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Old Devils coming home to new stadium

By October 21, 2009

Enterprise columnist

HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN É yes, you can go home again, especially if youÕre a Davis High School alum É the new football field is an eye-popping thing of beauty and is ready for action this Homecoming weekend, even if the crowd still will be sitting on the old, splintery bleachers, which will be the next to go É FridayÕs festivities, which include the annual parade, also will feature a carnival beginning at 4 p.m. in the gym parking lot É

It just goes to show that even in difficult times wonderful things can happen when a community of dedicated folks put their minds and hearts and souls into a project É the Blue Devils have been well served É

EVEN MORE FROM THE BLUE DEVILS É Davis High has again been invited to bring its standout baseball team to Raley Field, with the third annual game scheduled for March 19 under the lights against Jesuit É should be a great matchup É the junior varsity tams from both schools will kick off the action with an afternoon game É to purchase a voucher that is good for a River Cats regular-season game as well, call (530) 758-6449 É

SPEAKING OF GOOD CAUSES É a fundraiser walkathon to benefit Habitat for Humanity will take place Saturday in Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento, featuring a 5K walk, with food and music at the end É proceeds will help fund the building of a duplex in Woodland É for more information, contact Mark Restrepo at (916) 425-7994 or [email protected] É

A LIVING LEGEND É it was nice to see the Arboretum take time to honor its resident treasure, Warren Roberts, who is stepping down as superintendent after nearly a million years on the job É the place wonÕt be the same without WarrenÕs cheery voice and incredible knowledge of every living thing in the plant kingdom, but something tells me heÕll still be hanging around on a regular basis É weÕve been lucky to have had him as long as we did É

MONEY-MAKER É so, I was driving down Fifth and minding my own business when I came up behind an Acura with ÒTennesseeÓ plates É now, some states have wisely allowed proud alums to put the name of their alma mater on a specialized plate, but what was odd about this was that this plate had been personalized to say ÒVirginia TechÓ and ÒHokies,Ó which seemed a bit strange for an official plate from Tennessee É

IÕve seen such plates in Montana promoting the Griz and the Bobcats, and similar plates in Washington Ñ Go Wazzu Ñ and several other states É why California doesnÕt have them is anyoneÕs guess, but I suspect a number of UC Davisites would proudly pay extra to advertise the Blue and Gold É

Could be a decent money-maker, too É charge an extra 100 bucks for the plates and give half to the state, half to the campus É Senator Wolk, are you listening? É heck, even Sac State might benefit if its alums were brave enough to admit where they went to school É

HOLIDAY CHEER É my friend Curt writes to say that on the second day of October he became the first person in Davis to witness a Christmas ad on television É Òshortly after 9:30 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel just after the puppies are kidnapped on the 101 Dalmatians movie.Ó É before I could ask Curt what he was doing watching Ò101 Dalmatians,Ó he demanded to know ÒwhatÕs my prize?Ó É I think I can arrange for you to sit on SantaÕs lap at the Woodland mall É

Ñ Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected] Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

Bob Dunning

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