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April 2013

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• Salads from spring gardens • A quick trip to Daffodil Hill • Celebrating Earth Day is more than recycling

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It’s easy to be green this Earth Day, just ask Kermit
BY DEBBIE BROWN

ecycling is something many individuals consider becoming a way of life in the late 20th century. However, history shows us that recycling has been done for generations. The 1940s was probably one of the most historic eras for recycling. The years during World War II involved situations that demanded recycling. So that there were adequate materials to fight the Axis powers, citizens of the United States as well as citizens in other countries were expected to relinquish many items that could be used to benefit the troops. Every bit of scrap was reused and repurposed. Before Tupperware was invented, individuals used canning jars, coffee cans and cigar boxes for storage and organization. An item that may have gone in the trash can in 1965 is now put in a recycling bin. It seems that today's kids are much more cognizant of the world around them and Earth conservation so recycling is second nature to them. Earth Day originated in 1970 and has increased with popularity in recent decades. To celebrate Earth Day, on April 22, activities will occur all over the world (and many occurring the weekend of April 20 to 21). If you want to join others in celebrating Mother Earth, check out the sixth annual celebration in Roseville at Mahoney Park (located at 1501

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Earth Day crayons are a way to recycle those broken crayons that always seem to be lying around, while giving the kids something that represents Earth. It’s a fun, fast and simple project that the kids can help take part in creating.
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School aged kids love to be involved in Earth Day and have fun creating projects that show the meaning of the day.
Pleasant Grove Blvd.). Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The event is free and includes face painting, animal shows, music and crafts. The organizers suggest that, in the spirit of the day, to take alternative transportation. If you ride your bike or take the bus, you can enter to win a free Kindle Fire. For more information. go to http://www.roseville.ca.u s/explore/earthday.asp. If you prefer to celebrate the day with less fanfare, but just as much symbolism, then there are many crafts, activities and ways to create your own reminder of what the day is about. Starting a compost pile is something that is great for the environment and excellent for your garden. Composting can be done in a small container that you purchase at a home improvement store or you can build an elaborate, dedicated area in your yard. Starting a compost pile is a great way to remember what Earth Day is about. School-aged kids love to be involved in Earth Day and have fun creating projects that show the

meaning of the day. A fun activity, and one that will recycle some of those broken crayons, is to make homemade Earth Crayons. Step 1: Take the paper off crayons (blues, greens and white), break them into small pieces and place them in a muffin tin about 3/4" to 1" full. Step 2: Place in a 300degree oven until they melt (about 15 minutes). Colors will mix up and wax will begin to smoke if you leave them in too long so be sure to check them regularly. Step 3: Let completely cool on the counter or by briefly placing in the freezer. Once cooled, you can pop the creations out of the tins and the kids will have a unique Earth

crayon. A springtime activity that coincides perfectly with Earth Day is a garage sale. One man's trash is another man's treasure so allow someone to recycle what you no longer want. You can take this a step further by taking all the money you make from your garage sale and purchasing a tree to plant in your yard or the yard of a senior citizen. The tree will be a constant, and beautiful, reminder of Mother Earth and all her beauty. One of my favorite recycling projects is something that took 18 years to create. I saved some of the favorite clothes from when my daughters were young. When each of them graduated high

school, my mother cut squares from those pieces of clothing and created a quilt. The girls all have a meaningful quilt that brings back memories of their childhood, made by their granny. A current recycling project we're working on is taking lace from my wedding dress and using it on a table runner that my daughter will have at her wedding later this year. Next time you reuse a water bottle, make a trip to the recycling center, repurpose something from your house or even pass some hand-medowns to a neighbor's child, remember that these simple practices are beneficial to everyone now and for generations to come.

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A trip is not always about the destination
BY DEBBIE BROWN

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ow that the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the flowers are in bloom, it’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous scenery. If you want to take a little excursion out of Placer County, then pack a picnic lunch, load up the family and head to neighboring Amador County. This area of California is a beautiful drive and home of the Gold Rush era. Last week, I took off with a friend and my youngest daughter to see Daffodil Hill. Along the
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PHOTOS BY DEBBIE BROWN • THE NEWS MESSENGER

The contrast of beautiful fresh daffodils and rusted antiques makes for a picturesque image.

On the cover: : As Mason Browning of Old Town Pizza tosses pizza dough in preparation for the lunch crowd, Kelly Bewley greets customers with a smile and takes their order. From left are Laura Ramsey, Simon Bailey, Matthew Aguirre, Marcus Maldonado and Jordan James. They are frequent patrons of the local pizza business and enjoy what the restaurant has on their menu. On Tuesday in April, Old Town Pizza offers 12” cheese pizzas for only $5! Old Town Pizza is located at 436 Lincoln Blvd,, Suite 102 and 202. For more information, call 645-7677 or visit otpizza.net. Photo by: Debbie Brown • Inside Lincoln

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Roseville Chapter No. 9 of the Widowed Persons Association – Newcomers get together from noon to 3 p.m. at Sizzler’s Restaurant, 1850 Douglas Blvd., Roseville the first Thursday of each month. Info: Linda Tellez at 783-3555. Karaoke night – Runs from 7-11 p.m. at Sterling Café, 731 Sterling Parkway, in the Raley’s Shopping Center. Family fun night by Baughman Productions open to everyone. 15th annual putting KidsThe Gene Thorpe Band Will perform from 5-9 p.m. at Kim’s Country Kitchen, 537 Lincoln Blvd. Info: 6452727. Lincoln Democratic Club – Meeting includes panel presentation of “The Faces of Immigration: Friends and First luncheon – Runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. A blue tie affair – wear your favorite blue. Info: Diana Martin at dmartin@kidsfirstnow.org or 774-6802. Neighbors.” Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. in the Placer Room, Kilaga Springs Lodge, corner of Sun City Boulevard and Stags Leap Lane. Open to public. Info: June Paquette at 408-2263. Friday night karaoke – Runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Orchid Thai Cuisine, 835 Twelve Bridges Blvd. Features karaoke and dancing provided by KJ “Papa Gene” & Baughman Productions. Info: 543-9948. Lincoln Boulevard Improvements project – Third community workshop is from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Lincoln City Hall, first floor meeting room, 600 6th St. Find out about the proposed improvements for Lincoln Boulevard and provide your feedback. Info: 442-1168 or ci.lincoln.ca.us.

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Karaoke night – Runs from 7-11 p.m. at Sterling Café, 731 Sterling Parkway, in the Raley’s Shopping Center. Family fun night by Baughman Productions open to everyone. Garage sale giveaway – Runs from 8 a.m. to noon at St. James Episcopal Church, corner of Fifth and L streets. Everything is free. Info: 6451739. The Art and History of Gladding McBean – Starts at noon at Beermann’s Restaurant, 645 5th St. with buffet lunch $25. Open to the public. Jean Cross gives a Gladding, McBean presentation. Sacramento Zoo’s 14th annual Earth Fest – Runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive in William Land Park. It’s a party for the earth. Explore and enjoy the many hands-on crafts and games that will teach the basics of recycle, reduce and reuse. Info: saczoo.org.

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Integrated pest management – Runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 11477 E Ave. (DeWitt Center) in Auburn. Presented by Placer County Master Gardeners. Info: http://pcmg.ucanr.org 11:15 a.m. at Bayside Church, 2800 Nicolaus Road, Suite 400 (next to Gold’s Gym). He is partnering with Jason Harper to bring the character curriculum to Lincoln High School. Special workshop is for students and parents at 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs and family fun at 1 p.m. Info: 408-8810 or baysidelincoln.com p.m. in the Fir Room at Twelve Bridges Library. Open to members and those wishing to become members. Info: 4342404 or friendsofthelincolnlibrary.org.

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Cat Care Celebration is on Wednesday, April 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic, 3901 Sierra College Blvd. Adoptions are through Fieldhaven Feline Center. The event includes a raffle, cat treats and information on pet care.
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Tenth annual Run Rocklin – Benefits the Matt Redding Foundation. Kids Fun Run at 7:45 a.m., 12K Run at 8 a.m., 5K run/walk at 8:20 a.m. and kids 1-mile run at 9:30 a.m. at Springview Park in Rocklin. Info and to register: RunRocklin.com or e-mail Larry Osborne at elephant@eaward.com or call 415-9991. Kevin Bracy – Special guest speaker featured at 9:30 and

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Lincoln Toastmasters - Business and community members are invited to join Voices of Lincoln Toastmasters every Wednesday from 5:306:45p.m. in the Lincoln Raley’s community meeting room, 765 Lincoln Blvd. Info: Sondra Nunez at 559-5975 NetMix Mixer – Meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Locations vary. Call the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce for details at 645-2035.

MONDAY, APRIL 8
TOPS – Night meeting weighin is 5:15 p.m. and meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Century 21 office, 801 Sterling Parkway. Meetings are open to everyone. Info: Gina at 645-1256.

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A large space isn’t needed to cultivate your green thumb

DEBBIE BROWN • THE NEWS MESSENGER

To create an inexpensive project from a scrap piece of furniture, be sure to do a little prep work on it. After you paint it, drill holes in the bottom of the drawers, line it with plastic to help keep the wood from rotting (this may be something you need to change out every year) and install support brackets to the bottom or sides of the drawer (the soil will make it top heavy so the support is needed).
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eciding on where to plant your garden might be something you're struggling with, especially if you live in a small space. Many would-be gardeners think they need a reasonably-good-sized plot to be able to grow their favorite flowers, herbs or fruits and vegetables. However, with a little creativity, even those living in apartments can have a garden that is the envy of your neighbors. Container gardening has

been popular for years but getting creative with your container is what will make your project unique. Fresh herbs are a staple in so many spring and summer recipes. Basil, chives, cilantro and parsley are just a few of the herbs that can be grown in the ground of a large garden or in the small confines of even the smallest apartment. If you're very tight on space, think about getting some concrete cinder blocks. By placing them vertically, and in just about any configuration, you can have

an herb garden in no time. If you want your new planter to look less "industrial." then put your artistic skills to work with a little paint and a brush. Another way to plant herbs is by using that old hanging shoe rack. By placing some soil in the pockets, you have a great area to start some seeds, plant herbs or even create a great succulent plant display on your back patio. Vertical gardening is something that nearly everyone has room for. Sometimes we have an old piece of furniture that

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we've had for years and just can't part with. However, for one reason or another, it's not usable for the reason it was intended. In the spirit of Earth Day, why not repurpose that beloved piece of furniture and still be able to enjoy it for years to come? If you have an old chair that is no longer suitable to sit on, instead of tossing it in the landfill, get out your power tools. By cutting a hole that is a little smaller than the dimension of the top of your pot, you can drop the pot into the hole of the seat and then plant a beautiful fern or flowering plant. Imagine the reaction of your friends when they see how clever you are! Any piece of furniture

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Container gardening has been popular for years but getting creative with your container is what will make your project unique.

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nightstand. If that old dresser is the last mismatched piece of furniture you have from your teen years, throw a coat of paint on it and get started on that garden you didn't think you had room for. An old nightstand is perfect for your patio, whether you have a large backyard or a small apartment patio. By placing your new planter next to your chair, you have a new conversation piece and one where you can place your cup of coffee as you enjoy the fresh air and read this week's Lincoln News Messenger.

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DAFFODIL: Several-hundred-acre ranch boasts much to see, but the daffodils steal the show
continued from 3 way, we drove through some unusual little towns (one in particular we wanted to visit on the way back home). After about an hour and 45 minutes, we arrived at the privately-owned, several-hundred-acre ranch. Despite the fact that Daffodil Hill’s ranch is quite large, only six of those acres are open to the public for about four weeks out of the year (usually mid March to mid April). Although this botanical paradise is patch-worked with various flowers and canopied by beautiful almond trees, it’s the thousands of daffodils that are in the limelight. Since we visited the To see the Express Office with its “Coach Stop” sign was impressive, especially when one thinks about the fact that those have been standing since the Gold Rush.
landscaped with the golden beauties. The day we visited, there were visitors of all ages enjoying the ranch, photographers and even an artist trying to capture a piece of nature with her palate and brushes. After experiencing this spectacular gem in Amador County, we wanted to get some lunch and visit one of the small towns we passed through.

Although not all of the 300,000 bulbs were in bloom at the time, the ranch is still quite impressive.
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However, with all the picnic areas that Daffodil Hill has, a picnic lunch would have been a wonderful option. About fifteen minutes down the road, we parked the car on the side of the road in downtown Fiddletown; downtown Lincoln is a metropolis compared to Fiddletown’s hub! As a photographer, I knew that we had found something magical because this town has more character than anyone would ever see by just driving through (it takes less than a minute to drive down the main street). After looking at its website, I saw that Fiddletown is full of rich history, with many events that take place throughout the year and citizens who have pride in their town. The Monday we were there, it almost seemed like a ghost town. In a way, it was a little eerie, because other than a brief conversation I had with one man, we saw absolutely

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Part of the beauty of the ranch is the rustic buildings, antique farm equipment and so many varieties of flowers and trees.
no activity in this town. On the way home I joked that I felt like we were in one of those movies, where the visitors are being “watched” from the upstairs window of one of the abandoned structures. I was curious about this place on which we stumbled. During the Gold Rush, the town boasted 2,000 inhabitants and was considered smaller than the average mining town. Today, according to the informative stranger, the town is home to approxi• SEE FIDDLETOWN PAGE 10

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FIDDLETOWN: Hidden town seems to be a ‘Mother Lode gem’ found in nearby Amador County
continued from 9 mately 110 citizens. Fiddletown’s dichotomy of landscape and architecture was fascinating. Our car parked on the side of a paved road was 30 yards from the Gold Rush-era Express Office that housed a sign that read, “coach stop” (fittingly, with an old stage coach down the street); bright picket fences of updated little houses, neighboring rusted antique iron gates of homes that looked as if they could be the focal point of an old Alfred Hitchcock movie; the “pioneer cemetery” with weather-beaten, barely legible 150-year-old gravestones just yards away from shiny headstones that featured a photograph of the deceased.
This historic town seems like it’s a hidden Mother Lode gem and I would love to go back to visit for the day. Despite the fact that visiting Daffodil Hill was our intended goal, I can’t help but think of the old adage, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.” Had we not been enjoying the journey, we would have missed out on something that was, in its own way, just as spectacular as our intended destination. For hours of operation, and to make sure Daffodil Hill is open, call (209) 2967048. For more information about Fiddletown’s history and events, visit fiddletownca.org.

From the moment visitors walk through the gates of Daffodil Hill Ranch, they are greeted with acres and acres of springtime beauty. Walking into one of the side trails, one can see the studding peacocks that share the ranch with the hillside bloooms.

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Chamber abassadors do much for the citizens of Lincoln T
his month, I’m excited about offering a spring tip o’ my hat to our incredible – and very visible – chamber ambassadors. These are our members who have all the fun because they attend our chamber events while meeting and greeting all of you. We keep our Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors very busy, and if you think you qualify as a potential member of this highenergy group, please let us know because we would love to talk to you about becoming a chamber ambassador. Here’s a glimpse of what
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The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and historic downtown Lincoln always add up to great fun and great business results.
can better promote their business. • Help in the chamber office on an as-needed basis • Serve on committees • Promote the chamber to new prospective members, promotes events and so forth And while we’re talking about both fun and promoting member businesses, have you signed up for this year’s Shoppers’ Expo that’s set for May 25? This popular

our top-notch ambassadors do for all of us: • Attend events and meet and greet our guests • Make personal phone calls to members reminding them about mixers, ribbon cuttings and breakfasts • Touch base with all new members, six-month members and renewing members to find out how we’re doing and how we

event provides a great opportunity for prospective chamber members to join the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and secure expo booth space to experience firsthand the benefits of chamber membership. This event will be held at the Lincoln Crossing Marketplace in the Target parking lot. There’s also an added bonus to take advantage of this special new-membership offer that involves participa-

tion in the Shopper’s Expo and/or the Farmers’ Market so I’m encouraging you to stop by or call the chamber office for more details. Now that your calendars are out, be sure to reserve each summer Thursday evening and the 4th of July for this year’s Farmers’ Market and Independence Day Parade all happening in historic downtown Lincoln. This year, the Farmers’ Market will happen from 9 a.m. to noon on July 4th in Beermann Plaza only so be sure to stop by and shop or pick up a snack before or after the parade!

The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and historic downtown Lincoln always add up to great fun and great business results. Join us and be part of this winning combination! For more information on the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, please check on line at lincolnchamber.com or call us at the chamber office at 645-2035. Looking forward to seeing you around Lincoln,
~ Mark Mark Luster is president of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Someone, somewhere, somehow has gotten the word out that it is not OK for doctors to make money. The attitude has slowly pervaded American society that doctors should be slaves to us and provide their care for free.
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very week I’m asked by a teenager or parent, “What workout supplements should I or my child take to gain or lose weight?” Teenagers and parents wait in anticipation for an answer that will give them or their child the answer that will turn them into the next Barry Bonds, Kobe Bryant or Adrian Peterson. They wait with pen and paper to receive the magic shopping list and head off to Absolute Nutrition or somewhere else to blow their latest paycheck.

In my day, I have taken almost every legal supplement out there that advertises it’s the next best thing to prepare you for the “League” or the “Show” or whatever you want to call it.
In my day, I have taken almost every legal supplement out there that advertises it’s the next best thing to prepare you for the “League” or the “Show” or whatever you want to call it. I’ve researched them and made myself a human lab rat for years trying to achieve the same results advertised. To my surprise, I still don’t look like the Superhero that I thought I would. I still take supplements but I’ve switched from the bodybuilding ones to the health ones. Fish oil, vitamin D, you know, the good for the body, mind and heart ones. A little NO Explode every now and then to get

my “swell” on, but the get big by supplements ship has sailed folks. That being said, the answer to the question of “What workout supplements should my teenager take?” leads into a series of questions I like to ask. 1. What do they eat for breakfast? If the answer is anything shy of several eggs or egg whites, oatmeal, milk (if they can tolerate) or some other real food culmination of almost 500 calories (based on height and weight, of course), then a supplement will do absolutely nothing for

them. In most cases teenagers aren’t eating breakfast at all. Guess what, less than 1 percent of teenagers eat like they should and especially if they want to pursue athletics. Start with proper nutrition. If a teenager is not getting at least five quality food meals a day totaling 2000 to 3000 calories (based on weight loss to weight gain goals), then they are not going to put on the size they need or lose the weight needed to reach their goals. 2. What’s their training program like? Are they lifting weights properly for natural growth stimu-

lus? Upper and lower body lifts need to be balanced, as well as pushes and pulls in different planes. Proper core, balance, flexibility and speed and agility need to be trained, as well. Not only for the body but neurologically as well. Weight, reps, and other training variables should change over time but consistency is key and youth athletes should have a program designed by a professional. 3. How much can they squat and deadlift? I don’t even ask about their “bench.” My guess is that’s all they do and that’s

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why they can’t gain weight! The total surface area of the chest is much smaller than the legs and back. When working bigger muscles, you get more of a natural hormonal response and stimulus to muscle growth. Without that, there is no growth. The chest/arms routine that most high school athletes do will do very little except cause shoulder injuries. Most of these injuries occur because most teenagers are not taught how to lift properly. No pre- or post-workout supplement will help any athlete who has a bad workout program and doesn’t use proper technique and form. I advise teenagers to

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My recommendation or prescription is pretty simple if your teenager is looking to change their body or performance. It’s an equation that does not need an algebraic calculator: proper nutrition + proper training + proper rest = performance gains.
follow a well-designed training program with supervision for about six months, combined with perfect or reasonable nutrition. If they stop seeing results, which they won’t, then we’ll talk supplements. My recommendation or prescription is pretty simple if your teenager is looking to change their body or performance. It’s an equation that does not need an algebraic calculator: proper nutrition + proper training + proper rest = performance gains. Try it. I believe it’s the proper supplement for any teenager.
Joe Wenson is the owner of Lincoln Gold’s Gym and can be reached at 253-3600. Gold’s Gym is located at 2800 Nicolaus Road in Lincoln.

To stay fit teens should follow a welldesigned training program and stay with reasonable nutrition plans and resting patterns before considering adding supplements.
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