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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 10-16, 2013

By From page A8 | February 16, 2013

Cheers to the woman who donated $1 million to the Solano Land Trust for the organization to further its mission of preserving farmland and open space across the county.

The donation was announced this week. It can be used for just about anything, with one exception. The money cannot be used to pay off a $250,000 loan the Land Trust received to complete its $13.5 million purchase of the 1,500-acre former Rockville Trails Estates property. The organization owes about $200,000 on the loan and continues to raise money to retire the debt.

Meanwhile, the Land Trust is working to develop a management plan for the property, the first step that is necessary to open the property up to the community.

Cheers for the steady progress to pay down the loan.

Jeers that two Vacaville man were either killed or seriously injured on successive days this week as a result of horrific accidents.

A death occurred Wednesday when a 65-year-old pilot died after his private plane crashed in the area of Interstate 505 near Winters while the pilot was flying to the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville from the airport near Davis in neighboring Yolo County.

The second accident occurred Thursday when a 36-year-old motorcyclist crashed into the side of a big rig that was turning across traffic on Nut Tree Road near Alamo Drive. The motorcyclist suffered major head injuries and was reported in critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit at a Sacramento-area hospital.

Cheers that Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Sutter Health and Medic Ambulance joined forces with Solano County Emergency Medical Services this week to offer free cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to all comers at the Solano Town Center mall in Fairfield.

Participants received hand-on training in hands-only CPR – now the norm for helping teenagers and adults. The best part: It only took minutes to receive the training, and those who received the training got a quick-reference card to carry with them.

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