Women's Veterans Event Honors Many Who Served

Story and Photos by Paul Scholl  |  2017-06-14

The women veterans who attended the event were an impressive group who served our nation and now need our support in return.

Dedication to our nation was on display at a recent event held to support women veterans of the United States Armed Services. A very impressive group of women who have served our country came together at the gathering and celebration, hosted by American River Brewing Company.

The Women Veterans Alliance, created to support female veterans who have specific needs separate from male veterans, has as their mission is to impact and empower the lives of women veterans. They are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans.

Attending the event on Friday, June 2nd to recognize the honorees were Congressman Ami Bera and Assemblyman Ken Cooley. Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company has become a big supporter of the group.

During the presentations, each of the veterans took to the microphone and announced their branch of the military and their term of service. It was truly impressive to hear each of their individual commitments, with some still engaged.

American River Bank was the major sponsor for this event. Be sure to tell them “Thank You” when you visit one of their local branches. Food was provided by Culinerdy Cruzer.

To get more information about the Women Veterans Alliance go to www.WomenVeteransAlliance.org.

“We believe strongly in supporting our veterans, and especially our women veterans. They all gave so much for us. It is time for us to stand up and do more for them” said Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company.

American River Brewing is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive, just off Sunrise Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

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Democrats Deny Funding for Critical Levee Repairs Needed after Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-06-14

Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state's water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led an alliance to obtain money in the state budget to repair California's critical levees in Northern California, which are used by the State Water Project to deliver water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

“The failure to prioritize our state's infrastructure is incomprehensible,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Millions of Californians depend on water that passes through these critical water conveyance systems.”

Senator Nielsen added, “Our request would have provided for an investment in the state’s water infrastructure, which would protect lives, preserve property and save the state billions of dollars in emergency repairs.”

On February 7, the Oroville Dam spillway failed causing nearly 200,000 people and their pets to be evacuated. In addition, water system levees suffered significant damage that may prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

The $100 million funding request was also supported by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and the following organizations: Central Valley Flood Control Association; Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; Northern California Water Association; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Western Growers; California Farm Bureau Federation; Yuba Flood Control District; Yuba City; Operating Engineers Local 3.

Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes all or portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. To contact Senator Nielsen, call him at (916) 651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov.

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The Rancho Cordova City Council approved three artistic murals to be painted and installed in the City on main corridors frequently used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. To mark the City of Rancho Cordova's 14th birthday, the City is inviting residents to “be a part of history” and sign up to participate in the painting of one of the murals.

Residents may sign up to participate by filling out an online form on the City’s website by Friday, June 16th. 14 groups of up to four members per group will be randomly selected by the City to help paint the mural at City Hall on June 27th. The mural will be installed during July 2017 to commemorate the City's 14th birthday. The online sign-up form may be found on the City of Rancho Cordova’s website: www.cityofranchocordova.org/what-s-new/community-mural.

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Free Worm Composting Workshop at Soil Born Farms

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-06-14

Soil Born Farms, Republic Services, and the City of Rancho Cordova are hosting a free worm composting workshop at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The class will teach participants the basics of starting, maintaining and harvesting worm compost, which uses various specific species of worms to break down organic matter, such as kitchen scraps and paper materials. Vermicompost, the product of worm composting, is used by small scale farmers and gardeners as a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Worm composting also helps divert organic material from landfills. To register, visit www.soilborn.org/events/composting-6-28-17.

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Join Team Hope Walk

Source: Rick Reed PR  |  2017-06-13

Genetic Disaster or Uncertainty in Your Genes - Huntington’s Disease?

Individually, they battled ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. They all lost. ALS beat baseball great Lou Gehrig; Parkinson’s knocked down Muhammad Ali; Alzheimer’s erased rock music legend AC/DC founder Malcolm Young; and Huntington’s disease silenced Singer/Songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Called ‘the cruelest disease’ Huntington’s is like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Imagine! And many are unaware the HD is in their family history.

Neurological degeneration becomes the life of people impacted by the genetic disaster called Huntington’s disease or HD. Caused by a genetic mismatch many won’t know they carry within their makeup.

Local families are uniting to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow at the Team Hope Walk, William Land Park Saturday, June 24, 2017. The ninth annual walk in this beautiful setting helps raise awareness of HD, support for local families and funds for ongoing research to find treatment and a cure.

Often unknown before symptoms, Therese Crucher-Marin of Auburn and Dawn Doster of Fair Oaks have lived with Huntingon’s disease dedicating their lives to helping others understand the fate, learn about testing and help support local families thru the HDSA Sacramento Chapter. They are just two regional families talking about how Huntington’s changed their lives.

To learn more about HD, visit the chapter Website at http://northernca.hdsa.org/.

Registration costs are: Adults $25, Children $10. You receive a T- shirt when you register online. You can get information, register or donate at Sacramento, CA Team Hope Walk at https://hdsa.donordrive.com.

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A New City of Trees

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-06-08

On behalf of the City of Rancho Cordova, City staff and family members accepted the “Growing Greenprint” Tree Hero Award from the Sacramento Tree Foundation for the City’s tree planting leadership. Pictured left to right: Maria Kniestedt, Vida Abhar, Cyrus Abhar, Steve Harriman, Albert Stricker. Front: Norma Niblett, Council Member Linda Budge. 
-- Photo courtesy Riverview Media Photography/Tia Gemmell

Rancho Cordova Receives Recognition for Tree Planting Program

The Sacramento Tree Foundation awarded the City of Rancho Cordova its “Growing Greenprint" Tree Hero Award on Wednesday, May 31st for the City’s efforts towards expanding its urban tree canopy. With support from elected officials, City staff and community volunteers, tremendous work has gone into planting more trees across Rancho Cordova on both public and private property.

Commitment to an improved tree canopy began in 2015, when the City outlined a tree plan and hired a contract arborist to assist with its development.

In May 2016, the City planted 100 trees in Lincoln Village as part of its first neighborhood planting event. More recently, the City completed an inventory of its public trees and vacant planting sites to create a tree maintenance and planting plan. The City developed a goal to plant one tree a day or 365 trees during the fiscal year in neighborhoods and private property, churches, businesses, and parks.

“The City’s tree program has been a great community effort with residents and businesses coming together to identify planting sites, as well as physically getting the trees in the ground,” said Steve Harriman, the manager of the tree program for the City of Rancho Cordova.

In collaboration with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the City of Rancho Cordova and community volunteers planted 35 trees in the Cordova Meadows and Cordova Gardens neighborhoods, and 100 trees were planted on church properties. 100 additional trees will be planted on neighborhood, commercial, and church sites, and the remainder of the trees will be planted on City property by June 30, 2017.

The City is also working to improve its tree ordinances and is drafting its Urban Forest Management Plan to further support efforts to grow trees in Rancho Cordova and increase shade.

“The robust urban forest that we are building makes Rancho Cordova a cleaner, healthier and even more beautiful community. This program will be a lasting legacy for the City,” Harriman said.

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Rancho Cordovan Named Flag Football Hall of Famer

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-06-08

Willie Sloan poses with his well-earned awards from his team. “Gridiron Gamers based out of North Sacramento. The team I played on is a top level competitive local, and travel team,” says Sloan. We have played as far down south as San Diego, to as far as up north as Tacoma, WA, in various 8 men full contact flag football tournaments.”
-- Photo courtesy Willie Sloan

Willie Sloan first came to Rancho Cordova in the 1980s. Ever since then he has continued to be a presence in the sports circles of the City. After his mother read media accounts, the family purposefully moved to Rancho Cordova during the Cordova High football program’s powerhouse days, specifically so Sloan could play here. Although it’s been decades since Sloan played football at Cordova High School, he has remained an active and avid player, including making the switch from full contact to flag football. That dedication to the sport recently resulted in Sloan earning an inaugural place in the Central Valley Flag Football Hall of Fame. Sloan graciously gave the following in a recent interview.

Q: Please tell me about yourself. How did you come to Rancho Cordova, how are you still involved?

A: I came to the City of Rancho Cordova from New Jersey in 1982 via my father retiring from the Air Force. I also, still currently reside within the City of Rancho Cordova. I am involved in a few little things at the moment within the community of Cordova Villa, but I am always open and looking to be more involved within the community and/or City of Rancho Cordova. I am currently one of the organizers for what we call the “Villa Reunion.” The Villa Reunion is a group of us from my old neighborhood who decided last year, that it would be nice for our community to organize, and try to bring the community together once on year (1st weekend in June) for a community reunion and barbeque picnic. This year, after a successful year last year, will be our second year.

Q: How did you become involved in sports here and what was the experience like for you?

A: I became involved in the sports in the City of Rancho Cordova by way of attending Cordova High School in the Mid 80’s (1985). However, even before then I have always been involved in sports in general since I was a little kid. The experience of sports however, was nothing like I have ever experienced before my arrival to the City of Ranch Cordova. The City of Rancho Cordova, just carries so much weight, legacy, tradition, city and community love and support that even [to] this day, I have yet to see being matched.

Q: What lessons from sports did you take with you into your adult life and everyday world?

A: The biggest thing the I took from being involved in organized sports the is the ability to “want to work with others” if you want to be more successful, and the willingness to be accountable/responsible for your part. In my adult life, that has since translated into being more of people person, not being afraid to ask for help if I ran into a challenge I know I could not achieve on my own, and being accountable, taking personal responsibility and knowing thing will always work out in the end.

Q: What do you think about youth and adult sports available in the area?

A: Youth and Adult sports in the City of Rancho Cordova, as well as any other city if very important. It not only promotes the idea and development of how to work with each other on the youth level, but it also provides comradery on the adult level.

Q: Who should be involved and why?

A: I feel as many people should be involved if they love the sports scene. I just turned 50, and I’m still looking for sports activity to play since my retirement from flag football. I think sports are good connection barrier for people ranging from all ages. Youth to adults and even seniors. The personal and live interaction can do wonders for those who aren’t really into the whole social (media) scene.

Q: What additional things would you like our readers to know about you?

A: I love spending time with family and friends. Lifelong friendships are important to me, so I tend to hold them close, as well as my family. I love laughing and acting goofy when I’m with my fiancé, the times we spend together are special. I come from a family of 5 women, and I’m the youngest and only boy, so I’m very spoiled. I’ve been playing full contact flag football for over 20 years. Since being inducted into the CVFA Flag Football Hall of Fame June 2016, I have since announced my retirement. However, I am always looking for a way to get back out there…”

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