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Mystery Headstone Engraved 'Christina'
Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina.

Headstone Mystery Finally Solved

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 11/20/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina. No one knew where the headstone had come from or where it belonged. The staff at the cemetery set up Christina’s headstone near the front office, and many visitors asked about her over the years. It was hoped that someone would recognize the headstone so it could be returned to its proper place.

Almost five years ago, the staff from the Fair Oaks Cemetery had a booth set up at the annual Carmichael Community Founder’s Day Festival. District Manager Ray Young began telling the story of Christina’s headstone to a visitor at their booth, Bob Wascou of the Sacramento Cemetery Commission. He was very familiar with the history of various Sacramento area cemeteries, and he decided to investigate where the headstone belonged.

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The Old Man and the River

Peter Hayes’ Almanac an Indispensible Companion for Family Rambles

Posted: 11/20/20414

Peter Hayes Holds His Book While Ducks Land on the Water Behind Him
Author Peter Hayes poses at William Pond Park with his re-published book: “An American River Almanac.”
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Before retiring, Canadian-born journalist Peter Hayes took up fishing on the American River. “Too often I was disappointed,” he recalls. “I began paying more attention to the birds and the trees and the swift-flowing river. I eventually became a certified nature lover.”

Then employed by the old Sacramento Union, the Arden resident began writing nature essays for the paper. His observations were recycled in the American River Natural History Association’s (ARNHA) “Acorn” newsletter and eventually arranged with photographs in An American River Almanac.

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The Sacramento Moustache Run Raises Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/13/2014

Craig Smith and Other Moustached Runners Start Off
Craig Smith of Citrus Heights “keeps calm and mustaches on” at the start of the Sacramento Moustache Run in West Sacramento. The run raised awareness of men’s health issues and raised money for the American Cancer Society and the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento.
Photos by Anne Stokes

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Moustache Run brought hundreds of runners and volunteers out to West Sacramento’s River Walk Park last Saturday to raise awareness and money for a good, albeit sensitive, cause.

“We’re promoting awareness of testicular and prostate cancer,” said event organizer Allison Robideaux. “We’re playing off the ‘No Shave November’ or ‘Movember’ [movement] to raise cancer awareness.”

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Fallen La Sierra High School Students Honored at Veterans Day Remembrance

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/13/2014

Veterans and Scouts Gather to Honor Local Fallen
War veterans honored the fallen at Carmichael’s Vietnam Monument on November 11th. The towering metal sculpture is among the first memorials raised for Vietnam War casualties in the USA. Local Boy and Girl Scouts and Venturer members joined the flag-raising ceremony.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Veterans and supporters gathered to honor Arden/Carmichael Vietnam heroes on Veterans Day this week. The fallen were students of La Sierra High School.

In 1973, the school created the first known California memorial to the 1960s war that culled some of the school’s finest alumni. La Sierra High is now closed. A towering steel monument inscribed with 15 names remains in the adjacent Earl J. Koobs Nature Area. Here, community veteran ceremonies are held on Memorial and Veterans Days.

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Susan Peters and Concert Attendees Display Dogs
Participants in the annual “Pioneer Pooch Parade” joined Supervisor Susan Peters (back row, center, with her schnauzer Ernie). Peters and the Sunrise Park District recently hosted a concert day in Foothill farms.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Perilous and Hair-raising:

All in a Day for Dogged Supervisor

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/6/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - A Six-year old Belgian Malinois stole the show during a recent concert at Pioneer Park in Foothill Farms. Supervisor Susan Peters is still getting over it. Their interaction, she confesses, was the most hair-raising experience of her 10 supervisorial years.

An outreach by Sacramento County and Sunrise Park District, the annual public day features music and community agency displays. The Twin Rivers District Police Department loaned Sergeant Arlin Kocher and—to the delight of dog-loving Supervisor Peters—a police K9 called Jag. “I’ve seen him before,” said Peters. “So when his handler asked for help with an attack demonstration, I thought it would be interesting.”

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Three African Lion Cubs Born at the Sacramento Zoo

Posted: 11/6/2014

Male and Female Lions at the Sacramento Zoo
Three African Lion cubs were born on Friday, October 24th at the Sacramento Zoo. Cubs are born with eyes closed and rely entirely on their mother for the first few months. Mother and cubs will be inside the den, away from public view, while the babies gain strength and coordination. In the meantime, guests can check the blog for updates, photos and video. The cubs, if all goes well, will be in their exhibit habitat in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Photo by Erik Bowker

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Zoo is excited to announce the birth of three African Lion cubs. The cubs were born the morning of Friday, October 24th. The first time mother and cubs appear to be healthy at this early point in the cub’s lives.

“These are very early days for our first-time mother. So far, we are pleased with the progress of the female and her cubs. Females would naturally take some maternity leave from the rest of the pride for the first 4-8 weeks,” said Dr. Adrian Fowler, Acting Director of the Sacramento Zoo. “Our own female will be off-exhibit for a while to allow her the same kind of mother-cub bonding. If all goes well, we are hopeful that the cubs will be ready to explore their exhibit in the weeks running up to Christmas.”

A female lion’s gestation is 3 ½ months with a litter typically ranging from two to four cubs. They are born with eyes closed and rely entirely on their mother for the first few months. Mother and cubs will be inside the den, away from public view, while the babies gain strength and coordination. In the meantime, guests can check the blog for updates, photos and video.

Lions usually spend 16–20 hours a day sleeping and resting, devoting the remaining hours to hunting, courting and protecting their territory. They protect their territory and keep in contact with one another by roaring loud enough to be heard up to five miles away. African lions are excellent hunters. Although they are mostly nocturnal, they are opportunistic and will hunt anytime, day or night. Females do 85 to 90 percent of the pride’s hunting, while the males patrol the territory and protect the pride.

Lions are considered regionally endangered in West Africa, and an estimated 42% of major lion populations are declining. Their habitats are now only in game reserves in Eastern and Southern Africa. Loss of genetic diversity from inbreeding, fragmentation, diseases, and habitat loss are all problems that continue to threaten this species. Diseases from domestic cats and dogs have also made an impact on wild populations.

The Sacramento Zoo participates in the Lion Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The Lion SSP works with captive populations to increase awareness of the problems that face this big cat.

Source: Sacramento Zoo


Volunteers at Be Money Smart USA Helped Clean Up
Be Money Smart USA volunteers tidied their new Whitney Avenue premises.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Carmichael Comes Clean

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/6/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sixty volunteers recently gave more than 120 work hours to a civic cleanup effort.

The second annual Beautify Carmichael Day involved weed-pulling, trash pick-up, and repainting of park picnic equipment, plus several landscaping projects. Under the direction of program founder Cathy Snow, workers also combed Fair Oaks Boulevard and Manzanita Avenue with voluminous garbage bags in hand.

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Howl-O-Weiner Fun for Pooches

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/30/2014


Patriots Park Wall of Honor

Heroes Honored Saturday

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/30/2014


Highland Festivities Bring Smiles

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014


Buon Appetito a Tutti!

Columbus and Olive Oil Celebrated

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014


Rites of Love Bless Chapel

Jesuit Hight Hosts Open Day

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/16/2014


Hot Rods Rev for Families in Need

Story and Photo
By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/16/2014


Carmichael Rotary Teams Up With Special Olympics

Posted: 10/16/2014


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