February 2021 Newsletter
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HARRY CRABB PARK UPDATE
By Bruce Houdeshelt, Vice Mayor
The eagerly awaited completion of Harry Crabb Park took a significant step forward when the Roseville Parks and Recreation removed the chain link fencing in mid-January. There is some additional work, such as wind screens at the tennis/pickle ball courts, a small fence panel at the basketball court and some added landscaping in areas outside of the previously fenced area underway, but it is “open” for play.
A flagpole will be installed, and the official opening of the park is being planned for later this spring.
The completion and opening of Harry Crabb Park and Central Park (near Nugget shopping Center) were possible because of the passage of Measure B in 2018.
FIRE IN THE HOLE - AKA DRYER VENT CLEANING
By Christie Borchin
My husband and I are the original homeowners here in Stoneridge and I have to tell you, we have never cleaned out our dryer vents. After 19 years…if you haven’t done this…you need to! We pulled out the dryer – and of course, it was not a pretty sight.
I did not want to shock you gentle readers, so there are no pictures of that. 😊 Anyway, we pulled out the dryer hose and there was a lot of “dryer debris” at the opening and on the tile floor. To tackle the vent situation, we used the handy tool pictured, and it really did the trick. For the outside dryer vent, a ladder was utilized and we once again, used the tool to remove debris ! While you are up there, and after it’s cleaned out, turn on the dryer to ensure the outside flap is activated (flapping). If you aren’t a DYI’er, there are various companies that do this as well. The tool is about $20.
Check out this tip sheet from the National Fire Protection Association. Dryer fires happen more than you think!
TONERIDGE RECIPE CORNER
By Pam Maeda and Marlena Sprague
We have two recipes this month from cuisines in the East and South of the Border - 😊. Try these out and let us know what you think!
Chinese Chicken Salad -
serves 2 - 3
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
3 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp. Sugar
1/4 cup of sesame oil
1 Chicken Breast (or 2) - Shredded
1 Head Lettuce - Chopped
1/2 cup of Rice Noodles
6 - Chopped Green Onions
Toasted Peanuts or Almonds - as much as you like
1) Combine the Dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Set aside for 10 minutes.
2) Cook the Rice Noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside to cool. Cut the noodles with kitchen shears.
3) Place the Salad ingredients together in a large bowl along with half of the rice noodles.
4) Add dressing and toss.
5) Divide up in bowls and add the remaining rice noodles on to each salad bowl.
Chili Relleno Casserole
1 Lb. Cheddar Cheese
1 Lb. Jack Cheese
3 - 7 oz. cans Ortega Whole Green Chilies
1 Small Can Diced Green Chilies
1 Can Ortega Green Chili Salsa
1-1/2 Cups Milk
3 Tablespoons Flour
Spray the bottom of the pan (large casserole dish at least 9 x 13) with cooking spray (PAM). Line the pan with whole chilies cut in half lengthwise.
Mix cheddar and jack cheese plus diced green chilies and put-on top of chilies.
Mix milk, eggs and flour. Pour over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then, for the last 15 minutes,
Spread green chili salsa over top.
Let cool and serve. Delicious!
SECURING YOUR GARAGE DOOR
By John Michaels/Christie Borchin
Most homeowners close the overhead garage door and assume they have locked out bad guys. And they are mostly correct; a garage door connected to an opener is pretty secure. However, every garage door opener has an emergency release that disconnects the door from the opener. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to open the door when the opener is on the fritz. But some clever crooks have turned this essential feature into a security risk.
“Fishing” a garage door isn’t exactly easy, and in some situations it’s almost impossible. Some openers, for example, have a release mechanism that must be pulled straight down and won’t release if the cord is tugged at an angle toward the door. Others are a bit easier to fish, especially if your garage door has a window that allows the crook to see what he’s doing. One can press in on the top of the garage door and slip in a device/hook to get the release. It’s tough…but one can do it. To prevent this from happening you can do the following:
Make a garage door lock shield. This makes grabbing the release cord almost impossible. It’s simply a wood cleat and a scrap of plywood screwed to the openers arm. The plywood is fastened to the cleat with just two brad nails so it can break away, rather than do damage, if it runs into something while the door is traveling (like bikes left on the car upon entering the garage! )😊. For other tips, please see this article.
ATTENTION ALL XFINITY SUBSCRIBERS
By John Michaels
I saved $40 bucks a month and here’s how I did it! I am an Xfinity subscriber for both TV and internet. I occasionally go into the Xfinity store in the Fountains to just confirm I’m paying the best rate. About a year ago, they mentioned if I purchase a Roku device I can watch live TV using the xfinity beta app. After a bit of procrastinating, I did it and it was easy. I have to keep my main X1 DVR and internet hub for my main TV, but for my other 4 TV’s this was the perfect alternative. Comcast Xfinity charges $10 per month to rent the tiny boxes in each of the rooms. I bought 4 Roku devices and returned the cable boxes and immediately reduced my monthly bill by $40/month.
The beta app is free in the Roku App Store. I admit, it’s not perfect and it takes a little longer to activate, but for me the savings are worth a few extra clicks to get to the TV watching in my other rooms.
Here’s a more detailed article on this topic
By Vice Mayor Bruce Houdesheldt
A high wind advisory triggers businesses and residents outside Roseville to check outage maps to see if their power will be interrupted. An extended shut off can result in business losses or require those whose medical devices need a constant power source to start up their generators.
However, those of us in Roseville are fortunate to have had Roseville Electric “Your City Electric Company” providing us some of the most reliable power in the state since 1912. Local control has also meant that the city can integrate its electric utility with its city-owned water, wastewater and solid-waste services to better serve residents and businesses and be more efficient with its use of natural resources.
Municipal utilities like Roseville Electric are owned by local taxpayers, making them tax-exempt and without the financial responsibility of dividends, so rates are closer to the actual cost of generating power. Lower rates attract business, especially energy-intensive companies, like the computer chip manufacturer, data centers and medical-device makers that have chosen to be based in Roseville. But the main driver of the City’s business growth is the reliability of our utilities, like Roseville Electric.
And Roseville is “Powering Innovation” with a renewable energy portfolio that includes wind, solar, and geothermal which lowers the carbon footprint. Operating its own power plant – Roseville Energy Park- increases reliability and saves on transmission costs as well. In addition, Roseville Electric obtains electricity from the federal government, the Northern California Power Agency and the open electricity market. Roseville Electric’s system serves an area of 43 square miles, conterminous with the City of Roseville border, and maintains 145 miles of overhead lines and more than 704 miles of underground lines.
(Photo by Elijah Wilbur, courtesy of the City of Roseville)
Another benefit of a city-owned utility is it can pay for projects like the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. About 40,000 people yearly visit the 3,000-square-foot-plus education center, which hosts interactive workshops on environmental and recycling topics for all ages.