Category: Features

‘A Star for Mrs. Blake,’ by April Smith

Violetta Armour A Star for Mrs. Blake is the fictional account of five mothers who lost their sons in World War I, based on historical events and two actual people in history. In World War I, there were more than 30,000 Americans buried in the U.S. cemeteries in Europe. In 1929 Congress passed legislation to fund…

Sunday Venue—A Wonderfully Successful Season

John and Colleen Yu Thank you to everyone who supported our Sunday Music, Dinner and Dance Venue this season. Because of you, we had our most successful season in recent history. With so many unknowns coming into this season (after cancelling the previous season due to COVID-19), we were prepared for disappointment. However, not only…

Word of the Month: Emplacement

  David Zapatka While watching the last two episodes of The Expanse, I heard significant dialogue about the rail guns being used by Marcos Inaros, the leader of the Belters’ Free Navy, who was intent on destroying the Inners (pronounced Innas), the people residing on Earth, Luna (the moon), and Mars. These rail guns were…

Bugs Be Gone with Essential Oils

JoAnne Gaudioso Don’t let the bugs bug you this spring. Watching a gorgeous sunset? Hiking to a lake for a scenic swim? Getting out to play a round of golf? Throwing your annual barbeque with loved ones or friends? Nothing can ruin the perfect outdoors moment like pesky mosquitoes and insects. Spring is also a time…

It Truly Is a Small World, as Neighbors Discover

Penny Petersen This story begins in September of 1995. My husband Ron and I were in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, visiting my cousin Jeff whose wife worked for the French Foreign Service and was stationed there. We were coming out of a bank near the railway station talking about what to do next. Suddenly,…

Pet Safety in Emergencies

D. Williams No one likes to think that a natural disaster or family or personal emergency will happen to them, and few people are prepared for such situations. While the thought of any emergency is scary, you can avoid outright panic by preparing to protect your pet the best you can before the situation arises.…

In Passing

Bill Chambers Bill Chambers took his first breath in Gadsden, Ala., on Feb. 14, 1942, and his final breath in Sun Lakes, Ariz., March 11, 2022, in the company of his wife, their three daughters, and his brother. True to his Valentine status, his sweetness lives on in the memories of all who experienced his…

The Remodeling Corner

Janet Cook There are two major annual home remodeling industry shows: the International Builders Show (IBS) and Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) where training is offered, professionals are recognized, and vendors can showcase their products. Both offer award recognition for the most innovative and best in design for home improvement products. It is good…

Donate to Vietnam Veterans of America

Gary Kanowsky Hi, my name is Gary Kanowsky. For four to six years, I collected everything to help our veterans. They have started to pick up again. So, if you have anything to donate, please call and I will pick up, or you can drop it off. I live in Cottonwood. My phone number is…