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View photo by Michael Clawson DAIRY WORKER JOSE MUNOZ prepares to milk cows April 9 at the A&H Dairy in Buckeye.

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LETTING THEIR Buckeye dairy No. 1 in quality

by Sara Clawson staff writer

legged stool to milk Daisy. Today, the process is a well-oiled machine — one that has been perfected by A&H Dairy owner Gary Allen. Allen and his crew of fewer than 30 people and about 2,000 Jersey cows were awarded top honors from the United Dairymen of Arizona

Litchfield plans to buy Scout Park

by Rich Ott assistant editor

The problems of Scout Park might soon be the problems of Litchfield Park.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the possible acquisition of 9.2 acres of land at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Litchfield Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., in Litchfield Park.

The ninth section of the agenda, also known as Business, includes a presentation by Mayor Thomas Schoaf about three parcels of land: the 5.6-acre Scout Park, near Fairway Drive and Old Litchfield Road; 1.71 acres south of Fairway Drive and west of Old Litchfield Road, which includes Scout Lodge; and 1.89 acres located north of Wigwam Boulevard and east of

(See Scout on Page 3) Long gone are the days of sitting on a three-

for producing the highest quality milk in 2010- 11.

“He was the best producer out of all the 90-some dairies that are in this co-op,” said Russell Swainston, a quality assurance field tech with the United Dairymen of Arizona. Allen won the award because his operation consistently met bacteria standards. He’s also been successful in managing the occurrence of mastitis, a potentially fatal mammary

gland infection commonly found in dairy cows. “They do a good job of crossing their T’s

and I’s in all aspects of dairying,” said Sandy Sandoval, a strategic account manager of food and beverage for Ecolab. Sandoval visited the farm last week to give a refresher lesson to the dairy workers.

(See Dairy on Page 2) Trip down memory lane

Friday event allows public to ‘Kiss the Gym Goodbye’ at Litchfield Elementary

by Rich Ott assistant editor

When the crowds are gone and the lights are turned off in the gymnasium at Litchfield Elementary School on Friday, Ken Wood will likely be crying. In fact, just thinking about the event chokes up the 79-year-old. “When I walk out of that gym I’m going to be choked up, I’ll have tears running down my cheeks,” Wood said. “It’s going to be hard for me to walk out of that gym.” The reason being, he’ll be walking out of it for the last time. Litchfield Elementary School, 255 E. Wigwam Blvd. in Litchfield Park, is in the midst of a

(See Gym on Page 3)

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View photo by Rich Ott

KEN WOOD kneels at the L in the middle of the Litchfield Elementary School gymnasium April 13 in Litchfield Park. Wood, who played basketball in the gym from 1946 to 1950 when it was a high school, will be the master of ceremonies at the Kiss the Gym Goodbye event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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