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Two West Sac firefighters honored

Andy Moore & Ian Gilmour of the West Sacramento Fire Department

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

A local veterans post presented awards to a pair of West Sacramento firefighters on Jan. 11, after the pair were selected for the honors by a vote among their coworkers.

Engineer Andy Moore was named “Firefighter of the Year” and firefighter Ian Gilmour was “EMT of the Year,” in the awards presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8762.

Moore manages records for the department, and has put in a lot of time learning and implementing a new system to help schedule personnel more efficiently, at the same time maintaining his duties as a fire engineer.

Gilmour maintains the West Sacramento Fire Department’s medical equipment and supplies. But on June 26, he was part of a crew that arrived at the scene of a swimming pool accident: they found an apparently lifeless child who had possibly drowned. Gilmour helped get the child to an ambulance, a crew started CPR, and they got a pulse back as Gilmour continued to resuscitate the youngster en route to the hospital. The youth was released from the hospital 10 days later, and visited Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard to meet Gilmour and the crew.

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‘Habitat’ volunteers tackle first of several West Sac home repair projects

Marty Swingle and Derek Haynes at at work, fixing the roof at a West Sacramento home. Swingle is president of the Habitat-Yolo board and Haynes is a board member (photo courtesy of Diana Walker-Smith)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Work on one West Sacramento home was postponed because of the resident’s medical issues.

But volunteers from the Yolo chapter of Habitat for Humanity found some other good work to do in West Sacramento this month: they converged on the home of a pair of West Sacramento brothers who needed a little help with their north-area home.

“We tore down and replaced their porch, and we also did some roof repair,” reports Diana Walker-Smith, executive director for Habitat Yolo. “All the work is done. We just have to paint it. We’ll be out there again definitely on Thursday.”

Tracy Harris (the Habitat chapter board's vice president) and Roger Aston (treasurer) with construction manager Robert Mitchell (on the ladder). Photo courtesy of Diana Walker-Smith.

Walker-Smith estimated that over 30 people came to help out with the work over several days, including volunteers from a well-known store chain.

“We had people from Home Depot coming from as far south as Stockton and as far north as Yuba City,” she said.

“They’re all volunteers. Home Depot has a very pro-community philosophy. Home Depot also donated some shrubs – we had to cut down two large junipers on either side of the porch to fix the roof.”

The culprit at the home of Boris Shipunoff, 72, and Benjamin Shipunoff, a 57-year old disabled veteran, was some pesky dry rot that left the porch and part of the roof in dangerous shape. The new “A Brush with Kindness” program from Habitat was meant to give them a hand.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Habitat for Humanity is best known for its work building new homes for people who can’t afford to buy a house the traditional way. The new “A Brush With Kindness” program is a different kind of effort, helping low-income people afford to repair the exterior of their home. The Yolo chapter’s effort is now focused on helping a handful of homeowners in West Sacramento’s Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods, on the north side.

“We have five homes lined up so far,” said Walker-Smith.

The renovation program is similar to the home-building program, she added.

“The way we’re able to do it is we get underwriters. We find people who donate supplies or funds. All our work is no-profit, at our cost. It costs much less because we use volunteers working with a professional construction manager. We give (the homeowner) a zero-percent loan to pay for the home, we build it and sell it at a zero-percent mortgage. We then take the payments from them and recycle the money into new homes.”

Anyone interested in helping Habitat, or applying for help, can reach the group at (530) 668-4301 or by email at hfhed@dcn.org. The group’s website is at http://www.habitatyolo.org/.

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‘Cash for College’ help getting aid

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

It can be hard to navigate the paperwork to get financial aid for college.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada is hosting a number of “Cash for College” workshops to help college-bound students connect with financial aid.

The workshops will include help applying for Cal Grants and filling out the FAFSA.

[adrotate group=”9″] In West Sacramento, a workshop for students and their families is planned for 6-8 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8, at River City High School. Bring driver’s license or I.D., social security number, 2011 W-2 forms or pay check stubs, 2011 bank statements, 2010 tax info (or 2011 tax info if available), and a list of colleges in which the student is interested. If not a U.S. citizen, bring alien registration card if available. Before attending, make sure to obtain a FAFSA PIN: visit www.pin.ed.gov. For information, call (707) 455-8025, visit http://www.assembly.ca.gov/yamada, or to see additional workshops, www.calgrants.org/workshops.

News nuggets: Sac City College trains on RCHS track; veteran gets his wish

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

Here’s a round-up of other small news items this week:

Sacramento City College athletes are training temporarily on the track at River City High School, as their usual facility at Hughes Stadium gets some remodeling work.

A well-known local news story has gone national: The online Huffington Post (part of America Online) has run an article about the reunion of local veteran Minoru Ohye with his brother in Japan after 60 years apart. The reunion was engineered by volunteers and donors, led by Debbie Reynolds at Eskaton Wilson Manor in West Sacramento.
The News-Ledger profiled Ohye a decade ago, and more recently published a brief article about attempts to raise money for him to travel and see his brother again.

News 10 reports that a woman falsely claimed to have breast cancer, earning sympathy and cash donations. Jaymie Litza admits to receiving about $9,000, said the station, although some peg the total as about $20,000. Fundraising efforts included a benefit held at a West Sacramento veterans post.
Litza has admitted lying about the illness and has promised to pay “every dime” back, said News 10. She told the station she has medical issues including “fictitious disorder” and is “heartbroken” over the lie.

The City of West Sacramento has installed new landscaping – supported by the Port – near the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Lake Washington Blvd., across from port property.
The project includes seven crapemyrtle trees, 150 carpet roses, 140 plumbagos and 90 xylosma plants, along with an efficient watering system, said a statement from the Port of West Sacramento.

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Raider girls fend off league rivals

Kristen Nishimura drives the ball for the River City High freshmen (Photo by De’Onna Jack)

RCHS junior Katie King lines up for the 3-point shot, and makes the hoop.. Katie scored 16 points in the varsity game against El Dorado (photo by De'Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

On Friday, Jan. 20, the River City High School girls basketball teams faced the El Dorado Cougars in the Raiders’ home gym.

Leading up to this match, the El Dorado varsity was 5-0 in league play and River City was 4-0 in league play. So the evening’s contest would determine the leader in the division.

The quality of play lived up to the billing, and at halftime, the two teams left the court tied at 16-16.

El Dorado took the lead in the third quarter and was up by as many as five points. But River City rallied back, and with 36.3 seconds left in the third quarter, River City was up 31-28,

El Dorado then scored to trim River City’s lead to one point.

The game would end up being tied again 32-32 at one point in the fourth quarter, but River City began to put on some pressure defense, and held El Dorado to 32 while its offense kept chipping away.

River City would go on to win the game 41-32.

River City now improves to 19-1 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Freshman final score: 43-36 (El Dorado) ; JV – 53-17 (RCHS).
High Scorers: JV; Makaila Robinson – 18pts, Carmen Garcia – 12pts. Varsity: Katie King – 16, Tori Torres – 11. The Girls Basketball team will be home again on Feb. 7 against Union Mine.

Raider sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for the j.v. squad. Carmen had 12 points for the night, behind Makaila Robinson’s 18 Raider points. (Photos by De’Onna Jack)

(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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Rowing team welcomes new teens

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A River City Rowing Club high school crew competing in the San Francisco Bay Area last fall (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to sign up for the spring season of competitive rowing at the port, with the River City Rowing Club’s junior team. Email coach Tricia Blocher at rcrcjrcoach@gmail.com or visit www.rivercityjuniors.org.

School boundaries change near Sycamore

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

The local school district is changing attendance boundaries for Stonegate, Westmore Oaks, Westfield Village and Elkhorn Village elementary schools, beginning with the 2012-13 year.

Residential reas affected include a number of streets west of Sycamore Ave., including Orchard Way, Pine Street, Palomar Avenue, Lake Court, and more.

[adrotate group=”9″] Town hall meetings for information are planned for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Stonegate Elementary and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Westfield Village Elementary. For questions, call Lisa Guillen, 375-7604 ext. 1371.

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