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Farm to fork, from the back of a trike

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough -- at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough — at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Collin Samaan is a 25-year old with a mild, friendly manner and a pair of dependable legs. His passions for bicycling and for fresh produce are married through “Veggie Trike,” a new venture designed to bring the “Farm to Fork” movement right up to the curb at local neighborhoods.

What’s on the back of the trike today?

“We have three different types of lettuce to form a buttery salad,” he said, lifting the lid on a cooler during a break on Park Boulevard. “We have garlic-infused sea salt – you get garlic and all your minerals in a great quality of salt. We have apples from Bodhaine Ranch. And rainbow chard, kale and eggplant from 5th and C Farms.”

That last selection refers to the pop-up urban farm now operating on a vacant lot at 5th and C streets in West Sacramento’s Broderick neighborhood.

“We also sell raw unfiltered honey from To Bee Young Apiaries.”

A family in an SUV pulled up alongside the Veggie Trike and asked if Samaan was selling eggs today. He replied that he wasn’t – to stock them on the trike would require refrigeration – but he later explained that he is happy to make special deliveries of things like fresh eggs and frozen Apple Hill pies, upon request.

“I work with Abbott Organics,” he added. “They are our ‘home farm.’ My wife, Aimee (Benner), is an employee there. I help there in the mornings.”

Then he loads up for his route, which brings him to West Sacramento several days a week since he and Aimee started the venture in August.

The “cargo trike” has a West Sacramento pedigree, with a connection to local resident and businessman John Lucas.

“I work on bikes,” said Samaan. “I met him and he invited me to learn how to weld with him. This trike was in his backyard. It had been built in China. We made quality out of this trike.”

“I said, ‘Let’s make use of it – I need to help Anne on her farm, and get the amazing things like the organic salt out to people.’”

Samaan hopes to set up the trike as a traveling produce stand during designated “lunch hours” in West Sacramento and at other locations like “La Bonne Soup” in Sacramento. He’s looking for possible locations, possibly near this city’s community center and city hall.

And he’s happy to take special orders for delivery.

“The coolest thing is that I would love to deliver anytime,” he commented. “Give me a phone call or text or message.”

To find him, or to place a special order, you can do an internet search for “Veggie Trike” or find it on Facebook.

Samaan said running the trike is a pretty economical, low-overhead operation:

“An apple an hour is all I need.”

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West Sac woman dies; possible suicide

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

A West Sacramento woman is dead after an incident that started on Yolo Street.

The following information comes direct and unconfirmed from police reports; the News-Ledger was not immediately able to get additional details:

Sometime before 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 40-year old Christina Lynn Munoz was in an argument at her home with 44-year old Leonardo Galvin.

“She produced a handgun and fired one round at him, missing,” reported an officer.

Munoz then left the scene and was later found dead in Sacramento with a gunshot wound to the head. Sacramento police are investigating.

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RCHS athletes sign ‘letters of intent’

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley (Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley
(Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Two student-athletes from River City high School signed their ‘letters of intent’ to commit to a particular college and its sports program in a ceremony on campus on Friday.
Ashlend Rodiguez will attend the University of West Alabama to play softball next fall.  Aliyah Brantley will go to Menlo College to play basketball.
Both students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at River City, and each has played for the school varsity-level team since her freshman year.

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Holy Cross School hosts chili cook-off

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Holy Cross Academy, a Catholic private school in West Sacramento, will bring back its annual chili cook-off fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22. Among the competitors will be Broderick roadhouse, Capitol Dime, De Vere’s Irish Pub and Pour House. There will be a beer garden.

Open to those 21 and up; $10 in advance or $15 at the door (or $20/$30 for admission plus a beer garden pour card. Purchase tickets at the school, 801 Todhunter Ave., or at http://holycross-westsac.org/support/chilicookoff.

Comedian Jack Gallagher will emcee the event. There will be a silent auction and Christmas bazaar. For information on entering the chili competition, email holycrosschili@gmail.com.

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Thanksgiving meals, household goods handed out while supplies last

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

The West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day returns this Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8-11 a.m. at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

About 400 families will receive free food (a Thanksgiving dinner), clothing, blankets, toys and other items. Supplies may exceed demand. The event is sponsored by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (www.yolokids.org) and partners.

Items will be handed out while supplies last.

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Free flu shots Saturday in West Sac

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From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department, in partnership with the city of West Sacramento, is holding a free seasonal influenza vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.  Besides providing opportunity for residents to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, this clinic also serves as a test of the county’s mass vaccination response.

The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

The final seasonal flu vaccination clinic provided by Yolo County will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, located at 2001 East Street in Woodland.

In addition to getting a flu shot annually, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

·         Wash hands often with soap and water
·         Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
·         Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
·         Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
·         If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
·         Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
·         Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
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