Friday, August 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Summer’s about to take the stage

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From page A8 | June 16, 2013 |

Things are looking up as spring prepares to give way to summer.

That’s the loose theme of this nuggets column, a compilation of things I found interesting Saturday and decided to share with the rest of you.

Bigger and better

In-Shape Sport on Dover Avenue opened its doors to the community after a massive renovation that added an outdoor pool, completely revamped the interior areas, improved the parking lot and reconfigured the main entrance.

Cost: More than $2 million.

I’ve been an In-Shape member since my youngest child was a wee lass. You may recall that she just graduated from high school. I was also a member of the former Solano Athletic Clubs and my wife Jill was and remains a regular user of the Dover Avenue facility.

She’s watched the renovation from the perspective of a user, and was tickled to see the work completed.

We had the opportunity to visit with Solano Athletic Clubs owners Barry Young and his wife during Saturday’s festivities. They, like us, were pleased to see how much In-Shape has updated the facilities.

The Youngs did much the same thing in the 1990s when they put some $3 million into the place. Barry and his wife made the facility something fresh and new for an entire generation. Now In-Shape has done the same for another generation.

A veritable bounty

Saturday was a banner day for those who enjoy fresh produce.

Larry’s Produce opened for the season, turning up the heat in the fresh fruits and vegetables trade in the Suisun Valley.

It looks like Aliki’s Produce in Vacaville also opened for the season. That’s a boon for the people who live there.

Most importantly, at least for me, one of my wife’s favorite stops during the season, Saechao Family Farm on Rockville Road, offered added bounty to the fresh strawberries we’ve enjoyed for the past several weeks. The stop Saturday yielded fresh blueberries and fresh peaches as well. Bonus!

Don’t forget the weekly farmers markets in both communities: Thursday afternoons in the park grounds just off Jefferson Street in downtown Fairfield, and Saturday mornings in downtown Vacaville.

Cool times

What a difference a week makes.

A week ago Saturday we experienced a record-breaking high of 106 degrees in Fairfield — hotter still in Vacaville. The high Saturday was somewhere in the low 80s. I mowed the lawn and everything, without killing myself in the process.

A very special day

I will indulge myself for a moment since this will see ink on Father’s Day.

The last of my three children just completed high school and now joins her older brother and sister in the adult world. I love them dearly, and will think back on all of the great memories I have of their respective childhoods.

I’ll also call my father, the man who adopted me when I wasn’t much more than a toddler, gave me a new last name, provided me with all the opportunities a child could ask for, and helped shape me into the man I am today.

He and my mother live in Virginia. I suspect they check out my column from time to time on the Daily Republic’s website.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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