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Lodi Chamber honors Outstanding Citizens

89th Annual Lodi district Chamber of Commerce meeting laVerne Walth is awarded lodi’s William t. Harkins outstanding citizen of the Year for 2011. laVerne is pictured with Gary Markle and pat patrick, president/ceo of lodi chamber of commerce. softcom internet communications owners Kevin triplett, Dean barbera and scott Martin in front of their new facility on industrial Drive in Galt.

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By Paige Lampson Staff Writer It was a lovely rainy evening on Thursday January 19th when the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce held its 89th annual meeting and Outstanding Citizens of the Year Cel-

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ebration at the Wine and Roses Inn. Where else but in Lodi would a dozen wineries donate wine for the 300 guests. The staff at the Wine and Roses Inn was see loDi cHAMber on page 2

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By Paige Lampson Staff Writer Softcom Internet Communications Inc has moved to a new facility on Industrial Drive in Galt. This is great news for the rural and city customers who aren’t happy with their current internet speed. Softcom provides many internet services including wireless broadband, internet access, high speed DSL, dial up and dial broadband, domain hosting and spam filtering. According to co-owner Kevin Triplett Softcom’s backbone connection increased ten times from a fractional fiber connection which was 100 mega bits when they were housed on Twin Cities Road to a full giga bit

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connected over fiber to level three in Paulo Alto. “We are the only connection going into Paulo Alto at level three which means our customers will experience outstanding internet connections” says Triplett. “Facebook, Google and all the big carriers use level three. Netflix will also stream much faster. That is our first phase of many upgrades to come.” Softcom can now deliver more bandwidth to customers since the start of the move to their new much larger building. The maximum bandwidth used to be 100 megs, but see soFtcoM on page 6

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Your TLSN.us Local Scoop News loDi cHAMber continued from page 1 magnificent as they speedily served up 300 plates to the diners filled with fillet mignon so tender you didn’t even need a knife to cut it. Chamber President/CEO Pat Patrick mc’d the event and invited Paula Leary to do the Invocation. Board member Rosa Harnack then did the thank yous and accomplishments. Next 2012 Board Chair Dale Gillespie shared a look ahead by releasing some information about business in Lodi’s near future. Pat Patrick then wowed the crowd with many 2011 Chamber and Chamber member accomplishments. He gave everyone a coin that says Inspire Change and encouraged guests to pay it forward when they feel inspired to pass it on to someone who has inspired them. “We want to start working our way out of this economic doldrums that has plagued us for the last five years” says Patrick. “Things are starting to change and change starts up here (Patrick points to his head). The more people spreading positive in any form is going to help us all get to a better place. 75 new businesses joined the Chamber in 2011, so things are looking up.” It was then time for recognition of outstanding service and the first recipient was Charley Hauner for Street Fair Volunteer of the Year presented by Marie Rodriquez. Then Rosa Harnack introduced the Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Joy Freeman. The Leadership Lodi Class of 2011 announced that they picked two projects to fund raise for and after lots of hard work were able to donate $5,000 to the Lodi Literacy Program and $6,205 to One Eighty Teen Center towards new basketball court. Pietro’s Trattoria owners Jim and Annette Murdaca were given the Co-Business of the

pat patrick, president/ceo of the lodi chamber of commerce impressed the crowd with the chamber’s accomplishments at the 89th Annual lodi District chamber of commerce Annual Meeting and outstanding citizens of the Year celebration at the Wine and roses inn.

Year by Phil Felder and Diede Construction family, Steve and Wayne Diede were given the other Co-Business of the Year by Dale Gillespie. Kim Ledbetter –Bronson was awarded the Agri-Business Person of the Year and introduced by Brad Lange. To top off the evening LaVerne Walth was honored as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year for her decades of service to the Lodi Community. Among the many things Walth likes to do are baking and it was shared that she made over 4,000 cheese button raviolis just this last Christmas season. “I am blessed beyond recognition” Walth gushed as she was honored with a standing ovation. The Chamber would like to thank their gracious sponsors of the event. Waste Management, Classic Design Floor to Ceiling, Vino Farms, Lodi Gas Storage, Lodi Memorial Hospital, Drummond and Associates, Wine and Roses, Financial Center Credit Union. Penny Saver, Applied Office, Delta Blood Bank, and American Ag Credit.

Kim ledbetter-bronson is presented the Agri-business person of the year by brad lange, lange twins Winery.

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New Tax Form may shock small firms Businesses that accept credit and debit cards for payment from customers will receive a new federal tax form designed to increase the amount of income tax the federal government collects. The 1099-K form and must be sent out by credit card processors, banks, PayPal and others to any business with 200-plus credit or debit card transactions totaling $20,000 or more in 2011. Copies must be sent to the Internal Revenue Service. Government believes it doesn’t collect all the taxes that are owed. According to Reuters, the IRS hasn’t reported how much tax revenue it loses each year to underreporting. The last estimate the agency released was $345 billion in 2001. The new form called the Merchant Card and Third Party Network Payment was mandated in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

Congress recently repealed a mandate for people to send 1099 forms to anyone to whom they paid $600 for products or services during a year. But they left the 1099K requirement in place. “It’s been off the radar for a while because the law passed so long ago…but I think this is a huge new burden on small business,” said Steven Aldrich, CEO of Outright.com, a Mountain View webbased accounting service with more than 150,000 small-business clients. Outright. com collects payment data without a business owner having to enter the data. The new requirement will hit many online retailers including people who sell on eBay, Etsy and Amazon Marketplace as well as brick-and-mortar retailers that accept credit card and debit card payments. “What’s challenging about this is that the amount of transactions is not the same as revenues because merchants have returns, exchanges, fraud and transactions

not related to their business,” Aldrich said. “Also, you pay tax on income not (gross) revenues. You deduct expenses so you have to break out all that information.” Independent contractors who receive the traditional 1099 form typically only have a few invoices from each client. But the new 1099-K form could cover hundreds or thousands of transactions a month “so it can be pretty complicated,” Aldrich said. Outright.com will include information as part of its $10-a-month standard service fee through the end of April. Some small businesses, such as consultants, may receive a standard 1099 form for a client and a 1099-K form from a bank if the client paid by credit card, Aldrich said, citing a real example from his customers. The forms will be sent out by the end of January, and the information must be incorporated into businesses’ 2011 tax returns.

Dedication set for Margaret Dalton Children’s Center The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians will hold a dedication ceremony for the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center on Thursday, February 9, at 11 a.m. The center is located at 975 Broadway St. in Jackson. The center is named for the former Tribal Leader in honor of her lifetime commitment to the children and youth of Amador County. The date of the dedication is her birth date and has been designated Founder’s Day at Jackson Rancheria Casino. The ceremony will include a dedication by Jackson Rancheria CEO Rich Hoffman and a Ribbon Cutting by Tribal Council members Bo Marks and Robert Dalton, followed by birthday cake for everyone. The center is home to the Amador Parent Cooperative Preschool in addition to the offices of First 5 Amador and the Amador County Child Abuse Prevention Council, plus community meeting space. The public is welcome at the dedication ceremony. For more information, contact Ron Olivero, Director of Entertainment and Events, at 209256-1485.

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Mark Twain St. Joseph’s doubles its professional team serving Angels Camp Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital (MTSJH) Interim Hospital President Patti Monczewski announced that Dr. Steven Mills, nurse practitioner Carla St. Myers, and Dr. Frederick Osborne have joined the Angels Camp Family Medical Center. “We are delighted to expand our commitment in Angels Camp,” said Monczewski, adding “Angels Camp was home to the first of our five Family Medical Centers.” Dr. Steven Mills received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from University of California San Diego, and his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, British West Indies. He completed both an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Rochester and a Family Practice residency at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. Dr. Mills joined Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital in August 2011. Dr. Frederick Osborne received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from Marquette University. He completed his doctorate in 1963 at Marquette University Medical School, now called Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Osborne has worked for Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital since 2003. “I was in private practice in the Bay Area for more than 35 years before moving to the beautiful foothills of Calaveras County.” A well known pediatrician, Dr. Osborne most recently worked in the Valley Springs Family Medical Center. Carla St. Myers, FNP, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from West Liberty State College and her Master of Science from West Virginia University. She is board certified by the (ANCC) American Nurses Credentialing Center. She became a registered nurse in 1996 and a licensed nurse practitioner in 2009. St. Myers joined Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2011. The Angels Camp Family Medical Center provides care in a traditional family practice setting, treating newborns to seniors. With support from a committed staff, the team of medical professionals delivers a range of medical services from preventive care to same day appointments. • Steven Mills, MD, Family Practice (new to Angels Camp) • Athena Taylan, MD, Pediatrics • Frederick Osborne, MD, Pediatrics (new to Angels Camp) • Star Hildabrand, PA, Family Practice • Carla St. Myers, FNP, Family Practice (new to Angels Camp)

Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Copperopolis Family Medical Center changes hours of operation Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Interim President Patti Monczewski announced that the Copperopolis Family Medical Center will undergo scheduling changes, beginning Jan. 23, 2012. The Family Medical Center will be open three days a week, opening 30 minutes earlier for lab draws. “Serving the families in Copperopolis and the surrounding areas is a vital part of our healthcare mission,” said Monczewski. “Both Dr. Nadler and nurse practitioner Marty Eppenberger will continue to provide patient care at the Copperopolis Family Medical Center. Likewise, Dean White, LCSW, and Tim Rourke, Ph.D, remain available for counseling services. We remain committed to providing quality healthcare and excellent customer service as we make adjustments to best meet the volume at our five Family Medical Centers.” Effective January 23, 2012, the hours of the Copperopolis Family Medical Center will be changing as follows. • New days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday • The Copper FMC will be closed Wednesday and Thursday • Providers see scheduled patients 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. (closing for lunch 12:00 – 1:00) • Laboratory draws begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday “We have heard from patients, especially those who cannot eat or drink before a blood draw, that waiting until 9 a.m. is uncomfortable as well as difficult for those heading to work,” notes Dr. Jerrold Nadler, a physician at the Copperopolis Family Medical Center. “Our hope is that patients undergoing laboratory work will find some relief with the earlier opening. Marty and I regret any inconvenience to our patients.” It is recommended that patients make an appointment by calling 754-2968. Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital staff will work to identify an appointment that best suits the patient’s schedule and location need as well.. The Copperopolis Family Medical Center is located at Lake Tullock Plaza, 3505 Spangler Lane, Suite 400, Copperopolis, CA, 95228. In case of a Medical Emergency, always call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. For additional information about FMC hours and locations, please visit www.marktwainhospital.org, scroll to “Medical Services” (found in the left column), then click on “Family Medical Centers.”

“There are plans underway for a medical complex that will include a larger Family Medical Center and a new Women’s Health and Resource Center,” noted Monczewski. “We are so pleased that Dr. Steven Mills, Dr. Osborne, and nurse practitioner Carla St. Myers will join a team known for providing outstanding medical care to Angels Camp residents. Both Dr. Taylan and licensed physician assistant Star Hildabrand have already established a tremendous patient base and will continue to see patients as well.” Both Dr. Mills and Carla St. Myers have been practicing at the Valley Springs Family Medical Center since summer of 2011. They began seeing patients at Angels Camp on January 9, 2012. Their patients can move with them to Angels Camp or choose to continue with the Valley Springs Family Medical Center. Dr. Richard Gonzales returned to Valley Springs Family Medical Center on January 9, 2012. Both practices welcome returning and new patients. The planned 9, 171 sq. ft. medical complex was approved by the Angels Camp Planning Commission in October 2011. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2012. Founded in 1951, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital providing inpatient acute care and emergency services. The hospital’s Medical Staff represent a broad range of specialties that ensure access to high quality medical care in a rural community. In addition to being a major provider of health services, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital is also a major source of jobs for area residents. On average, more than 300 people are employed at the hospital and its five Family Medical Centers. The hospital is a member of Catholic Healthcare West, the fifth largest healthcare system in the nation.

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Bear Valley is embracing the unique climate with a series of new events and programs that will allow guests to enjoy freshly made snow, sunny weather and several activities. Besides skiing and snowboarding, for a limited time guests can enjoy Tubing, Ice Skating and Lift rides with a guided hike. In addition, to coincide with National Learn To Ski Month, Bear Valley is introducing new lesson programs as well. According to Snowsports Director Chris Moore, “The unique weather creates the perfect environment for new skiers and riders to be introduced to the sport in mild weather.” “With 100% of the mountain’s beginner terrain open, now is an ideal time to learn to ski”, he added. Bear Valley Mountain is the premier family adventure and year-round outdoor destination in the Central Sierra, named as a 2012 top travel spot by Lonely Planet. Conveniently located on National Scenic Byway Highway 4 in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, it has over 1,700 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks, and 1,900 vertical feet. Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year. For more information, visit www. bearvalley.com.

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N SCOOP Kirkwood Ski Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Invests in CuttingEdge Airbag Technology to Enhance Terrain Park Experience Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s commitment to staying ahead of the pack when it comes to the freeride and terrain park scenes took a flying leap forward with the resort’s recent announcement that an inflatable airbag will now be a permanent fixture at the resort. Manufactured by U.S. Airbag, this cutting-edge terrain park feature will simulate a soft powder landing allowing skiers and snowboarders to safely attempt new tricks and push the boundaries of the sport. Kirkwood becomes the only resort in the South Shore of Tahoe to have a permanent airbag feature. The resort is targeting mid-February 2012 to have the new attraction up and running. This latest addition rounds out the already impressive terrain park options available at Kirkwood including the Burton Adventure Land, Burton Progression Park and the K2 Stomping Grounds as well as a dedicated Skier/Boarder X Course open to the public. To be eligible to purchase the Frequent Flyer Airbag Pass, guests must first have a valid 2011/2012 Kirkwood season pass and only 50 passes are available. Visit www.kirkwood.com for further details. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation’s top year-round family destination lifestyle resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other Tahoe resort. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. Resort real estate ranges in size from condominiums and townhomes to luxury slopeside residences. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, log on to www.kirkwood.com or call 209.258.6000.

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Jackson Rancheria is bringing back the popular Dinner & a Movie series starting with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Tuesday, February 28. The event will be held in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel starting at 6:15 p.m. Two ticket options are available. For $30 per person, you get dinner, the movie, popcorn, candy and Free Slot Play or Match Play. Purchase tickets at the Dreamcatcher’s Club® in the Casino, by phone at 209-296-5495 or online at JacksonCasino.com. There is also a Dinner, Movie & Hotel Room package for $90 for two people, which includes a hotel room, dinner, the movie, popcorn, candy, and Free Slot Play or Match Play. To purchase, call 800-822-WINN (9466) and ask for package BREAKFAST. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic 1961 romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney. The film was based on a novella by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards. Hepburn portrays Holly Golightly, an eccentric society girl with a sordid past, who falls for and inspires

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SCOOP ABOuT TOWN Valentine A night at Watts Winery

The other reason for her stiff upper lip and positive attitude was to help Rachel not only weather the cancer battle, but also because the Delta Community College student was having facing negative comments from friends and classmates, Rachel Ogren said. “Some of my friends avoided me; they were afraid they’d catch the cancer,” Rachel Ogren said. “Other friends kept asking me why I wasn’t negative and getting ready to die.” The negative comments forced Rachel into a sort of seclusion; “I didn’t want people to know I had this disease.” Kimmberlyn Ogren said she appreciates the generous nature of the Watts family. But for Craig and Sheri Watts, cancer is a neverending battle. It was in 2008 that their youngest son Kyle, 14, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. The diagnosis and battle propelled Watts Winery into raise funds for research into pediatric cancer through sales of their wines. “We don’t want anyone going through what we went through when Kyle was diagnosed,” said Craig

Watts, owner of Watts Winery. And while Kyle is now seemingly out of the woods with his cancer fight, it’s not that way for others. And that’s what motivates Craig and Sheri Watts to continue their fight against the blood-borne cancer. “We know the devastation and angst as parents when a child is diagnosed with cancer,” said Sheri Watts. “As a parent, it’s your worst nightmare when you’re told your child has cancer.” When told Ogren, had a daughter who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the Wattses unselfishly knew what had to be done. “We decided we’d do a fundraiser to help the family,” Craig Watts said. “That night, for every bottle of Watts wine sold, 30 percent of those sales will go toward helping Kim and her family with their cancer battle,” Watts said. “It’s the least we can do to help.” For more information on “Love and Laughter,” visit wattswine.com and click on the events page. To order tickets, go to wattswinery@yahoo.com. Watts Winery is located at 17036 N. Locust Tree Road, Lodi; call 209-329-1569 for information.

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craig and sheri Watts stand with Kimmberly and rachel ogren outside the Watts Winery. Watts Winery will be hosting a fundraiser Feb. 11 for the ogrens after rachel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. By Les Mahler LODI – A night at Watts Winery filled with laughter, food and wine will also help a family dealing with the chilling effects of cancer. On Feb. 11, Watts Winery will be hosting “Love and Laughter,” with comedians Chicago Steve Barkley and Cheryl ‘the soccer mom’ Anderson. And while the event is meant as a footstep into Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, it’s also a fundraiser to help Kimmberlyn Ogren deal with the economic hardship of her daughter’s cancer battle. “For every bottle of wine sold that night, we’ll be donating 30 percent of all sales to help Kim deal with her family’s cancer battle,” owner Craig Watts said. Ogren’s daughter, Rachel, 25, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011; for the single mother of two, the news that her only daughter was fighting cancer was a new nightmare. In 2006, Ogren lost her husband Wayne to liver cancer. He was diagnosed in January 2006 and by

March, he was dead. “He was only 46; he was the love of my life,” she said. When her daughter was diagnosed, Ogren said she was devastated. “I started to think, ‘Oh my gosh, no, this can’t be true, this can’t be happening again.” Ogren, who works part-time as bookkeeper at Watts Winery, said she thought she didn’t have the strength to go through another cancer battle again. Courage and inspiration came from a friend in San Diego; “she’s a professor out there and she had a student who came in crying that her sister had cancer,” Ogren said. What her San Diego friend told her student became the mantra for Ogren. “She told the student that she couldn’t cry in front of her sister;, that everything would be fine.” So, Ogren said she mustered her strength and “put off my nervous breakdowns and panic attacks for Rachel.”

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LiFESTYLE On Valentine’s Day, tradition beats tech for your sweetheart’s gift

(ARA) - Like most things in modern life, romance has gone online. People update their love lives by setting their status to “in a relationship,” “engaged” or “it’s complicated” and online dating is now as common as getting set up by friends - if not more so. However, when it comes to telling your special someone how you feel about them on Valentine’s Day, think traditional, rather than digital. On a holiday that celebrates our most genu-

ine feelings, the world of online greetings lacks important personal connections. In fact, a recent survey, conducted on behalf of premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt, showed the majority of women (57 percent) like to receive traditional gifts on Valentine’s Day, such as chocolates or flowers. However, it’s important to remember that you should buy carefully. Pay attention to the quality of the items you give, make a connection

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ideas for Valentine’s Day treats

(ARA) - Matthieu Chamussy, certified executive pastry chef and chef instructor in the Baking & Pastry Program at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, suggests a wonderfully French confection for this Valentine’s Day: the macaron. Not to be confused with the shredded coconut dessert macaroons, macarons have become increasingly popular stateside. Some news articles say it may be overtaking the cupcake as the “au courant” “must-have confection.” If you search online for macaron gift boxes you can find a number of options ranging from $20 for a dozen to $90 for 35 from a high-end retailer. If you want to try making your own meringue-based treat, Chef Chamussy offers up his recipe below for pink, heart-shaped macarons encircled with raspberries for this Valentine’s Day. Chamussy, born and raised in Paris, learned the art of bread and confection making from his grandfather early on and had the opportunity to learn from the prominent French pastry chef Francois Payard. Since then, Chamussy has worked all over the world including Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

VALENTINE’S DAY MACARONS WITH RASPBERRIES INGREDIENTS: Mixture 1 2/3 cup almond flour 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup egg whites Red color Mixture 2 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1.3 fluid ounces water 1/4 cup egg whites

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with your loved one’s favorite things, and your gifts will be as unique and special as the person who is receiving them. Keep these ideas in mind as you shop for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day: * Handwritten cards. What could be more meaningful than a heartfelt expression of love? Whether you’re telling a family member you’re thankful for his or her love over the years, or detailing all the ways you love your significant

other, taking the time to carefully craft a note just for that person is a great idea. You can be sure they’ll treasure it. If you need some inspiration, consider choosing a photo of you with the person you’re writing to and telling them about your good memories of when the picture was taken. * Chocolates. Make your gift stand apart by putting a little added thought into it. Start by choosing premium chocolate, like Lindt, which is made with the finest ingredients and is sure to be the perfect gift option for everyone on your Valentine’s Day list. Secondly, think carefully about the preferences of the person you’re giving the gift to. If your spouse loves traditional flavors, such as milk chocolate, give him one of Lindt’s LINDOR Gift Hearts, which are filled with smooth-melting truffles. And since the survey revealed the majority of women wish a “Happy Valentine’s Day” to friends and family in addition to their significant other, don’t forget to surprise them with something special as well. Consider giving your mom or dad a seasonal bag of truffles with flavors such as Lindt’s limited-edition milk chocolate with a white chocolate center. And surprise a friend or co-worker with a ready-to-gift option, like a LINDOR Mini Gift Heart, which is a great choice. * Jewelry. The idea of giving jewelry might seem confined to a man giving a gift to a woman. But actually, anyone can give and receive jewelry - you might just need to adjust your thoughts on what falls into that category. For example, a handsome watch or playful cufflinks that perfectly match your man’s style can be a great gift. Husbands shopping for their wives can often feel overwhelmed by the amount of style options available, but taking a creative approach to shopping can make it easier to find just the right thing. Take some snapshots of her favorite pieces on your phone and bring them along to the jewelry store. Together with a sales assistant, use the photos to pick out something that will suit her perfectly. * Flowers. Skip the basic blooms and put a bit more thought into any bouquet you give. Think about the recipient’s favorite colors - you don’t necessarily have to go with pink and red just because those are emblematic of the holiday. If you’re stumped for which flowers to buy for your mother, ask your dad whether he knows her favorite blooms, or ask a florist to help you choose flowers with special meanings. Of course, you can feel free to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” on your sweetheart’s “wall,” but giving a heartfelt, timeless gift will make the holiday one to remember. For more classic gift ideas, visit Lindt.com.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Fresh raspberries Raspberry sauce Rose petals Almond flour, food color and raspberry dessert sauce can be found at Trader Joe’s. User may use bottled egg whites from the grocery store. DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven at 300 F. For mixture 1: Sift the almond fl our with the confectioners’ sugar, stir until combined, set aside. Stir the red color into the egg whites. Add the colored egg whites to the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar, set aside covered with plastic. For mixture 2: In mixer bowl, or in a stainless steel mixing bowl, start whisking the egg whites slowly. Mix the granulated sugar with water in a pot, set on stove to boil. When the syrup reaches 238 F., remove from stove. Start whisking the egg whites on high speed, add the syrup slowly in a steady stream onto the egg whites. Let mixture whip for four minutes. When mixture is done, it should be dense, glossy, very similar to a marshmallow. Fold in 1/3 of mixture 2, into mixture 1, making sure the mixture looks homogenous. Fold in the rest of mixture 2 into mixture 1, folding a little more energetically. Put this mixture in piping bag with a round tip. On a parchment paper, draw heart shapes, spacing them out evenly to facilitate heat circulation in oven. This will be used as a stencil. Place another sheet of parchment on top. Pipe the mixture following the traced heart, making sure not to pipe too thick in order to preserve that heart shape. Start with the outside of the heart, finishing with the inside of the heart. Let set at room temperature approximately 30 minutes until a “skin” is formed on the macaron. Bake in the preheated oven, making sure to leave the door of the oven partially opened for the first 13 minutes of the baking process. Close the door after 13 minutes are up and bake another 10 minutes. Rotate. Bake another eight - 12 minutes depending on macaron size. They should be set up, not moving at all on the sheet and with no extra color. Let cool one hour. The macaron should gently come off the paper and be slightly moist in the center. To finish the dessert, you will need two macaron shells. Place one upside down; start placing fresh raspberries on the edges, trim them if necessary to make them sit straight. Fill the inside with a good quality jam of your choice. Place the other side of the macaron on top of the raspberries. Decorate with a fresh rose petal (organic preferably), and a fresh raspberry. Serve with a good quality vanilla ice cream and a raspberry sauce.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - Monday, February 6, 2012


SNOOP SCOOP The Red Apple

Thursday- Monday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM Location: Highway 4, at Darby Russell Rd., Murphys phone: 209-728-8906, email: clbunch@aol.com Look for us on Facebook.com, review us at Yelp.com The Red Apple is located on Highway 4, just four miles east of the quaint little town of Murphys, California. Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 3200 feet, The Red Apple is home to crisp, mountain grown apples, as well as homemade pies and pastries, freshly pressed sweet cider, and of course, the famous apple cider donuts. Locally produced honey, and syrups, jams and jellies made from our own fresh fruit can also be found. The Red Apple is open for business year-round and has been a landmark for both tourists and locals since the early 1900‘s. This family owned and operated business takes pride in it’s old fashioned bakery, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and it’s apple orchard boasting numerous heirloom apple varieties. The Red Apple welcomes you to visit our country store and enjoy our all-American goodness.

VIOLA Lodi’s Hidden Treasure!

2429 S Stockton St, Lodi, CA 9524 (209) 365-0566

Biz Reviews

Voila is truly one of Lodi’s hidden treasures and like any treasure you need a map to find it. Tucked into the southwest corner of a strip mall on Stockton St. one block past Maggio Circle, Voila is buried between a hair salon and a motorcycle shop but once you discover this amazing shop you will become a regular like me. Owners/sisters Kathy and Lana and family friend Kelly are so upbeat and welcoming to customers and their store is always cleverly staged for every holiday. Unique home decor, affordable “bling” jewelry and live plants make Voila a “must” when shopping for a gift for that special someone for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion....5 stars...well worth the journey!

Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

1301 W Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 368-1831

Alebrijes has moved uptown.

Alebrijes new home at 10 W. Oak St. provides better parking and a larger dining area so that more people can enjoy owner/chef Ruben Larrazolo’s amazing cuisine. A must have is the seasonal guacamole made tableside and the seasonal margarita. Currently the seasonal fruit is pomegranate. My personal favorite is beef medallions with melted cheese and carmelized chipotle onions, but the pork tenderloin with ancho bourbon sauce is a close second. Ruben’s wife Adi greeted us at the door and the entire staff was cheerful and eager to please. I plan to be a regular at this upscale restaurant...trust me this is Mexican food done a whole new way!

Taste of Heaven

216 S School St Lodi (209) 369-5160

As soon as you walk through the door of Taste of Heaven located at 216 S. School St. in downtown Lodi, it feels like home. There are yummy treats to sample and you are surrounded by a vast array of food and gift items. Owner Robyn Grace Jennings and her mom Diane love to cook and are friendly and knowledgeable about the many local products they carry. Need a gift? They have affordable gift items that they will gladly gift wrap for free or they can create a custom gift basket for those people who are hard to shop for. However, today with Valentine’s Day approaching my mission is chocolate...not just any chocolate...only the most yummy and decadent will do. Taste of Heaven’s selection did not disappoint...in fact it was very hard to choose from their vast assortment of dark as well as milk chocolates. Great place to get your chocolate fix.

Snow Scoop

Nick Bongiorno of Morgan Hill hits the slopes at Bear Valley Ski Resort. With man made snow and groomed slopes he didn’t even notice the difference. He said it was well worth the drive.

Mark and Rebecca Smith just bought a home in Bear Valley so they will be able to enjoy all the seasons activities that the sierras have to offer.

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7 yr old Kiran has been skiing for 3 yrs now. He loves coming to Bear Valley where he is a part of the all mountain youth team.

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Your TLSN.us Local Scoop News Valley Springs residents review intersection Improvement Proposal by Plez Hill Valley Springs area residents recently had an opportunity to review plans for making improvements to the intersection of State Highways 12 and 26 for the purpose of alleviating morning and late afternoon traffic jams which occur there during the work week. The evening meeting was held at Valley Springs Elementary School with some 60 people in attendance. During the meeting representatives from Dokken Engineering and the Calaveras County Department of Public Works presented and explained photographic displays to those in attendance. The displays noted where a proposed right turn lane would be created along Highway 26 and onto Highway 12. This is where the old Century 21 building is currently located. The proposed right turn would displace the old building. Additionally, a right turn from Highway 12 onto Highway 26 is proposed to be widened. This turn is located near the historical Valley Springs Railroad Depot. The project proposes to implement these minor improvements to the existing four-way stop controlled intersection without changing the stop sign control. When questions arose about the historical value of the building which currently houses Century 21 and if it had an historical status which could hinder its removal, Dokken representatives said they had hired an historian to look at the building and concluded because

the building had been modified many times, it could not hold historical status despite being old. Proposed improvements at the intersection could include decorative street lights of the old gas lamp design (not traffic lights) and other things of aesthetic value like planters and stamped and colored concrete. A concrete sidewalk is proposed to be constructed in front of and around the railroad depot. Linda Belli, owner of Hoof N’ Boots Saddlery which is located in the depot, complained that this proposed sidewalk along Highway 12 would hurt her business despite the sidewalk having two openings for vehicles to enter and exit. Pamela Dalcin-Walling, project manager of Dokken Engineering, took note of Belli’s concern. Gary Tofanelli, supervisor for District 1 which includes Valley Springs, described the intersection project as being a “Traffic Enhancement Project.” Tofanelli said he expects there to be one more public meeting on the intersection improvement prior to the project going before the Board of Supervisors for its approval. He said he expects the $1.3 million project to be approved by the Board and be completed early next year. The need for the intersection improvements was identified by Caltrans in 2003. An initial study with proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared for the proposed project and is available for

Jared Brown, Calaveras County Department of Public Works, explains proposed improvements to the intersection of State Highways 12 and 26 during a recent meeting on the proposed project held at Valley Springs Elementary School.

public review through January 27. During the public review period, a copy of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and all supporting documents is available at the Calaveras County Department of Public Works in

San Andreas. Additionally, a copy, without supporting materials, is available at the Valley Springs Branch Library during the same review period. For more information, contact Jared Brown at (209) 754-6020.

Calaveras Humane Society lowers cat adoption fees

The Calaveras Humane Society has lowered the adoption fee for cats adopted in the month of January. The cost to adopt a cat from CHS is now only $25, half the normal cost to adopt. Only cats six months or older qualify for the discounted price. “We have an incredible number of healthy, loving cats that need permanent homes,” said Cindi Garringer, CHS Cat Team Lead, “We are lowering the fees so that cost is not a barrier to adoption. These animals need loving

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families.” All cats available for adoption through the CHS have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS; are up-to-date on vaccinations; are spayed/neutered; and some have micro-chip identifications. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the lower adoption cost can visit the Kitty CATalog at www.kittycatalog.org or go to a CHS adoption center: CHS Thrift Store in Arnold located next to Big Trees Market on Highway 4. Cats and kittens are available Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (209) 795-GIVE (4483). Wags and Purrs Pet Boutique in San Andreas located at 576 East Charleston Street. Cats and kittens are available Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Founded in 1978, the Calaveras Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to promote an excellent quality of life for the animals of our county. Our vision is to work for the day when every adoptable animal will have a forever home and when spay/neuter is a routine part of dog and cat care.

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Today’s exciting match-up features the Number Crunchers vs. the Stupendous Sums! Use your math skills to solve these challenging brain teasers created by these two arithmatic-loving teams.

Read this article about Scooper Bowl I. Work with a friend or parent and use your amazing math powers to fill in the missing numbers to complete the article.

Scooper Bowl I is an instant Help Stupendous Sums running back Common Denominator, reach the end zone by moving horizontally or vertically only on even-numbered spaces on the field.

Take a close look at this picture of Number Cruncher quarterback Tim Tally. Find the following numbers hidden in this picture: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.

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Crunchers and Stupendous Sums make fans of both teams feel

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Whoops! These Stupendous Sums fans need your help. Use the code to reveal what their cheer card says. = = = =

evenly-matched Number delivered a game that should

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In the first quarter, the Sums scored three field goals to put 9 points on the board. The Crunchers scored one touchdown and the extra point made the score 9 - 7. In the second quarter, Stupendous Sums running back Bonus Dividend scored __________ points, making the score 16 - 7. But a costly fumble during the extra point attempt gave the ball back to the Crunchers. They scored 7 points

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proud.

on the next possession, bringing the score to _____________ .

Use the clues to complete Number Cruncher Coach Rocky Abacus’ crossword puzzle. 1. 4. 6. 8.

Seven plus nine minus two Twenty-nine minus twenty-two Ninety-seven minus ninety-five Three plus seventeen minus nine

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7.

Thirty-three minus twenty-eight Four plus four plus four Thirty-nine minus twenty-one Eight plus eight plus eight minus eight Sixty-four minus fifty-five Ninety-seven minus ninety six

Write the missing numbers in each row of football jerseys to complete that row’s number pattern.

Find out how to draw football players, fans and more using the numbers 1 to 10. Visit: www.kidscoop.com/kids

STUPENDOUS CRUNCHER FOOTBALL MESSAGE FUMBLE JERSEY SPORTS BRAIN SHIRT COUNT COACH MATH BOWL FANS POSE

Challenge a friend! Each of you have 60 seconds to circle as many numbers as you can find on the front page of the paper. Who found the most numbers? Whose numbers add up to the highest amount?

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Sports reports are often packed with adjectives to describe the exciting action. Choose an article in the sports section and count the number of adjectives you find.

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game at _____________ .

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the fourth quarter, tying the

end the game with the final score

Find the words in the puzzle, then in this week’s Kid Scoop stories and activities.

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The Crunchers scored again in

Imagine you are a pro athlete. Which sport would you play? Write about a career highlight moment.

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