One of the best parts of starting a new school year is buying school supplies. You may not believe it, but my mother actually sent me a “bouquet” of pencils one year while I was in college. I still have it, sitting on the bookshelf in my room.

Way back in my family ancestry, there is a definite connection to Ireland. My father’s grandfather emigrated from that country’s County Clare to Canada, and his son married a French woman and moved to North Dakota, where both my father and I were born. Even though there’s not much Irish in m…

When Archway Veritas’ second-grade teacher Taylor Brown was driving home from Flagstaff one day, she was listening to a podcast in which the guest talked about the impact that his fourth-grade teacher had on him, which led to a discussion on the importance of teachers.

It started when 10-year-old Elliot and eight-year-old Weston Lovill were heading home from a trash pick-up excursion with their dad, Adam, last year. During the drive, the duo decided to brainstorm other ideas to do their part in helping the environment, and an idea took shape. This summer, …

Most of us have hobbies, but Bob Mason has just one, and it’s more of an obsession. When he isn’t sleeping, the 89-year-old former Salt River Project executive is always tinkering, conjuring up yet another mechanical creation.

After the success of Cynthia Finefrock’s first book, Winston the Traveling Dog, the author realized it was time for her five-year-old Pomeranian to continue traveling – and his adventures have now become a series. The second installment, Winston the Traveling Dog goes to Egypt & Jordan, …

Williams is one of Arizona’s most family-friendly towns. Mayor John Moore understands why millions of people visit this mountain community yearly, saying, “We’ve got the restaurants like they used to be, we’ve got roadside attractions – that’s why it’s a draw.” Mayor Moore also says Williams…

Two local nonprofits received a bit of freshening up and lots of donations – thanks to Arcadia Girl Scout Troops 4388 and 2930. This work was so inspiring that both troops earned their bronze and silver awards, the highest honor for Juniors (fifth-grade) and Cadettes (eighth-grade). 

Back to routines, schedules and busier days in August! With a little planning, you can start the school year with healthy meals and get back in the swing. To make busy weeks go smoothly, I am a big meal prep fan. Taking a few hours on the weekend to get organized is worth its weight in gold.

With unemployment rates relatively low, employers are still struggling to find and retain great talent. The huge jumps in inflation and the changing landscape is incentivizing employees to consider switching jobs and prioritize themselves and their quality of life more than in the past. With…

Fourth of July is one of my all-time favorite holidays. The red, white and blue decorations, firework shows, patriotic songs, the togetherness of communities all over the USA – if only for one day – is enough to make me proud of the neighborhoods I’ve come to call home.

At the end of the school year in May, Arcadia News held a luncheon at Postino Winecafé to honor the 2021-22 Teachers We Love winners. Teachers We Love started in 2011 as a way for students and parents to honor a local teacher who has impacted their or their child’s life. 

Recently, more than 100 newspapers from around the country gathered together for the annual Association of Community Publishers (ACP) industry conference and the “Best of the Best” Awards Show. The industry organization has more than 130 community newspaper members with a circulation of more…

In recent columns, we have discussed great works of art created by humans using hammers, chisels, metals and foundries. This time, we shall look at sculptures carved into the earth by Mother Nature, using wind, water and time. The Southwest abounds in such creations caused by volcanic erupti…

As a youngster, Chaparral High sophomore Ethan Reniewicki watched as his older brothers obtained the rank of Eagle Scout through Boy Scout Troop 6 and knew he wanted to do the same. This summer, he did just that. 

This summer, treat the family to a night on the town while saving a few bucks! Here is a list of some – not all, but some – eateries in the Valley that offer kids eat free deals. 

Arcadians might remember Salon Sandoval, a boutique hair salon located next to the Gaslight Square Complex near 36th St. and Indian School. The locally-owned venture was in business for over 20 years. 

The Giving Group is a nonprofit made up of 120 Arizona residents who are on a simple, but effective, mission: to give. Since 2017, the organization has donated almost $190,000 to nonprofits city and statewide. 

The romance of Route 66 still captivates people worldwide, as a piece of Americana stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles and makes a few pit-stops right through Arizona. If you want to get your kicks on Route 66, how about a road trip? 

Shonna James’ life journey has been one of resiliency, resolution and reward. 

Before 2020, a remote job was a unique find. Today, it has become the norm for many. But working from home has introduced challenges related to human connection, and leadership has never been more important. 

Kara Forney is celebrating the release of her new book, Boy Moms: Collective Tales of Mothers and Sons, an assemblage of 46 essays written by moms highlighting the happy times, sad times and significance of raising sons in today’s world. 

We all know how important it is to go to the dentist regularly, right? Our dentists tell us the dos and don’ts of oral health, but often it’s hard to know which foods help best with keeping our mouths clean and tummies full. 

Summer is flying by and it won’t be long before the kids are getting ready to go back to school. July is a great time to eat simple and light. Fresh salads, lots of fruit, and not too much time in the kitchen. If you are taking a road trip this month, here are some ideas of things to throw i…

Just out of curiosity, do any of our readers have a nickname for the father figure in their lives? For the past ten years, I’ve called my dad Pumbaa. I can’t remember how the nickname came about, but he liked it so much he got a tattoo of the warthog character from The Lion King on his arm –…

There was a time when trading posts sprung up across the Southwest like tumbleweeds. Some were legitimate, but most of the others were fly-by-night outfits that underpaid the Native Americans for their wares, then jacked up the prices for tourists. Or, they bought cheap non-native wares and …

As a yoga teacher, life coach, and self-described “creative,” Phoenix resident Kerry Burki’s life is awash in spiritual possibilities. Her book, Tend to Your Vibration, is a rich compendium of 30 lessons that promote healing, relaxation, creativity and positive emotional energy. 

Summoning inspiration from childhood fun, Camelback Village plaza – on the northeast corner of 44th St. and Camelback – is now home to a new toy store from the owners of Arcadia gift shop, urbAna. Located next door, Arcadia Toys hopes to become a neighborhood staple. 

On the cover of the May 2022 edition, Arcadia News featured a group of kids (and a mom!) standing in front of a homemade lemonade stand. Now, we’re here to explain what those kids were up to.

Before the advent of antibiotics, tuberculosis raged throughout the country. Due to Arizona’s dry climate, Phoenix became a mecca for those seeking relief and a cure for the infectious disease. To help with the influx of patients, care and support, 16 female volunteers with St. Luke’s Home –…

At just four years old, Oleg Bortman traveled with his family to the United States, seeking freedoms that they had never known. Born in Kyiv, the Jewish immigrants left Ukraine before the Russians closed the border in 1980.

Did you know that 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated? Most people need around 64 oz. of water per day, but to find the exact amount for your body weight, use this formula: body weight in pounds times .67 = the number of ounces you need per day.