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Cuisine of India & Sri Lanka for sale to support West Sac Buddhist temple

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Try the cuisine of Sri Lanka and South India, while helping the American Buddhist Seminary in West Sacramento build a new temple.

You’re invited to a celebration from 4-9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20, at 432 Glide Avenue. Many tasty items will be available for sale. Fun & games for the family.

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Yolo’s booth at state fair celebrates farms, earns a medal

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.      (Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.
(Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year, Yolo County took home a gold ribbon in the California State Fair Counties Exhibit competition, as well as a blue ribbon for ‘best content’.  With this year’s counties exhibit theme, “From (our) County to Your Table,” Yolo County is excited to feature its successful Farm to School Yolo program with a giant tomato-shaped school house, an animated school room scene, a school garden with fresh produce from local farms and an informational slideshow.

“Farm to School Yolo” is a public health and agricultural marketing initiative that is changing the way students and young people eat, think about food, and improve their health through the development of life-long healthy eating habits.  Farm to School Yolo works with all five Yolo County school districts and the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks.  The program offers an opportunity to educate students and staff on food origins, how it was grown and how to prepare it for peak flavor and nutritional value.

The program is currently funded through a three-year California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor in a press release.  “We have a lot to be proud of here in Yolo County and are pleased to be recognized by the California State Fair for telling our story in this way.”

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Free food in West Sac on Tuesday

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The Yolo Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, July 15.

Distributions will be held 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. Info: (530) 668-0690.

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Coyotes: best admired from a distance

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

By Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome Association

You hear their yip-yip-yowling in the early evening and you know immediately what they are: Western coyotes, natives of California who make up one of the three types of wild candids found in North America. Their name comes from the Aztec word coyotl, and their yodeling howls can travel up to three miles.

COYOTE PUP. Click to enlarge. (courtesy Roger Jones,  Tuleyome Association)

COYOTE PUP. Click to enlarge.
(courtesy of Roger Jones,
Tuleyome organization)

Larger than foxes but smaller than wolves, coyotes have carved out a niche for themselves in the ecosystem.  Weighing in at anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds, these smart and highly adaptive predators have keen senses of smell and vision, and can run at bursts up to 40 miles per hour.  These attributes suit them well when they’re on the hunt for rabbits and rodents (which comprise 80% of their diet) as well as frogs, young deer, and even fish.  In fact, coyotes are very good swimmers.  Coyotes will also eat fruit, insects, snakes and carrion.

In our region, the coyotes generally mate in February.  By April or May, the pups arrive (in litters anywhere from 3 to 12) and the mating pair forms a solid family group, feeding and protecting their pups.  Coyotes always set up a “den” site in which to birth and rear their pups, and these dens can be anything from a small cave or rock outcropping, to a hollowed out tree, dense bush, a burrow in the ground… or an abandoned outbuilding.   Pups can start hunting with their parents when they’re about 10 weeks old and remain with them for about 8 months… Although the pups are darling, they’re not play things… and their parents will be fiercely protective of them, so if you come across one, do not approach it.  Photograph it from a distance.

Coyotes mate for life, and live in a social pack structure similar to wolves.  There is typically a mated “alpha” pair (the top dogs) at the head of the pack, and then various generations of offspring and extended family members below them.  Their territories are vaguely circular in shape and usually revolve around wherever their central den is.  Coyotes can be aggressively territorial, especially in the late spring and early summer – which we’re in right now — when their pups are born, and will protect their dens, packs and hunting grounds from trespassers when they have to.  This natural territorial behavior can become something of a problem when humans deliberately (or inadvertently) invite the coyotes into residential areas.

Normally, coyotes are instinctively wary of humans and will avoid contact with them, but when you supply the coyotes with food and shelter these incredibly adaptable animals will quickly lose their fear of you and commandeer your neighborhood for themselves and their offspring.  And you may be feeding the coyotes without even realizing it.  Whenever you leave food outside for your pets or leave bags of garbage in your yard, you are supplying the coyotes (and other animals like opossums, rats and raccoons) with a sure and steady food source.  This can cause a cascade of unwanted issues.  The coyotes may come to view your pets as “interlopers” in their territory and attack them, or view your un-spayed or unneutered dogs as potential mates.  (Yes, coyotes can mate with domesticated dogs.)  They may also hijack your garbage cans as their personal buffets, and your outbuildings as their dens.

In less populated areas where there is more livestock, coyotes can also be an issue. Since leg traps, poisons and other older methods of eradication are now illegal throughout most of California, when coyotes cause problems for farmers and ranchers, they call in professional wildlife damage management specialists who are employed by federal, state, or county agencies to assist them in developing appropriate management strategies for specific situations.  Never try to trap, relocate or kill a coyote by yourself.  Let the professional handle things.

Remember that coyotes are wild animals, not potential pets for you to try to “befriend” or “tame.”  They are handsome, adaptable, intelligent creatures with a lot of fascinating habits — but the best way to view them is from afar.

  Tuleyome Tales is a monthly publication of Tuleyome, conservation organization with offices in Napa and WoodlandMary K. Hanson is an amateur naturalist and photographer who is the author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout” blog.  For more information about Tuleyome, go to www.tuleyome.org.

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