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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

Suburban Home Hip Deep in Water
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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Marathoners on the Streets of Carmichael
Runners in the California International Marathon hit the halfway mark in Carmichael.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

California International Marathon Cruises Through Region

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks Boulevard was one of many routes between Folsom and Sacramento that witnessed the California International Marathon’s passage on Sunday, December 7th.

Cheered by thousands, runners panted the 26.2 miles from Folsom Dam through Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Arcade, and Sacramento before hitting the killer home stretch to the Capitol. Fine weather blessed the event, and spectators were blessed with the spectacle of many physiques, male and female, honed to the maximum.

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California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On November 19th, the California Community Colleges announced that 36 districts, half of all districts in the system, submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

The districts represent regions throughout the state, including Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in the Central Coast, Los Angeles Community College District, San Diego Community College District, State Center Community College District in the San Joaquin Valley, Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District in far Northern California.

“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”

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Celebrate the Holidays With a Celtic Flair

Sacramento Master Singers Present A Celtic Christmas

Posted: 12/4/2014

The Sacramento Master Singers Perform With Drums and Voices
The Sacramento Master Singers present A Celtic Christmas throughout December in two locations: St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Sacramento and the Harris Center in Folsom. Between December 13th and 23rd, Dr. Ralph Hughes will direct the city’s most accomplished chamber choir in five concerts, all featuring special guests Men of Worth, the humorous Scottish/Irish folk duo beloved by fans from the U.S. to the U.K.
Photo by Bruce Patt and courtesy of Sacramento Master Singers

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Master Singers present A Celtic Christmas throughout December in two locations: St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Sacramento and the Harris Center in Folsom. Between December 13th and 23rd, Dr. Ralph Hughes will direct the city’s most accomplished chamber choir in five concerts, all featuring special guests Men of Worth, the humorous Scottish/Irish folk duo beloved by fans from the U.S. to the U.K.

Choral highlights will range from Michael McGlynn’s thrilling Irish-styled ancient chants in candlelight to area premieres by contemporary English composer Cecilia McDowall and Paul Mealor of Wales. The choir will also sing new arrangements of some of the world’s most beloved traditional carols, such as world premieres by Sacramento’s own Clifford Shockney, who has lovingly arranged the Welsh carol “All Through the Night” for the Master Singers.

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Small Businesses Beware: Phone Directory Scam Returns

Posted: 12/4/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - An invoice scam that targets small business owners is cropping up once more in the Sacramento region. Solicited offers are being sent from Open Business Directory Ltd., believed to be located in Boston, MA. They have an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and 1,636 complaints and 64 negative reviews.

Businesses receive a fax with an offer to list their company name in an online directory. All they have to do is fill out their contact information and return the form. A few days later, the business receives an invoice with an outstanding balance of $1,238 for a two-year subscription to a website that closely resembles the Yellow Pages. When businesses do not respond to the invoice, they are threatened with being sent to collections.

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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


Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 11/6/2014


Freedom Is Not Free

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


State Farm and Casa Roble Partner to Save Lives!

By Ann Hively
Posted: 10/9/2014


Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/9/2014


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