Woodland Man Graduates from Mental Health Court

Woodland Man Graduates from Mental Health Court

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on Monday September 25, 2017, 41-year-old Davis resident Gary Wight successfully graduated from Mental Health Court in Department Four of the Yolo County More »

Scripture, Service, and Being Sikh in West Sacramento

Scripture, Service, and Being Sikh in West Sacramento

The soaring white domes of the Sikh Temple of Sacramento, or “Gurdwara Sahib”, are a familiar sight to many West Sacramento residents. But for West Sacramento resident Parveen Kaur Tumber, the temple More »

West Sac heroes earn their capes:  Senator Dr. Richard Pan’s “Unsung Heroes” celebrated with awards at the State Capitol

West Sac heroes earn their capes: Senator Dr. Richard Pan’s “Unsung Heroes” celebrated with awards at the State Capitol

By Michele Townsend Twelve recipients (two of them from West Sacramento!) were awarded their hero capes and senatorial certificates in a small gathering on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the State Capitol. Senator More »

 

Elkhorn class wins ‘Think Green’ prize

ABOVE: Marisela Romero’s eighth-grade class at Elkhorn Village Elementary School earned a $500 class prize for participating in an energy conservation campaign co-sponsored by Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing and by the West Sacramento Education Foundation (information and photo courtesy of Cheslea Thompson of Beutler A.C. & Plumbing)

ABOVE: Marisela Romero’s eighth-grade class at Elkhorn Village Elementary School earned a $500 class prize for participating in an energy conservation campaign co-sponsored by Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing and by the West Sacramento Education Foundation (information and photo courtesy of Cheslea Thompson of Beutler A.C. & Plumbing)

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 27, 2013 —

Local students were invited to come up with energy-wise ideas as part of the ‘Think Green’ contest. Joining Elkhorn as winners were a first grade class from Westfield Village Elementary, which took second place and a $300 class prize, and second-graders at Westfield, who won third place and $200. Nearly 200 projects, models and essays came into the contest from students in Washington Unified. For more information on the education foundation, visit www.wsef.net. For information on Beutler, visit www.beutler.com.

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Save energy, get up to $500 back

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

While funding lasts, the City of West Sacramento is offering a matching residential rebate program for energy efficiency improvements and appliances for local residents. Save money on a new energy-efficient water heater, HVAC, insulation, energy-efficient windows, weather-stripping, as well as on efficient washers and dryers and dishwashers. Maximum of $500 per household.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Submit your rebate application and a copy by Aug. 23 with proof of purchase and proof of installation (if applicable) to the building permit counter at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue (copying service not available on site). For an application, call 617-4590 or visit www.WestSacRecycles.org (look under “Highlights”).

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Buy your tomato plants & more

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  West Sacramentans have a couple of unusual choices this weekend to shop for their spring garden plants and supplies, including heirloom tomatoes. These two choices come to you from the “Local Scene” section of the News-Ledger:

[adrotate group=”10″]   Stop by a plant and garden sale on April 6-7 and support the West Sacramento Historical Society. On sale will be plants, used gardening tools, pots, sprinkler parts and more. The sale will take place 9-1 each day at 1700 Deerwood Street. For information, call 372-7438.

The Yolo County UCCE Master Gardeners will be selling plants – including over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes proven to do well in this area – from 9-noon on Sat., April 6, at Woodland Community College. The sale will continue on Saturdays through April, although the tomato plants may not remain available. For information, visit ceyolo.ucdavis.edu or call (530) 866-8143.

 

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Using a brain to make a point:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

GUEST COMMENTARY
from Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Victor DeNoble, a former tobacco research scientist who became a whistleblower against his company – and the entire industry – spoke to hundreds of students in a series of school assemblies in West Sacramento earlier this month, explaining the dangers of smoking.

Among the attention-grabbing props he displayed were the frozen brains of a monkey, and also of a human, that he held in his glove-covered hand as he worked the multipurpose rooms showing what he learned long ago about the effect that the drug nicotine has on the brain.

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

DeNoble’s presentations were part of an anti-smoking effort called “Don’t Buy The Lie,” which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council.

He spoke at Bridgeway Island, Riverbank and Stonegate elementary schools.

In addition to presenting dozens of school assemblies each March in the Sacramento region,

“Don’t Buy The Lie” includes a poster contest for students in the 7th-through-12th grades who submit drawings and messages with an anti-smoking theme. The winners receive prizes and their artwork is displayed on billboards.

[adrotate group=”7″] DeNoble tells a riveting story about how he was secretly hired by Philip Morris to create a safer cigarette that wouldn’t lead to heart disease. But much of his time was spent researching something the company didn’t authorize and later fired him for: he used laboratory rats to investigate the addictive nature of nicotine.

More than 10 years after he was fired, the federal government asked DeNoble to testify in Congress against the tobacco industry. His testimony and other evidence prompted major fines against the industry and significant reforms, including the banning of cigarette advertisements from billboards.

After the Bridgeway Island Elementary School assembly, Principal Grace Chin said the presentation will have a lasting effect on students because Dr. DeNoble is a scientist and his work lends credibility to his message.

 

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