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First Things First, Safford Library partner for 4th Community Baby Shower

SAFFORD — On Friday, the Safford City-Graham County Public Library hosted the fifth annual Community Baby Shower, sponsored by First Things First.

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Aloha Baby owner Chelsea Stephens, right, greets Community Baby Shower guests.

The event was designed for expectant parents and parents of babies a year old or younger. A plethora of organizations were there with information to help parents with their babies, as well as offering door prizes, games and baby pictures. Vendors offered information on such topics as nutrition, breastfeeding, pregnancy and childbirth.

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Chris Gibbs, of the Safford Lions Club, conducts a vision screening on Alicia Rodriguez.

The Safford Lions Club was also on hand, conducting vision screenings for guests of all ages.

“We have many, many resources here for new parents,” said event coordinator Retha Russell. “The presenters provide tons of information many new parents don’t know about. Every year, it gets just a little bit bigger.”

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Guests check out the vendors at the fifth annual Community Baby Shower.

David Sowders is a member of the Safford City-Graham County Library Advisory Board.


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Business makeover winner announced

SAFFORD — With its former owner back in charge, a longtime Main Street business is about to receive a new look, thanks to the Safford Downtown Association.

During the SDA appreciation luncheon last Wednesday at the Safford Theatre, El Coronado Restaurant was announced as the winner of the association’s 48-Hour Business Makeover.

The makeover will take place April 24-25. Serving Gila Valley diners since 1983, El Coronado will receive some combination of a renovated facade, possibly including signs, awnings, windows, masonry or cornice repair; an interior upgrade including merchandising, improved layout, and/or space design; an updated marketing plan and materials, including a design and plan for social media, electronic marketing and print marketing; regional media coverage; and technical assistance from the 48-Hour Makeover Committee.

As winner of the makeover, El Coronado will also receive $5,000 in cash, $500 in merchandise from Safford Builders Supply and volunteer investment.

After selling El Coronado several years ago, longtime owner Mary Coronado has returned to run the business. Coronado repurchased the restaurant in September 2018.

“It (winning the 48-Hour Business Makeover) was a nice thing for her to get started back up again,” said El Coronado manager Crispin Coronado. “It was a nice little reward for her; she’s been working hard for the 35-plus years she’s been here.”

The Coronados thanked the Safford Downtown Association for giving Mary Coronado the opportunity to improve her business.


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Eastern’s Alyssa Salud-Mendoza makes a leaping catch in center field to get the out.