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Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com

Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.398.5541 info@EstrellaPublishing.com

Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.398.5541 info@EstrellaPublishing.com

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From Me To You...

Ringing in a New Year brings to mind Father Time, clocks ticking forwards, turning the old year into a new, shiny thing, full of promise. Time is a thing that has changed as I have marched through the years. As a child, summers stretched out towards infinity; long, lazy days spent reading, taking walks along country lanes and of course massive road trips with my family. The school year itself was never-ending but for completely different reasons...

As I became an adult and had children of my own, time warped again. The days were divided into feedings, naps, and the lack of time spent sleeping ourselves. Those days were long, but strangely the months and years flew by.

Once the children were in school I thought there would be more time for me, time to read and pursue hobbies. In actuality the time after drop off was never as long as it had looked on the clock that morning. Before I knew it I was back at the school gates waiting for happy faces running towards me, “Mommy, look what I made, learned, have to make tonight!”

that was left before dinners had to be made, baths taken, and sleepy bundles of children were read stories of giants and princesses, and tucked safely in their beds.

Now I find myself marking the time between visits, the giggling, tiny children are grown and flown, and my days are more or less my own. I cherish my free time, and there are many wonderful things I can accomplish now. And yet... in the back of my mind a clock is always ticking, marking time until the day I will have the house full of noisy, whirling dervishes again, demanding meals and attention.

This year I challenge you all to use the time we are given in the best way you can. Whether that means taking time for yourself, or giving time to others, be aware and fill the year with memories you can cherish once Father Time turns our clocks to 2024.

Catherine Uretsky

Editor, Main Street magazine info@estrellapublishing.com 623-398-5541

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Great Outdoors

More than just fresh air, time spent outdoors has the power to boost physical and emotional strength

Whether you’re taking a stroll in a local park or ambitiously hiking a new trail, being outdoors helps you feel more grounded and connected to nature. But you may not realize the numerous physical and mental benefits that time spent outdoors has on the human body.

Mother Nature has a profound positive impact on people of all ages, but especially kids. Children’s natural curiosity makes the outdoors a place with endless possibilities. It’s where imaginations can take flight, they can observe biodiversity and learn more about their world around them, not to mention, move their bodies and breathe in some fresh air.

Here are some outdoor ideas that you can do any time of year with your family:

1. Visit a hiking trail you’ve never been to before, or try an evening hike and bring along a headlamp or flashlight to guide the way.

2. Explore free outdoor programs in your community at parks and nature centers.

3. Learn about astronomy and head outdoors at night to observe the stars.

4. Try your hand at geocaching, where you use a free app on your mobile device to find hidden spots.

5. Organize a game of backyard flashlight tag with family, friends and neighbors.

6. Try a new outdoor activity you haven’t done yet, especially in the winter months, like skating, snowshoeing or skiing.

7. Go outside and talk about how nature impacts the different senses - How does it feel, taste, sound, etc.?

9. Have a picnic outdoors! Or even try eating outside in the evening with flashlights and headlamps for extra fun.

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Down Syndrome

Although experts have made great strides in understanding Down syndrome, there are still many misconceptions about the genetic disorder. Contrary to stereotypes, individuals with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, make their own decisions and contribute to society in many wonderful ways. Speaking from experience, having lived my life alongside my older sister who has Downs syndrome, positive support from the community enables people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Here are a few myths debunked:

MYTH #1: Down Syndrome is a rare disorder. Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition in people of all races and economic backgrounds. Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.

MYTH #2: People with Down syndrome cannot read or write. Most children with Down syndrome can learn

to read, write and spell, and many accelerate in their reading and writing.

MYTH #3: People with Down syndrome cannot walk or play sports.

An inability to walk is not a characteristic of Down syndrome. Individuals with Down syndrome have a variety of athletic abilities and levels of agility.

MYTH #4: Adults with Down syndrome cannot live independently.

Many adults with Down syndrome in the U.S. live independently with limited assistance from family members or the state.

MYTH #5: Symptoms and characteristics of Down syndrome are the same for everyone. Although Down syndrome causes some distinct characteristics, each person will have different degrees of characteristics, and some of the features may not appear at all.

MYTH #6: Adults with Down syndrome are unable to form close interpersonal relationships. People with Down syndrome socialize and have meaningful relationships. Some choose to date, marry and start families.

MYTH #7: Adults with Down syndrome are unemployable.

Individuals with Down syndrome want to be active contributors within their communities and achieve their highest level of self-reliance.

Submitted by Madison Blanton, of Arizona-based One Step Beyond https://osbi.org/

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Yum Yum

Cowboy Caviar for New Year’s Celebrations

Tradition suggests that you eat black-eyed peas to welcome the New Year because as author John Egerton wrote in his book, Southern Food, they have a “mystical and mythical power to bring good luck.”

While the most common way to eat these beans is in a dish called “Hoppin’ John,” I prefer to enjoy them in Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips while watching a college bowl game!


One 15-oz can Black-Eyed Peas, drained & rinsed

One 15-oz can Black Beans, drained & rinsed

One 10-oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles

1 Yellow Pepper, diced

½ C Red Onion, diced

1 Avocado, diced

3 T Olive Oil

2 T Red Wine Vinegar

1 T Worcestershire Sauce

½ tsp kosher Salt

½ tsp Cumin

½ tsp Black Pepper

Optional: Pickled Jalapeno slices to taste

Chopped Fresh Cilantro to taste

Mix everything together and let flavors blend an hour in the refrigerator before serving. The colors look especially bright and vibrant served with yellow and blue tortilla chips!

Submitted by Maureen Woods

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The Bug Guy

With 2022 ending, hopefully we’ve spent time celebrating with friends and family. Let’s make sure the unwanted guests don’t stay! It’s estimated that rodents seek shelter in more than 21 million homes in the US during winter. This means we may be dealing with mice or rats over the next few months - and you could be one of them.

It’s important for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the types of rodents in our area as they can spread dangerous diseases and cause major property damage. Here’s some information about mice and rat species that we can encounter here in the west valley.

Deer Mice

Region: Found throughout the United States. Habitat: Prefer to nest in rural areas, specifically in fence posts, tree hollows and log piles. Rarely a problem in residential settings, but they can wander indoors during the winter months while searching for shelter from the cold weather. Threats: Pose a significant health threat because

they are the most common carrier of Hantavirus. This virus is transmitted primarily by the inhalation of dust particles contaminated with the urine, feces, or saliva of infected deer mice.

Prevention tip: Don’t store pet food or birdseed in garages or storage sheds, where it is especially attractive to deer mice.

Pack Rats

Region: Inhabit the desert southwest Habitat: Prefer open areas, and rarely infest inside a structure, they prefer to nest around cactus or other areas that they can build a den of items found nearby.

Threats: Can carry common rodent diseases, such as Salmonellosis.

Prevention tip: Keep your property well maintained and foliage trimmed and pay particular attention to unusual piles of refuse around the base of cactus and plants.

Roof Rats

Region: Thought to be of Southeast Asian origin, but they are now found in the southern U.S., and most recently in Arizona.

Habitat: Live in colonies and prefer to nest in upper parts of structures or in trees. Threats: Historically, roof rats and their fleas have been associated with bubonic plague. Although cases are rare, they can also spread typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever, trichinosis and salmonellosis. Prevention tip: Clean up fruit that may have fallen from trees in the yard. Also, ensure the garbage is stored in tightly covered receptacles. If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and what may seem like a small problem can turn into a big one before you know it.

Submitted by Larry Cash, of Estrella Mountain Pest Control, Estrella resident

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Family Time

Spending quality time with your family is essential for creating strong relationships and fostering a sense of connection. With busy work and school schedules, it can be hard to find enough time to spend with your loved ones. However, it’s important to make the effort to carve out time to truly connect with your family.

Here are five ways to make the most of your family time.

1. Have Family Dinners

One of the easiest and most effective ways to spend quality time with your family is to make it a point to eat dinner together. This is a great way to catch up on the day and reconnect with each other. Even if you’re all coming home late, take the time to sit down, enjoy a meal, and chat together.

2. Play Games Together

Playing games is a great way to have some fun with your family. You can play board games, video games, or even just make up your own

game. It’s a great way to have some quality time together and get in a few laughs.

3. Go for a Walk

Going for a walk can be a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. Whether you take a stroll through the neighborhood or explore a nearby park, it’s a great way to bond with your family.

4. Take a Road Trip

A road trip is a great way to get away and explore while spending quality time together. You can plan a weekend getaway or even just take a day trip to visit a nearby city. This is a great way to make some memories and spend quality time with your family.

5. Do a Craft or Activity

Crafts and activities can be a great way to spend time together. You can all work together to make something or take turns completing a project. You can also try different activities like cooking, painting, or even just playing with clay.

Spending quality time with your family is important for building strong relationships. Make sure to take the time to connect and enjoy each other’s company.

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Home Sweet Home

Start the new year off right! Use these tips to give your home a fresh look and feel this January.

Replace Your Hardware:

It really is amazing what a difference new faucet, appliance, and even door handle hardware can make in your kitchen. Plus the options for this are both endless and affordable.

Give Love to Your Walls:

A statement wall is a killer way to make a major change without spending much time or effort to do it. These walls have a special knack for making your design look rich and dynamic. If you’re worried about making a commitment you might regret, then consider that there are a ton of beautiful removable wallpaper options out there that you can take advantage of without committing too much. Rather than a statement wall, you could also arrange a few floating shelves to showcase some of your favorite knickknacks, add a big piece of statement art, or create a chic and sophisticated gallery wall.

Update Your Window Treatments:

If your room is a photo, your window treatments are the frame, so switching these up is a super simple move that can completely transform the look of your space.

Swap Out Your Throw Pillows:

Throw pillows are basically makeup for your living room allowing you to add great splashes of color. You can switch and swap them depending on your mood and the season, and the effect is nothing short of transformative.

Bring in a New Rug:

Rugs have a special ability to add warmth and definition to the spaces they’re in. So, if you’re looking to redefine your space, there’s no better way to do it than with a new area rug.

Change Up Your Bedding:

Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom. Therefore, if you’re looking to bring some more life to your bedroom design, then there’s no better way to do it than by updating your bedding. From a cozy bed featuring layers of big comfy blankets to cheerful pops of color and compelling textures, your options on this front are only limited by your imagination.

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