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Arden Middle School Celebrates

San Juan District School 100 Years Old

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/31/2014

Principal Jeff Banks and Current Arden Middle School Pupils are Ready to Dig In
Current Arden Middle School pupils and Principal Jeff Banks (center, in vest) recently broke ground for the school’s centenary project. Palm trees (background) were planted in 1920. The school will celebrate its first 100 years on September 14.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A school that began with 20 kids under an oak tree at Watt Avenue and Arden Way is now 100 years old. Arden Middle School (San Juan School District) will celebrate with a party at Arden Park on September 14th.

Foundation students were farmers’ children. They studied in a meadow that is now the Rite Aid parking lot. The kids graduated to a tent while waiting for their wooden school house to be finished.

By the 1920s, a Mrs. Gertrude Knoll taught all grades. School lore recalls one little boy so enamored of this teacher that he purposely botched spelling tests so he could stay in at recess with his school ma’am. Older children vied for the task of coming to school at 5 a.m. in winter to stoke up the stove for classroom heating. Though school beautification was negligible in the 1920s, two palm trees were planted near the flagpole. These still stand.

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Volunteers of America Saves Voiceless Heroes

Organization Gives Homeless Veterans Hope for the Future

Posted: 7/31/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Volunteers of America Northern California & Northern Nevada (VOA), is “helping America’s most vulnerable” rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Among these vulnerable individuals are veterans who are experiencing a difficult time transitioning from military to civilian life. From assisting in employment opportunities, to providing stable housing, VOA continues their search for veterans who are homeless or soon-to-be homeless and is need of support in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Placer counties.

A large number of men and women who have served our country are currently living on the streets. In most cases, these homeless veterans are unaware that organizations such as VOA provide services specifically designed for those in their current situation.

“We are proud to support the courageous men and women who have fought for the freedom of our country,” said Becca Bettis, VOA Veterans Services Director, “Our passion to provide programs to assist veterans everyday reminds us of what truly matters: coming together as a community for a greater good.”

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Smart and Final and Open

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/24/2014

Store Manager Mike Barter Prepares the Giant Scissors
Community leaders and future customers joined managers and corporate executives to open Smart & Final’s 197th North American store.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - With the snip of a ribbon, Carmichael last week became home to one of California’s longest-serving retailers.

Investing $4 million in the location remodel, Smart & Final opened its Fair Oaks Boulevard market. The staff honored community leaders with gourmet snacks and drinks.

Carmichael Recreation and District Park Foundation and the Carmichael Little League each scored $2500 donations from corporate headquarters. “It’s our proud tradition to provide for people who provide for others,” said company operations vice president Mike Paul. “We measure our success by the success of the community.”

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Results from the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race

Posted: 7/24/2014

Winner Carter Johnson with Lisa Mangels and George Johnson
Paddler Carter Johnson proudly wears the coveted, Eppie’s Great Race winner’s wreath on behalf of his team, “Don’t Look Back!” flanked by the children of late EGR founder, Eppie Johnson. Carter is joined by Eppie’s Daughter Lisa Mangels and Son George Johnson - both of whom are proud to carry on their father’s legacy by celebrating the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race in his honor, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Photo courtesy of Eppie’s Great Race.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s Jim Michaels was both the fastest Overall, and the fastest Iron Man 50+ Division winner of the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race (EGR) on Saturday, July 19, 2014, with a time of 1:55:25. Fair Oaks’ Melanie Cleland won her second consecutive, Overall EGR Iron Woman title, as well as the Iron Woman 40+ Division, with an overall time of 2:01:32. And the Paul A. Garcia Open Division Relay Team winner was also the overall fastest Relay Team winner: Team “Don’t Look Back,” crossed the Finish Line with an overall time of: 1:36:18.

The 41st annual EGR, known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” was the first EGR since Eppie Johnson’s passing in 2013. The late founder’s bigger-than-life presence was acknowledged and felt prominently in Saturday’s annual running, biking, and paddling event. Participants gathered at the Starting Line, cheering in his honor and bowing their heads in his memory during the Benediction just moments prior to the Race’s start. Many participants then shouted Eppie’s name and applauded when the starting horn was sounded, first at 7:58 a.m. for the Adapted Division, and then again at 8 a.m. for all other participants, by Eppie’s Grandchildren, E.J. and Athena Johnson.

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Kate Levering, her son Holden, Cathy Levering, and Lisa Levering
Four generations of Carmichael’s Levering family include Broadway star Kate Levering (right), her 11-month-old son, Holden, grandmother,
Cathy Levering, and mother Lisa Levering.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Dancing Her Way Home

This Local Performer is a Star and a Mom

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/17/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - After Sacramento performances of A Chorus Line, an elite gang awaited Kate Levering. Cousins, nieces, nephews, mom, grandmamma, and flocks of old dancing chums bolstered the dancer’s stage-door fans.

Indeed, home town connections were what spurred the Los Angeles-based star to take her recent Music Circus role. “It was more about my family than a professional choice,” she explained. “I want my 90-year-old grandmother and my nieces and nephews to see me on stage before I get too old.”

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Women’s Empowerment 13th Annual Gala Raises $160,000

Annual Fundraiser Benefits Homeless Women And Children

Posted: 7/17/2014

Three Graduates of the Program Celebrate at the Gala
Graduates of Women’s Empowerment’s job-readiness program for homeless women celebrate at the organization’s annual Celebration of Independence Gala.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - More than 500 community members recently mingled with 100 graduates of the program at the 13th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala, raising $160,000 for Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit helping women who are homeless find homes and jobs so they can support their families. Graduates attended the program in ball gowns, and many of the women were sponsored by community members to attend the event.

The event honored the group’s 1,158 graduates at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. Guests enjoyed a formal dinner, silent auction, live auction by Keith McLane of KLM Auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

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'Chug-a-Bug' Party Train with Passengers, Operators, and Onlookers
All the way from Isleton, the Party Line Express locomotive Chug-a-Bug, was a bubble-blowing hit that was judged best kids’ theme entry.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Getting the Party Started

Carmichael Honors Glorious 4th

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/10/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A thousand sizzling patriots last week joined the Carmichael Elk’s July 4th pageant. Hot as it seemed, Fair Oaks Boulevard was 15 degrees cooler this year than 2013’s tar-melting 110 degrees.

Hugging the shade, many thousands of sidewalk patriots cheered the spectacle’s 56th year. Paul Scholl was this year’s Grand Marshal. Scholl, Carmichael Times publisher, is a community leader whose late mother was Grand Marshal for Fairfield’s 2008 parade. Celebrating his own July 4th birthday, Scholl said the Carmichael occasion was a “reminder from my parents never to forget the duty to serve others.”

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Job Demand Hiring Trends for Local Companies in the 3rd Quarter

Posted: 7/10/2014

Job Seekers Look to the Future
A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014. In a direct telephone survey of Sacramento’s top regional employers, fifty percent (50%) say hiring is motivated by expansion of existing workforces, and eleven percent (11%) also attributed seasonal demands for seeking workers in July, September and October.

Attrition, or replacements among the existing workforce motivated the other half expecting to see applicants. Pacific Staffing discovered just twenty-nine percent (29%) of Sacramento companies contacted directly between May 21st and June 11th are not hiring. While service and manufacturing companies were driving the majority of hiring anticipated in the third quarter, construction firms were almost evenly split, and just one retail firm surveyed was not looking for help. Also signaling continued robust employment in the area, not one company noted any plans for layoffs in the next quarter. Several firms also mention that retention of current workers was a growing concern and noted finding adequate numbers of qualified applicants as another challenge.

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Don’t Miss the July 4th Parade Celebration in Carmichael

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/3/2014

Four Kids Sitting on the Grass Eating Cotton Candy
Children enjoyed all-American treats in the park on July 4th last year.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - “America–Living the Dream” is the theme of Carmichael’s 56th annual 4th of July parade.

Grand Marshal for the 2014 procession is Paul Scholl, Carmichael Elks’ 2014 Person of the Year. Scholl publishes the Carmichael Times and other regional newspapers. According to Elks executive Jim Warrick, Scholl personifies the American dream “as an entrepreneur who has built his life on the First Amendment, which includes freedom of the press.”

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Climate Wizard Cooling System to be Tested

Posted: 7/3/2014

The New Cooling Unit on a Pad Behind the Factory
The Climate Wizard indirect evaporative cooling system helps Tri Tool, a large industrial facility in Rancho Cordova, keep cooling costs down. Climate Wizard is a type of “swamp cooler” that is very high performance, using 80 percent less energy than conventional industrial HVAC systems without adding any humidity.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One thing is certain in Sacramento during the summer, the weather will be hot and dry and temperatures will hit triple digits. It is certainly a challenge to stay cool. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is testing a new type of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology that borrows from and builds on some tried and true techniques to deliver improved cooling performance.

The technology uses indirect evaporative cooling, yes, a kind of “swamp cooler” but very high performance using 80 percent less energy than conventional industrial HVAC systems without adding any humidity. It’s called Climate Wizard and one of SMUD’s largest industrial customers, Tri Tool in Rancho Cordova, is supporting SMUD’s research and development to test it in this challenging manufacturing environment.

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Rockers and Rockabillies Continue Concert Season

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/26/2014


Fourth on the Field!

Posted: 6/26/2014


Over the Cliff at High Speed

Another Looming Fiscal Train Wreck of a Budget

Commentary by Jon Coupal
Posted: 6/19/2014


Coppers, Choppers and Hot K-9s

Sheriff Scott Jones Hosts Unity in the Community Picnic

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/12/2014


Rising Temperatures and Spring Snow Melt Prompt Water Safety Warning

Posted: 6/12/2014


Our Region Has Long Been a Popular Racing Venue

Three Local Team Drivers Chosen to NASCAR NEXT Program

By Linda Harper
Posted: 6/5/2014


DA Jan Scully Honored With Top Leadership Award

Posted: 6/5/2014


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