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Choosing the right garden style usually driven by time, money and space

Before deciding on a style for your garden, here are a few things to consider. What are your goals for the garden? Food production?...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Step into new year with lessons learned from pandemic

Every great tragedy leaves its mark. WWII. The Great Depression followed the stock market crash in 1929 and lasted 10 years. The attack on...

Russian invasion brings back memories for Province resident

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the past few weeks, the world has witnessed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the 1990s, Iraq invaded Kuwait, which led to...
Senior Shot Unsplash

Koczor: C’mon man, it’s time to get healthy

Some men just don't like talking about their health. Even when they see a doctor, one of five men admit they haven’t been completely honest...

Master gardener: Smile-making sunflowers

Plant sunflowers for a garden that will make you smile! Find a sunny place with well-drained soil and plant seeds in early spring or fall,...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: Community valued partner on police beat

It has been a few months since my last column on how the Maricopa Police Department is policing your community. In that column, I discussed...
Murray Siegel

The current state of our schools

The effects of the pandemic continue to negatively affect learning in our public schools, and recent reports indicate the nature of the problem is...
Senior Friends Unsplash

Smith: Relationships must be nurtured

For most of us, quality of life is likely determined by relationships, not by things, according to research. As we age, life can present harsh realities...
Chris J. Scoggin Chaston Tax

CPA: A business owner’s guide to inflation

Everything I need to know about inflation, I learned in grade school — too much money chasing too few goods and services. Supply and...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Nonprofit offers variety of services to seniors

The nonprofit Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens was incorporated in 1974 and designated an Area Agency on Aging. It is part of a national...

Remember seniors who might be alone in your holiday plans

The holidays are upon us. With the chaos of running back and forth getting ready to celebrate, it is important for us to remember...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Rewarding responsible behaviors in elementary students

This is the second of a two-part report on the lack of responsibility displayed by elementary school students. Input was obtained by querying educators...

Maricopa seniors should be prepared for disasters to augment city plans

While images of hurricanes and wildfire destruction have been in recent news coverage, homeowners, renters and business owners can ill afford to ignore other...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

RAM Academy proof of MUSD override success

In 2016, the voters of Maricopa approved a budget override for the local school system, Maricopa Unified School District. The funds were used to...

Master gardener: Purslane packs a nutritious punch

I love plants. They helped save my life in their own special and unique way. They have also introduced me to some of the...

Master Gardeners plant seeds with advice, expertise

Many newcomers and inexperienced gardeners in Arizona need advice to successfully grow flowers and vegetables in our desert climate and soil conditions. Often, that expertise...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: The pandemic’s emotional toll

School is in session and, hopefully, a routine has been established and the children are adjusting well. But there may be concerns that loom...

Nurtured by nature: Spending time outdoors rejuvenates, calms us

We have our son visiting from the frigid North and he is currently thawing out. He loves Arizona, mostly for soaking up sunshine and warmer...

The messy business of creativity

Fine arts are a funny thing. They’re often the first on the chopping block where funding is concerned, yet the movie you just watched...

Expert: How to keep that summer glow

No matter how much we love the feel of the sun on our skin, we must acknowledge the sun can damage our skin. That...

Seniors, avoid bone fractures by taking preventive steps

Every year, seniors fall and break their hips or other bones and then face serious potential illnesses and possibly death as a result. The...
Graduation caps

Siegel: As seniors graduate, plenty of others deserve recognition

It is May and time for graduation ceremonies, which are generally called “a commencement,” meaning a beginning. This year’s ceremonies will truly be recognition of...

Doctor: What is a podiatrist?

What exactly is a podiatrist? The short answer is a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist is a physician who has an undergraduate degree, a...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Preparing for rapid technological development

There are many difficult challenges facing the United States, yet one vital problem receives little coverage by politicians or the media — the growing...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Dealing with uncertainty, leave them laughing!

Back when I was hiring employees, I would always add a couple of extra desired skills to the job description— the ability to deal...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: MPD improves way it reports crime

The Maricopa Police Department has officially improved the way we report crime. We recently completed the transition from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Watch out, I have things on my mind!

I’ve had a bunch of interesting tidbits running through my mind the last few weeks. InMaricopa magazine’s focus last month on volunteerism struck a nerve...

Master gardener: Keep poinsettias bloomin’ and beautiful through holidays

Poinsettias are one of the most symbolic plants of the holiday season. So popular, they account for about one-quarter of all flowering potted plant sales. With...

Is your computer getting too old?

When you get a new computer, it seems lightning fast. But after a few years, it gets slower... and slower.   The reasons aren’t a...

Smith: Steps toward a more meaningful, enjoyable life

At some point after retirement, we may start questioning what to do with our free time. We may have accomplished some anticipated travel and...
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