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Summer HG: Many choices available for countertops

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann When selecting a countertop for the kitchen, it seems there are countless choices available. Let’s see what some of those choices are. Technological advances have made just about any material possible for use as a countertop. Perhaps that is why the choices seem overwhelming. Glass, concrete, stainless steel, wood, natural stone […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Summer HG: Area rugs add ambiance

By Mary Carol Garrity I love all the hardwood floors in my historic home. But without area rugs to break up the great expanses of wood, the rooms would feel cold and empty. And it would give our dog one more reason to avoid sleeping on the floor, where she is supposed to sleep, and […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Summer HG: Summer can inspire decor all year

By Melissa Rayworth The sun-drenched colors and inviting textures of summer provide plenty of decorating ideas. The trick is doing it right: A summer-inspired interior can become a tacky, tropical disaster if it’s done with too heavy a hand. But with a light touch and strategic choices, your home can be brightened all year long […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Summer HG: Staking tomatoes brings benefits, responsibilities

By Lee Riech A month from now, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Tomato seedlings that were planted neatly near garden stakes are already beginning to take matters into their own hands, and if allowed to grow willy nilly will turn into a tangled mass of vines with tomato fruits — many of them rotting […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,


Evan Purtill and Caroline Caton, both of Sacramento, were married on April 21, 2013, at Vizcaya Pavilion in Sacramento. The groom is the son of Mark and Clare Purtill. He went to Davis High and currently co-owns the Davis-based TYR Construction, specializing in kitchen and bath remodels. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Nancy Caton. She received a […]

June 20, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Local residents initiated into honor society

The following local residents recently were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines: Davis residents Susan Monticello, Stephanie Hartfield, Brett Coder and Duff Harrold, all initiated at Sacramento State, and Teresa Ludwig, initiated at San Jose State; and Woodland residents Tandy Burton, Shakita Caldwell and Kelly Fisher, all initated at […]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Great camping food starts with good planning, packing

We had our first camping trip of the year over Mother’s Day weekend, when, perhaps unsurprisingly, the campgrounds all had mad availability. It makes perfect sense: Not all moms think that crouching over a smoky fire scorching pancakes in an ancient battered pan is the height of luxury. Or perhaps they do not like the […]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,


Galen William Miller and Laila Genevieve Haghsheno-Sabet, both of Davis, were married on June 6, 2013, at Dodasa Ranch in Burson, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Masoud Haghsheno-Sabet and Elizabeth Jane Sabet. She studied biology and currently runs a day care. The groom is the son of Jeffory and Cristine Miller. He received […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,


Morgan Elizabeth Jenkins and Robert Daniel Bodvarsson and were married in Lewes, Del., on May 11, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Sarah and Bryan Jenkins. The bride grew up in Davis and attended Valley Oak Elementary, Holmes Junior High and Davis High schools. She attended college in Berkeley where she and the groom […]

June 13, 2013 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Father’s Day gift ideas to make Dad feel like a king

(BPT) – You need to come up with the perfect Father’s Day gift this year. But combing through the vast array of items on his wish list can be a challenge. Here are some great ideas to make your selection easier – and make any dad feel like the king he truly is. For on-the-go […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Do’s and don’ts of shopping for dads and grads

(BPT) – Father’s Day and graduations are coming up, and that means you’ll have to think of appropriate gifts for these heralded champions. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make gift recipients happy, all you do need to do is put some thought into their presents. A few tips and tricks will help […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

The man cave: Give Dad a space all his own

(BPT) – Man cave, manspace, manctuary … whatever he calls it, it’s Dad’s special place away from the rest of the house. This Father’s Day, give Dad the ultimate gift and make him his own man cave. It’s easier than you think, and a thoughtful gift that says to Dad, “I love you, and you […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Strawberry shortcake a summer star

By Kim Ode Minneapolis Star Tribune “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare, from his sonnet on shortcake You’re skeptical? You doubt that Shakespeare would have expended his considerable talents writing about something as ordinary as shortcake? You may be right. But he should have, […]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

10 things you can do in your garden in June

There’s a pattern to the questions in late May. “Is it getting too late to plant?” “Memorial Day weekend. I guess that’s kind of the end of the planting season?” “Shouldn’t I plant these before it gets too hot?” You can plant any time the soil is workable. For Davis, that means pretty much February […]

June 06, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,
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