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48 June 4 - 17, 2011 Local teachers

deliver relief to Joplin, MO

Two childcare teachers from Faith Family Church and Childcare in Chandler left recently to drive to Joplin, MO with supplies, diapers, baby food, formula and other non-perishables.

“They decided that it was important to reach out to Joplin to let their community know that not only do many care, but are also willing to act on that concern,” says Donna Dodson, director of membership and development. “They requested donations from the families at the childcare as well as church members. A special offering was even taken in Youth Group that will be used to purchase socks.”

Arizona Olympian from Page 45

“We have two boys and both did gymnastics, but it stuck with Reed. I had him take a year off to play piano, and he still hasn’t forgiven us for that,” Kelly laughs.

She adds AOG isn’t just a place kids go to train; it is a community of families. They recently had their end-of-the- year awards pool party and a sleepover at the gym. Plus, the parents have come together to work on the gym and help each other.

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RING MAN: Reed Cook, an athlete training at Arizona Olympian Gymnastics, is taking high honors for his work on the rings.

“Lyle is an awesome coach, and gymnastics offers a chance to learn sportsmanship,” Kelly says. “It is the perfect balance of an individual and team sport. My favorite part is when I see them congratulating each other. And, we travel to the competitions as a family, which is really fun. His grandmother wears this blinged out shirt that says ‘Reed’s Grandma.’ We are so proud of Reed and all the other boys on the team.” Summer programs begin June 6. Arizona Olympian Gymnastics is located at 22608 S. Gilbert Rd. For more information, call 480-802-8559, email or go to

Joan Westlake is a longtime journalist and East Valley resident. She can be reached at

Neighbors One Wing from Page 45

So far the gamble has paid off. One Wing Boutique offers “God-serving” clothing, home décor, jewelry and more. Some products are crafted by local artisans, and Brewington, who has a background in design and merchandising, creates many of the shirts, hats and bags, herself. She believes customers appreciate the shop’s unique line and that the welcoming atmosphere and low prices keep them coming back. “What we hear consistently is, ‘Gosh, your prices are so reasonable,’” Miller adds. “I think that’s paying off for us tenfold.” Miller and Brewington knew going in that their success would depend on a good location as well as a stellar product line, and their downtown digs suit them to a tee. “There are so many wonderful festivals and things downtown that draw so much foot traffic,” says Brewington. “We are thankful to be next to a couple of really great restaurants, and we get a lot of people from out of state because of the San Marcos Hotel.”

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BLING: Among the finds at One Wing Boutique are jewelry, clothing and home decor.

As a former banker, Miller has seen others

approach entrepreneurship with unrealistic expectations, “expecting to earn six figures the first year” and “leveraging themselves to the nth degree.”

“This is not the time to do that,” she warns, adding, “I think there are some basic rules of thumb, but in this economy, if you have something people need, it’s a great time. You just have to be careful.”

Miller says her former career pales in comparison to her current one. “Someone could offer me half a million dollars a year to go back into mortgage banking, and I wouldn’t even consider it. My worst day here at One Wing is comparable to probably some of my best days in mortgage banking.”

“What you’re selling or what you’re creating, when it brings somebody a smile, that’s what you’re there for,” Brewington adds. “If you can put food on your table for your kids, and if you can live a decent life while you’re doing it, and you can bring joy to others, then that’s what it’s all about in my mind.”

One Wing Boutique is located at 80 S. San Marcos Pl. and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The boutique is closed Sunday. For more information, call 480-331-WING (9464), email or visit

K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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