Boy Scout Troop 16 held a Court of Honor on Sept. 28 at the Club West clubhouse in Ahwatukee. Scoutmaster Joe Debbins and Senior Patrol Leader Mason Flowers presided over the evening’s ceremony. Over 100 combined Merit Badges, Ranks and special awards were presented to the Scouts. It was a special time of celebration. Some of the troop’s Scouts attended Camp Geronimo, earning the Big G Silver Award as well as many Merit Badges. The troop also had a group of Boy Scouts who went to Philmont Scout Ranch, backpacking over 80 miles in 12 days in the rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base.
The word watermark doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation. Yet consciously or unconsciously, watermarks are a big part of daily life and faith. Here are a few examples. High quality stationery has long been associated with watermarks. I can still remember my mom’s special bond quality writing paper, with the curious watermark on every page. We all handle money regularly, but if you work in retail, banking, or any profession that deals with money frequently, then you’ll be more than familiar with the watermarks used in paper currency to help stop counterfeiting. The same is also true of those who work in airport security checking passports for the safety of all travelers. If you’re in any kind of construction work, home or building repair specialist, then watermarks have a whole different meaning, especially if you’re called in to deal with the aftermath of a flood or some other type of water damage. Then there’s digital watermarking used in audio or image data for copyright purposes. Other types of digital watermarks protect data integrity and computer security. Last, but not least, from a spiritual perspective, the word watermark reminds us of our baptism.
Although I do not write book reviews in the summer months, I do continue reading, perhaps more than ever. Lucky enough to spend summers in the cool pines of northern Arizona, I walk a lot and an audio book is my constant companion. I was having a difficult time trying to choose which book to review as I start a new season, so I elected to do mini reviews instead of one long one. I’ll try to capture their essence briefly.
Michael Keaton established early on in his film career that he’s an actor of great range. For whatever reason, though, he faded into obscurity during the late ’90s and early 2000s. Some might say that’s because he walked away from the “Batman” franchise to do movies like “Jack Frost,” “White Noise,” “First Daughter,” and “Herbie Fully Loaded.” Then again, it’s not like starring in “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin” would have done Keaton any favors either. It’s great that Keaton has been slowly resurfacing in recent years with memorable supporting work in “Toy Story 3” and “The Other Guys.” In “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Keaton is given a leading role he was destined to play.
The granite countertops, energy-efficient appliances and high-end cabinets inside the apartments at Liv Ahwatukee are just the beginning of a long list of reasons why Ahwatukee’s newest apartment complex is also its most interesting.
I should have written this letter a few months ago but I might have some procrastination on my part. In case you don’t know me, my name is Scott Ryan and I was running for the State House of Representatives in LD18 as a Independent.
Allison Hurtado lists the website FOR Proposition 487 in her Oct. 22 article as if it were an unbiased website when in reality; the website she lists is a compilation of half-truths and right wing misinformation to persuade voters to vote for Prop 487. Since she listed the for website, she should also have listed the VOTE NO on Prop 487 website: www.NoOn487.com. If she were to inform readers to go to this website, they would find that “In 2013, Phoenix voters in a landslide passed smart, sustainable pension reform that will save City of Phoenix taxpayers more than $600 million over the next 23 years. Passing Prop 487 would wipe away most of those savings.” [Source: City of Phoenix Update, 6/10/2014]. In addition, “Pension spiking, which this measure (Prop 487) claims to address, already has been eliminated in contract negotiations earlier this year.”
Being a mother has caused Jennifer Swisher to be more aware of the chemicals she’s bringing into her home through food, but while on vacation she read a newspaper article about dry cleaning chemicals that has since changed her life.
Band is hell. Oh sure, the “American Pie” movies might have you believe it’s nothing but fun and games. Anyone who majored in music or even took band class in high school, however, knows that it’s like prepping for war. The hours are brutal, your teachers push you to be the best, and it’s literally the end of your world if you fail. You might think I’m exaggerating and to some extent maybe I am. After all, not every band instructor on the planet can be a ruthless slave driver. The instructor in “Whiplash” on the other hand most certainly is.
Proponents of Proposition 122 insist that a potentially far-reaching amendment to the Arizona Constitution is necessary to ensure the public gets to monitor how well — or poorly — Arizona does in protecting children.
Lately, one of Jesus’ more cryptic phrases has been making laps inside my head. I came back across his words while reading the Passion accounts in the Gospels, this year quickly speeding toward the Lenten season as it is. These words were spoken on the last night Jesus was with his disciples: “Abide in me, and I will abide in you.”
I’ll never forget the first time I left my new puppy Leinie, an Australian Shepherd, alone in my home. I was only gone four hours and returned to find a 6-inch hole in my wall. This experience solidified my view that dogs need “jobs” to do when left alone. These “jobs” reduce separation anxiety tendencies and allow dogs to stay focused on a task. Over the years, I have tested numerous chew bones/toys for my dogs and have narrowed it down to a number of “must haves” for any dogs chewing desires. Remember: Always supervise your dog when chewing on ANY new bone/toy that they could potentially swallow. Below are a few chewing tips to lower your odds of coming home to unwanted construction:
Star, 4, is the entire kitty package. First, she is a very pretty cat with cool coloring. Star has lovely light green eyes that compliment her beige coat. Further adding to her charming looks is a purrfectly white muzzle and dark brown coloring at the top part of both hind feet that provides a neat contrast with her beige coat. Second, Star is incredibly affectionate and is not shy about asking for love by giving you gentle head butts, by rubbing up against you, or by simply talking to you. She loves attention from her people, happy to receive petting while either sitting in your lap or right next to you. She also enjoys being picked up and held. Star loves to be pet, especially if it includes head, ear, and chin rubs. As her strong, steady purr motor starts to hum there can be little doubt in your mind as to how happy Star is to be spending time with you. Third, her sweet nature extends to other kitties as well. She loves her kitty friends and is in fact quite motherly towards the other kitties she is currently rooming with … she has been seen grooming all of them at one time or another. Star likes to engage her kitty friends in playtime as well. If they aren’t in the mood to play, Star is happy to have her favorite person wave a feather wand around for her to bat or throw some balls for her to chase — she loves to run around and stretch her legs. Star is a very adaptable, easygoing gal who will do fine in any household. She is a great cat who will bring a lot of love to the family that is lucky enough to bring her home.
With “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” and “Up in the Air,” few modern directors have done a more authentic job at capturing the age we live in better than Jason Reitman. It’s actually pretty surprising that it’s taken him this long to make a movie concerning digital media’s effect on culture. What’s even more shocking is the fact that some of these innovations are barely a decade old. On top of all that, it’s only been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, which instigated the need for every man, woman, and child to have a cell phone. We might have gotten by fine without them for years, but now it’s impossible to imagine life without any mobile devices or social networking.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?