Traffic safety tips

Walking to school: * Choose the best route to school and walk it together. * Walk with a group, parent or buddy. Avoid walking alone. * Obey all traffic signals, signs and street markings such as crosswalks and traffic lights. * Look in all directions when crossing. Practice always looking left, right, left and forward […]

Suggested routes aim to get kids walking and biking to school

One of the main reasons parents offer for driving their children to school is fear of the traffic and safety hazards their children would face were they to walk or bike on a regular basis. Last spring, the city of Davis undertook a comprehensive effort to locate and begin eliminating those barriers by conducting walk-and-bike […]

Name Droppers: UC researchers publish book on mental disorders

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, “Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms,” published by Oxford […]

Field to fork: Play catch-up with summer’s produce

Tomatoes, corn, eggplant — this list of summer’s bounty could go on, but we’ll leave it at that, invoking the journalist’s “rule of threes.” (Cite three examples and in our culture, at least, that stand in for everything.) The summer growing season is coming to an end, as days grow shorter, nights get cooler, and […]

Local teacher and artist turns 100

Kathy Bitzer received a special gift for her 100th birthday: a photo album with pictures of all the dolls she’s made. Bitzer, who turned 100 on Aug. 6, celebrated her birthday with family and friends at a party thrown by members of the Davis Doll Collectors Club. Bitzer, who made reproductions of antique dolls by hand, […]

100 years’ worth of stories

Bud Meyer just had his first birthday. His first triple-digit birthday, that is. Bud turned 100 on Tuesday, an occasion that he celebrated with family and friends. Bud lives in Davis with his wife, Maude, and a caregiver. Though he sometimes forgets what he said a minute before, Bud still recalls stories from his youth nearly a […]

Food that travels well for cooking out

My friend Rebecca is planning to drive her car from Alaska to Davis (long story). She wrote me after my camp food article appeared: “I just saw an article you wrote and realized that I’m stupid for not having asked you before this. So I’m driving down through the Canadian Rockies and we’re planning on […]

Wedding: Silva-Massey

  Rachael Elaina Silva of Davis and David Christopher Massey of Pleasanton were married June 28 in the gazebo at the Gardens at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek. Pastor Glen Snyder from First Baptist Church in Davis officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Ernie Silva and Gay Bourguignon of Davis. Rachael graduated […]

Name droppers: MBA program wins kudos for brochures

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s MBA student recruitment brochures are winners — again — in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, awards program. The GSM’s 2013 recruiting brochures, prepared by the school’s marketing and communications unit, earned a silver award in district competition. This year, the unit took a big step up, […]

From the ground up: Tales of a home beekeeper

The first two years of keeping honeybees were easy: “work them” periodically, which basically means looking for signs of a healthy hive, harvest honey and honeycomb twice a year. This spring, that changed. Unbelievably, our hive swarmed five times, and that was just the beginning. “Oh no, not again,” I’d say, looking out my window in […]

Engagement: Leiser-Parmar

Peter Leiser, a Davis High School graduate, and Janice Parmar of Evansville, Ind., are engaged to be married on Sept. 27, 2014, at the groom’s parents’ farm in Knights Landing. The groom-to-be, a resident of San Francisco, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Streetline Inc. in the […]

Wedding: White — Hedrick

  Brittany Lynne Hedrick and Robert Carl White, both of Woodland, were married July 19, 2014 at the Croatian American Cultural Center in Sacramento. The bride is the daughter of Ron and Karen Hedrick of Davis. A 2002 graduate of Davis Senior High School, she received a degree in Sociology from UCD and a Masters […]

Name Droppers: Nursing school dean honored for healthy aging research

Heather M. Young, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the Gerontological Society of America. The honor is given to a member of the society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to gerontological nursing research. In […]

A crop of garden pests is on the rise

The drone of orchard sprayers at sunrise reminded me that there is a downside to the unseasonably cool, damp weather we’ve been having. Fungus diseases require high moisture to inoculate and establish. Twice in the past month we’ve had two- to three-day intervals of overcast with light sprinkles. Expect disease problems, ranging from powdery mildew on […]