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Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of grilling season and the California Department of Public Health wants everyone to have a delicious and safe BBQ experience. This video features Food Safety Chief Pat Kennelly providing grilling safety tips to keep you and your family healthy all season long! Ensuring that the food you serve is safe is as simple as following these practical approaches:

  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling food.
  • Make sure your utensils and food contact surfaces are clean.  Never put fresh vegetables or ready to eat foods on cutting boards or platters used for raw meat or poultry unless the surfaces have been thoroughly washed with soap and water.
  • Thaw your frozen meat and poultry in a refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.  Make sure that juices from thawing meats cannot drip onto other food in the refrigerator.

Keep your family safe this Memorial Day weekend

Keep your family safe this Memorial Day weekend

This spring’s above average rainfall has led to an abundance of grass, brush and water throughout the state. While the weather is ideal for Californians and tourists to enjoy recreating in the outdoors, CAL FIRE officials are reminding everyone of the importance of safety this holiday weekend.

Despite rain as recent as this week, the grass and brush in many areas has begun to dry out and is becoming increasingly flammable. CAL FIRE crews have already seen an increase in the number of wildfires, even with the late rain.

"Many people don’t realize that most of the low lying grass only takes an hour to dry out," said Chief Ken Pimlott, acting director of CAL FIRE.

Crowded campgrounds leave campers scrambling

FOLSOM, CA - Deep snow in the Sierra has forced the shutdown of some mountain campgrounds and left campers scrambling to find space at lower elevations. 

But they may be out of luck because many Sacramento Valley campgrounds are booked. Rangers have been turning away anyone without a reservation at the campground in Beal's Point Recreation Area at Folsom Lake. 

Angie Muniz and her family were among the lucky few getting spot at Beal's Point.  "This is the fourth year we've come to this location," Muiz said. "We typically take between 15 and 20 campsites."

She will soon be joined by 50 members of her children's Concord swim team. They have all kinds of activities scheduled for the kids. "They'll have a flashlight candy hunt on the property. They'll do 'Hide the Flag.'  We'll go to the beach and swim at the lake."

Memorial holiday camping underway

FOLSOM LAKE, CA - Even the weather can't cool the passion many have for the great outdoors. Campsites were already filling up in advance of Memorial Holiday weekend.

At Folsom Lake, the camp spaces were going fast.  In fact, they had been booked solid for the last several weekends. 

Distractions and regressions

Distractions and regressions

LOFT cardigan - 2010 - gift (similar) / A'gaci top - 2011 - $20 (similar) / BR Factory pants - 2009 - $20 (similar) / Enzo Angiolini peep-toes via Nordstrom - 2007 - $70 (similar) / Nordstrom pyramid stud earrings - 2010 - gift card ( Read More

Class of 2011: Congratulations Allison!

Class of 2011: Congratulations Allison!

Allison is graduating from preschool tomorrow in Folsom! Mommy and daddy are so proud of you!

Have a Class of 2011 student in your family? Send their photo to now@news10.net.

 

Jargon: Just (don't) do it

Jargon: Just (don't) do it

A page from my illustrated copy of The Elements of Style
If there is one thing that transcends all industries, it's jargon.  You've all heard it. You've maybe even written it. By the way, how jargon-y sounding is the word "jargon" anyway?

Merriam-Webster has several definitions for jargon.