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Competitor Celebrates Completing the Kayaking Segment of Eppie's Great Race
The EGR participants run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles, and paddle boats 6.35 miles on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River Parkway.

41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race

Special Tributes to Founder Eppie Johnson

Posted: 7/17/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 41st annual Eppie’s Great Race, known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2014. The first Eppie’s Great Race post-Eppie Johnson’s passing in 2013, the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race will include both the traditional event as well as special tributes, events, and fun memorabilia celebrating Eppie Johnson’s life and his community contributions such as, Eppie’s Great Race (EGR), and the Eppie’s Kids Duathlon. However, new, modern elements have also been added to this year’s EGR, such as new technology and updated EGR sports gear to provide a better and more fun experience for the participants and fans. Organizers also are proud to report that the 2014 EGR will remain on its traditional, American River Parkway racecourse due to positive spring rains and American River water flow projections for July.

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Doug Ose, Jeannie Bruins, and Tamara Barbu-Brown with Pageant Winners
Congressional candidate Doug Ose and Citrus Heights City Councilor Jeannie Bruins (second right) met pageant winners at a recent joint chamber of commerce gathering at Northridge Country Club. Regional pageant director (right) is Tamara Barbu-Brown. Carmichael, Orangevale, Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks Chambers of Commerce hosted the event.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Crowning Around

Beauty and Business Blend at Chamber Mixer

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/10/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Chambers of commerce recently joined forces for their annual “joint mixer” event at the Northridge Country Club.

The event was hosted by the Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, and Orangevale Chambers. More than 250 business members rubbed elbows with community leaders. Local Beauty pageant winners dressed up the event in tiaras and evening gowns. Their leader, Tamara Barbu-Brown, recently stepped into the pageant director role after the death of Chamber supporter and pageant legend Mary Purvis of Citrus Heights.

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Stanford Youth Solutions Raises over $100,000 at Annual Wine Auction

Posted: 7/3/2014

Laura Heintz, Jameelah Aleen, Nyima Allen, and Guest
Stanford Youth Solutions CEO Laura Heintz, Family Honoree Jameelah Aleen and daughter Nyima Allen and guest.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Stanford Youth Solutions, formerly Stanford Home for Children, raised more than $100,000 at their 9th annual signature event, Vintage 2014, A Magical Night in the Emerald City on May 1, 2014 at the North Ridge Country Club. Thanks to the support and generous contributions of numerous event sponsors and in kind donors, nearly 2,400 young people and family members who utilize Stanford Youth Solutions’ programs and services throughout the year will be equipped to inspire sustainable change and be empowered to solve serious challenges together.

Proceeds from the event directly support Stanford Youth Solutions’ innovative, proven national models of care and otherwise unfunded programs like Lifeline, which funds critical needs for the youth and families served by the agency.

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Paul Scholl

Grand Appreciation

By Paul V. Scholl
Posted: 7/3/2014

Thank you to the wonderful people of Carmichael.

In July of 2006, the Messenger Publishing Group was born with the first issue of the American River Messenger. I purchased the Carmichael Times shortly thereafter and began to transform it into a community newspaper. And the community began to transform me.

Over these years, MPG has been able to support local non-profits, local groups, churches, and events with over $300,000 in donations. Giving back to the community was always part of the business plan, and it always will be.

Thank you to the Carmichael Elks for choosing me as their Grand Marshal of this year’s 4th of July parade and as their Citizen of the Year. It is a great honor to be recognized as both.

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John Rhodes Proposes to Tammt Woods While Sherrif Scott Jones and Graduating Deputies Watch
Deputy John Rhodes stuns girlfriend Tammy Woods by proposing at last week’s recruit graduation ceremony. Sheriff Scott Jones (standing left) and top department brass beam approval.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

She Got the Sheriff

Surprise Capture for New Deputy

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/26/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sweethearts John Rhodes and Tammy Woods, of Citrus Heights, have extra reason to remember John’s recent graduation from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Academy. As the department’s top brass and a 1000-strong audience gasped, newly-pinned Deputy Rhodes surprised his girlfriend with a proposal.

Ending seven months of training, academy ceremonies are big on parade, presentation and protocol. Sheriff Scott Jones eases formality by allowing loved ones on stage to pin badges on graduates. For this task, US Marine reservist John Rhodes (29) nominated the girlfriend who waited during his overseas deployments.

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Henry Wirz
Henry Wirz , Chief Executive Officer of SAFE Credit Union

Henry Wirz Receives Salvation Army’s 2014 Spirit of Caring Award

Posted: 6/26/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Chief Executive Officer of SAFE Credit Union Henry Wirz was recently awarded the Salvation Army’s Spirit of Caring award for his commitment and involvement in the Sacramento community.

On May 27, nearly 1,000 leaders and citizens of Sacramento gathered at the annual Salvation Army Community Luncheon and Awards to honor Wirz and SAFE Credit Union.

Giving annual financial support to community organizations is one way Wirz works to improve the quality of life for residents in the Greater Sacramento area. In 2013 alone, SAFE gave more than $290,000 to The Salvation Army, educational programs at local schools, nonprofit health organizations, and various philanthropic ventures such as The Aerospace Museum of California, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento (which mentors youth ages 5-18), and the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, a free, student-run clinic staffed by UCD Medical Center students and attending physicians.

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The Females Must Get Through

Women Riders Honor Pony Express Legend

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/19/2014

Equestriennes Mindy Janski, Dana Rosander, Sheree Harrington, Pat Fanelli and Jessica Sloat Wave From Horseback
Equestriennes Mindy Janski, Dana Rosander, Sheree Harrington, Pat Fanelli and Jessica Sloat escorted fabled mochilla (mail bags) through the Arden, Carmichael and Rancho Cordova legs of the 10-day Pony Express re-enactment from Sacramento to St. Joseph, MO.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - This year’s re-ride marked the 154st Pony Express anniversary, and unlike the original Pony Express service, a majority of the riders are women. In 1860, Pony Express recruitment favored lean boys, preferably orphans. Carrying mail between Sacramento and St. Joseph, MO, riders galloped like the wind. Chances of being killed en route were great.

Despite the macho legend, annual reruns of the fabled ride now depend hugely on ladies. Staged by the Pony Express Association, the 2014 relay began last week. In early stages, most jockeys were female.

“These days, association could not exist without women,” reports California president and ride Captain Rich Tatman: “Over 60 percent of our riders are female. They’re accomplished horse people and their passion is dauntless.”

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Life Changes in an Instant

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

Wild Things a Wild Success for Effie Yeaw

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/12/2014

Interfaith Council Awards Honors at Power of One Banquet

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 6/5/2014

Duck Dash to Raise Funds for Music Therapy Program at Sutter Children’s Center

Posted: 6/5/2014

Formerly Homeless Women to be Celebrated at Annual Gala

Posted: 5/29/2014

Atria El Camino Gardens To Honor Memorial Day

Posted: 5/22/2014


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