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Tue, Jan. 28

Friday Catchall: Fireworks (no), and Rock Springs pie (yes)

The Rock Springs Café, on the south side of Black Canyon City, is a don’t-miss experience. (Tim Wiederaenders/Courier)

The Rock Springs Café, on the south side of Black Canyon City, is a don’t-miss experience. (Tim Wiederaenders/Courier)

The Friday Catchall:

• FIREworks – As we approach the Fourth of July, and knowing last weekend’s rain amounted to spitting on a campfire, I have to say get ready for the City of Prescott – and anywhere else locally – to seriously consider cancelation of this year’s fireworks shows.

We remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions; just look around as you drive between or through our communities – the hillsides, grasslands and bushes (even the trees) are stressed.

The Prescott area has received 1.87 inches of rain year-to-date. In fact, the total was 1.81 inches prior to last weekend and, dating back to September, we’ve received little more.

That is the driest for that period since the National Weather Service began recording precipitation in the late 1800s. Driest ever in recorded history, folks.

Patriotism or not, if the monsoons do not come, good and quickly, we have no business firing off rockets for their red glare.

The situation right now is much worse, by the way, than last year when Prescott did cancel the show.

• PIE! – In our travels this week, my wife and I had to stop at the Rock Springs Café just north of Anthem / south side of Black Canyon City to see a good friend.

And we had to have some of their award-winning pie!

Frankly … it lived up to expectations; it has previously been voted as “best” and has made many “best of” lists in the state and nationally.

Keep up the great work, Augie! (That would be Augie Perry, who owns the café as well as Augie’s Restaurant in the Frontier Village Shopping Center.)

It is a don’t-miss experience.

• POTTERY – I read with interest our stories about an ancient cup found by a hiker, but especially our accompanying story about what’s expected if you do find something.

Is it illegal to pick up a pottery sherd? Not on your property.

The sad part is when people find things – pieces of pottery, arrowheads, and more – and take them home. If you do find something, take a photograph of it and put it back; note the location and report it to the agency that governs those lands, such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service or National Forest Service.

I liked the Park Service metaphor: “To carelessly remove or disturb archeological sites is like tearing out chapters from an ancient book or throwing away pieces to a puzzle – the story of our past will never be complete.”

Think about it.

• QUOTE – “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

• PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The 37th annual Bluegrass Festival is this weekend, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the courthouse plaza, June 23-24.


Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or

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