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(StatePoint) The holiday season helps put millions of people to work in jobs that may begin as temporary employment, but often turn into permanent employment, according to Express Employment Professionals, which having employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, is the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States.
By reading ‘Gypsy’s Quest’ you will find out the truth behind Gypsy, the magical boat, and her turquoise-eyed skipper, Kafir. Sail into Norse worlds that defy imagination and discover what happens when the dwarf king, Hreidmar, falls in love with Gertrude and what this means for her quest. Will she escape his wiles or will she succumb to the charming dark-haired man with the hazel eyes who flatters her?
(BPT) - Everyone has special holiday traditions, from heirloom decorations to secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Whether your holiday celebration means an intimate family gathering or an elaborate house-filled party, why not add something new to your festive mix? Many authentic holiday traditions are just a grocery-store-trip away – and you may discover a new family favorite from a faraway land.
(BPT) - You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already aware of everything there is to know about allergies and the allergens that trigger them. You may actually “know” much less than you think.
Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it a season of festivals and outdoor activities that most of us have eagerly anticipated all summer.
(StatePoint) Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.
(Family Features) You've found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal new house for your family. But before you can settle in and begin making your new surroundings feel like home, you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day.
Thousands attend our town events every year. From the excitement of our annual fireworks show to the magic of our Christmas tree lighting ceremony, we are proud to host fun-filled signature events that build community pride.
Southern Arizona is blessed in many ways. We have spectacular sunsets, majestic mountains, and a generally salubrious winter climate. Despite the occasional cold front that touches down, withering any tender plants, winters are, on the whole, great for growing all the plants we can’t have in the summer.
Over the last week, there were many stories that caused me to pause. Unfortunately, many of these stories were tragic. Each of them made me realize how lucky we all are, and how often we take what we have for granted.
In the Dec. 11 issue of the Explorer, it was told that the towns of Marana and Oro Valley both were having special holiday festivities this month, complete with tree lightings, appearances by Santa Claus and other fun entertainment. While these two towns held very similar events for their communities, the one key thing that caught my attention was the difference in what these events were called. The town of Marana called their event the “Marana Christmas Festival“, while the town of Oro Valley chose to call theirs the “Oro Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration“. This is yet another example of political correctness run amuck during the Christmas season. I’m not sure about other people, but I still don’t know what a “holiday tree” is. If one searches the Internet for a “holiday tree”, you’re not going to find much. In fact, the website Wikipedia will redirect you back to “Christmas tree”. The tradition of a decorating a tree at Christmastime in North America goes back to at least the 18th century, when a fir tree was decorated with candles and fruits at a……you guessed it, Christmas party. I think most people would see the absurdity of trying to re-label something like the Jewish menorah as the “holiday candelabra” in the interest of not offending those who don’t celebrate Hanukkah. But that is exactly what I think when I see companies or municipalities tip-toeing around the issue by calling their decorated trees “holiday trees”. I’m not exactly sure when the word “Christmas” became such an offensive word that it needed to be eliminated from our vocabulary. I applaud the Town of Marana for not being afraid to use the word “Christmas” this holiday season.
Readers of The Explorer gave plenty of families a reason to smile this holiday season, donating toys, gift cards and more than $1,000 in cash.
Is it just me, or is your Christmas card haul dwindling this year, too? During any given year, my family will typically bring in enough Christmas cards to warrant a display. We’ve been known to frame doorways with them, or hang them from shiny ribbons on the kitchen cabinets. This year is different; either the mail carrier is holding out on us or our friends have removed us from the annual Christmas card list. It’s not all in my head either.
Firefighters from Rural/Metro Fire Department watch a Christmas Tree burn in a demonstration to show how easily a fire could start in your home. Watch the video below.
As the holidays approach, Northwest Fire is reminding everyone of some very basic, but very important safety tips to keep their holiday season safe and happy.
The Northwest Firefighters Charities local #3572 will be holding their annual Holiday food and toy drive at the Buckelew Farms Christmas Tree lot located on the Southwest corner of Ina and La Cholla.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus wave at guests at the Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus kick off the Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting as they walk down the stairs to greet all of those who attended.
Rylee Livingston puts together a Christmas decoration at the Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting.
Nick Brown poses for a picture in front of the Christmas tree.
People at the Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting walk around at the Marana Municipal Complex.