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Rev. William Cox: Reflections on a visit from Pope Francis


Date: 10/3/2015 9:08:00 PM

Reflections is a column by religious leaders in the region. The Rev. William Cox is pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 9263 Lake Pleasant Road, Greene Township. Send your answer, in 100 words or less, to Readers' Reflections at dana.massing@

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Lake Pleasant lines up October events

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Date: 10/3/2015 1:54:00 PM

Join us at 6 a.m. Oct. 8 to see the sunset over Lake Pleasant. From this trail we will see fantastic views of the lake and then hike back by flashlight. This is a moderate trail with a few steep places. Be in somewhat good hiking shape for attending this hike

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Erie-area fishing report for weekend of Oct. 2-4


Date: 10/2/2015 10:34:00 PM

Some crappie have been caught. Nice bluegill have been caught from Marina Lake. Bluegill, trout, perch and some crappie have been caught at Lake Pleasant. Anglers at Edinboro Lake have been catching crappie from shore. Crappie are in shallower water now at

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County Council could host public meeting on establishing new transit authority


Date: 10/1/2015 4:09:00 PM

The county shuttered the smallest of its two nursing homes, at 4728 Lake Pleasant Road, in June as part of plans to merge it with the 312-bed Pleasant Ridge Manor-West in Fairview Township to create a new, 300-bed nursing home. However, Foust and Council

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Ask Clay: What’s a charley horse?

Date: 10/1/2015 1:59:00 PM

In Arizona, horses occasionally go for a dip. Suzanne Davis of Scottsdale photographed Dan enjoying Lake Pleasant. (Photo: Suzanne Davis) What’s a charley horse? What’s the origin of its name? And what are the remedies for it, if any? A charley horse

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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