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Gold Star Dad Reaches Out to Honor Fallen Son

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2015

Mike Anderson and Iraqi Special Forces Binislawa, Iraq Nov 7, 2006
Mike Anderson Sr. (center) stands with soldiers in Binislawa, Iraq in 2006.
Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson, Sr.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Recently, Gold Star Dad Michael Anderson Sr. of Modesto, whose son was killed in Fallujah in 2004, was honored at the Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 “Battle of the Bands” and Barbecue Fundraiser held at the Rusch Home. Funds raised at this event help meet the many needs of local veterans—both active and retired—who come to the attention of the American Legion.

During a solemn interlude during the festivities, Anderson Sr. was recognized and honored for his own work to help veterans both still actively serving and retired. “Gold Star” is a designation given since World War I to a family member whose loved one died in a combat theater.

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Honoring Citrus Heights’ Finest

Story and Photo by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2015

Jason Russo, Chad Morris, Michelle Perez, Eric Dias, and Melanie Randel
From left to right: Lieutenant Jason Russo, Detective Chad Morris, Sergeant Michelle Perez, Sergeant Eric Dias, Executive Assistant Melanie Randel.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights City Council chambers were packed on October 22nd as its residents, businesses, and members of service organizations joined together in an unprecedented show of support for its police department.

In the wake of the alarming rise in attacks against law enforcement throughout the country in the past two years, members of the community—led by Police Activity League coordinator Diane Ebbitt—agreed that they wanted a way to show their appreciation for their own police department. With the help of the City, a proclamation was created that proclaimed October 18th to October 24th as “We Support Our Police Week.”

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Chili Cook-off and Classic Cars

Show Raises Funds for Children Affected by Domestic Violence

Story and Photos by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/23/2015

Darla Buechner Hands Claudia Ferguson the Award
Accepting the award for Julie Dalli, who won first place in chili-tasting contest, is Claudia Ferguson (right) with GFWC of Citrus Heights President Darla Buechner.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Classic cars, delicious chili, and plenty of outdoor shopping proved to be the perfect mix to eat, shop, and relax at the fifth annual Chili Cook-off, Vendor, and Car Show fundraiser hosted by the General Federation of Women's Club (GFWC) of Citrus Heights. The event took place in the Lowe's parking lot on Saturday, October 10th.

Proceeds from the event will be used for Christmas gifts and activities taking place at Citrus Heights domestic violence prevention centers through A Community for Peace during the holiday season.

The new venue was perfect to show off 61 classic cars from all over California and to entice shoppers to visit over 50 vendor booths. Shoppers paid a small fee to taste the chili and vote on their favorite, while Disc Jockey Roper of Portable Parties kept things hopping with nostalgic music of the '50s and '60s.

Sponsors of the event were Armor Mini Storage, Bella Mane Studio Salon, Curves of Citrus Heights, Earth Station, Matt Buechner Consulting, California Family Fitness, and Cruise Planners. Special thanks to Mandy Buechner for many hours spent helping create a successful car show.

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Linda Champion Portait
Linda Champion.
Photo courtesy of Linda Champion

Local Author Rejuvenates Fairy Tales

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 10/23/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Citrus Heights local Linda Champion has released a book called “Fairy Tales for Life: A Collection of Fourteen Original Short Stories.” The book is a celebration of the fairy tale genre. Within it, a reader can find dragon slayers, talking animals, love, and betrayal.

It’s easy to become lost in the worlds that the author creates. “My tales are not just for one age group,” said Champion. “They are for readers both young and old. The only requirement is that the reader be young at heart.”

However, what you won’t find in Champion’s new book is a rehashing of old fairy tales—these tales are completely original. “Yes, lovers of fairy tales will always love the old fairy tales written hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago,” said Champion. “… But I think the time is right for some new fairy tales to make their appearance.”

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The New Flagpoles and Sign from Across the Street
Mayor Sue Frost and Sylvan Garden President Travis Segebart addressed attendees at the dedication of two new flag poles and their flags on Sept. 11th, 2015.
Photos by Ken Lake

New Flags Flying High

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - If you blink, you’ll miss it. Motorists driving on Sylvan and Stock Ranch Roads have been doing a double take as a brand new sight greets them.

September 11th was the culmination of planning between the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden Board of Directors, American Legion Post 637, Boy Scout Troop 228, Sunrise Marketplace, and the City of Citrus Heights as a new venture came to fruition with the dedication of two new solar flagpoles and the dedication and raising of three new flags. The American flag, California State Flag, and an official Prisoner of War / Missing in Action flag are now flying over the garden, and soon, a fourth flag will be added: the Boy Scouts of America. The flags proudly fly behind the colorful new Sylvan Ranch Community Garden sign.

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When Girls Lead, the World Succeeds

Registration Is Open Now for Girl Scouts

Posted: 10/9/2015

Girl Scouts Sell Cookies
National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial.
Photo courtesy of Girls Scouts of America

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round by providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more.

National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.

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From Farm to You: Sac County Food Scene

Posted: 9/18/2015

Sunday Funday Brings Fun and Excitement

Posted: 9/18/2015

Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

Posted: 9/4/2015

Advocates Advise Disabled Veterans

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/4/2015

They’re Back!

Posted: 9/4/2015

Honoring Purple Heart Recipients

Story and Photos by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Is Your Yard Wildlife-Friendly?

Posted: 8/7/2015

Golf Tournament Changes the Lives of Special Needs Youth

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Crowds of Locals Run the Fab 40’s 5K

By Sal Arrigo Jr.
Posted: 8/7/2015


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