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Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Author Archive: Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Junior high students embrace diversity training

“How many of you have been scared to talk about your parents?” That was the question Brandon Pacciorini posed Tuesday to fellow students from Emerson and Da Vinci junior high schools, about three dozen of whom were gathered in the Fellowship Hall at Davis Community Church. Only a few raised their hands. “I’m always nervous […]

4-H members get ready for Spring Show

A lot goes into raising a pig for market.

The right feed is important, and can be expensive. Unexpected veterinary bills can take a toll. And then there is the time involved in raising a large animal.

Evan Long, 12, a student at Emerson Junior High School, knows all about that. Evan has been raising Ferguson the pig for the past four months.

He feeds Ferguson twice a day, walks him around a large, grassy pen in an effort to practice showmanship, and generally does all that needs doing to keep Ferguson healthy and growing.

“These kids work really, really hard,” his mom, Tracey Long said …

Food insecurity remains an issue for many county residents

One in six Yolo County residents lacked the resources to put food on the table on a regular basis in 2012, according to new data from Feeding America. About a third of those residents — 10,750 of them — were children, and one-third of those children were ineligible for federal nutrition programs because their family […]

Willett running club invites community to ‘run with the owls’

When the bell rings at Willett Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays and children in grades 1-3 are released for the day, they don’t all head to the bike racks or pickup zone. At least 60 to 70 of those kids head to the field behind the school and start running. And they run and […]

Schwenger lawn signs available

David Schwenger, a candidate for Yolo County County Clerk/Recorder-Assessor, has yard signs available. Email your name and address to and Schwenger will personally deliver a yard sign. For more information, visit

Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

Davis resident and author Loriene Honda will be at The Avid Reader on Saturday, May 3, to read from and sign copies of her book, “The Cat Who Chose to Dream.” The reading, geared toward both children and adults, will include a brief overview of the World War II internment camp experience for Japanese-Americans as […]

This little light of mine

Light. It’s something most children in Davis take for granted. With the flick of a switch, their bedrooms are illuminated, making it possible to do homework, read a book or play after dark. It’s clean, it’s safe and it’s oh-so-easy to come by, thanks to electricity. But for children living off the grid, light is […]

Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

Support Yolo County’s Center for Families by participating in a benefit bike ride on Saturday, May 3. “Cycle de Mayo” is a round-trip ride that begins at 8 a.m. in either Davis or Woodland, with Plainfield Station serving as a rest stop/party location in between, complete with music and wild bikes on display. Woodland riders […]

Supervisors add e-cigarettes to county smoking ban

Don’t be fooled by the new kid on the block, Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell said back in February. “He’s no friend to anyone.” That new kid she was referring to was the e-cigarette. On Tuesday, Caldwell asked county supervisors to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all areas where smoking is currently prohibited […]

North Davis mourns longtime teacher Paulene Bitners

The playgrounds at North Davis Elementary School were alive with the typical happy sounds of recess on Monday morning, but inside the walls of the school, there was much quiet grief as staff members mourned the loss of one of their own. Longtime teacher Paulene Bitners, 47, died on Sunday following an 18-month battle with […]

Elementary students invited to learn ‘Smart Cycling’

Get your bells and your bike baskets ready, because the city of Davis is beginning a new program for third- through sixth-graders called Smart Cycling. The program includes instruction of smart and safe cycling techniques and etiquette. Participants will use their new knowledge to explore Davis via the city’s extensive bike trails and residential streets. […]

Presidential elections … Da Vinci-style

Don Raphael Gorga may have had the look and sound of Don Corleone, but it actually may have been his pledge to reform the country’s criminal justice system and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure that carried the day in presidential elections at Da Vinci Charter Academy last month. Then again, it may have been the “Godfather” […]

Teen’s sweet 16 is more about giving than receiving

Andi Jackson’s 16th birthday this year meant lots and lots of gifts — for some children in the small town of Thornton. That’s because Jackson, who turned 16 on March 13, decided she didn’t need any birthday gifts this year and asked family and friends who wanted to give her something to instead donate a […]

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