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Mystery Headstone Engraved 'Christina'
Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina.

Headstone Mystery Finally Solved

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 11/20/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina. No one knew where the headstone had come from or where it belonged. The staff at the cemetery set up Christina’s headstone near the front office, and many visitors asked about her over the years. It was hoped that someone would recognize the headstone so it could be returned to its proper place.

Almost five years ago, the staff from the Fair Oaks Cemetery had a booth set up at the annual Carmichael Community Founder’s Day Festival. District Manager Ray Young began telling the story of Christina’s headstone to a visitor at their booth, Bob Wascou of the Sacramento Cemetery Commission. He was very familiar with the history of various Sacramento area cemeteries, and he decided to investigate where the headstone belonged.

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Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen

Posted: 11/20/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen has been serving the Citrus Heights community for over 20 years. The annual Thanksgiving Dinner is being served Wednesday, November 26th, 2014. The dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m., with seconds and leftovers provided as available.

Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen is now accepting donations to fill the Thanksgiving gift boxes being provided for those families in need of a Thanksgiving Dinner. Food can be dropped off Wednesdays in the hall at the back of Holy Family Catholic church located at 7817 Old Auburn Road in Citrus Heights. They are accepting turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, pumpkin pies, and anything else that is donated for those in need.

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Nearly $13K Raised for Families of Fallen Officers, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2014

Patrons and Police Officers at Citrus Heights Dutch Bros.
Members of the community joined fire fighters from Sacramento Metro Fire Station 21 as they waited in line for a coffee at Dutch Brothers in Citrus Heights. Their purchases helped raised nearly $13K in less than 24 hours to support the families of fallen officers.
Photo by Elise Spleiss

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - For 23 hours, vehicles lined up virtually nonstop as patrons of Citrus Heights Dutch Brothers Coffee ordered their beverages knowing they were helping to raise nearly $13K in support of the families of two sheriffs who lost their lives in the line of duty on October 24th.

This scene was repeated at eight additional Dutch Brothers in the greater Sacramento area during a Benefits Day on October 29th. Over $96K was raised in total. Proceeds from all sales will go to support the wife and two children of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and the wife and four children of Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael D. Davis Jr.

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Local Auto Service Center Helps a Family in Need

By Kathy Goodchap
Posted: 11/6/2014

Brent Kniesel with Giant Thank You Card for Charity Work
Brent Kniesel, owner of Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, holding a giant thank you card from the Bullock family.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers’ owner Brent Kniesel has a passion for helping people. His latest gift to the community was a donation of up to $2,500 in car repairs for a family in need.

The month-long campaign began in August with notifications to customers via flyers and Facebook that Kniesel’s would donate auto repair services to a needy family. Immediately, nominations poured in for struggling families.

After the September 30th deadline, a panel of four read more than 50 heartrending stories from people in our community. After much deliberation and contemplation, the Bullock family was selected. Justin and Angela Bullock were elated to hear of their nomination and that they were the family selected to receive repairs to their unreliable vehicle.

Brent Kniesel’s humanitarian efforts have reached as far as Africa and Mexico. He has a special place in his heart for the people of Rwanda and continues to support them and their rebuilding efforts.

Kniesel’s recognizes the serious medical and financial challenges of the people in our community and looks forward to future opportunities to help a family in need.

For more information about Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, call (916) 722-1751 or visit

Historic Rusch House and Gardens Gets Late Spring Cleaning

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/23/2014

Jack von Quilich, Kevin Webb, Karla Webb, Mike von Quilich, Diana Murphy, Jared Murphy, Anne Stamas, and Natalie von Quilich
A team of family and co-workers from Watt Communities descended upon the Rusch Home and Gardens on October 11 to spruce it up for visitors and for fall and winter facility rentals. From left to right: Jack von Quilich, Kevin Webb, Division President Watt Communities; Karla Webb; Mike von Quilich, Watt Communities construction manager; Diana Murphy; Jared Murphy, Anne Stamas, Natalie von Quilich.
Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Recreation & Park District

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Two dozen men, women and youths gathered on October 11, 2014 to perform a labor of love to help beautify and preserve one of Citrus Heights’ oldest and most elegant residences, the Rusch Home and Gardens.

Located in Rusch Park on over two acres of land off of Antelope Road near Rosswood Drive, the home is surrounded by a lush landscape of heritage oaks, shrubs and heritage rose bushes (Bourbons, Joseph’s Coat Climbers, exquisite miniatures), many which have been thriving there for over 100 years.

A chance reading of a news story in the Citrus Heights Messenger telling of this volunteer workday brought Mike von Quilich of Watt Communities, a construction company, and his team of volunteers to the park. They descended on the landscape and home and made short shrift of the overgrown grounds and dusty interior of the home.

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The Capitol Pops Concert Band Wore Halloween Costumes at the Event
In spooktacular attire, the Capitol Pops Concert band chilled at a recent Citrus Heights performance. Kurt Pearsall (reclining in front) directed the ensemble.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Boos and Brews Go Pop

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Continuing a three year tradition at the Citrus Heights Community Center, the Capitol Pops Concert Band recently delivered a program part Oktoberfest and part Halloween; the event was aptly heralded as “Boos and Brews.”

Musicians and audience members came in Halloween costumes or German attire. Patrons supped heartily on sausages and sauerkraut, wine and beer. Hosting the event, the 60-piece Pops ensemble performed macabre hits ranging from chilling James Bond scores to the Spiderman theme. German polkas and drinking music augmented seasonal motifs.

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Citrus Heights 4th Annual Mutt Strut Raises over $10,000 for Needs of Visually Impaired in Sacramento Area

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

The Capitol Pops Third Annual “Brews & Boos”

Posted: 10/9/2014

Pumpkin Farm Offers Tons of Pumpkins, History and Fun for the Whole Family

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

A Need Fulfilled

By Rita Seale
Posted: 9/18/2014

Air Show Honors Triple Ace

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014

Historic Rusch Home and Gardens Work Day Yesteryear Volunteers Needed

By Karey Hansen, Recreation Coordinator II, SRPD
Posted: 9/18/2014


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