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FROM THE EDITOR Just about a year ago, I flew to LA to drive a UHaul back to Chico with my daughter and her wife. We traded off driving the truck with


the 63 pound bulldog gracing the passenger seat. As a result, I found myself riding shotgun in my daughter’s car for a stretch. Ahead of us

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was an SUV with a single square sticker on the back window reading, “Stupid Cancer.” We drove in silence for a spell before my daughter said, “Yeah, that’s so right.” I nodded and mumbled in agreement and

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we continued on in silence. Funny now to think of that moment. I grew up in a household where we could not say two things—“shut up” and “stupid.” My Dad always told us not to use disparaging words without knowing the true meaning and intent. The word ‘stupid’ comes from the Latin—“to be numb or stunned.” That alone clears the way for any of us to place that word in front of cancer. When you tack on synonyms such as: obtuse, ill-advised and futile, I believe my Dad would even give the nod to use it in this context. Welcome to October, our Cancer awareness issue. Alexander Calder is widely credited for his innovative mobiles and the collage. He once said, “What is not seen, is as important as what is seen.” On the Backpage, you will see a picture of my youngest daughter holding my hand. What you do not see is that I am in intensive care at UCSF. Our cover story shows a framed picture of a Mom and daughter. What you do not see is that the person holding the picture is the daughter who is the focus of our cover story. There is a delightful picture of a row of folks wearing pink hard hats. The fact that one of those has battled cancer multiple times is not evident. Our featured teacher and her unplanned short haircut is in plain



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view. What is not seen is the relief and joy of her husband and two kids. There are adorable pictures of two sisters from Durham and their beautiful long hair. What is not seen are the Cochlear implants they wear. So much of cancer and its battles and tests and vexation, including the actual cancer itself, goes unseen. This issue attempts to put into view that which is not always visible. Each story feels like it was meant to be told, be it grim or celebratory. Cancer is undeniably formidable. No two diagnoses are identical. What is not so subtle is the recurring messages; not to self diagnose, not to ignore symptoms or changes. Do have that test, scan, and routine checkup. Realize that cancer can surface as pain or appear without warning or sign of any kind. Be your own advocate as well as have that someone who is advocating for you. Get a second opinion, maybe a third.


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10 Meet Cool Kid, Jazmin Cauffield, a Chico

55 Bidwell Perk unveils the recipe for their

High gem to be treasured.

Pumpkin Spice Latte.

14 We feature Peyton and Kinley Konyn, navigating their own paths through the world.

63 Our editor reveals his “brush” with cancer.



20 Discover simple changes to ensure a

24 Read through the multiple ways to deal

40 Traditional and not-so-traditional ways for Halloween entryway decorations.

54 Find out what is in season and just where to find them!


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from bars and restaurants, so it is not a coincidence he is currently a big part of La Salle’s recent remodel.

60 Travel influences artist Sheila Groom and shines in her stunning beaded works.

FEATURE 33 Our cover story tells the dual story of



59 Artist Andy Littlefield draws inspiration

healthy diet.

with hair loss.



Donna Messenger and her daughter, Anna.

37 We offer a glimpse at cancer care from the doctor’s perspective.


At the age of 11, the news about her Mom came into the light. She had been fighting stomach cancer. None of this was easy, fun, or was going to go well. Her Mom’s birthday was in July. She passed away in August. Jazmin will tell you that her Mom gave her the greatest gifts in life. The belief that

“I can get over anything,” and that “I can do this!” Her freshman year in high school, Jazmin decided to sign up for FFA ag biology. This was a deal breaker in her high school pathway. FFA has allowed Jazmin so many possibilities of lifelong learning. This has included a wealth of local knowledge about the Chico area. It is the leadership path which made the biggest impact. Her junior year, Jazmin became secretary and now, in her senior year, is the president. She loves the ag leadership because, “It is the root of everything that happens.” The people involved are dedicated to the overall success of the program. Her involvement each Spring in the fair also offers life changing results. Jazmin’s commitment to raising and showing lambs has resulted in her future vocation, a large animal veterinarian.



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That whole concept of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade is lost on Jazmin Cauffield. She took it to believe that you turned it into lemonade stands which would eventually become franchised. You see, Jazmin, at a young age, took a hard hit and never flinched. She remembers her Mom, the registered nurse, and the way she took care of people. She looks back on the Thursday night dinners with the family hanging together, watching Survivor. She remembers, at three, her Mom getting sick, and going to live with her cousins. She embraced this as super fun, like having a sleepover every night.

The best thing that happened came from a discovered disability, her difficulty to comprehend. She did not qualify for special ed, however her dad was instrumental in landing Jazmin in an academic support class. She met Susan Chrisco and David Teja who, according to Jazmin, “Are the sweetest people in the world.” She not only received the help she needed, but now is a tutor for the football teams’ Athletes Committed program run by Susan and David. She adores this opportunity to be in a support position of her favorite teachers. Jazmin plans on attending Butte to complete her requirements for transfer. One that has a program including a large animal. Davis appears to be the frontrunner.


Moment I realized I had made it: My first day as a freshman at CSUC and my first teaching job. Worst excuse ever from a student: Cat peed on my homework. Had proof in a gallon sized ziploc (or is that the best excuse ever?). First three songs listed on my life playlist: “I’m Still Alive” Pearl Jam, “Every Rose Has A Thorn” Poison, “Get A Grip” Aerosmith Single biggest indulgence: Coffee and chocolate chip cookies with no nuts. Ocean or river? Beach or campsite? Why? Ocean, beach. Love the sound of the waves crashing. Still on my bucket list: Going to Hawaii My “go to” Chico spot: Any quiet spot in the park by the creek.







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If I weren’t a teacher, I’d be: Not sure, wanted to be a math teacher since high school.

What my life will look like in five years: More hair, teaching math, and being the best mom I can be. Teacher I remember the most from being a student: Mrs. Nellos, she had a magical way of teaching geometry. Summer break is for: Working out, golfing, and hanging out with my family and friends. Book that left a lasting impression on me: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty Last thing I binge-watched: “Once Upon A Time”

The inspiration to teach came from: Mr. Cramer and Mrs. Nellos helped me see how fun it can be.

One thing I am exceptionally good at: I hope that it is making learning math fun.

Three qualities that got me where I am today: Being positive, hard work and always finding a way.

One thing I am epically bad at: Knowing the difference between my right and my left.

One change education needs tomorrow: Smaller class size, I’d like to help all of my students.

My personal billboard would read: No need to fear, The Girt is here.


Passion. Energy. Kindness. These words are spoken about Kerrie Girt, who has taught math for 15 years at Chico Junior High. Her approach that makes math both accessible and fun makes her a perennial favorite. That energy took a hit on October 25th of last year with the diagnosis of breast cancer, causing a difficult year for Kerrie, her husband Kevin, son, Kenton, and daughter, Kensington. She recently returned to teaching, and on August 30th, received her last radiation treatment. Her prognosis is excellent and we praise Kerrie for her bravery and wish her all the best in the years to come.

What gets me out of bed each morning: My kids, Kenton and Kensington.


The Sound of Silence Siblings are notoriously recognized as being diametrically opposed. Peyton and Kinley Konyn, daughters of Adam and Amanda, qualify as perfect candidates to confirm this notion. So much so that they are known for living on the corner of Zebra Court and Unicorn Street. Peyton, who is approaching 10, is the zebra. Her straightforward, easy manner coupled with her pragmatic approach, breathes life into the black and white world she prefers to live. Kinley, the 5 and a half year old pixie, with the glint in her eyes and impish smile, lives her life close to the clouds with a keen sense of all things bright. Peyton is athletic, competitive and possesses a love of both practicing and playing. Kinley proceeds through life neither trying to be ahead or behind, all the while searching for a 14

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path that will transport her to colorful dreams. These girls, together, share something that is best captured as living the perfect paradox. They both were born deaf but both have the ability to hear. In a world where many expecting parents hope aloud that their little one will come out with “ten fingers and ten toes,” the winds of fate too often appear to be blowing in a different direction. For those rare parents who discover after birth that their perfect little bundle has a horrifying defect, the same winds blew directly in their faces, sending them not so much into a nightmare but rather a vacuum. A deep, dark chasm full of loneliness and questions. Adam and Amanda Konyn came face to face with one

such chasm. It is not like it is bad enough to get the news that your newborn is deaf, no, the fact that this tiny bundle must be sedated in order to have the hearing test qualifies as frightening at best. Turns out, that proved to be just the beginning. In Amanda’s words, the first three years of Peyton’s life “were horrific.” Trips to Sacramento and Stockton verified the horror with little support. Finally, the discovery of Oakland’s Children Hospital began to shed the proper light. Still, those three years “were the loneliest time of my life due mainly to the devotion of 24/7 language development.” Those First Five commercials on television urging parents to talk, sing and read established nothing more than a grueling learning


curve for Amanda. The end of these three focused years brought with it an entirely new quandary. The seemingly Catch 22 of raising Peyton solely as a deaf child, or have a Cochlear implant installed allowing for access to the hearing world. After much research, debate, interviews and advice from both sides; the decision to have it installed was reached. Peyton was to receive an implant. Research reveals that it may be best when implanted at a young age, during the critical period in which the brain is still learning to interpret sound. One of the first sounds Peyton heard was a lawnmower. She signed to her mother, “Is that music?” And so a new venture began. Sure enough, this venture was joined by the news of another pregnancy and the wonder of way beyond the whole ten fingers and toes thing. This news included a new question. What if? Amanda admits openly that in her view, the greatest thing ever would be if this baby also was born deaf. There exists a twofold reasoning; one, the fact these two would forever have each other for support without any critical comparison; and the admission by Amanda the fact that this was the only way she knew how to raise them both. Kinley’s birth brought a new focus for Amanda. The importance of honoring the girls deaf identity while allowing access to the “hearing world.” The obvious controversy circling around this is the “either or” argument. Either you allow this access and become oral, or deny it, and rely solely on signing. In a world where we cannot control fate, serendipity needs to exist. For the Konyns, that came right from the tight knit community they lived. Durham houses the county’s deaf and hard of hearing schools. This comes with the full support of the Butte County Office of Education. For Adam, Amanda and the girls, this meant countering this argument with the “both and” approach. The clearness of honoring and simultaneously allowing. Cochlear implants are not an end all. Setting all the technical jargon aside, they come with limitations not only of authentic sounds but also ineffectiveness due to background noise and group settings. The girls are part of both the mainstream classes and the inhouse school-within-a-school where the girls have become fluent in sign language. The BCOE offers a summer school for the reinforcement of operating in a world with and without sounds. Amanda joyfully confesses that she wondered if she would ever hear the utterance, “Mom.” On her 32nd

birthday, Peyton played and sang “happy birthday” to her. In a quiet moment, Amanda whispered to herself, “I have made it!” The future is not without challenges. Adam and Amanda have discovered that they both carry a gene that 1 in 100,000 couples have, making it possible for both girls to be born deaf. There remains the recommendation for genetic testing for the discovery of possible syndromes that could lead to other things such as possible thyroid condition or others. These possibilities also may not exist at all. For now, the normalcy of this family of four going forward appears celebration enough. At least as normal as life can be on the corner of Zebra Court and Unicorn Street. 15


health concerns she spots. “I'm actually hands on looking at every part of your dog's body. So something that you might miss, I'll find it, and tell you about it.”

Happy Pets, Happy Life Muddy Paws Pet Grooming is celebrating its 15th year serving dog owners in Paradise and the surrounding area. Tucked back in the country, Muddy Paws is a luxury pet spa that offers full dog grooming services for all breeds in a calming, home-like atmosphere. Owned by veteran poodle show person and groomer extraordinaire Joan Gatrell, this premier pet salon will have your dog looking and feeling like a million. At 18, Joan learned the trade, working in other shops, before opening her first grooming business, Clip N Clean. However, eager to escape the monotony and expense of living in the Bay Area, Joan decided to move and open a new grooming shop in Paradise. She named it Muddy Paws Pet Grooming after Lord Muddy Paws, a stocky, chocolate-colored poodle she used to groom. “It just clicked, and up here, I mean, we've got muddy paws,” Joan says, laughing. Recently, Joan has relocated her business to a scenic property on Hillcrest Drive in Paradise that will finally allow her to accommodate her beloved horse, Michael. Joan has big plans for the property, hoping to clear the land and put in a driveway loop where customers can conveniently drop off and pick up their pets. 16

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Over the years, Muddy Paws has gained a loyal following of dog owners who want only the very best for their canine companions. Joan could not be more grateful to the community for allowing her to care for their beloved pets. “I just want to reach out and give a big thank-you to my past, current and future customers,” she says. With her impressive 40 years in the dog grooming business, as well as her experience with showing her miniature and standard poodles, it is no surprise that Joan has earned a reputation in the area for her professional services. “I live and breathe dogs,” she says. “I take great pride in what I do.” Joan is not only skilled in grooming, but also highly informed about dog health and nutrition. Thanks to her experience with raising her award-winning poodles, she is well versed in the care of healthy, happy dogs. “I have a lot of knowledge as far as health problems and bad skin, things of that sort,” Joan says. “I'm not just a groomer, but I can actually help people before they have to go to the vet.” Offering a wealth of knowledge about upkeep, care, and common health problems such as sensitive skin or irritated eyes, Joan notifies customers of any abnormalities or

On top of the health advice Joan has to offer, she also makes sure that every dog who visits her spa leaves with a great haircut. “I love turning a ragamuffin into something just drop-dead gorgeous,” she says. “And I love to see the people's faces when they come to pick them up…and the dogs love it too. They love to be cleaned up.” While Joan is usually completely booked out, she currently has openings and is accepting new customers. “With the holidays right around the corner, you may want to book your appointment now,” she says!



The Gift of Sight As a young girl residing in Los Angeles County, Barbara Allen lived a pretty normal life. Born with 20/20 vision, she grew up without much special concern for her eyesight. She lived with her parents in a humble home during those years growing up in Southern California, without many extraneous conveniences to speak of. Their clothes were hung in the backyard to dry after washing as they didn’t have a clothes dryer, and she would routinely bring the clothes in at sundown. One evening, after she turned 18, her mother asked her to go into the garage and turn on the backyard light so she could bring the clothes in. It was pitch black as she felt her way through the garage, but before she could find the light switch, she ran into the edge of their barbecue grill. She saw a bright flash of light and then nothing. The edge of the grill had struck a nerve in the bridge of her nose causing optic nerve damage, instantly changing her eyesight forever. The experience signaled the start of a long journey with ocular difficulties. Her vision slowly returned, but it was clear things would never be the same. Her doctor required that she wear sunglasses at all times, both indoors and out, as her eyes had become hyper-sensitive to light. By the time she was 25, rose-colored bifocals had become a permanent fixture upon her nose. Over the decade that followed, Barbara’s eyesight continued to worsen to the point where bifocals were no long enough to properly assist her vision. In 1980, Barbara and her son made a trip to Paradise to visit her parents who had recently retired. They loved their visit so much that they decided to stay. New to the area, Barbara began researching eye doctors and happened upon Dr. DiPietro. She enrolled as his patient and the two became fast friends. During an exam in 2010, he found that she was developing cataracts in both eyes and notified her that they would want to keep tabs on it. When he decided to retire, he turned his practice over to Ridge Eye Care’s Dr. Rudick and specifically told him about her case and the history of eye problems since her accident. In 2014, Dr. Rudick found that she was also developing glaucoma in both eyes. As neither the cataracts or glaucoma had reached the point of operational significance, Barbara had to use eye drops each night to relieve the pressure in her eyes. She continued doing so until 2017 when the cataracts and glaucoma had both reached the point where they could be operated on. Dr. Rudick asked Barbara whether she was comfortable with laser cataract surgery and Barbara unsurprisingly answered, “Absolutely! I’m all for it!” As an avid reader, her favorite pastime had become more and more difficult over the years, and she was understandably excited at the opportunity to enjoy it once again. Dr. Rudick set up an appointment with Dr. McGraw, one of the resident surgeons at North Valley Eye Care in Chico. During their consultation, Dr. McGraw asked Barbara if he could perform both surgeries at the same time, if it were possible. She agreed, and on April 17th, 2017 Barbara went in for her first surgery. 18

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In less than one hour, Dr. McGraw was able to remove the cataracts and surgically treat the glaucoma in her left eye. When she met with Dr. Rudick 24 hours later for a follow up, her vision had jumped from 20/80 to 20/30. She had her second surgery on May 1st, 2017 and experienced the same improvement. Now, almost 18 months since her first surgery, Barbara’s eyesight is nearly 20/20. “It was so amazing” Barbara said, “within 24 hours I didn’t have glaucoma or cataracts. It was just life changing. To get out of bed in the morning with perfect vision and not have to wear glasses or use eye drops is something really special! Greens are greener and reds are so vibrant. I really enjoy being able to see the rainbow again. You miss out on so many things when you have bad eyesight, and this just feels so good. It’s amazing to finally see what I remember seeing when I was a child.” Asked about her experience with Ridge Eye Care and North Valley Eye Care, she says, “I’ve had to see a lot of eye doctors since my accident, and I’ve seen them up and down California. This is the number one place throughout the state. They have the best doctors and such a wonderful staff. Everyone is so professional and friendly. I just couldn’t be happier with my results and I would recommend them to each and every person who asks.” IF YOU’RE LIKE BARBARA, AND THINK IT’S ABOUT TIME TO ASSESS YOUR VISION, CALL RIDGE EYE CARE IN PARADISE AT 530.877.2250 OR NORTH VALLEY EYE CARE IN CHICO AT 530.891.1900. BARBARA’S AMAZING RESULTS CAN BE YOUR AMAZING RESULTS, AND, YOU, TOO, WILL KNOW WHY THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE PLACE FOR EYE CARE!



In a world where there is more information than there is self control, take a few minutes to implement these simple suggestions. They may offer to you the much needed gumption to fight off cravings while staying focused on improving your consumption habits.

Change #1: Stick To Your Shopping List

There are plenty of diets out there, each with its own methodology for helping you consume healthy fuels. Let’s face it, none of those diets can protect you from the temptation of dropping an “off list item” into your shopping cart. Before you shop, make a list on a piece of paper or a note card and keep it in your hand as you shop. I enjoy crossing off the items as I place them in the cart, each checkmark a sign that I am sticking to the healthy meal plan I worked so hard to find! Save your lists so that you can reflect on purchase patterns over time.

Change #2: Hydrate Aggressively

When I get ready to kick healthy habits into high gear, I make sure that my cupboard is stocked with Klean Kanteens and my refrigerator has a pitcher of filtered water. I have come to appreciate this pitcher as it pours faster than the water spigot and delivers cold, refreshing goodness. This combination makes it easier to drink water 20

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aggressively. No sips here, get a few gulps in every time you pick up your Kanteen or glass.

Change #3: Keep A Healthy Snack At Your Fingertips

Make it easier to make smart, healthy choices by keeping a piece of fruit or a healthy meal replacement bar in sight. As I am a “get up and go” type of morning person, I make sure to grab a piece of fruit on my way out the door. Though it might sit in a cupholder in my truck for a few days, I am always glad that it is there when I am hungry and still have a commute ahead of me. The fruit holds me over until dinner time without ruining my appetite. These simple changes can make a dramatic impact on your habits and your healthy diet. I find that the most powerful changes a person can make are the ones that are easy to follow through with. Commit to these three simple changes, and feel much closer towards your health improvement goals!




Scott Amick is a Biomechanist. For more information, Scott can be reached at 209.603.4660.


Don't compromise on your

Skin's Health! Our skin is an amazing organ, in that it can heal and repair itself fairly quickly. However, there are definitely products that can accelerate this process.This is especially true when skin is affected by illness, injury, or medications. Natural skin cell turnover takes about two weeks when we are babies, three to four weeks as a teenager. This slows down dramatically after age 50 to 45–90 days! Other factors affect this equation as well. Injured or compromised skin can take 4 to 8 weeks to function normally after an illness or injury. Burns take longer because they develop deeper wounds and more tissue is damaged. Similarly, skin cell function is compromised during chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and also when a patient is on anti-cancer drugs. As a result, skin may be thinner, bruise more easily, and be discolored or exceptionally dry during cancer treatment. There are a range of skin care products that can be used to help strengthen and heal the skin. The gentler the better remains the rule when used with overly sensitive skin. Gentle creamy cleansers, alcohol-free toners, and moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration are essential to skin health. This is especially true in post-trauma and post-cancer treatments. At the DermBar, we recommend Obagi and Avene products to address the changes in compromised skin. We also carry TNS from SkinMedica and Regenica. These products contain growth factors to stimulate tissue regeneration and nourish depleted skin. Call us at 530.342.2672 to see what products and services we can recommend to give you your healthiest skin! DERM BAR MED-SPA 85 Declaration Dr. Suite 100 Chico, CA 95973 530.342.2672


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Inflammation or swelling is a normal, biological reaction to an injury or infection in the body. There are three stages of healing after an injury: First, is called the “Inflammatory Response.” Seconds after the injury, the body increases blood flow to the area. The increase in blood flow causes redness, swelling, and warmth. The increased blood flow also brings specific cells to the injured area whose job requires them to remove the damaged tissue. Second, is called the “Repair and Regenerate” phase. Depending on the severity of the injury, this phase can last anywhere from two days to eight weeks. During this phase, the body is forming and laying down scar tissue. At this time, the body is not so much worried about the functionality of the scar tissue, just simply forming it. And because of this, the new tissue somewhat resembles a disorganized bird nest. Unfortunately, the newly-formed scar tissue is weak and susceptible to reinjury until the 3rd and final phase. This final phase of inflammation is the “Remodelling” phase. For the next several months, the injured area is attempting to

strengthen the scar tissue by taking that bird nest scar tissue and lining up the fibers in a linear and orderly structure. Many people relate inflammation or swelling to a single event or specific injury such as rolling an ankle or whiplash in a car accident. What is commonly overlooked are the repetitive, minor injuries that don’t seem to be damaging at the time. For instance, sitting on a poor chair at work for eight hours can be considered a repetitive trauma which can initiate the inflammatory response in a person’s lower back. What we hear from patients at our office is that the lower back will usually feel; sore, achy, or stiff by the end of the work day. At night, they will try ice, heat, take anti-inflammatories, hang upsidedown, and just about everything else they can think of. This can be a vicious cycle with seemingly no end.

H E A LT H A D V I C E VIA D R . D A V I D M A S O N , DC & DR. MICHAEL JUNK, DC For more information on this topic or any other health related issues, Dr. David Mason, DC and Dr. Michael Junk, DC are happy to meet with you for a free consultation. Chico Chiropractic Center, formally owned and operated by the renowned Dr. Gary Weddell, DC is located at 1140 Mangrove Ave. Ste. C in Chico. Call their office at 530.345.3043 to schedule your free consultation.



Hair loss is something that men and women of all ages have struggled with for many generations. Whether the hair is naturally thinning due to genetics, or from a medical condition (i.e. chemo treatments, thyroid, alopecia, stress) it’s never something that is easy to deal with. However, there are many options one has to look and feel confident during, and after, hair loss. It is very important to prepare for your hair loss and plan in advance. If you know you are going to lose the majority of your hair and are interested in wigs or hairpieces, it is important to come in early when you still have hair so that you can try to find a style similar yours. Most people tend to feel more comfortable in a style and color that is similar to their natural hair. However, buying a wig may be the best time to experiment with new styles and colors. If you are losing hair due to a medical condition, you can talk to your doctor about writing a prescription for a “cranial prosthesis” which is the medical term for a wig. Once you have a prescription, you may want to check with your insurance company to see if that is something that is fully or partially covered in your policy. All companies are different so it becomes very important to contact them. 24

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Here at Laura’s, we carry a wide variety of wigs and hairpieces. For those who are not interested in such things, we also have an assortment of caps, scarves, and hats. We have different styles, colors, and fabrics to fit each person’s individual look. We can also do special orders if we do not carry what you have in mind. The most popular is definitely our bamboo caps. Everyone loves the soft, breathable fabric and the comfortable fit. People lose most of their body heat through the top of their head, and with the cold months approaching, caps such as these are perfect for keeping your head warm and cozy at night. Losing your hair is never easy, but we, here at Laura’s, will do everything in our power to make it as easy as possible for you. With our factory trained wig specialist and knowledgeable staff, we will help you find exactly what you are looking for.




Lila Rich is a cosmetologist at Laura’s Wig and Beauty Supply and Salon located at 872 East Ave in Chico or call 530.342.1200.



Medicare's Annual Election Period OCTOBER 15 THROUGH DECEMBER 7

October 15 through December 7th is the time to look at your Medicare Part D & C options! Medicare Part D is prescription coverage. During the Annual Election Period (AEP) you are encouraged to review your prescription plan to ensure you have the best coverage for 2019. Every year the 25+ Part D Plans change their formularies, tier structure, co-pays and deductibles. How can I look at my plan options?

*Please note that if you have a retiree plan you should not enroll in a Medicare Part D Plan or you risk losing retiree coverage. Call HICAP if you have questions about your options. Medicare Part C stands for Medicare Advantage. Butte County does not have Medicare Part C at this time. Changes for 2019 are available when the AEP begins. To get additional information or to sign up for a workshop call your local HICAP at 898.6716 or 800.434.0222.

• Call HICAP for a personalized plan comparison • Log on to Medicare.gov and use the Plan Finder tool • Call Medicare directly at 800.633.4227 • Talk to your agent or broker • If you prefer to keep your current plan—call the plan to make sure they still cover your prescriptions and what the prices are for 2019 26

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"This project was supported, in part by grant number 90SAPG0052-02-01 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy."

a guide to patients and non-patients so they can have access to the resources available in their time of need. UL: What is your “why” for what you do? NL: I have a job that provides responsibilities that are fulfilling and satisfying every time I am able to help someone in need. I enjoy what I do on a daily basis! UL: What is something you’ve learned while working with HICAP that has helped you in your own life? NL: I have learned many new things. Being a Certified HICAP Counselor has better prepared me for when my friends or family members become eligible for Medicare. The training allowed me to assist my mother, who is currently on Medicare, choose the right plan for Part D as some medications are covered on certain plans and others are not. Due to my training, I have been able to help her understand her rights and know how often she can change plans.

NEYMI LEON H E L P I N G O T H E R S N A V I G AT E H E A LT H C A R E Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Neymi Leon moved to Northern California with her parents when she was three years old. She has been here ever since. Now a mother to three teenagers, she works full time as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at Ampla Health Gridley Medical where she has the opportunity to help patients and non-patients allocate community resources through county, state, and federal programs. She is certified through Covered California and helps enroll participants into Medi-Cal, Medicare, or the medical plan of their choice if they qualify. Neymi also helps individuals who do not qualify for medical insurance register for Ampla Health’s Sliding Fee Program, so they can receive the healthcare they need at a very low cost. Finally, she helps conduct outreach through community events within the six counties they serve—Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba. We caught up with her to find out why she does what she does and what it has meant to her life.

UL: How would you describe HICAP to someone? NL: HICAP offers free services in the community, such as counseling services and education to individuals that are new to Medicare and individuals who are currently on Medicare in need of assistance. HICAP assists with enrollment into different assistance programs and conducts education presentations in the community on topics like Medicare Part D plans. All these services are provided through individuals that are mostly working on a volunteer basis.

UL: What has surprised you the most about working with HICAP? NL: I’ve been surprised that many individuals who are on Medicare don’t know about the different parts, benefits, and cost of the program. The most amazing thing I have seen by working with HICAP is the willingness of individuals to volunteer their time to educate our community on it. UL: What do you do to avoid burnout? NL: I maintain a positive attitude every day by focusing on the positive outcome of every situation. UL: When you are not working at Ampla or with HICAP, what are some of your hobbies? NL: When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy doing arts and crafts with my kids. I like to go to theme parks as well—my favorite being Disneyland! If there is time for a weekend getaway, the beach is my go-to place. My biggest commitment and hobby that I have, though, is spending time with and caring for my family.

UL: What inspires you to be involved with HICAP? NL: At Ampla Health, it’s very important to serve and help our Medicare patients, and I was given the opportunity to attend trainings and become a Certified HICAP/ Medicare Counselor. In the past, I’ve had my own struggles allocating resources because I didn’t have anyone to help me. I now serve as 27


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Follow Your Passion

With the literal sense that his patients were his family, Dr. Walker took great care in what was the right thing to do with his practice. He was careful to choose who he would sell his practice to. Along came Dr. Gary Johnson, a “wonderful guy,” and the right person to take this practice over. Dr. Walker is still so grateful as he noted that, to this day, the entire original staff is still there. Stepping aside took Dr. Walker and his wife, Kathy, to Palm Desert for all important rest and recovery.

This came with the good news that one month of radiation shrunk the tumor to nothing. He credits Enloe as an “awesome” experience and will remain ever thankful for everything they did for him and his family. Palm Desert in the winter and summers in Lake Almanor remained a constant cycle for several years. This past summer, a decision was reached. It occurred on a random day in the garage in the Almanor home. Dr. Walker was at his workbench, finding himself sorting the nuts and bolts for the third time. He reached into the mini-refrigerator, grabbed a beer, opened it, sat down and asked, “What am I doing?” He had reached the acute awareness that “people are put on earth for their passion.” Dr. Walker returned to Chico in search of a practice he could once again call his own. He is delighted to reveal that Forest Avenue Dental, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is now open for business. As if the smile on his face could grow any wider or brighter, it did, when he revealed his daughter, Katie, was joining him as a hygienist. His sheer delight at returning to work is palpable. He cannot emphasize enough what it means to once again establish that feeling of family in this, his new practice.


Dr. Gary Walker’s passion is dentistry. It was what he wanted to do, what he did for 30 years, and what he wants to continue doing. As a result of this passion, his patients reaped benefits as the care and atmosphere of his office made them feel like they were a part of Dr. Walker’s family. Therefore, when a lump began to grow on the side of his face by the ear, he was more concerned about his patients than himself. Diagnosed as Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a surgery in August of 2012 appeared to be the answer. In November, the lump started to grow back and radiation was recommended. Of course, Dr. Walker continued to practice through it all. This was no small task as with each radiation treatment came with a scan prior to each. His staff would block out a couple of hours each day for his treatments. Two weeks later, the treatments got to him, and, with the realization that radiation may not work, he knew he had to step away from his beloved practice.


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Full Circle For comprehensive therapy and pediatric intervention services provided by a passionate team of highly trained medical professionals with strong neurologic backgrounds, choose Full Circle Speech Therapy. This interdisciplinary private practice located in Chico is able to provide evidence-based speech therapy, occupational therapy and dietary evaluations and treatment. In addition to speech therapy services, this group is specialized in feeding therapy, food aversion disorders, and sensory integration. At Full Circle Speech Therapy, potential clients benefit from the expertise of both a speech and an occupational therapist. Additionally, the practice has a registered dietitian on staff to support the team in making feeding and weight gain goals for children who are suffering from feeding aversions and disorders. “Research really demonstrates that using that interdisciplinary approach helps the patient get the progress that we want to see faster. The fact that when a client comes in they have access to speech, occupational, and dietary all in the same location is really kind of the highlight of what our practice does in terms of treating the patient fully—treating them all the way around,” says owner and professionally certified Speech-Language Pathologist Elizabeth Vichi. Since starting the practice two years ago, Vichi and her team have gained a reputation for their strong interdisciplinary approach to treatment and assessments. “The word is definitely spreading,” Vichi says. Many of the clients treated at Full Circle are children with feeding aversions. These include children with swallowing disorders that put them at risk of aspirating and developing pneumonia as well as children with sensory integration complications that may limit what they can eat. During their initial evaluation, Vichi or occupational therapist Meredith Valezquez, may determine that the child is at risk of nutrition or hydration deficits due to feeding aversions, which are often seen in children on the spectrum, or children who have problems with sensory integration. “They may not have the autism diagnosis, but there's definitely some sensory things in terms of what they’ll eat, what they'll touch, what they will put in their mouth,” Vichi says. “And when that limits what they can eat, we're dealing with a nutritional component.” In these cases, Vichi and Valezquez will create a plan of care that includes dietary services. Registered dietitian Jennifer Tranberg will do a full diet analysis. She utilizes the results of the feeding assessment of the textures the child will or will not eat and

provides a list of alternative and suggestions that might be tried to boost a child’s nutritional intake. “That’s where the whole team process comes in because Elizabeth and Meredith will go and work on the client’s ability to actually consume these foods,” Tranberg says.


Bringing Treatment

Depending on their individual needs, the client may also work with occupational therapy to help them with their ability to complete everyday tasks. “I help them with the occupation of daily living,” says Valezquez. “So if these kids can't dress themselves by age five or feed themselves because they have oral sensory integration issues, that's kind of where I come in.” To ensure the therapeutic process continues throughout the week and not just when the client is seen in the office, Vichi may recommend home programs. During these home visits, different members of the team will implement the treatment plan and work with child in their natural environment. For the children in the 0-3 population, Madie Myers supports the speech and language treatment plan created. Myers gives weekly reports to Vichi regarding the progress she has made with clients during home visits. “Every week, Madie comes in and her babies are talking and they're signing and they're communicating,” Vichi says. “If it wasn't for her going in there and showing them how to do it, we don't know where these kids would be as far as their communication goes. We know children learn best in their own natural environment most of the time.” Each child’s treatment plan includes education of, and collaboration with, the parents to ensure their child is achieving optimal gains. Each and every patient seen by the Full Circle team receives an individualized treatment plan. Part of every client’s treatment plan involves the development of strong support systems, whether it be from parents, nursing support staff, or other caregivers and paraprofessionals. “Sometimes as a parent you feel a little defeated because you don't know what to do for your kid,” Vichi says. “With a team around them and having the family be a part of the team, everyone gets the education and instruction to contribute to goal progress in clients.” Full Circle also financially works with clients to make sure they get all the services they need, with receptionist Maddie Stone helping to navigate the insurance process. What each member of the team has in common is a love for their job, and their shared passion for helping their clients contributes to a fun and effective working environment. “We have a lot of fun here, and the reward for us is progress in the client from communication, to sensory awareness and regulation, to increased nutritional intake and growth,” Vichi says. A RAPIDLY EXPANDING PRACTICE, FULL CIRCLE SPEECH THERAPY CURRENTLY HAS OPENINGS AND IS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. FOR A FREE CONSULTATION, CALL 530.892.9127. 31

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between these two from September, 2015 to present day is not unlike an onion replete with its many layers. It began in the school year of 2009–10 when Anna moved from Butte College onto her Mom’s campus to pursue her degree. Her soon-to-be-husband purchased a home at the very same time. This new home, a girl’s “farm,” with its three acres, played an important role in the overall story. Filling it with a horse and chickens, each named by Anna herself, this prized piece of property led to her current and future sobriquet, A Girl and Her Farm. She carried this new name as a necessary distraction from the workload of her college classes. Anna had been raised in 4-H and was no stranger to DIY projects. Three years later, on schedule to graduate, a Spring Break vacation to Hawaii produced both a proposal and a pregnancy. Of course, the proposal came first and the discovery of the pregnancy upon returning home. Anna received her diploma with a degree in Liberal Studies and promise of a teaching credential in Special Education. A marriage to Matt at the end of summer and the birth of a baby boy in November set the way for a surprising new twist to this story without straight lines. The news of another pregnancy in February led to baby boy number two, born on Halloween day, 2014. Wondering just what could possibly happen next, the couple turned their attention to a new year and new challenges.

A Girl and Her Mom "No story is a straight line. The geometry of a human life is too imperfect and complex, too distorted by the laughter of time and the bewildering intricacies of fate to admit the straight line into its system of laws."

–Beach Music, Pat Conroy

This story has two endings. One is sad and tragic, the other is still being written. Both need to be told. One story is of a girl who becomes a woman and a mom. The other is the story of her mom who becomes the victim of a grim diagnosis. The girl is Anna (Messenger) Maloney, and

along with her sister Jessie, are the daughters of Luke and Donna. Anna is married to Matt and they have three boys, Aiden, turning 5, Henry, 4 on Halloween, and baby Jack who is 18 months old. Anna’s mom, Donna, spent 30 years as an employee of Chico State, all the while remaining a staunch supporter of Nord Country School. This story, juxtaposed

2015. The first nine months consisted of settling into the farm as a married couple and parents. The usual ups and downs, calmness and storms. September arrived with news from a routine mammogram from Anna’s mom. It was clear. November, Donna’s 61st birthday month, came with a tumor beginning to grow in her breast. This was met with little concern as this had occurred before, therefore a two week sojourn for the entire family to Hawaii in December, proceeded as planned. As these symptoms did not overtly suggest anything, the decision was to take care of that upon their return. Donna’s pain increased in Hawaii, including discomfort from merely wearing a bathing suit. Still, in everyone’s mind, pain did not trigger alarm. The end of vacation and the celebration of Christmas ushered in yet another new year. In Anna’s words, “The hardest year of my life,” filled with trials and tribulations, the like that simply cannot be predicted. 33


2016. In January, Anna’s mom has the idea to take A Girl and Her Farm to a different level by hosting events in the barn on her parent’s property. The first such event was scheduled for Saturday, February 6th. Also in January, as a cautionary measure, a mammogram with biopsies is performed. On February 2nd, the results of the biopsies are revealed—Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This came along with the bleak news that surgery was not an option. No routine cancer diagnosis exists. Understandably, Anna immediately insisted that A Girl and Her Farm event in four days would be cancelled. With the same insistence her mom, said, “No, you will do this, and I will be there.” That Saturday, a legacy was born. As for the treatments, they were much like a ride on Goofy’s roller coaster in California Adventure. You rapidly go in one direction, are thrown far to one side, and then go rapidly in another direction, one scary turn at a time. Fighting cancer is called a battle for a reason. It has strategy, combatants, and an 34

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outcome, including winners and losers. From February to June, the battles were fought as treatment 1, turned to treatment 2, then to a treatment 3, a clinical trial in Stanford. News of a different nature came, Anna was pregnant. Not the easiest news to pass along. In mid July, radiation replaced the clinical trial, beginning treatment 4. For the entire month of September, the radiation treatments occurred Monday through Friday, with weekends in Fort Bragg with her husband. September 28th called for an MRI of the brain followed by a Pet Scan the next day. The scan was at 6:30 in the morning and Anna got a call at 11:00 asking if they could come down at 3:00 for the results. Anna replied, “Yes, but I will not be able to make it.”

The nurse replied, “You need to.” Just before this appointment, Anna’s mom told her, “I am going to beat this!” At the appointment, they learned of 2 lesions in her brain, ones that would require a crazy procedure to rid. The results from the Pet Scan quickly put an end to the crazy procedure and anymore treatments. The unthinkable came to the forefront. Donna told Anna that, “You guys have to take care of each other.” Two days later, the annual Harvest Festival at Nord Country School, right next door to where the Messenger’s lived, provided a wonderful and fortuitous opportunity. The family invited all of her friends for a barbeque after the event. Everyone got to see her and talk to her. There were no goodbyes. Eight days later, she was gone.

"The weather of our own lives is not to be ignored or denied. It is to be encountered, honored, felt, known for what is is, and held in high awareness, since it can kill us." –Wherever You Go There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean. Tears from the depths of some divine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, In looking on the happy autumn-fields, And thinking of the days that are no more. –The Princess, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

There is no blueprint for the five stages of grief—Denial > Anger > Bargaining > Depression > Acceptance. There appears to be two kinds of grief when faced with such stunning diagnosis as Anna and her family were dealt. Cancer is diagnosed to both the patient and the family. Those same five stages emerge from the outset of each new treatment. Each family member continues to go in and out, right up to the dawn of awareness. This is actually the end. Upon death, the stages take on a completely different tone and, quite possibly, order. Donna’s initial news was on February 2nd, 2016. Three days later, the Chainsmokers released “Don’t Let Me down.” This became Anna’s anthem and cry for help through all the trips down and back to Stanford. “Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me...down.” Whether this was in denial or bargaining, that refrain ultimately turned into anger and depression. Acceptance is a process. A Girl and Her Farm, her mom’s brainchild, is thriving. Anna begins each event telling this story, making the point that her mom is “still here with me.” Last Spring, Anna was in front of 50 sorority sisters and their moms. There was not dry eyes anywhere, including Anna’s. Though, because of her mom, when Anna got through this introduction, she placed a huge smile on her face and exclaimed, “Ready for a DIY project?” Her mom would not want it any other way. The legacy lives on.

The house also sits near the barn where her events are held. Her parents’ house sits on the other side of this barn. Then there is a dove. Doves are know as a symbol of peace. They are also known as messengers. Surely the irony is not lost. The messages range from the best of news to the worst. Donna always had a dove, even before she married Luke. When Anna moved into the farm, she thought about getting one but did not know how to go about it. No need, one showed up. She swears it’s not just a dove. The remarkable part is the dove followed them from the farm to the childhood home. Donna remains with Anna in multiple ways. Finally, on February 2nd, 2018, The Weeknd, with Kendrick Lamar, released Pray For Me. “Who’s going to pray for me? Take my pain for me?” Anna adopted a new anthem, one that gave her hope and a fighting spirit. One that brings back the fight, the battle. One causing Anna to cry out for her Mom that no one should self diagnose, or ever ‘wait’ to seek treatment. That is the big part of the pain she lives with and wishes to let go.

It is never easy to think about the days that are no more. Thus, the straight line is still not allowed into play. The onion will continue to shed layer after layer. Anna will shed tear after tear, both idle and desperate. Anna’s vulnerability and fears will still haunt and follow her. There will be birthday parties and holidays, weddings and funerals, graduations, and celebrations, surely more surprising and unannounced moments. She will certainly experience a mother/son dance three times. In the midst of all of this, there will always be: a girl and her mom, a girl and her farm, a husband, dad, sister, and a farm with three boys. There will also remain a barn and a dove. She will undoubtedly still listen to the Chainsmokers and The Weeknd with Kendrick Lamar. Just maybe, a new refrain will make its way into her earbuds. One that clearly defines Anna and her story. It is from Keith Urban’s, Female, and reads like this: “Sister, shoulder, daughter, lover. Heal a broken halo, mother nature, fire suit of armor. Soul survivor, holy water, secret keeper, fortune teller, Virgin Mary, scarlet letter. Technicolor, river wild, baby girl, woman, child. Female.’ Only a single word to add—alive. Therein lies the essence of this hard fought battle. The battle that Anna wins on a daily basis using Samuel Beckett’s persistent words—“I can’t go on. I go on.”

Grief can also be handled with amazingly unforeseen and remarkable things. The first of these came in the form of a surprise from Matt. One year after her mom’s passing, Anna’s childhood home, next door to the beloved Nord Country School, went up for sale. Matt purchased it and moved the family. 35


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D R . SA M MA ZJ, MD When you’re handed a future you had no intention of holding, the unknowns can be overwhelming, frightening and painful. We are lucky to have specialists in our area who can help guide you through an often harrowing medical journey. These medical professionals care deeply about their patient’s well being, and when difficulty ensues, we are more than grateful for their expertise.

Some people are gifted with a comforting presence and Dr. Mazj has that in spades. His voice alone could make a new diagnosis feel conquerable, let alone his 13 years of experience navigating patients through taxing oncology and hematology related issues. After attending medical school at Stanford, Dr. Mazj moved to the area in 2006 and has been employed at the Feather River Hospital Cancer Center since 2007. “The luxury of working in a small town is you become part of a very large family. I have had patients invite me to their wedding and since I don’t have much family here, that has been really amazing,” he says. With one in eight women now being diagnosed with breast cancer, this specific disease is one that crosses Dr. Mazj’s desk far too often. Based on current incidence rates, 12.4 percent of females in the United States will develop breast cancer at some time during their lives. But there is hope. “The message of hope is the message of success. Eighty percent of breast cancers are curable, so concentrate on that knowledge. You were diagnosed and can start treatments,” he says. Even though that treatment often involves chemotherapy, an incredibly exhausting regimen, the potential that you’ll look back on it years later as a survivor is heartening. With that being said, understanding the warning signs of breast cancer is crucial. Follow your annual screens and take note of any symptoms. Look for skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences in one or both breasts. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice an increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s), changes in the appearance of one or both nipples, nipple discharge other than breast milk, general pain in any part of the breast and lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast. Trust the professionals to guide you in the best direction, if you do find any of these changes. Dr. Mazj ended our conversation with that same most important message of hope. “Cancer once was deadly but now fortunately, we have such good treatment it can be fixed. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid.” With tears in my eyes, I can only relay his encouragements to all of you. 37

Dr. Myers, along with his partner Dr. Hartmann, complete over 99 percent of the breast reconstructions done in this area. When breast cancer progresses to the requirement of a mastectomy for survival, it can leave women feeling deflated and unconfident. Dr. Myers and Dr. Hartmann offer a full range of breast reconstruction, from implant based to tissue flaps, to help relieve those difficult emotions.

DR . K E VI N M YE RS , M D For many doctors, the goal is to take something harmful away from the body. For Dr. Myers of North State Plastic Surgery, his mission is the opposite. When ablation is necessary for survival, a plastic surgeon’s job is to replace what was lost. With an education from Columbia University in New York, Dr. Myers continued his residency in the city for general plastic surgery until circumstances brought him to the west coast. A microsurgery fellowship at The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco, a leading center for microsurgery, plastic and reconstructive and hand surgery, developed his love for Northern California. “I was recruited by Enloe Medical Center in 2004. The first time my spouse and I came to check out this area, I knew it would work,” he says. As a former ballet and Broadway dancer, the prominent art scene in Butte County spoke to his wife Camille, along with the presence of the university and gorgeous surroundings. Dr. Myers found that Chico had the need for both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and offered an ideal setting to utilize the scope of his training, including microsurgery. 38

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“I always defer to what the oncologist thinks is best, because they’re going to save your life. I’m going to make you feel better afterwards. The person I live with has survived breast cancer twice, so it’s kind of a personal mission to comfort those going through a similar situation,” he says. Consultations can be a difficult process, but by telling patients about his spouse and how much treatment modalities have advanced, Dr. Myers is able to alleviate fears. He wants the general public to understand that his occupation does not just involve facelifts and rhinoplasty. Plastic surgery is about wound healing and moving tissue around to recreate parts of the body. For women who have lost so much fighting for their lives, breast reconstruction often symbolizes the victory of a battle hard fought. We’re extremely thankful for the surgeons who help make that desire a reality!

“I always defer to what the oncologist thinks is best, because they’re going to save your life. I’m going to make you feel better afterwards. The person I live with has survived breast cancer twice, so it’s kind of a personal mission to comfort those going through a similar situation.” –Dr. Kevin Myers

DR . MAUR ICIO S C HRA DER, MD Every breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed through a scan, whether it’s an MRI, CT or ultrasound. Those pictures are taken and read by Dr. Schrader, who has been practicing radiology in this area since 1992. Raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Schrader brings fluent bilingual communication to his specialty. “It comes in handy every day. I can talk and relate to women from all different backgrounds. I’m able to reach them and they know I understand what they're going through. That gives me a lot of satisfaction,” he says. Dr. Schrader came to the United States in 1984 and began his research in radiology, studying contrast dye (a chemical substance used in magnetic resonance imaging scans to improve the quality of the pictures). He started his internship in 1985, then moved to Cleveland where his radiology residency was completed. The crashing waves of Southern CA beaches were the soundtrack for his life and brought him to the West Coast, during a body imaging fellowship at UC Irvine. He has been specializing in breast imaging ever since.

Typically, patients see Dr. Ghuman after they have been diagnosed by a primary care physician, so explaining the local facilities and services offered (done on a national standard) is an important aspect of her job.

He explains, “Interestingly, even though some governing bodies are somewhat down on self breast exam, I’m a proponent for it. As far as screening goes, I am definitely on board with the American College of Radiology recommendations. Starting at age 40, women should get a mammogram yearly.” The other nuance is family history. If you do happen to have a vertical family history of breast cancer, you would be in a different category. After an initial risk assessment, a specialist from Enloe Medical Center determines if individuals qualify for additional annual screens, such as an MRI. “Every day we sit in front of images, thousands of pictures. Our conscientious and due diligence gets the work done that promotes earlier diagnosis. Our goal [as a radiologist] is basically finding abnormalities at an earlier stage, so we can treat them. That's what guides my day,” he concludes. In a day and age where images drive just about everything, here life is dependent on them. The success of recovery and remission relies on these scans and Dr. Schrader completes his part in the process to the gold standard.

"Every day we sit in front of images, thousands of pictures...our goal [as a radiologist] is basically finding abnormalities at an earlier stage, so we can treat them. That's what guides my day" –Dr. Mauricio Schrader

“When a person gets told they have cancer, their life is put on hold. Social and family life stops, and they don't know what to do. I help guide them and discuss treatment options, as well as insight to what is available here at Oroville Hospital,” she says.

D R . S UDEEP G HU MA N, MD For Dr. Ghuman, medicine runs in the family. She grew up observing her dad practice dermatology in India and from a young age, she knew she eventually wanted to do something in the field of medicine. Her brother followed suit and both siblings now specialize in oncology. She began her education in Patiala, India and then completed her residency at Wright State University in Ohio. “That’s when I got involved in the meetings for oncology (often referred to as tumor boards), where we discuss very difficult cancer cases and their treatments. I really liked how patient centered oncology is,” she says. Dr. Ghuman worked as an in-patient physician at The Boonshoft School of Medicine, devoting her life to learning as much as possible about oncology, patient care, and treatments. After two years there, she learned from a family member that there was a great opportunity and need at Oroville Hospital’s Cancer Center for such specialists. In 2016, she joined the team and has been enjoying life with her husband and two children in Butte County ever since.

There is a comprehensive group of modalities in place; including oncology, radiation, surgeons, and radiologists. Every week, individual cases are discussed with all of the specialties together to determine the best protocol, which for breast cancer is very defined. Right from the initial screening, patients are offered direct accessibility to the radiology department, where mammogram screenings are done. If a person is found to have an abnormal scan, they are then guided to the next steps. Patients have a professional helping them every step of the way.


As a radiologist, you might assume that Dr. Schrader is a “scan first” kind of professional, however that’s not necessarily the case.

“Breast cancer is still the #1 cancer in women in the United States and even though we have been very successful in screening and treatments, there are certain risk factors. Having children later in life and obesity; but we now have better screening technologies and advanced imaging modalities, to detect the cancer at an earlier stage,” she says. Dr. Ghuman reflects that she feels honored to take care of cancer patients and help steer them through the necessary steps. We are so grateful for her expertise and calm demeanor in response to this prevalent disease.

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Creepin' It Real When it comes to Halloween decor, the dominant colors are usually the traditional orange and black. I like to switch my decor up a bit and add unexpected colors to give a fresh modern take on Halloween decorations for my home. Therefore, the centerpiece for your dining room table may become a mix of geometric patterns, unexpected candle holders, and pops of subtle spooky. Of course, the staple to any Halloween remains pumpkins. The treatment of them can also break tradition. I used pops of pink, peach and a mustard color, along with the traditional orange and black. You can even tailor your colors to your home decor. Don’t be afraid to spray paint your pumpkins different colors and create fun designs on them. Also, add funny sayings such as—“Creep it real.” or “If you’ve got it, haunt it.” Adding simple spiders, crows, or in this case, the ever so popular skull reminds you that this is not your typical table decor. Your home design doesn’t have to be scary or covered in fake blood to display your Halloween spirit. Keep it spooky chic with a dash of modern! For my table scape, I started with modern placemats as my table runner to lay the foundation and ground decor. When it 40

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comes to building your design, layering old books you have lying around the house can give your centerpiece some height making different levels to showcase your decor. For the centerpiece, I used black and white books so they wouldn’t draw any attention away from the main focal pieces, but rather compliment them. I used eucalyptus, spray painted black, to give the centerpiece some movement and a moody feel while also adding softness to the hard lines. Natural elements such as eucalyptus or branches can feel just right for Halloween when paired in eerie shades like black or grey. Candle light is a must, especially when setting the mood for Halloween. This is the holiday where you can never have enough candles. I used beakers and bottles as unexpected candle holders. The glass and clean lines of the beakers gave it a modern feel. You can also find inexpensive dark colored amber glass at thrift stores to add a haunting glow to your centerpiece. Tip: Can’t fit your tapered candle into a non traditional candle holder? Take a potato peeler and peel the wax until it fits. By using a peeler you are guaranteed smooth lines! Creep it real. Happy Styling!




Shannon McConney is an interior designer. For more information, visit thedesignrenegade.co or follow her on Instagram @thedesignrenegade


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Dynamic Carpentry “Proframe is more than just a framing company,” says owner Ben Eckstrom, “ it’s a dynamic construction company that is evolving with the community needs.” Having grown up helping his stepfather clean up jobs and working summers through college at various construction sites, I think it is fair to say he knows what he is doing. Proframe is in its 12th year of business and has helped build over 700 residential homes here in Chico. They have worked with a number of subdivisions over the years, including framing several hundred houses for Epick Homes alone. The volume of homes they are able to frame is a statement to both their work ethic and the strategic management of employees and teams. Eckstrom explains how they have broken down each step of the building process and assigned a team to each of those steps. “We have crews that specialize in every aspect of building. We have crews that only do wall layout, crews that only work on roofs, etc. This allows the crews to become the very best at what they do while at the same time allowing Proframe the ability to man multiple projects. Everyone working concurrently and in sync to get the job done.” They rely on a scheduling software to help manage all of the workers and help estimate whether or not a job can be done. They also use digital estimating software that allows the plans to be shot directly to the foreman in the field, saving valuable construction time and sharpening communication. Clients and workers are all able to keep track of construction via a digital shared sheet. Everyone is able to see the

progress of construction as well as delays and the reason for those delays. They rely on these different software programs in all three of the divisions within Proframe. Wood is their specialty and framing has been their “meat and potatoes.” However, they do have two other divisions within Proframe itself. General construction is the division that works to create custom homes and commercial projects. In fact, they just completed remodeling Butte Creek Country club where they put in bocce ball courts, retaining walls and a large pergola. The other division is Patio Pros, the patio and outdoor living division that builds awnings, shade covering, fences, siding, concrete patios, etc. They have been creating outdoor living spaces for seven years, and have decided to hire more people and separate crews specifically for Patio Pros. Their in-house designer, a recent Chico State graduate, uses architectural software to offer a visual aide for clients. For

instance it can show clients the shading of the sun, so if they like to sit outside at 6:00 pm, they would be able to see where the sun would fall on their patio. They work really hard to be experts here in Chico and care about giving back to the community. Recently they have built benches for the Torres Shelter from lumber donated by Meeks. They are also going to join with other contractors in the “Tiny House” build off. This event has four teams, and the houses built will be part of a tiny house community which will provide housing for local, low-income seniors. Proframe continues to blend the old carpenter skill set and the new evolving technology to offer clients the best of both worlds when it come to framing hundreds of houses in a subdivision or simply creating a backyard haven for a family of four. The Proframe family wants to provide their customers not only with an excellent finished project but also an interactive and open process. VISIT PROFRAME AND PATIOPROS AT THE UPCOMING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW IN OCTOBER! TO VIEW SOME OF THEIR PROJECTS OR FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT PROFRAMECONSTRUCTION.COM.



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This One Is For Mom The Spittle family—Mike, Deborah, and daughter, Kaitlynn—moved to Chico from Elk Grove in 2009 after Mike’s mother, Louise, lost her battle with cancer. They moved into the home she purchased new in 1995, honoring one of her final wishes to keep the residence in her family. Filled with fond memories, the home served as a constant reminder of the love and laughter shared with her; many of those memories revolved around cooking and entertaining in the kitchen, both activities Mike and his mother often did together. After continuing Louise’s traditions for nine years, the family decided it was time to remodel the kitchen into something she would have truly adored. As an avid reader of Upgraded Living, Mike was no stranger to New Again Kitchen Remodeling and the one-stop kitchen and bathroom renovation services they offered. Having read the multitude of client success stories, they were naturally his first call, but he did his due diligence to make sure he was getting the best deal possible. He called a number of other local remodeling outfits for quotes, but found New Again to be at least 20% less expensive than their competitors. It didn’t hurt that they were also the most responsive. With the CONNECT

lower than expected quote, Mike and Deborah decided they may as well remodel the home’s bathrooms as well. New Again’s store manager and resident designer, Ric Powers, stopped by the Spittle family home the day after receiving their call. He noted their style, the decor of their home, and took the necessary measurements for their kitchen and bathrooms. Wanting to retain as many memories of Louise in the kitchen as possible, they decided to keep her signature custom cabinetry and simply replace the countertops with quartz. In the bathroom, they wanted to go a bit further, so they decided to gut the entire thing. A few days later, they visited the New Again showroom where Deborah and Kaitlyn decided on the quartz countertops for the kitchen, and Mike picked out the bathroom tile, quartz countertops, and fixtures. They signed their contract and eagerly awaited the changes to come. The New Again remodeling team arrived right on time as usual, and made quick work of the kitchen, removing the old countertops and replacing them with quartz. They finished the kitchen with a beautiful tile backsplash and completed the project in three short days. The bathroom was another matter though. While gutting it, they found water damage around the tub, as it wasn’t properly installed when the home was built. Without a moisture

barrier, the tub had leaked for years causing significant damage. They cleared the damaged area and rebuilt the Roman tub structure in its entirety while adding a new subfloor in the shower before continuing the project. For the shower walls and tub platform, New Again’s resident tile expert, Victor Cabrera, installed 12 x 24 gloss Calacatta Oro porcelain tiles. In the shower, they used the same tiles in a 2 x 2 matte finish for safety. They added two niches and a bench to complete the shower and replaced the countertops with Calacatta Venus quartz and two undermount sinks. Finally, they installed all of the bathroom’s plumbing fixtures. With a home that looks new again, Mike couldn’t be happier. “They were super easy to work with and everyone was so personable,” Mike said. “I felt like I already knew them after reading all those articles. I’ve shown pictures of our kitchen and bathroom to folks at work and have recommended them to everyone. They were on time and professional, and I really can’t say enough about Victor; that guy really knows his tile!” With another remodeled kitchen on the books, New Again continues to set the standard for kitchen and bathroom renovation in Chico. If you’re looking to start a home improvement project, and want a one-stop shop with impeccable service like the Spittle family did, call New Again Kitchen Remodeling at 530.899.2888.




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not merely on the kitchen counter, but as a lemonade stand out front to encourage people to stop by the open house.


Joyful Transactions Ashley Higginson is excited about returning to her hometown and having the opportunity to connect with past clients, and she is especially excited to build new relationships with future clients. Upon her return, Ashley made the decision to be a part of Parkway Real Estate Co. Ashley is delighted with her association with Parkway as she believes it makes her a “hands on advocate” with “innovative resources.” She brings with her a wealth of knowledge that she has acquired over the past 15 years selling real estate both in Chico and the Bay Area. For the past five years, Ashley, her husband Jesse and their three boys, Chase, 7, Grayson, 5, and Crew, 1, lived in Walnut Creek where Ashley focused on being a mom while still managing to sell real estate and build relationships within the community. Ashley and Jesse have been together since high school, and she is quick to point out she could not do this without his support. He often puts out her open house signs, helps ready the houses for visitors, and watches the boys. She is equally excited about being back in Chico with her family and friends, both of which are very important to

Ashley. She admits that juggling a career and raising a family has its challenges. Doing them both in the familiar and friendly community of her hometown, makes it all the better. Ashley has a focused and determined approach to all of her real estate transactions. She really enjoys working with buyers and helping them find the home of their dreams. She understands how important a home purchase is and she is always willing to work with her clients until they find exactly what they are looking for. Ashley also understands that selling a home can be emotional as oftentimes the home is full of joyful memories of time with family and friends. She understands that home purchases or sales can be stressful and they require her to apply a level headed approach and a degree of calmness. She credits her experience in Walnut Creek with enabling her to have a new vision, as well as an outside the box approach to all transactions. She speaks openly about making transactions joyful with simple touches like cookies to neighbors and a fresh pitcher of lemonade at open houses

Ashley understands that there is not one set approach for real estate transactions. What she can say is that all of her clients can expect a high level of service and confidence that their priorities are heard and understood. At the end of it all, it comes down to making sure that her clients feel represented and supported through the process of purchasing or listing their home.



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Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Fun F O R T H E W H O L E F A M I LY

Book Family Farm

Location: 153 Heavy Horse Lane, Durham Hours: Pumpkin picking Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Info: bookfamilyfarm.net

Country Pumpkins

Open: October 1st–31st Location: Off of HWY 32 about 10 miles west of Chico/ 4 miles east of Orland. Costs: Pumpkin patch $1–$50 depending on size & variety, cash or checks accepted. Corn maze $3 per person, children 4 & under free, cash or check only. Haunted maze $10 per person, only open on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28. Not for children under 10, cash only. Hay Pyramid, Petting Zoo, & Parking are free. Info: Visit Country Pumpkins for a variety of Halloween activities including a corn maze, haunted maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay pyramid + slide, and country store. More information, countrypumpkins.org.

Max’s Miracle Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival

Open: September 27th Location: 3476 Smith Avenue, Biggs. 20 minutes from Chico or Yuba City on Highway 99: turn west onto Rio Bonito and north onto Smith Avenue. Go 1/3 mile and you are there! Info: Pick your own pumpkins or choose one of theirs! Take home fresh apple cider, ride the train through the orchards and pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, or enjoy the people and animal at the ranch. 52

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Open: September 28th–October 28th Hours: Fridays from 3 p.m.–sunset, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.–sunset Location: On the corner of Jones Ave & Bell Road, Chico Info: Baked goods and beverages available. Kids activities and games on the weekend. More information, pspumpkinpatch.com

TJ Farms Pumpkin Patch

Open: October 1st–October 31st (as long as pumpkins are available) Hours: Weekends 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Weekdays 2:00–6:00 p.m. Large Groups call for appointment time School Groups 9 a.m.–1 p.m. call for appointment time Location: 3600 Chico Avenue, Chico Cost: Free admission & parking. Pumpkins $6–$40 depending on the size. Info: Come pick out a pumpkin on the farms' grounds, take the kids for a wagon ride, have them sit on an old tractor, pet the farm animals, or visit the pumpkin decorated barn. It's always fun for the whole family. School and other groups are welcome. More information, tjfarmsestates.com/seasonal

Zombie Wrecking Crew

Open: October 7th–29th 11 nights of rides (Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, & 29) Location: 4444 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville Cost: Visit their website for a variety of different package options. Info: Joining the Zombie Wrecking Crew is a chance to come experience paintball with all the fun of shooting while not being shot at. With all of our guns being securely mounted on the bus it provides an opportunity for all ages to enjoy this one of a kind experience. From the creation of our bus, our scenes, and our zombies we strive to set the bar as The Paintball Thrill Ride. More info, zombiewreckingcrew.com.

Has the Bull Run Its Course? There’s been a growing concern that the current bull market in US stocks has been the longest in history. A “bull market” is defined as a market


2. Of course, real bulls might die of old age, but bull markets do not. 80% of bull markets ended because of an economic recession.

rally that typically can spans months or years. It is declared ‘over’ when a 20% price drop occurs. The assumption now is that this rally must

3. Back in October 2011, the S&P 500 dropped 20% intra-day. That

come to an end soon. This is a dangerously simplistic way to frame the

should have constituted the end of the 2009 bull market. However,

conversation. It leaves out some very important points about the current

the end-of-day closing price ended up being down only 19.4%,

bull market:

invalidating the pullback, and allowing the rally technically to still be considered a bull.

1. This Bull is not as old or weak as people think. Based on daily market returns, this market rally is the longest ever. But as

The Big Takeaway:

Blackrock’s research department points out, based on month-end

Historically the market has always recovered and made new highs.

gains, it is is far from the longest ever:

Even if you knew when it would end, should that affect your investment decisions? Will you let it impact your long-term plan, future income

Our current bull was born in March of 2009 and is 113 months old.

needs, or risk profile? With all that said, is there even a point to timing

It’s posted a 367% gain during that time.

the end of the bull market? Yes, this long-term price rally will probably end eventually. Maybe we are closer to the end than the beginning. But,

The reigning champion bull went 181 months (1946–1961) and

when the market pulls back, that pullback will probably end too.

grew 946% before giving way to a pullback. Sources: Source: FactSet, Morningstar Inc, Standard & Poor’s, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Blackrock

Renée Michel, MBA and Joe Sweeney, CFP® | 2452 Lakewest Drive, Chico, CA 95928 530-342-2900 | 800-333-2901 | (F) 530-342-3925 | rmichel@amgchico.com | www.sweeneymichelamg.com Securities and advisory services offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (doing insurance business in CA as CFGAN Insurance Agency), member FINRA/SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.


We always recommend shopping locally first. The money you put into Butte County farms and businesses directly supports our community, so why not lift up the hard work of your neighbors? The Chico Certified Farmers Market brings fresh quality grown food, and handmade artisan products to Northern California communities at their markets in Chico, Oroville, and Paradise. In addition to the year-round markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays in Chico, the CCFM operates two seasonal markets: Tuesday in Paradise and Saturdays in Oroville.

What's in Season & Where to Find Them WHAT:

In addition to the farmers market, there are a number of grocery stores that carry local specific produce. Since 1973, Chico Natural Foods Co-op has been loading its shelves with farm fresh products. As a natural foods consumer cooperative, they’re owned by their devout shoppers. Anyone can become an owner, and everyone can shop here regardless of ownership!

Fall is finally here. Leaves will soon crunch Fairly new to our area but really making underfoot as we tread through local streets a splash with the variety it hosts, New and new produce will make its way to the Earth Market in Chico is another popular shelves. You’ll now find apples, blackberries, spot to shop local. With a rotation of and green beans galore brimming the “Featured Local Growers,” their website stands at the Oroville, Chico, and Paradise makes it easy to get to know your vendors. farmers markets. But that is just a small Find the largest selection of natural dent in the list of what’s in season and supplements and craft brews in town here. also will be available fresh from the farm. Holiday Market in Paradise is a favorite There is nothing quite like the taste of neighborhood grocery store chain that vegetables pulled directly from the earth. operates twelve stores across the North September brings turnips, tomatoes, State. As “locals helping locals,” Holiday squash, spinach, potatoes, peppers, carries over 1,200 regional products in their olives, okra, lettuce greens, green beans, stores. We love the cozy feeling shopping garlic, eggplant, corn, and cucumbers. here brings; employees always greet their That sounds to us like the most perfect customers with a wave and a smile. Fall harvest medley. Toss any combination of the above together, with some olive oil Every new season brings fresh perspective and vinegar, for the tastiest representation and offerings, but Fall in Butte County of this new season. brings magic. Driving down the Esplanade with vibrant foliage as your guide, that The fruit of our local farmers labor will also vast colorful canyon in Paradise that takes reveal itself, literally. Pomegranates, plums, our breath away, and all the farmers with peaches, melons, grapes, blackberries, their hands in the dirt bringing love to and apples are at their freshest now, and, every bite. in many ways, define this time of year. Bobbing for apples, OF a piece of warm We’re ready to welcome the taste of Fall RECIPE COURTESY CARTER HOUSE HOTEL & grapes that blackberry pie, and plump with open arms! RESTAURANT burst between LOCATED your teethATare all classic 301 L STREET IN EUREKA. signs of the season. 54

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Pumpkin Pie Latte




INGREDIENTS: • Espresso • Steamed Milk • Pumpkin Sauce (spiced with cloves and nutmeg) • Homemade Whipped Cream • Topped with nutmeg

DIRECTIONS: Combine pumpkin sauce and fresh pulled espresso shots in a glass. Add steamed milk, top with whipped cream and dust with nutmeg. May also substitute the espresso shots for black tea—Pumpkin Fog. Pair either of these drinks with shortbread, or a treat of your choosing, for the perfect combo!


inflammatory properties when ingested. This means that they find cancer causing free-radicals within the body and help eliminate them, thus providing excellent cleansing and healing behaviors. Antiinflammatory properties help counteract swelling in our muscles and tissues, which is always beneficial. The diversity that eggplant dishes bring into your diet is important for well-rounded nourishment. They can be prepared in many different ways, but roasted eggplant is by far the most delicious Mediterranean inspired dish utilizing these beautiful fruits. Roasted bite sized pieces can be served as a side dish or added to salads, pasta, or roasted chicken dishes. Dice two eggplants into bite sized cubes, toss with two tablespoons of olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and roast in the oven at 450° for 25 minutes or until tender. When done roasting, toss the eggplant cubes with balsamic vinegar and freshly chopped basil, two other delicious summertime ingredients. INGREDIENT OF THE MONTH

Eggplant Tones of rich, dark purple are currently in season and hitting the stands at the farmers markets. Eggplants, of course, are the beautiful fruits that take on this striking color in summertime. They also come in white or purple-white striated versions. Their oblong shapes are what make them immediately recognizable. A single plant may yield numerous eggplants, and, if you planted one in your own home garden, you’d now be reaping the reward of this gorgeous and nutritious fruit. It may not be common knowledge, but eggplants are actually a highly nutritious food and offer many health benefits. High in fiber, low in calories, and containing flavonoids, eggplants are a wonderful choice for incorporating into meals. Fiber, while not necessarily nutrient rich, adds important density to the diet, which helps to cleanse the digestive tract. Flavonoids found in eggplants are responsible for giving the plants their rich pigments. These components are beneficial to the human body as they provide antioxidant and anti56

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Another well-known eggplant dish is ‘baba ghanoush’, which originates in the Levantine, or Eastern Mediterranean, region of the world. It is a smoky, flavorful dip reminiscent of the consistency of hummus. To create this dish, make a large cut in the side of an eggplant and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake at 400° for approximately 40 minutes, until the eggplant is shrunken and soft. To achieve the smoky flavor, char the eggplant under the broiler for a few minutes. Once it cools, remove the skin, which should easily slide off, and place the softened interior into a bowl. Add juice from half a lemon, a heaping spoonful of tahini sauce, four cloves of minced garlic, finely chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Add spicy red pepper flakes if you so desire, and blend together. Once all the ingredients have been combined, simply drizzle olive oil over the top and enjoy with your favorite pita bread. Be sure to pick up some eggplants from your local farmers market while they are in season. You will surely impress your friends and family with baba ghanoush or roasted eggplant bites at your next party.

INGREDIENT OF THE MONTH VIA E M M A H A R R I S For more information, visit the Chico Certified Farmers Market.


Just as a home can take many shapes, so too can a business. Be it a state-of-the-art office complex, a warehouse, or a P.O. box, the decision for where to house a business and what form that office space takes are very important. As businesses grow, so does the need for space… smart space! There are many variables to consider: delivery truck parking, visibility, transportation access, and most importantly location. Still the #1 item on any business relocation list is location, location, location. In the wake of radical innovations in technology, the modern workplace has become a strikingly different place today from what it was ten years ago. To meet the needs of the modern employee, architects have reinvented the office and retail space. We call this the NEW NEW! Architecture. It calls for higher ceilings, increased natural lighting, better sound insulation, and open spaces for increased productivity. Newly-built buildings are designed with technology in mind as well as the needs of modern-day employees. Businesses want an office space that offers enough inventory storage, parking spaces for employees and clients, bicycle access, a comfortable lounge area, and the best up-todate technology that construction has to offer. With well-thought-out layout planning, clients can rent a small space that will work better for their needs. With the NEW

NEW! layout, downsizing can be possible and remain affordable while also saving money in the long run. Remote workers needing off-site computer support can utilize the new built-in technology without occupying the physical space. I hear clients saying that moving to a NEW NEW! space has changed the direction of their company while providing a lifting morale for their clients and production. It’s been a win-win for everyone! Outdated offices with carpeting, inefficient lighting and flooring, chemically-treated insulation, old air systems, and displeasing dangerous wiring can affect the positive energy tenants are trying to create while moving their companies forward.

The real estate market in the North State is seeing a boom in the construction of the NEW NEW! office space. Warehouses, office complexes, and medical centers are being built with state-of-the-art design. Available space can be designed for each business’ individual needs. No more settling! Let the agents at Century 21 Select Commercial Group help you make the move of pushing your business into the future.



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Meet Ellie, The Wolf A wolf in Butte County? That’s right, meet Ellie. Ellie was born July 2017. She is a 95% wolf and 5% canine. Prior to joining our foundation, she was illegally owned and kept with 240 other canines. Wild animals DO NOT make good pets and belong in the wild. There are only 7,000 gray wolves living in North America and Ellie is the only reported wolf in Butte County.


On The Brick Wall If you’ve paid a visit to the recently revamped La Salle’s in Downtown Chico, you may have noticed a figure on the wall sneering down at you from behind his oversized shades. Step outside and a striking saturated mural of Honey Run Covered Bridge can’t be missed. The artist behind those expressive strokes is Andy Littlefield. “Just like most little kids, I loved coloring. By the time I got a little older, I was taking art classes every semester. A figure drawing course at Chico State got me really addicted,” he says. With a sketchbook tucked under his arm, and a cold pint at the ready, Andy often finds inspiration at bars and restaurants. He explains, “I try to see what's in front of me. I try to capture a little piece of time. I try to get what’s going on in that moment.” With a deep rooted love for Chico, something brings him back here time and time again. Both of his sons were born at

Enloe Hospital and it’s the place he met his wife. Now living in Sacramento, Andy says he misses riding his bike through downtown and “hitting the rivers.” But change often means the start of something compelling and Andy has found great success in his new city. Now a full time employee at the Office of State Publishing in Downtown Sacramento, he prints everything for the assembly and state capital. With a variety of methods for his exploration of art, a unique combination of materials are used in the process. Figure drawing takes Andy back to basics, with nice creamy paper and charcoal pastels. However, the wood prints you can find at Cafe Coda are all created with upcycled pallets. The materials are cleaned up to ensure a smooth surface,and then the prints are transferred onto that. It’s this technique that gives his work such a raw pure vibe. And that mysterious man hanging on the brick walls of La Salle’s? Raise a glass to Andy himself. It’s a self portrait from his Chico college days. IN CHICO, VIEW ANDY LITTLEFIELD’S WORK AT COAST BOARD SHOP IN THE CHICO MALL, LA SALLE’S, AND CAFE CODA.

Due to her prior living conditions Ellie is imprinted and therefore is unable to be released into the wild. She would not be able to care for herself. Being that she is very shy and needed a loving and caring home, Butte County Fish and Wildlife brought her to us. We are happy to give Ellie the love and care she deserves and have her live with us as an ambassador to her species. As an ambassador, Ellie will help us educate the public on how to help keep wild animals in the wild. To help Ellie settle in to her new home, we have built her enclosure around her specific needs. Her den box was designed to give her a place to hide but allow her to keep an eye on her surroundings. Her enclosure exceeds the state regulations and we are hoping to get her a companion. Come meet Ellie, and our other resident animals, at our 7th annual Spooktacular BBQ on October 20th from 1p.m–4p.m. For more information, visit kirshner.org. BARRY R. KIRSHNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 4995 Durham-Pentz Road Oroville, CA 95965 530.533.1000



Beaded Skulls Sitting on the dining room table is a work in progress, a partially beaded cow skull covered in wax and waiting to be reborn into a colorful work of art. Sheila Groom has been creating these beaded skulls since the nineties when a trip to Mexico exposed her to the art form with beautiful colors and designs. Her interest in beading blended well with another interest of hers, carving gourds to create beautiful scenes such as blanketed elephants traveling along an African landscape. “Nothing is safe in our house.” Shelia explains as she points out the gourd lamps on the nightstands. She then proudly points out the large African Oryx skull beaded and hanging on the wall of the room. “This was the best Mother’s day present I ever received.” There is never an initial plan to her designs, she just simply eyeballs the center and plops a bead down. To bead a skull can take anywhere from 10–15 hours and 120 beads per square inch. For instance, a deer skull takes over 16,000 beads. She buys so many beads from her supplier that they send her a birthday card. She has beaded the skulls of goats, bears, bobcats, coyotes, cows, beavers, deer, muskrats, buffalo, and even moose horns. Her son often brings her the skulls of animals he has hunted, after they have been thoroughly cleaned of course.

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keep busy on her father. “If he saw us sitting in the house, he would make us go outside and do some manual labor.” Her father’s training to always keep busy helped her raise three boys while working a number of different jobs at UC Davis. After 25 years, she decided to retire with her husband and find a place to build a home. They found Paradise, drove over a bridge, saw the empty lot, and it just felt right. The house they live in now was designed by her husband and is filled with the adventures and life of a couple who love to explore. You can find some of her pieces for sale at Paradise ROCKS or, if you have a special skull in mind that you would love her to bead, she also does do commission work.


Travel is one of the biggest influences in her artwork because each new place exposes the color and vibrancy of life. The inspiration to travel came unfortunately when both her father-in-law and grandson were diagnosed with leukemia within a month of each other. The emotional and tragic loss of life created a desire in her and her husband to live life to the fullest. In 2005, they travelled to Africa on an animal park photo safari and since then have been to Tahiti, Morocco, Egypt, the Galapagos, and more. They have spent Easter Sunday at a bullfight in France and Christmas in Peru.


COMMUNITY CALENDAR October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

OCTOBER 5 Art, Wine, Music & Fairy Door Walk 5:00–8:00 p.m. Downtown, Chico Info: It is a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with downtown culture, local art, and local artists while engaging in the hunt for fairy doors! downtownchico.com

OCTOBER 6 Bike Fair 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Moore Road Ball Fields, Paradise Cost: Free Info: The Bike Fair will feature a pump track demonstration along with booths with bike safety tips, bicycle shops, bicycle clubs, and organizations. You will also learn about the great biking areas in Paradise. There will be food trucks as well, so pack up your bikes and come spend the day at this fun family event. Chico Antiques & Design Fall Faire 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Patrick Ranch Museum, Durham Cost: $5 Adults & $2 Kids under 12

OCTOBER 5–6 Harvest Sidewalk Sale 9:00 a.m. Downtown, Chico Info: Open to the public. First Friday & Saturday in October. downtownchico.com

OCTOBER 6–7 Johnny Appleseed Days Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Terry Ashe Park, Paradise Cost: Free Info: Two days of celebrating Paradise's apple heritage with homemade apple pie and ice cream. paradisechamber.com/ johnny-appleseed-days


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Notre Dame School's 90th Anniversary Celebration: Alumni Reunion & Fall Festival Dinner and Carnival 435 Hazel Street, Chico Info: 530.342.2502 or ndschico.org

OCTOBER 6–27 Around Butte County Exhibit Wheeler Gallery at Paradise Art Center, Paradise Info: Works on display will depict some aspect of Butte County, whether in realism, sculpture, or abstract renderings. paradise-art-center.com

OCTOBER 9 Autumn Beer Pairing Dinner! Feather Falls Brewing Co., Oroville Cost & Tickets: $40 featherfallscasino.com or 530.3885 x 510 Info: Hosted by our craft brewers and restaurant staff, the evening includes five courses, craft beer samples and a souvenir pint glass. Dinner music provided by Chico Strings. Must be 21+

OCTOBER 13 Chico Walk to End Alzheimer’s 8:00–11:00 a.m. Bidwell Park–Sycamore Field, Chico Info: Held annually Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More info, act.alz.org or contact Jody Cornilsen at 530.895.9661 or jcornilsen@alz.org Parade Of Lights 7:00 p.m. Downtown, Chico Info: Streets will be closed at 5:00 p.m. Preparade events will start at 6:00 p.m. near the downtown plaza: tricycle races, bed races, handcycle challenge, and more! More info, chicoparadeoflights.com


OCTOBER 20 Hop Harvest Festival at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 1:00–5:00 p.m. 1075 East 20th Street, Chico Cost: $25–75 Info: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the California Craft Brewers Association host the biennial Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Hop Harvest Festival, a celebration of our passion for these lupulin laden beauties, and the adventurous brewers. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.

OCTOBER 23 Sharing the Journey Cancer Support Group 3:00–4:30 p.m. 7224 Skyway, Paradise Cost: Free Info: Second & fourth Tuesday of each month. More info, 530.327.5730.

OCTOBER 26 Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT 7:30 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico Cost: $48 Premium | $40 Adult | $38 Senior $30 Youth | $15 Chico State Student Info: Cirque Mechanics, inspired by modern circus, finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. csuchico.edu/upe/performance

OCTOBER 31 HALLOWEEN Treat Street 2:00–5:00 p.m. Downtown, Chico Info: Treat Street is for children 12 and under. Wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll Downtown Chico Halloween-style. Activities, entertainment, and informational booths located in City Plaza, including the annual Treat Street costume contest. downtownchico.com

BACKPAGE She discovered Dr. David Jablons, head of Thoracic Surgery at UCSF, who was nearly impossible to see. Renee was not deterred and secured an appointment. We waited for three hours before he entered the room with his scrubs and blue blazer. He described a complicated surgery. Dr. Jablons scooted his chair right up to mine and told me, “I only have one shot at this so it has to be perfect. And it will.” And it was.


I retired in 2014, and when August came around my wife, Renee said, “Please, don’t be one of those guys who retires and gets sick.” In October, I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Since my senior year in high school, my stomach has been no stranger to acid reflux, GERD, and a thing called Barrett’s Esophagus Syndrome. Chewable antacids turned to liquid relief, followed by over the counter pills, and finally, prescription acid blockers. As it turns out, this last medicine very well could be the culprit behind the cancer. I have had an upper endoscopy every six months for a long while. You are guaranteed an awesome nap after each procedure. Renee was there when I “came to” and would listen to the results. They ranged from, “it appears that someone grabbed a nine iron and took a divot out of the top of his esophagus,” to everything is

looking better, see you in six months. The endoscopy just prior to that October came with deeper concern. Dr. Uzma Abbasi had become quite familiar with my stomach as she had performed dozens of these. She told Renee that she did not like the looks of the tissue. She took several biopsies and sent them to the lab. They came back negative. She sent them to another lab, also negative. She wasn’t convinced and sent us to SF for a procedure called a Mucosal Resection. This procedure, in effect, scrapes three to four layers of the esophagus, revealing things possibly missed. It did. The resection showed it, right there, amid the nodural tissue. It was the size of the tip of my pinky and had not yet attached itself. Difficult to describe what happens hearing this news. Numbness, out of body, and stillness. Renee wanted every detail. The recommendation was surgery, so off to SF to meet a surgeon. We were met with shock and awe as the description of my stomach meeting my throat coupled with horrific after effects put Renee to work.

I have a nine inch scar on my right shoulder blade, one inch for every hour of surgery. At one point, my left shoulder blade was all that was on the operating table as he went through my back, opened up my rib cage, deflated the lung, and performed the miracle. He was so confident, that when he spoke to Renee, he informed her that I was cancer free. The recovery was tough. Five days in intensive care and a year of recovery with Renee overseeing my 14 daily doses of medicine, walks, and amount of company she believed I could handle. The medicines dwindled down to one, the walks intensified, and the company had an open house policy. So many different family and friends filled in to take me on my daily walks. This remains a cherished memory of a difficult time. I am going to leave you with this. Dr. Abbasi saved my life. Her tenacity at not taking “no” for an answer made the difference. One year later, the diagnosis would be stage three and I would have gone through chemo and radiation just to be a candidate for the surgery. 70% of those patients do not make it to surgery. My sweet Renee and Dr. Jablons ensured a return to a normal quality of life. We were told that I may never speak, be able to have a normal diet. Dr. Jablons promised me that he would make certain I could return to my two favorite beverages, coffee, and wine. I have. Finally, survivor guilt is real, I fight it more often than I wish to admit. The best advice I got was to the change question of “Why me,” to “Why not me?” So, ok, why not? 63


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