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7:41 AM Sat, Sept. 22nd

PV councilwoman announces plans for 2nd Healing Field

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Town Councilwoman Mary Mallory announced plans Thursday for the second Healing Field honoring the victims of Sept. 11, and hopes to display 3,000 flags on the Civic Center grounds.

Mallory, who helped organize the event for this past Sept. 11, said the 2012 ceremony featured 1,100 flags. Each flag contained biographical information on the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The Healing Field project has collected 1,900 flags and needs an additional 1,100, Mallory said.

She showed a video during the council meeting, and apologized for technical difficulties as the video displayed with no sound. The video shows still shots of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center after two planes commandeered by terrorists crashed into them, of firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero and other scenes.

Mallory said she first learned about the Healing Field after being invited to an event a few years ago in Tempe.

Referring to Sept. 11, Mallory said, "It just moved your soul that much. Since then we have lost 7,000 soldiers. America is the greatest country."

She said volunteers will place 3,000 flags on the Civic Center grounds Sept. 6 in advance of the Sept. 11 ceremony. She added the Central Yavapai Fire District is storing the flags.

The Healing Field flags went up around the same time as the Eco-Loco Festival in 2012, town planner Ruth Mayday told the council.

"We are going to continue this little synergy," she said.

Mallory circulated fliers with sponsorship agreements for buying the flags from the Colonial Flag Foundation in Sandy, Utah. Prices range from $20 for an individual flag to $5,000 for 250 flags.

For more information, call at 899-3921.

Mallory's presentation was the first item of the agenda at the council meeting. Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye was absent.

The council also voted to endorse plans by the Villages at Lynx Creek subdivision to operate a new Class A bingo license. The license restricts the operator to gross sales of $15,600 per year, with a maximum prize payout of $299 per event.

"It is mostly seniors that come," bingo manager Donna Nickerson told the council. She said the Villages has operated bingo games for about five years.

Councilwoman Patty Lasker said, "I think it is great you get together and have fun."

Lasker and her council peers voted unanimously to support the bingo application to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

The council also:

• Honored Cassie Norman, a Bradshaw Mountain High School student whom the Prescott Valley Rotary Club named Student of the Month.

• Named John Yeater, a former councilman and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, to a term on the

commission that expires Oct. 31.

• Certified the official results of the March 12 election for mayor, three council seats and two ballot propositions.

• Accepted a bid of $27,250 from the Prescott Valley C&D Landfill Inc. for disposal services for the spring Clean-up Day May 4.

• OK'd the low bid of about $42,000 from Waterline International of Rimrock to replaster the Mountain Valley Splash swimming pool at Mountain Valley Park.

• Received an invitation from former Prescott City Councilman Bob Luzius to attend a meeting of the Verde River Basin Partnership April 11 in Camp Verde, the same evening that the council meets.

• Conducted the annual performance review of Town Clerk Diane Russell.