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Financial Focus: Guard against identity theft and protect your finances

Iain Marshall

In 2015 alone more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses? Here are some ideas to consider: Review your statements. Closely review the monthly statements from your checking and other financial […]

Comments Off / October 04, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Financial Focus: Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans

Iain Marshall

You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies — you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future — because the more they know, […]

Comments Off / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Change your lice policy

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the Buckeye Union School District and the new principal at Oak Meadow Elementary School in El Dorado Hills. My grandsons attend Oak Meadow and last year we had an enormous outbreak of lice at the school. When we began looking at the lice policy of BUSD we found […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Coalition addresses underage drinking

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is collaborating with local schools, youth serving organizations and public agencies to address the topic of underage drinking. Youth will take a lead role as participants in the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria, […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

If you lost your pet

Check the El Dorado County Animal Shelter immediately; ask to fill out a lost animal report and check the Found Animal Reports. A picture is very helpful. If you live near the county line, check the other nearby shelters as well, just in case. The shelter staff here can tell you which other shelters might be […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your marriage silent?

Marriages where there is a lot of talking and listening seem to fare better than silent marriages. When I make this statement, I am talking about positive talking and listening. Yelling at each other is not productive and usually ends with insults or hurt feelings. The Cherokee advocate that, before you open your mouth, consider […]

Comments Off / May 04, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Your Facebook life: Less is more

“Less is best” when it comes to privacy and sharing information on Facebook. According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the fastest growth among social networking users has come from those who are 74 and older. If you’re among that group and you’ve started using Facebook to keep in touch with family […]

Comments Off / February 20, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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