Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children

Submitted by Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children  |  2019-01-04

Carl Burton bringing toys to Camp Fire Children.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Republicans of River City and American River Republican Women joined with California Federation of Republican Women in raising items and funds to help families of deadly wildfires in Northern and Southern California.

Carl Burton, President of RRC, said, “We collected enough toys for the of fire victim’s children to fill up my jeep, and we made delivery of them last Saturday, December 15, to Oroville Municipal Auditorium.”

Bonnie Williams, President of American River Republican Women, said, “Our neighbors are in trouble they need our help, so we are going help.”

Because of the Butte County, Camp Fire surpassed all other fires in California becoming the most destructive fire in our history, burning over 125,000 acres and obliterating over 6,453 homes.  It was also the deadliest fire with 88 dying in the fire, mostly older Americas.

It’s not too late to help join us in supporting our neighbors dealing with their losses. This Christmas season, we are suggesting gift card donations.”  Give gift cards from Gas Stations, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes; groceries from Albertsons, Ralphs, Safeway, Save-Mart, Stater Bros., Trader Joes, and Vons; clothes from J C Penney, Kohls, Macy's, and Target.

For Northern California victims, please send gift cards to: Republicans of River City, P.O. Box 1776, Carmichael, CA 95609

Burton said, first as Americans and as Republicans, we believe “No one may forsake their neighbors when they are in trouble.  Everybody is under obligation to help and support their neighbors as they would themselves like to be helped.” Martin Luther 1483-1546

Source: Republicans of River City

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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California!

By Emily Chafetz, CINEFLIXUSA  |  2019-01-04

Photos courtesy AMERICAN PICKERS

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in March 2019!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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Sac County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave”

Sacramento County Special Release  |  2019-01-04

Sacramento County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave” in honor of  Captain Anderson. Photo courtesy Sacramento County.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Airport Firefighters shaved their heads as part of the second annual “Brave the Shave” in honor of Captain Tim Anderson, a Sacramento County Airport Firefighter who lost his life to cancer in 2017. Brave the Shave was started one year ago by Tim’s son Mason, when his mother Lacey was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months after his dad, Captain Tim Anderson died.

After hearing the news of his mom's diagnosis, Mason at 10 years old wanted to have a shaving party in an effort to turn a difficult situation into something positive. Mason challenged local area firefighters to shave their heads with him as a way to honor his dad and support his mother. In 2017, 112 firefighters in 4 states and 2 countries shaved their heads in support of the Anderson family. â€‹

Mason’s mom Lacey is now cancer free and this year Mason would like to open Brave the Shave up to all firefighters and their families affected by cancer in an effort to make December Firefighter Cancer Awareness month. Firefighters and anyone else wanting to offer their support were asked to shave their heads in the month of December and post the pictures or videos to Mason's Facebook page Brave the Shave with Mason Anderson or his Instagram Brave the Shave Mason Anderson. This year's goal is 150 shaved heads. Mason is only 57 shaved heads away from meeting that goal!


Source: Sacramento County Media

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Sac Suburban Water District and Reclamation Sign 27-Year Contract

MPG Staff  |  2018-12-26

SSWD Board President Craig Locke signs a Long-Term Warren Act contract with Reclamation, securing wet-year water supplies for SSWD for the next 27 years. Standing behind (from left): Board members Kevin Thomas, Robert Wichert, David Jones and Kathleen McPherson, and SSWD General Manager Dan York. Photo courtesy 3fold Communications

Agreement is Providing Access to Wet Year Water Supplies

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) has signed an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that helps secure surface water supplies for the District during wet years for the next 27 years, the District has announced.

The achievement, nearly two decades and countless staff hours in the making, is a critical part of the Sacramento region’s ability to manage and replenish the groundwater basin by using more surface water supplies when plentiful. The agreement is also key to fulfilling the historic Water Forum Agreement, signed by SSWD and other local water providers, which seeks to protect and nurture the Lower American River.

“The contract is a huge achievement for the District and our customers—a secure, long-term water source during average or wet years that will allow our groundwater basin to recharge—but the benefits extend far beyond that,” said SSWD General Manager Dan York. “The contract is important to SSWD’s ability to use more groundwater during a drought so that surface water is available in Folsom and the American River to support fish and wildlife when they need it most.”

The Long-Term Warren Act Contract signed by SSWD and Reclamation allows the District to use up to 29,000 acre feet of water purchased annually from Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) as long as sufficient supplies are available, which are defined as an estimated unimpaired inflow at Folsom Reservoir of greater than 1.6 million acre feet.

The contract is critical to the District’s ability to access the purchased supply because the water must flow from PCWA’s Middle Fork Project through Folsom Reservoir, which is owned and operated by Reclamation. Reclamation prepared and certified an Environmental Assessment to consider potential impacts from the contract under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“A sincere congratulations to the District and staff who have worked so long to see this contract come to fruition,” said SSWD Board President Craig Locke. “This contract represents the culmination of many years of work and investment by both SSWD’s predecessor—the Northridge Water District—and PCWA to create a means for delivering water to stabilize and sustain a healthy groundwater supply for our customers and the future.”

The District first started discussions about securing a Warren Act Contract in 1998 and began official negotiations with Reclamation in 2004. Over the years, the District secured one- or five-year Warren Act contracts with Reclamation to access the purchased water, allowing SSWD to bank approximately 210,000 acre feet of water in the groundwater basin. Doing so has been key to the North American Basin’s recovery over the past 20 years from historic lows to levels that are now stable and sustainable.

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Foley Wins Honorary Mayor Bid

Story and picture by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-12-26

Retaining her role as Honorary Mayor, Kelli Foley (center) was congratulated by rivals Jamila Buada (left) and Kristen Garl.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Ballots are counted. After months of feverish fundraising, realtor Kelli Foley was recently declared Carmichael Honorary Mayor for 2019. Her new term begins in January.

Real estate broker and owner of the Trillium agency in Carmichael, Foley ran against Arthur Murray studio owner Jamila Buada and Sacramento Express Employment Professionals manager Kristen Garl. Together, the three campaigns realized almost $13,000. Part of proceeds will support non-profits.

Though the coveted mayoral sash carries neither salary nor political power, a year of ribbon-cutting and baby-kissing is guaranteed. Home town promotion is part of the gig and happily, winner Foley was Carmichael-raised and educated. “This town means more to me than a place to hang my hat,” she explains. “I’m passionate about everything Carmichael has to offer – its people, its parks; its unique sense of place.”

The incumbent declared her second victory no less thrilling than the first. “I’ve learned from two campaigns not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Until they announced my name at the Chamber luncheon, I didn’t know I’d won. After months of hard work, it was a huge relief.

“I decided to keep my non-profit local this year.  I loved being able to help the Chamber and the Carmichael Park Foundation at the same time. The Foundation has a great mission in promoting park programs and beautification.”

Jamila Buada will donate part of her campaign funds to the Alzheimer’s Association. Kristen Garl’s chosen non-profit is Playmakers, an organization that supports disadvantaged San Juan School District students. Foley’s campaign cash was gleaned from a series of raffles and fundraisers and her ongoing drive to recruit new Chamber members and sponsors. “As 2019 mayor, I’ll wear my sash at all kinds of community events,” Mayor Foley predicted. “I’m looking forward to another busy and exciting year.”

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CARMICHAEL, CA  (MPG) - This year, 500 employees at KFC® restaurants across the country received over $1.1 million in college tuition assistance from the KFC Foundation thanks to KFC Franchisees and the KFC Corporation. Through a competitive selection process, Carmichael resident Rachel Coursey was chosen as a winner via the REACH Educational Grant Program® and will receive $2,500 for the 2018-19 academic year.

The REACH Program helps KFC U.S. restaurant employees pursue their educational dreams at four-year and two-year colleges, including trade/vocational and graduate schools.

Rachel has been working for KFC since 2014 and is currently attending American River College in Sacramento.

 “It takes a special, dedicated, and hard-working person to balance work responsibilities and school commitments”, remarked James Jackson, CEO of Harman Management. “We’re so proud to have Rachel represent our system of restaurants as a REACH Grant recipient.”

The program takes inspiration from Colonel Harland Sanders and his passion for helping people be their best selves through education. The KFC Family has a long and rich history of philanthropy,” said Krista Snider, Managing Director of the KFC Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to honor the Colonel’s legacy and help this inspiring, hard-working group of students.”

The KFC Foundation, an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, is committed to providing accessible support and development opportunities to KFC U.S. restaurant employees. Since 2006, the Foundation has awarded $18 million to more than 6,400 students and KFC restaurant employees, assisting them in going to college, earning a GED, managing personal finances, and getting through hardship/crisis situations.  The KFC Foundation’s charitable programs are made possible through the generosity of KFC’s many franchisees and KFC Corporation.

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St. Michael's Blesses Clans

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-12-22

Daughters of Scotia members (in white) joined dancers from the Kyla Groeschel School of Highland Dance during celebrations at St Michael’s Episcopalian Church, Carmichael.

CARMICAHEL, CA (MPG) - St Michael's Episcopal Church was decked with heather and thistles for a recent pageant that celebrated the regalia of Scottish clans. As kilts swung and bagpipes skirled, ancient tartans (plaids) were proudly presented.

Reverends Rod Davis, John McIntyre and Jason Bense blessed kilts, blankets, shawls -- even neck-ties -- with the sign of the cross. The Sacramento Lodge of Daughters of Scotia hosted the event as a fundraiser for the River City Food Bank.

“Kirkin’” (blessing) services for tartans originated during WW II, when Scottish-Americans staged pageants to support British war efforts. The festivals are still popular among American Celtic organizations.

Participants from as far away as Stockton brought tartans to be blessed at the Carmichael event. Representatives of the US Armed Forces and Sacramento Metro Firefighters and 25 families presented tartans for sanctification. A congregation of 200 joined in hymns and prayers. “It’s been years since we’ve had a kIrkin’ in Sacramento,” said Daughters of Scotia member Kathy Hanson. “There’s a great hungering in the Scottish community to celebrate our heritage in this way.”

A feast of shortbreads, scones and oat biscuits answered another hunger and vanished like mists o’er Loch Lomond. Rounding off the evening, kilted ladies performed Highland flings. A banner bearing the Selkirk Grace (attributed to Scottish bard Robbie Burns) presided over the festivity:

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it,

But we hae meat and we can eat,

Sae let the Lord be Thankit!”

(Roughly translated):

Some have meat and cannot eat

And some are hungry but have no food

But we have meat and we can eat. And so, let’s thank the Lord.

Membership of the Daughters of Scotia Order is available to women of Scottish ancestry and to those who have married into Scottish families. For information, visit:

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