Easter Activities Planned In Christopher Creek

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The annual Duck Race was held Saturday at the Christopher Creek Landmark, and it was a gorgeous day to be sailing rubber ducks down the creek. Duck watchers gathered up and down the creek as the little guys floated to the finish line. First place went to Morgan Alvin, who looked like she had been swimming in the creek, second place went to Carson Szymoski and third place went to Jenny Dodson. It was a fun day for everyone, and the best part is the event raised $500 for Whispering Hope Ranch.

Creekside will offer a special menu of rabbit (oops), ham and lamb, along with their regular menu. Call (928) 478-4389 for more information.

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The annual Duck Race in Christopher Creek raised $500 for the Whispering Hope Ranch, which provides a haven for animals with special needs and a place where developmentally disabled visitors can connect with nature.

The Landmark will do an Easter brunch. Call (928) 478-4472 for more information.

The annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at the top of Hillcrest Road at the forest gate. Bring along a basket and wear your favorite Easter bonnet for a chance to win prizes in the Easter bonnet contest for the young and old. There will be a hunting area for toddlers through age five and another for ages 6 through 12. Come out and have some fun trying to find the 400 eggs the Easter rabbit hides.

Saturday, May 27 the fire department will hold a Fire Safety Expo. Join your neighbors at the fire station to learn more about what to expect this fire season. At 10 a.m. a representative from county emergency management services will present an emergency evacuation plan for Christopher Creek. This is very important for the residents of this area. The Fire Wise trailer will be stationed at the fire hall all weekend, with a variety of informative fire safety materials and videos. The Firebelles will have a wide variety of refreshments available, including brats and hot dogs, ice cream cones and a bake sale.

In April of 2005 the destruction and removal of the mobile homes adjacent to Creekside began. Now, 10 months later, it has not been completed. Throughout the fall months, and today, the park remains the same, an absolute mess, not to mention partially demolished mobile homes, twisted metal walls and roofs, piles of junk and metal. This is an invitation for the dumping of more trash and debris, a potential fire hazard and a place where a child could become seriously hurt.

Previous owner Olive Matus is very upset over this situation. She has expressed embarrassment at the condition of the park. She was promised by the developers that the property would be cleaned up by November of 2005. She said she asked them again in December to clean it up and, again, she received no response. Neighbors and residents of the community are tired of looking at this mess, and yet no one wants to take responsibility for it.

Gary Anderson phoned me and said he sent a letter to Gila County Dist. 1 Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin on April 7, 2005. To date there has been no response.

Anderson said it must have gotten lost in the mail because Martin has not yet responded. He said it must have gotten lost twice, because Dave Ezzell, president of the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association, also sent the letter again to the county supervisor, with no response. Anderson said, "The thing you just saw fly past was the buck being passed."

Anderson called the county health department several times in January, and was told that there was nothing they could do.

Sandy Kalmar contacted the state fire marshal in January and he said there was nothing he could do.

Things seem to be at a stand still. Residents want to know if there is anybody out there who can do something about getting the debris removed.

Several locals wanted to get together and clean it up, but some were concerned about the liability and didn't want to get in trouble for trespassing.

I will keep you informed if anyone comes forward to help fix this mess.

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