Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Once again it’s the time of year when fresh tomatoes are center stage, sparking a new energy throughout Yolo County. Monster machines bounce through dusty fields heaping 25-ton capacity trailers with another More »

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn kicked off its weekly Friday night Off the Grid food truck and music event with large crowds on Friday, Aug. 5. Located at 985 Riverfront Street, the Barn is a More »

Quilts for Community Service

Quilts for Community Service

The Delta Piecemakers Quilt Guild has donated handmade quilts to the West Sacramento Police and Fire Departments to be given out to those in need of comfort during police or fire calls. More »

 

Rotary chips in for literacy

Centennial Rotary Club President Don Schatzel with Westfield Village Elementary School Principal Ryan Gonzalez and school librarian Jennifer Gray (photo courtesy of Karie Walsh/Debra Beckman)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento donated $200 to Westfield Village’s Scholastic Book Fair and to Southport Elementary’s literacy program.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “This thoughtful and generous donation means so much to me,” said Westfield librarian Jennifer Gray. “I definitely will be able to put new books into our library for all the students at Westfield to enjoy.  I couldn’t thank the Rotary Club of West Sacramento enough.”

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Retiring city manager is guest speaker

TOBY ROSS: will soon step down after a long tenure as West Sacramento City Manager (photo from the City website)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER  —

West Sacramento’s longtime city manager Toby Ross will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the civic center galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. Ross will soon retire.

Visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call 371-7042 for luncheon information.

Register by June 5.

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From local farms to local schools

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By John Young, Yolo Co. Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights & Measures

Farm-to-School programs combine public health and agricultural marketing objectives with the potential to change the way young people eat, think about food and improve their health through development of life-long healthy eating habits.

Farm-to-School Yolo is a three-year program that will link YoloCounty agriculture with the National School Lunch Program,which is offered in YoloCounty to 38,000 students of whom, 65% are eligible for free and reduced meals, five days a week.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Farm-to-School Yolo is working with school districts in YoloCounty to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks in all five school districts and in the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program. Farm-to-School Yolo will not only increase the use of fresh, local produce, it will also teach students and staff where food comes from, who grew it and how it should be prepared for peak flavor and nutritional value.

Regrettably, Yolo County has an obesity rate of 26.1% in its Kindergarten-12th grade student population. Intervention is necessary starting with the meals that our most vulnerable young people are eating in our schools. Farm-to-School Yolo recognizes the role of agriculture as part of the solution to this public health issue.  Once fully implemented, Farm-to-School Yolo, working with local farmers, will provide the tools for school food service programs to serve increasingly healthy meals made from scratch, thus avoiding many of the hidden ingredients which contribute to obesity epidemic.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Provenza.

Farm-to-School Yolo is not a start-up.  It isan objective specifically called out in the Yolo County 2030 General Plan, adopted in November of 2009.  It also builds on the successful three-year Yolo Agricultural Marketing Initiative, completed in 2009 by local food, food policy and marketing experts Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans.

Recently, Farm-to-School Yoloconcluded a two-year development phase incorporating in its implementation plan the successes of the Davis and Winters Farm-to-School programs. A 60-member, multi-stakeholder Advisory Task Force, chaired by Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, is now in place to facilitate program implementation.

“In Yolo County, we want to take the successful Farm-to-School program in Davis and expand it on a countywide scale,” said Chair Provenza. “We seek to be the model for California, connecting our food service directors to our farmers, bringing fresh, local produce to the plates of our YoloCounty children.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Ultimately, the program will deliver school food service professional development; grower/farmer assessment, training and development; menu and recipe templates; a feasibility study of a food hub through the Yolo County Food Bank; and private sector marketing and distribution linkages.

Farm-to-School programs  will contribute to the health of our children, farms, the environment, the economy and our communities.

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Jordan Ligons achieves her goal

JORDAN LIGONS (second from left) with her parents and Coach Jamie King (right) Photo by SAM URREA

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By Sam Urrea
River City High School Journalism Program

JORDAN HAD COVERED THIS TYPE OF EVENT BEFORE, AS A STUDENT REPORTER. BUT THIS TIME, SHE WAS THE ONE IN THE NEWS.

River City High School senior Jordan Ligons held a celebratory gathering earlier this month to sign her letter of intent to attend and play basketball for Point Loma University in San Diego. Joining her for the signing were some of her teachers, teammates and parents.

Jordan, 18, drew interest from numerous college and universities after being a key player on the RCHS girls basketball team for the past four years, as well as being a high-achieving student.

[adrotate group=”7″]   As a four-year starter at the point guard position, she helped win 71 varsity games, and three out of her four years, her team qualified for the CIF Playoffs. She also obtained accolades such as All League Selections for her sophomore and junior years, when she was named most valuable player.

On the academic side, Jordan’s accumulative G.P.A is 3.86. She has been editor in chief of the school newspaper for three years and won numerous speech competitions.

After rejecting the likes of San Francisco State, UC Merced and Menlo College, Jordan could not hide her excitement after finally making a decision and choosing Point Loma as her next destination in life.

“I am so relieved!,” said Jordan at her “letter of intent” signing ceremony. “I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. All the hard work I have put in has finally paid off. I am happy that all the important people of my life are here with me to celebrate.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Such congratulatory festivities are not new to Jordan. Last year, a similar event took place for then-River City Baseball star Kasey Chapan, an occasion which she covered as a reporter for her hournalism class. Now, it was her turn to be the center of attention, which was something she cherished with intensity.

“Last year I covered the same type of event for Kasey Chapan, who had just committed himself to Sacramento State, so this year for me to be the one being recognized is simply great!” said Jordan.

Teachers, parents and friends alike were not at all surprised by Jordan achievements. Girls’ basketball coach Jamie King was a proud man after seeing his star player live up to expectations.

Said King: “Ever since day one, she has been a winner. She is a natural leader and loves to take control of things. For someone playing point guard, you need just that. I am not at all surprised by what she has accomplished.”

Her father, Jerold Ligons, who was also an assistant coach on the team, reckoned she has matured into a formidable young woman. “Each year she grew as a human being and athlete. Her hard work paid off with this scholarship.”

Now that her immediate future is finally resolved, doing well in college is crucial for Jordan. Her scholarship will cover over half of her financial costs for the first year, but every year after that it must be earned based and her academic and athletic performance.

Her teammate, Amarita Singh, says the pressure will not affect Jordan, however.  “She works hard for everything she gets. She’s a self-motivated person. I am sure she will do great in college.”

With only a few months left before her departure, Jordan expects to continue her remarkable performances on and off the court.

  The author is a student journalist at River City High School.

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Suspect simply walks out of police HQ

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento police suffered the indignity of having a suspect in custody simply walk out the door of the local police station on May 17.

The incident was of a kind that “has never happened before and will likely never happen again,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele.

38-year old Melissa Dodd had been arrested early that morning after an all-night hostage situation on Marston Street, in which police believed she was holding her mother against her will. The situation was resolved when SWAT team members entered the house – although Dodd apparently cut her wrists at about the time they broke in, creating minor injuries.

“The day she was arrested, she was brought back to the Police Department (whose headquarters are on Triangle Court at Jefferson Boulevard), after receiving medical treatment, for questioning,” said Sgt. Steele.

“An interviewer left her in an interview room for a short period of time, believing the room was secure. She was able to open one of the doors, and left the P.D.”

Dodd’s liberty didn’t last long.

“We located her within a few minutes and peacefully took her into custody,” said Steele. Police picked her up a few blocks away from the police station, near E and 7th streets.

How did she get out of the interview room?

“We think at this time that the door wasn’t locked,” said Steele.

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W.S. Sea Scouts get 125-foot flagship

Crewed by local Sea Scouts, the 'Morris' docks in Isleton on her way to her new West Sacramento home on Monday (photo by Keith Pronske)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The new training vessel for the West Sacramento Sea Scouts is the 125-foot, former Coast Guard cutter ‘Morris.’

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Morris was built in 1927 as a “rum-chaser” to catch offshore liquor smugglers during prohibition, said Nate Eckler, skipper of the youth maritime program.

The News-Ledger last reported on the Sea Scouts and their previous flagship here.

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Biting dog may have been found

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 1, 2012 —

 

A few minutes ago, Vicky Fletcher of the animal services division (Yolo Sheriff’s Department) gave us an update on the dogs being sought after one of them bit a teen in Southport on May 24 near Shasta Way. The 15-year old victim approached the two small white dogs, thinking they looked “lost,” and one of them bit the youth.

 

The biting dog needs to be found and cleared of rabies or the victim will have to undergo rabies exposure treatment.

 

[adrotate group=”7″] “We may have found the two white dogs with one involved in the recent bite,” said Fletcher in an email shortly after 4 p.m. today.   “The dogs are coming in from West Sacramento (with) of our officers.  A citizen found them wandering around the River City High School and took them home, and her parent remembered seeing the story in the paper and called us.  Since one of the dogs is wearing the blue collar we are pretty sure they are the right dogs.  However, we will be having the victim come in to ID the animals.”

 

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