Calaveras County Fair

Come join the crew from ALL 3 Motherlode Radio Stations, as we host and judge the “Calaveras Idol” competition on the main stage Saturday night. Have fun at the fair this weekend. Be sure to check out the fair’s website for a schedule of events. Click here.

See you at the fair!


What’s In Your Purse Ladies?

(Women’s Health) The average woman lugs 6.5 pounds of “essential items” in her bag. Doctors advise carrying one that’s no more than 10% to 15% of your body weight. Here’s what you’re carrying around:

  • 6.2 ounces – make-up bag
  • 4.9 ounces – set of keys
  • 4.8 ounces – Blackberry
  • 3.9 ounces – notebook
  • 2.9 ounces – wallet
  • 2.4 ounces – perfume
  • 2.2 ounces – iPod
  • 2.0 ounces – hand cream
  • 1.5 ounces – Advil bottle
  • 1.2 ounces – sun glasses
  • .8 ounces – eye glasses
  • .6 ounces – pen
  • .5 ounces – lip gloss
  • .5 ounces – tissue
  • .4 ounces – comb
  • What else? Anything missing? Let me know and have a great day. – Justin

Ribbit Ribbit, it’s Frog Jumping Time!

Win tickets to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee all week on the Star Morning Show!

Click the cover of Mark Twain’s classic book to learn more about the Calaveras County Fair!

Sunshine is GOOD!


Do you like to soak up the sun? Have you been frightened by all the talks about the harmful effects of sunshine? Relax and enjoy the rays, because experts say they’re really good for you if you obey some simple rules. “Try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10am and 2pm,” warns Texas dermatologist Dr. Milton Moore. “Apply the appropriate level of sunscreen to your face and body — 15 SPF to 45 SPF if you’re at the beach and subject to the reflection of the sun’s rays from sand and water.” If you follow those tips, Dr. Moore says, you can reap the many healthy benefits of sunshine:

* Sunshine beats the blues. People are happier and less prone to depression when the sun is shining.

* Moderate sunbathing relieves skin disorders, acne and psoriasis sufferers can see marked improvement from brief sunbathing, says Dr. Thomas White, an expert in Britain. He suggests limiting exposure to 15 minutes daily.

* Sunlight helps cure insomnia. According to Dr. Moore, catching the sun’s early morning rays regulates the body’s time, which means a more peaceful night’s sleep.

* Sunshine gives off vitamin D, which slows osteoporosis.

* Sunshine eases migraine pain.

* Diabetics are healthier during summer months because the sun’s rays help regulate insulin levels, say experts.

* Sunny weather helps weight loss.

* Sunshine reduces arthritis pain.


After a two-week Las Vegas vacation this month, Lesley Watson and her family hit a snag as they attempted to fly back to their native Scotland. When they tried to change planes at Newark’s Liberty International Airport, they wound up among the millions of travelers left grounded after the volcanic eruption in Iceland canceled flights across the globe. But instead of spending days sleeping on airport couches, the Scottish family clan spent nine days in the sprawling suburb of Edison. Watson and her family stayed, free of charge, at the home of a hospitable Edison school board candidate who took the foursome in after a chance meeting in a supermarket while she was on the campaign trail.

… On April 14 Watson and her family — daughter Lauren Kyle and parents Jimmy and Nan Marshall — were a half-hour from leaving when their flight to Glasgow was canceled. The family got a voucher for a night at an airport hotel and booked a flight for April 16. But after sitting on the plane for more than two hours, an airline representative made an announcement. They weren’t leaving. The family got another hotel voucher. But 75-year-old Nan didn’t have her diabetes medicine. So the family visited a grocery store next to the hotel, searching for a pharmacy. On the way out the door, they were greeted by Ward, a school board candidate who was handing out fliers. When they shared their story Ward put them up in the two bedrooms of her home. She also paid for Nan’s prescription. Neighbors and friends cooked the family dinner, while Ward took them on a tour of central New Jersey.

… The family’s flight was finally scheduled to leave Monday night. Many airlines have started clearing travel back to Europe this week, and Watson’s family was booked on a 7:40 p.m. flight.

Question : : What’s the nicest, most amazing thing a stranger’s ever done for you?

Email me at and maybe we will share your story on-air!

Sixty Uses Of Baking Soda

Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the household. Although much more expensive products have been developed over the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you just as well, if not better. Use it in the following ways: 

1. To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch. 

2. Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out. 

3. Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won’t damage anything it touches. 

4. Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs. 

5. Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce. 

6. Wash garbage cans with baking soda. 

7. Soak and wash diapers with baking soda. 

8. Oil and grease – stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water. 

9. Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water. 

10. Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months. 

11. Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top. 

12. Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load. 

13. Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution. 

14. Wash food and drink containers with soda and water. 

15. Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse. 

16. Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge. 

17. Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells. 

18. To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water. 

19. Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water). 

20. Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse. 

21. Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water. 

22. Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off. 

23. Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse. 

24. Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry. 

25. For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry. 

26. Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom. 

27. Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning. 

28. To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad. 

29. For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day. 

30. Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain. 

31. Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry. 

32. Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water. 

33. Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor. 

34. Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge – sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc. 

35. Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water. 

36. Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them. 

37. To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse. 

38. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it. 

39. Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor. 

40. Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin. 

41. Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby’s bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations. 

42. Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water. 

43. Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox. 

44. Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn. 

45. Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth. 

46. Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain. 

47. To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water. 

48. Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar. 

49. Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water. 

50. Windburns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly. 

51. Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch. 

52. Use soda as an underarm deodorant. 

53. If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away. 

54. When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white. 

55. Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out. 

56. Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible. 

57. Add to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game. 

58. Use to sweeten sour dishcloths. 

59. Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean. 

60. Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.

Picture Of Maryann as Cruella!

Maryann Curmi, host of the afternoon drive home show on Star 92.7, played the role of Cruella Deville this past weekend at the “Who Let The Dogs Out” event in Twain Harte. Thanks to Christine Ravely for snapping this pic for us.


Eating out is supposed to be a good thing, whether it’s romance, business, family, friends or just enjoying a nice al fresco meal on your own. But how many times has your pleasant evening been tainted or even ruined by a fellow restaurant patron who does something that just gets under your skin? Here’s a list of 10 of the most irritating people you can encounter while dining.

  • People who sit far from their table and won’t move up when you need to squeeze by.
  • People who stuff tiny bottles of jam into their pockets or purse.
  • People who bring their own salt.
  • People whose conversations are so loud everyone in the restaurant can hear them.
  • People who linger forever over empty glasses of wine even though they can see others are waiting for a table.
  • People who chew with their mouth open.
  • People who talk loudly on their cell phone.
  • People who take a ton of flash photos in the restaurant.
  • People who let in all the cold air from outside (or let the cool air out during the summer) by holding the door open for too long.
  • People who use a cloth napkin to blot their lipstick and people who blow their nose into their napkin at the table.

Do you agree with the list? What’s missing?
Now I bet you won’t be able to eat out without looking for any of these. Have a great day.

Justin, out!