July 12 marks the official start of the dog days of summer, but for us Arizonans, these “dog days” always seem to start at the end of May. We always say we’re used to the heat…but we also seem to be the first ones in the pool.

Interestingly enough, dog days actually has nothing to do with dogs or the lazy days of summer. The dog days refer to the “dog” star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens this time of year. 

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” happened around the time when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in mid-July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period of time that lasts until August, which could bring fever or even catastrophe. Or in our case, lots and lots of pool parties! 

We’ve had a good reason to celebrate in our office lately. Your hometown newspaper recently came home with 23 awards from this year’s Association of Free Community Publications (AFCP) conference. This includes first place for General Excellence in our neighborhood newspaper’s category, which is the highest honor a community publication can receive from AFCP. We are proud and grateful to our advertisers, writers, staff and most of all, our readers. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Happy Independence Day and thank you for reading the Arcadia News.

— Mallory Gleich