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Cooking with Diane: Toffee-Walnut Skillet Cookie

Another sweet treat to add to your Christmas baking list is this Toffee-Walnut Skillet cookie.

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People & Places: Singing Santa brings joy to Chino Valley Library

Couple has been performing at senior homes too

One of the highlights of the holidays in Chino Valley is when a certain jolly man and his wife visit the library.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Alekzandria

Character Counts here at Del Rio School … Especially Being Fair! One of our nominees for the month of November was Alekzandria, a student in Mrs. Marzec’s third-grade class.

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Pet of the Week: Ziggy

Ziggy is an 8-week-old male kitten looking for a home. A woman brought Ziggy to the Chino Valley Animal Shelter after she nearly ran him over.

ASK THE CONTRACTOR: Plan on remodeling? Check for asbestos first

We just inherited a home from my parents that was built prior to 1970.

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People & Places: Stepping in to make sure no child is hungry

Hungry Kids Program feels a need in the community

There are thousands of children in our country who go hungry each day, even in our small town of Chino Valley.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Izaiah

Izaiah Dominguez is an amazing, enthusiastic and fun first grader at Territorial who loves math and is kind to all.

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Cooking with Diane: Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

The Christmas holiday season is cookie baking time at our house.

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ASK THE CONTRACTOR: Keep the disposal humming for the holidays

The holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends and neighbors.

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People & Places: Vendors bring unique gifts to Hometown Christmas

The Chino Valley Hometown Christmas event has taken place for several years now and is a big hit with the community.

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Cooking with Diane: Pork Carbonara

Carbonara is a new dish I tried and both my husband and I loved it. Serve with a crisp green salad for a great flavorful dinner.

ASK THE CONTRACTOR: Is your crawl space sealed or vented?

With so many homes built into the hillsides here in Prescott and having a walk space under the house, we have an unfinished area, just dirt with plastic covering the dirt.

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Cooking with Diane: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies

These pumpkin brownies are sure to be a hit for the holidays. Sweet and chocolaty with the spicy taste of pumpkin is a great combination.

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CVSD Student of the Week: Aleah

Aleah Phipps is an amazing young lady at Territorial Early Childhood Center.

Ask the Contractor: Many reasons to give thanks this season

Let’s consider our good fortune and choose to be our best selves

This holiday above all others brings to mind different thoughts for all of us.

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Library celebrates Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie

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Thanksgiving originated as a Harvest Festival and has been celebrated in the United States on the last Thursday in November since 1789.

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Cooking with Diane: Cranberry Cake with Butter-Almond Sauce

Cranberries and Thanksgiving go together, so you will love this Cranberry Cake as a new addition to your Thanksgiving desserts.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Kyler

Kyler has stepped up this year and has demonstrated to so many in class and in after-school clubs that he is and can be responsible.

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Pet of the Week: Deana

Deana is a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow (that’s a guess) mixed female dog looking for a home.

Ask The Contractor: Don’t forget to factor in ‘cost-of-doing business’

Materials not the only cost when it comes to hiring someone to do home repairs

A homeowner called last week with a “sharing of information” and wanted to make me aware of a quoted price for work.

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Help for homeless vets

People & Places: Chino Valley couple offers housing, counseling

Homeless veterans are not just something of the 21st century.

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Cooking with Diane: Mushrooms and Beef with Mashed Potatoes

With cool weather approaching, this is a quick rib-sticking dish to serve your family, along with your favorite veggies. Enjoy.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez is a very hard-working student.

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CVUSD Teacher of the Month: Shannon Feipel

Mrs. Shannon Feipel is an exemplary special education teacher at TECC.

Nonprofits in Brief: Doggie Fashion Show fundraiser set for Nov. 12

The staff and volunteers of Circle L Ranch Animal Rescue & Sanctuary would like to invite the public to Circle L’s “Doggie Fashion Show” fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at The Barley Hound Gastropub, 234 S. Cortez St. in Prescott.