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Ask The Contractor: Smoke alarms, planning ahead saves lives

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 through Oct. 14, 2017, is the longest running public health observance.

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Squash Patch Farm Ministries feeds the needy

People & Places

“Hunger is a huge enemy! We have developed the Lord’s army to fight hunger,” said David Meier, who, along with his wife Karen, is one of the coordinators of Squash Patch Farm Ministries.

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Cooking with Diane: Herb Cheese-Bacon Corn Muffins

Corn muffins never tasted so good with any soup or stew.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Kaleb Kennedy

Kaleb Kennedy, a student in Mr. Rudnick’s fifth-grade class at Del Rio Elementary School is the Chino Valley Unified School District student of the week.

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Pet of the Week: Simon

Simon is a super-lovable German shepherd mix, approximately 3 1/2 years old.

Ask the Contractor: Ceiling fans, exhaust fans both useful

Ceiling fans help cool ­— and heat ­— home more efficiently

Since Philip Diehl’s invention of the first electric ceiling fan in 1882, ceiling fans have evolved to become the most widely used and efficient cooling systems.

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Arizona Alpacas’ fleece makes great yarn

Alpacas are becoming a very popular animal to raise in Arizona.

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Cooking with Diane: Beefy Meat Pie

This tasty beefy pie recipe makes quite a bit, but one can be frozen for another supper.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Emercyn George

Emercyn George is a delightful student.

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Pet of the Week: Lily

Lily is a 2- to 3-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Shar Pei mixed female looking for a home.

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Ask the Contractor: Be sure to hire licensed contractors

Homeowners pay the price when they don’t rely on licensed help

Our neighbors recently hired an unlicensed contractor to remodel their bath. Now all I am hearing about are problems and the unlicensed guy wants all of his money and says he is going to sue.

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Spending a lot of time with good books

People & Places: Volunteers support the Chino Valley Library

Are you a bibliophile (someone who loves books and enjoys reading or collecting them)? Cathy Frei readily admits she’s one.

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Cooking with Diane: Pumpkin-Apple Upside-down Cake

Another great dessert made with a combination of the tasty fall fruits, pumpkin and apples.

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CVUSD Teacher of the Month: Daryl Rankin

Daryl Rankin was hired this year as a special education teacher at Heritage Middle School.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Ariel Esparza

“What’s not to like about band?” questions Ariel Esparza when asked about joining the fifth-grade band club hosted at Heritage Middle School.

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Pet of the Week: Logan

Logan is a 7-year-old Australian Shepherd mixed male dog looking for a home.

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Ask the Contractor: Contract agreements should be clear, detailed

Obtain a change order for every adjustment

This past week I met with two families with contract issues.

Senior Menus: Sept. 25-29

Senior Menus for the week of Monday, 09-25, to Friday, 09-29

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Former principal keeps kids from fearing future

People and Places: CVUSD homeless liaison Wes Brownfield helps families who have nothing

In recent years, a study found that there are approximately 1.4 million children in the U.S. reporting to school who did not have an address to give school authorities.

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Cooking with Diane: Tangy Autumn Apple Slaw

Here is another recipe to use up some of those apples.

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Pet of the Week: Colby

Colby is a male, American Pit Bull Terrier/Cathoula Leopard Dog mix who is about 10 months old and looking for a home.

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CVUSD Student of the Week: Ethan Jensen

To kick off our Character Counts program this school year, we focused on the character trait of Trustworthiness in the month of August. Nominated for demonstrating this character trait is Ethan Jensen, a student in Mr. Robitaille’s fourth-grade class.

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Ask the Contractor: Your paint questions answered

We are considering painting the exterior of our home and the painter wants to use a Sherwin-Williams product called Duration.

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Chino Valley artists shine on 10th annual Artists Tour

People & Places

Anyone interested in seeing or purchasing fine art in water colors, pastels, oils and acrylics – in addition to sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, textiles etc. – should make sure they attend the 10th annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour.

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Cooking with Diane: Coconut-honey Sticky Buns

Needless to say this is not a low-calorie dish, but absolutely delicious, and definitely a family favorite for all ages.