Birds need special care as pets

By Jeanne Smith Special to the Democrat Birds have many traits that endear themselves to their owners. Many can talk, some even seem to carry on conversations with their owners, but almost all birds are lively, cheerful and playful. Before you decide to get a bird, though, you also have to be aware of their […]

Put your energy into great energy savings

A home remodel or addition requires extensive planning. Homeowners have to think about walls, paint colors, flooring, windows, etc. What about where to put the electrical outlets? How about alternative energy and back-up energy? Some of those details are easily overlooked unless you have a licensed electrical contractor on your side. For more than 30 […]

April 11, 2012 | Posted in Spring Home Improvement 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Sample the Ione lifestyle, this weekend only

Today’s new homebuyer must be willing to invest in the long term of their new home, and even more importantly, the long term of their community. To purchase a new home today, include the usual list of size, room count, features, and price, but even more importantly you must consider what the surrounding neighborhood and […]

Taking financial responsibility: What’s your game plan?

How’s your financial strategy coming along? That old adage, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan,” can be especially true when it comes to finances. And, given the current economy, the best time to start taking control of your finances is today. Being financially responsible doesn’t just happen. It’s a conscious decision you make to live […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Nutrition is paramount when eating for two

by Tamalisa Carlson, Registered Dietitian, Marshall Medical Center Pregnancy is a unique time when women tend to be especially concerned about nutrition. From the early stages of pregnancy, when morning sickness and food aversions can make getting a regular diet challenging, to later pregnancy, when heartburn and constipation can make eating downright uncomfortable, nutrition during […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Special Delivery 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Motion is life — keep on moving to lubricate joints

By Troy Dickson, MD  “Motion is life.”  Our bodies are made for movement, designed to get us from one place to another, and to keep us fed and warm and safe. For generations, the daily motions of life, whether in agricultural work or through other physical labor, were ingrained in our existence. But for many […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Healthy Trends 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

You get five-star service from Penny Wafford and Jody Durket

You don’t earn a five-star rating by doing the minimum. Just ask Realtors Jody Durket and Penny Wafford with Intero Real Estate Services in Folsom. The two were recently named 2012 Five Star Professionals for Real Estate, a designation given to them by their clients. A write-up on Durket and Wafford will appear next month […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Women In Business 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Shingle Springs Nissan family business marks 25 years

On Nov. 26, Shingle Springs Nissan, located near Highway 50 and Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs, celebrated its 25th year as a Nissan dealership. Nissan Motor Co. had identified Shingle Springs and Tucson, Ariz., as two sites for new dealerships. Bob McCarver had worked for a Datsun dealership in Stockton, then bought his own in Modesto. […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Pamper your pets this Christmas

All year they’ve greeted you with wagging tails, wet noses and soft purrs. Now it’s time to show your pet just how much you appreciate their fuzzy companionship. It’s time to fill their Christmas stocking … but with what? Let’s start with where your pet takes a nap. “It’s bed season,” said Robin Mizell, owner […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Holiday gift guide 2011 | Tagged | 1 Reply

New office for Hodnett Insurance

Russ Hodnett invites people to stop by and visit Hodnett Insurance Services new offices at 677 Pleasant Valley Rd., Suite A, in Diamond Springs. The agency moved to its new location on Aug. 1. Hodnett moved to Mt. Aukum in 1978 after three years with the U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany. He had graduated from […]

Leave plumbing to the professionals at Conforti Plumbing

It was a mild, breezy and overall pleasant summer afternoon. I had just finished a load of laundry and was running the dishwasher when I noticed water backing up in the bathroom sink. Out to the sewer line I went only to discover it would not be such a pleasant afternoon after all. The next […]

| Posted in Fall Home 2011 | Tagged | 1 Reply

Butterfly Concert takes wing

The 33rd annual Butterfly Concert is Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The early evening concert will feature the Sierra Symphony orchestra. Gates for this special community event open at 4 p.m. with fun activities before the concert. Conducted by Roy Fulmer, the orchestra […]

El Dorado Hills wrestlers meet gold medalist

Two El Dorado Hills youth wrestlers had an experience they won’t soon forget. Jared Horstman and Kaden West met 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo at the National Wrestling Coaches Association VIP luncheon in Fresno this past weekend. The luncheon was a fundraiser to keep wrestling programs in California in Division I colleges and […]