Soldiering on for Michael

Arizona mother carries on Marine son’s legacy through service of her own

It was Mother’s Day 2005 when Margy Bons, a mother of four, heard a knock at the door.

But it wasn’t flowers being delivered or one of her children coming to visit. It was a Marine coming to tell her that her son Michael would never be able to visit again.

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Save energy, save money

10 money-saving tips for the summer

As the Valley prepares for hotter temperatures in the coming months, and customers seek a reprieve, air conditioners will kick into high gear. Here are 10 ways to save both energy and money:

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Dreaming big

First-generation college graduate thankful for scholarship

Life has already come full circle in a way for 21-year-old Julia Preston, who this month celebrated her graduation from Arizona State University.

Until just a few years ago, the Ahwatukee resident, born and raised in Arizona, would never have imagined she’d be armed with a college degree in nonprofit and leadership management.

But it’s no small coincidence that she chose that particular degree.

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Growing knowledge

SRP Learning Grant turns Valley 3rd-graders into ‘budding scientists’

Juli Harpole’s third-grade students at Weinberg Elementary School in the Chandler Unified School District have been growing tomatoes, peas, peppers and herbs. Using propagation stations in their recently set up greenhouse, they plant seeds under controlled conditions and then monitor them during the day.

“They water them, they turn the lights and warmers on and off, they’re really just like mothers taking care of their little nursery,” Harpole said. “None of this would have been possible without our partnership with SRP.”

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