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Special porch ornament goes missing
NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —
By Daryl Fisher
News-Ledger Features Editor
Last weekend, Marlene Perini woke up as she always does and went outside her Alder Way home to get her Sunday newspaper. She quickly spotted her paper, but to her shock, her beloved wooden bear was no longer on the front porch as it has been for more than two decades.
“I bought my wonderful hard-carved wooden bear at a crafts show 25 years ago,” explained Marlene. “He was created by a very talented artist who used a chainsaw to do most of the work and he did it right in front of my eyes as I waited. And after all of these years of sitting on my front porch, he is almost part of the family. He is always decorated for the holidays, surrounded by pretty poinsettias at Christmas time and a flag or spinning wheel in his hand on the 4th of July. I have lived in the very same house in the first subdivision they ever created in Southport for a very long time and nothing has ever been stolen off my front porch before. I live less than a mile away from Our Lady of Grace Catholic School and it makes you wonder what the world is coming to.”
Marlene is not really interested in getting anyone into any trouble, she just wants her bear back.
“Whoever you are who took my bear,” said Marlene, “just please put it back on my front porch right where you found it, and there will be no questions asked. Or since it is such a unique looking bear, if anybody has seen it around town, please contact the police since they know I am looking for it. He and I will both be a lot happier if he is back on my front porch where he belongs.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: anyone wishing to return the bear may also phone the News-Ledger, 916-371-8030.)
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Go to River Cats game & support local foster children
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013
Attend the River Cats game on July 13 and support local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, which help represent children in foster care situations. For tickets, go to www.rivercats.com/fundraisers, selected CASA YOLO, and use the offer code: “Child.” Tickets are $10-22, and may be printed on your computer.
For more information on Yolo CASA, visit www.yolocasa.org.
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West Sac residence used for regional firefighters’ practice
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —
By Steve Marschke
Although the fake smoke machine wasn’t on hand Friday morning, the goal was still to make it “as real as possible” for firefighters training at a borrowed multi-residential unit on B Street, said Rebecca Ramirez, a Battalion Chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department.
Retired firefighter and landlord Ric Dorris lent the building out for the session.
Visiting to hone their techniques and “get on the same page” were crews from Davis, UC Davis, Woodland and Yolo’s Yocha Dehe tribe, along with West Sac. They’re often often called upon to back each other up and work together.
“It’s about sharing knowledge and best practices, said Ramirez.
Not too many years ago, fire departments could be dismayed to arrive on scene in a neighboring jurisdiction and find that their hoses weren’t compatible with the locals’. Or that they had different terminologies. A lot of those troubles have been solved. But not all.
“If someone says, I have a firefighter in trouble who entered the ‘alpha’ side, everybody needs to know what that is,” she explained.
A burning structure gets each side named, and “alpha” is often the front. Progressing around the building are its other walls — “beta,” “charlie” and so on.
At training sessions like this, firefighters also practice specific techniques — “the more ‘tools’ you have in your toolbox, the more likely you can solve a problem,” said Ramirez.
FALLEN FIREFIGHTER: West Sacramento Fire Department’s James Staley, acting as instructor (above) , explains how to lift a firefighter who has fallen through the floor into the basement.
“They get a ‘charged’ hose line in there and push it down through the floor,” explained Rebecca Ramirez, W.S.F.D. Battalion Chief. “They anchor one end. They attache a loop. The firefighter actually gets on it and straddles it, and climbs the end that is anchored.”
While the firefighter is climbing, his colleagues are lifting the other end of the hose to help.
You can see that part of the exercise — what’s going on below the hole in the floor — below.
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