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Robert Pacholik With His Old Camera and New Book
Pacholik’s “Night Flares” contains short stories from the combat photographer’s Vietnam War service. The Military Writers Society of America last year awarded the book a Bronze Medal.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Depths of Fields

Army “Shooter” Tells War Stories

Story by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/24/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - In 1967, 21-year-old draftee Robert “Pacho” Pacholik left for Vietnam. He was, he recalls, “the typical left-handed nerd with glasses, the kid from the back of the class.”

A Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, several careers, marriage, kids, and a lifetime later, the combat photographer reflects that like most veterans, war changed him forever. “We had a saying when we photographed something horrific,” recalls the 69-year-old Carmichael resident. We told ourselves ‘it don’t mean nothing.’ But it did. Everything I saw was on film—and in my head.”

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Carmichael Race Car Driver Memorializes Fan at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 4/24/2015

Andrew Peeler and Two Others Resting at the Track
Andrew Peeler (left) and friends chilling under the big old oak tree while waiting for their driver meeting.
Photo by Dale Harper.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, April 11th, All American Speedway (AAS) in Roseville celebrated their 60th season opener. The weather was perfect, the beer cold, the stands full, and drivers in four divisions were primed for an exciting night of fierce racing. But the night was bittersweet for Andrew Peeler of Carmichael. He drives #59 in the Street Stock division. His most devoted fan, Bobby Fagan, had been at the racetrack every week last season cheering him on. This past fall, after celebrating his 21st birthday with family and friends at a party, Fagan’s heart stopped and he passed away very unexpectedly.

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Bob Miller, Steve Jamison, Gordon Jones, and Jim Moe in Red and White
Eskaton Village’s Barbershop Quartet features Bob Miller, Steve Jamison, Gordon Jones, and Jim Moe.
Photos courtesy of Eskaton

Eskaton “Put on a Happy Face”

300 Residents Performed in 10th Annual Variety Show

Posted: 4/17/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Eskaton Village of Carmichael recently put on their annual resident variety show. “The annual variety show is one of the highlights of the year for residents,” said Vice President of Resident Council Dick D’Agostino. “It not only provides an evening of great entertainment, but it also gives those residents who have a little bit of ham in them an opportunity to show off and strut their stuff.”

This event is resident driven—all organizers, performers, and crew live at the 37-acre gated Eskaton community on Walnut Avenue. Co-directors Gray Miner, 76, and Tiffany Glasser, 70, recruited more than 75 of their peers for various roles in the show titled “Put on a Happy Face.” Ninjas, illusion dancers (known as Eskettes), clappers, harmonica players, singers, pianists, and comedians are just a few of the acts that encompassed nearly two hours of entertainment with an abundance of laughter.

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Alan Truax and Erma Truax Dancing
Alan Truax dancing with his mother, Erma, at the Columbo Club in Oakland, CA, in 2012. Erma represented her mother, Maria, at this event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Columbo Club’s Women’s Auxiliary, of which Maria was a founding member.
Photo courtesy of Alan Truax

New Play Hits Close to Home

Posted: 4/17/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Last year, when Carmichael playwright Alan Truax was creating the characters and family dynamics for his new play, little did he realize he would soon be dealing with several of the same family issues as his fictional characters. The death of his mother, Erma, just two weeks prior to the start of rehearsals, brought a whole new perspective to Truax’s upcoming production of “The Cards You’re Dealt.”

Truax’s play, which he is also producing, opens April 24th at Sacramento’s Geery Theater. The story focuses on a few difficult years in the life of a close-knit family. While the protagonist is dealing with the reeling effects of a crippling recession and his son’s failing marriage, he learns he has a serious health issue that could easily turn fatal. This news is nearly too much for him and his family to cope with and causes them to question their religious faith, personal values, and family bond. Love, laughter, and a lifetime of memories are all they have to help them through their ordeal.

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Classic Cars Cruise into Carmichael

Posted: 4/10/2015

A Classic Ford Coupe at the Elks Car Show
At the Carmichael Elks Car Show, classic collectors’ cars from 1919 through 1975 will be exhibited for your viewing pleasure. The show will also feature hot rods, pick-up trucks, muscle cars, customized rat rods, and cruisers.
Photo courtesy of Carmichael Elks #2103

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The third annual Carmichael Elks Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 5631 Cypress Avenue. This event raises funds for the benefit of the Lodge in support of the many community services they perform. General admission to the event is free for the public.

Approximately 100 cars are expected to be on display. Classic collectors’ cars from 1919 through 1975 will be exhibited for your viewing pleasure. The Classic Car Show will also feature hot rods, pick-up trucks, muscle cars, customized rat rods, and cruisers. Make sure you check out David Lesch’s 1929 model-A custom truck, which won the President’s Award at Hot August Nights last year.

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All American Speedway to Launch 60th Season

By Linda Harper
Posted: 4/10/2015

Three Classes of Stock Car On the Track
On April 18th, the second race of the season, Pacific Challenge Late Models will return to All American Speedway, along with North State Modifieds and Pro 4 Modifieds. These traveling series cars and drivers are fierce battlers who put on a spectacular show with edge-of-your-seat action.
Photos by Doug Day

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - There’s something uncanny about the speedway just before opening day of race season. From the spotters ledge, the 1/3 mile oval track looks pitch black against a backdrop of pristine, green infield lawn. The bleachers are shiny and inviting, the pits are groomed and the cement is clean. There’s a massive Heritage Oak tree in the pit area standing tall and proud, waiting to shade drivers while they receive their competition instructions.

What’s most apparent is the eerie silence. That calm will abruptly vanish on April 11th, when All American Speedway in Roseville opens the gates to its 60th racing season. Four divisions will roar around the track with resounding thunder, sure to thrill anxious spectators.

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Gems Rock the Region

Story and Photos by Anne Stokes
Posted: 4/3/2015


Milagro Centre Monument for “Fancy Nancy”

Carmichael Developer Loved Style and Community

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/3/2015


I CARE in Action: Making a Difference for Homeless Veterans

Posted: 3/27/2015


Clean and Sober Living Helps Addicts Find Hope

The Founder, Don Troutman, Has Built a Lasting Community

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 3/27/2015


Enjoy a Colorful Showcase of Music and Dance

Camellia International Folk Dance Festival Offers Fun for the Whole Family

Posted: 3/20/2015


Young Professionals Exceed Goal at United Way Trivia Night Fundraiser

Posted: 3/20/2015


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