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Garden Guru: The great white ghost

Sycamores like this one in the EDHCSD parking lot can become immense, growing to more than 100 feet in height and spreading to a 70 foot canopy diameter. Photo courtesy of Brent Dennis

Growing up as a kid in northwest Ohio, my Grandpa Dennis used to take me for walks in the woods to teach me my trees. One of the more majestic trees that he nicknamed “The Great White Ghost of the Forest” was the American Sycamore. Known botanically as Platanus occidentalis, this massive, fast-growing, over-story shade […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Options for aging in place

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas live independently within their home. Recently, Mr. Thomas was diagnosed with dementia. He is forgetting to eat, has become unable to go to the bathroom without assistance and is no longer sleeping through the night. Mrs. Thomas is exhausted and can no longer leave her home to run errands because her husband […]

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Vote Hus for El Dorado Hills Fire Board

EDITOR: How much should El Dorado Hills taxpayers be paying for fire protection? This is a question that many municipalities are facing. Unfortunately, many communities such as Stockton are finding that they can’t afford the services they have created due to over commitment to wages and benefits made by boards and city councils in previous […]

1 Comment / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t become a full-time victim

In his book, “Earn It – Empower Yourself for Love,” Bob Quinlan states, “Victims, who feel others are responsible for everything that happens to them, will not assume responsibility. Fatalists, who believe their failures are pre-determined, do not understand the power of their ability to make decisions. Self-absorbed individuals will not care how their behavior […]

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Crib Notes: The smoke and mirrors of GPAs

In his essay ‘”Where All Grades are Above Average” former Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer wrote, “The last time I gave a C was more than two years ago. That was about the time I came to realize that my grading had become anachronistic. The C, once commonly accepted, is now the equivalent of the […]

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Talk Supe with Mik: A few developments in the district

Of the many issues facing our community right now the King fire is an ongoing situation. Moving forward, recovering from the fire will be a long and difficult challenge. I would like to personally thank all the people and agencies who are contributing toward the effort. The outpouring of assistance from outside communities has been […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Private practice: Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. These laws impose the responsibility of investigating, preventing and stopping sexual harassment in the workplace on the employer. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal […]

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