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Beneath The Wooden Cross – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

One More Objective, Boys The Battle of Kasserine Pass was actually a series of battles of the Tunisia Campaign of World War II. It took place in February, 1943 in a 2-mile gap in the Grand Dorsal chain of the Atlas Mountains. The Axis forces led by General Erwin Rommel, were primarily from the Afrika […]

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Americans Became More Charitable During This Past Holiday Season

By   /  January 14, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Compared to 2019 despite living through COVID-19 According to a recent report by TOP Data and Kindest, a startup that helps nonprofits automate fundraising seamlessly, Americans were 25% more charitable last holiday season compared to 2019. The average amount donated to charitable organizations in 2020 was just over $600. Of all the generational cohorts, Millennials were the most […]

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By   /  January 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

.Photo credit Max Payne Jerry: I like honey in my tea and on my toast, pretty much I use it a lot. But I’m thinking it too good to be true and isn’t that healthy. What do you think??Megan: Honey has many health benefits such as improving heart health and even having wounds. The trouble is […]

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All Trails Lead to Hell – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

View from Canyon Diablo Thomas Calabrese –The town of Canyon Diablo (Navajo: Kin Ligaii) was located in Coconino County, Arizona, on the edge of the arroyo Canyon Diablo. It originated in 1880, due to construction delays attributed to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad ordering the wrong span length railroad bridge to cross the canyon. For […]

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Miracle at Summerland -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 3, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

The Dazzling Devons Thomas Calabrese –Steve Curtis and Mike Densmore were best friends and first cousins, born within three months of each other in the year 1999. They grew up on East Toulomne Road in Turlock, California and attended Crowell Elementary School, located on North Avenue. Their mothers, Chris and Dina Del Monaco were twin […]

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By   /  December 29, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

C.J.: I’ve been trying to eat more salads and when I shop I’ve heard that iceberg lettuce isn’t very nutritious. Is that true?? Megan: In my opinion go for spinach. First of all, it has 20 times the amount of vitamin A (needed for vision and skin) compared to iceberg, 6 times the amount of […]

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Rocklin and Roland – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 27, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

They Messed With Marines Thomas Calabrese –The seven-month baby was lying in his crib and looked up at his parents and began making a series of strange sounds.             “That is not normal,” His mother said, “Our other children never made those noises.  “At times he sounds like a cross between a possessed victim and […]

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By   /  December 22, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jillian: My doctor said I’m low in Vitamin D. What can I do about that and why?? Megan: Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common. It is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, because the skin produces it through sunlight exposure. It is also found in some foods likes fish and egg yolks. Vitamin D is […]

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Felix the Navy Dad – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 20, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

The Little Admiral Thomas Calabrese –Felix Rivera’s family on his father’s side was from Bueno Aires, Argentina. His grandparents on his mother’s side were born in Bogota, Columbia. His parents met in Miami, Florida and they moved to Vista, California, when Diego Rivera was offered the opportunity to open and manage a restaurant called Asado […]

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Survey: 66% Of Nursing Homes Won’t Make It Another Year

By   /  December 18, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Given current operating pace due to increased COVID costs A survey that American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently conducted of nursing home providers across the U.S. This is a one page executive summary of the results.  

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By   /  December 15, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Tim: As I try to lose weight I’m trying to make better food decisions so a lot of that stuff has artificial sweeteners in it. Is that ok?? Megan: It is true that artificial sweeteners can be weight loss friendly and even help control diabetes. Certain types have no calories or sugar. Rumors of cancer […]

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Hindsight Is Always 20-20

By   /  December 12, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Voting Irregularities Thomas Calabrese –Mike Camden was a young Marine, away from his home of Raytown, Missouri for the first time, and stationed at Camp Pendleton when he met Angie Davalos. They quickly fell in love and were married in Oceanside. Things went well for a while until Angie became pregnant. The young woman was […]

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By   /  December 8, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Donald: I’m confused why some fats are healthy and some aren’t. Obviously fried food is bad, but what are some healthy fats to eat?? Megan: You are right, not all fats are bad. Far too often do we hear eat this and not that, and we actually do need fat in our diet. Many low-fat options […]

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Don’t Let The Daylight – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 5, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Catch You Crying Thomas Calabrese — Roy McLane grew up in a military family. His father was a retired Marine and his paternal grandfather and both his uncles served in the Corps. Roy was eight years younger than his identical twin brothers, John and Luke. His older siblings were standouts in football, basketball and baseball […]

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By   /  December 2, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kimie: I always hear eat 2000 calories a day, but isn’t that a lot?? Megan: Counting calories can be confusing because we all have different activity levels, ages, heights, and metabolism. Also your goal is a consideration. Losing weight and building muscle would be different calories needed. An easy tool is to find out what […]

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Shave the Date: McDonald’s® Is Giving Away 10,000 Free McRib Sandwiches

By   /  December 1, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

To Fans Who Shave Their Facial Hair –Just buy a McRib on Dec. 2 and your purchase will help support McDonald’s donation to the charity’s cancer initiatives.  In honor of the nationwide return of the McRib on December 2, McDonald’s is partnering with No-Shave November, giving people a new way to support cancer research  (CHICAGO, IL; November, 2020) — The […]

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Curfew Breaker – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 28, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

We Ain’t Going To Take It Anymore Thomas Calabrese — Sergeant Wesley (Wes) Coulter had been in the Marine Corps for seven years when his unit was deployed to Afghanistan in 2016 from their home base of Camp Pendleton. He was leading a routine patrol when his squad was ambushed by Taliban insurgents. Sergeant Coulter […]

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By   /  November 24, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sonia: Does eating late at night past around 7pm make you gain weight?  Megan: It isn’t about what time you eat at, it’s about WHAT you eat. Typically late night eaters and snackers tend to eat more and make poorer choices. Food is meant to fuel the body so it can also affect sleep. Poor […]

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The Dangerous Guest – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 21, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Avoid Large Gatherings Thomas Calabrese — Steve Nielsen grew up in Alameda, California and joined the Marines after high school. He served six years in the Infantry and Recon Battalion before returning to civilian life. He enrolled at Laney Junior college and got a job as a forklift operator in a medical warehouse in San […]

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By   /  November 18, 2020  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kim: As I have gotten older my balance is not as good. What are some things I can do at home to work on this?? Megan: You definitely want to prevent falls and being independent also makes you feel better. When at home be sure that the area around you is clear of clutter in […]

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