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Editor's View: Politics, pizzazz and procrastinations

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Our region is full of interesting tid bits and odd happenings. From the Robber?s Fire burning up the hill between Colfax and Foresthill requiring the assistance of many local agencies (more than 2,400 acres charred as of press time with nearly 2,000 personnel battling the blaze), to local ladies vying for pageant titles and crowns, there is never a shortage of stories to fill our pages. Let?s take a quick look at a few of them. Political rounds What?s this I hear? Bill Tobin, a former president of the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, has tossed his hat in the ring to secure a seat on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors. Tobin has been instrumental in organizing the Blues & Brews Fest, a fundraiser for the planned El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial. My hat is off to you, Bill. That is one tough task to tackle. Some pizzazz Glory Guzman, of Folsom, is shooting for the title of Ms. Philippines of Sacramento and Vicinity. The single mom of two said it would be an honor to represent the Filipino community if she wins. For her story, see page A5. Glory wasn?t the only pageant contestant I recently interviewed. Holly Bialorucki is vying for Mrs. California International 2013 in September. The lovely lady came by our office last week to discuss her platform. She brought along her 13-year-old daughter Bonnie. No stranger to kids, or teens for that matter, I spoke with Bonnie at length about one of her passions ? the animated TV show, ?South Park.? She?s even made up her own characters and acts out scenes in her room after school. Bonnie was diagnosed with a particular form of autism at an early age. I applaud Holly for sharing her family?s story and I look forward to seeing how she does in the state pageant. For the full story, see folsomtelegraph.com. Procrastinations Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to things. For example, it took me 20 years of off-and-on dieting and gimmicks to get the extra weight off me. I?ve written about this previously, but as of this weekend, I?ve managed to lose 101 pounds in about 18 months. It hasn?t been easy. A lot of people have walked right by me without saying hello, telling me later they didn?t recognize me. The most frequent question I receive is, ?How did you do it?? At a grocery store, the checker asked me the same question. I was purchasing some brown rice protein powder for my smoothies. ?Is this how you did it?? she asked. If I could point to one thing it would be, ?lifestyle change.? I try to keep myself active, eat right and get plenty of sleep. I also eliminated alcohol, bread and potatoes. I eat plenty of fruits and veggies and four to six ounces of lean meats per day. I eat three meals daily with healthy snacks between those meals and one bedtime snack consisting of a cup of frozen grapes. That?s it in a nutshell but if you want to learn more, go to folsomtelegraph.com or edhtelegraph.com and keyword search ?saturday skinny.? That?s my weekly column that gives useful tips and describes in detail what I?m doing now or what I?ve done in the past to drop the pounds. There is no charge to read the column. I?m not trying to sell anything but I am trying to pass along what I?ve learned to others who might find the information useful. My current column has a recipe for grilled portabello mushroom caps and offers tips on how to maintain your healthy eating habits while on family vacations and road trips. Follow Don Chaddock on Twitter @anewsguy or reach him by e-mail at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.