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West Valley collects 2,600 lbs. of food for food banks


by Emily McCann staff writer


seventh annual food drive were less than last year, the items collected will still help provide much-needed provisions for four local food banks.


While donations for the West Valley View’s


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W.V. women honored for contributions to West Valley


THE GENES IT’S IN


Last month, the newspaper placed boxes at almost 60 drop-off locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, banks and city buildings. Some of the top contributors were Ace Hardware and


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discourages Canada geese from natural migration — Page 3.


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THE BIRDS Officials: Food


the Dr. Saide Recreation Center in Buckeye, which offered swim lessons with donations; and a resident who organized a collection at her workplace, Parker-Hannifi n Corp., and then delivered two boxes to the View. The sites benefiting from the drive were the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank, the All Faith Community Services food banks in Buckeye and Goodyear and the Tolleson Food Bank. Altogether, 2,592 pounds of food were collected, which was down from 5,286 pounds last year. Agua Fria was given 1,040 pounds, Goodyear received 756, Buckeye got 596 pounds, and Tolleson got 200 pounds. The paper launched the food drive in 2006 to combat a decline in contributions during the summer. Typically, people donate more between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the need for delivering food boxes continues year-round. During the summer, demand goes up 20 percent, but donations decrease by 25 percent, said Renato Alvarez, director of the Agua Fria Food Bank.


Ace Hardware on Dysart Road;


Wilhelm Automotive on Estrella Parkway, which fi lled boxes within the fi rst week;


View photo by Ray Thomas


“That collections are down and demand is up (See Donations on Page 2)


WEST VALLEY VIEW PUBLISHER ELLIOTT FREIREICH, front, and View Insert Foreman Larry Binkowski deliver donations from the newspaper’s seventh annual food drive to All Faith Community Services Goodyear Food Bank @ the Open Arms Center June 6.


Annual monsoon begins this week


by Brent Whiting staff writer


There may not be any immediate thunderstorms, but Friday marks the arrival of Arizona’s monsoon. The annual season extends through late September, spurring warnings from state and local officials to exercise caution. “The monsoon is celebrated for the few inches of rain it brings to the state,” said Lou Trammel, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.


The monsoon can also result in severe weather — microbursts, flooding, dust storms and lightning, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office June 8. In fact, Gov. Jan Brewer joined with Trammel in encouraging Arizonans to prepare for severe weather hazards.


View photo by Michael Clawson


THE AGUA FRIA RIVER looks like a real river last year near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road in Avondale after a week’s worth of storms. Not only was there water in the usually dry river bottom, but it was also flowing.


“These storms along with flood waters that inundate our land cause property damage and threaten the health and safety of the people of our state,” Brewer said.


(See Monsoon on Page 2)


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