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Drop off unwanted prescription drugs — responsibly & anonymously — on April 26

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Get rid of those expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs – safely and responsibly.

The West Sacramento Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration will sponsor a prescription drug drop-off day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the police station, 550 Jefferson Blvd.

Drop off your old prescription drugs anonymously, no questions asked. Free.

Local police advise that flushing drugs down the toilet or tossing them in the trash both pose a potential health and safety hazard.

[adrotate group=”9″]   For other guidance on how to properly get rid of old prescription drugs, visit www.DontRushToFlush.org.

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West Sac Rotarians head south of the border for building project

Volunteer Rotarians from West Sacramento and Winters framing the house during a Rotary International house building project March 14-21 in the hills near Tijuana. A family of four is now living in the house.  (Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Bill Bevier/Rotary)

Volunteer Rotarians from West Sacramento and Winters framing the house during a Rotary International house building project March 14-21 in the hills near Tijuana. A family of four is now living in the house. (Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Bill Bevier/Rotary)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 2, 2014 —

By Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Carol Bogart, Ken Wilson and Peter Anderson, with Rotary District 5180 Assistant Governor Judy Foote.

Four members of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento – President Mike Campbell, President-Elect Ken Wilson 2014-2015, Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik – were joined in Tijuana, Mexico March 14 through March 21 by Winters Rotary Club member Cecil Padilla. The group’s mission: Build a house for Ricardo and Sara Vargas and their two children.

A resident pig seems to supervise the construction project. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Bill Bevier/Rotary)

A resident pig seems to supervise the construction project. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Bill Bevier/Rotary)

The Rotarians and a handful of other volunteers, some as young as 18, slept in tents during the project. Wilson said, “The tent was great, but it was very cold in the mornings.” Nighttime and early morning temperatures were in the 40s.

Although Mexico can be hot when the sun is high, only once did the daytime temperature approach 100 degrees. The construction crew benefited from daytime temperatures that largely were in the 70s.

Local professionals hired by the Rotarians poured a level concrete slab for the two-room house. Perched on the side of a steep incline, the finished house will have views of the city below and the distant mountains.

Sometimes balanced on a sawhorse wedged between the back wall of the house and the hill, the Rotarians framed walls with openings for windows. Then, they added a slanted roof. Tarpaper and chicken wired tightened up the framing. The chicken wire supported two coats of stucco.

The Vargas family owns the land – a condition for ownership of the house. The Vargas family could finish the interior of the house and paint the stucco once it dried. Built into the side of a hill, the house will last 10 to 15 years.

While in Mexico volunteering for Rotary International, the Yolo County Rotarians visited a cancer hospital founded by two young men, cancer patients who eventually lost their lives to cancer. The group also visited an orphanage.

RIGHT: Mike Campbell, Rotary Club of West Sacramento President, receives a grateful hug from Sara Vargas. Click to enlarge.  (Photo by Bill Bevier)

RIGHT: Mike Campbell, Rotary Club of West Sacramento President, receives a grateful hug from Sara Vargas. Click to enlarge.
(Photo by Bill Bevier)

Over spring break, student volunteers from various colleges will be arriving at the site to build more houses for thankful families.

Before the Vargas family got its new house, the four were subsisting in a tiny hovel made of salvaged materials from a dump. Padilla gave the mother the first of four blankets, Wilson says, and when he did, “she was so thankful she cried and cried.”

As the volunteers told the gathered Rotarians about their trip, it was clear these men found the family’s gratitude very moving.

For more information about Rotary International’s worldwide projects and missions, visit www.rotary5180.org. For information about Rotary Club of West Sacramento (one of two local chapters), go to www.rotaryclubofwestsacramento.org or look for the club on Facebook.

With Tijuana in the background, the happy Vargas family poses for a photo with the Rotary volunteers who built their new house. LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik; West Sacramento Rotary President-elect Ken Wilson holding one of four blankets the group gave the family; the Vargas daughters, Winters Rotary Club member Cecil “Pancho” Padilla, Sara Vargas and Rotary Club of West Sacramento President Mike Campbell. Two donated blankets were made by members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at West Sacramento’s River City High School in West Sacramento.  Click to enlarge.  (Photo by Ricardo Vargas)

With Tijuana in the background, the happy Vargas family poses for a photo with the Rotary volunteers who built their new house. LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik; West Sacramento Rotary President-elect Ken Wilson holding one of four blankets the group gave the family; the Vargas daughters, Winters Rotary Club member Cecil “Pancho” Padilla, Sara Vargas and Rotary Club of West Sacramento President Mike Campbell. Two donated blankets were made by members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at West Sacramento’s River City High School in West Sacramento. Click to enlarge.
(Photo by Ricardo Vargas)

 

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Upcoming freeway project may cause trouble on West Sac city streets

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 2, 2014 —

West Sacramento officials expect planned freeway repairs in Sacramento to create a traffic impact on key West Sacramento roadways.

“Caltrans plans to replace the top deck on a segment of Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento, a segment often identified as the ‘W-X freeway,’” reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

It’s a key east-west connection in Sacramento.

Work will run from April 22 to about June 25.

[adrotate group=”9″]   It starts with construction on the eastbound lanes from April 22 to May 21, with three eastbound lanes (and all westbound lanes, onramps and offramps) remaining open.

From May 22 through the Memorial Day weekend May 24-26), all eastbound ramps and lanes reopen.

From May 27 to the completion date, work will proceed on the westbound side, with three westbound lanes (and all eastbound ones) open.

Local officials believe the work will cause traffic spillover onto other freeways as well as certain boulevards in West Sacramento. Those include Jefferson Boulevard, Harbor Boulevard, 5th Street, Tower Bridge Gateway and West Capitol Avenue.  Schroeder asked local motorists to drive patiently and consider mass transit, carpools, adjusted work schedules or working from home when possible during the course of the project.

West Sacramento asked Caltrans officials to delay the project until after kids are out of school in June, but Caltrans responded that it couldn’t.

West Sacramento has also asked Caltrans to reimburse the area’s businesses for losses incurred as traffic avoids U.S. 50.

For project information, visit www.fix50.com.

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Two from Washington Unified School District are honored by county officials

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — March 26, 2014 —

The Yolo County School Boards Association honored a number of educators throughout the county at its annual dinner on March 17.

From the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, the association singled out for excellence Julie Hoskins, an “ELD” and categorical programs administrator, and the “BEST” program, led by Jerry Smith.

For local efforts of the Los Rios Community College District, the association gave honors to chemistry professor Dr. Bruce Zenner at Sacramento City College and the college’s program involvement in the West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School. The college’s involvement in the charter school is led by Elizabeth Altschule.

Awards were presented by State Senator Lois Wolk and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada.

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