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Letter to the Editor: Many Make July 4 Event Successful

on July 9, 2013 - 6:45am

A crowd of more than 10,000 people settled in at Overlook Park for Thursday's Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Many Make July 4 Event Successful
Kiwanis July 4 Celebration Chair

The 2013 Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park was an outstanding success. After the tragedy of the Las Conchas Fire in 2011 and the cancellation of the fireworks display in 2012, we all traded nervous excitement for satisfaction and wonder.

Thankfully, good rains in White Rock in the days leading to the event helped put our minds at ease.


Hygea Health Bite: Save Money With Easy Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaners

on July 9, 2013 - 6:35am
Hygea Health Bite: Save Money With Easy Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaners

It’s hard enough to make dinner. Why on earth would you want to spend time making your own cleaning products, you ask?

It’s a good question. Making your own anything (especially the first time) can seem daunting and like too much of a hassle. I hear you but I can tell you that it’s not only easier than you think but also incredibly worthwhile.

Benefits of DIY Cleaners…

  • Huge money-saving potential;
  • Fast and easy to make;
  • Peace of mind that your clean home is also safe; and
  • Essential oils

Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now, A Word From Your Instrument

on July 9, 2013 - 6:30am
Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now, A Word From Your Instrument
First, for purposes of discussion, there are five levels of instruments, to wit: beginning, student, intermediate (also referred to as step-up or performance), professional and custom. 
Generally, the first three are "production" meaning that they are manufactured to consistent specifications.

Food on the Hill: Mushroom Tart

on July 9, 2013 - 6:19am

This Week's Recipe:
Mushroom Tart
Photo by Sue York/


1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, mixed
Parchment paper, sprayed on one side with vegetable spray
6 oz of mixed mushrooms, sliced ( I used oyster and baby bella)
3 tablespoons of butter
Vegetable spray (Pam)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (2 for cooking and 2 for garnish)
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons cream


Photo by Sue York/

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Solo Traveler: Free Lodging, Part I

on July 8, 2013 - 9:03am

Solo Traveler: Free Lodging Part I

I have mentioned in previous columns how traveling solo over many months can be rather expensive. And I’ve talked about house sitting as an alternative to paying for expensive hotel rooms. But there is another excellent way for people to travel without paying a dime for lodging.

For those who own homes, the cheapest way to travel abroad is to trade houses with other people.

I’ve had friends express horror at the thought of strangers using their stuff, and possibly stealing or breaking their things.

Sydney's Corner: Food of the Netherlands

on July 8, 2013 - 8:08am

Sydney Frazier, 8, with Poffertjes. Photo by Jason Frazier


Introduction by Teralene Foxx of Los Alamos

I have previously updated you on the around the world travels of our daughter Kerri Foxx Frazier, Jason Frazier and their 8-year-old daughter Sydney. Every week, as part of her home schooling Sydney does a blog of something she has found interesting. Having just been in the Netherlands on a river cruise, I found this blog about her experience with food in the Netherlands delightful and wanted to share it with you.


Column: If You Want to Sell Your House ... You Have to Let Go

on July 8, 2013 - 7:02am
If You Want to Sell Your House ... You Have to Let Go

During my career as a Realtor, I have noticed a common obstacle that sellers face – they are too attached.

It’s perfectly understandable. After growing up in a house, raising children in a house, and adding countless personal touches, it becomes a “home.” Nostalgia makes it hard to see things from the buyer’s perspective.

When it is time to sell, you need to take a step back and go back to thinking of it as a house – just brick and mortar.

Here are a few ways you can disassociate yourself from your house before you