Thursday, April 14, 2016

RIP Norma Andreina Edmonds (1928 - 2016)

Born on October 31, 1928 in Broderick, California to Teresa (Belli) and Ferdinando Guastalli and passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2016 at her home in West Sacramento. Norma is survived by her son Michael (Vivian), daughter Carol, grandchildren Lindsay, Ashley (Brett Hobbs) and Gregory and great-grandson Cameron Hobbs. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Marie (Bill) Bresciani and Juanita Edmonds, Belli and Guastalli cousins and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Hilda (Ilde) Dorris. Norma spent most of her childhood in Broderick, but also lived for short periods of time in Bagnone, Italy and Hood, CA. She graduated from Woodland High School and attended Sacramento Junior College, where she studied art and began her long association with the Delta Sigma Sorority. She also met her husband Arthur H. Edmonds and they were married on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950. She and Art built a home in West Sacramento where they lived for the last 60 years. In April 2015, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Arthur passed away a short time later in June, 2015. Norma and Art had several businesses with her sister and brother-in-law Ernest Dorris, and later with her nephews Richard and John Dorris. When her children and grandchildren were young, Norma was active in many local organizations such as the James Marshall Nursery School, Westmore Oaks PTA, Cub Scouts and the West Sacramento Little League. For many years she and Art were members of a dance club that met for monthly dances at the old Capitol Inn in West Sacramento. Norma was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8762 Auxiliary. Norma and Art traveled to Europe several times and visited most major cities throughout the US. They also enjoyed spending time at the family house at Lake Tahoe. One of their favorite vacations was a trip the entire family took for their 50th anniversary in 2000. The family visited New York City and Boston and spent a week on Cape Cod. As season ticket holders, Norma and Art attended many 49er games over 20 years, including Super Bowl XIX at Stanford. Norma's all-time favorite activity was shopping in San Francisco. She did it as often as she could for over 50 years. In her later years, she enjoyed playing Bunco and having weekly lunches with friends and monthly lunches with various groups including her childhood friends of Italian and Russian decent from Broderick and Bryte and her sorority sisters. Mostly, she loved being Nonni to her grandchildren and great grandson. A Life Celebration will be held on Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. at VFW Post 8762 at 905 Drever Street, West Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations honoring Norma be made to the West Sacramento Historical Society, West Sacramento Friends of the Library or the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento. Final arrangements were provided by River Cities Funeral Chapel. - See more at:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Landscaping crew at Joey Lopes Park on Sycamore Avenue

The landscapers were hard at work today at the new Joseph (Joey) Lopes Neighborhood Park on Sycamore Avenue in West Sacramento.  The crew was busy digging and planting "millions" of beautiful drought tolerant shrubs, plants and trees and said they expect to lay the bark tomorrow. The huge park design is really quite fabulous with an art installation yet to come by nationally known artist Michael Clapper of Denver, Colorado.  I'm sure it would please our old friend Joey Lopes!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Summerfield Park Playground Updated

The new playground structure at located at 2950 Linden Road is now complete and it looks great! The park remodel was designed by Miracle Play Systems and was partially funded with donations raised by Bridgeway Play, a citizens group in West Sacramento.

Monday, February 22, 2016

River City High School Summer of 2009

River City High School relocated in 2009 to the beautiful new campus located on Jefferson Boulevard and Linden Avenue. Seems such a shame that the City of West Sacramento and Washington Unified School district can't get together to turn these fields into a sports complex/baseball park to benefit the kids in our City.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Village Parkway Extension

Construction has started the a 0.4 mile roadway extension of Village Parkway across from the new Mike McGowan Bridge in Southport.  For more info see New West Sacramento Parkway Will Connect Southport To Raley Field And Tower Bridge

Parafoil Stunt Kite

Hal and I enjoyed watching this fellow lifting his Parafoil Stunt Kite along Jefferson Boulevard last week. It looked like he was getting a great workout!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Farm Fresh Veggies, Right!

We stopped at the Urban Farm Stand on Lake Washington Boulevard this morning to purchase some beautiful fresh harvest veggies. There are 3 farms located behind the stand in the lot next door to the fire station. They plan to be there selling their fresh product on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM.  These farmers are affiliated with the Center for Land Based Learning's Urban Farm program photo FotorCreated 2_zpsg6rv1rgb.jpg

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Say Hi to Maria @ Whitey's

Maria has worked at Whitey's Jolly Kone for 25 years. She is their longest employee and says she cooks 25 lbs of bacon every day. What is your favorite menu item...mine is the combo tostada and husband Tom's is the Whitey Special Burger.

Monday, June 29, 2015

San Pedro Annual Festival Founded in 1922

Celebrating it's 93rd Annual event this past weekend, the San Pedro Association put on another amazing festival. Board Member and Festa Committee member (and Bryte native) Ed Sequiera has worked tirelessly to help raise money toward maintaining the historic San Pedro Park in Bryte. Great job Ed and crew! Photo courtesy Vickie Ramos.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Build a Playground in One Day? Yes we can!!

Thanks to generous grant from KaBOOM!! and Disney, YCCA, the City of West Sacramento, Northern California Construction Training, Inc. and over 400 community volunteers teamed up to build a new playground at Bryte Park in West Sacramento yesterday. Many thanks to Raley's Market for donating breakfast and lunch for the workers. The playground will be ready for public use on June 5, 2015.Thank you Connie Leak for sharing her great collage of her snaps of the day. For more see   KCRA news coverage here.  #playmatters  #800hands

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Goodbye to Old Town Inn-Suites

These pix were from our blog post in 2009. Years ago this motel was called the Pony Express Motel and the pony was still standing in front of the Old Town Inn-Suite on West Capitol Avenue. The motel served as transitional housing recently to many of the West Sacramento homeless population.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Remembering Robert J. Buck

Robert Jay Buck passed away March 26, 2015 in Sacramento at the age of 74 years. Bob graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1963. He received his PHD from The California Institute Of Technology in 1968 and taught at The University of California, Davis for over 30 years. Bob and his family made West Sacramento their home for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Judy Buck, his sons, Richard Handy and John Buck, daughters, Sherry Jacobs and Suzanne (Barry) Howard, older brother John Buck and twin brother, Richard (Janete) Buck. Also survived by six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. All are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the West Sacramento Moose Lodge, 3240 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento, CA 95691. Cremation arrangements entrusted to River Cities Funeral Chapel. Donations may be made in his name to the West Sacramento Moose Lodge, P.O. Box 874, West Sacramento, CA 95691, or the West Sacramento Kiwanis, P.O. Box 2062, West Sacramento, CA 95691. - See more at: