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Cheers, jeers for the week of Jan. 20-26, 2013

By From page A8 | January 26, 2013

Cheers to all the volunteer groups that did work Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Solano – made up of a variety of businesses and community groups – worked on Vacaville’s old bus station, helping it toward its goal of being the new home of the Center of Imaginative Reuse. Another group of volunteers from that group worked at the Travis Air Museum, washing aircraft, cleaning the grounds, building new stanchions for the museum signs and painting much of the museum’s interior walls. A third Rebuilding Solano group spruced up the Mare Island Historical Museum in Vallejo.

Meanwhile, another local volunteer group trimmed trees in downtown Fairfield, keeping the area looking good and the trees healthy.

And the best news? Those weren’t the only volunteer projects around the region on Monday, honoring the memory of Dr. King. Cheers to the idea that the third Monday in  January is turning into an annual day of community volunteerism.

Jeers to January weather, which is extremely dry for a third straight year.

Fairfield usually gets 3.5 to 4 inches of rain in January, but this year’s amount is less than an inch. Instead of rain, we’ve had an unusually cold month and Mike Pechner, the owner of Golden West Meteorology who lives in Cordelia Villages, says more cold, dry weather is coming.

Fairfield received virtually no rain in January 2011 and about a half-inch last year. This year’s total suggests that January may be the new August when it comes to rainfall.

Jeers to that.

Cheers to Music Matters, the program organizing a series of concerts for elementary school students in Fairfield-Suisun.

When music funding for the schools in the district was cut in 2010, such events seemed unlikely. But the work of parents and the Young Artists Conservatory of Music in Vacaville resulted in a program that has served Fairfield-Suisun students for almost two years and includes six concerts – three in the coming week – for students from eight schools in the district.

It’s refreshing to see such an important program is thriving with community support.

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