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Hard-working UC Davis athletes help the needy

With almost 100 UC Davis athletes serving as hosts, more than two dozen area homeless people were given a little tender, loving care on Sunday.

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner came early for the region’s less fortunate as turkey and all the trimmings were served at Davis Community Church.

Members of UCD’s Athletes in Action and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee provided the setting, working weeks before to get the word out to transients and less-fortunate families that the holidays were being celebrated once again.

UC Davis project eyes solutions for small chicken farms

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the Eggmobile, of course.

The Eggmobile, a bright red chicken barn on wheels, provides protection and overnight housing for a flock of 150 young laying chickens on UC Davis’ new Pastured Poultry Farm.

The graduate student project, which was launched in July on 4.5 acres about a mile west of the central UCD campus, is a living laboratory for pasture-based poultry farms, which are growing in popularity. Research also will help those who keep backyard flocks.

The pasture is protected from predators by a portable electronic fence and is surrounded by a 50-foot band of uncultivated land to serve as a wildlife buffer.

The Eggmobile is moved around the pasture to give chickens fresh grazing space and to allow them to …

Children’s Alliance ensures a bountiful Thanksgiving

More than 500 needy families will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner complete with a turkey and all the trimmings thanks to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, which distributed meals along with new coats, toys and blankets during its annual Community Giveaway Day on Saturday.

The ninth annual event, held at Westfield Village Elementary School in West Sacramento, was the largest yet for the Children’s Alliance, which last year served 400 families.

Some 59 families would have been turned away this year but for the Yolo Food Bank’s ability to come up with additional meals for …

Old East Davis fights for the neighborhood

Twenty-eight years later, the residents of Old East Davis are up in arms once again.

The neighborhood solidified its identity when it banded together in 1987 to fight a proposal to tear down some of the funky old homes and replace them with dense apartments.

And now, the proposed Trackside Center, a large-scale infill project at 901-919 Third St., has brought back demons of the past for longtime residents of the Old East Davis neighborhood.

While Trackside’s developers seek city approval for …

Dreams do come true on the Pacific Crest Trail

For most people, retirement means taking a break. For Douglas Nelson, retirement meant an opportunity to travel through the Western United States, from Mexico to Canada — on foot — a journey that took six months to complete.

On Sept. 21, Nelson, an emeritus professor of microbiology at UC Davis, completed the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hike that begins south of Campo at the Mexican border (near Tecate) and finishes at Manning Park at the Canadian border.

The terrain includes deserts, mountains and forests. Nelson celebrated his 67th birthday upon reaching Oregon.

Giving Tuesday offers a chance to help nursery

As we enter the season of giving, the Yolo Crisis Nursery offers a cornucopia of ways to give your support to local children in need. A gift to the crisis nursery addresses the very real problems of child abuse and neglect in Yolo County. Singly and together, we can make a difference.

First, and easiest, is to make a financial gift online on Giving Tuesday, which falls this year on Dec. 1. As its founders say, “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back … to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

’Tis better to give … especially at the holidays

Volunteers for the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee have kicked off their campaign to sign up “adopters” to provide gifts and food for a growing number of individuals and families in STEAC’s annual Holiday Program.

“Similar to last year, we expect to provide food, clothing and gifts to close to 400 households from the Davis area,” said Pam Baird, program chair.

Through this program, STEAC encourages individuals, businesses, service groups, churches and schools to adopt eligible low-income families of varying …

Project Linus volunteers wrap children in comfort

Imagine the fear and anxiety of a tiny child who has ended up in a homeless shelter or foster home, or of a sick child who has to undergo cancer treatments.

These children inspire people like Diane McGee of Davis to volunteer for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization whose first mission is to provide love, warmth and a sense of security to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, hungry, fostered or homeless.

UCD protests support students, decry debt

A convergence of issues took the form of two protests at UC Davis on Thursday.

The Million Student March was timed to coincide with a national movement regarding student debt that had been scheduled for weeks by UCD students.

But the recent incidents at the University of Missouri — beginning with a muted handling by school administration of racist episodes on campus, which culminated in forceful protests and the resignation of both the university’s president and chancellor — inspired students to hold a “Solidarity with Mizzou Students” rally ahead of the debt-focused march.

Davis Veterans Day ceremony recognizes the gift of freedom

Framed by a backdrop of red autumn trees, hundreds of Davisites came together Wednesday morning to honor veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Davis Cemetery.

Splashes of red, white and blue blanketed the cemetery grounds after troops of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed American flags next to each Davis veteran’s headstone.

Instead of sleeping in on his day off from school, 12-year-old Andrew Yin, a member of Boy Scout Troop 139, said he woke up early and skipped breakfast so he could get to the cemetery in time.

“It’s been nice honoring the veterans,” Yin said.
In return for their diligent work, the Scouts received a score of doughnuts from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949, which organized the event.

Navy aviation mechanic soars to new heights

Not many students who graduate from Davis schools choose to enlist in the military. However, when both grandfathers, your dad and your older sister have joined, the odds are likely to go up.

“As far as I know, there has been at least one member from every generation of my family that has served,” said Shelby Hurley (née Brackett), a 2011 Davis High School graduate. Hurley is an aviation electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy.

“I remember her senior year when she announced to me that she would be joining the Navy once she graduated,” said Angelo Moreno, DHS music teacher and orchestra director. “She was so full of excitement and anticipation for the future.”

Davis science lessons are anything but dry

As rain finally begins to fall over Northern California — and weather experts expect more wet gifts from a strong El Niño — Davis schools continue to educate students about what they can do to help conserve water. The lessons are anything but dry.

Da Vinci Charter Academy’s zoology and botany students started with learning more about the genus of the greenery around them by conducting research on plants native to California and the Central Valley.

“Students presented this informational aspect in a formal PowerPoint presentation to multiple panelists made up of individuals from our community, and for the practical portion, the students (each) planted a California native and drought-tolerant plant in our garden,” Da Vinci teacher John Grima said.

Female veteran offers support, inspiration to others at UC Davis

Megan Kennedy walked into a Houston U.S. Army recruiting office in 2002, right after high school graduation.

“I went with one of my friends to a recruiter,” she recalled, “and I don’t know what came over me. I walked in the office, and said ‘you know what? I’m ready to join.’ ” Ironically, the friend she accompanied for moral support didn’t enlist that day.

More than a decade later, Kennedy, 31, works at UC Davis as an undergraduate admissions analyst and adviser, while also serving as a staff adviser to the Davis Student Veteran Organization and as an officer of the newly formed Veterans Constituency Group that supports all veterans and military on campus.

Woodland mother to stand trial for murder

There was no shortage of drama in Samantha Lee Green’s preliminary hearing, the judge remarked.

The four-day court proceeding to determine whether Green should stand trial on murder and child endangerment charges for the Feb. 24 death of her infant son, Justice Rees, had all the elements: drug abuse, infidelity, lies, jealousy and allegations of kidnapping and sexual assault.

“But at bottom, this case is a case of a vulnerable and defenseless 19-day-old baby …”

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