Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010


“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
~ Norman Schwarzkopf


Granite Community Bank – Closure

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Some unfortunate news…

The Office of the Controller of the Currency closed Granite Community Bank on Friday, May 28th.  The FDIC has arranged for all three branches to re-open as Tri Counties Bank.  Customers will still be able to access their accounts this weekend.  Here are more details

Additional details found on Granite Community Bank website.

Thank you, Allison Harris, for the information last night.

Granite Bay High School Colorguard – A Winning Team

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Thank you, Claire Sharp, for guest blogging on this site today!  Claire, a GBHS parent, is involved in the Colorguard program at the high school.   

 What is Colorguard?  It’s a team looking for new members!

If you’ve been in the Eureka School District you’ve seen the Colorguard every year at Halloween.  A Guard member might have picked you out of the crowd to play with the band, or you’ve been amazed by the flags that the guard spins.   That’s right – they are the ones with the flags. 

The Colorguard is a unit of the Emerald Brigade Marching Band, and participates in Band competitions during the Fall Season. In the  Winter Season, the Guard won the majority of its competitions, which are dance based, and take place indoors.

When you’re in Colorguard you dance, run the entire football field, march in parades, and all the while spinning a flag, or tossing a rifle or sabre.  In the Winter season, the guard performs indoors in a dance-based performance.  Sounds easy?  Well, according the students, it takes a lot of practice, but almost anyone can learn.

According to Coach Marr, “the Colorguard, like any other group activity, is important in teaching our students how to work well with others within a team environment.  There are so many life skills that can be learned while being involved in guard such as time management, leadership skills, team building, conflict resolution, and so many other skills that can be taken away from the activity. But, I think the life-long friendships, pride, and self worth a person gets from performing  are the most important part of guard.”

How do you become a member of the Colorguard?  Show up at one of their Try-It-Outs which, this year, will be held on June 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the GBHS Cafeteria ( right near the entrance of the school).  If you’re an incoming freshman or a current student looking for something new to try, this is the ticket.   Bring your positive attitude, wear clothes you can move in, and bring your friends.  Parents are welcome too.   The Guard looks forward to meeting YOU.

Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee Grounds for the Garden

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Do you remember Starbucks giving away prepacked bags of used coffee grounds for the garden?  When we began using them, our roses started blooming beautifully.  Now, we throw coffee grounds in our vegetable garden too, and our tomatoes love it!

Sunset Magazine commissioned a study about gardening and coffee grounds.  Used coffee grounds contain high levels of potassium and phosphorus, and they produce nitrogen when they degrade – all of which help plants thrive.  I’ve read elsewhere that spent coffee grounds also apparently deter slugs and cats, whereas worms, which amend soil, flock to it like candy! We add it to our compost bin, but we also spread it around like mulch in our garden.

The next time you go to Starbucks – ask for a bag of grounds for your garden.  Christi Earhart at Starbucks (in the Raley’s Shopping Center) suggested that customers bring in a bucket with their name on it that the staff can fill throughout the day.  What a great green idea!

I recently read an interesting NY Times article online about BTTR Ventures; two UC Berkeley grads founded BTTR Ventures (pronounced “better”) and began using Peet’s coffee grounds as an integral part of their mushroom business.  They sell their mushrooms (available at Whole Foods in the Bay Area) as well as mushroom kits (I’ve seen them at Peet’s in the past).

Peet’s also has an article on their website about gardening using their coffee grounds.  Every time I’ve gone in to Peet’s at Quarry Ponds without my hubby, one of the guys has offered to carry the coffee grounds out to my car for me.  How great is that?!

Try it out – and let me know whether you think it makes a difference in your flowers and plants.

Happy Gardening!