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Ask the Contractor: Food Zone Certified quartz is available

I have heard there is a brand of Quartz countertop material called Quantra and supposedly this brand of quartz is Food Zone Certified where other companies that manufacture quartz materials are not Food Zone Certified. Are you aware of this?

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Stepping up to help children with disabilities

People & Places: Mom didn’t like options for her child, so she created one

The Learning Center in Chino Valley, 3525 N. Highway 89, was started in 2011 by Jackie Nance Green, and they refer to themselves as “TLC,” which is very apropos as Jackie and her staff work very hard to help special needs children and adults (from newborn on up) with physical and mental disabilities to become productive citizens.

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Ask the Contractor: Prepare now for monsoon season

According to Wikipedia, the monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.

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Cooking with Diane: Pineapple Cole Slaw

Cool side dishes like this sweet, tangy slaw are great in hot weather.

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Pet of the Week: Juliette

Juliette is about 5 years old and a Chihuahua mixed female dog looking for a family of her own.

Farm Bureau annual meeting set for June 24

Yavapai County Farm Bureau will have its annual Policy Development Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E Goodwin St.

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Meet First Responder Fathers

People & Places

Over the generations you can be sure that many people have thought things similar to this quote, “The greatest gift I ever had, came from God, I call him Dad,” (unknown)

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Pet of the Week: Duran

Duran is a Labrador Retriever Mix male dog looking for a family.

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Cooking with Diane: Raspberry Ice Box Cake

With hot summer days coming on, this cool raspberry dessert is ideal to take to backyard parties, barbecues and potlucks. Happy summer!

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Ask the Contractor: You’ve got paint questions? We’ve got answers

Cleaning walls, peeling paint, chain-link fence fix and more

Our column last week on paintbrushes drew a “million” questions on other paint topics. Well maybe not quite a million, but would you believe a gazillion or a truckload? OK, a few. Here they are:

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U.S. flag gets spotlight in Memory Park event

People and Places - Groups unite to pay tribute on America’s Flag Day

The adoption of the United States flag happened on June 14, 1777, and in August 1949 Congress established June 14, as National Flag Day.

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Child of the Week: TJ

Eleven-year-old TJ just completed fifth grade and looks forward to being “across the fence” at the middle school in the fall.

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Cooking with Diane: Garden Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil

Make this Garden Veggie Pasta Salad with Basil for dinner tonight.

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Ask the Contractor: Not all paint brushes are the same, choose wisely

We (my husband and I) are going to attempt a DIY project — painting the kitchen and living room of our home.

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Chino Valley Births: Week of June 7, 2017

Births published in the Chino Valley Review Wednesday, June 7.

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Highlights from the 2017 Chino Valley Heritage Fest

The Chino Valley Heritage Fest May 20 attracted some good cooks, some Shady Ladies, musical entertainment, and a few animals in the petting zoo.

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Pet of the Week: Cassia

Cassia is an American Pit Bull/Terrier mixed female looking for a home.

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Meet the Sweet Adelines associate director

People & Places

Musical harmony is such a beautiful sound, and many people in this area have heard the local singing group Sweet Adelines Song of the Pines at various functions throughout the quad-city area.

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Ask the Contractor: Windows are not all same; choose carefully

We just purchased a home and the windows are not in the best shape.

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Cooking with Diane: Coconut-Strawberry Pie

I have made lots of pies over the years but I have never made one with a coconut crust.

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Pet of the Week: Amelia

Amelia is a 7-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mixed female dog looking for a family.

Quad Cities farmers markets open

First day for Chino Valley Summer Market is June 1

As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food.

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People and Places: Meet Chino Valley’s 4 new street vendors

Everyone enjoys eating a variety of good food and within the past year Chino Valley has acquired several new street vendors who sell some unique food items.

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Cooking with Diane: Spicy Breakfast Bread Pudding

If you are tired of the same bacon-and-eggs breakfast, try this savory bread pudding breakfast casserole, it is sure to be a hit with your family.

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Ask The Contractor: Annual YCCA Home show wrap up

After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building on the 39th annual YCCA Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with our column.

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