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A Crowd of Young Witnesses
A crowd of students witnesses the ceremony.
Photos by Sharon Rummery

Citizenship Ceremony Held for Young Americans

By Sharon Rummery
Posted: 3/27/2015

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - On March 17th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Sacramento Field Office held a ceremony at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Orangevale. Seventeen young people, ages 10 to 24, took their citizenship oath in front of 150 students. When a parent naturalizes, his or her children below the age of 18 automatically become citizens. That was the case for those honored, each of whom received a certificate to show as proof of U.S. citizenship.

The Orangevale students were fifth and sixth graders who traditionally stage a Patriots’ Pride observance each year. They decorated their auditorium for the ceremony, and gathered to honor those being sworn in.

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Firefighter Guides Young Camper With Extinguisher
Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Posted: 3/27/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 7th through the 10th. Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12, or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 4th.

In order for the accepted camper to attend, a parent or guardian must attend a Mandatory Orientation Meeting on June 18th at 7:00 p.m. The fee to attend Fire Camp is $100 per camper.

Fire Camp will be held at Fire Station 21, located at 7641 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights near Sunrise Mall, on Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (end time for Friday is flexible). In order for any child to attend camp, he or she will require daily transportation to and from the camp.

For applications and more information, visit www.metrofire.ca.gov.

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District


Clean and Sober Living Helps Addicts Find Hope

The Founder, Don Troutman, Has Built a Lasting Community

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 3/13/2015

Don Troutman
Don Troutman, founder of Clean and Sober Living.
Photos by Christie Spurlock

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Clean and Sober Living is a network of sober living homes for recovering addicts of drugs and alcohol, meant to help people in early to middle stages of recovery who wish to break the cycle of addiction.

Don Troutman is the founder of Clean and Sober Living. He knows all about addiction, having been there himself. Troutman began his journey to recovery after his employer made him attend rehab. Homeless and on the verge of losing his job, Troutman reluctantly went along with his employer’s request. “My back was up against a wall. I got clean and sober because I didn’t want to lose my job,” said Troutman.

After becoming sober, he realized how much of his life he had been missing, and he tried to convince his brother to get sober, too. But before his brother was able to change his life, he died of a drug overdose. After his brother’s death, Troutman wrote an essay expressing his grief, and it strengthened his resolve to remain sober and help others become sober as well.

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Restaurant Review: Mighty Tavern

Enjoy the Farm-to-Fork Experience in Fair Oaks

By Ben Barber
Posted: 3/13/2015

Front Entry of the Mighty Tavern and a Collage of Sample Dishes
Mighty Tavern features a fresh farm-to-fork menu, where head chef and meat master Jason Azevedo prides himself in the house-made artisan cured meats, including sausage, ham, and bacon.
Photos by Ben Barber

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Nestled in the heart of Fair Oaks is the Mighty Tavern restaurant. Taking over the old La Boheme building, Mighty Tavern emerged after just 100 days of renovation. Mighty Tavern features a fresh farm-to-fork menu, where head chef and meat master Jason Azevedo prides himself in the house-made artisan cured meats, including sausage, ham, and bacon.

One of the goals of business owners Dennis Lapuyade and Joan Reid Lapuyade is to highlight the many resources Sacramento and the surrounding area has to offer. Their white tablecloth dining room—accompanied by a glowing fire—makes a perfect environment for any occasion. The wine list features both local and international labels, where one could have a taste of France, Spain, or Italy.

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Earl ‘Jack’ Koobs Sits On the Commemorative Park Bench Holding a Vintage Timepiece
Earl Koobs cradled his father’s pocket watch after a nature area veteran ceremony. Memorial services were synchronized with the WW I relic.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Ranger Jack, A Legend Remembered

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - WW II veteran Earl “Jack” Koobs helped raise a monument that became one of the nation’s first memorials to those who fell in the Vietnam War. The community leader died on February 9th from injuries sustained after a fall at home. He was 94.

Known as “Ranger Jack” to generations of students and friends, the teacher is himself immortalized by the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area. This Engle Road oasis is held in perpetuity for environmental education; it also hosts regular veteran ceremonies.

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MBK Homes Debuts New Home Community

Madison at Fair Oaks Offers Large Open Floor Plans at an Excellent Value

Posted: 2/27/2015

Artists Rendering Of New House
Madison at Fair Oaks is a charming new home community that offers an eclectic mix of Spanish, French Country, and Craftsman architecture with unique open-concept floor plans.
Photo courtesy Roxburgh Agency

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Tour the model homes at the grand opening event Saturday, February 28th and enjoy complimentary lunch from the Swabbies food truck! MBK Homes, the California builder ranked #1 by homebuyers for purchase and first-year customer service experience through the Eliant survey systems, will debut Madison at Fair Oaks, a unique collection of single-family detached residences located in Fair Oaks. The grand opening event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be one of the first to tour the three fully furnished new model residences and enjoy complimentary food by Sacramento’s popular Swabbies on the River food truck between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Event attendees can also enter to win a free iPad!

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Fair Oaks Relay for Life Seeks to Finish the Fight

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 2/13/2015


Sacramento Tree Foundation: Keeping Green is Critical to Our Health

By Molly Townsend
Posted: 2/13/2015


Experience American Heritage Day

By Jim Hatfield
Posted: 1/30/2015


Community Donates 96 Baby Baskets for New Moms

Posted: 1/30/2015


Girl Scouts About More Than Just Cookies

Posted: 1/30/2015


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