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May 15 – July 15 2012 Volume 5 – Issue 3 Editor in Chief
Contributing Writers Helen Houston Creamer John Dearing Rob Krieger Larry LeMieux JL Myers Ken Riswick Sue Santarcangelo Celece Seegmiller Mayor Mark Wier Mesquite Business Owners and Residents Magazine Design Darrin Fraser Mishap Studios Advertising Sales
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This is perhaps my favorite time of year in Mesquite. Time to play in the sunlight after work; sit in the warmth of our backyards and watch the beautiful sunsets; gather with friends at our favorite watering hole for appetizers on the patio. Some of our wonderful residents leave at this time for the cooler climate. I just start thawing out from the winter months (I know…I know!). As a recreation destination, it is a perfect time for ATV riding, water sports of all kinds, bicycling, tennis and whatever else you can think of at this beautiful time of year. I have finally taken up the game of golf – about time after being here for six years. So far, I have gotten my moneys worth in hitting the most balls of anybody I have played with. Oh, that’s not the idea? I will keep you posted as to my success – or not. All I know is our beautiful golf courses are a great way to spend an afternoon, or in my case a full day. If you are a resident or just visiting us for a short while, get out and enjoy all Mesquite has to offer. I will probably see you on one of your adventures. Remember, Mesquite is YOUR recreation destination.
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In This Issue
May 15 – July 15, 2012, Volume 5 – Issue 3
FEATURE COVER STORY
Art When You Least Expect It
The Evolution of Aviation in Mesquite
Summer Sips and Salad Sensations
27 Dog Night
Kicks - Local Soccer Program For Kids
Mesquite Library Expansion On Schedule
Cyclists Descend on Mesquite
Mesquite Has Talent
Barking Success for All
Mesa View Welcomes New Physician
Protect your Pets in the Heat
Mesquite Senior Games
What’s in a Name. . . Pickelball?
19 View on Youth
27 Golf Tips
32 View on Business
Relay for Life
Awesome Adventures News 28
IN EVERY ISSUE 3
Why I Love Mesquite
View from the Mayor
12 View on Healthy Lifestyles
34 View on Energy 42 View on Travel 64 Senior Center News
Why I Love Mesquite Having lived in numerous places over the years, I can tell you that small towns fall into one of two categories. Based on my experience small towns are either friendly and open, or decidedly not. Thankfully, Mesquite falls into the former group. There are many reasons to love Mesquite, but first on the list is the weather, of course. Next up is the bug free atmosphere. I have an 11 year-old Dalmatian mix with special needs. Matilda has severe allergies that include food, pollen and chemicals. This means she is allergic to almost everything. With the absence of fleas, ticks and pollen, Mesquite is a great place for her. Last, but not least, I love Mesa View Hospital where I work as an ultrasound technician. I was quickly welcomed and made to feel at home. Most of the employees are on a first name basis and everyone is friendly and helpful. All of these wonderful attributes make Mesquite a great place to live and work. Joy Easterling Initially Benny, being an avid golfer, was the most excited about our move to Mesquite. It was more of an adjustment for me moving from a big city to a small town. But very soon the serenity of the mountains, desert landscapes, beautiful sunsets and nearly daily sunshine warmed my heart as did the sincere and caring people, with many becoming close friends of ours. We embrace Mesquite as a blend of city and country living, offering us numerous outdoor activities, scenic walking paths, great vet services for our three cats, clean and safe neighborhoods, and many volunteer opportunities – Benny really enjoys volunteering weekly at the animal shelter. The casinos, good restaurants, cinemas, art center and community theater provide us a variety of entertainment choices. These are just some of our favorite things we love about Mesquite, making us proud to call this town our home. Benny & Jean Librizzi
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View from the Mayor We have all heard the phrase up to our armpits in Alligators. Although others might depict another part of our anatomy, the phrase still holds true. What a few might not know is the complete phrase goes something like, “we set out to drain a swamp only to find ourselves up to our armpits in alligators.” As we make changes and set new courses we are draining the swamp. Often times these changes can bring out alligators. These are individuals that seemingly lie in wait to ambush and chomp to death any change or new course. At first, many believe these individuals are pests not worth the time to respond too. However, if we take the time and follow some simple steps we can turn alligators into advocates. The first and most important step is to listen to what a person is trying to convey regarding the proposed change. It may be tempting to marginalize those who constantly object to changes; but this will only drive the individual further from any meaningful solutions. When we respectfully listen to objections with an honest intent to understand concerns we build a foundation of trust. As part of the listening process, we need to see the issue from the other person’s point of view. This helps to eliminate the “Us Versus Them” mentality, and opens up the opportunity to work together for a common solution. The next step is to deal with the objections. Many times our objections are based in fear. These types of emotional objections are difficult to address rational solutions until we eliminate the fear driving them. However, once the fear is addressed the person can start to buy-in to the project because we have replaced the fear with information that speaks directly to the concern. When emotional objections have been overcome, the benefits resulting from the change can be seen. Finally we need to keep in mind the audience that the proposal or change will effect. We need to clearly communicate the issues in a language that is understandable to our audience. Turning alligators into advocates requires good listening and a sincere effort to move a project ahead together. We need to clearly address the objections that are raised and communicate the benefits of the project in “alligator-ese” These skills are essential to moving any project forward. The great news is that they can all be learned. Mesquite is a great community thanks in large part to an engaged electorate. Diverse opinions, and people willing to share them, have made our country great. It is a keystone of a strong democracy. Equally as important, each of us working together makes our community the best place in Nevada to call home. Mayor Mark Wier
27 DOG NIGHT! By Sue Santarcangelo
“Are you nuts? It’s winter in Alaska. Who would want to go there for a vacation to work a dog sled race?” Dr. Peggy , owner of Mesquite Veterinary Clinic, used to ask her fellow vet Tex Coady that question year after year. Tex, who has been going to Alaska to work on dog sled races for more than 30 years, would suggest that she should try it. “I couldn’t imagine going. I hate the cold. I absolutely hate the cold,” comments Dr. Peggy. But when a spot opened for a vet on the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, her dislike of the cold was overcome by her friend’s encouragement not to miss the opportunity of a lifetime. With Tex’s assurances and sub-zero winter clothes, some loaned to her by Tex’s wife, she boarded the plane and headed to Alaska to work as a vet on her first dog sled race. “I looked on it as an adventure,” says Dr. Peggy. In her diary, she documented the way her trip began. “Up early 4:45 am, cup of coffee and a sausage patty, banana bread sandwich for the road, and uneventful check-in at Alaska Air. Boarded onto first seat in first class (a first for me).” The firsts kept coming. A once in a decade snowstorm in Seattle, more than average amounts of snow in Anchorage, and a 400 mile trip on a typical in-state Alaska airplane where first class was reserved for the most important passenger - cargo. Humans ride in the back. That ride landed her in her initial destination, Bethel, Alaska. Dr. Peggy explains that, “Bethel is a town of about 5,000, has about 26 miles of roads but you can only get to it by flying in from any distance in the winter or by snow machine for the closer villages, or by vehicle on the frozen river. In the summer, only by plane as the tundra becomes too soft and boggy to allow roads. Truly isolated.” In this isolated town on the mouth of the Kuskokwim River, Dr. Peggy met the dogs. “Tex had told me the dogs would not be what the stereotype sled dogs we imagine. These dogs are small, compact, thin and came in every coat color and hair-type, and a few with a blue eye. Almost all were very happy and some were shy with only an occasional fearful one. They ranged in size from about 40-60 pounds. All lean, mean, pulling machines.” Her next chance to meet those “lean, mean, pulling machines” would be at her checkpoint in the tiny village of Tuluksak, 50 miles up the river. Tuluksak is the first rest stop on the race out of Bethel, and the last stop on the return run. Dr. Peggy continues, “Once settled in the school…we started trying to organize getting bags of straw together and secured, along with the dog food for the mushers, when they came in for their required 4-hour stop on the way back.” It was here that Dr. Peggy learned that the mushers might leave some dogs with her on their return run. “No one told me anything. I asked what I should do with the dogs and was told ‘you’ll figure it out!’ says Dr. Peggy. By the time the race was over, she had 27 dogs tied along two chain lines. Dr. Peggy continues, “They were all “in tact” males and females. Some had injures, others were sore or tired and most of them didn’t know each other. It was quite a job keeping them from fighting or other things.”
It appeared that the necessity of dog wrangling would go on overnight when at 3:00 pm they received notice that the planes which were supposed to pick them up were grounded in Bethel by a land blizzard, snow blowing in high winds. Making plans to settle in for the night, things changed at 4:00 pm when the call came, “The planes were on the way and we needed to be ready to go by 5:00 pm.” Now in custody of 27 dogs and a mile from the airstrip, Dr. Peggy had to find a way to transport them when the planes arrived. Luckily the principal of the school had a pick-up truck. “We had two chains of dogs. One with 17 dogs tied to it and one with 10. So we loaded the 17 dogs and three young volunteers to keep them from jumping out of the truck, and headed for the air strip.” The planes were already waiting for them, so they dropped the dogs off and headed back for the rest. “We made it. We were in the air by 5:15 pm, but I never would have made it without the help of the locals.” Now back in Mesquite, with a half filled diary and a load of amazing memories, she is ready to go back if asked again. “I don’t know if there will be an opportunity. I got to go this time because one of the regular vets couldn’t do it.” When asked if she had been cold, she laughs. “No, I was never really cold.”
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Art – When You Least Expect It By Linda Faas
esquite has not been discovered as a mecca of fine arts and crafts, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be! Our town has many examples of artistic architecture among the downtown buildings, and there are some surprising pieces of fine art and artisanship hiding in plain sight for those who take a moment to look for them. As we drive our main street, Mesquite Boulevard, there are some artistic points of interest that are not appreciated at 35mph, so let’s put on our walking shoes and take a slower downtown art trek. The Abbott House at the corner of Sandhill and Mesquite Boulevards, currently the General Store, is our first piece of art. Nestled beneath beautiful mulberry and evergreen trees, this example of turn-of-the-20th-century architecture is reminiscent of the Craftsman style that swept the U.S. in that era. Defying its age, the house is one of the few early buildings of Mesquite still in use. Sue Rosland, owner of the General Store, oversaw some major renovations to bring it to code when she located her business there. The beautiful collectibles inside deserve a close look too. Ambling on, the Golden West Casino comes to view. Here, the “Golden West” stagecoach at the parking lot entrance preserves a bit of history for all of us to enjoy. The chassis and wheels are original. Don’t miss the faux, or false, paintings in the “windows” of the Golden West. Where you think you see folks enjoying themselves inside, you are looking at the artistic efforts of a painter who dressed up the faceless building façade. The west side of the building was turned into a beautiful mural of Flat Top Mesa, painted by artist Joan Rainey Day in 2009. The medallion on the opposing wall of the Valley Leavitt Insurance building noted Mesquite’s 25th anniversary year and the motto “From Persistence to Prosperity.” Certainly words to live by. The Mesquite City Hall was designed in “Southwest vernacular” style. While Mesquite has not entirely bought into Southwest style as its civic persona, this building is a point of pride for all residents and it houses a number of pieces of fine art donated by local residents. There are watercolor paintings by Lester B. Lee and Joyce Burke, as well as oil paintings by Golden Millward that illustrate Verl Frehner’s writings, and murals by noted artist Dean Nielson. On the grounds of City Hall stand two fine pieces of statuary. A tribute to William E. and Mary Jane Leavitt Abbott stands at the northwest corner. This early Mesquite family is memorialized for their stalwart faith, foresight and family values. The statues, sculpted by L’Deane Trueblood and Edward E. Hlavka, were funded by their descendants, as well as the City of Mesquite RDA funds and local businesses. We have William Abbott to thank for the vision to build the wide thoroughfare, Mesquite Boulevard, that has served as our city’s commercial magnet. In the shade beside the main door of City Hall is a fountain crafted by John E. Prazen, a fine artist who created many metal sculptings in Mesquite in the 1990s. The copper-clad statues of the fountain depict Native Americans who depended on the life source of the Virgin River and the natural springs in the area. Those who
Jon Prazen’s statuary speaks of the Native American presence on the Virgin River
Jerry Greenway’s steel ocotillo is the flagship of the Gallery’s new low-water garden
Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery
understand the habitation patterns of those early residents of the area know of remains of their countless pit houses that still dot bluffs above the river. Across from City Hall we approach the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, a remarkable showcase of original, locally-created fine art. The gallery and gift shop are operated by the Virgin Valley Artists Association, a nonprofit group of 200 enthusiastic and skilled artists who install a new exhibition monthly. The shows range from whimsical, such as “Doors and Oars,” to high-end exhibits such as “Lucky 13,” a national art competition. Visitors to the gallery know they can return again and again to view and buy new and exciting art in all forms—hand-blown glassware, pottery, paintings, fine and fun costume jewelry, and much more. The Gallery’s art sales and Christmas Boutique are legendary. The art gallery building itself is perhaps an under-appreciated sample of inventive architecture. Designed by Eric Strain of Las Vegas, the building is constructed of concrete and metal sheets that have rusted to a beautiful patina, speaking of days gone by. The adjacent classroom building echos that same look in its rusting tin structure that will eventually match the color of the gallery. The art center complex is a point of pride for the Mesquite community, probably unmatched in any town in the western U.S. The Virgin Valley Artists have, in recent years, plied their skills in exterior artwork. The gallery displays a 6’x 8’ mural on its exterior plaza door and many delightful patterns painted on surrounding utility boxes that once obscured the beauty of the building. Designed by Judith Hetem, the largest utility box shows an iconic mesa scene that has become the gallery’s brand. Those boxes that were a dreary detraction are now the gallery’s greatest asset in helping attract visitors. Not to be overlooked in the gallery art tour is the fine collection of metal sculptings created by Jerry Greenway of 7 Fawns Metal Arts. His high-flying steel ocotillo is the focal point of the gallery garden that was redesigned last year as a beautiful low-water-use garden that features many cacti that are native to the area. Greenway crafted symbols of all the arts in the collection that flanks the plaza walkway. The low rock building that houses the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is an example of southwest folk art construction built by the National Youth Authority, a 1930s contemporary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some of the most prized artifacts in the museum are samples of residents’ artwork. Hand-stitched quilts and crocheted doilies and purses, oil and watercolor paintings and wood sculptings by early valley residents are some examples of the arts and crafts that have always been a natural part of the everyday life in our valley. Strolling back across the street from the art center, the Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant proudly displays its exterior and interior fountains. Inside the door, the centerpiece fountain is a jade-like carved depiction of the Guilin area of China, known for its breathtaking steep mountains and flowing river. This private art display, and many others in town, demonstrates our business community’s desire to use art to create pleasing surroundings for customers and express cultural pride. Our art walk concludes here, but there are more strolls to be taken to other lovely parts of town on another day. There is interest among many people in the community to provide even more exterior art such as murals or painted utility boxes along Mesquite Boulevard and elsewhere. Such dreams take funding, so progress is slow in getting ambitious plans off the ground. However, where there is a will, there is a way. Does it take more businesses working to add extra touches? Does it just take the financial support of more residents who make it a practice of buying the work of local artisans? Does it take public policy that encourages and supports visual arts—indeed all the arts-- that connect our hearts and souls to our little town? Could Mesquite be on the verge of an art revolution when we least expect it? We’ll see!
By Sue Santarcangelo
V I E W O N H E A L T H Y L I F E S T Y L E S
Driving west along Hafen Lane you can’t miss the array of rusted farm equipment lining the roadway across the street from the CasaBlanca Golf Course clubhouse. You might also notice the wood rail beds full of plants dividing the road from an old wooden shed. Behind the shed, at first glance, there appears to be a “squatters” camp. However closer inspection reveals that the eclectic array of sun shades, wood and wire fencing, and various constructs made of PVC or wood are actually designed to protect plants and mark out patches in a working garden. But not just any garden, you have found the Mesquite Heritage Garden, Mesquite’s very own community garden. The Mesquite Heritage Garden was originally conceived by Don Muse more than three years ago. Muse’s idea was supported by the Hafen family who offered to provide five acres of land to start the garden. The property located along Hafen Lane was part of the old Hafen Dairy operation. “It’s grand land, beautiful, perfect, couldn’t have been better…so we got started with it.” The Hafen’s also allowed the gardeners to use the manure left from years of dairy operation and to re-task old buildings and rescue antique farm equipment to put on display. The farm equipment at the garden’s entrance is part of that booty, and the shed out front which one day will house produce for sale was built from the wood of an old calf barn.Muse went on to explain his vision of the garden. “It would be free to anyone who wanted to plant in it. When I started I wanted it to be free…raised beds for senior citizens, handicapped, so forth…” Over time, however, the direction the Board wanted to take the garden differed from Muse’s vision so ultimately he turned the garden over to them. Today, Harry Hicks is the president of the non-profit which operates the garden. “Our Board is very diverse. Some of them are master gardeners and some aren’t. I’m not. I just have a long time relationship with tomato plants.” With the initial start up paperwork completed, everyone is concentrating on the job of building and operating the garden. Although only the first few hundred feet of land located near the roadway is presently developed, Hicks believes that eventually they will use the entire five acres. He indicates that patches released by last year’s gardeners have already been turned over to new gardeners. “I have to get out and mark more plots. We’re selling. People are interested.” He estimates that there are only 10-12 plots left before they will need to prepare more land. Since the garden is a non-profit, expanding and operating the garden depends on volunteers and the generosity of donors. At a recent board meeting where they were planning for their upcoming annual fundraiser, board members noted that the organization could not function without their volunteers and the continued support of local farmers, businesses and individuals. This year the board hopes to supplement their income by selling produce grown in the garden. Hicks explains, “We’ve taken certain plots and we’re actually raising corps because we can do that with our producer’s certificate. We will take our produce and do a fundraiser with it.” Laura Burrola, a board member who volunteers as the farm manager, has thrown her heart and soul into developing the garden with the help of other volunteers. She visits the garden daily and gives visitors tours. She enthusiastically points to new patches and planters were they are growing fruits and vegetables
including strawberries, okra, beans broccoli, watermelons and pumpkins. There is also a patch for herbs all built and maintained by volunteers. Burrola also coordinates with the Salvation Army to help those who need to do community service. Both she and Harry Hicks noted a desire to work with other organizations. “We’re hoping to work with the schools in the future,” Hicks noted. “We’re trying to work with the 4-H and we’ve been talking to them. And the UNR extension service, one of their members is on our board.” The Boy Scouts have shown interest, with several scouts coming to the garden to earn merit badges. The Mesquite Heritage Garden is truly a community experience that everyone associated with it encourages their neighbors to come enjoy. “We’re all across the broad socioeconomic scale here. It’s kinda fun because it is the kind of place you’d never expect people to mix and mingle, but they do.” The public can participate in the garden either as a renter or volunteer. Patches range from 60-300 square feet and rent for $40 to $90 a year. Rental costs cover the water bill. Volunteers are always needed to help maintain the garden and donations are most appreciated. For more information visit: www.mesquitegarden.org, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have Internet access, visit the garden on Saturdays or call (702) 345-3377.
Tennis TNT By Donna Eads
After the feedback from last issue’s article, ‘For the LOVE of Tennis’, the thought was to add some tips and tricks to your tennis game. Before we get started, one note on this year’s Mesquite Senior Games tennis tournament held at Hafen Park’s tennis courts. All used balls were donated to the Virgin Valley High School Athletic Department for their tennis program. Of course, the event had its ups and downs with one day of strong winds and some interesting trick shots. Now for the tips and tricks! Lets start with eight simple etiquette rules. Always warm-up all of your shots including the serve, since ‘first ball in’ gives the server a huge advantage. Manage your court balls, call out the score with each serve, be fair with you line calls, and don’t talk during a point. Remember that the game is played at the tempo of the server and safety comes first - stop immediately if a ball is close to anyone. Last, be a good sport and shake hands at the end of any match. Another important tip for anyone getting back into (or new to) the game is to use new and better equipment. That old racquet taken out of your garage is not a good idea. Also, racquets and balls must be protected from extreme hot or cold. So never store your tennis equipment in the garage or the trunk of your car since the temperatures can and will affect their performance. For all of us that play doubles, there are three shots you will need to learn to play the game well. First, a consistent spin serve is a must and you should be able to place it in the service box at least 70% of the time. Speaking of spin, the second shot are slice backhands and forehands, keeping the ball low over the net during a doubles match. Keeping the ball low will stop your opponent from attacking you at the net. The third shot is to develop the ability to vary your overhead placement on the court so it is not predictable. Trick shots make the game interesting and one such trick shot is an extreme slice that bounces backward over the net. This is the only time a player may reach across the net to strike a ball without losing the point. Keep in mind that no part of your body or even your clothing can ever touch the net! I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful. See you on the courts soon.
The Evolution of Aviation in Mesquite By Larry LeMieux
Manager, Mesquite Airport
viation has been a part of the history of the Virgin Valley for many years. In the 1970’s and before, local pilots had to land on a small dirt strip at the top of what was then known as Linge Hill. One of those early aviators is probably well known to historians of Gold Butte Mine as “Crazy Ed”. Ed Bounsall lived in a trailer at Gold Butte where he would chase trespassers off at gunpoint, thus earning the nickname “Crazy Ed.” Ed flew in to Mesquite regularly where he had a workshop at a Chevron station across from City Hall owned by Archie Hughes. It was in this shop that Ed would develop an experimental aircraft that he would try unsuccessfully to market to pilots. One local pilot, Theron Jensen, tells me that he would use the dirt strip regularly. He says that some pilots were not as successful at using the small (1500’) strip, running off the end and down the hill. He would sometimes land on the road that is now known as Hillside Dr., and would tie down his Cessna 172 at the cemetery parking lot until a local farmer got irritated and put an end to that. There were times that Jensen would land on Riverside Dr. and park his plane at his parent’s home. When the High School was built the city found the need to look for a location to build a new airport. Jensen told then City Councilman Craig Pulsifer that he would take him up in his plane and scout possible runway sites. It was then they found the spot where our airport now sits. Sitting on a flat piece of land and two miles from town with easy access, this was an ideal site. In 1985 the council was presented with a proposal for an airport master plan and three years later the final plan was approved. The airport officially opened for business in 1990. The new facility was a vast improvement from the small dirt strip. It featured a 75’ wide paved mile-long runway with a full-length taxiway. It had parking for about 50 airplanes and a self-service fuel pump. The Grand Opening celebration was held on December 8th of that year with a spectacular air show featuring a team of three Siai Marchetti F-260 aircrafts and a WWII bomber, among others. Over 2000 people attended the event and were treated to helicopter rides, and the city hosted a BBQ with burgers and hot dogs. I have been over-seeing the operation of the Mesquite Airport since 2001. The year after I took the controls, a movie company approached me about filming at our facility. Our airport was a prominent feature in this film, The Flyboys, starring Tom Sizemore and Steven Baldwin. Ford Motor Company filmed a commercial spot at the airport for a car they were to introduce at the Detroit Auto Show.
Flyboys Photos courtesy of: Rocco Devilliers, Dark Coast Pictures
The citizens of Mesquite reap many benefits from the presence of our airport. The most obvious of these would be the presence of Mercy Air. Mercy Air is a helicopter ambulance company that services an area from southern Utah to most of southern Nevada, as well as the Arizona Strip. Never does a week go by that these amazing individuals donâ€™t save at least a few lives. Being situated on a major interstate corridor, there are accidents involving traumatic injuries regularly. The peace of mind that medical attention is only minutes away is extremely comforting to most. Who knows, the next life they save could be your own or that of a loved one. The fact that Mercy Air is stationed right here in Mesquite makes our quality of life a little bit better. The next benefit our airport brings is the presence of a BLM Air Tanker base. Every summer these planes are deployed to wild fires all around the Virgin Valley and beyond. A few years ago the mountain ranges surrounding Mesquite were ablaze with many fires. Much of our wilderness was saved because of the quick response of the air tankers and helicopters stationed right here at our airport. This should especially be of comfort to the environmentally minded. We try to bring the excitement of aviation to the children of Mesquite as well. Annually, we invite the Young Eagles pilots from Utah who generously donate their time and aircraft to give children the experience of flight. We make a family day of these events, inviting hot rods, motorcycles and model airplanes to show their stuff. There is often food and even music to enjoy. I know of at least one child who enjoyed flying so much she is now enrolled in college with a major in aviation. Our airport is a gateway to all the recreation that our valley offers. Almost daily we greet planes filled with golfers from all over the country who have heard what a wonderful place Mesquite is to try their skills. We get planes carrying motorcycle racers, NASCAR fans, skydivers, gamblers, long drivers and much more. Centrally and conveniently located, the airport is almost exactly in the center of Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver making it a perfect fuel-stop for planes traveling to these major cities. Pilots find its location, as well as its easiness to spot and get in and out of, a blessing on long trips. Many pilots who stop for fuel are captivated by the beauty that is the Virgin Valley and find themselves returning time after time, often as a vacation destination. The Mesquite Airport is a jewel in the desert, and does indeed benefit residents and visitors alike. We invite you to come up and check out your airport for yourself.
Local Soccer Program For Kids By Machelle Johnson
This spring, FC (Futball Club) Mesquite held its third season of KICKS, its recreational soccer program. In a championship tournament on May 12th, each of the 250 athletes played three games and received a trophy as well as personal recognition for their participation. The latest KICKS season saw a 25% increase in registered players with 54 teams of athletes from pre-school to eighth grade. Board Member Wendy Condy, commenting on the growth of the program stated, “Local parents, including myself, expressed a lot of interest in adding younger children to the program. We were so excited to add four new co-ed teams of energetic preschoolers to the KICKS schedule this spring. We also added teams from Beaver Dam and Moapa Valley.” In addition to the recreational program, FC Mesquite has four competitive club teams, U8 (under 8) through U18, with plans to expand the program. The club teams benefit from a first class team of coaches who volunteer countless hours. Board Member Richard Israelson stated, “Club play takes soccer to a higher level of competition which requires a significant commitment of time from both the players and the coaches.” The U8 girl’s teams played in a competitive league in St George this spring with outstanding results. Andrea Tilton, President of the Board of the Directors, stated, “This fall, we are hoping to have more teams compete in regional competitive leagues. We have a lot of players that have been working for a year in our competitive program and it is so great to see the improvement in the players. We are so proud of the players and inspired by their dedication to soccer.” For the second year, FC Mesquite, in cooperation with Utah Youth Soccer, hosted The Presidents Cup, a tournament of nearly 300 teams over the Martin Luther King and Presidents Day weekend. Local business benefited from the influx of players and their families eager to take advantage of the weather and unparalleled soccer facilities. Board Member Doug Reath mentioned the possibilities of hosting additional tournaments. “Mesquite is a sports destination and we would like to take advantage of that. We are developing relationships with local businesses and civic organizations that support programs in the community that benefit not only these kids and their families, but also strengthen the economy.” As I have said often, we are overwhelmed by the support we have received that truly allowed the program to grow so quickly. Youth athletics are expensive and our goal is to make this program available to any child who wishes to participate. This would not be possible without sponsorships, donations and countless hours of time volunteered to coach the players. Tilton adds, “The City of Mesquite has been so supportive of FC Mesquite from the beginning. We are so very thankful for their continued encouragement and assistance.” KICKS registration for the fall season has started. Register before May 31st to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate of $45. Regular registration is $50 and runs June 1st through August 4th. This cost includes all fees and uniforms. Forms can be filled out at Jadde Sports. More information is available on our website at http://fcmesquite.webs.com.
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MESQUITE LIBRARY EXPANSION ON SCHEDULE By Sue Santarcangelo
People in Mesquite love their library! In 2005 the library district proposed a bond issue to expand 25 branches throughout Clark County. The issue was defeated throughout the county except in Mesquite. At that time the district proposed replacing the 2,800 sq. ft. building with a new 15,000 sq. ft. branch. Since then the economic downturn has made that option impossible for the foreseeable future. However, savings from the construction of the Windmill Library and Service Center in Las Vegas freed up enough funds to add an additional 2,644 sq. ft. to the Mesquite facility now. According to Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director of the Library District, “The ultimate goal, however, remains to replace the Mesquite branch with a much larger, 15,000 sq. ft. building when the Library District’s funding situation improves. As that is at least eight years away, the temporary expansion will provide much needed additional space.” Mesquite really needs the space. The library is one of the busiest spots in town. Hundreds of patrons frequent the facility every day to take advantage of the library’s local offerings as well as its extensive floating collection which makes library materials from throughout the district available to local residents. Everyday patrons come in to check out materials they have ordered or pick up a book, DVD or CD from the local collections. Others flock in to use the free WiFi or computers. Whether it is to play video games, print important documents or answer e-mails, the library’s computers are some of the hottest tickets in town. Regular patrons make reservations days in advance to guarantee they have a confirmed spot. When the architectural drawings were posted in the library’s foyer late last year, the buzz began to build. Information about the expansion appeared in both local newspapers, and patrons of the library constantly ask local staff when the construction will begin on the new facility. Things have been moving along since that time and the contract for the construction was awarded on February 9, 2012 to Trade West Construction, Inc. a local Mesquite builder. Since then the contractor and the district have been going over the drawings to work out all the logistics. The new addition will actually be a modular unit, which will be constructed off-site and moved to Mesquite. It will be connected to the existing building and is being designed to match the appearance and exterior finishes of the existing building as close as possible. At this time the plans show the new addition housing the adult, young adult and Spanish fiction and non-fiction book, music and CD collections. It will also have up to 10 additional computers for patrons to use as well as desk and work areas for those wishing to study or utilize the WiFi connection. The existing building will be altered to house the children and juvenile fiction and non- fiction book, DVD and CD collections as well as additional computers with “kids only” restricted access. The existing children’s library area will be turned into a public meeting room and the remainder of the space will be workspace for staff. The estimated timeline for the expansion assumes the drawings for the modular building will be completed by the end of March. The building will then be manufactured off site and delivered in Mesquite by May 18. The construction to attach the two buildings and complete the remodeling of the interior of the existing library should be completed by June 30, 2012. Once construction is complete the library will be refurnished, the equipment installed and the materials relocated back into the facility. The existing collections will be augmented with new items increasing the material from 38,000 items to 50,000 items. It is anticipated that the library will be closed during part of the construction. While nothing is confirmed yet, the district is looking at alternate locations to provide limited services such as patron pick-up of requested materials during the down time.
This expansion is exciting news for Mesquite residents, so “Watch Us Grow” and plan a visit this summer!
Reading For Fun By J.L. Myers
Summertime is upon us once again! So mark June and July on your family calendar because on June 1st, the Mesquite Library will be kicking off its 2012 Summer Reading Programs. Sponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, these programs are open to all ages. Best of all, they are FREE and FUN. Children have three categories to choose from: Rubber Ducky Reading Club, Ducky Dreams Big: The first is for children up to five years of age. Rubber Ducky will develop early literacy skills by having children complete six activities and coloring in their very own Rubber Ducky. Each child will be awarded his or her own Rubber Ducky at the conclusion. When the child completes 12 of any of the listed activities they earn a children’s book of their very own, and will be entered into a drawing for additional gift books.
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Simple things like streching Dream Big, Read: This second category is for children, kindergarten through 5th grade. After signing up they will keep a reading log and check off each day they read. For every 10 days they read, they earn one “Book Buck.” After 30 days of total reading they will be awarded a gold medal and a chance in a drawing for a $50.00 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Own the Night: The final category is a teen program for 6th graders through seniors in high school. They check off their reading logs and earn Book Bucks. For every 30 days of reading they get a prize and will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Sony Wi-Fi eReader. The Book Bucks they earn can be spent at Library District Used Bookstores through August 15, 2012. What is so important about having your children read during the summer? Summer reading prevents what is called “Summer Slide” or loss of skills taught in school. The kids that participate in summer reading programs return to school ready to learn and do better in school overall.
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So if your kids are headed to the TV, why not have some family time and read a book to them, or better yet have them read a book to you. Call the Mesquite Library for more details at (702) 346-5224, or go on-line at www.LVCCLD.org.
-READINGExpanding the world within our mind. . .
Mesquite Library’s current childrens section
he 2012 road cycling season kicked off this past Saturday with our area’s newest cycling event named, Mesquite Madness. Approximately 150 cyclists from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas arrived in Mesquite to enjoy our amazing spring weather and take in a cycling event. Cyclists with a full range of skill levels from beginner to speedster had their choice of riding one of two distances on the course, 38 or 80 miles. Mesquite Madness was fully supported with numerous aid stations and support vehicles along the course. The aid stations were fully stocked with nutrition and drinks, and of course, portable restrooms. The riders were greeted at each aid station by smiling volunteers who helped with bikes and refilled water bottles. Support vehicles drove the course and assisted riders when needed, whether it was for a flat tire, extra water or a ride back to town for the weary. “This event is for everyone,” says Margaret Gibson the events coordinator. “Because it’s a ride, not a race. You can go as slow or as fast as you like. Events like Mesquite Madness provide riders a goal. Not only something to train for, but more often than not, allowing them to push past their comfort zone knowing there is food and support on the course.” Gibson heads up a bicycle event promotion group called SpinGeeks. In 2012, SpinGeeks will be holding nine cycling events from Mesquite and St. George, to as far north as Bryce Canyon National Park. Visit their website to sign up for upcoming events at www.spingeeks.com. In addition to the support provided by SpinGeeks, a ham radio group out of St. George, Utah joined the event to give updates along the course from aid stations back to the finish line. These radio operators use such events as these to hone their skills for actual emergency response in disaster situations. 2012 was the inaugural year for the Mesquite Madness cycling event and based on the success and participation, it appears as though there will even be more riders next year…so dust off your bike, get out and ride, and join us in March 2013.
Bicycling in Mesquite By Tony Barron
If you want to bike around Mesquite but don’t have a bike, then your first stop should be Jadde Sports where the owner, Don Rappleye, or his bike technician, Paul Felshaw, can help you find the right bike for whatever kind of riding you want to do. If you already have a bike, it’s probably time for a spring tune-up and Paul, with over 15 years of experience, can get your bike riding as good as new. Aside from the usual benefits of buying local, it’s really convenient to be able to just pedal to the store for a quick adjustment. You need your bike in good tune for safety just as you need to wear your bike helmet on every ride. Hitting your head, even in a slow speed fall, could possibly cause brain damage, paralysis or even be fatal. A helmet is the cheapest life insurance you will ever buy!
So now you have your bike, helmet, rear-view mirror, water bottle, tube patch kit and you’re ready to go. But go where? The obvious answer is anywhere you want to, but I’ll mention four routes that my biking buddies and I like to do. Do be aware that on leaving the south side of town in any direction, you’re going to start hitting some serious hills. There are numerous 5% to 10% grades, and the steep hill by the police station is about 17%. The first we call the City Ride. We hit the west ends of Bertha Howe, Pioneer and, crossing over via Grapevine, Hafen. Then we catch the hiking/biking trail just past Abbott Wash, loop around behind the school and tennis courts, and take it to its end at Old Mill Road. That’s around 20 miles depending on where you start. Note to city officials: more bike trails and bike lanes please! On Sundays, we ride out to the city refuse facility at the end of Mesquite Heights. It’s closed then so you don’t have to share the road with large trucks. I call it the Lone Ranger Ride since we go “To-the-dump, to-the-dump, to-the-dump-dump-dump” (ask someone over 60). It’s around 15 to 20 hilly miles with no shoulders, however there is little or no traffic. Two longer rides we do are out Riverside, thru Bunkerville, all the way out to I-15 and old US 91, then out to Beaver Dam. These are both around 30 miles with no shoulders and plenty of hills. There’s little traffic west of Bunkerville, but old US 91 can be busy at times. There are no organized bike clubs in Mesquite but anyone is welcome to join us on our rides. The meeting time varies with the time of year. We usually ride 20 to 30 miles at speeds averaging 11 to 12 mph. Feel free to contact me for further info at email@example.com. ~ Happy and Safe Riding.
Bike Safety Tips 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
ALWAYS wear a proper fitting helmet. Keep your bike properly adjusted and fitted for you. Wear highly visible clothing. Obey traffic signs and signals. Always signal your turns and lane changes. Use a rear-view mirror; you need to know what’s happening behind you. Be vigilant for road hazards: rocks, potholes, loose sand and gravel, differences in road grade. Never swerve further into traffic without knowing about traffic behind you. 8. When overtaking people on a bike path, slow down and let them know you’re coming. Be especially watchful of dogs and small children; they can unexpectedly dart in front of you. 9. Lastly, but most importantly, for the second time – WEAR YOUR HELMET!
More good safety information can be found in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook and numerous web sites. Recommended websites: www.bicyclesafe.com and www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/qtbicycle.pdf 21
Mesquite Has Talent A True Variety Show When the Mesquite Arts Council and producer Larry LeMieux sent out the call for talent to compete in the “Mesquite Has Talent” competition, they hoped to have some variety. They were not disappointed. They had singers, dancers, musicians, and even a comedian. There was something for everyone. The first day was long and a bit tiring, but tolerable because each new act brought something new and different to the stage. As each act signed in they were assigned a place in the audition line-up. In all, there were 27 acts that completed for the $500 prize money. With so much talent, it was a daunting job for the judges, which included Janice Ramirez, Morris Workman, NonaMarie Miller, and Michael Eaton. The judging panel was charged with both selecting 20 acts to advance to the semi-final round the next night, and critiquing each competitor in hopes that they might bring something even better the following evening. Some of the acts presented something new and different the next night, and some polished the routine they did the first night to give an even better performance. Day two was a bit harder for the judges; they had to eliminate half the remaining 20 acts for the final round Saturday night. With the top ten acts set to perform Saturday night, Mesquite proved once again that the talent pool runs deep. View on Mesquite Magazine would like to congratulate the winner, Hannah Covey, who presented a rousing rendition of The Devil Went Down to Georgia on her fiddle. Second place went to four dancers, Trinity Rowden, Destiny Rowden, Hailey Thomas, and Gabby Alvillar, representing “From The Top School of Dance.” Third place went to Doc Nielson, an Elvis impersonator with an amazing voice. Congratulations to all who competed and shared their talents with the people of Mesquite.
From The Top School of Dance
A Barking Success For All The event “We Cook for Animals” held on Sunday April 15th at Sun
City- Mesquite was a barking success! Nearly 100 visitors and vendors gathered together on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to help raise funds for the local animal rescue group, We Care for Animals (WCFA). WCFA is an independent non-profit organization that serves the Mesquite and Arizona Strip region, focusing on re-homing discarded pets, and providing spay & neuter assistance for qualifying pet owners in order to ensure a healthy disease and “litter-free” community. WCFA works independently from the Mesquite Animal Shelter and would like to remind the public to utilize this wonderful facility. It is operated by the city and is tended to by award winning officers, a full complement of caring volunteers and is often not full to capacity. It is a wonderful place to help network a lost pet in hopes that they can be found by their worried owner, or for folks to come and adopt animals and give them a second chance. This year’s fundraiser for WCFA is a departure from last year’s hit, the Purr & Pooch dinner held at the Casablanca. This year, organizer Mandy Meyer tried a new approach to gather people in a fun atmosphere that featured cooking demos and an array of vendors specializing in pet care and pet health. The event hosted terrific raffle prizes, silent auction items, and a putting tournament put on by the amazing “cruise director” Deborah Demos of Sun City. Mandy Meyer, originally from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, owned and operated a highly acclaimed fine dining restaurants with her chef husband, Scott McGlinchey, Executive Chef of the Eureka Hotel & Casino. Armed with passion and humor, Chef Scott & Mandy presented several recipes for the throng at “We Cook for Animals.” while the crowd followed along on their recipe sheets provided in their event goodie bags. The theme for the cooking demos: “How to Throw a Terrific House Party!” Too often we invite people to our homes for a get together, clean for them, cook up a storm, spend the whole time slaving away and cleaning up along the way and before you know it, the night is over, you never had a chance to chat with your guests, finish a glass of wine or eat one single thing you prepared! In other words, you never even WENT to your own party. In addition to the fun generated from Chef Scott & Mandy, attendees were thrilled to learn an easy regional recipe from the Conestoga Golf Course’s 1880 Grille, Head Chef Dino Meredith. Chef Dino is from Samoa and his Pacific Rim delight of Crab Lumpia was a recipe to salivate over. Much like a crab Rangoon we know from Chinese restaurants, these wonderful treats are a mouthful of love, as he likes to think of it, something his family would cook for one of their frequent meals together. Crab Lumpia and the many other terrific recipes demonstrated can be found at www.wecareforanimals.org along with contact information for all participating vendors and businesses. Throughout the duration of the cooking demonstrations, attendees were informed of the top silent auction item up for bidding: a multi-course gourmet wine dinner for eight people, cooked in your home, by Chef Scott & Mandy. If you wanted something else to fill your time at the event, you could avail yourself to the any of the other activities taking place, like the golf putting tournament. Amazing how many dogs and cats got a hold of their owners’ checkbooks and sponsored a hole on their own behalf. Good doggy, good kitty! And while we had a blast cooking, tasting, drinking, and bidding, the real purpose of the event was NETWORKING. If this outing worked its magic correctly, every attendee and participant went away with more friends than they showed up with.
In the end, champagne was sipped, cheeses and other tastes were offered, old friends were bumped into and new friends met. New products and services were revealed, animals were nuzzled, recipes exchanged, gifts were won, many golf enthusiasts worked on their “short game,” songs were sung for us by the Desert Dames Half Notes, raffle tickets were sold by our gorgeous Mesquite Showgirls…and over $10,000 was raised. You can always count on “animal folk” for love, support and a good time. Thanks to all who were involved. We Care for Animals couldn’t do it without you!
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Rob Krieger - PGA Golf Professional Many times people head to the range and hit balls for hours and get a good workout in. However, you can get a lot more out of your practice when you can determine areas of improvement by testing yourself. Here are some skill challenges that you can do on your own during a practice session.
3 ft - Place a tee in the ground at 3 ft (one putter length) from hole and stroke 10 putts. Goal - Make 8 or more putts. 6 ft - Place tee in ground at 6 ft and stroke 10 putts. Goal - Make 7 or more putts. 24 ft - Place a tee at 24 ft (8 putter lengths from cup) and also at 3 ft (about the length of the putter) and stroke 10 putts. Goal - 6 or more inside the 3 ft circle.
24 ft - Place a tee off the green at 24 ft (8 paces) and choose a club between a 7 iron and a SW and hit 10 chips shots. Goal - 6 or more inside the 3 ft circle.
On the PGA Tour, the players percentage of Greens in Regulation range from 55-75%. For you, here is a great way to practice your irons. Go to the range and try to find target greens that are: 75, 100, 130, 150, 180 & 200 yards away. Select clubs that go those distances. Hit 10 golf balls and try to get them to hit and stay on the green. Use the pro’s stats as a guide for your proficiency. Obviously, you should be more successful on the shorter distances but the goal is to be able to constantly check your progress and hopefully determine what you can count on when playing the course.
Tee Shot Test
Most older golf courses had fairways with 50-60 yard wide fairways, however, modern courses are now at 30-35 yards. Therefore, the key is not to hit the ball further but to tee off with the club that will keep you on the short grass and out of trouble. HINT - It doesn’t always have to be the driver. The way to practice tee shots is to hit balls in between flags or markers on the range and make sure when they stop rolling, they are still in between the targets . The PGA Tour average is 60% Driving Accuracy so strive for that level.
32 ft - Place a tee off the green at 32 ft (11 paces) and choose a club between a 7 iron and a SW and hit 10 chips shots. Goal - 6 or more inside the 3 ft circle.
Good Luck and as Always…Fairways & Greens, Rob Krieger - firstname.lastname@example.org 440-339-1183
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Nini’s Hair and Nails Starts Seventh Year in Mesquite By Sue Santarcangelo
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Nini’s Hair and Nails is going into its seventh year of
operation in Mesquite’s Redd Hills Commercial Center. The first thing you notice when you enter Nini’s is how open and welcoming it is. No reception desk blocks the way into the salon. It is set to one side so the first thing you see is Nini’s nail station. From that vantage point she can view the happenings in the entire salon while she converses with customers. The small table where she works is bracketed with racks of nail polishes and acrylics used for artificial nails and fills. A customer sits patiently while Nini works on her nails and talks passionately about her shop. She admits “business is slower than when I started, but we are making a go of it.” She is obviously doing something right. She has three full-time and two part-time employees. Her husband Jaymond helps out for free doing odd jobs like refilling the fountain with water to ensure the constant flow of prosperity in the shop. Jaymond is happy to talk about his wife and her shop. He explained that they met in 2003 when he was dealing poker and she was visiting from St. George. She had moved to escape the more hectic life in Las Vegas but occasionally came to Mesquite to play poker. “We started dating, and since she was driving back and forth from St. George we thought she might as well open a store here,” says Jaymond. So Nini opened her shop in 2005 and has not looked back since. Jaymond laughs as he recounts how they had called the shop Nini’s Hair and Nails, but opened without a beautician. Initially they thought they would rent out the stations, “But half a year later we found a guy who came in and wanted to work for us,” says Jaymond. Since then they have grown to the present mix of two hair stylists, a cosmetologist, and three nail artists including Nini. When asked about her future plans, Nini explains she has no plans to expand at this time, saying, “I’d rather be small and busy than big and slow.” She is content to work hard, keep her customers happy and grow through word of mouth and referrals. “I just want things to be normal.” Normal for Nini is a happy, busy little shop that gives back to the community she loves. Nini’s Hair and Nails is a member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, and supports many local causes and charities by donating her services to auctions and events. The shop presently offers a full range of hair styling services, manicures and pedicures, acrylic nails and fills, and facials and waxing. For more information, hours, and an appointment you can contact Nini at (702) 345-2278.
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Solar Cooling Concepts Save energy and lower your high summer cooling bills! By Ken Riswick
Solar “Gold” in Mesquite
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Moving from a northern US climate into the abundant sunny southwest, it was inconceivable that local governments, businesses and residents do not use the free solar power source available to benefit their daily lives. In essence, it would be similar to not using the natural abundance of river water we were so blessed with in the Pacific Northwest to generate electric power. I hope my knowledge of solar will flourish here in Mesquite, and bring a change to what “Gold” sun source power is within our hands reach.
Benefits of a Solar Attic Fan in Mesquite: Fact…the attic fan removes the trapped solar heat gained throughout the day, resulting in a more comfortable home into the night. A Clark County home inspector noted to me that most homes built in Mesquite through the years barely meets the minimum attic ventilation requirements, and in some cases lack as much as half the code required for passive ventilation. A solar powered attic ventilation system is one quick way to help alleviate this ventilation problem. Solar operated fans work hardest when you need it the most, operating faster and moving more air when the sun is most intense. They will reduce summer cooling electric utility expenses by minimizing the daily heat load run time of your air conditioning equipment. Not only does this saves you money by making your air conditioning system run less, it can cut down on some of the cost of long term maintenance, and even extend the life of your air conditioning equipment. So to instill the thought…since it is solar powered, these fans operate completely cost free from the electric bill during the highest cooling bills of the year. Its installation requires no electrician to run electrical power to the attic fan, nor does it require an electrical permit fee from the city to install. This is because it has no requirement to be electrically wire into the home power…. the sun is your “plug-in-electric-source.” While still available from the IRS, you can take advantage of a tax credit to help pay 30 % of the cost of the solar equipment. Not only does this push you in an energy savings direction…it is a “No Brainer.” Keep in mind that some Home Owners Associations (HOA) have limitations so check with your HOA before installation.
Solar Powered Goodness Solar attic fans uses: Manufacture designs are available to be installed in multiple locations on your home’s attic, such as solar gable fans, roof-mounted ventilation, hot attic damper solutions, and whole house ventilation systems…all delivering a cooler home during the day. Businesses can use these same solar fan attic ventilation systems for warehouses, commercial offices, greenhouses, and livestock and barn ventilation.
Sizing and location: It is very important to properly size and locate the fans/dampers and the solar collector for maximum efficiency and operation. Some home and business applications may require additional passive ventilation be installed if not currently meeting proper airflow design. This will provide correct cross air movement or adequate net free air delivery if the original design of the home or business has poor ventilation or was not constructed correctly. For consulting services to your solar or energy saving needs and projects, contact Ken at email@example.com.
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Mesa View Regional Hospital, in conjunction with Mesa View Medical Group, is proud to welcome Nizar Salem, M.D. to the medical community in Mesquite! Dr. Salem is filling dual roles both as a hospitalist physician at Mesa View Regional Hospital, and as a Primary Care Physician at Mesa View Medical Group. Dr. Salem feels that this combination works well for him. He attends to patients when they are hospitalized, and then provides their follow-up care when they are discharged. He places a high value on continuity of care for his patients. Born, raised and educated in New York, Dr. Salem now calls Southern Nevada his home. He majored in Biology in college, then received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, specializing in Internal Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Salem comes to Mesquite from Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, where he was a hospitalist physician. While test results are important to diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Salem also relies on patients’ impressions and information to get a complete picture of their health condition. A firm believer in open communication between doctor and patient, he solicits feedback on how a patient feels and what they are experiencing. Coupled with test data, this knowledge enables him to pursue the best possible outcomes for his patients. As part of the communication process, Dr. Salem explains everything in detail to patients and their family members, spending a lot of time with them until questions are answered and concerns addressed. His family played a pivotal role in his career choice. His grandmother encouraged him to go into the medical profession when she became ill. And his mother, who he describes as “the most amazing person ever,” encouraged, advised and supported him through the long years of medical school and residency. For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Salem, please call Mesa View Medical Group at (720) 346-0800.
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Protect Your Pets From The Heat City of Mesquite Animal Shelter
Good Day Sunshine! But a good day of sunshine may be disastrous for
a pet left in a car or at home without adequate comforts of shade and water. Animals this time of year are overcome by heat exhaustion quickly. Despite repeated warnings, many pet owners continue to leave their dogs and cats in closed, parked cars each summer. For the suffering animals, the result is sometimes heatstroke, a form of prostration that can kill even the largest dog in just a few minutes. Heat prostration can often occur on moderately warm days, but is worst during summer months May through September. This time of year the cooler morning temperatures prompt pet owners to take their animals with them on their mornings errands. While inside doing their errands the thermometer is rapidly rising. Dogs and cats respond to heat differently than humans do. The time it takes to run a few errands can mean the difference between life and death for an animal. On a hot summer day the inside of a vehicle heats very quickly. For example, on an 85-degree day the temperature inside your vehicle with windows slightly opened will reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes it will be 120 degrees and on warmer days even higher. For most pets, temperatures above 100 degrees can quickly be fatal. Signs of trouble are panting, and warm dry skin. Within minutes to the heat exposure the animal may have a blue tongue and vomiting sometimes occurs, followed by collapse. Please make sure during these warm days to always provide plenty of shade, food and water for your pet whether they are traveling with you or are at home. The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter is open for adoptions from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 702-346-7415 during those hours to speak to the front desk. The Animal Control Officers may be reached by phone from 6 am until 4 pm at 702-346-5268. There is voicemail to leave a message if they are unavailable. Check out the website http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NV99.html for available animals.
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Mesquite Senior Games Proves Age is Just a Number By Larry LeMieux
There are, in fact, several other numbers that come to mind this year. Eleven is one of them. Mesquite Senior Games (MSG) celebrated 11 years of competition this spring. They have been offering athletes 50 and better an event for competing in their favorite sports since 2001. Under the watchful eye of senior softball guru Frank Pati, the Mesquite Senior Games has seen some sports come and some go, but the overall attendance has increased significantly over the years. Track and Field had an increase in participation this year with 48 athletes, 60% more than 2011. Eighteen athletes competed in the 50-meter dash, the javelin and softball throw, and 17 in the shot put. Pole Vault was added this year. Doug McFetters, 80, from Scottsdale, Arizona jumped 6’6” while 71-year-old Mardon Connelly from Overton jumped 8’6”, setting the bar pretty high (yeah, I know) for future vaulters. They even had three competitors; Roger Gose, Lonnie Harwood and Richard Hunnicutt travel all the way from Wyoming to participate. The oldest track competitor was 85-year-old Bill Kissam from North Las Vegas who ran the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. There were 74 bowlers this year, an increase of 25 participants with two bowlers, 89 year-old Perry Keller and Ray Swanson in the 85+ age group. Ron and Debra Merritt came all the way from Auburn, Wyoming. “Each year this program attracts some remarkable athletes from around the community and the surrounding areas, from the serious to the more casual,” said Nicholas F. Montoya, Superintendent, City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services and the Site Coordinator/Event Chairperson for many of the events that happen with in the City. “The spirit of friendly competition ensures everyone puts forth their best efforts in every sport. It’s an inspiring program and the event is growing larger every year.” Montoya, who organized the Basketball Skills competition, had 25 competitors, two of them over 75. Everyone there was inspired by the courage of 57-year-old Donna Lyng, who competed the day after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. There were over 120 participants in the Pickleball event this year, with athletes from Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Ages ranged from 50-80. Events include men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Smith’s Grocery and Sun City Mesquite sponsored the event. Pickleball, one of the newer sports in the MSG, is by far the fastest growing event. New this year is Bridge. With the addition of this game, the not-so-athletic (yet still competitive) senior may participate. They anticipate filling all 14 tables by next season. Target Pistols has become more popular this year with 35 shooters. But by far, Softball is still the most popular sport bringing about 400 players. With the baby-boomers now in their senior years, it’s no wonder there are so many participants in senior athletics. Also, with the 75+ categories growing each year it really does suggest that age is just a number. For information on participating in the Mesquite Senior Games or to volunteer to help, call (702) 346-0244 or check them out at www.mesquiteseniorgames.org.
What’s In A Name… Pickleball? By John Dearing
Pickleball, not the most attractive name for a game. At first, you might envision a green ball with bumps and wrinkles. Actually pickleball is one of the fastest growing paddle and ball games in the world. “There are two problems with pickleball,” says John Ramirez, the local ambassador for the game, “Its name, and its association with seniors.” But, according to Ramirez, when younger people discovered it, it caught fire. “It’s huge,” says Ramirez. Seniors have been the heart of pickleball from the beginning. The game combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played on a court the same size as badminton. The net is set two inches lower than a tennis court net. It is played with a hard paddle, like a ping-pong paddle, but larger. The ball is a perforated plastic ball more commonly known as a wiffle ball. The game is recognized for its health benefits at all levels. The game involves the strategies of passing shots, and quickvolley exchanges at the net, which help develop reflex and coordination skills, as well as quickness and agility. Playing pickleball also helps to improve muscular strength and endurance, and increases cardiovascular activity. “It keeps people alive,” says Ramirez. It is easy to play, lots of fun and very social. It can develop into a very fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. “It’s not a game of smashes and fast strokes,” says Ramirez. “It is a game of soft strokes and finesse.” A local enthusiast, John Sadler, who has been playing for a little over a year says, “It’s the best game ever invented. I’d play this seven days a week if a could.” So where did this game come from and just what is it that is making it such a fast growing sport? Pickleball started during the summer of 1965 by neighbors Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, to give their kids something new to do, the game quickly caught on as a great game for families to play. Courts were set up in backyards, at old tennis courts and on driveways. Urban legend, perpetuated by pickleball websites and organizations, says the game got its name from the Pritchard’s family dog, Pickles. The spaniel had a penchant for grabbing the ball and running off into the bushes because it was “Pickle’s ball.” But according to a 2009 article by reporter Tristan Baurick of the Bremerton Sun, Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s widow, and other family members say the name actually came about from the families boating pursuits rather than the family dog. “Ok, there’s the ‘official’ history and then there’s the real story,” Pritchard’s daughter Peggy Pritchard-Olson told Baurick in late 2005. “It was not named after the dog because we didn’t get the dog until years after the game started. The dog was named after the game. Not the other way around.” In the article, Frank Pritchard, another of Joel Pritchard’s kids, said the name might have come from his mother, Joan, who was a competitive rower on the island. She sometimes referred to the ‘pickle boat,’ the slowest vessel in a race.
“Nobody remembers how it came to be called ‘pickleball,’ but I think somebody needed a reason why it had that name and the dog story sounded good and eventually stuck,” said Pritchard. Regardless of where the name came from, pickleball‘s popularity has spread over the country and into Canada. It has a national governing body, the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), which estimates there are more than 100,000 active pickleball players in the US. Interest is turning up in Singapore and India. USAPA is also actively involved in teaching pickleball at schools and recreation centers to introduce the game to children. The game is an intramural sport at many universities and it is even being considered as a competitive sport in some high school districts. Besides being the local USAPA ambassador for the sport in Mesquite, Ramirez also coordinates an annual tournament in October. This year the tournament takes place at Sun City Mesquite on October 12 and 13. “It is the largest tournament in Nevada,” Ramirez says proudly. “Two years ago we had 80 players. Last year we had 170 players. This year, since it is a USAPA sanctioned tournament, we are expecting over 300 players.” Ramirez has also secured Timothy Nelson to conduct a pickleball clinic on October 11 before the tournament begins. “Timothy is one of the best players in the game,” says Ramirez. “This clinic will help players of all levels better their game,” he said. “Since it is the week before the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, we expect some of the best players in the sport to be here as a warm up to the Huntsman games.” Ramirez is also pursuing the city to build courts for the community. Currently, there are six courts at Sun City Mesquite and possibly another two courts at a private community. Outside of Mesquite, the game is very popular in nearby St. George, where local pickleball clubs frequently sponsor tournaments and clinics for enthusiastic players. Locals interested on learning about pickleball in Mesquite can contact John Ramirez at 702-467-3072 or email him at johnram@rconnects. com. For more information on the game, rules, history, tournaments and more, visit www.usapa.org.
CONSIDER A RIVER CRUISE FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION By Celece Seegmiller
V I E W O N T R A V E L
Have you ever considered a river cruise to a destination such as Europe, China, Egypt or Russia? Maybe you are new to cruising or you want a change from the thousands of passengers on the floating “cities at sea”? Experienced and first-time cruisers alike have discovered the advantages of river cruising, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry. River cruising is so popular; six revolutionary new vessels will join Viking River Cruises award-winning fleet in 2012 with an additional six launching in 2013. River cruise advantages include: See the World’s Greatest Cities, Hassle-Free: Many cities were developed along the waterways, accessible by river, not ocean. Unlike ocean cruises, passengers sail directly into the heart of every destination and dock in the middle of town. There’s no need to navigate maps or to waste time traveling on crowded city streets from the port to the ship. Cultural Experiences Are Included: Shore excursions and culture enrichment programs, provided by expert tour directors who offer regional prospective, are included in the price of the cruise. Imagine a stop at a local school in China during a Yangtze River Cruise, or learning about the life and works of Mozart during a cruise on the Danube. River cruises also feature special events like the world-famous Christmas markets or tulips and windmills in the spring. New Scenery, All Day, Every Day: Enjoy breathtaking scenery from your ocean view room and wake up in an exciting new city every day. Smooth Sailing: The small, flat-bottomed shape of river cruise ships ensure a safe and smooth ride without motion sickness. With only 150-300 guests, you can forget about waiting in long lines and enjoy personable service. All Inclusive Packages: River cruising provides an exceptional value with fares covering meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service, shore excursions, lectures, cultural experiences, and much more—you pay one low price. Seasoned world travelers, Richard and Marti Hafen, sailed with Viking River Cruises on the Imperial Jewels of China. The Hafens described the cruise as a five star experience. “Our tour guide made the cruise a wonderful adventure through the cultural experiences and historical information. The people of China were polite and courteous, and interacting with the schoolchildren at the local elementary school in China was phenomenal.” Marti said she could actually touch the sides of the locks from her balcony stateroom on the fifth floor. The Hafens said it was one of their favorite vacations and emphatically responded with a “Yes!” when asked if they would recommend it to others.
Robert Welch, an avid ocean cruiser, said that his river cruise experience was absolutely wonderful with spectacular scenery on both sides of the boat, every day. “I loved the fact that you can get off the boat and walk right into the town instead of having to take a shuttle or taxi like the big cruise ports. I appreciated having the shore excursions included. There were no issues at all with sea sickness, it was so calm and relaxing! Because of the small number of guests, the crewmembers made you feel important, and not just like part of the crowd that you get sometimes on the mega ships. I particularly enjoyed the small town atmosphere when docking instead of trying to navigate the huge seaports.” Where else, but on the river, can you journey into the heart of the world’s greatest cities and towns, and discover the true nature of the land? Comfortable and convenient, it offers a greater variety of destinations than you could encounter any other way. Spend less time getting there and more time being there. From the Yangtze to the Danube, there are amazing river experiences waiting for just for you! Celece Seegmiller is the owner of The Travel Connection in St. George. For more information about river cruises or other vacations, please call 435-628-3636 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Marketing Mesquite in 2012 Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Mesquite is one of the most unique destinations in Nevada, offering a variety of activities for visitors who want to enjoy a relaxing vacation combined with outdoor recreation. The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) recognizes this, and continually works to promote the destination to increase awareness about what Mesquite has to offer. The goal is to increase the number of visits of repeat travelers, and increase the number of new travelers as well. Whether golfing at one of the world-class courses, relaxing in a spa, or attending a special event, the LVCVA promotes Mesquite through its website www.VisitMesquite.com. Through this website, travelers can find out more about Mesquite for a vacation or small meeting. They can even check room rates and availability making it easy to book their hotel rooms instantly. Advertising methods used to promote Mesquite include radio spots, television, print publications, and ads on specific Internet searches. These ads focus on the hotel accommodations, dining options, golf, and outdoor recreation. Ultimately, the traveler is persuaded to go to the website for more information and to book their hotel room. Since most people either watch or read the news on a daily basis, having a public relations strategy for Mesquite is a high priority for the LVCVA. Here, the marketing efforts focus on covering events to drive visitors to Mesquite through opportunities like TV in-studio interviews and placing articles in newspapers, magazines and online. Marketing, advertising and public relations teams work together to promote a number of special events every year in Mesquite that create opportunities for visitors to experience everything Mesquite offers. Have you seen the new look of Mesquite? The destination’s logo and tagline were refreshed in the latter part of 2011, highlighting the most recognizable features of Mesquite – the mountain skyline and near year ‘round sunny weather. The tagline, “An Escape from the Every Day” speaks to the relaxing and special experience that visitors will encounter while in Mesquite. “Everyone needs a place to escape to where they can leave their everyday life behind… temporarily,” said Meg McDaniel, Senior Manager of Extended Destinations for the LVCVA. The print ads and radio spots will also be updated to include a more urgent travel message, while communicating what it is like to experience a vacation in Mesquite. “The campaign will focus on all the amenities that Mesquite has to offer a visitor,” said McDaniel, “while positioning it as a resort vacation getaway for residents of the Las Vegas valley, Salt Lake City and Grand Junction, Colo.” A new feature scheduled to launch on www.VisitMesquite.com in the spring is tentatively called “Packaged Deals.” “This feature will bundle a room and added amenity together for one great price,” said McDaniel. “The hotels will be able to post the packages on the website themselves giving them the ability to directly manage their specific offers such as the dates they are valid, and any inclusions or restrictions while promoting their preferred amenities.” The LVCVA Extended Destinations sales office is working on a variety of sales tactics to reach travel professionals and meeting planners, bank club travel directors, as well as domestic and international tour operators. Some of these activities include an incentive plan for group travel planners, sales missions in key cities, client presentations, and exhibiting at travel shows. Marketing Mesquite is a multi-layered process and involves a team of sales, marketing and PR staff. The end result is creating opportunities for the destination to thrive.
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Mesquite Recreation and Community Centers Department of Athletics and Leisure Services
With Mesquite’s beautiful warm summer skies, and with kids out of school and seniors citizens all looking for fun things to do, the Mesquite Recreation Center and Community Senior Center has plenty of activities. Soak up the sun and cool off in the water at the outdoor pool at the Mesquite Recreation Center, which is equipped with a pool slide, beach entry splash pool, diving board and lap swimming with plenty of deck space for those wanting to soak up some rays while reading a book. The outdoor pool will open to the public on May 26 through August 26. Summertime activities at the pool include early morning lap swimming, deep-water aerobics, youth swim team practice, evening lap swimming and family nights. The Lifelong Fitness Program will run a third session, May through July, at the Recreation Center and Senior Center. Lifelong Fitness offers agility and strength training classes. Sunshine Academy, a pre-school recreation program in its seventh year, provides classes for children, three to five years of age, that are preparing for kindergarten. The program will be taking signups throughout the summer for classes beginning September. It is located at the Mesquite Campus in the old Kindergarten rooms of the former elementary school on 150 North Willow Street. For more information on this and other programs, please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth and adult programs online at: www.mesquitenv.gov or at the Administrative Offices located at the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road. Fourth of July at the Recreation Center The Recreation Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Fourth of July holiday. Players of all ages and skills levels are invited to participate in Basketball Skills competitions that include a three-point shootout, Hot Shot Competition, and Skills Challenge Course. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the outdoor pool will host many fun activities including water balloon tosses, watermelon football, Slip ‘N Slides, dunk tank, skim board contests, races against the lifeguards, music, and more.
Department of Athletics & Leisure Services, Mesquite Recreation Center, Indoor and Outdoor Pools 100 West Old Mill Road 2012 Summer Pool and Program Hours Indoor Pool: Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Water Aerobics (16+): Date: May 3 – July 30 Days: Mon./Wed./Fri. Time: 7- 7:45 a.m. Swimming Lessons: Date: June 11 – August 17 Days: Monday thru Friday Time: 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Outdoor Pool Hours Starting May 26 – August 26, 2012: Monday –Friday Noon – 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Morning Lap Swim (16+): Date: May 30 – August 24 (Weather permitting) Days: Mon./Wed./Fri. Time: 5:30-6:30 a.m. Deep Water Aerobics (16+): Date: May 7 – July 30 Days: Mon./Wed./Fri. Time: 7-7:45 a.m. Youth Swim Team: Date: June 11 - August 4 Days: Monday thru Thursday Time: 8-10 a.m. Family Nights (Family Only): Day: Monday & Wednesday Evenings Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Evening Lap Swim (16+): Date: May 29 – August 23 Days: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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SUMMER SIPS AND SALAD SENSATIONS By Helen Houston Creamer
Beat the heat with these cool summer drinks. From blended fruit favorites to a creative twist on the classic lemonade, your summer sipping will be sure to delight your family and guests.
The “Perfect Margarita”
No poolside drink list would be complete without Jimmy Buffet’s famous Margaritaville recipe. 1 oz. Margaritaville Gold Tequila .5 oz. Margaritaville Silver Tequila .5 oz. Triple Sec .5 oz. Orange Curacao .5 oz. limejuice 2 lime wedges Rim margarita glass with salt. Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Squeeze limes and add to ingredients. Shake vigorously and pour into the margarita glass.
Southern Sweet Tea
So, what’s the big secret to the sweet tea southerners rave about? It’s in the technique! 2 cups sugar 1/2 gallon water 1 tray of ice cubes 3 Orange Pekoe tea bags 3 cups cold water Pour sugar into a tall pitcher. Boil ½ gallon of water. Remove water from heat and let the tea bags steep in the water for 5 -6 minutes. Remove the bags and return the liquid to the heat just until it boils. Pour the boiling liquid over the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the tray of ice cubes and stir until melted. Add the remaining 3 cups of cold water. Stir to blend. Add fresh lime, lemon or orange juice for extra flavor.
A sunset-colored sangria using white wine, seltzer, strawberries and peaches is perfect for a summer party. 1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise 2 oranges sliced into ¼” thick rings 2 lemons sliced into ¼” thick rings 3 peaches, pitted and cut into 8 wedges 3 bottles white wine, dry to semi-dry 1 liter (33.8 oz) sparkling water Ice Place all fruit in a large pitcher or bowl. Add wine and allow to sit at room temperature for 4 to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add sparkling water and ice. Serve using a ladle to make sure there’s fruit in every serving.
From informal summer meals to elegant dinners with friends, try these fresh, inventive salads meant to inspire the creative cook.
“TOP SECRET” Cole Slaw
Among my cookbook collection I have three volumes of “Top Secret Recipes.” Don’t tell the Colonel, but his secret might be out! 8 cups very finely chopped cabbage (1 head) ¼ cup shredded carrot (1 medium) 2 Tbsp. minced onion 1/3 cup granulated sugar ½ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper ¼ cup milk ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup buttermilk 1/3 cup white vinegar 2½ Tbsp. lemon juice Chop the cabbage, carrots and onion into very fine pieces. Combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon juice and beat until smooth. Add the cabbage, carrots and onions. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Makes 8 servings.
Marinated Shrimp Bowl
Try this satisfying salad as a meal-in-one. It’s so good you will want to double the recipe for leftovers! 2 lbs. large (size #20-22) shrimp, cooked and peeled 2 small red Bermuda onions, thinly sliced 4 whole bay leaves ½ cup canola oil ½ cup chili sauce 1/3 cup herbed white wine vinegar 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning blend 2 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sweet and hot mustard Dash hot red pepper sauce Iceberg lettuce In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the shrimp, onions and bay leaves. Whisk well to blend. Marinate for several hours or overnight. Prepare shrimp as indicated. Before serving, break up iceberg lettuce in chilled salad bowls. Layer first with shrimp then onion slices. Pour chilled marinade over the layers to taste. So there you have it....new drink and salad recipes to try and enjoy this summer season, and all year long. See next issue for more summertime recipes.
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Thank you Mesquite! The May 4th/5th Mesquite Relay For
Life 12-hour walk at Virgin Valley High School was the culmination of local fundraising for the American Cancer Society, that raised more than $15,000 to support the mission of saving lives. Saturday morning found exhausted, but happy, volunteers and Relay team members eager for the embrace of a deep sleep. Many local youngsters, and not so youngsters, went without rest because “Cancer Never Sleeps.” To understand why, check out the personal insights on this video athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-OoOIJfUQ0 . The highlight of the evening was actually the very first lap of the Relay. Approximately 75 local cancer survivors and caregivers were honored with applause, cheering and a few tears as they made their way through the camps of the 17 Relay teams. This evening of miracles was successful thanks to a small, but valiant, volunteer committee who worked tirelessly over the last few months to organize the event, engage the community, and promote the mission of the American Cancer Society. But none of this would have been possible without The Eureka Hotel and Casino as the event sponsor. In addition, The Clique, Jest Serendipity, Bank of Nevada, and the CasaBlanca provided generous sponsorships along with many other local businesses who contributed funds and in kind donations.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 12 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night at 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
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Information Guide Hotels / Motels Best Western Mesquite 390 N. Sandhill Blvd. (702) 346-7444 CasaBlanca Resort Casino Golf-Spa 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-7529 Eureka Casino Hotel 275 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4600 Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-2200 Highland Estates Resort 555 Highland Drive (702) 346-0871
Desert Dames Sharon Hilley (702) 346-2817 Desert Fox Flyers Radio Control Flying Club (702) 346-3788 Exchange Club of Mesquite Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Mesa View Hospital (702) 346-6633 Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation Mesquite Campus (702) 346-1232
Siegel Suites 580 Mesa Blvd. (702) 346-4700
Knights of Columbus 1st Tuesday – 6:15 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd.
Valley Inn Motel 791 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-5281
Kokopelli ATV Club Charlie – (702) 345-3672
Virgin River Hotel Casino 100 E. Pioneer Blvd. (702) 346-7777
League of Women Voters 2nd Saturday – 10 am Veterans Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings & Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous Sharing & Caring AA Groups 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 (Spanish Speaking Meetings) (702) 346-6315 (435) 215-8653 Al-Anon Family Group 150 N. Yucca, Room #18 Jan – (702) 533-3960 Lynn – (928) 347-5478 American Legion 3rd Tuesday – 7 pm Falcon Ridge Hotel 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd Care Giver Support Service Mesquite Senior Center 102 West Old Mill Rd. Terra Shreve (702) 346-7666
City Council Meetings 2nd & 4th Tuesdays – 5 pm City Hall (Upstairs) (702) 346-5295
Child Protective Services Hotline (702) 399-0081
Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce 12 W. Mesquite Blvd., Ste 107 (702) 346-2902 Mesquite Arts Council For the Performing Arts 150 N. Yucca, Suite 23 (702) 346-2787 www.mesquiteartscouncil.com Mesquite Cancer Help Society 2nd Tuesday – 2:30 pm 150 N. Yucca, Room #36 (702) 346-0622 Mesquite High Rollers Motorcycle Club (702) 346-3440 Mesquite Parkinson’s Support Group Charlene Lustig (702) 346-6500
Mesquite Republican Women 2nd Wednesday – 5 pm 840 Hafen Ln (Veterans Center) Alice Boyd (702) 346-0695 Mesquite Rotary Club Tuesdays – 12:00 noon Nevada Bank & Trust Ron Bird – (702) 346-7025 Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Thursdays – 7:30 am Mesquite Playoffs Jacque Hart – (702) 345-8665 Red Hat Divas of Mesquite Chapter 25712 Red Hat Society Sandi Sorenson (702) 345-6770 VFW Post 2nd Tuesday – 6:30 pm Veterans Center Roger Gessell, Commander (702) 346-8319 Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Center 840 Hafen Ln www.vamesquite.org (702) 345-3361 Virgin Valley Amateur Radio Club Fire Station #2 (at the Airport) Charlie Lum Kee (702) 345-4646 Virgin Valley Community Food Bank Mondays Only 3 pm – 5:30 pm Thrift Store, M-F 9 am – 4 pm, Sat 9am – 1 pm 107 First South (702) 346-0900 Virgin Valley Family Services 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. Se Habla Espanol (702) 346-7277 Virgin Valley Theater Group 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm Mesquite Campus, Room #19 Teri – (702) 533-8546
Information Guide We Care For Animals 1st Thursday – 6 pm (702) 346-3326 www.wecareforanimals.org
Calvary Chapel of Mesquite (702) 346-7583
Beaver Dam Lodge (928) 347-2222
Christian Community Church (702) 346-2698
Canyons (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (702) 346-8888
CasaBlanca (702) 346-6764
City Hall (702) 346-5295 City Jail 500 Hillside Drive (702) 346-6925 Animal Control (702) 346-5268 Building Department (702) 346-2835 Justice Court (702) 346-5298
First Baptist Church (702) 346-7061 Graceway Alliance (702) 346-8667 La Virgen De Guadalupe Catholic Church (702) 346-7065
Municipal Court (702) 346-5291
Living Waters Fellowship Church (702) 346-8558
Fire Department Emergency – 911 Fire Administration Office (702) 346-2690
Mesquite Christian Center (702) 346-5164
Police Department Emergency – 911 Non-emergency (702) 346-6911 Senior Center (702) 346-5290 Recreation Center (702) 346-8732 Mesquite Fine Arts Center & Gallery 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. (702) 346-1338 www.mesquitefineartscenter.com
Conestoga (702) 346-4292 Coyote Willows (702) 345-3222 Falcon Ridge (702) 346-6363 Palmer (Oasis GC) (702) 346-7820 Palms (702) 346-4067 Wolf Creek (702) 346-1670
Mesquite Lutheran Church (702) 346-5811 Mesquite United Methodist Church (702) 346-4663 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (702) 346-3390 or 346-0503 River Valley Bible Church (702) 346-0339 Valley Presbyterian Church (702) 346-5683
Virgin Valley Heritage Museum (702) 346-5705
Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast
Advertisers Directory 2DA9Z 53 Ace Hardware 57 Advanced Hearing & Balance 33 All Pros Real Estate 56 Augilar Mobile Carwash 57 Baird Painting 56 Bank of Nevada 58 Bellas Pizza 54 C & K Shutters 22 Canyon Media 47 Checks nâ€™ Mail 52 Classy Closets 41 Computer Solutions 52 Conestoga 55 Del Webb Sun City Back Cover Desert Oasis Spa 36 Desert Pain Management 9 Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists 17 Eagle Appliance Service 57 Elite Shredding 57 Enterprise Carpet Care 59 Eureka Hotel Casino Inside Front Cover Eureka Hotel Casino 17 Farmers Insurance Bill Mitchell 53 Five Star Vein 52 From the Top School of Dance 57 Guns & Guitars 56 Heritage Electric 57 High Desert Design 23 Highland Manor 1 Historic Beaver Dam 25 Hues & Vues 33 Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating 59 Intermountain Golf Cars 59 Iron Mountain Cleaners 56 Karls Pest Control 56 Klasik Kloset 52 Lees Tavern 54 Mesa View Hospital 37
Mesquite Extreme Power Sports 45 Mesquite Ford 58 Mesquite Home Theater 36 Mesquite Lock Doc 58 Mesquite Lutheran Childcare 56 Mesquite Playoffs 54 Mesquite Self Storage 59 Mesquite Tile & Flooring 35 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic 57 Mishap Studios 23 Niniâ€™s Hair & Nails 58 Oasis Chiropractic Center 58 Premier Properties Geno Withelder 57 Quality 1 Realty Angela Brooks-Reese 2 Quality 1 Realty Patty Brooks 58 Rager & Sons Refridgeration 59 Ready Golf & Gear 33 Redd Hills Cinema 8 36 Reliance Connects 6 Remax 8 Rob Krieger, Golf Instructor 56 Rooster Cottage 53 Samurai 21 54 Santa Fe Ceramics 58 Servpro 52 Siegel Suites Mesquite 59 Silver Rider 64 Sips & Dips Coffee House 54 Spirit Wind 59 Stephens Hair & Boutique 52 The Press Box 55 Travel Connection 43 Valley Nutrition 52 Virgin Valley Artists Association 56 Virgin Valley Dental Inside Back Cover Virgin Valley Heritage Museum 52 Virgin Valley Homecare & Hospice 25 Western Exterminator Co. 59 Wolf Creek Terrace 55
Calendar of Events May 2012 18th 19th 19th 22nd 25th 25th 28th 30th
Night at the Opera 2- 7pm –Community Theater- Tickets $12 –(702) 345-4499 Night at the Opera 2- 7pm –Community Theater- Tickets $12 –(702) 345-4499 OkamiCon 2012– 10am-10pm – CasaBlanca Resort – www.okamicon.com – (435) 215-9714 City Council Meeting – 5pm – City Hall – 10 E Mesquite Blvd. Friday Nite Anthem Concert – 8:30pm - CasaBlanca Resort - www.mesquitegaming.com Eureka’s Wounded Warrior 5 Million Dollar Hole in One Challenge – Through May 26th Please see page 17 for more details Amateur Golf Tournament thru 6-1-12-Christian Adderson -www.mesquiteamateur.com Dance Festival – 2-8pm – Community Theater – (702) 345-4499
June 2012 5th 7th 9th 12th 22nd 28th 29th
Brown Bag Lecture – 12pm – Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery – 15 W Mesquite Blvd. – (702) 346-1338 Recital - From The Top School of Dance – 7pm Community Theater – Tickets $15.00 - (702) 346-2472 Casapoolaza The Reflex – 8pm – CasaBlanca Pool - www.mesquitegaming.com City Council Meeting – 5pm – City Hall – 10 E Mesquite Blvd. Elvis Rocks Mesquite – CasaBlanca Resort - www.mesquitegaming.com City Council Meeting – 5pm – City Hall – 10 E Mesquite Blvd. Sprit of Rock & Roll Concert - 8:30pm - CasaBlanca - www.mesquitegaming.com
July 2012 3rd 4th 4th 7th 10th 15th
Brown Bag Lecture – 12pm – Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery – (702) 346-1338 Independence Day Eureka’s Rockets over the Red Mesa, Fireworks display provided by Eureka Casino Resort, see their website at www.eurekamesquite.com for more details. Casapoolaza Garage Boys – 8pm- CasaBlanca Pool – www.mesquitegaming.com City Council Meeting – 5pm – City Hall – 10 E Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite Jazz Festival – Through July 17th – CasaBlanca – www.jazznuts.com
Mesquite Senior Center Happenings Quilt Group Meets: First 3 Wednesdays of every month. “Sew and Tell” – 1st Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm “Quilting For Others” – 2nd Wednesday, 10:00 am “Work On Your Projects” – 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm Senior Law Services Meets: 2nd Wednesday of Month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are neccesary. You can make an appointment by visiting or calling the Senior Receptionist at the center, (702) 346-5290. Congressman Dr. Joe Heck A representative from Congressman Heck’s office will be here every 4th Wednesday of every other month. Starting: May 23, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Senior Health Fair - Hosted by the Mesquite Senior Center May 23, 2012, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hours Of Operation: Mesquite Community & Senior Center would like to inform the community that beginning on Monday, April 2, 2012, the Center will be reducing its hours of operation on Fridays only. The new Friday hours will be 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, as usual. Monday through Thursday hours will remain the same, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Mesquite Senior Center, 102 W. Mill Road - Mesquite For more information on all events and activities, please call (702)-346-5290
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