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too! How can you not be excited? It’s time for sparkling holiday lights, Christmas music and home-baked chocolate chip cookies and ginger snaps. We hope you’ll see this same excitable holiday spirit reflected in the pages of this month’s View. We’re featuring Bushnell Gardens Nursery, Home & Garden Shop, a Granite Bay institution that comes alive during the holiday season (see page 4). We’ve also included a list of ideas for buying gifts locally. Not only can you find one-of-a-kind, highquality presents for your beloved in Granite Bay, your money is feeding back into the local econo-
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my, supporting small businesses owned by some of our very own neighbors and friends (see page 10). I usually purchase handmade soaps and other goodies available at local craft fairs. Each year, I buy my parents tickets to a Sacramento Kings game. I’m glad I have that chance once again. But, as we all know even if we sometimes forget: The holiday season is much more than shopping. It’s about sharing love and traditions, and spending time with family. And eating lots of homebaked chocolate chip cookies and ginger snaps!
For many people, the holidays also encourage us to consider all we’re thankful for; and that list is long for me this year. I’m grateful to still work in journalism — my dream career since childhood — despite the industry’s hard times. Unfortunately, many of my graduate school classmates and former colleagues have left journalism for higherpaying and more secure jobs. I can’t help but think society loses each time a professional journalist bids farewell. So, I’m thankful for you, the reader, who appreciates the View and gives advertisers a reason to keep marketing their businesses in our pages, which keeps us financially afloat and allows us to continue telling the stories we hope inform, inspire and connect our community.
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Placer Pops Chorale performs holiday concerts.
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Dave and Shelby Bushnell both earned degrees in landscape architecture from the University of California, Davis, and now run Bushnell Gardens Nursery in Granite Bay.
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ore than 50 years ago, in 1962, the Bushnell family purchased property on Douglas Boulevard. Three generations of Bushnells resided on the 18 acres of land where, after a brief stint raising sheep, the family decided to plant 20,000 Monterey
Pine Christmas trees, turning their property into Bushnell’s Christmas Tree Farm nearly overnight. “Local families would come every year as tradition to find that one special tree and cut it down for their Christmas season,” said Dave Bushnell,
whose parents had purchased the land. Seeing the success of their new venture, the Bushnell family began to offer other plants and, slowly but surely, began to install and design landscapes for local residents as part of
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Shelby Bushnell gets her shop ready for the holidays.
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continued from 4 their business, building the foundation of what was to become Bushnell Gardens Nursery, Home & Garden Shop. Fast forward to today and business is flourishing with services and offerings for residents, do-it-yourselfers, designers, builders or anyone looking for creative home design inspiration. Owned and operated by a third-generation family member, Dave, and his wife, Shelby, Bushnell Gardens Nursery is a one-stop-destination for all who appreciate quality landscape design, nursery and garden supplies, ongoing landscape maintenance and high-end home design inspiration. With degrees in landscape architecture from University of California, Davis, and numerous years of experience in the agriculture and design industries, it’s no wonder owners Dave and Shelby Bushnell have won more than 150 landscape architecture awards in California on behalf of Bushnell Gardens Nursery, more than any other business in the state. Feeling honored by the recognition, they credit much of their success to their team of talented employees, most of whom have worked at Bushnell Gardens Nursery for an average of at least 10 years.
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continued from 6 In addition to its loyal employees, Bushnell Gardens Nursery also has a large entourage of customers who have been favorably reliant on the local business for many years, some more than two decades. “I buy a lot of floral arrangements,” said Tina Ford, a Granite Bay resident who has frequented Bushnell Gardens Nursery for five years. “I wanted a flower arrangement for my living room, which had extremely high ceilings, to fill the space, and Shelby just blew me away with what she did. She is
so talented.” A fond devotee of the retail store, Ford said anyone who has not yet been in must make a visit: “Shelby has an eye for decorating. She has a way of putting things together that makes you sit there and think, ‘Where can I put this in my home?’” At the end of the day, Dave and Shelby Bushnell pride themselves on the quality of the products and services offered at their business. “All of our plants are grown here onsite and locally in Granite Bay or Roseville where it’s properly acclimated and (the
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Shelby and Dave Bushnell transformed Bushnell Gardens Nursery, Home & Garden Shop into a winter wonderland. The Granite Bay business is a local institution.
“Shelby has an eye for decorating. She has a way of putting things together that makes you sit there and think, ‘Where can I put this in my home?’”
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plant’s) survivability is much higher,” Shelby Bushnell said. “The products we offer in our retail shop are unique, useful and valuable — I like to
call them ‘heirloom pieces’; something you will keep for a lifetime and pass along to your kids one day.” Although there are a lot
of maintenance, DIY and landscape companies out there, the Bushnells say they enjoy working with people who want to move to the next level with advanced landscape options for their home and yard. “We’re here for our customers and to work with them on designing their landscapes and homes into something they’ll enjoy over a lifetime,” Dave Bushnell said.
With holidays in full bloom, Bushnell Gardens Nursery has returned, in part, to its roots by offering a healthy assortment of lavish Christmas trees. “I get my Christmas tree from them every year,” Ford said. “Everyone has a different view of what they want their Christmas to look like and I just feel like that’s what Shelby does for anyone through her design inspiration.”
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Certainly your wife or daughter would like something a little out of the ordinary in designer apparel and special occasion fashions. You can find an appealing selection at Button Up Boutique at The Fountains in Roseville. There’s also a location in Folsom. “We offer several leading brands in denim, as well as Sherri Hill gowns,” said owner Robin Bernardoni. It’s easy to select something for that special someone because the shop keeps sizes and history of past purchases on hand. Store employees will also do what they can to assist in your decision making. “We will try on dresses so the husband or daughter can visualize what they will look like,” Bernardoni said.
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Local Kiwanis Clubs are working with the California Army National Guard to support American troops with See’s candy through the eighth annual “See’s For Soldier’s” fundraiser, which runs through Dec. 23. Kiwanis clubs all over the region use See’s candy as their major fundraiser for the year. The public can purchase an extra box of candy and leave it at the sales site, and the California Army National Guard will send the donations to deployed units and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Last year, the fundraiser generated more than $10,000 for local Kiwanis clubs and 1,300 pounds of candy for troops stationed all over the world. The Granite Bay sales site is in the Granite Bay Village Shopping Center at the corner of Auburn-Folsom Road and Douglas Boulevard.
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For those who enjoy being creative in the kitchen and want to learn from some of the best chefs around town, give a gift certificate for a Saturday cooking class at Hawks Restaurant in the Quarry Ponds Town Center in Granite Bay. Participants sip a glass of sparkling wine while watching demonstrations by Chef and Co-Owner Michael Fagnoni, Chef de Cuisine Ed Lopez and Pastry Chef Amanda Ferraraie,
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continued from page 11 There’s also a selection of jewelry and scarves, which make great gift items for that special woman in your life. While you’re at The Fountains, swing by the new Sacramento Kings Team Store to pick up jerseys, hats, jackets and other merchandise for the Kings fan in your life.
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A gift card for one of Hawks Restaurant’s cooking classes will make a hobby chef very happy.
“We put together an experience by creating a custom certificate for a three-course meal with a bottle of wine,” Hawks said. Speaking of food, a new upscale business called Pairings, selling premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, has opened in the Nugget Center at 701 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. The gift shop offers 50plus products to pair with each other and with various foods.
Nancy Fisher, of Douglas Feed & Pet Supply, adjusts horseshoe-shaped serving bowls the horse lover in your life can be given this Christmas.
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Pamper your pets with toys from Douglas Pet & Feed Supply in Granite Bay, which has a variety of toys for small to large dogs.
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Placer Pops Chorale singers Debbie Astle, left, Lorraine Keefe, Barbara Sawyer and Joan Griffin rehearse at Sierra College for their upcoming Christmas performances.
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hand, we are actually a show choir,” said second alto Anne Sterling. Though he now lives in Auburn, Miller grew up in Grass Valley, which has a huge chorale tradition in its high school, he said. “It’s one of the best in the country, and I really fell in love with what chorale music was all about then,” he said. Miller’s background includes 15 years working in television production, a job that took him all over the world, scouting out locations for television commercials. Nearly 15 years ago, he returned to Placer County and has focused on music. In 2003, Miller became director of the Placer Pops Chorale, founded in 1991. “I love multigenerational music,” Miller said. “My vision for this group was (to) give people the ability to sing together and have community together for all ages. That’s my passion for the group: that we bring quality, wonderful music that people love to listen to, and it gives people a place to sing and use their musical gifts.” Dena Kouremetis, who lives in Folsom with her husband, George, said this company is not for someone with a 60-houra-week job. “It’s a lot of work to be in this choir,” Kouremetis said. “I’m not going to mince any words here … My husband and I are tenor and alto, we’re harmonizing parts that are sometimes in very close harmonies to other parts, which makes it even more difficult.” The willingness to put in the effort is a big part of the group’s success. They hold practices two and a half hours every week, occasionally with extra rehearsals on Saturdays. Singers in ensem-
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Lorin Miller directs the singers of the Placer Pops Chorale as they rehearse for their upcoming winter concerts.
bles often practice together outside of regular sessions, as well. Members work music into their daily life, as did Granite Bay’s Tukey and Dave Seagraves when they took a recent trip to Yosemite. “We practiced all the way there and back,” Tukey Seagraves said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Though the members come from different backgrounds, they all have something in common. “Everyone in the group loves music, singing and the group,” said Placer Pops pianist Patricia Leftridge, of Auburn. “That is very contagious.” The music Miller chooses for the shows not only please the crowd, but also the singers, Kouremetis said. She experienced her most moving moment when the group was singing “Tomorrow Comes” from “Les Miserables.” “We were singing it looking down into the faces of the audience, and the audience had tears coming down their
“When you make beautiful music, it is rejuvenating, transcending, and I think that’s why people come week after week.”
Margit Miller, Placer Pops Chorale
cheeks,” Kouremetis said. “It’s something that is hard to describe.” Second soprano Ronda Pearce of Granite Bay agrees with the assessment of Miller’s choices. “Lorin always has something new and fresh, and from a different perspective, a different angle,” she said. Miller brings out the
best in them all, and a note sung with power and intensity captures attention and makes an impression, Pearce said: “A lovely, musical sound can magically link words, emotions and memories in an instant.” Lorin’s sister Margit Miller, who lives in Folsom, started singing with the chorale last fall. She
has watched her brother conduct over the years, and seen him study and improve. “He goes to a lot of other concerts and a lot of other performances, particularly musical ones,” she said. “He watches the conductors and he listens to the sound … He spends a lot of time focusing on how to get that sound out of people, get us all in sync.”
Margit Miller has witnessed his success in getting 60 or 80 voices to make one sound. “When you make beautiful music, it is rejuvenating, transcending, and I think that’s why people come week after week,” she said. “You just keep going, ‘Oh my gosh, that was beautiful,’ and it was just the collective voice. When it’s spot on, it’s magnificent.”
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At La Fornaretta restaurant in Newcastle, traditional Italian style pizzas are popular.
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’m sorry to admit that I am very rarely “wowed” by a restaurant. As someone who frequents restaurants literally on a daily basis, I have become accustomed to the mundane service routine, mediocre food and owners who are trying too hard (or not hard enough). When my editor suggested I give La Fornaretta in Newcastle a try, I was filled with the same truncated expectations of a “mom-n-pop” Italian restaurant with overpriced, predicable food. I’m very happy to say I was let down. This little hidden gem of the Sierra foothills tops my list as one of the best restaurants I have visited, and definitely one of my new favorites. Let me tell you why: La Fornaretta is located in an old fruit packing facility, discretely situated seconds away from a freeway off-ramp you’ve probably driven past a hundred times on your way to (or from) Auburn or Lake Tahoe. The original facility was used to pack local fruit from the foothills and get it ready for shipping across the country via the transcontinental railroad. The rustic exterior (and interior) of the building might be a little misleading, but the level of quality in
the food and service, I discovered, explains why this place stays so busy. Perhaps owner Cesare Di Lorenzo can explain the concept best himself. “When I arrived in San Francisco from Sicily in 1987, I wanted to create an intimate and quaint restaurant in true Sicilian style to share with my new friends in my new country,” he boasts on his restaurant’s website. I’ve never been to Sicily, but I would wager that some of the best restaurants on that island are not housed in new buildings or secondhand spaces that cost millions of dollars in renovation. I would guess some of the best restaurants are very similar to this one — housed in an old, repurposed space serving up honest food with a genuine staff — people who actually care about the product they are delivering. Believe it or not, that concept is very rare in restaurants these days. You’ve heard the saying, “Everything is made from scratch from a secret family recipe.” But sometimes in some of these places, the flavors sadly suggest the family “secret” was to pop open a can of spaghetti sauce and heat it up. Not La Fornaretta, not by a long shot.
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Everything at La Fornaretta is made from scratch, everything from the sauces to pizza dough down to the bread — baked fresh in traditional Sicilian style and served warm as a starter for your meal. The chef, whom Di Lorenzo would only refer to as “Chef John,” worked for famed Biba Restaurant in Sacramento for 23 years before coming to La Fornaretta. Di Lorenzo is not a chef, but rather relies on his own palate and the expertise of his business partners to produce quality food from his homeland. “I don’t know how to cook an egg, but I know how to taste an egg,” he told me on my recent visit. At first glance, the menu at La Fornaretta looks similar to just about any other Italian restaurant — Eggplant parmesana, tortellini sugo, fettucini alfredo, penne alla norma and the like. Look a little deeper and you’ll find some not-so-common dishes such as smoked salmon carpaccio, fettuccine Alaska and others.
The prices are very reasonable with nearly every dish coming in under $20. The wine list is quaint, focusing on quality over quantity, featuring five white wines, six
local reds, 12 Italian wines and five wines labeled “California.” Almost every wine on the list is offered by the glass as well as by the bottle. The most expensive bottle of wine (notice I didn’t say “best”) on the list was the Ruffino “Gold Label” Chianti at $72. For our meal, my wife started with a green salad, which came with house dressing
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(your basic Italian dressing, but clearly made fresh) and Danish blue cheese. I started with the Tuscan tomato soup, which was served very hot and chunky, almost resembling more of a sauce than a soup. But it was appropriately fresh, acidic and flavorful. There were also little chunks of bread, known in the culinary world as panzanella, and fresh basil in the soup. For wine, I chose a glass of Casque “Adrien” red, a delightful blend of mourvedre, grenache and petite sirah, all sourced locally from Sierra foothill vineyards. For our main course, my wife ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. Unimaginative, you say? Perhaps, but in my opinion, if you have a hard time with such a simple dish as spaghetti and meatballs, then you have some bigger underlying problems in the kitchen. Fortunately for La Fornaretta, the spaghetti and meatballs was quite delicious and, once
again, clearly made from scratch. I opted for the roasted lamb shank special, which was served with a ragu of garbanzo beans, carrots, tomatoes, peppers and other delicious ingredients. The lamb shank was perfectly tender, falling right off the bone. For dessert, my date ordered the tiramisu and I opted for vanilla gelato topped with rich, marinated maraschino cherries. Both desserts were a perfect end to a perfect meal. La Fornaretta also has a wine bar and banquet facilities that can accommodate very large parties, which makes this hidden gem a full-service, topnotch establishment in my book. We will definitely be returning.
Toby Lewis is a freelance writer and restaurant professional who has worked nearly every facet of the industry. Look to each month’s Dining View for his thoughts, insights and opinions about dining in and around Granite Bay. Follow him on Twitter, @TobLewis.
Recipe of the Month...Apple & Endive Salad
I just love the winter flavors of fresh, crisp apples, walnuts and endive mixed with some nutty flavored Gorgonzola cheese. Serve it up as a side salad or add some protein for a lunch or dinner meal. Serves 2
INGREDIENTS: • For the dressing: 2 T. olive oil, 1 T. white balsamic vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon dried herb seasoning (Herbs de Provence). • 3 heads of Endive lettuce (best price at Trader Joe’s) • 1 small red unpeeled apple, diced • 10 walnut halves, chopped • 1/4 cup gorgonzola or bleu cheese crumbles • 2 cups of lettuce (Arugula, Romaine, or Butter leaf)
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix the salad dressing with all the ingredients together except for the lettuce greens. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste. Let the flavors mingle for about 5 minutes; then add the greens and toss.
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Chef Caters To Customers
Pullman Kitchen owner does it all on her own
BY TINKA DAVI
ovy Medved is a chef with a mission: Get everyone eating fresh and healthy food. Medved is the perky, petite one-person dynamo at Pullman Kitchen & Catering at Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay. She does everything from shopping to preparing some 30 different menu items by herself using fresh meat, seafood and locally grown produce. “I only use fresh, organic heirloom tomatoes and wild seafood,” Medved said. “I want to be known for good food.” She cooks breakfast, lunch
and dinner in her 400-squarefoot kitchen in the Market Hall, close to Peet’s Coffee. All three meals are available all day. “It’s just a little hole in the wall, but it makes me so happy that I can cook,” she said. People order from set menus, but she will vary ingredients according to requests. For instance, the seasoning in her Thai curry can be ordered very spicy or least spicy. Because Medved is always so busy in the kitchen, she asks that people call or text their orders at least one hour in
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Sovy Medved cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner in the 400-square-foot Pullman Kitchen in the Quarry Ponds Town Center in Granite Bay.
advance of picking them up. Customers can order for takeout or sit at one of the tables in Market Hall or Peet’s Coffee. “I have a one-person kitchen and have to be efficient,” she said. “In order to be efficient, I can’t talk (at the counter). I have to continue working.” Medved also features a special meal program called Cuisine for Fitness — four weeks of healthy, nutritional meals. Customers can order three meals a day or just one meal a day for the four-week period. During that time, customers get a variety of menu items every day for six days. They’re on their own for the seventh day. “People like to eat out at least once a week,” Medved said. They also limit calories and check off ingredients they don’t
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want on a “do not like” list of foods. The program is ideal for those who have diabetes, cholesterol issues or special dietary needs. Jack and Judy Groom, who have a home-based business in Granite Bay, saw an ad for Pullman Kitchen, decided to try the baby back ribs and lamb entrees and now they’re regular customers. “That frees up my evenings and we have something good to eat,” Judy Groom said. “Otherwise, we’d get junk food.” Jack Groom has lost weight because of eating healthy meals with no second helpings. However, there’s more than enough
food with each entree. “Nothing is fried; there’s no greasy stuff,” Judy Groom said. “And (Medved) really tries to please by offering a variety of foods.” Both the Cuisine for Fitness and regular menus are international. The latter includes a daily chef’s special such as grilled rack of lamb and Dimitry Tursnov’s coconut soup. One of her most popular dinner entrees is the blue cheese beef meatloaf. Medved has one dessert. “Pullman is one of the smallest kitchens in the Sacramento area and probably the only place this size where you can
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find crème brulee,” she said. The name Pullman came from Quarry Ponds’ former owner, Lisa Powers. “I’m so grateful to her.” Medved said. “I’m so grateful and thank God for the opportunity to own my own business.” She started Pullman Kitchen
& Catering three years ago. She caters events and parties, developing individualized menus with clients. She shops for fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets. “I use everything that’s very fresh — no cans and no MSG,” she said. “I want foods that I would order and eat.” Originally from Cambodia, Medved left in 1974 because of the war in southeast Asia and because she wanted an education. She attended California State University Long Beach, majoring in social welfare. She first worked for the California Department of Social Services and later for the state Employ-
ment Development Department in Unemployment Insurance, then State Disability Insurance and lastly the State Compensation Fund. “I was so unhappy,” Medved said. “My heart is into cooking.” So, Medved enrolled in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and became a chef. She’s worked at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco and at Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay. A breast cancer diagnosis in 2004 set her back, but not for long. “I enjoy cooking good, healthy food and I’ll work until the day I drop dead,” Medved said. “When you love what you’re doing, it’s exciting.”
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Granite Bay woman works in technology, helps vets
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Granite Bay resident Silvi Steigerwald consults high-tech computing companies and helps them develop their strategies around innovation and patents. She also volunteers with an organization that assists veterans.
oes it take a successful woman to inspire other young women to stay interested in math and science? If so, Silvi Steigerwald of Granite Bay is such an inspiration. From graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy (the year after the academy began admitting women) to helping veterans find jobs in the technology industry to corralling companies’ best ideas and innovations, Steigerwald exemplifies a powerful woman in business. Steigerwald always knew math and engineering were key to her future success. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, she started her career in research and development at Rome Air Force Research Laboratory in New York. A master’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in business administration soon followed, leading the young woman on her path to associate professor and lab director at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Fast-forward two decades and Steigerwald, wife and mother of two adult sons, has enjoyed the challenge of opening startup busi-
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nesses and working for technology companies such as Hewlett Packard. She held a variety of positions at HP , including in marketing and innovation planning. Today, she relies on her extensive experience to run Steigerwald Consulting. She also serves as an advisory board member at Veterans in Technology, an organization that pairs returning veterans with the education and partners needed to obtain jobs in the high-tech industry. “I help companies accentuate their innovation and develop strategies around innovation and patents,” she said. By “innovation,” Steigerwald means “when an idea is implemented and it provides value.” A software company, utility company, school district and even a restaurant — every business or organization can benefit from recognizing and acting on innovation. “Most people are innovative,” she said. “They’re already thinking of ways to make changes and add value. I go in and see what a company is already doing. If their innovations are bringing value, then I say, ‘Let’s safeguard it,’ or, ‘Let’s patent it so we can share it.’” Companies such as Facebook, Google and IBM are continually innovating; other organizations and businesses
“There are over a million soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are looking for work when they get back. We really feel that they deserve an opportunity because of their sacrifices. They may have sacrificed education or a higher-paying career to serve our country.”
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should take their lead. “You have to be innovative to survive as a business,” Steigerwald said. “There’s just way too much competition to stay stagnant.” When not auditing companies’ business practices, Steigerwald is in San Francisco working with Vets in Tech. “There are over a million soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are looking for work when they get back,” she said. “We really feel that they deserve an opportunity because of their sacrifices. They may have sacrificed education or a higher-paying career to
serve our country.” Vets in Tech is based on the “Three E’s:” employment, entrepreneurship and education. The organization connects with companies that are hiring, offers classes on computer programs and other topics and pairs entrepreneurially minded vets with some of Silicon Valley’s most noted venture capitalists, who give them feedback on their ideas. Garrett Dees, social media project manager for Intuit Careers, found his dream job with Vets in Tech’s help. “I met Silvi at an employment event at a cantina near AT&T Park,”
Dees said. “Major companies were there — Intuit, McAfee, VMware — I got to speak to so many people. I’ve seen so many veterans returning
from theater. VIT offers a vast social network throughout the Bay Area, and these connections come with a great amount of knowledge. Vets
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Cycles 4 Hope donates bikes to people in need
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Bicycle At A Time
nce a week, volunteers come together for “Wrench Nites,” where they repair donated bicycles in preparation for giving them away. They fine-tune gear shifts, put air into flat tires, make sure the handle bar works properly and fix anything else that needs fixing to get these bikes into tip-top shape. The volunteers work with Cycles 4 Hope, a Granite Bay-based nonprofit that
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Cycles 4 Hope volunteer Stephen Pendergraft fine-tunes a gear shift during the nonprofit organization’s weekly “Wrench Nite.”
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continued from 22 strives to provide hope one bicycle at a time. The volunteer-run organization provides free bicycles and bike repair services to people in need in the greater Sacramento region. They also run a homeless outreach in downtown Sacramento with a mobile bike shop. Their mission is simple: provide independence and opportunity with a bike and a message of hope. The View talked to Cycles 4 Hope Founder Shawn Holiday about the inception of his organization and the lives it has touched.
When was Cycles 4 Hope founded?
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I consider that C4H was founded on June 28, 2008 — the first day I attended a homeless outreach organized by Bayside Church of Granite Bay, where I learned about the importance of bicycles for the homeless and that no one was serving their needs in this area. This is the day I repaired my first bicycle. Shortly after, I
Cycles 4 Hope volunteers Jaquie Williams and Tyler Mastromattei repair flat tires during a recent “Wrench Nite.”
came up with the idea for C4H, gathered some great volunteers and started our mission.
What was your motivation behind starting C4H?
named Francis Chan speak about “lukewarm Christians” — people who call themselves Christians, worshipers and followers of Christ, but in reality they really worship their stuff, themselves and do little to share their faith and be servants. This message really impacted me and shortly after, my family and I made the decision to remove the clutter in our lives to open our minds to what God calls us to do. Then I received the invitation from Bayside Church to volunteer at their monthly homeless outreach and the rest is history. So, to answer the question … it was not my motivation. I believe it is part of God’s plan.
What impact does C4H have on the community?
This is a tricky question. To be honest, at that time in my life I was very selfish and the
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Cycles 4 Hope volunteer Gary DeLuca aligns spokes on a bicycle tire during the nonprofit organization’s weekly “Wrench Nite.”
listen and talk with them. We also share our faith and the hope and love that faith in Jesus Christ provides. We provide independence by giving people a bicycle that allows them to become self-sufficient. We enable opportunity, because a bicycle provides mobility required to find and retain employment. We also provide joy, which I believe when combined with hope is the most important. Something simple like a bicycle that we usually take for granted can be so powerful in positively impacting the life of someone in need.
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Cycles 4 Hope volunteers Christian Murphy and Mike Murphy inspect a handle bar at a recent “Wrench Nite.”
the streets and then curing their addictions by attending a local support program. Tom has continued to thrive and remains in contact and occasionally volunteers at C4H. (Then there’s) Skip. According to Skip, the bike changed (his) life. Skip said he had doubled his income because of the mobility the bike provides in getting more work. He also noted that he’s much healthier.
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he Emerald Brigade, Granite Bay High School’s marching band and color guard, is nearing the end of a stand-out marching season, having received 32 trophies at five Northern California competitions. The group finished first in all but one of the shows. They won Division AAAA top honors at Logan High School in Union City, considered one of the top Western Band Association competitions in California, according to Ken Wagner, media coordinator for the Brigade. “This is my fourth year in the band,” said Band President Alex Rocca. “I’m so proud of the way our newer members are performing. We focus on mentoring, helping underclassmen integrate good study habits with our crazy practice and competition schedule.”
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The Emerald Brigade performs “That’s All, Folks.”
About 80 percent of the group is made up of underclassmen. “This is the youngest group we’ve ever had,” said Band Director Lynn Lewis. “From where they started to where they are now, it’s the most growth I’ve seen from any group since I’ve been here. We have a lot to look forward to.” Lewis also singled out the color guard. “I’m very proud of them. Without their outstanding efforts, the entire show doesn’t come together,” she said. The Emerald Brigade’s field show, “That’s All, Folks,” integrates classical and contemporary music. Their last competition of the year was for the WBA State Championship in Clovis, where they hoped to be the top AAAA division band for the second time in three years. Results were not available as of press time. Immediately after state finals, concert season begins. The Emerald Brigade Concert Band will perform traditional holiday music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13, in the GBHS Theater, 1 Grizzly Way. Tickets cost $5.
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homas Wolfe wrote “You can’t go home again,” and when Robert Dixon remembers the corrupted, vulture’s world of despair he once occupied — the wrecked urban landscape where he robbed drug dealers at gunpoint and stepped over frail addicts wasting away — he knows this bloody orbit is a place he’ll never call home again. Dixon also understands he should be dead. Having emerged from the nightmare of meth addiction
and a dedicated criminal career that earned him 50 arrests, Dixon is now a successful landscape contractor in Granite Bay. His new memoir, “From Prison Gates to A Gated Estate,” is a blunt, matter-of-fact retelling of Northern California’s drug world of the 1980s and 90s, as well as how he walked away from a deadly outlaw lifestyle that allows few to depart it without a permanent prison sentence or body bag. By Dixon’s own admission, his childhood and teenage
Granite Bay resident Robert Dixon once inhabited the dark corners of outlaw life.
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years were uneventful. But by the early 1980s, he had drifted from his well-meaning family into the rundown, gritty neighborhoods of San Francisco. As Dixon became more addicted
to meth, he broke away from the traditional roles of drug dealer and drug addict, opting to be a top hunter on the scene — a “rip and run” stickup artist who made his living pointing
guns at drug suppliers. Dixon’s book recounts in detail what led to him being shot by drug slingers on two separate occasions, and what caused him to shoot a street-level supplier in the hand. Dixon also writes in uncompromising terms about his eight stints in state prison. One of the more chilling moments of the book involves Dixon’s memory of three men from the drug world invading his home while his wife and baby were there, handcuffing him, pistol-whipping him and nearly kidnapping him: The episode ends with Dixon’s playby-play of exactly what he did to stay alive. From start to finish, “From Prison Gates to A Gated Estate” is told through a conversational tone infused with startling candor. “Some people who have read it worry that it’s glorifying crime,” Dixon acknowledged. “The book’s not about glorifying what happened, but I’m very honest about how I felt through everything that was happening. If I write that I liked
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getting high back then, it’s because I liked getting high back then. If I write that prison wasn’t a hard life for me, it’s because prison wasn’t a hard life for me. I’m not going to lie about what I’ve been through.” Indeed, some of Dixon’s frank observations are bound to give readers a new perspective to consider: Among these is the author’s detailed analysis of how he views social safety net programs as a force that largely fuels drug addiction rather than helps individuals improve their lives or climb out of poverty. “California’s social programs and vouchers made it easy to be a drug user,” Dixon said. “In some cases, you can get money as long as you’re a drug addict, but if you’re clean and trying to make it, you can’t. I break down how that works in the book.” Another of Dixon’s bold propositions is that the California prison system is hardly a deterrent for most drug-inspired criminals. “The truth is that prison really wasn’t that bad,” Dixon said. “When you’re living that life,
Granite Bay resident Robert Dixon, top left, served eight stints in state prison.
your only obligation is to get high every day. I slammed dope in my arm three to five times a day since I was 17 — trust me, I know. Suddenly you go to prison, and you’ve got meals, a place to stay, no bills, no worries. You get a break from the life, and it doesn’t always feel like a bad break, because you
know you’ll be right back out there again in no time.” But Dixon and his wife, Bonnie, eventually did come to a realization that they were part of a universe of destruction that was eating people’s lives away. They didn’t want the chaos anymore. They longed to be parents living a quiet life. Understanding it would be nearly impossible to break the cycle of addiction and crime as long as they were close to their friends from San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, they convinced state parole officers to allow them to relocate to Granite Bay, where Dixon’s mother lived. Without help from treatment counselors or 12 step programs, Dixon and his wife said goodbye to methamphetamine for good. Dixon opened a small landscaping business, and was working for most of the players and coaches for the Sacramento Kings. More clients followed. Within a few years, Dixon was making enough money to build his own grand home in Granite Bay, which was based on an elaborate design Bonnie
sketched out while she was in prison. The title of Dixon’s book, “From Prison Gates to A Gated Estate,” is a nod to the liferebuilding journey he and his wife embarked on, as well as a testament to their realization of the American dream. Dixon readily admits not all of his friends and family were thrilled he was penning a tell-all about his experiences; but, in his view, the book may show others a glimmer of hope. “I guess I want people to see that it’s never too late to get clean,” Dixon said. “I was in my late 30s, my wife was in her 40s, when we made the decision to walk away from that lifestyle … I want people who have family members who are addicts to see that all of the support they give may still be rewarded some day with that person getting clean and getting their future back. People need to know they can always start over.” Pausing to look around his ornate yard and spacious home, Dixon added, “I know I honestly never thought I’d be where I am today.”
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his is the time of year when we dream of warm, restful vacations. And who wouldn’t love to spend spring and summer in France? Luckily, you can own a little piece of Provence with this French Country style home behind the gates of Wexford in Granite Bay. The home’s architecture is truly stunning, every room unique. Start with the exterior: With turrets, shutters and a raised entry with glass doors and a private foyer, it’s immediately obvious this home is something special. Take a step inside. The home is outfitted in Australian Cypress — a hard wood reminiscent of pale knotty pine,
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but far more durable, according to broker associate Kelly Groth of Keller Williams Realty. “Pine is a soft wood and is damaged easily, this wood is extremely hard — it won’t mar,” Groth said. He described the home’s best features as the downstairs master, the dual staircases that allow easy access to all areas of
the house and the large lot that is fully usable. “The house really flows. It’s very functional,” he said. “The lot is over a half-acre, and it includes nearly a dozen fruit trees.” In addition to fruit trees, the backyard is private and surrounded in evergreens. The backyard includes an extensive
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“This is the first time this home has been on the market. These original owners designed the residence for raising their family in comfort. It’s time to let another family enjoy the lifestyle and joy of this home.”
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venient, separate water closet. “This is the first time this home has been on the market,” Groth said. “These original owners designed the residence for raising their family in comfort. It’s time to let another family enjoy the lifestyle and joy of this home.” The property has a new roof with warranty, true divide windows — individual glass panes, Hunter Douglas Silhouette window coverings, three heat and air units and instant hot water throughout.
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fter the turkey has been served, houses begin to light up with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Some residents in Folsom and El Dorado Hills open up their homes to offer a better, more up-close view of their exquisitely decorated houses. The annual Historic Folsom
Holiday Home Tour will be a step back in time, featuring nine locations, including both private homes and buildings decorated for the holidays, said event coordinator Pam McAtee. This year’s tour offers views of historic sites dating from 1855 to 1925 and others built honoring Folsom’s historic architec-
ture. McAtee said walking shoes are essential during the tour and no cameras are allowed in private homes. The tour benefits the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House Foundation and their efforts to preserve Folsom’s unique history. For those looking to tour the
El Dorado Hills community, the members of Assistance League of Sierra Foothills are holding the fourth annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. According to Assistance League of Sierra Foothills member Bonnie Munson, five private homes throughout El Dorado Hills, including Serrano
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Historic Granlibakken has been around since 1929.
lthough its hill is extremely modest and barely garners a mention among Lake Tahoe’s many famed ski resorts, for several decades Granlibakken was known as the only winter playground in the entire Lake Tahoe basin. Never heard of Granlibakken? That’s not surprising. Drive too swiftly along scenic Highway 89 on Tahoe’s scenic west shore and it’s easy to overlook the road that heads into this historic Norwegianlike village. Occupying 74 beautifully wooded acres in this picturesque mountain valley, Granlibakken is located a half-mile from Tahoe City. It provides a link to the past, a reminder that some ski hills were once small in stature and remain devoid of the sophistication that typifies today’s mega resorts.
In 1929, seven-time Norwegian ski jumping champion Lars Haugen designed a ski jump hill at what’s now known as Granlibakken, clearing an area of trees and establishing a 60-meter jump that became known as Olympic Hill. The hill quickly gained fame and hosted the Olympic Trials and the U.S. Championships in 1932. Granlibakken was the first official ski resort in the Tahoe basin, where two years later in 1949, Squaw Valley had its modest beginnings. Today, Granlibakken still sports a ski hill, but it’s more suited for snow play than skiing or snowboarding. A lone tow rope carries people to the top of a small hill for the quick downhill trek. On the opposite side of the ski slope, a sledding area receives much more attention. “Granlibakken is really a family friendly place,” said Heather Himmelmann, who has visited
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Granlibakken several times with her husband and young daughter. “It’s a great beginner hill for my daughter. She’s taken lessons here and keeps making good progress each year. The price is right and we really enjoy our stay.” More serious skiers and riders use Granlibakken for a convenient lodging location they can book for a bargain price. An interchangeable lift ticket costs $150 per person and provides lodging at Granlibakken and an extremely generous buffet breakfast, plus choice of a lift ticket at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Homewood, Heavenly, Mt. Rose or Sugar Bowl. While serving as a serene, isolated place for families to vacation, Granlibakken is an even bigger lure as a conference destination. “In the winter we’re in the ski business, but we’re in the conference business all year round,” said Kay Williams, Granlibakken’s resort manager. “We’re not a Holiday Inn. You get treated to a real experience here. Granlibakken is a beautiful location and we treat you like a member of the family.” Granlibakken guests can ski and sled all day for $15. The outdoor heated pool and hot tubsauna area are open yearround. The popular Pub
Kids enjoy the snow at Granlibakken, located a half-mile from Tahoe City. Serious skiers and riders use Granlibakken for a convenient lodging location.
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restaurant will open Dec. 20 for the season. Both the Pub and the Cedar Creek restaurant are open weekends and holidays. The Treetop Adventure Park course is situated on the Granlibakken property and participants climb to an initial starting point on a tree platform, then travel through the forest on an aerial trek anywhere from 15-50 feet in the air. The park, for ages 5 and above, comprises a series of courses, linking tree platform to tree plat-
form with a variety of bridges and zip lines. Visiting Granlibakken has become tradition for Bonnie Zweben, of El Cerrito, who was married at this picturesque mountain valley in 2004. “The kids really enjoy all the things you can do at Granlibakken” Zweben said. “The price here is reasonable, more than at other places. We have a kitchen in our room, bring groceries, and once we arrive we never have to leave the property. This is a great place to vacation both winter and summer.”
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in need of a forever home must have a glamour shot. The lowquality head shots of dogs typically found on the websites and email listservs of rescue groups don’t cut it. On an October morning, Doug Peterson adjusts his camera’s setting to capture the best image of Danni, a 2-year-old Great Dane surrendered a month before by her human companion who moved out of the state. Danni has a loving and playful personality. “I think she’s going to sell
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herself pretty quick,” Doug Peterson says, as he works. “Someone’s going to say, ‘I have to have that dog!’” He and his wife, Peggy Just Peterson, volunteer with Great Dane Rescue of Northern California, a nonprofit organization based in Granite Bay. The group rescued 50 dogs in 2012 and has taken in about that same number so far this year. The Petersons, of Granite Bay, began volunteering for the organization shortly after adopting two rescued Great Danes five years ago. They’ve long had a fondness for this particular breed.
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“Great Danes are the mellowest, sweetest dogs,” Peggy Peterson said. “They have a real gentle disposition. They’re known as the ‘gentle giants.’” Loomis resident Colleen Leahy and her friend Betty Thomas cofounded the current incarnation of the rescue in 1987. The women, who both showed Danes at that time, realized someone had to step up to take over for the previous rescue. “Betty and I had just met that day,” Leahy recalled. “I had seen her at shows, but did not know her. From that day we became good friends till her sudden death at age 76 (in 2010). We were at a club meeting of the Great Dane Club of Northern California. The president of this group said there was no one doing rescue, as the woman who did it prior to us was too ill … Betty turned to me and said we would do the rescue, and I said, ‘Well, OK.’ And that started 25-plus years of working together, just the two of us.” Surrendered dogs are often sad and lonely when they arrive, as they’re leaving behind the
homes and people they once knew. Stray Great Danes may need some basic command training before they’re adopted out. Leahy evaluates the dogs’ temperaments, and is careful when placing the animals. As a person meets with a rescued Great Dane and considers adoption, Leahy interviews the person. She has a checklist, asking about the size of the house and backyard, how many people live there, whether someone stays at home during the day and if they’ve had a dog before. Great Danes are known for being good around children, and they don’t need much exercise. “I love this breed because they have so many human characteristics,” Leahy said. “(They) are very sensitive, loving and really want to be with you. Their short life span — approximately 8 (years) is the average — is a drawback, but their size and their breed traits make them such wonderful companions. It is almost like having another human in the home.” Despite the breed’s gentle demeanor and many attributes,
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Great Dane Rescue of Northern California volunteer Peggy Just Peterson handles Danni, a rescue dog in need of a forever home.
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n the first day of science camp in sixth grade, Anna von Wendorff met a girl with a learning disability who was too shy to talk to the other children. But von Wendorff reached out to her and by the end of the week, they were friends. This experience sparked an interest in von Wendorff to always look beyond the surface and dig deep to really to get to know another person. Several years later, as a freshman at Granite Bay High School, von Wendorff joined Youth FORCE, a group run by the nonprofit A Touch of Understanding, which holds workshops and events to raise awareness and acceptance for people with disabilities. Now a senior, von Wendorff, 17, serves as the group’s president. “It’s really cool that it’s a younger group of kids,” von Wendorff said. She noted that developing an understanding for people with disabilities — or anyone who may be perceived as “different”— is a critical lesson for children to learn, so they can “see what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.” That’s also why ATOU holds workshops for elementary school students. “I’m really, really happy I get to be involved with (ATOU),” von Wendorff said. “I’ll walk around school and students will tell me about it. You have so many presentations since kindergarten and this is one that sticks … It’s a powerful program.”
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As a magazine, our mission is always to inform you of what’s happening in your community. Throughout the year, we have been your eyes and ears as we do our best to report the stories that matter to you. In 2014, we will once again be your witness to the happenings in and around our town. We thank you once again for your loyalty and hope that you will take advantage of every moment of happiness in the year to come. Here’s to a calm and prosperous new year!
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“Travis is one of the guys. There are select things he does — run routes, catch passes. He fits in. He’s just Travis.”
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s his Granite Bay High football teammates were piecing together a winning effort over Nevada Union on a cool Friday night, 18-year-old special education student Travis Bauer was in the midst of his weekly ritual — standing on the Grizzlies sideline, cheering on his teammates. Then came the chants from his own bench. “Travis! Travis! Travis!” With 23 seconds left in the game, Grizzlies coach Skip Albano called a timeout and gave the Granite Bay senior the opportunity of a lifetime on Senior Night. Bauer took a handoff from quarterback Josh Neal, followed a block by Kirk McKeon and rumbled 76 yards in 15 seconds for a Granite Bay touchdown on the first snap of his prep career for a 49-7 Granite Bay win. The home stands erupted in celebration and Bauer was mobbed by both Granite Bay and Nevada Union players who had followed his scoring jaunt. Both benches stormed the field and Bauer absorbed helmet slaps, high-fives and hugs. The collective elation in support of the Granite Bay senior diagnosed with autism was an incredible sight for football fans, requiring the gracious cooperation of Nevada Union players and coaches. Bauer comes from a family of seven children. When he was young, he was diagnosed under the autism spectrum, but according to his mother, Haylee Bauer-Grant, it was only the best guess professionals could give. “It’s hard not knowing,” she said. “Not being able to help.” Growing up, he was
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upbeat and social, which isn’t typical for those diagnosed with autism. He had trouble voicing or coming up with the right thoughts, but that never kept Bauer from hearty interactions and did little to quell his passion for football. In seventh grade, Bauer joined the flag football team at Cavitt Jr. High School in Granite Bay, after the encouragement of teacher/coach Mark Martinez. “I had him for four periods,” Martinez said. “That just created a natural accord with me being a coach and a sports fan, which probably made him more confident to come out and play.” Bauer played defense and quickly realized his affection for the gridiron. He said he wanted to continue being part of a football program at Granite Bay, but it wasn’t an easy decision for his mother to approve. “I didn’t think the team would let him play, because football players are tough,” she said. “I was concerned they would make fun of him.” Instead, she said players at Granite Bay brought Bauer under their wing. “We have to hand it to the coaches, too, for making Travis feel a part of the team,” said Granite Bay athletic secretary Terri Keeney. No. 58 was a big part of Granite Bay’s push to an SJS, NorCal and state title last year. Bauer was proudly wielding the state championship ring during the game against Nevada Union on Nov. 12. He made sure to wave a few gestures with the gaudy accessory gleaming from his hand. “Travis is one of the guys,” Albano said. “There are select things he does — run routes, catch passes.
He fits in. He’s just Travis.” Bauer has been with the same group of students since the fourth grade. They share a tight bond. “He’s grown a lot since freshman year,” senior running back Michael Geraghty said. “You couldn’t understand him at first — he was all over the place; but now he’s able to piece together sentences. He always talks about football, especially in the offseason. He’s friends with everyone.” Granite Bay special education teacher Sara Quinby said Bauer had become more confident and social over the past four years, likely due to his maturing and being at an accepting and open environment at high school. “The students have embraced Travis and other students with special needs. It is a great thing to witness and experience.” Two weeks before Senior Night, Bauer took home the honor of being named Granite Bay’s Homecoming King beside longtime friend Lauren Bracket. Before the game against Nevada Union, Albano pulled aside Bauer-Grant and gave her the thrilling news — her son was going in on the last play of the game. “We talked about it earlier in the week in a staff meeting,” Albano said. “We talked about lining him up at receiver, but we decided that we wanted to give him the ball.” Albano said he cleared the play with Nevada Union coach Dennis Houlihan. “Nevada Union knew it. The press box knew it,” Albano said. “As we walked out with him, Nevada Union asked if it was the play. I said, ‘yes’, and everyone followed him in and met up with him in the end zone.” “I scored a touchdown,”
Bauer added proudly. The play drew a surge of emotion across the stadium. One of the Nevada Union coaches approached Bauer and his mother after the game. “He said, ‘You know, it was worth coming just to see that,’” Bauer-Grant said. “Nevada Union was so grateful for that.” Keeney said that she got teary-eyed when she saw Nevada Union joining the chanting, cheering and celebration when Bauer scored. “We were excited for him,” Geraghty chipped in. “We were chasing him down. Everyone respects Nevada Union for doing what they did for him.” Bauer’s future in athletics is unclear, but nothing will erase the memory of his friends at his side on a 76-yard run to glory.
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Myth No. 3: Strength Train And You Can Eat Anything
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othing drives me crazier than when people are misled by fitness myths. These myths sabotage results and keep us miles from our goal weight. I would like to highlight these five rumors going around about strength training. I don’t want to see you held captive by a faulty belief. The truth is strength training is the No. 1 thing you can do for your health, fitness and appearance. Don’t fall for one of these five myths and miss out on tremendous potential results.
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muscle on your body, so many women take this to mean their body will become body-builderesque. Not quite the look you’re going for … the truth is the female body simply doesn’t naturally contain large enough levels of testosterone to put on bulk muscle without a very focused and dedicated effort. Rest assured, ladies, the effort you spend on strength training will get you closer to that lean, toned look you want.
Myth No. 1: Muscle Can Turn Into Fat
Why would anyone want to build muscle if it could morph into fat over time? Don’t worry: This myth is seriously bogus. Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. One will never become the other.
This one makes me cringe, as I’ve seen so many people throw away their hard-earned fitness results by eating too much of the wrong stuff. Even if you strength train daily at an intense rate, your total calories still matter. To top it off, most people overestimate how many calories they burn, as well as underestimate how many calories they eat during the course of any given day. For the best results, maintain a calorie-controlled diet filled with fresh, wholesome ingredients in addition to a regular, challenging
Myth No. 4: Strength Training Does Not Burn Fat
This one couldn’t be more false. Muscle is actually your No. 1 ally against fat gains. One pound of muscle burns 10 to 20 calories each day, just living and breathing. Regular strength training helps you increase muscle mass and preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat-burning machine.
Myth No. 5: High Reps And Light Weights For Toning
This myth, made popular in the 1990s, says that very high repetitions of very light weights
would result in a toned physique. Not true. These high repetitions will increase your muscular endurance, but will not add strength or tone. In order to truly challenge your muscles, heavier weights with low repetitions are a must. Start with an eight to 10 repetition range and push your muscles with each set. Always consider your limitations, such as arthritis and other aging disorders, when applying this rule of thumb. Heavy weights with low repetitions might be too stressful on your joints (such as your wrists), so you might need to lower your weight and increase your repetitions.
Know your limitations — this is a very important point to remember for injury prevention. Include strength training as a part of your fitness routine and finally achieve a fit and toned body. It will burn fat and help, or even reverse, the signs and symptoms of many aging disorders. Don’t deprive yourself of the many benefits of strength training. Start today and make 2014 your year to focus on health and fitness.
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selves, success will be more likely. As a parent and grandparent, I have assembled these helpful directions:
veryone has potential, but you must help your child believe in herself to tap that potential. Saying affirmations out loud is key. Champions who use affirmations to build their self-esteem make good progress in completing their needs and often winning the prize, whatever that may be. If we teach our children to believe in them-
Coming Up With Affirmations
Ask your child or grandchild to come up with affirmations that are uniquely his or her own. Remember, some children will need a little help with
ideas, while others will be able to be self-starters. Be consistent. Practice the affirmations every day, because success exists when the soul, body, mind and emotions align.
Empowering affirmations are always stated in the positive, such as “I am smart.” When making affirmations, write and say
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them as if they already exist, such as, “I am a fast runner.” You can make affirmations especially powerful when you put the emphasis on “I am.” Keep affirmations short, simple and clear. To evoke positive emotion, practice with your child, telling the child to think of the positive images of how he sees himself now or the image of what he wants to be. Give examples of affirmations you would like to make in your life. Talk about the scenario and be sure to involve the senses, which make affirmations more imaginable.
covered while helping my granddaughter learn how to initiate affirmations: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it,” by William Arthur Ward. My granddaughter then created her own version: “I can imagine my dream of (fill in the blank) and can achieve it. If I dream it, I can become it.”
Keys To Successful Affirming
Affirmations work best when we are relaxed, such as when we are falling asleep, waking up or meditating. Here are some different ways to affirm: read it, write it, visualize it, speak it, sing it and dance to it. Teaching your children to affirm themselves is a wonderful way to help build confidence. Another encouraging activity is for the parent to leave little affirmation notes in special places, often where the child might least expect it. Observing the smile and enthusiasm on your child’s face is well worth it!
Sheri Hitchings, married for 47 years, has two children and four grandchildren. As an elementary teacher, learning coordinator, principal, GATE director and student teacher supervisor, she has written articles for 25 years.
Take Time Practicing Affirmations
Remember that old saying our parents repeated over and over to us: “Practice makes perfect?” Well, it’s true. Have your child develop the habit of affirming. Each night before your child goes to bed, have her complete the following statements: “I am a good person. I am thankful for (fill in the blank).” Or, have the child talk about what she accomplished that day, and what she will do better tomorrow.
Using Quotes As Affirmations
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he holiday season is here, and for many of us it’s a time to gather with loved ones, enjoy home-cooked comfort food and exchange meaningful gifts, among other family traditions. Yet, for some, there’s a side to the holidays that’s not so pleasant. Some people will ring in the New Year a few pounds heavier, thanks to an overabundance of food, sweets and drinks. Others will find themselves weighed down with stress: preparing a house for guests, spending endless hours cooking and cleaning, dealing with traffic in and out of shop-
Live Healthy This Holiday Season
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It takes the brain 20 minutes to catch up with the stomach after eating, to let you know you are getting satisfied.
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offer lots of food, eat a light, healthy snack about an hour before it starts. Consider a small salad, half a sandwich or a bowl of nutritious cereal. Being half-full means you’ll be only half as hungry.
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ping malls and enduring long lines at airports. Any of these situations can have a devastating effect on our health. But only if we allow them. This month’s column offers tips that many of us at Kaiser Permanente offer this time of year to prevent us from getting into unhealthy situations, and help all of us truly live by the seasonal slogan, “Happy Holidays.”
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The Manager’s Oath
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The Manager’s Promise
On my honor I will do my best to: Do my duty to my employees and my company. I will provide my employees with the necessary training needed for them to succeed and grow within the company. I will be approachable to my employees. I believe in building trust and sin-
cerely listening to employees’ problems, always finding ways to help. I will invest time and mentorship in employee development so that future career opportunities may be presented to employees. Be a great and dedicated manager at all times. Many people look up to managers for their skills and leadership persona. A manager’s joyous smile, sense of humor and words of encouragement make employees work harder. They will do their best to see you succeed and make you look good among your higher peers. Keep myself physically engaged. I will be aware of what is going on with
my company and employees. I will be the person employees can count on for relevant company questions. Be mentally intact, and morally sound. I will broaden my mind in the workplace and outside of the business. I will always be curious about everything around me, and try to incorporate what I learn into everyday leadership practices.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING BY SENA CHRISTIAN
Placer Pops Chorale will perform its holiday show at Sierra College and Harris Center.
COURTESY • PLACER POPS CHORALE
IT’S CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN
Placer Pops Chorale is inviting the public to “experience the magic and pageantry of Christmas” at the group’s annual holiday performances. The auditioned choral group of 65 members performs with its own orchestra, and puts on two major concert series each year under the direction of Lorin Miller. The chorale draws from the American tradition, featuring popular music of the last 75 years.
Holiday Craft Fair & Book Sale
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Maidu dec Community Center & Maidu Library, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville. More than 100 vendors sell handmade items. Used book sale, music, food, drinks and storytimes for children. Free admission and parking.
What: Placer Pops Chorale’s annual winter concerts When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at Dietrich Theatre; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Harris Center. Where: Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 to Rocklin Road, Rocklin; Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. dec dec Cost: $17.50-$32.50 at Dietrich Theatre; $20-$35 at the Harris Center. Info: Dietrich Theatre at (800) 838-3006, Harris Center at (916) 608-6888 or www.placerpops.org.
Festival of Lights Parade
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, beginning at upper end dec of Lincoln Way in Auburn and proceeding to the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Free. For more information, visit www.auburnchamber.net.
All Native Craft Fair
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Maidu Activity Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville. Vendors from California tribes and Cherokee Nation with contemporary jewelry, basketry and dec crafts. Free children’s activities, tribal drumming, traditional music and singing. Door prizes.
Santa Claws and Paws
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and dec Sunday at Pet Food Express, 1009 Galleria Blvd. at The Fountains in Roseville. Dogs, cats and people can get their picture taken with Santa for a $10 donation, which includes a CD with photos. Proceeds benefit Guide Dogs For the Blind. For more information, visit www.placer4for2guides.com.
Escape to the Island With Me-One
From 4-11 p.m. Thursday at Morgan Creek Golf Club, 8791 Morgan Creek Lane in dec Roseville. Fundraiser for the nonprofit Me-One Foundation includes happy hour, dinner, live auction and music from “X Factor” contestant Christian Hollingsworth. Tickets cost $100 per person. To purchase, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
“Live the Experience” Nativity Drive-Thru
From 7-10 p.m. at dec dec dec dec Roseville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 914 Cirby Way. There will be live actors and animals and narration. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rosevillesdachurch.org/nativity.
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Showtimes at 7 p.m. dec dec Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, presented by Stand Out Talent at Tower Theater, 417 Vernon St. in Roseville. Tickets cost $12 adult, $10 senior, $5 children and students. For more information, visit http://standouttalent.org.
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Holidays in the Hills Wine Tour
At 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 17 wineries in Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle dec dec and Meadow Vista. Wine tasting, craft vendors, toy drive, prizes, holiday decorations. Free admission with toy donation, otherwise individual winery tasting fees apply. For more information, visit www.placerwine.com.
dec dec Showtimes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Featuring the Moscow Classical Ballet, one of three ballet companies supported by the Russian government. Tickets cost $29 to $65. To purchase tickets, visit www.harriscenter.net.
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Fort Bragg, Mendocino worth the drive
s someone who absolutely hates long car rides, I surprised even myself when I suggested a trip to Fort Bragg for my husband’s birthday. But, since this was the big 3-0 and he wanted nothing more than to get out of town for a long weekend, I asked several friends about good day trips, and they agreed: Nothing beats the seaside.
Relax By The Seashore
Take in a view of the waves from the gazebo at Heritage House Inn, where the movie “Same Time, Next Year” was filmed.
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BY KRISSI KHOKHOBASHVILI
It’s a meandering drive to the north coast, but one I quickly came to terms with as I found myself actually enjoying the journey through towering trees that eventually give way to a breathtaking view of the ocean. Upon arriving in Fort Bragg, I have to admit I was less than impressed. The main stretch of Highway 1 seems all too short, and I found myself wondering if we’d just spent half a day of driving to end up in a dumpy little town. But my husband and I decided to start exploring immediately, and we quickly found out that the best parts of Fort Bragg are inside the doors of those aging buildings. Fort Bragg’s downtown is an impulse shopper’s paradise, from knick-knack shops and dusty bookstores to an entire store devoted to socks. My husband spent hours in an antique camera/violin store, while I found myself engrossed in perusing the shelves of a seaside
shop split in half — Jewish memorabilia on the left, ocean collectibles on the right. We ventured to Glass Beach, a former dump where years of crashing waves have polished and smoothed bits of glass. While we didn’t see much glass, we did enjoy standing on a cliff’s edge and watching the early morning waves. Perhaps the best hidden gem we found was our bed and breakfast. We stayed at Atrium Bed and Breakfast, and with the modest price for two nights, we thought we might be staying at a less-than-ideal spot. However, we were enchanted with the place right away. Right off Highway 1, Atrium consists of a handful of rooms of varying themes and sizes. We stayed in the Quilt Room, a darling little room with an iron bed, fireplace and, of course, quilts all over. The owner was always on hand to help with directions and dining suggestions, and even of-
fered fresh-baked cookies to her guests every afternoon. The centerpiece of Atrium is a peaceful relaxation area between the rooms and main house. I had to get some work done during our trip, but found it was no problem to curl up on one of several outdoor couches and type away, surrounded by lush plants and the peaceful sound of the ocean just across the street. As my husband and I are more inclined to nibble our way through a trip, rather than take in elaborate meals, we enjoyed several coffee shops and bakeries throughout the area. Our favorite was the Mendocino Cookie Company, serving up deliciously gooey creations. We also enjoyed several coffee shops and diners along Highway 1, but for his big birthday dinner, we decided to do it right and got a table at the Cliff House, a traditional seafoodand-steak restaurant by the sea.
The view is perfect from every table, as the clever designers set the tables on tiers — no one blocks the seaside sights. We thoroughly enjoyed our hearty meal, and closed it out with a triple-chocolate mousse (covered in ganache!) that was better than any birthday cake. Part of the reason we chose Fort Bragg is its proximity to Mendocino, an adorable seaside town full of shopping and quaint restaurants. We stopped off at Point Cabrillo Light Station, where a short hike leads visitors to a working lighthouse/museum. Visitors can take a peek inside the home where lighthouse operators of yesteryear lived.
Mendocino is also home to the Heritage House Inn, a place with a special place in my heart. My favorite film, 1978’s “Same Time, Next Year,” was filmed there, and while the inn has been closed for some time, it’s now being renovated and the crew there welcomed an Alan Alda fan and her less-thanenthusiastic partner to explore the grounds. As I delighted in finding landmarks from “Sea Shadows Inn,” I ended up standing in a gazebo very recognizable from the film, watching the waves crash in. I breathed in the salty air from one direction, smelled the pines from the other, and realized the north coast is a very special place.
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Local Author Wants You To ‘Shoot For The Moon’
do almost anything; either go to the ocean or be in the mountains, so it’s a beautiful area and very nice from that standpoint.
What gave you the idea to create a children’s book?
BY TOBY LEWIS
ack May is a retired cattleman who moved to Roseville in 2003. He is an active Granite Bay Rotarian and is involved with several projects that donate money to help the homeless, Granite Bay High School and others. He is also an author. His book, “Jumping Jackie: The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon,” has earned him a touch of local fame, as well as a few awards. We sat down recently for a candid conversation about his life, his career and why it is important to follow your dreams.
Where did you grow up?
In southern Wisconsin, on a farm. We were cattlemen in the beef business. I’ve spent most of my life in Iowa. I worked for one company for 42 years based out of Iowa. We were in the livestock business, making all kinds of livestock feed from rabbit feed to goat feed and fish food. But mostly it was cattle. I retired from them in 2002.
What brought you out to this area?
I was going through cancer treatment actually, and when I was waiting to go in for treatment I got to thinking about the old nursery rhyme, “Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon…” So then I thought maybe I could write a story about that. The story took place on a farm where I grew up in Wisconsin. I’ve always had kind of a creative mind, so I wrote the book, and it’s doing quite well. I also noticed that so many children aren’t as active as I think they should be and this is a real problem for me. So I developed this Moon Jump Trainer toy to get them to spend more hours
practicing the standing long jump or the standing high jump. I’ve found once they get started with it, the kids don’t want to quit. The toy is just coming to market now. But it has been very rewarding; a lot of people have started to notice.
Tell me about your book.
she and her mother got together and made up at the county fair. They were hoping she’d jump 20 feet, but when she and her mother made up, she got so excited she shot off into the air and went over the moon. The moral of the story is to follow your dreams.
Is this something you hope to profit from or are you more concerned with encouraging children to reach for their dreams?
Well, it’s about this calf and its mother. There is a little story in how the mother wants her (daughter) to be like she is and this calf is more of a tomboy. She likes to run and jump and play. Then this little boy started playing with her. That was me when I was a kid. He trained her to jump and she kept jumping higher and higher, but she and her mother had a falling out. They hadn’t spoken for a long time. Finally,
Obviously, I’d like to make a little bit of money off of it, but that isn’t my big motivation. I am comfortable. But if I can get more kids to become more active, and I feel like I’ve had just a little bit of a part in helping children be more healthy, then that would be very rewarding for me.
Why is it important for children to dream big?
whether you think you are or not. And you are either a good role model or you are a bad role model. I had a mentor early in my business career. He never went to high school, but boy he was smart. He worked hard and was very positive about all the things he did. He instilled in me a lot of the values that I still have today. I think you have to be a role model for young people. You can be one of two kinds — a good role model or a bad one.
Would you consider yourself a bit of a child still?
I lost my wife in 2000 due to a car accident. And so I remarried this gal from Woodland. We had dated in high school. I had kept track of her brother. She and I hadn’t seen each other for 40 years, but we made contact and so here I am.
What do you like about the Granite Bay community?
I’ve found the people to be very friendly. My experience has been that they do what they say they are going to do, and I like that. I’ve always been a big believer in that. In this area, there are so many things to do within 100 miles. You can
I think if you dream big and work hard, it’s just amazing what you can do. You have to be able to dream big and then work hard to get there. I’ve never seen anybody be really successful by telling themselves they couldn’t do something. It’s that “I can” attitude you see in sports all the time. It’s in everything. It’s amazing what you see some people achieve just because they worked hard and believed.
Why is it important for adults to encourage children’s dreams?
Well, a lot of people think I’m childish (laughs). I’m 76, but I think a lot of people think I think young. I try to. In Rotary, some might think I’m crazy, but that’s another subject, and they may be right (laughs). But I think you have to be positive and look ahead. Being from Wisconsin, I’m a Packer fan and Vince Lombardi used to say, “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’ll be right.” I believe it’s true; if you set out your mind to do something, you won’t always be successful but you can’t let that stop you. That just has to be a learning process to go through and learn and do better.
So, you’re a Packers fan. What do you think of Aaron Rodgers versus Brett Favre?
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Jack May is an author and toymaker.
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Well, I think everybody has a role model at some point in his or her life. You are a role model to somebody,
Ooooh. Well, at one time I had season tickets for the Packers when I lived there. But that was back before Favre was even the quarterback there. They are different, but I like them both. Right now, of course I’d have to say I’d take Aaron Rodgers. From being out here, the few people that I’ve come across who know Aaron Rodgers say he is a really great person from a good family. But Favre was an exciting player to watch, no doubt about that.
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