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Colonel Frasier Fortner Speaking at Rotary Club Event
Sacramento resident Colonel Frasier Fortner is a retired Air Force Pilot with over 6,000 flying hours in 10 different military aircraft. He has served many tours of duty in his career including the Strategic Air Command and the Pentagon. He is Flight Commander of the Order of Daedalians, America’s premier fraternal organization of military pilots.
Photo courtesy Gail Moxley

Citrus Heights Rotary Honors Veterans

Colonel Frasier Fortner Key Note Speaker

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/17/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (CHM) - Sacramento resident Colonel Frasier Fortner was the keynote speaker at the July 2nd Citrus Heights Rotary event honoring our country’s veterans. Fortner is a retired Air Force Pilot with over 6,000 flying hours in 10 different military aircraft. He has served many tours of duty in his career including the Strategic Air Command and the Pentagon. He is Flight Commander of the Order of Daedalians, America’s premier fraternal organization of military pilots.

Local veterans from all military branches who served during military conflicts since WWII were honored guests at the Citrus Heights Community Center. As Rotarians introduced their guests, the audience heard a variety of inspiring stories of men and women who had served proudly in roles including combat pilot, supply (logistics), drill sergeant, musician, Sky Soldier, and Special Forces.

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City Celebrates Completion of Auburn Boulevard Revitalization Project

Posted: 7/17/2014

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates the Completion of the Project
The ABCS Project was divided into two phases due to the size and complexity of the project.
Photo courtesy City of Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On July 8, 2014, City officials, legislative representatives, funding partners, business and property owners, and residents gathered to celebrate the completion of the $16.8 million Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project (ABCS). The ABCS Project is based on the vision formed by the City’s Auburn Blvd Specific Plan in 2005. Residents, property owners, and businesses all participated in the drafting of the Specific Plan that would guide the improvements for the Boulevard.

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Matt Cardoza at Lake Tahoe
Matt Cardoza takes a break on beautiful Lake Tahoe during his ride June 1, 2014, in American’s Most beautiful Bike Ride. He rode to raise funds for the Veterans Community Center in Citrus Heights.
Photos Credit: Kendra Cardoza

Cyclist and Brain Tumor Survivor Rides 100 Miles for Veterans

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/3/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS (MPG) - Citrus Heights resident, Matthew Cardoza, is turning multiple life hurdles into success for himself and local veterans. On June 1, 2014, Cardoza and his wife, Kendra celebrated the culmination of over a decade of hard work and rehabilitation following a serious bicycle accident, two brain tumor surgeries, and a stroke. Cardoza successfully completed his second 100-mile Century bike ride around Lake Tahoe as part of the 23rd annual “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.”

Upon graduating from high school in 1999, Cardoza was pursuing a very specific plan for his life. From Sierra Community College he continued on to California State University Sacramento, planning to earn a degree in computer science.

In May of 2003, at age 24, with only six courses to complete for his degree, Cardoza was riding his bike in Sacramento when a car, driven by a 90-year-old man with a perfect driving record, struck him. The impact flipped his body completely around, landing him on his feet.

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15th Annual Citrus Heights Red, White and Blue Parade 2014

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/3/20014

Citrus Heights Rotary Club Float
Rotary Club of Citrus Heights float won 1st place.

CITRUS HEIGHTS (MPG) - The weather could not have been more perfect on Saturday, June 28, for the hundreds of parade participants, and thousands of Citrus Heights Red, White and Blue parade onlookers.

The parade was dedicated this year to the memory of long time Citrus Heights resident and community supporter, Mary Purvis who passed away in April. Her legacy of work in her city goes back decades and includes her training and mentoring of her queens, princesses and ambassadors. She encouraged every young woman she worked with to use her beauty, talents and education not for personal gain, but to benefit their community. Her college scholarship and food collection programs were an example of her core belief in putting community before self.

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Jim Martinez Plays Piano
Festival director/performer Jim Martinez.
Photo courtesy Image Outfitters Photography

All-Day Jazz Event Premiers in Citrus Heights

Posted: 6/19/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Summer Jazz Family Day takes place on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12-6 pm. This one-day Jazz festival will take place at Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Muren Lane, Citrus Heights and will feature local, nationally and internationally-known Jazz musicians on two stages. $25 adults, $10 kids 12-17, under 12 free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets by calling (916) 804-8370 or online at

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Comfort for Cancer Patients Comes in Colorful Bags

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/19/2014

Rachel McConachie Presents a Check to Darla Buechner and Women’s Club Members
Club members (above) look on as Rachel McConachie, Oncology Nurse Navigator, presents Darla Buechner, president of GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club with a check for $1,500 to be used to create Oncology bags used by cancer patients. This cheerful Oncology or ‘Necessities’ bag (below) is full of items of comfort so appreciated by cancer patients. The GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club received a grant from the Dignity Health Cancer Institute to make these bags throughout the year.
Photos courtesy Tony David

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On the days and weeks when cancer patients are suffering from the effects of the harsh treatments they are subjected to while fighting their illness, it’s the little things that help ease the pain and give them hope. Even the most unbearable days are made easier by the contents of a colorful Oncology or “Necessities” bag, filled with items carefully chosen to help alleviate their pain and discomfort.

Since 2012, members of the GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club (CHWC) have put together and delivered more than 300 of these bags to men, women and children at the Mercy San Juan Oncology Department in Carmichael.

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Life Changes in an Instant

By Paul V. Scholl
Posted: 6/12/2014

The Sayonara After-School Community Center

A Success Story a Decade in the Telling

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2014

Historic Rusch Home Opens to Public after 25 Years

By Elise Spleiss and Teena Stern
Posted: 5/22/2014

Neighborhood Short Tracks Remain the Foundation of NASCAR

By Linda Harper
Posted: 5/22/2014

Orangevale Has a New Queen in Town!

Posted: 5/22/2014


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