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Best of Show

Generosity at Ironstone Event helps youth

Ironstone 15th Annual Concours d’Elegance

by Plez Hill

This 1915 Stutz Bearcat won Best of Show, Open honors at the Ironstone 15th Annual Concours d’Elegance. This highly prized vehicle is owned by John and Linda Muckel of Groveland.

Ironstone’s recently held 15th Annual Concours d’Elegance in Murphys was more than just a showcase of vintage and classic vehicles, it was a place where greatly needed money was generated to help fund youth programs. These programs include: 4-H, FFA and California State Fair Scholarships for youth interested in agriculture. While the total amount of money raised at this year’s event has yet to be determined, many of those participating in the “live auction” were not afraid to open their pocket books despite a down economy. The “live auction” alone brought in $22,300. Items auctioned-off included use of vacation homes, a ski cabin and one week on a luxury houseboat in British Columbia. Through the years the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance has provided more than $500,000 in support of the above youth programs. This year’s Concours de’Elegance was spectacular and well attended. John Kautz, chairman of Kautz Family Vineyards, estimated the event’s attendance at 3,000 and said the number of entries was around 350. To relive the 15th Annual Concours d’Elegance, please see page 2.

Galt’s Bridge Construction

Assemblymember Olsen gives Fire Tax update

on schedule for completion

by Plez Hill TLSN recently interviewed Assembymember Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto, who represents the 25th District. Her district encompasses a large segment of rural California from Valley Springs to Oakhurst to Yosemite Lakes. During the interview she expressed urgency while updating us on the state fire tax that affects rural California. “This is an important matter because it is time sensitive,” Olsen said. “The governor introduced a fire tax…the current rate they are suggesting is $175 per structure, so you can pay $175 on your home and another $175 on your barn if it is all on the same property and that money generated will go to CAL FIRE to help with the general fund, but [it] isn’t going to be designated even to provide fire service to those very homes that are paying for it. “This is double taxation because so many of the homes in these rural unincorporated areas are already paying fees into the local fire district,” Olsen continued. “The only people who will be required to pay this fire tax are people who live in state responsibility areas which are people in our rural counties. “This was passed as part of the majority vote budget and it appeared at the last minute. It didn’t go through any committee hearings, so there wasn’t any opportunity to really question what exactly the proposal was. So when it


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was initially passed, again with only the majority party voting for it, [they] indicated that it would probably be $50 per structure. Since that time they have continued to increase the amount and now they are saying it is $175 and won’t only be on the home, but could be on any structure on that property,” Olsen said. “Proposition 26 passed last year that requires a two-thirds vote on any new fees or taxes. They call this a fee, but according to Prop. 26 even new fees require that two-thirds vote, but they passed this fire tax with a simple majority vote. “There are a number of legal challenges taking on this fire proposal right now: a referendum that will go to the ballot, a litigation that will go to the court and I am carrying a bill with Kevin Jeffries to just repeal the fire tax proposal,” Olsen added. Olsen said she does not believe the fire tax will survive a court challenge.

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Galt bridge construction at Highway 99.

by Plez Hill While driving along Highway 99 through Galt one readily sees a lot of construction going on. If you attempt to use the C Street Bridge to get to some of Galt’s businesses, you are out-of-luck. It is closed. Consequently, trying to get to some of Galt’s businesses can be a little tricky; you have to find other routes to get there. To gain an understanding about the construction and its completion date, TLSN visited Galt’s Public Works Department to get some answers. “This project is causing a little inconvenience as to the local businesses right now,” said Paul Toor, deputy director of the Public Works Department for the City of Galt, “however, the benefit of this project is that it will really open up the traffic for future busi-

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ness. It will help in the long run.” Toor told me that the project involves the construction of two bridges, the C Street Bridge and the A Street Bridge. The C Street Bridge had already been in existence, but it was clear that a new bridge had to replace it. Additionally, he said Public Works conducted a study some six to eight years ago which foresaw the need for an additionally bridge due to increase in population, and consequently, traffic flow. The Public Works Department understood the need to keep the public informed about the bridges and their construction. “We had workshops and meetings with the community, local business, the chamber of commerce, the school district. All the local stake See BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION Page 6

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Some Highlights of the

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Concours d’Elegance

1909 Rausch and Lang electric car.

Chrysler produced this 1947 Town & County convertible for actor Leo Carrillo. The bull’s eyes light-up when the car’s headlamps are turned on.

Hazel Lewis, owner of the 1909 Rausch and Lang electric car, relaxes with her pet Chihuahua Bixby.

This 1941 Mercury Station Wagon won “Best of Show, Closed” honors. Owned by Wally and Sylvia Hamilton of Nevada City, CA.

The Speak Easy Jazz Orchestra entertained the crowd.

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This 1917 Douglas motorcycle won Best of Class honors.

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Your Calaveras Local Scoop News Pageantry at Calaveras High’s Homecoming by Plez Hill School spirit abounded at Calaveras High School’s Homecoming on September 23. The football stands were packed with alumni, parents, students and fans. Fireworks punctuated the sky, the class floats made their appearance, the band played with fervor, the football team outdid itself winning 33 – 7 against Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights and the cheer leaders looked exhausted as they kicked the total number of accumulated points after each and every Redskin touchdown. Alicia White of La Contenta was radiant and appeared to be surprised when she was named Calaveras High School’s 2011 Homecoming Queen. Gino Alberts of Mountain Ranch was named King. Besides White, the queen candidates were Katie Bothwell, Savannah Duncan and Meghan Justice. The Princesses were Amy Gasser, 11th grade; Samantha Baseman, 10th grade; and Kasey Batista and Briana Agno, 9th grade.

The football game was never in doubt. The game stats for CHS: 47 rushes for 308 yards, 7 for 14 passing for 72 yards with 380 total yards. CHS Senior FB Austin Weatherby carried the ball 13 times for 98 yards and two TDs, while Junior RB Kellen Hodgson rushed 11 times for 120 yards and two TDs. WB Robbie Weaver scored one TD. In a postgame interview with TLSN, CHS Coach Jason Weatherby said, “It was a great game. Our kids played hard. We were able to do a lot of things formation wise that we haven’t tried to do before. For example, we had a split end on one side and two flankers on the other side while using a tight end. “We were able to get everybody in the game which is even better since this was Homecoming, so all the parents were able to see their kids play a little bit.” It took a while for the CHS Homecoming crowd to vacate the football field after the game. They were savoring the moment, and deservingly so.

The stands were packed, leaving standing room only.

Alissa White is radiant as she is crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen by 2010 Homecoming Queen Rachel Caynak, while 2011 Homecoming King Gino Alberts looks on.

Calaveras Cheer performs at half-time during JV game. The CHS JV won 44 – 7.

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The band performs a splendid routine at half-time.

A spectacular ending to Homecoming.

WB Robbie Weaver carries for a big gain.

QB Zack Johnson gets a great block.

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First Responders receive award from man whose life they saved

Cliff Frazier, center, is all smiles as he stands among the men who saved his life; they are, from left, Bryan Trevena, firefighter; Scott Bognuda, EMT; Bryant Santos, paramedic; Mike Taormina, engineer; Danny Hausauer, engineer; Rob Engel. Captain; and Aron Shrout, firefighter.

by Plez Hill In a special ceremony recently held at the Clements Firehouse, seven first responders were awarded a Field Save pin for their actions in saving the life of Cliff Frazier, 60, of Acampo. On August 28, 2010, Cliff Frazier phoned 911. He was experiencing chest pains. When the first responders arrived, Frazier turned to one of them and said, “I am checking out.” He then became unconscious. He had a cardiac arrest. Then, through the continuous team efforts of the first responders, he was brought back to life. During the Field Save ceremony Frazier pinned the award on each of his first responders, and in turn, he had one pinned on him. The first responders who received the award are Scott Bognuda, EMT; Rob Engel, captain; Danny Hausauer, engineer; Bryan Santos, paramedic; Aron Shrout, firefighter; Mike Taormina, engineer and Bryan Trevena, firefighter. David Durant, public information officer and paramedic for American Medical Response for San Joaquin County, said it is important for everyone to learn CPR. He mentioned the American Heart Associa-

tion as one source for getting information on CPR. He said people who have a cardiac arrest have about six minutes of oxygen in their blood and CPR can help keep people alive until the first responders arrive.

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by Plez Hill The Hill House Museum, 826 South Church St., is noted for its Queen Anne Victorian architecture. It was constructed in 1901 by the Cary Brothers at a site on School Street across from where the Lodi U.S. Post Office exists today. It was moved to its current location in the 1940s. Built for George Washington Hill, a local pioneer and prominent jeweler, it maintains its original furnishings. Museum hours are Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. A visit there takes you back in time. These photos exemplify the wizardry of the Cary Brothers in their construction of the Queen Anne Victorian designed home built for George Washington Hill and his family in 1901. The home’s current landscaping is exquisite with shading from trees. The museum periodically holds parties in its backyard.


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holders are involved; they are up to speed on that. We all see the benefit,” continued Toor. “At the end of the day this project is really going to be beneficial, not only for the City of Galt, but for the whole local economy.” When asked how the project will specifically help residents, Toor responded, “It will be way easier to commute in and out. After completion of this project, it will relieve all the congestion in the morning. They will not have to wait. The traffic will flow smoothly after the completion of the project.” Is the project on schedule and what is its

completion date? “The project schedule is online. One-third of the project is complete and this will be completed, if everything goes well, it will open by December of 2012 for everything. The A Street Bridge will be open in December of 2011,” Toor said. Toor said that once the A Street Bridge is completed in December, the old C Street Bridge will then be torn down and replaced. He said support structures are currently being constructed at the C street site. When completed, “It will connect all the downtown businesses to the freeway with easy access in and out, as well as it will help the Galt Mar-

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ket,” Toor said. “It is a project of regional significance,” continued Toor, “Most of the funding for this project came from regional agencies like air quality money – congestion mitigation funds which is federal money that goes through the state. There are also regional impact fees and local impact fees which are being used for this project.” During the interview it was clear that Toor was enthusiastic about this project and wanted the public, especially Galt residents, to continue to be updated on the project’s progress. He also stressed how this project was going to help ease the traffic flow during the hours of the Galt Market. Having covered other news stories for TLSN in Galt on Brewsters and A Magical Place, it was not surprising to find someone like Toor who is concerned about meeting the community’s needs. Toor then turned to another project Galt’s Department of Public Works is working on. It involves round-abouts that will be installed to help ease and control traffic at Twin Cities Road. This project is scheduled to be completed next year. I left the City of Galt’s Department of Public Works satisfied with the information I received and it was reassuring knowing the project is in good hands.

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Awareness and knowledge a friend when fighting breast cancer

hen diagnosed with breast cancer, women are often filled with questions. What is the survival rate? Can breast cancer spread to other parts of my body? What does this mean for my family? Such questions are common, and it’s perfectly alright and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer to ask as many questions as possible to better understand the disease. Though each individual’s experience with breast cancer is unique, upon diagnosis the doctor will determine which stage that cancer is in. Determining the stage of the cancer is based on: • the size of the cancer • if the cancer is invasive or noninvasive • whether or not the cancer is in the lymph nodes • if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body Upon diagnosis, the doctor will also discuss if the cancer is local, regional or distant. Local means the cancer is confined to the breast, while regional means the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, most likely those in the armpit. If the doctor says the cancer is distant, that means it has been found in other parts of the body. If the tumors involve the breast skin, the underlying chest

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structures, have changed the breast’s shape, and enlarged the lymph nodes, the doctor will then likely determine the cancer is locally advanced or regionally advanced. Survival rates have increased dramatically over the last 30 years. Much of this is thanks to research, but increased awareness of breast cancer has also played a role in the significantly improved survival rates. Part of that awareness includes taking steps as a young woman to reduce risk for breast cancer. Steps such as adopting a healthier diet, learning about family history with breast cancer and undergoing routine checkups can greatly improve a woman’s chances of beating breast cancer. Survival rates depend on a host of factors, including the stage of the cancer at diagnosis. Women who understand the stages of breast cancer and the role they play in surviving the disease might be more inclined to take steps that reduce their risk. • Stage 0: Though the best breast cancer diagnosis is no diagnosis at all, women diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer can breathe somewhat easy. Stage 0 means the cancer is noninvasive and there is no evidence that the cancer cells or the noncancerous abnormal cells have spread beyond the part of the breast where they originated. • Stage I: A stage 1 diagnosis means the cancer is invasive, and the cancer cells are beginning to invade normal cells around the breast tissue. However, a stage 1 diagnosis means the lymph nodes have not been invaded. • Stage II: Stage II is divided into the subcategories of IIA or IIB. A stage IIA diagnosis can mean any of the following: - no tumor has been found in the breast, but cancer cells are in the lymph nodes under the arm; or - the tumor in the breast is 2 cm or smaller and has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm; or - the tumor in the breast is between 2 to 5 cm but has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm. A stage IIB diagnosis means the cancer is invasive and: - the tumor is between 2 to 5 cm and has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm; or - the tumor is larger than 5 cm but has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm

• Stage III: Similar to stage II, a stage III diagnosis will be divided into subcategories. But stage III breast cancer will be diagnosed as IIIA, IIIB or IIIC. In stage IIIA breast cancer: - no tumor is found, but cancer has been found in the lymph nodes under the arm; these lymph nodes will be clumped together or sticking to other structures or the cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone; or - the cancer is any size and has to spread to the lymph nodes under the arm, which are clumped together and sticking to other structures A stage IIIB diagnosis means: - the cancer may be any size and has spread to the skin of breast and/or the chest wall; and - the cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes under the arm, where they will be clumped together or sticking to other structures; or the cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes near the breastbone. Symptoms of stage IIIB breast cancer can include reddening of a significant portion of the breast skin, swelling of the breast and a warm feeling at the touch. A stage IIIC diagnosis means: - there may be no sign of cancer in the breast - if the there is a tumor, it can be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/ or the skin of the breast; and - the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes above or below the collarbone; and - the cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes under the arm or near the breastbone. • Stage IV: A stage IV diagnosis means the cancer has spread beyond the breast and local lymph nodes to other organs of the body. This can include the skin, bones, liver, lungs, distant lymph nodes, or even the brain. A stage IV diagnosis might be a recurrence of a previous breast cancer, but it’s also possible to get a stage IV diagnosis at first diagnosis. More information is available at www.

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explore a world of Winemaking Machinery in Action by Plez Hill Lodi’s Watts Winery makes some of the finest wine in the region. Owned by Craig and Sheri Watts, Watts Winery is noted for producing such wines as zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and chardonnay. We feel fortunate that Watts Winery allowed The Local Scoop to witness some of their machinery in action this harvest season. One thing was noticeable -- the cleanliness of their equipment throughout the entire process. Even though the process described here is simplistic and does not give a true picture of the complexities in winemaking, it does give the reader a basic understanding about how some machinery is used in the winemaking process. A special thanks to Winemaker Bill Ghiglieri for his assistance. Watts Winery is located at 17036 No. Locust Tree Road in Lodi. Phone: (209) 3291569.

Some machinery used in winemaking.

Grapes are placed in hopper.

Grapes fill hopper.

Auger takes grapes to crusher/de-stemmer.

Discarded stems.

Grapes screw-pumped to press.

Checking press controls.

Juice then goes to fermentation tank.

Wine placed in barrels.

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Wine bottled and labeled.

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by Plez Hill Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills there is a relatively small winery with 40-acres to harvest. It is located in the Shenandoah Valley in Amador Coun Story Winery and you will need a map to find it. Every day a woman who lives there walks through the vineyards and talks to her vines and grapes. She tells them how beautiful they look and how wonde they will become. She believes in what she says and she believes the vines and grapes hear her. I call her, “The Vine Whisperer of The Shenandoah Valley.” If you ever get a chance to taste wine from Story Winery, you will instantly believe the vines and grapes hear her, too. The wine is that good. The Vine Whisperer is Jan Tichenor. She and her husband Bruce purchased Story Winery in 1992, but the vineyards at Story date back to the early 1900s. Prior to purchasing Story, Jan and Bruce were both pharmacists in the Bay Area. One day they visited the winery and talked to John and Ann Story Ous whether any winery in the area was for sale. As luck would have it, John and Ann said their winery was for sale and the rest is history. Today, the winery features Zinfandel, Primativo, San Giovese and Mission grapes. I was told only 600 acres of Mission grapes are still in existence in Cali the result of Prohibition when fields of Mission grapes were ripped-out. Two acres were allowed to survive at Story to serve the religious needs of the Catho Sacramento. As their name implies, the grapes date back in California to when the Spanish Missions were first constructed in the 1700s. Story’s vineyards are not irrigated, they are dry-farmed. In a few years, the grapes are scheduled to become certified as organically grown. Their wines ar estate grown and bottled. The Story Winery is a destination stop with a beautiful picnic area that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley and the Cosumnes River Canyon. You can br picnic lunch to the area or contact Story prior to your visit and they will provide one for you. Incidentally, Story’s wine tasting room also has a history. It on bunkhouse back in the 1870s. If you ever have a chance to visit the area in the early morning hours of the day, don’t be afraid to stop and listen. You may hear the caring words of “The Vi of The Shenandoah Valley.” Story Winery is located at 10525 Bell Road, Plymouth, CA 95669. Contact information: (209) 245-6208 or (800) 713-6390. The tasting daily – Noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Jan Tichenor holding grapes in her hand.

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The $8,000 Wine

by Plez Hill It is not too often that you visit a wine tasting room and learn about a wine that is available, but are unable to taste it, even if you are a newspaper reporter. Such an experience happened to me this week at the Hansen- Garbarino Vineyards tasting room at 13731 N. Hwy. 88 in Lodi. Intrigued, I asked the woman behind the counter representing HansenGarbarino Vineyards why this policy is in effect. I then learned that this was not an ordinary wine. It is a 2008 Bordeaux consisting of a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot and tannat. I read this blend from the label. Oh, yes, I was able to hold the unopened bottle, but unfortunately, still not able to have it opened – not even for a little sip. The mystery continued about this wine. I learned that a barrel of this premium wine sold at auction this past April in Sacramento for $8,000 to benefit the Stanford Home for Children. Hmmm, it must be pretty good I thought. My hostess was very gracious and continued to give an explanation about the wine. The grapes I was told are hand-picked and not one piece of machinery ever touches the grapes. “Everything is done by hand from start to finish,” she added. Next, I learned that I can arrange for a private tasting of the wine. It reportedly sells for $75 a bottle, but if you become a member of the winery’s 300 Member Club, it costs something like $55 a bottle, but I think you have to pay for some kind of registration fee up front. My mind wandered to other wines they were offering. It seems that Hansen-Garbarino Vineyards has found a niche in the world market place. Hansen supplies house wines under various labels to fine restaurants and hotels around the world. “In China they like lighter reds,” I was told. I tasted some of

Hansen-Garbarino Vineyards Hostess Jessie Vruwink holding a bottle of the coveted 2008 Bordeaux.

these wines and they were all excellent. My mind then drifted back to that Bordeaux, but I looked at my watch and I had another news story to cover. I said goodbye to my delightful hostess. Off I went to another winery. It’s a tough life being a newspaper reporter.

Spooky Treats & Story Wines Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monster Zins and Halloween Treats…no, this is not your average wine and food pairing experience. Should you serve a white wine or a red wine with candy corn? Which pairs best with caramel apples? Laffy Taffy? Big Hunks? Popcorn balls? And what goes best with sparkling wines? Such a scary dilemma… Frightening questions, yes, join us to learn the answers as we pair your Favorite Halloween Treats with your Favorite Story Wines. Take home a commemorative Story wine glass as well as the expertise to impress your ghoul-friends at your next Halloween get-together. $12 per flight/per person ($5 for Story Wine Collectors). In the Story cellar, from 1 to 3 pm.

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LODI WINES TAKE FLIGHT AT TREASURE ISLAND WINEFEST Lodi Wine Country Vintners Bring a Taste of Lodi to the Bay Area Bay area wine enthusiasts won’t have to travel far to sample Lodi’s award-winning wines, that’s because Lodi Wine Country is returning to the city for the third annual Lodi’s Treasure Island Wine Fest. Saturday, October 8th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion by the Bay on Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Watts Winery will host a “Tricks & Giggles” Halloween Fundraiser Oct. 22 at the winery, which includes food and wine, comedy, magic and a costume contest. Tickets are $35, or $22 for just the show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The event offers the unique opportunity to sample over 200 Lodi appellation wines (from over 45 participating wineries) while experiencing the best of San Francisco’s Fleet Week. Not only will guests have spectacular views of the Blue Angels flying overhead, they can also expect live entertainment and the finest epicurean delights.

Watts Winery of Lodi released its Butterfly line of wines as a way of keeping hope for a 12-year-old boy – and raising money so other families might not have to go through this.

Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door and can be purchased online at or by calling 209.365.0621. Tickets to the event entitle guests to a commemorative wine glass as well as complimentary

The benefit for pediatric cancer research continues. The Watts Winery Butterfly bottling remains for sale, and is available locally at select Raley’s and Nugget markets. One Butterfly is a chardonnay ($12), while a red blend ($14).

If you would like more information about Lodi’s Treasure Island WineFest, or to schedule an interview with the Lodi Winegrape Commission, please contact Marketing & Communications Coordinator Shannon Harbert at

Thirty percent of the net profits from these bottles will be donated.

parking on Treasure Island. Attendees must be 21 or over. Children and pets are not permitted. Tickets are non-refundable.

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The winery is at 17036 Locust Tree Road, Lodi; (209) 401-8628.

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But it’s not! It’s neither a toy, nor a bear. Koalas are related to opossums, wombats and other marsupials.

Koalas make their homes in eucalyptus forests along the eastern coast of Australia. The eucalyptus forest provides food, shelter, and water– nearly everything the koala needs to survive.

An adult koala is a folivore, which means it is a leaf-eater. Eucalyptus leaves are low in nutrishun and contain some poisonz that make most animals sick. But, for the koala, this is the diet they prefer. Koalas only eet leaves from about 50-60 of the 600 different kinds of eucalyptus tres that grow in eastern Australia.


Koalas get most of the watur they need from dew on the leaves and from the leaves themselves.

Color area 1 green. This is the habitat of the koala. Fill in the names of these marsupials in these boxes. Koalas are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Koalas sleep about 18 hours each day.

Koalas are excellent climmers, but slow runners. By staying up in the trees, thay avoid predators.

Koalas don’t build nests or platforms. When they get sleepy, they find a nice cozy fork in the tree branches. Though the hard branches of a tree wouldn’t seem cozy to us, the koala has a thick layer of fat and fur on its behind—its own built in pillow!

A koala’s claws are just right for ____________ on to tree trunks and branches.

Look through the newspaper and find five adjectives that describe a koala. Then find five verbs that describe how a koala moves. Using your adjectives and verbs, write one or more sentences about a koala.

The front paws have five toes—two on one side of the foot and three on the other. That’s like having two thumbs, an arrangement that gives the koala a strong _________. The toes on the back paws are different from those on the front. In back, there’s a _______ “big toe” without a claw, plus three other toes, two of which are joined. These joined toes are ______ for grooming.

Koalas eat about

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What do you think is the cutest animal on earth? Why? Write a few paragraphs to convince others of this.

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Deciduous means a tree or shrub that sheds its leaves every autumn. Deciduous forests are home to birds, squirrels, deer and many other kinds of wildlife.

Go for a nature walk with some friends. Each of you select one of the bingo cards below. When you see one of the things shown on the card, cross out that space. The first person to black out their card wins!

How many squirrels can you find hiding on this page?

A deciduous forest changes during every season of the year. In summer, trees display flowers, berries and green leaves.

How many differences can you find between these four pictures? Spring brings warmer weather, and as soft, green buds pop out of the branches, the cycle begins again.

In fall, the leaves of the trees turn red, orange and yellow.

Cold, wintery storms cause the leaves to fall, leaving the branches of the trees bare and the ground covered with a thick carpet of crunchy leaves.

Find words in the newspaper that have the same number of syllables as the fall words below. Write each newspaper word under the word with the matching number of syllables.

Look at this list of items. Write the ones that come from trees on the tree at left.

Circle every other letter to reveal the names of some common deciduous trees. Write the letters in the spaces below.

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Write a classified ad for a deciduous forest. Read the Homes for Sale in the Classified Ads section of the newspaper for ideas. Be sure to use abbreviations where possible in your classified ad.

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We sell apples. They sell apples. We sell oranges. They sell oranges. What’s the big difference?That’s a very good question. We wanted to know the answer, too. So we did a little homework. At your hometown IGA,we’re the local guys, the hometown team, our county’s home grown market. And we compete against some very large, national chains. We check our prices against those chain markets every week to make sure that we’re right on the money. Every day. You’ll also find a commitment to quality and customer service at your locally owned IGA that’s second to none. But, did you know that a dollar spent at a local IGA like this one is different from a dollar spent at one of those national chain supermarkets? A dollar spent in a locally-owned market like this IGA market returns around 68¢ to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. The same dollar spent at a national chain only returns about 43¢ ( And when a dollar is spent on a product at a local IGA market that is produced in the same

additional 68¢ of the dollar that your local IGA spends on local products is returned to the community as well. And when that local business buys locally owned products and services in the same county in support of their business, 68¢ of each dollar they spend returns to the community as well. And so on. And so on. You see, it really does pay to shop locally. That’s why your local IGA makes such a big commitment to local farms, dairies, and products. Supporting our friends and neighbors in the county really helps support even more friends and neighbors in the county. At your hometown IGA, we think that where you spend your grocery dollars really should make the most sense. And we wanted you to know that where you shop really does makes a big difference in our county. Sure, a grocery store may be just a grocery store. But, if you look a little closer you can see all the local connections to family, friends, neighbors and community.You can see that’s it’s not only important to shop local, but to be local. That’s fresh thinking!

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