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Dignity Health: Ask the Expert Atrial Fibrillation (afib) Q: How is radiofrequency ablation used to treat atrial fibrillation? A: According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation (afib) affects an estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S. This is not a life threatening arrhythmia in most circumstances; however, people can experience lightheadedness, palpitations, or even a stroke due to this abnormal heart rhythm. Normally, the heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) do not beat effectively, thereby causing blood to pool and
clot. If a clot breaks free and subsequently travels through the bloodstream to the brain, a stroke ensues. Most people who have atrial fibrillation take medication to slow their heart rate or to maintain a normal heart rhythm. Often times, a blood thinner is also necessary to prevent a stroke. For some, however, these medications do not help maintain them in normal rhythm. The availability of radiofrequency ablation for these patients may be a good alternative treatment option. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive and often painless procedure performed to correct disturbances in
heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. A catheter is guided to the exact area of the heart causing the abnormal heartbeat. Radiofrequency energy is applied through an electrode at the catheter’s tip, eliminating the abnormal heart tissue which acts as triggers for atrial fibrillation. In most cases, the heart returns to its normal rhythm after the procedure, and many patients do not require further treatment. Most patients leave the hospital the day after treatment and resume their normal activities within a few days. While the risk of potential complications is small, it’s important that you speak
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Supervisors approve new Open Spaces, Trails Advisory Commission FLORENCE - The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new Open Space and Trails Advisory Commission. The commission will consist of 10 members from the public, each of the five Supervisors will have two selections to the body. The members must be either a resident of Pinal County or be a business or property owner within the county. “The Board has made open space and trails a priority,” said Open Space and Trails Director Kent Taylor. “It is appropriate and important to have a citizen commission made up of interested parties to offer recommendations to the Supervisors on issues that affect this area.” The commission will act as a recommending body to the Supervisors on a variety of issues surrounding open space, trails and regional parks. They will also help to develop and encourage public participation in support of open space, trails and regional parks within the county boundaries. “The Board approved the Open Space and Trails Master Plan in October 2007. There is also a chapter in our Comprehensive Plan that addresses Open Spaces and Places,” Taylor said. “This commission will be the recommending body to the Board of Supervisors that will help
the county implement both the Master Plan and the Comprehensive Plan when it comes to these community investments.” To apply for a spot on the Open Space and Trails
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Arvel Bird Concert at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Come out on New Year’s Day from noon to 2 pm. for the Arvel Bird Concert. Before or after your hike, come hear the unique sound of high energy ﬁddle, Native American ﬂue and Celtic-jazz inﬂuenced music by Arvel Bird. Arvel will present a concert surrounded by desert beauty, performing new music and fan favorites from his releases. His performance at the Arboretum was made possible by a generous co-sponsorship from the Superstition Area Land Trust (azsalt.org); visitors that day will have a chance to meet volunteers from SALT and learn more about the organization and its efforts to preserve the Sonoran Desert. For more information please call (520) 689-2811. Where to Find Gold and Ways to Collect It Come out to the Lost Dutchman State park at 2 pm to learn more about gold! Interested in ﬁnding gold? Where to start? What equipment do you need? What do you look for? Dan Weir of Promack Treasure Hunting in Apache Junction will demonstrate the methods for ﬁnding gold and get you started on a new hobby – fun for all ages! Meet at Palo Verde Day Use. For more information please call (480) 982-4485. Christmas Tree Recycle The Town of Queen Creek is offering two opportunities for Town residents to RECYCLE their live Christmas Trees, free of decorations and tinsel, at a Christmas Tree Drop-off location. The Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off will be available from 8 am-noon on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, just south of the Town ofﬁces. Trees collected during this event will be taken to a Green Waste Recycling Facility. Residents may also use their regular curb-side scheduled bulk collection to dispose of the trees which will be taken to the landﬁll. Trees left for curb-side bulk collection must be scheduled no later than the Monday prior to the designated Wednesday bulk collection day and must be cut into 4’ lengths and bundled. Bulk pickup can be scheduled online, or by calling 480-358-3450, option 7.
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center Presents: Walk the LineA Tribute to Johnny Cash Be transported in time in this amazing tribute to the Man in Black by Scott Moreau. Hear all of Johnny’s biggest hits as we all remember the journey of one of Country Music’s best storytellers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.! For more information please contact QCPAC for more information at 480-987-SHOW(7469).
Arboretum History Walk 10:00 a.m. on the First Sunday each month October-through-May. You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90 minutes, departing at 10 am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center Presents: Second City's Happily Ever Laughter Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is your chance to see comedy stars in the making in an evening of smart, cutting edge comedy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact QCPAC at 480-987-SHOW(7469).
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Arvel Bird at the Arboretum; New Year’s Day concert at noon Here’s a resolution you’ll find easy to keep: spend New Year’s Day outdoors at one of Arizona’s most scenic venues, with the chance to hear the unique sound of high energy fiddle, Native American flute, and Celtic-jazzinfluenced-music by Arvel Bird. Live music from 12:00-2:00 is included with daily admission of $10 at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Beginning with a Native American style New Year’s blessing for 2014, Arvel will present a concert surrounded by desert beauty, performing new
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music from his two CDs as well as fan favorites from releases including ‘Animal Totems,’ ‘Tribal Music Suite’ and ‘Titanic Centennial.’ His performance at the Arboretum was made possible by a generous co-sponsorship from the Superstition Area Land Trust (azsalt.org); visitors that day will have a chance to meet volunteers from SALT and learn more about the organization and its efforts to preserve the Sonoran Desert. Arvel Bird spent a decade playing fiddle for country legends including Glen
Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Louise Mandrell. Now based in Nashville, he’s chosen life on the road to connect with audiences the old-fashioned way – LIVE – where his emotionally-driven performances and high-energy Celtic-Jazz fiddle ignite concert venues, symphony halls and festivals from coast-to-coast. Don’t miss this talented musician, storyteller and worldtraveled entertainer, whose continuously-evolving music delights audiences around the planet. Music is free if you’re a BTA annual member or have an
Arizona State Parks yearly-pass, and included with $10 daily admission for those who don’t. Read more, find links to Arvel’s videos and connect with the artist at ag.arizona.edu/bta. Other New Year’s Day events include “First Day Hikes” arranged in concert with Arizona State Parks statewide program designed to get Grand Canyon Staters outdoors to enjoy nature. First Day Hikes at the Arboretum begin with a guided bird walk at 8:30 a.m. lead by Gold Canyon avian enthusiast Mark Ochs; a dog socialization walk lead by
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To resolve or not to resolve this holiday season, By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger Be more “green” or environmentally conscious? Quit smoking? Lose weight? Did you make a New Year’s resolution this
year? The tradition of committing to new beginnings, fresh perspectives and exciting projects at the start of each year goes back through the centuries so it’s safe to say there’ll
always be someone around willing to at least throw a resolution out there every 365 days and see where it lands. The Southeast Valley Ledger asked some San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Florence residents what resolutions they made. What follows is their answers. CHASE BEAL Senior – Queen Creek High School What is your New Year’s resolution? My New Year’s resolution will be to have a healthier diet. What would you like to see accomplished in your community in 2014? I would like to see advancements on the roads in Queen Creek because of the growing size and heavy traffic next to the high school. If you could meet anyone in the world in 2014, who would it be? It would definitely be
Bill Gates. I’d ask him a question on how to run a successful business and how to properly invest. LINA AUSTIN 3F Foundation What is your New Year’s resolution? Maintain a high level of positive energy. What would you like to see accomplished in your community in 2014? Strengthen and expand the charitable services of the Future Forward Foundation, Inc. to care for our neighbors. If you could meet anyone in the world in 2014, who would it be? I would like to meet Bill and Melinda Gates. Their world view on business and especially on their Foundation work would fascinate me. JOE PYRITZ Pinal County Public Information Officer What is your New Year’s resolution? I have an ambitious 2014
Lina Austin planned out. But if I have to name one, it is to begin long distance running again since I have retired from playing adult league soccer. What would you like to see accomplished in your community in 2014? I would like to see further moves made in bringing Pinal County to the
forefront of companies that are looking for a change in venue. We have the workforce and the available land, everything a company would need to grow and prosper. If you could meet anyone in the world in 2014, who would it be? Jon Stewart from The Daily Show. To sit down and discuss national
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that is the question events with him would be enlightening and probably entertaining. JANET ANDERSON Met Life What is your New Year’s resolution? More me time, less community service time. What would you like to see accomplished in your community in 2014? Grow my business. If you could meet anyone in the world in 2014, who would it be? John Denver, because that would mean he wasn’t gone. MIKE CAMPBELL Teacher and Head Baseball Coach – Queen Creek High School What is your New Year’s resolution? My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to become a better husband, father, and coach. I know it sounds a little cliché, but if you can’t continue to try and become a better person, how will you ever make a difference for those around you? What would you like to see accomplished in your community in 2014? Although I live in Mesa, in Queen Creek (where I work and coach) in 2014 – I’d like to see the community continue to flourish. Queen Creek is an outstanding town and continues to make its mark in the state of Arizona. If you could meet anyone in the world in 2014, who would it be? If I could meet anybody in the world in 2014, I’d like to meet Tony Gwynn. Not only is Gwynn my all-time favorite player, he is currently the head baseball coach at San Diego State University. To me, Gwynn is the definition of class!
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Local football players continue receiving postseason honors By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger A total of 18 football players from the high schools within The Ledger’s distribution area were named to AZCentral Sports AllState teams. Four more players were named to Sports360AZ. com’s All-Academic Team. Some players previously received other postseason honors from Muscle
Milk Catalyst and the Arizona Football Coaches Association (AZFCA). The following players were named to AZCentral Sports AllState teams: Queen Creek – Carson Sawyer (1st team), Weston Barlow (2nd Team), Nate NeVille, Garret Laidley, and Skyler Bollman (Honorable Mention).
Poston Butte – Brandon Hatfield (2nd Team) and Ray Garcia (Honorable Mention). Combs – Alex Moyes (2nd Team) and Doug Osborne (Honorable Mention). San Tan Foothills – Ryan Wilson and Ricky Wilson (1st Team), Garrett Baer and Caleb Ortiz (2nd Team), Andy Moll, AJ Samealu, Dillon Ramsey, Lorenzo
Verdugo and Saige Waxter (Honorable Mention). The following players were named to Sports360AZ.com’s AllAcademic teams: Poston Butte – Chris Musselman (1st Team, 4.11 GPA). Queen Creek – Justice Brown (1st Team, 4.33 GPA), Bryce Dobbs (Honorable Mention, 4.3 GPA).
San Tan Foothills – Ryan Wilson (1st Team, 4.07 GPA). Brandon Hatfield, Weston Barlow and Chris Musselman were selected by Muscle Milk of Phoenix as three of the top juniors in Arizona. Additionally, Hatfield and Barlow were joined by Queen Creek’s Carson Sawyer on the respective AZFCA All-Division Teams.
East Valley treasure hunters visit Oracle’s American Flag Ranch By John Hernandez Copper Area News They seek history, visiting sites throughout Arizona with their trusty metal detectors, hoping to find that lost bit of historical treasure. On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, a group of 29 treasure hunters visited the American Flag Ranch near Oracle with their metal detectors bleeping away. The Superstition West
Treasure Hunters metal detecting club journeyed from Apache Junction and the East Valley to Oracle where they met up at the Acadia Ranch Museum operated by the Oracle Historical Society. They were then guided by Oracle Historical Society member Chuck Sternberg to the American Flag Ranch a few miles away on the Mt. Lemmon Road. Club president John Schaefer
credited one of their officers with finding the hunt location. “We are always researching places to hunt,” he said. “Our Treasurer Roberta Larson found it.” After a few hours of exploring and searching the area with their metal detectors, the club members enjoyed a fine lunch at Oracle’s Patio Café. Some of the members said they would like to return to the area.
The American Flag Ranch house was built around 1877 and was one of Territorial Arizona’s first post offices. It was built by Isaac Lorraine who discovered the American Flag gold and silver mine. It is one of the oldest surviving post office buildings in Arizona. It is currently undergoing extensive restoration and beautification by members of the Oracle Historical Society. If you would like to learn more about American Flag or the Acadia Ranch Museum go to their website at www. oraclehistoricalsociety.org. The Superstition West Treasure Hunters metal detecting club currently has 45 members, many of them living in Apache Junction and
other parts of the East Valley as well as winter visitors. The club has monthly meetings, outings and metal detecting hunts. They visit ghost towns, stage stops, old forts and mining camps. The club meets in Apache Junction on the first Tuesday
of the month at the Elks Lodge 2455 E. Highway 88 & Lost Dutchman at 7 pm. For more information or to join the club, visit their website www.superstitiontreasure.com or contact John Schaefer at 480-861-7192 or email: info@ superstitiontreasure.com.
American Flag Ranch in Oracle. (John Hernandez photo)
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The Bubbly Hostess Hosts a Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Party By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Special to the Ledger Welcome back! For the past several years, we have managed to have a fun New Year’s Eve celebration in our home with a number of other families with children about the same age as ours. This has been so successful; I wanted to share what we do with you! I typically prepare a hearty Italian dish, such as rigatoni with Italian sausage, peppers, and onions. This is an easy, make ahead dish and I am able to heat just before the party and keep warm in a chafing dish. A crock pot will do the
trick as well. Our guests typically bring heavy appetizers and/or sides to accompany the main dish. Before the party, I cover the dining room table in party hats, tiaras, noisemakers and horns so that our guests are in the spirit as soon as they walk in the door. The festivities start around 5 p.m., enjoying appetizers and then serving dinner buffet style shortly thereafter. Fireworks are allowed in our area on New Year’s Eve so after dinner, usually around 6:30 p.m. or so, we head outside to watch the dads light the fireworks and the kids have fun with “poppers” (you
Resolve to give your cooking a bold makeover in the New Year (StatePoint) Bored with your everyday cooking? This New Year, resolve to give your meals an exuberant makeover. You won’t even need to look across an ocean for bold flavor inspiration from other cuisines. You can start at home, say experts. “American cuisine has been crafted from the stupendous ingredients, flavors and dishes derived from all people who have stepped upon its shore -- east to west, northern tip to southern gulf. All of it has merged into a single fabulous, kaleidoscopic menu,” says Susanna Hoffman, anthropologist and food writer and co-author of the new book, “Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors.” Hoffman, along with long-time cooking collaborator with whom she helped found the famed Chez Panisse restaurant, and co-author Victoria Wise, are encouraging home chefs to highlight the range of bold flavors of the American melting pot in their cooking -- whether they are making a traditional classic or incorporating new styles, tastes and trends. In “Bold” they venture away from the small plates phenomenon of the last several years by offering an array of recipes of plate-filling proportions comprised of lively global and domestic influences. Try this recipe for “Lamb Chops with Scallions in Cola Glaze,” which celebrates a ubiquitous, truly all-American product and repurposes it for the main meal: Ingredients • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 8 lamb shoulder or sirloin chops • Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • 6 bunches scallions, white and light green parts only, cut lengthwise into thin strips • 1 1/2 cups regular Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola • 3 teaspoons anise seeds Directions • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a sauté
Lamb Chops © Matthew Benson pan large enough to hold the chops without crowding. Sprinkle the chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Add them to the pan and sauté until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. • Add the scallions, cola and anise seeds to the pan and continue cooking, turning three times until almost all the liquid disappears and the chops are glazed on both sides and still pink in the centers, about 8 minutes altogether. • To serve, arrange the chops on a platter; heap the scallions on top and pour the remaining pan juices over all. Serve right away. More information about the new book can be found at www.Workman.com. A new year is a perfect opportunity to try new things in the kitchen. From slow-cooked roasts and braises to brimming soups and hearty pastas and grains, you can make meal time more exciting by thinking bigger and bolder.
know, those little things you throw on the ground) as well as sparklers. After fireworks, we head back inside to enjoy an easy dessert and to get ready for the “kids countdown” that happens at 8 p.m. We give them all a little bit of sparkling cider and watch the clock for 8 p.m. to approach. Everyone has a fun time counting down from 10 at the top of their lungs. Once the clock strikes 8:00, we drink our bubbly and sparkling cider – toast to everyone, give hugs, and kisses, then start the bedtime process. Yes. And it works! We have kids in sleeping bags in our boys’ room and in the playroom. In the past, we have used the master bedroom and space in our downstairs for kids as well. When we rang in 2013, we had eight kids between the ages of 1 and 7 all in bed and never heard from again the rest of the night by 8:30 p.m. Awesome! Last year, the Hubby and I also planned on “late night bites” – an antipasti platter and some easy frozen appetizers to heat in the oven – which we served to the adults around 10 p.m. We continue to celebrate by playing card games, turning up the music, and dancing! This year, we plan to keep all of the kids on the main level of our home so that we can utilize fun activities that are downstairs such as playing pool, competing against each other in
Just Dance, and performing karaoke. At the end of the night, parents in the neighborhood grab their kids and carry them in their sleeping bags as they walk home and other parents who have driven find a space in the house to spend the night. It’s so hard to find a sitter on New Year’s Eve and so much more fun to spend with your family and friends – this is the perfect solution. How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? What do you do with your kids? I’d love for you to visit my blog at www.thebubblyhostess. blogspot.com – and leave a comment! Please stop by my Facebook page to “LIKE” me if you haven’t already. You can find The Bubbly Hostess on Instagram and Twitter as well. Lastly - always remember to make the most out of your planning, so you have time to enjoy your champagne…
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