Quad Cities in Brief: Monthly group honors at Prescott National Cemetery

Monthly group honors at Prescott National Cemetery

The American Legion Post 6 Honor Guard, Army National Guard and Prescott National Cemetery hold a ceremony once a month called “Group Honors” at Prescott National Cemetery. This month’s event is planned for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Prescott National Cemetery, 500 Highway 89, Prescott.

These services are for those deceased veterans who have had a private service or church service where military honors were not rendered but they have been placed at the Prescott National Cemetery. Every veteran interred at Prescott National Cemetery will have military honors, whether requested or not.

Veterans being honored this month are:

Flutcher C. Breshears, Jr. US Navy, Vietnam

Arthur M. LeCompte III, US Air Force, Vietnam

John W. Loftis, US Navy, WWII

Robert Burns Dinner

The Scottish American Military Society Post 1297, a not for profit Veterans organization in Prescott, announces a Robert Burns Dinner to be held 5 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 26.

Robert Burns is Scotland’s national poet and his work and life is traditionally celebrated at this time on his birthday all around the world.

This is an evening of traditional food, entertainment, dancers, poetry and bagpiping.

Reservations and pre purchase of tickets are required. Adults $45. Tickets must be purchased prior to Jan. 19.

Tickets are available by calling 928-458-7822 or 928-717-4421.

Scottish formal attire if you have it.

The event will be held at the Hassayampa Inn - Mariana Room, 122 E. Gurley St.

Woodturning seminar and demonstration

The Prescott Area Woodturners have scheduled nationally known turner Tom Peters for an all-day seminar and demonstration on Saturday, Jan. 13. Peters is passionate about woodturning and has some unique skills and techniques that he will share with us during his presentation. Peters will be explaining and demonstrating a variety of his techniques from selecting and cutting wood to drying, turning and finishing. This will be happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YEI Building, 6708 Corsair, at the Prescott Air Park. Bring a chair. Guests are welcome and the charge for the day (with lunch) for guests is $10.

Reservations are needed for lunch. Please call 928-717-1500.

Free radon test kits fresh out at YCCA

Just 10 days into Radon Action Month, the Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) is fresh out of free radon test kits.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rocks and water. While the chemical element occurs naturally in harmless amounts, it sometimes becomes concentrated in homes built on soil with natural uranium deposits. When this happens, it can become a health risk. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the US among nonsmokers and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Free radon test kits provided by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA) are usually stocked at the YCCA, located in Prescott at 810 E. Sheldon St., but a recent rush of requests from locals has quickly depleted the supply, said Sandy Griffis, the organization’s executive director.

Griffis said she is ordering more of these kits and invites people to pick them up after Thursday, Feb. 1.

Half-staff notification Jan. 10

Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, Jan. 10, to honor the life of Specialist Robert W. Jones, of Vail, Arizona.

Jones died Saturday while on assignment in Kosovo. He was a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade, of the United States Army, based in Germany.

Flags will also be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment, details of which will be communicated as soon as possible, a news release from the Governor’s Office stated.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute, the news release said.