The wonders of nature and the animal kingdom figure prominently as Solano County shine across the region and on national television.
First there’s a local winner in a regional food contest for children. Next there’s a local appearance on an “Animal Planet” special. Finally there’s the hardworking K-9 officers and their handlers at Travis Air Force Base, who earned top honors at a regional police K-9 competition in spite of the partial federal government shutdown.
Madeline Silva-Sciortino, a 9-year-old from B. Gale Wilson Elementary School, is among three student winners in a Kid Recipe Contest for the sweet potato. Her Love Shishkebab will be featured this fall on the menu at a Sacramento restaurant.
She and two other children received prizes including a chefs coat and hat from the Ten22 restaurant in Sacramento. The California Food Literacy Center invited the trio of youths to showcase their sweet potato recipes at the restaurant.
“I’m thrilled to see these kids participating in food education programs at such a young age,” said Jay Veregge, executive chef at Ten22. “They should be proud of the recipes they’ve created. It’s exceptionally important for children to understand the importance of the garden, fresh food and patience for the fruits of their labor.”
The food literacy center was established in 2011 to help children improve their knowledge, attitude and behavior toward food through community food education, the center said. Children learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how to read nutrition labels, basic cooking skills and environmental impacts of their food choices, the center said.
Congratulations on a job well-done.
The Rich Schubert Bee Farm in Vacaville was featured Tuesday on the “Animal Planet” one-hour special, “Ultimate Swarms.”
The episode featured George Gavin, a British scientist and zoologist who travels to the Central Valley to get a close-up look at the 2 million honey bees that support the $180 billion industry. Gavin became the “Queen Bee” as bee expert Norman Gary of Citrus Heights covered him with a queen pheromone that causes 40,000 bees to cluster him like a bee “sweater” at the Schubert farm.
“Swarms are one of the greatest spectacles on Earth – at times horrifying and other times wondrous,” Gavin said in a press release. “By coming together, even the simplest of creatures can achieve the impossible. And by understanding how swarms work we are gaining some fascinating insights into our lives.”
Check your local listing for repeats of the “Ultimate Swarm” episode.
The 60th Security Forces Squadron‘s military working dog unit took first place overall in the Western States Police Canine Association end-of-year trial at South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 4-5, according to a news release from the 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office.
The Western States Police Canine Association hosts several trials throughout the year for working dogs from various agencies to train and compete all over the western United States. The end-of-year trial is the culmination of the competitions.
Due to the recent partial government shutdown, no funding was available to train the team’s working dogs. The handlers divvied up the cost of travel and lodging among themselves to travel to Reno and Lake Tahoe with dogs in tow in order to compete, according to the release.
The participating handlers deserve our thanks for their commitment to keeping the service dogs at Travis in top-flight form.
Amy Maginnis-Honey, Ryan McCarthy and Ian Thompson contributed to this report. Have some good news to share? Send it to Glen Faison by email at email@example.com. Please include Good News in the subject line.