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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 3-9, 2013

By From page A8 | February 09, 2013

Cheers to children at The Leaven tutoring center in Suisun City, who took time Thursday to color pictures, decorate heart-shaped cookies and write letters of thanks to troops who are deployed overseas.

They were joined in the task by airmen from Travis Air Force Base. Participating airmen took time as well to answer questions from the children.

Cheers as well to volunteers in Vacaville who gathered Wednesday to make Valentine’s Day cards and to put together care packages to give to injured members of the armed forces who receive treatment at David Grant Medical Center at Travis, those who stay at the Fisher House on base, and those being treated at regional Veteran’s Affairs sites.

The wounded warrior campaign continues through Friday. Organizers seek a variety of items to fill the care packages, and of course, cash donations will also be accepted. For information on what’s needed and how to get involved, call Dee Conroy at 428-6603 or Lynn Jewell at 446-3582.

Jeers that a series of break-ins at Sem Yeto Continuation School in recent months turned decidedly dangerous this week when a school janitor was held at gunpoint and bound to a chair with duct tape so a pair of robbers could steal a cache of iPads.

This is the third time that thieves have stolen iPads from the school. The first theft occurred in September 2012, the second in October 2012.

The iPads are used by Sem Yeto students in seventh through ninth grades in place of traditional textbooks.

Fairfield-Suisun School District officials are understandably concerned not only by the loss of another batch of iPads, but more importantly by the escalation of violence and the threat to school staff. They are taking measure to ensure that staff members are not alone on district campuses.

Anyone with information about any of the break-ins is asked to call Fairfield police at 428-7300.

Cheers to inmates at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville who earned awards this week for their work in the internationally known nonprofit work program The Volunteers of Vacaville Blind Project. Cheers as well to prison officers who make the program possible.

The program teaches inmates how to make audio recordings, fix Braille machines, clean tape machines, repair eyeglasses and do Braille transcription for the blind community in 45 states and various countries.


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