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Madelyn Smith Shows her Fiddle Artistry
Solo act. Madelyn Smith takes center stage for a Sunday performance.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

In Fine Fiddle

Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Has a Love for Americana Music

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/20/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Fiddlers old and young, or people who just love violin music, are invited to meetings of the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association. Held at the Orangevale Grange Hall, the monthly fiddlers’ jam brings violinists out of the fret work.

The second-Sunday musical meet is patronized by up to 200 amateur, professional, and die-hard musicians of all ages. Some have beards whiter than the strings of their bows. Others are in grade school. The youngest struggle to get scaled-down fiddles under dimpled chins.

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$9.7 Million for Water Projects Recommended for Sacramento Region

Posted: 11/20/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento region is one step closer to receiving a funding infusion for projects that will help shore up the area's water supply reliability during drought.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is proposing to allocate $9.7 million in state grants to the Regional Water Authority (RWA) for 17 projects designed to expand the ability to recharge, store, extract and move groundwater around the community to help reduce the region's reliance on Folsom Reservoir.

“Folsom is our biggest risk when it comes to water supply, because it serves statewide water supply and environmental needs in addition to our own,” said RWA Executive Director John Woodling. "This funding will help us reduce reliance on Folsom during extremely dry times. Local agencies have been actively storing groundwater in our underlying basin for nearly two decades, which makes the basin our greatest insurance against future water shortages."

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Supporters Line the Streets to Show Respect for Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/6/2014

A Massive Formation of Motorcycle Officers Participated in the Procession
Hundreds of law enforcement officers participated in the funeral procession for fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver on Monday afternoon. Local sheriff, police, fire, and CHP units were on hand to show support, as well as departmental representatives from as far away as Mission Viejo, Butte County, Napa County, and Vacaville.
Photos by Anne Stokes

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Supporters greeted the funeral procession of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver Monday afternoon as it traveled from Interstate 80 eastbound, down Greenback Lane. Law enforcement and first-responder agencies from all over California participated in the solemn show of solidarity, coming from as far away as San Luis Obispo, Riverside County, Inyo County, and even Sparks, Nevada. Hundreds of sheriff’s department, police, fire, and California Highway Patrol units accompanied the procession as it departed from the public funeral services held at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville and traveled to the East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento for the family’s private burial service.

“All of us in the first responder industry, from the police to fire, we all consider each other brothers and sisters,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Department Captain Brad Reynolds. “It’s vitally important that we all share in this and show our support for their family members. As sad as an event as this is to bring us all together, it’s very heartfelt to see this all happen.”

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This Business Executive Is Missing a Limb, But Does Not Let That Limit Her
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 11/6/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Donkey and Elephant Square Off Over Votes

Freedom Is Not Free

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 10/23/2014

On November 4th, Election Day across the United States, we will be deciding if we are heading in the right direction for our county, and especially our great state of California. Higher taxes and ever-growing burdensome laws are crushing small businesses, costing Americans millions of jobs. Out-of-control spending by the federal government means tightening everyone’s belt - except theirs. It is not a question of higher taxes and fees. It is a question about whether or not they will tell us what they are doing with all the new legislation “before they pass it.” We cannot just let them continue pretending to be transparent.

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A Young Lady in the Car, She Has the Keys
From October 15 - 23, pledges can be made in support of Casa Roble on the website: www.celebratemydrive.com. Anyone older than 14 can pledge (family, friends, neighbors) – it only takes a few minutes.

State Farm and Casa Roble Partner to Save Lives!

By Ann Hively
Posted: 10/9/2014

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - More teens die from car crashes than any other cause! And the 1st year of driving is the most dangerous. Distracted by texting, cell phone calls, friends – or driving under the influence -- has become a major problem for not only teens, but many adults. As a result State Farm Insurance has created a safe driving program for high schools called “Celebrate My Drive.

The Casa Roble Interact Club has agreed to be in charge of the campaign at the school and hopes to rally support throughout the Orangevale community.

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Serious Young Businesspeople are Looking for Work

Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/9/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customer service, sales, manufacturing, and drivers are in high demand among Sacramento’s top employers in October, November, and December. Making, storing, distributing, and selling products is driving hiring in the next Quarter. Truck drivers able to pass background, DMV, and drug tests can find work with bottling plants, regional distribution centers, materials suppliers, local delivery, and manufacturers.

Pacific Staffing has discovered that a robust hiring market in the last Quarter has maintained its pace into the last three months of 2014 among the region’s top companies. One difference noted is the change in motivation for hiring as learned from direct phone contacts with regional companies between August 21 and September 12, 2014.

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The Show Goes On

Best of Broadway Opens at Fair Oaks Village Amphitheater

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014


Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/18/2014


Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/18/2014


Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 9/4/2014


Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/4/2014


Local Company Conducts Clinical Drug Trials

By Linda Harper
Posted: 9/4/2014


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