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Reminders for a pet-safe Thanksgiving celebration

Adoption Options

Thanksgiving is an eventful holiday for many people. From all the delicious food you make and eat, to spending time with family and showing your thanks for all the blessings in your life, this is one of the busier holidays we celebrate.

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For me, teaching science was the best job on the planet

Your Turn

Last week I mentioned that I wanted to be a scientist, but didn’t go to college out of high school because a counselor said a science degree was impossible for me.

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Conference leads to realization that worship is rehab for sinners

Firm Foundations

Most often when one thinks of worship, one may have memories of large choirs with various octave ranges in voice singing in harmony ... particularly and oftentimes during the Christmas and Easter season.

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Get ready for annual turkey shoot

Rattlin' the Rim

The communities of Pine and Strawberry are home to some of the finest marksmen, hunters and shooters in Arizona.

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Lots of congratulations to go around

I’m writing this column on Election Day and I have already voted by early ballot, so I don’t have to go to Christopher Creek to vote.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day (Part Three)

Back When

In 1898 the Rim Country was about to create a large new group of veterans who would go to war on behalf of our government. It was the Spanish-American War, the first to recruit soldiers after settlement.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day

Back When

On Veterans Day attention will turn to Payson’s Pioneer Cemetery and to the graves of those who fought in America’s wars. But Sam Hill was one of those who never wore a uniform.

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One holiday down, a couple more to go in 2016

The Village

Whew! One more holiday down and a few more left for this year. The trick or “treaters” were very few and far between this year, the parties at Shelby School and the Trunk or Treat at the Tonto Village Chapel kept the “treaters” busy collecting candy and having fun at the parties.

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The way I became a teacher was just plain crazy

Your Turn

Real teachers, they say, are born, not made. Maybe so, but you can’t prove it by me. If every teacher had to go through the convoluted twists and turns I went through before I ended up standing in front of a classroom there would be a lot fewer teachers.

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Fishing with kids: Just make it fun

Life on the Fly

Take cues from kids when you take them fishing. Want a fishing buddy for life? Just take your son or daughter fishing and make sure they have a great time.

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Extended fall worth its own celebration

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a quaint, picturesque, creekside, mountain community, tucked away beneath the Mogollon Rim in the ponderosa pine forest of east-central Arizona.

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Library loaded with activities this month

Rattlin' the Rim

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s November activity calendar is jam-packed with activities for patrons of all ages and interests.

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East Verde River becoming year-round trout stream

Outdoors Under the Rim

The East Verde River has certainly become a magnet to weekend visitors to the Rim Country during the summer months.

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Shelby School students collecting money for UNICEF

The Village

Wow, what an exciting weekend Bill and I had. Our children decided we needed to be at our granddaughter’s wedding in Coronado, Calif. so it was arranged that we would stay at our daughter Vicki’s house, spend the night and then the next day, drive the rest of the way to Coronado.

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Are you, like I am, one of those ‘Think Ahead!’ types? – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I told you how a snake stuck its face in mine while I was on a high ledge, causing me to, (a) let go and fall, and (b) tell myself as I dropped that next time I should do a little more checking before I start out on across a narrow ledge above a height.