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‘Fun Barn’ at fair attracts kids

LILY ANDERSEN -- then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011. (Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

LILY ANDERSEN — then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011.
(Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

What’s not to like for kids, when the “Fun Barn” is in town at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland today through Aug.18?

Free stuff, arts and crafts, and fun science projects abound at the Family Fun Barn.  Daily themes range from “picnics” to “beaches” to “camp” and “backyard” fun. Parents like it too because its family-friendly and offers a place to relax between all the walking and other Fair activities.Always entertaining specialty crafts include “glow bugs,” “pool noodle art,” “charming necklaces,” “crab hats,” “lightning bugs” and “homemade Kaleidoscopes.”  Children delight in the hands-on science activities including “edible finger paints,” “no cook play dough,” and “moldable sand art.”

The Family Fun Barn is sponsored by Woodland Healthcare .Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts. Through the financial support of Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain volunteers are given a free parking pass for helping out.  To volunteer, go to www.yolokids.org or call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558.

For information on the fair in general, visit www.yolocountyfair.net.

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Volunteer to advocate for a child

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Find out how to become an advocate for an abused or neglected child in foster care. Check out CASA by visiting www.yolocasa.org, emailing karenb@yolocasa.org or calling (530) 661-4200. Training for new volunteers begins Aug. 21.

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Why your kids need their shots before school, & how to get them

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

BY BETH GABOR
COUNTY OF YOLO

Although the long, warm days of summer are still upon us, the time is ripe for parents to prepare their youngsters for the first day of school.  For most Yolo County children, the big day is just weeks away.  On that morning, not only will children need a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast to ensure success, they will also need to be fully immunized.  California state law requires that all children attending school receive their shots.  Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer encourages parents to make sure their children are fully immunized now, before classes start.

“Childhood immunizations are one of the best ways that a parent can assure good health for their child,” said Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer, in a county press release.  “As families plan the final vacation trips and gatherings of summer, make sure to include time for a visit to your clinic or medical provider for needed check-ups and immunizations.  Your healthcare provider will make sure that your child is up to date on required immunizations for school, including an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) for incoming 7th graders.”

Schools are required to verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all shots and boosters are completed before entry to kindergarten and 7th grade.  The only exceptions are those with a medical condition in which their doctor has determined puts the child at risk for vaccine-related complications, or parents with a personal or religious belief which prohibits them from vaccinating their child.  Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot.  Kindergarten boosters for DTaP, polio and MMR are given at 4 or 5 years of age.  Last school year, 91% percent of Yolo County kindergartners were fully immunized.   For students entering 7th grade, 97% had received the whooping cough (pertussis) booster before starting school.

If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, the Yolo County Health Department can give parents information about which local healthcare providers offer free or low-cost immunizations.  Call the Yolo County Child Health Disability Prevention Program at (530) 666-8249 for help finding a provider.  In addition, the Health Department offers a children’s immunization clinic for families that qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.  Children that have no health insurance to pay for their immunizations, or who are on Medi-Cal, are eligible to receive shots from the Health Department.  The clinic schedule can be found at www.yolohealth.org or call (530) 666-8562.

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‘Yolo Idol’ contest still open; West Sac native setting the stage at fair

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG. 7, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Fair starts Aug. 14, and West Sacramento native Marty DeAnda is on a mission. The sometime music-promoter and artist manager wants to upgrade the fair’s entertainment quotient, and he wants more West Sacramento musicians upon the fair’s various stages.

Those goals may take more than one year to complete, DeAnda told the News-Ledger.

MARTY DEANDA: If you're a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for 'Yolo Idol.' (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

MARTY DEANDA: If you’re a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for ‘Yolo Idol.’ (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

“They brought me in to change things up a bit, and bring in some higher level bands,” said DeAnda, 60. “I would also like to see more people competing in ‘Yolo Idol’ (the local talent competition). Last year, there were a thousand people watching. And I want to bring more bands to the forefront.”

Yolo Idol is, of course, modeled a bit upon the “American Idol” TV show.

“It’s all singing, all karaoke, to whatever music you choose,” he said. “It’s all over the board – we see everything from Jim Croce (songs) to real rock and roll for the younger kids.”

The cash prizes this year aren’t astronomical. Winners will vie for awards of $250, $100 and $50.

“We made steps to upgrade it this year so maybe next year, we can take it to a higher level.”

That higher level could include sending local champions on to compete in regional “Idol” challenges.

DeAnda says he is aiming to bring in better known bands to play on the fair’s stages.

“This year, our big band is Mumbo Gumbo,” he reports. “They play at 9 p.m. on Thursday night, the 15th.”

That puts Mumbo Gumbo right after “Yolo Idol,” in which local amateurs sing off from 6-8 p.m. the same evening.

And the “Idol” contest isn’t filled up, by the way. Interested singers can enter by contacting DeAnda at digmusic@sbcglobal.net.

The promoter points out that the competition isn’t about money and bragging rights. It could be a good place to get “discovered.”

“You never know who’s listening,” said DeAnda.

Case in point: some years ago, DeAnda was pulling down six figures a year as an insurance executive. One night, he went to a Sacramento club.

“I was at an ‘open mike’ event,” he recalls. “I have always been involved in the music scene. I was sitting at my table and the fellow running the open mike said ‘This next fellow is terrific, you should stick around.’ I still had a half a glass of wine, so I stayed. The kid came up to the mike – he looked like Bob Dylan at Newport. He was really something. And he just exploded.”

“I called him and we became friends. I quit my job – I just knew I had to represent him.”

The “kid” was Jackie Greene, who turned into one of the biggest singers to come out of Sacramento in the recent past.

So if you enter Yolo Idol, who knows who might be listening?

The free-admission Yolo County Fair runs from August 14-18 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. You can get information at www.yolocountyfair.net or (530) 402-2222.

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Eight from West Sac on grand jury

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

Eight West Sacramento residents are among the 43 empaneled for duty on the 2013-2014 Yolo County Grand Jury, which began service this month.

Included from West Sacramento are Jeanne Binns, Margie Campbell, Albert Freitas, Sara Noceto, Chalon Rogers, Belinda Shaw, Robert Stoinoff and David Valverde.

Also hailing from East Yolo is fellow juror Diane Hoschler of Clarksburg. Remaining jurors are from Davis, Woodland and Dunnigan.

A total of 43 people were named to this year’s jury after volunteering and being selected.

The grand jury is empowered to indict criminal suspects and to investigate citizen complaints about government agencies.

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Jail inmate: drank too much water?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office hasn’t finished its investigation into the May 18 death of a jail inmate. But the sheriff’s department has released a “cause of death” finding that appears somewhat unusual.

Todd Alexander Phillips, a 29-year old from West Sacramento, died of acute cerebral edema, reported sheriff’s spokesperson Mark Persons. This swelling of the brain was itself due to acute hyponatremia (low blood sodium) and to water intoxication, added Persons.

In other words, Phillips may have consumed an unusually high amount of water.
Persons said the coroner’s department may soon release its findings on the “manner of death” for Phillips, which may explain more about the circumstances behind the incident.

According to the sheriff’s department, Phillips had been in custody for “various felony and misdemeanor offenses” since April 12. At about 12:49 p.m. on May 18, a correctional officer found Phillips “agitated and upset.”

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” said a statement released May 20 by Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dale Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and they immediately notified emergency personnel from outside the facility. Phillips was transported to the Woodland Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, efforts to revive Phillips failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

UPDATE: On August 2, sheriff/coroner spokesman Mark Person provided an update:

  “The investigation is closed,” said Persons. “The manner of death fot Todd Alexander Phillips has been determined as ‘undetermined.’

  Persons said that the various possibilities — homicide, suicide, natural causes or accidental — had been ruled out, and the exact “manner of death” for Phillips was not clear. 

 

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Food givaway today in West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food on Tuesday, July 16. Hours and locations include the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd. from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd., from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Drive, from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse from noon to 1 p.m.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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