We’ve all heard the saying – in fact, it’s been driven into our minds as of late: “These are unprecedented times.” But one thing that has held strong is the positivity of the Arcadia community, no matter how uncertain things may be. 

This month we pay tribute to a long-time friend and advertiser of the Arcadia News. W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry has closed its doors after 27 years in the Arcadia Towne Center. Owner and long-time Arcadia resident Randy Williams has passed away, and we are honored to share his story (right).

Speaking of legacy, we’re also featuring a piece of Arizona’s history this month. The Verde Canyon Railroad have been around for a few decades and has become a place that tourists and residents know and love.

Some of our local students have been hard at work this summer coming up with ways to help donate to COVID-19 relief funds. Kidz 4 Causes and Xavier and Brophy students each set up a virtual run to raise funds for the Navajo Nation and St. Vincent de Paul.

The August edition has always had a ‘back-to-school’ theme. This year we will keep that tradition alive with several stories inside and sending our best wishes to our students – and parents – for a successful year.

These days, it feels like the world is a totally different place. But the one thing that stays true is Arcadia’s community spirit, which shows no signs of fading, no matter what life throws at us.

Also – there’s still time to send in your summer vacation photos – you could be on the cover of next month’s edition! Email them to editor@arcadianews.com.

Be well, 

Mallory Gleich