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Beauty Queens Support Photo of Mary Purvis
For over 40 years, Mary Purvis (in photo) groomed sash-wearers to work for non-profits.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Crowning Volunteers to Serve

Community Benefactor Celebrated at Funeral

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/10/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Many people knew Mary Purvis as a woman whose abiding passion was beauty pageants.

There was much more than crowns and sashes to the Citrus Heights resident, but legacy’s spotlight inevitably falls on her enduring court of crowned protégés. “She was my hero, my savior, my teacher and my other mother,” said former Miss Orangevale Tamara Barbu-Brown (now California Talent Queen) at Purvis’s funeral. “She’ll always be the biggest jewel in my crown.”

Aged 86, Purvis died from complications following a recent fall. “Mary is now in the hands of the ultimate crown-maker,” said another of her pageant veterans.

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Cyndie Holland and Eva Willis Anoint Refurbished Pews
While parishioners line chapel walls, American River Community Church governors Cyndie Holland (left) and Eva Willis anoint refurbished pews with scented oil.The blessing was part of recent services to celebrate completion of a major spruce-up project. The church is among Carmichael’s oldest houses of worship.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Church Makeover Complete

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/3/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Thirty two age-hardened Carmichael church pews recently took a trip to Southern California. They returned revarnished and reupholstered. User reviews since proclaimed them some of the most comfortable seats in Carmichael.

While American River Community Church members take pride in having one of the area’s oldest churches, outdated furnishings previously left much to be desired. “Some people used to bring their own cushions on Sunday,” lamented A.R.C.C. refurbishment manager Doris Reimer. “That was a sure sign that our pews were not comfortable… well, they’re comfortable now.”

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Tarry Smith Observes Park Forum Attendees' Votes
At last week’s public forum, Park District Administrator Tarry Smith (right) observes voting on proposals
for a Carmichael Park makeover.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Show of Hands on Park Options

Master Plan Concepts Unveiled

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 3/27/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The results of public workshops on the Carmichael Park Master Plan were aired last week. Over 80 residents -- from school kids to seniors – had an opportunity to view visions for the area’s namesake park.

Following several months of meetings and input from hundreds of people, two master plan concepts were presented by the district’s consultant HLA Group. Central to both was a “great Lawn.” This open space would be used for large gatherings such as Founders Day and food truck events. A skateboard park, walking trails and an events pavilion have also been proposed.

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EDUCATION: It’s Everybody’s Business

By Edric Cane
Posted: 3/27/2014

I went earlier this month to a talk at the Crocker Museum on the topic of: “Endangering prosperity—A global view of the American school.” We were given some sobering statistics. We’ve heard similar concerns expressed by many. Asked what he felt was the major threat to this nation, a former Secretary of Defense put education deficiency at the top of his list. He should know from would-be enlistees the army has to turn down. So we know the diagnostic. My special interest is how it bears on mathematical knowledge. As I see it, the problem is not so much with those in our High Schools who ‘get it’: many do, and they are as good as in any other country. The problem is with the considerable proportion of those who don’t and who remain essentially in-numerate.

The California High School Exit Exam is a measure of our deficiency. Everyone can check sample test questions on the internet. In Mathematics, it is essentially Elementary and Middle School material. Students are encouraged to try it once in 10th grade, twice in 11th grade, and are allowed to try passing it five more times in 12th grade. What message are we sending? Some students are in 10th grade and have already passed the High School EXIT exam! For others, this Middle School material remains a major challenge in 12th grade. Clearly, the knowledge deficit that so many are concerned about has its roots in the very early grades. What concerns the Secretary of Defense, why would-be enlistees have to be turned down for academic reasons, is not because they didn’t pass High School calculus or algebra 2. It is because too many are still essentially in-numerate.

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Two Rows of Townhomes Along a Garden Path
Plans are to model a new Fair Oaks Cohousing neighborhood after this Nevada City, CA site completed in 2006.

Fair Oaks Launches Co-housing Neighborhood

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 3/21/2014

“Cohousing makes life more convenient, practical, and fun.”
Charles Durrett, author and architect

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Local residents have secured a 3.5-acre property in Fair Oaks for a 30-home cohousing neighborhood. The Fair Oaks property is located at 4025 New York Avenue and offers close proximity to the American River Parkway and its miles of bike paths, as well as Fair Oaks Village, Bannister Park, Sacramento Waldorf School, and Rudolph Steiner College. Cohousing provides social, environmental and economic benefits for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Cohousing combines privately owned homes with extensive community facilities to create neighborhoods that address the needs of working parents and seniors. Homes are clustered around shared open space and common facilities. A “common house” typically includes a dining room, kitchen, lounge, workshop space, kid’s playroom, and guest rooms; it is the heart of the neighborhood for a variety of other activities. Cars are kept to the edge of the site making the neighborhood pedestrian-friendly and safe for children. Future residents are involved in the design and development so that it reflects their needs and priorities, creating a truly custom neighborhood. There are now more than 130 cohousing communities in the U.S. and Canada, including 40 in California.

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Model Builder Displays Scale Airplane With Working Jet Engine to Curious Seniors
Mather Aerospace Modelers will be hosting a Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly on April 5th and 6th that is open to the public at no charge.

Atria El Camino Gardens Hosts Mather Aerospace Modelers

Posted: 3/13/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 the men of Atria El Camino Gardens hosted Norman Poynter, President, and Keith Fick, Secretary, of Mather Aerospace Modelers, Inc. This is a nonprofit club that has over 100 members that fly radio controlled models at Mather Field. The organization has been around for over 50 years and is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), a national group with over 2500 Chapters.

The men presented a model jet and spoke of the organization and how it works. It was an event that our residents thoroughly enjoyed, from viewing the model to learning of the inner workings surrounding the field. Mather Aerospace Modelers will be hosting a Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly on April 5th and 6th that is open to the public at no charge. For more information on MASM.inc or the event visit their website at www.MASMRC.com.


Live Caught Trout is Released Back Into the Water
Gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate both days.

Hook A Trout; Win A Prize

Rancho Seco Recreational Area To Host Fishing Derby

Posted: 3/13/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A lake full of trout is up for grabs at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on March 29 and 30. Anglers reeling in the heaviest trout will be awarded cash and prizes, including a grand prize for the biggest trout caught—a fishing kayak provided by The Fish Sniffer magazine.

The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local anglers since starting in 1993.

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Breakfast for the Birds

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 3/6/2014


Human Trafficking Hits Sacramento Region Hard

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/27/2014


Please Support Carmichael’s Parks

Open Letter
By County Supervisor Susan Peters
Posted: 2/20/2014


Winners recognized for the 2014 “Carmichael Water Wise Art Contest”

Posted: 2/13/2014


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