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Food giveaway in West Sac today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — June 12, 2013

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, June 18. 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 Dr., from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse, noon-1 p.m.

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

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Make your garden friendly to honey bees, as well as native bee species

The male ‘carpenter bee’ -- a native bee. Click to enlarge.  (Courtesy of ALLAN JONES)

The male ‘carpenter bee’ — a native bee also known as the “teddy bear bee.” Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of ALLAN JONES)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

By Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome Association

Most likely you recognize the European honey bees when you see them, but did you know that California also boasts over 1600 species of native bees?  There are actually over 300 species just in Yolo County alone, and like honey bees, these guys lend a significant hand in pollinating local crops.

Recognizing many of the native bee species may be a little difficult for those of us without an entomology background, but there are some real standouts like the Blue Orchard Bees, the Metallic Sweat Bees, and the Valley Carpenter Bees which at about 1-inch in length are the largest bees in California.  The female Carpenter Bees are shiny black, but the stingless males are fat, fuzzy and golden blond with large green compound eyes.  They are often referred to as “Teddy Bear Bees.”

At the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven in Davis, CA, I was lucky enough to speak with Dr. Robbin Thorp about bee conservation and how we can all help to preserve the species that are native to our region… and I also got up close to some of the Teddy Bear Bees. Some bee species are dwindling in numbers due to loss of habitat, disease and malnutrition.  In northern California, for example, four species of bumblebees are already on the endangered list and one, the Franklin’s Bumblebee, may now be extinct.  The good news is that it’s not too late to help our native bees.  You can even create native-bee-friendly zones right in your own backyard.

Unlike honey bees that live together in massive colonies, native bees are generally solitary and unobtrusive guests.  They live in small burrows in the ground or in narrow tunnels in wood.  In your garden, you can encourage native bees to nest by providing them with patches of sunny, untilled, well-drained soil to burrow into.  Or you can set up “bee condos” for them by drilling tunnels into chunks of wood, and setting those up in your garden.

After mating, the female bee will enter her underground hideout or the bee condo you’ve created, and will lay her eggs on little balls of doughy pollen.  She’ll then seal up the brood chamber with mud, pieces of leaves or resin so the babies are safe and well fed while they’re developing.

  Most native bees don’t live for more than a season, and they spend a lot of time in their burrows while they’re maturing, so you may only see them on the wing for a month or two.  The best time to see the Teddy Bear Bees, for example, is between May and June in the late afternoon.   Keep in mind that while the female bees have stingers, they usually only use them if they get trapped somewhere (like inside your clothing).

Dr. Thorp reminds us that native bees are “vegans” who need sugar from nectar and protein from pollen to survive, so planting a garden with that in mind will help to sustain the bees in your area.  Almond trees, apple trees, acacia, germander and salvia plants produce a lot of flowers the bees really go for.  They also like thyme, rosemary and most forms of daisy-like flowers.  If you’re planting rose bushes, keep in mind that there isn’t enough pollen in the fancy multi-petal hybrid roses to feed the bees; they need roses with the simple five-petal blossoms on them that have lots of anthers.  Plant for blooms throughout the year and you’ll always have a supply of food for the bees. All of this will help ensure pollination of your flowers and fruit trees, and will turn your backyard into a friendly place for the bees to be!

 

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MADD honors prosecutor, local cop

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving.' (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney's office)

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by ‘Mothers Against Drunk Driving.’ (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney’s office)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given its “Prosecutor of the Year” award in California to Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County. The award “is presented to one prosecutor who has made a significant impact in one or multiple cases and worked closely with MADD,” reports the office of District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

Judy Utter, a senior victim services specialist for MADD, said she saw Raven make a difference in a local case in which a family lost their daughter in a DUI accident.

“The judge was ready to let the defendant out of custody when Jonathan stood up and cited a new constitutional amendment giving victims the right to speak out at bail hearings,” said Utter, quoted by the D.A.’s office. “Jonathan spoke with me and the mom outside and the mom made a passionate statement to the judge in open court. The judge did not let the defendant out of custody.”

At the same recent award ceremony, several regional police officers were honored by MADD for fighting impaired driving. They included West Sacramento officer Matt Boudinot.

 

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West Sacramentans participate in mail carriers’ food drive, help out local food bank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

The annual food drive collected by the area’s mail carriers was called a success by the Yolo County Food Bank, which benefited from the drive.

Residents were asked to leave their bagged food donations outside for mail carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 11. The “Stamp Out Hunger” operation was the 21st annual such drive.

“The grand total of donations received by (the food bank) on behalf of the food drive is 16,525, with 6,720 from West Sacramento residents and 9,805 from Woodland residents,” reported Amanda McCarthy of the Food Bank of Yolo County. “This sets a new record for donations through ‘Stamp Out Hunger’!”

The drive takes place across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Donations from West Sacramento and Woodland were earmarked for the Food Bank and its nonprofit partners. Donations made in Davis went to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (S.T.E.A.C.). Donations in Winters went to the food closet at the Winters Baptist Church.

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West Sac teen honored for service

Bradly Palmer, volunteer for West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Bradly Palmer, volunteer for West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Bradly Palmer was selected as a recipient of the Yolo Youth Service Award scholarship for his volunteer service with the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network in West Sacramento.  Bradly’s commitment to volunteerism indicates great potential for service and leadership in the future.

Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) was established in 2001 to advance charitable giving in Yolo County and to strengthen the capacity of local nonprofit organizations. The Yolo Youth Service Awards are designed to support youth involvement in community life and nurture the future of local philanthropy. More information about YCF and its activities can be found at www.yolocf.org.

Bradly was scheduled to receive a $1,000 scholarship award during an awards ceremony yesterday. The Yolo Community Foundation also planned to give a $500 award to the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network in honor of the agency’s commitment to youth volunteer service.

 

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Food giveaway today in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food in West Sacramento and Clarksburg on May 21, according to the following schedule: 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Drive; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

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

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Yolo jail inmate dies in custody

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE  — MAY 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an inmate died on Saturday while in custody at the county jail in Woodland.

The man, 29-year old Todd Alexander Phillips, was in custody since April 12 “for various felony and misdemeanor offenses,” said a statement from Lieutenant Dale Johnson of the sheriff’s office.

A correctional officer noticed Phillips was “agitated and upset” at about 12:49 p.m. that afternoon.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” according to Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and responded and they immediately notified emergency medical 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.”

The sheriff’s office will further investigate, reported Johnson.

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