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Pamela Hagen

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Pamela Hagen, Public Relations and Media Representative for the El Dorado Community Foundation, handles quite a load with her marketing efforts throughout the community. The El Dorado Community Foundation is a non-profit charity created especially for serving El Dorado County residents. “We pool gifts from donors, invest it wisely, and return the profits back to the people in the form of grants to area non-profit and service organizations,” says Hagen. The donors, board of directors, all of the committee members and the non-profit directors have teamed up to make the foundation a success. Hagen declares her greatest inspiration is being around “good people doing good things.” The long list of Hagen’s involvement in the community includes membership in personal learning groups, business support groups, philanthropic boards (with emphasis on serving children and families), Federated Church projects, and the YMCA/Western Slope Aquatic Center committee. “And I would be remiss if I didn’t say it all began with my parents, John and Evelyn Miller, who, over their lifetimes have given their time, talents and hearts to causes too numerous to mention,” adds Hagen.In her free time, Hagen enjoys reading, fund raising, country drives, sampling local wines, photographing fall scenery and experiencing new restaurants.For more on Pamela Hagen be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Birthday Bashes

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

So your child’s birthday is less than a month away. The pressure’s on to make his or her special day both unique and memorable, but you’re fresh out of ideas… and time. To help get the creative juices flowing, we asked one of the area’s best resources, the El Dorado Mother of Multiples (EDMoMs) club, for input on the latest party trends and locations. Boasting members from Rocklin to Placerville with a total of more than 450 kids, this group knows birthdays.GRADE SCHOOL (ages 5-9)At this age, boys and girls typically like different things and prefer separate parties. Case in point, boys in second grade tend to be deathly afraid of the color pink and anything having to do with ‘High School Musical.’ For many parents, helping their child plan an at-home, themed birthday party is a cherished honor that stretches their creativity without stretching their wallets. Popular themes include: Camp Out/Western; Pajama Parties; ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s Dances; High School Musical; Beach/Luau; Princess/Pirate; and Sports Night.Off-Site AttractionsSTAR ECO Station – at this Rocklin wildlife rescue center, partygoers can learn about ecology and environmentalism while surrounded by endangered reptiles and exotic birds. ecostation.org.John’s Incredible Pizza – Roseville’s ultra-cool party place offers a full birthday experience of glow golf, bumper cars, mini roller coasters, games and, of course, pizza. johnspizza.com. Penryn Oaks Stables (penrynoakstables.com) or The Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills (thegracefoundationofnorcal.org) both offer unique horse-themed party packages. For more great birthday party ideas including ideas for children of all ages be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Aging Gracefully

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

If you thought the “golden years” meant slowing down, think again. Just ask Barbara Terry. A very young 86-year-old, she holds the same job she’s had for nearly 40 years as a tax preparer for H&R Block, actively takes care of her spacious garden, cooks elaborate meals for family members, and completes a crossword puzzle every day. “It keeps my mind sharp,” she says of her daily routine. It’s not that life in the last couple decades has been completely smooth sailing. For her entire life she’s struggled with a serious asthma condition; in the mid-‘90s, she successfully fought off a bout with breast cancer; a year later she cared for her ailing husband who suffered from heart problems, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. But, even after his untimely passing, Terry never wavered. She went on with her job and usual activities, remaining a truly independent and inspirational force for all who know her. We will all face different hurdles as we age, from sudden stressful occasions to plain old genetics. But, there’s one element we can control, our attitude…and a good one goes a long way. Here are a few tips on staying younger and healthier well into your 60s, 70s and 80s.The Spectacular 60sFor many, entering their 60s may reveal that anticipated milestone - retirement. Others may choose continuing to work well into their 70s or longer. Either way, it’s important at this phase to keep stress under control. If you’ve been spending long hours at the office, consider cutting back a bit. Those extra minutes under pressure could be doing irreversible damage to your health and make you a stronger candidate for heart disease or stroke. Take off some steam and bring the grandkids to an amusement park, or take your spouse on a favorite getaway. You’ll all be better for it.You may also find your eyesight isn’t what it used to be. If you’re straining to read the daily paper, think about getting your eyes checked regularly. Even if you’ve had 20/20 vision all of your life — it’s never too late to invest in a cool pair of specs....For more about Aging Gracefully, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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The Vine

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Semeli Rosé 2007If you think “yuck” when ever you hear the word Rosé...you need to get over it! You’re missing out on some amazing wines. Rosé has made a comeback in the U.S. mostly because there have been numerous wonderful offerings in recent years, and peoples’ tastes are getting more adventurous. If you want to taste a great example of a very versatile Rosé, look no further than the birthplace of modern society.Semeli Rosé 2007 is a regional wine of Korinthos (Corinth), Greece. Produced at Nemea in the Peloponnese from the grape variety Agiorgitiko (A-your-yee-tiko), this wine has a wonderful deep color, with almost a light purple tone to it. Scents of strawberry and rose petal are followed by crisp and clean berry fruit. Darrell Corti calls it “shockingly good.” Semeli Rosé is a perfect aperitif wine, and goes well with fish, pasta, vegetable dishes, and would make a wonderful offering on the holiday table.— Rick MindermannRick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti,and “The Good Taste Guy” for oodleboxtv.com.For more wine reviews, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Homecoming

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

From our nation’s earliest beginnings, war has been a part of American life. So too has “homecoming” - the return of our veterans from the battlefield. Where war shapes the face of the nation, our veterans provide its heart and soul, both literally and figuratively. But with each new theatre, and each long-awaited homecoming, we still find ourselves wrestling with the same issues of care and reintegration of veterans into civilian life. While a large majority of our veterans return safely to us and successfully rejoin civilian life, there is a persistent and troubling number of veterans who don’t. Our veterans return from war forever changed by their experiences, and families are often the first to witness this change. Excited anticipation gives way to confusion and frustration with the realization that the person who shipped out isn’t the same as the veteran now returning home. And while there are a growing number of organizations that offer direct, immediate counseling for veterans, there are surprisingly few offering long-term or ongoing support to families of veterans.John Henry Parker, a Sacramento local and former US Marine, found this out the hard way. In late 2003, Parker’s son, Sergeant Danny Facto was serving his second tour with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. Positioned in one of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the Afghan-Iraq war, the 10th Mountain had been the focus of recent media attention, appearing on Peter Jennings’ “World News Tonight." Shortly thereafter, Danny called home to his father. “He said he was having some serious reservations about coming home. He didn’t really understand how he was going to make the stretch back to being a parent and a husband after what he’d been going through. It was just, kind of an alarming phone call to get out of the blue,” recalled Parker.Parker, resolved to do everything he could to seek out counseling for Danny, and guidance for he and his family on how to deal with this new set of events unfolding. The results of John’s search, or lack thereof, were disturbing. “Kind of naively, I thought especially with the homecoming problems we had with Vietnam, that we as a society would have some kind of organization or support group for parents and family members to help with this traumatic transition, says Parker. He goes on to say, “I was in the Marine Corps, raised by a father who was a combat veteran…so I was hoping there was something out there, but I just didn’t find anything.”In his search for answers, Parker began meeting other families struggling with the same issues. He began talking to people in the mental health field, within the VA, and in the media, and out of those conversations an idea was born. Parker decided to form his own non-profit organization, called Veterans and Families, dedicated to assisting veterans and their loved ones through the difficult period known as “homecoming.” Throughout 2004­­­­ and 2005, Veterans and Families ran a series of focus groups, with a core group of attendees, mainly spouses, some veterans, as well as Vietnam veterans. It was here Parker gained valuable insight into the relationships between veterans and their family members, particularly spouses. Parker recalls, “You know, when it came right down to it, they were really angry and upset because they’d been good military spouses, they’d done everything they were asked to do and yet after all this is said and done [the veterans] are coming home saying ‘I love you but I can’t live with you, I need my space.’”Eventually hampered by the fact that no list of returning military and family members was available on an ongoing basis, the support groups gave way to a formidable Web presence, which remains and continues to grow today. The Veterans and Families Web  site, veteransandfamilies.org, is an extensive Web portal linking to numerous civilian non-profit, government and media Web sites. Available for download is the crowning achievement of Veterans and Families: The Homecoming Preparedness Guide.This 15-page guide provides crucial insight into the veteran’s mindset, allowing family members to learn how their veteran has changed, and help families move into a new and more realistic understanding of their loved one. It also offers veterans valuable insight into the feelings that his or her family may be going through, and is an invaluable resource for both veterans and their loved ones, at any stage of homecoming.“Our biggest piece of advice that we offer families for every single person outside of the veteran is: manage your expectations,” says Parker. “Manage your expectations around what’s important to the veteran coming home. And start by asking the very easy question of ‘How do you want to spend your first hours/days/weeks/months at home?’” Asking this question is often a good reality check for family members. If expectations go unmanaged and these kinds of questions aren’t asked, resentment begins to breed and can quickly accelerate into a negative spiral. One of the most striking aspects of the Homecoming Preparedness Guide is its simplicity. It outlines scenarios such as if a veteran is noticeably edgy in a restaurant, changing the seating arrangement can help them to feel more comfortable. John elaborates, “I’ve got several spouses who call me and say, ‘You know what, everything in that guide happened. We went to a restaurant and I asked for a corner table so he could actually sit in the corner and watch everything that’s going on in the room, and not only did he appreciate it, he actually opened up and started talking to me, which hadn’t been happening.’”The breakthroughs that come from the right kind of actions are much more long lasting and more deeply felt by the veteran than words. Through the Web site, Veterans and Families remains constantly connected to the “homecoming” process at all stages. “We’re getting people that are saying, 'My husband’s coming home, I’m scared to death…his emails, his voicemails, his messages, he’s changed.’” For veterans who reach “critical mass,” Parker says Vet Centers are the single best resource, of which there are 232 nationwide. Though significantly overstretched, the Vet Centers are equipped to deal specifically with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).One important tool the Vet centers use in treatment programs is getting veterans from similar conflicts into the same room together. To Parker, that method is key; “Nobody really understands a combat veteran better than another combat veteran.” Parker’s son Danny showed him this when he interacted with other veterans during Veterans and Families focus groups. “[With other veterans] he’s not my son Danny, he’s back in the role of a sergeant and a squad leader even though he’s out of the military now. He talks to these guys directly and gets right to the point, ‘You’re telling me you’re okay. How much sleep are you getting? How much are you drinking?’ Veterans have a way of communicating with each other that is a real brotherhood and sisterhood.” Parker is pragmatic and prefers that the military adopt what he calls a “mandatory decompression process.” Parker says, “If it’s important that we have an all-volunteer military in the future, we better release people back into society in a way that helps them manage and cope with what they will encounter. Veterans are reluctant to seek counseling [and] this is a real problem. Instead, Parker believes that there is value in self-help, something that is especially valuable for veterans. “When I got out of the military, an officer really changed my life and shifted my focus,” recalls Parker. “He said, ‘you’re going to get out of the military in a couple of weeks, and what’s interesting is the world is exactly the same. You’ve changed.’” On the officer’s advice Parker visited the nearest bookstore and embraced self-help names like Napoleon Hill, David Schwartz and Maxwell Maltz. Whatever civilians may think of the “personal development” phenomenon, when you’re someone who is truly looking for help, books like these can set you on the right mental path.  In his experience with Veterans and Families, the biggest lesson that Parker has learned is that veterans and their families are ultimately, and understandably, very private about “homecoming” and its aftermath. “After all the things we thought we wanted to do, the Homecoming Preparedness Guide was most relevant. If the legacy of Veterans and Families is that those in need can access the Homecoming Preparedness Guide from the privacy of their own homes, and start to understand how to make the journey back to normalcy, then that alone is a legacy that Parker can be proud of. In 2007, through Veterans and Families, Parker helped launch the Warrior Transition Project, which partners with an organization called Brain State Conditioning, using neurofeedback treatment to find an alternative form of treating the symptoms of PTSD. The Veterans and Families Web site provides a number of first-hand testimonials from veterans attesting to the success of the treatments. Parker’s ongoing drive to explore new opportunities and to find hope where there seems to be none, is embodied in the Veterans and Families organization, and shows veterans that just as they fought for us, there are people here who are willing to fight for them. As is with any non-profit organization, funding is the key to Veterans and Families’ ongoing success. With the help of Bobbi Parks, CEO of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and proud mother of an Iraq Marine Combat Veteran, Veterans and Families is currently evaluating the unmet needs of homecoming veterans and their family members to continually align their focus with current and future needs. Parker says, “[Parks] will hopefully be assuming more of a leadership role in the future with the organization. She is an incredible person, spokesperson and leader.”  And what of John’s son Danny? He’s been out of the military now for a few years and adjusting into civilian and college life while pursuing a Masters in Clinical Social Work, which will allow him to counsel other veterans. Life still is not without its ups and downs, and John, Danny and the family still take it day by day. “We talk about the future but we seem to talk more about how he’s doing right now.”To download the Homecoming Preparedness Guide, make donations, or for more information about veterans’ issues, check out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.veteransandfamilies.org">veteransandfamilies.org</a>.<hr>For more information about getting involved, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Home for the Holidays

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Treasured family recipes bring us comfort every year, but the real magic lies in the memories made while sharing time with family in the kitchen. Style collected recipe cards from the community and prepared a sampling of holiday recipes from local folks, and the memories they’ve made over the years. "On the frigid Christmas mornings growing up back in Michigan, there was nothing better than waking up to the smell of my mother's Praline French Toast. Just the thought of it warms my stomach!"– Gary ZsigoPraline French Toast8 slices French bread (1 pound loaf sliced)8 eggs1-1/2 cups half & half 1 tbsp. brown sugar2 tsp. vanilla1 tsp. cinnamonTopping:3/4 cup brown sugar1/2 cup melted butter1/2 cup maple syrup3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts Mix first five ingredients and pour over French bread in a 9- x 13-inch pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover in the morning and transfer to a greased 9- x 13-inch glass pan. For the topping, mix the following ingredients together: brown sugar, butter, maple syrup and nuts; pour over bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until puffed and browned.For more Holiday recipe ideas and memories, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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