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West Sac, Clarksburg women part of history program

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

“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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Volunteers needed for Grand Jury

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

News-Ledger Staff

Would you like to serve on the next Yolo County Grand Jury?

Each July 1, the local court empowers a panel of 19 people to serve on this independent arm of the local judicial system.

“The primary civil function of the grand jury is to review the operations of city and county government as well as other tax-supported agencies and special districts,” reports the office of Court Executive Officer Shawn Landry. “Based on these reviews, the grand jury publishes its findings and may recommend constructive action to improve the quality and effectiveness of local government.”

The grand jury also listens to evidence and considers criminal indictments, and follows up on complaints from citizens, government employees and others.

Jurors serve for one year, meeting twice a month and spending about 25-40 hours per month on the job. They receive a small stipend and travel allowance.

Among the qualifications: you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, you must have been a Yolo County resident for at least one year before selection, and you may not have been convicted of a felony.

Visit www.yolo.courts.ca.gov or contact the Yolo Superior Court, Jury Services, 725 Court Street, Room 303, Woodland, CA 95695, (530) 406-6828.

Applications are due by Feb. 27.

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West Sac man one of nation’s oldest — and liveliest — stadium vendors

Howard Lowe shares some moves on  Westacre Road  (By AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

Howard Lowe shares some moves on
Westacre Road
(By AL ZAGOFSKY for the
News-Ledger)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

The “Nation’s Oldest Stadium Vendor” is what a Bay-area publication calls 74-year-old Howard “Crazy Legs” Lowe of West Sacramento.

While Lowe is both embarrassed and humbled by this claim, he nonetheless loves the publicity and the adoration he receives from the many fans he garnered while selling Kettle Corn in Raley Stadium and the major ballparks of San Francisco.

Crazy Legs loves to dance, and when he’s vending his sweet and salty Kettle Corn in stadiums like the Giants’ AT&T Park, and the loud speakers play out a country or rockabilly tune, he gets happy feet and rubber knees, and gets down—free styling to the music. And soon, the kids are up out of their seats shaking their booties along with him. Their parents soon follow and the whole aisle is a-groovin’.

Before the bankruptcy of Tower Records, Lowe worked in their West Sacramento warehouse, a job that had the unique benefit of periodic concerts from the recording artists. He remembers Allison Krauss, and the rapper Coolio, “who strutted through the warehouse with his entire entourage,” Lowe said. “The owner, Russ Solomon, liked to promote young bands, and he would have the musicians come out and play a set for the employees. We used to look forward to that all the time.”

A lifetime baseball addict, when he learned that the River Cats were coming to Raley Field, Lowe applied to work at the concessions—even before the stadium opened. During construction, he toured the stadium several times.

“May 15, 2000 was the first game for the River Cats,” Lowe remembers.  He was assigned to sell beer. It was a night game and drew a crowd of 15,000 people, and most of them had to stay in the concourse watching the thunder and lightning. “It was the most miserable weather. It was pitiful that night. Everybody hung out on the concourse eating food and drinking beer.”

Not liking beer, he transferred to guest services as an usher, transferred again into food service, and became a server. As a server, he would deliver meals from the kitchen to the patrons in the seating bowl.

“The first time I was doing this, I was carrying three or four cups of hot chocolate on a tray,” he explained. “I was trying to be really careful, and wouldn’t you know it—a foul ball landed right in the middle of the tray, right in the middle of the hot chocolates. I saw it coming but I couldn’t react fast enough.”

Lowe took to vending hotdogs, french fries, lemonade— just about everything that the vendors hustled, but as he started reaching his later 60s, he switched to “kettle corn because it was the lightest thing to carry.” He carries 15 to 20 bags in an old Crackerjack bag turned inside out.

While ushering and standing around and waiting, he started tapping his feet to the bluegrass song, Cotton-Eyed Joe.  “I felt the beat. I felt the music and I decided to be me,” Lowe said.  “I love people and I love music and I love sports. It just happened.”

Lowe always loved dancing, but it was at a bluegrass festival in South Sacramento Beach Lake Preserve where he became famous. “They started calling me Happy Feet, Rubber Legs, and Crazy Legs—and the name Crazy Legs stuck.”

Vending at Raley Field was tough work. “In the summers,  it can get really hot—sometimes over 100° in Sacramento, and almost as hot in the Bay area. I put crushed ice in a cloth underneath my baseball cap to keep cool.”

As Crazy Legs approached his 70th birthday in 2010, he was told that the River Cats concessions no longer required his services. Fortunately, during the times that the River Cats were on the road, he found vendor work at several stadiums in the San Francisco area.

And so, if you go to AT&T Park or some of the other stadiums in the Bay area, look for Crazy Legs, spring for a bag of his Kettle Corn, and shake your booty with the granddaddy of the stadium vendors.

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West Sac man one of nation’s oldest — and liveliest — stadium vendors

Howard Lowe shares some moves on  Westacre Road  (By AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

Howard Lowe shares some moves on
Westacre Road
(By AL ZAGOFSKY for the
News-Ledger)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

The “Nation’s Oldest Stadium Vendor” is what a Bay-area publication calls 74-year-old Howard “Crazy Legs” Lowe of West Sacramento.

While Lowe is both embarrassed and humbled by this claim, he nonetheless loves the publicity and the adoration he receives from the many fans he garnered while selling Kettle Corn in Raley Stadium and the major ballparks of San Francisco.

Crazy Legs loves to dance, and when he’s vending his sweet and salty Kettle Corn in stadiums like the Giants’ AT&T Park, and the loud speakers play out a country or rockabilly tune, he gets happy feet and rubber knees, and gets down—free styling to the music. And soon, the kids are up out of their seats shaking their booties along with him. Their parents soon follow and the whole aisle is a-groovin’.

Before the bankruptcy of Tower Records, Lowe worked in their West Sacramento warehouse, a job that had the unique benefit of periodic concerts from the recording artists. He remembers Allison Krauss, and the rapper Coolio, “who strutted through the warehouse with his entire entourage,” Lowe said. “The owner, Russ Solomon, liked to promote young bands, and he would have the musicians come out and play a set for the employees. We used to look forward to that all the time.”

A lifetime baseball addict, when he learned that the River Cats were coming to Raley Field, Lowe applied to work at the concessions—even before the stadium opened. During construction, he toured the stadium several times.

“May 15, 2000 was the first game for the River Cats,” Lowe remembers.  He was assigned to sell beer. It was a night game and drew a crowd of 15,000 people, and most of them had to stay in the concourse watching the thunder and lightning. “It was the most miserable weather. It was pitiful that night. Everybody hung out on the concourse eating food and drinking beer.”

Not liking beer, he transferred to guest services as an usher, transferred again into food service, and became a server. As a server, he would deliver meals from the kitchen to the patrons in the seating bowl.

“The first time I was doing this, I was carrying three or four cups of hot chocolate on a tray,” he explained. “I was trying to be really careful, and wouldn’t you know it—a foul ball landed right in the middle of the tray, right in the middle of the hot chocolates. I saw it coming but I couldn’t react fast enough.”

Lowe took to vending hotdogs, french fries, lemonade— just about everything that the vendors hustled, but as he started reaching his later 60s, he switched to “kettle corn because it was the lightest thing to carry.” He carries 15 to 20 bags in an old Crackerjack bag turned inside out.

While ushering and standing around and waiting, he started tapping his feet to the bluegrass song, Cotton-Eyed Joe.  “I felt the beat. I felt the music and I decided to be me,” Lowe said.  “I love people and I love music and I love sports. It just happened.”

Lowe always loved dancing, but it was at a bluegrass festival in South Sacramento Beach Lake Preserve where he became famous. “They started calling me Happy Feet, Rubber Legs, and Crazy Legs—and the name Crazy Legs stuck.”

Vending at Raley Field was tough work. “In the summers,  it can get really hot—sometimes over 100° in Sacramento, and almost as hot in the Bay area. I put crushed ice in a cloth underneath my baseball cap to keep cool.”

As Crazy Legs approached his 70th birthday in 2010, he was told that the River Cats concessions no longer required his services. Fortunately, during the times that the River Cats were on the road, he found vendor work at several stadiums in the San Francisco area.

And so, if you go to AT&T Park or some of the other stadiums in the Bay area, look for Crazy Legs, spring for a bag of his Kettle Corn, and shake your booty with the granddaddy of the stadium vendors.

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Three months later, $2.6 million lottery winner claims his prize

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

News-Ledger Staff

The man who won $2.6 million in the Oct. 29 Powerball drawing finally came forward to claim his prize in late January.

Lottery officials identified him as Ronald Meier, and explained that he waited to claim his ticket in order to make sure he had all his “ducks in a row.”

Meier bought the winning ticket at the AM-PM mini-market at 847 Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento – which will receive a $13,218.96 bonus for selling the ticket.

“I thought to myself, I can retire now,” Meier was quoted by the lottery in a written statement. He told California Lottery officials he also plans to take some vacations after his win.

“I was always hopeful,” Meier was quoted about playing the lottery. “I always felt a million and a half or two would be perfect. Anything else would be overwhelming.”

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Driving lesson: officer talks to RCHS teens about real danger behind the wheel

CHP Officer Martine Olivares asks RCHS students to think about what they think is risky behavior behind the wheel.  (Photo by Kaitlyn Donoghue/River City High School)

CHP Officer Martine Olivares asks RCHS students to think about what they think is risky behavior behind the wheel. (Photo by Kaitlyn Donoghue/River City High School)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 11, 2015 —

By Farina Khalil
River City High School Journalism Class

River City High School students attended a driving awareness presentation held by the driver’s education teacher, Shannon Woods, in partnership with Impact Teen Driving, an organization that was founded in response to the high frequency of crashes involving teens to which California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers respond.

The goal of the organization is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths suffered by teens as a result of distracted driving and poor decision making. According to their website, impactteendrivers.org, 4,000 teens die each year due to vehicle collision, that’s roughly 11 per day. 75% of it is not related to drugs and alcohol but due to distractions such as cell phones or applying makeup.

“I’ve worked in many areas and on average, in a big area you’ll see 5 crashes [per day] from minor property damage to fatality,” said Officer Martine Olivares, who also talked about how cell phones are a common distraction while driving. In fact, a majority of the calls he gets about teen vehicle collisions are caused by distracted driving.

Debbie Smith, a speaker at the Impact Teen Driving event, spoke about her son Joel Davis, who had died in a car accident in 2005 in Pleasanton because the two passengers in the front were arguing and crashed into a tree. She spoke about her reaction when she found out her son died when she received a coroner’s note she got in the mail.

“My son went from being a person to now being a case number,” said Smith.

The Impact Teen Driving presentation hopes to raise awareness to prevent any type of distraction in the car from taking a driver’s focus from the road, especially for teens because they are young and inexperienced drivers.

“Respect life — you can’t bring it back once it’s lost,” said Smith.

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Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 19, 2015 —

Cyclists in this year’s edition of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race will pass through West Sacramento twice on Sunday, May 10, after the race kicks off its first stage at the state capitol. There should be plenty of local spectator opportunities both in the morning as the racers get their start and in the afternoon as they approach the finish.

Stage 1 of the 724.1-mile race will both start and end at the capitol building. It starts at 11 a.m.

“After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road,” organizers reported today. “From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton.”

Later, the athletes will re-cross the river into Rio Vista and travel through Solano County, Davis, Woodland, and back to West Sacramento and across the Tower Bridge. The stage is measured at 127 miles.

Stage two carries the riders from Nevada City to Lodi, and following stages will take place all over the state.

The race finishes with Stage 8, ending at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 17.

The News-Ledger will bring more details of the exact local race route as the race approaches.

For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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