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Ask The Contractor: Annual YCCA Home show wrap up

After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building on the 39th annual YCCA Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with our column.

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People and Places: Students work for lighter backpacks

Franklin Phonetic students reach Project Citizen Nationals

Franklin Phonetic School’s gifted students might soon be responsible for a public policy on heavy backpacks if their Project Citizen project is selected among at least 10 other groups’ projects, said Franklin Phonetic School teacher Kristi Goeke.

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HUSD Student of the Week: Sophia

Sophia Gonzalez is an amazing 5-year-old student with a radiant smile and a wonderful laugh.

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Ask The Contractor: Upgrading landscaping easily pays dividends

We are in the process of doing some upgrades in our home, and curious as to the return on investment for outdoor projects.

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Library asks entire community to read one book

Back in October, the Prescott Valley Public Library staff was talking about a new grant from the state library which eventually fell into their laps, said Prescott Valley Public Library Adult Services Librarian Jennifer Kim, with Adult Services Librarian Michele Hjorting calling it one of the most interesting things the library has ever done.

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People and Places: Changing course to help students

Missile engineer finds happiness becoming a teacher

Bradshaw Mountain High School math teacher Stephen Ross said he always wanted to be a teacher, it just took him 35 years longer than he expected.

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HUSD Student of the Week: Paige

Lake Valley Elementary School would like to nominate Paige Chilicky, sixth-grade student, for our Student of the Week.

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Ask the Contractor: Factors to consider between custom and prefab cabinets

We are building a new home in Prescott and I say, “custom cabinets,” and my husband says, “prefab cabinets.”

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People & Places: PV teen plants flags along Highway 69

She’s been helping veterans since 2013

It was four years ago, in the day leading up to Pearl Harbor Days 2013 when Prescott Valley resident Kassy Holme’s neighbors asked if she wanted help plant flags across town for the VFW Post 10227.

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Breaking the fourth wall

PV Performing Arts puts on Willy Wonka Jr.

When Willy Wonka Jr. became one of the options from the Prescott Valley Playhouse Board of Directors, Director Brook Williams said she thought it would be a great opportunity to direct children again, calling it her passion.

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Changing course to help children

Humboldt teacher found her passion by accident

Back when she ran a camp for special needs children as the physical education director, Humboldt Elementary School Resource Teacher Deb Galliers said she loved it so much that when she went back to college, she changed her major.

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Ask the Contractor: It’s time to make your home smarter

We are building a new home in Yavapai County and are considering some Smart Home technology.

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Hunting for the next Shakespeare

GHMS teacher looks for a passion to write

Three years ago, Glassford Hill Middle School seventh grade language arts teacher Erika Dahm said she was slowly putting herself through school and after moving to Arizona and attending the University of Arizona, realized she didn’t like the area.

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People & Places: Hopi quilting gets the spotlight this month

Prescott Valley Library highlights a blend of two cultures

Having started working with Hopi quilters more than 20 years ago, Carolyn O’Bagy Davis said she’s had several exhibits on the art of Hopi quilting, including a traveling exhibit and one at the Smithsonian, and has written a book on the subject and was part of a PBS documentary.

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Ask the Contractor: Bigger isn’t always better in air conditioning units

We need a new air conditioning unit and would like your advice on how to select a contractor. — Ed and Susie, Cottonwood.

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Bringing a little Frizzle to Lake Valley: From unsure about being a teacher to the top in 5 years

Five years ago, Lake Valley Elementary School second grade teacher Lisa Busk said her mother and bosses at the Boys & Girls Club convinced her to go into teaching, something she never saw herself doing before.

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HUSD Student of the Week: Hailey Roberts

Mountain View Outstanding Student Award

Hailey is a fourth-grader who has a passion for writing, reading, and singing. She especially loves to write about herself and others but dabbles in non-fiction text as well.

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People & Places: Local Girl Scout receives Gold Award

Making a difference motivated her to earn the top honor

About 13 years ago, Prescott Valley resident Ellie Bowen said she saw that her mother was a leader in the Girl Scouts and that her sister had done it, making her want to join in.

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Cooking with Diane: Apple Cobblestone Cookies

If you like chewy cookies, you will love these Apple Cobblestone cookies. I gave some to my friend, and she immediately asked for the recipe, saying she loved them. I hope you will too.

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Ask the Contractor: Dekton changing the way America builds

The product you are talking about is DEKTON, a new material that has arrived on the market with superior performance and has multi-use applications.

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Ask The Contractor: Secrets to taking care of gorgeous hardwood floors

Happy new homeowners we are to Prescott.

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People & Places: Fifth grader takes aim at title

PV student returns to nationals for the second straight year

Prescott Valley School fifth grader Laureli Potter is on her way to the National Archery tournament for the second year in a row.

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Engaging kindergarteners through real life

Adrienne Houston teacher of the year for Coyote Springs

When she was only 18 years old, Coyote Springs Kindergarten Teacher Adrienne Houston started off at the school as an elementary volunteer while in college to see how teaching works.

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HUSD Student of the Week: Kale

Kale Onsaga is a four-year-old student at Bright Futures Preschool.

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Ask the contractor: Inexpensive secrets for taking care of your home

Our readers send “household tips” and lately, I have received a bunch of remedies so I thought it might be time to write a column on using household products for cleaning.