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Roof Repair & Replacement

The cost of replacing a roof is an expense most of us cannot afford. Luckily, by spending a few hours periodically to carry out scheduled maintenance with an Auburn Roof Contractor, you can actually catch roof problems and solve them before they spiral out of control.

Below are some simple roof maintenance tips to ensure a healthy roof and extend the life of your roof for as long as possible:

1. Shingles

Can you see any missing or damaged shingles and/or roof sealant? If you regularly clean the shingles and keeping them free of dirt You will reduce the risk for algae, moss, fungal and lichen growth that can compromise your roof’s integrity.

If you find that some shingles on the roof are worn, damaged or missing, you must act quickly. You may be able to replace them yourself, but if not you can engage a professional contractor. It is very important that you check, since shingle damage is part of normal roof wear, and shingles alone are simple and cheap to replace.

2. Sealant

Don't wait, replace the roof sealant when it's needed. Inspect the entire roof where there is sealant and identify any signs of cracking or wear and tear. If present, you will need to remove the old sealant completely and apply new sealant in each area.

3. Trim Overhanging Branches

As you go about routinely inspecting your roof, be on the lookout for trees that are growing near your home. If there are branches hanging too closely to or directly above your roof, they need trimming. The reason is that falling leaves will collect on the roof, retain moisture and then start to rot your tiles, making them much weaker. If this remains unsolved for a long time, it may result in even more damage to the entire roofing structure.

4. Inspect for Rust

If your roof is metallic, then you need to check regularly that there is not corrosion/rust on the metal parts. If you notice rust developing, it’s important to wire-brush to remove the rust, prime and finally paint the affected areas of the metal to retain keep them healthy longer.

5. Clean the Gutters

Gutters that clog up can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Water accumulating on gutters can easily make its way underneath your roofing structure. By keeping your gutters clean and in good repair, you ensure they can serve their intended purpose, alleviating any immediate dangers to your roof in the process.

Maintained roof with gutters and a chimney

6. Maintain Your Chimney

If you notice cracked or missing mortar on/in your chimney, ensure you replace this as soon as possible. This is critical since the mortar holds the chimney bricks in place, and if any brick falls out, it could cause damage to your roof.

7. Prevent Ice Dam Formation

Ice dams may be pretty to look at, but they spell doom for your roof as they build-up, and repairing roof damage from ice dams is costly and intensive. Ensure you take steps to insulate your house and roof to keep your roof cool and at the same temperature as the external environment. This will keep snow closest to the roof from melting into water, and freezing onto the colder parts of your roof.

Routine roof maintenance is important so make sure you know how to take care of it. To ensure your roof is in good shape, it’s also recommended that a professional inspect your roof annually.

Sweets in Auburn

There are many different types of cakes and many different ways of dividing them into various categories, but professional bakers categorize cakes by ingredients and mixing method. (Home bakers tend to categorize cakes by flavoring—i.e., chocolate cakes, fruit cakes, and so on—which is helpful when you're trying to decide what to eat, but not as helpful when you're trying to understand how best to make a cake.) Depending on how the batter is prepared, you will find that the final texture (and color, if it is a yellow or white cake) varies. Below is a comprehensive but by no means exhaustive list of the basic types of cakes. Butter Cake Any recipe for cake that begins "cream butter and sugar" is a butter cake. After the creaming, you add eggs to aerate the batter a bit, flour (and sometimes another liquid, like milk) to give it structure and texture, and baking powder or baking soda to ensure that it rises in the oven. Different types of cake batter within the butter cake family include chocolate, white, yellow and marble; for white and yellow cakes coloring typically depends on whether they have whole eggs, or extra egg yolks in them (yellow cake) or egg whites only (white cake).

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Pound Cake Pound Cake is a relative of butter cake. It's so called because it can be measured as a matter of proportion: a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs, and a pound of flour. In some pound cake recipes, you'll see the eggs separated and the egg whites whipped and folded into the batter, to leaven it; in other recipes you'll find leaveners like baking soda and baking powder, bringing it well into the butter-cake fold. These cakes are usually very lightly flavored and served plain or topped with a simple glaze or water icing. A pound cake is usually baked in a loaf or Bundt pan. Many coffee cakes, sour cream cakes, and fruit crumb cakes are variations of pound cake.
Sponge Cake Any recipe that contains no baking soda or baking powder but lots of whipped eggs or egg whites? That's a sponge cake and there are several different types of sponge cake. which will be called different things wherever you are. Genoise In Italy and France, a sponge cake is called Genoise. Genoise lacks much assertive flavor of its own, but it is often used to construct layered or rolled cakes when a lighter texture than a butter cake is desired. To add flavor and moisture, genoise cake layers are always moistened with a flavored syrup, and they are often sliced into thin horizontal layers and stacked with rich fillings such as buttercream. These layer cakes, common in the coffeehouses of Europe, are called "European-style" to distinguish them from American-style butter layer cakes, which generally have fewer, thicker layers. Biscuit Cake Biscuit (always pronounced the French way as bees-kwee) cakes are another type of sponge cake containing both egg whites and yolks, but, unlike genoise, the whites and yolks are whipped separately and then folded back together. This creates a light batter that's drier than a genoise but holds its shape better after mixing. For this reason, it's often used for piped shapes such as ladyfingers. If baked in a tube pan like an angel food cake, it makes a very chewy sponge cake that was popular in the early 20th century but has since fallen out of favor. However, it's still known in a slightly different form as the classic Passover sponge cake, in which the flour is replaced by matzoh cake meal and potato starch. Angel Food Cake are made with egg whites alone and no yolks. The whites are whipped with sugar until very firm before the flour is gently folded in, resulting in a snowy-white, airy, and delicate cake that marries beautifully with fruit. Most angel food cakes have a spongy, chewy quality derived from their relatively high sugar content and the absence of egg yolks. Baked in ungreased two-piece tube pans, angel food cakes are cooled by being inverted, since this type of cake would collapse if cooled right-side-up in the pan or if removed from the pan while still warm. There's also no butter here, so the cake is fat free.

Touring the Auburn Wineries

If you've been hankering for some new wines to taste, don't miss the Auburn Wine, Ale & Food Festival On October 12th & 13th, 2019.

On Saturday, Sip & Shop your way through historic and charming Downtown and Old Town Auburn. 25 local wineries & breweries paired with 25 local restaurants. On Sunday, enjoy a curated farm to fork wine pairing brunch and leave happy, satisfied and loving Auburn!

Mt. Vernon Winery

While you're touring the Placer County seat, visit the oldest and largest winery, the Mt Vernon Winery.

Mt. Vernon Winery has the capacity to de-stem and crush wine grapes at eight tons per hour and our holding tanks can store nearly 11,000 gallons of wine. The wine cave is currently storing over 500 barrels of French and American oak aged wine.

The harvest of 2010 reaped nearly 80 tons of grapes. The year of 1996 was the first vineyard planting of Estate grapes with 7 acres planted. The year 1999 was our first commercial harvest. However, there is plenty of room to grow on the balance of the 32 acre parcel. More vineyards are planned for the future.

The tasting room is an old restored milk house originally built in 1950. Jim and Lynda Taylor purchased their estate unaware of the incredible possibilities the rich and nurtured land would hold for their winery. Mt. Vernon Winery is committed to meticulous vineyard management resulting in a small but spectacular production of their estate bottled wines. Many of these Estate wines have won very prestigious medals (Gold & Above & 95 + Points) at three of the highest ranked competitions in the world.

Mt. Vernon Winery
10850 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 823-1111

Thursday - Sunday
11am - 5pm

Bear River Winery

Mt. Vernon's not the only excellent winery in the Auburn area. Your next stop should be the Bear River Winery Tasting Room in Old Auburn. Bear River Winery is a family operated boutique micro wine grower producing small lots of hand crafted wines using traditional methods from grapes sourced in and around northern Sierra vineyards.

Our new tasting room is located at 111 Sacramento Street in the Gold Rush Plaza, Suite I.

Our current tasting flight is $7.00 (+tax), included 8 different wines, and you get to keep the souvenir glass:

2017 Chardonnay – A stainless steel fermented Chardonnay with flavors of Pear and Pineapple.

2017 Bear River White ™ – A blend of Chenin Blanc and Viogner give this special blend flavors of Grapefruit and Honey.

2016 Zinfandel Rosè – Not your typical Rosè as we take a red varietal and make a Rosè out of it. Not to peppery as a traditional Zinfandel would be.

2016 Pinot Noir – A light but fruity Pinot Noir.

2013 Bear River Red ™ – A great Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah.

2014 Merlot – This Merlot is Fruity but dry and made with Organically Grown Grapes. Bronze Medal Winner at the 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition and the CA State Fair.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – Our Super Dry, very earthy Cabernet Sauvignon. Made with Organically Grown Grapes. Bronze Medal at the 2018 CA State Fair

2014 Left Paw – A cuvee blend of 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Merlot. Made with Organically Grown Grapes.

Try this flight before it changes again!

Dono dal Cielo

We are following our lifelong passion for that perfect balance of earth, sun and soil and have called Newcastle our home for many decades. That passion has brought us to our own Dono dal Cielo, meaning “gift from Heaven” in Italian. That sentiment is a driving force behind what we do. As a single estate vineyard, Dono dal Cielo was born in 2002 with our first 6,000 Zinfandel vines planted on 7 acres. Our inaugural vintage, a brilliant award-wining 2005 Zinfandel, was the perfect platform from which to launch our true passion of allowing the terroir to shine through our wines. We believe that our story begins and spreads through our fans, friends and family. Each bottle is an open invitation and we truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to share such a beautiful gift with all who open a bottle.

Dono dal Cielo
6100 Wise Road
Newcastle, CA 95658

Friday - Sunday
12pm - 5pm

Viña Castellano Winery

Nestled in the rolling hills of Auburn amid farmland and horse ranches, Viña Castellano’s pristine vineyard is surrounded by stone walls and pastoral views. Longtime Placer County residents, the Mendez Family, have been building this estate for almost 50 years incorporating the spirit of their Spanish heritage and history.

The Estate Vineyard and winery, built in 1999, now produces a spectrum of mediterranean wines, including their beloved signature and award-winning Spanish varietals.

The family welcomes guests to visit their Stone Barrel Cave and Tasting Room, Thursday through Sunday from noon until 5 pm where Guests will enjoy between 9 and 13 Estate wines. Visitors are invited to enjoy a picnic, croquet, or a game of corn hole on the lawn around the pond amidst the Grenache vineyard. Grab a bottle of wine and take your sweetheart for a ride on the paddle boat on the water. In the summers guests can enjoy table service around the pond as the Island Bar is open June through September.

Vina Castellano Winery
4590 Bell Road
Auburn, California 95602

Thursday - Sunday
12 - 5pm

PaZa Estate Winery

PaZa Estate Winery opened almost 6-years ago for public tastings and sales. Their rustically elegant Tasting Shed is positioned near the vineyard, with awesome views of the Coastal Mountains and Sutter Buttes. It’s kind of like Napa was in the 70’s, where folks are welcome to bring their own picnic, relax, and enjoy one of the award winning wines.

This wine story, like so many others, started from a dream. For Pamela and Zane, it began with friends almost 15-years ago. Touring and tasting wines in the Sierra Foothills, and meeting owners and wine makers of smaller boutique operations around Placer, El Dorado, and Amador. The couple found themselves fantasizing about living in the country, and owning a vineyard and winery. After looking at many properties in a short time, they found this slightly secluded place, surrounded by wonderful views, and potentially perfect spot for a vineyard. So, in 2005 they dove-in and made the move from Roseville to Auburn. Now, the vineyard is 10-years old, and just keeps getting better.

Paza Estate Winery
3357 Ayres Holmes Road
Auburn, CA. 95602

Saturday - Sunday
12pm - 5pm
Tastings available during weekday afternoons by appointment

What Should You Know About Permanent Disability Benefits

If you have a serious medical problem, you might be able to receive permanent disability benefits through workers’ comp. First, you’ll have to demonstrate that your medical condition isn’t likely to change and that it prevents you from working. You should see a Certified Workers Compensation Attorney to help you with this, as it is complicated.

Eligibility for Permanent Disability Benefits

The first step toward getting any kind of workers’ comp benefits is to show that you meet the eligibility requirements:
  • Your employer must have workers’ comp insurance.
  • You must be an eligible employee.
  • You must have a covered work-related injury or illness.
  • You must file a work comp claim.
  • You must follow the rules for getting medical treatment from a workers comp doctor. In California, that doctor is a QME or Qualified Medical Examiner.

    How Long Does It Take to Stop Improving?

    You won’t be considered for permanent disability benefits until your treating doctor says you aren't expected to improve. In workers’ comp lingo, this is usually called “maximal medical improvement” (MMI), or sometimes “permanent and stationary.”

    The amount of time it takes to reach MMI can vary widely—anywhere from a month to a few years after you were first hurt or became ill. The nature of your injury or illness will have the biggest impact on how long it takes.

    Some states assume that employees have reached MMI when they’ve been getting temporary total disability benefits for a period of time (usually 104 weeks).

    Determining Permanent Disability

    Once your doctor says you’ve reached MMI, the process will begin to determine whether you have any permanent disability and, if so, how much. This is also generally the point when you’ll stop receiving temporary disability payments if you’ve been off work and those benefits haven’t already run out. (Several states have a time limit on temporary total disability benefits.)

    The rules for determining permanent disability vary from state to state. Your doctor will say whether you have a lasting medical condition or impairment that was caused by your work-related injury. An impairment could be anything from a bad back to a severed finger to painkiller addiction that you got after a serious orthopedic injury.

    The insurance company will request an qualified medical examination (QME) to assess your permanent impairments. You might also be able to ask for an QME if you disagree with another doctor’s opinion.

    States use different criteria to decide whether injured employees have permanent disabilities. The result of the process is what’s called a permanent disability rating, expressed in a percentage.

    If your disability rating is less than 100%, you may be able to receive partial permanent disability benefits.

    Getting the Permanent Disability Checks

    Once the insurance company hears from a doctor that you have a permanent disability, the company should begin sending you checks. But if there’s a dispute, your workers' compensation lawyer will prove invaluable. The rules and the process are complicated, and insurance companies (and their lawyers) do everything they can to keep their costs down by denying permanent disability benefits. You need an experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights and your future.

    You should also know that permanent disability benefits don’t necessarily last the rest of your life. If you’re totally and permanently disabled, you’ll usually be entitled to a lifetime pension (though a few states cut off payments at a certain point for all but the most serious disabilities). When it comes to partial permanent disability, however, most states limit how long the benefits last.

    Whether the benefits are for partial or total permanent disability, some states allow you to opt for a lump-sum payment in a workers comp settlement. Here again, it would be wise to speak with a workers’ comp attorney before you agree to a settlement to make sure you don’t sign away important rights.

    Surprising Auburn Real Estate

    Having put his remarkable Auburn real estate overlooking the roaring Bear River up for sale for $7.9 million, Andy Laursen has moved on from the Auburn area.

    But the Silicon Valley businessman leaves behind a legacy of land preservation, charity work and one heck of a party house in Placer County.

    The 10,000-square-foot home at 11391 Overhill Drive, off Highway 49, hit the market earlier this year. The estate is perched on 150 acres offering views of the river below from nearly every room. The property’s entire north boundary is the Bear River, said Bruce Renfrew of California Outdoor Properties, who is the co-listing agent with Sandy Ballou.

    The main residence comes with five bedrooms and 11 baths, including a master suite, a full wine cellar, a movie theater, a gym, a third-floor office suite and bonus rooms⁠—but at the center of the compound is an incredible party venue that’s been dubbed “The Barn.”

    The Barn, a 4,800-square-foot building, comes with a full commercial quality kitchen, a nightclub-level, 12,000-watt sound system, a 24-channel digital mixing board, disco-style lighting system, dance floor, bar and lounge. It is designed with a patio that overlooks a pool, waterfall and pond. A spiral staircase takes guest to the top of the facility, where there are two full bedroom-and-bathroom suites.

    “The nightclub is pretty cool,” Laursen said. “I play drums and many stringed instruments, so it was a great practice facility as well as party venue.”

    The Laursens also hosted annual parties at The Barn for up to 200 people, as well as family gatherings and fundraisers for nonprofit charity groups.

    Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article234266637.html#storylink=cpy

    Do You Need a Appliance Repair Professional?

    Auburn and Sacramento residents need to know when they should do it themselves or when they should hire an appliance repairman.

    Tackling an appliance repair by yourself can be an intimidating ordeal, but we are here you make your do-it-yourself repair experience as easy as possible. Select the home appliance below that is causing you problems and you’ll be taken to a page with troubleshooting videos and a list of symptoms common to that specific appliance. See how simple a DIY repair can be!

    If the parts are held together with rivets or welds, don't try to repair the appliance yourself. Call a professional service person.

    We rely on several different appliances to keep our homes running smoothly. Whether it’s a refrigerator to keep your food fresh or a washing machine to keep your clothes clean, your appliances are important to your daily life. When something goes wrong, you want to have it fixed quickly and fixed correctly at a reasonable price. Should one of the appliances in your home break down, you’ll want to make sure you pick the best appliance repair service possible. Here are a few things that you should consider before deciding which repair service you’re going to use.


    First and foremost, you want to make sure that the appliance repair service you hire is certified to work in your state and has all of the proper licenses for the job at hand. This is to make sure that you are abiding by all federal and state laws, as well as making sure that you’re hiring a qualified technician. You don’t want someone without the proper certifications trying to fix your appliances, just like you wouldn’t want someone without a medical license to perform your surgery. With all of the proper certifications, you can be sure that your technician knows exactly what they’re doing.


    You’ll want to find an appliance repair service that can fit in with your schedule. If you’re someone who works normal business hours, it can be tough to find a technician that will work with your busy schedule. Often, you end up having to take off work in order to have the technician come to repair your appliance. Look for an appliance repair service that offers evening hours.

    You may also want to look for an appliance repair service that offers emergency services. Say you have a dishwasher that is leaking water all over your kitchen but it’s Saturday or maybe 10 o’clock at night. You won’t want to wait until normal business hours to schedule service. Some appliance service companies have 24/7 emergency service. Look for companies with these services because they’ll be able to help you when you need it most.


    One of the most important things is how technicians interact with you and the quality of service that they provide. It can be frustrating to be told that your technician will arrive anywhere between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. This forces you to cancel any plans you have or take an entire day off of work. The only thing worse than that is taking off work and waiting around all day for a technician who doesn’t show up or shows up without the proper tools needed for the job. It’s a waste of your time and is a clear example of disrespect.

    Lack of power is the most common cause of appliance failure.

    Easy DIY Appliance Fixes Anyone Can Do

    Oftentimes, when you hear about appliance repairs it’s usually something that sounds complicated, like replacing a thermal fuse in your dryer or bake element in your oven. That’s not what this article is about. We wanted to inspire you to do some simple appliance quick fixes to save you money and help your appliance run more efficiently. Here they are:

    Range Vent Hood – How often do you look up when you cook? We suggest you look up and see if your range vent hood is dirty. It’s easy to wash the metal-mesh hood filters either by hand or in the dishwasher. A good general cleaner can help with this. Any charcoal filters should be replaced once every year or so, depending on use.

    Stovetop – Tired of your worn out stovetop? Did you know you can replace the burner grates on a gas stove as well as the coil surface elements and burner drip bowls on an electric one? You’d be surprised what a difference just replacing these few items can do to improve the appearance of your stove. If you’d rather be frugal, you can also get a grate cleaner or cooktop cleaner to get them looking like new again.

    Oven – Oven door seals show wear and damage with time. And without a good seal, your oven can lose about 20% of its heat. So, open up the oven door and examine the seal. If you find any cracks or broken sections, it’s time to replace the door seal.

    Refrigerator – As with your oven, your refrigerator’s seal/gasket can get worn and damaged. Check and see if it needs replacing. There are a few other items you can update inside your refrigerator: its drawers, drawer fronts, shelves and the all-important light bulb.

    Dishwasher – Dishwasher tines can get rusty and beat up looking over the years, but are pretty straightforward to replace. Plus, new tines are kinder to your dishes! You can also replace your dishwasher’s: dishrack, silverware basket and detergent dispenser, easily and affordably.

    Dryer – The one main favor you can do for you and your dyer is to keep the venting clear of lint. Clean it out once a year, all you need is a special cleaning brush to easily remove any lint buildup in the tube. And if your dryer is rocking when it’s on, that’s a sure sign it’s not level. You may need to replace the leveling legs or add leveling leg pads to get a smoother cycle. We recommend replacing all at once for the best results.

    See? Who said appliance repairs were only for the diehard DIYers? We challenge you to try one of these repairs today!

    The Sacramento Area Has the Best Italian Food

    KVIE polled 40,000 of our members with a question; what's your favorite Northern California restaurant? The famous Biba Restaurant in Sacramento ranks number 1! Visit: http://www.kvie.org/robontheroad

    If your only experience with lasagna is the plasticky, cheesy gut-bombs you’ve waded through at church socials and bad potlucks, you need to try Biba Restaurant’s version. Chef Biba Caggiano’s elegant Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese is composed of ten silky-thin layers of homemade spinach pasta, interspersed with a fragrant Bolognese meat ragú and velvety béchamel sauce. No dried-out clots of mozzarella cheese or hard boiled egg slices, just simple, delicate flavors that leave you feeling sated and happy – not bloated and thirsty. *Note: the lasagna is only available on Thursdays and Fridays.

    This recipe is brought to us by renowned chef and author Biba Caggiano, of Biba's Italian restaurant in Sacramento, California. Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

    Biba's Tagliatelle and Bolognese Ragu


    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/2 cup finely minced yellow onions
    1/2 cup finely minced carrots
    1/2 cup finely minced celery
    1/2 cup (2 to 3 ounces) thickly sliced pancetta, finely minced
    1 pound ground beef chuck
    1/2 pound ground pork loin
    1/2 cup medium-bodied red wine, such as a Chianti Classico
    Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
    3 tablespoons double-concentrated Italian tomato paste, diluted in 3 cups Biba's Meat Broth, or canned low-sodium chicken broth
    1/2 cup milk, preferably whole milk
    1 pound imported dried tagliatelle
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


    1. Make the ragu: Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. As soon as butter begins to foam, add the minced vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have a nice golden color. Add the pancetta, and cook until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and pork, raise heat to high, and cook, stirring and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until meat and vegetables have a rich brown color and bottom of pan is glazed, 7 to 8 minutes.

    2. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until almost all of it has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the diluted tomato paste. As soon as liquid comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, partially cover pan, and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring and checking sauce every 20 minutes. The sauce should be thick, with an appealing nutty brown color, and just slightly liquid. Add a bit more broth or water if the sauce looks too dry.

    3. Add the milk, partially cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Taste, and adjust the seasoning. Turn off the heat.

    4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tagliatelle, and cook until pasta is tender but still firm to the bite. Drain the pasta, and place in a large heated bowl.

    5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, about two thirds of the sauce, and a small handful of the cheese. Toss quickly until pasta and sauce are well combined. Add more sauce if needed. Serve at once, with the cheese.

    Smog and Fire Remnants in Auburn

    When there's fire or smoke in Sacramento, it often settles in Roseville or AUBURN.

    The atmospheric pollutants or gases that form smog are released in the air when fuels are burnt. When sunlight and its heat react with these gases and fine particles in the atmosphere, smog is formed. It is purely caused by air pollution. Ground level ozone and fine particles are released in the air due to complex photochemical reactions between volatile organic compounds (VOC), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

    Make sure you get s smog check so you're not contributing to the bad air quality.

    These VOC, SO2, and NOx are called precursors. The main sources of these precursors are pollutants released directly into the air by gasoline and diesel-run vehicles, industrial plants and activities, and heating due to human activities.

    Smog is often caused by heavy traffic, high temperatures, sunshine, and calm winds. These are a few of the factors behind an increasing level of air pollution in the atmosphere. During the winter months when the wind speeds are low, it helps the smoke and fog to become stagnate at a place forming smog and increasing pollution levels near the ground closer to where people are respiring. It hampers visibility and disturbs the environment.

    Smog is basically derived from the merging of two words; smoke and fog. Smog is also used to describe the type of fog which has smoke or soot in it. Smog is a yellowish or blackish fog formed mainly by a mixture of pollutants in the atmosphere which consists of fine particles and ground-level ozone. Smog which occurs mainly because of air pollution can also be defined as a mixture of various gases with dust and water vapor. Smog also refers to hazy air that makes breathing difficult.

    The atmospheric pollutants or gases that form smog are released in the air when fuels are burnt. When sunlight and its heat react with these gases and fine particles in the atmosphere, smog is formed. It is purely caused by air pollution. Ground level ozone and fine particles are released in the air due to complex photochemical reactions between volatile organic compounds (VOC), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

    These VOC, SO2, and NOx are called precursors. The main sources of these precursors are pollutants released directly into the air by gasoline and diesel-run vehicles, industrial plants and activities, and heating due to human activities.

    Smog is often caused by heavy traffic, high temperatures, sunshine, and calm winds. These are a few of the factors behind an increasing level of air pollution in the atmosphere. During the winter months when the wind speeds are low, it helps the smoke and fog to become stagnate at a place forming smog and increasing pollution levels near the ground closer to where people are respiring. It hampers visibility and disturbs the environment.

    Getting a Great Meal in Auburn

    If you're new in town. ore just visiting, you might need some advice on finding a great Auburn restaurant.

    Restaurants liberate you from the task of preparing your own food, but it is better to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at home than bad food at a restaurant. Nothing makes you sicker than paying good money for bad food.

    Most important criteria for choosing a restaurant:

    • The restaurant must be clean
    • The restaurant must smell good
    • There must be plenty of customers
    If the restaurant does not look clean, the kitchen is probably worse. Skip it. If you cannot smell the food cooking, they are going to serve you leftovers or something that is not fresh. Skip it. If there are no people sitting at the tables, the food is probably bad, the service is terrible, the restaurant is expensive, or there is some reason why the local residents avoid it. You should too.

    Carpe Vino Auburn
    1568 Lincoln Way

    The Club Car
    836 Lincoln Way

    Auburn Alehouse
    289 Washington St

    The Little Belgium Deli & Beer Bar
    780 Lincoln Way

    Monkey Cat | Restaurant & Bar
    805 Lincoln Way

    Royal Indian Cuisine
    844 Lincoln Way

    tre Pazzi trattoria
    928 Lincoln Way

    Katrina's Cafe
    456 Grass Valley Hwy

    Burger & Cream
    403 Grass Valley Hwy

    In-N-Out Burger
    130 Grass Valley Hwy

    Nancy's Cafe
    356 Elm Ave

    Old Town Pizza
    4150 Sacramento St

    627 High St

    Taqueria La Herradura
    760 Lincoln Way

    Auburn Thai Garden Restaurant
    175 Palm Ave

    Nectar Cafe
    948 Lincoln Way suite a

    Edelweiss Restaurant 2
    111 Sacramento St suite a

    Local Heroes
    1120 High St

    The Pour Choice
    177 Sacramento St

    Tap & Vine
    907 Lincoln Way

    Hot enough to fry an egg on the roadway?

    The summer is HOT. We don't need to tell you that – how many days over 100 degrees have we had so far? Too many! It may shoot up our utility costs and tempers, but it also is very tough on roadways.

    I bet you've been on that road with potholes that you think will bust an axle. Heavy vehicles combine with heat to cause cracks. When water gets into cracks, the material loosens so you are likely to scatter it as you drive over it.
    The point is, that beautiful road is now a trauma case! The street and highway maintenance crews spend your tax dollars to fix the roadways. Sometimes, the smart crews actually maintain the roadways with sealants periodically, which give longer life to the road.

    Your private road or driveway is just as vulnerable as public roads. Some weren't even made well, over nice graded the way it should be.
    If it is placed too close to a tree that will grow massively, the roots will ultimately break through. True professionals like Folsom Lake Asphalt will assess the whole life of your road and do what will be right for your situation.

    Maintenance is the key to longevity. Take care of ourselves, our cars, our roadways, and it will cost less rehabilitation in the long run.
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    Snap, Snap, Snap at Your Photo Booth

    When it comes to wedding reception activities, photo booths are still as popular as ever and your photographer or wedding planner can tell you about photo booth rental sacramento. If you're on a budget, another option is a DIY photo booth for couples looking to save a little money. You don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of extra stuff to make the perfect photo booth for your wedding. With these tips, we’ll show you how to create a seriously fun DIY photo booth that will encourage your guests to strike a pose and fit in seamlessly with your design aesthetic — all without busting your budget!


    The backdrop is the focal point of your photo booth, so you want to make sure it’s eye-catching without being too distracting. Think ribbons, curtains, banners, balloons, or chalkboard walls with cute phrases. You can keep it as simple or get as fancy as you’d like; you just need to give guests a designated area that will look cute in photos — and on its own when guests aren’t using it!

    2. LIGHT IT UP

    PROVIDE AS MUCH LIGHT AS POSSIBLE. Instead of fiddling with any kind of camera flash setup, just make sure your DIY photo booth area is very, very, very well lit. I’m talking strangely, glowingly, bright. It can be in a well-lit separate room or just partitioned off—but make sure you provide lots and lots of light. If your reception is during the day, then this won’t be a problem at all. If you need to bring in lamps and plug them in—do it. (For an easy and decent lighting hack, you can use one of those cheap dorm lamps with any bulbs that say “daylight” on the package or have a color temperature of between 5000K and 6500K for a super bright light that mimics daylight. Both are available for cheap at most big box stores and it should say right on the box what the temperature of the bulb is.) Oh and the lighting doesn’t have to be boring white light either. You can have colored light—just make sure the area is still very well lit. Or you can go a little more professional look with actual studio lights like these and make it feel a little less DIY.


    If you don’t already have a photography prop box, now is the perfect opportunity to put one together. Grab an old crate or basket and fill it with oversized glasses, stick-on mustaches, cowboy hats, feather boas, whiteboard or chalkboard conversation bubbles, and more. The more props in your box, the more likely your guests will pose for multiple pictures, experimenting with different looks and different groups of friends or family members.


    The whole point of a photo booth is to capture all of your guests in a totally informal, seriously fun way, so you’ll want to make sure all your guests can see it no matter where they are at the reception. If possible, don’t shove your photo booth in a corner or set up in a separate room. There will be so many other things happening at your reception and, if guests don’t see it, they’ll simply forget about it. Think of this as another focal point for your design and set it up in an area that everyone can see but still gives people plenty of space to take individual, small group, or large group photos. Also, don’t forget to set up a directional sign pointing guests straight to the booth!


    Regardless of which setup you decide upon, don’t forget to create an event hashtag! Whether or not you’re providing prints immediately, it is likely that everyone is going to take their own pictures with their phones and immediately upload those images to their social media accounts. Make sure your hashtag is clearly printed on a sign near your photo booth setup to allow all of your guests to share and see all of the pictures taken at the photo booth and event itself.


    To keep your DIY photo booth even more simple, let your guests use their own phones to snap selfies. Guests are going to be taking selfies all night as it is, so they might as well do it with fun props in front of a fab backdrop! We highly recommend providing at least one selfie stick to help capture large group shots. You could even take it one step further with a selfie stick stand to give guests a little more room to play and pose!


    Last (finally), but certainly not least, you need some way of sharing the photos that are taken for the event. One option is to have a printer available that could provide a print and that instant gratification. This option will of course be added expense and also additional complexity in the form of things that could go wrong. If the printer goes down, then suddenly the photo booth person is the bad guy…

    Perhaps a better option would be to upload the images to an on-line service and provide a link that would allow access and downloads. Most people would like to have the digital version of their images anyway, and they could make prints on their own, if they choose. There are photo booth software and applications options that can be used for not only the instant viewing of images, but also provide a means for guests to email their images to themselves right from the event. If you use Dropbox, then a special link just for the photo booth images could be set up prior to the event and photos can be automatically uploaded as they are taken (provided that you have internet access). Guests can access the link (and their photos) and save them to their smartphone or even share them on social media. These are just a few options for sharing, so you will need to decide which works best for you and your workflow.

    One of the best urban bike trails in the country -The American River Bike Trail

    It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway.The American River Bike Trail hugs th e banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sac and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

    The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers. This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

    You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

    The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

    >Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

    The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

    About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.


    Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Pearl on the River after your ride.

    • Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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