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In search of community excellence

Perhaps not a day goes by that I do not think about how we could improve our sports coverage to better connect the schools with the community. We work hard at that, but some of the ...

Expect buzzing pests to be real pests this year

While we are in a full-blown drought, there has been enough rain, including some good late rains, to leave a pretty fair amount of standing water just about everywhere. As yet, the ...

Setting the standard in boys volleyball

After finishing up last season as runners-up in the first Northern California Regional Division II boys volleyball tournament, the Wildcats are back to perhaps set an even higher m ...

Baseball is a game for everybody

Baseball has long been considered America’s game, but its true value may go well beyond being American. It’s a game virtually anyone can play, or try to play, and that ...

Learn to play like a Globetrotter

It’s a bit of a promotion, but then that is what the Harlem Globetrotters do. Two 24 Hour Fitness centers will feature the basketball wizards in a couple of clinics schedule ...

You might be ready to go fishing, but is your boat?

I find it totally amazing. In the spring, it doesn't matter where I take my boat, whether it be on a river or some lake, I wind up towing some very high-priced boats back to th ...

Dealing with grief: It's OK to ask for help

Question: “I lost my husband a couple of weeks ago and am just now feeling as if my grief is coming to the surface. I read your column about grief a couple of months ago and ...

Film Review: ‘Lego Movie’ not just for kids

We are barely into the new movie season, and "The Lego Movie" has come out of nowhere to become one of the most imaginative, witty, surreal and utterly enjoyable movie ex ...

Cremation a growing trend in funeral industry

Question: “I keep hearing about the increase in families choosing cremation. Is that true? ” Helen, Roseville   Answer: That’s a true statement, Helen. M ...

Mile-high city is now Seattle

The fans and supporters of the Seattle Seahawks now have every reason to feel much higher than Denver’s 5,280-foot elevation, whereas Bronco backers are probably suffering so ...

'Lone Survivor' an unbelievable true story

"Lone Survivor" hits you in the head from almost the beginning in the true, harrowing story of a team of Navy SEALS sent on a mission to locate and kill a high-ranking me ...

They say it’s how you finish

They say it’s not how you start, but how you finish. In the case of local basketball, we’ll be looking for a strong finish. Both Rocklin and Whitney high schools got o ...

Wolf’s message hard to swallow, but delivery is stunning

"The Wolf of Wall Street" could easily be the most polarizing movie to come out of mainstream Hollywood in quite some time. The movie is the newest collaboration between ...

Catalina Island: Paradise off the Los Angeles Coast

It’s a little stretch of paradise off the coast of busy Los Angeles. My first glimpse of the island came as the big Catalina Express vessel entered Avalon Bay and we passed ...

BurgerQuest: Surprises, winners and final thoughts

The idea of searching for the best burger in Placer County started without any plans and without any expectations of what was about to unfold. It was to be a fun, whimsical challen ...