Vance Staplin: 2018 Salmon Season Update

By Rooster Tails Fishing Club  |  2018-07-27

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine Street in Auburn on Friday, August 17.  This free event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests.  Doors to the Lodge open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee.  A fantastic $15 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am followed at 9:00 am with special guest speaker Vance Staplin, a member of Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) and owner of Vance’s Tackle Manufacturing. Reservations are not required, but breakfast attendees are encouraged to arrive early for best parking and seminar seating.

Vance will provide breakfast meeting attendees with an insight of what to expect for the 2018 salmon season.  He is well known by the recreational as well as by commercial fishermen as an expert on salmon.  Vance has been a professional fishing guide for twenty years spending many years on the water fishing for King Salmon on the upper Sacramento River.  As a native northern Californian born to outdoor enthusiast parents, he spent his early years sharing in fishing and hunting.

Vance was recruited by John McManus, President of the GGSA, to contribute his expertise as a member of the Board of Directors.  Although Vance no longer is a fishing guide, he regularly fishes for salmon and is in regular contact with the salmon fishing community via the many resources of the GGSA.  For those unfamiliar with the GGSA, their mission is to protect and restore California’s largest salmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley rivers that feed both the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable commercial, recreational and cultural resource.     

The 30 year old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience.  Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, 530-887-0479, or visit the club’s web site at

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Dignity Home Services: Moving Up While Helping People Who Are Moving Out

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-26

James Radford and his wife, Kate, with their children (L-R) Abigail, Silas and Joel. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - James Radford, founder and CEO of Dignity Home Services, would like to see his new business succeed.  In fact, he truly wants to clean up.

The Missouri native specializes in helping homeowners in transition.  When an individual is moving out of their home and needs help with the process, Radford is now the one to call in the greater Sacramento area.     

Radford says that he sets his business apart from other home cleaning services through a “solid, precise process.”  In one fell swoop, Radford and his colleagues will haul items for residents, as well as clean carpets and windows.

The amiable man of thirty nine understands that his clients, leaving their homes, are often facing a challenging transition.  Radford recognizes their situation and makes it his personal mission to help them any way he can.  If needed, he will even assist clients with selling, storing, or disposing items removed from their homes.  “I take it from a servant’s heart and a servant’s approach,” Radford maintains.

In this process, he emphasizes an expedient manner of serving them.  “We do everything,” he proclaims.  “What can take people two or three months, we can do in six or seven days.” 

Radford started his business when a friend of his fell and broke her hip.  She needed to move out of her house immediately for assisted living and turned to James for help.  Radford had a background in janitorial service, and was eager to pitch in.  “Hey, why don’t we bring a crew out?” he thought, and Dignity Home Services was born.  The job was done in five days and Radford was off and cleaning.

That was last February, and he now employs a crew of 10-12 people.  The Dignity in Dignity Home Services extends to Radford’s employees as well as his clients.  Instead of considering them mere laborers, Radford provides his workers with the opportunity to grow with him.  “Everybody’s involved in the business,” he asserts.  Radford encourages his associates to literally buy into his vision, giving them the option to become stock holders.  What’s more, he lets them in on the company’s internal workings, such as teaching them how to read profit and loss statements. 

Radford asserts that this high level of employee involvement is his recipe for long term growth.  Thus, the plain talking Eagle Scout from the Show Me State plans to enable his associates to grow their own businesses through franchising.  His goal is to build a nationwide company in this manner. 

On his road to success, the father of three (Joel is 16, Silas is 12, and Abigail is 4) also involves himself in the Roseville community as an active participant in Boy Scouts Troop #1051.  His wife, Kate, serves as Director of Children and Youth for Roseville Baptist Church.  She also pitches in to develop their homegrown business.    

Dignity Home Services serves the following areas:  Carmichael, Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Grass Valley, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sacramento.  Radford provides free estimates and can be reached at 916- 247-2425.  Online, he can be found at   

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “Buenos días!  Lamentablemente, tienes diverticulitis. Debe comer alimentos ricos en fibra y estará bien.”

Imagine knowing no Spanish, yet trying to understand your doctor delivering your test results this way; maybe over the phone. And maybe it’s for a family member, and you’ll have to do your best to explain.

Understanding the language your health care provider speaks is a key component in the outcome of your treatment, according to a landmark 2002 study by the Institute of Medicine.  The study was requested by Congress in 1999 in order to assess the extent of disparities in the types and quality of health services received by U.S. racial and ethnic minorities and non-minorities. It concluded that more interpreters should be available in clinics and hospitals to overcome language barriers that may affect the quality of care.

That’s where Language World Services Inc. comes in. An interpreting and translation agency that supports over 200 languages, Language World Services employs over 200 people at locations throughout California, as well as a twenty-person call center in Carmichael.

It all started eighteen years ago in a garage.

Language World Services CEO Bill Glasser’s life had inadvertently prepared him for this career, though it wasn’t always evident. Glasser was born in Spain and raised in LA, where he worked in the heavily Spanish-speaking restaurant industry. Having later moved to Sacramento, Glasser found himself laid off from his job in the Sacramento Bee marketing department, and looking for something to do.

Glasser’s friend, who was renting a room from him, had been volunteering as an interpreter at Schreiner’s hospital on Stockton Boulevard. Despite being called in to volunteer more and more frequently, his friend’s requests for real full-time work from the hospital were consistently rebuffed. That’s when the then-unemployed Glasser recognized the need and started his interpreting business. “We didn’t have any standardization of protocols back then,” Glasser said of the industry.  “It was the wild west.”

The majority of Language World Services’ work is in health care and human services. “There isn’t an unimportant call,” says Glasser. “You’re getting a cancer diagnosis, learning your child has a birth defect. As a human being you deserve the right to know what’s going on with your body.”

Immigration naturally plays a huge role in the industry. Glasser’s experience in this realm goes as far back as 1986, when he served as an interpreter for a group of lawyers helping to legalize families when President Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Things can get especially tricky in this current climate. Individuals and their families’ stories can be heartbreaking, but interpreters are carefully vetted and trained to not take sides. Still, the human element is always a factor, and Glasser is proud of one example where an Indian family was detained at the border and the detention center called for a Punjabi interpreter – a rarity. Plenty of Spanish-speaking interpreters were provided by other agencies, but Language World Services was the one agency able to supply the Punjabi-speaking family with one. Language World Services has also started a program called Language World Serves, which offers volunteer services for ICE detainees and pro bono attorney work.

Technological advances have also altered the translation landscape, though not entirely.   Much of the process around the interpreter has become automated, but the actual work is still very low-tech. “A person who speaks two languages brokers the communication,” explains Glasser. While technology companies are dropping millions to create AI that can do the work of the interpreter, speech-to-speech recognition, “The delicate and nuanced electronic activity that the human brain does may not get there,” Glasser maintains.

And there are plenty of problems that technology can’t solve. For instance, Hmong interpreters are harder and harder to come by as they age out of the industry and find new work. Glasser identified young Hmong translators and interpreters as a source of need, and he is always looking to bolster the stable. From first employing form 1099 translators that weren’t tested or trained to now fully vetted employees as staff members at places like University of San Francisco and Children’s Hospital Oakland, Glasser’s focus has always remained on human connection and simplifying the industry. “You understand someone’s language, you have the person,” says Glasser. “My perfect view is to make interpreting professional, to make it not such an exotic boutique service business, but to make it as simple as calling the geek squad.”

Perhaps they can call it the Speak Squad. Then they could tell you, “Good morning! Unfortunately, you have diverticulitis. But if you maintain a high-fiber diet, you’ll be just fine.”

Language World Services Inc. is located at 7220 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael. Call 916-333-547 or visit for more information.

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Women’s Empowerment Gala Raises Funds to End Homelessness for Women and Their Children

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Women’s Empowerment graduates celebrate overcoming homelessness in front of 500 attendees at the organization’s 17th Annual Gala in May. Photo by Jon Wallenhaupt

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Five hundred guests at Women’s Empowerment’s 17th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala raised more than $214,000 to support the organization’s job training program for women and mothers experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. The event, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento, had 75 graduates of the program in attendance dressed in ballgowns donated by the community. The evening included a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and inspiring speeches from program graduates. 

Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented Amanda Buccina and Rennie Jemmings of Sutter Health with the 2018 To Heal the World Award, created in honor of Women’s Empowerment’s founding social worker Erie Shockey. The award recognizes a local hero who inspires others to engage in social change and make Sacramento a better place for all. The two nurses were honored for providing street medical care to people who are homeless in Sacramento.

“This event is a powerful reminder that when we come together as a community we can break the cycle of homelessness,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “From the generosity of our donors to the inspiring words of our program graduates, the Gala was a magical night of celebration. The critical donations raised that night will fund our vital mission of ending homelessness through empowerment and employment.”

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,527 homeless women and their 3,684 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 77 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation:

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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Society for the Blind Receives Donation for Device Lending Library

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Society for the Blind staff members show Sacramento Senator Lions Club representatives the device lending library that the club helped to fund with a recent grant. Courtesy photo

Sacramento Senator Lions Club Gifts $10,000

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Society for the Blind received a $10,000 grant from the Sacramento Senator Lions Club to fund a device lending library in the organization's Low Vision Clinic. The lending library will allow patients to borrow low vision devices such as hand-held magnifiers and portable electronic devices to determine if they are a good fit. These devices enlarge text or convert text to speech so people with vision loss can continue to read.

“Thanks to the Sacramento Senator Lions Club, our patients will now have access to vital assistive devices that allow them to maintain their independence,” said Shari Roeseler, executive director, Society for the Blind. “We could not have established this much-needed lending library without this grant.”                    

Society for the Blind operates a full-time Low Vision Clinic in Sacramento and a satellite office in Roseville. It is one of the longest running community-based clinics in the region. The Low Vision Clinic provides care, vision rehabilitation, low vision devices and transportation assistance to more than 375 people each year. Clinics are staffed by three optometrists with special training in low-vision eye care and serve patients with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other congenital and degenerative eye diseases. Clinic staff includes an occupational therapist who works with patients with some functional vision, teaching them techniques to use their remaining vision safely and effectively and providing training on assistive devices.

“The Senator Lions are pleased to make this gift in celebration of the Lions Club International Centennial,” said Senator Lion Vicky Brady, who coordinated the Centennial Gift. “Our longstanding dedication to assisting people with vision loss continues through this contribution to Society for the Blind.”

For more than 60 years, Society for the Blind has created innovative ways to empower individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential. Society for the Blind has grown from a dedicated group of volunteers to a nationally recognized agency and the only comprehensive rehabilitative teaching center that provides services for a 27-county region of northern California. The nonprofit provides low-vision eye care, life and job skills training, mentorship, and access to tools to maintain independence for 6,000 youth, adults and seniors experiencing vision loss each year. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The Sacramento Senator Lions Club was chartered in Lions Clubs International in 1954. The Senator Lions Club belongs to District 4-C5 and resides in the Crocker Zone of the Sacramento Region. The club participates in local community service projects including sponsoring the UC Davis Children's Hospital; providing meals, toys and clothes to the needy via their Salvation Army partners; sponsoring the Sacramento Zoo's Sensory Garden and Fairytale Town's Japanese Garden; and more. To learn more, visit

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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An Evening with Rising Stars Jaclyn Lovey and Dallas Caroline

By Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2018-07-25

Dallas Caroline

On Stage at the Theatre in Auburn

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Jaclyn Lovey and Dallas Caroline are young singer/songwriters who competed during Season 14 of the popular reality TV show The Voice. They both play instruments and love to express their thoughts through song. Music is their passion. Come and enjoy a night of good music by these lovely young ladies.

Hailing from Placerville, 17-year-old Jaclyn Lovey is a local music sensation who gained national acclaim as a contestant on The Voice this last fall. Her blind audition performance was praised by all judges and described her singing as “pure...honest…and genuine.”

Her musical career began at age 11 when she traveled to Nashville to record a single. Her first EP 17, which contains four original songs, was released in 2016. She has worked with famed Australian producer Bill Chambers as well as his daughter, country singer Kasey Chambers.

Jaclyn was an audience favorite at the Auburn State Theatre’s Young Musicians Showcase in 2015, and has a wide range of musical influences, from older classics like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Billie Holliday, to modern artists such as Coldplay and Cage the Elephant.

Santa Rosa teen Dallas Caroline’s dream is to become a country singer. She began singing at age 8 and started playing guitar and piano soon after. In 2017, Dallas had one of her biggest performances at the CMA Fest. She has released covers of Meghan Trainor, Rhianna, and JoJo on Spotify.

Date & Time: Wednesday August 22, 2018—7:30 p.m.

Run time: 2 hours with intermission

Reserved Seating: $18 General, $11 Youth 12 & Under

Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: or 530-885-0156

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AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Some Placer residents can look forward to lower flood insurance premiums as the Federal Emergency Management Agency prepares to issue new flood maps for the region. But in a number of areas, including some mapped for the first time ever, flood risk has increased and will change flood insurance requirements and costs for some property owners.

The new maps are complete and will become effective Nov. 2. Residents whose properties are affected by map changes were notified by mail at the end of June. FEMA’s last mapping update in the county was in 2001.

Residents wanting to learn more about the new flood maps may attend a public meeting hosted by the City of Roseville and Placer County Department of Public Works and Facilities at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville on Aug. 7. FEMA representatives will be on hand to talk with property owners about flood map changes, impacts and how to obtain flood insurance.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting as flood insurance is cheaper if purchased prior to the maps becoming effective and it takes 30 days for a new policy to activate.

The maps cover the entire county, including cities as well as Placer’s unincorporated areas. Over time, water flow and drainage patterns change, so the new maps more accurately reflect the flood risk in Placer County. An estimated 619 parcels are no longer shown in high-risk flood zones on the new maps and 712 estimated parcels have been added to high-risk flood zones.

The largest map changes for the county are in the areas of Squaw Creek, Bear Creek in Alpine Meadows and Linda Creek in Granite Bay.

The number of affected parcels is approximate, as it reflects a comparison of the current flood insurance rate maps, which are paper maps, and the new pending digital flood insurance rate maps.

FEMA’s flood insurance rate maps identify where flooding is likely to occur in the areas studied (along major creeks and rivers), and establish flood insurance premium rates and whether flood insurance is mandatory for properties with federally-backed mortgages.

Many Placer communities have earned high ratings in FEMA’s Community Rating System, which offers discounted rates under the National Flood Insurance Program to communities that reduce flood risk through smart flood plain management and public outreach and education.

Because of Roseville’s $20 million investment in flood protection, it remains the nation’s only community to achieve the highest class 1 rating. This means Roseville property owners receive up to a 45 percent discount on flood insurance. Placer County’s unincorporated areas have a class 5 rating, giving residents a 25 percent discount on flood insurance and putting the county in the top 10 percent of the nearly 1,400 communities that participate in the program nationwide.

The final maps are available for review now on FEMA’s website. To view the specific map for an area, first consult the index maps for the western and eastern portions of the county to find the identification number of the more detailed map, then view or download the specific map for that area from this website. View an interactive, searchable map here. Further information about FEMA flood plain mapping efforts within Placer County can be found by visiting the Placer County Flood Control and Water Conservation District website.

Meeting Details:

Aug. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Maidu Community Center

1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville, CA 95661

For flood insurance information, or to find an insurance agent certified to sell FEMA National Flood Insurance Program-backed flood insurance, visit For one-on-one flood map assistance for properties in the unincorporated county contact program manager Mary Keller at 530-745-7503.

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