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Vandals beat up local man’s memorial

The destroyed monument at Circle Park has been removed  Click to enlarge. (courtesy photos)

The destroyed monument at Circle Park has been removed
Click to enlarge. (courtesy photos)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It’s often easier to destroy than it is to create.

The city arborist and the local historical society combined last year to create a memorial for Bill Wingfield, a local citizen-naturalist. Recently, though, unknown vandals smashed that memorial at Circle Park. The park, as round as its name implies, is located along Alabama Avenue at Circle Street.

“We didn’t realize how many jerks have time on their hands to go out and cause problems,” said Wingfield’s widow, Jeri Hughes Wingfield. “You can’t get mad at stuff like that. You can get sad, though.”

The late Bill Wingfield with his wife, Jeri

The late Bill Wingfield with his wife, Jeri

Bill Wingfield died last year. He was a retired virologist for the state department of fish and wildlife, active in his own local habitat as well as in the West Sacramento Historical Society. He helped create the society’s annual plant sale as a fundraiser, and he built frog ponds at home on the Wingfields’ property.

“We have one pond in the front and two in the back garden,” reported Jeri. “The frog chorus just sings – they are so amazing. He was such a naturalist. He took walking tours, and always carried his scientific equipment with him on bicycle.”

Several years ago, a regional plan to run a major sewer line through West Sacramento seemed to spell the end of a number of old oak trees behind the Wingfields’ Westmore Oaks neighborhood. The trees provided afternoon shade, as well as beauty.

“Their idea was to have this area behind my house as a chain-linked, fenced corridor,” she said. “We need those trees for the western sun, and they were going to shave everything off and put in this chain-link fence.”

The Wingfields were at the center of neighborhood protests and the negotiations with the city and the regional sewage district.

“We saved them,” she said. “They moved the pipeline over closer to the opposite side of the right-of-way. I think we saved every shade tree.”

After Bill Wingfield died last year, the history society installed what its president, Thom Lewis, called “our artful tribute to Bill.”  It included a plaque, as well as a little gardening project done by Dena Kirtley, the City of West Sacramento’s arborist.

“She found some acorns in the area,” said Jeri Wingfield of Dena Kirtley. The arborist prepped the acorns with time in her home freezer, then took them out and planted them, hoping at least one would survive the squirrels and other perils and become an oak tree to grow in Bill’s memory.

“I was so thrilled with that,” Jeri Wingfield commented – although it appears none of the acorns have yet to take.

Meanwhile, a few weeks back, somebody gave the Bill Wingfield memorial plaque a thrashing. The broken pieces have been removed, but the story may not be over.

“Dena is working on other ideas,” said Jeri Wingfield.

 

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Fifty years of Wednesdays: reception marks opening of mini-exhibit on News-Ledger

The local history society, led by Thom Lewis, has created a mini-exhibit that will be on display at the community center until August. Some of the visitors to the opening reception, pictured above, include John Siden (far left), Will Curtis (background, facing camera), Kathy Perrigo (foreground) and Gloria Curtis (far right).  Click to enlarge. Photo is courtesy of Mickey Fausett

The local history society, led by Thom Lewis, has created a mini-exhibit that will be on display at the community center until August. Some of the visitors to the opening reception, pictured above, include John Siden (far left), Will Curtis (background, facing camera), Kathy Perrigo (foreground) and Gloria Curtis (far right). Click to enlarge. Photo is courtesy of Mickey Fausett

 FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

Dozens came to the West Sacramento Historical Society reception on April 3 at the city community center. The reception launched the opening of a mini-exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the News-Ledger.

Publisher Steve Marschke talked about the past, when the paper was led by lifelong newspaperman Julis Feher and by Michael Garten. He also spoke about his hopes that the local community will, sometime in the future, take the helm of its own local media outfit to spread news and information in print, online and on a planned new FM radio station. Partners are now at work on this.

The exhibit can be viewed inside the center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Public can comment on big city plans

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. Click to enlarge.
(from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento will hold a public meeting about the process of updating its general plan at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the community center.

The updated plan is meant to guide city policy and growth patterns for years to come.

The public will also be allowed to give input on fourth specific growth areas:

— Stone Lock, consisting of about 215 acres of publicly-owned land along the barge canal near Jefferson Boulevard, mostly stretching east-west next to the canal;

— Pioneer Bluff, a corridor of old industrial uses, including petroleum “tank farms,” along the riverfront of the Sacramento River. The corridor stretches along South River Road from Stone Lock to the U.S. 50 freeway;

— Liberty Specific Plan area, a planned 1,900-unit, 450-acre area that’s part of the planned “northeast village” of Southport. It’s located against the river levee and also bounded by Davis Road to the south, the Clarksburg Branch Line Trial to the west, and to Linden Road and its subdivisions to the north;

— Seaway, a 270-acre project area at the Port of Sacramento. Current zoning allows for such uses as industry, business park and open space, but not housing. The property is located just south of the port’s turning basin – along Southport Parkway, west of Lake Washington Boulevard.

The general plan meeting will be held at the city community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Several school district ‘special needs’ educators to receive honors

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

“SELPA,” a Yolo County agency that covers special needs education locally, will hold its annual awards ceremony on May 12.

Several “special needs” educators in West Sacramento’s Washington Unified School District will receive honors.

They include paraeducator Elizabeth Felix and teachers Debra McDaniel and Claudia Parks.

The event will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 120, in Woodland.

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