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West Sac, Clarksburg women part of history program

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky

“We are weaving the stories of women’s lives into the fabric of the history of Yolo County and also get young women interested in history by involving them in the program,” said Shipley Walters, Yolo County Historian  and Secretary for the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee.

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives is being presented by the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee as part of their 28th annual Women’s History Month luncheon.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland. Reservations and payment must be received by Friday, February 27.  Reservations will not be sold at the door.

The committee will honor four women who are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came to Yolo County from different countries and represent four areas of Yolo County.

They are Alice Carbahal, of Spanish descent from Winters; Bessie Anderson, of Irish descent from Zamora and Knights Landing; Frances Sakai, of Japanese descent from Clarksburg, and Tanya Volkers, of Russian descent from West Sacramento.

The lives of these individual women are important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. Their stories and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish.

The late Tanya Volkers of West Sacramento was imprisoned when the Japanese took Shanghai. She later became active in a local Russian cultural society and historical society.  (courtesy photo)

The late Tanya Volkers of West Sacramento was imprisoned when the Japanese took Shanghai. She later became active in a local Russian cultural society and historical society.
(courtesy photo)

West Sacramento’s Tanya Volkers survived a prisoner of war internment camp when the Japanese invaded here home in Shanghai. In 1928, she immigrated to the United States and learned the embroidery business, and In 1945, Tanya built a highly successful embroidery business in San Francisco.  She settled in West Sacramento, and co-founded the West Sacramento Russian Cultural Society, was a member of the West Sacramento Historical Society, and an ardent supporter of the incorporation of West Sacramento. She greeted Russian ships when they came to West Sacramento.

While visiting Windsor, England, she took a tour of Windsor Castle, fell and injured herself and ended up in the Queen Mother’s wheelchair. Tanya Volkers passed away in 2008, in her home in West Sacramento at 99 years of age.

Each woman’s story will be presented by a female student from the Davis Senior High School Theater Arts Department. Gwyneth Bruch, drama teacher from the high school, is coordinating the program with Miriam Nansen as Alice Carahal, Sofie Brown as Frances Sakai, Geneva Duren as Tanya Volkers and Naomi Gerner as Bessie Anderson.

ABOVE: Former West Sacramentan Louisa Vessell is one of the organizers of next month’s celebration of women’s history  (photo by AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

ABOVE: Former West Sacramentan Louisa Vessell is one of the organizers of next month’s celebration of women’s history
(photo by AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

The committee encourages young people to attend the luncheon so they can hear about some remarkable women who may inspire them or have an impact on their lives.

The cost for the luncheon is $25. For reservations, make checks payable to WHM, and mail to WHM, P.O. Box 711, Woodland, CA 95776. The luncheon will be catered by Anderson Family Catering & BBQ of Winters.  Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit public libraries in Yolo County for the purchase of women’s history materials. The deadline for reservations for the Yolo County Women’s History Month Luncheon is March 5, 2015

To learn more about the luncheon, or to make reservations, contact Kate Mawdsley at 530-758-5093 / wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or Louisa Vessell at 916-451-2113 / 916-799-9932 / lvessell@sbcglobal.net or visit www.ycwhm.org.

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MoneyGram can be used to pay support

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 28, 2015 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

Starting this month, parents will be able to pay their child support in cash at thousands of MoneyGram locations throughout California.

Previously, parents paying child support in cash could only do so by visiting a county or regional local child support agency that accepts in-office payments.  In Yolo County, the Child Support Services office is located at 100 West Court Street in Woodland.  Those who stand to benefit the most by paying through MoneyGram are the self-employed, those working seasonal jobs and those who don’t engage in traditional banking.

“We are pleased that we have been able to make the process easier for parents to pay their child support,” said Yolo County Department of Child Support Services Director Natalie Dillon in a press release. “This partnership with MoneyGram will benefit the parents who owe child support, and will translate into more payments for their children.”

There are approximately 30 MoneyGram locations in Yolo County, over 6,200 throughout California and 39,000 nationwide that provide bill payment services.  Payments can be made at 18 retail chains including CVS, Wal-Mart, Albertsons, Lucky, Raley’s/Bel Air, Food Maxx, 7-Eleven and others.

To make a payment through MoneyGram, parents will need their personal Participant Identification Number (PAR ID) and the group “Receive Code 14630.”  MoneyGram charges child support customers a $1.99 convenience fee.  For many, that is less than the cost of the gas needed to drive to a child support office.  Payments can take up to three days to post, so parents are advised to plan accordingly.

Child support payments may also be made online, by phone and by mail.  In-person payments are still available at the local child support office in Woodland.  Fees are not charged for using these payment options.

For information about payment options or to make a payment online, visit: www.childsup.ca.gov/PaymentOptions or call 866-901-3212.

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A message & invitation from Yolo Supervisor Oscar Villegas

West Sacramento’s OSCAR VILLEGAS (right) took the oath of office again last week. Administering the oath were his children, Vincent and Elena (courtesy photo)

West Sacramento’s OSCAR VILLEGAS (right) took the oath of office again last week. Administering the oath were his children, Vincent and Elena
(courtesy photo)

From Oscar Villegas
Yolo County Supervisor, District 1

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Yolo County Supervisor, District 1, representing West Sacramento and Clarksburg.  In February 2014, I was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, to serve on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in the seat vacated by the legendary Mike McGowan of which he held for nearly 20 years.  In June 2014, I was elected by the voters to retain this seat.  On January 5, 2015, it was a personal special moment to take the oath of office administered by our children, Elena and Vincent.

After thoroughly enjoying the honor and privilege of serving on the West Sacramento City Council for nearly 14 years, I have found it equally exciting and rewarding to have the opportunity to represent District 1 on the Yolo Board for the past 10 months.

I look forward to a new productive new year in 2015 by working with my colleagues on the Board to ensure that we continue to provide thoughtful stewardship over the many challenges ahead during our term of governance.    It is my intent to facilitate efforts to address the following:  restore our county reserves; seek avenues to  prudently restore  some of our basic services that were cut during the economic downturn; work collaboratively and productively with our local,  state and federal stakeholders on flood protection; finalize the integration of health and human services to provide a better system of safety net services for our residents; preserve the viability of Yolo agriculture while promoting the emerging Farm-to-Fork movement and expand our agricultural processing opportunities; continue to take bold and innovative steps to reduce the likelihood of homelessness, and to ensure that our community remain safe as we implement various aspects of the state’s realignment of offenders.

To responsibly address these issues, I humbly extend an invitation to residents of District 1 to assist by serving on various boards and commissions which serve as advisory to me and the Board.  It is critical that the residents have an opportunity to participate and provide input on those issues that impact our community.  As such, I would ask that you consider applying to serve on a board or commission where you believe you can make a positive contribution through your professional or life experience.  There are many topic areas ranging from aging, children services, both health and mental health services, etc.

To learn more about the boards and commission that service District 1, please visit my website at http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/board-of-supervisors/district-1-oscar-villegas.  I also invite you to contact the district office located at 500 Jefferson Blvd., Suite C, West Sacramento, (916) 375-6440 or email:  oscar.villegas@yolocounty.org

Thanks again for bestowing me the honor of serving in this capacity.

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Yolo County program can help local businesses pay for new jobs

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 17, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

Yolo County is linking up with employers to provide new job opportunities through the county’s Subsidized Employment Program.  This program, administered through the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, incentivizes local employers by cutting employment costs when hiring Yolo County residents, while at the same time, assisting eligible low-income job seekers otherwise unable to find employment.

The Subsidized Employment Program reimburses participating employers eligible employee wages and unemployment insurance costs for up to a year.  This reimbursement is made possible through the CalWORKs Employment Services Program.

Jobs made available through the Subsidized Employment Program are not meant to displace current employees.  These jobs may be, but are not limited to, entry-level positions.

Since the inception of the program, nearly 15 employers have qualified for the Subsidized Employment Program and are working directly with the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services to train, hire and, as a result, help get eligible low-income residents back into the working “mainstream” of the community.

“One of Yolo County’s strategic goals is to champion job creation and economic opportunities,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor in a press release for the program.  “The Subsidized Employment Program not only assists with employment opportunities – a challenge still for many – it also helps our local businesses expand their capacity and bolsters our local economy.”

For more information on the Subsidized Employment Program, call (916) 375-6252 or (530) 661-4311.

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