From field to fork: Buying, buttering local corn

When I was a young fellow, we had an impromptu eating contest at a farm lunch with my peers. There’s not much of me, really, but I was born with a stomach on hinges. It opens wide. I believe I ate 11 ears of corn, I’d wager on 10, and I’d testify at the pearly gates that it […]

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Ag guru plants wisdom around the world

Dean Wheeler, a sort of agricultural guru to many farmers, has volunteered all over the globe — from Brazil to Tanzania, Rwanda, Moldova and many places in between. In June, the retired Davis resident advised farmers throughout rural Nicaraguan towns, such as Camoapa, Matagalpa and Jenotega, on post-harvest procedures including washing, bagging and shipping. With […]

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Zero G’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for DHS grad

Now and then, as he’s working at his summer job at the Boeing manufacturing plant in Long Beach, Joshua Rutheiser will find himself thinking back to last month and the week he spent at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “I still take a second and think about being there and what it felt like,” […]

Field of gold

Fresh sunflowers bloom as the sun peaks out from behind the clouds in a field north of Woodland.

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Pesky pests are damaging young beans

Question: Are pillbugs/sowbugs/roly-polys supposed to damage plants? I thought they only helped break down compost in the garden. What happened? I seem to have them eating my bean seedlings as quickly as they sprout. You are correct that these crustaceans help to compost in a garden. They live in the soil, their principal food source […]

Cooking demonstration offered July 17 at Davis Ace

Davis Ace Hardware will offer a pressure cooking demonstration presented by Chef Judi from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in the housewares building, 240 G St. For more than 300 years, cooks around the world have enjoyed meals made using pressure cookers, a store news release says. “Now we have what is known […]

Whooo are you looking at?

A burrowing owl takes a break from the safety of its squirrel hole and surveys the Wildhorse neighborhood from atop a Davis Waste Removal recycling cart.

Full of hot air

Children and counselors at the Birch Lane Child Development Center watch as owner David Wakefield of Cheers Over California inflates one of the company’s hot-air balloons Thursday morning on the Birch Lane Elementary playground. They watched as the balloon was unrolled and inflated. Some of the counselors then took a short ride aloft.

From mobile vet, dogs recovering from injury, surgery will receive a helping hand

Senior dogs and dogs recovering from an injury or surgery have a new best friend in Lettie Neuhauser-MacLachlan. MacLachlan recently launched Canine Rehabilitation Unleashed, Inc., a mobile veterinary service providing the dog equivalent of human physical therapy, out of her West Davis home. The growing demand for such services reflects the change in how Americans […]

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Living the dream at Village Homes

A dream came true in 1975 for two forward-thinking Davis residents, when construction began on Village Homes, a community that has earned praise worldwide for its groundbreaking, earth-friendly design. Mike and Judy Corbett imagined the green, energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable community before those terms entered the popular lexicon. Today, Village Homes a thriving 70 acres of […]

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DHS grad teaches aspiring actors in Hollywood

Theresa Hayes, a 1975 graduate of Davis High School, was recently promoted to the position director of instruction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. The academy opened its doors in 1884 and is the oldest acting conservatory in the English-speaking world with campuses in New York and Hollywood. Hayes graduated from Davis […]

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Made in Yolo: Yummy Dummy chocolate company

When they started the business more than five years ago, the seven Davis girls who own and operate the Yummy Dummy chocolate company had no idea just how few start-ups survive their first year, much less their first five. “We were so young when we started,” said Rowan Foley, now 16. “We just assumed it […]

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Woodland nurses come to cheer, get to perform

Five nurses from Woodland Healthcare dressed up in custom-made party costumes and hired a black limo take them to hear their favorite band — Pink Martini — at the Mondavi Center on Tuesday night. And much to their delight, the five female fans were invited up on stage to sing backup vocals with the band. Penny LeRoy, Carmen Peña, Julie Sheffield, Susie Giger […]

Hertz-Picciotto honored for work in environmental epidemiology

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an international authority on the effects of environmental exposures on perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCD School of Medicine, received the 2011 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. The Goldsmith award recognizes sustained and innovative contributions to […]

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