Raising Dementia Awareness in Rancho Cordova

By Carlie Beasley, Summerset Senior Living  |  2019-09-12

Summerset Senior Living’s Resident Liaison Victoria Olivarez, checking in attendees Merlin Mauk and Becky Harvey. Courtesy Summerset Senior Living Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - “Summerset Senior Living, Rancho Cordova launched the City’s first ever “Raising Dementia Awareness” campaign this past Friday. Inspired by those who have dementia and their caregivers, Summerset wanted to create a space that was informative and cholk-full of resources for those needing more assistance in the fight against dementia. Community members from neighboring cities caught wind of Summerset’s campaign and came in droves to see what all the buzz was about.

Senior Safety Specialist, Dot Boyd, showcased her Electronic Caregiver watches, which provide 24/7 emergency coverage for those active, ill, aging, and disabled. Attendees marveled at the sleek look of the band, and the cutting edge technology that will alert EMS if assistance were to be needed.

Laura Wayman, known as “the Dementia Whisper,” held 30-minute presentations throughout the day showcasing her new film simulating what it feels like to be affected with dementia symptoms. Rancho Cordova Police Officer, Steven Gonzales went through the training with Wayman. First responders are already seeing the increase of calls due to someone affected by dementia. Wayman’s goal is to train all first responders in the Sacramento area in an effort to raise their dementia awareness and minimize anxiety when assisting someone with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Summerset Senior Living Marketing Director, Tracy McLinn, dreamed of a day like this where resources were plenty for people that really needed guidance in this care-giving journey. 

“We thought it was important to bring Dementia Awareness to this city because there are many family members caring for a loved one in their home. It is our duty as a community to help these primary caregivers any way we can with resources and education. Greater awareness and understanding of dementia is important to challenge the myths and misconceptions that surround the condition.”

If you are caring for a loved one affected by dementia, or any debilitating disease, reach out to your community and see what kinds of resources are there to help you. Rancho Cordova is filled with people always willing to help in any way they can.”

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ECMC Group Celebrates $10 Million in Giving

By Alex Kuntz, ECMC Group  |  2019-09-12

An ECMC Group board member joined ECMC Group employees to help present checks to organizations they nominated to receive a grant. Single Mom Strong was nominated by two employees. ECMC Group

MATHER, CA (MPG) - On Sept. 4, ECMC Group in Mather hosted an event to celebrate meeting its $10 million milestone for corporate giving. During the event, 11 local nonprofit organizations received a total of $275,000 through ECMC Group’s GO! Program, which allows employees to nominate and vote for local nonprofits to receive grants through its affiliate ECMC Foundation.

The GO! Program is one of many efforts ECMC Group offers to involve employees in its mission to give back to the communities where employees live and work. The organization has a robust social responsibility effort that enables employees to give back to their communities, including through company-sponsored volunteer activities. In 2019 alone, the organization has offered over 30 volunteer events, and more than half of employees have participated with paid time off for a total of over 1,300 hours and more than $1 million in community outreach donations year-to-date.

The GO! Program reception allowed employees to meet the organizations they nominated for grants and to learn more about the good work they do in the communities they serve. Organizations honored include:

Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking; Eagleforce Robotics; Growth Public Schools; Hooked on Fishing Not Violence; Loaves & Fishes; Sierra Forever Families; Single Mom Strong; Society for the Blind; The Taylor House; Team Sacramento Judo; VA Northern California Health Care System.

Now in its fifth year, the GO! Program has disseminated a total of $5.9 million through 288 grants nationally. In California, the program has distributed a total of $1.3 million through 56 grants. ECMC Group is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed.

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Men’s Soccer Team Wins Home Opener

By Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2019-09-12

Freshman Kameron Kascht scored the Falcons’ first goal, then assisted on the game winner. Photo courtesy FLC

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - The Falcon men found themselves in a tense battle with Lake Tahoe College in their home opener last Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Stadium, but came out victorious with a late tie-breaking goal, 2-1.  The Falcons controlled the match early as they took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute on a goal by freshman forward Kameron Kascht.  They immediately followed that with three near misses, including one off the crossbar and one off the post, and looked like they would win going away.  But the Coyotes clamped down and began creating their own chances, though neither side scored again in the first half.

Just seven minutes into the second half, the Coyotes found an opening and made it count to tie the match at 1-1.  The remainder of the second half was tense as both teams worked hard to break the tie, but it was the Falcons who found the net in the 81st minute. Kameron Kascht drew several defenders to him as he charged the goal, then dropped a pass to sophomore Tanner Boyea, who scored the goal.  With time running down, the Falcons were able to turn away any further threats to secure the win.

With an early-season record of 2-0, the Falcons will host Butte College on Friday evening at 6:30 pm. 


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Men’s Soccer Team Remains Unbeaten

By Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2019-09-12

Ethan Viers (10, shown here vs Lake Tahoe on Sept 3) scored the Falcon’s only goal in their 1-0 win over Butte

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - Last Friday evening’s matchup of two undefeated men’s soccer teams resembled a heavyweight boxing match, with Folsom Lake and Butte trading heavy blows throughout the match but with neither able to knock the other one out.  The teams were evenly matched - as evidenced by the scoreless first half of play – and both featured talented players.  But it was Folsom Lake that drew first blood in the 58th minute when Kameron Kascht passed to a waiting Ethan Viers for a 1-0 Falcon lead.  The Roadrunners did not back down, instead intensifying their offensive push in an effort to tie the score.  But again, the Falcon defense was up to the task and held the visitors in check.  Falcon freshmen goalkeepers Arman Salimi and Gerardo Perez shared the spotlight as they combined for the shutout victory


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Women’s Soccer Improves Early Season Record

By Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2019-09-12

Michaela Clark recorded the first “Hat Trick” of the Falcons’ 2019 season on Friday at West Hills. Photo courtesy FLC

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - The San Joaquin Valley town of Lemoore is not usually high on many lists of ‘places to see’, but the FLC women’s soccer team sure enjoyed their Friday afternoon visit as they dominated West Hills College, 6-1, in a non-conference match.  The Falcons scored three goals in each half of play, led by freshman forward Michaela Clark, who recorded her first Hat Trick with three goals, plus an assist.  Sophomore Emma Thompson added two goals and Sarah Freed scored the other.  Falcon coach Donny Ribaudo was impressed with freshman center-back Payton Zanatta and the return from injury of sophomore defender Sarah Postema;  both will help solidify the defense moving forward.  The Falcons improved their early season record to 3-0-1.


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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to revise the Approved Budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The Approved Budget in June totaled $4.4 billion. With the completion of the County’s FY 2018-19 year-end financial closing activities and updated information, an increase of $138 million was proposed, bringing the Budget Recommended for Adoption to $4.5 billion in appropriations. Most of this increase involved re-budgeting funds for capital projects due to shifts in timing for those projects.

In June, to close a general shortfall of $55 million, Sacramento County made $43 million in reductions in General Fund Departments and reduced $12 million in General Fund reserves to bridge the gap.

General Fund departments identified a number of targeted program and position reductions. The reductions included the elimination of 181.3 FTE positions that were either vacant or, in a few cases, filled by employees who were shifted to other positions in the same class. No layoffs were necessary.

The June Approved Budget also included budget increases in a number of areas, including:

$21.7 million to make improvements to the County’s jails as part of continuing efforts to resolve conditions of confinement concerns identified in a recent lawsuit;

$2.3 million in state and federal revenue to add 25 FTE positions in Child Support Services;

$1.2 million in 2011 Realignment Local Innovation funds to add seven positions in Probation to establish a Pre-Trial Assessment and Monitoring Pilot Program;

$1 million set aside for costs related to the Hardesty/Schneider lawsuit against the County;

$3.5 million to add 29 FTE positions in Airports Department to handle the impact of increasing passenger and freight volume; and

$668,000 to cover the cost of postcards and postage for the March 2020 Primary Election, as required by state law.

The Board is scheduled to formally adopt the Budget Recommended for Adoption on Sep. 24.

For details, read the Budget Letter to the Board of Supervisors or view all budget documents on the Office of Budget and Debt Management website.

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Opportunity Expo Brings New Franchises, Business Success Exhibits and Speakers

Business Opportunity Expo Press Release  |  2019-09-11

Keynote Speaker Professor Alan Tratner of Green2Gold “Cash in on your Great Ideas!” Photo provided by The Opportunity Expo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Business Opportunity Expo is scheduled for September 28 and 29, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel NE. It is the most comprehensive business event for the public in this region. The show features local and national exhibits including a variety of franchises and business opportunities, financing for small to medium businesses, state-of-the-art tools for success, and business education and training.

Listen to top nationally known speakers like Professor Alan Tratner, who has been dubbed the “Minister of Ideas” and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, CNBC and has had features in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, Newsweek, and many others. Alan will teach you “How to Cash in your Great Ideas!” and can even help you get them financed. Craig Hettrich of California Growth Advisors will teach how to achieve success with “The Best Practices of Great Companies.” And Lynne Shelton, founder of Shelton Law & Associates, will show you how to choose and run a successful franchise, or how to turn your existing business into a successful franchise chain.

Visit dynamic new franchises being offered such as EnviroMerica and i9 Sports, or open a profitable candy kiosk in the mall or a successful hair salon. It’s all here at The Opportunity Expo. Admission and parking are free.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel NE, 5321 Date Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841

When: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm

Admission: This event and parking are free to the public. Please see www.OpportunityExpo.net to attend or exhibit and see the list of speakers and times.


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