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Chadd Bair knows you can never completely see what the future has in store, but for now, he thinks the Verde Valley is where he’s going to stay.Chadd Bair  lives in Rimrock with what he said is a “group of cowboys.” Bair is a hairstylist, and works at Raul’s, a hair salon on Main Street. When he’s not cutting hair, Bair said he likes to be outdoors, particularly spending time at Beaver Creek.

"It's the coolest little community," Bair said.

The Town of Camp Verde often promotes its identity alongside an agricultural lifestyle.Camp Verde’s Town Council is trying to promote “agritourism,” where people can visit farms, roadside vegetable stands, wine tasting events and others and learn about the process of the product. On Sunday, Richard Graham and wife Jackie Klecka took the kids out to pick fresh corn from a stand on Montezuma Castle Highway. From left are Lola Hill, Aretta Lorenz, and Jack and Robert Hill.

Last week, the Town Council expanded opportunities for agritourism, which is "the act of visiting a working farm, ranch, agricultural or horticultural agribusiness for the purpose of enjoyment, education or active involvement of visitors to experience a rural lifestyle," according to the town.

The Camp Verde Town Council has approved a deal that will set the stage for an expanded Verde Valley Archaeology Center.Verde Valley Archaeology Center Executive Director Ken Zoll gives a presentation on the Camp Verde Meteorite, the 135-pound space rock discovered in 1915 along Clear Creek. The VVAC has also recently finalized a deal for a plot of land on which ancient pit houses were unearthed.

The agreement is among the town, the archaeology center and Summerset at Camp Verde, the latter being the name of property originally planned for residential development by Scott Simonton.

Much of the land in and around the Verde Valley is owned by the federal government and managed through the U.S. Forest Service.Last week at Camp Verde’s Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger Station, local kids were invited to see what it is that rangers do. Forest Service Ranger and Program Support Clerk Randy Harmon gave a presentation, going over the various duties and divisions of the forest service.

Here, a lot of the land is looked after through the Prescott National Forest and the Coconino National Forest.

She may not live in the classroom, but for Mary Burger, children are always present.Mary Burger and preschooler Dominic Papa sit together in Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School’s cafeteria after a long day of prepping for kindergarten. Burger recently became director of the school’s preschool program.

"Children have always been a part of my life, and I am fascinated with watching them grow and change daily," Burger said.

The Camp Verde Animal Control Department, which works as part of the Camp Verde Marshal's Office, saw a significant jump in activity last month, according to numbers released last week by the Town of Camp Verde.Residents of Verde Town Homes volunteered their time to clean out a large drainage channel by the Outpost Mall and Finnie Flat Road. The concrete waterway is dry much of the time, but provides an escape for water during monsoon rains.

The department responded to 43 calls, more than double what was handled in May 2014.

The Camp Verde Marshal's Office is teaming up with the local Meals on Wheels program to help collect food to feed many of those in the community most in need.The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will partner with Meals on Wheels to collect food on Saturday, June 27. CVMO will park a patrol car in front of Bashas’ with the trunk and all doors open, with the intent of filling it with as much food as possible.

Meal on Wheels is desperate for volunteers to help deliver the food. Anyone with a vehicle is welcome to volunteer, but potential volunteers should realize that regulations require a level-one fingerprint background check.

Living a healthier lifestyle, including a more nutritious diet, can be much easier around other people with similar goals.Linda Glass stands with her husband David, right, and son Jeff at the first meeting of the newly formed Fit Group. Glass is the event coordinator and the group aims to inspire healthier living through exercise, better eating and, most importantly, support. The next meeting will be Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m. in rooms 206 and 207 of Town Hall.

To that end, the Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department is starting the Community Fit Club.

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