New Friends of the Library

Volunteers keep North Valley Regional on its feet By Ron Sanzone An under-the-radar organization that works to enhance the lives of the local community hides in plain sight in Anthem. The New Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization that supports programming for the North Valley Regional Library at 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem. Commonly referred to as the Friends of the Library, it a ...

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Sole Meunière

By Jan D’Atri I was searching for a great recipe for you that’s simple, takes very little time and cooks so quickly it will hardly heat your kitchen during the summer months. I found my catch of the day thanks to celebrity chef and cookbook author Ina Garten, my favorite Barefoot Contessa. This simple skillet dish is called Sole Meunière (pronounced “mah-nyear”). But don’t let the name scare you. Meunière i ...

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Quit Bugging Me!

How to prevent and treat bites and stings By Katherine Reeves, Pharm. D and Tara Storjohann, Pharm D., BCGP, FASCP Summer is here! This means hot weather, days at the pool and, unfortunately, more of those annoying (and painful!) bug bites and stings. Often, these can be treated with over-the-counter medications. However, in other cases, it may be more appropriate to seek medical attention. So, do you know ...

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My Girl Scout Journey

I served my community and now my country  By Tanner Laziure I have been a Girl Scout for 13 years and am now a lifetime member. I recently completed my Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and it gave me the opportunity to address a problem in my community and create a sustainable solution.  I decided to pursue the Gold Award because I knew that it would challenge me to think beyond my ci ...

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Never Giving Up

Bull rider Kerry Jones supports his sport despite a life-changing injury By Jordan Houston Mesa resident Kerry Jones suffered from a traumatic rodeo accident when he was 18 that left him paralyzed from the chest down — but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his passions in the ring.   Now 55, Jones fills his time by judging bull riding competitions from his wheelchair at venues across the Valley, including ...

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New Beginnings

Merrill Gardens couple marry after meeting in church By Octavio Serrano Pete Lee sat next to Mary Jo Waters at church and asked to hold her hand. Six months later, they said “I do.” The residents of Anthem’s Merrill Gardens, Pete, 92, and Mary Jo Lee, 85, celebrated their friendship and companionship when they married in late May. The couple became close after that first day in church. “He explained that he ...

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Moving On

Anthem theater alumna lands resident actress role in South Carolina  By Laura Latzko Musical Theatre of Anthem alumna Julia Kelly-Davis has a passion for performing. Her talents are taking her to South Carolina, where she will serve as a resident actor for Charleston Stage for 10 months.  During that time, she and six other resident actors will perform in the company’s shows and mentor young people interest ...

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Lexus RC-F V-8 Coupe

This car is a ‘blast’ to drive By C.A. Haire There are plenty of two-door sport coupes on the market, but very few are powered by a V-8 engine. Lexus has one it would be glad to sell you, called the RC-F. Under the hood is a potent, modern 5.0-liter V-8, cranking out 467 horsepower, and 389 pound/feet of torque. It’s hooked to an 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. Gears can be selected manually fr ...

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Kuma’s Great Adventures

The family goes camping at Mingus Mountain Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Man, the heat is on! It is that time of year when temps rise, and my family and I head to the hills to cool off. Mom and dad got the camper trailer all ready and loaded up the car. We were going back to Mingus Mountain. Last time, we had a leak in the trailer. No hold up this time, and we hit the road with ease. We h ...

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Festive Fun

Puff paint, rockets and filter crafts will make July 4th colorful By Shannon Fisher July is here and the 4th is a great time to make festive crafts.   Homemade puff paint is easy and fun. We started with 1/2 cup of flour and mixed in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and just kept stirring in water until it was the consistency of pancake batter.  We divided our mix into two parts an ...

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