Monday, October 14, 2019

Historymaker 2019 Art DeCabooter

Art DeCabooter, longtime Scottsdale Community College president, civic leader dead at 78

Art DeCabooter, the former president of Scottsdale Community College and a longtime civic leader, died Wednesday after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.
He was 78 years old.
DeCabooter's wife of 49 years, Mary, said she couldn't conceive of being married to anyone but Art.
"He was a gentle giant of a man," Mary DeCabooter said. "He was nothing but kind."
DeCabooter said her husband led a plethora of organizations simultaneously across the decades of his life.
"He spread himself extremely thin and never complained and was always ready to help out anyone who needed it," DeCabooter said. "Even if it was something that wasn't really pertinent."
But he was so humble, she added, that he would downplay his accomplishments in media interviews.
"He would never acknowledge half the stuff he did," DeCabooter said. "And I think that's why he married me. (He) kept me at his right-hand side and then I'd tell everybody around me how fabulous he was."
DeCabooter said her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005, but noted that he remained active within their community until shortly before his death.
Former Maricopa County Supervisor Jim Bruner, a former Scottsdale City Council member and a longtime friend of DeCabooter's, said the man helped a struggling Scottsdale Community College start to thrive.
"He truly transformed that college from a small little school to sort of an institution that really made an impact in his community," Bruner said of DeCabooter's 30-year tenure before retiring in 2008.
It wasn't the only leadership position DeCabooter held.
"He was a leader of almost every civic group in town," Bruner said. "He was president of the Scottsdale Charros, president of Scottsdale Rotary Club and president of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce."
He held those leadership positions simultaneously, Bruner added.
DeCabooter also served on the board of trustees for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust as well as the advisory board for Xavier College Preparatory, where a celebration of life is expected to be held Nov. 23.
"He just was a true public servant in every sense of the word," Bruner said. "Very humble. I don't think I've ever heard anybody ever say anything negative about him."
His many accomplishments did not go unnoticed. He awarded as a "2019 Historymaker" by Historical League, Inc., which supports the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Heritage Center.
Don Ruff, another longtime DeCabooter friend, echoed many Bruner's sentiments.
"As far as community service, community leadership, he was a giant in his time," Ruff said. "There's few people that have given more to the community than he did throughout all his years as president of Scottsdale Community College and also into his retirement."
DeCabooter quelled tensions between administrators at Scottsdale Community College and its students, which during an era of campus unrest several years before his arrival had adopted "Artie the Artichoke" as the school's mascot as a way to protest its sports program. 
"He basically took it over and smoothed everything out," Ruff said.
Reach the reporter Perry Vandell at 602-444-2474 or Follow him on Twitter @PerryVandell.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Re-orders for Tastes & Treasures II

We have the best volunteers. Lon's re-orders books and the next day, Norma Hinton is delivering a box of Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona to Tami Norton at Lon's at Hermosa Inn! Stop in to get your copy and enjoy lunch on the patio.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

I Have a Name special event at Arizona Heritage Center

Susan Dale, President, Historical League, Inc. invites you to attend the upcoming September 18 Get Involved program at the Arizona Heritage Center. The information is below.

I attended an earlier program in July related to Jon Linton’s powerful and moving I Have A Name exhibit, and it changed my view and feelings about our homeless population in a very insightful way. I know you will appreciate this program as well.

The exhibit will close on October 5, so if you have not yet seen it, there are only a few weeks left to do so.

I hope to see many of you next Wednesday night!
Get Involved: Opportunities to Help The Homeless Community 
Wednesday, September 18
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Resource Fair and view the I Have a Name Exhibit

Arizona Heritage Center
1300 N College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
$5 General Public, or $4 AHS Members
Free Parking at the museum
RSVP to or 480-929-0292

How can we make a difference in the lives of our neighbors? Connect with your community and learn about organizations making an impact and offer assistance to a variety of populations. Each panelist will share their mission, the populations they serve, the services they offer, and volunteer opportunities. Join the Arizona Heritage Center for an interactive program to learn how you can get involved in your community and support organizations making a difference.

• Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director, Human Services Campus
• Darlene Newsom, CEO UMOM New Day Centers
• Dawn Bogart, CEO of Homeless Youth Connection
• Nate Rhoton, Executive Director One-n-Ten
• Moderated by Kristin Ferguson-Colvin, Ph.D., Director, Center for Human Capital and Youth Development (CHCYD) and ASU Professor

"Winning Their Place" September Historical League Presentation

September Historical League meetings are always a great time to re-connect with members that have been gone over the summer. The September meeting this year was even better!  Zona Lorig and Norma Jean Coulter gave a FABULOUS talk as we re-connected with those women involved in the Woman's Suffrage Movement.
"Winning Their Place" told the story of Arizona's women and their roles. Well-researched and well-presented, this talk was well-received at the Arizona Heritage Center.

Sharron McKinney and Mary Parker display quilts from Women's Hall of Fame.

Chris Hackett begins her role as recording secretary

Susan Howard and Norma Jean Coulter accept credit card payments for upcoming events.

Friday, September 13, 2019

North Central News features Tastes & Treasures II

Check out the September issue of North Central News for an article titled “History and Food Blend in Cookbook”. You can find it under the column called “Food for Thought” on page 47 about several restaurants and other publications... It's all about Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona. Available at

Monday, September 2, 2019

2003 Historymaker Bill Shover honored by NQBC

Bill Shover to Receive the 2019 Legacy Recognition Award™

Bill Shover National Quarterback ClubBill Shover National Quarterback Club
Shover to Receive 2019 Legacy Recognition Award
The National Quarterback Club (NQBC) announced today that Arizonan Bill Shover will receive the 2019 Legacy Recognition Award™. The award will be presented during the 2019 National Quarterback Club Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on January 17, 2020 at The Scottsdale Resort McCormick Ranch beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the ceremony will include honors for the National Quarterback of the Year in high school, college and professional ranks, and the inductions of Drew Bledsoe and Rich Gannon into the National Quarterback Hall of Fame.
“If there is a lesson in the life and career of Bill Shover, it is that none of us can afford to be lookers-on standing on the sidelines in our communities,” said Don Kile, NQBC president. “The energies and talents of all of us are needed to meet the challenges of the community.”
About Bill Shover – Phoenix, Ariz.
Bill Shover’s career at The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette spanned more than 40 years and has rendered him a legend amidst the history-makers in the State of Arizona.
Born into the strong fabric of an Irish Catholic family in a small township outside of Indianapolis, Bill was the first in his family to be born in a hospital. When he was eight-years-old, he began his first job carting and selling newspapers for a nickel outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He joined the U.S. Army at 18, and in 1946, by circumstances still a mystery to him, he was rerouted en route to Korea and landed in plush Ft. Ord in Monterey, Calif. Bill reported for duty and spent most of his Army career pitching for the Fort’s inter-service baseball team.
It was near the end of his military service that he realized the GI benefits could lead him to a career in journalism through Butler University, which offered the platform and support he felt he could use to help people.
His first writing job was at The Indianapolis Star, where he served the larger-than-life publisher, Eugene C. Pulliam, in the first phase of a mentorship and friendship that would change the course of his life. In 1962, Pulliam asked Shover to move to Phoenix with a mandate to use the newspaper in any manner necessary to better the community as it began to grow and define itself. Bill quickly became known around town as the man to get things done.
In 1970, he helped create the Phoenix 40 consisting of 40 business leaders and politicians to curb the risk of crime, fraud and corruption in the growing city. The group evolved into Greater Phoenix Leadership which serves today to address the many issues facing what is still a very rapidly growing city. Another winner for the community was Bill’s service toward creating The 100 Club to aid the families of public servants killed in the line of duty.
During the ensuing decades of his service to the community, Bill chaired the 1976 celebrations of the Phoenix American Bicentennial Commission and led the national campaign to have the anchor retrieved from the USS Arizona and placed in the State Capital Grounds as a point of pride. He was a key figure in the effort to win two public referendum ballot initiatives to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday an official holiday in Arizona. Bill was the founder of the auction to raise money for the Combined Metropolitan Phoenix Arts and Sciences (COMPAS), which served for decades as the central funding source for many of the Valley’s cultural organizations. And just last year, Bill and his wife Kay chaired the 125th anniversary celebration of The Salvation Army’s service to the Valley and across the state.
Shover’s service to improving the lives of those in need and developing young talent into future leaders is paramount with Valley Leadership, Theodore Roosevelt Boy Scout Council, Arizona Project ChalleNGe, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, United Blood Services of Arizona, Junior Achievement, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, Volunteer Center of Maricopa County, Arizona Educational Foundation, Anti-Defamation League, to name a few organizations that have benefited from his involvement.
In 1987, Bill coordinated the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Arizona and a multifaceted celebration bringing representatives of all religions together as one body.
The personalities of Phoenix and Arizona would not be the same without professional and collegiate sports. In 1968, Bill Shover helped launch the Phoenix Suns and was one of nine founders of the Fiesta Bowl. He worked on the early efforts to recruit NFL football to Arizona in 1988, and brought the first Super Bowl to the Valley, chairing the Super Bowl XXX Committee in 1996.“If you ask Bill Shover what he accomplished in his lifetime, he talks of his love of family and passing along his spirit of giving back,” said Lisa Henry Holmes, Board Member of National Quarterback Club Charities and life-long Shover family friend.
“Some of the greatest family times are tied to coaching his sons Kev and T.A.’s baseball teams, from little league to Legion A Baseball over 16 years, touching the lives of more than 600 boys who grew into young men,” said Henry Holmes. "While the boys might have been on the field, it was truly a family affair with daughters Sandra and Lisa managing the teams alongside Bill.”
Within the six decades of accomplishment and contributions made within the State of Arizona, one of Bill’s most prideful moments is his 1966 team winning the Arizona Little League State Championship. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic win, his ‘Boys of Summer’ came together with The Salvation Army in 2016 to dedicate the Bill Shover Field of Dreams serving youth baseball, football and soccer teams at the Army’s Kroc Center.
“There is a quote attributed to Bill that is widely applied across the State of Arizona,” said Kile. ‘There is no limit to the good a man can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.’
“At a time in our history when there is much consternation and a general lack of grace in our world, it will be a pleasure to honor one of Arizona’s truest gentlemen and one of the most dynamic and influential people responsible for forging and chiseling many of the quality of life assets all Arizonans have come to enjoy in their daily lives,” said Kile.
For more information about the National Quarterback Club, the awards dinner and Hall of Fame induction ceremony visit A limited number of media credentials can be reserved by emailing
About the Legacy Recognition Award™
The Legacy Recognition Award™ is a national award presented annually to a person who stands fast in his or her community to meet the needs of the community. The award is not exclusive to football quarterbacks, players or coaches, but the characteristics of great leadership are present in recipients of the award since its inception in 1985. Previous recipients include names like Ross Perot (1986), General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1992), Warrick Dunn (2005), and Jim Kelly and Ken Stabler (2018). In each of these cases, the men that their communities have come to know and love and the works of their leadership, dedication and generosity are sincere and inspirational. The Legacy Recognition Award™ is not just a celebration of good works in the past but a call to action for hope and confidence for future generations unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of what has been provided.
About the National Quarterback Club
The National Quarterback Club is guided by a comprehensive mission, a clear vision, and consistent values. Through its various award programs, the club recognizes outstanding athletes for their qualities and achievements on and off the playing field, and serve as a model for comprehensive excellence in athletic achievement, academic success, and greater social affinity. In 1985, the National Quarterback Club began a tradition of hosting annual fundraising events to honor the National Quarterback of the Year in professional, collegiate and high school ranks. Annual awards dinners have been hosted in great sports cities such as Washington D.C., Miami, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Green Bay, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Houston and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tastes & Treasures II in Maine B&B

Reconnecting with a college friend she had not seen for 39 years, Donna Esposito stayed at The Trellis House in Ogunquit, Maine. Very quaint B&B with charming rooms, homemade breakfast and Happy Hours from Laurence Plotkin cookbook! Now this B&B has Tastes & Treasures II. Perhaps Laurence will re-create some of the Arizona recipes for his future guests.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

La Posada has Tastes & Treasures II

La Posada in Winslow has amazing history. Davie Garrison and Al Muto traveled there to find they also have Tastes & Treasures II. Now you can read their story and more Arizona history as you try out delicious recipes. Also available

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Things to do in Phoenix.

Things to Do in the Phoenix area: Great write up today in AZ Republic recommending Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park.
Why not go there and visit it soon!

Lovin' the Love Kitchen

Delores Tomasek, Jan Hoeschler, Zona Lorig and Barb Ziehler raised funds for the Love Kitchen July 29 at the White Mountain Home Tour. This was done as they promoted the Historical League and sold Tastes and Treasures II at the White Mountain Country Club.

Zona Lorig
The event benefits Love Kitchen, and the Historical League is pleased to again partner with another non-profit to help others as we share stories of AZ, history, food memories and AZ Heritage Center and Historical League.

Barb Ziehler
The Love Kitchen, operating since 1986, serves a nutritious daily meal to 400-600 guests from the communities of both Navajo and Apache counties. In 2017, 80,747 meals and food boxes were distributed helping to fill the needs of the hungry as well as nourishment for the souls."

Thanks to Barb Ziehler, Tastes and Treasures II was invited to have a table at the White Mountain Home Tour, Monday, July 29.

Presenting a check to Lyn Lewis, manager of the non-profit Love Kitchen, as a follow up to the White Mountain Home Tour were Delores Tomasek, Jan Hoeschler(taking the photo), and  Barb Ziehler. 
Book also available at
Jan Hoeschler, friend,  Lyn Lewis, Barb Ziehler

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Historical League aprons

Whether you are barbecuing or baking or using the crockpot, Historical League aprons are helpful. (Especially with Volume II of Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona).
They are roomy, washable, have generous pockets and fit all sizes.
Available in blue in Junior size
Available in blue in Adult size
Available in maroon in children

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Watermelon Salad from Tastes & Treaures II

Watermelon Salad from the Wigwam Resort is a popular recipe in Tastes & Treasures II, page 137. Refreshing and easy for summertime parties and picnics, it bursts with flavor. Now that it is available in the book, we are seeing several versions at other restaurants but they don't compare to the Wigwam's  recipes!

Book available at and
The Wigwam Resort salad, on page 137, is bursting with flavors: roasted corn, cilantro, jalapeƱos, limes, red onion, and Cotija cheese. It is the perfect blend of ingredients for a SouthWest salad!!

Watermelon Salad from the Cov in Wayzata, MN. topped with pistachios and Mozzarella cheese, it is a pretty salad to serve.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pinetop dinner party using all recipes from Tastes & Treasures II

Planning a party for over 40 people with all the food based on one Arizona cookbook - that’s what Edie Pearce of White Mountain Summer Homes did this year. Every July 1st for 16 years, she hosts a party for her friends. She cooks and her sister, Peggy, decorates.

This year the theme was Arizona foods from Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona written by volunteers of the Historical League. Edie got “excited making all these Arizona recipes.” The book highlights beloved food enterprises and buildings 50 years old or older, and shares recipes and stories from all over the state. “I hope to visit many of these restaurants,” Edie comments. 

Trio Artisan and Sweet Gem Lettuce Salad came from The Garden Cafe in Yuma where all the freshest lettuce in the USA are grown. Cowboy Chopped Salad is a feature of Rancho de Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, while Tortilla Soup is a favorite of the Harvey House Cafe at the Grand Canyon. Charlie Clark’s Grilled Chicken with Poblano Chili Sauce was also served. Edie reflects, “I love the planning and buying ingredients I had never heard of before.” Twenty-seven dishes from this award-winning book were made to feed the crowd.

Acknowledging 50 years of service, St Mary’s Food Bank Culinary Kitchen is in the book. They held a contest to determine which 4 recipes would be submitted. Edie chose Jazzy Jasmine Rice along with Arizona Sonoran Succotash for her party.

Arizona Historymakers also contributed recipes as well as biographies, photos and food memories. Edie prepared Bison Chili from Barbara McDonnell Barrett. A favorite dessert was Eddie Basha’s Chocolate Cake. Historymakers are those who have distinguished themselves with noted achievements in the arts, athletics, business, community service, education and entertainment and have maintained their ties to Arizona. The Historical League has honored 62 Historymakers since it began the program in 1992. Sandra Day O’Connor, Lattie Coor, Erma Bombeck and Elisabeth Ruffner are among those who contributed recipes.

Working for Goodyear in Philadelphia for 35 years, Edie knew she wanted to “Go West” for retirement. She is involved in her community in the White Mountains, especially her church and WM Craft Group. They are happy she chose Pinetop to continue her love for cooking and hosting parties.

Tastes & Treasures II will be sold at the July 29 White Mountain Home Tour with 20% of the sales donated to the Love Kitchen. It is also available at several shops in the Pinetop area, and

Monday, July 8, 2019

Pinewood Farmers Market and Tastes & Treasures II

Thanks to Norma Jean Coulter for co-ordinating our booth at Pinewood Farmers Market on Saturday, July 6. Patti Goss and Pat Christopherson, Dee Steen and Ruth Ann Hogan also volunteered.
We could not have done this with out the help of Susan Dale's son Brandon and grandson setting up the tent with weights and tables. 
These events are wonderful ways to share the stories of Arizona through the book, inform people of AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, encourage new members to join the Historical League and raise funds for the museum.
Sharon with Pinewood News included an article about the Historical League and the book.
Organizer Norma Jean Coulter and Patti Goss

Pat Christopherson and Norma Jean Coulter

World Chocolate Day today

Happy World Chocolate Day. Yes. This picture is cocoa beans.
Celebrate by making a recipe from Tastes & Treasures II. How about Eddie Basha's Chocolate Cake page 179 or Terrie's All-American Brownies page 170?
Book available at Zak's Chocolates in Scottsdale or or

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Native foods celebrated in Tastes & Treasures II

Chef Ryan gave the Historical League wonderful indigenous recipes for Tastes & Treasures II. He promotes more of these Arizona-grown grains, beans and more in this dinner concept. Native foods are so important. Kudos to Chef Ryan from Kai at Wild Horse Pass.

'Rarest ingredients in the world': Chef works with Native farm for indigenous dinner

Chef Ryan Swanson from Kai Restaurant collaborates with Ramona Farms on a dinner service featuring a menu full of ingredients from Gila River. Video courtesy of Andrew Gooi, Arizona Republic
Kai's Chef Ryan Swanson is ending the season with something completely new: A dinner featuring indigenous ingredients. 
As a way to celebrate the holiday and Kai Restaurant's last night of service before their annual summer closure, Swanson is collaborating with the Gila River Community's Ramona Farms for a fine dining experience July 5, featuring a menu of products and ingredients from their farm.
Ramona Farms is a family-owned and operated business near Sacaton, Arizona, on the Gila River Indian Community that specializes in traditional indigenous foods.
"I wanted to do something to celebrate their farm and have fun," Swanson said in a phone interview with The Arizona Republic. "End the season on a high note." 
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Swanson has been working with ingredients from Ramona Farms for 10 years, but this specific dinner is a first.
"This will be the first collaboration with an indigenous farmer," Swanson said. "It's going to be an evening of just learning about the beautiful culture, the farm and the indigenous ingredients."
Swanson said he wanted to showcase the families' life work at Ramona Farms alongside his own.
"The menu is made specifically for Ramona Farms," he said. "We're going to be using almost everything that they got, in some fashion."
Ramona Farms was started in the early '70s by Ramona and Terry Button on a family plot of land. Ramona said she is excited to see what Kai plans on doing with their products. 
Velvet Button, Ramona and Terry's daughter, says Swanson has been enthusiastic about educating himself and his staff about indigenous food growing on their farm, spending hours on the farm harvesting and learning about each ingredient's history and cultural importance.
"Kai has been using and sharing our food and our food story for several years," Velvet Button said. "We've been tasting and sharing recipes over the last few years. Our nutrient-dense desert foods have really unique flavor profiles and incorporating them into a menu that is using all of our products is really exciting."
Some of the crops Swanson will be using from Ramona Farms includes tepary beans, ga’ivsa, pinole, pima wheat berries, black-eyed peas and more.
Swanson said one of his favorite ingredients in his whole career is ga’ivsa, which is mesquite roasted and cracked corn that is ground corse. 
"Their ingredients will be the heart of the dish, but we're going to build around it," Swanson said. "Showcase not only the farm, but the community that provides for it."
The menu will also highlight tepary beans, which are drought tolerant and native to the Southwest. Ramona Farms grows three different types of tepary beans, Velvet said. She is looking forward to seeing how Swanson is going to showcase these beans.
"We have a white tepary bean, which is buttery and sweet.  We have a brown tepary bean which is nutty and earth. The black bean is almost chocolatey, very rich and bold," Velvet explained.
The ingredients are rare, Swanson said, which will contribute to the only-in-Arizona feel of the meal.
"That dinner they will be having on Friday night, no one else will be eating," he added. "You can only use these ingredients in this part of the world."
Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is located at 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd. The dinner service will take place the same night the resort will have their fireworks display, so guests will get to see the fireworks from the restaurant patio, said Samantha Fink, public relations and marketing director for Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. 
Dinner service starts at 6 p.m. on July 5 and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The cost is $140 per guest with an optional wine pairing for an additional $90. For reservations or for more information, guests can call the restaurant at (602) 385-5777.

Reporter Shondiin Silversmith covers indigenous people and communities in Arizona. Reach her at and follow her Twitter @DiinSilversmith.