Sierra Vista News and Announcements

  • Rooftops Newsletter: Everyone Has To Eat

    There is little to dispute that statement. Food, as we all know, is critical to maintaining life and health. Everyone does have to eat, but not everyone has to, or even wants to, eat the same things. The evidence of that can be found in the aisles of every supermarket and th...

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  • Earth Talk: Risks of chemical drain clog removers

    Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the chemicals we use to unclog backed-up drains are harmful to our health and the environment. Can you suggest safer alternative products or methods? – A.S.   Chemical drain clog removers do contain some pretty harmf...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Somebody's Grandmother Is Hungry

    Here at NFESH it is not unusual to answer the phone and find a reporter with questions about our senior hunger research on the other end of the line. Typically, those callers cover news beats focused on aging or health or poverty or safety net programs. In other words, they ...

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  • Prostate On-Site Project “POP”, to hold Prostate Cancer Screenings in Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Douglas!

    Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will be providing affordable prostate cancer screenings to men forty years and older or younger if a history of prostate cancer runs in the family. What you should know:  Prostate Cancer frequently presents ...

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  • Oktoberfest at Veterans Memorial Park

    From: Oktoberfest

    Sierra Vista’s largest and best fall festival is coming. Autumn in Sierra Vista is Arizona at its finest. It is the perfect time to enjoy delicious cuisine available from a variety of food vendors. Live entertainment will enthrall you at Der Biergarten. Enjoy a carniva...

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  • West End Fair 2017

    From: West End Fair

    Enjoy a full day of fun, food and family entertainment in Sierra Vista's downtown district. The fair features live music, entertainment, exhibits, information booths and vendors offering arts, crafts and refreshments. Cochise Mustang Club’s American Classics Car Show displ...

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  • This Week's Homes Sold in Sierra Vista

    Below is the list of recently sold homes for Sierra Vista AZ. You can review MLS sale prices, home details and public records (including data from the tax assessor's office information) for all of the houses sold recently in Sierra Vista. Be sure to bookmark this page and vi...

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  • AmericanTowns PR Tool: Getting publicity for your Sierra Vista organization has never been easier

    If your nonprofit group in Sierra Vista is looking to let the community know about an upcoming event, activity or initiative, our PR Tool is here to help! Here's how it works: when you post information to our Community Corner, you get automatic, FREE access to this easy-to-u...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: How Do You Solve A Persistent Problem?

    When the Problem is Persistent, The Solution is Persistence Again this week, as the news focuses on the President’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, news outlets across the country are carrying stories raising questions about what impact cuts in spending for ...

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  • Earth Talk: If I stick to grass-fed beef, can I live with myself environmentally?

    Dear EarthTalk: Even though I know a vegetarian diet is better for the environment, I love cheeseburgers and a good steak every now and then. If I stick to grass-fed beef, can I live with myself environmentally?  -- J.S. Yes and no, depending on how much ...

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  • Sky Island Tour 2017

    From: Sky Island Tour

    A scenic one-day bicycle tour in Cochise County, Arizona.  Sky Islands are known in the southwest as mountain ranges surrounded by radically different lowland environments.  All Sky Island tour rides are a loop, beginning and ending at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista, ...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Friday Friends

    Friday Friends  In this space at the end of February, when we announced that Enid Borden had once again been invited to be a Regular Contributor to the HuffPost, we wrote “While readers can expect many of her columns to reference the hunger problem, that won’t b...

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  • Earth Talk: Is it true that the Paris climate accord as it stands won’t be enough to stave off cataclysmic global warming?

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the Paris climate accord as it stands won’t be enough to stave off cataclysmic global warming anyway, even if the U.S. and the other participating countries honor their commitments? -- A.T. To date, 197 countries have sig...

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  • Earth Talk: Attractive Solar Panels

    Dear EarthTalk: Why do rooftop solar panels have to be so big and unsightly? Are there any better-looking alternatives out there? -- M.L. If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 just might b...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Accountants Help Seniors With Taxes

    If being kind and generous to others makes one happier, than people who volunteer or who give their time to help others must be among the happiest in the world. Just ask Lynn Boulware, who has been nominated as a Community Volunteer Hometown Hero for her work preparing taxes...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Waste Not, Want Not

    In this space we generally focus on big waste, that is, we report on the work that we are doing through our What A Waste® projects at Senior Nutrition Programs across the country. We look at the progress that these SNPs make after they learn -- through separating, measur...

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  • Earth Talk: Dogs, Cats and Climate Change

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it really true that our dogs and cats are major contributors to climate change, and if so what can we do about it? -- C.S. Unfortunately, our beloved dogs and cats do produce shockingly high amounts of greenhouse gases that contri...

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  • AmericanTowns Heroes: Citizens Get A Lesson in Gardening And Community Building

    Not everyone has a green thumb, but for those who do, coaxing healthy plants from soil and seed is easy. For those who don’t, there are books and videos and if you are in Richmond, Virginia and want to learn about growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, you can join up wit...

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  • Earth Talk: Lithium Batteries

    Dear EarthTalk: Is the extraction of lithium for lithium ion batteries really worse for the environment than fracking?   -- M.N. In a world of modern technology, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are hard to escape; they’re in cell phones...

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  • Earth Talk: What are "Intentional Communities"?

    Dear EarthTalk: What are so-called “intentional communities”? And are there any in the U.S. that are sustainability-focused? -- E.M. By definition, an “intentional community” (IC) is a planned residential community built around commonly held...

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  • Earth Talk: Global Warming and the evolution of wildlife species

    Dear EarthTalk: Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species? -- V.D. No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure ...

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  • Earth Talk: Neil Gorsuch and environmental policy

    Dear EarthTalk: If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, what will be the implications for environmental and climate policy?  -- JM Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Tru...

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  • Earth Talk: Fuel Efficiency and 18 Wheelers

    Dear EarthTalk: It’s obvious that our cars are getting greener every year, but what about 18 wheelers? -- P.M We all rely on heavy duty trucks to haul as much as 80 percent of the goods we use and consume. But those ubiquitous 18-wheelers are also a big con...

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  • Earth Talk: Reducing Carbon Footprint With Gamification

    Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints? -- LM Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elem...

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  • Earth Talk: Pesticides effects on the environment

    Dear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use?                   -- M.J. ...

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  • Earth Talk: Michael Bloomberg's Environmentalism

    Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist? -- J.M. Michael Bloomberg was primarily known as a financier and media tycoon long before he became one of the most beloved mayors in New York City history. But what most people still...

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  • Earth Talk: Climate change and the affect on real estate values

    Dear EarthTalk: How will climate change affect real estate values? -- J.W. It’s not surprising that questions like these are on readers’ minds today, given the relentless hurricanes in the Southeast, the devastating wildfires in California and other clima...

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  • Earth Talk: Geoengineering solutions to address climate woes

    Dear EarthTalk: Are there any realistic geoengineering solutions to our climate woes and why haven’t we started employing them yet? -- A.M. Geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis is something so drastic that no one really wants to admit it mig...

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  • Earth Talk: Over-Fortified Processed Foods

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that much of our food—including cereals and snacks eaten by children—is actually over-fortified with excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals that can be dangerous to our health? -- Diane S. Added nutrients in the processed foods we...

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  • Earth Talk: Volvo ending their production of gas-powered engines

    Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine? ­-- Macy Vigneault, New Orleans, LA Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginnin...

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  • Earth Talk: Train vs Bus

    Dear EarthTalk: I always assumed the train was the greenest form of mass transit, but a friend told me I would be better off taking the bus. Could this be true?  -- J.M. Most of us assume that train travel—whether for getting around town, commuting to w...

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  • Earth Talk: B Corporations and their effect on the environment

    Dear EarthTalk: I know what C Corporations, S Corporations and LLCs are, but what are “B Corporations” and how does this status help the environment? -- R.G. C Corporations, S Corporations and LLCs are legal business structures distinguished by ...

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  • Earth Talk: Green Gift Ideas

    Dear EarthTalk: I want to set a good environmental example with my gift-giving this holiday season. Any tips on how—or even better, what—to give greener? -- J.P. The holidays are a time for giving but it is also important to be conscious about s...

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  • Earth Talk: Shift from retail to online shopping

    Dear EarthTalk: How do environmentalists feel about the amount of packaging waste consumers have to deal with now that shopping has largely switched over from retail shops to online stores?  -- J.B. This past holiday season marked the first year that holiday ...

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  • Earth Talk: Green Booze

    Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in greener booze? Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there? -- MR Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to s...

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  • Earth Talk: Fuel Cell Cars in the United States

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.? -- JM For years, green car enthusiasts have been heralding the dawn of a new era of pollution-free driving powered by fuel cells, which combine ...

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  • Earth Talk: Farmers and Climate Change

    Dear EarthTalk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change? -- M.H. Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Ride for Reading Delivers Books to Kids on Bikes!

    Reading is Fundamental is an expression you may have heard. In addition to being the name of an organization whose mission is to foster literacy across the country, it has also been the theme of ads, songs, videos and campaigns aimed at inspiring a passion for reading. To be...

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  • Earth Talk: Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming?

    Dear EarthTalk: Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming? -- T.D. The short answer is no. No single hurricane or weather event can be directly linked to the general phenomena known as climate change. “Climate change does not cause things, because c...

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  • Earth Talk: Cool Holiday Gifts for Vegans

    Dear EarthTalk: I’m looking for cool holiday gift ideas for a strident vegan who won’t tolerate items that make use of animals or animal products. Any ideas? -- D.H. Well…an Omaha Steaks gift box is definitely off the table as an idea, but there are...

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  • Earth Talk: Yellowstone grizzlies off of the endangered species list

    Dear EarthTalk: Is the federal government’s decision to take Yellowstone’s grizzlies off of the endangered species list good news or bad news for the iconic bear?   -- J.E. It depends who you ask. The majority of environmental and wildlife advoca...

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  • Earth Talk: Environmental Justice in the Trump Era

    Dear EarthTalk: What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration?  -- M.G. Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful i...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Hunger and Local Health Data: Putting the Two Together

    Finding Solutions to Senior Hunger In the Face of Growing Need and Shrinking Resources For nearly a decade now the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has been commissioning and disseminating independent academic research on the causes, consequences and, regret...

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  • Earth Talk: The EPA and the environmnet

    Dear EarthTalk; I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment?   -- M.W. Without the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans would breathe dirtier air, drink more polluted water and live and grow food on contaminat...

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  • Earth Talk: President Obama's Environmental Legacy

    Dear EarthTalk: Now that his second term is winding down, what will President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy look like? -- M.D. The environment may not have been one of candidate Barack Obama’s signature issues in the run-up to the 2008 election;...

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  • Earth Talk: Environment policy under President Donald Trump

    Dear EarthTalk: What kinds of changes to federal environmental policies can we expect to see from Donald Trump when he assumes the presidency? -- D.S. Like many Americans, environmental advocates are alarmed at the results of the 2016 election. What worri...

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  • Earth Talk: Polyester fleece clothing and our oceans

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that polyester fleece clothing is a huge contributor to the problem of plastic in our oceans? -- M.W. We’re all familiar with the issue of non-biodegradable plastic debris (shopping bags, soda bottles, fishing nets etc.) c...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Homes for Heroes

    Moving, along with buying and selling a home can be one of the more stressful life events. Throughout the process there are many details to consider, papers to be gathered, inspections to be conducted. It’s a wonder people don’t give up.   One organization i...

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  • Why your dog wants to go the dog park...today!

    Sure, your pooch gets their daily walk(s) – but when he’s looking up at you with those sad puppy eyes, what he’s telling you is that he wants to go to the dog park!  Many communities in the area have a dog park now, and for good reason:  it gives pooches a ri...

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  • Earth Talk: What’s new in efforts to generate electricity from ocean waves?

    Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about solar and wind energy, but what’s new in efforts to generate electricity from ocean waves? -- M.B. Wave power advocates cheered in September 2016 when Hawaii-based Naval researchers started feeding power from two...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Best Friends is a No-Kill Sanctuary

    You don’t have to believe that “dog is man’s best friend” to agree the Best Friends Organization is friend to dog and man alike. Best Friends is a national animal welfare organization operating as a no-kill animal sanctuary.    Every day thousands o...

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  • Earth Talk: The Trump Administration and the environment

    Dear EarthTalk: I’m concerned about the impact the new administration will have on the environment, especially the calls to bypass renewables and ramp up fossil fuel production. What can I do as an average citizen to combat harmful environmental policies?  -- C.B. ...

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  • Earth Talk: Vegan Product Recommendations

    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any recommendations for vegan health and beauty products? -- J.T. The problem with many common personal care items is the toxic load they bear. According to researchers from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), one in eight of the...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Random Acts of Kindess Offer Warmth

    Remember when you were young and you had to wear a hat, gloves and a scarf before you could leave the house to go play in the snow? Your Mom or Dad was smart to make you bundle up. Wearing hats, gloves and scarves protect some of our most vulnerable areas and help keep the b...

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  • SEMPER K9 Helps Veterans and Shelter Animals

    From Shelter to Service is the tagline of SEMPER K9—an organization that makes assistance dogs available to veterans. Their mission is “to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families” and they ...

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  • Earth Talk: The great environmental visionaries of our day

    Dear EarthTalk: The environmental movement was built on the philosophies of people like Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. But who are the great environmental visionaries of our own day and age?  -- B.E. Thoreau, best known for his book ...

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  • Earth Talk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing?

    Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists? -- J.M. A decade ago, in the wake of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and rising gas/oil prices, many of the same venture capitalists (VCs) who had made for...

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  • Hot Bread Kitchen Trains Artisan Bakers

    Hot Bread Kitchen is an incubator, which may seem like a play on words. To put it into simpler terms, they help turn dough into an opportunity that can lead to a career that will pay the bills. The organization is training women from all over the world to become bread ba...

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  • Earth Talk: Food Waste and Composting

    Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new high-tech ways to expedite the process? -- B.A. Comp...

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  • Earth Talk: What new in eco-friendly light bulbs?

    Dear EarthTalk: What new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form? -- B.B. The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independenc...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: DoSomething.org Helps Kids Get Involved

    Don’t just sit there. Do Something! Does that sound familiar? Maybe something your Mom or Dad said when you were spending too much time in the house or in front of the television on a nice day? DoSomething.org is a unique nonprofit organization that seeks to harness the en...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Parrots for Patriots Helps Veterans

    Polly want a cracker? How about Polly want a loving home with a veteran? Parrots for Patriots is an organization that works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to match veterans with parrots and other birds up for adoption. A parrot can be a wonderful companion. They do ...

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  • Earth Talk: The Trump presidency and the environment

    Dear EarthTalk: What are environmentalists doing to prepare for a Trump presidency? -- R.E. Many different interest groups are worried about what Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House will mean for their causes, but perhaps none are as concerned ...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: It's Polar Bear Plunge Season!

    What do polar bears have to do with fundraising? Nothing, unless the polar bears are really people who brave the frigid ocean waters to raise money for charity. Polar bear plunges are a tradition in parts of the world, like in Canada, The Netherlands and the UK where it ...

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  • Teacher Welcomes 4th Grade Students With a Song

    If you're a kid and you hear someone say “having fun can be cool when we’re following the rules,” your first reaction might be to roll your eyes in disbelief, but not when the words are lyrics from a catchy song created by your new fourth grade teacher! Dwayne Reed...

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  • Sophia Sawyer And School Mates Support Monarch Butterflies

    You have probably seen or heard reports about the decline of the honey bee and the effect that has on the environment. One study suggests we have the honey bee to thank for every one in three bites of food we consume, but other insects and pollinators are in decline as well,...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: What a Waste University

    It's that time of year again. School days are almost upon us. It is time to start thinking about lining up supplies and choosing classes. It's that time – when the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger will open the virtual doors of our new online What A Waste Univ...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Brighter Bites Serves the Community with Fresh Produce

    While it might be hard to keep up with the latest health advice, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet could be a step in the right direction. The latest food charts from My Plate encourage a larger mix of fruits, veggies and grains, alongside a protein. This good n...

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  • Earth Talk: Lead Poisoning in U.S. Cities

    Dear EarthTalk: I find it hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is the only city or town in the U.S. with lead contamination of its water system. Has anyone looked at where else this could be a problem?  -- J.K.  A new analysis of data from the U.S. En...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Growing Health with Senior-Friendly Gardens

    What A Waste Gardens Provide Fresh Produce for Local Seniors Through the What A Waste™ project, made possible by the Walmart Foundation, NFESH has worked with Senior Nutrition Programs around the country to create senior-friendly gardens. These gardens provide fresh v...

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  • July 4th fireworks schedule, festivities and parades in Cochise County, AZ

    Sierra Vista July 4th 2016 Fireworks and Events Find July 4th Fireworks in Sierra Vista, Az including Events, Schedules and Parades. Search for July 4th Restaurants, Things to do and more! Besides fireworks and display schedules for the 4th of July 2016, we’ve ...

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  • 15 Wild Amusement Park Rides...that just might kill you!

    Summertime is the perfect opportunity to let loose and release your inner daredevil.  Hit any amusement park and you’re likely to find the kinds of rides to make your hair stand on end, your knees buckle and your lunch, well….you know.  Thrill rides, like the r...

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  • Southwest Wings Birding Festival 2016

    From: Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival

    Schedule of Events:Wednesday, August 3, 201612:00-1:30 Hummingbirds 101- Tom Wood - Horace Steele RoomFrom their insect-like flight to the brilliant iridescence of their plumage, hummingbirds have long fascinated birders and non-birders alike. In this program, Tom Wood of th...

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  • All Aboard! Visit a Train Museum in the area this summer!

    Who doesn’t love a train?  From little kids to history buffs to train enthusiasts, a train museum lets everyone get up close to these powerful marvels of engineering.  America wouldn’t exist as we know it without the contributions of trains and railroads; a tra...

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  • Earth Talk: Why did Ringling Brothers stop using elephants in its circus performances?

    Dear EarthTalk: Why did Ringling Brothers stop using elephants in its circus performances? -- M.L. After enduring years of criticism from animal rights activists, Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, announced in Ma...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: New Report Reveals More Than 10 Million Seniors Threatened by Hunger

    10.2 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2014 in the U.S. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) today released a study entitled The State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report, which revealed that 15.8 percent of seniors or 10.2 mi...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Feedback Aims to Curtail Food Waste

    We all love to see the supermarket shelves stocked with new items and fresh produce. It makes the store look better and may even make us want to purchase more. What many of us may not realize is that a good deal of the food that doesn’t look quite perfect or is heading tow...

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  • Sierra Vista Summer Concert Series 2016

    Grab the Family, A few lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the sights and sounds of some of Cochise County’s most popular musicians at the Centennial Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Park. The Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and the bands will play until about 8:00 p.m. Plan ahead...

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  • Arizona Special Election date set for May 17

    Arizona – May 17 (Special Election). Deadline April 18. The League of Women Voters works year-round, every year to engage communities in our great democracy . From voter registration to voter education to voter mobilization – voters can turn to the League for th...

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  • Eat Local! Great Resources in the Sierra Vista area

    What’s one small change that 1) significantly improves your health 2) helps the environment 3) boosts Arizona’s economy and 4) helps you win the lottery (OK, so we made that last one up)? Buying more food from local sources! Your typical supermarket fare travels an avera...

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  • Earth Talk: Is it true that home rooftop solar only makes sense in certain parts of the U.S.?

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that home rooftop solar only makes sense in certain parts of the U.S. with proper incentives as opposed to where the sun shines the most?   -- E.K. The short answer is yes: In the United States, whether or not it is easy and...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Little Free Library Building Is Booming!

    Reading is exercise for your brain and it has many other benefits, including improving your memory, increasing your vocabulary and reducing your stress levels. Organizations like Reading is Fundamental and Reading Rockets work to provide books and reading resources to help c...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Announcing the What A Waste Service Grant Winners

    NFESH Awards Service Grants to Five Senior Nutrition Programs The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has awarded five new What A Waste Service Grants. Through these grants made possible with support from the Walmart Foundation, NFESH will bring its innovative ...

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  • Earth Talk: Which type of non-stick cookware is the healthiest?

    Dear EarthTalk: I’m in the market for a new set of non-stick cookware for my kitchen, and I’m wondering which type is healthiest?  -- R.C. Non-stick cookware cleans very easily and some health-conscious cooks appreciate that it requires less cooking oi...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Fellow Mortals Rehabilitates Wildlife

    Do you know what to do if you come into contact with an injured animal? Fistly, you should never handle any wild creature without gloves. Secondly, you should call a rescue organization or veterinarian for advice. Baby birds and animals are being born at all times during the...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Kids Play Baseball Thanks to the League of Yes

    The League of Yes is a great name for an organization. Especially for an organization that helps people see past disabilities to the excitement and joy of what can happen when kids (and adults) come together to play sports. Kristine Fitzpatrick is the founder of the League o...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Alexis Lewis Wants to Teach Kids to Invent

    Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but what about the children of invention? Or, rather, child inventors. Children have an unique ability to look at things with fresh eyes and imagine what could be without getting bogged down in “this is the way we’ve alway...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Girl Develop It Helps Women Learn Web Development

    Boys are better at Math and Science. That's what studies used to show. More recent studies suggest girls are just better students, for one, they read more and that is the basis for lifelong learning. The fields of Science and Technology are dominated by men, but that is chan...

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  • Earth Talk: What are endocrine disrupters and what can I do to avoid them?

    Dear EarthTalk: What are endocrine disrupters, how do they make their way into my body and what can I do to avoid them?  -- J.M. The endocrine system controls the various functions of cells, tissues and organs in our bodies through the secreti...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: The SMART Org Instills a Love of Reading

    We know the word smart relates to intelligence and abilities, but where do those skills come from? Are you born being smart or does your environment and education have something to do with it? Genes and heredity determine a certain amount of our fate, but education and envir...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Farms for City Kids Teaches Life Lessons

    Growing up in the city has its many benefits as well as challenges. You’re closer to cultural attractions and transportation, but on the flip side, sidewalks full of people and streets clogged with cars can put a damper on a ball game!  That’s why parents and ca...

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  • Earth Talk: Making Colleges More Green

    Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways I can get my college to be more green?    -- B.OTT In recent years, colleges and universities have recognized the capacity for their independent communities to lead the nation as examples of sustainable and carbon-...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Firefighters Rescue Stranded Tourists

    As flames consumed parts of Tennessee, including popular tourist towns like Gatlinburg, firefighters from all over the country were pitching in to help. Thousands of people have been evacuated and local fire crews are being credited with rescuing hundreds, including a dozen ...

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  • Earth Talk: Can you suggest ways to test drinking water for contaminants?

    Dear EarthTalk: I recently moved into a new rental house and the water from the tap tastes kinda funny. Can you suggest some easy and inexpensive ways to test the water for contaminants? -- W.B. Chances are your tap water is fine—a recent survey of public da...

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  • Earth Talk: Underwater Noise Pollution

    Dear EarthTalk: Why is underwater noise pollution such a big deal and what are we doing to prevent it?  -- P.Z. For us land-dwellers, underwater noise rarely reaches our ears. However, marine organisms can be very sensitive to undersea sounds, parti...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Veteran Recounts the Battle He Will Never Forget

    It’s one thing to want to protect and defend your country. It’s another to be thousands of miles from home, enduring debilitating physical conditions while being vastly outnumbered by enemy troops. It’s at those times that people report thoughts of home and family, of ...

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  • Earth Talk: Environmentalists and Social Media

    Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes? -- S.B. Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climat...

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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Tiny Hands Makes a Big Difference for Families and Kids

    You may have heard about the Basket Brigade as an idea made popular by Anthony Robbins, but basket brigades were common during the Civil War when courageous and compassionate women would board hospital trains to feed the soldiers and minister to their medical needs. In moder...

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  • Earth Talk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal?

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