Sunday, November 30, 2008

Nick's wood gifts

I posted about this Woodland kid some time ago. Nick Martin makes fine hand crafted pens out of wood and acrylic. They make for an incredible gift. I just picked up 5 for some clients. He has some fantastic looking acrylic pens as well. These things are sharp.

I use the word kid lightly as Nick is still a teenager but has a passion for business and woodworking. You can check out his entire line of pens at

Here is some information about Nick from his home page:

In most cases, kids and power tools, may not be the best idea. Here, one special kid and his power tools combine to create amazingly beautiful gifts.

You'll find many handcrafted wood and acrylic gifts, all of which are personally made by Nick. We hope that you will enjoy shopping on this site and find the high quality, handcrafted wood and acrylic gifts you are looking for.

Currently, Nick specializes in handcrafted wood and acrylic pens, but other gifts will be coming soon. If you would like to know more about how wood and acrylic pens are crafted, please see our pages on Making Wood Pens. Enjoy your visit to our site.

We are sure you will be very happy with the quality of the wood gifts handcrafted by Nick.

Rosenberg chimes in on old courthouse, new courthouse

Excerpts from

Medieval' Yolo courthouse high on the list for replacement
By Hudson Sangree

It's a common sight in downtown Woodland – prisoners in stripes and chains being paraded across a public street from a holding tank to the courthouse.

Sheriff's deputies then lead the accused through the same hallways used by victims, witnesses and jurors.

"It's medieval," said David Rosenberg, presiding judge of Yolo Superior Court. "It's ludicrous and dangerous."


Ideas by Dave

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Saturday, November 29, 2008


Are you an elsewherian? Apparently I am an idotarian and everyone else not from California is an elsewherian. Where do these nicknames come from? The Mental Floss blog has posted a story about the origins of nicknames. Kind of interesting. You can read it here.

Story updated to tell the truth this time...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Everyone safe after Esparto blaze

From the Woodland Record:

The Esparto Volunteer Fire Department responded to an early morning blaze at a house owned by William Tharpe – located within yards of the fire department and near Community Park. The unidentified tenant stated he had taken his daughter to work and when he returned the fire department was on the scene. They extinguished the fire that gutted the south end of the dwelling. The tenant stated that nobody was injured and all pets are accounted for.

Esparto resident Charlie Schaupp, who lives about a block from the fire, reported several loud explosions that rattled his windows. The out-buildings were burnt to the ground.

Photo and story by Cal De Knikker.

Professional ballet company helps local classes with Nutcracker

From the Davis Art Center:

Professional ballet company ABT II assists Davis Art Center students in making extra leaps and bounds to prepare for annual performance of “The Nutcracker”

Ballet students gearing up for the Davis Art Center’s 20th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” Thanksgiving weekend received a rare treat when they were recently able to participate in a company class with American Ballet Theatre’s junior troupe, ABT II.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle leading up to “The Nutcracker,” DAC instructor/artistic director Hanneke Lohse arranged for her advanced students to take part in the class by getting in touch with her former ballet student, Rachel S. Moore, the current executive director of American Ballet Theatre. ABT II, under the direction of Wes Chapman, is a classical company of 14 young dancers ages 16-20. The class took place while the troupe was in Davis, performing at Mondavi Center earlier this month.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

What: Hanneke Lohse & Company presents “The Nutcracker Ballet”
When: Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 & 7:30 pm; Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2:30 & 5:30 pm
Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street, Davis 95616
Admission: $12 general admission
Information: (530) 756-4100;

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

~H.U. Westermayer

Kimball sends abandoned teen back to Yolo


Nebraska to send back abandoned Davis teen
By Hudson Sangree

A Davis teenager who was driven to a Nebraska hospital by his mother and abandoned there under the state's safe haven law will be returning to Yolo County.

Read the entire story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yolo County holiday favorite: The Nutcracker by Hanneke Lohse & Co.

From the Woodland Record - What's Happening:

Hanneke Lohse & Company presents "The Nutcracker Ballet," an annual performance by Hanneke's ballet students at the Davis Art Center. The ballet runs November 28, 29 and 30.

Friday Nov. 28 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Saturday Nov. 29 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday Nov. 30 at 2:30 and 5:30 pm
Veterans' Memorial Center Theatre
203 East 14th Street, Davis
(530) 756-4100
Click here for Davis Art Center events.

Tickets: $12 per person
Available at the door or in advance at the Davis Art Center

Click here for the Winter/Spring 2009 schedule of classes at the Davis Art Center.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Woodlander Dustin making news around the state

Excerpts from the SF Chronicle:

Small town shows MVP pride:
By Henry Schulman

"Quaint" only begins to describe this pleasant agricultural community and county seat 20 miles northwest of Sacramento.

The main street is called Main Street and features a corner drugstore called Corner Drug.

Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, who was named MVP on Tuesday 12 months after winning AL Rookie of the Year, was born and raised in Woodland, as were his parents, Guy and Debbie, and brother Brett. The family's roots in Yolo County stretch more than a century.

[Thanks for the tip ES]

Yolo County CA parent drives to Kimball County NE, leaves son


Davis mom drives to Nebraska to abandon teenage son (click here to read the entire story):
By Chelsea Phua

A Davis mother went to great lengths – about 1,164 miles – to leave her 14-year-old son at a hospital in Nebraska on Friday, just before that state's safe haven law was changed to stop parents from dropping off children over a month in age.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I have nothing to say by Dave

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

See the panorama of the Heritage Plaza tree lighting

Click here to view the beautiful photo at

It was taken by Al Eby.

Executive board backpedals on open hiring process

Excerpts from the Daily Democrat:

Public might get big role in search for superintendent (click here to read the entire article)

Trustee Carol Souza Cole said she would like to talk to consultants about the advantages of having an open and closed process.

Both trustees Warren Berg and Rogelio Villagrana disagreed with pursuing a closed process because the board had expressed interest in having an open process.

Woodlander sends cheer from the Land DownUnder

The Woodlander in the Land DownUnder has sent some links for some pre-Thanksgiving cheer.

Click here for the Top Ten Aussie Beer Commercials.

And for some extra libation, try out these links:

Click here to see a Carlton Beer ad.

Click here to see another Carlton Beer ad.

Click here to see a Cougar Bourbon ad.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Don't forget the tree lighting in downtown tonight

A quick reminder from Savory Cafe:

The Woodland Tree Lighting is tonight and features free carriage rides, caroling and Santa! City Hall tree lighting is at 5:30 pm and Heritage Plaza tree lighting at 6 pm.

The Savory Cafe will be open tonight. A limited dinner menu is available and we have Tracy's savory-made persimmon and pumpkin pies.

Note: Only on special occasions does the breakfast and lunch cafe stay open... tonight is one of them.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

City: We build, county not build

From the Daily Democrat:

City, county don't agree on general plans (click here to read the entire story)

The Woodland City Council advised against two developments near the city's borders proposed in Yolo County's general plan draft, following a presentation by county staff Tuesday.

The council felt the development plans for the Elkhorn area, near Interstate 5 east of Woodland, and the Spreckels Sugar Mill property are contrary to the city's interests.

Fatal crash rocks Plainfield Elementary

The crash yesterday morning that killed 53 year old Charles Best has shocked the small, tight knit Plainfield Elementary school. Charles Best was the husband of 5th grade Plainfield teacher Connie Best, a favorite teacher among students and parents alike. Mr. Best was also well known at the school as he often came to help out in the classroom. The students were notified today of the tragedy and the school had the school psychiatrist on hand for the classroom.

I had many opportunities last year to go on field trips and to help Mrs. Best and her class as my own child was her student. She absolutly had a great husband and her loss will be shared by many.

The Charles Best Memorial fund has been set up at Bank of the West. Please help with any donations that you can.

Woodland gasoline prices dip below $2 per gallon

As listed by at, there are two stations in Woodland offering gasoline at $1.99 per gallon. They are:

Costco, 2299 Bronze Star Dr near County Rd 102
Valero, 1592 E Main St & Pioneer Ave

Click here for more Woodland prices.

Thanks for the tip LM.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Top 3 songs

I was sitting at my computer downloading music to my iTunes and my wife told me to pick out her top 3 songs that were already downloaded. Hmm... That was a loaded question. She has told me 1000 times but apparently my listening skills are subpar or I just can't remember crap?
I did guess them.... on my 15th guess.

So what are your top 3 songs ever? She happened to pick mine on her first try. Not hard, I only have three.

Here are my top 3 songs of all time:

1. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Here is a nice little video of my number 2 song of all time for everyone to enjoy. I am sorry Mclovin, Bottom Dwellers did not make my list. They were close...

This is for you Wolf Mom!



Pedroia named AL MVP
Teammate Youkilis gets two first-place votes, finishes third

Just call him Mr. November. Or better yet, refer to Dustin Pedroia as the Most Valuable Player of the American League.

The second baseman of the Boston Red Sox continued his rapid burst into the national spotlight on Tuesday, when he was recognized with that impressive honor.

Read the entire story by Ian Browne at

More stories about Woodlander Dustin Pedroia, 2008 AL MVP:

Foundation takes lead in city forestation: Over 1,300 plantings, more to go

Excerpts from the Woodland Record:

Woodland was carved out of an oak forest. The settlement, first known as Yolo City, sat atop a wooded highland above winter floods. That was the 1850s. In 1997 the City of Woodland adopted a flag that features a dominant silhouette of a heritage Quercus lobata, the majestic Valley Oak. It is the symbol of our City of Trees.

As the oak reigns above many species in our urban forest today, there are many individuals who have captured the spirit of Johnny Appleseed and desire to expand the growth. And there is one organization that is taking charge of harnessing that energy, the nonprofit Woodland Tree Foundation. That organization has filled a gap created by the abandonment of the City of Woodland Tree Commission almost a decade ago. Their motto is “Building Community Through Canopy.”

The Woodland Tree Foundation is here to get that done with support from the city. Despite the absence of a tree commission, the city does have an Urban Forest Committee, a subgroup of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Earlier this year the city received a grant from the State of California for about $31,000 to develop a tree inventory as part of Woodland’s Urban Forest Master Plan. That program has been delayed because of significant vacancies within the Parks and Recreation Department, but the Public Works Department will initiate the tree count.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I figured it out

I have been reading and pondering why Matt Rexroad has been posting about his workouts. It almost motivated me but I could never figure out what he was up to. Was he just feeling old now that he is 40? Was he called by Obama for a secret mission deep in Iraq? Was he getting rolls on the back of his neck? What the heck could it be?

Tonight I got my answer. Basketball season is here and he has been preparing in hopes of winning a game this year. That's right, he has been doing pull ups and push ups and running/walking to get in shape for the battles to be on the hardwood.

Being a basketball fan myself and a player as well, I cracked open my schedule and who do I see? I will be playing against Mat Rexroad himself. How could this be? Well this year only 9 total teams signed up for the D league. So they had to combine all of the teams into one night. So we will have the worst teams and the best teams matching up. We are somewhere in the middle, not sure where Rexroad's team will land this year.

So stay tuned for the battle of the bloggers on the basketball court. I will have my camera and video camera on hand for some up close action. Should be exciting. I better start my push up and pull ups right now.

Shocking report by Democrat!

Stop the presses! The Daily Democrat has dug up some real dirt. Look at this excerpt from today's article in which they cited their own quote:

"In The Democrat's news story last Friday about his residency, [Warren] Berg was quoted as saying that he told Cottingim about his move in June. But while Berg did contact former Executive Assistant Superintendent/Governing Board Debbie Roe, Cottingim said Monday she did not hear about the move until after she had left the district. Roe said Berg told about the move around June and remembers the conversation clearly."

Apparently, Cottingim wants Woodland to know that Berg did not tell her. Shocking revelation. Just shocking.

Read all about it!

And look for even more investigative reporting in Tuesday's paper.

Local blogs: Not much news except Politiclast local politician poll

I put little effort into this blog over the weekend, already neglecting my plan to post a comic every Sunday. I've been noticing other blogs have slowed down a bit lately, too... or stopped.

What I found most interesting on the local blog scene is the Politiclast's Latest Poll that asks: "Which three local politicans do you have the most favorable opinion of?" Click here to participate in the poll. bought some food for his Food Stamp experiment.

Davis Vanguard reports that a Davis police officer was drunk in Sac.

Surf Putah recaps his election predictions.

Yolo Progressive is hibernating.

Yolo Sun is dormant.

Nothing new at By Hell since October 20.

The Roughstock Journal is giving us plenty of time to plan Abe Lincoln's 200th birthday.

And Marilyn is probably still in recovery mode over at Hello Happy Pitbulls.

Check out the Cuddle Puddle at Photogenics.

Annoying banner ad at Capital Elector.

You can access any of these blogs under "Blogs in the area" at right.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

School board: Another 4 to 3 vote to approve new school plans

Excerpts from the Daily Democrat:

Board approves plans for new school (click here to read more.

After many intense discussions, the Woodland School Board approved architect plans for the new elementary school in a 4 to 3 vote.

At a special school board meeting Wednesday night, the board discussed approving architect plans and moving forward with building the elementary school once again.

Plans to build an elementary school at a site on Russell Ranch have been under way for more than a year. The district also received the necessary 300 certificates of residency that indicate a school should be built.

Friday, November 14, 2008

School board: Villagrana to resign, Berg's residency questioned by teachers

From the Daily Democrat:

Villagrana Resigns (click here to read more)

Rogelio Villagrana announced that he will resign as Woodland school board trustee, Wednesday night.
Villagrana, whose term was set to expire in 2010, said it was changes in his personal life that caused him to make this decision.

Woodland trustee lives outside elected-to area (click here to read more)

The residency of Woodland School Board Trustee Warren Berg is being called into question by some local community members.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kreidler at Woodland Costco for book signing on Nov. 15

From Costco:

Mark Kreidler knew he was on to something with his new baseball book when the first wave of Little League parents from across the country started contacting him to say, “That sure sounds like my town you were writing about.”

But what has surprised the longtime sportswriter most about “Six Good Innings,” Kreidler said recently, is the number of younger readers who have gotten in touch to tell him how much they identify with the 12-year-old All Stars who populate his modern tale of a kid’s game.

“I guess I didn’t realize what a nerve we struck with the kids themselves,” said Kreidler, the longtime ESPN writer and former Sacramento Bee columnist, who will appear at a book signing Saturday at noon at the Woodland Costco, 2299 Bronze Star Drive.

After a national book tour that included ESPN interviews and a trip to Williamsport during last summer’s Little League World Series, Kreidler said he’s happy to be home and sharing his book with the kids – and parents – he has known for so long.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Votes needed to feature WHS vs. PHS football game on KCRA3

From the Hammer Club:

The Pioneer High vs. Woodland High football game is up for the KCRA3 Game of the Week. The Woodland High Football Boosters, Hammer Club, is working to get the word out for people to vote for the game on the KCRA Web site. Voting ends at 9 pm on November 12.

You can vote more than once, but you have to refresh the page each time and revote. So, vote early, vote often... click here.

And send this on to everyone you know so we can get more votes!

Recall effort is officially over

From the Woodland Record:

As first reported by the Woodland Record on November 3, the end of a local recall effort has come.

According to a confidential source, the actual deadline to turn in signatures and recall documents for four WJUSD trustees is today, November 11. The recall committee decided not to pursue the last signatures since the effort was down to such a few people. Carol Souza Cole, Bill Beerman, Rosario Ruiz-Dark and Elaine Lytle were the subjects of the recall because of their approval to purchase the Blue Shield building for administrative offices.

The unnamed committee member said, "There have been so many people dedicated to this effort, they all deserve a big thank you. Although we did not succeed in recalling the trustees, we did open the eyes of the community a little."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Courthouse: Xanadu spin v. parking reality

From the Woodland Record:

Let’s start with reality. The almost $173 million state budget for the New Woodland Courthouse includes parking for 420 parking spaces. And, the City of West Sacramento has not lobbied for the courthouse nor have they been contacted by the state about locating it there.

These facts, stated by Kelly Quinn and Carol Richardson, dispel the parking structure fantasies spun by the City of Woodland. The city has publicly claimed it needs to build a $13 million parking garage for 668 spaces to keep the courthouse in Woodland and out of the hands of West Sacramento.

Quinn is a Senior Manager of Planning of the Office of Court Construction and Management, Judicial Council of California. Richardson is the Assistant City Manager of the City of West Sacramento.

In email correspondence on November 4, Quinn said, “The total project budget for this project is $172,940,000. The scope of the project includes a surface parking lot with 420 parking spaces. The project also includes secure parking for judicial officers at the basement level of the building.” She also indicated the state has no plans for a parking structure.

When asked if the state is expecting the City of Woodland to build a parking structure for the New Woodland Courthouse, Quinn replied, “Not at this time. The state has included funding for a surface parking lot.”

Read much more at the Woodland Record.

Image: State courthouse construction standards state that access to public parking can be within a three- to five-minute walk from the facilities. This map shows the large area in which parking is acceptable at the existing courthouse. The Judicial Council budget of nearly $173 million includes surface parking for 420 spaces. The state is not requiring the City of Woodland to build an accompanying parking garage.

To view information and documents about the New Woodland Courthouse, click here.

To view information and documents about California’s court plans, click here.

To view a larger map and diagram of walking distances from the existing courthouse, click here.

To view Donald Shoup’s “Roughly Right or Precisely Wrong,” click here.

To view Donald Shoup’s “Quantity versus Quality In Off-Street Parking Requirements,” click here.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Procrastination by Dave

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Yolo spirit of philanthropy is celebrated this month

From the Woodland Record - Letters to the Editor:

One of my favorite stories is the one about the hungry man that comes to a poor village and no one feels they can spare anything to help the poor man. He decides to help everyone in the village by cooking stone soup.

You know the story. He sets a large pot to boil in the town center with only a stone in it. Curious villagers stop by to ask him what he’s doing and when he tells them he’s making stone soup, he adds that it would be so much better if only they had a carrot or potato to add. The villagers can each spare a small ingredient and so by working together they feed everyone.

I always felt that the story is the perfect allegory for how a community can work together to take care of everyone in it. By each giving a little, we can accomplish so much.

On November 13th Yolo Community Foundation is sponsoring Yolo County Philanthropy Day to celebrate the spirit of the stone soup story. It is a special day to celebrate the great contributions of philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – to the enrichment of all our lives.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Friday, November 07, 2008

First Friday event: Antiques and photography

From Main Street Antiques:

On Friday, November 7, from 6 to 9 pm, Main Street Antiques will be hosting local photographer Larry Powell. Please stop by to meet Larry and enjoy his photographs. Browse the store and find that lost treasure you have been searching for. Many dealers will be offering additional discounts during the First Friday event.

You can find Main Street Antiques at their new shop at 531 Main Street, across the street from their previous location.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

First Friday reception: Musician's imagination explored through photography

From the Studio Artists Gallery:

The Studio Artists Gallery is holding its first Friday reception for Anne Miller on Friday, November 7. Refreshments will be served. The show runs from November 1st through November 29th.

Miller reflects her own imagination and the powers of observation that are the cornerstones in her art. Photography is a means for her to explore and to share her view of the overlooked beauty and mystery that exists in our everyday world. She spent her early years in Los Angeles then moved to a rural farming town in Iowa where nature and the elements became a lifelong fascination and love for her. She went on to study music and art at the University of Northern Iowa and to earn an MA in music performance at the University of Iowa.

Studio Artists Gallery is located at 1021 Lincoln Avenue, Woodland. Gallery hours are from 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information please call (530) 662-7485.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

First Friday show: Performers bring life to digital art and jewels

From Photogenics:

For one evening only on the First Friday of November 7th, the works of Ann Tracy, photographer artist and “digital alchemist”, and Cynthia Burdick, jewelry artist, will be featured at Photogenics, 415 First St., in downtown historic Woodland from 6 to 9 pm.

Image: A digital collage by Ann Tracy, 'digital alchemist' with roots in the magic screen.

Read more at the Woodland Record - What's Happening.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

For Woodlanders in touch: Obama headlines around the globe

These links are always available "For Woodlanders in touch:"

El Universal, Cd. de México
The London Times
The Asahi Shimbun
Shanghai Daily
Aljazeera Network

Read all about Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. Presidential Election.

Tafoya wins college district seat

From the Woodland Record:

In Yolo County, incumbent Xavier Tafoya was the big vote-getter in the race for Yuba Community College District Governing Board Member Trustee for Area 3. Tafoya earned 8,197 votes (44.0%), Cirenio Rodriguez received 6,094 (32.7%) and Richard Kirkwood had 4,342 (23.3%).

In Colusa County, Rodriguez came out on top with 1,162 votes (39.03%). Kirkwood was second with 1,090 (36.61%), followed by Tafoya with 715 (24.02%). These tallies do not include the Vote-By-Mail Ballots received at polling places on election day.

Total for the two counties resulted in Tafoya winning the seat with 8,912 votes, Rodriquez with 7,256 and Kirkwood with 5,432.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Neil C. Roberts Elementary School recommended by county folk

The intro from a letter dated Oct. 30 and published at

Dear Committee members,

Thank you for the opportunity to recommend a name for the new Woodland elementary school in the Spring Lake area.

In our community, naming schools after individuals based upon their civic contributions has been an honorable tradition, one we encourage you to continue by naming the new elementary school after Navy SEAL, Petty Officer First Class, Neil Roberts.

Read the entire letter here.

The letter is signed by the following individuals from around Yolo County:

Martie Dote
Ed Prieto
Joel Butler
Jeff Reisig
Freddie Oakley
Howard Newens
Lois Wolk
Duane Chamberlain
Mike McGowan
Helen Thomson
Matt Rexroad
Mariko Yamada
Marlin Davies
Art Pimentel
Jeff Monroe
Bill Marble

Monday, November 03, 2008

Day 147: Recall deadline past, no news

From the Woodland Record:

The effort to recall four Woodland Joint Unified School District trustees has exceeded the timeline organizers laid out earlier this year.

On February 24, the Woodland Journal published a letter written by Dudley Holman, one of the recall organizers, who outlined the process, "Once the technicalities are deemed to be in order, we have 120 days (4 months) to gather signatures (20% of the registered voters in the school district... 5,300 VALID signatures needed), we will aim for 7,500 minimum, an easy target, given 120 days to complete the task and the level of community dissatisfaction the BLUE SHIELD ISSUE has generated."

On June 12, the Journal published the Letter of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition that was sent to trustees Carol Souza Cole, Bill Beerman, Rosario Ruiz-Dark and Elaine Lytle on June 10. There were twelve points to the recall letter, summarized as "you have failed to properly represent the voting public of the WJUSD as a Trustee."

Since the recall effort began, the four trustees approved a restructured lease-to-purchase agreement to acquire the Blue Shield building, were served a scathing Grand Jury report that supported the points of the recall, deceitfully responded to the Grand Jury report according to two other trustees, experienced an exodus of top administrators including former superintendent Jacki Cottingim, and extended their own terms in office.

Here it is 147 days after the June 10 notice and recall organizers have quietly slipped away from public view. Many attempts to contact the organizers for updates over the past month have failed.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Downtown Trick-or-Treat, free Halloween portraits a success

From the Woodland Record:

Ed Shelley, owner of Another Antique Store at 606 Main Street, about Friday's trick-or-treaters: "Not many at home, but downtown... WOW!

And so it was at the Photogenics fine art portrait studio at 415 First Street. Photographer George Streng offered free portraits for those in Halloween costumes and many Woodland families took advantage of it.

Rachel Medina, owner of Nottingham Boutique at 612 Main Street, followed the Yellow Brick Road with her kids to the free photos. The Medinas took third place in the family group of the downtown costume contest. Pictured here are Easton as the Cowardly Lion, Brandon as the Tin Man, Samuel as the Scarecrow and Hannah as Dorothy. You can see Rachel as the Wicked Witch of the West by clicking here.

You can see the rest of the outstanding Halloween portraits by clicking here.

Cal's WHS homecoming pics

1) The Junior Class float appears ready for the Friday afternoon WHS Homecoming Parade. The float, called Under the Bed, featured Woody the Wolf hammering the Natomas Night Hawk. They did later that evening in a 28 to 0 thumping. The parade started at 2 pm at WHS, went south on California, then east on Main, then north on Walnut and finally west on Beamer back to campus. It is a tradition at WHS to have a homecoming parade on Main Street every four years.

2) The Freshmen Class displayed their float-making talents and prognostication skills at halftime of the homecoming game. Their predicted score of 20 to 12 was a little conservative but the result was the same... a win for the Wolves that sets up a TCC Championship against Inderkum next week. According to Cal, "It's going to be a vicious game and I hope Daniel Evans is 100 per cent - boy, we need his running skills. Inderkum barely made it past River Valley and they have a 11-man running game. The rain shut down their run. It is an artificial field up there, our "organic" field should cause Inderkum fits."

3) Here's Sasha the half-wolf with the other Wolves. Christian De Knikker, also shown in the photo, forced a fumble that "Nuchie" Johnson grabbed and ran for a touchdown according to proud dad, Cal. "It was a fun night with rain and everything. We had the WHS Admin Staff in the Orange Crush with Sasha and they had a ball!" he said.

Photos and report by Cal De Knikker.

WJUSD trustees vote 4 to 2 for Blue Ice LLC loan, table Blue Shield purchase

Excerpts from the Daily Democrat:

Woodland school trustees table building purchase yet again

Trustees agreed to help owner of what is the old Blue Shield building to get a loan needed to finance building improvements, but ultimately tabled their decision to actually buy the facility.

On Friday, the board voted to approve the agreement in a 4 to 2 vote, with trustee Frank Glover and Warren Berg opposing.

Read more at the Daily Democrat.