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Beauty Queens Support Photo of Mary Purvis
For over 40 years, Mary Purvis (in photo) groomed sash-wearers to work for non-profits.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Crowning Volunteers to Serve

Community Benefactor Celebrated at Funeral

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/10/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Many people knew Mary Purvis as a woman whose abiding passion was beauty pageants.

There was much more than crowns and sashes to the Citrus Heights resident, but legacy’s spotlight inevitably falls on her enduring court of crowned protégés. “She was my hero, my savior, my teacher and my other mother,” said former Miss Orangevale Tamara Barbu-Brown (now California Talent Queen) at Purvis’s funeral. “She’ll always be the biggest jewel in my crown.”

Aged 86, Purvis died from complications following a recent fall. “Mary is now in the hands of the ultimate crown-maker,” said another of her pageant veterans.

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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Returns to All American Speedway in Roseville

Two NASCAR Racers Speed Around a Bend
Photo by Doug Day

By Linda Harper
Posted: 4/10/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - For race fans, opening day of the six month NASCAR racing season brings exhilaration and anticipation, no matter what track you’re visiting or what series you’re watching. The Sprint Cup series has the market cornered on big names, big sponsors and big happenings.

NASCAR Nationwide Series is a place many drivers go to prepare for the “big show.” Owners often use this series to groom their potential Sprint drivers and to fine-tune their cars for the “move up.” Although there are several additional series, none are more action packed as short track community racing. This is where enthusiasts evolve into racing participants, where track sportsmanship in learned and where confidence is built. It’s where friends and family are often the crew that build the cars and keep them racing week after week. Throughout the season, fans create alliances and life long friends are made in the stands. Short Track community racing is true, raw racing at its best.

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Ky Rolle, Sr. and Son Ky Rolle, Jr. Show Off Their Famous Popcorn
Co-owner of Mr. Pops Popcorn, Ky Rolle, Sr. and son Ky Rolle, Jr., 15, show off their famous caramel and kettle popcorn at their stand at Lowe’s in Citrus Heights
Photo by Elise Spleiss

Fighting MDA with Popcorn

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 3/20/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS (MPG) - When you visit your local Lowe’s store, attend your child’s Little League game or other events, that bag of caramel or kettle corn you buy is not only feeding a guilty pleasure, but also helping your community.

Feel guilty no more when you purchase your next bag of kettle corn at that familiar bright yellow Mr. Pops tent with the enticing aroma emanating from it. Your purchase is also helping with research and other needs for charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) the Miracle Network and SPCA.

Since 2001 Lowe’s stores have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Associations Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign, an annual initiative to battle neuromuscular diseases. Each year in March employees and customers throughout North America and Canada join together in the fight against MDA. Customers can donate at the register and add their shamrock to the wall. To date Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $38 million for MDA.

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Crab Feed Diners Ham for the Camera
The annual Rotary Crab Feed Fundraiser was held on February 15, at the Citrus Heights Community Center. By the end of the night, over 700 members and guests had consumed over 2,000 pounds of cracked Dungeness crab, gallons of the crab feed’s signature minestrone soup, and much Caesar salad, and bread.

Rotary Crab Feed Raises
Over $60,000

By Elise Spleiss
Photography by Diana Miller Photography

Posted: 3/6/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - For 50 years members of the Citrus Heights Rotary have been volunteering and working tirelessly to improve the lives of those living in Citrus Heights, surrounding communities, and the world. On May 18, the Citrus Heights Rotary will celebrate its 50th anniversary

Thus it is no surprise when the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights holds a fundraiser, that all involved can be sure that serious funds will be raised. The annual Rotary Crab Feed Fundraiser was held on February 15, at the Citrus Heights Community Center. By the end of the night, over 700 members and guests had consumed over 2,000 pounds of cracked Dungeness crab, gallons of the crab feed’s signature minestrone soup, and much Caesar salad, and bread.

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Sacramento Senior Softball Team Lines Up
Sacramento has a long history of being a strong baseball town. Baseball has always been very popular in Sacramento schools and with the Sacramento Solons. The Sacramento Solons were a minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. They played in the Pacific Coast League during several periods (1903, 1905, 1909–1914, 1918–1960, 1974–1976). The current Sacramento River Cats began play in West Sacramento in 2000.

Batter up! Senior Softball Capital of the World

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/20/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Sacramento is the “Senior Softball Capital of the World”. This is what Larry Campbell, the Commissioner of the Golden Seniors Softball League would tell you. And he is convinced this statement is true. The Golden Seniors Softball League includes many areas that are within 60 miles of the city of Sacramento. The region they cover is not just where they play their games, at the baseball park in Carmichael Park, off of Fair Oaks Blvd, and Grant Avenue. The region covers the cities where they travel from to get to their games. The players come from Penn Valley near Grass Valley, Placerville, Marysville, and Magalia, near Paradise, Elk Grove and South Sacramento, Roseville, Lincoln, and Davis, as well as all of the Sacramento metro area.

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Jim Rounsavell, Gary Ferguson, Mary Holly, and Joe Holly
Gary Ferguson (2nd from left), founder of Pathways for Veterans, turns over newly restored school bell to Jim Rounsavell, owner of Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center. Also pictured are veterans Mary Hol-ly who discovered the bell, and her husband, Joe Holly.
Photo by James R Morrison

Veterans Help Veterans at Toastmasters Club Anniversary

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 2/6/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Look for a ‘new’ bell to soon add to the historic appearance of the Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center.

On January 17, 2014 the regular Friday morning meeting of the Citrus Heights “Skillbuilders” Toastmasters Club (which meets at the Sylvan Community Center located directly across from the Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center), was beginning a celebration 25 years in the making. This meeting had a dual purpose. Dignitaries from the community and veterans were present to congratulate the club on their anniversary and to make a special presentation that would benefit the veteran community and carry on the history of the old Sylvan School House, presently in the process of renovation.

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Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near- and Long-Term Water Priorities

Posted: 1/30/2014

New Website Helps Local Residents Keep Their Tax Refunds

Partnership spearheaded by United Way aims to keep dollars in Sacramento region

Posted: 1/23/2014

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

Posted: 1/23/2014

Economic Expectations Rising

Pacific Staffing Special Report
Posted: 1/8/2014

DMV Reminds Motorists of New 2014 Laws

Posted: 1/8/2014


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