Working with horses at Paradise fire scene

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TrailerMurieta Equestrian Center owner Carol Anderson Ward and the West Coast Equine Foundation have dispatched a trailer with equipment and crew to build 60 portable stalls for injured horses evacuated from the Camp Fire area. The stalls will be built at the Butte County Fair Grounds in Gridley, the groups announced Monday. The two organizations are working with the Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners, which has dispatched its new emergency response trailer to Gridley, so it can serve as a veterinary base. The trailer will be sent to future emergencies as needed. Also participating in the effort is the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Working with horses at Paradise fire scene

Organizing help for fire victims

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Paradise donations

“A couple of duffel bags?” Jerry Kays asked Friday afternoon, stopping on Colina Lane with a donation for the Paradise fire victims. “Let’s put them in our luggage department,” joked Tony Avampato, right, who spent the week gathering and sorting donations from Murietans. He collected a wide variety and an impressive pile of items – and many prized gift cards – before loading a truck Friday evening and sending it north, wrapping up his drive. He says thank you. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Organizing help for fire victims

Last chance for donation to fire victims

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The local collection of items for Paradise fire victims will wrap up Friday, and the list of items being requested has narrowed. Volunteers in the fire area say they’ve received a mountain of clothing, so that’s no longer needed. Here’s what is needed and how you can contribute. Read more » Read more » about Last chance for donation to fire victims

Your chance to help Paradise fire victims

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Neighbor Tony Avampato, who volunteered last year to haul Murieta donations to the Santa Rosa fire victims, is stepping up again, this time to help the people who’ve lost everything in Paradise. Read more » Read more » about Your chance to help Paradise fire victims

Honoring those who stood for America

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day→ Photo gallery from the event (nine photos)

For the fourth year, Rancho Murieta honored its vets Monday morning with coffee and donuts at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. More than a hundred people came out. Kids outside greeted arriving vets with flags large and small, and teens handed out poppies and Veterans Day cards hand-made by kids. Except for the Coast Guard, every branch of service was represented in the crowd. There were no speeches, just a nice group rendition of "God Bless America." At 96, Art Murphy of Carmichael was the oldest vet. Murphy, an Army private who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, attended with his Murietan daughter, Marcia Quinn. The day was hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Honoring those who stood for America

You can help Macey help the needy

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Macey Casagrande

For the third year, Macey Casagrande is collecting coats for the homeless. She would appreciate your help. (Click for larger image.)

Macey Casagrande is a typical 12-year-old. She gets good grades at Albiani Middle School, though English class is tough. After school, she takes part in mixed martial arts and hip-hop dance classes. And every year, she collects hundreds of coats and gives them to homeless people on the streets of Sacramento. Read more » Read more » about You can help Macey help the needy

Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

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Lake cleanup

The air was chilly and the shadows long as about 40 volunteers gathered at Lake Clementia Saturday morning for a lake cleanup, sponsored by the Fishing Club, Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces and the Murieta Trails Stewardship. "I hope all of you plan on getting dirty," Jay Solomon of the Fishing Club told the volunteers as they collected trash bags and debris pickers, which were donated by the Rancho Murieta Association. Solomon told them to work in pairs, take care with their footing and watch for snakes as they split up to work at Clementia, Calero and Chesbro. He had a surprise for each volunteer when the job was done – a coupon from The Backyard in Murieta Plaza for a free entree. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

'You talkin' to me?' ... 'You talkin' to me?'

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Paul Anderson, who has been sharing his prize-winning photos with the community for the last couple of years, shot this look at one of our lakeside bald eagles, maybe on a bad day at the nest. Speaking of scary faces, click through to the next page for a shot by Bill "Birdman" Gengler. Read more » Read more » about 'You talkin' to me?' ... 'You talkin' to me?'

Taking Halloween honors in Murieta Village

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Village Halloween

The Judge's Choice Award at the Murieta Village Halloween party Wednesday night went to guest Stephenie Gaustad of Jackson, who was, as you can see ... a cat? There were other awards (Most Original, Most Creative, Scariest, Funniest, etc.), dozens of attendees and dancing to the music of the Howlin' Alan Band. There's a Photo Gallery with six more photos. Read more » about Taking Halloween honors in Murieta Village

Emergency help for our pets

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Donated masks

Murietan Julie Wheeler helped Sacramento Metro Station 59's firefighting efforts Saturday morning, donating three sets of oxygen masks for pets. She headed a group of people (see next page) who raised $500 to buy the masks after seeing all the sad pet-rescue stories in the wake of California's wildfires. Accepting the donation are, from left, Engineer Todd Lanigan, Firefighter/Paramedic Kiegon List and Captain/Paramedic Shawn Burke. Read more » Read more » about Emergency help for our pets


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