Local businessman provides historical donations to CDTCA

By Edward D. Buster, President, Corona de Tucson Community Alliance

The president of Corona de Tucson Community Alliance is speaking out about the largest donation of historic documents to the group in its 40-year history. Local resident, businessman, president, and owner of All Pro Rooter and Plumbing, Scott Ryckman, donated several significant historical items to our community organization.

According to Scott, he and his wife Tracy purchased a home from Dorothy “Dottie” Sanford on Nashville Drive back in the 2000s. In helping Dottie to move to her new home, many stories were shared regarding her husband’s involvement and contributions to the creation of the Santa Rita Ranch subdivision of the Corona de Tucson community. Many of the items Dottie’s husband obtained in his work in the Santa Rita Community were given to the Ryckmans.

“For nearly 40 years our organization has archived items of historical significance to preserve a chronological repertoire, build a sense of community, and share with future generations. This wonderful collection includes governmental and private developer masterplans, plats, maps, pictures, and newspaper clippings dating back to the late 1970s. We have not seen such a well-preserved collection of original documents of this caliber to date. Now, thanks to Scott and Tracy, CdTCA will have the opportunity to share our local history with our people,” said Edward Buster, CdTCA president.
Inspired by his patronage and success in building his local family run plumbing business, Scott and Tracy felt this was the right thing to do for the community they so dearly love.

“My experience taught me how to think, how to work hard and how to manage my own career. Tracy and I believe in the mission of this group (CdTCA), and our community that CdTCA serves, that is why we have chosen to donate these items to share in its future success. We believe that Corona de Tucson’s best days are ahead.” said Scott Ryckman.

The CdTCA board plans to provide future articles with images of the donated items and long-range plans to display these historical treasures in a civic setting for public viewing.

*To make donations to the CDTCA, please contact us at coronacommunityall@gmail.com.

Four Chaplains

By Michael “Mick” Shaughnessy, Chaplain Post 109

Part of the mission of the American Legion’s commitment of service to all veterans and the community is service to God and country. Chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual support to Legion members in all activities and ceremonies and strengthen the religious ties between veterans and their community religious institutions, regardless of religion or denomination. Perhaps well-known are the ceremonies and remembrances the American Legion sponsors for Memorial Day and Veterans Day or their presence at funerals for veterans. In February we in the American Legion commemorate a less well-known event, Four Chaplains Sunday.

Traditionally observed on the first Sunday in February, we remember the sacrifice of four heroic Chaplains of World War II. Early on the morning of February 3, 1943, the U.S. troop transport “Dorchester” was torpedoed in the icy seas off Greenland. Most of the 900 troops on board were asleep in their bunks. The troops milled in confusion on the decks. In those dark moments, the coolest men aboard were four U.S. Army Chaplains:

First Lieutenants Clark V. Poling, Alexander D. Goode, John P. Washington, and George L. Fox. The four chaplains directed the distribution of life jackets and when all had been passed out, the chaplains quietly slipped off their own life preservers, put them on four young GIs and told them to jump. The Dorchester went down 25 minutes later, and some 600 men were lost, but the heroic chaplains had helped save over 200. The last anyone saw of them, they were standing on the slanting deck, their arms linked in prayer to the one God they all served.
They are memorialized in an inter-faith chapel in Philadelphia. Every Sunday, there is a service of worship. It is also a memorial to the four chaplains who went down on the S. S. Dorchester. In it are three altars: one for each faith – Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant, for the faiths represented by the four Chaplains. George Fox was a Protestant minister from Vermont. Alexander Goode was from Washington, D.C. and a Jewish Rabbi. Clark Poling was a minister from New York City. John P. Washington hailed from Newark, New Jersey and was a Catholic Priest.

Safety First

By Charlotte Herdliska

Here we are in February 2021; let’s continue with Safety First. To say the least, 2020 was an interesting year and Corona de Tucson Fire Department and our Community were very busy.

Did you know…
-Our Community donated 811+ pounds of food during our December “Season of Hope” food drive? I’ve heard from some of the recipients and I can tell you that they were very grateful for the generosity of our community. THANK YOU to all who were able to donate.

-In the area of “Public Assist” The Corona de Tucson Fire Department responded to a lot of snake/desert pest removals and smoke detector checks in 2020.

-What to do if you find a snake or other scary desert pest in your yard, on your property, in your car or in your home?

Call 911 and tell the dispatcher that you have a snake or other desert pest, tell them where the snake or other desert pest is/was located. If you can safely observe the snake or other desert pest, please do so and tell the arriving crew the location it was last seen.

YES! please use the system and call 911 – it is the best way to contact us.

-When your Smoke Detector or Co Detector “chirps” or “beeps” (about once every 60 seconds) it is telling you that the battery is low and needs to be replaced. The Corona de Tucson Fire Department will be happy to assist you with battery replacement when this happens.

-Why does your Smoke Detector or Co Detector sound the alarm?
Co Detectors: Co Detectors sound the alarm when the Co level in a structure is detected, this is a dangerous situation and needs to be addressed immediately. A Co detector should be replaced every 8 – 10 years.

Smoke Detectors: When your Smoke detector sounds an alarm “beep beep beep” “beep beep beep”, its telling you that something is very wrong. The “alarm” should only sound when there is smoke (particles of combustion) in the air. Sometimes this can happen when there is no smoke visible for a number of reasons.

One reason that a Smoke Detector will sound in the absence of smoke it that it has dust or debris inside of the cover that causes the ionic eye to sound the alarm. Another reason the alarm will sound is that the detector is old and needs to be replaced. If your residence is over 10 years old, your Smoke Detectors probably are too and should be replaced. The Corona de Tucson Fire Department will be happy to assist you with any of these problems.

If your Smoke Detector or Co Detector Sounds an Alarm “beep beep beep” “beep beep beep” PLEASE CALL 911, evacuate the structure and let our crews access the situation!

-To Schedule an appointment for a Detector safety check and information on replacing your old Smoke Detectors or your Co Detectors please Contact your local Fire Marshall Charlotte Herdliska at: 520-762-9370 Monday – Thursday between 7:00 am and 4::00 pm.

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