STAY, PLAY, SAIL AWAY

by Tori Ward, ROX Travel, Cruise and Resort Specialist It’s overcast outside, and the air smells like burning wood from the neighbor’s fireplace. But inside, it’s warm and my home is fragrant, thanks to a batch of “cheater” apple butter, which bubbles away in the crock pot. It’s hard to believe that I’m thinking about … Read More…

ROLLING ON THE RIVER

The most beautiful type of travel through the world’s famous cities by Tori Ward, Cruise and Resort Specialist, ROX Travel The rowing machine I was sitting on was located in the front of the ship, a repositioning cruise from Europe aboard a 3,600-passenger vessel. I had been on the machine for about 25 minutes when … Read More…

A FILM FESTIVAL IN PINAL COUNTY?

COPA SHORTS FILM FEST STARTED IN 2017 Shelley and Roger Gillespie, residents of Maricopa since 2003, chose the state-of-the-art UltraStar Multi-tainment Center as the ideal location for a film festival. The Gillespies started 3-Hour Movie Critic for avid film-lovers in 2015, growing into the full-fledged festival this February. Over 80 residents as well as film … Read More…

STUNNING SAFARI

An abridged excerpt from the soon-to-be published book: “Confessions of a Safari Junkie” by Tori Ward, ROX Travel, Cruise and Resort Specialist Photo by Jerry Chinn I can’t determine what woke me each morning when we were on safari. Was it the crew preparing breakfast on the open-fire grill? Maybe it was the hippos with their … Read More…

THE LEADER WE HAVE INSIDE

by Sean Clarke, Prevention Assistant, Casa Grande Alliance Through high school, you could say I was the type of person who went with the flow. I believed as long as something wasn’t problematic or inconvenient, I didn’t need to speak out against it. During my sophomore year, my friends persuaded me to join Students Against … Read More…

TERRA TREASURE

Transforming gemstones into artistic pens by Corianna Lee It has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and when it comes to Terra Treasure, that certainly is the case. Gemstones, fossils, wood and other materials aren’t the typical materials we typically associate with writing utensils, but local artisan Michael Day has developed … Read More…