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Kids’ agency celebrates 15 years

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

From Lori Aldrete
for First 5 Yolo

The camaraderie and sense of accomplishment were apparent as commissioners, agency representatives, nonprofit executives, and community advocates for children came together for a small celebration Friday morning, November 15th in Woodland to mark the 15th anniversary of First 5 Yolo.

The three who have chaired First 5 Yolo since its inception:   Former State Assembly Member, former Yolo County Supervisor and the second First 5 Yolo Chair Helen Thomson; State Senator and original First 5 Yolo Chair Lois Wolk; and Yolo County Supervisor and current First 5 Yolo Chair Don Saylor (photo by Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

The three who have chaired First 5 Yolo since its inception: Former State Assembly Member, former Yolo County Supervisor and the second First 5 Yolo Chair Helen Thomson; State Senator and original First 5 Yolo Chair Lois Wolk; and Yolo County Supervisor and current First 5 Yolo Chair Don Saylor
(photo by Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

“It was such a privilege to serve as the original chair of First 5 Yolo,” said Senator Wolk.  She served as chair of the Children and Families Commission, from 1999 until 2002.   “All the good that First 5 Yolo has accomplished for the health, wellbeing and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in Yolo County over the past 15 years is the result of the collaborative efforts of dedicated commissioners, a strong staff, a partnership with the county and local nonprofits, and the voters of California, who approved Proposition 10 in 1998.”

Research shows that investment in a child’s development in the first five years has a meaningful impact throughout life. The First 5 money from the Proposition 10 tobacco tax builds on this research, and has routed nearly $2 million a year, for a 15 year total of $26.5 million, into Yolo County; investing in the futures of the county’s youngest children.

Through partnerships and collaborations with other local organizations, First 5 Yolo investments have enabled tens of thousands of families and children to receive needed medical and dental care, fresh food, preschool opportunities, library reading programs, parenting classes, home visits and other valuable services.

Some of the outcomes and successes celebrated Friday at First 5 Yolo include more than 3,000 West Sacramento children attended preschool at no cost; a 65 percent increase in early learning activities at the Yolo County Library; more than double the number of licensed foster parents in Yolo County – now at 80; and thousands of subsidized dental visits for young children and pregnant women.

For more information about these programs, go to www.first5yolo.org.

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NEWS-LEDGER OBITUARIES: Nov. 20, 2013

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

The News-Ledger newspaper of West Sacramento prints obituaries for many local residents.  If you want to see these regularly, consider subscribing to the print edition — see the note  at the bottom of this page.  The obituaries are not usually published online here.

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Edmund Lloyd
Edmund Lloyd passed away on November 10, 2013 at the age of 83. He was the beloved father of Christina Mastin (Milton) and Carolyn Lloyd, and the devoted grandfather of Stephanie.
Mr. Lloyd served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He attended both Sacramento City College and Sacramento State University, earning his teaching credential in U.S. history. He began his long and distinguished teaching career at West Acres School in West Sacramento, then transferred to Golden State, retiring after 33 wonderful years with his students. He also served as a reserve deputy sheriff and was very proud of receiving the Outstanding Service Award.
Funeral services were held on November 15, 2013 at River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento. Interment was at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Sacramento. Memorials are preferred to your local Salvation Army.

Josephine Drouin
Josephine Drouin was born on March 29, 1922 and passed away on November 9, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Emil Drouin Sr. for 56 years until his death in 2007. She was the loving mother of Linda (Dennis) Land, Emil (Valerie) Drouin Jr., and Rebecca Peterson; the loving grandmother of Molina (Robert), Garett and Amanda; and the great grandmother of Leilani and Eric.
During WWII Josephine worked as a farm worker in West Sacramento. She later became a cosmetologist and ended her career as a Teamster. She was very supportive of her family and friends and enjoyed cooking for them. She also enjoyed hosting parties at her West Sacramento and Nevada homes and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held on November 18, 2013 at River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento.

Valerie Ann
Schnovell-Miller
Valerie Ann Schnovell-Miller of West Sacramento passed away unexpectedly in Sacramento on October 28, 2013 at the age of 57. She is survived by her husband, Klinton Pheneger; her mother, Shirley Ketcherside; and her children, Katrina Moody, Brandy Pheneger (David), and Joshua Pheneger (Morgan Hill). She is also survived by six grandchildren and was preceded in death by her daughter, Aurora Pheneger.
A memorial service for Valerie was held on November 15, 2013 at Community Lutheran Church in West Sacramento. Private inurnment. Cremation arrangements were handled by River Cities Funeral Chapel of West Sacramento.

Crawford

Karen Louise Crawford

Karen Louise (Thomas) Crawford
Karen Crawford passed away on November 7, 2013 at the age of 70. She was born on September 12, 1943, in Enid, Oklahoma, and was preceded in death by her parents, Alcya May and Samuel Warren Thomas; one sibling, Esquelle Thomas; and one step granddaughter, Mindi Harriman. She is survived by three children, John Franklin Ditgen IV, Randall Wayne Ditgen, and Karrie Lynn (Rodriguez) Carlson (husband Ken); four grandchildren, Donovan Carlson, Mykenne Carlson, Mikeala Ditgen, and step grandson Rick Harriman; and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by five siblings, ten nieces, and four nephews.
While living in Sacramento, Karen was active at Capital Christian Center and was part of the choir. She worked at Woolworths and Gemco, and was a bartender at 21 Club, the Brick Shot House, and the Zebra Club. She was a talented singer, a gifted designer of crafts and floral arrangements, and was also a fine writer and photographer. Her laughter was infectious and she will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
A memorial service to celebrate Karen’s life is planned for January 4, 2014 at 2 pm at the San Luis Rey Mobile Home Senior Park Clubhouse in Oceanside.

James “Jim” Field
Jim Field passed away on November 13, 2013 in Concord, CA. He was the beloved son of Betty E. Schmit; the loving brother of Sherry Aue (Jim); and the dear uncle of Michelle Maxwell (Pat) and Michelle’s son, Alex. He is also survived by his cousin, Kim Panke (Gerd), and was preceded in death by his father, Russell Field, and his brother, William Ward.
Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and was a resident of Broderick for 60 years.

Friends are invited to attend graveside services on November 22, 2013 at 2 pm at the Woodland City Cemetery, 800 West Street in Woodland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Wounded Warriors project.
 

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Help fill the library at West Sac’s high school: donate a few bucks for books

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Help the school library at River City High School encourage young readers: donate a few dollars for the purchase of new books. You may mail a check to River City High School Bookkeeper, Attn: Library Donations, 1 Raider Lane, West Sacramento CA 95691. Or you may donate online at http://donations.juniorlibraryguild.com/rivercity_hs.html.

Staff is asking for donations by December 31.

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Best season yet for RCHS water polo

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — NOV 20, 2013 —

By Nadia Benafghoul, Sarina Phoung, and Tommy Rickard
RCHS Journalism Class

Although the River City High School water polo program began from scratch only five years ago, it is now at its strongest with both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams making it into the San-Joaquin sections and being named Metro League Champions 2013-14.

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.  Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

Senior Jose Sandoval looks to score against McClatchy High School.
Photo by Lily Matamoros, River City High School journalism class

In 2009, water polo was introduced to River City. There were hardly any players who participated and the few who did were often recruited from other sports.

This year’s varsity boys’ team had eleven players and the varsity girls’ team had thirteen. The sport has evolved over the years with great players coming and going as the years proceed.

Both boys’ and girls’ teams are coached by Ryan Mosley, known by the players as “Coach Moe.”

Sophomore Gabi Fabri describes him as “an inspiring motivator” who’s “structured and disciplined.”

The program has evolved from one team into three, and has also become year round. The teams attended local summer and winter tournaments. They qualified for Junior Olympics this past summer and traveled to southern California to play teams from all over the country.

The girls’ team had a remarkable undefeated season this year.  They made it to the first round of sections, but weren’t able to move on after their loss of 8-11 against Christian Brothers High School.

The boys’ varsity team won their first round of sections against Oakmont High School with a score of 14-5, but they lost their second match against El Camino High School with a close score of 11-9.

Coach Mosley described the season as “surreal.”

“Five years ago we were losing to teams by 15 points, now we are league champs. I know how much hard work the players have put in.”

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach "Moe" Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.    Both squads -- as well as the girls varsity -- finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright. Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Varsity and junior varsity boys water polo team members: Usama Chaudhary, Quinn Riedel, Julian Wright, Johnathan Keilman, Bret Bachmeier, Lucas Talbott, Jose Sandoval, Cameron Guiliano-Puzi, Jaret Tiller, Daniel Marquez, Coach “Moe” Mosley, Christopher Irish, Adam Rodgers, Stetson Tate, Brennan Whipple, Hunter Hartman, Ryan Dela Rosa, Jacob Cypress, Jorge Moreno.
Both squads — as well as the girls varsity — finished first in league play. Thta’s a “first” for RCHS water polo, reports Heather Wright.
Photo by Connie Bachmeier

Seniors who have been on the team since the beginning are feeling bittersweet as they climb out of the pool for last time.

Captain of the boys’ varsity team, Adam Rodgers, said, “I’ve played water polo all four years of high school, and it’s depressing knowing it’s my last year. But it’s just the bridge between stepping up and playing at another level.”

 

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