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SAFELY OUT™ “Swim for Life” Taking Place at Folsom Aquatics Center on June 25

SAFELY OUT™ “Swim for Life” Taking Place at Folsom Aquatics Center on June 25

WHAT:
Swim-A-Thon and more to raise funds for SAFELY OUT™ disaster evacuation kits.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 25, 2010 – 11:00 am to 12:30pm

WHO:
Volunteer swimmers of all ages, swim teams/clubs, other Citizen Voice/SAFELY OUT™ project supporters, including major supporting sponsors: Hanson McClain and ExxonMobil.

WHERE:
Folsom Aquatic Center (Map)
1200 Riley Street
Folsom, CA 95630-

Making Waves

Making Waves

In the face of squalls, the Vista del Lago High girls swim team continues to push forward, carving out a legacy in the water at one of the area’s newest schools.

The Eagles are not funded by the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, have a pool they can’t compete in for half the season and field no other aquatics program on campus which diminishes their numbers. But, bolstered by a fourth-place finish at last month’s Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships, Vista del Lago’s girls have earned the reputation in the swimming community as a program on the rise.

“It’s really neat to (watch) – they’re setting the tone,” said Eagles coach Joel Garceau, who also heads the swim teams at Folsom High. “They’re setting the traditions.”

The three schools that finished ahead of Vista del Lago – St. Francis, Davis and Rio Americano, respectively – boast a combined 26 section swim titles, so, truly, there is no shame in fourth place.

Fire crews extinguish El Dorado Hills house, grass fire

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - A house fire lead to a grass fire Sunday in El Dorado Hills.

A family home at 2790 Aberdeen Lane caught fire at the back around 10:45 a.m., said fire crews on the scene.

The fire spread to ¾ of an acre behind the home, which is part of the property. CalFire was able to put out the wildland fire.

El Dorado Hills fire crews also responded to the fire. About four to five engines were on scene.

Fire crews believe no one was home at the time of the fire.

Crews have not been able to go into the home because the structure is unstable.

Here comes the snowmelt!

Here comes the snowmelt!

With temperatures in the 80s in the foothills, for the first time this spring, water managers have opened three gates at Tiger Dam. The reservoir is located between Amador and Calaveras counties.

Photo and information courtesy Teresa Kroll

BloodSource helps fulfill military request for plasma

BloodSource helps fulfill military request for plasma

BloodSource has been asked to provide plasma to help support military blood needs.

Male donors who have Blood Type AB, the universal donor for plasma, are needed. 

Plasma is a blood component that is often critical for survival of injured soldiers on the front lines.  Only men are currently allowed to donate plasma at BloodSource. BloodSource, as part of  a national agreement between the Armed Services Blood Program Office and America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood centers that collects nearly half of the nation's blood supply, is a designated "hub center" for providing blood for military support when it is needed during wartime.

This process for blood shipment in support of military needs was pre-determined several years ago following Desert Storm in Iraq.  The agreement between America's Blood Centers and the U.S. Department of Defense is to assure all blood needs are met.

United Way rolls out annual toilet paper drive

United Way rolls out annual toilet paper drive

When donors research a nonprofit’s numbers—tax dollars saved, money raised and lives changed—they rarely look at an organization’s toilet paper budget. Yet this necessary staple costs local nonprofits thousands of dollars each year that they could be spending on programs.

United Way California Capital Region is asking the community to participate in its 3rd annual LIVE UNITED Toilet Paper Drive on June 16 to help offset this cost. Last year’s drive raised 50,000 rolls of toilet paper, and this year’s goal is 60,000. 

“It’s amazing the number of expenses nonprofits face that people don’t think about,” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Nonprofits work magic with their budgets to make a positive difference in countless lives in our region, but there’s only so much they can do.