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FROM THE EDITOR: Grants, calendars and a dress code

On Wednesday, the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation gave away $55,000 to two dozen non-profits, but that wasn’t the best part of the morning.

This is the foundation’s 48th year handing out checks, but its bigger value goes much deeper. Twenty-two groups — from Paws Patrol to the Sahuarita Food Bank — received $1,000 or $2,000 to help keep the operations afloat. Two other groups — the Community Performance and Art Center and the GVR Foundation — each received $12,500 to help set up endowment funds with the goal of sustainability and attracting more donations in the future (donors like groups they know are going to be around a while).

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That’s the real value of the Community Foundation — coming alongside non-profits to help them strengthen everything from their boards to their bottom line through wise decision-making and support from like-minded organizations. Michelle Phillips, the foundation’s executive director, graduated 24 non-profits from its recent training series carried out by their Non-Profit Learning Institute. If you’re with a non-profit and don’t know about it, get ahold of her. NPLI is transforming the non-profit scene around Green Valley.

But the best part of the day? Michelle handed over the microphone to the non-profits to share what they’ve been up to. I wish everybody had been in the room. Board member Jim Nelson called it “one of the best days of the year.”

He’s right, because Green Valley rises and falls on its non-profits, and to hear how they’re serving the community is humbling and exciting.

The services cover everything from counseling to food banks, animal care to the arts. All non-profits serving you.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of this community,” Patti O’Berry said. She heads up Hands of a Friend, which runs Genesis House domestic violence shelter and other services, including DaZee’s consignment shop to support the effort. They receive zero public dollars.

Congratulations to Michelle Phillips, the Non-Profit Learning Institute and the Community Foundation. Great work in a community that truly appreciates it.

Calendar call

We received nearly 300 photos last year when we put out the call for our first — and very successful — calendar. Just 14 made the 2017 calendar, but every shot went into an online slideshow that had thousands of visitors (you can see it at

We’re ready to do it again. Our new 14-month calendar (December 2017 to January 2019) will be published in November, and we’d like to highlight your work.

Here are some basic rules:

•Think about the shape of a calendar and shoot for that hole. Ours is horizontal to squarish, so that’s what we’d like.

•Photos don’t have to be new. If you took a great shot last year, send it in. Still in love with the shot you submitted last year? We’ll take another look. If you were in last year’s calendar you can still enter — everybody’s welcome.

•All entries are going into an online slideshow, which launches with the arrival of the first photo. We might also use shots in our other publications.

•You’ll be credited by name in the calendar and online. Enter as many photos as you like.

•Everything must be emailed and we’ll accept entries through Sept. 17.

•Send entries to assistant editor David Rookhuyzen at:, and put “Calendar photo” in the subject line. Tell us who took the photo, where and when.

She did WHAT?!

We needed a good laugh out of Washington, and Rep. Martha McSally delivered.

The Speaker’s Lobby, a room next to the House chamber where lawmakers often meet reporters, has an unwritten dress code: dresses and blouses with sleeves for women, jackets and ties for men. No tennis shoes or open-toed shoes. They call it “appropriate business attire.”

Several women have been turned away over naked arms, including a reporter last week.

On Wednesday, Rep. McSally entered the kerfuffle, and from the House floor no less, in a statement directed at House Speaker Paul Ryan, who’d recently endorsed the dress code.

“Before I yield back, I want to point out, I’m standing here in my professional attire, which happens to be a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes,” McSally said. “With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”

On Thursday, Ryan noted that the decades-old dress code likely needs updating and promised to get on it.

This isn’t the first time McSally has challenged a dress code. She brought a lawsuit against the Department of Defense in 2001 over the military policy requiring U.S. servicewomen in Saudi Arabia to wear an abaya — a body covering — while off base. She won that round, too.

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A bride had to queue in her dress at a Lidl checkout to buy wedding flowers - after she forget her bouquet


It’s been months in the planning, from the dress, suits, venue, limo - your wedding day is finally here and you are all set to tie the knot.

Except for one bride, there was one last thing she needed to do before saying “I do”. . . Glide down a different sort of aisle at the supermarket for last minute bits - her own wedding flowers to be exact.

On Saturday, Helen Evenden was in the back of a luxury limo half way from her home in Llanybydder on the way to the register office in Carmarthen to marry her fiancée Jason, when it dawned upon her that they had not put the wedding flowers in the car.

But instead of panicking or becoming a blubbering mess, Helen decided to carry on to Carmarthen.

Helen and Jason Evenden outside Carmarthen register office. Helen has her Lidl flowers with her that she bought before the ceremony

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She said: “I asked my sister if she had put the flowers in the boot but she hadn’t - they were still at my house in Llanybydder.

“I didn’t panic, we were going through Alltwalis, half way to Carmarthen and decided to carried on.

“When we got there, the register office said we were a little bit early and told us to go for a spin around town.”

It was then that her dad Paul Draycott suggested calling into the town’s Lidl supermarket to see if they had flowers for the ceremony.

Helen said: “Dad said, let’s go to Lidl. I thought we might as well, seeing as we had time before the wedding.

“In I went to Lidl in my wedding dress and with my purse, got three lots of white roses for £7.”

One bunch was for her and the other two for her nieces Sioned, 16 and Arwen 13, who were bridesmaids.

Helen added: “We parked in the Lidl car park in this big limo, this was around 9.30am and one customer even asked me ‘are you for real?’ when I went to the till to pay for the flowers.”

The sight of a bride-to-be in her gown going through the checkout armed with her own flowers raised a few eyebrows and chuckles from shoppers and staff alike said Helen.

She added: “One staff member even asked to take a photo of me at

the till, it was a little unusual I suppose,” she laughed.

Thankfully, it was plain sailing after the shopping trip and Helen, 39, married Jason, 31, before a reception at the Black Lion Hotel in Llanybydder with their daughters Soffia, aged five and Efa aged two - along with friends and family.

Helen was even re-united with her wedding bouquet for the reception.

Her mother Betty quipped: “I thought it was rather funny she had one bouquet for the registry wedding and called back in the house for the proper one for the wedding reception.”

Speaking from the home she shares with Jason and their daughters in Heol Y Dderi, Helen said: “We haven’t got a honeymoon planned, just a nice chilled out week at home.”

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Sexist Dress Code Forces San Antonio High School Student to Change


Now that it's getting warmer, schools are cracking down on what students are wearing more than ever. Unfortunately, as we've seen time and time again, this can lead to sexist dress codes that target female students unfairly.

On top of that viral prom dress code poster, which received major backlash, and United Airlines' discriminatory leggings ban, there's been yet another instance of a female student getting kicked out of class for how she is dressed, reports Yahoo Style.

According to the site, the vice principal of Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas asked Sophia Abuabara to change her striped long-sleeved dress, deeming the length inappropriate. Her mother Rosey posted a video on Facebook recounting the experience. "They shamed my daughter. She called me crying saying that they asked her to change because her skirt was too short," she explained.

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Rosey also took to Instagram to post a photo of a male student, who was wearing a muscle tank with a pair of shorts, and pointed out that he was exposing the same amount of skin as her daughter, if not more. The male student responded, writing: "Hello! I’m the guy in that picture. (idk how I feel about people taking pictures of me but thanks for blurring my face at least). I think it’s important to note the context of my clothing. I didn’t wear that around school all day, those were my workout clothes and I changed before going to the weight room after school."

This prompted a back-and-forth exchange between the two parties with Sophia's mother calling out the school's "sexist" practices. "Yeah, we blurred your face. We are not picking on you specifically, but really wanted to point out that there are boys that dress this way at school. Lots of guys use ‘chubbies,’ which are shorter than my daughter’s skirt,” she commented on Instagram. “I’m sure you’re seen them around. (Again, not you personally) boys can wear shorts to school in 100 degree weather, and the girls cannot. That’s just sexist.” Rosie makes a great point that the same dress code rules should apply to female and male students. We only wish more administrators would pay attention.

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