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It Happens Here by Clint Curry and Meredith Curry
WARNING - There are men fishing on social mediacommunity. 1
In our for vulnerable boys and girls to exploit for sex.
ou’re beautiful. How old are you? Do you have a boyfriend? You should – you’re sexy. I would treat you right. Can you sneak out? Last year the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office helped send a man to prison for an incident that began just like that on Facebook. She was 12. He was 25. He friended her on social media, and within hours had established enough trust with her that she snuck out to meet him. He used her body for his satisfaction, returned her home before midnight, and unfriended her. Most of this story is not a new phenomenon. Children have always been vulnerable, some more than others. And there have always been men willing to exploit that vulnerability for their own sexual gratification. What is new in this Information Age is the ease with which men can find these vulnerable children. Before the internet, predators had to work hard to meet vulnerable children. They had to get a puppy and spend time at the park, or become a coach, teacher, or another person with a position of trust. They had to spend time building a relationship face to face, risking another adult noticing their unusual interest. Now, hidden in the anonymity of their homes with a laptop, iPad or smartphone, in just a few clicks predators can find children anywhere in the world. They can “friend” dozens of children an hour, increasing their odds of success at finding children they can exploit. Stop to think about the amount of information a predator can gain from social media. Facebook, for example, requires users to sign up with first and last names and birthdates. Optional information to be shared includes home addresses, names of schools, and interests. With every photo, video, post, tweet, share, or “like,” children give away more information about themselves that a predator can use to select them, groom them, and gain their trust. Jason Parker, Chief Investigator for the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office, points out that “child predators often look for and find victims through sites such as Facebook. They ‘friend’ the child and 2 ME AN D M I NE M AG A Z I N E | FA L L 2016
often act as a mentor or someone to talk to and eventually lure the child away from their home.” This year, the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office conducted multiple sex stings using various social media sites, resulting in the arrest of approximately 40 men who wanted to have sex with children and/or provide them drugs right here in Sutter County. The 12 year old in the story above lives in Sutter County. Now we know: predators are looking for children to have sex with in Sutter County and in our surrounding communities. So how do we keep our children safe? A quick Google search reveals many websites with guidelines on internet safety2 3, including keeping the computer in a common room at home; using filters; knowing the lingo kids and teens use online and on apps; monitoring their online profiles, phones, and tablets; educating them about the realities of using social media; and providing tips for staying safe. Jason Parker states that “phone apps such as Snapchat are sites where the communication is automatically erased so parents are unable to see who their children are communicating with and the content. If there are apps on phones or sites online that a parent does not recognize, they should research it themselves and not take their children’s word for it. It is difficult to keep up with all of the sites available, so the best way is to research anything that does not look familiar.” What you may not find on internet safety is perhaps more important than all the other safety tips combined: we must recognize and teach our children about their innate human need for love and acceptance, and we must teach them about trust. Those two things are irrevocably intertwined.
Every human being is born with a deep need to be loved and accepted. Heartbreaking studies have shown what happens to babies and children left alone in cribs in orphanages, without physical touch or interaction with others: their brains don’t wire correctly, leaving them with long-term emotional and cognitive difficulties. Some even die. 4 5 6 We, as parents, have the responsibility and privilege to be the first people in our children’s lives to meet this need, and it’s never too late to start. We also have the responsibility and privilege to empower our children to recognize this need within themselves and consider healthy ways they can meet it. Who are safe people in their lives who love and accept them? They should be able to effortlessly name at least five. What do they love about themselves? Is it courage, perseverance, the ability to make others laugh, compassion, loyalty, honesty? What makes them feel strong, safe, and free? Help them identify ways they feel loved and accepted that aren’t dependent on their skills, but rather on who they are. We must also help our children see that our society has normalized meeting this need for love and acceptance in many unhealthy ways that put young people at risk for exploitation, such as: • Pop culture encourages young girls and women to find their identity and their happiness in how they look, in what others think about them, and in being found attractive by men. • Pop culture defines manhood with images of dominance and sexual prowess. • Our society has normalized the practice of sharing personal information such as first and last name, birthdate, address, and school name; intimate details; and even provocative photographs on social media. Children also need to understand that predators also know everyone has this need, and they are experts at grooming their victims so that the victim feels they can trust the predator and will willingly do what the predator asks. The 12 year old mentioned at the beginning of this article believed that the man messaging her on Facebook thought she was beautiful; he made her feel accepted and wanted. He knew exactly how to target a vulnerable young girl by addressing that need and making her feel he was meeting it. Statistics show that most abuse happens by a relative or friend, a person the victims trusts; not by a stranger. It is no different when it comes to abuse that begins through social media. The predator has established trust with the child and is no longer a stranger, but a friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Even the predator who manipulates a child into meeting him has built trust with the child. It may have taken him only
hours or days, but he has established trust with your child by meeting the child’s need for love and acceptance: You’re beautiful. How old are you? Do you have a boyfriend? You should – you’re sexy. I would treat you right. Can you sneak out? We must teach our children how to choose friends wisely and what it means to trust someone with their personal information and with their heart. The best way to teach this is by being one of those people they can trust and by modeling our own healthy relationships built on trust. We help our children understand the realities of posting on social media and the difference between sharing with “friends” online and sharing with trusted friends in real life. Help them see that once they post something online, it is completely out of their control and can end up in the hands of people they do not know or trust. Although their Facebook may be set to “private,” the friends who do have access to their profile can choose to share their information and photos with others. The text they send to one friend can easily be shared, without their permission, with others. There are great websites and online videos for helping parents discuss these topics with their children. One powerful video shows what happens when an adult man friends three young girls on Facebook.7 Use these tools as springboards for honest discussion with your children. Sutter County District Attorney Amanda Hopper emphasizes that parents must talk openly and directly with their children. She says, “Don’t be afraid to discuss difficult topics with your children. Teach them what they can do to be safe, to stay aware, and to help others.” Jason Parker adds this note to parents: “Don’t worry about upsetting your children when it comes to monitoring their online communications. Talk to your kids and explain the threats that are out there. The recent investigation by the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office is a good example to use. A fake Facebook profile of a 14 year old girl was created. Twenty-two people were arrested for either attempting to have sex with the girl or provide drugs to the girl. Some of the suspects were known drug dealers, gang members, and registered sex offenders.” This happens here, folks. And the power is ours to put an end to our children being exploited. 1 The term “social media” in this article refers to any type of online or app platform in which people share information with one another, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and many others. 2 http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html 3 http://www.netsmartz411.org/ 4 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0011415 5 http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/10/breathtakingly-awful/ 6 http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/06/neglect.aspx 7 http://www.cnet.com/news/viral-video-shows-how-easily-predators-lure-kids-onsocial-media/
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David Santanna has served our community as a member of the Yuba City Police Department for the past nine years, assigned to the patrol division. He has also been a member of the SWAT team for five years, a sniper on the SWAT team for two years, and recently became a field training officer, responsible for training newly-hired police officers. Toni Darwazeh describes him as “a wonderful human being, family man, and excellent police officer. He has been recognized for several years by MADD for his outstanding record of DUI arrests.” We are lucky to have many dedicated police officers like David, and wanted to learn more about both him and the service he provides to this community.
Meet Officer David Santanna What made you decide on a career in law enforcement? I had a strong desire to be a member of law enforcement after completing high school. I grew up playing team sports, so contributing to a team effort was something that appealed to me about law enforcement. I was lucky enough to be involved in military law enforcement while enlisted in the U.S. Navy between 2001 and 2006. That opportunity made the transition to civilian law enforcement a bit easier. I started the Yuba College Police Academy in January 2007 and was hired by the Yuba City Police Department in August 2007. I still find myself learning something new about my job and about this community on a daily basis. What are some challenges you face in this field? There are a wide spectrum of challenges that police officers face. This past year has magnified the challenge of keeping our partners and ourselves safe. There has been a climbing threat against police officers that has been carried out on too many occasions this year. We also face the challenge of gaining and maintaining the trust of our community. We need buy-in from our community in order to be as effective as possible. The more committed every citizen is about the safety of their neighborhood and city, the more police officers will be educated about those specific problems. This partnership makes it easier for us to address specific problems and become closer with our community members. Another challenge that we are currently facing is manpower. The city is working on hiring police officers and will be continually hiring until we can backfill the many vacant positions. A heavier burden is placed on every member of the department while we pick up the slack of those vacant positions and do our best to maintain quality law enforcement services for the citizens of Yuba City. What do you find rewarding in your work? There are a lot of scenarios that are very rewarding in this job. When we know there is a specific criminal or group of criminals that are preying upon our citizens and we are able to pull everything together with our investigation, make an arrest, and obtain a conviction, it is a very satisfying feeling. Being a positive influence and role model to the youth in our community is also very rewarding. It is difficult to see
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sometimes, because most contact we have with the public is during a negative situation. However, this does not prevent us from reaching out in a positive way to people we see every day, even if it is just to smile and wave. I am very thankful to be a part of a great department, working in a great community. Just having the opportunity to contribute as a member of this agency and working alongside some great people is very rewarding. What do you love about the community you serve? What changes would you like to see in your community? On July 7th, 2016, the law enforcement community suffered a loss of five police officers during an ambush attack in Dallas, Texas. A loss like this affects police officers when we put our badge on before our shift. This loss was especially devastating because of the number of officers and the manner in which they were murdered. The response each member of the Yuba City Police Department felt from our community in the wake of that incident was one of love and support. Our department received flowers, food, letters, and cards expressing support and condolences for the loss to our law enforcement family. I love this about my community. If police officers didn’t care about people, we would choose a different profession. It is very nice to know members of the community also care about those who watch over their safety. Our community has made a great effort to support the police department, but there is always room for improvement. A deeper involvement from the community will only strengthen the effectiveness of our police services. If neighborhoods come together to create Neighborhood Watch groups, we could all help educate each other on crime prevention, crime deterrents, and reporting of crimes. I truly believe educating the public on these issues would greatly reduce the vulnerability of our community. Becoming active in the community is what it all comes down to. Attending city council meetings and voicing concerns could help make a difference. Attending the Yuba City Police Department’s Citizens Academy is also a great way to learn about our department and what a law enforcement officer’s job entails. ME AN D MIN E MAG A Z I NE | FA L L 2 01 6
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We want to thank the wonderful employee owners of Recology Yuba-Sutter for their commitment to our community. Grateful doesn’t even seem to be the right word to carry the amount of appreciation we have towards this organization. They are invaluable to this community, both because of the amount of financial support they provide to local programs, as well as the amount of manpower they give so willingly to volunteer throughout the entire year. We are so fortunate to have Recology Yuba-Sutter as a community partner. Their generosity continues to grow and help all of us here in Yuba-Sutter. They take the time to educate our youth, and are committed to the future of our cities, and that’s extremely admirable.
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The Yuba-Sutter community is very lucky to have an organization like Recology, who is generous with both monetary and labor support. The employees of Recology have been providing local schools with spaghetti dinners for years. Recology has also partnered with many service clubs in our local area to help raise countless dollars that go into our community to provide a better life for all. I would like to thank all of Recology for being a stellar example of how a locally-owned company can give back to the people of Yuba and Sutter counties.
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Recology Yuba Sutter has always had employee owners in the many service clubs in the Yuba-Sutter Area. I'm a member of the Marysville Rotary and serve as the clean grounds chair at the annual Sodbusters event. Along with Ron Gates and Andy Foster, we also provide the team to cook the yummy steaks and chicken provided to the 600 guests. Recology enjoys the relationship with the members as we provide services to them on a daily basis and love to give back to our community.
Frank J. Tamayo Operations Manager, Recology Yuba-Sutter
We are proud to be community partners with Recology in bringing western heritage to school children throughout Yuba-Sutter. As a result of Recology’s assistance, we were able to provide a free rodeo school field trip to approximately 2,500 students where we were able to give them a glimpse of the western lifestyle. This would not have been possible without our partnership with Recology. At Rosser’s Christmas Corral, we strive to educate children about the value of fresh Christmas trees. Recology is a critical component of this education process and assists us in educating children on the benefits of natural Christmas trees to the environment, and specifically how they are able to repurpose natural trees for local parks and compost. Recology, in conjunction with our free educational school tours, also assists us with educating school children about the negative consequences of artificial trees in a landfill.
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Over the years, Recology has been an amazing supporter of the Sutter Performing Arts Association. Jackie Sillman and the local employee owners have always come through with help when our project was in need. There is no finer local company willing to do what needs to be done to improve our community....consistently, competently, and professionally! We thank them every day!
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was just five years old, he would pull
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excellent floral design and home décor
storefronts that are willing to put up
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Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up right here in Yuba City. After high school, I went down to Southern California and attended the University of San Diego, which was an amazing place to go to college. It’s a wonder that we got any studying done with all those beaches so close. I met my husband, Sonny (who is also from Northern California) at USD and we lived in San Diego for quite awhile. We have two daughters now, Macy (6) and Rylie (4), and recently moved back to Yuba City to be closer to our families again. We really want our girls to be able to spend quality time with their cousins and grandparents, and the distance made that difficult before. Tell Us about Hostess with the Mostess.
infancy and the term “social media” didn’t even EXIST yet! So I started designing my own party themes instead. I shied away from stereotypical “baby and bridal shower” elements and focused on designing personalized party themes inspired by the guest of honor’s favorite things and adding some playful, creative twists in order to tailor them to the occasion being celebrated.
Hostess with the Mostess is an online resource for creative party ideas. We share party inspiration and DIY tutorials geared towards personal events, such as birthday parties, holiday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, cocktail parties, and more. I have a major soft spot for thoughtful, clever details that catch people by surprise at a party (and make them happy!), so you’ll find a big emphasis on these little “extras” in all of the projects we create. Crafty and unexpected details have become my signature stamp. The majority of my time is split between designing and producing editorial content for the website and styling live events for our corporate and brand clients.
And then something interesting happened. I started getting lots of questions from party guests. They wanted to know where to buy things, how to make the centerpieces, where to get the dessert recipes, and more, so that they could use the same ideas at their own parties. After answering the same questions over and over again, I started thinking about how nice it would be to just have the information all in one spot that I could easily direct people to for quick reference…and thus, the idea for Hostess with the Mostess was born!
I founded HWTM in 2006, and honestly didn’t think it would be much more than a side or passion project at the time. My background is in graphic design, and I was working as a full time web and print designer back then. The idea for the company really stemmed from a period of time in my life that can basically be summed up as “wedding and baby boom.” I’ve always loved parties and entertaining (even before I did them for a living!), so I happily jumped at the chance to play hostess at countless bridal showers, baby showers, and bachelorette parties for friends.
Yes - I genuinely love designing, especially when it comes to the atmosphere of a party, and I’m grateful for a lot of the things that come with this job. Work is still work, though – and there’s always a mix of great and not-so-great with any job.
As a graphic designer that was pretty much glued to the computer all day for work anyway, the internet was the first place I turned to for party inspiration during this time. However, I was quickly frustrated by the lack of inspiring ideas that my searches were turning up. Keep in mind that this was back in 2003-2006, when the blogging phenomenon was still in its
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Being “creative on demand” under one intense deadline after another definitely takes a toll on the stress levels. And since we live in a “must be Pinterest-worthy” and “I need it yesterday” publishing world now, the bar on creative content seems to get higher and higher every year. Individual bloggers working on their own (like myself) are often expected to churn out content that looks as great as what an entire creative team at Martha Stewart Living would do! On the flip side, it’s pretty amazing what one or two individuals can accomplish with all the tools and technology that are available to us these days. It’s still pretty time-consuming, but it’s do-able. (continued on page 13)
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Green & Gold Thanksgiving Tips or an artistic fall centerpiece, group festive elements together in various shades of one color. For example: fresh greenery, mint green succulents, pale green flowers, and pumpkins painted hunter green! Search the scrapbook aisle at your favorite craft store for stylish embellishments – like geometric stickers and sparkly rhinestones – that you can use to add playful details to mini pumpkins, vases, glassware, and place cards. Give (natural or artificial) leaves an insta-glam makeover with gold spray paint! Add warmth and shine to your tables by pairing tea light candles with reflective textures like sequined fabric and mercury glass. Turn to paper designs for high impact party decor on a shoe-string budget! Many printable designs - like this Green and Gold Thanksgiving Collection - can be downloaded for free on our website and printed at home. Borrow pretty frames from your everyday collection to display the signs, and use the napkin rings, party circles, and patterned paper to dress up place settings, centerpieces, and more!
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What are some false assumptions people have regarding your job? People often assume that being in the “party business” means life it just a big ol’ party all the time! My husband always laughs out loud when people comment on my “fun dream job,” because he sees all the stress and super late nights and weekends that really go into this job. Designing a party for fun is much different that designing a client-driven event or editorial photo shoot. The time spent prepping the details is always underestimated – and the budget is as well. Those beautiful candy and dessert table spreads that you see in magazines or at weddings can easily run into the thousands of dollars just in product alone. I always try to be very mindful of this kind of thing when putting “inspirational” spreads together for people that are DIY-ing their parties at home, as there are many ways to creatively stretch the budget without sacrificing style, but it’s never fun to have to explain to a client the reality of what that design they saw in the magazine (and now of course have their heart set on) is actually going to cost them.
What has been your most creative or exciting project? In 2014, I designed a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Party for Mattel in New York City. They wanted to have a party to celebrate their first year of having a Thomas the Train balloon in the parade, so they rented a space in a hotel right along the parade path and the Thomas the Train themed party took place during the parade! Because it was on Thanksgiving, and a family-oriented event, I negotiated travel expenses for my husband and daughters into the fee, so we all got to experience the parade and the party together! Of course, that meant that Sonny was working with me the entire time, and since the party started at 8am and there was so much to do to the ballroom, we literally decorated all night long, until just after 7am. This event was a TON of work, but I think that made it all the more rewarding when everything came together beautifully in the end. This event was one of my favorite family and work memories wrapped up into one! What is your greatest talent? I think that my graphic design & paper decor skills have served me the best over the years. Give me a computer with Adobe Photoshop and a printer nearby, and I’m confident that we can whip up an awesome party in no time! What is your favorite thing to celebrate? When it comes to personal celebrations - Halloween! When it comes to work projects, I absolutely love designing baby showers. The mix of grown-up party style and childlike whimsy is my happy place.
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espite thirty-six children being diagnosed and seven children dying every day, pediatric cancer currently receives only 4% of all cancer funding in the United States. Unravel is a nonprofit organization working to spread knowledge about this serious lack of funding. All monies raised by and for this organization go directly to the fight against pediatric cancer. Below is a blog post from one of Unravel’s co-founders, Libby Kranz. She lost her six-year-old daughter, Jennifer, to cancer a mere 3.5 months after her diagnosis. Please visit Unravel’s website, https://unravelpediatriccancer. org, for more information on this important organization, and ideas about what you can do to help in the fight against pediatric cancer. Our nation. Our country. There is a lot of sadness swirling around us. I have a multitude of thoughts about it all. Likely much of it isn’t popular opinion. But my goal isn’t to be popular, is it? So many recently have joined my ranks of becoming bereaved parents… but from all different sources. Guns. Gorillas. Hot cars. Alligators. I have 2 overarching thoughts on it all. The anger. The outrage. I get it. I have it to. But I am also so jealous; jealous that people seem to care more about these deaths. That not enough people seem to care about the 7 today that will die from cancer. The 7 tomorrow that are being slowly tortured and killed. I get it. It’s not sensational. Because it IS so constant. Because is ISN’T slowing down. Logically I understand why it’s not newsworthy…until it’s YOUR news. Your child. Your nephew. Your student. Then it’s all-consuming. You wonder with me then…where is the outcry? You wonder why our kids get only 1 cent from Relay for Life donations. You rage at the fact that our government allocates less than 4 percent of the
federal funding for cancer research for our kids. But we have to look in the mirror and remember. Be honest and admit. We didn’t care either…Until it was printed in black and white… A child we cared about was struck by the random bullet. This gun. The one filled with pediatric cancer ammo. The bullet that hits 36 children every day. Some reading this might already be in the fight with us. Part of the masses of people outraged. Thank you. And I’d venture a guess that a “sorry” is due as well. A sorry for the child you care about being gunned down. It’s the others we need to reach, though. The ones that have no idea about these facts, and especially the ones that do. The ones that know. That care. But aren’t touched so they aren’t all in. These are the people I am speaking to. The ones I am trying to get to REALLY see the signs. To heed the warning. NOW. All in. No holds barred. Because pediatric cancer is a real and widespread crisis, and it’s a danger that we as a community, as a country, as a world CAN protect our children from. Which leads to my next inflammatory thought. What is with the judgments being handed down for all of these parents? It’s shameful. It’s done immediately without having a full story. It’s hypocritical. We all make mistakes constantly in parenting. And sometimes those mistakes have horrific consequences. And so many of us, myself included, aren’t paying attention to what we should be. [The majority of] these deaths are accidents. Mistakes. Which is the number one killer of our nation’s children… but think about it. What a broad stroke that term is. What
a massive grouping of scenarios [that] creates the number one spot. Accidents. It holds that spot strongly and firmly. Right behind though, number 2: Cancer. Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death for our nation’s children. Read that again. Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death for our nation’s children. Perhaps you can say you never let go of your child’s hand at the zoo, or that you would never forget your child in a car, or never let them wade in water that has a sign saying you shouldn’t… But can you say you have done everything you could to protect them from cancer? And to be clear I am not talking eating organic, I am talking about galvanizing your community to action, about political pressure. I am talking about showing the media you care about these stories being covered, about being a champion for the cause in your workplace, and teaching your kids how they can create change too. And if you can’t stop judging parents in the absolute horror of losing their child [to an accidental death]… get scared. Because you can’t simply hold their hand or never lose sight of them to protect them from [pediatric cancer]. On October 27th, 2014 it wasn’t my daughter. On October 28th, 2014 it was. And I will live the rest of my days until I see her again. Wishing I had only read the damn signs.
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Turkey Trot 5K /10K Saturday, November 19, 2016 This 5k/10k event is a wonderful community gather to increase the awareness of the community homeless & Hands of Hope success stories! Register Online - runsignup.com/Race/CA/YubaCity/HandsofHope $25 Early registration - $35 after November 7th, 2016 through day of event. Join us for this awesome event at:
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ust a 25 mile drive down Highway 20 from Yuba City will lead you to small-town charm, fun for the entire family, and a new destination for date night. We’re here to fill you in on just a few of our favorites. If you’re up for starting your day out early, you can stop by Market Street Grill for a delicious breakfast! Of course, they serve yummy lunches too. And if you happen to be in town on Friday nights, they’re also open for dinner! Riverside Lanes is fun for the entire family! They have 10 lanes of bowling, a game arcade, sports and music, as well as food and beverages. Whether you’re hungry for a traditional burger or looking for something sweet, Jeff’s Freezette does not disappoint. This local favorite has been serving up your favorite hamburger stand treats for years and getting rave reviews. To lure your guy on over this way, especially if he is an outdoorsman, just say the word Kittle’s. Kittle’s Outdoor & Sport Co. has the latest and greatest in all fishing and hunting gear.
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Watching a movie on the big screen at the Colusa Theatre provides a special element of charm to your experience. Enjoy your favorite treats while you enjoy the show. PS: They serve beer! Rocco’s Bar & Grill is a fun local hangout where you’ll find amazing apps and a great place to celebrate any occasion. With a full restaurant, event center, and catering service, they can accommodate all group sizes. Be sure to check for the fun events they host throughout the year, which include painting parties, mystery dinners, special tastings, comedy nights, and so much more! Something new to check out is ColUSA Made. You’ll feel as though you’ve walked back in time with this quaint general store. Featuring many locally-produced products, you’ll have fun exploring and finding tasty treats and homemade goods. Wander next door to The Tap Room at ColUSA Made. They feature craft beers, fine wines, and will occasionally host local acoustic music. They’ve taken one of Colusa’s oldest commercial buildings in the Riverfront District and made it a fun new upscale bar. Colusa Casino Resort is the area’s gaming, entertainment, and getaway destination. Featuring signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, luxurious AAA diamond rated hotel and spa, and exclusive Outdoor Adventures, you should really check into making your next reservation in Colusa. If you visit during the month of October, you must visit the fairgrounds! Face your fears with a Haunted Paintball Hayride every Friday and Saturday through Halloween Weekend, from 7-11pm. There will also be a Colusa County Haunted House October 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31st from 7-11pm. For more information and pre-sale tickets, call 530.458.2641 or visit www.colusafairgrounds.com
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Tell us about yourself. Currently, I am a 4th grade teacher, mother of four, farm owner, rancher, sister, and daughter. I am an Ag Business Management graduate of Cal Poly, graduate of the Chico State teaching credential program, member of Omega Nu, a Colusa 4-H leader, coach, and team mom. I grew up a farmer and rancher’s daughter and learned early about country life, raising livestock, riding horses, spring planting, and fall harvest. Tell us about your family. When we moved to 4 Acre Farm, I held the hands of a 5 and an 8 year old. Since 1997, there have been two more added, as well as a son-in-law. Mitchell is a personal trainer; Jillian is a registered dental assistant married to Logan, who is a farmer and rancher; Annelise is a senior; and Olivia is a freshman at Colusa High School. Of which accomplishments are you most proud? Running my busy farm, raising 4 kids, teaching little ones for 30 years and finding time to create my décor for D-D Designs. As a single woman, with these different hats you learn to fix
broken pipes, build corrals, haul hay, and vaccinate the animals. You become the plumber, gardener, housekeeper, fencing crew, and taxi to town. To know that a woman can persevere, and still provide for a family and home, is an accomplishment in itself. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most challenging? As anyone who has been a part of the educational system can attest, seeing that love of learning or the, “Oh I get it!” look from a student is unbelievably rewarding. The toughest part is going to your own home knowing that there is a child going home to less than ideal circumstances. When you get home, you hug your own a little tighter. An activity I do with my class is to give them a Post-It with the words, “I wish my teacher knew...” They are unsigned and left in a basket. Some are sweet, like, “That she is really nice.” Others can take your breath away, such as “That I’m trying the best I can but sometimes, I still don’t understand” or “I don’t get to school early enough to eat breakfast.” Those notes ground me and make me take every little heartbeat into account. I realize I don’t know their journey, but the six hours they are with me will be positive and safe (and they won’t be hungry). What do you like most about your home? I love that it’s two-story and I can escape to my own space when there are teenagers or a slumber party, and yet still see every rig drive in or out. We live at the end of a gravel road so we don’t get the typical people that drive by because you’d have to turn around in our driveway. All of the kids have taken 4-wheelers, Jeeps, pickups, golf carts, horses and bicycles down the road to friends that live nearby.
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Describe your decorating style. I’m not quite sure if, “look what I found in the barn,” or “hand-me-down,” is a style, but it’s definitely my rustic farmhouse style. Fortunately I can paint, stencil, refinish and refurbish just about anything. I can find an old feed or water trough and make it into a planter, turned barbed wire into a wreath, and my old sewing machine has thousands of miles on it from making curtains and re-covering cushions and pillows. My mom is great for passing on antiques and furniture she gets tired of, which I always agree to home. What is a special memory you have in this house? Having lived here 19 years, there are so many special memories. Of course birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings, bringing home babies, and seeing the older two go off to college. We’ve raised countless animals here, had literally hundreds of kids for parties and team dinners, but probably the most special memories are the simplest. These include Sunday suppers with family, margarita Fridays with friends when all of our kids were little, collecting eggs
on Easter, opening stockings on Christmas morning, and hopping on the horses bareback and taking off across the field. What made you decide to sell? When I first mentioned selling, there were so many mixed reactions from others. They asked
why I would ever leave, and told me they didn’t think I would ever sell. We started with just a house and have added a barn/garage, kennels, horse corrals, chicken coops, yard, gardens and so much more. We have built, planted, mowed, disked, repaired, and repainted.
A friend once told me, “Life is dynamic.” And that it is; it changes. With my youngest two in high school, and wanting to retire in a few years, it’s time to transition to the next adventure. When I bought the farm, the woman who sold it to me said she was so glad it was going to a family that would love it. It is our time to let another family love it. What gives you the most joy? I love what I do. I love teaching, living on a farm, and raising my family. I chose to be a teacher for the obvious reasons: so I could share the same schedule with my family, have a good job in a small community, and earn a decent salary. Teaching has been so much more rewarding than I ever dreamed. I’m now teaching the children of former students. I have adults ask me if I still do a particular activity in class. Knowing that I had some element of teaching them something is sheer joy. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Retired from teaching, and hopefully with two more children out of college. I like the idea of a smaller country house. I’ve also been marketing some of my western crafts and hope that I can expand that business.
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Yuba College uba College, a staple in the YubaSutter community since 1927, is taking the “student-centered” concept to a new level by finding innovative ways to serve our students. We focus on future employment forecasts to self-assess forward-thinking programmatic changes that will assist students in reaching their educational goals and ultimately securing long-term, gainful, and rewarding employment. For example, in 2011, the new Allied Health and Public Safety opened its doors to a 20,000 square foot stateof-the-art health science building just as employment projections for Allied Health careers grew to double digit numbers over the next 8 years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states demand for “registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on
preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the babyboom population, as they live longer
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and more active lives” (bls.gov). With employment in high demand, the Nursing Program, with a staff of eight full-time instructors, has advanced technology at their fingertips that provides students with a quality simulation center, outstanding clinical facility placement, computer labs, one-onone individual instruction, and an innovative new curriculum for nursing education in the 21st century. The benefit? Our students are successfully completing a two year program and earning an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) leading to licensure as an RN. In 2013-14, Yuba College saw 87% of nursing students graduate with their Associates in Science degree. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and in the same 2013-14 year, 82% successfully passed that exam. Yuba College currently has no program wait list and enacted a competitive entrance process for students wishing to enter the Nursing Program each semester. Nursing is not the only high-demand Allied Health field; in fact, employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow in double digits also through 2024. According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, “as the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making
diagnoses” (bls.gov). Radiology is a field that combines patient care, medical advances, and computer skills. Radiologic technologists typically need an associate’s degree, and many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic Professor Angela Willson believes “the field of medical imaging will continue to be a viable choice if you desire to work in medicine.” Yuba College recognized the emerging need in this high-demand career with the hiring of a second program full-time faculty member, plus relocated the Stateaccredited Radiologic degree program into the Allied Health and Public Safety Building. The remodeled space will be a functioning 21st century learning environment by this fall. Dr. Daren Otten, Dean of Applied Academics said, “Yuba College will be the only education provider for Radiologic Technologists from here to the Oregon border, and we will have the adequate capacity and resources to fulfill workforce needs.”
If science and medicine, working in teams, solving problems, and the love of animals are of interest, then perhaps your career of choice should be Veterinary Technology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment will grow as more veterinarians utilize technologists to do general care and lab work” (bls.gov). Projections for this career could see gains of up to 20% in the next eight years, making it a sought-after career for employers. Yuba College Veterinary Technology Program, accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, offers an Associate of Science Degree in this field. The program also has individual certificate specialization in Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist, Public Health and Food Safety, and Shelter Medicine. Veterinary Associate Professor Kyle Mathis said “70% of the class of 2016 had a job before or shortly after graduation and historically, 100% of students are employed within 6 months of graduation.” In fact, many employers contact the Yuba College Veterinary Technology program asking for hiring recommendations. The demanding nature of the Veterinary Program and oneon-one instruction accounts for the program’s success. In past years, students taking their national licensing exam have traditionally had pass rates of 96- 100%, among the highest in the state. Faculty member Bonnie Loghry, RVT, MPH, tells students “the program requires an extensive amount of studying and personal commitment, but in the end is a wonderfully fulfilling career choice.” Employment for RVTs is very diverse and includes shelter medicine, laboratory animal medicine, laboratory diagnostics, military animal care, research, pharmaceutical sales, large animal medicine, practice business management, emergency medicine and critical care, anesthesia, exotic animal and wildlife care, and general private practice. The Veterinary Technology Program can accept up to 30 students a year and currently has a minimal wait list. Students can apply for the program by May 15. Nursing, Radiological, and Veterinary Technology are only a small sampling of the Career Technical Education Programs that Yuba College offers. Students can also consider careers in Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, Business, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Fire Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Psychiatric Technology, and Welding Technologies. If transferring to a university is your preference, Yuba College offers numerous transfer programs in Art, Early Childhood Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Sciences, Theatre Arts, and so much more. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office reports 29% of University of California graduates started at a California community college and 51% of California State University graduates started at a California community college. The bottom line: Yuba College can assist students in choosing the right career or educational path and our faculty and staff are here to help them succeed. As Yuba College makes its final preparations for its 89th academic year, we look forward to serving our community and preparing another group of students for academic greatness and future career success. For more information about Yuba College, class offerings, or financial aid, visit yc.yccd.edu. Yuba College. Your Community, Your College. ME AN D MIN E MAG AZ I NE | FA L L 2 01 6
Looking for something to do? The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8.p.m. October 16 & 23 at 2 p.m. Yuba College Theatre $10 general or $6 student/senior Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film and John Buchan’s novel Winner! 2 Tony and Drama Desk Awards, 2008 Winner! Best New Comedy, Laurence Olivier Award, 2007 “A wonderful triumph of theatre!” -BBC Radio 4 A small theatre company attempts to perform Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps on stage. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellbound blonde from a London music hall north by northwest to Scotland’s most remote highlands. Will they save Britain from a den of devious spies? A small cast of actors play over 150 characters in this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure. The 39 Steps contains every single legendary scene from the awardwinning movie — including the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium. Tom Galvin & Friends in Concert October 21, 7:00 p.m., Yuba Sutter Arts, Lee Burrows Center for the Arts Theater Come and share in the excitement as local artists play all original and amazing music! Be the first to hear new up-and-coming songs that you will hear throughout the area in local establishments. Call 530.742.2787 for details. Autumn Instrumental Concert October 27, 7:30 p.m., Yuba College Theatre $10 general or $6 student/senior Falling leaves, chilly nights, and the cool sounds of the Yuba College bands make this fall concert a must-see! The classic sounds of the Symphonic Band then leads the Jazz Ensemble to toe tapping melodies that light up the stage. Veridian Orchestra Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m., Yuba College Theatre $15 general or $10 student/senior Conducted by Scott Seaton! Our newly appointed principal conductor brings his expertise and excitement to Yuba Sutter with our Kickstarter First concert of the season!
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Paint and Sip with Artist Christina May Sunday, November 6 at 2-4 pm (Snowman), Yuba College Theatre Lobby $45 general (Includes supplies and refreshments) Anyone can be an artist plus have lots of fun with no art experience required at the Yuba College Paint and Sip! Our experienced and enthusiastic local artist and Yuba College graduate, Christina May, will guide guests stepby-step to create their own works of art, each focused around a specific holiday. Christina will guide painters in painting a snowman in the November class--just in time for the holidays. At the end of the session, everyone gets to take home their masterpiece! The United States Air Force Band of the West - Galaxy Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., Yuba College Theatre Free and open to the public! Celebrate Veteran’s Day by attending a free concert performed by Galaxy, a high-powered rock, blues, country, R&B, top 40 band that performs a wide array of popular music from classics to today’s hits from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Three powerhouse vocalists have shared stages with Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, the Beach Boys and Kid Rock, Galaxy knows what electrifies audiences and packs it into a show with enough variety to offer a fantastic experience for everyone in attendance. Rosser’s Cowboy Corral Opens Friday, November 25th Free A truly unique, fun, family holiday experience. Come see the animals, listen to the Christmas music, take a wagon ride, and enjoy the campfire. They don’t just sell Christmas Trees; they provide a fun, local tradition. Winter Instrumental Concert December 2, 7:30 p.m., Yuba College Theatre $10 general or $6 student/senior The Yuba College Symphonic Band performs an amazing array of seasonal and traditional music. After intermission, the ties come off when the Jazz Ensemble takes center stage delivering a fun, toe-tapping concert! A Classy Christmas with Veridian Orchestra Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m., Yuba College Theatre $15 general or $10 student/senior A Classy Christmas: Inspired by great composers! What if Mozart wrote, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?” Here we will celebrate the Holiday spirit in classical style with arrangements of your favorite tunes arranged in the style of the greats!
Special surprises for the entire family as well. In addition, we will premiere new holiday selections to celebrate the season from our World Wide composition competition! A Rita Coolidge Christmas Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m., Yuba College Theatre $35 general or $30 student/senior Most people will recognize two-time Grammy Award winning singer Rita Coolidge by her string of hits, including “Higher and Higher,” “We’re all Alone,” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” or perhaps her vocal work with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Now she shares selections from her latest CD, “A Rita Coolidge Christmas,” a musical holiday celebration she’s been working on all her life. Join her as she shares Christmas classics interspersed with memories of her life and musical times, including her own arrangement of “Amazing Grace” sung in Cherokee in homage to her Native American heritage. Join Rita Coolidge in an experience of the spiritual and emotional ways that reflect the deep and ever-present importance of the family—in a night to remember: A Rita Coolidge Christmas. Yuba Yuletide - A Wonderful Winter Holiday Celebration (with holiday music from the Yuba College Concert Choir) Friday, December 9 at 2 p.m. Saturday December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Yuba College Theatre $10 general or $6 student/senior or $25 for a family of 4 Hear ye, hear ye, come on over here ye. Ye all are hereby invited to join us for a regal Yuba Yuletide celebration featuring singing (and sing-alongs), games, candy, and the presentation of Cinderella: A Traditional British Holiday Panto. An engaging evening of fun, laughs, music, comedy, and holiday cheer for all ages. Come ye for a super Yuba Yule jollification and have ye a “ball”. A British Panto is a theatrical entertainment for children and adults that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas. Audiences are engaged by high energy characters and invited to participate by helping the characters stay away from evil characters, waking up fairy Godmothers, cheering the hero, blowing kisses to the princes, and booing the villain. It is an engaging, active, and fun style of theatre with broad appeal.
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