Parrotheads Congregate Under Rim

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The 4th Annual "Parrots in the Pines" Celebration is next week. The big Parrothead event runs Friday, June 23, Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the Landmark. This is a Jimmy Buffet tribute to a lifestyle of sand, sun and smiles.

It all starts Friday night with an all-you-can-eat fish fry, then for your entertainment Ray Cody performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Mark Mulligan is on from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Cody's set is from 1 to 4 p.m and Mark Mulligan takes the stage from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner Saturday night will be a cookout with steaks, corn and cowboy beans, along with corn bread.

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Frankie Jo Marazza, right, with the man she wants to be just like, her dad, Frank Marazza.

In a major joint venture, the Gila County road crew, Gila County Supervisors, Gila County Sheriff's Posse and Northern Gila County fire chiefs along with Arizona Department of Transportation highway crews and the Forest Service have worked very hard to strategically place water sources and helicopter dip sites throughout this county.

Right now, we are under extreme fire conditions, and all of us have to be extra careful, especially when outside. The Heber-Overgaard fire (the Potato Fire) was caused by four separate lightning fires that were in close proximity, and our storms have not started yet. Please be alert and report any smoke.

This Sunday is Father's Day. Remember your father this Sunday, and please don't forget how important fathers are. My father has been gone for 14 years and I miss him more than ever. He is a very important part of my life, and over the years made me who I am today. Frankie is 10 years old and is named for my father and her father -- who by the way she is exactly like.

She asked me if she could use my column to talk about her father because it is Father's Day Sunday. Here goes:

I wanted to do something really nice for my dad because Father's Day is Sunday. I think I am very lucky to have a dad that lives with me and is always around, because some kids don't have dads, or their parents are divorced. My dad is always around and takes me to a lot of places. He lets me ride in his Bobcat and lets me help him on different jobs. He taught me how to work with wood, what a 2-by-4 is and what different tools are.

We took our boat up to the lake, but when we got in the water the boat would not go, so we had to push it to shore and go get another boat. That's OK because we had fun. We didn't catch any fish.

He taught me how to play gin, and sometimes I win. I'm pretty good at it.

When we go out to eat, he has me try different foods. I really like the shrimp, but the oysters were horrible -- I spit them out. He doesn't know that.

He helped me with my math, reducing fractions, because Mom couldn't do that. Mom couldn't do decimals either, but dad is really good at that because he does that on his job.

He takes me shopping and helps me pick out gifts for Mom on her birthday.

He taught me to never take drugs and to be a leader and not a follower.

He says I can be whatever I want. I want to be just like my dad.

I wanted to do something really special for my dad, and I know he is reading this right now, and I hope he knows how much I love him. My dad is No. 1!

Frankie Jo Marazza

Happy Father's Day to all dads.

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