Friday, December 31, 2010

Let Us Not Forget

As the year ends let us not forget to give thanks for those that are serving our country and willing to give all. My father-in-law was a medic in WWII in the Philippines, I did not know much about his service until the last few years of his life. There is a special place in heaven for medics. Thank you Verdun, and all the others who have served so gallantly.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Arizona Family History Expo

Mesa web header updated

Don’t forget about the FH Expo. Early registration is still $65 for all the classes. If you can’t attend the classes make sure to carve some time out to check out the exhibit hall, no charge for access to the hall.

Check out for more information. You can also follow the expo on facebook and twitter.


Friday, December 24, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:

Aquatics Maintenance Worker I  $35,131 - $47,424
Engineering Contracts/Grants Compliance Officer  $60,965 - $82,264

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pop a Top for Survival Gear Safety

This is reposted from the blog Survival Common Sense:
Posted on August 5th, 2010 in Survival Equipment
by Leon Pantenburg

Hanging on to your tools may be critical to your survival. But some small items, such as butane lighters, Chapstick or some survival knives, don’t have a way to attach a lanyard or safety snap. 
Here’s an easy way to fix that.

Prevent loss of small critical survival items by attaching a poptop, and securing them to a clip or lanyard.

Take an aluminum poptop and attach it to the small item with a piece of bright tape. Then, whenever you use that piece of gear, clip or attach it to a lanyard. Attach the lanyard to your belt, button hole or zipper fob.

Get into this habit and you’ll never drop or lose that critical piece of gear.  This is particularly important in areas with a lot of snow, like where I live in Central Oregon.

I frequently am out in areas with several feet of accumulation, and dropping a butane lighter in these areas of deep snow virtually guarantees you’ll lose it. Even if you can find the lighter again, chances are the cold will disable it for several minutes.

Either of these situations is a problem if you desperately need to build a warming fire and your hands are numb!

Avoid potential emergencies caused by losing gear by thinking ahead!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

City of Mesa Job Openings

There are no new or revised opportunities this week.

To apply for open positions, please visit:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

City of Mesa surplus sales offer lots of holiday bargains

From the City of Mesa:

If you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you still have time to get tremendous holiday bargains.  The City of Mesa operates surplus sales every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at the City of Mesa Warehouse, 7041 E. Adobe.

Bicycle prices have been slashed by 50 percent until Christmas and all Dell desktop computers are $10 off.  Costume jewelry is 50 percent off and all fine jewelry is 10 percent off the marked price.

The surplus sales have a wide variety of merchandise, including clothing and office furniture.  The merchandise consists of surplus items from various City departments and unclaimed police evidence.  Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check/debit card with photo identification.  All sales are final without warranty or guarantee of any kind and there are no refunds.  City items are also available for sale on eBay.

Proceeds from the surplus sales and eBay sales benefit the City of Mesa General Fund.  During the 09/10 fiscal year, those sales generated $107,300 for that fund.

For more information, visit or call (480) 644-2663.

Friday, December 10, 2010

December Landscape Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

While our typical first frost date is around Dec. 12, early frosts have
already nipped the tops of some cold-sensitive plants causing the tips to
wilt or turn black. Learn about frost and how to protect your plants in a
University of Arizona publication at

For frost warning advisories, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Web site at

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape
(in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
     Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 30 days
     Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 10-14 days.

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
     Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
     High Water Use - once every 18 days

Tree watering:
     Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
     High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub watering:
     Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
     High Water Use - once every 14 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
     Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
     High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering - if needed
Annuals watering - once every 7-10 days
Wildflower watering - once every 10-15 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to
be modified for your specific site conditions.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

SAT/ACT Software Available to Scouts

If your high school student needs to take the SAT or ACT tests, the NFL and MLB players, with BSA, are offering free preparation software. Well, almost free, it does cost $13.84 for support and shipping.

NFL and MLB players support eKnowledge donation of free SAT/ACT software to Boy Scouts of America families

In alliance with the Boy Scouts of America, eKnowledge is offering SAT and ACT test prep programs valued at $200, free to Boy Scout families. The eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance is made up of educationally focused foundations, as well as a group of professional athletes from the National Football League and Major League Baseball that includes Warrick Dunn and Chipper Jones. The eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance has provided more than 120,000 SAT/ACT prep programs to families all over the United States.

“I believe in using my gifts and public image to help the community,” said Chipper Jones, six-time All-Star and future Hall of Fame baseball player.

Now in its fourth year, the eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance has donated more than $26 million of SAT/ACT test preparation programs. In response to the donation, eKnowledge has received more than 40,000 thank-you letters from those who have benefited from the test preparation programs. The PowerPrep™ program helps prepare students to take the exams and increases student confidence, which can result in higher test scores and thousands of dollars in scholarships.

EKnowledge recently announced the arrival of the new v6x SAT/ACT PowerPrep™ software; v6x was in development for more than two years at a cost of $1.5 million. It includes more than 20 hours of video instruction, 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests, and graphic teaching illustrations.

The new PowerPrep™ v6x software is Mac- and PC-compatible.

Families interested in obtaining the FREE $200 v6x SAT/ACT PowerPrep™ Programs may order online at or by calling 951-256-4076.

There is a fee of $13.84 (per standard program) which enables eKnowledge to provide technical and customer support, registration, licensure, processing, handling, and worldwide shipping. This nominal fee allows the sponsorship alliance to continue helping thousands of students each year.

For more information, please contact Lori Caputo, ESA Programs, at or 951-256-4076

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kitchen Tip: Calibrate Your Candy Thermometer

This is very useful information for this time of year and I am reposting this from the “Our Best Bites” blog.

During December, we're going to be doing some extra posts to help you guys make it through the holiday season with your sanity in tact!

This is a really quick tip that will help you in all your candy-making endeavors (like Apple Cider Caramels and Peanut Brittle). When you're making candy, being able to accurately measure the temperature is absolutely essential, but how do you know if your candy thermometer is accurate or not?

First, you need a pot, any size, of water.

Clip the thermometer onto the side of the pan, making sure the knob on the bottom of the thermometer (anyone have a more accurate term for me? It's 1:43 in the afternoon and I'm still in my pajamas if that gives you any idea of where my brain is right now...) isn't touching the bottom of the pan.

Now, bring the pan of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Let it boil for 10 minutes (make sure you're using a big enough pan that you have enough water to last 10 minutes). The boiling point of water is different depending on where you live (thanks readers!) so check this calculator to find out.   So, say your thermometer says 202 degrees, and you know that the boiling point is 212. You'll know that you need to add 10 degrees to whatever your thermometer says. On the flip side, if the thermometer reads at 222 degrees, you need to subtract 10 degrees from whatever the thermometer is reading. 

To make sure you remember, you can either write "+ ____" or "-____" (whatever the difference is) directly onto the thermometer with a Sharpie or onto a piece of tape that you can wrap around the thermometer or its protective sheath.

And...just in case you get confused by things like this (because I do ALL the time!), here it is in a nutshell:

--If the temperature reads above 212 F (or whatever your boiling point is), you need to subtract 212 from the number your thermometer is displaying and then, when you're making candy, subtract that number from the reading you get on the thermometer.

--If the temperature reads below 212 F (or whatever your boiling point is), you need to subtract that number from 212. When you're making candy, add that number to the number you get from the thermometer reading.

--Be sure to record how much you need to add or subtract in a place that's easy to remember.

--Re-calibrate your thermometer at least once a year, or just buy a new one!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Remember Pearl Harbor

On December, 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US Forces at Pearl Harbor, HI. There were over 3,000 casualties and many ships were sank or damaged. The attacked united a divided America and committed the nation to war.

During the month of December is offering free access to the Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls, personnel assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor. To research these records click here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hallelujah Chorus–Like you have never seen it

Hallelujah Chorus

Isn’t this wonderful, so many people even some of the crowd joins in.