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Alvarez graduates USAF basic training

Airman Jaime Alvarez, a 2010 graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento

Airman Jaime Alvarez, a 2010 graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

Air Force Airman Jaime F. Alvarez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies.     Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

[adrotate group=”9″]     Alvarez is the son of Diane and Larry Herlihy of West Sacramento.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School.

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Buy a book, support local literacy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

To raise funds for the Yolo Reads literacy program, and as a kick-off to National Library Week, Barnes & Noble Booksellers is partnering with the Yolo County Library to host a Bookfair at their Arden Fair store Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

[adrotate group=”9″]    During the Bookfair, the Yolo County Library will be on display and sponsoring two events.  A special library-themed storytime will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Children’s Department of the Barnes & Noble Arden Fair store, and a local authors panel discussion and signing will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Additionally, throughout the weekend, materials on other Yolo County Library events and resources will be made available.  More information about the Bookfair is available at all Yolo County Library branch locations (visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org for branch locations).

During the Bookfair, Barnes & Noble will contribute at least five percent of every sale made to the Yolo Reads literacy program when “Yolo Reads” is mentioned at checkout.  One can also support the Yolo Reads literacy program by shopping Barnes & Noble online at: www.bn.com/bookfairs during National Library Week, April 12 through April 17, and including the Bookfair voucher ID# 11035896 when paying.

For information, contact Assistant Yolo County Librarian Elizabeth Gray at elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org or (530) 666-8084, or visit www.yolocountylibary.org and ‘like’ the Yolo County Library on Facebook www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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‘Healing Wall’ holds names and a message

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2013 —

I put together a little section in the News-Ledger most weeks entitled “Across the Bridge” which is meant to give some publicity to events happening around the greater Sacramento area that some of our readers might want to attend. One such calendar announcement came across my desk this past week about the traveling three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It will be on display this spring from May 23-27 at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks and anyone who has never seen it before should definitely put it down on their list of things to do.

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

About 15-years ago my wife and I took our youngest son, Kyle, to see it when it was on display in Sacramento’s Capitol Park. It was actually just one of five traveling “Healing Walls” which were crisscrossing the country at that time, and it was making its first appearance in Sacramento. It was modeled after Maya Lin’s much-respected Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial which commemorates the more than 58,000 American men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

The “Wall That Heals,” as it is called, is a smaller version of Ms. Lin’s creation which was erected with the following four design criteria: it had to be reflective and contemplative in character; harmonize with its surroundings; contain all the names of those who died in the Vietnam War; and make no political statement.

The scaled-down portable replicas are in constant demand throughout the country since not everyone can go all the way back to Washington D.C. to see the original. So the traveling replicas have become one of the best ways for many Americans to pay their respects to those who died in what was then this country’s longest military engagement. The traveling Walls have also proved helpful in educating people (especially young people) throughout the nation about the Vietnam War and its ongoing societal consequences.

When we arrived in Capitol Park, a number of politicians and military personnel were making speeches that I didn’t particularly want to hear, so my wife and I took our son over to the California Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, which was nearby. I showed him the large map of Vietnam which is engraved into one of the walkways and he was impressed by the fact that he could stand right on top of a whole country. I pointed out some of the places where I had spent time while I was in Vietnam, but he didn’t seem too impressed. He was more interested in the life-size bronze statues depicting American soldiers firing their M16’s and throwing hand grenades.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As we made our way back over to the scaled-down Vietnam Veterans Memorial, my nine-year-old son seemed to quickly sense that it wasn’t a place where he should be running around and making a lot of noise. He looked at all the adults who were standing quietly in front of the shiny black panels with serious expressions on their faces and asked me, almost in a whisper, “Is your name on one of those things?”

“No,” I said, “but some people I knew are.”

“If your dad’s name was up there,” explained my wife, “you wouldn’t even be here. Those are the names of all the people who died in the Vietnam War.”

My son nodded, thought it all over for a few moments, and then asked a question only a nine-year-old can. “Dad, do they have a wall thing for everyone who didn’t die, too?”

“No,” I answered, “just for those who didn’t get to come home.”

“I’m glad you got to come home, Dad.”

“So, I am, son.”

A little later, a very nice and thoughtful volunteer working for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (a non-profit organization which helps protect, preserve, and maintain the panels) explained to me how the `Healing Walls’ are set up. Names are inscribed in chronological order, including the numerous new names which have been added to the Wall since 1982. She assisted me in locating the names I had come to see, and I waited patiently for a place in front of panel 19-West to open up.

On line 3 was Michael Lawhon, and just below him, on line 6, was James Woods. As I thought back on how kind and gentle Mike was, and how big and indestructible Woody had seemed, my wife motioned for me to join her in reading a few of the notes and cards which had been left behind by earlier visitors.
One read: “Dear Dad – I never really got to know you, but I still miss you. I hope things are peaceful for you now. Your daughter.”

Part of another said:”You were a wonderful son. Rest well.”

On the back of a Valentine’s Day card were the words: “To Ed, my first real love. I still miss you terribly. Lovingly, Judy.”

The next day I returned to Capitol Park with my father, who had spent four long years in the Pacific Theater during WWII, and my brother and his three sons. As we were walking through the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial on our way to see the scaled-down version of the `Healing Wall’, my brother pointed out the engraved short quote which I have long felt best memorializes all those who served in Vietnam and all the wars that seemingly every new generation of Americans have to go fight and die in: “All gave some, some gave all.” I also thought of another short quote that I wish all the countries of the world and their politicians could somehow come to better understand: “War is mankind’s greatest shame.”

 

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RCHS students practice interviewing

A mock interview with River City High School student Eric Bedford (right) produces a light moment, as Bedford’s classmates and the interview panel look on. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, one of the panelists, is at near left. (Photo by Diana Demyanova, RCHS student)

A mock interview with River City High School student Eric Bedford (right) produces a light moment, as Bedford’s classmates and the interview panel look on. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, one of the panelists, is at near left.
(Photo by Diana Demyanova, RCHS student)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APR 3, 2013 —

A panel of local businesspeople showed up at River City High School on March 11 to help prepare some of the school’s seniors for the job market. Panelists staged mock job interviews with a number of the students, as the kids’ peers looked on.

The goal was to help the kids get ready for the job market, and provide them with both interview practice and tips for the interviewing for a real job.

“I felt extremely nervous because I’ve never done this before,” reported one student, Maurise Rodriguez.

[adrotate group=”7″] Did she feel the practice interview would help her in the “real world”?

“Yes, (because) you get to see how it’ll work in the real world,” answered Rodriguez.

Panelists included Jeremy Springer of the Davis Energy Group, Mark Gini of Californiat State Teachers Retirement System, Monda Korich of The Eatery restaurant, Kyle Glanker of Kitchell Construction Management and Mike Costello of Brew It Up, along with West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

The second-annual round of mock interviews was organized by social studies teacher Ronica Carlisle.

Information for this article was provided by Ronica Carlisle and Katrina Bueno of River City High School.

 

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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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