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County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Moses I. Daniels graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Daniels is the son of Valentino Daniels of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Vallejo High School. Army Pvt. Joshua A. Rider has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rider is the […]

Senators OK plan to cut commissary budget

The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services. Defenders of the benefit for military families and the […]

Vallejo graduates, service members complete training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James R. Laurel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Laurel is a 2009 graduate of Hogan High School in Vallejo. Army Pvt. Eron Lenore has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Lenore is the son of Rhicko James and grandson of Erionne Hester, both of Vallejo. He […]

Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated two top military officers last week to take charge of the Army and Navy, selecting men who have faced public scrutiny over the past year for their key leadership roles in high-profile cases. Speaking Wednesday at the Pentagon, Carter said he is recommending Adm. John Richardson, head of the […]

Senate, House reject reform plans for Tricare

Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two Tricare reform plans, one from the President Barack Obama administration to raise fees and consolidate the triple-option health benefit and a second from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to replace Tricare entirely with a menu of civilian health insurance options. Both ideas […]

Problem periods and symptoms – solved

Many women suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding also known as abnormal periods. In fact, one-third of all women will experience abnormal periods in their lifetime. An abnormal period is one in which there is an excessive amount of bleeding and/or a period that lasts longer than seven days. There are many causes, but the most […]

De-mystifying the tomato vocabulary

Tomato season is upon us and every year I watch as eager home gardeners become bewildered by the myriad vegetation that lies before them in neatly organized and labeled racks and that’s not to mention the thousands of brightly festooned seed packets jammed into cardboard shelving. If the sheer variety on hand doesn’t beckon to […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscope: May 10, 2015

Mothers. They’re what all humans have in common. This Mother’s Day falls under the guidance of the Aquarius moon. Challenge yourself to think beyond who your mother is to you, and consider the woman she is (or was) in the world. Before she was your mother, she was a girl with hopes and dreams, some […]

Tell all the mothers that you are thinking of them today

Dear Readers: Happy Mother’s Day. Today would be a good time to phone your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, stepmother or foster mother and wish them the best. And please don’t forget those for whom this day is filled with sadness. Please give them a call and say you are thinking of them. Every year, salary.com prints […]

Airmen from Vacaville finish basic training

Air Force Airman Taylor M. Biever graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Biever is the daughter of Tracey M. and David L. Biever of Vacaville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Jonathan A. Simms graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Simms is the son of […]

Committee approved ‘blended’ military retirement plan

Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for seven decades. The 55-8 vote was so lopsided that the last member to cast got […]

How can I trust my husband after he texted a younger woman behind my back?

Dear Annie: Several years ago, my then middle-aged husband worked for a company that employed several young attractive girls. He became friends with one of them, and they became texting buddies. Even when they both later left the company, they continued to text. I found this out after the fact. When I confronted him, he said they were […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscope: April 26, 2015

It starts with the impulse to put on a show. At worst, entertaining others is a means of getting attention. At best, it’s a wonderful gift you can give many people at once. The intention of delighting people leads to new creative vistas. Let your thoughts dance and play as you try to figure out […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Environmentally friendly’ product labels can affect your brain

By Chris Mooney It has long been known, in medicine, that your mind has some control over how you feel – or at least how you think you feel. Thus, the so-called placebo effect occurs when patients receiving a fake treatment like a sugar pill report feeling better afterward. This is so common that placebo controlled […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Edibles in your landscape

By Barbara Johnston   Imagine after a long, hard day at work, you’ve just arrived home and it’s time to think about your next job, preparing the family dinner. But wait!  It’s no chore because fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables are waiting to be plucked from your landscape. Fresh scented culinary herbs and colorful […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

When to throw in the towel on sickly plants

I will admit it; I have always had a problem giving up on plants. I don’t have any difficulty if they are clearly dead. Dry and crumbly or soggy and rotted, straight into the compost or trash they go. But many of my plants don’t out and out die. They fail to thrive, become straggly, […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Coping with seasonal allergies

More than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, which are hitting Northern Californians right now. During spring and through summer, trees and grasses stir to life releasing pollens that can trigger allergies. If you have pollen allergies you may be suffering from itchy, watery eyes and nose, sneezing, plugged-up nose or a scratchy throat. […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscopes: April 19, 2015

This is the last day of the Aries sun, 2015. This time of initiative, courage and fresh, impulsive, zesty energy will be over tomorrow, so seize the moment. If you make a mistake, you can always blame it on the final breath of warrior energy in the atmosphere. ARIES (March 21-April 19). The feature of […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Wife needs to decide if she can tolerate husband’s binge drinking

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Tom” for 30 years, and we’ve raised two successful children. Tom is a nice guy, but he is a binge drinker and has been all the years I have known him. I didn’t recognize this as alcoholism until 10 years ago. Tom has been in therapy ever since. […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Massage for many different reasons

Massage therapy has general health benefits. It increases circulation, improves the functioning of our muscles, positively affects our nervous system and can also provide mental and emotional benefits. There are also many massage modalities to choose from. The first thing to consider is to ask yourself why you are seeking massage therapy. This will help […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Stumped about what to do with your tree stump?

Sadly, nothing lives forever. If you have trees on your property you may have a stump in your yard. You may have decided not to have a tree service grind or chip it for reasons such as cost or its proximity to underground lines. If you have a tree stump you have two options, let it […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscopes: April 12, 2015

In Disney’s version of the French fairytale “Beauty and the Beast,” the main character, Belle, enters an enchanted house where the objects are alive. The weeks to come have an enchanted quality, too, as Venus in Gemini plays Belle. Here, the love goddess communicates freely, believing all things are alive – the rocks, the sky […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

My neighbors are so intrusive that i’m forced to avoid them

Dear Annie: I moved into a nice apartment complex some time ago and have enjoyed it, with the exception of the neighbors on one side. “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” are overbearing. At first, they reached out in friendship, and I was welcoming. However, I soon found them invading my personal space. As soon as I […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Queen’s tears – a striking, sturdy bromeliad

If you’re looking for an unusual plant to fill an empty pot, consider Billbergia nutans. Also known as queen’s tears or the friendship plant, this member of the Bromeliaceae family grows almost anywhere in common soil or no soil and with little care. The plant’s nearly indestructible foliage and unusual blooms provide an exotic accent […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscopes: April 5, 2015

To keep us from getting so caught up in fancy hats, chocolates and bunnies that we forget the life, death and rebirth theme of Easter, Pluto, the planet of regeneration, drives the deeper themes home with a square to the Aries sun. Passover is also colored by Pluto’s focus on interplay between the generations and […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Making Solano County a healthy place

For nearly 20 years, during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week  as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. This year, the week […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Husband’s emotional inadequacy leaves me stranded, upset

Dear Annie: My husband has the emotional IQ of a 10-year-old. I recently spent six hours in the emergency room for some tests to rule out a potentially life-threatening problem. I asked my husband to please drive me to the ER because the doctors did not advise that I drive myself home afterward. His response […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,’ Solano

March is National Nutrition Month, a time designated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for adults and children to spend some time examining their food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscopes: March 22, 2015

Perhaps Jane Austen was speaking presciently to those on social media when she said, “To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.” Communication-planet Mercury and Pluto in powerful Capricorn will call attention to the balance of power on digital and real-life platforms. ARIES (March […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

If you get an call from someone you don’t know offering to save you money, hang up

Dear Annie: At least once a week, I get an unsolicited phone call from “Rachel from Cardholder Services.” This seems to be an obvious scam to get me to switch to another credit card or maybe just to get personal information. I have received these calls both in Connecticut and Florida. When I ask, “Who […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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