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NVC July Newsletter




Welcome to Northwest Valley Connect's first baby!  Congratulations Bryanna and Jeffrey Western on the birth of Elsie Jane on June 9th.  Baby and Mom are doing great!  Elsie was 7 lbs 7oz and 20&1/4 inches long. 



July Birthdays

Robin Mandell                    July 6th

Elaine Miller                        July 10th

Anita DeGumbia                 July 23rd

Natlie Weinstein                 July 25th

Have a wonderful Birthday All!


Hello volunteers!

 

Summer is upon us for sure, but despite the heat and the rising numbers of COVID cases in AZ, NVC continues to serve the community by providing rides and grocery shopping for our clients. The business world touts “pivoting” amid the pandemic and NVC keeps pace by doing the same, focusing on the needs of our clients. One such pivot is that some of our volunteers are making “wellness check” calls to our clients to offer social contact and learn if there is any need NVC can meet. This is one way we have learned about clients who need help with grocery shopping.

Over time, the continuing calls enables relationships to develop as clients share more about their personal stories. Volunteer Pherne says, “Many of the people I call are in their 90s and share such interesting aspects of their lives.” NVC volunteers are a very special group of people. Thank you for making a difference by giving your time. You are much appreciated for all you do!

 

Bonnie Boyce-Wilson

NVC Board chair

Executive Director Update

As we continue to reel from a world turned upside down by COVID-19 and the need to learn new ways to live, work, play and socialize, there is a new heaviness laying upon us this last month. We are all being confronted with the division and discord of, and giving a very public face to, the historical realities of racism, inequity, and poverty in our communities.

Northwest Valley Connect reiterates and affirms our values of respect, inclusion, community, and the importance of collective wisdom informed by individual experience.

Racism is pervasive in our society from public safety to healthcare. We are committed to confronting and addressing health disparities experienced by Black Americans, Indigenous people and all other minorities in our communities.We can do better. We must do better. And, we will do better.

All drivers should have a Covid Protection Bag (filled with hand sanitizer, facemasks, gloves, tissues, disinfectant wipes and spray). If you don’t let Kim or myself know and we will put together a bag for you. Thank you so much to the drivers who have been transporting folks and have been diligent about cleaning and wearing and requiring facemasks. It has been working! If you watch the news you know that Arizona is not doing well about keeping the virus contained. On June 29ththe Governor Ducey announced a new Executive Order.








We continue to get our clients to medical appointments, employment, shopping, to hair and nail appointments and we continue to deliver groceries and food bank boxes to those in need.  You provided 628 safe, covid free, needed trips in June.  This while so many places are still closed, and it means so much to our clients.  A year ago, we provided 1044 trips to many more destinations.  And there will be a time when we are able to provide those rides to the most frail of our neighbors again.  Thank you for all you do!

Kathryn Chandler / Executive Director



Volunteers and friends of NVC,

 

Summertime is upon us.  Along with the challenges presented by COVID 19 we find ourselves looking for drivers willing to take up the work of serving our beloved clients.

 

Many of our volunteer drivers leave for cooler places in the summer months.  We are currently in need of drivers to fill in the gaps. 

 

If you have driven with us in the past and are sticking around this summer please consider giving our clients a couple hours a week of your time.  I’m sure you remember how appreciative they are and how enjoyable it is to chat with them on their way to and from appointments.

 

If you have volunteered with us but not driven with us please consider getting trained. It’s an easy process.

 

We follow CDC recommendations and can provide you with masks and cleaning supplies.  All clients are required to wear masks.

 

Do you know someone who would be willing to help us drive this summer?  Please encourage them to visit our new website at northwestvalleyconnect.org to learn more and to download a volunteer application.  To learn more contact Libby at vcoordinator@northwestvalleyconnect.org. Thank you!



Trudy Jo Ware - July 2020

Onto These Hills

In times when my folks lived back in the hollers of Birdtown, Qualla Boundary, North Carolina in cabins on stilts and open-air kitchens with cast iron stoves, my granny would make pecan cookies to be eaten by children walking home from school on a dirt path. In the season when the mountains cooled it was time for kids to pick pecans.  What granny didn’t store in tins in the cellar we ate in soups, pies, cookies and whatever else.  She called her makings “food for the soul”. Everybody worked and at a young age we were planting corn, squash, okra and beans.  Fishing and hunting were a natural past time.  The days moved slowly in our parts and we were always busy doing something.  In the evenings we sat out on the porch listening to the katydids in the woods or frogs croaking by the river.  Granny sat in her favorite chair and the ladies gathered with her. They would ready themselves while smoking corncob pipes.  Soon the men came along and sat on the stoop with jars of bark tea and plugs of tobacco. The stories began and someone coming down the road for a stretch would wonder over.  Sometimes laughing and yarning went on until the moon was hidden in the mountains and end with most of the children asleep from listening.   Moving to the city shifted the times and endearments.  But Pecan Cookies resonate in my memory and it is a pleasure to share the recipe.

We all are from different parts of the country living in a community and if you like the idea as a column for our monthly newsletter, please send a favorite recipe and the accompanying nostalgia.

Pecan Cookies - Recipe

Copy?  Pecan Cookies

After much research and practice I’ve been able to replicate the recipe. The following ingredients represent today’s measurements, cooking materials and equipment, such as ovens. 

1 ½ c. pecan halves. Plus 12 or more pecan halves for pressing into unbaked cookies

¼ c. of confectioners’ sugar

½ c. packed light brown sugar

1 ½ c. of unbleached all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes

1 large egg yolk.

 

Use a food processor to finely grind the pecans and sugars.  Add the flour, salt, and process to combine.  Scatter the butter pieces over the dry ingredients and process till the mixture resembles damp sand and rides up on the sides of the bowl.  Add the yolk and process till the dough comes together into a round ball.  Place the dough which is not quite together on a dry work surface and knead until it is evenly moistened and cohesive.  Using the palm of your hands roll the dough into a 12-inch log.  Cut the log in half with a sharp knife and wrap each half in wax paper.  Make sure they look even and are round logs probably about 12 inches long for each.  Once the dough is shaped into logs it should be frozen for at least 30 minutes but preferably till the next day. Make sure the dough is completely firm.

The oven rack should be in the middle position.  Heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line two large backing sheets with parchment paper.  Using a sharp knife cut the logs into ¼ inch rounds – slightly rotate the remaining log after each slice so a flat side doesn’t develop.  Place the rounds on the cookie sheet about ¼ inch apart and be sure and press a pecan half in the middle of each slice. Bake until the edges of the cookies are a golden brown – sometimes it 12 minutes, sometimes 18, but no more than 24 minutes. (In Arizona mine bake for 12 minutes) Cool the cookies for about 3 minutes then transfer to a metal rack- enjoy.


David - NVC driver
NVC board chair Bonnie Boyce-Wilson and husband David Wilson are vacationing this summer at their condo in Steamboat Springs, CO. Both enjoy fishing and David is taking his hobby a step further by investing in a kayak specifically designed for fishing. David says he will be “on the lake enjoying the solitude of the open water, but within swimming distance of the crowd on shore”.

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Have an awesome 4th of July and stay safe!