Grizzly Flats, CA (MPG) - Four students from Cordova High School participated recently in the 2018 El Dorado Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 103 high school students from 11 schools from the Sacramento area and central California. The event was October 24 to 27 at Leoni Meadows Camp, near Grizzly Flats, California.
One of the highlights for the students this year was the opportunity to assess available timber that could be harvested at Leoni Meadows and, using current information on lumber prices and logging/hauling costs, determine whether Leoni Meadows would meet its financial goals if they harvest in today’s market. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills.
“This is the ultimate event for students to gain technical skills and network with professionals in the forestry industry,” said Cordova High School teacher Bret Harnden. Charlie Budge, a sophomore at Cordova, summed it up as follows: “It was a fun time and was educational. It was cool being able to learn about the forest, while actually in the forest.”
Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Delivers to Planet’s Surface
REDMOND, WA (MPG) – Using sophisticated propulsion devices provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne, NASA’s Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet Nov. 26.
The final phase of lnSight’s descent was powered by 12 Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-107N 50 lbf engines, providing variable pounds of pulsed thrust throughout its descent, which began firing after the lander jettisoned its parachute and heat shield. The engines maneuvered the craft clear of the falling parachute before bringing it gently to the Martian surface, where it will gather data on the planet’s seismology, rotation and internal temperature.
“We provided propulsion for every phase of this important NASA mission, from launch to landing,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “A mission like this leaves no margin for error and our systems successfully performed their critical roles as expected.”
Mars InSight began its journey May 5 with its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied the RL10C-1 main engine and 12 MR-106 reaction control thrusters for the rocket’s Centaur upper stage, as well as helium pressurization tanks for the vehicle’s first and second stages.
During InSight’s roughly six-month cruise to Mars, four Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-106B thrusters, each generating four pounds of thrust, kept the probe on target via five trajectory correction maneuvers. Meanwhile, four MR-111C thrusters, each generating one pound of thrust, kept the craft stable and pointed in the right direction.
These same thrusters provided the final trajectory and pointing adjustments as the lander approached the Martian atmosphere. Aerojet Rocketdyne also supplied two helium pressurization tanks on the lander.
Mars InSight will study the deep interior of Mars, examining in depth its crust, mantle, and core. Aerojet Rocketdyne engines have flown aboard every successful U.S. Mars mission, including orbiters and landers. Additionally, Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems have taken NASA probes to every planet in the solar system and even beyond. The agency’s two Voyager probes, which launched in 1977, are equipped with Aerojet Rocketdyne thrusters. Voyager 1 is in interstellar space, while Voyager 2 is in the heliosheath, the outermost layer of the heliosphere.
Concert Entertains at Mather VA Hospital
MATHER, CA (MPG) - While hospital visits aren’t often music for outpatient ears, veterans recently enjoyed three hours of classic rock at Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather. Sponsored by the Home of the Campaign, the event continued veteran week celebrations with free 340 pizza lunches, tee shirts and patient visits.
Volunteers from Hewlett Packard Enterprise led a volunteer force for the outreach.
Lady and the Tramps’ concert was originally planned for outdoors but poor air quality nudged activities into the hospital lobby. Unfazed, the group performed classic rock tunes for a mobile but appreciative audience.
Home of the Brave was Established in 2012 by Hewlett Packard employees in in Houston TX and Herndon VA. The group later partnered with Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service; the VA Homeless Program and Soldiers Angels. Corporate contributors include Perspecta, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Micro Focus. The campaign’s mission to honor and support veterans has created giving events all over America, with volunteer activities such as patient visits at health centers. Fundraising and sponsor donations provide hats, blankets, water bottles and backpacks to thousands of veterans in 42 states, and in Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
Learn about Home of the Brave at www.homeofthebravecampaign.com
Six-year-old fights juvenile arthritis every day
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In a Carmichael home where a family with three boys under 10 live, super heroes are widely respected, and even part of the décor. Breakfast is served on top of Avenger placemats and Superman and Thor are nearby. Ironically, the kid eating his cereal from a bowl placed on top of Black Panther (his favorite) is a superhero in his own right. He is sharing his own battle with juvenile arthritis to bring awareness to the disease.
Six-year-old Jeremy Kelley will leave Black Panther behind and don a reindeer suit for a day the whole family is celebrating. Jeremy will be leading the Reindeer Games and Kid Run at the Arthritis Foundation’s 2018 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, supported by Sutter Health (where Jeremy’s mom works). The race takes place on December 9.
“Our honorees and volunteers are what make this event memorable every year, and this year we’re humbled to honor Jeremy Kelley who, along with his parents, is a true arthritis warrior,” says Heather Funk, the Arthritis Foundations’ Pacific Southwest region development director. “We are all pulling for him to be able to finish the Kid Run.”
Jeremy’s warrior-status journey started right before his third birthday. He was simply doing what kids do when they are three, but had a decidedly different outcome.
“Jeremy jumped off the couch in the living room and onto a beanbag chair,” his mother, Jaime Kelley says. In a few days, his leg was swollen to triple its size. X-rays didn’t show any damage, but Jeremy didn’t improve over time. Clearly, jumping off the couch was not the issue.
The Kelleys went to their own pediatrician, were referred to Shriners Hospital and got an appointment several months later. By that time both knees and an ankle were severely swollen, and Jeremy was back to crawling. Doctors there did testing, but were also stumped by Jeremy’s severe symptoms. Shriner Hospital suggested taking Jeremy to UC San Francisco, where doctors there gave him aggressive joint injections. They worked.
“He started running around like crazy, the previous six months seemed like a bad dream,” Jaime Kelley remembers. “We couldn’t believe we had Jeremy back.”
Unfortunately, the “miracle” really wasn’t. Despite Jeremy’s new-found mobility, the disease wasn’t subsiding. More shots followed, and injecting the medicine was up to mom. Jeremy developed a bad case of shot anxiety, turning the household into turmoil when it was time for yet another one. Knowing the injection routine was impacting the family and hoping the disease was in remission, the doctors decided to give Jeremy a break from the rigid shot regime. The symptoms returned.
So now the Kelleys are in management mode, continuing with the injections sometimes, seeing a therapist for the shot trauma — and coping. Pain is still prevalent, and doctors say the remedy is harsh: push through it.
“It’s something we will just have to deal with,” says Jaime, “Right now we are trying yoga.” Grateful for the help she received from the Foundation, Jaime is now an Arthritis Foundation activist who mentors— and learns from — other parents and the staff and board of the Foundation.
Andrew Pete, service line director for Perioperative Services at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento, is the Northern California Arthritis Foundation chair. He is one of many Sutter Health community volunteers who donate expertise and services to nonprofits throughout the region.
“People assume that arthritis is a condition you get when you get old,” Pete says. “But our Arthritis Warrior Jeremy confirms that kids get arthritis too. We want people to know the symptoms and get help because there are treatments available.”
Juvenile arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the U.S., a figure experts consider on the low side. Considering the obstacles and determination parents must endure to convince their medical provider that the symptoms are more than just kids being kids, the disease is underreported and appallingly undertreated.
The Arthritis Foundation is trying to change the trajectory of misdiagnosis by funding cutting-edge research for new treatments and discovering a cure, advocating for health care access, and offering support to victims of the disease.
The Jingle Bell Run is part of that strategy. It is a holiday event where at least 1,000 people will gather at Sacramento’s Crocker Park to join the movement to conquer the disease. The 5K run encourages participants to dress in festive costumes and get moving to raise awareness and funds to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. To register, visit, www.jbr.org/Sacramento
Meanwhile, Jeremy loves to escape his trials and play Pie Face, a game-in-a-box with rules that dictate that if you are the unlucky opponent, a lever slaps whip cream all over your face. Jeremy thinks it’s hilarious.
Source: 3fold Communications
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – California State Railroad Museum Foundation President & CEO Cheryl Marcell has been named to serve on the prestigious board of directors for the HeritageRail Alliance, a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting the common interest of entities engaged in the business of tourist, scenic, historic or excursion railroading, railway and trolley museums. The official announcement was made at the HeritageRail conference held last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marcell will serve on the board for a three-year term ending in 2021.
With an impressive and expansive background in business development and the airport industry, Marcell joined the California State Railroad Museum Foundation in April 2015 where she has been instrumental in helping to reinvigorate and pave exciting new paths for the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.
Marcell’s new role on the board of directors comes at an important time for the rail industry. May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad when, along with the rest of the country, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation plan to present a series of exciting events, activities and exhibits to commemorate the historic achievement that helped to shape and connect the nation. For more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit www.californiarailroad.museumand for information the HeritageRail Alliance, please visit www.atrrm.org.
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.
Source: T-Rock Communications
Working to Prevent Large Power Outages
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s high voltage transmission lines in the Sierra deliver large amounts of power from SMUD’s hydroelectric facilities to customers in the valley. A fault on one of those lines can significantly impact the electrical system, potentially leaving thousands of customers in the dark. Critical to the lines’ capability are splices that enable the lines to be continuous. As transmission lines are strung or repaired over time, the splices, which are tubular sleeves, can degrade.
To find potential faults SMUD is using state-of-the-art portable X-ray photography to inspect major transmission lines that feed the SMUD grid. Since the X-ray data collected is live, any potential issues are found immediately and repairs are promptly made to arrest future failure.
These high-voltage lines are strung atop high lattice-style towers. Maintenance and repairs on them can involve a lot of work, sometimes more than a hundred feet above the ground, and the work is typically done while the lines are energized so power can flow without interruption.
“Having this tool available to us helps eliminate the guesswork,” said SMUD Chief Energy Delivery Officer Frankie McDermott. “It provides another level of protection to help prevent outages on our transmission lines and helps us to harden the SMUD grid.”
To do the X-ray inspections that see inside the critical splices, they brought in lineworkers from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), who are certified to do what’s called “barehand” work on energized transmission lines high above the ground while suspended from a helicopter.
Barehanding is a technique that safely allows transmission lineworkers to “bond on” and have direct contact with energized, high-voltage lines to perform work. Special protective clothing, including gloves, socks and boots, place the lineworker within the field of electricity that surrounds the energized conductor, allowing the electricity to flow around their body.
The work is part of many ongoing projects to improve and enhance reliable power delivery. The transmission lines in El Dorado County enable SMUD to deliver power from the Upper American River Project (UARP), SMUD’s huge system of hydroelectric power plants in the Sierra. The UARP’s nearly 700 megawatts of clean power can provide about 20 percent of SMUD’s power in a normal water year, which can be crucial especially in summer months when market power is more expensive.
Reliability is a core value of SMUD, a policy set by the SMUD Board of Directors who is elected by SMUD customers. To fulfill that policy, SMUD continues to bolster the infrastructure that comprises SMUD’s grid. For more information about SMUD, visit SMUD.org.
Source: SMUD Media
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – Lincoln Village Community Park was abuzz with activity on a cool, sunny November 3rd morning. City of Rancho Cordova, Soil Born Farms, West Coast Arborists, and Sacramento Tree Foundation staff arrived early to set up the registration booth, lay out the eight piles of colored bandanas for each of the planting teams, “Tree Hero” shirts, and morning wake up goodies of coffee, hot chocolate, and edibles that included locally harvested apples brought in by Soil Born Farms. Shovels, bags of compost, trees, and other supplies were organized, moved, stacked, and packed into trucks for transport to the locations. Men, women, teens, children, and members of various groups arrived, signed in, picked up their packets and bandanas, chatted, and enjoyed some down time before work began.
Mayor Linda Budge strolled the park with Jake, her white poodle. Mature trees stood tall in the background beginning their annual fall color show, and a gaggle of geese wandered across the grass. She was there to celebrate the planting of the 1000th tree to be planted in Rancho Cordova since 2015 as part of an effort to expand the city’s urban forest. During the first year, 100 trees were planted in the Lincoln Village neighborhood. During the next two years, the goal was to plant one tree a day. Those numbers were surpassed with 367 and 474 trees.
A Chinese pistache, which can reach 60 feet when mature, was chosen for the planting. Shiree, Soil Born Farms’ Edible City Assistant, worked with Gabriel from West Coast Arborists and Jason from the Sacramento Tree Foundation to prepare the planting hole. Mayor Budge and Sacramento Tree Foundation Executive Director Ray Tretheway wielded golden shovels for the ceremonial planting.
Steve Harriman, Rancho Cordova Public Works Division Manager of Operations and Maintenance, led the group of nearly 100 volunteers through a tree chant before sending the teams off. Volunteers included students from C.K. McClatchy and Cordova high schools, SAVA (Sacramento Area Vocational Academy), Sac State Hornets, Rancho Cordova Sunrise Rotary Club, representatives from Congressman Ami Bera’s office, Rancho Cordova Police Department, Davey Resource Group, Cordova Recreation and Park District staff, members of the “It Takes a Lincoln Village” group, and citizens from near and far. Some volunteers wanted to play in the dirt. One young woman said she came because she’d heard that birds have lost nesting places and she wanted to help them and the environment. Others, like Fayzah and her family, came to help out of civic pride in their community.
Shade trees are beneficial for homes, providing much needed shade during the summer months. They can also help improve air quality, and reduce cooling costs, which is why SMUD provided the day’s shade trees. There is a need to expand the city’s urban forest, said Mayor Budge, which is why the city’s Free Trees+ program is supported by the Community Enhancement Fund. Many trees, she added, had been lost during the drought – some died and some had been removed by homeowners who mistakenly believed that they used too much water.
One twist to Saturday’s planting was the inclusion of fruit trees provided by Soil Born Farms under a grant serving the Lincoln Village community and communities in South Sacramento.
“Thanks to Soil Born Farms, we are planting fruit trees this time. Some of our home builders have selected decorative trees for our new homes that are messy or have invasive roots. We are hoping that by replacing them with a tree that has the benefit of providing fresh fruit for our families, Rancho Cordova residents will want to enjoy these trees for longer periods. In my own yard, the trees are constantly dropping leaves, flowers or seeds – all year long. So I can really understand people wanting a tree that provides shade and food at the same time!”
The orange team’s first stop was Artur Margaryam’s front yard where they planted two new fruit trees, a mandarin and an Asian pear, bringing his total number to eight trees which include lemon, pomegranate, and persimmon. Team leader Stephanie Robinson, Communication and Engagement Manager at Sacramento Tree Foundation, demonstrated proper planting techniques. Hole depth and width, how to build the mound, the proper height for the tree’s crown were shown and then she asked for volunteers to do the work which was checked by her and Ray Tretheway.
She addressed the need to call 8-1-1 before digging so that any underground utility lines could be marked and those areas avoided. She spoke about compost and Tretheway weighed in on the importance of removing grass from the soil being dug up. As with too much fertilizer, the grass can potentially burn young roots because the grass heats up.
While volunteers took turns digging the hole and removing grass from the dirt, another group worked to free the mandarin from its container and massaged the root ball. This, Robinson explained, is important because the roots have grown into circles while in the container but they need to grow outward to prevent the tree from falling over. She covered mulch and reminded volunteers that it provides insulation from heat and cold and can be obtained free of charge from SMUD’s corporation yard.
“Education is our central mission,” said Robinson, adding that she wants volunteers to “feel invested in our urban forest.” The foundation fields hundreds of telephone calls each week about watering, pruning, and other topics, and offers free workshops.
“This region would be unlivable without trees,” she said.
City Manager Cyrus Abhar wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with the tree planting crew either. He helped mulch the Asian pear tree alongside Fayzah and her family who’d ridden up earlier on bicycles.
Harriman gathered volunteers once again and led them in a tree cheer before they left Margaryam’s home for their second, and last, stop where they would plant eight trees on a single property. Residents, through the Free Trees+ program, are eligible to receive up to ten trees on their property. Volunteers squatted, counted down, and then grew tall as trees waving their arms like unstaked fruit tree limbs bending in the wind and growing stronger.
For additional information about Lincoln Village Community Park, visit: https://crpd.com/parks/lincoln-village-community-park/. If you’re going: 3480 Routier Road, Rancho Cordova. For more information about Sacramento Tree Foundation, visit: https://www.sactree.com. For more information about Soil Born Farms, visit: https://soilborn.org/. For additional information about Free Trees+, visit: https://www.cityofranchocordova.org/departments/public-works/services-and-programs/free-trees.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Cordova Recreation and Park District received the Innovative Program of the Year award for a large district by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) during the association’s Annual Conference and Exhibitor Showcase, which was held in Indian Wells from September 24-27, 2018.
The Cordova Recreation and Park District was awarded for their “Heron Landing Community Park” project. The district identified the need to support the growth that is expected in the Rancho Cordova community and through a decade-long planning, design, stakeholder engagement and construction process created this 20-acre park in the Anatolia neighborhood of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, the only community park in this resident area. The park is intended to support and serve a growing community with amenities ranging from programmed athletics facilities to wildlife observation to multi-generational play areas. The District anticipates programming for soccer, lacrosse, softball, flag football, tennis, bocce ball, basketball, turf volleyball, kickball, and ultimate frisbee.
During seven community outreach events, stakeholders provided input and direction regarding the selection and implementation of programming elements and desired amenities; additionally, a community meeting was held to specifically discuss the proposed sports field lighting. Throughout the project, Cordova Recreation and Park District worked closely with the City of Rancho Cordova, the County of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to create an accessible and safe community space. This park demonstrates a 21st century ethic of sustainability and technology, provides a myriad of opportunities, and furthers the District’s mission to “lead the region in recreation and parks through excellence and transparency in serving the needs of our diverse and growing community.”
Since the park opened on December 16, 2017 it has been praised by community members and professional association alike. Resident Google postings on the park give it a score of 4.8 out of 5.0. In February 2018, it received a Facility Design and Park Planning award from the California Parks and Recreation Society District 2. In March 2018, it received an award from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts for Outstanding New Facility.
The criteria for this CSDA annual award included originality of project, tangible and positive results produced and a documented decrease in district costs or a demonstrated improvement in the district’s quality of service without significantly increasing costs.
The California Special Districts Association is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy and other services for all types of independent special districts.
"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" on December 8
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort visitors will be delighted to have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1850s to enjoy festive holiday traditions from early in California’s early history when people from around the world passed through the Fort gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to experience a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants enjoyed. Complete with docents in period attire, entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions. As a special treat for kids of all ages, Father Christmas will be on-hand to hear holiday wishes.
Fort visitors can also participate in a number of hands-on activities such as dipping and creating their own holiday candles, crafting their own “keepsake” holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus making holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grinding raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” singing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of the Fort’s cannon. Additionally, Friends of Sutter's Fort Trade Store will be open, providing complimentary samples of gold nugget chocolates and offering a special holiday sale.
Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows: $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under. For more information, please call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org
Source: T-Rock Communications
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - It’s that time of year when the Sacramento Business Journal seeks out honorees for their annual “40 Under 40,” and this year, they’ve selected Rancho Cordova City Council Member Donald Terry as an honoree!
“It is an honor to be mentioned as a ’40 under 40’ by the Sacramento Business Journal and to be listed among other great service workers and community leaders,” said Council Member Donald Terry. “I’ve been fortunate to serve as a council member and mayor for the City and residents of Rancho Cordova, and it’s been one of my greatest life experiences getting to know our community and working together to make Rancho Cordova a safer, more prosperous, and overall happier place to call home. With all of the progress that has been made over the years and since incorporation, I am excited to continue to work with residents, businesses, and community partners to provide the best service possible to all Rancho Cordovans.”
When determining the area’s “40 Under 40,” the Sacramento Business Journal states that, “These young professionals excel in their workplaces and in their communities.”
The 40 Under 40 winners will be celebrated during a special event on November 29, 2018 at The Sofia, Home of the B Street Theatre. Registration for the event will be available later this month.