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RCHS cooks up culinary arts class

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of  chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School Journalism Class

This year at River City High School they are introducing a new class, taught by Cheryle Sutton, which teaches students the “culinary arts.”

On Thursday, September 18, the small class of 18 students provided meals for more than 120 people at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program, ran by River City’s previous principal, Katie Neemer, at Yolo High School.

At the event they served student-made chicken and dumplings, zucchini chips breaded with Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, and watermelon wedges with water. By the end of the event they ended up with leftovers, with which they boxed up and sent home with seminar attendees.

The night went pretty well, according to the students. Despite their lack of experience, they more than made up for it through enthusiasm and enough knowledge to put what they have learned into practice.

“Me and ‘Liz were cutting chicken on like a one foot cutting board… We were cutting like, 40 pounds of chicken,” laughed Junior Hannah Wall and Senior Elizabeth Montanez, participants in the program.

Overall the event was a rousing success. Look for their next event in Mid-October, again at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program at Yolo High School, where they will be serving Chili and deserts made from scratch.

Ms. Sutton hopes that she can portray her love for the hospitality industry that she spent 15 years of her life working in. She wants to teach her students, not only the practical skills, but the personal skills she learned.

Sutton says, “I want them to learn about themselves. What do they like? What are they good at? I want them to get to know themselves better and I want them to realize team work- how it works, how we work as a team to get something done. And I would also like them to enjoy the process in the meantime.”

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Dozens ‘walk for the poor’ in West Sac

About four dozen walkers marched along Todhunter and Sacramento Avenues, Kegle Drive and Anna Street near Holy Cross Church.  (Photo courtesy of Michael Rivera)

About four dozen walkers marched along Todhunter and Sacramento Avenues, Kegle Drive and Anna Street near Holy Cross Church.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Rivera)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

A coalition including West Sacramento’s Holly Cross and Our Lady of Grace parishes and Sacramento’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament joined to organize a poverty-fighting fundraiser here on Saturday.

About 75 people showed up for the “Walk for the Poor,” with about 50 of them walking the one-mile distance, reports Paul Starkey.

About $3,000 in pledges have come in so far, including some from the walkers and others who gave at www.fopwalk.org.

“All money collected is spent locally to help the poor with food, clothing, emergency shelter, utilities, and homeless ministry programs in West Sacramento and Sacramento,” said Starkey.

West Sacramento police set up a child safety table; firefighters brought equipment.

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West Sac police looking for citizen volunteers to patrol on bikes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department is creating police bike patrols as well as well as new, supportive bike patrols made up of volunteers, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

The trained volunteers will operate under the “Volunteers in Policing,” or VIP, program banner.

“The programs are designed to increase visibility and accessibility to the community,” said Schroeder in a press statement. “The bicycle teams will patrol city streets, bike trails, parks, and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to providing assistance with special functions and community outreach.”

There are some differences in how the “sworn” and “unsworn” bike officers operate:

“The VIP teams serve the community by reporting suspicious activity and assisting in crime fighting measures,” said Schroeder. “The sworn police bike team has many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility to patrol areas not accessible to cars, and increased availability to the community.”

The teams will also be more valuable as the city increases its urban trail system, said Schroeder.

The police department hopes to recruit about 20 volunteers to train for the VIP bike unit. Those interested should contact Martha Griffin at (916) 617-4988, or pick up an application at the department’s headquarters, 550 Jefferson Boulevard. Or visit the department’s Facebook page.

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West Sacramento: free flu shot clinic on November 22

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department will be holding the following seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:
—  Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the     Riverbend Community Room, 664 Cummins Way in West Sacramento
—   Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis
—   Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (free)
—   Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East Street in Woodland.

With the exception of the November 22 clinic, which is free, a $10 administrative fee will be requested.  Those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to getting a flu shot, 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
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.

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