Category: July 2020

Bobby Apodaca, Chief of Pinal Rural Fire District

Bobby Apodaca, chief of Pinal Rural Fire District

M.V. Moorhead A recent study by the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute showed that volunteerism is on the decline in America. If true, that makes Bobby Apodaca an old-school specimen. Apodaca, current chief of Pinal Rural Fire & Medical District, has been a part of the volunteer fire service all his life. It’s been…

Hikers Discover Mystery Gravestone

Gravestone of Grace Murray (Photo by Elisabeth Wheeler)

Elisabeth Wheeler Hiking guide Ruth Caldwell led a hike from Golder Ranch Road into the Coronado National Forest in early May. Participants were pleasantly surprised by the interesting terrain with diverse views of the desert and the Santa Catalinas. Just as the sun rose over the mountains, Ruth guided the group to a low mound.…

Golf in the Smoke or “Smokin Hot Golf”?

Golfers teeing off and playing with the smoke clouds and fire in the background (Photo by Fred Pilster)

Fred Pilster Hard to tell if we are playing golf in the smoke or “smokin hot golf”? As the Buckhorn fire continues to blaze all around SaddleBrooke, the golfers are learning to cope with the smoke and fire in the background. In spite of the fire and smoke, the SaddleBrooke Men’s Golf Association (SMGA) played their monthly…

Hikers Detour to Honey Bee Canyon

The Catalinas on fire; smoke fills the air (Photo by Elissa Cochran)

Karen Gray On June 18, four SaddleBrooke hikers—Carol Burke, Elissa Cochran, Yvette Sibulsky, and hiking guide Karen Gray—set out for Honey Bee Canyon to hike the south trail, a path they had never before hiked. The scheduled hike for this day was to be the Nature, Canyon, and Birding loops in Catalina State Park. Unfortunately,…

MOAA Hosts Flag Day

Members of the Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America are (left to right): Col. Phil Osterli USA (ret.), Col. Bill Nagy USAR (ret.), and LTJG Dave Bull USN (former).

William Nagy June 14 was Flag Day throughout the United States. To commemorate the day, Catalina Mountains Elks Lodge number 2815 hosted a ceremony to honor the U.S. flag at Vistoso Memorial Chapel in Oro Valley. A history of the flag from Jamestown in the early 17th century to present-day, the 50-star flag was presented…

Quilters Support Local Vets and Military Families

Linda Eisenhart Service always has been a centerpiece of the SaddleBrooke Friday Quilters activities. 2020 Service Co-Chairs Linda Crum and Janette Volz have been busy coordinating eight projects that benefit 10 different local groups! We proudly present our military family beneficiaries. Beth Bradford has been a SaddleBrooke quilter for the past eight years. She is a…

In Passing

Darlene Bergmeier

Darlene Bergmeier Marjorie Darlene Eliason Lundstrom Bergmeier of SaddleBrooke and Oro Valley, Ariz., passed away in Lake Oswego, Ore. on Friday, May 29, 2020. For nearly 100 years, she lived an incredible life and leaves behind many friends and family members. A native Nebraskan, Darlene was the daughter of Frank and Nettie Steinmeyer, born on…