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Poodle mix sought after Southport bite

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 21, 2013 —

The Animal Services Section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help in finding the dog involved in a biting incident Thursday morning in Southport.

According to spokesman Mark Persons of the sheriff’s department, a man noticed the apparent stray near Lake Washington Boulevard and Redwood Avenue.

“The victim approached the dog in an attempt to get information from the tag on its collar,” said Persons in a press release. “At that point, the dog bit the victim, causing moderate injury. Animal Services received the bite report from the victim, and a search of the area has failed to locate the dog.”

Typically, if a biting dog can’t be located and screened for rabies, the bite victim must undergo extensive treatment for possible rabies exposure.

“The biting dog is described as a small poodle mix, 10-15 pounds, with curly white hair and (is) possibly named ‘Tracy’,” reported Persons.

He asked anyone with possible knowledge of the dog to contact the Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 or animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

Anyone with knowledge of the biting dog who conceals such knowledge could be guilty of a misdemeanor, added Persons.

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Food giveaway Tuesday in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Food Bank will hand out free food in West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, September 17. The event will take place at the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson, from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd. from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse from noon to 1 p.m. Please visit only one site, and bring a bag.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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New park is part of health outreach for northern West Sacramento

Kids on the playground at the August 20 opening of Westfield Park. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser)

Kids on the playground at the August 20 opening of Westfield Park. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

  Information in this report comes chiefly from Edwin Garcia, Media Relations Specialist for Kaiser Permanente.

On Tuesday of last week (August 20), local civic leaders and local families celebrated the opening of West Sacramento’s newest city park. Westfield Park — adjacent to Westfield Village Elementary School — resulted from a “grassroots effort led by parents, a unique partnership between a coalition of stakeholders – including the city of West Sacramento, and Washington Unified School District – and a $150,000 Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant awarded to Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA),” reports Edwin Garcia, a Kaiser Permanente spokesman.

“This is an amazing day for all of us,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the YCCA, in a press release from Kaiser. Villegas is a West Sacramento resident and local school board member. She leads the YCCA, a Davis-based organization that worked with parents, city officials, county representatives, school board members and local organizations to create the park.

Visitors at the park’s inauguration included Robert Azevedo, M.D., the physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento; West Sacramento City Councilman Oscar Villegas and other city officials; Washington Unified School District Superintendent Dayton Gilleland; school district board President Mary Leland; Westfield Village School Principal Ryan Gonzales; and Yolo County Supervisors Mike McGowan and Don Saylor.

Several of the speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony recalled how a group of neighborhood parents several years ago lobbied the city council, parks and recreation staff, and school district representatives, for a park in a neighborhood that never had one.

The neighborhood might be called an “underserved” community, with few local recreation assets.

Eventually, city and school district officials came up with a plan, reported Kaiser spokesman Garcia: the district would transfer to the city part of a grassy field at Westfield Village School, and the city would design and build a park. Funding, however, was a major obstacle.

In the meantime, YCCA, a non-profit, was working on projects to improve the health of children and adults in West Sacramento – and some of the parents involved in its programs were the same ones who, years earlier, had lobbied the city for a park.

The effort to create the park, and the neighborhood initiatives headed by YCCA – such as the desire to reduce childhood obesity, increasing nutrition awareness, and offering Zumba classes to parents – found to be in alignment with Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living initiative.

The Kaiser Permanente grant in late 2011 added momentum to the effort to build the park.

Dr. Robert Azevedo Physician in Chief for Kaiser Permanente in the region, addresses the West Sacramento crowd (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Robert Azevedo
Physician in Chief for Kaiser Permanente in the region, addresses the West Sacramento crowd
(photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser Permanente)

“This really fits well with what Kaiser Permanente is about, in promoting good health and disease prevention,” said Dr. Azevedo. “We’re very pleased to be part of this program. It is wonderful to see these families out here being active and part of the community.”

As Dr. Azevedo spoke, several children were already climbing, jumping and running at the park’s new play structure.

“I am very happy because now we have a place to bring our children to play; we know how important it is for them to exercise,” said Lourdes Maya, a mother of a 9-year-old girl, and boys ages 7 and 5, who live within a 10 minute walk of the new park.

West Sacramento’s park master plan calls for a play structure for older kids, a covered barbecue area, a drinking fountain, a 6-foot-wide walking path, an exercise par course, and connections to a bike/pedestrian trail located at the western edge of the park.

The park is located on Poplar Avenue just across a newly built fence from Westfield Village School, between West Capitol and Sacramento avenues.

Councilman Oscar Villegas thanked the parents for their efforts. Some of them have since taken the role of promotoras – lay people who are trained to be neighborhood health advocates through YCCA and funded by the Kaiser Permanente grant. “I really want to thank the promotoras,” Councilman Villegas said. “Without their initiative and their stick-to-it-iveness this would not have happened. As you can see, many of them are enjoying the park right now, with their children.”

The Kaiser HEAL grant also has helped fund the implementation of “Playworks: Make Recess Count,” a school-based program that trains adult volunteers to lead out in physical activities during recess at Westfield Village.

 

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Native plants bring native pollinators: the right plants bring butterflies in Yolo

Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, photo courtesy of Mieko Watkins of Tuleyome. (Click to enlarge)

Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, photo courtesy of Mieko Watkins of Tuleyome. (Click to enlarge)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

By Nancy Bauer
Tuleyome Association

My native habitat gardening journey started almost 20 years ago, right after viewing a slide show presentation by two passionate butterfly gardeners. The magic of those butterfly gardens resurrected memories of a favorite childhood garden— a glorious tangle of fragrant flowers, hanging vines, and sweet purple grapes.  Growing wild next to the vegetable garden was a stand of milkweed that brought in Monarch butterflies in the late summer, and later fascinated me with fluffy seed heads that floated off in the wind.

Most everyone wants to see butterflies in the garden, but true pollinator habitat means planting for the butterfly caterpillars, too. The female butterfly lays her eggs on specific host plants and these are the only plants that caterpillar species can feed on.  They can be anything from trees and shrubs to grasses and other ground plants.  For some butterflies, like the Monarch, there is only one host plant—milkweed.  With Monarch populations in serious decline we need to plant milkweed, especially along the Monarch’s migratory route.  (In northern California, Monarchs migrate around September.)  There are various native milkweeds to choose from including narrowleaf milkweed and showy milkweed.

In the Sacramento area, the once common West Coast Lady and Anise Swallowtail butterflies are now much harder to find.  The West Coast Ladies and Painted Ladies use lupines and members of the mallow family, such as checkerbloom, desert or bush mallow, and cheeseweed for their host plants. The black and yellow Anise Swallowtail uses members of the carrot family (umbellifers).  Avoid non-native invasive wild fennel, and stick with lovage, angelica, bronze fennel, culinary fennels, parsley, or dill to attract this butterfly to your garden.  The Western Tiger Swallowtail is also frequent visitor and use willows as host plants.  Another common garden butterfly in our region, the Buckeye, uses snapdragons and their relatives as hosts.  If you find black caterpillars on your snapdragons, you may be hosting Buckeye butterflies.  Be sure to plant enough to share!

Where the orange-and-black Monarch butterfly comes from: this caterpillar. Photo courtesy of Mary Hanson, Tuleyome. (Click to enlarge)

Where the orange-and-black Monarch butterfly comes from: this caterpillar. Photo courtesy of Mary Hanson, Tuleyome. (Click to enlarge)

If you want to find out which butterflies hang out in your neighborhood, plant a butterfly bush and buy a good butterfly guide.  When you have identified the butterflies, plant their caterpillar food plants.  The huge aster-sunflower family provides us with many good butterfly nectar plants, and they offer a broad landing platform. Be sure to plant your nectar flowers in drifts of just one species, which is much more attractive to butterflies and other pollinators than if you plant many different nectar flowers, but only one of each kind. The key to creating habitat for butterflies and other pollinators is to grow a diversity of good nectar plants that bloom in different seasons.  Put your butterfly host plants near nectar plants but in the more “wild” parts of the garden where there is less activity and foot traffic.  Be an informal (and organic) gardener.  Be less eager to prune and clean up:  butterfly chrysalides could be hiding most anywhere in the garden

The first butterflies to arrive in my garden nectar on my native sages which bloom early in spring.  In late spring and summer, they have moved to the buddleias, verbenas, and scabiosa, and in the fall, they nectar on asters, Michelmas daisies and Mexican sunflowers (which is a favorite of Monarch butterflies).  This year, I was thrilled to see pipevine swallowtails and their caterpillars on the Dutchman’s pipe; and because I grow coffeeberry, creambush, willow and ceanothus, I frequently see Pale Swallowtails, Spring Azures, and Lorquin’s Admirals in my garden. Plant for butterflies.  They will come.

  Nancy Bauer is a wildlife habitat gardener in Sonoma County, and is the author of “The California Wildlife Habitat Garden” (UC Press, 2012, ISBN 0520267818).  Photos by Mieko Watkins and Mary K. Hanson; used with permission.  Tuleyome Tales is a monthly publication of Tuleyome, a conservation organization with offices in Woodland and Napa, California. For more information go online to www.tuleyome.org.

 

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