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Online hub allows consumers, restaurants & schools to buy from local farms

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

Submitted by the County of Yolo

A new website aims to let local farmers publicize what they have for sale — and allow consumers, school districts and restaurants to connect and buy fresh and direct. It’s called “Harvest Hub Yolo,” and you can find it at www.harvesthubyolo.org.

On May 13, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture will provide two training sessions to teach growers and consumers how to post and purchase products from the Harvest Hub Yolo website.

Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young, describes the food hub as a “virtual marketplace” where growers can post products available for immediate sale, and where restaurants, food service directors and consumers can purchase directly from growers.

The Harvest Hub Yolo website trainings are open to anyone interested in using the site and will be held on Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, 25 North Cottonwood, Woodland.

[adrotate group=”7″]   As part of the training, Nicole Sturzenberger, outreach specialist, will walk attendees through the process of registering as a user and how to post and purchase from the website.

Harvest Hub Yolo aims to connect local products with local people and is part of a three year California Department of Food & Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant received by Yolo County to increase local produce sales, particularly in the five school districts’ lunch programs.

To RSVP for the training, or for more information, email Sturzenberger at nicole.sturzenberger@yolocounty.org

 

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‘May the Fourth be with you…’

Lori Lynn Fisher, in costume (and blue skin) as Jedi Master Aayla Secura  (Photo by PETER FOLKS)

Lori Lynn Fisher, in costume (and blue skin) as Jedi Master Aayla Secura (Photo by PETER FOLKS)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

There was a mini-convention for fans of the Star Wars film series, held Saturday afternoon (May 4) at the West Sacramento Community Center. Plenty of costumed characters were in attendance for the show. There were also exhibits and sales of toys and collectibles. The event was sponsored by Toy Fusion and other organizations.

The Facebook page of the West Sacramento Parks Department has some more photos and information about the event. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/May4StarWarsWestSac.

[adrotate group=”9″]   About 600 people attended ‘Star Wars Day,’‘and the parks department hopes to bring the event back next year.

Myke Soler as Clone Trooper CT  (Photo by PETER FOLKS)

Myke Soler as Clone Trooper CT (Photo by PETER FOLKS)

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Basketball: cops versus firefighters

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will take on the city’s police department in a charity basketball game on Saturday, May 11. The game starts at 6 p.m. at River City High School. Tickets ($3/adults, $2/children) are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic programs.

The school is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

 

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West Sac picks new chief of police

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 9, 2013 —

    The City of West Sacramento announced this morning that the city council has chosen a police chief to replacing retiring chief Dan Drummond.

    Tom McDonald, a currently a Los Angeles Police Department captain, has been appointed to the post.

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald -- the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald — the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

McDonald currently serves as the commanding officer for LAPD’s Bomb Squad, Bomb K-9, and Hazmat. He has also served as the patrol commanding officer in Rampart and in south central Los Angeles.  McDonald will replace Drummond, who recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years.

 “We are very pleased to add someone with Mr. McDonald’s leadership and background to our city’s police department and management team,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle in a press release.  “His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community.”

 Among his assignments during his 30-year career, McDonald served as a gang officer, SWAT element member, and training officer. McDonald specialized  in crowd management during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Following the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City, McDonald developed an award winning counter-terrorism program known as Operation  Archangel designed to assess and protect thekey facilities in Los Angeles.  

 “I am looking forward to building on Chief Drummond’s efforts and contributing to, and being part of, West Sacramento’s emergence as a great city,” said McDonald in a press statement.

 [adrotate group=”9″]McDonald, who joined LAPD as a police officer in 1983, received his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management from Biola University.   He will begin work in early July.

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