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Creepy creaks and hollow voices echo throughout the hundred-year-old Gilbert Historical Museum. Most patrons dismiss the noises as drafts in the old building, which was originally built as a school at the southwest corner of Elliot and Gilbert roads in 1913. But local paranormal investigators say the building may actually be A local ghost hunting group recently investigated the haunted. Ghost hunters recently Gilbert Historical Museum because of reported ghoulish investigated the museum, activity. equipped with tools including night Kolar. “But when things can’t be vision cameras, K2 meters and digital explained, my curiosity is piqued.” Across Arizona there are at least recorders, in an attempt to capture 50 different ghost hunting groups, a any paranormal proof. “They came in with thousands dozen alone in the East Valley. The of dollars in equipment with the state is a popular destination for notion they were going to try and purported ghost phenomena, with disprove everything,” said Kayla Kolar, hundreds of old buildings, parks and executive director of the museum. cemeteries rumored to be haunted, “But they couldn’t explain some of the according to Ryan Howard, founder of the Mesa Arizona Paranormal Society. things that happened.” “There are a lot of haunted hotspots,” Kolar sat with the investigators in a circle as they tried to make he said. “Think about the history—this contact with any spirits. The hunters was once the Wild West.” Most ghost hunters try to first come held flashlights as they began asking up with a rational explanation to questions out loud. “They would ask questions and the explain away the haunting. However, flashlights would blink once for ‘yes,’ the goal of all ghost hunters is to find and twice for ‘no,’” said Kolar. “It was something otherworldly, said Kim Mann, of the East Valley Paranormal the most bizarre thing.” Even more unusual were the sounds Society. “We go in with the idea to debunk coming from the basement. everything rather than prove it’s For more than 60 years the building had housed Gilbert Elementary. haunted,” said Mann. “A lot of things After the school closed, the building are explainable. Many times people was placed on the National Register will jump to the conclusion that if of Historic Places, and in 1982 it a home is making weird noise then reopened as a museum to preserve it’s haunted. Sometimes there just happens to be a draft. They don’t get the town’s history. Touring the basement, the hunters it.” As for Kolar, even if the Gilbert recorded noises which sounded like little girls giggling, possibly from Historical Museum is haunted, she ghostly former schoolchildren. At said it doesn’t frighten her. “Nothing bad or evil seems to be the end of the investigation, the ghost hanging around,” said Kolar. “If there hunters couldn’t account for what are ghosts I say they’re like ‘Casper’— they discovered. “I tend to be really skeptical,” said the friendly kind.” classifieds

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Todd Hatch, of Gilbert, has joined Washington Federal as assistant vice president/regional sales manager. In his new role, Hatch will oversee equipment finance business development in a variety of markets, including health care, transportation, manufacturing and heavy commercial equipment. Hatch earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish with minor in Latin American literature from Brigham Young University. Lisa Duncan, of Mesa, won four tickets to sit in the dugout with the D-backs during the second annual Arizona Diamondbacks Alumni Game on Sunday, Aug. 31. She entered to win the priceless VIP experience at her local Denny’s in Gilbert. Economic development industry veteran Greg Tilque joined the senior management team at Mesa-based Execute To Win (ETW), developer of a business management application that allows companies to execute critical processes and practices, and overcome organizational inertia standing in the way of healthy profitability and growth. Tilque joins ETW after 25 years at the

Town of Gilbert, where he served as development services director and director of economic development. Three Gilbert women have been named to the team of 2013-14 Suns Dancers. Supporting the professional basketball team are Alexandra, Staci and Tia. (Only their first names were released due to safety reasons.) Eighteen dancers were selected to this year’s team following a weeklong audition process that began with more than 150 Suns Dancers hopefuls. The auditions, which required participants to learn and perform three choreographed dance routines, began on Aug. 17 at the Downtown Phoenix Convention Center. Thirty-two finalists were chosen to compete in a twoday training camp, along with a final audition on Aug. 24 at Talking Stick Resort. Suns fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalists. The 2013-14 Suns Dancers were selected based on the combined results of the judging panel and Suns fans. Danny Westergard, doctor of physical therapy, has joined Chandler Physical Therapy, 5590 W. Chandler

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Dollar Stores for low price crafts that can help you decorate for less. 4. Save on Treats. Use coupons, sales and check the discount stores. Don’t pay too much on candy. Many manufacturers give coupons for candy in the paper or online and you can use those with a sale to maximize savings. Chocolate is also more expensive, so stick with hard candy to save. You may also want to buy bulk and split with a neighbor. 5. Bottom line - Don’t pay full price. If you do plan to buy a new costume this year, buy early or wait until the last minute for a great sale. The sales have already begun. So you can start watching now for your favorite costume or accessories to hit that rock-bottom price. And don’t forget to check online for costumes (Amazon already has many sales to check out, too).


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• Keep your yard clear of things like hoses, ladders and dog leashes that can trip little ones • Use battery powered jack-o-lanterns instead of candle light • Put pets away as they may get frightened and try to bite one of the little monsters at your door • Give pre-packaged treats or nonfood treats such as erasers, pencils, stickers, etc. • The National Crime Prevention Council offers other tips for keeping kids safe during their outing that parents can share with their children. • Never enter a strange house or car • Older children out alone should stay with friends • Trick-or-treat while it’s still light outside • Tricks may be fun, but pranks can be costly and hurtful. Emphasize that you disapprove of vandalism • Remind kids they should not eat their treats until they get home and the candy is checked out. • Eat only unopened candies and other goodies in original wrappers • Remind kids to stay in well-lit areas and not to take shortcuts through alleys, backyards or playing fields If you or your child sees any suspicious or criminal activity, report it to local law enforcement. Looking for other ways to keep safe and enjoy a hassle-free Halloween? Consider a block party, look for parks and recreation centers that host Halloween parties, check the local mall to see if shops are participating in trick-or-treating, or find out if local schools libraries or churches are sponsoring a Halloween get-together. Host your own Halloween haunted house with games, prizes, scary stories, music, costume contest, crafts and more to ensure kids are safe and a hauntingly happy Halloween is had by all. Tracy House is a busy AZ Modern Mom of four, freelance writer and educator. She writes about motherhood, family, education, sustainability and Arizona. Contact her at tracy@azmodernmom.com. October 2013


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COST: $15; $11 children 17 years and 1 Gilbert Fall Carnival younger WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 17, from 4 INFO: (480) 644-6500 or p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 18, 4 p.m. to www.mesaartscenter.com 10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to10 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 20, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The East Valley Children’s Theatre presents “The Secret Garden,” an WHERE: Crossroads Park, pasta vixen mom cents financially speaking adaptation from the novel by Frances 2155 E. Knox Rd., Gilbert COST: Free admission; charge for food Hodgson Burnett. and rides INFO: (480) 503-6200 or Audubon Family Bird Walks 6 WHEN: Sat., Oct. 19, 8 a.m. www.gilbertaz.gov Carnival attendees can enjoy a WHERE: Riparian Preserve, 2757 weekend of food, family friendly rides E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert photo page events calendar recipe corner and games such as the Ferris wheel, COST: Free the merry go round and more. INFO: marisaff@cox.net or www.gilbertaz.gov Enjoy a walk through the Dragonfly Baby Splash Swim Classes 2 Ramada at the Riparian Preserve. WHEN: Tuesday thru Saturdays, all daylaw talk hearsay monthly meeting WHERE: Hubbard Family Swim Kids Club, Powered by 7 School, 1061 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 101, National Geographic Kids Mesa WHEN: Fri., Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 COST: Free but registration is required a.m., repeats monthly on the fourth INFO: (602) 971-4044 or Friday www.hubbardswim.com WHERE: SanTan Village, near the box These biz30-minute water acclimation Disney Store, 2218 E. Williams Field classes give parents or caregivers a Rd., Suite 235, Gilbert chance to learn excellent tips on how COST: Free to enjoy tub time at home with baby INFO: (480) 282-9500 and also learn how to prepare baby Attendees of all ages are welcome and for swim lessons. costumes are strongly encouraged.

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WHEN: Sat., Oct. 5, at 8 a.m. WHERE: Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert COST: $25 to $35; free for children ages 12 and younger with a paid parent or guardian. INFO: www.gilbertaz.gov or email carol.thomas@bannerhealth.com or donna.simon@bannerhealth.com. This is an exercise-filled event that has the potential to raise money for the fight against obesity.

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5 Years of Comedy

WHEN: Fri., Oct. 11, and Sat., Oct.12, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. WHERE: National Comedy Theatre Phoenix, 1111 S. Longmore St., Mesa, COST: $12 to $14 INFO: (602) 374-5638 or www.nctphoenix.com The National Comedy Theatre Phoenix celebrates its fifth year in the Valley and welcomes all ages to a two-day improv comedy event.

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WHEN: Fri., Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Children’s Academy, 6288 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: www.gilbertaz.gov The Fall Festival will feature Trunk or Treating, a bounce house, haunted house, cotton candy, arts and crafts, carnival games and more.

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It is so fun to walk into a new restaurant and feel instantly at home. The Henhouse Cafe on Higley and Guadalupe roads is a true family restaurant where Mo and Brett Grebe and their three adult children have gone to great lengths to make their country-style cafe warm and welcoming. The inside is decorated with antiques and repurposed items such as coffee bags for curtains, tin buckets for lights, old windows for chalkboards, license plates and even Mo’s old red wagon for decoration. I especially liked the 20-person banquet room on the side of the main restaurant that can be reserved for family gatherings, birthday parties and other celebrations. The menu changes daily as new recipes are added to the daily specials and the ones most preferred by hungry diners are added to the permanent comm. spotlight

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chicken fried chicken ($8.99). While we waited for our food to arrive, we noticed that the cafe had an interesting assortment of customers with families, singles and even a table of five burley guys who looked like they had been working for hours and just stopped to have a hearty breakfast in a homey place. I have never tasted strawberry cheesecake French toast, but it is my new favorite! Just picture thick Hawaiian bread dipped in a rich egg and cream batter then graham crackers and grilled to perfection. It is then stuffed with cheesecake filling, fresh strawberries and garnished with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Delicious! The grilled chicken sandwich had a delightful blending of flavors with the tender chicken breast, melted provolone, tomatoes (with basil and garlic) served on spicy grilled Focaccia bread. The side salad was also yummy. Lou was in heaven as he devoured the chicken fried chicken. Listed as a “Henhouse Favorite,” it included southern-style chicken breast, two

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I wish I had known about this treat years ago when I was living in British Columbia, where it originated. (I was going to school at the Conservatory of Music in Victoria, and on the weekends my fellow classmates and I would drive up Vancouver Island to Nanaimo, a quaint and picturesque town on the waterfront just to get away from it all.) Little did I know then, as relatively few people know now, that it’s the home of the original Nanaimo Bar, a decadent, delicious no-bake three layer cookie bar that takes only one bite to win you over for a lifetime. Yes, it’s that good, with a bottom layer events calendar

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the vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and chopped nuts. Mix well, and then press mixture evenly and firmly into approximately a 9-inch square pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes). Middle Layer (Filling) With a mixer, cream butter. Add in remaining ingredients and beat until light and fluff y. (If mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of cream.) Spread filling over the bottom layer and refrigerate until firm, 15-20 minutes. Topping: Melt chocolate and butter together in a saucepan or double boiler. Do not burn. Spread gently over the filling. Refrigerate. Tips for Serving Because the top chocolate layer will get rather hard, you may want to score the chocolate where you’ll be cutting it into bars before you refrigerate for the final time. The 9-inch square makes about 12 squares. This recipe works well as bite-sized pieces, too. Keep the pan of bars chilled and cut into it with a knife that is heated by dipping it into a container of hot water. Wipe knife down to dry after each dipping.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Seminar WHEN: Wed., Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Banner Gateway Medical Center’s Grand Canyon Conference rooms, 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (602) 230-2273 or www.bannerhealth.com Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a seminar to offer research and symptom management for breast cancer survivors. The seminar also features an overview from an oncologist to explain the special needs of a breast cancer survivor.

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COST: Free, attendees are responsible for cost of their own meal INFO: www.gilbertaz.com Meet up and chat with other chamber members over breakfast. This relaxed congregation is an easy way to network with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community.

Weight-Loss Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors WHEN: Wed., Oct. 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (480) 256-4141 or www.bannerhealth.com The Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a six-week series of classes to provide weight loss tools for breast cancer survivors. A registered dietitian and an exercise physiologist will be present to provide weight management or weight loss strategies to lower one’s risk of breast cancer reoccurrence.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 17, to Sat., Nov. 3, various times WHERE: Hale Theatre Arizona, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert COST: $16 to $26 INFO: (480) 497-1181 or www.haletheatrearizona.com Based on the 1988 film, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” this musical comedy, presented by the Hale Theatre Arizona, tells the story of two swindlers who compete in a comedic face-off to become the ultimate schemer.

Dino Dig WHEN: Wed., Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. WHERE: The Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch, 2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert COST: $5 INFO: (480) 503-6200 or www.riparianinstitute.org Uncover the remains of some of the planet’s oldest reptiles. This is a family friendly outdoor activity that encourages anyone, ages 5 and older, to come participate in the dig.

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Racing the Reaper 5K WHEN: Sat., Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. WHERE: Rockin R Ranch, 6138 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert COST: $40 ages 14 and older INFO: (949) 394-0787 or www.racingthereaper.us The town of Gilbert is hosting a

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GCPAAA Golf Tournament WHEN: Sat., Oct. 26, at 7:30 a.m. WHERE: Western Skies Golf Club, 1245 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert COST: $80 per player INFO: www.gcpaaa.org or email gcpaaasecretary@yahoo.com The 15th annual GCPAAA Golf Tournament is a four-person scramble event consisting of volunteer members of the Gilbert Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. All funds raised from the tournament will be used to purchase needed equipment for the officers of the Gilbert Police Department.

Taylor Morrison—Adora Trails’ Halloween Treat Street Event WHEN: Tues., Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Adora Trails 2272 E. Galileo Dr., Gilbert COST: Free INFO: (480) 988-9098 or www.adoratreatstreet.com The public is invited to the Halloween Treat Street Event at Adora Trails in Gilbert. Join Taylor Morrison for a spooky good time, including trick or treating at its 10 model homes, food and lots of activities for the kids.

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Are Teen Drivers Getting the (Text) Message? As a father of teenage drivers, including one who just (finally) obtained his learner’s permit, any report about teenagers and driving gets my attention. A recently released national survey by Bridgestone America found that teen drivers change their behavior for the better, even when driving with friends, and are, naturally, on their best behavior, when driving with their parents. Unfortunately, they are still doing very dangerous things with their phones when driving by themselves. A teen driver survey, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, revealed that 95 percent of teens read texts and emails when they are driving by themselves, but only 32 percent do so when driving with their friends and only 7 percent when driving with their parents. Similarly, 90 percent of teenagers send social media updates when driving alone, while only 29 percent when driving with friends and a mere 5 percent when driving with parents. The statistics are comparable to those teens watching videos when driving. At least 75 percent of teen drivers admit to browsing social media sites, taking photos, editing and posting those photos, and other such activities

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