How West Sacramentans celebrated the Fourth of July

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By Michele Townsend To 8-year-old (“About to turn 9!”), Ella Godina, the Fourth of July is about “Staying up all night, with lots of fun and fireworks!” To 15-year-old Laura Garcia, “Independence More »

Girls softball team eligible to play at the California State Games, looking for donations

Girls softball team eligible to play at the California State Games, looking for donations

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Get ready for the Fourth! Here’s where to get your fireworks

Get ready for the Fourth! Here’s where to get your fireworks

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‘Santa Run’ starts tonight: Santa rides a fire truck through West Sac

Santa atop a fire truck, touring West Sacramento in 2010 (News-Ledger/ERIC HARDING)

Santa atop a fire truck, touring West Sacramento in 2010 (News-Ledger/ERIC HARDING)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 4, 2013 —

The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  A pickup truck will follow this “sleigh,” with helpers collecting canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association has expressed its thanks to all those who make canned food donations, as well as to the Fire Chief and City Manager for authorizing the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual city tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 9th: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon, North Hobson, and Fourness.

Tuesday, December 10th: North Business 80 on some of the following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 11th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora,Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 12th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 13th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 16th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

The truck will not be able to visit every part of every street in these neighborhoods. The route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.

For more information, call 617-4621 (do not call 911 for information on this event).

 

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LOCALS IN UNIFORM: two West Sac men graduate from Air Force basic training

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

sandoval douglas air force 2013 courtesy  Air Force Reserve Airman Douglas P. Sandoval graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Sandoval is the son of Debbie Vogel and David Sandoval, both of Sacramento.

He is a 2011 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento.

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Air Force Airman Deston K. Wagner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

AIRMAN DOUGLAS SANDOVAL

AIRMAN DESTON WAGNER

Wagner is the son of Margaret Dugger of West Sacramento.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School.

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Dating: ‘Do I kiss her goodnight?,’ and other perilous questions

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

This column by Daryl Fisher appeared in West Sacramento’s News-Ledger newspaper recently. Enjoy!

  Note: As you may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote a column about a friend of mine who went out on a blind date that didn’t go so well, and in writing that column, I was reminded that the horrors of dating never really change. And below is a column I wrote many years ago confirming that fact!

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

Recently, my daughter and her longtime boyfriend broke up and she has started dating again. The other night, after returning from dinner with a nice young man she had met in one of her college classes, she strolled over to the chesterfield (why did they ever start calling them couches?) where I was reading an interesting book on the subject of why most of our best American writers have been drunks. She plopped down beside me and asked, “Dad, was dating this stressful back in the old days?”

“Well,” I said, trying to recall what going out on a date was like back when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth, “if I remember right, it was never as much fun as it was cracked up to be. Why? Didn’t you have a good time?”

“Oh, sure, it was super, but it’s so nerve-wracking talking to someone for the first time.”

“But I thought you said you and Mark talk all the time in class.”

“We do, but this was different.”

“How so?”

She looked over at me as she often does when she’s pretty sure I don’t have a clue and said, “Oh, that’s okay, Dad, I think I’ll go talk to Mom about it. You probably wouldn’t understand. It’s girl stuff.”

As my daughter took off in search of her mother, I sat back in my davenport (in case you don’t want to call your couch a chesterfield) and was suddenly flooded with ancient memories of some of the pressures and tensions that went hand-in-hand with dating.

First, there was the terror of actually asking the girl out (and why was it that back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the guy always had to ask the girl out? And why did that all suddenly change about a week or so after I got married?).

Second, back when I was a teenager, a guy had to worry about the answers to some of the following questions:

What if she says no? What if all my friends find out that she said no? Worse yet, what if she says yes? Will Dad let me use the good car? Will he give me some money so I’ll be able to put some gas in the good car? Where do I take her if she says yes? Will she want to go to a movie? If she does, will I be able to talk her into going to the drive-in (where it cost $1.50 a carload) or will she insist on going downtown to one of the fancy indoor theaters? What kind of movies does she like? Will I get stuck going to one of those romantic ones? Will she want to go somewhere less boring than a movie? Where will I get the money to take her somewhere less boring than a movie? Will she want to go to dinner? Please, Lord, not dinner! And if I do have to take her to dinner, will she notice that I sometimes make strange noises when I chew, even when my mouth is closed? Will something green or black (it was always one of those two colors) get stuck between my teeth? Will she wait until dessert to inform me that she has an extremely jealous former boyfriend who wants to be a Mafia hit man once he graduates from high school? Will her mother and sisters be looking out the windows when I walk her up to the front door? Should I kiss her goodnight? How will I know if she wants me to kiss her goodnight? If we do get close enough to kiss goodnight, will she notice that I only have one long eyebrow, instead of the two normal ones that most guys have?

Plus there was always the unexpected, like the chilly fall night in 1965 when I was motoring along towards the old Alhambra theater with a young lady I had been trying to get to go out with me for over a year. She was everything I had ever wanted in a girl — pretty, funny, and liked by everyone. We were both a little nervous and we hadn’t said a word to each other for some time when, with absolutely no warning at all, she (although she still tells people it was me), well, she cut the cheese.

With the radio not working (Dad had made me take my own car) and the windows rolled up tight, it sounded like a bomb had gone off. Did the young lady and I even look at each other? Nope. Did we in any way acknowledge what had happened? No way! Did I have the courage to crack the window and let in some fresh air? Absolutely not! Instead, we both just looked straight ahead, tried real hard not to take any deep breaths, and pretended that absolutely nothing had happened.

When it comes to dating, I think Jerry Seinfeld had it right when he said, “What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? And the only difference between the two is that there aren’t many job interviews where there’s a chance you might end up naked at the end of it.”

 

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Thieves hit West Sac rowing club, local store makes donation

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The River City Rowing Club was hit by burglars two weeks ago.

On Nov. 11, reports club president Bill Naddy, members discovered somebody had taken some equipment stored outside the boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento. The loss included a pair of motors used to drive boats for coaches.

“They took our older two-stroke outboards and three batteries,” said Naddy. “Since our newer electric-start motors are locked and bolted to the launches, they couldn’t get those, and they just cut the battery wires and took the batteries.”

The loss was about $2,000, said Naddy. But the blow was softened by help from a Harbor Boulevard auto parts store.

“The local NAPA store donated new batteries to us,” said Naddy.

The club has diverted some of its fundraising proceeds to replace the stolen, older motors with newer ones. The club needs a lot of coaches’ launches – and motors – because of the numbers of people it puts on the water. River City Rowing Club currently has about 120 members on its high school team (they come from various schools in the region) and about 170 adult members.

At about the same time as the boat club theft, the nearby training facility for the West Sacramento Fire Department also experienced a theft, said Naddy. Taken were some roll-up doors used for firefighter training.

 

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