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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.

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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

Faynette Stadtman, Alejandra Perez, Cindy Carranza, McKayla Schroeder, Sheila LaPolla, and Elise Spleiss
Alejandra Perez, (second from the left), seventh grader at Kingswood K8 School in Citrus Heights, displays the awards she won for her prize-winning essay on the theme, “How Can I Show that I am Proud to be an American?” From left to right: American Legion Auxiliary member Faynette Stadtman, Alejandra Perez, Cindy Carranza, McKayla Schroeder, ALA members Sheila LaPolla and Elise Spleiss.
Photo by Deborah House

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - In a time when being proud to be an American may not seem to be a popular aspiration among today’s young people, 27 seventh grade students from Kingswood K8 School in Citrus Heights were recently recognized for tackling and completing a project that proved otherwise.

The students were part of an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Americanism essay project. They were asked by the Citrus Heights ALA Unit 637 to each write an essay entitled “How Can I Show that I am Proud to be an American?”

The mission statement of the ALA in part is “to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.”

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Matt Cardoza Displays His Medalion Before a Race
Cardoza reminds readers that May is National Stroke Awareness Month. He has shared his story with over 1,200 students this year. Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States.
Photo by Kendra Cardoza

Stroke Survivor to Ride 100 Miles for Veterans

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On June 1st, 2014, stroke and two-time brain surgery survivor Matt Cardoza celebrated a decade of rehabilitation and recovery by completing his second 100-mile (century) bicycle course around Lake Tahoe. He completed this feat as part of the “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.”

Today, Cardoza is training to complete his third century course on June 7th of this year. He will be riding to support veterans through two veterans’ organizations. Cardoza’s team of eight will consist of his wife Kendra and six friends; additional team members are welcome.

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A Homeless Woman Gazes Into the Distance
May, a homeless woman who stays near Loaves and Fishes for daily access to their services, spends her afternoons sitting on the curb of North 14th Street with dozens of others who jump at the opportunity for a bottle of water or a free meal.

On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

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

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Pace begins his day calmly, climbing into his cruiser and reviewing his to-do list. His last two years assigned specifically to answering complaints about homeless campers and panhandlers have been a welcome change after a long career policing prostitution and narcotics.

Throughout the years, Pace has handled the emotional stress of his job the same way. “It’s just business; it’s not personal,” he said before leading this journalist on a ride-along. “At some point, you have to have a disconnect and go into cop mode.”

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Jacqui Daley and Suzanne Winters Display the Quilt
Air Force veteran Jacqui Daley (left), proud winner of the patriotic quilt, and quilt creator, Suzanne Winters (right) display the much-coveted door prize following the American Legion Bar-B-Q dinner.
Photo by Elise Spleiss

BBQ Dinner and Dance Raises Funds for Local Veterans

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

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The American Legion (AL), Fair Oaks, Post 383, hosted a Bar-B-Q Blues dinner and dance fundraiser at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall in Fair Oaks, 8990 Kruitof Way, on April 11th.

Many American Legion and VFW veterans and their families as well as the general public enjoyed the festivities and delicious BBQ steak or chicken meal with all the fixings.

The crowd kicked up their heels with rhythm and blues, jazz, and classic rock music by the band Crystal Image. John Covert and his band provided an eclectic mix of listening and dancing music for the enjoyment of those from their 20s to Baby Boomers and beyond.

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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

Derby Madness Takes Over at Sacramento State University

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/27/2015

How Citrus Heights will Get 20 New Libraries in One Day

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 3/27/2015


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