Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2013-03-12 Northbay UpRising morning show

with your hosts, Mis.D. & Dr.G., community reporters

2013-03-07 "Bigfoot Sighting in Santa Rosa"
by Nicolas Grizzle [http://www.bohemian.com/BohoBlog/archives/2013/03/07/bigfoot-sighting-in-santa-rosa]:
Can you see the Bigfoot in this picture? No, it's not a Magic Eye 3D image.

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is around, does Bigfoot hear it? If that tree is in the Mayacama Mountain Area of Santa Rosa, the answer might be yes.
We get a lot of press releases at the Bohemian, but when the email subject reads “Bigfoot in Santa Rosa?” it’s gonna get opened. And when as much work is put into it as the one we received yesterday, it’s gonna get read. And when there are blurry photos of what might be the elusive, mythical Sasquatch, you bet your ass I’m gonna post that online like it’s a cat playing piano with sunglasses.
As the story goes, a Windsor man walking his dog shot the grainy, shaky footage and stabilized the best shot he had. If you squint really hard, and forget that this is in a forest, and don’t realize that these guys sell Bigfoot hunting trips, it looks like it might be a thing. Not necessarily Bigfoot, but definitely a thing. And hey, Bigfoot is a thing, so the search is on!
The man contacted Tom Biscardi, a renowned Bigfoot hunter in Redwood City. After carefully reviewing the footage, and enhancing it through several filters, it was determined that this could be worthy of more investigation. Though the team is still trying to get permission to cascade upon the mountain, the Bohemian was invited to send someone on the news staff to tag along on the hunt. (We're just trying to find an issue with an open spot for a cover story, honest.)
This isn’t the first time Tom has reportedly been involved in a Santa Rosa Bigfoot sighting. Though his name was not used, it’s been reported he responded to a fake video made by Penn and Teller for their show, “Bullshit.” Biscardi also admitted to being hoaxed himself on the nationally-syndicated paranormal radio show Coast to Coast AM, which prompted the host to demand a refund to anyone who signed up for his live-cam Bigfoot watch after it was promised there would be Bigfoot, no matter how hard one watched.
I’m not in the Bigfoot biz, but I’m sure things like that happen all the time. There's no shame in getting fooled once, or twice, or a few times. Hey, everyone’s gotta make a buck somehow (one offer came to Penn and Teller for $5,000 just to use their fake Bigfoot footage). It can be tough to find the real thing, and you’ve gotta strike while the iron is hot. There’s no time to check the facts or ask the experts. Bigfoot is quick and elusive, and he might turn up one day at Matanzas Creek Winery sipping chardonnay and the next day having a picnic on a dormant volcano in Atlanta. It’s the luck of the draw. Just make sure to carry your worst video camera around at all times.

"‘BIGFOOT’ DNA SEQUENCED IN UPCOMING GENETICS STUDY: Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America"

Contact: Robin Lynne, media@dnadiagnostics.com, 231.622.5362
Dr. Ketchum is available for interview or to answer further questions about the Sasquatch genome study and associated research on novel contemporary hominins at media@dnadiagnostics.com
DALLAS, Nov. 24--A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:
“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.
Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.
“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”
Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.
Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:
“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”
Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.

Contact: Margli Auclair [margli@mtdpc.org] [925-933-7850] [www.mtdpc.org]
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek is pleased to announce the launch of its 16th Annual Art & Writing Challenge.  The contest is open to Contra Costa County high school and middle school students.  The students are invited to enter any of four categories: Essay, Creative Writing, Art (any medium) or Video.  All entries are evaluated by independent judges.
This year the students are being asked to write about or create art based on the following:

Mahatma Gandhi said "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves everyone blind and toothless."   When someone harms us, we often think of revenge. But there is another way. The offender and the victim can come together for reconciliation. The injurer can take responsibility and can at times make amends, and the injured and the community can forgive. Could you forgive someone who hurt you or someone close to you? Describe a situation when you forgave or were forgiven.

Have you or someone you know ever hurt another person and then taken responsibility to make things right? What happened?
How could schools use reconciliation instead of punishment when students inflict harm on one another?
The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, March 18th, 2013.  Students are asked to deliver or send their work to the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California 94596. Writing entries may be emailed to: writingcontest@mtdpc.org

Cash prizes ranging from $50 to $250 depending on grade level and achievement will be awarded to winners. The awards will be presented at a dinner on Saturday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek.
Flyers containing detailed information and contest rules may be downloaded from our education website:

2013-03-08 "Area youth get Arts Benicia showcase; Every school represented"
by Keri Luiz from "Benicia Herald" [http://beniciaherald.me/2013/03/08/area-youth-get-arts-benicia-showcase/]:
THE  NEXT GENERATION art exhibit at Arts Benicia celebrates the work of Benicia students. About 250 pieces will be on display at the nonprofit’s Arsenal gallery, including “The Hatter That Went Mad,” above, by Benicia Middle School Advanced Art students.

“UNTITLED,” a sculpture by Daisy Hayward of Benicia High School.

The doors to Arts Benicia’s newest exhibit, Next Generation, featuring artwork by Benicia students, had only been open for a few minutes Thursday when the first visitors wandered in.
Among them were the parents of a student at Liberty High School. They had come to see their child’s work, a drawing of a leaf.
“We put that on the main wall. I don’t think they knew that when the came in, so they were very pleased and surprised to see their child’s work featured very prominently,” Arts Benicia Director Larnie Fox said.
“It was such a good piece.”
The annual event, now in its third consecutive year, features the work of students from all of Benicia’s schools.
It’s a popular event — but it had been discontinued some years before because of the work involved.
“I was strongly in favor of reviving it,” Fox said.
He knew the way forward was to get the schools to become more involved.
“We got the support from (Superintendent of Benicia Schools) Janice Adams —thank God!” he said. “She kind of nudged schools that didn’t feel like it was a top priority.”
The first couple years saw some hiccups that had to be worked through, Fox said, but “this year was totally smooth.”
The exhibit includes about 250 pieces representing the creativity of Benicia’s students, kindergarten through 12th grade.
This year, Fox said, there are “a lot of dogs. We have an undersea theme, and a dog theme; it is interesting to see how they go.”
The quality is very high, he said.
“It is very strong work. Kids see the world in fresh eyes,” he said. “There’s been a lot of adult artists that spend their whole careers trying to figure out how to get that same kind of freshness and honesty that children have.
“I think the secret to being an artist is not forgetting how to play when you grow up.”
Arts Benicia will have three events tied to the Next Generation exhibit. The first is an opening reception Sunday for the exhibit itself, usually a very busy event with the children and their families attending, Fox said.
On March 14, arts educators Susan Bunch and Susan Watts, who taught for many years in Benicia Unified School District, will give a presentation.
“These are two women that have really helped keep the arts in the public schools in Benicia,” Fox said. “They have worked really hard through the years to introduce new art programs into the schools as the schools do cutbacks in funding.”
Finally, Family Art Day, March 17, gives children and their parents the opportunity to work on an art project together.
“(The Children’s Art Committee) puts tables inside the gallery. Kids and parents work together to do projects, generally loosely based on the exhibition,” Fox said.
He said putting together the Next Generation show is an “enormously complex task,” involving great work by the Children’s Art Committee, led this year by Susan Sullivan, former principal of Mary Farmar Elementary School.
“They contact every classroom in the district, and private schools, and after-school programs,” he said. “To select the best of the artwork from all of these sources is a herculean task. The teachers do the jurying in the schools, but we have the teachers, liaisons in every school, then we have the committee people and staff.
“The committee has done an enormous amount of work to pull this off. They’ve done it really gracefully and without ruffling any feathers. It’s amazing how they were able to pull it off.
“It’s a real joy,” he said.

If You Go
 An opening reception for “Next Generation” is Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St., Suite 114. On March 14 from 7-8:30 p.m., arts educators Susan Bunch and Susan Watts will give a presentation with the focus, “How has art education changed through the years and how can parents encourage their children’s creativity?” On March 17, Arts Benicia will host Family Art Day from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 707-747-0131 or email info@artsbenicia.org.

2013-03-08 "For city kids, a ‘no’-free zone; Parents’ cooperative helps youngsters and their caregivers"
by Donna Beth Weilenman from "Benicia Herald" [http://beniciaherald.me/2013/03/08/for-city-kids-a-no-free-zone/]
CHILDREN decorate their Easter buckets at The Gateway church’s cooperative, where dozens of children and their caretakers spend weekday mornings. From left to right, Naia Spencer, Caroline Kelley and Lulu Hall. Leewan Yeomans photo

CHRISTINE MELLOR THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE wrapping up her 40-year career caring for children in a couple of years. Then she learned that some Benicia mothers and child guardians couldn’t afford local preschools, day cares or other children activity centers.
Mellor also recognized that some adults who are responsible for children spend so much of their time isolated from other adults, they miss out on grownup activities and interests.
So she went to her minister, the Rev. Jerry Pollard of The Gateway, 1315 Military West, to suggest a church outreach effort to meet the needs of both children and adults — a morning parents cooperative for those who are the guardians of children from birth to 5 years old.
Each child brought to the church must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult relative or guardian, she proposed.
The church space would be made safe for children, so the youngsters have the freedom to play. Mellor had in mind a “no”-free zone, so the children would get encouragement to explore and engage, rather than hear the words “no” and “don’t.”
Children would have some structured times, too, spending part of each day learning about letters, colors and shapes. During snack times, they also would learn about table manners.
The church’s board heard her proposal. Getting its approval “was a piece of cake,” she said.
“You go to the board and say, ‘There’s a need, and I’ll fill it.’ And our pastor is amazing.”
THAT WAS NINE YEARS AGO. Since then, families have joined the parents’ cooperative, not only to help their children, but also to help themselves.
Those adults are the children’s parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and sometimes great-grandparents, Mellor said. “That’s one thing people in Benicia don’t realize,” that these family members “are socially isolated because of their kids,” she said.
That’s particularly the case among grandparents who find themselves the primary caregivers of young children.
Retirees often expect to be able to participate with their friends in adult activities, such as classes, special-interest meetings, recreational sports, hobbies and travel. But those expectations may end when they assume the responsibility of raising a grandchild.
Also isolated are those who speak other languages, Mellor said. And speakers of languages other than English are among those who meet through the parents cooperative, she said.
During the sessions, which meet from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, Mellor may hear Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, French, German, Polish, Japanese and the Dari dialect of Afghanistan.
“They all get along fine,” she said. “The children make their own way, and learn to communicate.” In fact, adults could take a tip from them, she said. “We learn better from children.”
Neither Mellor nor Gateway promote the cooperative, she said. Parents and guardians learn about it by word of mouth. But word has spread — to Hiddenbrook near Cordelia, to American Canyon and to Fairfield. Enrollment currently is 55.
WHEN THE CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS arrive at the church, they start off with free play.
“They can climb. They can play with blocks. This gives them self confidence,” Mellor said.
But even then, under Mellor’s guidance, the children are learning to share and take turns. New youngsters may need to acclimate to the church’s surroundings, particularly if they have been living in an apartment or townhouse with few play area.
Mellor said children often are surprised that they’re allowed out of doors in the church’s play area, and can touch things in their part of the church building.
But even when the room is decorated for the holidays, those decorations are the type children can touch and handle, Mellor said.
Some also must get used to the cooperative’s snack time practices, she said. Family households often don’t sit down to dinner the way they once did, she said. “They just don’t do that anymore.”
Older children may have sports during that time, and work may prevent a parent from dining with the rest of the family, she explained.
But the little ones who come to the cooperative soon learn the rules about eating at the table: no toys at snack time, no leaving the table before being excused.
“I have a 14-month-old who can put a plate and cup in the trash,” Mellor said.
Mellor also has introduced the children to rules about their art projects and other activities. For instance, she may read them a book that focuses on the letter about which the children are learning. At the end of the story, each child can find something that starts with that letter.
Once they announce their discovery, they know they can play, but they must wait until every child gets a turn. “They learn their letters, colors and shapes. And they learn to interact with each other and respect boundaries.”
“WE HAVE ALL BEEN SO LUCKY to have her in our lives,” Leewan Yeomans, whose family has participated in the cooperative for four years, said of Mellor.
“Our family has been a part of this nonprofit co-op since my daughter was 10 months old, and she will be turning 5 this month,” Yeomans said. “We also have a six-month-old daughter who has (been) and will continue to be a part of this amazing program.”
She said she is proud to call Mellor a friend, “but she is so much more. Christine is dedicated to all the children that pass through this co-op. She treats each one of them like her own children and loves us all.”
To recognize what Mellor has done, Yeomans and others have collected a gift Easter basket they will give to Mellor during the cooperative’s Easter party March 29.
“With help from many of Benicia’s local businesses, we wanted to thank Christine, for creating and nurturing a safe and loving environment for our families to socialize and learn together,” Yeomans said.
When she and others sought donations from area businesses, Benicia companies responded. Those contributing to Mellor’s basket are Carla’s Salon, Nourot Glass Studio, Romancing the Home, Lucca Bar and Grill, Sailor Jack’s, Good Nails, Zen Spa, Kinder’s, Double Rainbow, Java Point, Artcentric, Camelia Tea Room, Benicia Bay Company and Rosanna’s. Yeomans said those donations will “make an amazing and memorable Easter basket for Christine Mellor.”
In the nine years Mellor has volunteered to guide the cooperative, she has seen new parents bring in their babies, and in years that followed, bring in those children’s siblings.
Sometimes, particularly in summer, the older children return to visit a place they learned to love.
It’s a place parents and guardians also have come to enjoy, she said. “I’m proud of the parents and the work they put in. It really does take a community to care for children. This is a cooperative, and a community includes children. And without the cooperation of the church, this wouldn’t be here. It’s an outreach.”
AT 64, CHRISTINE MELLOR has set aside thoughts of retiring. The cooperative operates on donations, and she never knows who pays or how much. “We’re still open!” she said.
She remembers an earlier time when children played in their neighborhoods. “My kids ran up and down the street. There were no locks on the doors,” she said. Children would visit each others’ homes, and neighbors watched over each other’s youngsters.
“The world has changed,” she said. “It’s different.”
Now, she said, Gateway’s parent cooperative “provides a safe place. People feel like it’s home.”
CAROLINE KELLEY, left, and Lulu Hall paint their Easter buckets at The Gateway cooperative.
Leewan Yeomans photo

2013-03-12 "Vallejo waitress writes first novel for son with orders for life"
by Sarah Rohrs from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_22770249/vallejo-waitress-writes-first-novel-son-orders-life]:
Vallejoan Gina Bortolussi has written and self-published her first book, 'Don of a New Day,' in between working one and sometimes two jobs. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)

Gina Bortolussi of Vallejo is no different than most parents in her desire to send her child into adulthood with a sense of direction toward what is right. She just went about it a little differently than most.
Rather than heart-to-heart talks with her teen son, Bortolussi wrote a novel, using the perspective of someone far different from herself and her son to offer advice
A waitress who holds down two jobs, Bortolussi said her book, "Don of a New Day" is meant to offer insight and advice on tolerance, peer pressure, responsibility, the need for an open mind and to think outside the box.
"I would try to talk to him about various things and his response was 'Okay. Whatever.' So, I decided to take a different approach," she said.
"Don of a New Day" is along the lines of singer Jackson Brown's "Life's Little Instruction Book" which he wrote for his son as he was going off to college.
But, whereas Brown's book is a long list of things to do or not to do, Bortolussi's messages are conveyed through old-fashioned storytelling.
Partially self-published, the novel is about how Napa teen Jimmy copes with problems which seemingly attack him from all angles -- poverty, racism, his best friend's illness and thoughtless people who seem incapable of change.
Bortolussi said she would often get flashes of insight while taking orders at Gillwoods Cafe in Napa where she's worked for 13 years. As she scribbled down orders she would also write down things she wanted to tell Brian.
Bortolussi's book was, at first, 500 pages, but is now 160 pages after she chose to cut drastically and turn it into a young adult novel.
She was planning to give the book to her son when he graduates from high school, but he may get a chance to read it much sooner. After living with his father, the teen is getting ready to move back to live with her and finish high school.
The book is available on Amazon and through www.mascotbooks.com, the publisher's website. On April 2, it will be on the Barnes and Noble website, and on Kindle and iPad, she said. She hopes local bookstores also will carry it.
Bortolussi has written numerous poems and short stories, but "Don of a New Day," is her first novel and she is most nervous about her son's reaction to it.
She said he has set beliefs on how people should think and act and may be shocked at how some characters behave. She also said her parents were somewhat surprised she touched on a number of hot button issues.
Her goal, she said, was to present an ideal, but human, way for dealing with issues. As Jimmy confronts racism, rudeness and selfish people, he learns to stick to his principles and offer people kindness along the way.
In his last years in high school, Jimmy also learns the need to question things before embracing them, and see beyond appearances and labels, such as gay and straight.
"Truth is, man, I think everyone has beauty in them," says one friend to Jimmy. "Why would I dismiss people because of what shell they are in? Boy or girl, or black of white, or whatever? Souls are not about appearances, you need to see through appearances to see a soul."
One of Bortolussi's core beliefs is that the world would be a better place if people could just be themselves without being judged or persecuted.
A Vallejo native, Bortolussi grew up in the Napa Valley, but is now living in Vallejo again. Working and raising her son as a single mother, she has also earned seven Associate of Arts degrees through Napa Valley College.
She hopes to have public readings of "Don Of A New Day" at Copperfield's Books in downtown Napa, and other bookstores once the book becomes available to the public on April 2.
For more information about the book go to Facebook and click "Like" after finding the "Don of a New Day" page. Gina Bortolussi can also be reached via e-mail at krazyladee37@hotmail.com.
Gina Bortolussi
Age: 36
Family: Son Brian; brothers Kevin and Brian; parents, Nancy and Louis.
Hometown: Napa, now Vallejo
Occupation: Waitress and writer
Quote: "If we could just be who we are, the world would be a much better place."

2013-03-08 "FivePlay puts in rare area gig on behalf of Vallejo Jazz Society"
by Rich Freedman from "Vallejo Times-Herald" [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/entertainment/ci_22745848/fiveplay-puts-rare-area-gig-behalf-vallejo-jazz]:
FivePlay brings its melodic jazz to the Bay Terrace Theatre on behalf of the Vallejo Jazz Society. Left to right, Dave Tidball, Alan Hall, Tom Corman, Laura Klein, and Paul Smith. Courtesy photo

Tony Corman is tickled that the jazz quintet, FivePlay, has honored its mission statement playing "melodic modern jazz."
Now if he can only get some.
"I'm interested in feedback, but I have a hard time getting my own sister to tell me what she thinks," Corman said.
At least Corman knows he has some big fans with the Vallejo Jazz Society, who are bringing in the East Bay-based group Sunday, March 17, in a 5 p.m. concert at the Bay Terrace Theatre.
FivePlay's music "is beautiful, moving, and slightly off the beaten path," said VJS spokeswoman, Betty Chypres.
Corman is joined by his wife and pianist, Laura Klein, reedman Dave Tidball, bass player Paul Smith and drummer Jason Lewis, subbing for regular Alan Hall.
Corman said the goal of FivePlay is to play music that people will want to come back and here again.
"What I found is that there sometimes is a level of playing (with other groups) that is unbelievable," Corman said. "While I'm blown away by the accomplishments, I don't necessarily want to hear it again."
FivePlay, he noted, "is not trying to make high-end jazz for insiders."
"What I remember growing up is that I would love it when I would hear music I wanted to hear over and over again," Corman said.
FivePoint started in Berkeley in 2005, undergoing "many different configurations" since.
One constant has been Corman and Klein, somehow doing the husband/wife thing with aplomb.
"We don't always agree, but we negotiate in good faith," Corman said of his bride of 28 years. "It's great. I love her playing."
Since Klein is classically trained and an accomplished composer, "she comes with things from such a different angle," Corman said. "She can take the band places I wouldn't be able to. It's an absolute godsend to have her voice."
FivePlay only does a handful of gigs a year, mostly because "the scene isn't great," Corman said. "There aren't a lot of venues."
Still, there's no dearth of talented musicians, Corman said.
"I am constantly blown away by the level of playing," he said.
Corman realized music would have to be a paid hobby to augment a day job as technical writer.
"With a real lack of venues, I gave up years ago trying to make living," he said. "Better to choose a profession that does pay a living wage."
Still, he noted, "it doesn't mean you don't do it. It means you don't depend on it for money."
Corman is satisfied that there is a next generation of outstanding jazz players.
"I have no fear for the future of music," he said. "These young people do wonderful things."

If you go
What: Vallejo Jazz Society
presents FivePlay
When: Sunday, March 17, 5 p.m.

Where: Bay Terrace Theatre,
51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo
Tickets $10 general, $5 VJS members
Info: [www.vallejojazzsociety.com]; [www.FivePlayJazz.com]

2013-03-09 "Go Vegan in Suisun City to Help the Environment; Eating less meat can help reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment"
by Jared Morgan from "Suisin Patch" online journal [http://suisuncity.patch.com/articles/go-vegan-in-suisun-city-to-help-the-environment]:
You probably know about the adverse health effects of eating too much red meat — like the increased risk of heart disease — but did you know you could reduce your carbon footprint by eating less of the stuff?
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, as reported by Scientific American, the production of the meat in our meals causes more atmosphere-damaging greenhouse gases than the cars and factories of the world do.
Nitrogen- and phosphorous-based fertilizers used to grow feed for cows have also been linked to increases in harmful algae blooms in our lakes and oceans.
The nitrogen pollution associated with meat production causes $200-$2,000 billion in damage around the world every year. It also requires 20-50 times more water to produce 2.2 pounds of meat than it does vegetables.
Eating less red meat and more vegetables — and even occasionally cutting out all dairies to go vegan — can help you live a healthy life and reduce the demand for meat production.

2013-03-07 "Roller Derby has invaded Solano-Yolo Counties!"
from "Suisin Patch" online journal [http://suisuncity.patch.com/blog_posts/roller-derby-has-invaded-solano-yolo-counties]:
My name is Annastasia (aka "Rage"), President of the SoYo Roller derby league, a start-up team of local skaters coming together to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship through the sport of roller derby. The purpose of the SoYo Roller derby league is to create an opportunity for local women athletes to achieve their maximum athletic and intellectual potential. Our members embody the highest standard of dedication, perseverance, respect, and motivation through intensive training, competition, and community involvement. This year we are committed to transforming from a start-up league to a fully sponsored organized league representing Solano and Yolo counties in organized league play. We are proud to represent these counties as the only organized flat track derby league in both counties.

What is Flat Track Roller Derby?
Flat track roller derby is the distant relative of roller derby from the 1970’s with the banked oval track, paid professional athletes (women and men), and wrestlemania style scripted scenarios. The being paid and scripted has been taken out of it, and we do it with athleticism and for the love of derby.  Originating in 2001, flat track roller derby is a fast-paced, strategic, team oriented sport which still includes the full contact aspect that many spectators long to see. A banked track is traditionally immobile and professionally constructed; this means anyone without the space, materials, and means of setting up a banked track is automatically excluded from the sport.  A flat track can be laid on any flat surface suitable for skates, and this simplicity of set up has made roller derby a do-it-yourself sport accessible to women who are ready to lace up their skates.
Photo Credit: Cruz Photography

Who are the SoYo Roller Derby girls?
We are business owners, office managers, teachers, students, wives, and mothers; however each week we transform into our own versions of Wonder Woman and become the SoYo Roller Derby girls.  Founded in May of 2012, what originated  from a conversation and an open call on facebook; has graduated to a league of women who have received their USA Roller Sports club charter and are looking to bout. All of our skaters train hard, and play hard. We have an amazing group of ladies, and are looking to add more!
The SoYo Roller Derby League and their team(s) are dedicated to providing an opportunity for all women to challenge and strengthen themselves physically and mentally through the sisterhood of roller derby while supporting our community through volunteering and raising money for local charities. We are on track to obtain our non-profit status, so we can give back to the community. The SoYo Roller Derby League is a grassroots, DIY, skater owned and operated league with a commitment to promoting fitness and health for woman of all ages and sizes and to maintain an inclusive skating culture.
Our practices are held at the Norcal Indoor Sports in Woodland, CA and we've recently added a location in Davis.
Photo Credit: Cruz Photography

Our Vision for advancement of the league:
We have been practicing like crazy, hosting training camps, and guest coaches. We hope to be able to set up a bout or two this season. This of course depends on a few things, like the number of girls ready to bout, financial status of the league to put on a bout, and volunteer support to run the bouts. We do not currently have any home bouts scheduled for the 2013 season, but we are hoping to get some scheduled soon.
Our Coach - WiLd ThInG (yes, we get cool names). Photo Credit: Rage Blockout

To join you or for more information:
We are hosting an open call informational night coming up on March 17th in Davis, at Woodstock Pizza 5:30-7:00pm. Come on out, meet the girls and coach and find out more about Derby. Ask all your questions, and hopefully come out for a practice with us!
RSVP to the open call here (or just show up): [https://www.facebook.com/events/357299691041291/?ref=22]
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2012-11-26 "Napa's New Candy Store: What Should It Sell? More candy shipments are still arriving at newly-opened Boom on Pearl Street in downtown Napa. What treats do you think owner Paul Slack should stock at his salon-turned-sweet shop?"
by Louisa Hufstader [http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/napa-s-new-candy-store-what-should-it-sell]:
Amid all the holiday-season hoopla this month, a new Napa retailer quietly opened for business downtown.
Boom, formerly a barber salon owned by Paul and Leilani Slack of nearby Bloom Creative Hair Design and Art Gallery and the cooperative Slack Collective Art Studios and Gallery around the corner, has been reinvented as a candy shop where customers can find classic wrapped sweets like Charleston Chews, Pop Rocks and Blow Pops.
Other nostalgia brands like Mary Janes (10 cents) are also among the merchandise assortment, but Paul Slack said he'll also carry 21st-century candies, many of which are shipping to the Napa store this week.
What candy brands would you like to see for sale at the new store?
Visit and let them know: Boom, 968 Pearl St., Napa: (707) 287-5988. Open daily except Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2013-02-22 "VFD taking applications for emergency training classes"
CERT Flyer-Spring Classes, 2013 [http://www.nbara.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CERT-Flyer-Spring-Classes-2013.pdf]
The Vallejo Fire Department is taking applications for its upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes designed to help families plan ahead for emergencies.
The program is neighborhood-based and assists neighbors in working together to assess their provisions and help themselves until emergency responders arrive in the event of disasters or similar situations.
CERT training involves seven 4-hour classes over six weeks for a total of 28 hours and held in the evening weekly from 6 to 10 p.m.
The CERT program has trained more than 175 citizens in classes funded through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
The next weekly “Tuesday” classes start March 15 while the next weekly “Thursday” classes start March 14. Each class will run for six weeks and will be held at the VFD Training Center at 703 Curtola Parkway.
Participants must be at least 18 and each class is limited to 20 participants. Those who are interested can go to fire prevention office at 555 Santa Clara St., second floor, or send an email to sherbert@ci.vallejo.ca.us. to get an application.

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