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RC student honored for volunteering

FROM LEFT: Lewis Bair, Executive Director of Computers4Kids, with honoree Carlos Robles and with Meg Stallard, President of Yolo Community Foundation. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

From the Yolo Community Foundation

Carlos Robles, a senior at River City High School, was awarded one of four Yolo Youth Service Awards (YoYoSA) by the Yolo Community Foundation for his work with Computers 4 Kids.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Robles’ application stood out because of his combination of technical know-how, hard work and ability to work with people,” said Babs Sandeen of West Sacramento, a member of the YoYoSa selection committee, in a press release. “It is amazing what high school students do for nonprofit organizations.”

The award consists of a $1000 scholarship to the student and $500 to the nonprofit with which the student worked.  Computers 4 Kids refurbishes donated computers and teaches students in the 4th to 8th grades how to use them.  It has provided hundreds of elementary students with free computers since it started 6 years ago.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Robles wrote in his application, “It’s great to see a student’s smile when they walk out with their first personal computer ever.  We also get a lot of positive feedback from parents.”

The other awardees were Agustin Villagomez of Winters (RISE,Inc.), Brenna Mockler of Davis (Migrant Education) and Alina Lusebrink of Davis (Acme Theatre Company).

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, presented each awardee with a certificate of honor from the Supervisors.  Representatives of Mike Thompson, Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada also presented certificates.

Robles is planning to attend UC Davis and study computer science.

Yolo Community Foundation’s mission is to promote charitable giving in Yolo County.  More information is available at www.yolocf.org.

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Two trucks burn up

Aftermath of what appears to be an accidental fire in an industrial part of West Sacramento (courtesy of W.S. Fire Dept.)

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

On May 16, West Sacramento firefighters responded to the vicinity of Galveston and Canal streets after two big-rigs caught fire. The fire appeared to be accidental but of undetermined causes, reports W.S.F.D.

Damage was estimated at about $200,000.

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Cops ticketing in seat belt crackdown

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The West Sacramento Police Department announced last week it will participate in the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign this summer to target seat belt scofflaws.

The department promises to “help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock,” in the campaign that runs May 21 through June 3.

A ticket for a first-time seat belt violation costs $142.

Fifty-one percent of the people killed in auto crashes nationwide in 2010 were not wearing seat belts at the time they were killed, said the department.

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WUSD explores November school bond

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012  —

The Washington Unified School District’s board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Among the many agenda items will be a presentation on the steps needed to place a general obligation school bond on the November ballot.

The presentation will be given by Jonathan Edwards of Government Financial Strategies, the district’s financial advisor.

Details of any bond measure are still yet to be worked out.

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Bring that fiddle or banjo

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

Bluegrass and country musicians looking to jam are invited to jam sessions held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. $2 at the door.

Call 617-4620 or visit www.westsacfun.org for information.

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Dogs invited to ‘Bark for Life’

A pit bull takes a break. This “rescue dog” came with Dr. JT Vida and Keri Johnson, who sponsored the event’s contests. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It was a sunny, yet blustery, day on May 5 as about 70 dogs and their owners converged on Dave Vierra’s pumpkin patch in Southport for West Sacramento’s inaugural “Bark for Life” event.

This is the second year that West Sacramento is participating in a “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but the first time for the dog-centric “Bark for Life” event.

“We had about 68 people who registered ahead of time, and another five or so in person, and we had over 70 dogs,” said organizer Julie Huber. “My husband, Rory Huber, designed a commemorative T-shirt and we gave that out and an event program. The mayor (Christopher Cabaldon) came out and did a welcome speech.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Then came the dog walk, on a track around the farm property.

“Next year, if we do it again at Dave’s, we’re going to have both a short route and a longer route. The bigger dogs want something more than a short route!” said Huber.

The registration fee was $10, and a lot of participants also collected pledges for the “Relay for Life” cancer-fighting fund drive. The event is more poignant this year, said Huber, because the founder of Relay for Life, Dr. Gordy Klatt, has himself just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“We raised over $6,000,” reported Huber.

The event featured vendors, a police dog demonstration by Officer Roger Kinney and “Zar,” a visit from firefighters, and contests such as “”smallest dog” and “best costume.”

On June 23-24, the local “Relay for Life” chapter follows up with a 24-hour walk-a-thon for teams of humans. The event was held its first year locally in 2011, at River City High, but it will move to the track at Our Lady of Grace School this year.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) accompanies dog walkers around Dave’s Pumpkin Patch on May 5, in a fundraiser against cancer (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

“For the Relay, you commit to raising $100,” said Huber, who is a captain for one team. “If you have a team of 15 people, they expect your team to raise $1,500.”

Teams keep someone walking the track at all times for 24 hours straight.

“The theory behind ‘Relay’ is that cancer never sleeps, so we don’t sleep for 24 hours.”

Last year’s local “Relay for Life” event raised around $60,000. Other local events are held elsewhere around the country.

Sponsors of this month’s “Bark for Life” event included host Dave Vierra as well as Wag Hotels.

Youngsters & their friends take a break next to a visiting fire truck at 'Bark for Life' in Southport (courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

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Play date for kids at Raley Field

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The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.raleyfield.com.

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