Time to Lend a Hand

By McKenna Culbertson, Sierra Service Project Manager  |  2018-02-14

If you are interested in applying for free services or volunteering for the program, please contact Sierra Service Project Manager McKenna Culbertson at mckenna.culbertson@sierraserviceproject.org or 916-488-6441.

Sierra Service Project Seeks Applicants

Sierra Service Project, in coordination with the City of Rancho Cordova, is seeking applicants for free exterior home repair and improvement services as part of the Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Beautification Program. Sierra Service Project is a local non-profit organization that has organized and managed volunteer community service activities for the past 40 years.

Sierra Service Project will provide light exterior home repairs free-of-charge. Ideal projects for this project include fence and gate replacement, exterior painting, chain link fence removal, and general yard cleanup.

Applicants must own the home and fall within certain income levels. Additionally, the property must be located within Rancho Cordova city limits. Low-income residents, seniors, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Volunteering is FREE and includes instruction, supervision, lunch, and a t-shirt. Sierra Service Project encourages all types of volunteer groups to register including youth groups, and service clubs.

The project is supported by a grant from the City’s Community Enhancement Fund, and this is the third year Sierra Service Project has provided a neighborhood beautification program in Rancho Cordova.

If you are interested in applying for free services or volunteering for the program, please contact Sierra Service Project Manager McKenna Culbertson at mckenna.culbertson@sierraserviceproject.org or 916-488-6441. There is currently no deadline to apply; however, a limited number of applications will be accepted.

Rancho Cordova's History

Cordova Basketball Secures Another Winning Season

By Mike Bush  |  2018-02-20

Cordova guard Calvin Augusta goes up for a jumper in against Union Mine. The Lancers secured a must needed win to reach the playoffs. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - One more Sierra Valley Conference game.

Within 24 hours last week, the Cordova High School boys basketball team squared off twice against Union Mine’s squad. But their second meeting determined who would reach the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, as the conference is sending three teams, and who would be staying home watching the high school basketball playoffs from the stands.

Playing at the Diamondbacks’ gym in El Dorado on Valentine’s Day, the Lancers showed lots of loving in terms of extending their season by, at least, one more game with a 73-60 win.

After its game against Union Mine was tied 15-15 in the first quarter, Cordova jumped out to a 21-14 scoring advantage over the D’backs for a 36-29 halftime lead. The Lancers continued their scoring spree in the third quarter, 21-16, which extended their lead to 57-35.

“Both teams went into the last game thinking they had to win the game to make (the) playoffs,” said Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson. “Our players believed they were the better players and team, so confidence was high. Union Mine played well, but momentum was with us.”

The Lancers finished the fourth quarter by outscoring the D’backs again, 16-15, for the win.

Three Cordova players scored in double figures against Union Mine. Calvin Augusta, who has been back with the team for a month after recovering from a knee injury that was sustained as a member of the Cordova High School football team six months ago, led the way with 23 points.

Following Augusta was Joe Danielyan with 22 points and Sam Danielyan with 11. Forward Caleb Clark and guard Johnele Sanders followed with five points each, Kenneth Brown four and Tyreke Tate three.

“The two wins guaranteed us a winning season,” said Johnson, who has been the Lancers’ head coach since the 2011-12 season. “Not bad for a rough year.”

Since he’s been running the program, Johnson has compiled an overall record of 117 wins and 74 losses.

On February 15 the section released its playoff brackets. Playing in Division III, Cordova (7-4 in the SVC, 14-12 overall) is the no. 14 seed. On Wednesday, February 21, Cordova plays at No. 4 seed Del Campo. Should the Lancers win their first round game, they will play the winner of the No. 12 Benicia-No. 5 Patterson game on Friday, February 23.

For updates on first round winners, visit the section’s website at www.cifsjs.org.

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Mitchell Marauder Wrestlers Win the TRAL League Championship

By W.E. Mitchell Middle School  |  2018-02-15

Mitchell Marauder Wrestlers show off their medals and celebrate with the league trophy following the TRAL Championship Tournament. Photo courtesy of Mitchell Marauder Wrestling

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Mitchell Middle School wrestling team dominated the 2018 Twin Rivers Athletic League (TRAL) wrestling team championship tournament.  The TRAL final tournament, which included Mills Middle School, Capital Christian School, Bradshaw Christian School and Natomas Charter School, was hosted at Mitchell Middle School on Thursday February 8th

The TRAL wrestling championship tournament is the culmination of the regular wrestling season and pits the league’s best wrestlers against one another in their respective weight classes.  Marauder wrestlers who stood out in their weight classes included First Place finishers Blake Albert (95), Jakobe Knox (135), Aaron Fernandez (142), and Justin Mendiola (185); Second Place finishers Aman Dhillion (112), Destinee Pacheco (116), Nick Gargalikas (122), Bogdan Peretyatko (128), Madison Daw (135), and Sam Tarusov (205); Third Place finishers Brayden Ropp (76), Kevin Mcfarlane (95), Isabel White (100), Giovanni Pinedo (108), Nathan Garoutte (103), Kavon Hayes (108), Mark Edwards (116), and Morgan Sebastian (128).

“I’m very proud of all my wrestlers today,” said Coach Joe Zilles, “It’s a long season and they worked so hard to learn everything they could and it all paid off.”

Overall the Marauder wrestler’s outscored their opponents with 44 points, Mills 28, Capital Christian 24, Natomas Charter 21, and Bradshaw Christian 18.  Next up for a select few Marauder wrestlers is the Area Finals tournament for boys being held at Ponderosa High School on February 17th, and the Sacramento Area Regional tournament for the girls at Casa Robles High School on February 18th.

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Ol’ Republic Brewery Taps Second Home in Barrel District

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2018-02-14

Simon Olney, left, and Jim Harte, co-founders of Ol’ Republic Brewery and Tap House in Nevada City, are preparing for a spring opening of their second location in Rancho’s Barrel District.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Simon Olney and Jim Harte are pinching themselves.  The two are co-founders of the award-winning Ol’ Republic Brewery and forthcoming Roadhouse restaurant in Nevada City.  They are preparing for a March opening of their second location in Rancho’s fast-growing Barrel District, which the two brew masters had no idea existed prior to meeting with the city.

Ol’ Republic is taking over the former location for American River Brewery, which closed last year on Trade Center Drive.  They’ll assume roughly 30,000 square feet of space that will serve as both home to the company’s Sacramento self-distribution center and tap room serving 12 different brews, as well as parlor games, including foosball, shuffle board, pool and darts.

It took years to find the location, which, to their benefit, happened to be in what is arguably the most-beer friendly commercial center in the region at the moment.

“We can’t believe our luck in finding this location because we didn’t know the Barrel District was here,” said Harte, a Citrus Heights native and former wine distributor.  “We have been looking for a second location in Sacramento for almost six years to address the logistical nightmare of doing our deliveries from Nevada City.  We got very lucky when we heard about this space opening up because not only is it a centralized hub point, it’s also a turn-key space for our second home.”

Ol’ Republic’s spring arrival will mark the opening of the seventh tap house to set up inside the Barrel District, a roughly two-mile commercial and warehouse corridor just south of Highway 50 between Trade Center Drive and White Rock Road.  Burning Barrel Brewing Company is also preparing for a spring launch on Sun Center Drive.

Since its opening in 2011, Ol’ Republic, says Harte, has seen robust growth, doubling its 2016 production of roughly 3,300 barrels in 2017 and servicing an equally fast-growing client base that includes Corti Brothers and Total Wine, as well as a new partnership with Raley’s Grocery.

The Barrel District will soon serve as home to the first two distilleries to open since prohibition, according to the city.  Gold River Distillery is already up-and-running nearby on Sunrise Gold Circle.  The forthcoming J.J. Pfister Distilling Company will open on Business Park Drive in March.  Wine-lovers can rejoice in the news of the planned opening sometime this spring of Strad Meadery on Mercantile Drive, which will offer honey-fermented wines.

Currently, the city is putting together plans to roll out district banners to demarcate the various operators’ and their locations.  And, this summer, the city also plans to hold what constitutes as the Barrel District’s inaugural open house, officially rolling out the red carpet for what is fast-becoming Rancho’s home-brewed elixir for post-work commuters and locals alike.

“We recognize the craft beer industry as being one of the fastest-growing sectors and want to do whatever we can to accommodate the industry,” said Amanda Norton, economic development manager.  “We will be working with members to help define the area and this summer we’ll have our first official inaugural event for the district.”

Ol’ Republic is known for its darker lagers and British Ales (Simon hales from Salisbury).  Those include the “Dead Canary,” a Dortmund Export Lager, a “hoppy” black winter Ale called “Midnight Train,” “Cosmic Fly By,” a New England IPA, and “Chocolypito,” described as “an imperial chocolate oatmeal stout.”

Ol’ Republic’s Rancho location will have 12 taps to start, and also will offer beers to go in 12 ounce cans and Growlers.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Board of Supervisors on February 6th,  authorized the County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) to enter into an agreement with Wind Youth Services (WYS) for $380,000 for rehousing and supportive services for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and $160,000 to Sacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH) for navigation and rehousing services for unsheltered homeless populations in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County.  Services will run February through October 2018 and may be extended further. 

In July 2017, the Board approved funding for the implementation of four County homeless initiatives to improve the County’s response to homelessness in Sacramento County.  The initiatives provide for a range of services, including shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing services specialized for a variety of households: families, individuals, and those experiencing long-term homelessness. Currently those initiatives are all in various stages of implementation.

In September, the Board approved an additional $540,000 in funding to address service gaps in the homeless initiatives and to serve vulnerable subpopulations.​ ​DHA released a Request for Proposals seeking services for families, individuals, transitional aged youth, ages 18 to 24, and unsheltered homeless in unincorporated areas of the County. The County received five responses to the RFP. 

The evaluators determined that the Wind Youth Services program integrated a spectrum of services through a strong partnership among three youth service agencies working to not only support youth experiencing homelessness stabilize in housing and employment, but to help this population avoid homelessness altogether. 

Evaluators also determined Sacramento Self-Help Housing’s (SSHH) proposal addressed a gap in homeless services by expanding engagement and rehousing services for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness in unincorporated areas of the County.  This program will involve a strong partnership with SSHH, neighborhood leaders, such as the Carmichael Homeless Assistance Resource Team, law enforcement and DHA staff. 

All of the selected programs will provide services that further the County’s objectives to fund services that promote permanent housing placement, residential stability, and increased skill level or income in order to prepare participants to live more independently. 

For more information on the state of homelessness in Sacramento County, visit the Responding to Homelessness website at http://www.saccounty.net/Homelessness/Pages/default.aspx

 

Source: Sacramento County Media

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Controlling the Chaos When Disaster Strikes

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2018-02-14

Paul Lynch oversees the Rocklin-based Switch Center for Verizon’s Emergency Response Team Unit, which provides onsite backup power and cellular communications networking centers during disasters and emergency situations for Northern California first responders.

Verizon's Emergency Response Center Has Connectivity Covered

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Likely, as you watched recent television or streaming images of emergency rescue operations following the devastating fires and subsequent mudslides in Southern California, for example, you gave little thought to how first-responders on the ground, in the air and elsewhere were keeping the lines of communication flowing as they scrambled into gear to save lives and prepare for recovery operations.

Behind the scenes, mobile carriers such as Verizon Wireless were doing some of the most critical work necessary in these types of situations: addressing cellular network failures, which are common in natural disasters.  Depending on the situation, this can include anything from establishing mobile satellite systems to sending drones into those places humans can’t go, including collapsed buildings, tunnels and unstable structures. 

Recently, officials overseeing Verizon’s Rocklin-based emergency services switch facility held a “Public Safety Day” event, offering some of its clients a tour of their Rocklin switch facility, once of several nationwide keeping an eye on their perspective, regional networking systems, as well as TV news coverage of any and all disasters or emergencies where first-responders are unable to get on the network.

Built in 2003, the facility’s sister location is based in Sunnyvale.  Roughly 30 people work at the Rocklin facility; however, there are more than 100 others centers set up across the country employing more than 46 teams comprised of roughly 160,000 people.

“We like to think of ourselves as ‘pre-responders,’” said Paul Lynch, who manages Verizon’s two Northern California facilities.  “We monitor situations going on all over the country and we have crews on the ground from the get-go to provide onsite support for first responders to make sure they are connected and talking to one another.”

The invite-only tours are offered monthly as a way to show emergency response teams from Cal Fire, police and sheriff’s departments, the Department of Fish Wildlife and others exactly how well-prepared and equipped the company is at providing them with on-demand connectivity during a natural or man-made disaster.

The team will mobilize portable networking call centers, mobile satellite stations and deployment of any one of the company’s veritable barnyard of “cool tools,” such as cells on wheels (COWs), cells on light trucks (COLTS), HVACs on roadside equipment (HORSEs), and generators on a trailer (GOATs).

The Rocklin switch facility tour included a walk through the engineer’s command center or NOC (Network Operations Center), where 24-hour “surveillance” of its networking operations run across wall-to-wall monitors, scrutinized around the clock by a team of six engineers, three on the day shift, three on at night. 

“We don’t highlight any of this,” said Lynch.  “We don’t grandstand what’s behind our network.  But it is important for our customers working in the emergency fields to have confidence in who they partner with and to see up close exactly what we can do and how quickly we can do it.”

Verizon’s Crisis Response Teams, in Rocklin and nationwide, conduct regularly scheduled drills and emergency tests to ensure that they are ready to roll when they are needed, including shutting down the battery rooms and switching over to generators. 

“We don’t want to be the last to know that we’ve got failure,” said Lynch.

Tim Kuka, who oversees the Rocklin facility’s Network Equipment Center (NET) located right next door to the switch facility, gave a tour of the state of the art building.  The tour offered visitors a sneak-peak at Verizon’s local 4-G networking nerve center, a mind-blowingly pristine space known as the Data Hall or “cloud room.”  The building was constructed in 2014 and contains an impressively intricate layout of data backup units and an equally mind-numbing amount of cable.

“If you would take all the conduit in this building alone and stretch it out, it would go all the way to San Francisco,” said Kuka.

First-responders to man-made emergencies also often require backup power and or connectivity support.  Case in point: Verizon’s switch teams worked closely with FBI officials during the mass shootings that occurred at a San Bernardino-based regional center in December of 2015, quickly mobilizing command centers, establishing private networking and satellite communications lines and serving to provide backup power and other services to all agencies aiding victims and overseeing the recovery efforts.

The switch facility and NEC tours culminated with a close-up demonstration of some of those cool tools, including Rocklin’s own RAD (Robotic Assistance Device), a four-wheel robot that looks like a scooter with a camera tower perched on its front end.

“She can go into dull, dark, dirty and dangerous places,” said Jim Larson a vendor with Robotic Assistance Devices, which partners with Verizon to provide the RAD.  “She can be manually operated or put on automatic to handle perimeter security during a disaster or emergency, taking pictures the whole time while emergency personnel are doing their jobs.”

Verizon’s 46 emergency networking teams across the country also are prepared and ready to help set up networking stations with water, food and other supplies, as well as connectivity support relief efforts, specifically by the Red Cross.  Its response teams also will provide first responders and others with handsets, dedicated mobile hotspot devices and private networks. 

“Everything we provide is free, except in cases where we have to set up satellites,” said Lynch.

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Meet the Rancho Cordova Police Department’s New POP Supervisor

By Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova  |  2018-02-14

Sergeant Vanessa Johnson, RCPD’s new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Supervisor, has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 15 years and worked in a variety of positions, including airport, marine enforcement, civil division, internal affairs, and the communications center. Photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department is pleased to introduce you to our new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Supervisor – Sergeant Vanessa Johnson.

Sergeant Johnson began her path towards a career in law enforcement while studying criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento. She had completed an internship with the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division and was considering going into law enforcement at the state level.

However, one of her professors was a lieutenant with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and inspired her to apply for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy. She enrolled in and attended the Academy after she graduated from college.

Sergeant Johnson has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 15 years and worked in a variety of positions, including airport, marine enforcement, civil division, internal affairs, and the communications center.

In January 2017, she had an opportunity to come to the Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) on patrol. She had worked throughout the Sacramento region but never in Rancho Cordova. Rancho Cordova had an outstanding reputation of having good officer morale, a positive work environment, and a supportive city, and she had an interest in experiencing the City firsthand.

“The City of Rancho Cordova has held true to its reputation,” said Sergeant Johnson. “Coming to Rancho Cordova was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my career. It’s a pleasure to be part of the dedicated and motivated team at the Rancho Cordova Police Department.” 

In December, Sergeant Johnson was selected to be the Supervisor of RCPD’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit. The POP Unit focuses on improving quality of life and strengthening neighborhoods in Rancho Cordova by concentrating on long-term public safety issues. 

In her new role, Sergeant Johnson is helping to launch the City’s new Homeless Outreach Team, which consists of two full-time officers on the POP Unit, the City’s code enforcement department, and the City’s Homeless Navigator. The team’s primary responsibility is to connect the homeless to housing and supportive services provided through regional partners, and work with local businesses to address homelessness. 

Sergeant Johnson hopes to continue to work closely with the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) program. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization builds relationships between RCPD and youth through a variety of programs, at no cost to the kids.  Her hope is to continue finding programs that RCPD can offer to the more than 1,200 kids the program serves each year. 

Sergeant Johnson wants to further build relationships and communication between the POP Unit and residents and businesses. 

“My goal is for our POP Unit to continue to strengthen relationships with our community by creating partnerships and strategies for reducing crime in our neighborhoods,” said Sergeant Johnson. “I also want to connect with and empower residents so they can work alongside us to address quality of life issues within our community.”

Come meet Sergeant Johnson at the next Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 6 PM at 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Folsom Cordova Graduating Seniors

By Zak Ford, Folsom Cordova School Board Member  |  2018-02-14

One Student is awarded the scholarship from the Rancho Cordova community and one student is awarded the scholarship from the Folsom community.

Apply for the Daniel Campbell Ford Scholarship by April 6

 

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Do you know a Folsom Cordova graduating senior looking for scholarship opportunities?  If so, please let them know about the Daniel Campbell Ford Scholarship.  I am accepting applications through Friday, April 6th.

In 2011, I established the Daniel Campbell Ford Scholarship in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

The scholarship, named in honor of my great-grandfather, Daniel Campbell Ford, is awarded to two graduating seniors planning to continue their education at a two-year or four-year college or university. One student is awarded the scholarship from the Rancho Cordova community and one student is awarded the scholarship from the Folsom community. The award amount per student is $1,000.

In addition to offsetting some of the financial costs of college, the scholarship aims to give students a greater appreciation for a family member or other person that has made a sacrifice to provide them with greater opportunity in life.

Daniel Campbell Ford was a coal miner in Tennessee with only a second grade education when he started his family a century ago.  Daniel wanted more opportunity for his children and desired that each would receive a quality education.  He sold everything he could and moved his family to California, arriving with little more than a dream.  Despite his lack of formal education, Daniel always encouraged his children to take advantage of their educational opportunities.  Ford was proud that all 11 of his children graduated from high school – this rate would have been high at the time and nearly unfathomable had he stayed in Tennessee.  A few of his children graduated from college and nearly all of his grandchildren graduated from college, many with advanced degrees.

I hope you know of someone who could benefit from this opportunity and will apply by Friday, April 6th.  Please visit www.DanielCampbellFord.com for more information on the scholarship.
 

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Local Ken Cooley Small Business Resource Workshop Provides Answers

By MPG Staff  |  2018-02-14

(From left to right) – Darrell Dante, Carrie Ellinwood and Heather Luzzi from the US Small Business Administration, along with June Livingston, BERC Supervisor, Marianne Conarroe, from Ken Cooley’s office, and David Nelson, CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration, all reached out to help local small business owners at the event.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs gathered at the Carmichael Park on Friday morning, February 9th for Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s Small Business Resource Workshop.

The workshop, dedicated to reaching out to and assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs from around the community, is a free annual seminar and networking event aimed at boosting local business and the local economy. It was a good turnout from the community, as many people came not only prepared to listen and learn, but with plenty of questions as well – getting the answers and direction they need to be successful.

“It’s good to see people active in the community and able to get the help they need,” said Tiffany Detinne, owner of Detinne CPA. “In my business I see a lot of businesses fail because they don’t get help. It made me aware that there are a lot of services and places out there to go and get that help.”

Representatives from the State, County and local non-profits were on hand, answering questions and providing a variety of resources: The County of Sacramento discussed how small businesses can apply for procurement contracts with the County. The Small Business Development Center provided tips and resources on how small businesses can create an effective strategy, discover ways to generate revenue and grow their bottom line. California Capital Financial Corporation spoke about their services and on how to generate more business, find and identify business opportunities, reach more customers and build customer relationships, and business financing. 

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A Sweet Goodbye

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-02-14

Betty Cooper and Paul Tebbel (second and third from left) recently retired as executives for Carmichael’s Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Among goodbye gifts were paintings by artist David Peterson (left). The Nature Center’s new director (right) is Torey Byington.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Effie Yeaw Nature Center has bid farewell to two of its most senior staffers. Executives Paul Tebbel and Betty Cooper recently retired after long careers in natural history education.

Cooper (63) served the center for 23 years. When it lost county funding and settled under the wing of the American River Natural History Association in 2010, Cooper assumed a critical financial development role. “ARNHA took a giant leap of faith in taking us on,” she considered. “Continuing our operations required tripling their fundraising.  We all realized how much people loved this place. For more than 40 years, it’s provided education and tranquil space where you really can connect with wildlife.”

Cooper’s greatest success was in partnership with the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. The two non-profits came up with an “Art Where Wild Things Are” gala. In nine years of sipping wine and auctioning art, the event has become the most glamorous night of the Carmichael calendar. “Compared to our more family-oriented programs, this gala is elegant,” explains its organizer.  “We sell out almost every year. It’s great to see well-known artists, philanthropists and elected officials in our beautiful preserve. Fine food, fine art and fine people blend delightfully.”

Paul Tebbel (63) joined the Effie Yeaw staff in 2011. The new executive director’s biggest challenge was managing the transition of a County facility to a nonprofit. “We started from scratch in creating staffing and accounting systems,” he explains. “Most importantly, we had to rebuild public confidence. Many supporters thought we would close.  Our job was to convince them we were still in business. Thankfully, our members came back and provided the support that keeps us thriving. We would not have survived without hardworking ARNHA volunteers and our staff. Betty Cooper has been a fantastic co-leader. There’s nothing she can’t do.”

The retirees’ roles will be taken over Torey Byington, who previously directed a nature facility in Wayland, Michigan. Both Cooper and Tebbel plan to volunteer for future Nature Center projects. “Effie Yeaw and its programs are a great mission,” said Cooper. “The staff and volunteers are like family. That’s not something you can walk away from.”

Learn about the Nature center’s educational programs at www.sacnaturecenter.net

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