GVR’s “One Can a Payday” Makes a Difference

Green Valley, AZ – Green Valley Recreation (GVR), a non-profit organization serving Green Valley’s adult retirement community – has successfully collected food for the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank.

Thanks to the attendees of the (GVR) Christmas party last December, as much as 213 pounds of food were collected. Food Bank donation stations can be found at GVR centers. Food collection boxes have been on display all year round. In the past, these boxes were available only during the holidays.

Recently, GVR proposed a program known as “One Can a Payday” among its employees. Around 200 items could be collected each month and donated to the Food Bank if each employee gives just one non-perishable item every payday.

Spearheading the program is GVR’s Human Resources Director Nancy Mackel. “It’s very easy to pick up one extra item while you are doing your grocery shopping,” says Mackel. She also said that GVR employees were generous enough to donate 75 pounds of food on the first day of the program. Food boxes are always ready to be filled in GVR centers.

Indeed, the sense of community in Green Valley is alive. Residents of Green Valley are always ready to help out others who are in need. This is one of the reasons why many people continue to invest in new homes in Green Valley. If you are also interested in Green Valley real estate, contact Dorn Homes – the most reliable among Green Valley home builders. Dorn-built new homes in Green Valley are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. One community definitely worth checking out is Dorn Homes’s new joint venture with Fairfield Homes, Solterra.


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Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman

Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

Dorn Homes RoseWater Community

RoseWater Tucson Community Home

Living the good life usually involves a great location and a great home. This is why Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, offers quality Tucson community homes that would enable individuals, couples, families, and retirees to live life to the fullest.

Dorn Homes is a family—and we want you to be part of it. We strive to understand your desires more than any other Tucson home builder. We know how buying a home can make a big impact to your family life, so we work hard to make sure you have all the support and information you need to make the very best choices, every step of the way. Now, Dorn Homes presents another new and exciting Tucson community—the community in RoseWater.

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists, the RoseWater community is located near national forests, mountain trails, parks, and country clubs. What better way to enjoy Arizona’s Tucson than with a bit of outdoor fun that enables families to have a great time together? Picnicking, hiking, biking, and camping are just some of the fun activities that families can enjoy.

Located right at the heart of Tucson, RoseWater community homes have easy access to schools, convenience stores, and farmer’s markets. So why live in inconvenient locations when you can have everything you need right here? So choose RoseWater, choose Dorn Homes. Dorn is the dependable choice for a home builder in RoseWater. Expect that a Dorn-built house is stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient. Trust only the most reliable so that you will make the wise investment that you and your family can truly enjoy.

Dorn Homes Pantano Community

When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

Pantano Community Home in Arizona

Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

Dorn Homes, a great choice as a new Pantano community home builder, only builds tasteful, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient homes that would surely wow anyone as it had wowed past and current clients. This premier Arizona home builder guides homeowners in every step of the home building process.




ATCA Hike Club to Commemorate Long Trail

On Nov. 10, 2011, the Green Valley Hiking Club will help honor one of the longest trails in the country through the Arizona Trail Centennial Adventure or ATCA.

The Arizona Trail Association, which helps maintain, protect and promote the trail, has encouraged groups including cyclists, equestrians, runners and hikers to participate this fall by choosing from among 43 passages along the scenic route that stretches more than 800 miles from Mexico to Utah.

Begun in 1988, the route was the dream of Flagstaff teacher Dale Shewalter. Businesses and individuals have donated time and money over the years to make it a reality. It’s nearly complete and encompasses local ranges like the Santa Ritas, Huachucas, Rincons and Catalinas.

With about 450 members, the club has hiked all of them and many more in their storied history here.

They have gathered each Thursday morning for nearly 30 years to car pool to trail heads in 25 mountain ranges all over Southern Arizona.

They have nine hikes set for the celebration at various locations along the Arizona Trail. According to Hikemaster Dan Schroeder, most of them are on the east side of the Santa Ritas and some are in the Catalinas, Rincons and Canelo Hills.

Schroeder said, “It’s our way of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state.”

With such fun recreational activities, it is not surprising to see that many people are buying and building homes in AZ. A lot of people are interested in a comfy and sophisticated house for sale in Green Valley. Dorn Homes, the most trusted among home builders in South Arizona, offers amazing new homes in Green Valley. This multi-awarded Arizona home builder creates stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient homes that would enable anyone to have a great living experience.

(Source: gvnews.com)

Tax deal will cost area $31,000 in revenue

The County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 20 approved lowering the 2011 property tax assessment for the Valley Verde Center shopping area on Duval Mine Road by $1.2 million, a decision that will cost local and county taxing districts $31,000.

The board approved a settlement for the 2011 tax year rather than fight it out in the Arizona Tax Court, where the property owner had filed suit. The settlement followed a July 14 decision by the State Board of Equalization that lowered the assessment for the 2012 tax year and applied the SBE outcome to 2011, Pima County Assessor Bill Staples said.

Staples said the problem began after the former Kmart building was purchased and upgraded by CJR Investments in 2003, led by Gary Heinfeld. Staples said the assessor’s office made a mistake in not monitoring town building permits closely and should have increased the assessment from $2 million in 2006 or 2007, but instead raised the figure to $6.9 million in 2011, a time when many property values were dropping because of the recession.

“They did extensive work in 2005, ’06, and ’07. We should have adjusted the value then, but it took us until 2011. It took folks’ breath away. They did have a successful appeal in the state board of equalization for 2012, and they did file a lawsuit for 2011,” Staples said.

“We agreed to the value established at the state board for 2012. We agreed with that value for 2011, so it’s a one-year loss of tax revenue that the county board approved,” Staples said.

The SBE online docket information says the property owner provided sales data of comparable properties to support a reduction from a full cash value of $5,389,785 to $4,200,000. As a commercial property, its assessment ratio is 19.9 percent, so the tax rates are applied against a value of $834,960.

The combined tax rate on the assessment reduction yields about $31,000, which would have been split among the Sahuarita Unified School District, Pima County government, Pima Community College, Green Valley Fire District and smaller entities.

The increasing value of commercial properties in Green Valley is proof of the continuous development in the area. Another proof is the increasing number of residential properties, some of which are even custom-built. One of the more trusted home building companies is Dorn Homes, which offers amazing new homes in Green Valley and more new homes in South AZ. Trust that a Dorn-built house for sale in Green Valley or a Dorn-built house for sale in South Arizona is convenient, comfortable, stylish, and energy efficient. A quality home can only be built by a superb home builder. Contact Dorn Homes now.

Source: gvnews.com

Live in Retirement in the Charming Homes in South Arizona

When the end of the year draws near, birds migrate to the south. Like these birds, retirees flock to the south, too. Why? What’s there in the south?

Living in Retirement in ArizonaThe relentless cold of the winter cannot be found in the south. Only a soothing warm climate is found to which many animals and people seek until the freeze disappears in the north. Not only does a warm climate provides comfort, it also provides a healthy breathable air which is recommended by doctors to anyone with a respiratory problem.

A lovely southern home is the best way to complement the lovely southern weather. There are many charming Homes for Sale in South Arizona available to anyone seeking refuge of warm climate. Dorn Homes, a notable builder of Homes in Arizona, offers stylish and convenient homes recognized by award-giving bodies and by a great number of clients. Dorn-built Homes in South Arizona can be found in neighborly communities such as Rio Rico, Green Valley, Oro Valley, Tubac, and Tucson. Dorn Homes also offers homes in Prescott.

To Retire in South Arizona is definitely ideal because the south offers a life of fun, relaxation, and pleasure to any retiree. The invigorating warmth can encourage retirees to seek adventure. It is also good for the health. Dorn’s South Arizona communities are accessible to outdoor activities like golf, hiking, swimming, biking, picnicking, boating, fishing, and many more. Amenities like restaurants and shops are also available. The charming neighborly communities of

are all haven for southern living. A sophisticated yet laid back lifestyle can be sensed in these communities. Dorn Homes offers luxurious, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes in these communities. Perfect for retirees, all Dorn-built homes are hassle-free. Just a happy and trouble-free life awaits new potential clients.
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BuildFax: Remodeling Up Since 2004

As home building remains bleak, good news still remains for contractors. Since 2004, BuildFax has been tracking data about home-remodeling activity which was up 22% in May over a year ago, reaching the highest level since BuildFax started.

It is not surprising that people are choosing to remodel their homes though, because underwater mortgages and tight access to credit have squelched many homeowners’ ability to move. The next best thing to buying a bigger house is creating one.

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According to BuildFax Vice President of Research and Development Joe Emison in a news release, “Through the first five months of 2011, we have seen impressive gains within the remodeling index, and May has continued that trend with a record-setting month.” Emison also said, “Even with the continued struggles in the economy, the remodeling industry has been a bright spot, as consumers look to make upgrades to their current homes, rather than purchasing a new residence.”

BuildFax found that remodeling increased month-to-month in all regions: 18% in the Midwest, 12% in the Northeast, 7% in the South and 7% in the West. Numbers were up year-to-year in three regions: 21% in the West, 10% in the South and 9% in the Northeast. In the Midwest, remodeling was down 11% from May 2010.

The National Association of Home Builders reported that its Housing Market Index, which measures builder confidence, rose two points in July, after falling three points in June. But the index, at 15 points, remains far below 50, the number at which sentiment is more positive than negative.

NAHB chief economist David Crowe said in a news release, “We view the upward movement in the July HMI as a correction from an exceptionally weak number in June that was at least partly attributable to negative economic news and the close of a disappointing spring selling season.” Crowe continued “Basically, the market continues to bounce along the bottom, with conditions in some locations beginning to improve.”