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Dogs invited to ‘Bark for Life’

A pit bull takes a break. This “rescue dog” came with Dr. JT Vida and Keri Johnson, who sponsored the event’s contests. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It was a sunny, yet blustery, day on May 5 as about 70 dogs and their owners converged on Dave Vierra’s pumpkin patch in Southport for West Sacramento’s inaugural “Bark for Life” event.

This is the second year that West Sacramento is participating in a “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but the first time for the dog-centric “Bark for Life” event.

“We had about 68 people who registered ahead of time, and another five or so in person, and we had over 70 dogs,” said organizer Julie Huber. “My husband, Rory Huber, designed a commemorative T-shirt and we gave that out and an event program. The mayor (Christopher Cabaldon) came out and did a welcome speech.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Then came the dog walk, on a track around the farm property.

“Next year, if we do it again at Dave’s, we’re going to have both a short route and a longer route. The bigger dogs want something more than a short route!” said Huber.

The registration fee was $10, and a lot of participants also collected pledges for the “Relay for Life” cancer-fighting fund drive. The event is more poignant this year, said Huber, because the founder of Relay for Life, Dr. Gordy Klatt, has himself just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“We raised over $6,000,” reported Huber.

The event featured vendors, a police dog demonstration by Officer Roger Kinney and “Zar,” a visit from firefighters, and contests such as “”smallest dog” and “best costume.”

On June 23-24, the local “Relay for Life” chapter follows up with a 24-hour walk-a-thon for teams of humans. The event was held its first year locally in 2011, at River City High, but it will move to the track at Our Lady of Grace School this year.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) accompanies dog walkers around Dave’s Pumpkin Patch on May 5, in a fundraiser against cancer (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

“For the Relay, you commit to raising $100,” said Huber, who is a captain for one team. “If you have a team of 15 people, they expect your team to raise $1,500.”

Teams keep someone walking the track at all times for 24 hours straight.

“The theory behind ‘Relay’ is that cancer never sleeps, so we don’t sleep for 24 hours.”

Last year’s local “Relay for Life” event raised around $60,000. Other local events are held elsewhere around the country.

Sponsors of this month’s “Bark for Life” event included host Dave Vierra as well as Wag Hotels.

Youngsters & their friends take a break next to a visiting fire truck at 'Bark for Life' in Southport (courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

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Play date for kids at Raley Field

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The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.raleyfield.com.

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Epic road trip: my parents recall a youthful drive across Route 66 in a ’36 coupe

DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger columnist

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

As all of you know, another Mother’s Day has just come and gone, and like everyone else, I spent some time visiting with my mother this past weekend, and my daughter also had her over to her house for one of my mother’s favorite meals, a yummy steak sandwich from West Sacramento’s popular Club Pheasant.

My mother is 91 years old now, has more energy than I do, and lives in her own little apartment in Sacramento, which she has called home since the passing of my father seven years ago. Until then, West Sacramento had been their home for most of their 63 years of marriage, having moved here shortly after the end of World War II. With the help of the G.I. Bill, they bought a little tract home on Michigan Boulevard and my father went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad, where he toiled away for the next 39 years. Anyway, while my mother and I were chatting the other night, it dawned on me that when children reflect back on the lives of their parents, the time frame that comes into play usually begins with their own birth, and more or less covers their years of growing up in their parents’ house. In other words, we really do think of our parents “as parents”, and often forget that they were young once, too, with hopes and dreams and a whole life still in front of them long before they ever got around to getting married and raising a family.

[adrotate group=”10″]   In my case, I know most of the basic stuff about my mother’s youth, that she grew up in a little town in Southern Missouri and that she and her family lived through the most difficult days/years of the Great Depression; that she met my father in grade school and that he was in her life for almost as long as she can remember; that as a young girl she worked in a beauty shop to earn extra money and was always very responsible; and that she adored her father, who passed away much too young from a burst appendix before I ever got to meet him. But other than that, my mother’s life before I became a part of it isn’t all that well-known to me, and I thought I would start doing a little something about that this Mother’s Day.

“So, Mom,” I asked her last weekend, “how did you and Dad get all the way out to California from Missouri after you were married?”

“We drove in a car, silly,” she answered matter-of-factly.

“I know that, Mom,” I said, “but why don’t you tell me all about it?”

“Why?” she asked suspiciously. “And will what I tell you end up in that newspaper column of yours?”

“Maybe,” I admitted.

“Well,” she said with a smile, “it actually is a pretty funny story.”

“How so?”

“Well, you have to remember that your dad and I were just a couple of young green kids back then and we didn’t have a clue about what traveling halfway across the country might be like. Plus I had just had my appendix out and the doctor wasn’t too happy about me bouncing around in a car all the way to California. But your dad had found work out there so we jumped into an old 1936 Chevy coupe and off we went. And you have to remember that this all happened back in the winter of 1941 and since they didn’t have fancy weather forecasts back then, we ended up driving through snow and on icy roads most of the way.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   “So, did you stay in nice hotels and use the trip as kind of a honeymoon?”
“Are you kidding? We had less than $75 to make it all the way to California – more like $50 if I remember right – and most of that was going to have to be spent on gas, so we stayed in the cheapest places we could find. And for food we had brought some of my mother’s fried chicken with us, along with a pound of bacon, a loaf of bread, and a dozen eggs. And I went and dropped the darn eggs and busted all of them the first night we were unloading the car. So we had nothing but toast and some bacon for breakfast all the way to California. And how we made it through those high mountain passes in all that bad weather I’ll never know. Plus when the windshield wipers stopped working I about froze to death hanging my head out of the window to tell your dad what was ahead of us.”

When I started laughing, my mother said, “Well, if you think that is funny, you should have seen what happened to us when we finally got through the mountains and all that bad weather and out into the desert just before we got to California.”

“So what happened then?” I asked with interest.

“Well, the radiator sprung a leak and started spewing out smoke and water and of course we didn’t have any money to stop and have the darn thing repaired. But it got so bad we finally had to find a gas station and ask for help. After this really nice man looked at it and showed us the problem, we told him we didn’t really have any money for him to fix it, and he said he knew of a little trick that would probably get us all the way to Sacramento before the radiator completely blew up.”

“A little trick?”

“Yeah, and what he did was go get a big old bar of lye soap and then he started shaving it all into the radiator until he had the whole thing filled up with soap shavings and water.”

“You’re kidding?”

“Nope, and sure enough, once we started rolling along again, I guess that soap somehow filled in the hole in the radiator and just like he said, we made it all the way to Sacramento.”

“That is a funny story,” I said.

“But that’s not the funny part!”

“There’s more?” I asked my mother, returning her smile.

“The funny part,” she explained with the kind of warm, happy expression on her face that only comes from recalling a cherished memory, “was that all the way from at least Bakersfield to Sacramento our car kept blowing bubbles out from underneath the hood and everyone who passed us – coming or going – ended up waving and laughing at us. We looked like we were on the Lawrence Welk show with all those bubbles coming out of our car.”

“Now that is a funny story!” I said.

“Oh, what a trip that was,” said my mother, obviously wishing she was 21 years old again, had her whole life with my father still ahead of her, and that they could jump back in their 1936 Chevy coupe, motor out onto old Route 66, and travel every one of those long ago miles all over again.

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Need help or a referral? Call 2-1-1 in Yolo

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Dialing 211 in Yolo County will get you “211 Yolo,” with 24-hour, free, confidential, multilingual advice on how to connect with any of over 900 community services available to county residents.

If you need help and don’t know where to turn, call 211.

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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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RC Raiders fall in semifinals

River City tennis player Christine Maltez in action on May 7 against Argonaut. In that match, Maltez and partner Sarah Yang won the #1 girls doubles contest. (Photo by ‘Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack’)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

From River City
High School

After getting past Argonaut 6 to 3 in the quarterfinals, the River City High School tennis team was defeated by Escalon 6 to 3 in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs last week.

Against Argonaut in the Elite Eight contest, RC split the four singles matches, getting victories from Jai London, 6-2,6-0 at #1 girls, and Michael Lee 6-1,6-1 at #2 boys.  The host Raiders then took four of the five doubles contests.  On the girls side, Christine Maltez and Sarah Yang won a marathon match at #1, 7-6(4),5-7,6-2, while Avneet Singh and Lina Vang won handily, 6-4,6-2 at #2.  Terry Vang teamed with Zoi Saetern to win #1 boys doubles 6-2,6-1, and Mary Neverov and Phillip Dinh cruised 6-0,6-2 in mixed.

 

The Raiders’ Michael Lee, with a backhand in action against Argonaut on May 7. He won his #2 match that day, 6-1, 6-1. (Photo by ‘Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack’)

In the semifinal loss at Escalon, the Raiders swept the girls doubles and also won in mixed, but the host Cougars were too strong in singles and boys doubles.  Maltez and Neverov won 3-6,7-5,6-2 at #1 girls doubles and Singh and Lina Vang won again at #2, 6-2,6-4.  In mixed doubles, Dinh partnered with Lily He for a 6-3,6-4 victory.

[adrotate group=”9″]       RC finishes the 2012 season with a record of 21 wins and just 2 losses, both to Escalon.  The tennis team was the undefeated Sierra Valley Conference Champion with a perfect 12 and 0 mark.  This was the team’s 16th league championship in the past 17 years, and the 18th tennis title in RC’s history.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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RCHS girls soccer awards, 2012:

Annie Wampler, at left, named “most valuable player.” With her is Julie Staffler, who won honors as “most improved” for the season.” (Photo is courtesy of Coach Kamal Singh)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

The River City High School girls soccer squad has handed out its team awards for 2012.

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