In South Korea, in 1953, Pfc. William D. Nicholoff sat at the bottom of a trench dug at the foot of a hill as mortar fire rained down from enemy combatants. As long as he kept himself hidden, he would be relatively safe. What he did not know is that the man next to him, a new recruit, had gotten scared enough to consider running.

In the Fry’s Cottonwood parking lot Friday, Dec. 18, a crowd of car enthusiasts formed to follow Santa Claus on one of his season’s earliest deliveries.

St. Nick climbed into his vintage brown truck — a vehicle sporting a six-shooter pistol welded to its stick shift — honked the horn and whooped. Like a team of reindeer in reverse, a line of mint-condition classics followed the jolly old elf west along State Route 260, south toward the Verde River and finally to Shannon McDonald’s door.

About a month-and-a-half ago, the Sedona Public Library held the second of its twice-annual book sales, each of which raises approximately $12,000 for the organization.

Just as in prior years, Marlene Conklin was a big part of the event’s success — though you may be forgiven for not knowing this. Largely unseen, her efforts reveal just how much goes on behind the scenes during a book sale.

Three years ago, Don “Doc” Adams died, leaving a hole not only in the Sedona Red Rock High School athletics program but in the broader community.

“Doc Adams spent 20 years of his life dedicated to SRRHS, supporting all sports programs for both boys and girls,” Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins said.

Four years ago, Catherine Anderson made an announcement to her friends: She would be quitting her high-paying job of 22 years in cardiology, selling nearly everything she owned and moving out of Delaware — to a place many people might think of as the polar opposite of Delaware, in fact.

Namely, Sedona.

It’s unusual to find someone as charitable as John Cornelius. When you take into account the fact of his age — 96 — finding someone who compares becomes nearly impossible.

Ten years ago, the World War II veteran began making calls to local businesses, asking for items that he might raffle to benefit veterans.

John Soderberg will be hosting a book signing for several local authors on Sunday, Dec. 13, at his gallery.

One of those authors is Bev Jenai-Myers. The author of “Cowboys of Color” will be signing copies of her sophomore effort, “Passing it On: Moving Stories of Activists 1960-2000.”

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