All good things must come to an end.

After more than 20 years in operation, merchants and board members decided to sunset the Sedona Main Street Program during a meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 12.

But instead of being disappointed, SMSP Vice President and longtime member John DiBattista said it should be looked upon not as the end of a program but rather a celebration of its achievements.

Yavapai Food Council has been helping those who are food insecure in a variety of ways and the numbers for 2016 are in.

Executive Director Amy Aossey sent out a report detailing the council’s accomplishments.

A total of 345,715 meals were distributed countywide. The nonprofit achieved this number working with volunteers in the community, faith-based organizations, schools and donors.

In an ironic twist of fate, on the same day the Sedona Fire District was performing a swiftwater rescue drill, just hours later they were assisting in the real thing.

On Friday, Jan. 6, SFD crews assisted those from Copper Canyon Fire District to rescue three individuals stranded in their vehicle in the middle of Beaver Creek near Camp Verde, SFD Battalion Chief Jayson Coil said. All three were pulled to safety.

Pass by the Clemenceau Plaza at the northwest corner of State Route 89A and S. Sixth Street in Cottonwood, and you might notice an uptick in activity.

Now in its fourth month in the historic plaza, Steps to Recovery Homes has fully opened its door to the community. Founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.

Those who visit Sedona City Hall will now see something new.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, crews were busy installing 17 bronze statues through-out the campus for display. The statues came from Goldenstein Gallery, which is in the process of moving locations in Sedona but will continue to have satellite exhibits throughout town in the meantime.

Sedona school officials and students are hoping that more local residents will take advantage of a state tax credit that would support a variety of extracurricular activities.

“Tax credits are a popular way for parents to pay the fees for their children’s sports and band programs. Under the program, donors can direct a portion of their state income tax to a specific program or school. The credits must be used for extracurricular activities or other programs outside the classroom,” according to SedonaKidsTaxCredit.com.

It didn’t take long for Ann to realize something was not right when she received a phone call in regard to her missing jury duty.

Ann, a Sedona resident who asked that her last name not be used, was one of many residents in Yavapai and Coconino counties to receive calls in the last two weeks as part of a new scam. Those called are told they have a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty and then are given the option of paying the fine over the phone using pre-paid debit cards or other means.

The holiday season is a time for giving and that’s exactly what the Sedona Community Food Bank is hoping residents are willing to do.

When the school year began, Executive Director Cathleen Healy-Biaza got quite the surprise. In May, as kids were preparing for summer, there were 48 students at West Sedona School who were enrolled in the food bank’s Kids Weekend Food Pack program. This year that number has nearly tripled to 112. Because of that, the budget for the program went from $9,000 to an estimated $22,000 this year.

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