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Local Heroes Thwart Train Terror Attack

Three Americans Save French Train Passengers from Certain Death

Story by Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 8/28/2015

Francois Hollande, Alek Skarlatos, Jane D. Hartley, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler
French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler leaving the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, August 24th. The three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, August 21st.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - While enjoying a European vacation, three friends were on a high-speed train to Paris when a possible terrorist attempted an attack, opening fire on the crowded train. These three friends—Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos—became international heroes by overpowering the gunman and averting a possible terrorist attack.

Stone serves in the U.S. Air Force; Sadler is a senior at California State University, Sacramento; and Skarlatos is a National Guardsman recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. Both Stone and Skarlatos attended Albert Schweitzer Elementary School in Carmichael, CA, and Stone graduated from Del Campo High School in 2011.

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Second Case of Human Plague Linked to Yosemite

Posted: 8/28/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced that the department was notified of a presumptive positive case of plague contracted by a recent visitor to California from Georgia. Confirmatory testing is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to becoming ill, the patient had been vacationing in Yosemite National Park (Yosemite), the Sierra National Forest, and surrounding areas in California in early August. CDPH is in contact with Yosemite, CDC, and the National Forest Service to assess locations where the patient visited.

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that is carried by squirrels, chipmunks, and other wild rodents and their fleas. When an infected rodent becomes sick and dies, its fleas can carry the infection to other warm-blooded animals including humans.

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Carmichael Park Redwoods are Protected from Dought
Maintenance staffer Mark Dexter hand waters 60-year-old redwoods in Carmichael Park.

Trees Are Top Priority

Carmichael Recreation and Park District Cuts Water Use by 25%

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/21/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Tasked to limit irrigation while keeping parks usable during the drought, the Carmichael Recreation and Park District (CRPD) recently partnered with Carmichael Water District to formulate management plans.

The result has substantially drained water use over 13 district parks. “The State told everyone to cut use by 25%,” says District Administrator Tarry Smith. “We’ve achieved that—better in some places. In June this year, we used 5,000 cubic feet of water less than the State’s baseline amount.”

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New Study Shows Rising Use of Cell Phones While Driving

Posted: 8/21/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have released a new study showing a 39% increase in the percentage of California drivers seen using a cell phone while driving.

“It’s shocking that nearly 10% of motorists were observed using their cell phones while driving a motor vehicle, a potentially lethal combination,” said OTS Director Ronda Craft. “We will continue our aggressive public outreach campaign and our partnership with law enforcement to educate the public about the dangers of those who drive distracted and put the lives of others at risk.”

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District Attorney to Address Republican Women’s Federation Luncheon

Posted: 8/14/2015

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert
Anne Marie Schubert is a career prosecutor with 25 years of law enforcement experience. As a Sacramento County prosecutor, Schubert has sent some of the area’s most notorious and dangerous criminals to state prison. Hear Schubert speak at the September 2nd Sacramento Republican Women’s Federation luncheon.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Republican Women’s Federation will feature Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert as the speaker at their Wednesday, September 2nd meeting.

Anne Marie Schubert is a career prosecutor with 25 years of law enforcement experience. As a Sacramento County prosecutor, Schubert has sent some of the area’s most notorious and dangerous criminals—murderers, rapists, and child molesters—to state prison.

As District Attorney, Schubert is focused on catching killers and criminals using DNA evidence, helping the children of the community by combating truancy, and honoring those citizens who have served justice with the development of the annual Outstanding Citizen Awards. Schubert has received the Prosecutor of the Year Award and the POST ICI Instructor of the Year Award.

The meeting will be held at the North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks. Members and guests may arrive at 11:30, with lunch served at noon.

Reservations should be made by Friday, August 29th. To reserve your spot, please call (916) 733-1623. Last minute attendees (members or guests) will be accommodated if space allows. The cost of the luncheon is $25 with a reservation and $27 without.

Source: Kay Burton

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Marie Hall, Tori Hilton and daughter Hailey Mae, Olivia Thomas, and Don Hall Celebrate Peaches for Dessert
Pie chef Olivia Thomas (second from right) took first prize for her Mediterranean peach dessert. Tori Hilton (second from left) celebrated second place with daughter Hailey Mae. Farmers market founders Marie and Don Hall congratulated the winners.

Fruit Festival Is Just Peachy

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/7/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - With summer harvest in full swing, the Carmichael Park Sunday Farmers Market hosted the first of two produce festivals. On August 23rd, a Tomato Taste Off competition will follow the recent first annual Peach Festival.

Peach outreach included a bake-off that sliced up nine custom desserts for judging. Adjudicators awarded first prize to Olivia Thomas’s “Mediterranean Peach Pie.” The tobacco control advocate’s effort was garnished with almonds and placed tops for presentation and taste. Casa Roble High School teacher Tori Hilton ventured jalapeno peppers in her “Hot Peach Passion” recipe and scored a scorching second prize.

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Farmers Markets and CalFresh Create Healthy Communities

Posted: 8/7/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Farmers markets create the ultimate win-win-win scenario. They provide consumers access to farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and other local foods, while also giving farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers and cultivate consumer loyalty. And all of this happens within a community setting, with direct benefits to the local economy.

One easy way that farmers markets can increase their customer base, while continuing to improve access to locally grown healthy food, is by becoming authorized to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP, known as CalFresh in California, is a federal program that helps supplement an individual’s or a family’s income to help them buy nutritious food.

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Records Shattered During 2015 California State Fair

Posted: 7/31/2015

Carmichael Author Writes Acclaimed Book on the Positive Side of Aging

Posted: 7/31/2015

Mayoral Campaign Kicks Off in Carmichael

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/24/2015

On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 7/24/2015

A Milestone Show

BeMoneySmartUSA Celebrates Five Years

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/17/2015

New Landscape Watering Limits Set by SSWD

Offers Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 7/17/2015


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