Officials Urge to Prepare for Coming Summer Heat


Officials Urge to Prepare for Coming Summer Heat
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Officials Urge to Prepare
for Coming Summer Heat
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Sacramento Region – State officials recently urged Californians to
prepare now for the prospect of prolonged periods of hot weather later
this summer and fall.
“It’s not too early for Californians
to prepare for the possibility of
several days of extremely high
temperatures, particularly in areas
where temperatures don’t reach into
the 90s and 100s very often,” said
California Emergency Management
Agency (Cal EMA) Acting Secretary
Mike Dayton.
The Acting Cal EMA Secretary
urged Californians who haven’t
already done so to review their
emergency plans, replenish their
emergency supplies, learn first aid
and CPR and create a cooler, more
comfortable environment in their
“As we saw in 2006, prolonged
periods of extremely high temperatures can cause a significant number
of deaths and heat-related illnesses,
including heat exhaustion and heat
stroke,” said California Department
of Public Health (CDPH) Interim
Director Dr. Howard Backer.
According to information provided by California’s county coroners and medical examiners, 136
Californians died due to heat-related illnesses caused by a 13-day heat
wave that struck the state in 2006.
“Infants, young children and
seniors, as well as persons who
have chronic health conditions,
are particularly vulnerable when
temperatures rise,” noted Backer.
“Caretakers must be sure to provide
adequate fluids to persons who cannot ask for them or get fluids for
themselves. Never leave a child or
pet in a closed vehicle for any length
of time. Plan outdoor work and exercise during the early morning hours
or evening hours. During periods of
severe heat, communities will set up
cooling centers for daytime use.”
Workers in all outdoor worksites
such as agriculture, construction,
landscaping and other industries,
are at risk of serious heat illness and
even death when temperatures rise
across California. According to the
California Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA),
employers are required to take four
basic steps to prevent heat illness at
all outdoor worksites. These include
training all employees on heat illness, providing adequate water, rest
and shade and having an emergency
response plan in place.
“I am pleased to see a greater level of compliance and a reduction in
occupational heat-related illnesses
and fatalities in recent years, but we
must remain vigilant during times of
high summer heat,” said Cal/OSHA
Chief Ellen Widess. “Heat related illness and death are preventable with
simple steps that employers take to
ensure workers have adequate water
and shade and training on the symptoms of heat stress. Having a good
program in place not only protects
workers’ health, but ensures greater
State officials urged Californians
to incorporate energy conservation
measures as part of their heat emergency plans.
“Californians can save money
and reduce the risk of power outages by setting their thermostats
to 78 to 80 degrees when they’re
home and to 85 degrees or the ‘off’
position when they’re away from
home,” said Dayton. “They also can
reduce strain on the power grid by
using their primary refrigerators and
freezers for perishable foods and
beverages and disconnecting secondary refrigerators and freezers.”
Other conservation measures Californians can employ include turning
off lights, fans and appliances that
aren’t in use and using dish washers,
driers, washing machines and other
appliances after the peak hours of
4 to 6 p.m.
Summer heat resources are available at and
Source: California Emergency
Management Agency
Employment Trends Show Renewed Concerns
Sacramento Region – Hiring in
the 3rd Quarter of 2011 will reflect
Sacramento regional employer’s concerns about unsteady gasoline prices
and economic agitation resulting
from renewed fears about State government budgets and overseas debt.
Despite those worries local companies are actively hiring for attrition
while growth of workforces has been
slowed. Growth was given as motivation to hire by just twenty-five percent (25%) of the top employers surveyed directly by telephone between
May 22 and June 6th. Hiring attributed to growth has dropped seven
percent (7%) from the previous quarter. More companies are hiring but
fewer workers are being employed
as sixty-eight percent (68%) will
hire in Q3, but forty-three percent
(43%) of those hires are motivated
only by expected workforce attrition.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of hiring was attributed to seasonal needs in
construction, agriculture and summer
service industry employment. Thirtytwo percent (32%) of Sacramento em-
Looking for a new job, or even writing a resume, brings anguish to job seekers.
ployers surveyed on behalf of Pacific
Staffing indicate no hiring planned
for July, August and September 2011.
Just one company indicated any plan
to reduce their workforce in the next
three months.
Graduate Hiring Demand
2011 will be a difficult year for
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new graduates entering the workforce. When Sacramento regional
employers were asked, “Will your
company make any effort to hire new
graduates?” seventy percent (70%)
said No. Among the thirty percent
(30%) indicating they would seek
help from recent college gradua-
tion, those students with science and
technology degrees were in highest demand. Service industry firms
were looking for IT, Economics/
Business, RN’s and Laboratory
Science degrees. Manufacturers and
Construction firms indicated interest
in hiring IT, Business, Biology/Lab
Science expertise and degrees including Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and
Structural Engineering.
The top challenge ahead for HR
pros in the area remains concerns
over healthcare costs and benefit
changes. Some employers indicate
problems with overtime, morale and
increasing difficulty in finding qualified skilled applicants.
Of the top 100 Sacramento
Industry 38% are Service, 34%
are Manufacturers, 17% are
Construction and 11% are Retail.
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Capitals to Excite
Tennis Fans
at Sunrise Mall
Capital’s Coach Wayne Bryan. Photo courtesy Sacramento Capitals
Citrus Heights – The Sacramento
Capitals, Northern California’s professional tennis team, begins play
this season on July 8th at 7:30 pm
at Capitals Stadium in Sunrise Mall
against the New York Sportimes
and Martina Hingis. They follow up
with another exciting match the very
next night on July 9th against worldrenowned marquee player, Serena
Williams of the Washington Kastles.
Following matches are scheduled
for July 10th, 12th, 15th, 20th and 21st.
See their advertisement inside for
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Wayne Bryan will return for his
10th consecutive season as coach
of the World TeamTennis (WTT)
Sacramento Capitals. Bryan has been
honored as the WTT Coach of the
Year three times and has directed the
Capitals to championship seasons in
2002 and 2007.
“We want to continue the organization’s longtime commitment to
winning and I’m looking forward to
seeing our stands filled with enthusiastic Caps fans” Bryan said. Bryan
will lead a talented group of Capitals
stars that includes Vania King, Mark
Knowles, Dusan Vemic and Yasmin
Individual tickets to Sacramento
Capitals’ matches start at $20 for
adults and $10 for children. In addition to individual tickets, a variety of
discounted ticket packages are also
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Marquee Ticket Packages start at
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“We’re focused on ensuring a
first-class operation and experience
for our fans this season, and with
providing the Sacramento region another professional sports team they
can be proud of,” said Matt McEvoy,
General Manager.
The Sacramento Capitals Ticket
Office is located just inside the
north entrance to Sunrise Mall at
6023 Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights.
The office is open Monday through
Friday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and
Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fair Oaks – If you long for
the sweet, smooth, sing-along
harmonies of Green, Green, This
Land Is Your Land, Ramblin’, and
many others, plan to attend the
New Christy Minstrels’ Benefit
Concert, under the stars, on
Saturday, July 30, at the Veteran’s
Memorial Amphitheatre in Old
Town Fair Oaks. Tickets are $20
each; gate opens at 6:30pm. The
Village of Fair Oaks is located 20
miles northeast of Sacramento,
next to Folsom, along the
American River.
For tickets and information go
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Tickets may also be purchased
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Bank, Oaks Hardware, Hart
Collection, Bella Fiore Florist
and the Recreation and Park
District office.
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July 2011
Remembering Every Day and Every Dance
George Marks at a recent Memorial Day Event. Photo by Paul V. Scholl.
By Julie Parker
“During a family visit, my brother
Bill said, ‘George was always underfed. None of the rest of the family let
him eat.’ I think that’s why my mother loaned me out to my Aunt Hattie
and Uncle Charlie in the summer of
1928, when she had the tenth child.
They took care of me.”
The seventh of twelve children, George Marks was born on
August 22, 1921 in New Castle,
Pennsylvania, and named after his
uncle who had just returned from the
His father worked at the tin mill.
“He was a German who liked to
drink his beer. He was pretty strict on
us. He called bread ‘punk’ and called
lettuce ‘grass.’ My mother made the
coffee so strong, he called it ‘lye.’
My mom was very religious; went
to prayer meetings. She taught me to
make a cake from scratch. We had a
lot of cornbread, meat and potatoes.
We would drink hot water with a
little bit of sugar and a little bit of
evaporated milk. We all worked in
the garden and a treat was getting
real butter for the fresh corn. In the
summer, when there was a little bit
of money, there was watermelon.
First, we had a coal/wood burning
stove, then a kerosene oven and then
we finally got gas. We started with
a wash tub where you scrubbed by
hand, then a washtub that had three
balls in it and a hand crank. When
I got a job, I bought my mom their
first electric washing machine, with
a spin dryer on the side. “
During the summers of 1930 and
1931, the family worked at Cascade
Park, where his father repaired boats.
One sister worked at the taffy pull
and another worked at the fish pond.
George set up the wood milk bottles
for the carnival toss.
He loved school and excelled in
math. “I was always in the top five.
One month, I got everything right, an
A+, so I got to be the first seat.”
“Between 1933 and 1934, it was
the beginning of the Depression.
I wanted a Bible so bad, and we
couldn’t afford one. The church
said, ‘Anybody who doesn’t miss
Sunday school for a year will receive
a Bible.’ So, that’s what I did. I still
have it.”
They swam in a nearby creek in
summer. “We also took a bar of soap
down there and took our baths in the
In the winter, they ice skated and
created a toboggan from some corrugated steel sheets about 3 x 10 of
their father’s. “We just bent the front,
then put a rope or wire around so we
could pull it back.”
He had a brief paying gig for a
traveling carnival. “We started after
midnight, after it closed, breaking it
down and getting it to the train station, so they could move on to the
next town. By the time I got home,
around noon, I was so tired, I just
laid down on the porch and went to
He also worked the boiler in a
commercial greenhouse. “It was ten
hours a night, seven nights a week for
three months, for ten cents an hour. I
also picked beans for ten cents a basket, and lima beans, 25 cents for two
For entertainment, his father
called squares for square dancing,
using a megaphone, and his mother
played the piano. “I’ve been square
dancing for 75 years now, and teaching off and on for over 60 years.”
He remembers buying a 1928
Plymouth 4-door. “I went into the
Studebaker dealer, who wanted $65.
I told him my uncle bought a lot of
cars there, so he said, ‘Well, the junk
man will give me $18 for scrap. Give
me $18, you can have it.” Another
time, he paid $20 for a Model A
Coupe with a curtain in the back and
a rumble seat. “I sold it for $8. Today,
it sells for $8,000–$15,000.”
The family heard the news about
Pearl Harbor over their radio. “One
of my closest friends was in Pearl
Harbor. We knew each other from
the first grade. He was in the Air
Force at Hickam Field when Pearl
Harbor was bombed. He told me
they couldn’t even get in to get the
guns and ammunition. Everything
was locked up.” Most of the men
at the tin mill were in the National
Guard, so after Pearl Harbor was hit
their jobs opened up, and George got
In 1942, he went to the Post Office
to join the Navy. “My teeth were real
bad, so they wouldn’t take me.” Then,
he hitchhiked down to Pittsburgh
where they were recruiting for the
Air Force. “When they saw my draft
card, which was 1A, they said, ‘You
can’t join the Air Force, you’re going
to be drafted.’ So, he went back to
New Castle.
“I was working at the steel mill
at the time, and they either put me
near a furnace where it was so hot I
couldn’t breathe or down into a hole
where it was real cold. So, I quit and
answered an ad for taxi drivers. It
wasn’t a defense job, so they drafted
me on November 7, 1942.
They gave me a CAT – Code
Aptitude Test (Morse Code). I passed
it with flying colors, so they said,
‘You’re going to be a radio operator.’
He learned to read 25 words a minute
and became part of the 117th Radio
Signal Intelligence Company.
In March 1943, he crossed the
Atlantic in a large convoy. “It was so
big, they had two carriers in the middle, loaded down with P38 planes,
and a light cruiser with an amphibious plane.
Our first quarters was a schoolhouse, where we stayed until they
got the Germans out of Tunisia.
We intercepted a message that the
Germans were flying low over the
ocean, between Sicily and the Cape
Bong in Tunisia. We sent that message to our intelligence section in the
Air Force. They had some P38s go
over there and shoot all them things
down.” Known as the “Palm Sunday
Massacre,” on April 18, 1943, fiftyone Luftwaffe air-transport planes
George Marks in France, 1944.
and sixteen escorting fighters were
shot down in a little over ten minutes. “Exactly two years later, on
Palm Sunday, in Luneville, France,
we heard that FDR died.”
Serving in the 7th Army
Headquarters, he wasn’t exposed to
much combat. But, he experienced
a harrowing moment in Sarrebourg,
France while outside, er, visiting Mother Nature. “A Ju-88 came
down, about 500 feet off the ground,
shooting 420-mm cannons. That was
the only time I was scared during the
After Germany surrendered on
May 8, 1945, his group stayed on in
Bavaria as the Army of Occupation.
A month later, they made a trip to
Munich and stopped off at Dachau,
after it had been liberated. Some of
the prisoners were still there. “They
didn’t have any place to put them.
We saw these people, skin and bones.
They were down to about 85 to 90
pounds. It was very pathetic. I cried.
I looked at the other guys, and they
were crying. At the entrance, the sign
said, ‘Working Will Make You Free.’
But, they lied.”
On a lighter note, while still in
Germany, he observed an international exhibition of folk dances,
put on by “displaced persons.” It
brought back memories of dancing
in his youth and he knew he wanted
to continue dancing after he returned
In 1945, he moved to California,
and attended the Aero Industries
Technical Institute at the Oakland
Airport under the GI Bill of Rights.
He had left the 11th grade to work,
so he went to night school to get his
high school diploma.
George met his wife, Sharon, (then
17 years old) at a folk dance class in
Oakland. “I asked her to dance. She
said she didn’t know how, and I said,
‘Well, I’ll teach you.’ But, what I
forgot to do was tell her it was a progressive dance, where you change
They began dating, and Sharon recalls the night he proposed. “We had
come home from a date. We were
parked in front of my foster mom’s
house, where I lived. Of course,
being young and in love, we were
necking a little. I got excited and
said, ‘Oh, George! I love you!’
He says, ‘Well, do you love me
enough to marry me?’
I said, ‘Oh, yes! Yes!’
‘Well, wait a minute,’ he says.
‘Hold your horses. Wait a minute.
There are a lot of things to think
She and George laugh at the memory. “We went dancing on the 28th of
October,” said George. “We got engaged the 9th of November, married
the 24th of March and our first baby
was born on the 12th of December.
We had a whirlwind courtship.”
Sharon says, “I wanted to go into
the WACS or be an airline stewardess, because I wanted to travel. But, I
had to wait until I was 21. So, then, I
met him. By the time I was 21, I had
two kids.”
George’s various jobs included
driving a truck, working in a nursery
and as a tank sealer on DC-4 cargo
planes from the Berlin Airlift at the
Oakland Airport.
Before his retirement in 1985, he
worked at McClellan Air Force Base
as a sheet metal worker, occasionally
working on aircraft engines, jets and
gasoline engines.
Dancing continues to be a passion
for George. In the 1970’s he was
President of the Folk Dance Council.
“I know about 500 dances and about
2,000 different dance steps. I’ve
taught dance off and on for the last
65 years.”
George has an impressive photographic memory for facts, names and
dates, and has been researching genealogy for several years. He is also
a charter member of the Root Cellar
– Sacramento Genealogical Society.
With his 90th birthday fast approaching, he contemplates his life
thus far. “I learned a little patience
about certain things. I have a knack
for learning languages. I’ve always
worked hard. One time, I worked
three different jobs–two part-times
and a full time job.
I don’t drink or smoke. I’ve been
very, very lucky to have lived so
long. I survived the Depression and
World War II. My dad died at 66.
I’ve been lucky to have a wife for 61
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July 30th
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Saving Labor
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in the Orchard
Dave Says
Dave Ramsey is a personal money
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Ignore the Math
Dear Dave,
Should I continue to contribute to
my 401(k) at work up to the match if
I’m still trying to get out of debt?
- Anonymous
Dear Anonymous,
Nope! I know, you probably think
I’ve lost my mind on this one. Yeah,
I know how important it is to take
the match in a situation like that. In
fact, it still kind of irks me to have to
say these kinds of things. I’m a math
nerd, so I really don’t like the whole
idea of it very much.
But I’ve learned a few things over
the years. One of those things is that
personal finance is 80 percent behavior and only about 20 percent head
knowledge. And in the short term,
the power of passionately focusing
and sacrificing deeply to attack your
debt will supersede the mathematics
involved where your company match
is concerned. In other words, if you
stop saving temporarily for a year or
two, and in that time wipe out your
debts, the power you’ll gain in being
free from those debts will be more
beneficial to you than a couple of
years of your company match.
I would never tell you to stop
investing or doing the company
match for 10 years or anything silly
like that. But if you stop for just a
little while and clean up your mess,
then go back to investing for retirement, you’ll reap so many more
rewards down the road. Not only will
you have permanently changed your
behavior, but you’ll also be able to
invest even more for retirement and
other things!
- Dave
You Can’t Make
Him Grow Up
Dear Dave,
I’ve tried for years, but I can’t convince my husband to plan for tomorrow and stop living just for today. Is
there anything I can do?
- Candace
Dear Candace,
I hate to say it, but I don’t think
you can convince him. The essence
of your question is this: “How do I
get him to grow up?” If he’s not willing to delay getting or doing things
he wants, that’s a sign of immaturity.
You guys are probably going to struggle with money as long as he has an
attitude of “Thank God, it’s Friday!
Oh, God! It’s Monday…”
Being careful with your money
and planning for the future doesn’t
mean you can’t have any fun. It just
means you may have to delay certain
things for a little while. My wife and I
have lots of fun and cool things now.
Why? Because we saved like crazy
and sacrificed. We lived like no one
else, so now we’re able to live like
no one else. In other words, we paid
a price to win.
Your husband’s problem is that
he’s not willing to pay a price for
a short period of time. That kind
of immature thinking is a one-way
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By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters
When I was younger, I used to enjoy
picking a pint or two of huckleberries
in the mountains in the summer. But
even when you work hard, huckleberry
picking doesn’t yield a lot of fruit per
day. Picking raspberries goes faster
because the fruit is larger and the berries grow more thickly on the plant.
And picking apples is faster still, with
output measured in bushels rather than
Still, it’s one thing to pick a bag of
apples from an old tree by the side of a
gravel road. It’s quite another to spend
all day in an orchard trying to earn a
living climbing ladders and harvesting
box after box of fruit.
All agricultural work is both
demanding and dangerous, and working in orchards is one of the most
difficult tasks in modern agriculture.
Indeed, it’s such hard work that a lot
of Americans simply can’t or won’t do
it, which leads to labor shortages and
immigration issues we continue to fail
to come to terms with.
It’s interesting to note we’d never
considering harvesting grain fields by
hand. I live in a small town surrounded
by fields of wheat. At the end of the
summer, large and complex machines
reap the grain in the field, then thresh
it, and finally winnow it. The threestep process is automatic, done on-thefly as the combine harvester rumbles
across the wheat field.
Why not use machines to harvest
fruit in an orchard? We could free
people from the back-breaking tedium
of picking fruit by hand, training them
instead to operate the machines that
could do the heavy labor both more
quickly and more safely. Lower-priced
produce could then benefit all of us.
The good news is that agricultural
engineers across the nation are making
real progress toward exactly that goal.
In the process, they’ve found it useful
to change trees themselves. Here’s the
Machines operate most easily in
unchanging conditions. Lawn mowers
work because grass in a lawn makes
up a pretty uniform surface. Mowers
can’t cope with truly major bumps or
One challenge for creating machines
that could help us harvest fruit in an
orchard is that traditionally fruit trees
have all been quite different. They
are “bumpy,” you might say, with this
particular tree pruned years ago in one
way, while that tree over there has a
different shape due to different growth
and pruning.
So the first step in moving toward
the mechanization of orchards has
been creating trees that are much more
similar to one another. Along the way
it’s also been useful to make the trees
shorter. After all, there’s no need to
have a 22-foot tall apple tree, with its
fruit way up off the ground, when a
much shorter tree will do.
Another step forward hinged on
what I think is a truly clever idea.
Instead of letting the trees grow in
their usual, three-dimensional structure, the ag engineers had them pruned
to keep them growing upward in just
two-dimensions. You could say these
trees make thin apple “hedges” in an
With that innovation, the next step is
to design mechanical pickers that can
move along the thin rows of short trees,
reaching out and picking the fruit.
One idea is to use camera sensors to
determine where a piece of fruit is, and
then power a robotic-arm that can pick
it individually. Before you think that’s
too fanciful to be true, remember your
car was welded together by robotic
Dr. Qin Zhang of Washington State
University works on agricultural automation issues including the goal of
mechanically harvesting fruit trees.
“People all over the word are putting
great effort into developing mechanical
fruit harvesters. I will not be surprised
if we see mechanically harvested
apples in the stores in ten years,” he
said to me recently.
Although mechanizing agriculture
always entails periods of economic
adjustment for all concerned, I’ve
got to wish Dr. Zhang the best. The
equivalent of a combine harvester for
fruit would be a labor-saving device
that could help a lot of people in several ways, both in the field and in the
grocery store.
Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a native of
the rural Northwest, was trained as a
geologist at Princeton and Harvard.
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bank in the middle of the Florida
woods really do to help alleviate
poverty? Without official governmental recognition, how could
she ever hope to sustain service?
One particularly cranky faultfinder said publically that the schoolhouse-turned-food-bank would
open “when pigs fly.” But Ann, as
always, was undeterred.
On the day of the ribbon cutting
for the new food bank, less than
a dozen of the resilient Muscogee
signed up for assistance. But more
than two hundred from the greater
community came for food, clothes,
diapers, and supplies. Ann stood
to speak, and said, in part:
“What a wonderful celebration
when people are able to expect
nothing more than helping each
other through hard times. Imagine
how strong we could be if we
simply remembered that our first
obligation is as caretakers of one
“We have dared to challenge
those people who told us that the
day we would be able to help our
rural poor would be ‘when pigs
fly.’ Well, the pigs are flying, and,
I cannot think of a better example
than this building whose destiny
was one of no hope and no future.
I am honored today to be able to
cut this ribbon and dedicate rural
relief to the working class people
of this community. We will be
here for as long as you need us.”
Those last words of Ann struck
like lightning: “We will be here
for as long as you need us.” Later
I asked her why she chose to say
such a thing. How could she make
such a promise when her tribe was
so small and the need around her
“Keeping the Faith”
Ronnie McBrayer
The Muscogee Nation of
Florida is a tiny aboriginal people
group of the Americas who seeks
to hold to their heritage while surviving the culture around them.
The Muscogee are led by an indomitable woman named Ann
Denson Tucker.
Ann directs the Tribal Council,
serves as the public face and living
historian of her people, and plays
the role of chaplain, social worker, and attorney for the tribe. Ann
has sought official recognition
for the Florida Muscogee from
the United States Department
of Indian Affairs for many years
now. She doesn’t want much
more than that – just an acknowledgment of their existence. She
sometimes wonders how long, if
at all, that recognition will be in
the making.
Yet, Ann Tucker and the
Muscogee do not need official recognition as a people to bear witness to their character. Recently,
when many of her people and
people in the greater community
were hungry, unemployed, and in
need, Ann rescued an old portable
school house from the county
landfill to create a food pantry
and community clothes closet.
Critics told her it was a fool’s
errand. What could one little food
so great? She answered: “Because
we have no other choice. As long
as there is a need in this community, someone must meet that
need. It must be us.”
Ann’s words and example have
something to teach us all. We
care for those around us not because it is practical, reasonable,
cost-effective, or even safe. We
care for those around us – earthshaken Asians, flooded-ravaged
Midwesterners, the rural poor, the
inner-city child – simply because
they are our neighbors, and it is in
these needful neighbors we truly
find God.
Look not for God lurking somewhere in the air or in the clouds.
He’s not hiding in a book, a classroom, a library, or between the
lines of some hypothetical apocalyptic calendar. Seek him instead,
in the suffering. Look for him in
the poor, in those who have been
treated unjustly, in those who are
hungry, destitute, imprisoned,
in rehab centers, without shelter, clothing or direction. That is
where he said he would be.
God doesn’t come storming
into the world riding a tornado, or
as grand marshal of our religious
parades. He comes in the weak,
the vulnerable and in a condition
he calls, “the least of these.” Look
for God there, and help him for he
is your neighbor. Pigs flying or
not, we have no other choice.
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being in heaven already.
Then my answer and my surprise
prayer came when out in our garage
was two magazines with articles
written by Messianic Jews that were
perfect and answered many of the
questions I needed to speak with
the person. I read the articles and
outlined the material I felt was very
prevalent to what we were talking
about. Then, I mailed both copies to
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Today in the mail we received a letter from Franklin Graham. At the top
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guide.” He wrote about Joshua and
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facility, good DMV record, and
hardworking. Please call Orlando
or Hermie at 916-487-4482. (MPG)
---------------------------------------------INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL
Earn supplemental income placing
and supervising high school
exchange students. Volunteer host
families also needed. Promote
world peace! 1-866-GO-AFICE
---------------------------------------------ATTN: COMPUTER WORK.
Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to
$1,500 Part Time to $7,500/mo.
Full Time. Training provided. www. (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------DRIVERS – CHECK THIS OUT!
New Pay Increase! 34-40 cpm.
Excellent Benefits. Need CDL- A
& 3 months recent OTR. 877258-8782.
Dish Network
Donate Your Car
----------------------------------------------Household Helper. You Name It!
Hauling, Gutters, Tree Trim, Spot
Carpet Clean 613-8359 (MPG)
----------------------------------------------Handy Guys Small Jobs, Senior
Discounts Gutter Cleaning–
Deck’s Woodwork 916-5195135 Free Estimates (MPG)
----------------------------------------------A-1 Home Maintenance &
Repair *Handy Man* California
state certified electrician Plumbing
repair. Fence repair. Free quotesno job too small. Please leave
message. 916-961-8059 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Affordable! Decks, Dryrot, Wood Floors, Fans, Fixtures, Plumbing,
Electric, Licensed 501-7843 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Plumbing Services Specialty
Plumbing–Remodels, Repipes,
Water, Sewer, Gas Lines,
Water Heaters CA License
918844 (916) 607-6749 (MPG)
Handyman, JR Handyman
Service Randy 916-880-6742
Joel Carter 916-637-3825 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Caring Compassionate Seniors
SENIORS®, a leader in the
Senior in-home service industry,
has immediate PT openings for
Providers. Qualified candidate
will have life experience, an
interest in making a difference in
the lives of other seniors and be
comfortable working with senior
citizens. Flexible schedules…we’ll
work around your schedule! Valid
driver’s license and use of auto
is required.Call us today for more
information.(916) 372 9640 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Urgent F/PT Sale Reps needed
products. $$$ Commission,
Bonuses, Residuals Training
available call 916 612-6621 (MPG)
----------------------------------------------MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
(916) 383-9785 ext. 15 (MPG)
-----------------------------------------------Wanted: 29 Serious People
to Work From Home using a
computer. Up to $1,500-$5,000
from home & get paid daily!
Help Wanted Drivers
DRIVER - No Experience No Problem. 100% Paid CDL
Training. Immediate Benefits. 20/10
program. Trainers Earn up to 49c
1-800-326-2778. www.JoinCRST.
com (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------ADVERTISE DRIVER JOBS in
240 California newspapers for one
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Roseville, CA 95678
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• Protecting Northern California
For Almost Two Decades!
• Local UL central monitoring station
• Extended warranty provided.
Free remote support on all systems
installed for just
includes a FREE monitored
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local monitoring required at just $24.95
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at the reduced rate of
for people with existing systems.
Regular price is $29.95 per month.
Must be able to re-program your
existing alarm system
Regular price is $1,990.00
$200.00 off!
Special Sale price is just
upgrades available
Security digital video camera systems with internet viewing and network
router wiring systems available as well!
Visit our web page at
low cost of $550. Your 25 word
classified ad reaches over 6 million+
Californians. Free brochure call
Maria (916) 288-6010. (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------Drivers/CDL Training - CAREER
CDL Training. Work for us or let us
work for you! Unbeatable Career
Opportunities. *Trainee *Company
Driver *Lease Operator Earn up
to $51k *Lease Trainers Earn up
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---------------------------------------------Driver - PAY UP TO 42cpm!
2012 Tractors arriving daily!
No forced dispatch to NYC or
Canada. CDL-A, 3 months recent
experience. 800-414-9569. www.
---------------------------------------------Apply Now. 12 DRIVERS
NEEDED. Top 5% Pay. Great
Equipment & Benefits. 2 Months
CDL Class A Driving Experience.
Help Wanted Medical
Lender ordered short sale. Buy
at less than bank owed. Buy
at less than 50% replacement
cost. Special financing as low as
2.75% Fixed. Final liquidation.
Only 10 parcels. Call (888) 7053808, or visit
---------------------------------------------PRESCOTT, AZ AREA - Rare
80 acres - original sale price
$185,000. *New price $59,900.
Great opportunity at Ruger
Ranch located near Kirkland. On
maintained road. Build now or buy
& hold. 1st come basis. *Special
lender financing. Call AZLR
1-888-258-8576. ADWR available.
---------------------------------------------20 ACRE RANCH FORECLOSURES Near Booming
El Paso, Texas. Was $16,900
Now $12,900. $0 Down, take
over payments, $99/mo. Beautiful
views, owner financing, FREE
map/pictures. 1-800-755-8953.
Orangevale Sun Page 7
Want to Buy
Mobile Notary Services
Certified Loan Signer Paralegal
Services Powers of Attorney,
Wills Will Travel to Your Home
or business 916-508-7080 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Notary Services Hospital, Care
Home or make arrangements. Call
(916) 482-9388 for details. Ask for
Debbie or leave message. (MPG)
Anytime / Anyplace Call
Dan @ 916-712-2661 (MPG)
All Pro Painting Res/Com.
Quality work free est. sen disc
lic 914715 Ph 607-0523 (MPG)
Pet Sitting Professional loving
environment. Lots of TLC. Call
Madeline 916-723-1608. (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Annie’s Pet Sitting Services
Lisensed, insured and bonded. Vet.
tech. exp. Ref. avail. 916.202.6952
21 + lacking high school
degree? Fully accredited online
school. Some credit earned for
life experience. Work weekly
at own pace until completed.
$985. 888-375-3665 (MB 12-31)
Affordable Landscape Service
Clean-ups & Makeovers! Maintenance starting at $60/mo.
Dependable family business.
Lic. # 887351. 916-338-2001.
---------------------------------------------Lawn and Garden Service
Bi-weekly or monthly Call for
FREE estimates 965-8224 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Lawnmower Service Mow & Edge
your lawn 4 times per month for a
fee. Call Bob 916-456-5281 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Tall Weed Cutting Low Rates
---------------------------------------------Full Yard Maintenance, one time
clean-ups & tree trimming. See
our website: www.terrabellagarden.
com or ctc Randy for info at 454-3430
or 802-9897. (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Lawn Service – I can mow and
edge your lawn. Reasonably
priced. Call for a free estimate at
916-934-9944 (MPG)
Home Health Care
Legal Services
In your home health care/
helper. 20 years experience.
Fingerprinted, reliable, local. Call
Jenny at 530-889-1737(MPG 08-25)
ArrowSharp Process Services Civil & Family Law - Lisa Sharp @
916-342-6714 (MPG 06-15-11)
Geriatric Home Care Specialists
is currently seeking CNAs, HHAs
and Caregivers willing to work
in Placer, Sacramento, and El
Dorado counties, with at least two
years experience in caring for the
elderly. We offer hourly, overnight,
and live-in shifts. Please call 916630-8588 for more information. (MPG)
Help Wanted Sales
Would you like to be Mentored
by a Millionaire? Proven
System, Perfect timing. 24 Hr
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High School
Bright Housecleaning
- Quality - Discounts (916) 308-0157 (MPG 06-22-11)
Do You Love Being Part of
a Winning Team? Do You Love
to Clean? Do You Love Making
Customers Happy?
If You Answered YES!
We Want YOU!
HouseCleaners is recruiting for
our Sacramento area team.
Please call Sylvia at (916) 9556089, or e-mail your resume to:
[email protected]
com. All applicants must be
willing to undergo background
checks and drug testing. (MPG 08-15)
House Painting
PAINTING, sheet rock, texturing,
book cases, fence repair, gutter
cleaning. Roger (916) 9694936 or (916) 410-5545 (MPG)
Household Help
Dependable. I care about what I
do. Call me, 916-549-4915 (MPG)
Identity Theft
**FREE Document Shredder with
New Annual Enrollment. LifeLock
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Protect Yourself Today! Call Now!
Use Promo Code: SHREDDER
Call 1-877-467-5506 (MB 12-31)
Vintage to Current Styles Closeout-Liquidation 6210 Fair Oaks
Blvd Wed – Sun 10-5 (MPG 06-22-11)
Land for Sale/
Out of State
DEEP DISCOUNT - Log Cabin on
8+ acres, $99,900. Owner must
sell, beautiful whole log cabin on
8+ acres at Windsor Valley Ranch.
Additional acreage available at
cool 7,000 feet elevation outside
Show Low, AZ. Financing and
ADWR available. Call AZLR
---------------------------------------------Notice: LENDER ORDERED
SALE. Nevada’s 3rd largest lake
1.5 hours south of Lake Tahoe. 8
Lake View parcels - all $19,900.
2 Lake Fronts - both $89,800.
Massage therapy by CMT. Louise
is a licensed therapist for many
years; the cabin is clean, bright and
quite; call Louisa 916 729-0103.
Open 10 to 8 by appointment.
(MPG 04-20-11)
Medical Alert
Medical Alert for Seniors
Equipment, FREE Shipping,
Easy Set-up. ONLY $29.95/
mo. CALL Medical Guardian
Today! 1-888-694-4976 (MB 12-31)
Medical Supplies
/ Equipment
Wheelchairs, walkers, incontinence,
bath safety, lift chairs, canes, stethoscopes, compression garments,
diabetic care. Excellent service &
quality at low prices from AMD
Please call for a Free Catalog.
Chris Krcmar 916-483-1671 (MPG)
Items for Sale
Tools & Sporting Goods,
VINTAGE record players, clocks
& radios. Close-out-Liquidation 6210
Fair Oaks Blvd. Wed - Sun 10 - 5
(MPG 06-22-11)
---------------------------------------------Vonage Unlimited Calls in U.S.
& 60 Countries! NO ANNUAL
CONTRACT! $14.99 For 3 Months!
Then Only $25.99/mo. Plus Free
Activation. Call 888-860-6724.
Piano Lessons
Piano Lessons – All ages
1st lesson free. Rancho Cordova
916/858-1571 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Piano lessons for children
and adults by experienced,
creative teacher. Citrus Heights.
For more information, visit
www.anitraalexander.con, or call
(916) 725-1054 (MPG)
99DollarMeds STRUGGLING To
You May Qualify to Get All Your
Brand Name Prescriptions
for as Little as $69/month.
Call 1-888-531-4725 (MB 12-31)
Real Estate
Homes For Sale
Your credit is approved!!! Three
houses to choose from – Zero
Down Possible. Call 1-877-7571062 ext. 100 or visit ! www. (MPG 06-10)
View at
Call 390-5634 (MPG)
Old Photos
Restore Old Photographs Share
memories of special places and
times with your family. (916) 4836051 – Laws Studio, Crestview
Center (Manzanita at Winding
Way in Carmichael) (MPG)
Schools /
Graduate in 4 weeks! FREE
Brochure. Call Now! 1-866562-3650 ext. 60 www. (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE
from Home. *Medical, *Business,
*Paralegal, *Criminal Justice. Job
placement assistance. Computer
available. Financial Aid if qualified.
SCHEV certified. Call 888-210-5162 (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------ALLIED HEALTH CAREER
training - Attend college 100%
online. Job placement assistance.
Computer available. Financial
Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified.
---------------------------------------------The Math Resource; math/
statistics tutoring; $40-$50/
Security System
ADT–Security Choice FREE ADTMonitored Home Security System
& a $100 VISA Gift Card from
Security Choice. Find Out How! Call
Today. 1-877-332-6541 (MB 12-31)
---------------------------------------------Protect Your Family! Get
Your Home Security System
FREE. Main Doors Protection,
Motion Detectors, Police, Fire
& Medical Keypad. Call Now
Send Flowers
Be wary of out of area companies. Check with the
local Better Business Bureau before you send any
money for fees or services. Read and understand
any contracts before you sign. Shop around for rates.
Services Offered
I take you to the doctors,
shopping or misc. errands.
Call for schedule. Serving most
areas. 916-214-8169. (MPG)
-----------------------------------------------Seeking Security Placement
in Fair Oaks or Carmichael,
Licensed Call 916-712-2137 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------The Clean-Bliss Experience Responsible, experienced & Reliable.
Arlene 916-863-1374. (MPG)
---------------------------------------------REAL Hardwood Flooring $1.69
Square Foot or we install for $3.99
square foot complete 916-3661672. Cont Lic #757522 (MPG)
---------------------------------------------Steel Buildings. 20 x 20, 30 x 40,
50 x 100, 100 x 100 Up to 50% off
on erected completed projects. Source #ØDL
Phone: 916-248-4416 (MPG)
Tax Relief
Fast IRS Tax Relief FAST IRS TAX
RELIEF. Do You Owe $10,000
or MORE to the IRS? We Help
You Settle Your Overdue Taxes
for LESS! FREE Consultation!
---------------------------------------------OMAHA STEAKS - EVERYDAY
2011. 100% Guaranteed Omaha
Steaks - Save 64% on the Family
Value Collection. Now Only $49.99
Plus 3 Free Gifts & right-to-thedoor delivery in a reusable cooler,
Order Today. 1-888-461-3486 and
mention code 45069KZH or www. (Cal-SCAN)
---------------------------------------------Wood Chipper 5HP Yard machine –
runs good, needs minor work $250
(916) 725-3824 or (916) 769-1698
Because. Starting at just $19.99.
Go to to
receive an extra 20% off your order
or Call 1-888-695-5008 (MB 12-31)
Send Flowers for Every Occasion!
Anniversary, Birthday, Just
For CASH!! Our Guaranteed
Services will Sell/ Rent Your
Unused Timeshare for CASH!
Over $78 Million Dollars offered in
(877) 554-2098 (Cal-SCAN)
Tow Cars Away
Call to remove abandoned
cars for FREE. (916) 457-4000.
Must be present at pick-up. (MPG)
TUTOR–Cred. Teacher & Spec.
Ed. All levels. Reasonable/Results!
530-885-3396 (MPG 03-16-11)
---------------------------------------------Grades 3-9 Reading & Written
Language. Credentialed Teacher.
$40/Hour. 971-9885. In Carmichael.
Unlimited Calls
VONAGE Unlimited Calls Around
the World! Call The U.S. & 60+
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(for 6 months) PLUS FREE 30Day Money Back Guarantee!
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B&T Upholstery and Repairs
Specializing in Decco & Modernism
Furniture. 916-392-1959 (MPG 02-09)
PROPERTY in 240 California
newspapers for one low
cost of $550. Your 25 word
classified ad reaches over
6 million+ Californians. Free
brochure call Maria Rodrigues
Domestic Violence Intervention
Center needs caring people to
assist victims of domestic violence.
For more information call 728-5613
or visit our office at 7250 Auburn
Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA (MPG)
Want to Buy
Help others by selling your unused
strips. Call Donna: 916-729-5154
(MPG 04-06-11)
Yoga Classes
Hatha yoga: this easy does it
yoga class is designed to meet the
needs of people 40 & more. We
meet at the cabin; Thursday nights
7-8:30. Want to feel more alive,
rid your body of pain, Yoga is the
way; apply a beneficial pressure
on organs, glands, muscles and
tissue. Call for more info; Louise
916 729-0103. (MPG 04-20-11)
California law requires that contractors taking
jobs that total $500 or more (labor and/or
materials) be licensed by the Contractors
State License Board. State law also requires
that contractors include their license numbers
on all advertising. Check your contractor’s
status at or 800-321-CSLB
(2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs
that total less than $500 must state in their
advertisements that they are not licensed
by the Contractors State License Board.
Page 8 Orangevale Sun
July 2011
1. Involuntary contraction
6. Mad Hatter’s beverage of choice
9. Additional
13. “Fear of Flying” author Jong
14. Argo propeller
15. Whale’s lunch
16. Language like Chinese, e.g.
17. Plays for pay
18. Mountain nymph of Greek mythology
19. *Asian disaster, 2004
21. Screw up
23. *”___ and a Half Men”
24. Tropical tuberous root
25. Bar association
28. 1/36th of a yard
30. Give expression to
35. Bottle to a baby?
37. Student’s dwelling
39. NE’s largest city
40. Very dark black
41. Double-reed woodwinds
43. Miners’ passage
44. Blood vessel
46. *Author of “Decision Points”
47. *Chilean disaster locale
48. *Did Casey Anthony have one?
50. Needlefish
52. Jack and Jill did it
53. St. Louis attraction
55. Flightless bird
57. Farthest from point of origin
60. *Has 140 character limit
64. Panna _____, dessert
65. Promissory note
67. Balance zodiac
68. Chicago’s planetarium
69. In good shape
70. Antelope with twisted horns
71. *World’s fastest man
72. *H1N1
73. Central Asia inhabitants, to ancient
1. Cobblestone
2. Plural of #17 across
3. Hokkaido language
4. Less than the right amount
5. Mozambique neighbor
6. Large South African antelope
7. A corncob
8. Smell of baking bread, e.g.
9. Makes a mistake
10. “Place” in French
11. “Sounds like a plan,” acr.
12. Old age, archaic
15. *Self-declared independent state,
20. World in Italian
22. Before, archaic
24. Drive-_______
25. At right angle to length of ship
26. Hindi courtesy title
27. Terminate, as in mission
29. Baseball great infamous for surly
31. Allah’s cleric
32. Rock bottom
33. *Economic behemoth
34. Consumed at dinner, e.g.
36. Not in favor
38. ____ Verde National Park
42. Mole relative
45. *Highest-grossing movie ever, 2009
49. *21st century of Common ___
51. Upside down frowns
54. Vertical rock exposure
56. Being of service
57. Famously extinct
58. It will
59. Proofreader’s “disregard” word
60. *Portman’s character attire, 2010
61. Type of ski lift
62. European sea eagle
63. Radicals
64. *In many cities, this yellow ride got
66. *Spilled from the Horizon
For Solution See Page 6
Foster Care
The need is great for loving,
safe homes for foster children ages
0-18 & pregnant/parenting teens.
Call Lenka
(916) 338-7156
We offer free training,
fingerprinting, CPR/
1st aid, 24 hr support,
monthly reimb.
Mexican Cuisine
For Take-Out Call
Buy one breakfast
at regular price plus 2 drinks
and get a
Second Breakfast
9580 Oak Ave.
Folsom , CA
of equal or lesser value for free
Expires 07-31-11
Business & Service Directory
Legal Services
Medical Supply and Equipment
Western Construction Company
Serving Northern California since 1976
All Home Repairs & Home Inspections
Remodels, Roofing, Drywall, Painting, Tile
Concrete, Fencing, Electrical, Landscaping
Licensed /Bonded. License # 318177.
(916) 817-0225
(916) 838-1427
Home Remodeling
Photo Studio
Right-Way Home
and Yard Repair
and Maintenance
Complete Home Remodeling and Repairs
Cal State Fence
and Construction
Swift Plumbing and
Drain Cleaning Services
Option 1
in Kitchen
and Bath
not your budget
Richard Romero
Licensed General Contractor
# 847423
Custom Tile Work
Interior/Exterior Painting
Windows and Doors
Plumbing, Electrical
Decks, Fences, Patio Covers
(916) 612-4787
[email protected]
Since 1986
Quality • Trustworthy
Affordable • Reliable
Redwood, Chain Link,
Ornamental Iron, Vinyl, Trellis, Decks.
Photo Restoration
Passport/ID Photo
(916) 726-8801
Lic. #494306
7050 Sunrise Blvd.
Citrus Heights
(Near Hometown Buffet)
(916) 267-7649
(916) 966 -1103
Help for Stress
Pet Sitting Service
Worried? Stressed Out? Depressed?
Professional, Loving
and Clean
There are answers in this book.
We specialize in:
All Concrete Solutions
Commercial Curb & Gutter
Wheelchair Ramps & Residential
Buy and Read
Class: C-8/C61/D49 • License #905277
The Modern Science of Mental Health
By L.
Phone: (916) 704-8997
Fax: (916) 944-0195
May you never be the same again
(916) 308-0157
Contact Valerie Beardon (916) 448-5891 • E-mail: [email protected]
Photo Restoration
Old Photographs
Share memories
of special places and times
with your family.
(916) 483-6051
Laws Studio, Crestview Center
Quality Labor
& Maintenance
Yard Work,
Gutter Clean,
Odd Jobs
You Name It!
(916) 613-8359
Simple and
Clean Service
Manzanita at Winding Way
in Carmichael
(916) 308-0157
Ask for Wes • 10% senior discounts
Tree Services Also Available
Call Madeline
30 Years Experience
(916) 723-1608
Lic. # 629370
11082 Coloma Rd., Suite 7
(916) 853•1078
C: 216-2080
F: 967-4135
Because so many really
great dogs are dying
for a good home...
Coloma Village Shopping Ctr. • Rancho Cordova
Lic # 632538
(916) 334-2841
Adopt or Foster
•Sheet Rock Texture
25 Years Experience • All Home Repairs
by Patina
Most Small Repairs
Dog Rescue
"Handy Man"
"Carpenter Dave"
Contractors lic. #907904
Established Reputation
Kennel Free Environment
Lots of TLC
Fingerprinting Services
•Dry Rot
•Roof Repairs
Residential Repairs
& Replacements
Faucets, Disposals,
Hot Water Heaters, etc.
Owner Operator
Printing & Supplies
Specialties Plus
•Machine Repairs (all makes & models)
•Toner Cartridge Refills (Using Cartridge World?
Take 10% off their price & try mine)
•Free Cleaning (with our cartridge)
•We are Local
•Service Contracts (monthly or yearly)
•Lease or Rent
•High Volume Copying
(save wear & tear on your machine)
Specializing in Digital
Printers, Copiers,
Fax & Multifunction
[email protected]
(916) 723-8430
July 201
Orangevale Sun Page 9
Is Caregiving in
Your Future?
By Sal Arrigo, Jr.
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Featuring children and parent dental
resources, videos and great oral health tips.
As we look around and see many
people living longer, do you ever
wonder if it will ever fall to you to
become a caregiver? If your parents, or perhaps your spouse, were
to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease, what would you do if you
had to become a caregiver, even
Where do you start? How much
time are you able to devote to caregiving duties? In reality, caregiving
is a 24/7 responsibility; you don’t
even need to be in the presence of
the person you are assisting. When
you are responsible for the health
and well being of another, you think
about caregiving when you’re shopping, driving your car, and planting
your garden. Caregiving is likely
to take a toll on your physical and
mental health.
So, how do you cope? It’s not
always easy to do, but you must ask
for help. Enlist siblings, friends or
neighbors to assist whenever possible. Caregivers often overlook
the very real need to take a break
from their responsibilities, and
burn out is all too common. As a
caregiver, if you are overly tired or
stressed, you are of no help to anyone. Seek out caregiving resources
from the Alzheimer’s Association
of Sacramento, your medical doctor, or use the internet to research
respected sites such as the Mayo
Clinic or the National Institute on
One way that caregivers can
eliminate some of the stress they
may encounter is by making a
simple “business plan.” Since
Alzheimer’s is progressive, a caregiver must anticipate future needs
by understanding the stages of the
disease and making plans as to
how to best assist their loved one as
they move toward that next phase.
“Knowledge is power” as the saying
goes, but using that knowledge to
prepare yourself for what the future
holds can also bring peace of mind.
None of this is easy-- for you or the
person for whom you are caring—
but it is prudent.
A couple of additional points to
consider, as a caregiver:
• If you’re not the executor of
the estate, engage in conversation with the person who is.
You may need to know what
provisions have been made for
financing long-term care.
• I f you need an attorney, get an
Elder Law attorney who specializes in these sensitive matters.
This is especially important if
there is no will or trust already
in place.
Fab 40’s
• Gather the paperwork on final
arrangement issues (if any
• Remember; you are not an
island! There are support
groups and organizations that
are ready and willing to assist
you and your loved one. Don’t
hesitate to reach out for help.
Even if you don’t anticipate being
a caregiver someday, I encourage
you to come to the Alzheimer’s
Awareness Day at East Lawn
Memorial Park on Saturday, July
9. The event is free, and there will
be information, resources, and a
panel of speakers on hand with indepth knowledge of Alzheimer’s
disease. The dedication of the oneof-a-kind “Alzheimer’s Wall of
Remembrance” will also take place
that day. If you are a caregiver, this
event may prove to be especially
informative for you, so please consider joining us. The event time is 9
a.m. until noon. No need to register,
just show up and we’ll also provide
you with a light breakfast and lunch.
If you’d like more information about
the Alzheimer’s Awareness day,
please call (916) 316-6347.
Sal Arrigo, Jr. is the chair of
the “Fab 40’s 5K run/walk and an
adjunct instructor in the Gerontology
Department at American River
College. For more information about
the 5K event, and to find information
regarding caregiving and Alzheimer’s
disease, go to
“Un-Run for Understanding”
An Alzheimer’s Awareness Day
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Location: East Lawn Memorial Park,
43rd St. and Folsom Boulevard
Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
Calendar of Events:
9 AM – Welcome, and a light breakfast.
9:30 AM – Panel discussion featuring Hospice
Care, a Neurologist, family members who have
cared for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and
family members who are dealing currently with
Alzheimer’s disease, and an Elder Law Attorney.
10:30 AM – Unveiling of the “Wall of Honor.”
A place where people can create an inscription
in honor of or in memory of a family member who
has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
10:45 AM - Untimed one-mile walk within
East Lawn.
11:30 AM – Free luncheon.
There will be a variety of children’s activities and a photo booth for your family’s memories.
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A Film Review by Tim Riley
CARS 2 (Rated G))
This column has now hit a trifecta
with its third consecutive review of a
family film. You can’t get more kid
friendly than a G-rated Pixar animation
The good news is that “Cars 2” has
moved the car racing franchise into a
whole new international territory that
is all the better for its global cast.
“Cars 2” opens by playing homage
to the James Bond franchise that easily
recalls several key elements in the best
of the Sean Connery works. For one,
the coolest car is the Aston Martin that
belongs to a suave British secret agent.
Naturally, Michael Caine has the
perfect quality to his voice that embodies the ultimate cool and suave British
spy. His sporty British car is loaded
with James Bond-type gadgets.
Caine’s Finn McMissile is teamed
with the fetching Holley Shiftwell
(voice of Emily Mortimer), a rookie
field agent. Together, they launch an
assault on a deep sea oil rig run by a
nefarious gang.
Back in the States, noted race car
Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson)
returns to Radiator Springs for rest and
relaxation with his best buddy, the tow
truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).
Meanwhile, billionaire Miles
Axlerod (Eddie Izzard), eager to promote his alternative fuel called Allinol,
is staging a series of World Grand Prix
races in Europe and Asia.
After being taunted by arrogant Formula champion Francesco
Bernoulli (John Turturro), McQueen
and Mater, along with their hometown
pit crew, head off to Tokyo for the inaugural Grand Prix race.
In a series of contests to occur as well
in Italy, France and England, McQueen
is eager to prove that he is worthy to
compete with the cocky, flamboyant
and self-absorbed Francesco.
As the racing gets underway, Mater,
who sounds like a backwoods hillbilly from Arkansas, is mistaken by
McMissile for an undercover American
agent on a similar mission to take down
a villainous East German scientist.
To make matters worse, the attractive Holley Shiftwell chats up Mater for
his supposed prowess in international
espionage, while the clueless tow truck
imagines that they might actually go
out on a dinner date.
Easily distracted, Mater finds himself torn between assisting his good pal
McQueen in the high-profile race and
falling in with the top-secret mission
orchestrated by the smooth, debonair
Finn McMissile.
Mater’s charm, which does wear
a little thin after too many cornpone
witticisms, anchors much of the action
around his unwitting ability to chug
along on his hapless path to ultimate
Much of the fast-paced action is
filled with a global conspiracy to sabotage the race, which has as much to
do with political intrigue as garnering
market share in a new fuel source.
The ongoing intrigue plays well for
the adult audience, while taking nothing away from the enjoyment of “Cars
2” at a level appealing to grade school
The colorful settings of the Tokyo
streets, the coastal beauty of the Italian
Riviera, the cosmopolitan charm of
Paris and the elegance of London make
for very great visuals.
“Cars 2” proves to be a worthy addition to the pantheon of Pixar animated
films, enjoyable for its deft combination of comedy and international
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Films and DVDs
for the Whole Family
has supposedly been captured
by a creature named “Backson”
– the result of a misread note.
by David Dickstein
Family Films
The Smurfs
Opens July 29, rated G
Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows: Part 2
Opens July 15, rated PG-13
The eighth and final chapter
of the wildly successful film
series ends with Harry and Lord
Voldemort whipping out their
wands one last time for the
mother of all showdowns. Only a
clueless Muggle doesn’t already
know the ending, but if you
match the description, do yourself
and the wizardry world a favor
and start from the beginning.
Before Blue Man Group and
“Avatar,” the Smurfs were the
coolest blue-hued characters.
The Belgian import became
an instant hit with American
youngsters and not-so-youngsters
with an ‘80s cartoon series. The
live action and animated feature
adaptation, in 3-D, has the little
gnome-like creatures being
chased from their village by the
Smurf-eating Gargamel. They go
through a portal and wind up in
New York’s Central Park, where
bad guys only want to rob you.
Family DVDs
Frogs & Toads: Max’s Magical
Journey (ages 3-6, released
July 5, rated G): When 6-yearold Max goes searching for frog
eggs for his older brother, he
and a friend embark on a songfilled adventure that takes them
through fields, farms and a forest.
This Dutch-made film, dubbed
in English, is geared toward
pre-schoolers. It’s a refreshing
delight, devoid of the eyepopping devices that American
studios feel they need to keep
young audiences interested.
Just a nice tale of adventure and
friendship helped along by music
and nature friends. Grade: A
The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf
Adventure (ages 3-6, released
July 19, not rated): Timed with
the feature film release is the DVD
release of 10 episodes from the
‘80s Saturday morning cartoon
series. Typical shoddy animation
for the era and TV medium, but
fun for kids and a guilty pleasure
for kids at heart. Grade: B
LeapFrog: Sing and Learn
With Us! (ages 4-7, released
July 19, not rated): A dozen
animated sing-along shorts focus
on developmental reading skills,
short vowels, phonetics skills
and comprehension. Matching
storybooks can be downloaded
to reinforce the learning and
inspire children to read at home
or on the go. Talk about an
edutaining summer. Grade: A
Winnie the Pooh
Opens July 15, rated G
Rango (ages 5-13, released July
15, rated PG): A car accident
involving his owners leaves a
pet chameleon stranded in the
desert. He stumbles upon a dusty
town stuck in the Wild West,
and reinvents himself as a hero.
Some of the critters aren’t sure
what to make of this bug-eyed
feller with Johnny Depp’s voice.
to all ages. Grade: B
Walt Disney returns to the
Hundred Acre Wood for a nowrare 2-D animated feature.
Inspired by five stories from
A.A. Milne’s books about a
“bear of very little brain” and his
friends, the main storyline has
the classic characters on a quest
to save Christopher Robin, who
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