Sunday, September 23, 2012

Honoring Grandpa Frank Norton

My grandpa, Frank Norton was born on this day in 1910 in Broderick, CA. My sister and I are third generation West Sacramentans. This was grandpa's badge when he was Commissioner of the Washington Fire Department. Just a little bit of history to honor my grandpa's memory. He was the ultimate story teller and historian on the history of The Town of Washington, Broderick and West Sacramento.  Post by Debbie.

Birthday Bash for Russ Solomon - 87 Years Strong!

Russell Solomon and friends gathered to celebrate his 87th birthday last night at the Elkhorn Saloon on the Old River Road in West Sacramento. Russ was born  in Sacramento in 1925 and was founder of the world-wide music store empire Tower Records. How many of you had your first job at the old Tower Records Warehouse in West Sacramento. Photo Courtesy of Kiny McCarrick.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Endeavour passing over West Sacramento

How exciting it was in Sacramento this morning as everyone eagerly waited to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour as she ( photo) passed over our State Capitol Building. The above shot is from my front yard as she set off on her return journey to Southern California to be permanently displayed in a museum. Endeavour flew 25 times, mostly to supply the International Space Station. It spent 299 days in space and circled Earth nearly 4,700 times, logging 123 million miles.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Celebrating our photoblogs 5th anniversary

The West Sacramento Photo of the Day team is celebrating our 5th anniversary. When we started this photoblog five years ago I had no idea how much fun it would be and that it would also be a resource to others. Thanks to our "Blaudience" for visiting and reading our blogs, viewing our photos and posting your comments. Here is to another year!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mangia, Mangia!! Spaghetti Feed for Michael G. Carr

On Friday, October 26,2012 at 6:00 p.m. the west Sacramento VFW Hall, located at 905 Drever Street, will host a Spaghetti Feed to benefit retired West Sacramento Fire Captain Mike Carr's fight against cancer. Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in May of this year and has been valiantly fighting ever since. Mike’s fight has now come to the point where he will need a bone marrow transplant in San Francisco at UCSF. The transplant is an out-patient process that requires Mike to stay in San Francisco for approximately 3 months. During this time, Mike and Betty, his wife of 46 years will need to find housing close to UCSF so that Mike can get to his daily appointments. As you are aware housing in SF is not cheap and will likely cause Mike and Betty a hardship if they do not receive some help from friends and family. We ask that you join us in support of Mike and Betty by attending the Spaghetti Feed, or by making a donation. Tickets are $20.00 a person. Please call to RSVP by October 15, if you plan to attend since seating is limited.

Donations, if you cannot attend, can be made by calling any of the numbers below. Checks can be made out to Michael G. Carr.
Thanks so much for your help!
Please call either: Bob Perry 371-8839, Don Logsdon 371-5822 or Julie Coulombe 483-8808.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sofa Talk with Kevin Hart

A new level of journalism has recently been exposed to residents in West Sacramento.. If you think you are you ready for "Sofa Talk"check out the Kevin's recent interview with Michelle from Wicked West Pizza...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

RIP Peter J. Rossi

ROSSI, Peter J.
An absolutely amazing man; Wonderful Husband, Father, Son, Opera Singer, Businessman and Restaurant Owner. He was called to be with the Lord on September 8th, 2012 at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Emily for 48 years. Peter was born on June 20th, 1940 in Lucca Italy, came to America with his parents Felice and Erina and brothers Arnold and Dino in 1947.

Settled and grew up in San Francisco, where his sister Sandy was born. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School. Studied architecture and construction engineering at San Francisco City College and also attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a music scholarship. Met his lovely wife in San Francisco, and they were married on January 18th, 1964 at Saints Peter and Paul Church. Shortly after starting his career in the construction industry, Pete brought the family to Sacramento. He became an icon in the industry and retired from Performance Contracting, Inc in 2000. He continued to consult in the construction industry and eventually jumped into the restaurant business (Vince's) as a partner with his son Robert. He loved to sing opera and performed many concerts in the Sacramento area and could be found on Saturday nights at Vince's singing his heart out for his many fans. He was also the Cantor at the 8:00AM mass at Saint Mary's Church where he was in the choir for more than 35 years. He was also a member of the Saint Mary's Social Club, Knights of Columbus, and Jesuit High School Boosters.

Pete was predeceased by his father Felice and brother Dino. He is greatly missed by his wife Emily, mother Erina, children Craig (Destiny), Teresa, Robert (Francisca), and Elizabeth. Brother Arnold (Sandra) and sister Sandy, sisters-in-law Clara and Janet (Toby). Forever remembered by his grandchildren: Julian, Francesca, Daniella, Billy, Giacomo, Amantina, Alondra, and many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. We are all blessed to have witnessed the strength, love and kindness of Pete. His voice brought chills to the skin and tears to the eyes, a truly divine man with a gift from Heaven. Now he sings with the Lord.

Visitation at Saint Mary's Church (1333 58th Street, Sacramento) on Friday September 14th from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church (1333 58th Street, Sacramento) on Saturday September 15th at 11:00am with reception to follow in the hall. Entombment at Saint Mary's Cemetery after reception. Donations in Pete's honor can be made to Saint Mary's School, the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association .

Read more here:

RIP Lou Arges

ARGES, Louis
Entered into rest at his home in West Sacramento on September 11, 2012, at the age of 90. He is greatly missed by his children Demetre and Tambi, brother Phillip, sister Katherine, grandsons Julian and Benjamin, and many relatives and friends.

Lou was an icon of the Sacramento valley. A sheepherder, farmer and businessman, he was a hard worker who made his ambitions come true. Many will remember him as 'The Pipe King,' where he was respected and admired by his friends and peers and could still be found driving his tractor and forklifts every day on his ranch.

An avid hunter and fisherman with dozens of trophy bucks under his belt, Lou spent some of his greatest years hunting the Sierra Nevada mountains all the way to Idaho and Montana.

Lou was a pioneer of his time and will be sorely missed by all.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service on Tuesday, September 18th at 11:00 A.M. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 16, 2012

Read more here:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Taco Bell "Border Sauce" Wisdom

We stopped by Taco Bell today and I have to admit this is the first time I have noticed the Border Sauce Sayings. I haven't always been a Taco Bell customer, but the new store on Lake Washington Boulevard makes it easy to drive through. Also, I like that the calorie count is posted on their menu.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Farewell Sally Buchholz

Most of you will recognize Sally, the sign spinner for Round Table. She has been doing duty at the corner of Jefferson and Lake Washington Boulevards for many years and always had a smile and a wave for the passersby. Sally has retired and moved to Washington to be near her family.
We will miss you Sally!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The chair is empty -- they are not here. The POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony

The POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony at the VFW in West Sacramento. The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. National POW/MIA Recognition will be on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Soggy Doggy Swim Day

There was a great turnout today for the 3rd Annual Soggy Doggy Swim Day at the West Sacramento Recreation Center. Swimming was limited to dogs only, but many humans joined in to wade ankle deep with their pets.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Slow Food In Istanbul

This food vendor was stationed in the plaza near the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul. The roasted corn and chesnuts were delicious...Maybe someone in West Sacramento will try this venture...I would buy it!!