Friday, April 18, 2014

Armijo graduate completes basic training

Air Force Airman Thomas J. Hernandez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Hernandez is a 2012 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield.

Starting your vegetable garden for pennies

Did you know you can start your vegetable garden for little or no cost? Yes, you can choose to spend significant money finding unique varieties of vegetable plants, the perfect starting medium and the perfect starter pots.  But if you want to grow vegetables to enjoy their fresh taste and save money on your grocery […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged | Leave a reply

Learning about the elusive fibromyalgia

Many medical diagnoses are fairly straightforward: Symptom A plus symptom B equals condition C. Fibromyalgia, however, is an exception. It’s only after several other diagnoses are taken off the table that people consider fibromyalgia, because it remains the only option. Fibromyalgia is often described as chronic pain and fatigue. Sufferers often complain of hurting all […]

Horoscopes for April 13, 2014

This eve of the Pluto retrograde is a perfect time to explore domestic habits and root out the harmful ones. Most people know there is something they are doing on a regular basis that needs adjusting for the good of all who share this blue marble. “What’s the use of a fine house if you […]

My husband won’t stick to a budget even though we’re heavily in debt

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 20 years. My husband had a great job that allowed him to support me while I completed my education. Our financial situation diminished, but as long as we could share responsibilities, it was OK with me. When I entered the job force, there was a radical shift. I became responsible […]

How to have an attractive yard during drought times

We are all aware that we are in a drought situation this year,  yet we still want our yards to be attractive. Here are a few plant suggestions to help in accomplishing that objective. All will take sun and moderate to little watering, once established. Salvia With so many varieties to choose from, it can […]

Solano County celebrates National Public Health Week

Solano County joins the American Public Health Association and communities around the country in activities during April designed to encourage active and healthy lifestyles. In recognition of National Public Health Week from April 7 -13, Solano County Health and Social Services Public Health Division is coordinating community events during the week and throughout the month […]

My sister doesn’t like my new wife so I cut off all contact with her

Dear Annie: I am a recently divorced and remarried 46-year-old male. I was always very close to my sister, but these past few years, she only thinks of herself. My mother passed away a year ago, and my sister handled her memorial service. I was extremely grateful to her because I was a wreck. However, on […]

Horoscopes for April 6, 2014

The Cancer moon insists on finding relaxation inside the safe confines of home, sweet home. If that is not a relaxing place, the day is likely to be dedicated to making it more so. What needs to change? The feng shui? Houseguests? The attitude of family members or habits of the pets? Whatever it is, […]

Minot bombers fly south during facelift

MINOT, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is moving B-52 bombers to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota while runway upgrades are completed at the Minot base. The first bombers were heading south on Wednesday. The military has not said how many planes, but officials said about 300 personnel will be […]

Pot off limits to military in Washington

TACOMA, Wash. — As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been warned not to shop in any of them. They face criminal charges and career-ending discipline if caught with a substance still banned by the federal government. “Our soldiers […]

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Trevor J. Clark graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Teresa and Steve Clark of Vacaville. The airman is a 2012 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Keisha R. Pereda graduated from basic military training […]

Merged eyed for exchanges, commissaries

Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multibillion dollar resale systems. Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries with […]

Airman from Solano County graduate basic training

Air Force Airman Shaylin D. Barber graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Barber is the daughter of Cynthia and Rodney Smith of Fairfield. She is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class David M. Francis graduated from basic military training […]

Female soldiers gaining status

TACOMA, Wash. — Capt. Pete Middleton had his choice of two rookie lieutenants he could bring in to his artillery battery last summer. One was a man, the other a woman applying for a traditionally all-male Army assignment. Middleton picked the lieutenant who had better test scores coming out of artillery school. Just like that, […]

Panel urges US to lift transgender ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on President Barack Obama to lift it. The five-member panel, convened by […]

‘Consolidated’ Tricare: fees, freedom increase

Tricare Prime, the military’s managed care option for 5.5 million beneficiaries who enroll for a modest fee to be guaranteed timely access to primary care, would cease to exist within a few years under the “Consolidated Tricare” plan proposed in the fiscal year 2015 defense budget. Networks of care providers, built for Prime, would not […]

A sweet gesture: Illinois woman bakes cookies for troops

KINSMAN, Ill. — Since August 2013, Melissa Dunning of Kinsman has been on a mission to supply cookies to troops stationed with her brother, Bruce Boling, and her brother-in-law, Jason Dunning. Jason, from South Wilmington, is in the Army National Guard and is on deployment in Saudi Arabia. Boling, originally from Mazon, is in the […]

Teachers sample Marine training

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Marine Corps recently selected Williston High School physical education teacher Penny Slagle to participate in its educator’s workshop in San Diego. In February, Slagle joined 32 high school educators, counselors and administrators from North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin for a weeklong synopsis of recruit training at the California recruiting depot and […]

Photo: Vallejo native works on ship in Arabian Sea

Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Andrew Mariano, of Vallejo, performs maintenance, Feb. 26, in an engineering space aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea. Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater […]

Commissaries to be run as business, not benefit

Behind the plan to slash taxpayer support of commissaries is a concept Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his senior advisors have embraced that base grocery stores should operate as a business and not a benefit. This shift is candidly revealed in budget documents released Tuesday and in a legislative packet for implementing the funding cuts […]

Airmen with counties ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Kylie B. Fore graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Fore is the daughter of Rachel and Aaron Carrillo of Vacaville. She is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Orlando U. Igno graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

Local high school graduates deploy, complete training

Air Force Airman Renz A. Cruz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Cruz is the son of Anna and Lito Sajonas of Fairfield. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Marine Pfc. Jesus D. Manniquez III recently deployed to Afghanistan. He is the son […]

Defense Department budget proposal would squeeze Tricare

One of the two biggest changes to military compensation proposed in the president’s 2015 defense budget request would roll back, after 20 years, an offering of multiple health insurance options to millions of beneficiaries. The other would end deep discounts on groceries, a benefit that is decades old and long had been viewed as critical […]

Looking at ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ through a plant

I fell in love recently and it was at my favorite garden center. It is called the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Brunfelsia pauciflora (B. calycina) Solanaceae, an evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub that gets its name from its unusual blooming habit. It starts out dark purple (Yesterday) and fades to lavender (Today), then to white (Tomorrow) […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

My husband wants a woman I don’t know at his surgery

Dear Annie: When my husband and I married, we said vows that included “for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,” until death. I am now 65, and my husband and I are both retired. We have money, but my husband does not want to give me any for any reason, including gas and groceries. […]

Horoscopes for Feb. 23, 2014

History may prove the modern amenities you enjoy today to be a crude glimmer of what is possible, especially when you consider that for more than 85 percent of our planet’s life so far, it was all toxic gasses and pond scum. The dreamy Pisces sun and Neptune, the planet of imagination, align to spark […]

Online MD reviews: cars, movie sites more popular

CHICAGO — Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That’s according to a survey that found most adults hadn’t checked online physician reviews – and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients’ health insurance was more important. Still, the sites do […]

Local graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Tynisha A. Spencer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Spencer is the daughter of Marvin Spencer of Fairfield and granddaughter of Juanita Spencer of Vacaville. She is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School. Army Pvt. Daniel C. Younger has graduated from the basic infantry […]

Congress retreats on six-week-old COLA cap

Bowing to colossal pressure from military associations, younger retirees and angry careerists who served through long and nasty wars, Congress has repealed the retiree COLA cap it enacted only six weeks ago. Cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under age 62 will not be set a full percentage point below annual inflation, starting in January 2016, […]