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Black Stone

By Jack Chandler

Somewhere around the year 2,000 B. C. (or possibly 500 A. D.; there are conflicting reports as to the timeline), the Patwin (Pat-ween) Indians were the first inhabitants of the area we now know as West Sacramento. The Patwin were connected by language with the Nomlaki and Wintu people, to the North. The Patwins lived between what is now Suisun, Vacaville, and Putah Creek.
The Patwins were a peaceful lot, operating as hunter-gatherers. This was in contrast to the more nomadic and temperamental warrior tribes in Southern California and the Plains states. Apparently, the abundance of flora and fauna in the territory put the Patwin at ease. They had a banquet of ducks, geese, deer, elk, salmon, sturgeon, mussels, pine nuts, blackberries, wild grapes, and other menu items at their disposal. Acorns were fashioned into a mush which was baked in below-ground pit ovens and re-appeared as bread.
Small groups of Patwin men would venture out, looking for deer. One man would wear a deer head, in order to get closer to a deer without alarming it.
This raises questions. Was the wearing of deer’s head an honor, or the result of someone in the group drawing a short straw ? The head had to have been cumbersome, no doubt. And, wouldn’t the deer notice that the “deer” walked upright on two legs and had several accomplices waiting expectantly behind the nearby trees ? Perhaps not.
Patwin life was dictated by three things: the Seasons, the Weather, and the Creator. Each day was a brand new beginning and significant. Each day brought new messages.
It was on such a morning, a little over four thousand years ago
(or 1, 516 years ago), that Dark Hawk, the headman of his village, assembled his tribelet around a campfire at sunrise. It was mid-July. He stood in a noble pose, his back ram-rod straight, and squinted at the sun burning through the oak tree leaves, and thought to himself, “Gonna be HOT today…”
On cooler days, he would be wearing a cape made from rabbit skins and a headdress sprouting raven or woodpecker feathers.
As the group chose their positions around the fire, and dug into their fresh chunks of acorn bread, Dark Hawk recalled something that his own father and previous tribelet headman had told him:
“I know it gets hot out here, but…remember to hydrate.”
He sat down and motioned to Singing Bird, his squaw, to bring a gourd of water.
One by one, Dark Hawk went around the circle and asked each one directly,
“What did you dream of last night ?”
This was a customary way of orchestrating the day’s events. Dark Hawk would methodically take into account, on some level, the details of each dream and plan accordingly. For each day was singularly important. Nothing was to be taken for granted.
Great Elk, who was considered a seer of sorts since a number of his dreams had predicted the weather and crop factors, was always first to speak.
“Dark Hawk, my brothers and sisters. I dreamed of a man stepping on the moon. He stepped out of a silver house, and wore the skins of a bear. But, they were white skins.”
Murmurs rose from the circle. There was much nodding of heads and stroking of chins.
“I had another dream. I saw a man walking on a road. He was looking at a thin, black stone in his hand. Looking hard. He was very serious. He tapped the stone with his finger, and spoke as he held it up to his ear.”
There was a snicker from one of the young boys in the group. A sharp glance from Dark Hawk silenced him.
“He continued to look hard at the stone, as he was walking across a second road. But, he didn’t notice a large silver, noisy wagon that ran over him.”
A barely-subdued gasp broke from the circle. This sounded like something closer to the bone, more immediate than a fantastic image of a man on the moon. Dark Hawk and the tribelet pondered this dream of the thin, black stone and the silver wagon. What could it mean ? It sounded like heavy stuff, and could not be taken lightly.
After all, each day was singularly important, and nothing was taken for granted.

Largest long-term care union nationwide opened headquarters in West Sac

Dozens of elected officials joined hundreds of caregivers for the elderly and disabled who are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 as they celebrated the opening of their new West Sacramento headquarters on Wednesday, May 11. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest union of long term care workers in the nation with representational responsibility for over 325,000 long term care workers – nursing home and home care workers – throughout California, 20,000 in Sacramento County alone.
The Sacramento office, located at 681 W. Capitol Ave, Suite 100, will serve as the home base for efforts to advocate for improvements to California’s long term care services, economic justice for all Californians in low-wage jobs, among other policy priority issues impacting care workers. With a dozen worker leaders and organizers, the new headquarters also gives the nation’s largest union of long-term care workers a significant footprint in the Sacramento region as represented workers begin contract bargaining with local counties in the coming months.
Some current legislative priorities for Local 2015 include:
-Caregivers Count Bill (AB 2079): Bill which would increase direct care staffing levels at skilled nursing facilities to improve the quality of care for seniors, the infirm, and the disabled.
-Secure Choice Board Retirement Bill (SB 1234): Bill which would require employers to afford California workers a retirement benefit.
-Under the “Dignity Can’t Wait” slogan, Local 2015 will continue to work closely with SEIU State -Council to ensure the 7 percent restoration of hours cut to the In-Home Supportive Services program.

Causeway Celebration Centennial to be held on Saturday, May 14

By Dean Haakenson of “Be Brave Bold Robot”

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In 1916, the Sacramento region had a party to celebrate the then recently completed, long and luxurious Yolo Causeway Bridge. Even at just two lanes wide, it was cause for celebration that a pathway now existed to allow unimpeded automobile (and, I’d imagine, the occasional horse) transportation over the Yolo Bypass floodplain. I will refrain from admonishing any perpetuated car culture less worthy of celebration, but use this sentence to encourage eschewing of the car for fun walks and productive bicycle commuting whenever possible. The causeway, widened over the years and rebuilt to what we use today in 1962, is taken for granted, but the poster they made for the event remains striking: A pleasing deep blue field behind a fantastical illustration of a floating woman and old timey cars on the causeway, blending outward into some flowery filigree. I recently discovered it and it brought me to inspiration: I’d endeavor to stage an event on the centennial of the dates reflected on the 1916 poster, “May 11-14”. May 14, 2016 is a Saturday – perfect. Permission granted to have the show at the old wood infested, historical-feeling Fox and Goose Public House – Mastery. Permission granted by the California State Library to use the poster image – DISCO. Well… BORING PRE-SWING 1916 MUSIC… not quite the same ring as “DISCO”, I suppose… Where was I?

Yes, History. Historical date, Historical poster, Historical building… Historical Fundraiser? YES! DO YOU KNOW that the Sacramento County Historical Society gets most all of their operational funds from viewers like you and me? Historical Society grants are few and far between, so they rely on funds raised, and make and sell those fun paperback history books with sepia photos on the covers, written by people like William Burg. Bill Burg to his friends, he’s written several of those historical society commissioned history books, and some more in depth books of his own, about Sacramento, and the number of commuter trains and the population density that have both shrunken since.
Bill Burg will M.C. this show on May 14 and the funds will go to the Sacramento County Historical Society. Bill is very informative and entertaining when he holds forth historical lecture the likes of which he will in between bands on May 14.

We’ll start the night with an old timey (Historical?) three piece string band, “Jimbo, Johnnie and Junior”. The Stummies next will delight with poppy rock crispness. My band Be Brave Bold Robot will storytell you some folk rock genius? (question mark inserted to simulate humility). The Dirty Feet will reunite to hold forth (good phrase, no?) “Prog-rock” with a very original flavor. And 50-Watt Heavy, renowned local “straight rock”, “rough n’ ready” Rock Band that everybody loves. Lyrically Historical, Historically Informative, Communally Edifying. Please come out.

If you go:
What: Causeway Celebration Centennial
Why: To celebrate history and to raise funds for the Sacramento County Historical Society
Where: Fox and Goose (1001 R St., Sacramento)
When: Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
Cost is $10

Free sailboat rides day on Lake Washington


By Steve Liddick

Sailing requires wind, doesn’t it? But 40-knot gusts were a little too much for those who turned out for the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s annual “Free Sailboat Rides Day. Still, a respectable crowd gathered to look at boats owned by the club and those stored at the site by members—and in the hope of diminished winds to allow them to get out on the water. A few brave souls did get to take a spin around the lake in one of the larger, heavier boats.

The LWSC has been in operation since 1933 and holds the event to attract the general public and encourage new memberships. “It’s an opportunity for the public to enjoy sailing,” club Commodore Tom Heavey said. “Members don’t even have to own a boat.”

Indeed, the club just bought eight Sunfish sailboats which they rent to members for just five dollars a day. Several Laser sailboats have also been purchased and are expected to also eventually be put into rental service.

Before the novice sailors get to take their first solo run, they have to go through a training period. “It’s an extensive course,” Heavey said. “They have to learn sailing, rigging, and how to safely utilize the equipment.” Part of the training includes purposely flipping the boat over in the water and righting it again. Scary to think about, but not difficult to do.
The club also encourages young people to get into sailing and sponsors high school students from Davis, Rio Americano and Jesuit. “The students train together and then they compete against each other,” Heavey said.

Not all club activities involved sailing and the general public is invited to most of them: A monthly Sunday barbecue and the annual Delta Ditch Run, a regatta in early August that that takes about six hours to get from Rio Vista to the club’s Lake Washington location. There is a fee to participate and the racers enjoy a barbecue at the end of the trip.

In November there is the annual “Turkey Shoot.” No, turkeys are not shot, it is a sailing race. Winners get . . . you guessed it . . . turkeys.

A booth was set up at the event to explain the club’s functions and attractions and to hand out membership applications. Organizers say they typically get about a dozen new members at the annual gathering.

The annual membership fee is $140 (pro-rated on a monthly basis), plus a $50 initiation fee and a $25 key deposit. West Sacramento residents get a discount. A single parking sticker is included.

Membership also requires 12 hours of volunteer work, which could include building and boat maintenance, running a membership booth, working a barbecue event, and many other activities.

For more information and directions, check the Lake Washington Sailing Club’s website at

Straight Out of Broderick

By Michele Townsend

homeless feed Can you imagine living in the town that you grew up in, and as an adult, seeing your former schoolmates being a large part of the local homeless community? As a long time local, you know that many of them are in the situation that they are in due to a death in the family, or a house fire, or some other tragedy that changed lives so drastically that your friends are now in this brutal and challenging way of living. You see other members of the community look down on your friends, and judge them. You see your friends struggle with virtually every aspect of life. Simple needs, such as using the restroom, become an ordeal because other people seem to be afraid. Anita Drake grew up in Broderick, and that is exactly where she finds herself. She has former schoolmates, and long time friends, that are in just these situations. The difference between her, and many of us, is that she decided to do something about it. Anita doesn’t run a shelter, or have large amounts of funding coming in to help her, but that hasn’t stopped her. For the last six months she, along with her friends and family, gather up everything that they can during the month so that on the last Sunday of the month she can hold a “Homeless feed”, which is now called Straight Out of Broderick. Anita leads her friends and family as they set up behind Walgreen’s on West Capitol Ave., and they hold a BBQ for our local homeless.
Anita has intentionally done this on Sunday’s, so that there are no conflicts with most of the surrounding businesses in that area. Her team hands out food, clothes, shoes and toiletries. Last month they even prepared a complete Easter dinner. Anita said “I have made a lot of new friends since I have been doing this. We get together, help each other out however we can. We eat together, have good company and pray together”. She also said that on Easter a homeless gentleman came up to her and said “I’ve been waiting for you all day.” When she asked him why he told her that he wanted to give her his last five dollars to help out. She told him “Sir, I don’t want your last five dollars. I am trying to help YOU. When is the last time that you had mashed potatoes and gravy? When is the last time that you had ice cream, or pie? Keep your money sir, and enjoy your meal.” She then gave him a pair of socks. It was then that the gentleman sat down with such appreciation, that they both got teary eyed.
homeless feed2 Anita was recently contacted by the City of West Sacramento, and told that she could no longer hold her feed at that location, but that she could move it to 500 Jefferson Blvd. She can use the parking lot of the welfare office. It sounds like things are coming together. However Anita is concerned that those people with carts, as well as those people that have difficulties walking, will have problems getting to the new location. In addition, she is unsure of how she will notify them. This month, her meal will not be on the last Sunday of the month however. The meal in April will be held on Sunday, April 24th, at 12 noon.
If you would like to make a donation to Anita, and her cause you may call her at 798-5603. You can also follow her on Straight Out of Broderick, on Facebook. She accepts donations of food, money, clothes, shoes, socks, towels, and toiletries. Five pairs of socks from the dollar store go a long way! If you have any questions, or would like to help out, give Anita a call. You have the power to put a big smile on somebody’s face.

Make way for another West Sac brewery:

Revision Brewing Company signs Mussetter distributor as first distributor

By Monica Stark

Come late summer, early fall, there will be a fifth brewery in town. Revision Brewing Company, to be located at 1000 Riverside Parkway, will span 19,874 square feet building with a 3,200-square-foot taproom pouring brewmaster and CEO Jeremy Warren’s specialty IPAs.
Essentially, Revision Brewing will be a continuation of what the Auburn resident started back home – Knee Deep Brewing.
The perfect brewery name for Jeremy’s new venture, Revision Brewing, is a revision of what he was doing before at Knee Deep. “Sometimes your first plan doesn’t work out and you need to make some revisions,” he said.
“I learned a lot during the last six years of being the co-owner and founder of Knee Deep. The most valuable lessons was learning the social and ethical responsibilities of being a business owner and having six years to learn the technical aspects of craft brewing which only bring additional value to RBC.”
Originally from the Bay Area, when the time came, Jeremy decided to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. During that time, his previous wife decided to buy him a home-brew kit for Christmas and one thing led to another.
He was hooked.
“Many bad batches later, I finally figured it out,” he says. “I eventually entered my home-brew into a local home-brew competition and won.”
The prize was Beer Camp 17 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico and after attending Beer Camp, he was determined to get into the craft brewing industry and founded Knee Deep Brewing Company. After six years with Knee Deep Brewing Company, it was time to depart as things just were not working out at Knee Deep hence Revision Brewing.
He said West Sacramento and the city of Sacramento have so much to offer and that he’s really excited to be able to spend time with family enjoying the different restaurants and craft beer spots before heading back home. “One of the main reasons for choosing West Sacramento was that the city was amazing to work with and they made it very easy to do business in West Sacramento,” Jeremy said.
The location was one of the first buildings he and his partners looked at but was told they did not want a brewery in their building. After months of looking around, the building owners had a change of heart and now RBC is moving into the building they really wanted.
RBC was originally planning to use the CDBG Block Grant, but due to delays in finding a home, Jeremy said they’ve had to move forward with private funding as they missed the deadline for submitting the application to the State of California. The CDBG Block grant was approved by the city of West Sacramento for $330,000. The requirement for the loan was that RBC had to hire 11 low income employees over two years. “Maybe in the future RBC will see if the program is still around in the future,” Jeremy says.
RBC prices will range from $4.49 to $9.49 for its core beers and varied prices for their barrel and sour program and food truck vendors in the area will offer their food to the hungry. Looking forward to trying out the food trucks, Jeremy said he can’t wait to walk outside and grab something to eat.
Before RBC, the entire building and surrounding building was home to a Tech College that went out of business. Not much was needed to transform the space as most of the main requirements like gas, power, water we’re all in place and the offices where already being built out. “It will take us some time to get the mechanical side completed, but look forward to brewing in the future,” he said.
Asked about his favorite beer making story, Jeremy shared about the time he and friend Jeb Taylor and were getting ready to filter some beer.
“Not sure how it happened, but either myself or a fellow brewer didn’t place a butterfly valve on one of the ports on a brite tank and we had to remove the end cap and place the butterfly valve on the port so we could transfer out of the tank. Keep in mind we used the brite tank to ferment a beer and didn’t want to suck up all the yeast. Let’s just say we painted the walls and the floor with beer. I remember looking back and asking myself why I would try and put on a closed butterfly valve. We did figure it our, but five barrels plus of beer gone, but I can now say I have taken a beer shower before.”
Because RBC will also focus on barrel aging and sour beers as well as other experimental beers, it will not lack in creativity and you can expect a huge offering in the taproom.
And for those that are part of the rare beer club it only gets better. RBC will be starting out with year-round beers like Revision IPA, Doctor Lupulin 3x IPA, What What DIPA and our Project Humulus Lupulus Series which will include Leafy Greens IPA, Xertz session ale and many others. Expect RBC to replace 8 to 12 different beers in the first 12 months and that doesn’t include the rotating experiments series.
Starting off with about to 11 to 14 employees within the first six to eight months, Revision already has a full-time distribution manager and a full-time sales manager as well as an additional sales/logistics manager coming on board soon.

Weekly River City High School Sports calendar and highlights

Calendar for the week of April 27- May 4

Wednesday, April 27:
-Boys Volleyball at Woodland at 6 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day

Thursday, April 28:
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day
-Girls Soccer: home vs. Rio Linda, Varsity at 6:30 pm. JV at 5 p.m. SENIOR NIGHT
-Baseball JV/Varsity at Yuba City at 7 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, April 29:
-Varsity/JV Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.
-Softball at Woodland at 4:15 p.m.
-Swim: TCC Swim Champs at 8am

Monday, May 2:
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. River Valley at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3:
-Girls Soccer at River Valley, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs

Wednesday, May 4:
-Softball: Home vs. River Valley at 4:15 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. Rio Linda at 6 p.m.

Sports Highlights: April 13-April 20

April 13:
-Boys Tennis beat Yuba City 9-0.

April 14:
-Softball played in Victory tournament and tied both games.

April 15:
-Softball played two games in victory tournament and won both games
-JV baseball played Rio Linda and won 12-0. Andrew Gully pitched and threw a no hitter!
-Varsity Baseball won 6-5.

April 19:
-JV Baseball played Pioneer and lost 1-0.
-Varsity Baseball played Pioneer and won 5-3.

April 20:
-Softball: Varsity played Inderkum and lost 4-3.
-JV Softball played Inderkum and lost by 3 pts.
-Boys Tennis played Woodland and won 9-0.

TCC League Standing for River City:
-Softball is 5-1.
-Girls Varsity Soccer is 7-1.
-Girls JV soccer is 6-1-1
-Varsity Baseball: 3-5.
-JV Baseball: 5-3.
-Tennis: 9-0.