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Breakfast after the Bell wins support

A new school year has started and that for principals, teachers and parents includes thinking about the importance of children eating breakfast. According to research, eating breakfast definitely links to higher student achievement. Writing this column certainly brought back memories of growing up below poor (if there’s such a thing) in rural Tennessee. The memories […]

August 21, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History: Aug. 21, 2014

Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 21, 2014

Thursday Physical Wellness Program: Video Chair Exercise Class 8:30 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Benefits people of all physical levels. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Domestic Violence Support Group 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1049 Union Ave. Suite B and C, Fairfield. Safequest Solano hosts meetings. Info: 422-7345.  Fairfield Kiwanis Club Noon to 1:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 […]

Today in History: Aug. 20, 2014

Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. On this date: In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio. In 1866, President […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 20, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. Line Dancing 9 a.m. Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Handmade gifts for family and friends. Info: 428-7421. Domestic Violence Support Group 10 a.m., 1119 E. Monte Vista […]

Today in History: Aug. 19, 2014

Today is Tuesday, August 19, the 231st day of 2014. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 19, A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius. On this date: In 1812, the USS Constitution […]

Recology goes pink to trash cancer

VACAVILLE — Recology is calling on customers in Vacaville and Dixon to replace their gray trash containers with pink ones to help a local nonprofit trash cancer. It’s part of a lease program to raise money for the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation. Recology Vacaville Solano and Recology Dixon will lease the pink containers […]

I play Scrabble to have fun … and win

The brand spanking new Official Scrabble Players Dictionary Fifth Edition was released Aug. 11 and being the word nerd that I am, I hadda have it. Since I developed a medical condition years ago that my optometrist informed me goes by the clinical term “old eyes,” I got the massive large print version. And I […]

Today in History: Aug. 18, 2014

Today is Monday, August 18, the 230th day of 2014. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 18, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I, saying, “The United States must be neutral in fact as well as […]

Today in History: Aug. 17, 2014

Today is Sunday, August 17, the 229th day of 2014. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba. On this date: In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River […]

Today in History: Aug. 16, 2014

Today is Saturday, August 16, the 228th day of 2014. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 16, 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc. On this date: In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington. In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces […]

Fairfield High grads meet aboard historic ship

A pair of Fairfield High School graduates meeting a long way from home – and in circumstances far different from walking the halls of their alma mater – tops this week’s collection of good news from around the region. FHS graduates meet on USS Constitution A pair of Fairfield High School graduates met in an […]

How childhood influenced me in workplace

Skills I learned as a pre-teen are helping me later in life. Or hurting me. I’m not sure, but I think being the lone brother in a three- and four-child household is paying off. For instance: On family trips back in the day, I would often be stuck in the back seat of the family sedan […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 18, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Enrollment required. Info: 428-7654. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 16, 2014

Saturday Young Eagles Airplane Rides 7:30 to 10 a.m., Nut Tree Airport, 301 County Airport Road, Vacaville. Free. Parent or legal guardian must be present. Program sponsored by EAA Chapter No. 1230 and assisted by Lee A. Archer Jr. Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. Info: 483-6357. Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. […]

When ‘Mork from Ork’ landed in Fairfield

The heartbreaking suicide of Robin Williams produced a worldwide outpouring of grief as the actor/improvisational wizard/humanitarian touched so many people. Like many people, I was first exposed to the comedic genius of Williams on the television show “Mork and Mindy,” a spin-off of “Happy Days.” The show was a runaway hit and was nominated for two […]

Today in History: Aug. 15, 2014

Today is Friday, August 15, the 227th day of 2014. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened as the SS Ancon crossed the just-completed waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 15, 2014

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Crafts 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Women’s Shooting Club 10 a.m. to noon, Center Mass Shooting Range, 27 Commerce Place, Vacaville. For beginners and experienced shooters. […]

Closing the day care chapter of our story

When my husband and I were faced with the decision to put our kids in day care, my biggest reservation was that I didn’t want someone else raising my kids. I wanted to teach them their ABCs. I wanted to teach them how to count to 50. I wanted to teach them how to read […]

Today in History: Aug. 14, 2014

Today is Thursday, August 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 14, 1944, the federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances, such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited basis. On this date: In 1848, the Oregon Territory […]

Community calendar: Aug. 14, 2014

Thursday Tai Chi for Seniors 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, Round Table Room, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Meditation and deep breathing benefits the entire body by reducing stress, alleviating arthritis and increasing muscle strength. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 429-6291. Tai Chi 9 am. Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. […]

Today in History: Aug. 13, 2014

Today is Wednesday, August 13, the 225th day of 2014. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 13, 1934, the satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner,” created by Al Capp, made its debut. On this date: In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu his first minister. In 1792, […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 13, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/Intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. […]

Jelly Belly moving more candy production to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly will stop making its Jelly Belly brand products at its North Chicago factory and consolidate production at its headquarters in Fairfield. The Chicago factory will remain open and will produce private label brands and contract confectionery manufacturing, Jelly Belly spokeswoman Tomi Holt said Monday. But the Jelly Belly products will all be […]

I learned something every school year

With schools starting, I now present something I learned each year from kindergarten through 12th grade. Kindergarten: I learned not to take myself so seriously. When a kid pulled my chair out and I fell, instead of reacting angrily or crying, I laughed and my teacher commended me. I later punched the kid in his stomach […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 11, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Enrollment required. Info: 428-7654. Old Time Music Members 9 a.m. to noon, Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. All music […]

Today in History: Aug. 11, 2014

Today is Monday, August 11, the 223rd day of 2014. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On August 11, 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh. On this date: In 1786, Capt. Francis Light arrived in […]

Why Smokey is a bad name for a dog

If I wanted to breathe cigarette smoke, I would have been a camel, not a dog! Get it? That’s hilarious! It’s howwwwwwwlingly funny! (Even though I’m not sure what it means.) Hey! Hey! Hey! How’s it going? In case you don’t remember me, my name is Brandy and I’m Brad Stanhope’s dog. I don’t really […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Community Calendar: Aug. 10, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. Cat Tales Rescue […]