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Yolo ‘comfort dog’ gets $500 support

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ -- a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)

Trainer Laura Valdez with ‘Aloha’ — a four-legged helper at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office (courtesy photo)


The Davis Rebekah Lodge has donated $500 to help care for “Aloha,” a comfort dog working with the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

Aloha often visits with adults and children as they participate, under stress, in court. And she visits kids and parents in family law court.

“Aloha seems to know who needs her most, and heads straight for that person and sits calmly next to them,” said Yolo Judge Kathleen White, herself a member of Rebekah Lodge.

(Info courtesy of the Yolo County D.A.’s office)

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Using a brain to make a point:


from Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Victor DeNoble, a former tobacco research scientist who became a whistleblower against his company – and the entire industry – spoke to hundreds of students in a series of school assemblies in West Sacramento earlier this month, explaining the dangers of smoking.

Among the attention-grabbing props he displayed were the frozen brains of a monkey, and also of a human, that he held in his glove-covered hand as he worked the multipurpose rooms showing what he learned long ago about the effect that the drug nicotine has on the brain.

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

DeNoble’s presentations were part of an anti-smoking effort called “Don’t Buy The Lie,” which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council.

He spoke at Bridgeway Island, Riverbank and Stonegate elementary schools.

In addition to presenting dozens of school assemblies each March in the Sacramento region,

“Don’t Buy The Lie” includes a poster contest for students in the 7th-through-12th grades who submit drawings and messages with an anti-smoking theme. The winners receive prizes and their artwork is displayed on billboards.

DeNoble tells a riveting story about how he was secretly hired by Philip Morris to create a safer cigarette that wouldn’t lead to heart disease. But much of his time was spent researching something the company didn’t authorize and later fired him for: he used laboratory rats to investigate the addictive nature of nicotine.

More than 10 years after he was fired, the federal government asked DeNoble to testify in Congress against the tobacco industry. His testimony and other evidence prompted major fines against the industry and significant reforms, including the banning of cigarette advertisements from billboards.

After the Bridgeway Island Elementary School assembly, Principal Grace Chin said the presentation will have a lasting effect on students because Dr. DeNoble is a scientist and his work lends credibility to his message.


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‘Santa Run’: soon on a street near you

Santa atop a red "sleigh" in West Sacramento last year (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  Additionally, Santa will have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting any canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who come out to make canned food donations, as well as to Fire Chief Al Terrell and City Manager Martin Tuttle, for permitting the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 3rd: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the  following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon,North Hobson, and Fourness.

  Tuesday, December 4th: North Business 80 on some of the  following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 5th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 6th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 7th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 10th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

  Please understand that Santa cannot get to every street.  Santa’s route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.  For further information call (916) 617- 4721.

Please do not call 9-1-1; they have no information about this event.

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Christmas tree lighting canceled


The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce has just announced that it will cancel the annual tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for tonight in front of city hall.

The decision was made “in the interest of public safety,” said a message from the chamber as this week’s rain and wind storm continues. There was no immediate word on whether there would be an attempt to reschedule.

The ceremony annually includes a throw of the light switch for the tall tree now standing decorated and ready at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, a visit from Santa, and music and hot chocolate.

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