Acne doesn’t have to be a losing battle

By Ann Marie D’Onofrio Do you live your life in fear—fear of an acne breakout that is? Have you found yourself excited for a big day to arrive whether it is your prom, your wedding or just a hot date night but worried a dreaded outbreak could ruin everything? If so, you are not alone. Acne can be a major embarrassment and many experts underestimate the self-consciousness and social stigma that comes to thos ...

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Ask the Pharmacist

Answers to common vitamin questions By Dr. Michael Sun, Potter’s House Vitamins and dietary supplements, in combination with traditional medications, can serve as key components for maintaining good health. In my practice as a community pharmacist at Potter’s House Apothecary in Peoria, I get the opportunity to talk about vitamins and dietary supplements with my patients on a daily basis. Here are a few que ...

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Anthem Business Leaders Visit State Capitol

By Heather Maxwell Local leaders participate in advocacy program Business leaders in the Anthem area have come together for 2019 to learn how they can advocate for local businesses and residents in their communities. The Anthem Area Leadership Academy is a program recently launched by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce to empower aspiring leaders with the tools, experiences and networks necessary to addres ...

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Entertainment Guaranteed

The Musical Theatre of Anthem readies 2019-2020 season By Bridgette Redman For 11 years, Jackie and Jeff Hammond have been arranging seasons that give the children and young people of the Valley great theater experiences. At the Musical Theatre of Anthem, every child who auditions is cast, so most of its shows are large spectacles designed for wide involvement. The theater recently revealed its 2019-2020 se ...

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Get Amped!

Coffeeshop is all things for the community By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Keith and Jeanine Walashek struggled to find a one-stop-shop for music, coffee and drinks when they moved to Anthem. After Keith’s father passed away, the duo fulfilled a 6-year-old dream – and filled a niche – by opening Amped Coffee Company. “My father passed away five years ago,” Keith says. “He owned a ship repair business. When he ...

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Kuma’s Great Adventures

Secret Canyon, Sedona Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith What a spring we have had! With all the rain, the desert is happy and blooming. Officially, the hot season isn’t here yet, but we always have the option of heading to Sedona where it is a bit cooler. That’s what we did the other weekend. Sedona is jam packed, and we got up really early—too early for me. Yawn! My dad opted to drive throug ...

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Mindful Crafts

Inspire health thinking habits with these projects By Shannon Fisher May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a counselor, I see the need for this awareness and for kids to work on learning ways to cope with things that are bothering them. Here are fun crafts that can inspire healthy thinking habits as well. “I am” art is an easy way to express the positive things you feel about yourself. We took painter’s ...

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Teaching life lessons

By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church, Standing Stones Christian Academy Author William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” The greatest teaching and learning experiences come from being in a family. Families help us learn valuable lessons about life. God creates each of us with the d ...

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Banana Chessman Cookie Pudding

By Jan D’Atri It’s as pretty as it is delicious! This banana pudding with a Springtime twist makes a fantastic everyday dessert, or for something very special like Mother’s Day!   I often tell the story of how I’ve always used certain brand names throughout my life like Clorox Bleach and Gold Metal Flour. Why? Because they were the brands that my mom used, and so for me, there is a built-in brand loyalty. P ...

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Might As Well Jump

By Octavio Serrano The Boulder Creek Mountain Bike Club ready to hit the trails this summer   Veteran and Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Mike Harrelson fell in love with the trails in Anthem. He sought out anything bike related. “There’s so many trails here. We saw people on bikes, and we began talking to the local bike shops and found out there was a mountain bike team at Boulder Creek High School,” Ha ...

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