A Peek at the Desert Discovery Center and Education
Mar31

A Peek at the Desert Discovery Center and Education

March 27, 2017 By Les Conklin   Dear Google, Thank you for kick-starting my introduction to this humble article about education and Scottsdale’s proposed Desert Discovery Center. I was suffering from writer’s block, so I searched for “quotes importance of education.” Google, I can always count on you! You listed several websites. I chose BrainyQuotes.com  where I found …   Three great quotes – “Education is...

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Sneak Peeks: GPPA Elects Officers, Scenic Drive Cleanup April 22
Mar31

Sneak Peeks: GPPA Elects Officers, Scenic Drive Cleanup April 22

March 31, 2017 By Les Conklin GPPA Elects Officers  At its meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, the board of directors of the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA) elected officers for 2017-2018. The following officers were elected: President – Les Conklin Vice President – Cindy Lee Treasurer – Ginger Schoenau Secretary – Ken Lew Assistant Secretary – Maxine Rosenberg Editor – Les Conklin. The board...

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Pinnacle Peak “Back in the Day”
Mar16

Pinnacle Peak “Back in the Day”

Introduction Almost 20 years ago, during the summer of 1997, long-time Pinnacle Peak resident George Seitts wrote a letter to A Peek at the Peak’s elditor Eileen Rendahl.  The letter was published in the August 1997 edition with the title “Memories from George Seitts.” In this article, the Seitts’ letter is combined with photographs from my book Images of America – Pinnacle Peak, which was published by...

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Book Review: A Life Before … Thrills Here and Now!
Feb19

Book Review: A Life Before … Thrills Here and Now!

By Les Conklin  “What to read next?” was the question that I was asking myself.  I was between books, feeling it was time for a change of pace.   I remembered an article that I had written for The Peak about  Julien Ayotte. After retiring from a successful business career, Ayotte had written three novels that had received a number of awards.  I searched The Peak  and found the article, “VIP Dr. Julien ‘Butch’ Ayotte...

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The Peak: Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive is now easier to explore. See for yourself.
Feb08

The Peak: Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive is now easier to explore. See for yourself.

January 29, 2017 By Les Conklin   What?  What did you say about exploring the Scenic Drive?   We’re not talking about Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive. It’s been here on the northern part of Scottsdale Road since it was established by residents in 1963 as part of the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive. The drive starts at Happy Valley Road and ends at Carefree Highway. Pretty straight-forward, for 6 1/2 miles.  ...

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