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Silvana Zangri Celebrates With Lucy Shostak
Silvana Zangri, captain of Sagamore Bridge Club’s fundraising team, celebrates her club’s contributions with Lucy Shostak, who donated $20,000 to the team.
Photos courtesy of Jenny Pickard

Bridge Game for a Cause

Posted: 6/19/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Members of Anna’s Fun Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long bridge game. Players will honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

For the third consecutive year, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), the sanctioning body for the game of bridge, is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise money for Alzheimer’s research in one of the group’s signature fundraising events—the Longest Day.

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A Boy and His Dad Consider Fishing
This year, surprise Dad by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities.
Photo courtesy of Brandpoint Media

Surprise Dad with an Unexpected Day Together

Posted: 6/19/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (BPT) - This Father’s Day, rather than sitting dear ol’ Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn’t the man who spent hours patiently teaching you to ride a bike deserve something special this year?

When planning out the perfect Father’s Day, think carefully about his interests and hobbies. Find a carefree activity that will help you both unwind and catch up. Few bonding moments create lasting memories like a beautiful day of fishing. Consider spending a few hours catching fish and swapping stories to delight Dad with the perfect combination of action and relaxation. Mix in thoughtful gifts throughout the day and wow Dad with a mouthwatering meal as your grand finale and it will be one he won’t soon forget.

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Long Lines of White Gravestones on the Green Lawn of Gettysburg
Generations have passed since blood soaked the battlefields of Gettysburg. You can still feel the grief of each of the Unknown Soldiers.

What Memories May Come

Story and photos by Paul V. Scholl
Publisher, Messenger Publishing Group
Posted: 6/19/2015

In a matter of minutes, everything changes. In a matter of hours, we lose, then regain our focus. In a matter of days, we recover. In a matter of years, we forget. In solitude, we best remember those precious minutes.

So much happens for us in the time between Memorial Day weekend and the waves of a long hot summer. Graduations that culminate years of learning and parenting children through schools, May and June weddings, Father’s Day, and of course, our nation’s birthday. Blink and you will miss it all. Luckily, this year I didn’t blink.

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In Various Period Uniforms Reenactors Fire a Blackpowder Salute
In a realistic reenactment, members of the Sons of the American Revolution fire Revolutionary War-era rifles. The smoke created by the unpurified gunsmoke used at that time was part of the process, thus the many references to “smoke-filled battlefields.”
Photo by Jim Faulkinbury

Sylvan Cemetery Memorial Day Service Honors the Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day at Sylvan Cemetery proved to be the perfect day to remember over 1,300 veterans buried at the cemetery and to honor those who are still serving.

A warm breeze ruffled the grave flags placed at each veteran’s grave by the members of American Legion Post 637 and local volunteers. Boy Scouts from Troop 288 raised over 120 flags that lined the roads throughout the cemetery, creating a somber yet fitting celebratory mood for the event. The flags were presented to the families of those who have died. The families donated them to the cemetery to be flown on Memorial and Veterans Day.

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Firefighter Guides Young Camper With Extinguisher
Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Posted: 5/22/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 7th through the 10th. Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12, or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 4th.

In order for the accepted camper to attend, a parent or guardian must attend a Mandatory Orientation Meeting on June 18th at 7:00 p.m. The fee to attend Fire Camp is $100 per camper.

Fire Camp will be held at Fire Station 21, located at 7641 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights near Sunrise Mall, on Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (end time for Friday is flexible). In order for any child to attend camp, he or she will require daily transportation to and from the camp.

For applications and more information, visit www.metrofire.ca.gov.

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District


Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes

Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service

Posted: 5/22/2015

Harry Norman is Hare Bear the Clown
Harry Norman is affectionately known throughout Northern California Shriners Hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments.
Photo courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Shriners Hospital volunteer Harry Norman was recently awarded the Doug Busath Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern California hospital’s volunteer recognition ceremony. The award is named in honor of Doug Busath, who volunteered in the hospital’s Central Activity Area for 10 years after his grandson was treated at Shriners for severe burn injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The award is presented annually to a hospital volunteer to honor dedication, commitment, and joyful service to patients, families, and the entire hospital community.

Mr. Norman, winner of the 2015 lifetime achievement award, is affectionately known throughout the hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments. On his volunteer days, he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to put on his clown face so he can arrive at the hospital by 7:45 a.m. He has volunteered at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since it opened in April 1997, contributing more than 5,300 hours to the hospital clinic and thousands of hours in the community supporting both Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“When I retired, I knew I wanted an active role in the Shrine, and the best way of doing that was to be part of the clown brigade,” said Mr. Norman, who has been a Shriner for over 20 years. “I love to see the looks on children’s faces when they see Hare Bear the Clown. If I can be a happy distraction for them, all the better,” he said.

When Mr. Norman decided to become a Shriner clown, he said it was easy to come up with a clown name. As a term of endearment, his wife Edna nicknamed him Hare Bear years ago. Now, it is a name that endears him to many of the children who come to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California. To those who know Mr. Norman, aka Hare Bear, his heart is even bigger than his clown shoes.

Source: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California


Citrus Heights Student Wins Americanism Essay Award

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


Stroke Survivor to Ride 100 Miles for Veterans

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 4/24/2015


BBQ Dinner and Dance Raises Funds for Local Veterans

By Sheila LaPolla and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 4/24/2015


Community Marching Band Celebrates 11 Years

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 4/10/2015


Gem and Mineral Show Rocks the Region

Story and Photos by Anne Stokes
Posted: 4/10/2015


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