Get to Know––Cave Creek’s Daniel Mercer

Daniel Mercer Daniel Mercer grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. He was active in 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), football, wrestling, and track. His first big decision came at the age of 19, when he joined the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after four years. The next major step was his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Teresa. They’ve been married for 21 years and have raised their ch ...

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Bad Parent? Good Parent? Local psychologist Chris Wylie on 10 parenting mistakes to avoid

Bad Parent? Good Parent? Local psychologist Chris Wylie on 10 parenting mistakes to avoid Being a parent is full of joys, but most would agree that it’s also one of the toughest challenges in human experience. Children don’t arrive with a how-to manual, and what works for one child may not work for another. Parenting may not be easy––even the second, third, whatever time around, but I can impart a few class ...

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Western Flair: A custom rustic look fits the bill for this Desert Hills family, originally from Long Island.

Western Flair A custom rustic look fits the bill for this Desert Hills family, originally from Long Island. By Sondra Barr Photos by Michele Celentano When George and Dolores (no last name given) moved from Long Island to Arizona, they knew they wanted their own private piece of land. After moving into a Toll Brothers home in Sonoran Foothills in 2006, it didn’t take them long to realize that the backyard w ...

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Fitness––A Family Affair

Fitness––A Family Affair Make health and fitness your lifetime priorities by getting your whole family involved, says fitness mentor Michelle Steinke. The family that plays together has a lot of fun! I call it FFF, or Fun Family Fitness, and what I’ve learned with my two young children is that being active as a family can make all the difference and change the dynamic for years to come. Kids learn by what w ...

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Neighborhood Touchdown: The North Valley Regional Library’s partnership with the New Friends of the Library is a win-win

Neighborhood Touchdown The North Valley Regional Library’s partnership with the New Friends of the Library is a win-win. By Irma Poznecki Patrons of the North Valley Regional Library may not be aware that they’re recipients of NFL funding. No, not the football league—these playmakers are officially named New Friends of the Library, which is a local nonprofit group whose mission is to provide financial suppo ...

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Who Goes There? Fact or fiction? Jim Oliveri takes on the controversial subject of unidentified flying objects over Arizona skies.

Who Goes There? Fact or fiction? Jim Oliveri takes on the controversial subject of unidentified flying objects over Arizona skies. Arizona seems to be a hotbed for UFO sightings, perhaps because visibility in the night sky here is unusually good. However, a recent rash of UFO sightings appears to have been largely ignored by the media, and I’m wondering why. Allegedly reliable witnesses have reported incide ...

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Virus Alert: While there’s no cure for the common cold, local pharmacist Tara Storjohann has a few suggestions to keep some of the misery at bay

Virus Alert While there’s no cure for the common cold, local pharmacist Tara Storjohann has a few suggestions to keep some of the misery at bay. Unless you work with the very young, the very sick, or the elderly, having the common cold isn’t a good enough reason to call in sick (sorry!). You may feel as if it is, but unfortunately, you’re not sick enough to lie around the house all day watching Netflix. On ...

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We’re Bookin’ it: Join in on the reading fun with Kristine Abrams Gresh to gather momentum at the 85086 Book Club

We're Bookin' it! Join in on the reading fun with Kristine Abrams Greshto gather momentum at the 85086 Book Club Happy February, readers! Are you enjoying Gone Girl? I am. If you haven’t started it, no worries––plenty of time to pick up a copy and read along. Don’t forget to write and let us know what you think! Personally, so far I find the writing appealing and even attention grabbing at times. It’s blunt ...

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Events in February

FEBRUARY By Alexandra Grunwald 9 Arizona Music Fest brings to you the Bryant Park Quartet performing Beethoven and Ravel. If your family is classically inclined, come out and experience an enlightening musical performance at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit azmusicfest.org 8 A little competition for a good cause never hurt anyone, right? ...

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Sweet Deals: Budget-savvy mom Judy Weston on the savings to love in February

Sweet Deals: Budget-savvy mom Judy Weston on the savings to love in February.  Ahhh, February! The month of love and chocolate. Along with the love I feel for my beautiful family is my love of saving a bunch. There really are specific times of the year to buy everything. Here are a few great items to buy in February. You’ll love the deals, too! This may sound as if I’m a Valentine’s Day Scrooge, but if you ...

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