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Mesquite High grad serving on ultra-modern warship

By Ensign Amaia Maldonado, GSN Guest Writer A 2007 Mesquite High School graduate and Gilbert native is serving aboard the future USS Sioux City, a littoral combat ship homeported in Mayport, Florida. Petty Officer 1st Class...

EV woman helps bring comfort to troops, veterans

By JULIA DE SIMONE, GSN Contributor It was Jamie Sistek’s first encounter with the U.S. veteran. As the Chandler woman sat in her booth in the sparse parking lot, he approached her almost cautiously and asked,...

San Tan Elementary students help Boots in the House

By Michelle Reese GSN Guest Writer   Students at San Tan Elementary in Higley colored postal boxes for Boots in the House’s Care Package For Heroes – Holiday Cheer 2018 campaign. Stacey Totman, first-grade teacher, said that the...

Early EV church rings in 125 years of worship

By JASON STONE GSN Staff Writer   Virginia Berg still remembers when the First United Methodist Church of Mesa was literally a hop, skip and a jump away from her home in downtown Mesa. Berg and her friends...

Gilbert congregant part of notable EV family

By JASON STONE GSN Staff Writer   Virginia Berg’s history with Mesa is vast. Her grandfather, P. R. Mitten, and her father, Charles Mitten, were longtime newspaper publishers who once owned the paper you’re currently reading. R. founded...

Therapy Farm’s animals help broken bodies

By Srianthi Perera GSN Contributor   Five-year-old Rita Davison is gingerly placed atop a horse in a large backyard in Gilbert. She wears a helmet and a broad leather belt is strapped around her waist. She reaches up...

Women’s group aids Gilbert Parkinson’s center

By Kim Tarnopolski GSN Contributor   Debbie Smith is a profile in courage and positivity. Five years ago, she had a successful marriage, family life and a career with multi-state responsibilities. She was looking forward to her 52nd...

Augusta Ranch students saying thank you 1,000 times

By Cecilia Chan, GSN Managing Editor In her first year as principal of Augusta Ranch Elementary School, Terrie Barnes handed out a homework assignment to all 1,000 students. “We are asking every single student in school...

Gilbert couple planning second annual ROCK-ing time

By Cecilia Chan, GSN Managing Editor People can step back into the ‘80s, when leg warmers and Members Only jackets ruled, and help a good cause as well. Mike and Ann Schude, who started the community...

Gilbert doc forging new ways to treat heart disease

By Cecilia Chan, GSN Managing Editor More than 13,000 people in Arizona die each year from heart disease, while one in three people with cardiovascular disease succumbs to the disease. “Almost every 40 seconds we have...