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Roll Hill Arts Academy makes its debut

Clapping out the beat — Roll Hill Arts Academy Music Director Curtis Gaesser leads the jazz band in practice for performances and competitions. The Roll Hill jazz band will perform at the Folsom Jazz Festival on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Roberta Long

Folsom High School music director Curtis Gaesser has long dreamed of having a magnet arts school in the El Dorado Hills-El Dorado County-Folsom-Granite Bay area. In the 28 years he has been in at Folsom High School, Gaesser has developed a national model of music education excellence. The music program includes three jazz bands, two […]

No Comment / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Manage your money carefully this holiday season

Iain Marshall

As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load. And that’s why you’ll want to follow […]

No Comment / November 30, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Gold River Carpet One celebrates 20 years, going strong

For bamboo flooring, Jeff and Meredith Krekelberg say that stranded woven bamboo is 40 percent harder and wears better than straight bamboo. Here they show samples in light and dark colors. Photo by Roberta Long

Jeff and Meredith Krekelberg have been successful business and family partners for more than 20 years. Mutual respect and appreciation for one another, and pride in their work, has led to a continuing expansion of their Gold River Carpet One store in Rancho Cordova. Jeff gives Meredith a lot of credit. “She has a brilliant […]

No Comment / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Need a great manicure? Sue McConnell nails it

Sue McConnnell nails it at Nails by Sue in Reflection Salon and Spa. She uses high quality products and has the expertise to make your hands or feet look great. Photo by Roberta Long

Nails by Sue has been a catch phrase around El Dorado Hills for more than 20 years. That’s when Sue McConnell began her business as a manicurist and pedicurist. Living and working in El Dorado Hills, McConnell saw her clients at social, school and community events. “If my client doesn’t look good, I don’t look […]

No Comment / November 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Beth Goodwin fashions window treatments

Beth Goodwin sits in a dining room set up where warm gold, red and light brown drapes add to the space's congenial atmosphere. Photo by Roberta Long

If you want to enjoy beautiful window accents that bring out the best in your rooms, Beth Goodwin at Drapery Source is a master designer who will satisfy your desire. Her experience with creating and making draperies goes back to childhood. As a girl growing up in Chicago, Goodwin worked in her mother’s drapery shop. […]

No Comment / November 14, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Five good reasons to create an investment strategy

John Zezini

Some people buy investments here and there, now and then. Others open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), put some money in it, and then forget about it. But this type of haphazard investment behavior can lead to haphazard results. On the other hand, you’ve got five good reasons for creating and following a comprehensive, long-term […]

No Comment / November 10, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial focus: Improve your financial picture during “open enrollment”

John Zezini

Late fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, which probably means that you’ll have a lot going on over the next couple of months. However, busy as you are, you’ll want to take the time to review your employee benefits package, since November also is a popular month for employers to offer open enrollment. […]

No Comment / November 02, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »