Air Conditioning Tune-Ups – Keeping your unit in tip-top shape

An air conditioner is a well engineered appliance, designed to perform under tough circumstances. Like any piece of mechanical equipment, an air conditioner needs regular maintenance to insure it runs efficiently and safely. In fact, if your AC unit is still under warranty, regular maintenance is likely required to maintain the warranty. This is a … [Read more...]

June 2011

[related-posts] On the Cover: Raquel Gonzales, and her mother Dawn. Raquel is a student at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, and is a safe and trustworthy driver. Photography: Avalon Studio. Avalon specializes in CUSTOMER SERVICE first and foremost, and they also produce beautiful Senior and Family Portraits.Their Studio and Portrait Park … [Read more...]

Volunteering For A Haven

As a Shasta High School student planning for my future, I found volunteer work to be an essential part of my application for college admission. After conversations with my friends, I decided to take the initiative and start volunteering. When searching for a place to offer my time, Haven Humane Society became a top choice because of my interest in … [Read more...]

The Art of Appreciation

In the everyday hubbub of parenting, working, play dates and house-holding, it’s easy to overlook one of our most precious resources...our partner. Ironically, the person we rely upon the most can also be the one we most fail to appreciate (next to ourselves). And it’s this lack of appreciation – our ability to lovingly acknowledge others and … [Read more...]

Staying Calm In The Face Of Rudeness

With open enthusiasm, a mom picks up her middle-school-age son and friends after soccer practice, offering them bagels as they pile into the car. “Nobody likes whole wheat” is all the “thank you” she gets from her son. Attributing his snippiness to low blood sugar, she wisely lets his little dig go. Besides, she’s feeling good about herself as a … [Read more...]

A Dad’s View On Commitment

Waaaaay back in the late 1990s when the Mrs. and I began to date, pretty much the minute we became an item actually, we both knew that we two were forever material. Yeah, it was all kinds of dreamy. Had our early scenes been in a movie, the terms “romantic comedy” and “chick flick” would definitely have been tossed around. I’m not British nor am I … [Read more...]

“How A Bike Would Change My Life” Student Essay Contest Winner

My name is Celena Romero and I am a 6th Grader at Shasta Lake School. My Mom does not drive and it makes it really hard on me as I am in band at school and I also stay after school for tutoring in Math. I have been trying to save for a bicycle for a long time but never got enough together because I try to help my Mother with some bills. I have 2 … [Read more...]

Scoliosis – Screening And Treatment Options

The words “scoliosis” and “S curve” were unknown to my family until the summer I was 12, and I fell into a pool. A trip to the pediatrician’s for a pulled muscle was followed by a referral to the orthopedist's office where we soon learned more. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that makes the spine look more like an “S” or a “C” than a … [Read more...]

Growing Up Online – Getting Off To A Good Start On Facebook

Now that a quarter of the people online are also on Facebook, it’s no surprise children want to be there too. Getting a first Facebook page has become a rite of passage just like picking out a first backpack or having a first sleepover. The official age for using Facebook is 13 but younger kids often pester their parents for their own pages. How … [Read more...]

Nurturing Warrior, Nurturing Father

Rick Crowley, a Chukchansi Yokuts California American Indian, believes every child deserves to have a warrior in his or her life. “Warrior” describes a person of great courage and vigor, someone who feels strongly, even intensely, the way a father feels for his son or daughter. A father who shares emotion and affection with his child, who learns to … [Read more...]