Not everybody over the age of 65 likes to be called a “senior citizen” and certainly not “elderly,” but Maricopa’s most experienced residents are in the spotlight for this month’s edition of InMaricopa magazine.

Raquel Hendrickson

Our cover subject is Bryan Mitchell, who is 88 years old and recently discovered the benefits of pickleball, which he has added to his regular exercise. He also takes advantage of qualifying for Silver Sneakers, a program that is also detailed in this issue.

A master model-builder, Harry Dieffenbach started scratchbuilding while in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Now in his 90s, his models of ships and boats are displayed in Province Village Center. He talked to InMaricopa about the hobby that lasted through two careers.

Realtor Dayv Morgan talks about housing options for retirees in his column this month, and Master Gardener Rita Bricker has tips for prepping your garden plots for spring plantings.

Also in this issue, look into the financial future of the city’s Copper Sky, and look back at the history of water tanks in Maricopa. 2018 is an election year with lots on the line at every level; see how some races are starting to shape up already.

Meet Maricopa High School senior, Junior ROTC cadet and candidate for West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy Dylan Hill and learn about her quest to become the first member of her family in the military since WWII. As Dylan plans her career, Jerri Early plans a “phased” retirement from her career as an educator and the longest-tenured teacher in the Maricopa Unified School District.

Also in this issue, catch up with “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Shane Pannell, find out what’s new at Copa Short Film Fest and check out this month’s event calendar.

Happy reading,

Raquel Hendrickson is the editor of InMaricopa.

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