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Maricopa Elementary School

Enhancing elementary school learning

The word “elementary” has two seemingly conflicting definitions. For some, elementary means basic or simple as when Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”...
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...

Meet the Maricopa Master Gardeners – and become one

Let’s explore the Master Gardener program in Maricopa. But first some history on two key related organizations. The Land Grant College Act of 1862 ceded...
Murray Siegel

Algebra a tough equation to solve

Algebra (specifically, high school algebra) truly is a gatekeeper to a student’s future. Non-technical college degrees generally require completing a college algebra course, which might...

Brandenburg: Keep your heart healthy, live longer

By Al Brandenburg Our heart is the hardest-working muscle in our body, and heart disease is a leading cause of death. So, it’s important to...
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...

Smith: Sleep – it’s a big deal!

On average, adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep. Researchers say people can survive longer without food than without sleep! It’s a time for...

Dog days of summer cause panting foliage

By Al Brandenburg Although we've made it through the hot, dry months of June and July, our vegetable gardens have pretty much given up the...

Koczor: Why you may want a home warranty

Many of you have been in your home for a number of years – along with the same major appliances or mechanical systems. Generally, when...
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So, what is backyard orchard culture?

A philosophy advanced by Dave Wilson Nursery in California, wholesale supplier of fruit trees to many of the better nurseries in Arizona, espouses high-density planting,...
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Smith: An involved citizenry strengthens community

What is community engagement? For some it is civic engagement, or active participation in your community, perhaps voting, volunteering or joining organizations. According to Thomas...
COVID-19 virus

Brandenburg: Long COVID may result from autoantibodies

BY AL BRANDENBURG An increasing number of COVID-19 survivors are experiencing symptoms weeks or months after the infection has cleared in what is known informally...
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A senior center, defined

With a senior center opening soon here in Maricopa, it’s an appropriate time to consider what one should provide. Senior centers should: • Serve as a...
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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...

Brandenburg: Seniors, are you drinking enough water?

By Al Brandenburg The triple digits are upon us and the summer forecast promises more scorching temperatures. The extreme heat underscores the need for seniors...
EDUC Brady McMullen

Siegel: A student assesses his MUSD education

Parents of school-age children may ask, “Can schools in the Maricopa Unified School District provide the quality education I want for my child?” This...
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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...
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Proper storing of produce preserves flavor, extends life

Have you become a backyard gardener because of the coronavirus pandemic? Many of us have turned to growing our own food for a number...
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Koczor: May is a month to celebrate older Americans

Every year in May, older Americans are recognized for their contributions to our communities and nation. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy...

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...

The depression danger in aging adults

By Al Brandenburg Depression is not a normal part of aging, but can develop in later years— and it can be dangerous. The Centers for Disease...
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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...
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Koczor: preventative measures for a healthy brain

A recent article from Mayo Clinic states we are living longer than previous generations and should prepare ourselves to encounter new health risks, like...

Growing garden veggies in desert all about timing, location

By Al Brandenburg You may have started to plant your tomatoes, peppers and cukes. Early April in Arizona’s low desert garden is one of the...
Hannah Budinoff UofA

Siegel: More women wanted in engineering

For many years, efforts have been made to entice more women to pursue careers in engineering. Today, if you ask somebody to describe an...

Siegel: Solution to our STEM problem is elementary

In two previous columns, we looked at how the teaching of math in the elementary grades has reduced the number of students taking advanced...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging expert: More years in good health a gift, not burden

The gift of time is very real. Life expectancy has increased dramatically because people are in much better overall health than prior generations. In...
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Koczor: Control diabetes before it controls you

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes and one in five don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
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2020 tax implications for seniors

Well, 2020 is finally over and, God-willing with the new vaccines, the COVID virus will be trending downward. But there is something new to...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Son’s COVID illness was crash course on misery of isolation

Recently, my family had occasion to experience the world of isolation, one of the biggest challenges for seniors, especially in pandemic times. Our older son...
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