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Ex-internee shares his experience as a child in World War II prison camp in the Philipines

From 1961-67, Chris Arundell served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a staff sergeant, which required a brief stint of active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Lillian Boyd photo)
From 1961-67, Chris Arundell served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a staff sergeant, which required a brief stint of active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Lillian Boyd photo)

Chris Arundell spent his first three years living comfortably in Manila with his family, his nanny and a dog he considered his best friend. On Dec. 8, 1941, it all ended when the Japanese military invaded the Philippine Islands and took him, his parents and younger brother to an internment camp.

Assistant Editor and reporter Lillian Boyd talks with Arundell about his harrowing three-year experience in the internment camp and how he witnessed the kindness of a Japanese soldier in all of the chaos that profoundly impacted him.

Chris Arundell will speak at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Dominick's American Grill at Green Valley Country Club. Contact Peggy McGee at peggy@greenvalleymoaa.org or call 520-207-6188 for information. Reservations are required by Friday.

Were you alive during World War II, and if so, what do you remember the most about the war?

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Man went missing from Green Valley home on Monday

Johnnie Huff has early stages of memory loss.
Johnnie Huff has early stages of memory loss.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for Green Valley resident Johnnie Huff, 71, who went missing on Monday from his home on the 200 block of West Palma in Pueblo Estates.

Anybody with information should call 911.

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A new softball field keeps Jim Hill's legacy alive

BAJA President Craig Burgess describes Jim Hill as a generous friend to the softball program based in Green Valley. (Lillian Boyd photo)
BAJA President Craig Burgess describes Jim Hill as a generous friend to the softball program based in Green Valley. (Lillian Boyd photo)

In coordination with officials from the county, members of BAJA (Born Again Jocks Association) dedicated the opening of a third field at the Chuck Catino Softball Complex in Jim Hill’s name.

Assistant Editor Lillian Boyd talks with current and former BAJA club members about the legacy he left behind. 

Head over to the BAJA Sporting Club website to learn more about their mission and how you can get involved.

Feel free to share your stories about how Jim Hall impacted your life with the community.

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Active lifestyles in Green Valley

Hey Naburs, 

I've been reading a 2021 research piece called "The active grandparent hypothesis: Physical activity and the evolution of extended human healthspans and lifespans."

Active grandparent hypothesis is the idea that "evolution favoured those who engaged in lifelong physical activity because it reduces vulnerability to chronic disease."

Green Valley is full of organizations and communities that encourage active, healthy, physical activity. So, I want to explore that in a feature. 

Are you a Green Valley resident? How do you stay active? What kind of clubs or activities here encourage you to stay physically active?

Do you have any insight into how you made physical activity a habit in your life here in Green Valley?

Drop me a note below, or email me at jverwys@gvnews.com.