Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children

Submitted by Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children  |  2019-01-04

Carl Burton bringing toys to Camp Fire Children.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Republicans of River City and American River Republican Women joined with California Federation of Republican Women in raising items and funds to help families of deadly wildfires in Northern and Southern California.

Carl Burton, President of RRC, said, “We collected enough toys for the of fire victim’s children to fill up my jeep, and we made delivery of them last Saturday, December 15, to Oroville Municipal Auditorium.”

Bonnie Williams, President of American River Republican Women, said, “Our neighbors are in trouble they need our help, so we are going help.”

Because of the Butte County, Camp Fire surpassed all other fires in California becoming the most destructive fire in our history, burning over 125,000 acres and obliterating over 6,453 homes.  It was also the deadliest fire with 88 dying in the fire, mostly older Americas.

It’s not too late to help join us in supporting our neighbors dealing with their losses. This Christmas season, we are suggesting gift card donations.”  Give gift cards from Gas Stations, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes; groceries from Albertsons, Ralphs, Safeway, Save-Mart, Stater Bros., Trader Joes, and Vons; clothes from J C Penney, Kohls, Macy's, and Target.

For Northern California victims, please send gift cards to: Republicans of River City, P.O. Box 1776, Carmichael, CA 95609

Burton said, first as Americans and as Republicans, we believe “No one may forsake their neighbors when they are in trouble.  Everybody is under obligation to help and support their neighbors as they would themselves like to be helped.” Martin Luther 1483-1546

Source: Republicans of River City

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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California!

By Emily Chafetz, CINEFLIXUSA  |  2019-01-04

Photos courtesy AMERICAN PICKERS

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in March 2019!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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Sac County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave”

Sacramento County Special Release  |  2019-01-04

Sacramento County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave” in honor of  Captain Anderson. Photo courtesy Sacramento County.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Airport Firefighters shaved their heads as part of the second annual “Brave the Shave” in honor of Captain Tim Anderson, a Sacramento County Airport Firefighter who lost his life to cancer in 2017. Brave the Shave was started one year ago by Tim’s son Mason, when his mother Lacey was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months after his dad, Captain Tim Anderson died.

After hearing the news of his mom's diagnosis, Mason at 10 years old wanted to have a shaving party in an effort to turn a difficult situation into something positive. Mason challenged local area firefighters to shave their heads with him as a way to honor his dad and support his mother. In 2017, 112 firefighters in 4 states and 2 countries shaved their heads in support of the Anderson family. â€‹

Mason’s mom Lacey is now cancer free and this year Mason would like to open Brave the Shave up to all firefighters and their families affected by cancer in an effort to make December Firefighter Cancer Awareness month. Firefighters and anyone else wanting to offer their support were asked to shave their heads in the month of December and post the pictures or videos to Mason's Facebook page Brave the Shave with Mason Anderson or his Instagram Brave the Shave Mason Anderson. This year's goal is 150 shaved heads. Mason is only 57 shaved heads away from meeting that goal!

 

Source: Sacramento County Media

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Hearts of Champions

By Andrea Hatch  |  2018-12-22

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - For the first time in ten years the Casa Roble Varsity Football team made it to the championships. It was not an easy journey to end a season with such accomplishment. When I asked Coach Horner what the hardships and joys have been he said that the joy is just being able to be part of the championships, and the hard parts are week to week. He said one of the biggest challenges is keeping the guys motivated each day. With 50 players on the team 31 are returning players and 17 of the 31 are returning starters, this has definitely given Casa Roble a leg up this season. Casa Roble made it to the semi-finals last year and that only made them hungrier this year to get to the championships. This success did not happen overnight by any means.

Coach Horner offered the boys an off season option and they were all in. After getting so close last season the team wanted to give it their all this season. Off season started on January 20, 2018 and it entailed a personal trainer and starting their workouts at 5:30 a.m. four days per week. That is dedication for any age group, but especially for teenage boys. Coach Horner said, “I watched boys become men”. He watched them work harder than ever before and said, “This accomplishment has nothing to do with the coaches. Players win games, they do all the work; we just put them in the right place and teach them to play with passion”. He said it takes leadership to keep the team focused, especially when they get a “false sense of awesome”, which is a common issue with any group that is continuously succeeding. Coach Horner said, “We had to teach them that they have to work hard even when they feel untouchable”. It takes a pretty great coach to see what the team needs and to help guide them all the way through. It seems to me the coaches have definitely stepped up and done their part to help in the success shown by Casa Roble this season.

I asked the coach if the team is required to do any type of community service or volunteering. He said that they are not required to, and he isn’t sure if they do it just to appease him, but that they definitely step up anytime they are asked to pitch in. There is a church nearby that does a yard sale and the team was asked if they wanted to take 45 minutes away from practice to help out and they did. They were able to unload what would have taken the church staff a week, or more, in 45 minutes. It helped the church and gave the boys a sense of accomplishment. They also participate in Orangevale night by volunteering their time to work the booths, which gives the younger age groups people to look up to.   

                Casa Roble not only works to better themselves, and their community, but they voluntarily strive to help those around them as well. As we are all aware, many people have been affected by the Paradise fire. When the football players were given an option to help, or not, they chose to jump in and adopt the Paradise football team. They did not do this to “look good” or to get “kudos” from their community, they did this because they have been taught that other football players are not just their rivals, they are family. I see it as a sibling relationship. We fight and compete with our siblings on a daily basis, but if they are in trouble we step up and do what we can to help them. The Casa Roble football team took care of their football brothers, which is what we hope to see from our youth.

                While Casa Roble made it to the Championship they did not win today’s game against Rio Linda. The final score was 63-14. While they did not win, they did work hard and did their best. They worked together as a team and their stands were full of community support. Casa Roble are winners even if the score at the end of today’s game said differently. It has taken them a decade to get here and something tells me it will not take another decade to see them in the championships again. Anyone that works as hard as they have will definitely been seen again soon. Way to go boys, keep up the good work.

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District (FORPD) Board of Directors recently passed a new smoke-free ordinance that is now in effect for all parks in the District. The Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board (FOYAB) presented the Smoke, Tobacco, and Vape-free Parks Policy proposal to the Board as part of the Healthy Parks Policy—which promotes healthy activity, outdoor recreation, and community involvement.

FOYAB is a youth leadership program for students in 6th through 12th grade.  FOYAB serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors, allowing Fair Oaks youth to participate in District programs and help impact policy. FOYAB wants to improve the health and wellbeing of Fair Oaks residents and to ensure that the parks are safe areas for outdoor recreation.

Secondhand smoke is a known health hazard, and the trash discarded by many smokers creates an environmental concern as well. Although California has some of the strictest smoking laws in the nation, many communities are enacting local policies to further limit secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor recreation areas. Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition (TCC) advocates for a completely smoke-free society and, to further that goal, they provide education and support to local communities in the development and implementation of smoke-free policies.

Katy Coss, FORPD recreation superintendent, partnered with Sacramento County TCC to draft the policy proposal and create the official language of the ordinance. Coss said, “The Tobacco Coalition advised how to go about it and offered so much information about the process and best practices…It was a really great partnership, and they were so invested in the youth participation as well.”

The Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the policy. “The Board was very supportive,” said Coss. “And they were very happy to see the collaboration between the District, the Youth Advisory Board, and the Tobacco Control Coalition. It didn’t take too much to get them to vote yes.”

The new ordinance prohibits the use of all tobacco and smoke products, including cigarettes, vaping devices, and marijuana. The District is in the process of designing new signage for all the parks and creating educational resources to inform visitors and residents of the new park rules. Sacramento County police officers and Fulton El Camino park police will have the authority to issue citations to anyone who refuses to comply, but the primary measure “will be voluntary compliance enforcement,” said Mike Aho, FORPD district administrator. He explained that while there will be some citable offenses, such as smoking near a playground, in most cases people will be issued warnings. Aho acknowledged that “enforcement can be a challenge,” but in other places that have enacted similar ordinances “compliance is 90% across the board.” 

Chelsey Adams, FORPD recreation supervisor and FOYAB advisor, said that FOYAB will be providing $500 to fund the purchase of the first round of new signs. FOYAB also plans to organize multiple park clean-up days throughout the year to collect cigarette butts and other tobacco waste. The first round of clean-ups will reduce years of waste build-up and illustrate the importance of this policy for the health of safety of the parks. Waste collected during subsequent clean-up days will allow FOYAB to assess how well the policy is working during the first year of implementation and then to evaluate the policy’s impact over time.

FOYAB will also be involved in helping the District with policy outreach, education, and implementation. Coss said that the new signs should be placed by the beginning of the year, and the ordinance specifies that outreach will continue until the end of 2019.

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Fair Oaks Resident Rachael DiRegolo Earns Collegiate Basketball Honors

By MARGIE LOW, CSULA  |  2018-12-22

Photo by Robert Huskey, Cal State LA

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks resident Rachael DiRegolo has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25, the conference has announced.

DiRegolo, a junior center with the Cal State LA Golden Eagles, enjoyed a sensational career night in an 80-60 comeback win over Stanislaus State to open CCAA play Saturday. The Bella Vista High School alumna was the first Cal State LA women’s basketball player to earn CCAA Player of the Week honors since February 2017.

“I think it’s really awesome to be able to put Cal State LA back on the map for the conference,” DiRegolo said of the recognition. “We’re not a team to overlook.”

She had a perfect offensive showing, hitting all eight of her field-goal attempts while going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line, recording a career-high 26-point performance. She also had a game-high 12 rebounds, which was one shy of her career high.

“A lot of it was our guards being able to move [the] Stanislaus defense and get me open, so having them be able to shift the defense and get me in a great position to score helped me just keep going,” she said.


DiRegolo is shooting a team-best 63.3 percent, which is No. 25 in the NCAA Division II. She also ranks ninth in the country with 3.67 blocks per game. She had the only five blocks of the game on Saturday and is one of only 10 women's basketball players nationally to enjoy a 10-for-10 or better performance from the free-throw line. She plays on the Golden Eagles squad with her twin sister, Rebeccah DiRegolo. The pair played together on the Bella Vista team. 

“I think we’re off to a good start this season,” Rachel DiRegolo said. “We’re really locking in on our games and putting in the work at practice. I’m excited to play against San Bern and the following game at East Bay.”

Cal State LA (3-0, 1-0 CCAA) returns to action on Thursday with a road conference game at Cal State San Bernardino. The Golden Eagles' next home game is Monday, Dec. 17 against Seattle Pacific. 

California State University, Los Angeles is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students.

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Sacramento Area Cadets Become CHP Officers

Story by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-12-22

Photos by Trina L. Drotar and courtesy CHP

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – When they woke on the morning of Friday, November 16, the 46 men and women who arrived for final inspection spent their last morning as California Highway Patrol cadets. The class of 43 men and 3 women received their stars in a ceremony filled with pomp, circumstance, and a lot of fun.

Poor air quality had cancelled the cadets’ run to the state capitol earlier in the week, and the final inspection had to be moved from the quad into the dining hall, and the emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC) demonstration was also cancelled, but none of those things dampened the spirit and the joy shared by cadets and their family and friends upon finishing a grueling six months at the state’s only CHP Academy.

Among the graduates was Margarito Meza, the first graduate in the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars (LECS) program at Sacramento State which began in 2017 to prepare college students from all disciplines for careers as sworn law enforcement officers at the local and state level. Program director Shelby Moffatt and a large group of LECS students were on hand to support Meza. Four are currently in the CHP Academy and are expected to graduate in 2019.

Early arrivals toured the Academy’s museum and learned the history of the CHP and its role in popular culture. Timelines, motorcycles, including a rare 1941 model, and communications equipment spanning several decades are on display in the museum which is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. and is free of charge.

Not free were the hours of intense physical and mental training that cadets endured during their six months away from family and friends. Cadets live on the West Sacramento campus for the duration of their training and education which includes a host of courses from basic Spanish to marksmanship to how to perform field sobriety tests. They must pass the EVOC driver training, attain certification in arrest techniques, and keep on top of their physical training. During the ceremony, a short film created by the graduating class provided family and friends a glimpse of life during the past six months at the Academy.

Prior to the ceremony in which cadets received their badges, they underwent their final inspection. Photos were snapped and hugs were given to cadets for a few minutes before the inspection began. Commissioner Warren Stanley, Deputy Commissioner Scott Silsbee, Assistant Commissioners Amanda Ray and Nick Norton, and Captain James Mann greeted each cadet, moving through the ranks, shaking hands, and providing encouraging words to each.

In that group was Erik Rodriguez of West Sacramento whose family was joined by several of his military buddies who had flown in from Texas for his special day. The 34-year old veteran was honored with a plaque for being the class’s most inspirational cadet, and he was recognized for his work as one of the company commanders. He will report to the San Francisco Bay Area for his first assignment as an officer.

Graduates are required to report to their first assignments within ten days and are sent where the greatest need is so many were sent to the southern part of the state. Cadets select up to three possible choices and are never first stationed in Sacramento.

Perhaps the brightest smiles to be found were from Cortez Sanders of Sacramento, his parents, and his extended family. His proud father, Bennett, was also recognized during the ceremony as he is a CHP employee. Sanders’ mother, Adrienne, said that she is very proud of her son and all the work he put into becoming an officer. It was his father who held the honor of pinning the badge on his son, one of the traditions that did occur outside as is custom.

Cortez will report to Redwood City for his first assignment and will be joined there by fellow Sacramentan David Waggoner who was honored as outstanding athlete. Also headed to Redwood City are Trevor Gossett of Sacramento and David Tran of Elk Grove.

                For additional information, visit: https://www.chp.ca.gov/chp-careers/officer/life-in-the-academy. For additional information about the LECS program, visit: https://www.csus.edu/hhs/lecs/.

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