Letters of Thanks: Monday, August 15, 2011

The Valle Vista July 4th Committee would like to send our overdue but amazing thank you to all of our Valle Vista Residents, Kingmanites and local businesses for making our July 4th "Blast" one of our best ever.

The committee needs to thank so many beginning with Findlay Motor Company of Bullhead City for our hole-in-one Camero prize (that unfortunately no one won,) and other hole-in-one prizes for our golf tournament. We also would like to heap thanks on our local businesses that were hole sponsors, including Waste Management, Diamond Brothers, Boyd's Outlaw Mattress Company, Tri-State Solar and Wind, The Mahoney Group, Valle Vista Community Church, Ferrell Gas, Preston Investments, Mike's Route 66 Outpost, Above All Mohave County Realty, Kingman Regional Medical Center, Grave's Propane, Pesty Pest Control, Martin Swanty Chrysler Dodge Jeep, The Flying "A" Gas Stop, and all the residents who sponsored holes for the tournament.

Also to thank is a long list of local businesses that help support us year after year with donations for our raffles. They are Findlay Nolte Honda, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Sirens Café, Calico's Restaurant, Lombardo's Restaurant, Cliff Findlay Auto, Wash Me Car Wash, Cerbat Lanes, Walgreen's at Airway, Lomelli's Garden Art, Martin Swanty Hyundai, Boyd's Outlaw Sleep Center, Brake Masters, Kingman Furniture, Valle Vista Medical Center, The Watchman-Laughlin, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Sherwin-Williams, Mother Road Harley-Davidson, Napa Auto Parts, JB's Restaurant, Andy's Cleaners, Budweiser, Kingman True Value, Auto Zone, Desert Diamond Distillery, Import Corner, Home Style Furniture, Wild West Soap and Lotions, First Due Fire Protection, Kingman Auto Supply, Jill's Beauty Salon, Lee's Uniforms & Embroidery, Riccardi's Auto, Slightly High Maintenance Beauty Salon, and many artistic Valle Vistans as well as the Valle Vista Country Club.

We also had two local business friends who donated prizes for special raffles. They were Mattress and Furniture Liquidators on Route 66 and Diamond Brothers Jewelers.

Without the support of all of our merchants, we could not have had a "Blast" of a day with children's games, food and of course our fantastic fireworks display. Thanks again to everyone mentioned, hopefully we did not leave anyone out.

4th of July Committee

Valle Vista

Team 60, Kingman Robotics would like to extend their gratitude to all who have supported them throughout the 2011 season. Without the continued gracious support of the parents, school districts, businesses, and community with time, financial and material support we would not have been able to be as competitive and successful as we were. For those who weren't aware, Team 60 Robotics was able to participate in the Arizona FIRST Robotics Regional held in Phoenix in March where we came home with a second place finish. The team, made up of high school students from Kingman High School and the Kingman Academy of Learning, then traveled to Las Vegas where our alliance placed first in that regional. After a short break, three weeks, the team traveled to the FIRST Nationals Competition in St. Louis, Mo. In St. Louis, the team placed 35th in their division.

The team would like to place an open invitation to any student grades 9-12 at either of the high schools or even home-schooled who are interested in learning about engineering, computer graphics, computer programming, marketing, machining, photography or the FIRST Robotics program in general. The team meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the Robotics Shop next to Shipping and Receiving at the MCC campus in Kingman. You may contact team mentors at the Kingman High School or at KAOL.

There was a FIRST Robotics program that aired on the local ABC network at 7 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 14, entitled "I.Am FIRST Science is Rock & Roll." This program follows the famous Black Eyed Peas musician at the FIRST Nationals Competition in St. Louis this past April and discusses his involvement and support of this phenomenal program for our youth.

Thank you again to each and every one of our sponsors. Thank you especially to our major sponsors, Laron Engineering, Chrysler Foundation, Mohave Community College, Kingman Regional Medical Center, Brackett Engineering, BBC, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kingman Unified School District, Kingman Academy of Learning, Ambient Edge, and all others who have graciously donated time, talent or financial support to make students' goals and dreams a reality.

Jody Schanaman

Team 60 Kingman Robotics

I wanted to send you, your staff, KGMN radio and the wonderful folks of Kingman a huge thank you. On Aug. 2, Chicago Title held another blood drive for United Blood Services. The goal set for this drive was 21 units of blood.

With the help of the Miner and KGMN getting the information out, we were able to collect 29! That's 29 lives possibly saved because of so many great individuals willing to help out a stranger in our area! My company does a lot to give back to our community and it's wonderful knowing that our community is always there to help. I look forward to doing it again Oct. 26 and hope many of the same people, and new faces are able to give again.

David Bekaert

Chicago Title Company

The Kingman Unified School District would like to thank all the companies for their generous donations for door prizes for our Welcome Back luncheon for all school staff on July 23.

Thank you Lauck's Hualapai Kwik Stop, Pureveda, Catch-n-Rayz, Tire World, True Value, Starbucks, Oil Can Henry's, Chili's, Stockton Hill Tire, Papa Johns Pizza, Lee's Uniforms, Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course, Wash Me Carwash, Cerbat Lanes, Papa Murphy's Pizza, AAction Auto, The Movies, Scissor Hands, Mohave State Bank, Ace Hardware and CED Electrical Dist. Inc.

Thank you too Wellness Center, Stockton Hill Feed, Staples, JB's Restaurant, Home Depot, Zen Salon and Day Spa, Mr. D'z, Lombardo's Sicilian Grill, Siren's Café, Grand Canyon West, Taco Bell Corp., DamBar Steakhouse, Maurice's, Pesty Pest Control, Anytime Fitness, Petco and Peggy Smith/Gold Canyon.

KUSD No. 20

Kingman

I sure hope you didn't miss the "Sound of Kingman" concert at Metcalfe Park Sunday night. Garlin Hackney and Drift Back played two and a half hours of 50's music, songs we all remember and danced to. And many young and old had a fun time dancing.

No one else in Kingman could've had a more enjoyable evening then we did. Thank you to the great musicians and their own fabulous dancers, and especially to the sponsor, Monica Busch.

I can hardly wait for the 9/11 concert band program!

Peggy Sollars

Kingman