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RED ROCK NEWS, Sedona, Arizona Friday, February 19, 2010 - 3A ROBERT SECHRENGOST, a Sedona resident and frequent trail hiker, finds small heart-shaped stones on his outings and gives them to both new and old friends. Sechrengost started this endeavor approximately six months ago and ever since, the rocks have been jumping out at him. "They seem to find me." Sechrengost said. Michelle Bradley/ Larson Newspapers Resident finds rock 'hearts' while hiking Robert $echrengost gathers stones to share with others By Lu Stitt LARSON NEWSPAPERS Robert Sechrengost likes to give away his hearts. They are not really his but small stones in the shape of hearts he finds as he hikes the trails around Sedona. He hikes nearly every day and picks them up when he sees them, but only the small ones he can put in his pocket. "They actually find me. Once I started picking them up they started appearing more often," Sechrengost said. "I give them away to whoever it feels right to give them to." Being in the Arizona sunshine is obviously something Sechrengost does a lot proven by the tan on his face and arms, and his hiking shoes as he enjoyed some breakfast at a West Sedona restaurant. However, the tan is not only from being in Sedona the past four years. He spent a lot of his life outdoors. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 31 years climbing poles. Just shy of 50, he decided to retire, much earlier than most. "I'm very much into keeping healthy and learning about nutri- tion. I started in the 1990s about eating right, wholistic medicine and staying healthy. Hiking is part of my routine," Sechrengost said. He is tall and thin, and walks with a youthful lift to his step. Sechrengost said he has always thought and lived his life outside of the box. In fact, he does not agree with the box. It's too confining for him. "For instance there are natural agents that can help heal but mainstream medicine doesn't acknowledge them," he said. Another example, while most people are calling 2010 the start of a new decade, he thinks it is actually ending the last one. It is the 10th year. He even chooses not to have a cell phone. He doesn't see a need. "What I've actually tried to do especially since I retired is roll with life. The only thing I can do is change myself. That way I just put out love -- unconditional love -- to everybody," Sechrengost said and stretched out his arms. "You just send it out and don't expect anything back. That takes away from it at least a little." Sometimes Sechrengost hikes alone, other times he looks for people on the trail especially in Boynton Canyon to show them the way to the ruins. "It's peaceful and magical at the ruins. Sometimes I'll play my flute," he said. He plays the American Indian flute because he enjoys making music and playing by ea. "I play what feels right. Sitting there among the red rocks playing is spiritual. There's a cave up off Coffee Pot [Drive]. I went up there and played. It was so magical," Sechrengost said and closed his eyes as he smiled. "I love to be out in nature and soak up its energy. It clears my mind." He likes to hike Bear Mountain particularly for the views which change as a person ascends. "It's spectacular up on Bear Mountain and the view is 'different at different times of year," he said. Most of the heart-shaped stones Sechrengost finds are red rock but he has found volcanic stones, grayish and whitish ones and once in a while he finds a piece of jasper. "It depends on where you're at what you see. It's all beautiful," he said. He stated that he never takes stones from wilderness or protected areas, only what he sees near the trail. Lu Stltt can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 122, or e-mail lu @ larsonnewspapers.com H t Good ... got your attention see how you're reading this right now? NOW IMAGINE your ad being here and how many other people would be reading it. LARSON NEWSPAPERS "The voice of Sedona and the Verde Valley for more than 45 years!" 282-5580 567-3341 634-8551 Students sought for state program American Legion Post 135 and Auxiliary Unit 25 are seeking applicants for the coming 2010 Girls and Boys State program. The program is open to juniors who will complete their senior year of high school. The week- long course for the boys is held at Northern Arizona University, while the girls are i0structed at the University of Tucson. Both sessions will be held Sunday, June 6, to Saturday, June 12. The purpose of each program is to emphasize the importance of government in modern life andis "a learning by doing program." Basic qualifications for applicants include leader- ship, scholarship and commu- nity service. Selection will be based on character and potential achievement such as excellence in leadership, scholarship or extracurricular activities. Students should be American citizens and have an interest in government. They will partici- pate in the electoral process and have the opportunity to hold public office, while meeting and making friends with students from all across Arizona. Each program represents 176 high schools in Arizona. The week- long program will culminate with the selection of two girls and two boys to Girls and Boys Nation. These individuals will receive an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital. For more information on the programs or applications, students at Sedona Red Rock High School should contact counselor Kathy Moore at 204-6738. All others should contact Post 135 Boys State Chairman Jim Strande no later than Monday, March 15, at 649-3374. Girls should contact Unit 25 Girls State Chairwoman Jeri Strande at 649-3374 no later than Monday, March 1. We are excited to announce the expansion of our award-winning laboratory health care services into the Sedona community! Our new location provides you with short wait times and high-quality service. Please visit our web site, www.SonoraQuest.com, where you can schedule Patient Service Center appointments, pay your bill online, view our contracted health plans, and more. 210 Sunset Dr., Suite C P. 928.282.8562 - E 928.282.2517 Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sonora Quest Laboratories of Northewn ATizona A Subsidiary ol l.a|]tuatory Scit, tlct.s Ot Arizona Local Laboratories. Local Focus. www.SonoraQuest.com Now, more thanever, Sedona needs a proactive leader that does not represefit special interests. Ma or Adams' voting record speaks for itself. He represents a balance between fiscal respon= Iy, environmental stewardship and the quality of life for the residents of Sedona. I Jla yor Adams is responsive to the public, educates himself on the issues and is guided by the principle of vh tt is in the best interest for our community. He can see the big picture in problem solving and promotes community involvement in our government. The following people that have endorsed Mayor Adams represent a small portion of the government leaders, buslness people, spiritual community, educators, environmentalists and other-community members that encourage you to re-elect Mayor Rob Adamsl Tom O'Halleran Peggy Sands David Webster Jim & Pare Pease William & Patsy Brunner Sandra Brandvotd Dick & Jo Ellis Eric & Penelope Sandburg Jesusita Villasenor Geoffrey Roth Donna Michasls Don & Kathy Nelms Chris Seymour Lorraine Fexas Bstteanne Rutten Doug Blackwell Janet Fagan Tom Rutten Nick LaBarbera Laura Maurer Gayle Taylor Rio Robson David & Vivi Arnett Dee Durkee Brent Bitz Julliette Colangelo Bill Holman Marlene Rayner Carol Kelly Nancy Robb Dunst Trudi Slipher Robert Cotter Rod Veach Carol Wirkus Karen James Eric Shrode Jim & Jean Thomson Bill & Janet Sabina David & Julia Sterzing Tom & Sue Gould Carol Scribner William Hassel Heather & Jim Molans Lawrence Decker Fred Johnson Jim Myers SheldonBreitbart Donald Kelly Mary Ann Mills Jim & Jan Tanis, Barbara Breitbart Stephen Devol Jackie Ellis , Michael Dean William B. Robson Jerome Gatto James Christiansen Phyllis & Paul Lindberg Jac Robson Mark Berliant Mark Feldtkeller Annemarie Hunter Jean Capalbo Brent Maupin Lee Congdon John Neville Cathi Bentley Hill Bob Brookshire Helen Knoll Rosemary Mills Linda Nicholas Marjorie Miller Joella Mahoney Ted Jones Edmund Baron Jessica Sierra Linda Rose Robson Peter Baenziger Joe & Lynne Montedonico Oman Ken. Toby Friedman Paul Tutnick Angela LeFevre Janice Johns Jawn McKinley Gary & Laura Maurer Sue Bean Marjorie Haas Aubrey Mills Bob & Jean Jorgensen Theresa Gatto Candace Copeland Roger & Ruthie Parsons Donald Kelly Roger & Delores Kiel Bob Copeland Drake Mitchell Carl & Susan Ritter Tom & Diana Oliphant Dick Holborow Nancybelle Jones Judy Reddington Lenore Kerr Carl Frazier Emma Carpino Gene Fenstermaoher Tyler Barrett Dan Mcllroy