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Finding Hope Especially When It Hurts

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Today I am featuring a Q and A session with Trichelle Watkins, author of Finding Hope Especially When It Hurts.  This book tells the story of the Watkins Family caring for a child with Batten's Disease.  Parents who find themselves in this same situation can find comfort and hope in Trichelle's story.  Read on . . . Please tell us about your book and why you decided to write it. I originally started to write this down for my daughters.  Batten disease is rare and there aren't that many people who have experienced it.  I wanted them to have something that I didn't in the beginning because this is a genetic disease.  There is a possibility that one of their children could have it.  Then I thought about all the other parents of Batten children who are struggling.  I wondered if my story might be able to help one of them.  I finally decided that I needed to put it out there for anyone who wanted to find a little hope. What was the most challenging thing about telling your s

Celebrating the Day of the Dead                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Wondering what all the Day of the Dead stuff means?  Check out this video and article about this celebration in St. George News:  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/10/25/apk-artists-bring-the-day-of-the-dead-to-life-in-st-george-exhibit/#.Y1kTpy1h3Y0 

Support for Students

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  Volunteers filled more than 700 backpacks to make sure every kid in Washington County is able to start the new school year with a backpack and all the necessary supplies. Learn more in this video and article published by St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/08/11/apk-we-want-to-give-back-to-this-community-volunteers-donors-fill-backpacks-for-kids-in-washington-county/#.YvVTVi1h2YY

Helping Kids Heal through Film

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  I love anything that has to do with film, but working on this story was extra special. Figmentation Foundation helps kids who have been through medical traumas become super heroes through costuming and film. Check out this video and article published in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/07/31/apk-southern-utah-superheroes-among-us-figmentation-foundation-brings-them-to-life/#.YucBxC1h1pI

It's Parks and Rec Time in St. George!

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July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Check out this video and article about all the fun ways you can celebrate: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/06/30/apk-heres-how-to-celebrate-national-parks-and-recreation-month-in-southern-utah/#.Yr4Uti1h1pI

Take a Hike, Pal

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  You don't have to even travel outside the city limits of St. George to find amazing places to hike.  To help hikers locate local trailheads, Bo Beck and Jeremy Gorzalski have published a new book called "Favorite Hikes in and Around St. George."  Check out this video and article about this wonderful hiking guide:  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=927893&action=edit

Lifeguard Shortage Affects Southern Utah

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There is a nationwide shortage of lifeguards this summer.  In Southern Utah, it's a mixed bag when it comes to keeping fully staffed.  Check out this video and article in St. George News explaining where the problem is and how it is being solved: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/06/19/apk-southern-utah-pool-facilities-are-scrambling-to-hire-lifeguards-in-face-of-staff-shortages/#.YrBJ9y1h3ig

National Rescue Dog Day

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  Today is National Rescue Dog Day. Take a look at what is happening in the shelters and rescue operations in Southern Utah:     https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/05/20/apk-national-rescue-dog-day-this-is-what-you-can-do-to-help-ease-the-rise-of-homeless-pets-in-southern-utah/#.YogXoC1h2YY

Using the Ironman World Championship to Help those with ALS

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  I had the privilege of doing a profile on Ironman Athlete Matt Russell for St. George News. Not only is Matt a great athlete and truly kind person, he rides with an ALS insignia on his jersey and helmet. Our family lost my brother, Joseph, to ALS, so we really appreciate it when a celebrity uses their platform to bring awareness to the disease. Check out this inspiring video and article about Matt and make sure to cheer him on during the Ironman World Championship on May 7 in St. George:  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/04/15/apk-in-memory-of-my-mother-ironman-athlete-overcomes-injury-honors-those-fighting-als/#.YmcCpC1h2YZ

Celebrating Ramadan in Southern Utah

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Wishing a joyful Ramadan to all my Muslim friends. I had the honor of learning more about Ramadan during an event a couple weeks ago hosted by some members of the Muslim community in Southern Utah. Check out the video and article in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/04/02/apk-it-is-a-month-of-kindness-muslims-celebrate-ramadan-in-southern-utah/#.YkhlBS1h2X0

Be My Guest

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  Heading to a wedding this spring? Be my guest! Learn all about wedding etiquette in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/03/19/apk-with-wedding-season-approaching-in-southern-utah-here-is-some-important-etiquette-to-keep-in-mind/#.YjdJzy1h3WY

It's Girl Scout Cookie Season!

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  They only come around once a year, but that makes Girl Scout Cookies all the more sweet.  Find out where you can get your cookies and what's new with this year's sale:  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/03/15/apk-southern-utah-girl-scouts-share-sweet-business-lessons/#.YjHBmy1h1X8

Wedding Season in Southern Utah

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  Southern Utah has stunning backdrops for brides, making this area a hot spot for destination weddings.  Read all about it in St. George News:  It's wedding season in Southern Utah. Read all about it in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/02/26/apk-saying-i-do-in-southern-utah-can-cost-upwards-of-20k/#.Yhqcei1h1X8

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

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  Is you pet spayed/neutered?  There are lots of health reasons to get pets fixed.  Spay/neuter also helps reduce the amount of stray and feral cats in our community.  Read all about it in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/02/12/apk-aside-from-obvious-benefits-why-else-should-you-spay-or-neuter-your-pet/#.Ygju1C1h24k

February Means Gardening Season in St. George!

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Whilst people in other parts of Utah are still in winter jacket mode, it's planting season for gardeners in St. George. Read all about it in St. George News: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/02/10/apk-february-marks-the-dawn-of-gardening-season-in-washington-county-heres-what-you-should-know/#.YgZciy1h3WY

CARES Grants for Southern Utah

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-   Kids are helping kids stay off drugs in Southern Utah.  Read all about their inspiring story in St. George News:  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2022/01/18/apk-prevent-kids-from-ruining-their-lives-southern-utah-coalitions-work-to-combat-substance-abuse/#.YegT6C1h2X0

Winter is the Purrrrrfect Time for Audio Books

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  Got the winter blahs? Get your giggle going with Splat! A Quirky Cat Audio Book: https://www.audible.com/search?keywords=splat+a+quirky+cat+audio+book&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search

Get There Now

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It was an honor to have Susanne Conrad record Get There Now as Straight to Audio Productions. This insightful audiobook is now available on Audible.com https://www.amazon.com/Get-There-Now-Transform-Listening/dp/B09NX98P88/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=