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 »

 

Can you bike to work or school?

NEWS-LEDGER —

May is “Bike Month,” with officials throughout the region encouraging people to use their bicycles for commuting, errands and recreation.

[adrotate group=”10″] The target is 1 million miles of pedaling for residents of the six-county region in May. Events include “Bike to School Day” on May 9, “Capitol BikeFest” on May 10, and “Bike to Work Day” on May 17.

For information, activities, clinics, events and more, visit www.MayIsBikeMonth.com. Or call (916) 340-6229.

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$5,000 reward in cat-burning case

This stray cat was euthanized after UC Davis vets first tried to save it. Someone doused it with an accelerant and set it on fire near Circle Park in central West Sacramento (photo courtesy of Yolo Animal Services)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 8, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What looked like a “ball of fire” moving through Circle Park late Wednesday night turned out to be somebody’s idea of a very cruel prank. A cat had been lit ablaze and turned loose.

Witnesses walking near Circle Street and Alabama Street at about 11:15 p.m. reported seeing the flaming cat. They investigated and found it badly burned, but alive, reported Vicky Fletcher of the county sheriff’s department animal services division.

The citizens stayed with the cat until an animal services officer arrived.

“The cat, a stray with no owner, described as a domestic short hair brown tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care,” added Fletcher in a press release. “Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survived this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly, the cat had to be euthanized (May 3) as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would lose its limbs due to the extent of the burns.”

“It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire,” she added.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As of yesterday, there was $5,000 in reward money waiting for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The money comes from RedRover, a national animal-protection organization based in Sacramento, and from the Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yolo’s Animal Services section at (530) 668-5287, or West Sacramento police at (916) 617-4900.

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Cash for local scholarships

River City High School “Interact Club” members Joelle Panugaling, Stacy Saelee, Denise Au, Marina Whitaker, Jessica Ngo and Judy Au (Photo courtesy of Tim Kwong)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

On April 20, the West Sacramento Rotary Club held its Foundation Dinner at the D.O. Mills building in Sacramento.  The RCHS Interact students served appetizers on the rooftop garden.  The students also bused tables for over 120 diners in the grand ballroom for this event.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Rotary Club members pitched in for the fundraiser: Jerome Daigre provided guitar music in the reception area, Jeb Burton provided the wine, Luan Christ organized the event, Jim Cahill was the Master of Ceremonies, Tim Kwong was the photographer, and Michael Finney, a childhood friend of the Engstrom family, provided the comedy and magic show.

Community Business Bank donated $5,000 towards the event.

The West Sacramento Rotary Foundation has issued $125,000 in local scholarships since 2006.  Next year the WS Rotary Foundation plans to provide $25,000 in scholarships — its largest one-year amount yet.

The WS Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon at Club Pheasant.  The RCHS Interact Club meets every Monday lunch at the RCHS Black Box Theater.

(From Charyl Silva, Rotary Interact Advisor, and Brandon Duff, RCHS Interact Club teacher/advisers)

About Riverbank Elementary School…

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) invites you to their community meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Riverbank Elementary School, 1100 Carrie Street.

The meeting will focus on education, with guest speakers including the Riverbank principal and vice principal (Mike Woodcock and Shamryn Cole, respectively) and Superintendent Dayton Gilleland. They will talk about modifications to the campus and K-3 preparation at the school.

Team effort at teen center

Walt James, his wife Judith James, and Sherri Leal of “Kids Against Hunger” show a few of the meal packages prepped by Rotary members and collaborators on Saturday. They’re wearing hair nets for food service safety. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Collings West Sacramento Teen Center on Saturday turned into a bustling food-prepn center for several hours, as a coalition of groups and volunteers donned hair nets to assemble food packets for the hungry.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Centennial Rotary Club spearheaded the event, working with the “Kids Against Hunger” organization that feeds families worldwide.

The event marked Rotary’s annual international work day.

“The 28th of April was the workday throughout the world,” said local club president Walt James. “All clubs try to participate in some kind of project that day.”

Why the “Kids Against Hunger” program?

“I bumped into it when I was at the convention in New Orleans last year. They had all kinds of booths on projects going on over the world, and this one caught my interest,” said James.

Sherri Leal is a “satellite program director” for Kids Against Hunger, and she coordinated with Rotary for the event. Saturday’s crowd of volunteers displayed a remarkable work ethic as they measured and packaged the easy-to-digest dry rice combos.

ALAN WEGAT (above at right) is among those sealing each assembled bag of rice mix (News-Ledger photo)

“We had about 110 volunteers,” said James. “We had people from all over the community, including the CERTs (the fire department’s Community Emergency Response Team) and members of the (other local) Rotary Club. We had people from Our Lady of Grace School, people from Christian Brothers High School, and we had the Pocket Greenhaven Rotary Club. We had one girl come from Mira Loma High School. We had the downtown Westminster Presbyterian Church – they brought about 30 kids. From the Southport part of West Sacramento was the Lighthouse Covenant Church. Plus some teens that frequent the teen center.”

What goes into the meals?

“What you have is rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and minerals,” said James. “It’s a meal that’s balanced out for a malnourished kid, but anybody can eat it. There’s no meat, pork or fish – it’s all vegan.”

Rice is donated or bought by local contributors, and Kids Against Hunger brings the other ingredients.

When the recipient adds water and cooks the mix, the result tastes something like Rice-A-Roni – as many of those who tried the samples offered at the front of the teen center found out.

Six servings go into every bag – and the work party in West Sacramento assembled about 5,000 bags, or 30,000 meals.

Those bags will join other bags filled by other volunteer groups, filling up a 20-foot shipping container for eventual transport by the U.S. Navy to a destination in need.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “Sheri has been shipping a lot to Haiti,” said James. “She has shipped to Somalia and the Philippines. She does not ship until they fill a container. You have to get the free shipping to make this work. The Navy is instrumental in putting these cargo containers (which hold about 585,000 meals) onto their ships and getting them where they go.”

“This is something anybody can do,” add James.

For information about the Kids Against Hunger program, visit www.kidsagainst-hungerpleasanton.org.

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Yet another title for River City tennis

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

From River City High School

A doubleheader sweep of visiting El Dorado and a win at Union Mine wrapped up the Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) championship for the River City tennis team last week.  It’s the team’s 16th league title in the past 17 years and the 18th overall in Raider tennis history.

[adrotate group=”7″]   River City blanked El Dorado 9-0 in the first match of the doubleheader and then polished off the Cougars with an 8-1 win.  Jai London won both of her #1 girls singles matches and Michael Lee earned a pair of victories at #2 boys singles.  At the top boys singles position, Terry Vang and Edward Xu each won once, while Cindy Oseguera and Sarah Yang did likewise at #2 girls singles.  In boys doubles, Vang teamed with Zoi Saetern for a win at #1, Matthew Tagupa and Amran Khan won the opener at #2, and Muradan Chhay paired with Ben Gerelkhuu to take the #2 nightcap.  In the girls doubles matches, Mary Neverov won twice at #1, once with Sarah Yang and once with Lily He, and Avneet Singh and Lina Vang took the first #2 contest while Mariana Contreras and Katie Bowman took the second.  Christine Maltez won a pair of mixed doubles matches, one with Phillip Dinh and one with Saetern.

At Union Mine, the Raiders were victorious 7-2, capping off a perfect 12 win, no loss SVC slate, and finishing the regular season 19 and 1 overall.  London and Oseguera earned straight-set wins in girls singles, as did Lee at #2 boys.  Xu and Saetern (#1 boys), Khan and Tagupa (#2 boys), Neverov and Yang (#1 girls), and Singh and Lina Vang (#2 girls) earned doubles wins for the visitors.

At week’s end, the focus shifted to the SVC singles and doubles tournament and there were all-Raider finals in both girls and mixed doubles.  Top-seeded Yang and Oseguera defeated the third-seeded Maltez and Neverov in the tourney’s championship, 6-4,6-2, while the the sibling duo of Lina and Terry Vang outlasted teammates Singh and Lee to take the mixed crown, 3-6,6-2,6-2.  All eight players now advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament later this week at Stockton’s Oak Park.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As a team, RC has a first round bye in the Section team playoffs and will play the winner of Denair vs. Marysville in the round of 16.  A Raider victory will mean another home contest at 4pm on Monday, May 7th in the quarterfinal round.

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Last home game for RC soccer

River City freshman Venesa Lara scores on a penalty kick shot. She scored both points for her j.v. squad (photo by Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack)

[adrotate group=”10″]  FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

The River City High School girls played their last home soccer game of the season on April 26 against Liberty Ranch. The RC varsity lost 2-0 and the j.v. team won 2-0.

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

Freshman Julie Staffler seen in action for River City varsity (photo from Memories for Generations by De'Onna Jack)

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