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Free food from Yolo food bank

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Distribution will occur from 9-10 a.m. at the County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

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

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Learn a foreign language, online

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is pleased to announce that starting in 2013, it will offer free for all library patrons, Pronunciator, the online language-learning system.  With 60 of the world’s most popular languages, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

[adrotate group=”10″]    Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences and conversation.  One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases covering everyday situations.  Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons, which patrons can download to a portable device, or burn to CD.  Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.

“We are delighted to be adding Pronunciator to the premium resources we offer our patrons,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “There are many reasons a person learns a language – for work, travel, school or simply personal enrichment – and Pronunciator has something for everyone.”

The Pronunciator online language-learning system was donated by Robert Savage in memory of Davis resident James Steichel, and will be available January 2013 through June 2014.

Residents are encouraged to stop by any branch of the Yolo County Library for an introduction to Pronunciator, or to access the program online at www.yolocountylibrary.org.  For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530) 757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

West Sacramento’s library branch is at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

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Bits & pieces from around Yolo County:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

Some of the goings-on around Yolo County in recent weeks:

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Yolo County Children’s Alliance announced it had received a $45,000 grant from United Way Capitol Region.
The money is intended to fund participation in the United Way STAR Readers project for 80 local kids in kindergarten through third grade. The program will be run by the Childrens Alliance at Westfield Village Elementary School. It’s intended to help kids learn to read.

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Blue Shield of California Foundation gave $35,000 to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center (SADVC) in Yolo County. The money is intended to help the center “provide services and assist survivors of domestic violence in Yolo County,” said a press release from the SADVC.

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The Delta Elementary Charter School in Clarksburg purchased a new 82-passenger bus to transport students from the region – including West Sacramento.
The school traded its old bus for a new one arranged by a program of the Yolo Solano Air Management District, as part of an air quality improvement program. The new bus is scheduled to start service this month.
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The animal services division of the Yolo County Sheriff’s office in Woodland received a face-lift in late October, thanks to outside help.
Brooks Painting of Davis and a $10,000 grant from “National Make a Difference Day” paid for the sprucing up. Volunteers helped paint the cinderblock building and its “puppy park.”
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About 450 people attended the “Art Farm” hosted by YoloArts in November, with buyers picking up at least 55 fine-art paintings and sculptures. The event in Woodland’s Gallery 625 (the county administration building at 625 Court Street) raised an estimated $15,000 for distribution to the “Art and Ag Project” and partners Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork.
It’s an annual event.

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Johannessen looking at homeless issue

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Councilman Mark Johannessen plans to lobby the West Sacramento city council next month to include a “homeless” policy among the city’s priorities for 2013.

Johannessen has been chairman of an informal group of “stakeholders” discussing the issue of homelessness in the city.

 

City Council Member Mark Johannessen (News-Ledger photo)

“We’ve had people from the Veterans Administration in the group, homeowners and property owners, business stakeholders, a police rep and a city rep in the group over the last year and a half,” he told the News-Ledger. “It’s basically an email list anybody can join.”

The committee has been trying to decide what, exactly, it wants out of a city policy on homelessness.

“What’s happened over the last year is that we’ve created an inventory of homeless resources, and also a wish list of all the stakeholders,” said Johannessen. “Does (the policy)  mean cleaning up neighborhoods, or does it mean feeding the homeless?”

There is no cold weather shelter in West Sacramento right now. There is a motel room voucher program funded through a grant obtained by the Broderick Christian Center – but last winter, there wasn’t even that.

“I think a shelter is an attribute people want to see,” he said. “Broderick Christian Center is doing a day shelter, but there is no night shelter in West Sacramento. There are no beds except for the (motel) voucher program. I definitely think a shelter is a discussion we need to have.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Johannessen said the last count put the number of homeless in city limits around 138 – and they are homeless for varying reasons. Most are men.

“There are chronic homeless – those are the people likely to have some mental health issue or drug or alcohol issue. Then you have people who lose their jobs or their homes, and they’re sleeping in their cars, but they’re capable of getting a job and getting back on their feet.  Some people won’t tell you why they’re homeless, but there are obviously some issues with them. It could be they haven’t been to the dentist and don’t have any teeth – how are you going to get a job without any teeth?”

Johannessen said a big part of the new policy could be just creating a central clearinghouse for homeless services.

“In my view, one of the biggest problems right now is that we have all kinds of people doing all kinds of things – such as Helena Helmold (East Yolo Information Center for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse) doing alcohol and drug issues. She may or may not be in touch with Broderick Christian Center which may or may not be in touch with St. Vincent De Paul. One of the things that may come from this (committee) is some centralized process, so if you have a homeless issue, there’s one place to go.”

Meanwhile, the City of West Sacramento is looking for a consultant to help draft a homeless policy.

West Sacramento worked with other Yolo County governments in 2008 on a ten-year plan on homelessness – but funding was cut, reports Louise Collis of the City of West Sacramento.

“What we’re trying to do is find a way at least in West Sacramento for us to move forward (on limited means),” said Collis.

This city’s homeless problem may be different in some ways from the problem faced in western Yolo County.

“We’re right across the river from Sacramento, and that’s a different situation form Esparto or Woodland or someplace rural,” said Collis.

The West Sacramento City Council will hold its annual strategic plan meeting – and possibly listen to a pitch from Johannessen about homelessness – in early 2013.

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Practice tests for college-bound seniors

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All Yolo County college-bound teens are invited to a couple of free workshops hosted at the Davis branch library, 315 14th Street in Davis. Practice for the SAT and ACT tests on Sat., Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (follow-up on Jan. 22) by taking a practice test, then come back to learn your score and some score-raising strategies. Sign up at the Information Desk or by phone (530) 757-5598 by Jan. 2.

[adrotate group=”9″] Teens wanting more information on college financial aid are invited to a workshop at the library from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 13. Registration not required.

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West Sac woman is Red Cross ‘hero’

RAEMARIE GOIN: helped use CPR and an automatic defibrillator to keep a customer alive after a heart attack (photo courtesy of American Red Cross)

 FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 19, 2012 —

A West Sacramento woman received a “Hero” award from the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Raemarie Goin of West Sacramento and  Scott Sherwood, another employee of the Costco store in Woodland, were honored for coming to the aid of a customer who suffered a severe heart attack, said Vicki Faye, regional manager of the Red Cross chapter.

“Together, Raemarie and Scott began CPR and retrieved the Automated External Defibrillator, which they used four times. They were able to revive the customer until the fire department crews arrived,” Faye told the News-Ledger by email.

The pair were among the “local heroes” honored in a ceremony Dec. 7 in Davis.

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Go climb a nearby mountain

The viewscape from Berryessa Peak, just this side of Lake Berryessa (courtesy of Tuleyome Trails)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012 —

Guest Commentary by Charlotte Orr
Tuleyome Association

December 11th was designated International Mountain Day. The day was created by the UN in 2003 to promote awareness about the importance of the world’s mountains and highlands. Mountains are crucial to life, provide most of the world’s fresh water, harbor a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Luckily in our back yard, you don’t have to go far to appreciate breath taking mountains.

[adrotate group=”7″]    Nearby there is Berryessa Peak, the highest point of Blue Ridge; a small mountain ridge east of Lake Berryessa. In September 2008, private landowners established a trail easement that opened up 9,100 acres of public lands and gave public access to the remarkable views and summit of Berryessa Peak.

Also worth mentioning is Snow Mountain, located in the 37,000 acre Snow Mountain Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest. The tallest peak, known as Snow Mountain East is renowned for being the highest point in both Colusa and Lake Counties. The hike to the top of East Peak is a moderate climb, providing stunning views of the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, Clear Lake to the southwest, and the Mendocino National Forest to the North. During the winter, the summits of Snow Mountain accumulate layers of snow, or a “snowpack” that can last until June. These snow packs are an important water source that feed into nearby streams and rivers as they melt.

 

Snow Mountain Alpines (photo courtesy of Jim Eaton)

As we celebrate International Mountain Day and the need to protect our majestic mountains, we must also bring attention to the lands that surround them. The Berryessa Snow Mountain region is a dazzling outdoor wonderland, with beautiful scenic views, a wide range of plants and wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities. The region and its mountains deserve to be permanently protected for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.

There are currently bills in both the house (H.R.5545), and the senate (S.3375) to permanently protect 320,000 acres of Federal public lands in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region in Napa, Lake, Mendocino, and Yolo counties. For more information on permanent protection for these lands, or to get involved, please visit www.berryessasnowmountain.org

In the meantime, remember International Mountain Day, and take some time out to explore and appreciate the beautiful mountain areas closest to your home and heart.

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