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Holidays of Giving

Holidays of Giving – Fisher House (Arizona)

The Son’s of the American Legion, Detachment of Arizona is involved with this organization and I highly recommend this charity. If you have a little extra cash, I’m sure it would benefit this group immensely. Thank You.

Mission Statement
Charities Helping American Military Patriots…

A nonprofit organization, created for the collection of donated monetary funds from the public. To be used for an identified cause that supports veterans and their families.

Our Goals

To provide a simple and covenant method of collecting and disseminating donated funds to a designated cause, event or charity that has been approved by the Board of Directors. Maintain a transparent and honest working relationship with supporters of the foundation. To maintain a secure handling of all proceeds that are entrusted into the foundation. Ensuring that such proceeds are distributed to the designated cause, event or charity.

Our Objective
Public trust is of the utmost important success to our mission. The foundation does not have any paid employees. All of the Board of Directors are volunteers, dedicated to the success of the foundation. The foundation will maintain proper records and meeting minutes according to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Our 501(c)3 status is located on the Arizona Corporation Commission website under C.H.A.M.P. Foundation # 22113237. All funds that are received, deposited and distributed will be accurately documented and recorded through the foundation financial branch opened in the name of CHAMP Foundation in Tucson Arizona. A Confirmation Letter of Receipt will be mailed to all donors which will include the C.H.A.M.P. Foundation EIN # for tax deduction purposes.

Holidays of Giving



Bee attack in Tucson

A landscaper lost his life when he was attacked by a honeybee’s. “Swarm of thousands of bees kills man, injures another”  Just for the record let me adjust that heading – it wasn’t a swarm of honeybees – it was a colony or hive within the home that was agitated and attacked. Technically the dictionary classifies a swarm as “a large number of animate or inanimate things massed together and usually in motion”. Typcially I consider a swarm a result of the hive dividing and moving on, but hey its just words.

The main portion of this story and the tragic part is the death and injury of the people. I think is is really important to check your property monthly to determine the possibility of infestation of rodents, bees and or termites.

How to conduct that examination of your home?

  1. Check for open holes, either where pipes enter or weep holes which help with your home ventilation. This home-sealing might help with keeping the a/c or heat inside.
  2. Check high and low, for bees or rodents evidence. This could be rub marks, branches or leaves or more obvious things coming and going.
  3. Trees and bushes shouldn’t touch the home, this provides highways for ants and rodents.
  4. Doors should have doorsweeps or thresholds in place.
  5. Home-seals are an excellent way to keep things out.


It’s not always about the Bed Bugs, how about visiting Arizona? Caves

I enjoy getting out and exploring, so please plan a visit to Arizona and see the beauty that is beneath your feet. All of these caves are unique in their own ways, dry, wet and breathtaking beauty but remember “Don’t Touch”, many of these formations take centuries to form.

Colossal Caves – outside of Tucson, my favorite cave in Arizona. I probably have been here at least 4 times. 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, AZ 85641 – 520.647.PARK (7275)  I really love this cave, the tour takes about 45 minutes and the temperature is always about 70 degrees which is wonderful in the summer. You can actually witness bats and hear them making their little noise and cave formations like stalactites, flowstone, boxwork and helictites.


Kartchner Caverns State Park  Kartchner Caverns SP Benson, AZ 85602 (520) 586-2283 This park has a recent history having been found in 1974 but kept as a secret until 1978/1984 and is considered a living cave.


Grand Canyon Caves  – Mile 115 Route 66 63 Miles NE of Kingman AZ and 65 Miles West of Williams and the Grand Canyon Railroad


Photo from their site

This cave is unique in that they have a Sloth bear (Jesse), offer night stays and the only draw back is that it is way out there. But it still deserves a visit, its on my list of things to see in Arizona.



It’s not always about the Scorpions, how about visiting Arizona? Mount Lemmon, Tucson

Mount Lemmon, Tucson


Mount Lemmon is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. Peak elevation is 9157 ft. It receives about 57 inches of snow annually. 250-million-year-old rock 9157-foot Hohokam sites from 1200 years ago and plenty of snow during the winter to ski. Mount Lemmon received its English name in honor of botanist Sarah Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with Native American guides by mule and foot in 1881.

A wide range of birds can be seen as you travel up this route through varied habitats. At higher elevations, look for greater pewee, yellow-eyed junco, Arizona woodpecker, Steller’s jay, plumbeous and Hutton’s vireos, hepatic and western tanagers, red-faced warbler, painted redstart, black-headed grosbeak, mountain chickadee, violet-green swallow, pygmy nuthatch, and broad-tailed and magnificent hummingbirds. Mammals include white-tailed deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, ringtail, gray fox, Abert’s and red squirrels. Reptiles and amphibians include Sonoran mountain kingsnake, Arizona black rattlesnake, tiger rattlesnake, Sonoran whipsnake and canyon treefrog. More info can be found here.


What triggers the attack of Africanized Honeybees?


Loud noises or vibrations,  sometimes just the smell – maybe aftershave or cologne and for sure don’t throw things. Here is some information from WikiHow at with pictures.

An incident this last week in Tucson can remind us of the dangers that surround us. Children at an early stage should be instructed in what is good and what is bed in nature. That is one reason why Dr. Bug teaches a class at the Chandler Environmental Education Center.


Arizona 100th Centennial – Celebration


Arizona 100th Centennial – Celebration


Join ProBest Pest Management and Post Office this Tuesday Feb 14th all day for FREE Cake to celebrate 100th Centennial of Arizona.

425 W. Guadalupe Road #110 between Stapley and Gilbert Roads, Gilbert, AZ 85233 480-831-9328

100th Aniversary of Arizona

100th Aniversary of Arizona:

February 14th, 2012

In honor of the event I decided to use a little information I found at AAA magazine Highroads “A Century of Statehood” this maganize is always full of great road trips and fun for the entire family. So please check out this edition and I going to ask a few questions to see if anyone can guess the answers:

  1. What made the dent 570 feet deep in the earth near Flagstaff?

2. The world’s largest exposure of petrified trees is in what park? And no they are not standing! (You know who I’m talking about!)

3. What town is to tough to die?

OK here is the deal, if you think you know the answer give me a comment, if not check out” A Century of Statehood” and you can also check out our previous home seal “Celebrations Begin – Arizona’s 100th anniversary…

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