Friday, July 25, 2014

Explorit: Wonderful wetlands right at home

Over the next two weeks, campers at Explorit’s Summer Science Camp will dive into the world of water and discover many of its fascinating features. You can join in their explorations by building a model wetland at home. You will need: a dish pan or baking dish, water, some clay, a scrap of carpet long […]

Recycle old paint cans for free

Do you have old paint cans piling up in your garage? Bring them to Brooks Painting between Aug. 4 and 29 and the local painting company will safely recycle them, for free. Paint cans may be brought to 2860 W. Covell Blvd., Suite 5, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The office […]

Name Droppers: Transportation fellowship goes to Aggie

Matthew Palm, a doctoral student at UC Davis, has been selected for the Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Eisenhower fellowship is a competitive transportation program that furthers the careers of recipients by providing the financial resources needed to pursue their research. It includes tuition as well as travel and expenses […]

Name droppers: ASUCD hands out awards

The Associated Students of UC Davis recently presented its 2013-14 Excellence in Education Awards, one in each undergraduate college, plus educator of the year: Rebekka Andersen, an assistant professor in the University Writing Program. The recipients are Frank Mitloehner, associate professor of animal science; Jay Rosenheim, professor of entomology; Stephen Robinson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Abigail Boggs, a lecturer in American studies. […]

Field to Fork: Skyelark Ranch, not a lark at all

Young people out of college who try to build a farming or ranching life from scratch in our region have one thing in common. It’s drive. An easier way of life is always available through conventional employment. Yet they feel deeply that this is their life’s path. In the case of Alexis and Gillies Robertson, […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Babies (No. 125206), a 10-year-old spayed female domestic brown and white snowshoe cat. Also hoping for a good home is Cowboy (No. 125583), a 7-year-old neutered male black and white border collie mix. Fees are charged […]

Daughter needs to lose weight

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have four wonderful children, all college graduates with great jobs in their chosen careers. They are also involved in long-term relationships with people we like and respect. So what’s the problem? One of my daughters is at least 40 pounds overweight and […]

Don’t just sit there

By Michael Vovakes, MD We know exercise is good, but did you know that even if you exercise, sitting too much can be bad for your health? A recent study of over 2,200 adults ages 60 and older shows that every extra hour of sitting during the day increased one’s risk of becoming disabled. This […]

I’m not merely the bearer of bad news, I’m the one who writes it

Universe, could you lay off Winters for a while? We’re not used to all this stress. Yes, it’s been another rough week in Winters, and it’s equally rough for me to tiptoe around the reasons without upsetting anyone. There are times to upset people, and this isn’t one of them. In a nutshell, we lost […]

Little girl all grown up brings lessons from her past

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first ran in February 2007. To Western minds like mine, one of the great modern mysteries is the selection of the Dalai Lama. The current one was plucked from obscurity, from a poor hamlet in Tibet, at age three, the fifth of 16 children. […]

Sustainable and drought-tolerant

Ann and Michael Savageau’s Davis home features a sustainable, drought-tolerant garden, which includes cattail, sedge and rush in the foreground, and fescue, salvia, penstemon in the background. As many parts of the country struggle with drought, heavy downpours and rising water bills, the move toward sustainable gardening is picking up steam, experts say. Ann Savageau/AP photo

Berkeley pushes for cancer warning stickers on cell phones

By Carolyn Jones Berkeley, undaunted by abandoned efforts in San Francisco, is attempting to become the first city in the nation to require retailers to put stickers on cell phone packaging warning people that the devices may emit cancer-causing radiation. City officials say they have learned from San Francisco’s similar attempt in 2010, which ended […]

Yolo County CASA seeks volunteer child advocates

Yolo County CASA trains, screens and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. After successfully completing a 30-hour training and rigorous background screening, volunteers are appointed by the juvenile dependency court judge to advocate for a child in the foster care system. CASAs volunteers spend a few hours a […]

Secondary summer school helps students improve grades, consolidate academic skills

The Davis school district’s secondary summer school program is well underway — the first session began on June 23 and wrapped up on Friday, a second session begins Monday and continues through July 31. Each session features about 15 courses, in math (including algebra and geometry), geography, world civilization, biology and health. “Our program is here […]