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Vacaville's California Medical Facility awarded for helping blind people

Vacaville's California Medical Facility awarded for helping blind people

Vacaville's California Medical Facility awarded for efforts to help blind people
TheReporter.com
More than 30 community members and prison wardens, past and present, gathered at Vacaville's California Medical Facility on Tuesday to celebrate the anniversary of one of the prison's longest-standing projects ...

Woodland family launches Twitter campaign for ailing daughter

Woodland family launches Twitter campaign for ailing daughter

WOODLAND - Local resident Samantha Ashburn is celebrating her 16th birthday this Saturday, April 9 - a birthday that doctors say will be her last. Friends and strangers from around the world are teaming up to ensure that Ashburn, known fondly as "Sammi," has the time of her life at her Sweet 16.

Sammi was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at the age of 12. After a grueling battle with Sammi's cancer, the Ashburn-Canchola family thought they had beat the disease. Sammi lived cancer-free for two and a half years. Last year, Sammi's cancer returned, and this time doctors told her it was terminal. Sammi's doctors have told her that this birthday is probably her last - they estimated that the 15-year-old only has a few weeks left to live.

Sammi's mother, Tina Canchola, has vowed to ensure that this birthday is the best Sweet 16 a girl could imagine.

Vacaville Lions Club, teachers' group seek donations of eyeglasses

Vacaville Lions Club, teachers' group seek donations of eyeglasses

Vacaville Lions Club, teachers' group seek donations of eyeglasses
TheReporter.com
The Vacaville Teachers Association and the Vacaville Lions Club have teamed up to host an eyeglass donation event for those who cannot afford to purchase them. After learning that more than one billion people around the world are in need of eyeglasses ...

Local robotics contest winners need community's help to get to finals

Local robotics contest winners need community's help to get to finals

Letter to the community from Rob Cannings:

On Saturday, March 19 the "Citrus Circuits" won the FIRST ROBOTICS regional competition at UC Davis and a place in the International Final in St Louis, Missouri at the end of April. Citrus Circuits is team composed of students from Da Vinci Charter Academy and Davis Senior High School.

This is a tremendous honor, and we are very excited to compete with the best teams in the country as well as some international teams who have qualified.

Davis seeks nominations for 2011 Thong Hy Huynh Awards

Davis seeks nominations for 2011 Thong Hy Huynh Awards

DAVIS - The city of Davis Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for this year's Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Awards. The commission will honor individuals and community organizations that have made significant contributions in addressing or improving civil and human rights issues in the community. The commission encourages groups and individuals to submit award nominations prior to the deadline of Friday, April 15, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

The award was established to acknowledge the racially motivated stabbing death of high school student Thong Hy Huynh on the Davis Senior High School campus in 1983. The annual awards recognize achievements in the areas of human and civil rights.

Nominations may be submitted in any of the following seven categories:

Humanitarian Award
Awarded to an individual for significant efforts in improving the quality of life for Davis residents.

Vacaville PAL to hold judo tournament; Community support needed

Vacaville PAL to hold judo tournament; Community support needed
VACAVILLE - The Vacaville Police Activities League will hold a "Battle for the Star" Judo Tournament on Feb. 27 starting at 10 a.m. at Vacaville High School on Monte Vista Avenue. The tournament is a primary fundraiser for the non-profit's Makimoto Judo Club.

Due to recent budget cuts and increased costs to host the tournament, organizers are in urgent need of community and business donations to pull off the event. In addition to the local tournament, the group needs enough funds to fly their 11-member team plus 3-4 chaperones to a national judo tournament in Ohio in July.

All proceeds from the tournament in February will go to the team's expenses. Donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Police Activities League, Makimoto Judo Club or how you can help the team reach their financial goals, call Jocelyne at (707) 332-0388.