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July 1 – August 31, 2018 Volume 11 – Issue 4 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee COPY EDITOR Charlene Paul – look on the WRITE side LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGN Aloree Smith – Aloree Smith Designs GRAPHIC DESIGN Tara Schenavar WRITERS Adam Anderson, Jeremy Andra, Bryan Baird, Robert "Bo" Bobrowski, Michelle Brooks, Keith Buchhalter, Carol Bulloch, Ilene Johnson, Joel Deceuster, Tina Doyle, Laura Draskovich, Donna Eads, Melanie Evans, Linda Faas, Anatasia Gagliano, Sarah Green, Lisa Hallows, Gerald Hamilton, Jennifer Hammond-Moore, Polly Hendricks, Helen Houston, Dr. Joseph Jeppson, Celece Krieger, Rob Krieger, Elspeth Kuta, Mayor Allan Litman, Della Lowe, Kenzie Lundberg, Dawn McLain, Summer Milkovich, Karen L. Monsen, Judi Moreo, DeWynn Nelson, Paul “Dr. Q” Noe, Debbie Oskin, Carol Lee Parrish, Kevin Parrish, Charlene Paul, Lani Penney, Janel Ralat, Roger Tobler, Christine Ward, Ed White

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Letter from the Dear Readers,

I am not what you would call domesticated. The only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house. But I do love having my home organized and tastefully decorated. I love having a peaceful yard and patio that beg to be used for entertaining family and friends. And I love relaxing with Jon, the love of my life.

This summer, I promised myself that we would enjoy our time together sitting next to the pool, enjoying glasses of wine and plates of yummy finger foods. When I told Jon, he was thrilled. We immediately began making plans for a summer of leisure and relaxation. It was glorious. And then I started reading the articles for our Home and Garden issue. My creative juices flowed, and I began making plans to update, upgrade, and upscale. I even considered selling the house just to experience an organized move. Jon is such a good sport and a hard worker; he barely flinched when I talked about turning the 4-car garage into a pool house since we now have a pool. His eyes didn’t blink when I described the newest vinyl flooring and wall beds. There was no sign of a cringe as I chatted about outdoor barbecues and clever cooking tips. He didn’t even try to escape when I suggested digging giant holes and planting trees. Of course, I didn’t mean for him to have to tackle these projects alone. I will be right there by his side making sure he stays hydrated and wears his sunglasses and hat so he avoids a sunstroke. I will read instructions to him and make sure he doesn’t get sidetracked. I will pour the wine and set up the patio chairs so he can rest in between all of my creativity blasts. Yes, this Home and Garden issue is filled to overflowing with ideas, information, and instructions for creating the perfect living space. Once you open its pages, your creative juices will not only flow, but may just flood as you organize, spackle, update, plant, decorate, clean, vacation, refurbish, shop, remodel, and overhaul. Here at View On Magazine, we wish you a wonderful summer filled to overflowing with all that makes you smile. Sincerely,

Kathy Lee Editor


frequent CONTRIBUTORS Laura Draskovich is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. With more than 15 years in the fitness industry, Laura currently teaches a wide variety of group fitness formats and trains clients at the Mesquite Fitness Club. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she attended Central Washington University, majoring in Community Health Education. Mother of three, Laura is a national level NPC figure competitor, who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and dedicated to reaching goals. Email Laura at or call (702) 600-8953. Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and Social Studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients. Linda Faas was new to desert living when they arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They started exploring their surroundings and meeting new friends, and love what they found. Linda has immersed herself in arts and outdoor groups, and is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications. She volunteers with several community organizations, and is always seeking new adventures.

Elspeth Kuta is the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Coordinator, where it is her privilege to share the local history of Mesquite and surrounding areas with the community and visitors alike. She and the museum strive to bring history to life, and preserve and protect the local tales of yore. 4

Charlene Paul is the owner of look on the WRITE side, a proofreading, copy editing, and freelance writing company. She lives in southern Nevada with her husband. Their original family of eight has grown into a crew of 25, including 12 of the cutest grandkids on Earth. She loves spending time with family and friends, singing, writing, playing the piano and organ, reading, crocheting, sewing, and talking – a lot! She can be reached at or (702) 375-4216.

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection, located at 1373 East 170 South in St. George. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 24 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her at (435) 628-3636 or

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California and loves the small town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for View On Magazine.

frequent CONTRIBUTORS Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including 2 international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years, and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567.

Helen Houston is the owner of Hues & Vues — Inspired Walls and Windows. Helen also owns a new business, Staging Spaces & Redesign —Designing Your Home to Sell. She holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, Certified Staging Professional, and Certified Color Consultant. She has been a contributing writer for View On Magazine for the past six years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or

Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for View On Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson check out his website or email

Janel Ralat is a married mom of three and the founder of One Organized Mama, LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Janel found her passion with organization while managing her busy family and realizing the importance between time management and keeping life running smoothly. She currently mentors and trains other professional organizers. You can find Janel and her team at or visit their website at

Paul “Dr. Q” Noe has been in the nursery industry for over 50 years, with experience in retail and wholesale sales as well as landscaping, plant maintenance and growing experience. Paul has lived in southern Nevada for 34 years. He became a California Certified Nurseryman in 1968 and a Certified Horticulture Advisor in 1993 by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service.

Dawn McLain is the Owner and President of Write It Up!, a small, fullservice advertising agency based in St. George. Over the past 20 years, the firm has grown to include comprehensive PR and marketing services, as well as media buys, blogging, corporate facilitation and much more. To get in touch with Dawn, email her at


Message from the Mayor



ummer in Mesquite is a beautiful time of the year, but face it, it’s hot; I love it and I hope you do, too. However, summer does present some unique challenges to those residents with a home and a yard. Mesquite, as you know, has a number of residents who have homes here but don’t stay here during the summer months which creates more challenges for them. Hopefully, this article will offer some solutions. Speaking of homes, we are growing quickly, home permits are up, and sales are brisk. We have some beautiful new neighborhoods popping up. With competitive pricing and our great lifestyle, you can see why we are a premier place to settle. As I have already stated, our climate in the summer does present challenges not only for those who stay all year, but for our snowbirds as well. I’ll start with those who leave for the summer. I hope my tips will help. If you leave your car in the garage, be sure to disconnect the battery. If you have a golf cart, put water in the battery and unplug it. Also, unplug the garage door opener. Remove propane tanks and combustible and/or flammable chemicals from the garage. If you are all packed up and ready to head out the door, stop and ask yourself if you took care of the appliances. You need to unplug all appliances, entertainment units, computers — everything. The lightning from summer


monsoons can wreak havoc on electrical equipment. And don’t forget to turn off indoor and outdoor ceiling fans. Don’t turn the air conditioner off; set the temperature higher so you don’t end up with warped wood or melted whatever in your home. Even if you will be turning off the main water valve to the house, you can still water the plants in the yard. Set your irrigation timer appropriately for summer heat so all your plants, shrubs, and trees aren’t dead when you return. Our grass needs fertilizer throughout the summer. If you are here and care for your own lawn, read the fertilizer instructions carefully so as to not burn the grass. If you are not here, consider having a lawn service do the job for you. Remember to water early in the morning and after the sun goes down, so as to not waste water. Water evaporating before it hits the yard or running down the gutter is wasted water. I hope these tips are helpful. When it’s hot, I look to inside tasks, such as painting, deep cleaning, clearing the garage of clutter, and the like. Of course, I only work in the garage in the mornings before it gets too hot. We love our home in the desert, but it does take special care as heat takes a toll. But before you know it, fall will be upon us and we get to enjoy another beautiful season in Mesquite. Mayor Allan Litman


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24 30 view on BUSINESS Wilding Wallbeds 74 76 Outdoor Living


Saving Space Beautifully

Polynesian Pools

Bringing the Indoors Out


One Onganized Summer



I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

Travel Memories Last A Lifetime



Blooming Deserts, Historic Homes, and Writer of the Purple Sage

Bringing Green Infrastructure Home

Lessons from a Daisy

Plant-Based Nutrition For Fitness and Disease Prevention

Summer Energy Savings Tips

How Low Can You Go?

Legend of the Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Shade the Desert

Game Control Strategy for Better Putting, Chipping and Pitching

Plants Poisonous to Pets

DIY & Community Giving Go Hand-In-Hand at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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hat’s not to love?! I wake up to a beautiful sunrise and end the day with a cocktail on the back patio, gazing at the wondrous mountains surrounding our little town. I am a true desert rat, so I love the summers as well as the so-called winters. Growing up in Wisconsin really makes me appreciate our winter weather. I have lived in seven states, and other than Hawaii, Mesquite, Nevada is the best — close to Las Vegas for entertainment, close to Utah for awesome parks. The outdoors of Mesquite can’t be beat. I can hike, bike, and swim anytime I like. We have a great City Recreation Center where I pursue my passion for teaching yoga. There are groups for every imaginable interest here in Mesquite. Concerts and festivals are happening all the time. Anyone who says there is nothing to do in Mesquite isn’t looking very hard. What’s not to love! ~ Ann Murphy



discovered my place and my tribe nestled amidst the scenic red rock in the idyllic city of Kanab after I accepted a position where I am responsible for advancing economic development initiatives in Kane County. I am a native southern Utahn, and after graduating high school, I left my little hometown like most kids who grow up in rural communities, in search of education and opportunity found in urban settings.

It took leaving southern Utah to realize my energy, appreciation, affinity, and my sense of place belongs in Kanab. I am one of the lucky ones in my age bracket who gets to live here. It was easy to fall in love with living in Kanab for a variety of reasons. My journey to Kanab was unexpected, and what was supposed to be a short one-year stint has turned into a decade. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I am an adventure-seeker and avid outdoorsman who is not easily found in my favorite shed-antler hunting areas, fly fishing in secluded trout streams, or high in the mountains traversing the famous Utah powder-covered slopes in the winter at Brian Head. I enjoy unparalleled access to some of the most varied landscape and terrain in the world. I live in a magical land surrounded by world-famous landmarks and stunning unexplored places. Kanab is safe. There’s no traffic. There’s an abundance of clean water and air, and adventure is literally out my back door. In addition, we have better access to high-speed Internet than most urban communities. This wonderful community is becoming a food destination, as evidenced by our great selection of restaurants, rivaling any large city, including Sego restaurant, which was recently recognized as the 2018 Best Fine Dining Restaurant and by the Taste of Utah award by the Utah Restaurant Association. It's spectacular any time of the year, and we enjoy the best weather in Utah. Kanab is the place to be! ~ Kelly Stowell 10

Moapa Valley M

oapa Valley is the only home I have ever known. I was fortunate enough to be born in this town and I am dreading leaving it. Many places have a sense of unity and camaraderie in the community. They may support their local school or have neighborhood block parties. However, in Moapa Valley it is different. At football games, the stands are full. At car wash fundraisers, the lines stretch out of the parking lot. At parties, the gatherings are larger than the room can hold. The majority of this harmony stems from the local high school. Moapa Valley High School, home of the blue and gold Pirates, provides the inhabitants of Moapa Valley something to rally around. Those who are students at the high school, parents of those students, alumni, faculty, members of the Booster Club, and those who support the high school, all “bleed blue and gold.” The solidarity of Moapa Valley is an undeniable and irreplaceable quality that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else. It is this love between the residents of Moapa Valley that makes this town such an incredible place to live, and such a difficult place to leave.

Hurricane ~ Macy Morgan


love that I can wake up before the sunrise, load the bikes in the truck, and head to the hills for a bike ride with my kids or friends and be back before their school starts. When I get off work, we can go to the lake or enjoy a hike in Zion. A family favorite is to go for a twenty-minute drive to a local camp spot within the pine trees and roast some marshmallows and hot dogs over a fire while we tell stories. The sites and scenery aren’t even the best thing about Hurricane, Utah. I have found the best thing about living here are the hearts of these wonderful people. I can’t go anywhere without seeing someone smile or wave and say hi. I love raising my family here and cherish the friendships that we have made. That is why I love Hurricane. ~Nic Lauritzen


Home H At Last

omeownership – it’s the American Dream! Although homeownership is not right for everyone, we at Nevada Rural Housing Authority believe it should be within reach for all Nevadans. Our mission is to promote, provide, and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans. Since launching in 2006, Home At Last™ has helped more than 7,000 Nevadans become homeowners, providing more than $40 million dollars in down-payment assistance.

by Melanie Evans


Most renters can afford to make their monthly rent payment, but they aren’t always able to come up with the down payment to purchase a home of their own. That’s where Home At Last™ comes in. Home At Last’s™ down-payment assistance program provides anywhere from 0% to 5% of the loan amount to cover down-payment assistance and closing costs.

Something unique to Mesquite is that it qualifies for USDA Rural Development Guaranteed loans, which provide 100% financing. Pair a USDA loan with 2% down-payment assistance from Home At Last,™ and many families receive their earnest money check back at the closing table — that is truly NO money down! Home At Last™ also offers a Mortgage Credit Certificate program which can be paired with our down-payment assistance, providing a tax credit based on the mortgage interest. Most homebuyers save $2,000, and that’s every year for the life of the loan. That $2,000 can also be used as extra income, to help homebuyers qualify for a larger loan, AND lower debt-toincome ratios. We believe everyone deserves to find a home, including our furry friends! We have a very special program called HAL Pals. HAL (Home At Last™ for short) Pals

covers the pet adoption fees for each family that uses Home At Last™ to purchase their home. Home At Last™ helps get Nevadans home, and our fur babies home as well. We will be rolling out a brand new Lease-to-Own program soon for folks who want to buy a home, but are not quite credit-ready. They will be able to get into the home they want now, at the rates and home prices today, and purchase when they are ready, usually within three years. V For more info on HAL Pals, visit For Home At Last™ down payment assistance, visit, call (702) 992-7215 or email



Strong Women of Mesquite

Deb & Joe Parsley


n 1997, after living in Hawaii and raising a family for 21 years, Deb Parsley moved to the desert. She took a job as the marketing manager for Del Webb in Las Vegas where she spent the next ten years handling the marketing for well-known properties such as Sun City, Summerlin, McDonald Ranch, Anthem, and Aliante. Deb met her husband, Joe Parsley in 2003 at Sun City Aliante. They were married in 2005, and both fell in love with Mesquite in between. Deb missed the ocean and loves to swim, and she and Joe came to Mesquite at least twice a month to stay at the CasaBlanca just to enjoy their elaborate pool. She knew that someday she would end up living in Mesquite; it was just a matter of time. With that in mind, Deb joined the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and began attending Chamber functions and getting to know the people of Mesquite. She remembers playing in the Chamber of Commerce golf tournament in 2005, and when looking back at pictures, finds


it funny that some of the people in the pictures are people she knows very well now but didn’t at the time.

Deb also participated in the Chamber’s Leadership Mesquite program in 2008 and went on to lead the class of 2009.

In 2007, when the powers-that-be at Pulte Homes/Del Webb asked if anyone wanted to transfer to the newly-forming Sun City, Mesquite to sell houses, Deb was the first to raise her hand. “I think I jumped out of the chair and yelled, ‘Hell, yeah!’”

Deb and Joe enjoyed their time living, working, and volunteering in Mesquite until February 2016 when Joe, unfortunately, became ill and passed away.

Upon moving to Mesquite, Deb immediately became even more active in the Mesquite community. She was on the board of the Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and 2009, and was elected president and served her term in 2009. She volunteered as a board member for Healthy Woman, a monthly speaker presentation put on by the hospital for the women of Mesquite.

Following Joe’s death, Deb continues to spend much of her time volunteering and donating her time to many causes in Mesquite. She enjoys giving back to a community that had given so much to her before her husband passed away, and gives even more of her time now because of all the people that helped her get through that period in her life. Joe’s illness was cancer and he sat on the board of the

Deb is a contributor and supporter of Mesquite's yearly Cancer Awareness events.

Deb Parsley Mesquite Cancer Help Society. Deb took over for him when he was no longer able, and served on the board for two years. Currently Deb is the President of Mesquite’s Sunrise Rotary Club which, among many other things, raises money to provide scholarships, as well as youth and teen leadership camp admissions for local kids, and together with the Eureka Casino Resort, hosts Mesquite Reads whose initiative is to ensure that Mesquite’s students can read at their grade level by grade three. In addition, she is on the board of Mesquite Senior Games and the Kids for Sports board, a program started by Wolf Creek Golf Club to help Mesquite parents purchase sports gear which in turn, helps Mesquite kids get into and stay in sports.

In 2014, Deb purchased the Desert Oasis Spa & Salon because she “didn’t want to see another business close.” It was kind of a crazy reason, but the spa continues to remain open and is thriving now, offering massage, body care, hair services, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, and more. For more information on the Desert Oasis Spa & Salon, please visit: Deb sold homes for Pulte/Del Webb at Sun City Mesquite until 2014 when she left to first work with the Quality 1 Realty Group, and then be part of the opening team for Keller Williams Realty. She and the other Keller Williams associates take time to give back to the community as well, most recently donating the money and prizes for Highland Manor’s residents to play bingo.

Deb with three of her grandchildren.

Deb is very close to her three grown children and six grandchildren. Number


six, a baby boy, is the newest member of the family. She is fortunate enough to be able to frequently spend time with them. Deb Parsley has loved Mesquite and has been involved with this community since she discovered it and fell in love with it over thirteen years ago. In as many

years, Deb has spent time giving back to the community that she loves as much as she can, and will continue to do so for many years to come. V We here at View On Magazine salute Deb for all of her hard work and tireless commitment to serving our community. Deb with her Rotary family.



I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

by Charlene Paul


love to read. I mean, I really love to read. Newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, billboards — you name it, I love to read it. But my very favorite things to read are books. I can easily get so lost in a book that I forget the dog’s nutritional needs, the laundry in the washer, the water in the garden, and meeting a deadline. I love reading so much that I could almost forget to eat – almost. Pouring over the written word while snacking on something sweet, or crunchy and salty is a cherished pastime.

to dragging a backpack full of books to my desired destination. Reading in the dark with a backlit device can’t hold a lantern to reading in the dark with a flashlight. Big books, little books, picture books, poetry books, cookbooks, how-to books, textbooks, novels, biographies, history books, anything with pages and a cover, books are where it’s at for me.

It is amazing how much the world of technology has changed the world of reading. There are lots of options for reading books besides handling the books themselves. I can read books on my phone, on my computer, or on any of my other electronic devices. I don’t need to haul a bag full of books when I travel, and I even have the option of letting someone else do the reading while I simply listen.

1. Getting into a good book is an escape from reality. Let’s face it, sometimes reality is just too real and being able to get lost in another realm is liberating.

But there is something about holding a book in my hands and being able to flip the pages that gets my blood flowing. Tossing my phone into my purse doesn’t compare


There are a million and one reasons to open a book and get lost in its pages. Here are ten:

2. Books are rich sources of information and instruction. 3. Reading reduces stress better than exercising or walking without ever breaking a sweat. 4. Books transport us to another world which improves our imagination.

5. Traveling to all corners of the universe is possible without ever leaving your cozy sofa. 6. The aroma of freshly opened books is intoxicating. I love the smell of a library or a bookstore, especially old bookstores. 7. Reading improves vocabulary as well as writing skills. Teachers agree that students who read do better in almost all aspects of school. 8. Books are cheap entertainment, although my husband would probably disagree with that considering my penchant for walking out of the bookstore with a plethora of books. 9. Reading inspirational books can inspire us to be better people. They can also inspire us to do things we didn’t think we were capable of doing. 10. Books are better than movies. No matter how diligent movie writers, directors, and producers are in remaining true to the book, they can’t

capture every nuance. And we are subject to their interpretation of the characters, settings, and action rather using our own imagination. And while we’re on the subject of books, let’s not forget about book-lovers. Loving a book-lover isn’t hard and has several advantages. Here are a few: 1. Book-lovers are easy to shop for. Anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, just find a good book, or better yet, give a gift card for a bookstore. 2. Need a little alone time? Give your favorite book-lover a good book. 3. Book-lovers rarely commandeer the remote. 4. Teaming with a book-lover for a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, or Jeopardy makes you look extra smart.

5. Book-lovers always have good book recommendations. If someone asked me to name my all-time favorite book, I would be hard-pressed to come up with just one. But I do have favorites: 1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was published in 1936, and the lessons it teaches about successful relationships have proven timeless. 2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is a poignant true story about Albom’s relationship with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. Although he had lost touch with Schwartz, by a simple twist of fate, he had the opportunity to reconnect, ask questions, and receive wisdom from his professor. 3. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom tells the story of two spinster sisters and their elderly father. They were an unassuming family who became

leaders in the Dutch Underground during World War II. All three ended up in Nazi concentration camps, but only Corrie survived. Her story is riveting and teaches lessons in not only survival but in gratitude. 4. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculèe Ilibagiza is a miraculous story of survival during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. She embraces the power of prayer, discovers the importance of forgiveness, and shares what it means to truly forgive. 5. Good to Great by Jim Collins unlocks the keys to greatness and sheds light on almost every area of management. 6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is an incredible fantasy book that is difficult to describe. You’re just going to have to read it yourself. 7. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute was


written to teach the keys of leadership; however, it also provides great insight into personal lives and relationships, as well. 8. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey is a roadmap to financial freedom and security. It is a great wedding gift for young people just beginning their adult lives. 9. Scrum: the Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by J.J. Sutherland will help make life at work and home easier and happier. 10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson tells the story of the creative entrepreneur who lived a rollercoaster life and had an intense personality that drove him toward perfection in all he attempted. Yes, I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie. Summertime in the Southwest is the perfect time to delve into the world of books and uncover the mysteries, journeys, instructions, and insights within their pages. Lose yourself in a good book and discover the magic of words. V


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Travel Memories

Last A Lifetime

by Celece Krieger ­— The Travel Connection


few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite clients. Not only was he one of my favorite clients, he was the first man I ever loved. He also instilled my love for travel at a very young age. He held my hand on my first airplane ride on the Hughes Airwest Yellow Banana, convinced me to ride Space Mountain at Disneyland, and made every summer fun with our annual trips to Lake Powell. This man was not just a client, he was my father Robert Larsen. Last year, this wonderful man walked me down the aisle at my wedding in Cabo San Lucas. Although he had recently been diagnosed with

frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), he was able to make the trip to Cabo and enjoyed spending time with our family. He golfed with my husband Rob and danced with my bonus mom Julie. I will never forget the way he danced when some of his favorite 70s music played. Although he could not say much, we knew he enjoyed every minute of it from the big smile on his face. It was a trip to remember, not just because it was my wedding, but because it was the last one we shared together. A few months following my wedding, we received the horrible news that not only did he have FTLD, but also ALS. Who

knew when everyone was dumping buckets of ice over their head a few years ago, it was for the cause that took my father away from me too soon at the age of just 68? Perhaps you are wondering what this has to do with travel. Because my dad loved to travel. He could not wait for Julie to retire after 35 years of teaching, so they would have more time for vacations. They loved Hawaii and visited often. Other vacations took them to Alaska, the Caribbean, China, Mexico, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, a Danube River Cruise, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, and Russia – just to name a few. My father Celece's dad, Robert, and his wife Julie.


loved to cruise with Celebrity Cruises. He even called me from San Juan, Puerto Rico just to tell me how much he loved cruising with Celebrity and staying in their Aqua Class staterooms. My father always wanted to visit the home of our ancestors in Denmark. He had a cruise on the books to visit Scandinavia in 2017. When a special came up for 2016, I convinced him to change his dates and go then. I loved hearing him describe Denmark, and I was so happy he was finally able to see where his family came from. He would not have been able to travel in 2017, so I am very grateful he listened to me and took the cruise in 2016. There were two cruises left on the books for my dad, the British Isles with The Open, and South America with Machu Picchu. Sadly, I had to cancel them earlier this year as we knew he

could no longer travel that far from home. It didn’t stop him, though. He loved coming to St. George to play golf with my husband. Just a few months ago, he made the trip on his sixty-eighth birthday and played with Rob. Rob had to tell him which club to use and direct him, but he could still get out on the course for a few holes. Although he had to surrender his driver’s license, my brother let him have a little fun and steer the cart. As we said goodbye to my dad, everyone mentioned his love for travel and our fond vacation memories. You never know what life will bring or how much time you have on this planet. I learned many things from my father, but I think the best lesson was at the end: Live life to the fullest and when you have the chance to travel – take it!V

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Outdoor Living T

he Outdoor Living Industry has seen tremendous growth in the last 15 years, hitting its stride in 2018. Here in the Southwest, the idea of creating an outdoor room by Lisa Hallows appeals to people across all generations. We have a natural appreciation for the outdoors. Creating beautiful backyard spaces is no longer an afterthought, especially when it comes to newer homes. Bringing Home Outdoors is a concept that is exciting, but can be a bit intimidating if you are attempting to design an area on your own. Keep in mind that your outdoor room is YOURS! It can be grand and luxurious, or small and comfortable. Spend a little time in your outdoor area visualizing how you will use the space. Do you want to expand the area, perhaps create more shade with an overhead awning or pergola, or even motorized sun shades? In considering the outdoor kitchen, which is often the focus of any outdoor living area, what — and how — do you like to cook? A grill, charcoal or gas, side burner, storage drawers and doors, refrigerator, and even ice makers are just some of the many options to choose from for the perfect outdoor cooking experience. Do you see yourself entertaining often? Will your guests be primarily adults, or will families with children be the focus? Do you have room for additional seating, or would a bar with built-in seating better accommodate your guests? What about including a fire or water feature? Firepits and outdoor fireplaces provide ambience, and function as heat for cool fall evenings. Including a misting system to help cool things on warm summer nights is inexpensive and will be an invitation to stay outside a bit longer. Perhaps including a television, stereo,



and a surround-sound system is a must for your group – think of all those games you want to enjoy watching with friends! To truly capture the essence of Outdoor Living, take your ideas to a professional. It’s important to have someone come and assess your area, making sure that electrical, water, and gas utilities are available or can be brought in properly. It’s always a good idea to get a professional opinion on the layout and functionality of your area. Make sure you hire contractors who are licensed and insured – ask to see their credentials. Consider using the contractor who does it all, or use multiple trade specialists for the different aspects of your project. Get a few bids for your project, but make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Remember that a business that has been around for a number of years, specializing in a particular trade, may be a bit more expensive than the guy creating and building out of his garage. There’s value in experience, and satisfied customers may have to pay a bit more to be assured of quality workmanship and warrantied work. Look for outdoor kitchen components that are meant to last – it’s expensive to have to remodel an island if your grill needs to be replaced. Being outdoors invigorates us, pulling us out of the craziness of life. It helps us find balance and lifts our spirit. Just as we find refuge inside our homes, we can find joy and purpose in outdoor living – and it can be in the convenience of our own backyard. Investing in a professionally designed and built outdoor living area adds value to your home and your life. V You can find BBQ Hut at 390 North Mall Drive, Suite D, St. George, Utah. Visit their website at or give them a call (435) 673-3939.



Opens in Mesquite Welcome Dr. Brenda F. Jones


ichens Eye Center is pleased to welcome and announce the addition of Brenda F. Jones, MD to our team. Dr. Jones has joined us as a comprehensive ophthalmologist in our newest location serving Mesquite, Nevada and surrounding areas. Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina she was the youngest child in the family, and the only


Dr. Jones brings a great deal of experience, passion, and ambition to our continuously growing and evolving practice." ~ Dr. Sharon Richens


girl of seven older brothers. Perhaps this prompted her desire at age eight to become a physician as she was constantly caring for the injuries of her rambunctious siblings. Brenda F. Jones is a fellow (FAAO) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as a member of the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. She is Board-certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializing in medical and surgical diseases of the eye. During her career, she has performed cataract, corneal, eye muscle, and eyelid surgeries, plus anterior segment and retinal laser procedures, RK, and LASIK. She was awarded a 96% academic scholarship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where she graduated in three and a half years with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She returned home to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and decided on her surgical field, receiving her medical degree. She went on to carry out her internship at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, and then, after completing her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee affiliated hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee, signed up for USNR as staff ophthalmologist at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Assistant Department Head; Portsmouth, Virginia. During her tour at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, her husband completed his PHD in clinical psychology and their daughter was born. While practicing in Marietta, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia (known as the mid-Ohio Valley), Dr. Jones was an assistant professor at Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio lecturing to medical students, and at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, lecturing to physician assistant students. She also served as bank board director for twenty-three and a half years while in Ohio. Dr. Jones opened her very own solo practice in Ohio which she owned for twenty-one years. Although she eventually sold to the hospital, she continued to practice there for the next three years. Dr. Jones brings over thirty years of ophthalmology experience to Richens Eye Center.

“I am thrilled to welcome such a talented and well-rounded ophthalmologist to our team. Dr. Jones brings a great deal of experience, passion, and ambition to our continuously growing and evolving practice,” expressed Dr. Sharon Richens. “The opportunity to grow into Mesquite and provide them with a full-time ophthalmologist has been on our radar for some time. We are excited to have this opportunity to care for our patients who live there, a little closer to home.” As the only local, full-time ophthalmologist residing in Mesquite, Dr. Jones brings the education and training to do much more than just prescribe glasses. She is a physician specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eyes and vision. She is an expert on the complicated anatomy of the eye, and is trained to treat eye diseases through both medical and surgical methods. She will provide the following services in addition to general eye exams and refractions for glasses/ contacts at the Mesquite location right next to Smith’s off Sandhill Boulevard: • Medical lasers for the treatment of Glaucoma, clouded membranes following cataract surgery, floaters, and other conditions. • Diagnosis and treatment of Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Eye disease, Macular Degeneration, floaters and flashes, dry eyes, ocular allergies, and eyelid and lash conditions. • Treatment of ocular emergencies, including foreign object removal.

• Minor surgical procedures for treatment and removal of eye and eyelid lesions. “Once I met with Dr. Sharon Richens, after visiting the scenic beauty of the area, I was mesmerized. The Richens Eye Center philosophy of eye care and delivery far exceeded my requirements and expectations,” said Jones. “Fortunately this union provides me the opportunity to bring my medical skills and abilities to southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, and the Arizona Strip.” When not caring for the healthy vision of her patients, Dr. Jones can be found on the court as an avid tennis player and enthusiast. She enjoys walking, fitness, and traveling. Motorcycling is also a passion. She is the proud parent of one daughter who currently teaches Chinese (Mandarin) at a private high school in Indiana. She and her two cats, Oreo and Abu, have taken up residency in the quaint and picturesque town of Mesquite, Nevada and are looking forward to taking part in this wonderful community both personally and professionally. Dr. Jones is eager to begin helping patients, and is thrilled to join the team of eye specialists and supporting staff at Richens Eye Center. Richens Eye Center is located at 330 Sandhill Boulevard, Suite A, Mesquite, Nevada. You can reach them at (702) 346-2950 or visit their website at Call to schedule your appointment today. 27

“There Can’t be Mold, We’re in the Desert!!” by DeWynn Nelson


can’t even begin to count the number of times that I’ve heard that comment. Even though we live in a desert environment, mold can happen anywhere, under the right conditions. Those conditions include:

SERVPRO® of St. George has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

1. The presence of mold spores (which are everywhere); 2. A food source (organic material, such as wood, paper, drywall, etc.); 3. Temperature (32°-122° F); 4. Water; and 5. Time (as little as two days).

• Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours. • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

Here are some things to look for and steps to take if you suspect you have mold in your home or business: Mold Damage Emergency Tips In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and also significant damage to your property.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

What to Do • Stay out of affected areas. • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. • Contact a restoration professional for mold remediation services. What Not to Do • Don’t touch or disturb the mold. • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

• Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself. • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. What is Black Mold? You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold.” These reports can be alarming and confusing, so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often referred to as black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold? Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact a restoration professional regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact a restoration specialist immediately. Understanding Mold: When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts: • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/ heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet. • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must


be addressed, otherwise the mold may return. • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas. • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. “Mold Removal” vs Mold Remediation Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy, since mold is present everywhere. There is not a way to remove all of it! Mold Remediation Process Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate a “typical” process: 1. Contact a Mold Remediation Specialist The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call a specialist. Representatives will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel. 2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment Next, they will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water, and can be hidden from plain view. There are various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. 3. Mold Containment Restoration professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air

chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers, and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans, heating, and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold/ mold spores. 4. Air Filtration The specialist uses specialized filtration equipment which allows them to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. 5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. The use of antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will help eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of moldinfested, porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth. 6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings They will then clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by the mold. A variety of cleaning techniques are used to clean and disinfect your belongings. The restoration professional

is also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 7. Restoration Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal. Be aware of what is going on in your home or business, do a visual inspection for mold anywhere there are water lines. Ten places homeowners tend to overlook when checking for mold are: • • • • • • • • • •

Dishwasher Ice Maker Connections Washing Machine Connections Hot Water Heater Plastic P-Trap Toilet Connections Shower Doors Bathtub Exterior Hose Bib Outdoor Water Sprinklers If you suspect you have mold, follow the precautions listed above, and call SERVPRO® of St. George at (435) 656-9061 to come and do an inspection and offer a plan for mold remediation. Franchises are independently-owned and operated. V 29





by Janel Ralat – One Organized Mama ummer is here! Get your home and family organized for summertime activities. Whether you’re headed out of town, or just want to spend the long days outdoors, here are some tips for having a One Organized Summer:



Vacation and Travel Planning Whether you’re packing for a local getaway, or jet-setting across the sea, a little organization will keep your packing and planning on track.

A list is your best friend. Make a list of every activity you’ll be participating in during your travels. Then jot down notes next to each activity for items you’ll need. I do this for every trip we take, and then place the items in a pile and stick my note on top to ensure I have remembered everything. For instance: Beach- Sunscreen, sand toys, towels, hats… Camping- Bug spray, light jackets, hiking boots… Airline flights- Books/magazines, gum, sleep pillow … This is a great system to implement about 1-2 weeks before you leave, as it provides enough time to shop for stuff you don’t have, and plenty of time to pack. After all, there’s nothing better than leaving with peace of mind before you travel. On the Road Again First things first. Now is the time to make sure that all car maintenance is up-todate and completed to keep you safe on the roads. Also, it’s a good idea to check

the weather a few days before you leave to prepare for possible inclement weather conditions. A clean car is like a clean slate. It allows you to “zone” your car in preparation for your trip. I LOVE packing a car for a road trip, and am known in my family for being a stickler for keeping items where they belong. (I promise, I’m fun once we get on the road!) What are car zones? Here are a few essential: Trash Zone Food wrappers, tissues, and trash alike in a plastic bag. Toss it at every stop and start a new one once you’re back in the car. Clean Up Zone Wet wipes, paper towels, hand soap/sanitizer, water jug. (I never feel like my hands are clean unless I use a little soap and water). Food Zone Avoid gas station junk food binges. With a little planning, it’s easy to take along healthy (semi-healthy) snacks — bag with cut veggies, fruit, trail mix, chips, and pretzels. Entertainment Zone Road trip games, electronic devices, coloring books, and colored pencils — avoid crayons and markers — you’ll thank me later. Each of these zones can be packed in individual small bags that will help you avoid having to dig into suitcases or continuously unpacking and repacking the car along the way. Now a Quick Note on Collecting Vacation Mementos Ticket stubs, a brochure of a newfound favorite destination, or a seashell from a sunset beach stroll all seem like a great idea at the time — until you get home. These items can quickly become clutter unless you have a place and a plan for them in your home. When unpacking these treasures, place them in a spot immediately. If you notice they’re just getting in the way or you have no idea what to do with them, it may be time to simply snap a quick photo for a memorable keepsake and let it go. The Great Outdoors The smell of barbeque, kids zooming by on bikes, and the joyful sounds of splashing and laughter in neighborhood pools confirm that summer has arrived. Hopefully, you organized your garage when the weather was cooler and those outdoor toys are easy to reach. It is worth spending a half-day organizing your home for summertime activities. Consider all the things you enjoy doing, and spend a few hours reorganizing so you spend less time searching for the sunscreen and more time enjoying the sunshine. Coat Closet Makeover Make this closet a “seasonal” space by storing off-season clothing and gear in the garage and rotating as the weather changes. For warm weather activities and gear, consider stocking your seasonal closet with:

• Sunscreens • Beach umbrellas • Insect repellent • Sidewalk chalk • Light jackets • Water guns • Rain gear • Water balloons • Pool/beach towels • Outdoor play items for • Hats for sun protection kids and kids at heart • Folding chairs BBQ Zone Designate a drawer or cabinet in your kitchen to keep tools, utensils, foil, and seasonings together. Place them on a baking sheet to make the items portable, and use the baking sheet to prep food. After everything is cleaned up, place everything back on the baking sheet, slide into a cabinet, and you’re done! Towel Drying Zone Wet towels are a summertime drag. They take up laundry space, get smelly, and create unsightly piles. An easy remedy? Place some hooks or a drying rack outside for easy hanging. This will keep towels handy where they’re needed most, and reduce the amount of time you’ll spend doing laundry. Summertime Tote Another great trick to saving some time is to have a tote ready to go at a moment’s notice. This can be stored in your newly organized seasonal closet and contain: water bottles, towels, sunscreen, waterpark passes, sunglasses, hats, and anything you need for an outing. Just grab and go! I hope these tips help you save some time so that you can enjoy your summer! V 31

Santa Clara

Harmons Cooking School -

An Unexpected Experience

by Jennifer Hammond-Moore photos by Gary Moore


hen I was approached by View On Magazine to attend the Harmons Cooking School presentation of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship Favorites: Chef Adalberto Diaz and Chef Steve Konopelski, I had no idea what I was in for. I assumed there would be a light presentation of desserts and “this is what we did to make it to the finale” followed by a Q & A featuring the two guest chefs. The setting would be a simple boardroom style office venue, awkwardly adapted for the subject of the day — boy, was I wrong! 32

Hidden in the Santa Clara hills of southern Utah, Harmons is an unexpected treasure. The store itself was extremely comfortable to maneuver through, following the signs leading us to the cooking school located on the second floor. There was a charming glass-walled mezzanine overlooking the grocery store floor, where one could relax or eat a bite from the deli. The glass classroom door was just beyond with an adjacent sign welcoming guests and presenting the class of the day. As I walked through the door, butterflies of excitement arose when I looked around

the black granite, stainless steel, and glass tiled classroom. Gas stoves with bold red knobs were located around the perimeter of the room with ample workspace for prep on either side. A beautiful long black banquet table sat in the center of the room adorned with elegant flower centerpieces and red folders labeled Harmons Cooking School placed on each chair. Having arrived early, I found two chefs in white coats immersed in cooking projects and was greeted by a third, Chef Jackie. Her friendly greeting immediately put me at ease, thanking ME for coming to their

event. After a quick introduction to the Co-Chef of the cooking school, Shane Robillard, I was introduced to the guest chefs, Chef Adalberto “Al” Diaz and Chef Steve Konopelski. The guest chefs had both been runners-up on the 5th Season of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. Chef Jackie enlisted their skills to create a cooking experience for the Harmons classroom setting, to share their favorite recipes from their previous competitions. Chef Al presented us with a beautiful plate of vibrantly colored macaroons. They tasted phenomenal! I was able to wander about the beautiful kitchen, asking questions, taking in my surroundings. When all guests had arrived, Caitlin Clementson presented a delicious wine from the south of France, paired with a delightful but light meat, cheese, and fruit plate to start the evening, and an herbed lemonade for guests that did not drink wine. We were given a brief history of the wine and region; an excellent preshow. The class sat 12 comfortably, with two overhead TV monitors above the central workstation for observation of techniques. Chef Jackie and Chef Shane officially welcomed the guest Chefs to their kitchen, and then the show started. Over the course of the next hour, Chef Al and Chef Steve prepared 12 perfected recipes they had made while competing in the Food Network competitions. Their details were impeccable. Chef Steve quickly prepared two different caramel sauces; salted caramel

Left to Right — Jennifer Hammond-Moore, Chef Steve Konopelski, Chef Adalberto Diaz, and Harmons Chef Jackie Dodart

and passion fruit, describing one sauce as a buttery raincoat for Sherry cupcakes. Once Chef Steve completed a task he would verbally pass the baton to Chef Al, who jumped right in with the next recipe. He walked us through preparing two different sponge cakes, only taking 12 minutes to bake! He made graham cracker crumbs from scratch, additionally making note how to adjust for a gluten-free graham cracker recipe. They passed around spices that they were using while advancing the preparation of the gourmet recipes. The rich black licorice scent of the star anise smelled terrific!


Victorian-era waterfront Bed and Breakfast, Turnbridge Point®, in Denton, Maryland in 2015. He additionally designs wedding cakes, runs the Turnbridge Point’s catering business and teaches baking classes to guests of the B&B. Their website is a treat in and of itself, and a destination I hope to visit one day. This was so much more than an experience. Chef Jackie Dodart and coChef Shane Robillard have developed a fantastic venue filled with love for the culinary arts. They offer a variety of classes to experience. V

Chef Al torching merengue.

“Forget testing your cake with toothpicks, save them for your teeth … Just bake it until it’s done. If you touch [the cake] and it springs back, it’s done. No two ovens bake exactly alike, and every time you open the oven, you release heat. Use the oven window; it’s there for a reason,” he said humorously. This was easily one of the best quotes from Chef Steve throughout the whirlwind cooking experience. The recipe pages we were presented at the beginning of the night were soon covered with notes from tips that you would never get from a standard recipe. Combine that with the humor and friendship that these two chefs emulated made this a fabulous event. It indeed was a seamless theatrical experience! When the final touches were made, we were invited to help ourselves to a little tasting. It was so much sugar, but oh so good! We were then offered time to ask questions of the chefs. They shared their experiences from the shows, their background before cooking, their current activities, and how their lives have changed since the shows. It was thoroughly entertaining to hear the behind the scenes activity of the making of a cooking show. Chef Adalberto Diaz’ passion for baking started as a young man in Cuba, where he baked for friends and family, basically running an underground bakery because owning a baking business was illegal. He 34

came to the U.S. from Cuba with $100 in his pocket and help from a Utah family. In 2012, while cultivating his baking skills, he became the American Culinary Federation Pastry Chef of the Year. He opened his own bakery, Fillings and Emulsions in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2013, and will celebrate his 5-year anniversary since opening in August 2018. He has 16 employees that assist him to fill the bakery daily and to provide Harmons Neighborhood Grocers exclusively with his delicious macaroons. “We are not a regular bakery. My goal is to bring you what you can’t find anywhere else,” he said. You can find Chef Al on FaceBook and at As a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S., Chef Steve Konopelski’s first passion was in dance and performing. He was an accomplished Broadway dancer and performer, but eventually left the stage to pursue his second passion, baking. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute at the top of his class in 2012. His years of performance add exciting energy to his baking demonstrations, evoking emotions I never expected to experience in a kitchen. Chef Steve and his husband Rob Griffith opened a beautiful

Santa Clara Harmons Cooking School is a 2 time winner of the Best of State Food and Beverage Service Education. You can follow the local chefs on Instagram @jackiedodart or @chef_sheriff_. For information regarding classes presented by Harmons go to

Chef Steve creating a caramel sauce.

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Blooming Deserts, Historic Homes, and "Writer" of the Purple Sage by Karen L. Monsen


cross expansive landscapes, nestled in rocky terrain, and described in novels and movies, purple sage has a special place among desert flowering plants. Pink blossomed cacti, orange globe mallow, and yellow desert marigolds splash color on arid land, but it was the writer of the purple sage, Zane Grey, whose colorful stories of human struggles in a harsh environment drew tourists to explore hidden canyons, passes, pinnacles, and buttes. Today, historic homes in Payson, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah, associated with Grey and the

Rim Country Museum, Payson, Arizona.


characters he created provide a glimpse into the past and broaden our appreciation for western heritage. Zane Grey’s West Grey’s western novel, Riders of the Purple Sage, published in 1912 was an immediate best-seller. Following his first trip to the Grand Canyon’s El Tovar hotel for his honeymoon, Grey spent nearly half his life capturing local stories and experiences that filled 57 novels, 10 western nonfiction books, and 130 movies. He captivated readers with his tales of gun-packing devout Mormons and the hardy frontier people of “Utah country.”

Frank Gruber, Grey’s biographer, describes Riders of the Purple Sage, as “. . . the age-old-instinct of man’s struggle against nature and the elements; selfdetermination of the individual from which all progress in the world has sprung. The novel was, actually, a glorification of the Mormon struggle for existence against a hostile people and country. Their comparatively recent migration, involving incredible hardships, their settlement in the conquest of a bleak and desolate land were a testimonial to their courage and faith.” Grey pitted characters in struggles against outlaws, rustlers, and Indians in remote settings unfamiliar to inhabitants east of the Mississippi. He embellished and exaggerated events in a “land of a thousand

Purple Sage in bloom.

Blanched in moonlight, the sage yet seemed to hold its hue of purple and was infinitely more wild and lonely.” ~ Zane Gray, Riders of the Purple Sage canyons, in any one of which a man could be lost.” A Cabin in Rim Country Near Payson, Arizona, about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, the Northern Gila County Historical Society, Inc. operates the Rim Country Museum and gift shop attracting on average 6,000 visitors annually. Reconstructed on this site is a replica of the cabin Grey built in 1921 under the Mogollon Rim near the Grand


Canyon. The original cabin burned in 1990. The museum includes historic Forest Service buildings, a complete set of Zane Grey first editions, period furniture, and the 1904 Henry Haught log cabin linked to Grey’s book, Code of the West. Historical Society President/Archivist Sandy Carson notes, “We are privileged to carry on the work of keeping the history alive and passing it on to visitors.” Purple Sage Intrigue The Purple Sage Inn in Kanab, Utah is another historic building with a Zane Grey connection. In 1884, Mormon pioneer William Derby Johnson, Jr. built the house for his four wives before he fled to Mexico when the government turned against polygamy. The property changed hands twice before Thomas Cole purchased it in 1901 and turned it into the Cole Hotel. While visiting Arizona and doing research for his Purple Sage novel, Zane Grey stayed there in 1907 or 1908. Current owners Kathy and Tory Brock bought the property in 2006 from an owner who acquired it from the Hicks Estate following the 1988 death of resident-owner Silas Hicks. Today, the Brocks operate the home as a Bed-and-Breakfast from March 15 through November 15, and hosted approximately 500 guests in 2017. Kathy recounts that she grew up down the block from the home and, “All of the


children in Kanab thought the house was haunted because it was in such disrepair.” She loves the history of the place and wishes it could talk describing Silas as “. . . an interesting fellow and we thought he had a wife in a trunk and all sorts of silly stories that kids come up with.” At the Purple Sage Inn, contemporary guests can browse the full collection of Grey’s westerns and enjoy the ambiance of a turn-of-the-century property with its own secrets. Kathy describes a curious renovation discovery, “We found a love letter to Silas in the wall of the chicken coop in the back yard.” The letter, which was written

Purple Sage Inn, Kanab, Utah.

by a Fredonia woman who had gone to Flagstaff to escape her marriage, is displayed in the Rachel Room. Like a Zane Grey novel, the walls of this historic house attest to intimate personal struggles.

Historic homes, some surrounded by expansive natural beauty, help us imagine daily life in former times. The desert sage, capable of withstanding drought and temperature fluctuations from zero to over 100 degrees, is fittingly featured alongside Grey’s persevering characters. Surviving through time like the purple sage blooming in a desolate land, Zane Grey’s western tales offer readers adventurous escapism mixed with historical lore.V

The Rose Master How One St. George Man is Making the Desert Blossom as a Rose by Joel Deceuster


assions come in all types and sizes. Mine just happens to come in the form of roses. I’ve managed to plant over 170 rose bushes (and I’m not done yet) in my St. George garden. All have been lovingly selected to compliment the colors and feel of the southwestern sunset. Surrounding my adobe home, they bloom twice a year — in the spring two weeks prior to and following Mother’s Day, and during the entire month of October, our second spring here in St. George. My neighbors anxiously await both of the big blooms that welcome them to their Tonaquint Terrace neighborhood. Planting and caring for my roses is my form of therapy, which never fails to solve my problems. There’s something about digging in the dirt and planting living things that just seems to do it for me. Any real gardener will attest to the therapeutic effect that cultivating a garden can produce. I’m a big believer that once our families and careers have grown and gone, we still need something to watch over and nourish. We need a passion to keep us stimulated and productive. For my wife, it’s our 19 grandchildren — 10 of whom live near us in St. George). For me, it’s the thousands of rose buds I produce every year as a gift to all those who wander by. I admit that pruning, planting, and pampering 170 rose bushes, not to mention the myriad of perennial flowers that compliment them, is a lot of work. But it keeps me sane. And it keeps me outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. It stretches me and keeps me


limber when I bend over and get down on my hands and knees to fertilize and groom the plants. It’s also a great strength-training program when I’m hefting those 50-pound bags of fertilizer from Star Nursery or unloading and spreading two tons of the world’s best compost from the St. George Refuse Center off Brigham Road. It’s a workout for sure. Yet, at the same time, it’s a highly meditative experience when early in the stillness of each Sunday morning I gently water and bathe each bush. At 65, with the right help from my trainers at Dixie Regional Medical Center’s Live Well Center, I believe I can keep it up for at least another 10 or 20 years. And if I can get those grandkids of mine to do the heavy lifting, I might be able to go on indefinitely. I certainly have the passion for it, and that makes all the difference. V Joel Deceuster and his wife Madeline moved to St. George in 2012 from San Jose, California. His California home was surrounded by over 250 rose bushes. Joel enjoyed his career as a marketing executive in the fast-paced world of the Silicon Valley. He currently works full-time for the Intermountain Live Well Center – St. George. Joel is a member of the American Rose Society, and has won several awards for his roses. If you’d like to drive by and view the garden, his address is 2352 South 1060 West in St. George. You’ll find him in his garden every Saturday. Be careful to stay on the sidewalk, and please do not step into the garden. If you’re interested in roses and want to connect with Joel you can contact him at: 41


Bringing Green Infrastructure Home by Kenzie Lundberg


cost effective and resilient way to manage weather impact, green infrastructure provides many environmental, social, and economic benefits. Green infrastructure can be as complicated as a large city park, or as simple as trees planted along a sidewalk. While infrastructure includes roads, bridges, buildings, and lights, green infrastructure is built to incorporate nature. Southern Utah University (SUU) is utilizing green infrastructure as a resource for the Cedar City community and a place for SUU students to conduct research. Found on the roof of the L.S. & Aline W. Skaggs Center for Health & Molecular Sciences on SUU’s upper campus, the green roof is covered with plants and a thin layer of material in which the plants grow. This green roof helps insulate the building from the extreme cold and hot temperatures of Cedar City, as well as soaking up rain to prevent flooding. Dr. Jacqualine Grant is an associate professor of biology at SUU and the director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History. As a conservation biologist, her work focuses on green infrastructure and organismal biology related to insects, mammals, and amphibians. “A green roof is covered with plants and a special soil-like matrix in which tough plants can grow,” said Dr. Grant. “The green roof at SUU was created in 2010 as part of the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process that gives us national recognition for sustainability on campus. The green roof helps to insulate our building and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun. Other benefits include the ability of green roofs to soak up stormwater runoff that might lead to flooding, and to provide habitat for urban pollinators.” The first years of SUU’s research, supported by the National Science Foundation, showed that very few pollinators were attracted to the non-native plants on the roof, so in 2016 native plants were added. “In urban areas green roofs can be important for connecting wild habitats to each other and for providing urban habitat,” said Dr. Grant. “The most studied green roof inhabitants are insects, but birds, lizards, and even bats have been known to use green roofs if they are furnished with shelter and the right plants.” SUU students gain research experience by studying the green roof and have built a special piece of equipment called a lysimeter, used to measure how much water is used on the green roof. Their research will help determine if, in addition to insulating the building, green roofs can also be used to grow food.


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Providing urban biodiversity, reducing noise and air pollution, and increasing the lifetime of the roof, a green roof offers countless environmental benefits and are very cost-effective in dense areas where stormwater management costs are high and energy conservation is a priority. Green infrastructure may seem to have an urban focus and feel out of reach to the average homeowner, but by repurposing the flow of stormwater, homeowners can help reduce the flow of water into storm drains and save on water bills too.

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Dr. Grant has three simple suggestions to create green infrastructure and water conservation improvements around your home: 1. Build a green roof on a dog house or backyard shade shelter. Remember that green roofs are heavy so your construction needs extra support to hold the weight of plants, matrix, and water. Need instructions? Here's a link: http://petprojectblog. com/archives/dogs/diy-green-roof-dog-house-ii/ 2. Map where the water flows in your yard after a rainstorm. Is the water flowing away from yard and down the street? You might consider a landscape design that encompasses rainwater harvesting to nourish your plants. Check your local regulations and read Brad Lancaster's great book: https:// 3. Ask your local extension agent to measure how effective your irrigation system is. They can help you determine how much to water and possibly recommend some low-water native grasses for the lawn. V To learn more about green infrastructure visit 43

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Dig in to Iron County’s Homegrown Roots by Lani Penney, Cedar City - Brian Head Tourism Bureau


armers markets and plant nurseries have become quite popular across the US. There are many benefits that correspond with purchasing natural foods

and frequenting local plant nurseries, such as assuring money stays in the local economy, avoiding preservatives and irradiation that occurs with long distance

transportation, and obtaining fresher foods and plants as a result of local harvesting. Locally grown and organic produce are said to contain fewer pesticides, be longer lasting, show higher levels of certain nutrients, and be better for the environment than conventionally-grown produce. Farmers markets are a great place to purchase locally-grown and organic produce, and often contain much more than just foods. Purchasing plants and flowers at local nurseries to beautify front yards is also beneficial to the consumer as well as the local economy. Of course, purchasing from local growers assures money stays within. There are also additional perks that benefit the consumer, such as healthier plants that are sure to survive longer, knowledgeable information from the nursery employees that know specifics about the plants they house and how each plant adapts to the local soil and climate, and certainty of avoiding foreign pests. Cedar City and Iron County have multiple options to choose from, including farms, weekend farmers markets, and local nurseries, all containing unique experiences, fresh food, and friendly local growers. Big Tree Nursery & Garden – Kanarravile Big Tree Nursery is located fifteen minutes south of Cedar City in the town of Kanarraville. Known throughout the state for their home-grown fruit trees and large evergreens, Big Tree is where you want to be if you are looking for the opportunity to add snack-providing trees to your landscape. Their trees are home-grown to survive and thrive in local soil. They grow


apple, apricot, cherry, peach, and plum trees, and more! Not only will you find a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennial options, you will also walk among beautiful scenery and landscaping while visiting Big Trees Nursery. For address, hours, and more information, please visit Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market – Cedar City Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Cedar City is the Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market. The market runs year round on Saturdays, and is also held Wednesday nights from July to October. Not only does the market offer a place to support local growers with fresh produce and foods, but the atmosphere is like no other with live music, hot coffee, fresh pastries, and of course, a variety of booths selling local goods. Be sure to pick up some local honey while you are there, as it is quite tasty and goes fast! For more information, please visit

Cedar Saturday Market – Cedar City Cedar Saturday Market is a Cedar City Farmers Market held every Saturday year round. The market is held in the IFA parking lot through the summer, and inside the IFA building (905 S. Main Street, Cedar City) throughout the winter months.

The market features local farmers, food vendors, and artisans. This is a great place to learn about and share local agricultural gardening, farming and production practices, products and recipes, all while supporting the local agricultural community. For more information, please


visit them on Facebook at Cedar Saturday Market. Ladybug Nursery – Cedar City Ladybug Nursery has two locations, one just west of Cedar City, and their newest location located off of Minersville Highway in Enoch. Ladybug is a full-scale garden center with a plethora of blooming flowers and varieties of plants year round. They are fully staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will be of great assistance in perfecting landscaping choices. Plants, trees, and flowers at Ladybug Nursery are meant to survive and thrive in the local climate zone. For information and hours of operation, please visit Nature Hills Farm – Cedar City Nature Hills Farm is a locally-owned family farm and learning center in Cedar City. Nature Hills produces a variety of products, including cheese, artisan breads, jams, jellies and bread-dipping sauces, grass-fed beef and pork, raw honey, and farm fresh eggs, as well as


mouthwatering seasonal products, such as hummus and fresh salsa. These products are sold on the farm in the farm store. Nature Hills also participates in the local farmers markets where you can purchase their products among others. For more information, please visit their website Red Acre Farm – North Cedar City Red Acre Farm is a biodynamic, small family-owned farm located in the pastoral Cedar Valley near Enoch. Mother and daughter duo Sara and Symbria Patterson grow 177 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as fresh farm egg production and grass fed meat. Red Acre farm not only produces a plethora of delicious products, they also host farm-friendly dinners and events. Later this summer, they will host Farm to Fork dinner by Outstanding in the Field. Red Acre Farm provides visitors with an experience like no other. With their farm animals, on-site ‘back porch’ farm store, family-friendly activities, and more, visitors are sure to experience that farm living feel.

For more information, including hours of operation, and event details, please visit or visit them on Facebook at Red Acre Farm. Sweet Pea Farm and Orchard – Parowan Sweet Pea Farm and Orchard is a small three-acre sustainable farm in Parowan. Sweet Pea grows hundreds of different kinds of fruits and vegetables using natural-growing methods. Biodiversity is very important to Sweet Pea’s growing mechanism, as it assures healthy pest populations as well as providing substantial food sources for pollinators. Products are available for purchase at The Farmstand located at Sweet Pea Farm, and also at the local farmers markets in Cedar City. For more information, including hours of operation, location, and events, please visit or visit them on Facebook at Sweet Pea Farm & Orchard. V For more information on all the activities above, log onto or call (435) 586-5124.

Love Thy Neighbor?

Let It Go; Let It Be

by Adam Anderson - Attorney at Law



ne important aspect of our homes is that they are our place of refuge — a place we return to daily to reset and recharge for the next day and its upcoming pressures. Throughout my law practice, I’ve seen situations where the once peaceful serenity of home is suddenly changed to a continually contentious and charged atmosphere. I’ve especially seen this in situations involving one part of our homes that is very difficult to change, our neighbors. Very often, the best advice I can give clients concerned over a neighbor’s actions is really quite simple — let it go; let it be. I’ll give a small example from something simple that came up with one of my own neighbors.

agreed and was initially very grateful that he wanted to put in the time and spearhead the project. He began work and I would see the progress each day as I returned home from work. One day, when the project was nearly completed, I noticed that one of my underground sprinklers had been damaged as part of the building process. Although my neighbor had attempted to correct the damage, it wasn’t done correctly, and the newly-located sprinkler no longer covered the requisite area of my lawn. Soon thereafter, my neighbor finished the project and gave me the final bill, which was much higher than I expected and caused me a little concern.

A number of years ago, while living in Washington, one of my neighbors wanted to build a fence between our properties. He was willing to put in all the labor and asked if I would be willing to pay half of the costs. I

During this time, I was involved with some very contentious litigation between neighbors. The neighbors had been friendly at first, but small things became large things, and a lawsuit was eventually filed. We

were defending the lawsuit, and the situation was very hard. Within this context, I looked at my bill and the sprinkler, saw what small issues they really were, and wrote my neighbor a check the next morning, thanking him for his work. We then continued our previously good relationship. We would visit when we saw each other, and continued to help each other out when needed. When my wife later became pregnant with one of our kids, his wife brought us food, and each year they would give us vegetables from their garden. Letting my concerns go and simply paying him was well worth it. Since that time, I’ve continued to see situations where tempers flare, stern words are exchanged, and previously harmonious neighbors are now looking at legal action. In such situations — no matter the outcome of the case — no one completely wins. The “winner” is still left with an angry



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neighbor — one who will always be looking over the other’s shoulder, just waiting to bring up the next problem. So, as you think about your home and making it the place you hope, please keep in mind this simple advice when dealing with a difficult neighbor: Let it go; let it be. Try your best to work it out. Do all you can to reach an amicable solution. Of course, there are times when difficult and serious problems arise, some that may even require legal action to resolve, but those that are able to take this advice usually seem to be better off overall. For those who can’t, who need to be “right,” or demand that it is because of the “principle of the matter" — these often lose the calm in life we all want and eventually end up with the unpleasant situation of a big attorney bill and having a forever foe, right next door. V

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Your Local Partner in Pool Care

by Tina Doyle

Leslie’s has other free in-store services aside from providing expert advice, making them more than just a retail location. They offer free in-store water tests every day along with free pool cleaner inspection and repair, customers just pay for any needed parts. Every water test comes with a pool prescription, outlining any needed chemical adjustments and how to do so properly and safely. With their recent App launch, water tests you perform at home can come with Leslie’s advice as well. The App even allows you to track your in-store water tests and rewards earned through their exclusive Loyalty program. With an extensive selection of products ranging from high quality chemicals and reliable equipment to thousands of replacement parts – Leslie’s really is the place for all your pool and spa care needs.


wning a pool is all about having fun, enjoying life and getting in a little relaxation in your own backyard oasis. Once you own a pool you have the responsibility of maintaining it. It’s pretty easy to do it yourself, as 75% of pool owners maintain their own pool, many with the help of Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies. With the right experts in your corner, maintaining your own pool doesn’t have to be a challenge. Leslie’s has been the partner in pool care nationwide for over 50 years and has recently brought their expertise and service to Mesquite, opening their first valley location this past April. The store


opening follows the addition of a St. George location in the spring of 2016. “We have really been welcomed by both the Mesquite and St. George communities. The best part about opening a new store is meeting our customers and building those relationships. Having someone come to our store as a new homeowner, needing advice on how to care for their pool, or an experienced pool owner with a problem and being able to give them the advice they need is why we are here,” says Store Manager, Shea Looijen. “The smile on kids’ faces as they pick out a pool toy or float always brightens my day.”

It isn’t only about balancing pool water or getting rid of algae though. Leslie’s stocks more floats, toys, and games than anyone else including basketball hoops, lounge floats, giant ride-on inflatables, and learnto-swim products. They believe having a pool is about bringing friends and families together to make memories that last a lifetime. V Visit one of their nearby locations to experience Leslie’s for yourself. Mesquite location: 330 North Sandhill Boulevard, Suite H&I, Mesquite, Nevada, (702) 346-1480. St. George location: 1091 North Bluff Street, Suite 403, St. George, Utah, (435) 673-6018.




Lessons froma


henever I see a fresh-picked vegetable, the earth newly turned, or observe the many beautiful flowers in her garden, I remember those special days when she would punish me for something rotten I had done by making me work in the garden next to her. As we planted the seeds, she was planting seeds in me. She pointed out to me how each flower, each plant, each vegetable had its own individual shape and color. She explained we are each like those things in that we are each unique, one of a kind, not like anyone or anything else. She told me how we are like plants in that we need four things to grow: oxygen, water, sunshine, and manure. She said sometimes it was the manure that made us grow the most. It is the hard times that teach us who we are and how strong we can be. She had a profound effect on my value system. She told me that what you plant determines what you produce. If you plant squash seeds, you get squash. If you plant watermelon seeds, you get watermelons. Tomato seeds, tomatoes, etc. And if you plant positive seeds


in the garden of your mind, you will produce a positive life. If you plant negative seeds, you will produce a negative, unhappy life. I listened to her, enthralled as she gave me an analogy of the seeds of creative ideas and the growth of positive, successful lives. Here was my Mom, with no formal education beyond high school, four children when her husband was killed, a single mother for many years, who worked long, hard hours as a seamstress and then would come home and work in the garden in order to raise food for us to eat. Many an early evening, when we were both on our knees putting seeds in the ground or pulling up vegetables for the night’s dinner, she would express a depth of human insight and psychological brilliance that I have not heard anywhere else. She taught me that the seeds of success are not planted only in people who come from the most financially comfortable families, nor are they planted only in people with great intelligence, outstanding beauty, or of a specific race or culture. The seeds of success are attitudes and beliefs that are rooted in our upbringing and adopted as we grow.


by Judi Moreo

She taught me that faith is a seed of success. When you plant a seed, you must have faith that it will grow. And you have to make a decision, you can have faith or you can have fear. You can’t have both. Which do you prefer?

Take calculated risks. The greatest risk in life is to wait and depend on others.” “Be unique. Plan and take the action that will make you independent." “Be unique. Give more than you are expected to give.”

Love is a seed of success. Love means to value. We must love ourselves before we can give love to others. We must possess that emotion inside ourselves before we can share it. And then we must love others and let them know of their value.

We are all the sum total of our beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Like the growth of any living thing, character requires time and nurturing for growth and development. She taught us that as we grow, we must remember we are in control of our communication, our commitments, our causes, our concerns, and yes, even our clock. We must always be aware that the crop we produce will depend on the quality and amount of contribution we make. In other words, we reap what we sow.

I believe we can rid our life gardens of fear weeds by understanding their roots. Then soften the earth around those weeds with new insight, pull them up, and toss them. When we plant seeds of love and faith, we can force the fear weeds to dry up and blow away. Mother drilled it into our heads that we must be different, unique, like the plants, the clouds, the grains of sand. No two are alike. “Be unique,” she said. “That means being cleaner, neater than others in the group, and look your best at all times.” “Be unique, have high standards of behavior.” “Be unique.

Oh, did I mention? My mother’s name was Daisy. V Judi Moreo is an author, professional speaker, and coach. She can be reached at or (702) 283-4567.


Mortgage Lending


by Polly Hendricks — CityWide Home Loans


o, you think you are going to get a mortgage? No matter what the Internet and TV ads say, things have changed. Rickie Fowler, one of my favorite golfers, tells us how easy it is to get a mortgage while he floats in his pool. Truth be told, he probably pays cash.

Preparation never hurt anyone, so let’s look at some items to get prepared. It is always best to end on a positive note, so we will visit the list of things not to do when applying for a mortgage:



Don’t go out and buy a new car with a huge car payment. This is the most common mistake people make. Get your mortgage first and then go buy a new car. Auto loans are totally different than home loans. Car salesmen will find you a loan. Mortgage loans have a debt-to-income ratio that you may not meet because of the payment on that new car.

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Credit score not great? Work to bring the score up. A mortgage loan officer can help you with this. Your interest rate is based on your credit score. The better your score, the better the interest rate you will receive. Don’t be late on current account payments. This will definitely bring your credit score down. Don’t open new accounts or credit cards or close accounts before or during a mortgage. This will pull your credit score down. Don’t rock the boat while your mortgage is going on. Don’t transfer money from account to account or deposit money that cannot be explained with a paperwork trail. Loan programs have rules concerning this. Tell your mortgage loan officer your plan concerning earnest money, down-payment and/or closing costs. Surprises are the worst things to deal with.

Whew! Moving on to a positive note, let’s look at what to do when applying for a mortgage:


Check your credit score and confirm you are 640 or above. Again, the higher the score, the better the interest rate for the loan. You can get a mortgage with a lower score, but it impacts the rate.


Save money for your earnest money, closing costs, and/or down-payment. Even though there is 100% financing available, you still have earnest money and/or closing costs involved. You don’t want to be broke at the end of this transaction.


Using gift money for a mortgage. You can receive gifted money, depending on the loan program. Different loan programs have different rules about who you can receive that money from. Consult your mortgage loan officer before accepting gift money.

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Ask questions. More than anyone else, we mortgage loan officers realize there are a TON of rules. That is what we are here for. It will be a better experience if you learn something from it for the future.


Make the commitment and be positive. Rules have changed and paperwork is required. I tell my clients to give them what they want so you can get what you want. Rules are rules. Mortgage loan officers are not the ones who make the rules, they are the ones that implement them to ensure you may receive your loan.

Deduct the mortgage interest on tax returns. The best reason of all. It is one of the few things left that benefits us on our tax returns.

We all wish we were perfect, but life would be boring if we were. If you have plenty of money, a great credit score, no credit issues, and a substantial income, a mortgage is much easier, to say the least. Rest assured, it can happen if you work at it. It just takes some effort to accomplish your goal. You know the old saying, “If you don’t try, you don’t win.” Now is the time to get going on that dream of owning a home. V For further information, please contact Polly Hendricks ­­­­­­- Mortgage Specialist with Citywide Home Loans. You can find her at 736 West Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 102, Mesquite, Nevada. You can also call her at her office at (702) 749-1512 or on her cellphone (702) 622-2655.


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Plant-Based Nutrition for Fitness and Disease Prevention by Laura Draskovich


year ago, I decided to make a life change in the way I eat and view my nutrition. Plant-based nutrition, as described by the organization, Forks Over Knives is, "A whole-foodsplant-based (referred to as WFPB) diet centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It is a way of eating which bases itself on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes. It excludes or minimizes meat (including fish and chicken), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil." Now that you have an understanding of the nutrition, I will share my personal journey and explain the reasons I chose this. As a fitness nut, I have dedicated my life to helping others improve their health through fitness and nutrition choices. I have advocated for a "well-balanced diet," incorporating the basic food groups. From years of competing (NPC Figure), I maintained a high protein-low


carbohydrate diet. This type of eating allowed me to drop weight quickly and maintain or build muscle (through carb cycling). The problem I encountered was that, over years of eating this way, I felt that if I allowed myself to go "off" my plan, all of my sacrifice and hard work in the gym would be undone. I was walking around in contest-condition even in my off-season, year after year, measuring everything that went into my mouth. Inside I knew I wasn't healthy, nor were my feelings toward food healthy. Increasingly, I began to allow myself time off without feeling guilty and began focusing on balance in my life. I wanted to feel better, and begin enjoying more of the things in life, things that I had deprived myself of because of my strict, regimented fitness and nutrition obsession. Why did I decide to go WFPB? Simply, it was an experiment. I decided to give it a month to see how I felt energy-wise, observe any physical changes, like

skin, changes in muscle strength and endurance, weight changes, be able to speak from a place of experience when discussing nutrition with clients. I was curious about how it would go, but I was excited to see. I called my husband at work and said, "Honey! I've decided to try going vegan for a month." The reasons I gave him were the ones I mentioned above. To my surprise, he replied, "I'm in." Fast forward a year and we are still 100% plant-based and feeling better than ever, having no plans of going back. When it comes up in conversation with family and friends, I get mixed reactions. (First, I do not push my personal nutrition "politics" on others, but if it comes up and they have questions, I will answer them.) Some ask why. Some react by being strongly opposed to cutting out meat and dairy. Some are curious, asking questions such as, "How do you get protein?" "Do you eat fish?" "So, you just east salads?" I explain that I get plenty of protein and that there are many myths surrounding protein consumption and

nutrition. Fish is an animal — surprise — so I don't eat fish. And I eat tons of stuff — fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Anything can be made into a vegan dish. The bonus is that it's better for you (discussed next), is less cruel, and is better for our environment. Health benefits galore! Studies and research in the area of nutrition have made, and continue making great strides. We now know that by adopting a WFPB diet, you can reduce inflammation which leads to chronic illnesses, prevent some cancers, reverse diabetes, AND cardiovascular disease — the #1 cause of death in the United States. Yes, reverse the disease, not simply mask the symptoms with medications to slow the progression. Fitness benefits a plenty. This gets me excited! I did my research. I read the books, watched the movies, and heard the testimonials. Thanks to stories of dozens of high profile, elite athletes turning to plant-based diets in recent years for a performance advantage — including Olympic athletes, world record holders, and even the occasional mainstream superstar — the myth that WFPB diets do not work for sports and fitness has been knocked on its side. But how and why do plant-based foods work so well for everything from endurance sports, power lifting, and faster recovery? It’s mainly due to their nutrient density and anti-inflammatory properties. The same

properties that make them so protective and diseasereversing in the long term make them ideally suited for feuling and repairing your body after workouts. A year later. How do I feel a year later on WFPB nutrition? The initial transition was easy for us, happening literally overnight. I love to cook, bake, and adapt recipes for healthier nutrition, so learning to revise recipes and use new ingredients made it that much better. Some of our favorites are hummus veggie wraps, tofu scrambles, butternut squash chilli, spring rolls, and once in a while, dairy-free ice cream. Energy-wise I feel great. No change from before the transition. I work out quite a bit, teaching fitness classes, cardio/running, and weight training five to six days a week. There has been some secondary weight loss from revising my nutrition. My body feels good, my skin is clear, and my recovery after a workout is great. If you are considering doing what I have done, or if you are just curious and have questions, here are some resources I have used, still use, and recommend to others: Website dedicated to the latest research delivered in segments

brought to you by Dr. Greger, M.D in easy-to-understand video. Forks Over Knives. Documentary worth a watch. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes. What the Health. An investigative documentary on our nation's health and how big business influences it. Happy Cow. App available to download on iPhone and Android. Dining guide to healthy vegetarian restaurants and vegan restaurants, as well as natural health food stores, vegan recipes, and information on veganism.V


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Summer Energy Savings Tips by Keith Buchhalter, Public Affairs Specialist at Overton Power District No. 5


here is a lot to celebrate this time of the year, our Independence Day, summer vacations, and having time to spend with our families during the long holiday weekends. Add another one to the list, how about lowering our summer electric bills? Yes, this is not an impossible task, just remember, simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the hot summer months. At Overton Power District No. 5, we are always looking for energy-saving tips to share with our customers, and this year is no exception, below you will find seven of my 2018 favorite Summer Energy Saving Tips: 1. Ready, Set, Go! Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower your thermostat setting to 78oF only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. 2. Join the Fan Club. A fan doesn’t cool a room; however, ceiling fans can save you money by maximizing air circulation. Effective air circulation can make a room feel five to eight degrees cooler, just make sure to turn them off when no one is enjoying it, otherwise you just waste electricity. 3. Venting is Good. When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove

the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside, not just to the attic. 4. Make the Light Choice. When you replace light bulbs, choose energy-efficient products such as LEDs and CFLs, these light bulbs not only use less power, but generate less heat. 5. Turn it Down. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands. 6. Daylight Savings, Literally. Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight. 7. Delay Those Chores. Delay chores that produce heat, such as dishwashing, laundering, and cooking until cooler times of the day or night.V

If you have any questions, or if you would like to share with us your favorite Summer Energy Savings Tips, please contact us at Please visit our Facebook page for more Energy Savings Tips that we will be posting through the season.


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Vinyl Flooring by Carol Lee and Kevin Parrish - Mesquite Tile & Flooring


inyl plank flooring is quickly becoming one of the highest selling flooring products to date. It has been described as luxurious and simply beautiful. Its wood look has rich surface textures to give it a stunning appearance.

and holds its shape and size against moisture or climate change.

Not only is vinyl plank flooring beautiful, it also has many great benefits. The planks are water proof which make them good for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. It handles tracked water and steam humidity,

Vinyl plank flooring provides good insulation and absorbs sound for a quieter environment. The planks are also antistatic and stain resistant.


When walking on the vinyl plank floor, it is softer than other floors and reduces foot fatigue and impact stress on joints.

Because of the commercial grade wear layers and fiberglass reinforcement, vinyl plank flooring is very durable and can be used in heavy traffic areas and in commercial buildings. The fiberglass makes the vinyl more rigid, which also makes it easier to install. The fiberglass also creates better stability and resistance to moisture shrinking and cracking. Sharp objects can puncture this flooring, but a plank can be replaced easily to repair the floating floor.

Another great benefit is that vinyl plank flooring is low maintenance and easy to clean. It is recommended that you sweep or vacuum at least once a week. When doing deep cleaning, it is recommended that you vacuum first, then use a cleaner designed for vinyl floors. This will keep your floor beautiful for years to come. Never use wax or detergents on your floor since they leave a waxy residue or film which may be difficult to remove. A thicker vinyl plank floor can be forgiving on an imperfect subfloor since it can hide the imperfections. Vinyl plank flooring can be installed on most sub floors and can be installed over ceramic tile and other flat floors, if needed, to save on tear out costs. The floating floor has a superior locking technology for tight fits. This is the preferred installation method. However, some vinyl planks may be glued to the floor. One problem with a glued down plank is that it is much more difficult to remove. Vinyl plank flooring is the fastest growing flooring segment. The many benefits to vinyl plank flooring are catching on rapidly around the country with both consumers and designers. The design features are endless with this product because of its versatility and ease of maintenance. When you make the decision to change your flooring, be sure to look at the beautiful vinyl plank flooring that is available.

With the variety of colors and designs, you will be sure to find a style that is not only beautiful, but will give your home a stunning face lift.V

Mesquite Tile & Flooring is located at 521 West Mesquite Boulevard, Suite A, Mesquite, Nevada and can be reached by calling (702) 346-7225.


Animal Farm

by Roger Tobler e are excited to announce the opening of Animal Farm, a retail business that will carry pet, ranch, and feed products. Our family, owns two True Value Hardware stores, one in Boulder City and the other in Overton. We had discussed opening a store in Mesquite for years. Expanding into pet and feed products in our other stores has given us experience, as well as insights into this industry. We believe that our pet, ranch, and feed retail store will carry products currently not offered in Mesquite.


Our father, Heber Tobler, opened our first store in Boulder City in 1972. He then opened our store in Overton in 1985. I, Roger Tobler, began working at the stores in 1989. My brother Randy joined us in 2002. My son, Brock Tobler, graduated from BYU in 2017, and has decided to join the Tobler family business. He will manage Animal Farm here in Mesquite. He moved to Mesquite in May of this year, and he, his wife Maddi, and their cute son Wesley are excited to make Mesquite their home. Although Heber is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations, as founder, he is making sure we do things right. We now have three generations of Toblers working in the business. Animal Farm will offer canine and feline brands such as Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Science Diet, and other holistic premium lines. We also are able to order most lines of food in the market and will adjust our merchandise selection according to the needs of Mesquite’s consumers. We will do our best to meet the requests of our customers. Other products we will offer will be equine tack and feed, as well as poultry and


livestock feed and supplies. We will carry ranch products and some tractor supplies. We will offer lawn and garden products that tie into pet and feed sales. Other niche sales will be Traeger Wood Pellet BBQs, as well as Yeti and Orca coolers. Since we are affiliated with True Value Hardware, we will also offer a ship-tostore online ordering program that will allow you to shop at home and order any True Value products which will then be shipped to our location. We will also have a computer at our business if you want to order from our store. We will have another ship-to-store program with a major pet wholesaler that will ship any products they carry to our store, as well. We want to provide the best products and selection possible, which is why our online ordering program will help meet the needs of our customers.

We enjoy our hardware stores; however, we are really excited to open this unique pet and ranch store because we understand that there are many animal owners who want a variety of quality products. True Value also understands and supports this new pet and ranch store model, and has given us their assistance and expertise, as well as the use of the True Value name to help us be successful in our new endeavor. V Please come and check out our new store 1085 West Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 180 & 190, Mesquite, Nevada. We will open in June, and our Grand Opening will be in October. Give us a call at (702) 293-4199 for more information.

Getting Your House In Order Can Include Making Your Health Care Wishes Known!


by Dr. Joseph Jeppson, Internal Medicine, Mesa View Regional Hospital Chief of Staff

variation on an old quote always seems to ring true, “The more prepared I am, the luckier I get!” Getting your ‘house’ in order is always a project that gives a person more peace of mind. Making YOUR wishes for your health care known in advance can be one of those important items. As health care providers, we want to support you with the type of care you desire; however, we need to know exactly (or as accurately as possible) what that means for you. Also, your family and close friends may not be aware of your specific wishes and this can sometimes be a difficult subject to discuss with them. Having your desires documented will tend to deliver a more acceptable outcome for everyone involved. While it can seem daunting at times, try to think of preparation for future and unexpected healthcare decisions in plain terms. What was your last BIG event? Was it a wedding, graduation, vacation, reunion, birthday, or some other significant life milestone? To be successful, all of these require pre-planning. Planning for your future healthcare is no different. As with any other project, having the right tools for the task is also critical, and so I will be sharing some of those tools with you. Finally, in addition to pre-planning and good tools, sound advice and counsel can be invaluable. It would be wise to consult with your objective estate

Here are some tips on accessing the forms discussed here, as well as how to use the Nevada Lockbox: 1. Living Wills and Advance Directives (may be state-specific) a. If you Google search “Living Will Forms,” you will find several sources where you can complete and print completely free. b. Your legal counsel or estate planner can provide you with these forms as well. 2. POLST (Provider Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) a. There is a website: that has sample forms, advice, and forms that you can order or print. They are also available at Mesa View Regional Hospital. b. You can also access these forms through the Nevada Secretary of State website by visiting and hovering over “Forms,” then down the column you will see “Living Will Lockbox.” 64

planner, legal advisor, or accountant about these important choices – someone you trust and with whom you are comfortable talking to about personal issues. Having an Advance Directive, Living Will, or POLST (Provider Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) allows you to decide and communicate what YOU want, in advance of a stressful or unexpected situation. All or any of these are used if you become unable to communicate your wishes directly. These documents can then be recorded with the Nevada Secretary of State Lockbox. The Lockbox is very convenient, and there is no cost for uploading your documents. It is basically an electronic Cloud-secured storage space that is accessible by health care institutions when there is a need. In the case of both Advance Directives and Living Wills, you can assign your healthcare decisions to another party in the event that you are not able to do so. You can also specify certain types of treatment requests such as the use (or not) of artificial life support, etc. The POLST is much more specific, and is actually used as an order from your physician or medical provider in advance. You would need to complete the POLST form with your doctor or provider, and they would sign this in advance. You can upload this to the Nevada Lockbox and also keep a copy with you or in your home as well.

3. Using the Living Will Lockbox – “Protecting Your Wishes” a. Visit , hover over “Forms,” then down the column and click on Living Will Lockbox. b. Complete a Registration Agreement. c. Mail or fax a COPY of your documents. d. Receive your Registrant’s ID number. e. Access the documents. Remember – YOU may change these documents at any time – they are yours and they represent YOUR desires. So now in addition to getting your home all spruced up for the summer season, you can have the peace of mind of having your health care wishes in order. Enjoy every day and have a safe summer season. V

Dr. Jeppson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is an independent member of the Medical Staff for Mesa View Regional Hospital. He can be reached at (702) 346-0800 or by visiting

You may find more information on Advance Directives and associated resources from the websites of the following organizations: •

Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy - Living Will Online Completion

Nevada Provider Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) POLST-SAMPLE.pdf

Nevada Health Link

State of Nevada, Division of Aging Services

State Bar of Nevada

American Bar Association

Southern Nevada Senior Law Program

Nevada Donor Network

* These links are provided for informational and public service purposes only. They are not to be construed as legal or healthcare advice.

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What's In Your Home Spa?

by Michelle Brooks hen you walk through the doors of Desert Oasis Spa & Salon, the first thing you notice is the wonderful scent in the air. Slightly sweet, not flowery or perfumelike, but a scent that gives you a feeling of peace and relaxation. Rustic tables adorned with a few books, comfortable chairs, a chest of drawers with a cozy lamp, and a large sign on the wall behind the counter that commands you to relax, all create a calm, comfortable, home-like atmosphere.


As with most spas and salons, Desert Oasis Spa & Salon sells products you can purchase to pamper yourself at home. But you won’t find bottles of Biolage or Bed Head, and you won’t find heavily perfumed, mass-produced, run-of-the-mill body lotions and face creams. What you will find are organic, sustainable products that give back to the world. Displayed on shelves and in a charming country chic bureau, FarmHouse Fresh products dominate the mix at Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. FarmHouse Fresh got their start in 2005 with a sea salt exfoliator “designed to keep cracked heels at bay,” and has gone on to create an entire line of natural, USAmade skincare products using organic, or up to 100% naturally-derived ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, and milks from US farms, including their own. Have a quick look through the FarmHouse Fresh products offered at the spa and you will find things like Splendid Dirt Nutrient Rich Mud Mask, Mighty Tighty Turmeric and Banana Tightening Mask, Sweet Cream Body Milk, and Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse.

You will also see displays that say, “Our Cows Eat Cookies.” That’s because, in addition to creating “deliciously-grown skincare,” FarmHouse Fresh helps save abused and forgotten animals by providing funding for local animal rescues, including their own. Every purchase of FarmHouse Fresh products and books helps them fund projects like Dog Bed Fairies that deliver comfy new dog beds to shelters all around the country. According to their website, “This year, FarmHouse Fresh was voted by spas, hotels, and resorts as their Favorite Body Care Line, through American Spa Magazine's Professional's Choice Awards (having been among the Top 5 Favorite Body Care Lines over the five years prior). And our new Organics Collection received Day Spa Magazine's Professional's Choice Award for Favorite Organic Collection.” You’re probably thinking this stuff has got to be expensive! But it’s not. FarmHouse Fresh has kept its pricing competitive with costs pretty much the same as ordinary drug store products. Meander over to the counter at Desert Oasis Spa & Salon and you will find a display of Pura Vida bracelets. These inexpensive and simple bracelets were discovered by a couple of friends on a graduation trip to Costa Rica when they met the very poor bracelet artisans who were making them. They returned home with 400 bracelets that sold out in days. Fast forward a few years, and now more than 200 artisans from Costa Rica to El Salvador, India, and more, can depend on steady income in positive working environments

thanks to the support of Pura Vida Bracelets customers. In addition, the Pura Vida founders have partnered with over 174 different charities around the world and have donated more than $1,440,822 to their causes. The Desert Oasis Spa & Salon offers many services in-house. Have your hair done or enjoy a spa pedicure while gazing out at the golf course and lake. Have a relaxing massage or facial in one of their massage rooms. But don’t forget to take the relaxation and tranquility home with you. On your way out, grab a few of the FarmHouse Fresh bath bombs in passion fruit or lemon cream, or some Buttermilk Lavender Steeped Milk Lotion. Or adorn your wrist with a Pura Vida bracelet. When purchasing these products, you’ll know you are pampering yourself with only natural, wholesome ingredients, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your purchase will help people and animals around the world.V For more information on Desert Oasis Spa & Salon go to or call (702) 345-4405.


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Declutter – Toss, donate, and sell everything as soon as you know you’re moving. Moving is extremely timeconsuming and EXPENSIVE, so get rid of stuff to the point that the family dog gets nervous that he’s next. Start Early – This goes for planning and moving day. Ideally, your move plan should begin 1-2 months ahead of time. Get an early start the day of as well. 6 AM anyone?? Take Photos – Electronics and furniture can be a nightmare to put back together. Snap a quick photo of the item before it’s disassembled to help you put it back together at your new place. To Do Lists – You should create several to-do lists for items that need to be done one month ahead, two weeks ahead, one week ahead, the day before, and on moving day. Pack For A Weekend Trip – Before you pack essentials, pack a suitcase for each family member for three days. This will save you time rummaging through boxes looking for toothpaste. Hire Help – Again, moving can be expensive. Take a bird's-eye view of your project and see where you can afford to hire help. From professional movers, house cleaners, a handyman, or professional organizer, these folks are often worth their weight in gold. Use Clear Bins – Put aside any clear bins you have for items that you will need right away. Take these with you in the car for local moves. Avoid Wardrobe Boxes – These boxes are designed to hang clothes during a move. They are very expensive, take a long time to put together, don’t hold that many clothes, and are cumbersome to move. Instead, cut a hole in a trash bag, place it over the hangers of about 20 items, tie the bottom, and carry out your clothes. Use Small Boxes For Heavy Items – This is pretty self-explanatory and will save your back. Be Specific When Labeling Boxes – Label with room type, i.e. “KITCHEN,” then underneath write down essential items: COFFEE POT, UTENSILS, POTS & PANS.

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by Gerald Hamilton


eeHive Homes began in 1987 when Twayne Walker built the first assisted-living home in Meridian, Idaho. In response to very limited quality care facilities, Twayne originally built the first BeeHive Home to provide his grandmother with quality care in-homelike surroundings. However, it didn’t take long before he realized that others were searching for the same services. The BeeHive Homes model itself is unique. With a focus on smaller buildings designed to resemble an actual residential home, BeeHive Homes is dedicated to making the move to senior living seamless and comfortable. This innovative idea was developed around the concept that the elderly deserve a clean and comfortable family setting at an affordable price when they reach a point in life where they need assistance with daily living. Many facilities available then – and today – do not provide a home-like setting for their residents. During the construction phase of the first BeeHive home, there was so much interest shown by potential


Expansion residents that many of them were ready to move in as soon as it was completed. This level of interest has continued unabated, and the demand across the country is now stronger than ever. BeeHive now has nearly 150 franchised locations, starting in the western part of the United States, but now spreading across the country. Our homes offer an alternative for seniors who can't stay alone at home but don't require the services of a nursing facility. We are also seeing an increasing number of people coming to our facilities from the hospital to transition back to their home as they receive therapy services to recover from a fall or surgery. At BeeHive, resident choice and individuality are paramount. Each resident has their own private bedroom and bath with a shower. Staff prepare dietician-approved home-style meals that are served in our large dining room. A spacious living room offers space for group activities, family visits, or just a relaxing movie. Our caregivers are there to assist with medication management and can assist with laundry, cleaning,

bathing, dressing, and other personal care. We partner with local businesses to offer services such as hospice, therapy, and nursing that are not part of our own array of services. Families are always welcome, and often drop in at meal time because the food is just that good and the atmosphere is always inviting. Gerald Hamilton and Tim Stewart, owners of the current BeeHive location, are pleased with the success they’ve had working in Mesquite. “The demand for our services has been strong enough that we have built a second location right next to the first, which will be open this summer to serve 16 additional residents.” Gerald has over 30 years of experience caring for the elderly. He joined the BeeHive family in 2005, and now operates five successful BeeHive locations in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. He serves on several state and national boards for professional associations that promote long term care services. Tim is a local who grew up in Las Vegas and now owns a contracting business in St. George, Utah.

He built both BeeHives in Mesquite and added touches from his experience building custom homes. Mesquite local, Vickie Ramirez has been manager of the first home since it opened, and will be the administrator overseeing the operation of both homes. At BeeHive Homes of Mesquite, we are proud to continue offering the finest in senior residential care in our unique home-like environment. The Mesquite area has been good to us and we plan to provide the same high quality care in our new home that locals have come to know and trust in the first one. When we say

“home-like,” we really mean it! You’ll feel it as soon as you walk through our doors. You’ll smell it when you walk past our kitchen and our home-cooked meals. You’ll know it as you see our residents enjoying time with family and friends in their new home. You’ll love it as you witness the interactions between our caring staff and the residents. Watch for news of our grand opening. Come on over to our home and see what all the “buzz” is about!V For more information visit or call (702) 373-2766. BeeHive Homes is located at 780 Second South, Mesquite, NV.


Inspiring Our Future Generation of Green Thumbs I by Summer Milkovich

t’s no surprise to most that in this fast-paced, fast food, always-on-the-go world we live in, children are no longer exposed to garden-fresh fruits and vegetables – especially ones grown in their own home or community. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nine out of ten children didn’t eat enough vegetables from 2007-2010. “We felt very strongly that an initiative to teach children about gardening and nutrition should be at the top of our list.,” says Gerri Chasko, Director of the Eureka Community Initiative (ECI). “The Little Sprouts Program is one of my favorite projects, and we are very proud of both the results.” Two elementary schools are involved in the Little Sprouts Program, Virgin Valley Elementary School (VVES) in Mesquite, and Joseph L. Bowler Elementary School in Bunkerville. Each school has six 8’x 6’ plots, one for each grade, kindergarten through fifth grade. The planter boxes can hold up to 80 plants each, and each grade is responsible for their plants. Some plants are started in a pollinator garden grown from seed, while other plants come from starters. Outside of the handson work in the gardens, an entire curriculum is also in place. The gardens are overseen by Master Gardener, Bob Chasko who maintains the sprinkler and irrigation systems and overall health of the gardens. Partners for the project are Green Our Planet (GOP) for Virgin Valley Elementary School and the Nevada CO-OP extension and 4-H for Joseph L. Bowler Elementary School, who are also assisted by the local high school FFA (Future Farmers of America). Bank of Nevada is a financial and educational partner. A highlight of the gardening program for several students and instructors from VVES was a trip to the Children’s Farmer’s


ECI and local donations. In addition, Las Vegas men’s group Los Vaqueros, received a grant to build hydroponic gardens for local schools. Eureka Executive and Los Vaqueros member, Alex Koch made sure that one was donated to Mesquite. Each school is also working towards creating outdoor classrooms and fruit orchards. They look to community donors in order to achieve their goals. Initial cost of the project was approximately $20,000, with yearly costs averaging about $5,000. Donations to help the Little Sprouts project grow are always welcome and are tax deductible. For more information, contact Gerri Chasko, Director of the Eureka Community Initiative at (702) 345-4726, or email her at Market in Las Vegas. Hosted by GOP and Bank of Nevada, young gardeners from all over Clark County come together to sell their produce and garden related arts and crafts. In preparation for the event, the fifth grade curriculum includes the Farmpreneur program, where the students create a business out of their garden. Dan Wright, Senior Vice President at Bank of Nevada conducted classes that taught the students the importance of saving, needs versus wants, and how to develop a business plan. The trip to the Market was worth all the preparation. Lauren Abbott, VVES garden coordinator commented, “Our students have loved the garden from kindergarten all the way up. They have learned how some of their food grows, what is healthy to eat, how to remove pests without harmful chemicals, what happens if you plant too many seeds together, and many other facts. They have learned responsibility and what it takes to keep a garden healthy. My third grade class had so much fun showing off their radishes and carrots earlier this year. I was amazed at how many students love radishes. Next year, we plan to extend our garden activities and increase our curriculum use in the garden. Attending the Farmer's Market in Las Vegas last week has us excited to hold a local market next fall. We are grateful for the Eureka and all other sponsors who help us with our garden experience. It has truly been a blessing.�

Eureka Community Initiative was formed in 2012, and has sponsored and collaborated on over fifty initiatives with the Mesquite community. ECI is a direct result of the desire to find solutions to problems and the will to help people realize their full potential. The Eureka is the only 100% employee-owned hotelcasino in Nevada. Located in Mesquite, Eureka has sought to provide value as a member of the community since building the resort in the early 1990s. Eureka employee owners are invested in creative collaboration to provide measurable impacts in our core areas of focus including education, citizenship, outreach and economic development. V

Although the Little Sprouts Program is still in its early years, a great deal has been accomplished. Each school started out with six planter boxes, one for each grade, thanks to funding from the 73

Saving Space Beautifully W by Jeremy Andra hen you open an issue of View On Magazine your expectations are visions of kaleidoscope-like colors of the picturesque views of southwestern landscapes. Wilding Wallbeds of St. George, Utah opens the landscape and extend the feeling of openness inside the homes of people who purchase their products.

This trend is growing rapidly with most of the customers of this family-owned business being from outside this region and in other U.S. states and neighboring countries. If you ask why Wilding Wallbeds, the most popular Murphy-style wallbed company in the country is housed in St. George, the 74

answer is quality, service, detailed craftsmanship, and real wood products. In a time when most companies have shifted their core business to using particle board and other inferior products to create greater margins for their bottom line, Wilding Wallbeds has held true to its core business of quality all-wood products. The idea is to create heirloom products that last a lifetime.

Wilding Wallbeds has been saving space beautifully for over 25 years. Their showroom at 1509 South 270 East in St. George, Utah showcases twenty of its many designs for you to see, touch, and experience firsthand. The company chooses not to pay commissions to their sales team. The idea behind

this decision was to create an atmosphere for their customers so they could come in, relax, and truly get to know the products they offer. It was a company goal to avoid high-pressure sales and let the products sell themselves. For those who are unable to visit a showroom, Wilding Wallbeds showcases its designs online at

Wilding Wallbeds offers a large line of Wallbeds to fit the needs of their customers. Since they are the manufacturer, they also offer customization to make the customer’s bed truly theirs. Beds are offered in oak, maple, alder, cherry, and mahogany. Other wood types, and variations of these wood species are also available.

Customers can choose from a variety of stain or paint colors, or even have a color match if they need to match existing furniture. Many describe owning a Wallbed as a lifestyle change. In the past, rooms have been compartmentalized and sectioned off for single use. The bedroom became a room where the door was shut and only used to sleep in at night. Being able to fold a bed away and open a room leaves endless possibilities for the use of space. We see rooms used for offices, work-out rooms, craft, sewing rooms, and more. Wallbed owners attest that their homes represent a substantial investment. Buying a Wallbed is more than an investment in a piece of furniture, they are purchasing the ability to recapture space in one of the most important investments they own — their living space. For some, the Murphy-style bed turns any room into a guest room when it is needed. For others, it is their primary bed. The other trend is to add Murphy beds and/or Murphy-style bunk beds for an Airbnb or cabin rental. It would not be surprising if you experienced a Wilding Wallbed in a hotel or sleep disorder clinic. Their quality and durability are a favorite for designers of commercial installations. If you want to see how amazingly durable these beds are, you must log onto the web and go to and be prepared to be amazed!

Wilding Wallbeds offers free design services. This service includes drawings of the Wilding products in the open and closed positions in the customer’s space to help the customer create a space with proper form, function, and aesthetics. This complimentary design service is especially exciting when designing a home office. The customer’s company will be amazed at night when a hidden Wallbed is revealed, transforming the office into a fully-functional bedroom.

If you have not had a chance to experience a Murphy-style bed, stop by and see these incredible beds, or see them on the Wilding Wallbeds website. Let some of these ideas get your creative juices flowing for ways to recapture your space as you explore new ways to add flair to the design elements in your home. V Wilding Wallbeds is located at 1509 South 270 East, Suite 3, St. George, Utah and can be reached at (435) 574-2510 or


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by Michelle Brooks photos by Kris Zurbas - MVP Productions


s those of us know that live in southern Nevada and southern Utah year ‘round, it’s hot in the summer! Yes, it is a dry heat and, in my opinion, completely tolerable if not enjoyable. But, if you really want to get the most out of your summer having a pool is handy. I’ve lived in Southern Nevada for 20 years, and sometimes I’ve had a pool and sometimes not depending on where I live. I can tell you from experience, it’s better with a pool. With that said, today I think I met the master of all pool design and a guy with a completely fun and intriguing tale of life in the pool business. In 1992, Cleveland Williams started his own independent pool design and construction


business. But that’s not at all where he got his start. He has been in the pool business for practically his whole life.Cleveland was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia where his father got his start in pool construction. After working as an insurance salesman and pool salesman, Cleveland’s dad, Howard Williams, started his own pool business. As Howard built his new business, Cleveland and his mom helped out by bringing sandwiches and drinks for his dad’s crew. Later, after he was old enough to carry a shovel, Cleveland and his dad worked side-by-side in the business.

Vegas. In 1987, Cleveland followed and worked in his father’s business while saving money to start his own.

In 1985, Cleveland’s father decided he wanted to “play in the big fish tank,” and moved to the United States to start a pool design and construction company in Las

In the years Howard was building his pool business, the National Swimming Pool Association awarded him with a gold medal for his design of the very first beach

“We have our falling outs and then we’re fine,” Cleveland told me with a grin as he spoke about being in business with his father, who was as much a perfectionist as he was Cleveland’s mentor. “One time, he made me rip all the rebar out of a pool we were building just because it wasn’t done like he wanted it done. I had done it like other pool builders in Las Vegas were doing it at the time, and that wasn’t good enough.”

entry access. If you haven’t ever had a pool with a beach entry access, I highly recommend you check it out. Howard was also well known for his use of, and hired for his superior knowledge of Pebblecrete, which was a technology new to the pool scene at the time. As a family, the Williams’ have built all kinds of pools in all kinds of locations, including Apple Valley, California where they were recruited from Las Vegas to design and build a lottery winner’s ultraextravagant luxury pool. And, recently partnered back in New Zealand where they built a Sea Lion exhibit in the Auckland Zoo and renovated a beautiful resort pool in Waitangi that Howard had built twenty-six years ago. Which, by the way, was built so well the first time it didn’t need much in repair work at all. Since 1992, Cleveland has built his own business, Polynesian Pools by providing the same quality work and superior customer service that his dad did. As a hands-on contractor, he takes each of his customers from start to finish by first meeting with them and assessing their wish list, then taking those ideas and creating a beautiful 3D, computerized drawing. Cleveland personally oversees the critical stages of the construction process, and ensures the jobs are done

to perfection and completed on time. When asked what his favorite part of owning and operating a pool design and construction business is, he said, “It’s all about the people – the relationships I create. I enjoy that.” Cleveland has, over the years, formed many great relationships as his business has grown from Las Vegas to Mesquite and St. George with little more than a website for advertising and referrals from customers, homeowners’ associations, and home builders. Randy from Las Vegas had this to say after working with Cleveland, "I was never looking for the cheapest job. My primary concern was finding a contractor who could finish the job in a timely manner with a truly professional end product. I got all that I expected, and a reasonable price as well. The pool looks great and is remarkably easy to maintain. I would have no problem whatsoever recommending Polynesian Pools to anyone. [Their] complete service was a pleasure to be a part of.” With technology being what it is today, Cleveland takes the time to stay on top

Cleveland with his wife, Allison, and dog, Chief.

of the latest in pool tech, as well as the latest trends and designs. From beautiful designs that are simple and clean to fanciful designs with caves and slides and flames, from LED-lighted jets, to your very own island, no design is too complex for Cleveland Williams to create. With his wife Allison, who helps manage the business, his five sons, and youngest daughter, Cleveland Williams will continue to build on what his dad taught him to do — create lasting relationships, give the greatest customer service, and build superior pools. Not only has Polynesian Pools expanded to Mesquite and southern Utah, but it has expanded its scope of services, as well. Now Polynesian Pools not only designs and builds custom swimming pools and spas, they install fiberglass swimming pools and spas, build outdoor barbecues, 77


Polynesian Pools is the best. Cleveland's attention to details is spot on. Who would know I would have a beautiful pool in eight weeks? . . . Cleveland made our yard a true oasis . . . [Cleveland] is an honest business man with integrity." ~ Kim & Dan


Cleveland's father, Howard Williams.

fire pits, patio covers, and much more. Cleveland and his craftsmen are highly skilled in both real and artificial rock water features as well. Today, Cleveland Williams continues to follow the path his father forged and that he has shared in since he could wield his first shovel. He continues to “play in the big fish tank� of Las Vegas and beyond.V For more information on Polynesian Pools, please visit their website at or give them a call at their Las Vegas location, (702) 435-8912 or their St. George location, (435) 817-7777.


Awesome Adventures

By Christine Ward e are currently living in a small town in northern Arizona after living in Moapa Valley for 22 years. The biggest change, so far, has been the weather. After living in southern Nevada for a total of 35 years, we were quite used to turning on our air conditioning in the house beginning in April using it full-time by May.


Here in northern Arizona, I’m not even sure if the A/C in this rental house works, since we haven’t yet felt the need to use it. The average high temperature in May is 71° F, and after some Internet searches, it looks like the average high in the heat of the summer will be 85° F. The summer nights cool down to low 50s to low 60s. The major attractions in this town are the Planes of Fame Museum (founded in 1957 to save historically important aircraft), and Flintstones Bedrock City (RV park, restaurant, museum, and lots and lots of Flintstones memorabilia). The population, according to the 2010 Census, is 832. We thought Moapa Valley was ‘small town;’ this one gives new meaning to ‘small town.’


The town lies along State Route 64, and is considered the halfway point between Williams or Flagstaff Arizona, and the entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Besides the great weather, the scenery in northern Arizona is also quite different from what we are used to. Instead of the mountain ranges surrounding Moapa Valley, the views we see from our house and surrounding area includes the Coconino Forest with miles and miles of pine, spruce, and fir trees.

It has been quite an adjustment so far, but having the Grand Canyon less than a half hour’s drive away has helped to ease our homesickness for Moapa Valley. We probably won’t be bragging about the weather come winter, but we’ll see! V For more information about the Grand Canyon and the small towns that lie along State Route 64, visit https://


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How Low Can You Go? Hover, Brush the Floor or Pool like Scarlett O’Hara’s Tears — Here’s the Lowdown on Drapery Length Options by Helen Houston — Certified Staging & Redesign Professional


am asked again and again, “How long should full-length draperies be?” Clients want to know if their drapes should puddle, break at the floor, or hover just right above it. These variations are left over from a time before central heating and air conditioning, when people put up drapes for protection from the elements more than for light and privacy control. Today, far from hanging an animal pelt over the entry to a cave, we have stylistic options to consider. Often in design, there are no right or wrong answers. Either you like it or you don’t. But here are some guidelines to help you think about your choices so you can pick the drapery length that is right for you: Hovering For a practical, casual look, leave just a finger width of space between the floor and the hem of the drapes. Dust won’t gather, and the hem will stay clean. This is a great length for the family room or any high-traffic area. It’s also a great length if your pets shed or your drapes sit next to the backyard patio door where dirt is dragged in on a regular basis. Breaking For a stylish, tailored look, have a slight break at the bottom, A break is a fold or bend above the hem, which is created when the fabric is longer than required to reach the floor. Here, an inch or two of extra length creates a slight break.

A slight break can work with a contrasting banding to create a custom look. These made-to-measure details are the hallmarks of custom drapery design professionals. An extra half-inch can be just enough for a stylish break. Brushing For a non-fuss fit in a gracious room, hang draperies to just brush the floor. This length is often used in modern homes where crisp simplicity is preferred, but it also complements traditional décor. This can be a tricky length to master, however, because any inconsistencies in floor and ceiling — more common than you might think — will be clearly revealed. Quality professional drapery hardware will allow for slight adjustments to be made during installation to camouflage any irregularity caused by uneven floors and ceilings. Puddling Puddling goes beyond a simple break; it moves into a sense of excess. Overlylong curtains were first used to insulate windows during winter, but later were a sign of wealth and excess. Puddled drapes can add just as much grandeur and drama to your home today. Depending on what fabric and style you choose, puddled drapes can make a space feel more formal or casual. Go with velvet,

silk, and heavy weight fabrics for a fancy look, and linen or other gauzy fabrics if you want a relaxed vibe that won’t look too fussy if left a bit unkempt at the bottom. Much like the difference between a break in faded jeans versus a break in suit pants or dress trousers, one kind of fabric will look casual, another stylish. Fabric and style work hand-in-hand here. If you are using silk draperies, leave a couple of extra inches and add elegant hardware for a formal and dressy look. For an opulent look, really push the length overboard. The flowing puddle method is most often used to reinforce a sense of history in a traditional or historic home and reinforces the formal setting. This is not a low-maintenance design solution — you need to arrange the excess fabric to sit just the way you like it. We recommend choosing a pinch pleat or tab top style. Grommet and rod pocket drapes won’t fold quite as well to get a good puddled look. Add six- to sixteen-inches to your length, train drapes to fold uniformly all the way down, and then let the fabric form a true ‘pool’ that flows out from your panels. Long pooling curtains are best as decorative side panels that won’t be opened or closed. For a more stacked, puddled look, add six- to twelve-inches to your length and


arrange drapes in an elegantly rumpled pile. Get the look by training drapes, lifting up the folds, and then dropping them down allowing them to crunch into a pile at the base of the panels. You can also give drapes a soft pillowy look by folding the fabric under and poofing it out. For this look, fabricate drapes twelve- to eighteen-inches longer. An Art and a Science A Certified Drapery and Design Professional has the insight and expertise to turn a homeowner’s inspirations into reality. Using a knowledgeable professional is also a cost-effective way to achieve your goals in a timely and stressfree fashion. At Staging Spaces and Redesign, all of our fabrics, linings, and trims are all first quality, plus, our drapery workroom is on-site, so we oversee your window treatments every step of the way. We offer professional installation for all of our custom window treatments, since a beautiful window treatment is only appreciated when properly installed. This not only takes a tasteful eye, but the use of the best and safest measures possible. You won’t find your window treatments in anyone else’s home! Custom draperies are always sized to fit your particular windows, whether they are standard, arched or specialty shaped. Staging Spaces and Redesign also has an array of decorative hardware and trims not found in local retail locations. All of these elements make your window treatments one-of-a-kind. V



Cooking With by Ilene Johnson


y name is Ilene Cook and I reside in southern Utah. At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Diabetes type ll. My Doctor started me on Insulin and Metformin medication, along with diet and exercise. I consumed a lot of vegetables, meats, and protein to help control my diabetes. Most of my meals were home-cooked. I prepared these meals by steaming, boiling, or microwaving. I didn’t know any other methods of cooking at this time. Over an eight year period, my condition got worse and my doctor raised my medication to the highest levels to four shots a day of Insulin and Metformin. No matter how much medication I took, my blood sugars would not go below 300, causing kidney


damage. I also had severe Cystic Fibrosis and Fibromyalgia. My body became immune to medication, and my doctor was stumped and did not know what to do. I was sent to a specialist in California who referred me to the Mayo Clinic. There I found out the importance of cooking below 190°F, and the importance of not getting heavy metals and toxins into my food through the cookware that I was using. (Based on a study done by Dr. Paul Kouchakoff of the Mayo Clinic.) I found out that boiling, steaming, and microwaving was too hot and destroyed all the minerals and enzymes in my food. It also turned the food to simple sugars. I thought I was eating healthy! But I began cooking my meals below 190°F. I lost over 125 pounds in just one year, and got to eat all the

things I loved, like cake, potatoes, pastas, rice, breads, etc. The vegetables tasted so sweet and delicious. I love eating them without butter and seasonings. I was able get off of Insulin, and three years later stop the Metformin. I have been off Insulin and fibromyalgia medications for the past 11 years, and Metformin for over eight years. I have been able to manage my blood sugars through diet, exercise, and cooking below 190°F. Life is so fantastic thanks to the NutraEase cooking system! I was able to reverse the diabetes and cystic fibrosis disease, and have been able to manage the fibromyalgia without pain. At age 38, the Lord blessed me with another beautiful daughter after

the doctors told me I could not conceive again. I have five beautiful children, and this cooking system has helped them grow to be healthy. For three years, one of my daughters had chronic ear infections which caused deafness in one ear. Within 30 days of using this cooking system, her symptoms improved. Another one of my daughters has celiac disease. This cooking system teaches how to cook gluten-free meals that taste great and children love to eat. My other daughter has ADHD syndrome and severe depression mood disorders. By cooking the NutraEase way, we have been able to manage her symptoms and avoid medication. In his eighth grade year, my son had severe growth and colon problems. The doctor recommended growth hormones and colon medications which I refused to accept. The NutraEase cooking system helped him absorb 90%

of the vitamins, 80% of the minerals, and 50% of the enzymes from his food. He is now 21 years old and of normal stature with no colon problems, thanks to the NutraEase cooking system. Today I am the owner of Healthy Solutions. I have created over 60 fast and easy recipes that can reverse diet-related diseases. I am dedicated to helping people get off medications and improve their health so they can enjoy a rich, healthy lifestyle! The Best Time To Take Care Of Our Health Is Before We Lose It. V Call (702) 622-4849 today for your free healthy cooking class!

* Editors Note: Follow this publication as Ilene will be sharing some wonderful healthy recipes with us in future issues.


"We're Here! Come Say Hi!" The UPS Store O ur families would like to say, “Thank you Mesquite!” to both the residents and businesses here for the warm welcome and positive response since opening our doors. It has taken us a little over a year to get the doors open, but we are very excited to be here and are eager to give you the best customer service in the industry. Our location is a UPS corporate franchise store which UPS agreed to sell to us as long as we agreed to live here and abide by corporate guidelines. This means we are your neighbors, and we will be able to offer you some of the best shipping rates and services UPS has to offer.


Shipping both domestic and international, along with freight shipping options are the obvious services you would expect a UPS Store to have, but we would like to let you know about some of the many other services we offer including: • Pack and Ship Guarantee* (a UPS service, for more info go to • United States Postal Services • Mailbox Rental (includes 24-hour secure access, mail/package notifications, forwarding) • Faxing (send and receive) • Shredding • Notary

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Passport/ID photos Laminating Black and white or color copies In-store computer use Wide-format printing Pre-ink and self-inking stamps Posters and banners Business printing services (business cards, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, etc.) • Specialty printing (photos, drawings, designs, etc.)

Our store will soon be able to take your old treasures from film negatives, slides, and VHS tapes and transfer them to digital

media. We stock and sell a variety of boxes along with packaging material for whatever you need, and if we do not have a particular item in stock, we will be happy to get it for you, just ask us. We are an authorized access point location for UPS drivers to leave packages (when authorized by the shipper) in the event they are unable to leave the package at the original delivery location, and if you have difficulty in locating your package, you can either call customer service at 1-800-742-5877, or call us at the store for help in finding out the latest status of your shipment. For our customers who ship international, please allow extra time to complete all the necessary paperwork. We are an authorized returns location for DirecTV, Dyson, ATT, and Apple, and we have access to other return programs. Please contact us if you have any questions and for additional details.

The UPS Store family with Mayor Al Litman, the Mesquite Showgirls, and the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce

Our goal is to be your one-stop shop for all your shipping, printing, business services, and specialty-service needs, and to give you great customer service in a friendly atmosphere. Stop in and say hello. One of us is always here to help you or listen to any concerns you may have with our service.

We hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Owners - Bo and Sauni Bobrowski Managers - Jon and Toynet Sharp The UPS Store #6925 is located at 550 West Pioneer Blvd. STE 140, Mesquite, Nevada.



Legend of the Bryce Canyon Hoodoos


by Charlene Paul isit Bryce Canyon, and your eyes will be treated to Mother Nature’s vast palette of colors splashed in vivid ribbons from the valley floor to the tops of the surrounding mountains. Look a little more closely, and you will notice towering stacks of multi-hued stone that widen and narrow as they tower toward the sky. These are the hoodoos that visitors by the thousands from all over the world come to see every year. Oohs and ahs, gasps of disbelief, and remarks about the indescribable beauty can be heard as those who have never visited this place behold it for the first time. And while


it is true that science can explain this natural wonder with terms like erosion, climate, limestone, siltstone, dolomite, mudstone, the ancient sedimentation, and the Cretaceous and Tertiary Periods, the legend is so much more interesting. Tradition has it that the Legend People lived in the area long before Europeans walked on this portion of the earth. Theirs was the time of the gods when the trickster god Coyote ruled over this land. The Legend People were a gluttonous bunch and would never be described as conservationists. They ate, drank, and

made merry as they plowed through the region like a hoard of hungry locusts. Before long, they had stripped the plants and pine trees of all the pine nuts and other naturally-occurring foods, the water was gone, and there was nothing left for the animals to help them through the rapidly approaching frigid winter. Devising a way to get back at the Legend People, Coyote feigned admiration and invited them to a celebration feast. There would be food, music, dancing, and all sorts of other things, making this a festival no one wanted to miss. The Legend People

came in their most elaborate warpaint and their finest, most colorful clothing. As they awaited the feast, Coyote cast a curse on them that would turn them to stone. Learning about the ruse, the Legend People fled the canyon floor in a desperate attempt to save their lives. But none would escape. Some quickly turned to stone while others climbed over their petrifying corpses only to be turned to stone as well. These are the hoodoos that rise from the canyon floor and cling to the sides of the cliffs. They are as vivid and colorful as the Legend People were that fateful day. Coyote found a way to contain the gluttony that threatened to destroy the area, and in so doing, provided a way for the plants and animals to thrive. If you want to see the hoodoos that were once the Legend People, pack up your car, take plenty of water, lace up your walking shoes, polish your camera lens, and head on over to Bryce Canyon. You won’t be disappointed. V

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Shade the Desert by Paul Dr. Q Noe, Staff Horticulturist/Certified Horticulture Advisor, Star Nursery


he Mojave Desert is the least understood American landscape. People unfamiliar with the Mojave Desert can hardly believe the high temperatures and low precipitation that we accept as normal. It’s no wonder there are so few trees that call the Mohave home. A famous author once said the key to becoming western is getting over the color green. The Mojave will give you much opportunity to test the truth of that statement. But in our cities and yards, trees are essential if we expect to be comfortable in this land of perpetual sun. Planting trees is a necessary adaptation to human settlement in arid environments. A strong, healthy community forest is built tree by tree, home by home. Tree canopies help to reduce energy demands, reduce water demands, reduce local air temperatures, reduce air pollution, provide


habitat for birds, and create beautiful, shady urban environments. Trees have been called “nature’s air conditioners” and “the lungs of the earth.” Their ability to cool and clean the air brings us welcome relief from sun and smog, especially in the concrete-and-asphalt heat islands of our cities. Trees produce life-sustaining oxygen while absorbing pollutants and protecting soil from erosion by wind and water. Southern Nevada is part of the Mojave Desert, a shrub-dominated landscape. While native trees do exist in our desert, they occur in streambeds and at higher elevations. Low elevation native trees tend to be small, compact, shrubby, and low-water users, perfect for urban landscapes and water conservation needs. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of these natives that make good shade trees. However, there are many other trees available that come from different areas

around the world that have similar arid climates. Like our own natives, these trees are low to moderate water users and can add beauty and protection from the sun and wind. Here are just a few examples: Mulga Acacia (Acacia aneura) – This Australian native is a small, thornless, evergreen tree with a pyramidal to rounded shape. The small leathery leaves vary from dull gray-green to silvery in color. Adorned with small, fuzzy caterpillarshaped flowers in the spring, small bean pods follow. This hardy plant thrives in full or reflected sun. It prefers not to be over watered, so once established, water deeply but infrequently. Sweet Acacia (Acacia smallii) – Each spring this tree perfumes the air with masses of fragrant yellow-orange puffball flowers. It is extremely tough, and will thrive in almost any situation, from hot parking lots to turf areas. Its attractive

vase-shaped form makes it a popular choice for desert landscapes. It should be kept away from swimming pools, as its seed pods can create litter. It also bears sharp thorns, so provide ample room near walkways.

Shoestring Acacia

Shoestring Acacia (Acacia stenophylla) – This thornless, rapidly-growing evergreen tree produces long, willowy leaves that resemble shoestrings dangling in the wind. It is often recommended for use near pools or against walls with reflected heat due to its small number of pods and lack of thorns. Creamy white puffball flowers are produced in early spring followed by long bean pods. This plant is extremely drought tolerant once established. Bottle Tree (Brachychiton populneus) – An evergreen tree of moderate size that is also native to Australia. The bright green leaves are shaped like arrowheads. Clusters of creamy white, bell-shaped flowers are produced before summer, often followed by woody, boat-shaped fruits which may be a bit of a litter nuisance. Bottle Trees are useful for windbreaks and shade in extremely hot conditions. Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) – This tree is not a true willow, but it has narrow willow-like leaves. In the wild it is often found as a multi-trunk shrub, but you can find them available in nurseries in a treelike form as well. Gorgeous pink or white orchid-like flowers are present from late spring into the fall, attracting hummingbirds and bees. Cultivars include a variety of dark purple and vivid pink flowers like ‘Rio Salado’ and ‘Burgundy Lace.’ Extremely tough and resilient, this is one of the best flowering trees the desert produces.

in terminal clusters primarily during late spring and continuing intermittently into the fall. One of the finest traits is the lack of seed pods for low maintenance gardens. This tree is somewhat brittle and often has awkward branch patterns, but with a little training can be developed into a nice patio tree. ‘Pink Dawn’ and ‘Morning Cloud’ are the two cultivar selections found in nurseries.

Chitalpa (Coolibah Tree) (Eucalyptus microtheca) – This fast-growing tree is one of the most common Eucalyptus planted in the Southwest. The leathery leaves have a distinctive blue-green color and the cultivar ‘Blue Ghost’ has the most consistent blue-gray foliage. These trees can take full sun, reflected heat, strong winds, drought, and modest cold temperatures.

‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde (Cercidium ‘Desert Museum’) – This tree carries genes from the Mexican Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeata), the Foothills Palo Verde (Cercidium microphyllum), and the Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium floridum), and combines the best traits of all three. It grows to twenty-feet tall and as wide in three to five years. Large oneinch blooms appear over a long period. Flowering is most profuse in spring, with rebloom possible in summer. It has light green stems and leaves. This is a clean, thornless tree that produces few seed pods.

Chitalpa (Chitalpa tashkentensis) – It has large pink, orchid-like flowers produced

Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis) – This fast-growing semi-evergreen tree

has a full, wide spreading canopy. Most seedlings produce prominent thorns, but there are many selections of hybrid, thornless varieties including ‘Phoenix’, ‘AZT’ and ‘Rio Salado’. Mesquites should be irrigated deeply and infrequently to encourage deep rooting and to slow top growth. Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) – This deciduous tree has a picturesque structure with sprawling, wide-spreading branches. Its weeping, light-green foliage is similar to the California Pepper, but it can have thorns. A thornless variety known as ‘Maverick’ is available. These are just a few of the droughttolerant tree selections for our area. If you would like to learn about more options, stop by your local Star Nursery and pick up a free copy of the Southern Nevada Guide to Tree Selection and Care — Trees for Tomorrow booklet. It is full of great information and pictures of the trees that have proven to do well here in the Mohave Desert. V


Know Your by Anatasia Gagliano - Meridian Electric


he biggest change in lighting that we've seen over the past few years has been the light bulb. LED and CFL bulbs have been storming the market and making incandescent bulbs a thing of the past. With so many options now available, it can be difficult to decide what to spend your money on. Here is a guide to break down the basics and show you the what's what of light bulbs. Let's start with something that everyone is familiar with, the incandescent bulb. Incandescent bulbs use a filament heated to a temperature so hot it causes the filament to glow. Only about five percent of the energy they use is converted into visible light, with the remaining energy being converted into heat. This means that, as you've experienced, incandescent bulbs get hot! That's not the only downside, though. Besides having a lifespan at least five times shorter than your average CFL bulb, incandescent bulbs use far more energy. What's the



bright side? Incandescent light bulbs are cheap, going for two dollars or less for your standard bulb. However, in the not so distant future, you probably won't be able to purchase incandescent light bulbs. The next bulb we will review is the CFL (compact fluorescent light). These bulbs are a more energy efficient option than the standard incandescent, using about 70% less energy. What is even better is that a CFL bulb only costs about a dollar more than a standard incandescent bulb. As great as they sound, CFL bulbs aren't without faults of their own. Because of how CFLs work, they take a while to warm up before they reach their full brightness. The deciding factor for you might be the fact that they contain a small amount of mercury, making them potentially hazardous if broken, and complicating how they should be disposed of. If you ever do find yourself cleaning up a broken CFL bulb, make sure you start by turning off your central air and opening windows

to air out the area for at least 15 minutes. When cleaning up the glass and other pieces, make sure you are using things that are disposable like damp paper towels, cardboard, and tape rather than things like brooms and vacuums which may contaminate other things or spread the mercury. Dispose of the broken bulb in old containers or a sealable plastic bag. Overall, if you are looking to make your home more energy efficient without breaking the bank, CFL bulbs are a good option. Last, but most certainly not least, is the ever-popular LED (light emitting diode). LEDs have been around for over 50 years and have been used in everything from electronics, to Christmas lights, and even traffic signals. It wasn't until recently that we started to see LED bulbs taking over the market with dozens of different options for the home. These bulbs don't get hot, which makes them safer, and they consume less energy than a CFL

or incandescent. LEDs are at their full brightness as soon as you turn them on, not taking the time that CFLs do to warm up. The lifespan of an LED bulb is about 25,000 hours. To put this into perspective, if you use the bulb three hours every day, it will last you for the next 23 years! LEDs can be used in dozens of different applications within the home ranging from color changing smart bulbs to barely noticeable under cabinet lighting that adds atmosphere without adding heat. Seems too good to be true? The only snag is the price, which is about five dollars each for a standard bulb, which is actually lower than ever before. LEDs are an investment up front that will save you hundreds of dollars in the years to come. There are plenty of options out there for you if you do not want to stick to the timetested incandescent bulb. You can move to the more energy efficient CFL bulb, or go to the new-age long-lasting LED. You can upgrade bulbs as they burn out or change them all out once. The beauty is that it is your decision, and you are only limited by your own imagination!V


Accents in Your Home

by Bryan Baird — Baird Painting ave you ever wondered what accent you might want? French — maybe Italian or German?


transform a room and add personality to your home.

You have been in your home for a few years or may have just bought it. All of your walls and trim are an off-white. It looks boring. Yes, you have colorful furniture. A red or green throw pillow on the couch, maybe your curtains are colorful. But something is not right. It’s ho-hum at best!

For many years, wallpaper was widely popular. Textures such as Venetian plaster were also used. Sponge painting, rag rolling, or even a mural can change a room’s look — depending on what type of look you want. Do you want to go with Colonial or Early American design? Bringing out the colors of moldings, doors, and casings whether stained or painted. How about large print wall coverings and/ or borders with Victorian designs?

There are many ways you can liven up your living space. Painting an accent color on a wall or two can be one of them. It can

For a modest 2,000-square-foot home, I like keeping it simple. It’s easy to get carried away and make it look “too busy,”

No, I’m not talking language. Let’s talk colors!


especially when you’re coordinating colors with floors, window coverings, and furniture. Ekaterina Barybina, an architect at BG Consultants, Inc. who specializes in interior design, explains that you can’t always trust trends you see in the media. “Something that is modern or cool is not necessarily going to make you happy,” she says. “Each space is designed for a particular function, and something that you see in a magazine may not work for your personal space.” Choosing colors will reflect your mood. Cool colors include purples, blues, and blue-greens. These colors can have a

calming effect. In a room, cool colors appear to recede, making the room appear larger. On the opposite side, warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange evoke warmth. Red is associated with passion and energy. Yellow makes many people cheerful, energetic, and happy. With any of these colors, choosing a darker shade also causes an opposite effect. For example, dark blue invokes feelings of sadness and appears a little chilly. Red raises

the energy level and has been shown to increase blood pressure and heart rate. Find a wall that stands out. The best accent wall is a wall you are drawn to when you enter the room. In a bedroom, this will be the wall at the head of your bed. Use a wall that will not be obscured or too bare, and plan your furniture placement around your accent wall. Be careful to avoid obscuring your accent

wall with a large object, such as ceilingto-floor drapes, windows, or an enormous wardrobe.V Please see for more details on colors and painting ideas. For additional information, contact Baird Painting at (702) 346-1826 (office), or (702) 401-4636 (cell phone). Visit their website,


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Game Control Strategy for Better Putting, Chipping and Pitching by Rob Krieger — PGA Director of Instruction


any players struggle from putting to chipping to hitting pitch shots out to a desired distance. Over the years, I have found success by not only working on better mechanics, but also helping students understand why they and so many others struggle in the first place. For many, their strategy is flawed, and no matter how good the mechanics or execution of the shots they cannot duplicate the same distances on the range that they need to perform on the course. Many amateurs battle for consistency over these shots because they don’t realize the distance a ball travels is attributed to three factors: a. Acceleration (A) – The tempo, pace, power, or muscle used on a golf shot will change how far the ball goes. Think of hitting a baseball to the pitcher, the infielder, the outfielder, or hitting a homerun. The softest hit is to the pitcher and maximum power is used for a homerun. b. Body Position (B) of the arms and length of swing of the club – How far back you take a club adds or subtracts momentum to a swing even without adding or reducing any additional (A) muscle or power on the ball; therefore, the ball will go shorter or longer.

c. Club (C) – Changing to a club that has either more or less loft (it will also be shorter or longer), changes how far the ball should go. Rob’s “Positions Golf Method” is: (A) Acceleration + (B) Body Position + (C) Club = (D) Distance© Players may not know how to change these three factors, or realize which ones they are changing so their shots are not consistent. Here is a strategy to try to become better close to the green and on the green, as well. Whether you are putting, chipping, or hitting a pitch shot, try to maintain the same (A) tempo, pace and power, BUT only change either the (C) club or (B) the length of the swing. The (A) amount of muscle you use needs to be the same. Usually, this is the softest and easiest swing possible, like hitting the baseball to the pitcher. Often, amateurs can’t distinguish between (B) length of swing and (A) how much power; they see them as the same. They are not.


Chipping – Same as putting, meaning maintaining the same (A) pace and rhythm, but vary the (B) for different distance of shot. Also, using a different (C) club may be useful depending on whether or not the ball needs to go higher and run less, or go lower and further. Clubhead stays (B) down below the knees on both the backswing and finish on a chip.

Putting – Try taking (B) a bigger stroke for a longer putt and a shorter stroke for a short putt, maintaining (A) the same rhythm for both. Like a pendulum, it is the same (B) length of stroke and (A) pace back, and the same (B) length of stroke and (A) pace through the ball otherwise known as a 1:1 ratio. Many players take the same (B) distance of stroke for every putt but vary (A) how hard to hit the ball, either softer for short putts or harder for longer putts. This is the opposite of what is being described.

Pitch Shots – There are two basic pitch shots, short and long. On a short pitch shot, the (B) backswing length only goes to hip height or half backswing. For the long pitch shot, the (B) backswing length goes to threequarters in length. Maintain your softest grip pressure and (A) slowest swing possible. Try taking the club back to the same (B) body position and maintaining the same (A) pace of swing, just change (C) club, e.g. switch to a nine iron and see if there is a difference. You may discover that the game becomes much easier and a lot more fun because you are now swinging the club and not trying to hit the ball. Good Luck and as Always…Fairways & Greens V

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hey say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where friends and family most often gather. Or as the saying goes, “No matter where I serve my guests, they always like my kitchen best.” If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, take a look at your cabinets first. Are they tired and worn, maybe even scratched or chipped in some areas? Or are they a style that hasn’t been popular since the seventies? If you decide the cabinets really need to be replaced, you have several considerations to make next. There are decisions to make about species of wood, door and drawer style, and stain color or paint. Popular species of wood in this area of the country are Beech, Knotty Alder, Maple, and Cherry. Your decision will depend on personal preference for the look of the wood, the hardness factor, and your budget. Next, you will select your door and drawer style. This is a matter of personal preference for raised panel, flat panel, shaker, or slab styles. There are construction considerations based on your budget and personal preferences. Your local cabinet company can best advise you on these options.


If you are planning to resell your home in the next few years, a consideration may be the current popular trends in cabinetry. For information on current trends, consult the Internet and television programs; however, be aware that trends are also regionallybased. It is important to consult local providers or designers on local trends before making a final decision. Currently in this area, the most popular trends are painted Maple in various colors, and Knotty Alder in various stains. A recent trend has been to utilize contrasting colors for wall and base cabinets or islands. Whether or not you choose to replace your cabinets, new countertops can make all the difference in the world to the look and feel of your tired old kitchen. Your next major decision will be which material to use to replace your current countertops. If your budget is limited, the least expensive replacement countertops will be made of laminate material, such as Formica, Wilsonart, Pionite, or Nevamar. Consumers often question which brand of laminate is best. All brands of laminate are similar in quality, so personal preference of color and pattern should be the deciding factor. Nowadays, laminates are made to resemble stone and there are hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from. Another option for countertops is solid surface or acrylic material. Again, there

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are several brands and color options to choose from. An advantage of solid surface is that it is seamless, and various styles of integrated sinks are available. The most unique and artistic choice for kitchen countertops is granite. Granite is a natural stone formed by Mother Nature. Nothing compares to granite in beauty and artistry. Granite is fairly heat resistant and durable, as well as shiny and beautiful. Granite must be sealed periodically because it is a porous natural surface. Sealing can easily be accomplished in less than 15 minutes using a commercial sealer in a process similar to applying polish to wood. Most sealers are spray on or wipe on with a soft cloth, leave for five minutes, and then wipe off. Sealing prevents oils and liquids from penetrating the pores of the natural stone. Quartz is another popular choice for remodeling countertops these days. Quartz is a man-made material composed of natural quartz and acrylic. Quartz is heat resistant and does not require sealing. Quartz can be made to resemble granite with the main difference being that quartz is less shiny and the pattern is more consistent than most granite. After you have decided on your countertop material, you will want to choose a sink.

The most popular sinks today for granite and quartz countertops are stainless steel or granite composite. The granite composite sink comes in various colors and are heat, stain, bacteria, and scratch resistant. A currently popular trend is the farm sink. Be advised that a farm sink will require a specially made cabinet which will be more costly than a cabinet designed for a regular sink. If you are planning to replace appliances, it is best to choose them first. Your cabinet and countertop providers will need to know the exact measurements of the new appliances before a kitchen plan is finalized. Once you have made the major decisions, your local kitchen designer can help you accessorize your kitchen with items such as pull-out drawers, lazy Susans, cookie sheet dividers, spice racks, slide-out trash cans, and a myriad of other modern conveniences. V The friendly professionals at Kitchen Encounters located at 521 W. Mesquite Boulevard,Suite B, Mesquite, Nevada, phone: (702) 346-2076, will be happy to assist you in making all your kitchen remodeling decisions. 103

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PLANTS POISONOUS SAGO PALM Very popular in our climate, this household and outdoor plant can be very harmful to pets. If ingested, the leaves and seeds can cause vomiting, bloody stools, damage to the stomach lining, severe liver failure, and, in some cases, death. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.

OLEANDER Very popular in our climate, this outdoor shrub is popular for its evergreen qualities and delicate flowers. However, the leaves and flowers are extremely toxic if ingested and can cause severe vomiting, slow the heart rate, and possibly even death. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Drooling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, colic, depression, death

AZALEAS Azaleas can have serious effects on pets. Eating even a few leaves can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling; without immediate veterinary attention, the pet could fall into a coma and possibly die. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure.

CYCLAMEN The roots of this seasonal flowering plant are especially dangerous to pets. If ingested, cyclamen can cause severe vomiting and even death. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Salivation, vomiting, diarrhea. Following large ingestions of tubers, heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, death. DIEFFENBACHIA A popular indoor plant, dieffenbachia can cause intense oral irritation, drooling, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing if ingested. Toxic to: dogs, cats Clinical Signs: Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing. 104

KALANCHOE This popular flowering succulent plant can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and heart arrhythmias if ingested by pets. Toxic to: dogs, cats Clinical Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm (rare).

TO YOUR PETS!!! LILIES There are both dangerous and benign lilies out there, and it’s important to know the difference. Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies contain oxalate crystals that cause minor signs, such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus – this results in minor drooling. Those more dangerous and potentially fatal are true lilies, including Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter, and Japanese Show lilies – all of which are highly toxic to cats. Even small ingestions (such as 2-3 petals or leaves) can result in severe kidney failure. If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, DAFFODILS These flowers contain lycorine, an alkaloid with strong emetic properties (something that triggers vomiting). Ingestion of the bulb, plant, or flower can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even possible cardiac arrhythmias, or respiratory depression. Crystals are found in the outer layer of the bulbs, similar to hyacinths, which cause severe tissue irritation and

bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care. The sooner you bring in your cat, the better and more efficiently we can treat the poisoning. Decontamination (like inducing vomiting and giving binders like activated charcoal) are imperative in the early toxic stage, while aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, kidney function monitoring tests, and supportive care can greatly improve the prognosis. Toxic to: Cats Non-Toxic to: dogs, horses Clinical Signs — Cats: kidney failure.

secondary drooling. Daffodil ingestions can result in more severe symptoms. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Vomiting, salvation, diarrhea — large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias. Bulbs are the most poisonous part.

TULIPS & HYACINTHS Tulips contain allergenic lactones while hyacinths contain similar alkaloids. The toxic principle of these plants is very concentrated in the bulbs versus the leaf or flower, so make sure your pet isn’t digging up the bulbs in the garden. When the plant parts or bulbs are chewed or ingested, it can result in tissue irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical signs include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea, depending on the amount consumed. There’s no specific antidote, but with supportive care from the veterinarian, including rinsing the mouth, anti-vomiting medication, and possibly subcutaneous fluids, animals do quite well. With large

ingestions of the bulb, more severe symptoms such as an increase in heart rate and changes in respiration can be seen. These more severe signs are seen in cattle or overzealous Labradors. TULIPS Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses and cattle Clinical Signs: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hyper-salivation— highest concentration of toxin in bulb. HYACINTHS Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Intense vomiting, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, depression, and tremors.

LILY OF THE VALLEY This plant contains cardiac glycosides which will cause symptoms similar to digitalis (foxglove) ingestion. Pets with any known exposure to this plant should be examined and evaluated by a veterinarian and treated symptomatically. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Vomiting, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma, seizures. 105

HERBICIDES can also poison your pets. Alternate names: 2,4-D, glyphosate, Round-up, dicamba, and paraquat. Some misconceptions about poison:

• Time: All poisons are instant. False! The majority of toxins

AUTUMN CROCUS There are two Crocus plants, one that blooms in the spring and the other that blooms in the autumn. The spring plants are more common and are part of the Iridaceae family. These ingestions can cause general gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea. These should not be mistaken for Autumn Crocus, part of the Liliaceae family, which contain colchicine. The Autumn Crocus is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure. If you’re not sure what plant it is, bring your pet and the plant to the veterinarian immediately. Signs may be seen immediately, but can be delayed for days. Toxic to: dogs, cats, horses Clinical Signs: Bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression.


need time to act. There are many toxins that will take hours or days before any symptoms are seen. • Concentration: All poison is 100% concentrated, it only takes a drop. False! The dose determines the toxicity. • Antidote: Every poison has one. False! While this may be surprising, most toxins DO NOT have an antidote. However, that does not mean that treatment and management of symptoms is not available. One thing is true: For the best outcome, seek professional assistance immediately! The sooner a poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet. 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center, (855) 764-7661, $59 per incident fee applies. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre, (888) 426-4435, $65 consultation fee may apply Or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible. We do understand that you know your pet best, so please use your best judgement in their care.

OJT Helps Kids “Step Through the Looking Glass” By Linda Faas igh school graduation is the time when the training wheels come off and kids set out to find personal success. Whether a graduate is heading for trade school, college, a job, or another path, that first step out the door comes with high hopes and maybe a few misgivings. Personal preparedness is a key to success when it is time to “step through the looking glass” into the real world of the future.


Broad exposure to career possibilities is critical to opening graduates’ eyes to the freedom of choice beyond school. Reallife, beginning jobs that provide “on the job training (OJT),” can switch on a light, ignite a fuse, and propel students toward goals they didn’t know existed. As a small town, Mesquite offers the best of many worlds to its young people. Its beautiful, safe environment encourages adventure, and its people are willing and able to lend a helping hand to young people who are building dreams for the other side of high school. Virgin Valley High School offers a robust array of career-training classes. Local businesses, knowing the need for good employees, are taking steps to help students get job basics that translate into success. Along the way to work experience, students find other strengths in themselves and build their capabilities. Jayne Kendrick, Executive Director of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically endorses the value of student immersion in the business world. She says, “I believe there are a number of businesses here in town that would welcome students learning about their industry, either as a paid employee or student intern.” That foot-in-the-door entry-level job can be the skill and confidence-builder that will motivate a kid to great heights. Keith Buchhalter of Overton Powers District 5, and former Chamber of Commerce board member points out that a business community promotes its own healthy growth by investing in its youth. Keith’s employer does just that by sponsoring teen summer leadership camps,scholarships, and college work internships. Keith’s own enthusiasm for youth programs runs on the philosophy, “You can be a bystander, or you can take ACTION.” Mesquite’s Eureka Resort offers an 8-week summer intern program in Hotel Facilities. A few select local students are hired and will earn a paycheck while participating in an three-daya-week work-training class that covers front desk, guest room, engineer, and porter work. Graduates of this internship will have a

Entrepreneur in training will take your order.

grasp of the basics that make a hotel (or many other businesses) successful. Being part of a successful enterprise launches aspirations. Longtime Mesquite entrepreneur Kathy Lee, publisher of View On Magazine, is currently formulating a journalism internship to offer to high school students. Kathy publishes her magazine six times yearly, and certainly knows the ups and downs of business ownership from her twelve years of producing her very successful, high quality magazine. “I want to offer students the chance to actually work at writing, magazine layout, and advertising. Having your name on a magazine masthead is an exciting accomplishment.” Perhaps one of Mesquite’s most unique OJT programs is the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of Dr. Selmer Spitzer, student musicians perform as musical equals with their adult counterparts. Dr. Spitzer, a lifelong music instructor, welcomes students to the symphony and provides them the opportunity to perform three concerts each season. Along with their high school music training, these musicians gain the knowledge, self-confidence, and pride of live musical performance. What better way to build a resume than to have years of symphony orchestra experience before leaving high school! If a student doesn’t think the starting jobs out there are a perfect fit, consider the story of Eric Preiss, head of Nevada’s Film Office. He never imagined finding himself in a career in movies and TV when he was a Las Vegas High School grad. But after studying accounting and working in Las Vegas casinos, he parlayed his personal communication skills and his OJT into a position where he now holds a dream job. He finds unique Nevada locations for films and TV, and he connects local film crews with major production companies. Getting his education, and using every job as a stepping stone and confidence-builder has brought Eric to a career pinnacle he never dreamed of! Mesquite Chamber of Commerce is now gathering business names and contacts who want to develop job-based training where students learn skills and earn intern credits or actual paychecks. Contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (702) 346-2902, located at 11 West Pioneer Boulevard, second floor. As Keith Buchhalter urges, “Be part of the ACTION!”V 107

Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care New assisted living and memory care community coming soon to Mesquite by Sarah Green, Vice President of Operations at Mission Senior Living


ission Senior Living (MSL) president Darryl Fisher is on a mission in the Mesquite and Moapa Valleys, Arizona Strip, and southern Utah areas. Construction of MSL’s newest community, Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, began last month and is slated for completion in the summer of 2019. It is one of seven MSL communities, and continues the family tradition started three generations before Fisher to serve the needs of seniors and their families. “As we grow older, our health needs change,” said Fisher. “Daily activities such as bathing, laundry, and cooking become more difficult without assistance. Mesa Valley Estates is designed to give seniors the assistance and care they need to remain independent for as long as possible in a community where they can thrive.” When the doors open at the 61,386-squarefoot, single-story building, residents will walk into a spacious and serene lobby with water features, a baby grand piano, and comfortable seating where residents, families, and friends can gather. Serving as the hub of community life, the lobby will have a bistro and coffee nook, movie theater and concierge, barber shop and beauty salon, wellness center, and a private office for visiting physicians.

Personalized Living The assisted-living area of the community will offer 54 apartment homes with optional floor plans that include studio, studio deluxe, one- and two-bedroom with a single bath, and two-bedroom with a double bath. Each resident will have private living quarters and share a common dining room. The memory care neighborhood will have 24 private studio and semi-private studio apartment homes, each with a unique shadow box hanging outside the door so residents can easily identify their apartments. Designed to best meet the needs of someone living with dementia, the neighborhood will be secure and furnished with designs, colors, and patterns that are soothing to the senses. Memory care team members are trained to ease the challenges for residents with memory loss by engaging them in activities that enhance the mind, senses and emotions. Customized Services & Activities Healthy meals will be prepared and served three times a day in the dining room. Some of the services included in the monthly fee include housekeeping and laundry, transportation, exercise programs, a full-time nurse on-staff, and emergency call system. A personalized service plan

can be created for individuals who need assistance with daily activities, such as medication management, dressing, and bathing. Assisted living and memory care activities will be integrated, when possible, and customized to individuals’ interests and abilities. Gardening enthusiasts can, for example, grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers in the community’s raisedgarden boxes. There will be creative arts activities and educational and cultural programming, plus off-site excursions to sporting events, parks, or a favorite restaurant. Unique to MSL is the Ageless Dreams program, through which team members identify residents’ wishes and make them come true. “We offer quality care, assistance, and enriching opportunities so residents and families can thrive and stay connected in meaningful ways,” said Fisher.V Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, located at 331 Bertha Howe Lane, Mesquite, Nevada, is now accepting deposits. For more information or to learn more, visit or call (702) 570-1274.

Artist Rendering



International, Independent,

by Della Lowe


n 2010, Dixie State University (DSU) took the leap to launch the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ — a bold move to enter this territory in what appeared to be a crowded field of film festivals and the handful of festivals dedicated only to documentary and even less supported by and connected to a university. But bold moves are what Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film at DSU and Executive Director of the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is known for. That gamble has paid off by making DOCUTAH a destination for filmmakers and enthusiastic audiences from all over the world. Now DOCUTAH prepares for its ninth season from September 3-8. “That first year, 2010, the Festival was two weeks long, which was a bit overly ambitious. But we did it and gave ourselves a template for the future which has steadily attracted both filmmakers and audiences to southern Utah to experience something unique,” said Tuckett. One film screened that year was Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. It is a story about music, history, fear, and courage — a blistering combination of punk and funk music and a band out of Compton California. Fishbone demolished the walls of genre, and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. It was a unique offering for St. George, and DOCUTAH brought the film and the band back this May to honor their contribution. “We always want DOCUTAH to offer our audience something unique — a window on the world, a global experience in the high desert, never sugar-coated or censored, allowing the filmmakers to express their vision of the people and topics they cover,” continued Tuckett. “In that spirit, Dreams of the Black Echo, this year’s opening film, is a co-production with


Angelo Moore and Phil Tuckett.

Duy Tan University in Vietnam and DSU students, faculty, and staff.” Dreams of the Black Echo is the story of the Vietnam War, told through the reminiscences and experiences of veterans from both sides of the conflict and the battle of Khe Sanh. It was envisioned as a true co-production where film students at Duy Tan University would do half the film from the perspective of their veterans and DSU film students would do half the film here at Dixie state using our US veterans as the story tellers. “We did not want it to be this sweeping 14-year saga, so we picked one event — the battle of Khe Sanh which took place January-July 1968. Everyone in the film talks about eyewitness testimony of what they witnessed in that battle. I

think it is safe to say there was plenty of propaganda pumped out on both sides, and what we found when we interviewed these veterans, was they were completely oblivious to the propaganda because they were living the reality on the ground. It comes down to a basic shared experience. We did not want to say to them, ‘Don’t talk about this or don’t talk about that.’ We wanted their perspective. I think that is what makes the film unique. This experience is not happening at Sundance, not happening in Cannes. If you want to understand how DOCUTAH is different from your garden-variety film festival, this film is a pretty good example.” This year, submissions poured in at a record rate from 42 countries with a remarkable span of subjects. The judges choices have been validated over and


The filming of scenes for the documentary Dreams of the Black Echo.

over with the awards those included in DOCUTAH garner from other festivals and, indeed, even nominations and Oscars from the Academy Awards. In 2014, White Earth, directed by J. Christian Jensen, won the DOCUTAH Raven Award for Best Director and was nominated for a 2015 Oscar in the Short Documentary category. In 2018, two films from the 2017 DOCUTAH were nominated for Academy Awards, Last Men in Aleppo and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405. Heaven is a Traffic Jam won the Oscar in the Short category.

The DOCUTAH monthly series of documentary film screenings has become a staple in the St. George art scene. As the city grows, it seems its appetite for a wide variety of quality entertainment and access to art in all its forms also grows. The rest of the monthly season promises to be just as well-received by loyal fans and those who find the DOCUTAH monthly series for the first time. “Southern Utah has long been known for its outdoor activities and scenic beauty. For nine years, the DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival

has been part of the performing arts offerings available to the community. Now St. George is also a destination for the arts, and DOCUTAH is proud to have been a part of the evolution as we head towards our 2018 DOCUTAH film festival,� said Tuckett.V

Information about all the monthly screenings can be found at Information about the Festival films will be at starting in July. Tickets go on sale in August.


The Fireplaces and Blackhorse Navajo

by Elspeth Kuta – Museum Coordinator

The story of how the “Blackhorse Navajo” bust by John Prazen became part of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum collection.


he Wards, a lovely couple from Colorado, bought a winter home in Mesquite. They instantly fell in love with the five uniquely sculpted fireplaces. They were intrigued by the metalwork and the poured marble sculpture. Poured marble is a mixture of ground stone mixed with polymers and then acid washed giving the appearance and feel of marble. As the Wards settled in, they decided to find out more about the craftsman who had created these intriguing fireplaces. They soon discovered the fireplaces were the work of John Prazen known as the artist that painted with metal. His love of metal began at the tender age of six when his father taught him the ways of blacksmithing — the family business in


Price, Utah. John’s dad was a craftsman who believed in functionality. Everything had to have a purpose and function. His joy came from making machinery work more efficiently. John, like his father, was very proficient with metal but wanted more. His artist soul cried out, “The human soul needs art . . . the things that inspire the inner soul of us,” he once said in an interview with Modern Masters. As he created pieces, he would feel the heart of the object, each piece having its own life force. He found the metal spoke to him, and he was able to coax images from the variety of metals he worked with — a process he found fascinating. It was as though the image was inside waiting to be let out.

After service in the Navy from 1958 to 1969, he went to work in the family business, Pioneer Welding and Repair, with shops in Price, Utah and Salt lake City, Utah. In 1995, he and his wife Carol and family moved to Mesquite. On arriving in Mesquite, he found a shop and went to work. His work was centered around two lines, The Native American and The Tuscany Wine Country. He was a prolific worker, with pieces being commissioned worldwide. Nothing was too big or too small. In Mesquite, the City Hall features a family of Paiutes at the fountain, the Oasis Golf Club has a piece over the fireplace. There are sconces on houses, chandeliers, door knockers, tables, and beds. There are fireplaces, and stairways in bank buildings. No one really understands exactly how John Prazen accomplished what he did, and it would be safe to say he was the only man in the world that did accomplish his level of skill with a welding torch. A process of building layer upon layer, grinding down, positives, and negatives

until the figure hidden in the metal emerges are the things that fascinated John. The Wards were determined to own an original sculpture by John, so when the Casablanca held an art auction and “Blackhorse Navajo” was presented, they became the proud owners of a forty pound brass bust which was right at home among their intricately sculpted fireplaces. “Blackhorse Navajo” had a place of honor in their home for over ten years when the Wards decided they were getting too long in tooth and needed to be near family in Colorado. They felt that “Blackhorse Navajo” belonged in the valley. After some consideration, they approached the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum where we gratefully accepted the honor of being “Blackhorse Navajo’s” new home. When you visit the museum, you will see “Blackhorse Navajo” on his pedestal which was built by Randy McArthur. Randy generously donated labor costs for the pedestal because he had known John for years.

John said, “I realized that machines are machines; they wear out . . . but my art sculptures are my tracks that will outlast me. They say I was here and did something worthwhile.” Thank you, John, for sharing your talent with the world, and thank you to the Wards for donating “Blackhorse Navajo” so we may share it with all who visit us at the museum.V


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DIY & Community Giving Go Hand-In-Hand at the

Habitat for Humanity ReStore by Dawn McLain


t’s View On Magazine’s Home & Garden Issue and we’d like to know, what will you build? No matter what the project is, the best place to start is the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore in St. George! I am so excited about this issue! Being a DIY fan, I love to see new ideas and trends for decorating, upgrading, and remodeling my home. I have to admit, I can be a bit of a DIY addict — it’s hard not to when there are so many great projects. Like many people, my budget (and schedule!) can be a real hindrance when it comes to taking

on my dream projects. That’s where the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (HHR) comes in. Personally, I have a flair for picking projects that are bigger than my budget, and often my skill set, as well. So when I have something in mind, my first call is to my dad. My father is a master DIYer. When I was young, he built most of our furniture, he’d add decks to the house or pool, add rooms, screened-in porches, and lots more, all without batting an eye. It comes easy for him, and he is a great teacher, plus he has the best tools! In 2008, after owning my home for just one year, I decided to remove the carpet in several rooms and replace it with beautiful ceramic tile. So, I figured that with a little help I could totally DIY it. “Hello Dad, I’ve got a great idea for your next trip to St. George . . .” Upon his arrival, it was time for my second call — to the newly opened HHR. After our first visit, I was HOOKED! We were able to get everything we needed for a fraction of the cost. In fact, I was able to upgrade my tile choice


because I actually had funds left over! How many times can you say that about a project? The end result was beyond my expectations, and I’ve been thrilled to go back time and time again. Shopping at ReStore is truly a winwin situation for everyone. The store has so many high quality items and building materials — it’s unbelievable! To me, the best part about ReStore is the people. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable; it’s like shopping with friends with a purpose. Honestly, I love this store and their dedication to providing affordable housing for low-income families who would otherwise not be able to buy a home so much that I have Manager Tat Chan on speed dial. All proceeds from sales directly support the mission of Habitat for Humanity to build better communities by providing families a home where they become healthier, where kids leave for school in the morning, do their homework at night, parents rest from one day and plan for the next. In decent, affordable housing, walls are strong and roofs are secure — and the family inside focuses on thriving instead of surviving. I really appreciate the opportunity to save money on my home remodeling and support their vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

That’s a win-win-win if you ask me. The organization brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope through their home improvement discount outlet (ReStore), recycling and conservation efforts, and by promoting sustainable programs. For those unfamiliar, HHR is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more, at a fraction of the retail price. ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations, with proceeds used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in local communities. The St. George ReStore opened in 2008, and quickly grew into their 835 South Bluff Street location in 2014. Their success is all thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers, and customers. When you shop at ReStore, you help Habitat build. Proceeds from ReStore cover 100% of the operating costs for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, allowing 100% of fundraising dollars to go directly to constructing new homes. Furthermore, since opening, they have diverted over 2.5 million pounds of material from the landfill. ReStore features donated building materials from many top home developers in our area. Though many donations are brand new, others include gentlyused building materials, furniture, and household items. ReStore also sells overstocked, discounted items, fixtures, and furniture from corporate remodels and business closeout items. As an avid DIYer, I always have items to donate once a project is done. Thanks to ReStore, the days of trying to sell them online or at a garage sale are GONE! I could not be more thankful for that! Because all items for sale have been donated, individuals who are remodeling all or part of their homes can donate good quality, useable items to ReStore. You can either bring in your items or schedule a pick up. It’s quick, easy, and painless. Plus, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. I’ve mentioned the winning thing before, right?

Items typically available in ReStore include, windows and doors, cabinets, light fixtures and ceiling fans, paint, plumbing supplies, sinks, tubs, toilets, flooring, appliances, countertops, furniture, home décor, tools, lumber, and much, much more. There are thousands of items to peruse! Since 2008, my father and I have completed many DIY projects with the help of ReStore. In fact, on the rare occasion that I am not putting my Dad to work during his visit/vacation, we still visit ReStore every time he is here. Tat always greets us with a big smile and a hug. We can pretty much make a day of our trip, Dad and I. Though his “home store” is in Atlanta, the St. George store always feels like home to us. If you haven’t been to ReStore yet, what are you waiting for? I would like to personally invite you to the world of winning! One caveat, though, this place is addicting — which is a good thing. Why Shop at the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore? • Prices start at 50% of retail. Find fantastic bargains on all kinds of home improvement goods and household treasures! • All purchases support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. It’s your chance to help support their twenty-third housing project located in Washington where single mother, Kasidi and her four children

will soon call home. • Buying second hand items and building materials keeps thousands of pounds of garbage out of the Washington County landfill — 2.5 million pounds diverted so far — and counting. • They have everything for your lawn and garden, from bird baths to weed killer, and everything in between. • They carry precast concrete tree rings, splash pads, bird baths, benches, and stepping stones made locally by a former ReStore volunteer at Sunz Architectural Precast. These phenomenal pieces are always in stock and sold at an amazing discount. • Support “A Brush with Kindness,” a home preservation program with a focus on providing exterior services, such as painting, landscaping, yard clean up, and minor structural repair for low-income families. • Support the “RepairCorps” program that assists low-income veterans in obtaining home repair services.  • And, last but not least, you can visit Tat and the wonderful team of staff and volunteers! P.S. Don’t tell my dad, but I think the ReStore is going to be my first call from now on. V You can find Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ReStore at 835 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. For questions, call (435) 628-4041 or visit their website at 115

Words matter — at home, at work and on the go! by Ed White


id you know that more than 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss, making it difficult and sometimes distressing to use the phone? As a result, many resign themselves to limiting or outright avoiding phone use, partly out of embarrassment, partly out of frustration when they have to ask, “Can you repeat that? I didn’t quite hear what you said.” For some, this goes far beyond inconvenience — it can lead to troubling feelings of disconnectedness and isolation. But, wait — it doesn’t have to be this way. ClearCaptions is the NO COST service that keeps people connected, confident, and independent. The ClearCaptions callcaptioning service makes it easy for individuals with hearing loss to SEE the words their callers say. They’ll never miss a word. Near real-time transcription is at the heart of this service. The words a caller says are converted into written text that can be easily read and even saved for later reference. No more saying, “huh?” or “what?” during a call. The ClearCaptions service makes it possible to SEE EVERY WORD. ClearCaptions is made available at absolutely NO COST to anyone with verified hearing loss — no matter the level of severity — thanks to federal funding by the FCC and as provisioned by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By this funding,

ClearCaptions is able to provide:

• FREE caption phone for the home • FREE call captioning service at home and for mobile calling • FREE setup and lifetime support Established in 2011, ClearCaptions was formed to serve those who’ve experienced hearing loss, no matter their age or situation. And, the federal funding ensures that there is never any cost to qualified individuals and never any insurance claims or paperwork required. Qualified individuals need only have:

• Any form of hearing loss (physician verified) • Phone service • Internet service To properly qualify, all that is needed is verification by a healthcare professional who will then complete and submit a simple form to ClearCaptions. Remember, any form of hearing loss qualifies for this no-cost service. And the ClearCaptions’ mobile app keeps people connected even when they’re away from their captioning phone. The app is free and gives the freedom to receive captioned calls wherever you go. ClearCaptions believes everyone should enjoy the freedom and convenience to use the phone whenever they like, wherever they are, never dependent upon others to intercede. For family members and caregivers, this is equally important, providing them the peace of mind that those they love and care for are always within reach.V Get ClearCaptions for you or a loved one today. Just call Ed White at (702) 305-1743 to get started and never miss another word. Visit today.


Tennis TNT – Tips N Tricks – by Donna Eads


anging out at your house can be great for your tennis game. You can use the time to research weak areas of your game by using online coaching, books, magazines, or the TV to make improvements. As you pass by mirrors in your home, you can practice ‘shadow tennis’ by doing one stroke over and over to the mirror. This exercise builds muscle memory on the courts. In your garden, take a ball with you and practice your service toss until it falls eight out of ten times in the same place. Have light weights around the house so you can strengthen your wrists and shoulders with easy daily exercises such as wrist curls or shoulder shrugs. Back on the courts, you need to think at least three shots ahead during a game. Many comment that they are just happy to get the ball back. However, to improve, you must develop strategies and see trends from your opponents. So when you are returning, pick a shot, such as a deep to the corner hit or a lob, and then follow-up with coming to the net. As you play, keep your hands off your strings. If you strike a ball with your hand on the strings, you lose the point. Also, the ball may not touch you or any part of your clothing during a hit. Sometimes during a match, we either forget the score or state it wrongly. Remember, the server should call out the score before each serve. Any player may stop play at any point in a match to correct the score if stated incorrectly. If the players cannot reconstruct the game and agree on a correct score, the score returns to 30–30. See you on the courts!V


Why Shop Consignment

by Carol Bulloch


onsignment stores today are nothing like they were a few years ago. If you haven’t been to a consignment store in the last few years, you owe it to yourself to go check out a few. Once people discover the benefits of consignment shopping, they rarely pay full price again. Many times, the customers at Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery in Mesquite, Nevada don’t realize they’re in a consignment store because the items in our store are in almost new condition. Everyone benefits from shopping and consigning at consignment stores. First of all, the consigner is given an easy and convenient opportunity to dispose of items they no longer want and make some money while doing it. The customer gets great deals on all kinds of unique and interesting items, while they are supporting

the local economy by shopping locally. The consignment store owners are making money along with the employees they are paying to help run their business. It’s a win-win for everyone! The Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery takes pride in offering a clean and welcoming environment for our customers to come find the perfect gift for a friend, a unique and interesting treasure, or to furnish their entire home. They also carry new items that would make perfect gifts. There is always something new to see with every visit to the Rooster Cottage. Come check us out this summer at 748 West Pioneer Boulevard, Mesquite Nevada. Summer hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Hope to see you! V


AREA GOLF GUIDE Bloomington - St. George (435) 673-4687

Dixie Red Hills - St. George (435) 627-4444

Sky Mountain - Hurricane (435) 635-7888

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200

Southgate - St. George (435) 627-4440

CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970

Green Spring - Washington (435) 673-7888

Sun River - St. George (435) 986-0001

Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222

Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400

Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

The Ledges - St. George (435) 634-4640

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs (877) 742-8455

Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel (435) 648-2188

Coyote Willows - Mesquite (702) 345-3222

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane (435) 656-4653

Wolf Creek - Mesquite (702) 346-1670








JULY Brian Head July 4th Celebration

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June 30 – July 4 9:30 AM – 11 PM Brian Head July Fourth Celebration is held at the Brian Head Resort, 329 South Hghway 143, Brian Head, Utah. Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Join Brian Head for live music, artisan vendors, activities for the entire family, and will come to a head with the best Fourth of July fireworks show starting at 10 PM on July 4th! | (435) 677-2035 Moapa Valley Annual 4th of July Celebration July 4 7 AM Located at the Clark County Fairgrounds, this event is one that is sure to be remembered. Join Moapa Valley for breakfast, dinner, entertainment, and fireworks! This event is free and open the public. Red, White & Blue Classic July 4 7 AM – 1 PM Join the Palms Golf Club for the Red, White & Blue Classic. This is a four person scramble starting out on alternate tee boxes with a 7 AM shotgun. Cost is $45 per player or $180 for a team of four. Entry fee includes Green Fee, food, and prizes. Please see their website for details or to register. | (877) 438-2929 Rockets Over the Red Mesa Featuring Clint Holmes July 4 6 PM The Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada presents their annual 4th of July celebration, Rockets Over the Red Mesa. The community vendor village will go from 6 PM – 8 PM, followed by a live performance from The Nevada Pops Orchestra featuring Clint Holmes with the Rockets Over the Red Mesa Fireworks beginning at 9 PM respectively. Free public viewing will be set up behind the Casino. See page 1 | | (702) 346-4600 Spingdale, Utah 4th of July July 4 A pancake breakfast, a parade and good community fun! What a great way to celebrate Independence Day! The Lions Club Breakfast will be held at Springdale Elementary School located at 898 Zion Park Boulevard from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM. Immediately following will be the 4th of July Parade starting at 9:00 AM. Parade will run from Lion Boulevard to Canyon Springs Drive. 126

Casapoolooza presents Spazmatics July 7 8 PM – 10 PM The CasaBlance Resort in Mesquite, Nevada presents CasaBlanca Poolside, Casapoolooza featuring the Spazmatics. Doors open at 7 PM with DJ Ricochet to get the party started for this 21 and Older FREE event (ID required). The Spazmatics are a regional favorite due to their amazing musical talent and fun show, so be sure to ge there early so you don't miss out. | (877) 438-2929

Summer Movies at the Pool presents "Black Panther" July 12 8:30 PM Enjoy movie poolside at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, Nevada! Big screen will be visible from inside and outside the pool, and beverage/food concessions will be available. Admission is free, and open to everyone. People under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. No outside food or drinks allowed. Movie Synopsis: After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. | (877) 438-2929 Golden Gloves Junior & Youth Nationals July 18 – 21 5 PM The CasaBlance Resort in Mesquite, Nevada welcomes the Golden Gloves Junior & Youth Nationals to the CasaBlanca Event Center. This is an opening ranking tournament for junior boys and girls and open non-ranking tournament for youth males and females. Tickets prices vary and are available throught the CasaBlanca front desk. | (877) 438-2929 Movies in the Park presents Disney's Robin Hood July 20 7 PM – 11 PM The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and Staheli Family Farm presents Movies in the Park. Vendors, entertainment and more! July's movie is Disney's Robin Hood. This event is free and open to the public. Movie showing starts at dusk at the Washington City Veterans Park located at 111 North 100 East, Washington, Utah. If

you would like to be a vendor, please contact Susi at the chamber office. Contact information below. | (435) 628-1650

new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. | (877) 438-2929

Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration July 24 6:30 PM Merrill Osmond is excited to bring back The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration to southern Utah on Tuesday, July 24. In partnership with Dixie State University, this year's celebration will be held at their beautiful, new Trailblazer Stadium. Before the youth musical production begins, there will be a pre-show of great entertainment, skydivers, a tribute to our military armed forces & many more fun surprises. There will also be a special presentation in providing two local deaf individuals with the gift of hearing. Come and enjoy good, clean, fun entertainment for the whole family! | (801) 718-8437

Festival of Flavors & Flyin' Brian Aug 11 9:30 AM – 8 PM Brian Head's annual Festival of Flavors is back, and is happening in conjunction with their Flyin' Brian bike race. Come watch or participate in an awesome downhill race or come enjoy a plethora of flavors from Brian Head Resort's participating beer, wine and spirit vendors. There will also be live music from Less Than Lucid, Soul What!? and U2 Live! So change your altitude and escape the heat this Summer at beautiful Brian Head Resort located at 329 South Hghway 143, Brian Head, Utah! Alcohol will be available after 11 AM. See resort website for music lineup. | (435) 677-2035

Brian Head Resort 4th Annual Car Show July 27 9:30 AM – 8 PM Brian Head Resort is celebrating their 4th annual car show! There will be live music, mountain biking and all of the fun, family-friendly Summer activities you can handle! Please see the resort website for updates. | (435) 677-2035

AUGUST Washington County Fair 2018 Aug 8 – 11 Washington County presents Pirates of the FaiRibbean. Enjoy days of vendors, a carnival, and live entertainment at the Washington County Reginal Fairpark located at 5500 West 700 South, Hurricane, Utah. See website for detials of times and ticket pricing. | (435) 652-5899 Summer Movies at the Pool presents "Coco" Aug 9 8:30 PM Enjoy movie poolside at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, Nevada! Big screen will be visible from inside and outside the pool, and beverage/food concessions will be available. Admission is free, and open to everyone. People under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. No outside food or drinks allowed. Movie Synopsis: Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two

Peach Days Aug 30 - Sep 1 The City of Hurricane, Utah is gearing up for "Peach Days: A Celebration of our Heritage" and would like you to join them. Stop by the old "Town Square" and enjoy arts of all kinds, entertainment, crafts and food. There will be something for people of all ages so be sure to bring your entire family along for the festivities. Iron County Fair Aug 31 – Sep 3 Iron County Fair held at the Iron County Fair Grounds in Parowan. Admission is free to the fair, events in the Grand Stands such as the rodeo, mud bog, demolition derby, etc… do have a small admission fee. Exhibits include horse races, equestrian events, rodeo, carnival, exhibits, car show, live entertainment & the Miss Iron County Fair pageant. Visit their website for more details. | (435) 477-8380

SAVE THE DATE Tenth Annual Zion Canyon Music Festival – Sep 28-29 Brian Head Resort - Country Music Festival – Sep 1-2 Roctoberfest – Sep 15 | If you would like to see your event on our calendar, please email us at Thank you! 127

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2018 July - August

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2018 July - August