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Freedmen’s Bureau Project to Make African American Records Available

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 9/4/2015

Linda Bradley
Linda Bradley of Sacramento shows the binder she has filled with genealogy and family history information she has collected through years of work. The lines at the bottom of the page on the right say, “A man or woman is never truly dead, so long as a single person has some knowledge or remembrance of them.”
Photo by Margaret Snider

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - When Linda Bradley of Sacramento got together with her sister and cousins to plan their family’s first reunion in the 1990s, she told the others that at family reunions someone always presents family history. They looked at her and said, “Okay, that will be your assignment.”

That was the beginning for her. “It went beyond just researching for the reunion,” said Bradley. “I’m still researching today. It became like a legal addiction.”

Bradley is a member of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, Inc., and is instrumental in the annual Sacramento African American seminars that take place every March at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library on Eastern Avenue. On June 19th, she was there to attend the broadcast of a press conference from the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. The broadcast announced the launch of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project for the indexing and online publishing of records of an estimated four million African Americans from the Civil War era.

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Bella Vista Students Win River Cats Digital Media Competition

Posted: 8/21/2015

Elizabeth Solomon Adjusts the Cameras
Elizabeth Solomon, Cosumnes Oaks junior, preps her team’s cameras.
Photos by William Bronston

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The River Cats will introduce a youth-produced, digital media competition-winning video to the public on August 21st. The video was made by students at Bella Vista High School and has been titled Spirit of Sacramento. It will be awarded first place at Raley Field’s pre-game ceremonies and shown to the game audience.

The video was chosen by the River Cats media leaders as the best of the 11 short videos produced by high school media artists from across the Sacramento region at their fourth annual Youth Media Day in partnership with the Tower of Youth (TOY) and Youth Broadcast & Media Association (YBAMA). Bella Vista High student producer Nick Manascalco, director Alex Earls, and Keegan Keiting, Grant Bailey, and Louis Jackson plotted their beautifully shot and narrated work at the Tower of Youth’s Sports Media Theatron training sessions. The Cats designated two more youth studio teams from Christian Brothers High School and Cosumnes Oaks High School as excellence awardees in this year’s competition.

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An Epic Day for Eppie’s Athletes

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/7/2015

A Dozen Cyclists Race Along the Path
Last weekend, Eppie’s Great Race tested athletes from across the nation. 1,300 cyclists turned bike trails into speedways.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Almost two years after its founder died, Eppie’s Great Race endures as restaurateur and philanthropist Eppie Johnson’s legacy. Inspired by his love of the American River Parkway and dedication to fitness, Arcade resident Johnson began an annual event that has become almost as central to Sacramento summers as Independence Day.

For the 42nd Eppie’s Great Race last weekend, the American River flowed cool and fast. In contrast, morning Parkway temperatures rose to challenge more than 1,300 athletes. As it has since 1974, the “world’s oldest triathlon” set a cracking pace through stretches of Sacramento, Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, and Rancho Cordova. Participants ranged in age from 11 to over 80 years old. The overall winner was a 57-year-old Sacramento orthodontist, Dr. Vic Vicari. The Ironman sealed his 11th Eppie’s victory in less than one hour and 50 minutes.

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SCSO Announces New Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Posted: 8/7/2015

Jeannie Brown
Jeannie Brown is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the SCSO.
Photo courtesy of SCSO

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra (SCSO) has released a statement announcing the appointment of a new hire to the SCSO Board. The statement is as follows:

“As the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra eagerly embraces its 20th season of providing classical music performances and education and outreach opportunities for our region, we are delighted to announce that arrival of a new Team Member on the SCSO Board. Jeannie Brown is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the SCSO.

‘Our arts nonprofit organization is enjoying a healthy period of growth and we are delighted to have Jeannie share her time, talents, energy, and vision as we continue to cultivate and enhance the arts in our region,’ says SCSO Board President James McCormick.

A San Jose, California native and local Realtor with Keller Williams in Folsom, Jeannie grew up in a family of talented artists and music lovers. After raising her own family, Jeannie found her niche of creativity in home staging and real estate marketing. Jeannie is a professional speaker and trainer whose list of community service leadership includes: High School PTA President, California Ambassador - IAHSP Charity Foundation, San Jose Area Director Jacob’s Heart – Children’s Cancer Association.

Jeannie enjoys horseback riding, dressage, cooking, BBC TV, great music, and travelling with her husband who is a Captain for United Airlines. The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra offers an exuberant ‘Chorus of Welcome’ to its new Board Member, Jeannie Brown.”

Source: Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra

Sierra Vista Bank Celebrates First Anniversary in Fair Oaks Village

Story and Photos by Bill Martin
Posted: 7/17/2015

Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Michele Brand, Linda Aseltine, and Gary Gall
A photo from the Grand Opening ribbon cutting in 2014. From left to right: Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Michele Brand, Linda Aseltine, and President and CEO Gary Gall.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On June 26th, Sierra Vista Bank celebrated their one-year anniversary with a gala celebration at its newest branch, located in the quiet and quaint setting of Old Fair Oaks Village. The entire staff of Sierra Vista Bank was on hand to help serve customers cold drinks on a warm Sacramento summer day and to participate in the day’s festivities.

President and CEO of Sierra Vista Bank Gary Gall also joined in on the fun, along with Rebecca “Becki” Roberts, Business Development Manager; Michele Brand, Assistant Operations Manager; Linda Aseltine, Senior Vice President Branch Banking; and Nathan Carlson, AVP Marketing Administrator.

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SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Massachusetts, and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18th during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento.

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Goats in the Moat

Wilhaggin Basin Has Eco-Friendly Trim

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/3/2015

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 7/3/2015

Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

Drop in Folsom Lake Levels Could Lead to Half Million Without Water

Posted: 6/19/2015

Wizard World Comic Con Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 6/5/2015

On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 6/5/2015


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