares his family story at the Environmental Education Center at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. at 10 a.m. Sat., May 26. Joining him will be Cindy Shanks, children’s book author, who has photographed and written stories about the animals that annually traveled the old sheep trails.


Local military men The Centennial Speaker Series concludes at 10 a.m.


Tues., May 29, with “Our Boys, Our Soldiers: Chandler Men in the Military” at the Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Many Chandler residents have served their country in the military in the past 100 years. This special program features the story of two young men who entered the U.S. Navy at different times in American history and details their experiences overseas and at home. The program features World War II vet- eran Corley Haggarton, who served in the Pacific Theater, and Navy Reserve member Mark Sepulveda, who served in the Afghanistan War and currently serves as a Chandler firefighter. Learn more from Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or www.chandler100th.com.


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