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Supporters Line the Streets to Show Respect for Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/6/2014

Donna Martinez Observed the Procession
Donna Martinez of Placer County came to honor fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver at his funeral procession Monday afternoon. “My husband is a Sacramento County Sheriff officer, so I’m here to support them and all fallen officers,” she said.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Supporters greeted the funeral procession of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver Monday afternoon as it traveled from Interstate 80 eastbound, down Greenback Lane. Law enforcement and first-responder agencies from all over California participated in the solemn show of solidarity, coming from as far away as San Luis Obispo, Riverside County, Inyo County, and even Sparks, Nevada. Hundreds of sheriff’s department, police, fire, and California Highway Patrol units accompanied the procession as it departed from the public funeral services held at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville and traveled to the East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento for the family’s private burial service.

“All of us in the first responder industry, from the police to fire, we all consider each other brothers and sisters,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Department Captain Brad Reynolds. “It’s vitally important that we all share in this and show our support for their family members. As sad as an event as this is to bring us all together, it’s very heartfelt to see this all happen.”

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New Arcade Creek Park Preserve Opens for Fun and Play in Citrus Heights

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2014

Dr. Jayna Karpinski-Costa Provided Funds to Maintain Part of the Park
Representatives from all levels of government (federal, state, county, and city) worked together with the community in all phases of planning and construction of the Arcade Creek Park Preserve project.
Photo by Jack Mintz

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The day was all about the children. The grand opening of the Arcade Creek Park Preserve in Citrus Heights began with the usual grand opening ceremonies and speeches but quickly became a most unique grand opening with the ribbon cutting of the only free public zip line in Sunrise Recreation and Park District (SRPD) history. This day marked the beginning of a new era of recreational park experiences.

The days of the picnic in the park and playing on the swing set are being transformed by this new form of recreation, with families spending more time together as they play, exercise, explore, and become educated about their surroundings all in one area. With the realization that the city is developing these surroundings from natural features that have existed in this place for over 100 years, parents and grandparents may be taken back to a time when they were free to roam the creeks and explore the woods and trails.

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Chili Cook-off Benefits Youth Impacted by Domestic Violence

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/23/2014

Volunteers Celebrate Prize-Winning Chili
Assemblyman Ken Cooley and Citrus Heights Vice-Mayor Sue Frost (top row) join members of the GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club and A Community for Peace in celebrating the chili cook-off’s 1st place winner Kristy Hernandez (front row center) and 2nd place winner Gloria Martinell (back row third from left). Funds were raised to purchase Christmas gifts through a program for at-risk youth impacted by domestic violence. Hernandez won $150 for her winning chili.
Photo by Donna Van Dolah

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The competition was fierce between the 13 chili chefs at the GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off and Venders and Craft event on October 11th. The parking lot at 6060 Sunrise Vista was buzzing with activity; there were over 500 shoppers and chili tasters. Vintage cars and children’s activities rounded out the day’s attractions. For a fee of $10, all were encouraged to taste and then judge the chili entries.

The polls closed at 2 p.m., and the votes were taken to be counted; contestants and friends waited eagerly for the results. In the final tally, entry No. 1 overtook and passed entry No. 7, but Kristy Hernandez with GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club conceded that while her chili won, it may have been because second place entry No. 7 ran out before the polls closed. Hernandez was awarded $150 for her efforts. When asked her secret, she replied, “patience,” and allowing her chili to simmer for an undisclosed period of time.

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HD Supply Home Improvement Solutions is Now in Citrus Heights

Posted: 10/23/2014

HD Supply Employees Gather for Grand Opening
HD Supply Home Improvement Solutions opened its 12th store on Wednesday, October 15th, and the opening celebration with community leaders, HD Supply leadership, and suppliers was held at the new location on Friday, October 17th. The new 46,000 square-foot Citrus Heights location will allow customers to help themselves to more than 400,000 home improvement products with competitive prices, fast transaction time, and convenient hours. Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - HD Supply Home Improvement Solutions, the home improvement division of HD Supply, with more than 32 years of experience providing home improvement products and building materials to “Do-It-Yourself” customers, remodeling contractors, and tradesmen, opened its 12th store, located at 7999 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

The new 46,000 square-foot location will allow customers to help themselves to more than 400,000 home improvement products with competitive prices, fast transaction time, and convenient hours. The new store format features the use of smart phone technology to provide complete product information on features and benefits using Quick Response (QR) codes on every item.

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Local Dance Company Takes Home National Dance Awards

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

Gathered With Ribbons and Prizes
Despite being one of the smallest studios competing at the July event, KM took awards in almost every category entered. This included winners from almost three dozen dance routines entered at the national level. More than 10 routines received top five awards and four KM dancers placed in the most competitive title competition.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Long hours and hard work paid off this summer for eight dancers with the KM Dance Arts Studio in Citrus Heights. Upstage, a competition dance group of girls, ages 11 to 18, competed and won in numerous categories at the Sheer Talent nationals competition held at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fifty-two dance studios from the United States and seven other countries competed during the demanding weeklong competition. Tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, musical theater, and contemporary were just some of the genres of dance represented in dozens of categories from solos, duets, trios, and group productions.

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Don Hall, Jimmy Rivers, Carole Elbert, Michael Murr-Conley, Marie Hall, and Janessa Lucero
Dressed for a hayride, Be Money Smart owners Don and Marie Hall (standing left and right) joined Armor Mini Storage owner and fundraiser host Carole Elbert (center). Event volunteers pictured included entertainer Jimmy Rivers, Janessa Lucero and Michael Murr-Conley.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Fair Dealing at Storage Fundraiser

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/9/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Be Money Smart USA’s new venture, a program that helps veterans start their own businesses, got a recent funding boost with a county fair themed gala. The event was hosted by the Armor Mini Storage facility on Auburn Boulevard.

Visitors enjoyed a barn dance, carnival contests, and a tri-tip barbecue. Some guests endured brief incarcerations in the “county jail”—a storage unit repurposed as a prison cell. Bail was negotiable.

A success story for founding eight farmers markets in Carmichael and other suburbs, the Be Money Smart USA non-profit was launched in 2008 to help high-schoolers develop business skills through running these weekly markets. Owners Don and Marie Hall were named business people of the year 2014 by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Their new Veterans Build Your Own Micro Business Academy aims to help service people transition from military to civilian life. Enrollees will learn to own and manage their own businesses by partnering with farmers market merchants.

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Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/9/2014

A Happy Family Washing Their Car ith Hose and Bucket
“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customers at 14 Sacramento-area agencies (listed below) reduced water use by 20 percent or more in August compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of August water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, which makes the temptation to ramp up sprinklers hard to resist. But the data shows that residents have made a serious commitment to preserving our limited resources during the severe dry conditions.”

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Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/18/2014


Young Entrepreneurs Have a Sizzling New Business

By Charles Stone
Posted: 9/18/2014


You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 9/5/2014


Family – The Glue That Holds Circus Vargas Together!

Citrus Heights Sept 11-15 & Roseville Sept 18-22

Posted: 9/4/2014


Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/4/2014


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