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Mark Kautz
1 week ago

I had so much fun chasing that “tree stump” and since I found a new pink Kastmaster in one of my backup tackle boxes (I have several), I thought I’d wander out to Lake Camanche North Shore on Friday (that would be Black Friday). Besides, who wants to fight all the mall crowds?

I decided to sleep in (6:00 instead of 5:15) and got out to the lake around 9 a.m. Didn’t see any reason to rush, the fish would be there or they wouldn’t. I picked up right where I left off Monday with one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and a little Pro-Cure...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
1 week ago
Donna Kelley, CNC

“Look Inside Your Kitchen Pantry That Becomes Your New Medicine Cabinet”

Approximately one-third of the American population has high blood pressure, yikes – that is 31 percent (or 67 million people) or one in every three people. High blood pressure raises your risk of developing your first heart attack, your first stroke, chronic heart failure, or kidney disease. It is referred to as a “silent killer” because many people do not even know that they have it – 348,000 people will die this year from this silent ‘preventable’ killer –...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago

Picking up the thought from last week, Lake Amador is a business unlike Lake Camanche (which is a business too, but run by EBMUD for water storage) or Lake Pardee (same reason) and so it is with most of the lakes in our area. I could go on and tell you the who and the what, but suffice it to say that if you’re running a business, the premise is to make money.

So now, during this period of the hatchery being shut down, Lake Amador has to decide what direction to go. I’m not going into what Lee said, but to continue, some changes will...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
2 weeks ago
Donna Kelley, CNC
Build up your immune system to fight off infection during the coming cold winter months. Are you tired of getting colds, sore throats, and the flu that interrupt your family holiday time? Are you tired of taking time off from work or school because you are sick? Let’s not wait to get sick and then have to take drugs like antibiotics and antiviral agents to kill infectious invaders. Let’s start using the power of food as medicine to strengthen and protect the body against infection. Let’s get some winter protection going for you with... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
11/21/2014 2:26 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC
“Growing old gracefully through careful attention to nutrition, diet, and exercise.” These are the wise words from a charming, intellectual man of whom many of us (including myself) have had the great honor and privilege of knowing. I’m dedicating this article to him, a humble and outstanding member in our community who is moving on from Editor of the Amador Ledger Dispatch to other great inspiring opportunities. Jerry Budrick is king of this story and will be truly missed at the paper. Aging gracefully has many connotations... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
11/18/2014 1:18 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC

Do you wake up in the morning refreshed and eager to take on the day? Or, do you wake up in the morning feeling tired and drained, having to drag yourself out of bed to that cup of java? Would you rather just roll over and go back to sleep? If this is you, please keep reading. I will be sharing some eye-opening steps (no pun intended) that may help your body to get re-energized.

First, are you getting quality sleep? You need at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep every night, instead of five to six hours...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
11/11/2014 1:59 PM
John and Ellie Grandy hold their sweet potato plant. Photo courtesy of Donna Kelley
John and Ellie Grandy, young at heart and long-time residents of Volcano, have been married for over 68 marvelous years. Their spirited and devoted relationship keeps growing and blooming, just as they have grown, cultivated and nourished this beautiful sweet potato plant with bright green foliage. What? A sweet potato plant? I remember putting toothpicks in an avocado seed and placing it in a glass of water as a science project when I was in elementary school, but never a sweet potato. I love to eat sweet potatoes and now the... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
11/06/2014 12:40 PM
The view of the Grand Canyon from Tuweep, at the best campsite in the world. Photo courtesy of Brent Parsons

This is the ninth morning of this trip. We are camped at a place we now consider the best site in the world. We reluctantly departed our home of six nights because, if we didn’t, we wouldn’t, until it was time to drive home. We surrendered the best site in the Valley of Fire to the next lucky camper and headed north.

The interchange with Interstate 15 is all torn up, due to torrential monsoon rains and flash floods six weeks earlier. In our years, we have not experienced a gully washer but narrowly missed a few. A couple of times...

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Brent Parsons
10/23/2014 11:28 AM
I’ve been out of touch and unconnected, but reconnecting. Leslie, Bella and I are camping in the desert — again. We were here, not actually here here, but a few hundred miles away in what might look like here, four months ago. The time in between was in the shade, at less than the triple figures that are too hot for even desert lovers. We have been able to shoehorn in a couple of two-week vacations annually the last few years. Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, you might ask? No, the desert canyon country, except for a road trip to Kansas to... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
10/14/2014 12:27 PM
Donna Kelley, CNC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The statistics from the National Cancer Institute say that one out of every eight women has the devastating probability of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer can also afflict men, but to a much lower degree, which is one in every 1,000 men. Can breast cancer be prevented? What are the risk factors and protective factors for developing breast cancer?

Dr. J. Robert Hatherill (1998), in his book, “Eat to Beat Cancer,” states that most women are unaware...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
10/09/2014 12:43 PM

I have always “loved” pasta, as far back as I can remember — creamy mac and cheese as a child, spaghetti and lasagna as an adult. For some of us, our attachment to this comfort food can be very addicting. I’ve noticed that once I start eating it, it is hard to stop — yikes! What’s not to love about pasta?

I want you to know that you can still indulge in your pasta (in a different form) and not feel guilty and not put on those dreaded pounds. What I am talking about is spaghetti squash. My new love is a wonderful-tasting,...

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Mike Sweeney
10/09/2014 12:47 PM
A picturesque old barn shares the spotlight with the showy display of fall color in Hope Valley. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney

The autumn equinox took place on September 22, marking the end of summer and the start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the season of cool nights, perfect days, Giants’ playoff baseball, and, of course, spectacular fall colors. It’s the perfect time for a road trip up Highway 88 to enjoy the intense spectrum of yellow, orange and red foliage high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

As you drive east towards Carson Pass, the colors begin near the Mormon Emigrant Trail turnoff about 43 miles from Jackson. Quite a...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
10/07/2014 9:57 AM
Donna Kelley, CNC

I have always “loved” pasta, as far back as I can remember — creamy mac and cheese as a child, spaghetti and lasagna as an adult. For some of us, our attachment to this comfort food can be very addicting. I’ve noticed that once I start eating it, it is hard to stop — yikes! What’s not to love about pasta?

I want you to know that you can still indulge in your pasta (in a different form) and not feel guilty and not put on those dreaded pounds. What I am talking about is spaghetti squash. My new love is a wonderful-tasting, “healthier...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
09/30/2014 7:30 AM
Have Fun Exercising!

This article is a continuation from last week’s column, which focused on carbohydrates and proteins as the first two components of a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you missed that article, please contact me and I’d be happy to email it to you.

Part II will cover the four other components of a healthy diet and lifestyle — fats, cholesterol, fiber and physical activity.

Component No. 3: Fats: consume 20 to 35 percent of calories from total fat (10 percent or less from saturated fat). Fats contain nine calories per gram.

Your brain...

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Brent Parsons
09/25/2014 12:01 PM
I wrote last year about my experience on a competitive basketball court as a player older than all but one. I think it’s time for an update. First, I am now older than all. Rick Smith, my senior by a month, was forced off the court by a very serious health event. We all miss him. He coached many of our Jackson boys and was the man with the gym key for a couple of decades, the most regular of the regulars. Not many now know how good a player he was and the passionate knowledge he had for the game. I remember. We hope for a full... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
09/25/2014 11:59 AM

One of people’s most enjoyable activities is eating food — perhaps, also, selecting, preparing and thinking about food. Many of our social gatherings, holidays and events are centered around delicious, fabulous food and, for many of us, it is so easy to overindulge. Is this glorious food supporting a healthy body or causing harmful effects?

There are basically six components of a healthy diet, which will support the human body emotionally and physically, reducing mood issues and degenerative conditions. The six components are:...

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Brent Parsons
09/18/2014 12:29 PM
As I have written previously, perhaps ad nauseum, my wife, Leslie, likes to cook. What makes the pursuit even better is that she does it well. She bakes pizza with a homemade crust and sauce. No two pizzas have been alike. We might have it every three weeks and when it is time again, Leslie always asks for my input. If the memory of the last one is particularly good, I ask for a repeat. It never happens. The toppings might be identical, but the foundation never is. Too many variables, including temperature, moisture and amount of... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
09/11/2014 1:02 PM
This swan stayed with Sweeney for a long time. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney
Faithful Dispatch readers know that the California Delta is the best place to see a wide variety of birds in a short period of time. September is the perfect month to visit the Delta, after Labor Day crowds have dissipated, and the fall migration of our feathered friends has begun. My goal last week was H and H Marina, at the end of Eight Mile Road, northeast of Stockton. It doesn’t look like much when you pull up, as the cafe is boarded up, and the launch ramp has seen better days, but once you get your boat into the water, you... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley, CNC
09/11/2014 1:05 PM
Athletes and all of us need strong and healthy bones to carry our bodies everywhere throughout our lifetime. Our bones are living matter and require high-nutrient foods and beverages to keep them ‘alive.’ Bones are mostly made up of calcium. We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, this is also true with what we are feeding our bones. So, it would make sense that we would not feed our bones food or beverages that would rid the body of this precious mineral. However, this is actually what many people are doing and... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
09/11/2014 1:52 PM
I’m not a golfer, but it is almost never too late to become one — if you don’t care about being good. My parents, my brother and my son all golfed, and occasionally I would go with them for some socializing. My game was scattered and I was told my swing was influenced by softball, which is not good. My softball team thought the reverse, which is also not good. I lacked the patience and focus. My most memorable shot was a “birdie” at Mace Meadow. I scorched a drive that gained about five feet in altitude. A blackbird rose from the... [Read more]
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