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New local retirement facility offers living solutions for seniors



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Anthem Country Club Community Association honors volunteers and business partners.


Don’t be late. Don’t be late for this very important date. Be a guest in the Queen of Hearts Garden for croquette and tea with the Mad Hatter and her friends for the Mom & Me Mad Hatter Tea. Enjoy treats, crafts, and special time together as you create memories for a lifetime. Ages 3 to 12. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15 pair; $8 additional child. Register by May 15. Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem.


Experience the music from your favorite movies as the North Valley Symphony Orchestra performs songs from Star Wars, Back the Future, 007, Harry Potter, and more at Back to the Movies, the final concert of NVSO’s season. 7 p.m. North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix.


The Anthem Veterans Memorial will be the site of the annual Memorial Day ceremony, A Day of Remembrance. A POW/MIA ceremony is part of this special event. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem.


The Anthem Country Club Community Association (ACCCA), the homeowners' association for the 2,865 homeowners of the Anthem Country Club community, honored its volunteers at a special reception on April 6. The ACCCA also recognized its business partners at the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors on April 27. Forty-three volunteers for the five ACCCA committees and the board of directors were recognized for devoting their time and talents over the past year (April 2016 through April 2017). ACCCA Community Manager Margaret Troyer says, "The Association could not function as smoothly as it does without our volunteers. Our volunteers assist the management team in developing new policy, determining speed enforcement and street maintenance procedures, enforcing our governing documents, reviewing our finances, and communicating important information to our residents on a regular basis. They are the heart that keeps our community alive and well." The honored volunteers include the following. ACCCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Holly Matson (president), Nirmal Manerikar (vice president), Barbara Birdseye (secretary), Joy Lovell (treasurer), and Jack Noblitt (director) COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE: Mary Ann Bowen, Carol Costa, Barbara Dosé, Leisa Heuple, Meghann Hill, Barbara Lyijynen, Liz Turner (chair), and Jim Wilton. FINANCE COMMITTEE: Chuck Bowen (chair), Bill Fondow, Skip Hoeder, Bob McFall, Fred Shipley, and Richard Witt. GATES, PROPERTY AND PATROL COMMITTEE: Stu Carl, Chris Ensign, Ted Finnell (chair), Jo-Ann Greenstein, Rick Kessleman, David Lyijynen, Bill Marrs, and Gary Selge. Nonvoting Member: Marc Kritzer. LIFESTYLE ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE: Mary Ann Bowen, Chuck Durrant, Dennis Jones, Gail Frenak, Holly Matson (chair), Kevin McLean, Barbara Patterson, and Guy Winters. POLICY COMMITTEE: Andy Anderson, Carl Benner (chair), Bill Bennett, Jasjeet ArnejaSandhu, Mark Senn, Jim Talbot, and Jim Yeakley.

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Seizure Local judge Gerald A. Williams discusses the Arizona Supreme Court changes to how evidence can be collected in DUI cases.

FOR NEARLY FIVE decades, Arizona law has allowed the police to obtain a blood sample from a DUI suspect who is unconscious. On March 9, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court changed the law in this area. Some background is required. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from unreasonably searching and seizing people and their property. A blood draw is often considered to be a search for Fourth Amendment purposes. In the context of a DUI investigation, unless the suspect expressly consents, law enforcement agents can usually only obtain blood samples from a DUI suspect: (1) when they have a warrant, (2) under Arizona’s implied consent law; or (3) under the medical blood draw exception in A.R.S. § 28-1388(E). In State v. Havatone, the defendant allegedly drove his SUV into an oncoming vehicle on Route 66 near Kingman. After the collision, the driver of the other vehicle

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apparently saw the defendant get out of the SUV and lie down behind it. When highway patrol troopers arrived, the defendant confirmed that he was driving the SUV. After he was airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas, and without getting a warrant, a trooper contacted law enforcement officials in Las Vegas and requested they obtain a blood sample. The defendant was unconscious when his blood was drawn. It came back with a BAC of .212. The Arizona Supreme Court started its analysis by first looking at a U.S. Supreme Court case from 2013 called Missouri v. McNeely. It held that in DUI investigations, the mere fact that someone’s blood alcohol content will dissipate over time is not, by itself, enough to justify obtaining a blood sample without a warrant. Our state supreme court went on to hold Arizona’s informed consent statute partially unconstitutional. More specifically, it held that law enforcement agents can only obtain blood samples from un-

conscious suspects under Arizona’s informed consent law if some type of case specific exigent circumstance is present. An exigent circumstance involves an emergency when the police have probable cause but insufficient time to get a warrant.

JUDGE GERALD A. WILLIAMS The justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

What Does The Fourth Amendment Protect? The Fourth Amendment reads in full, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Nearly every word has been the subject of litigation. This single sentence is the foundation for the requirements for search warrants, for stop-and-frisk actions, for wiretaps, and for most privacy law. It’s the first line of defense that people have against unreasonable searches and seizures from the government. A search is an intrusion by a government official into an area where someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, there are several exceptions to the requirement to obtain a search warrant. One is police officers are allowed to make a warrantless search if they are in hot pursuit of a fleeing felon. A seizure is the exercise of control by a government official over a person or over property. An arrest is an obvious example of a seizure.

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The defendant’s felony convictions were reversed. The case was sent back to the trial court to determine whether Arizona or Nevada law applies. If a good faith exception to the search warrant requirement does not apply to this case, then the defendant would be entitled to a new trial; but the prosecution would not be able to offer the results of the blood test as evidence. In the future, police officers may be much more likely to request a search warrant in DUI cases before having a driver’s blood tested without consent. If every case is to be judged on case specific facts, then it may be difficult for an officer to know whether the failure to get a warrant will result in the evidence being suppressed.

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Sins of the Son author Tony Tancredi sits down with 85086 Magazine to chat about his book. By Kristine Abrams Gresh

DID YOU READ the book Sins of the Son, by local author Tony Tancredi and co-authored by Cindy O’Hara? If not, you should. Both thrilling and touching at times, the majority of the book takes place in the 1980s in Philadelphia, but it’s a universal story with universal themes of family, marriage, sacrifice, loyalty, and just the places life can take us. The best part about featuring a local author is that Tony was kind enough to answer a few questions about his book. 85086: So, you allude to a few reasons why you think the character lived the lifestyle he did during the time the book spans. (The early crippling and disease, the desire to make his parents proud and maybe even repay them, and maybe just something internal, a craving for more than a "traditional" life.) Looking back now, which one do you think it mostly was, or was it a combination? Or something else entirely? Tony: Why this character lived this life for this time is what makes the story interesting. Some people will say he just loved the life and used the parent thing as an excuse to justify his behavior. Others will say he was driven by his goal to make them proud but along the way was seduced by the perks, almost becoming a victim. 85086: Update us a little! How was life after moving to Florida and then what spurred the move to the 85086 area? Or better yet, will there be a sequel book? Tony: Life in Florida, at first, was hard to adjust to. I still had my Philly attitude but nobody cared. I actually got a job making $7 an hour at a grocery store (Publix). It didn't take long for things to spiral out of control again. The reason I’m in Arizona: After my parents passed, my father in-law needed to be cared for and Hilarie (my wife) did such a great job helping me take care of my parents in Florida, there was only one way to pay that kind of debt and that was to do the same thing in return, which I did. He passed in June. I also liked the idea of not having to take that long flight from Florida to Hollywood several times. 85086: Ah, for the movie meetings—a movie based on this book, that is so exciting! Yes, please keep us posted on the progress of the movie, and also the book sequel. And, thank you, Tony, we sincerely look forward to keeping in touch and hearing about the evolution of the story.


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KRISTINE ABRAMS GRESH Kristine has been a freelance writer and an avid reader for several years. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Anthem with her husband and son. She loves a good book and is determined to write one of her own someday.

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The Next Chapter Students at Boulder Creek High School open up about their futures. By Zoey Myer

THE LAST FOUR years have gone by in the blink of an eye and none of us expected it. Most of us remember walking into kindergarten and not realizing we were going to be in school for the next 13 years. It’s hard to paint an exact picture of how most of us are feeling knowing we have only a limited time of high school left. With that in mind, I recently sat down with four fellow BCHS students to discuss what they have planned after high school. Talmage Gurr has attended BCHS for the last four years. As an active member of student government (StuGo) and the National Honor Society (NHS), he was involved in many school activities. His plan after high school: to go on a mission for two years and then come back for college and attend a fouryear university. His mission includes learning how to live on his own, communicating with people in foreign countries, and meeting different people in an educational setting. He hopes to come back and study neuroscience with a new perspective on the world. Savannah Wyllie has also attended BCHS for the last four years. She has dedicated her time to StuGo and the varsity soccer team. After high school, she’s planning on moving to Utah and attending Utah State. Her major is undecided, but she’s excited to live in a new state and meet new people. After graduation, senior Jacob Fields will be attending the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He’d also like to continue his passion for the Spanish language by minoring in Spanish. In the future, he’d like to become an environmental lawyer to help accomplish his dream for the world to become more sustainable and green. Luis Helfer had had dreams of attending the University of Arizona to study biochemistry since he was a kid. He’s dedicated most of his time at BCHS to band and NHS. After college, Luis either hopes to become a biochemist or a doctor. Being a native Spanish speaker, Luis has dreams of traveling the world and bringing his medical background with him. As for me, Zoey Myer, I’m planning on attending the University of Arizona in the fall of 2017. My major will be neuroscience and my dream job is a pediatric oncologist. Ultimately, I’d love to somehow contribute to finding the cure for cancer. BCHS has definitely prepared us for what is next in our lives. We’re all so appreciative of the staff, students, and community members who continuously helped us to achieve our A senior at Boulder Creek dreams. Although our high school careers are High School. coming to an end, we’re all thrilled for the next phase of our lives.


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Center Stage HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR GAINS LOCAL, NATIONAL ATTENTION. Led by Music Directors Kirk Douglas and Nancie Tobison, the students of the Boulder Creek High School Choir program share their love of singing and performing with the North Valley community through seasonal concerts, participation in local events, festivals/competitions, and regional and national colloquiums. The choir was recently asked to be a part of Choirs of America (COA), which engages, inspires, and educates choirs around the world. As part of this honor, the BCHS Choir performed in the Choral Convergence Celebration Concert in New York on March 25, along with 18 other choirs from as far as Australia. The selected choirs performed multiple pieces under the direction of composer Z. Randall Stroope. While performing in New York, the BCHS Choir also had the privilege to attend master classes, Broadway musicals, and iconic landmarks such as the Harlem Cotton Club. The BCHS Choir looks forward to presenting to the community what they’ve learned after working with professionals from Broadway hits such as Hamilton, Wicked, and Hairspray. They’ll feature these performances during their final production of the year on May 16, 17, and 18 in the BCHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at The BCHS Choir program would like to thank all of their sponsors and the people who made this amazing experience possible.


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Thirteen-year-old Laci Sass is the winner of the Anthem Youth Advisory Council’s recent design poster competition. Conducted to raise vandalism awareness in Anthem, to participate in the contest, submissions had to represent information about the problem in the community. According to Kristi Northcutt, the director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Anthem Community Council, “Laci’s poster was chosen because of the detail included, and that it was specific to Anthem. It includes many facts, is eye-catching (like a comic book), humorous, creative, targets a youth audience, creates a sense of community and how vandalism affects it, and even includes a staff member (which relates to the poster criteria).” Laci, who’s lived in Anthem her entire life, is homeschooled. She first heard about the AYAC’s contest from a flyer someone handed her while she was walking past the booths at Anthem Days. She hopes her poster will help bring awareness to this local issue and help put a stop to vandalism in Anthem. MAY 2017

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SAM KISSINGER A local teacher and writer. He moved to Arizona from New Jersey for adventure and never looked back.

Young Readers

Local Desert Mountain School third graders earn high marks in statewide reading competition. By Sam Kissinger

THIS SPRING, March Madness and the Final Four frenzy were not just about basketball. For students at Desert Mountain School in Desert Hills, it was about reading. On March 31, 47 Desert Mountain School third-grade students were honored at the Arizona Fan Fest for finishing in third place in a statewide reading competition. The Read to the Final Four competition, open only to third grade students in Arizona, began in January with 394 schools. DMS third graders eagerly read at home and school, using the free access provided by, an online reading service, and host of the reading competition. Inspired and motivated by the example of hard work and dedication shown by their language arts teacher Sue Morgan, DMS third graders participated in bi-weekly Read-Ins, sometimes staying until 8:30 p.m. to read and strengthen their lead over the other schools. “When the competition began during winter break, the students took it upon themselves to get started and that set the tone for the rest of the competition,” says Sue, who was the school’s competition coordinator, coach, and cheerleader. The Parent-Teacher Organization made the sacrifice easier, providing pizza and ice cream for the “Brain Breaks.” “The PTO was very glad to help our kiddos work to achieve their goal,” Sarah Rogers, PTO President says. In addition to PTO, parent, and school support, the third graders of DMS School, part of Deer Valley Unified School District, received letters of support and congratulations from Legend Springs, another competing DVUSD school. As the third graders left to collect their awards at Fan Fest in the Phoenix Convention center, they were greeted by the student body cheering them on. At the Fan Fest ceremony, each student from the Final Four schools received a medal and DMS was awarded $1,000. DMS student Josh Colaw received individual recognition for being among the top 10 readers in the state with over 14,000 minutes logged. Josh says, “It was fun to spend time with my friends and read things I like.” Mary C. O'Brien Elementary School in Casa Grande took the top honors and second place went to Arts AcademyEstrella Mountain in Tolleson. Students from all 394 school logged over six million minutes read during the 12-week competition. Hosted by, the competition was sponsored by the NCAA, the Helios Education Foundation, Read On Arizona, and the APS Foundation. Students will continue to have access to the program until Aug. 31, 2017.

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North Valley Christian Academy recently announced key personnel appointments to their Leadership Team in preparation for NVCA’s new campus opening scheduled for Aug. 16. NVCA will open its new 72,000-squarefoot campus located at 33655 N. 27th Drive in Phoenix, which will offer an expanded curriculum of liberal and performing arts, STEM, and athletic programs. “We are blessed to attract such talented and experienced individuals who are leaders in their disciplines and are committed to developing global ready Christian leaders,” says NVCA’s Executive Director Nate Kretzmann. The campus is relocating from Anthem to Tramonto and will provide a Christcentered liberal arts education for over 600 students, grades pre-kindergarten through 12. With the addition of high school, the new school will offer an expanded curriculum in a blended, projectbased learning environment. Enabled with a strong technology platform, students will have increased flexibility in learning while benefiting from a full range of athletic programs, performing arts, and STEM classes. The new hires include: Alicia Roberts, Kacey Johnson, and John Kennedy.



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Aloha Spirit The owner of Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is all about community.

85086 MAGAZINE recently sat down with Sam Alboy of Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-BCue to find out the secret to his success—it’s not just delicious food.

2W  hat were the circumstances surrounding you opening your business? In spring of 2016 we had a great opportunity to take over a lease in an existing space as the previous tenant’s model shifted away from counter service. The stars really lined up for us. 2W  hy did you decide to open your business in the North Valley? The North Valley is a great mix of established and new homeowners plus a burgeoning retail sector that we feel is the right mix to ensure our long-term success. 2 D  o you own/operate any other businesses? If so, what? And, how do those endeavors complement this business? We own four other Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cues throughout Southern Arizona, so you could say there’s some complementary skills involved in how they’re run. We are truly blessed to have the best people working for us, and, if anything, those previous experiences have helped us better identify and hold onto those people who have that Aloha spirit we’re looking for. 2W  hat are some of the most challenging aspects of running your business? I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but finding and cultivating the right people is something we always strive to get better at. 2W  hat differentiates your business from your competitors? Not to be overly meta about the question, but when you have a unique product like we do and you serve it with the spirit of Aloha, you

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For one night in May, the Anthem Community Park softball field will become an island vacation destination for residents and guests in and around the Daisy Mountain area. Residents of Anthem, New River, Black Canyon City, Tramonto, Desert Hills, Sonoran Foothills, Fireside, and the surrounding communities are invited to escape to the islands with the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce. Part luau, part carnival, the Daisy Mountain Luau will be held Sat., May 13, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Anthem Community Park softball field four in Anthem. The island-inspired community party is hosted by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. The event is open to the public and the budget-friendly admission will allow even the largest of families to get into the Aloha spirit. Advance admission is $10 per person or $40 for a family five pack. Admission at the gate will be $15 per person. There is no charge for infants under age 1. Admission includes island lei greeting, dinner catered by Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, street-carnival themed games, crafts, and performers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a 60-minute live authentic Polynesian performance by Paradise Island Dancers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then DJ Hybrid Thirty-3 will keep the dance-floor moving from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Soft drinks, adult beverages, snacks, candies, souvenirs, and novelties will also be available for purchase. Daisy Mountain Luau tickets are on sale now at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce office and various local tickets partners: Boates Law Firm, DL Jones & Associates, Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, Rayne of the North Valley, Desert Lotus Boutique, Justin Simons State Farm, Nanette Miller State Farm, Merrill Gardens, Pure Health & Wellness, and Simply in Demand Chiropractic. Tickets can also be purchased online at, but online processing fees apply. Business sponsorships are available from $200 to $350 each. Current business sponsors include: Title Sponsor: Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue; Stage Sponsor: State Farm Insurance, Justin Simons Agency; Event Sponsors: Country Financial, Matt Word & Todd Kessler; State Farm Insurance, Nanette McClelland-Miller Agency; V.I.P. Mortgage and The Enclave at Anthem. Contact chamber director Heather Maxwell at for more info.

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—KRI STA SO LO MO N “Most of our residents moving in are active seniors that either live here in Anthem or are moving from the Phoenix area or from out of state to be closer to their children and their grandchildren,” says Merrill Gardens at Anthem General Manager Krista Solomon, who’s spent the past 14 years with the company. “We have 93 apartments total, so we’ll have 100 residents—counting our couples—for phase one,” explains Krista. The second phase is expected to be developed within the year. In addition to serving active seniors, Merrill Gardens at Anthem also has a specialized section called the Garden House that has 12 rooms dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias featuring a specialized program catering to their unique needs. “We want to provide an inspiring environment for our residents,” says Krista. With this in mind, Merrill Gardens at Anthem features soothing architecture that blends with its desert setting. Lovely outdoor areas, including a trellis-shaded patio and an outdoor pool, surround the property and complement the multitude of amenities available. Residents will also enjoy a theater, library, bistro, and large private apartments that include a washer and dryer and full kitchen. One of the reasons Merrill Gardens chose Anthem was for its family oriented nature. “It has the amenities that our seniors and families want—the restaurants, the park, the location—it’s an ideal setting,” Krista says. It’s also close to the Anthem Community Center and there are top-notch medical facilities nearby. “Anthem is such a wonderful family community and our new community embraces that family feeling, providing true intergenerational living.” “It’s important to us, as a community and a company, that residents have choice,” explains Krista. This is evident in Merrill Gardens at Anthem’s Enjoy More Anytime Dining program where residents can enjoy freshly prepared and cooked-to-order meals in a restaurant style dining room on their own schedule. They can dine as often as they like, whenever they want. Merrill Gardens’ commitment to choice doesn’t end there. “We have activities within the community and outside the community. We have happy hour, we have a great fitness program in place with pool aerobics. We want to make sure we’re encompassing physical fitness, mind stimulation with educational resources, cultural arts programs, therapeutic touch through massage, and more,” details Krista. “At Merrill Gardens, we’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people who live in our communities.” Merrill Gardens at Anthem residents aren’t the only ones excited to make a home within the community. When Krista found out Merrill Gardens planned on opening a new property in Anthem, she jumped at the chance to move to the desert. “My husband is originally from Phoenix, so when I found out we were opening a new property in Anthem, we decided to make a life change from Seattle, Washington, to move back to Arizona,” she says. “It’s the second community I’ve opened up for Merrill Gardens,” says Krista, who’s excited to bring the company’s compassionate culture to the area. “We can’t wait to welcome residents to this beautiful brand new community.”

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As a reminder, we encourage everyone to keep this community contest lighthearted and fun.This isn’t a presidential race, so please keep negativity and mud slinging out of this local contest. It’s designed to celebrate the area’s pets by showcasing their cute faces to the pubic, not incite local unrest. Remember, all the animal contestants are ultimately winners because they have homes with loving owners. Considering that so many domesticated animals end up in shelters—or worse, living on the streets, neglected, becoming victims of cruelty, or dead—the simple fact is that any pet lucky enough to have a caring home comes out ahead, regardless of winning a cute pet contest or not.

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Two Brothers Kitchen Neighborhood restaurant adds dinner to their breakfast and lunch lineup. By Andrew Leach

TWO BROTHERS KITCHEN is located in the Anthem Safeway Marketplace and has been serving great breakfast and lunch meals since they opened their doors in 2012. Recently, they’ve branched out and are now serving dinner on Thursday through Saturday nights. Every week a new menu is planned and they have a few posted dinner specials that week. Good news, you can still get the same breakfast and lunch options at dinner too. We visited on two different occasions, once at breakfast and then once for the weekly dinner meal. The portions are large both at breakfast as well as at dinner, so bring a hearty appetite. On the breakfast visit, we tried one traditional breakfast dish and one of their many sweet confections. The traditional style item we selected was the basic American with an additional meat side ($9.99). On this dish you get your choice of ham steak, bacon, or sausage. We selected the

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ham steak to go along with the included eggs and potatoes. We ordered the potatoes as hash browns and the eggs cooked over easy. You also get your choice of toast or English muffin; we decided on sourdough toast with a side of house-made blueberry jelly. The jelly was also a great addition to the toast, which comes pre-buttered. It’s not overly sweet as you may find in more processed and commercial jams and jelly. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the sweet and salty ham pairs well with the potatoes and the eggs. It’s a very good example of the fact that a dish does not always need to be fancy to be delicious. Up next was a half order of the blueberry crumble French toast ($8.49). When the plate arrived, we were very happy we had ordered the half order, as opposed to the full order ($11.99). After tasting it, we were disappointed that we ordered the half order instead of the full order. It’s an amazing dish that entices you with thick chunks of

blueberries baked into the slices and then served with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup. It’s sweet, so I do recommend pairing it with a protein of some sort, such as bacon or turkey sausage. We returned to Two Brothers a couple of days later to sample their dinner offer-

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ings. There were four dinner options on the evening we visited, but that may not be the case every week, so I recommend calling on Thursday or going by and checking on the posted dinner menu for the weekend. The first dinner we ordered was the fish and chips ($10.99). It features two large pieces of cod filets that are hand dipped in a homemade beer batter and then cooked to order. They’re served golden brown and crispy with a side of French fries. On the side, you get a heaping of house made coleslaw, tartar sauce, and malt Vinegar. You get a lot of delicious food for not a lot of money. The fish is light and the coating is crispy. It’s very easy to overcook fish when doing a light breading, but not in this case; it was done perfectly. I could see myself going back to Two Brothers weekly for a fried fish fix. Next on the docket was the chicken fried chicken ($14.99), flattened chicken breast that is then lightly breaded and cooked. It’s served with creamy mashed potatoes and cooked baby carrots. The chicken is topped with house-made country gravy, which is the same gravy they use for their biscuits and gravy dish. It’s creamy but with a little kick of heat and packed with flavor. Another star dish—taking a bite of the mashed potatoes, the fried chicken, and the gravy together is truly delightful. The chicken is cooked perfectly and the breading does not fall away as I have unfortunately seen happen at other places. The dish is also very filling, so be prepared, you might have leftovers. The wait staff and management are very friendly and quick to assist or answer a question. If you have’nt not been to Two Brothers for breakfast or lunch, you have to make it there sooner rather than later. But I have to say, dinner should also become a permanent fixture at this restaurant—it’s that good.

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TIPS 1 Gold Medal is your best choice of flour.

Fish Sticks

Freezer-friendly and kid-approved, try this simple dish. THIS FLAVORFUL recipe will make you happy. The secret behind these fish sticks is the dill. Light and flaky, it’s a mouthwatering meal that you can have on the table in a flash.

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1 You can double this recipe. 1 Never pour olive oil in the middle of a hot pan. It has a lower smoking point and will catch fire.

LEANN GRUNWALD A children’s culinary instructor, food writer, and the face behind What’s Cooking? with Mama G. Connect with her at

1 Pour olive oil around sides of the pan. If you see wild smoke, immediately lift pan from stove. 1 I recommend cast-iron for all proteins.

better | BEAUTY hopefully more women will feel empowered enough to get up the courage to talk about and seek treatment for their symptoms. Some of these treatments include vaginal rejuvenation, the PRP feminine rejuvenation shot (also known as the “O-Shot”), and bio-identical hormone therapy. Let’s take a closer look at these options:


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What women need to about their bodies. By Elizabeth Hausman

THERE’RE MANY things that women go through that are often not discussed simply because women are too embarrassed to talk about them. To make it worse, when they do get up the nerve to bring these issues up, the response they often get is, “You’re just hormonal.” They’re simply dismissed without being given the opportunity to learn about the options that are now available to them. There’re recent developments in the world of feminine wellness and rejuvenation that many women don’t even know exist. The fact of the matter is, women no longer have to suffer embarrassment and can actually feel empowered as they go through the aging process.

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The hot topics on most women’s minds as they age include urinary incontinence, decreased energy levels, increase in stress, mood-swings, personal relationship, and sexual dysfunction issues. Research has shown that 30 to 40 percent of middle aged women suffer from urinary incontinence and up to 60 percent of all women experience either sexual dysfunction or dissatisfaction. The craziest news of all is that it’s estimated of these women who suffer, only 14 percent of them will talk to their medical providers about it. But thanks to advanced technology and recent developments, there are now options that can quickly and painlessly alleviate these problems. With the advent of these options

A great option for non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation is a treatment called ThermiVa. ThermiVa is a treatment for women who want to reclaim what childbirth or aging may have taken away. ThermiVa uses a small wand that emits radiofrequency energy and heat to stimulate collagen and encourage rejuvenation of both the internal and external vaginal tissues. ThermiVa is performed in three treatments spaced over the period of three months with annual maintenance treatments required. ThermiVa addresses problems with laxity, dryness, leaky bladders, mild to moderate incontinence, orgasmic dysfunction, painful intercourse, and thinning vaginal tissues. According to (A website where consumers share their personal stories and rate their clinical outcomes), ThermiVa has a 95 percent “worth it” patient satisfaction rating.

THE PRP FEMININE REJUVENATION SHOT (AKA THE O-SHOT): This “shot” is actually an injection of platelet rich plasma or PRP derived from the client’s own blood sample. A client’s blood is drawn and spun in a special PRP approved centrifuge that separates or isolates the platelets from other blood cells. The extracted platelets contain the body’s primary source of growth factors. By means of concentrating the growth factors and injecting them into the clitoris an inflammatory and natural healing response is triggered, activating the body to regenerate healthy tissue growth in the area of injection and thus rejuvenating and restoring function in those tissues. This process also increases blood flow to the area, promoting vascularization, which results in an increase in stimulation and thus enables women to improve their overall sexual health.

The Feminine Rejuvenation Shot is a simple 20-minute in-office procedure that can result in dramatic and long lasting results. Women report a significant improvement in stimulation, sensitivity, arousal, and drive. As an added benefit, many women have also reported an improvement with incontinence issues. This “shot” has been seen on television shows such as The Doctors, Dr. OZ, and The View and in Cosmopolitan and Harper’s magazines.

THERMI-O: This is a combination of both the ThermiVa treatment and the “O-Shot.” It’s a great option in order to get the “best of both worlds” and increase overall clinical results by combining both treatment options.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY: The term “bio-identical hormone” is defined as “compounds that have exactly

the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body.” Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is also known as BHRT and is now a widely available treatment option that is growing in popularity, especially in women over the age of 35 who feel “run down.” Hormone production in women gradually increases during puberty, reaching its peak during the 20s and early 30s. Production of hormones and hormone levels start to decline in the mid-30s to early 40s and without the use of hormone therapy, hormone levels will remain lower for the remainder of a woman’s life. This drop in hormones is natural and unavoidable in many ways, but the use of BHRT can help control how rapidly or smoothly this change happens. During the years leading up to menopause and through the “transition” a woman’s body produces less hormones, which may lead to symptoms such as night sweats, vaginal dryness, lack of libido, fatigue, weight gain, and thinning bones.

ELIZABETH HAUSMAN, RN, CLT A medical aesthetic specialist and owner of Premier Wellness Center & Aglow Med Spa. She’s been an 85086 resident since 2003.

BHRT treatments can be used to help overcome or alleviate these symptoms. With the advent of these and other treatments, it’s now possible for women to take control of their feminine health and prevent the aging process from impacting their overall quality of life. There’s no need to suffer—a simple and effective solution could be a phone call away.

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