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Matthew Kuraja

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The Railroad Bridge disaster of 1902, Tempe, Arizona.
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Make your own Christmas tree preservative

I found this recipe over 20 years ago on the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association website. The page is no longer found, but I have used the juice for the last two decades with all of my cut trees. Works great!

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Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh by Jean McCloskey

Although here in the Pacific Northwest we have Christmas trees that are freshly cut (from our tree farm or a tree farm close by), there is still the problem of the trees drying out before we (or our children/grandchildren) are ready for them to come down. Last year, I received a formula for preserving trees from my brother in California, who is a Chevron retiree. He received it from his company's safety team.

The mixture is: Add the following to 2 gallons of HOT WATER: 2 cups of Karo syrup, 2 oz. of liquid bleach plus 2 pinches of Epsom salt, 1/2 teaspoon of Boraxo (all available at the grocery store), and 1 teaspoon of chelated iron (available at garden centers). Make a fresh cut at the bottom of the tree trunk and stand the tree in this solution until it is brought inside. After it is set up, use this solution for watering the tree.

Why does it work? The Karo syrup provides SUGAR, and it is only in the presence of sugar that tremendous amounts of water will be taken up by the exposed tissue at the base of the tree trunk. Thanks to the BORON (in the Boraxo), the water and sugar will be moved to every needle and branch of the tree - boron is what makes sugar move, not only in trees, but vegetables, fruits, and even houseplants. And the EPSOM SALTS and CHELATED IRON - Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, and magnesium (together with iron) is the center molecule in the process we know as chlorophyll production. By making the magnesium and iron available to the tree, you're assuring yourself of green needles. The CHLORINE BLEACH? That stops the mold from forming when the sugar and water are combined.

In the article it was suggested that after the tree comes down, take a branch and try to burn it. I did - and it didn't burn. The formula does work!

From an article "Fireproofing the Cut Christmas Tree" provided by John Randolph, Chevron Shipping Company Safety Team.
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To all who live and work in Phoenix Arizona. You have one thing I have missed very much since I move back to Nashville Tennessee.

Great Mexican food!

I moved to Phoenix Arizona back in July of 1980 and live and work in Arizona for 32 years. I moved back to Nashville (My birth place), in 2012 to take care of my Mom and keep her from going to a nursing home.

I have yet to find any Mexican Restaurant that even come close to the taste, texture and quaily that Phoenix Arizona has.

The two places below are the ones I spent a lot of time at when I live in Arizona.


Top Shelf
3301 W. Greenway Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85053

http://topshelfmexicanrestaurant.com/


Carlos O'Brien's
1133 East Northern Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85020

http://carlosobriens.com/


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Thanks I'll have to check out Top Shelf it's not too far from me.
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Brian Clancy

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See which gages around the Valley collected the most rain
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Joey Bussard

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Good morning to all my name is Joey.. I'm a single father of 2 beautiful children. I enjoy the ups and downs of life and I strive to be a better person each day. Thanks for allowing me to join hopefully we can laugh; smile; and cry together.. I God bless and happy holidays 
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Chris Monroe

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Phoenix voters, find your polling place:


Polling Place Locator. ** Click here to view previous polling locations **. Find Your Assigned Location by entering your current* residence address below. *In order for your ballot to count, you must go to the polling place assigned for your current residence address.
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Jim Roth

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Earlier this week a woman and man were sleeping by the trash can in our office building.

One of our Bridge Mom’s turned to me and said, “That was me before I found The Bridge to Hope.”

Tears came to my eyes as I held her, my heart broke for what could have happened to her in those dark days. Praise the Lord He lead her to us.

Join me in praying for all those lost in homelessness. Lift your voice in praise we have churches that care enough to know a homeless mother’s name and provide her a home.

Help us help more women www.b2hope.org
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Aaron Edwards

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Come and ride with us along the Superstition View Trail. Great family activity.
Www.superstitiontrailrides.com

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Luft Hans

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Big Data Summit in Phoenix this Sunday through Tuesday.
Big Data Summit - November 6-8, 2016 - Hotel Palomar Phoenix <br />Phoenix, AZ, USA. The premiere event of the year for top executives to discuss current challenges and solutions. The summit will feature top executives, analysts, solution providers and more.
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Matthew Kuraja

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Another horny, old cop caught pursuing an underage target.
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About this community

For anyone interested in the people and places around the Valley of the Sun. There's a lot going on in town, so share the things you're working on or excited about. Posts are welcome for any city in the greater Phoenix area. Please post _only_ with your personal account - no business accounts.

Brian Clancy

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We do much more than just rentals we do tours throughout the southwest United States Whether it’s Glams, Coral Pink, Cinders, southern Utah or Arizona s beautiful Sonoran Desert we have an adventure for you
http://www.sizemattersrentals.com

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Brian Clancy

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A storm will bring a dose of chilly air, drenching rain, mountain snow and gusty winds to much of California, Arizona and Nevada through this weekend.
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Ryan Grange

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This is how we give thanks in Phoenix.
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Brian Clancy

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Good we need it.
Rain from two storms will soak the Interstate 5 corridor of the Pacific coast and may hamper early Thanksgiving travel next week.
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For sure!
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Matthew Kuraja

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That was close. What follows is from +Reason​​​:

"Yesterday voters made marijuana legal for recreational use in four states (California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) and approved or expanded medical access in four more (Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota). The only loss was in Arizona, where voters who very narrowly approved medical use in 2010 declined to take the further step of making marijuana legal just for fun."
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Luft Hans

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5th Annual Toy Tester Day is this Saturday,  the 12th at Agua Caliente Center from 10:00 - 15:00.

This is a really fun event for the whole family. In previous years they've had  different types of bikes and scooters to try, a zip line, nerf bow and arrows, water works Rube Goldberg machines, pogo sticks, a variety of throwing and catching toys and lots of other stuff.

One of the sponsors, Kidstop, is right there in the corner of the center. It's a fantastic locally owned toy store ( and member of Local First ).

Aqua Caliente Center
6990 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale

It's a couple of shopping centers west of Scottsdale Rd on Shea.
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Luft Hans

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Local First AZ fall festival today
Certified Local Fall Festival A day to celebrate Arizona. Saturday, November 5, 10AM - 4PM Hance Park, Phoenix
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Nate Sellers

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Join EVOTEK for a Premier Arizona Networking Event. Come and enjoy some great beer and even better company, IT thought leaders and peers alike.
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