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  • Gilbert teen overcomes horrible motorcycle accident, works to inspire others - ABC15 ArizonaGilbert teen overcomes horrible motorcycle accident, works to inspire others - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaGilbert teen overcomes horrible motorcycle accident, works to inspire othersABC15 Arizona"Anything that had wheels or anything that had to do with sport. I love to be outside and doing stuff,” said Tidwell. That all changed for the teen last year. One October afternoon, Tidwell took his motorcycle from school to work. During that short ...

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  • Man gets shot trying to rob a 7-Eleven in Gilbert - Arizona's Family - AZFamilyMan gets shot trying to rob a 7-Eleven in Gilbert - Arizona's Family - AZFamily

    AZFamilyMan gets shot trying to rob a 7-Eleven in Gilbert - Arizona's FamilyAZFamilyA Gilbert man was shot in the leg after he pulled a gun on a 7-11 clerk in an attempted armed robbery on Wednesday afternoon.and more »

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  • Police: 7-Eleven clerk shoots armed suspect during attempted robbery - FOX 10 News PhoenixPolice: 7-Eleven clerk shoots armed suspect during attempted robbery - FOX 10 News Phoenix

    FOX 10 News PhoenixPolice: 7-Eleven clerk shoots armed suspect during attempted robberyFOX 10 News PhoenixGilbert police say the incident happened on November 15 at 2:50 p.m. at a 7-Eleven near Cooper and Elliot Roads when the suspect, identified as 27-year-old E'lon Hayes, entered the convenience store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money ...

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  • Man hospitalized after attempting to rob Gilbert gas station - ABC15 ArizonaMan hospitalized after attempting to rob Gilbert gas station - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaMan hospitalized after attempting to rob Gilbert gas stationABC15 ArizonaA suspect is in the hospital after he attempted to rob a convenience store in Gilbert. Police said the incident happened at the 7-Eleven near Elliot and Cooper roads Wednesday afternoon. Gilbert police said 27-year-old E'lon Hayes pointed a handgun at ...and more »

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  • Chandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to useChandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to use

    Chandler, Gilbert, Surprise and other Valley police now carry naloxone, a rescue drug for opioid overdoses. Other metro Phoenix departments may follow When it comes to declaring emergencies, the type of emergency it is can determine how much funding the federal government will allocate to solve it.

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  • Chandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to use - AZCentral.comChandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to use - AZCentral.com

    AZCentral.comChandler, Gilbert police begin carrying opioid overdose drug and putting it to useAZCentral.comThe Arizona Department of Health Services now issues public reports on the opioid crisis. The most recent report shows 3,920 reported opioid overdoses in Arizona between June 15 and Nov. 2. About 14 percent, or an estimated 548, of the overdoses were ...and more »

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  • City, county move toward joint comprehensive planning effortCity, county move toward joint comprehensive planning effort

    Hildebrand said that the Pennsylvania Planning Code requires that counties update comprehensive plans every 10 years but noted that the same requirement doesn't exist for municipalities - cities, boroughs and townships - though the city still Hildebrand said that, on the city's end, the planning process will also likely include an updated zoning ordinance as well as an expanded park plan. "When we have in place, that puts us in a better spot for state and federal grants foundations too," According to Oyez, which archives the Supreme Court, a church had "rented space at an elementary school in Gilbert, Arizona, and placed about 17 signs in the area announcing the time and location of Good News' services.

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  • Behavioral-health facility makes third attempt to build in GilbertBehavioral-health facility makes third attempt to build in Gilbert

    In 2013, residents twice defeated the proposed facility, saying it would be too close to neighborhoods and an elementary school. A year later, Gilbert commissioned a report on the availability of social services in the town, which showed a need for programs that the facility would've provided, such as counseling for substance abuse and treating anxiety and depression.

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  • Why Did LibraryCon 2017 Cancel Drag Queen Storytime?Why Did LibraryCon 2017 Cancel Drag Queen Storytime?

    Michelle Miranda-Thorstad, a library professional with the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, confirmed on November 9 that an event called "Reading with Queens" was canceled by the library's administration. That morning, Miranda-Thorstad says, a supervisor informed her that the event was being cancelled because the readers didn't have early literacy training.

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  • Best of Phoenix 2017: 19 Things to Do and See OutdoorsBest of Phoenix 2017: 19 Things to Do and See Outdoors

    Phoenix New Times' Best of Phoenix 2017 is out now. Here's our list of the best things to do and see outdoors in the Valley.

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  • Gilbert, AZ Bio-Hack Health Company www.NimbusPerformance.com Voted...Gilbert, AZ Bio-Hack Health Company www.NimbusPerformance.com Voted...

    It's no secret that science and medical experts around the globe are focused on cellular health in pursuit of a longer and more productive life. The body is amazing when cells are healthy and active, which has now become the mantra for Nimbus Performance.

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  • Arizona winemaker who quit liquor board didn't disclose prior disciplineArizona winemaker who quit liquor board didn't disclose prior discipline

    John McLoughlin, who left his post on the state liquor board, failed to tell the Governor's Office about past violations of liquor laws. A sign outside the Pillsbury winery tasting room informs guests to call for a tasting in Willcox, Ariz.

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  • The Mighty PC sells repurposed computers at a fraction of the costThe Mighty PC sells repurposed computers at a fraction of the cost

    Ken and Linda Chan launched The Mighty PC, their second Chandler-based business, after Future Kiddie, and sells repurposed PCs and computers. Linda Chan and Ken Chan talk with Chad Haas , Oct. 10, 2017, in Haas' office at 55 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert, Ariz.

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  • Sprouts sets January opening dateSprouts sets January opening date

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Sprouts Farmers Market at the Loop 202 and Recker Road is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 10. Management with the 30,000-square-foot store will announce details about the grand opening celebration soon. “The new Sprouts in Mesa will be easily accessible off the freeway, and is located in a part of the East Valley that is underserved when it comes to grocery options,” said Kalia Pang, spokeswoman. “We’re looking forward to hiring a new team and welcoming our new shoppers, including many families in the area, when we open our doors.” The new Mesa Sprouts is bringing approximately 120 full- and part-time career opportunities to the area. Potential team members should share a passion for healthy eating and fresh, natural and organic products. Mesa shoppers will find a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets in an open store layout. Each store features an in-house butcher who prepares hand-crafted sausages daily and assists customers with special cuts of meat and seafood seasoning. Fresh and prepared deli items will be offered, as well as a selection of fresh-baked goods and craft beer and wine. The Vitamins and Body Care Department features more than 7,500 vitamin and body care products made with sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. Employment opportunities include: department managers, assistant department managers, clerks, cashiers, courtesy clerks, backup receiver, administrative coordinator and scan coordinator. To apply, visit sprouts.com/careers or call 1-866-925-2396. In 2016, Sprouts’ team members saved more than $9 million through store discounts and received $150,000 in scholarships.

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  • Pasta with Italian sausage and pumpkin saucePasta with Italian sausage and pumpkin sauce

    By Jan D’Atri Your first reaction to this combination may be similar to mine. “What? That sounds crazy!” But once your kitchen is filled with the aroma of simmering garlic and wine, and then the combination of pumpkin, sage and spicy sausage, you’re going to realize that pasta with sausage and pumpkin sauce is a home run! The recipe was made popular by PBS star and cookbook author Nick Stellino, whose authentic Italian cuisine has been featured on numerous television shows for decades. This dish is taken from Nick’s Sicilian roots and is the perfect meal for fall!  We have plenty of choices for food and drink using pumpkin and pumpkin spices, from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin cookies, cakes and pies. But if you love pasta, this pumpkin sauce brings a whole new flavor profile to your plate. The subtle flavor of the sauce combined with a spicy sausage is unbeatable! This is the dish that made me a pumpkin pasta convert, and I hope it does the same for you. Pasta with Italian sausage and pumpkin sauce Ingredients: – 4 tablespoons olive oil – 1-pound Italian hot sausage, casings removed – 1 cup chopped onion – 10 garlic cloves, sliced thick – 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage – 1-1/4 cup white wine – 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) – 1-1/4 cup pumpkin puree – 2 cups chicken stock – 1 pound of pasta (penne, bow tie) – 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese  (optional) Directions: In a large skillet, cook 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat for 2 minutes. Add the sausage and break up into small pieces. Cook sausage until it browns, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Set aside.  Leave about 1 tablespoon of the oil from the sausage in the skillet. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and chopped sage.

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  • Jersey Mike’s, Café Rio coming to Power and McKellipsJersey Mike’s, Café Rio coming to Power and McKellips

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jersey Mike’s and Café Rio are headed to the busy intersection of Power and McKellips roads, toward the end of this year. The two eateries, which were built in Target’s parking lot, give residents additional dining experiences. Also on the corner are Thai Patio, Chili’s, Wendy’s and Lucky Lou’s, among others. Café Rio Café Rio is looking to build out the Phoenix market, according to the restaurant’s chief concept officer Andy Hooper. “For the last few years, it’s been an excellent market for us,” said Hooper, who gave November 8 as a tentative opening date. “There’s a strong retail intersection there at Power and McKellips. The shopping center is anchored by Target.” The distance to Mesa Community College-Red Mountain was also attractive to the fast-casual restaurant, as was the city’s growth. “Mesa has seen incredible economic growth the last few years,” he said. “Housing prices continue to go up. It’s a family-oriented community. The median age is 35 or 36. They’re educated, with strong income levels. It’s a great fit for the core customers of Café Rio.” Hooper added Café Rio only has 106 U.S. stores, so it is selective about where it builds restaurants, which are known for using fresh ingredients. “Everything is made from scratch within the four walls of the restaurant,” Hooper said. “We have no commissary, no central kitchen. Everything you eat in our restaurant is made from scratch—no freezers and no microwaves. Even the tortillas are made from scratch. “The freshness of the food and the fact it’s made from scratch are the most distinct things that people notice. Our dishes are highly customizable. We believe in inviting people into our kitchen. It adds to the feeling that they’re part of the show and making that meal special.” Café Rio will hire between 30 and 50 employees to serve families coming in for lunch and dinner. To-go orders are popular as well, Hooper said. Orders can be placed online or through a mobile app. Catering is available as well. Jersey Mike’s First-time franchisee Joshua Barton knows Jersey Mike’s inside and out. He has painted more than 40 stores throughout Southern California, and now he’s opening a restaurant near his parents, who live in the Valley. “I’ve watched the brand grow and develop in Southern California,” he said. “I love Arizona as a whole and I love the East Valley. I feel like it’s such a growing brand, but there isn’t enough of them around, to be honest.” Barton said he chose to invest in Jersey Mike’s because its values align with his: If you’re going to be good, be good always. If you’re going to make a sandwich, make the best sandwich. “It’s a standard of excellence that I can carry into any part of my life,” he said. “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” With those beliefs in mind, Jersey Mike’s is firm about its franchisees getting involved in the community. Barton wants to become engrained in youth sports leagues in the area. In March, Jersey Mike’s hosts a day of giving, during which all revenue goes to a charity. “It’s not all the profits,” he’s quick to add. “It’s all revenue. I was raised that way, to be thinking of others and to be charitable. It’s nice to be part of a brand that aligns with my personal values.” The strong suit is the product, though, he added. Many people come in to Jersey Mike’s stores not knowing the difference between its sandwiches and those of other concepts. Barton fills them in. “The product is fresh,” said Barton, who is hoping the restaurant will open in December. “The bread is baked fresh every day. The roast beef is cooked in-house. Everything is fresh and sliced right in front of you. Nothing is sitting there too long. If you don’t have a great product, people won’t come back.”

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  • Amazing Jake’s to become Jake’s UnlimitedAmazing Jake’s to become Jake’s Unlimited

    By Crystal Lewis-Brown Mesa favorite Amazing Jake’s is becoming Jake’s Unlimited, and that transformation means a new adults-only happy hour that could make your go-to kids’ park your new Friday-night hot spot. Jake’s After Dark, which will be introduced in December, will begin at 8 p.m. nightly after the park closes. It will feature DJs, food specials, drink specials and deals on attractions like laser tag and arcade games. “Jake’s has been around for 12 years and we’ve learned a lot through the process of operating over 300,000 guests a year (and) we’re already a place where everybody can come and have fun,” said Jeremy Hoyum, Jake’s manager of operations. Adding the happy hour seemed like a natural transition, he said. Unlike during the day, Jake’s After Dark admission is free. However, they will still have access to most parts of the park (the kid zone will be closed) and can purchase ride packages or game cards. Although the buffet will not be available, food can be ordered a la carte from its revamped menu. Jake’s After Dark is just one of the new initiatives coming as part of the facility’s major renovations. In addition to revamping the façade with new paint, flooring and lighting, it’s creating a dual-level laser tag arena, VIP bowling suites, six mini bowling lanes, revamped bumper cars, more arcade games and an expanded kid zone. Four themed dining rooms and eight party rooms are also receiving a makeover. The all-you-can eat buffet is getting a facelift, and the venue is introducing an a la carte menu with new entrees, appetizers and specialty desserts. There will be two full bars. “When we opened Amazing Jake’s more than a decade ago, we were way ahead of our time,” Hoyum said. “Once again, we want to raise the bar by upgrading our space and amenities to bring our customers a whole new level of fun. As the go-to entertainment destination, we’re thrilled to bring the all-new Jake’s Unlimited experience to our guests.” To accommodate the renovations, Jake’s closed in October and will reopen in early December. The result, Hoyum said, will be unlike other experiences in the Valley. And everything from the décor to the attractions is meant to appeal to adults as well as kids. “We want adults to come in and not feel like they’re in a kids’ place,” he said. One huge draw will likely be the private bowling suites that can accommodate everything from a company happy hour to a wedding party. Guests will have a private space and can reserve four to eight bowling lanes at a time. Patrons can also request any number of amenities, including a private bar, specialty buffet or separate DJ. Jake’s can also accommodate groups for birthday parties, corporate events and more, from groups ranging from 10 to 3,000 people. “We know that kids are having fun, families are having fun here, and it was time for a facelift,” Hoyum said. “You won’t even recognize the place. It’s going to be so exciting and fun and modern.”

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  • Bloody Mary, Benedicts key to Sunnyside’s successBloody Mary, Benedicts key to Sunnyside’s success

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Inspired by his grandfather, Gabriel Garfio has always been fascinated with food. Sometimes it was much to his parents’ chagrin. “When I was 5 or 7, my parents owned a small German bakery in California,” Garfio said. “My grandpa was one of the bakers. I would sneak off at 2 in the morning when he was going to work. I told him my parents said it was fine. Then he’d get a phone call asking where I was. I just needed to go in and see the kitchen.” Garfio, now 24, serves as executive chef at Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge, near Power and McDowell roads. He and his parents bought the restaurant, the former home of The Egg and I Café, when he was 19. Garfio came up with the name, the mission and designed the creative menu as a student at Johnson and Wales University in Colorado. The location was scouted by Garfio’s parents, however, the chef previously mountain biked in a park behind Las Sendas. The bright eatery has an open-kitchen concept, something that the former occupant lacked, he said. Paintings grace the walls, and the staff can be overheard making smoothies and chatting about ingredients, as guests sit at a bar. “We want an ambiance that invites guests to eat a good, wholesome meal and have good service,” Garfio said. Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge specializes in eggs Benedict, ranging in price from $10.89 to $11.89, and topped with items like avocado, chorizo, crab cakes and salmon. Its menu runs deep. Also for breakfast, there are Latin dishes like Savory Sonoran Crepes ($11.89) or Mom’s Recipe Chilaquiles ($11.89). Savory omelets are popular dishes as well, especially the Chile Verde Omelet ($11.59) and the Rocky Point Omelet ($11.59). The “Sweet Cravings” menu is worth the trip: Brave Banana ($10.49) features pancakes layered with creamy banana custard, topped with Nutella spread, fresh bananas and walnuts. A similar dish is Banana Nutella Crepes ($10.49). A graduate of EVIT and Highland High School, Garfio serves the standards as well: biscuits and gravy ($10.79), chicken fried steak ($11.89) and corned beef hash ($11.89). Burgers, BLT, lox and cheese, salads and gluten-free offerings round out the menu. Don’t count out the Sunnyside Bloody Mary ($7) or The Perfect Paloma (Patrol silver, fresh grapefruit juice, lime and champagne ($17). It also serves “Classy Champagne,” the “Modest Mimosa,” screwdrivers and beer. Garfio isn’t done creating just yet. “We’re coming up with different seasonal specials,” he said. “We have pumpkin pancakes made with real pumpkin—no puree. We take seasonal items and use them in different ways people haven’t seen before. We should have the pumpkin pancakes until the end of November. We’ll start something new in December.” An avid gardener, he has his sights set on farm-to-table offerings. “I want to take that approach and have a garden to cultivate fruits and vegetables,” he said. “There is so much negativity about produce and the meat industry. I figured if I could do it myself, I’ll be better off.” Garfio explained he would be nowhere without his staff, whom he puts “on a pedestal.” “They make Sunnyside successful, with lines out the doors,” he said. The service extends to his family, like his grandfather who has relocated to Rocky Point. “His first stop is always Sunnyside,” he said. “He catches me by surprise, but I give him personal service and make him creative dishes that aren’t on the menu. It’s the least I can do for pushing me through my career.” Sunnyside Breakfast Lounge 2823 N. Power Road, Mesa 480-832-9696 sunnysidebreakfastlounge.com 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

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  • Prototyping Festival offers ideas to explorePrototyping Festival offers ideas to explore

    By Catherine Shappell Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the free Main Street Prototyping Festival Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18, in downtown Mesa. The Prototyping Festival showcases 20 temporary and unique conceptions focusing on art and technology, science and engineering. Each concept serves a specific purpose, such as creating gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction and performances, or places to play and share in art making. The festival allows the community to experience and identify structures that can contribute toward the livability of their communities. Prototypes showcase how a neighborhood can be transformed into a lively, beautiful and sustainable place with the arts at their core. This family-friendly festival allows attendees to walk at their own pace between prototypes. Exploration and hands-on interaction is encouraged. Residents and visitors of the festival are urged to provide feedback and vote for their favorite prototype. Chosen selections will work with city officials and their partners to foster ideas for future installation within the downtown corridor. Prototyping festivals are the newest trend in urban communities with successful events held in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose. Events like these allow pedestrians to engage in conversation, discover art in the most unusual forms and have fun. Prototype teams consist of folks of various backgrounds including artists, architects, designers, students, makers and urban planners. In addition, artists Erin V. Sotak and Sophia McGovern will work with community partners, Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club and Mesa’s CARE Partnership, to engage residents in using art and art-making to explore and express their neighborhood and community goals. Afterward, attendees can enjoy a multitude of other free events. Friday night includes Juice Farm Hip-Hop Art Show at Queen’s Pizzeria and a family-friendly Figment Friday in downtown Mesa for art workshops and crafts. Saturday’s events at the Mesa Arts Center campus include an arts brunch, Creative Catalysts Mimosas & Palomas. In the evening is spark! After Dark and BidUp! Silent Auction, two events hosted at Mesa Arts Center for creative and original art work from Valley artists.

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  • Elementary students provide solutions to real-world challengesElementary students provide solutions to real-world challenges

    Story and photos by Laurie Struna In Sharisse Nunes’ sixth-grade Falcon Hill Elementary class, students are deep in discussion about the engineering design process. They imagine, create and build miniature chair prototypes based on their simulated clients’ needs. The room bubbles with excitement, as Nunes masterfully guides her pupils through the lesson, using project-based learning (PBL) methodology. “I want you to imagine you are a carpenter hired by your client to build a chair,” Nunes tells the class. “Think about their needs. This isn’t a standard chair that you can purchase at the store. How is your chair going to be unique? Please get into teams and discuss your ideas.” After lively conversation, students sketch ideas on paper, then work as a team to build models using pipe cleaners, toothpicks and model clay. Preparing students for the real world Last year, Falcon Hill implemented the pilot program that teaches students to identify and provide solutions to real-world problems, enabling students and educators to reach beyond the school building. Students gain knowledge and skills by learning to investigate and respond to complex questions and challenges. PBL aligns with state standards, ensuring students are equipped with the soft skills needed to collaborate with a team. Students learn while thinking critically and harnessing their creativity and imagination to solve 21st century world challenges. Students start by exploring concepts such as color wheel personalities, learning styles and growth mindset to discover their personal styles. This also helps them recognize peers’ traits, allowing them to work cohesively with others. “The very mention of PBL gets students excited,” Nunes said “Each project meets a world need, has a focus topic that’s relative to student learning, sets up a realistic scenario, and involves tools, tasks and processes used by adults.” Upon completing a project, Nunes says students have a better understanding of the content presented, retain learned information longer and are able to apply knowledge to new situations. “The old way of learning is to sit in the class, memorize material and try to pass a test,” says Dr. Lisa McCray Cannon, Falcon Hill principal. “Adults live in a world of projects, whether it’s a job assignment, home improvement project, or planning a wedding or function. PBL educators serve as a coach, guiding students to use a variety of resources and strategies that are fun and motivate students to take ownership of their learning.” For more information about project-based learning, visit mpsaz.org/falconhill/pbl.

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  • Mesa veteran Richard Michaud is a real-life ‘top gun’Mesa veteran Richard Michaud is a real-life ‘top gun’

    By Jimmy Magahern Barbara Laken fluffs the cushions of the couch directly beneath the display of medals and the Top Gun sign as her 90-year-old dad, Richard Michaud, slowly takes his favorite seat in the living room of his Mesa home. Michaud cracks a wry smile as the reporter across from him makes eye contact, knowing that from this angle, the large red, white and blue wings of the iconic 1986 movie logo jut out from his ears in an almost cartoonish fashion. The placement of the sign is no doubt a loving decorative touch from his proud daughter, who calls her dad “a real Top Gun.” The veteran navy flyer himself, who actually trained for aerial combat maneuvering in the early 1950s, about a decade and a half before the establishment of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School in Miramar, California, that would come to be nicknamed Top Gun school, confesses he’s not a great fan of the movie, even as Hollywood gears up for a long-awaited sequel. “One of the things that frustrated me about the Top Gun movie was when Tom Cruise’s character felt he’d killed his buddy and right in the middle of a big battle, he’s pulling out the buddy’s dog tags to look at them,” he says. “You wouldn’t have time for that!” The line invites a chuckle, but Michaud’s no longer smiling. “You know, throwing him off the back end of,” he pauses for a long time, then sadly exhales, “a carrier is probably something you’d do.” Michaud holds the rare distinction of having served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, giving him membership in an informal club whose badge he proudly wears on a hat reading, “All 3 Wars Veterans of America.” But until about three years ago, Michaud’s deep well of military experience was a secret he kept from his four grown children, three of whom still live close by—Laken just across the street and one of her three brothers in the house next door. “My dad is a hero. And we never knew it,” said Laken, who’s also encouraged her dad to write a book. “My mom never talked about it, and it wasn’t until she passed three years ago that we started getting into the books and the stories. He had five distinguished flying crosses. And we had no idea.” “I think it’s probably typical of most veterans,” Michaud said dismissively of his long-standing reluctance to share his military history with his offspring. “They don’t come home and run through all of their experiences for the family.” But Laken, a genealogy enthusiast who, with help from family – and websites like Ancestry.com — has created an ambitious library of family history in Michaud’s den, dug into her dad’s record and discovered that during his stint in Vietnam, he was part of a rescue team that saved many soldiers. “We were assigned responsibility for search and rescue,” Michaud explained. “We had a lot of different kinds of airplanes flying in Vietnam, and when one of them would go down, it was our job to go to the scene and neutralize the enemy and then we’d bring in a helicopter and there was a cable we’d drop down and pick our guys up.” Michaud admits he was disappointed when he came home from Vietnam and was greeted with less than a hero’s welcome, but he understands why. “Unfortunately, it was the war that had the attitude against it,” he said, referring to the widespread social movement among young Americans at the time who opposed U.S. involvement in Vietnam. “With World War II, you didn’t have that problem — or even in Korea, to speak of. But with Vietnam, you had all the marching and the going to Canada to avoid the draft. It was not a very popular war.” Truth be told, Vietnam was not Michaud’s first choice of a conflict to be involved in, either. He’d originally joined the Navy straight out of graduating high school in Logan, Utah in 1945, to serve in World War II, but he had barely completed training when the war ended with Japan’s surrender. The Navy kept him in Southeast Asia anyway, serving at bases in the Philippines and the Admiralty Islands for 14 months until he had accrued enough points to come home. At that time, he started college on the G.I. Bill, married his wife, Patty, and worked for a while as a reporter for the local newspaper. When the Korean War started, he was commissioned again, and that’s when Michaud took part in the pilot’s training. Once again, however, Michaud wound up late to the battle. “Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately — the war ended the same time that I finished that training,” he says. “So, I never did make it physically to Korea.” He moved to Arizona and was assigned to the ROTC program at Arizona State. In the summer of ‘69, just as President Nixon was beginning troop withdrawals, Michaud got called to duty again. This time, however, he saw plenty of combat. “Many of his friends never came back,” Laken said. When Michaud did come home, he’d had his fill of military life and opted for a much quieter lifestyle, taking a job at ASU as an assistant director of financial aid and later moving back to Logan to perform the same job for Utah State University. While there, he discovered a new, unlikely passion to take the place of flying: Dutch oven cooking. He founded the International Dutch Oven Society in Salt Lake City, a group of “black pot enthusiasts” that now has close to 50 chapters around the globe. With nearly 20 grandchildren and over 60 great-grandchildren in his fold, Michaud counts his strongly held LDS faith as a key to living a long, healthy life. But he also sees his military service as part of that. “I think the key to having a life well lived is to help people,” he says. “And I see my military experience as something along that line. It doesn’t always work out totally like you’d like it to, but there’s nobody else in the world fighting for the freedom of people as much as the United States.”

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  • Las Sendas Elementary celebrates past, present and futureLas Sendas Elementary celebrates past, present and future

    By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Las Sendas Elementary School celebrated its 20th anniversary in front of parents, city and school officials, and students. The school, which opened in 1996 but was dedicated in 1997, held the party in conjunction with a Christopher Columbus flag ceremony. “It worked out perfectly,” said Jennifer Berkshire, the school’s PTO president. “The theme of the flag ceremony is discovery, so it fit right in with the unveiling of the time capsule.” The October event also featured a poetry and essay contest, and a Jurassic “adventure” on the front playground. A reptile expert entertained the kids. The student council opened the time capsule because having it at an assembly would have been challenging, Berkshire said. The time capsule included school T-shirts and a water bottle; a newspaper from 2000; Pretty Flowers Barbie; tattoo necklace; and gifts from each grade level like an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars action figure, Clifford books, Pokémon Game Boy and Beanie Babies. To study the future, the school held a Tron dance party, with a DJ. The party ended with a barbecue lunch, before the kids left for early release. “It was a lot of fun,” she said. “The participation was amazing. It was the largest crowd there for the flag ceremony. Usually the parents attend, but this was amazing.” During the dedication, the fourth-grade student council read quotes from eight pillars in the courtyard that share character traits, like honesty and courage. Teachers donned special T-shirts marking the anniversary. “There was a good sense of community,” Berkshire said. “It showed who we are and what we are as a school—discovery, past, present and future.”

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