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  • Prescott Peeps: Sharon Nordyke

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how did you first get involved in the community? I’m Sharon Nordyke, and I helped found Chalk It Up!, the Electric Light Parade, and the Pandemonium Steel Drum Band. … I came to Prescott for a fire inspector job with the city in 1981. That, itself, was very community oriented. One of my favorite things about my long career there was researching children’s museum’s and building a hand’s-on exhibit for the “Learn Not to Burn” program, which was held in the old Ponderosa Plaza. There was tremendous support from the chief, who budgeted the money to help build many interactive exhibits like a giant smoke detector that kids could crawl through. Kids were bused there for fire prevention week. I also performed with the concert band and orchestra at Yavapai College, followed by a long tenure with the Prescott POPS Symphony. I’d come from a background of playing French horn for many years. Getting involved with musical groups and performing helped me get to know the community.   So you were involved with the community from the outset. What inspired you to create new events and groups in town? The inspiration to bring an event to the city has always been motivated by my interest in sharing an exceptional experience I have had elsewhere. In the case of the Holiday Light Parade, I was sitting on

  • Prescott Peeps: Brad Newman

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how long have you been in the community? I’m Brad Newman. I was working on ranches and summer camps in Prescott since 1968 and I went to Yavapai College the year it opened in 1970. I was raised in Arizona — in fact, we’ve got home movies of us at the Fourth of July parade from 1959. We love Prescott. After attending Brophy Prep in Phoenix, I went to the University of Arizona, then came back to Prescott to work at Yavapai Exceptional Industries in 1976. I found out about the job on a one-page mimeographed sheet on a board at U of A. I was studying for a degree in disability rehabilitation and had no idea what I was going to do with it, so this made a lot of sense. I’d had experience with kids with disabilities at summer camp at Mingus Mountain, so working with adults made sense. I wasn’t sure where I was going or what I wanted to do do and boom, there was this ad in my favorite place. What exactly is YEI? Yavapai Exceptional Industries was founded in Prescott in 1974 by parents, teachers, and business leaders. It’s very Prescott in its roots. These folks, especially the parents, were looking for an alternative to institutionalizing their adult children with disabilities. They saw the institutions that were in place and

  • Prescott Peeps: Barry Barbe

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

      Who are you and how long have you been in the community? I’m Barry Barbe and I’ve been in town 18 years. I’ve had multiple restaurants in Prescott, including Belvedere’s, 129 1/2, and El Gato Azul, which has been around for 12 years as of December. I’m originally from Bristolville, Ohio. I met my wife at Hilton Head, and she’s from Mesa, so that’s how I ended up here. I was general manager at Zuma’s — that’s what brought us to town, more or less. We’ve got four kids, two in college, and two in high school. I was a music major in college with a focus in education, but had throat surgery and went into culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. How did you get involved in volunteering and community outreach? A lot of it has to do with the way I was raised. I came from a big family of five kids in a small town. There were only 45 kids in my graduating class. Anyway, for Thanksgiving, my dad always delivered boxes for shut-ins — it was primarily for widows who were living alone — and it was just one of those things I grew up with. Bristolville felt a lot like Prescott; people take care of each other and you look out for your neighbor, that kind of thing. At

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