Symbols and Celebrations

Could a local government display a nativity scene? By Judge Gerald A. Williams Can a local government lawfully display a nativity scene on government property during the Christmas season? Does it matter if it is also part of an overall holiday display? What about the Constitutional requirement for separation between church and state? To find answers to these and many legal questions, a quick examination of ...

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Small Business Retirement Plans

Tips to avoid extra taxes and maximize deductions By Paul Breslau, Breslau Insurance & Benefits Inc.   Many small business retirement plans are needlessly paying taxes because of inefficient 401(k) plan design or no plan at all. Are you falling victim to extra taxes?   Large employers typically have a 401(k) plan because it is a relatively low-cost employee benefit that a large business is expected ...

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Beyond Bookkeeping

Business Bookkeeping Resolution offers accounting, payroll, tax preparation and advisory services By Heather Maxwell, Executive Director, Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce   The mission of Business Bookkeeping Resolution is to empower business owners to be more successful and more in control of their business finances without taking their focus away from core and revenue-generating activities. Edina Hali ...

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Fine Farriers

Pieh Tool Company carries on a family legacy in horseshoeing and blacksmithing   By Eric Newman When Bill Pieh, founder of Centaur Forge Farrier and Blacksmith Supply, passed away in 2000, his youngest daughter, Amy, took it upon herself to continue the family legacy. Though the family sold Burlington, Wisconsin-based Centaur in 2002 – 42 years after its founding in 1960 – she is still a mainstay in th ...

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Rock Of All Ages

Students from 6 to 86 find their inner tunesmiths at Rhapsody School of Music   By Madison Rutherford Upon entering Rhapsody School of Music in Anthem, patrons will immediately notice the kaleidoscope of colorful electric guitars that grace the left wall. Hang a right to head down a narrow hallway lined with practice rooms where various brass, string, percussion and piano lessons take place. On a recen ...

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Classroom View

Anthem art teacher Kyra Kalageorgie leads by example   By Niki D’Andrea Kyra Kalageorgie is surrounded by sharks. Sharks with open mouths and sharp teeth, pointed noses rippled with scars, and big, dark, expressive eyes that seem to follow her every move. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. The sharks are in several of her paintings, which hang on the walls of the room in the Anthem charter school ...

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Ask the Pharmacist

When you’re ‘stuck-y’ you feel yucky By Fatima Benhalima and Tara Storjohann   What is constipation? Great question! All too often we find ourselves so busy we neglect to take care of our gut health, which can lead to constipation. Constipation describes a condition in which people experience difficulties with passing stool, also known as bowel movement. It is common and can be experienced by many peop ...

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Some Like It Hot

Dara Thai Café spices up Anthem’s culinary scene with authentic flavor   Story and Photos by Madison Rutherford If you ask me about some of the more memorable Thai dishes I’ve consumed in the last decade, a few key culinary experiences come to mind, chiefly sitting cross-legged on a beach in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand while devouring creamy kaeng khiao wan over a fluffy foundation of jasmine rice, or squeez ...

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Kuma’s Adventures

Camping at Woods Canyon Lake   Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Oh, happy day! My mom and dad loaded up our camper, and that meant we were heading to the hills. I settled into my kennel for the ride up. I never know if it will be a short or long drive since we can sleep in our camper. This particular drive was about three hours from North Phoenix. We went through Fountain Hills on State ...

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Fall Fun

Wood pumpkins, leaf faces and scarecrows, oh my!   Story and photos by Shannon Fisher Fall is finally here in AZ! Here are some easy crafts to celebrate. Wood pumpkins are fun to paint and decorate. We ordered ours from a local wood maker, but they sell them at crafts stores as well. You can use acrylic paint to make the colors of your choice. You can also use paper covered with Mod Podge to create ano ...

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