Over the Fence

Cowboy Jerky At The State Fair

Jerry “Crawdaddy” MaloneI’m a fiend for beef jerky, a beef jerky connoisseur if you will. Every year I attend the California State Fair and one of my regular stops is Jerry’s Cowboy Jerky Stand. Some of the best beef jerky I’ve chewed on is Jerry’s Cowboy Jerky. Jerry’s has been at the California State Fair for 25 years, according to Andrew Osbourne, who now runs the show at the jerky stand.

The cowboy jerky compound is located on 24th and Fruitridge Road in South Sacramento. It’s a local family-owned business. It all started when Andrew’s father-in-law, Jerry “Crawdaddy” Malone, retired from the Los Angeles Police Department and became a commercial pitchman. One day, Jerry saw a beef jerky booth and thought to himself: “You know what? That’s the way to go.”

It was as simple as that.

So, that’s what he did, as Andrew told it. Cowboy Jerry Malone passed away back in 2012, but his jerky booth lives on.
They only employ friends and family at Jerry’s jerky stand. “We try to take care of the people who take care of us. They volunteer and come to the fair for free and we make sure they don’t go hungry.” Andrew quipped, “They work for jerky.”

I was thinking of filling out an application.

As I tore into the flat hickory stick, Andrew helped customers and told me about his beef jerky empire. My head was sweating from the spices while I doused my tastebuds with ice cold water after a few bites.

The jalapeno shooters are their spiciest jerky. They used to sell something called the 911 Jerky. It was so hot that his father-in-law was afraid of a lawsuit. Andrew remembers one time this girl was “probably 100 pounds, soaking wet and she ordered the 911 jerky, ate it, and never batted an eye. Then there was the guy who looked like he could probably bench press a house try the 911 jerky and he turned to tears,” Andrew said.

They have a large variety of protein-packed jerky to choose from at Jerry’s. From sweet to spicy. The Cowboy slab to the steak jerky. The teriyaki jerky is the most popular. They sell about 1,200 pounds of jerky each year at the State Fair.

They also sell churros, caramel corn, pretzels, and giant dill pickles. One woman was looking at the big jar of pickles in water and said: “That’s the biggest pickle I’ve ever seen.” Andrew called them the Double Dills.

Then he asked me, “Do you like nachos?” I joked, “Only the gluten free nachos.” He called them “Dirty” nachos…I was intrigued.

He brought back a huge pile of nacho chips, smothered with cheese, and shredded beef jerky. Dee, who’s worked with Andrew for 10 years, came up with the idea for “Dee’s Dirty Nachos” – catchy name, tasty snack. I really could not stop eating them. I was taking notes with my nacho-tainted fingers. I was making a pig of myself. I’m glad my wife wasn’t around to see it.

Beef jerky is pure Americana. It’s not just for cowboys. Since 1996, jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food several times for space flight due to its light weight and high level of nutrition. I guess the beef jerky pairs well with Tang.

I personally like it for fishin’ trips and road trips. It’s a handy snack.

Jerky is also commonly included in military field rations. It is particularly attractive to militaries because of its light weight, high level of nutrition, and long shelf life.

Every year they have servicemen that come to the jerky stand and stock up on the Cowboy jerky as they’re getting ready to go overseas. They better have lots of water in the canteen!

One year they had some leftover jerky. Two of Andrew’s nephews were stationed over in Iraq and he sent them each two or three pounds of jerky. “They were the heroes of their unit, everybody loved it,” Andrew said.

You can find Jerry’s Cowboy Jerky stand in Buildings A and C. Don’t forget the toothpicks!


Curtis Park Caramels Enter The Cookies and Confections Competition

Curtis Park resident Brenda Alexander Mitchell started entering the State Fair contests in 2008 because she wanted a blue ribbon.

Her first entry was a craft competition – a toe-sock chicken. It made honorable mention in Arts And Crafts. That just wet her appetite for more State Fair contesting. She was hooked. “I just love the Fair,” she said.

This year Brenda, who’s nickname is “Bee,” is making Earl Grey Caramels for the California Kitchen’s Cookies and Confections competition. She had tasted some chocolate infused with Earl Grey tea and that’s where the idea for the Earl Grey Caramels came from.

She’s dipping the bottom of the caramels in chocolate and sprinkling some salt on top. Instead of See’s Candies, it’s Bee’s Candy!

She’ll have some stiff competition at the California Kitchen Cookies and Confections contest. They don’t want just a hunk of brown caramel. “It’s gotta look pretty.” The judges are looking at taste, texture, consistency and appearance. None of the judges are Oompa Loompas, but one is a culinary teacher at American River College.

This is the first time Brenda has made candy for a State Fair competition. The last time she entered a competition for the Fair it was in cookies. She made Mexican chocolate chip cookies. In 2012, she won her division and won best in show. It was fun because she got a really big ribbon.

She took a year off from competing in the State Fair contests in 2013 because she says, “I was busy dieting.” She actually lost 70 pounds last year. Hopefully she won’t gain anything back from all the caramel and chocolate taste testing. “There’s lots of sampling, you gotta get it right,” Brenda told me.

She gave me a sample of the caramel, dipped in chocolate with a sprinkle of salt on top. It gave it a little crunch. I could also taste a small hint of the Earl Gray tea. She was still perfecting it while I spoke to her in the decadent smelling kitchen. She was perfecting the caramels all day and into the night.

She updates her progress on her Facebook page and posts photos of the caramels. One of her Facebook friends commented: “I would love to try them!!!! Can I just subscribe to your dessert of the month club???? YUMMMMMMM!”

I’m sure Brenda hopes the judges are as wildly enthusiastic about the caramels as her Facebook pals.

Brenda said one of the reasons she loves caramel so much is she used to wear braces and could never have the chewy candy.

Tempering is the key to good chocolate. If you properly temper your chocolate, it realigns the crystals in the chocolate to give it a shiny look and also gives it that snap like when you bite into a Hershey’s chocolate candy bar. It also keeps it from melting in your hand.

Brenda added, “and you need a good thermometer.”

She used an oiled sterling silver knife to cut the caramels into squares. “You don’t want to just squish the candy,” Brenda said.

She also added the best ingredients. The Earl Grey tea was from Teavana in the Arden Fair Mall and the caramel ingredients were from Corti Bros.

Brenda just does it for fun and every year she’s won something. “I can’t imagine that my luck might hold out but I’m hoping that I can get some attention with this”. I’m rooting for Bee’s candy to win Best In Show.

Iron Steaks on 13th and Broadway is now being called “Iron Grill” or simply “Iron.” Even their website address has changed www.Irongrillsacramento.com.

The owner of Iron Grill, Bill Taylor, told Land Park News his reasoning, “With beef prices moving up almost 30 percent, we are looking at what we can do with other food. We still do steaks and do them well, but we want to provide people with options and our chef is passionate and loves being creative. People want value and it’s not enough to be static. Keeping the menu simple allows us to be flexible.”

Executive Chef Keith Swiryn and the chefs at Iron not only grill some of the best steaks in town, they also offer jambalaya, fried chicken, and pasta primavera. Numerous new entres to choose from. Iron Grill…they’re more than just steaks.

If you have an item for Over the Fence, email greg@valcomnews.com.

Fourth of July Pocket Parade drew large crowd

Thousands of people enjoyed the Pocket 4th of July Parade. The Pocket News thanks the community for your participation, whether you volunteered, had a float, sat on the sidelines, manned a booth at Garcia Bend at the business fair. A great time was had. Congratulations to Sacramento Urgent Care, Sacramento Youth Band and Merryhill – float winners this year. Also, let it be known that the NextDoor Pocket float won the best in a nationwide NextDoor float contest. Here’s to next year!

Retirement celebration held for the Rev. Dan Madigan

The Rev. Dan Madigan spent the last 25 years of his 50 years as a priest with the St. Joseph Parish of Clarksburg. Photo by Lance Armstrong

The Rev. Dan Madigan spent the last 25 years of his 50 years as a priest with the St. Joseph Parish of Clarksburg. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series about the Rev. Dan Madigan.

In celebration of the Rev. Dan Madigan, who is retiring after dedicating nearly a half-century of his life to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, a special event was recently held in the Sacramento Delta town of Clarksburg at St. Joseph Church – a place of worship both historically and presently connected with the Pocket area.
The gathering, which included a hosted buffet, some words by Madigan and the singing of various songs, including “Danny Boy,” was held on Sunday, June 29, following the day’s Mass.
In addition to speaking to attendees of the event, Madigan dedicated time to being interviewed for this article.
And in presenting a summary of his life, Madigan began by saying that he was born near the village of Shanagolden in Limerick County, Ireland on March 9, 1938.
Madigan added that he grew up in a family, which included his father, Patrick, his mother, Eileen, and his siblings, Bridie, Kathleen, John, Maurice, Michael, Patrick and Mai.
Madigan also had a sister named Eileen, who died of meningitis shortly before her fifth birthday.
In regard to his upbringing, Madigan noted that he enjoyed his childhood.
“My childhood was great,” Madigan said. “It was in a rural area, a farm, a little village. Everybody was happy. We didn’t have an awful lot. Neither had anybody else, but we didn’t feel we were poor in any way. We grew our own little crops and raised our own meat and so forth. We lived a happy life.”
Among Madigan’s fondest memories of his youth was rabbit hunting with his black Labrador, Brutus. Madigan has also enjoyed hunting during his adult life with Monsignor Jim Church and his father, who was also named Jim Church.
And when it came to the topic of religion during his youth, Madigan noted that about 95 percent of the people in Ireland at that time were Catholic and nearly everyone in his hometown attended Mass.
The pastor in Shanagolden during that era was the Rev. James O’Byrne.
As part of the Madigan family’s dedication to their faith, they got on their knees each night to pray the rosary.
While growing up in a Catholic environment, Madigan decided at a very young age that he wanted to become a Catholic priest.
Madigan spoke about his early desire to take on such a religious role, saying, “It was there from grade school on, I’d say. I didn’t hear any voices calling or anything like that, but I always felt it was the right thing to do. It would be an opportunity to help people and I thought that would be a great vocation in life.”
And Madigan added that he also felt a desire to assist others as a priest in America.
“I was very, very clear that I wanted to come to the United States, because I always had tremendous respect for the United States,” Madigan said. “When we were little children, the United States was always presented to us very, very well. We studied that in school – the United States. We certainly knew all about Lady Liberty and we knew what was written on the statue.”

The Rev. Dan Madigan is pictured at center with his mother, father and siblings on the day of his ordination on June 7, 1964. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Dan Madigan

The Rev. Dan Madigan is pictured at center with his mother, father and siblings on the day of his ordination on June 7, 1964. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Dan Madigan

In 1952, Madigan began studying at St. Munchin’s College in Corbally, Limerick County. And he began his studies in the seminary at St. Kieran’s College in the Irish city of Kilkenny four years later.
On June 7, 1964, Madigan was ordained a priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny.
After serving as a priest in Limerick County, Madigan fulfilled his dream of coming to the United States.
Having made arrangements to serve the Diocese of Sacramento, Madigan arrived in Sacramento in March 1966 and became the assistant pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
In speaking about his six years with that parish, Madigan said, “Our Lady of Lourdes in Del Paso Heights, we covered Rio Linda and Del Paso Heights. I felt quite challenged there, because people were in need and they were coming to the church a lot.”
Madigan said that while he was serving people in the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, he had an experience that amazed him regarding a particular Sacramento area parish.
“I was at that point (of being) strung out, because I had used all of my volunteers,” Madigan recalled. “I said, ‘Where would I get more volunteers?’ Somebody said, ‘Well, go over to St. Ignatius on Arden Way.’ And I said, ‘Like heck the people of St. Ignatius are going to come down into Del Paso Heights and start feeding people.’ I had big reservations about going over there, (but) I went over there and made an appeal. And (God) opened my eyes. I saw something. There were people coming into Del Paso Heights, driving up in BMWs, Mercedes and so forth, getting out of there, coming in and washing old, dirty pots and everything. And you know what? Everyone was taking care of their own home. But it just showed the inner goodness of people and it was something very nice to see.”

Lance@valcomnews.com

The Pocket Watch: Soccer in Greenhaven functions “for the good of the game”

I was reminded, while watching the World Cup these past couple of weeks, of what a fun and thrilling sport soccer can be. It wasn’t so long ago that I was swearing that no child of mine would ever be allowed to play this confusing Eurosport. It would be (American) football like his old man, or nothing! By the time my first kid was six years old, he was not only playing, but I was also coaching, and I found myself desperate to learn everything possible that I could about the sport as expeditiously as possible.

Fortunately for me, and for anyone who would like their children to play this great sport, we have an incredible organization in our community, run by a band of dedicated volunteers who give their time and considerable effort to ensuring that our children are able to get a great start in soccer, the Greenhaven Soccer Club. And they do it for a price that won’t bring you to your knees. My son spent several years in the club before branching off into competitive soccer (the cost of which can very well bring you to your knees, depending on the club), and he has his Greenhaven coaches to thank for providing him the foundation he would use to compete at the higher levels of the sport as he got older.

There was much talk during the World Cup among the various analysts, regarding youth soccer in the respective countries, and the differences in how it is administrated, and what the children are taught. The guy from Holland seemed to prefer his country’s method over whatever it is they do in Brazil. The guys from England always comport themselves with an air of soccer superiority over everyone, never mind that their national team never seems to make it out of the Group Stage.

I’m no expert, but I can’t imagine a better system than the one innovated at Greenhaven for their youngest players. According to the club’s Director of Coaching, Wayne Novoa, the program was transformed under former President Mark Bearor, and with the close consultation of board members Tom Bistline, Steve Larson, and current president, Shane Singh. This group developed and implemented the program from what appeared to be a miniature version of the real sport into an innovative configuration designed to get each child as many touches on the ball as possible under competitive circumstances.

Greenhaven’s U6 Division is now comprised of teams that compete only among themselves, rather than against other clubs, such as East Sacramento or Land Park. Every Saturday, the U6 teams are divided into two very small sides of three players each, and they play against their assigned opponents at the same time on two separate fields. The goals aren’t the massive white pipes we normally see on soccer fields, tended by goalkeepers. Instead, our U6 players shoot at “Pugs” little fold out arches that stand untended on the field.

“Our system allows everyone on the field a chance to gain more touches on the ball,” says Coach Wayne. “With increased repetition comes mastery… the kids improve their decision making and their fitness. Perhaps most importantly, they have more fun, because they’re more involved. In the regular system, which is still used by many of the other clubs, it’s easy for the more deferential kids to go an entire game without ever touching the ball. That does no one any good.”

The only way to get the full benefit of speeding the learning curve for our youngest players is to identify potential as soon as possible and funnel it to the national team program immediately. In 1979, US Soccer introduced the Olympic Development Program, which established a pipeline between youth soccer clubs throughout the country and the United States national soccer program. Any player can try out for his or her state Olympic Development Team and the standouts are absorbed upward by the regional and national teams. What’s great is that the kids can still compete with their clubs, as the Olympic Development functions as an ancillary program to the player’s club experience.

We really are at a great point in the proliferation of soccer in America. It’s a sport that has been predicted to sweep the nation ever since the great Pelé peeled off his Brazilian national team jersey and pulled the New York Cosmos jersey over his head in the 1970s. Yet, somehow, it just hasn’t happened. But now soccer really has become woven into the adolescence of the majority of Americans under the age of 30 who played youth soccer. As that generation ages, and as new generations of soccer playing Americans become adults, the tide has turned. This World Cup season, we were swimming in soccer to the point of drowning.

Could anyone ever have foreseen a time when we have not one, but two viable professional and semi-professional soccer franchises in Sacramento? Not only do we have the Sacramento Republic killing it in the USL Pro League, sort of the incubator league for franchises desiring to enter Major League Soccer (the MLS), the most successful professional soccer league ever in the US, but we also have the Sacramento Gold, a highly successful franchise in the semipro National Premiere Soccer League, the incubator for the incubator, if you will.

The bottom line is that our country is definitely becoming a force in this sport that is religiously followed by the rest of the civilized—and uncivilized—world. Our draw in the World Cup was about as bad as could be expected. We wound up in what became known as this year’s “Group of Death”, but we made it out of the group stage to the Knockout Round, where we were ultimately knocked out by Belgium, a country roughly the size, physically and populously, as the State of Maryland, but I digress. A lot of perennial world powerhouses were knocked out at that stage. And many others didn’t even make it to that level, including the land of soccer snobs, England. It should not pass unnoticed that we lost to eventual World Champions Germany by a score of 0-1, but mighty Brazil lost to them by a humiliating score of 1-7.

The US is rising, and we can trace the ascension back to our communities four- and five-year olds. Thanks to local clubs like Greenhaven Soccer Club, we can not only monitor our country’s progress, but we can be a part of it, as well. Now if we could just do something about the diving…

The Pocket Watch appears in each issue of the Pocket News. Jeff Dominguez can be reached at jeff.dominguez@yahoo.com.

Book box in Tahoe Park resembles Dr. Who police call box

The Tahoe Park neighborhood is a new home for the Police Call Box featured in the English science fiction sitcom Dr. Who. Popular in reruns, fans of the television show playfully call themselves Whovians.
The Call Box, nicknamed Tardis, was an imaginary vehicle which allowed the heroes of the futuristic science fantasy to travel through both space and time.
In the Tahoe Park version of the blue box, which features a rooftop hurricane lamp, the passengers are library books and not people. Novels, juvenile books and a set of children’s games are available for borrowers on the shelves of this little library, AKA call box.
Jeremy, a neighbor from the end of the street, explains that three weeks ago he borrowed a book of science experiments from the call box. “My girlfriend’s daughter has done some neat experiments for her fourth grade class,” he says. He also explains that he does not know when he needs to return the book to the box. It is his understanding, he explains, that books are “kept as needed.”
A neat sign on the call box explains to anyone passing by the nature of the miniature library. Users of the informal library are exhorted to borrow but also to contribute books or other items.
Rebecca Hanson, a home health worker and neighbor a few houses down from the call box, says that she just heard about the small library. “My sister has one in her neighborhood,” she explains “and pointed it out to me when she was visiting.” Rebecca says that she hasn’t borrowed any books but has a box of 50 or so books in her garage that she would like to give away. “Maybe there’s room in there for my books,” she says.
While two neighbors decline to be identified for this story, families in adjacent homes appear to be comfortable with the small library structure which sits in a driveway beneath a row of towering cypresses.
In addition to the white, instructional sign of the call box, homemade signs seem to decorate the street. Across the street, August, who has been out of work as an insulation contractor for some months, has posted signs announcing the sale of both vegetable seeds and handmade furniture. When asked about his neighbor’s call box he explains that he “hadn’t closely noticed it, but that the workmanship seems very skilled.”
All in all, this street off of 63rd Street and near Highway 50 appears relaxed and accepting of each others outdoor eccentricities. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was the daughter of the creator of the 63rd Street call box who originated the idea of a miniature library.
According to one unidentified neighbor, she had seen a similar structure in Berkeley. From that original idea, it was only a hope and a leap for her to get dad to actually build the bright blue time machine which doubles as a small book deposit.

bill@valcomnews.com

Meet your community grand marshall of the Pocket Parade

With his bright blue PM Crew shirt on, Ray Nielsen raps the gavel to start the meeting. Every Tuesday morning, you will find Ray and a host of other dedicated Elks dressed in their blues, ready to undertake all the repairs at Elks Lodge #6.
Ray grew up in the agricultural community of Watsonville, Ca. He said it’s really changed since he was a kid, even the type of produce they raise is different. “As a kid, I remember there being lots of apples everywhere, now it’s changed to berries.” Like every kid in America, baseball was a passion. He grew up playing baseball and at one time wanted to be a baseball player. Ray has always loved the outdoors and still pursues other passions. He shot his first duck at the tender age of 7 and goes duck hunting quite often. He also fishes and has been known to bag a deer or two.
Graduating from Sacramento State College with a BS degree in Accounting, Ray worked for the State of California for 34 years in various departments and positions such as auditor, analyst, project manager and Branch manager. He served in the California Army National Guard for 6 years, with an honorable discharge in 1971. Ray was fortunate enough to marry his bride of almost 48 years, Rosalie Guidera. He says this is his greatest accomplishment! They moved to the Pocket/Greenhaven in 1969, where they raised their two children Mike and Amy. They are proud Grandparents of Katie, who just finished her Freshman year at HS.
Ray’s volunteerism is deep. As a member of the Sacramento Jaycees, he has served as an Officer at the local, district and state level. He was awarded a JCI Senatorship #16,927. He’s also been a volunteer and chair of various committees as well as the departmental state campaign for the United Way. He became very active in local sports when his son started playing soccer. Soccer was new to the area and he was one of the first coaches/referees for Greenhaven Soccer. He was also on the board for the Pocket Girls Softball, Kennedy Marching Band parents club president and Bingo volunteer. Active in the church, he was the St. Joseph Social Club President, he’s also been on the St. Anthony pastoral council and the treasurer of the Seniors Group at St. Vincent DePaul. In his spare time (ahem) he was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, awarded the Silverbear award in 1987.
Ray has been an Elks member since he was 21. His Father, Jim Nielsen, a former Grand Esteemed Loyal Knight (1993) called him and said, you’re 21, I’m sponsoring you into the Elks. Ray joined and there’s been no looking back since. He chairs the PM Crew (Preventative Maintenance) and the Audit Committee. He was recently awarded one of President Obama’s “1000 points of light awards” for his volunteerism with the Lodge.
What’s in the future for Ray Nielsen? “Traveling, hunting, and more volunteering.” His philosophy of life is simple and straight to the point, “One phase at a time and go on.”
With a history of service as large as Ray’s, the neighborhood is proud to have him as the Community Grand Marshall in this year’s Pocket Parade.

Tuesday Club’s first clubhouse opened in 1912

The original clubhouse of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento opened at 2724 L St. in 1912. Photo courtesy of the Lance Armstrong Collection

The original clubhouse of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento opened at 2724 L St. in 1912. Photo courtesy of the Lance Armstrong Collection

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series about the Tuesday Club of Sacramento.

The Tuesday Club of Sacramento, which operated in the capital city for more than a century, has a very rich history, which began in 1896.
In an official move to plan for and own a clubhouse for the housing of the Tuesday Club in the city of Sacramento, as well as for handling the club’s business affairs, a stock corporation known as the Tuesday Club House Association was established on April 7, 1903. The association evolved from a club committee that had been organized in 1900.
The original directors of the association were Sacramento residents and Tuesday Club members, Mrs. W.P. Coleman, Mrs. E.E. Earle, Mrs. F.A. Edinger, Mrs. L.C. Farrar, Mrs. Annie M. Gerber, W.H. Govan, Mrs. C.H. Pomeroy, Mrs. S.B. Slight and Mrs. G.A. Stoddard.
To aid in the financial endeavors of the association, 25,000 shares were made available at $1 each.
Among the association’s early subscribers and their number of shares purchased were: Mrs. W.P. Coleman, 200; Miss Jennie McConnell, 100; Mrs. F.A. Edinger, 50; Miss Annie M. Gerber, 25; Mrs. A.A. Goddard, 25; Mrs. C.H. Pomeroy, 25; Mrs. G.A. Stoddard, 50; Mrs. A.J. Johnston, 25; Mrs. S.B. Slight, 25; Mrs. H. Weinstock, 25; Mrs. E.E. Earle, 20; Miss Lillian Ebert, 20; Mrs. G. Gattman, 10; Mrs. W.H. Govan, 10; Mrs. C. Kaufman, 10; Mrs. C.J. Noack, 10; Mrs. S.E. Clayton, 5; Mrs. L.C. Ferrar, 5; Mrs. J.O. Hand, 5; Mrs. Julia Holl, 5; Mrs. C.F. Prentiss, 5; Mrs. J.C. Carly, 1; Mrs. G.C. Cotton, 1; Mrs. E.G. Hayford, 1; Mrs. T.W. Madeley, 1; J. Henry Miller, 1; and Mrs. J.G. Storch, 1.
An April 1904 financial report for the association showed that $2,150 had been raised by the organization.
It was also in 1904 that various Tuesday Club members assisted in the founding of the non-Tuesday Club affiliated Sacramento Women’s Council. That organization had the objective of becoming involved in civic affairs of the city and county.
With the inclusion of cookbook sales, the building fund was increased to $3,165.43 during the following year.
By May 1905, several lots for a future clubhouse had been offered to the Tuesday Club in the range of $3,100 to $8,000.
And of those lots, the association selected a 60-foot by 160-foot lot on J Street, between 15th and 16th streets. The lot had a sale price of $5,500.
With the assistance of a $1,500 loan from the People’s Bank, the association completed its purchase of that lot in August 1905, and fundraising continued for the construction of a clubhouse.
Among those fundraising efforts was a chrysanthemum and doll show at the Governor’s Mansion during the fall of 1906. The event netted the association $534.35.
A change in plans for the future clubhouse site occurred when the association accepted an $11,000 offer for their J Street property from the real estate firm, The Carmichael Co.
During the following month, the association made arrangements to purchase an 80-foot by 160-foot lot on the south side of L Street, between 27th and 28th streets, for $4,500.
In celebration of the completed purchase of the L Street lot, a jollification meeting was held at the lot and Lily Louise Beard, the club’s then-newly elected president, accepted the deed for the property.
In 1908, a resolution was adopted by the club in favor of an ordinance that had been submitted to local voters for the abolishment of saloons in residential districts of Sacramento.
A treasurer’s report from that same year showed that $9,000 had been raised toward the construction of a clubhouse.
In the fall of 1910, changes to the association’s constitution and by-laws were made in order to allow non-Tuesday Club members to own stock in the association.
However, a regulation of the association guaranteed that the majority of the stock would be held by Tuesday Club members.
In 1911, a contract for the construction of a clubhouse was signed following the acceptance of the Matthews Construction Co.’s low bid of $29,725.
The building of the clubhouse was a timely affair and by as early as February 1912, arrangements were being made to furnish the structure upon its completion.
Additionally, rental rates for the clubhouse were decided upon around that time.
The association’s board of directors first met in the clubhouse on March 29, 1912, and a formal opening for club members was held on April 30, 1912.

Lance@valcomnews.com

The need to feed: Senior Gleaners turn altruism into action

A portion of food donations to Senior Gleaners from Trader Joe's includes: a variety of fruits and vegetables, dozens of artisan bread products, pre-packaged salads and appetizers, assorted desserts, as well as non-edible flowers. Photo by Paul Romo

A portion of food donations to Senior Gleaners from Trader Joe's includes: a variety of fruits and vegetables, dozens of artisan bread products, pre-packaged salads and appetizers, assorted desserts, as well as non-edible flowers. Photo by Paul Romo

Inside a cavernous North Sacramento warehouse, Bob Davidson, a fit, and soft-spoken retired physician guides his forklift toward pallets of boxed, perishable food items—initiating a string of events that will impact numerous lives.

Davidson, who volunteers at Senior Gleaners, a 38-year-old food bank that rounds up grocery items past the sell-by date but are safe for consumption, is readying them for a growing number of low-income families and food assistance participants.

“I’m working with good people for a worthwhile mission,” he said.

The one-time medical director for the Peace Corps in Africa is part of a behind-the-scenes, altruistic group of workers that selflessly volunteer their time and skills in order to give back to those struggling to put food on the table.

Altruism, or the principle of working to help others with no expectation of anything in return, is believed by some to be rooted in empathy or the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

While some are more individualistic rather than empathetic, research has uncovered the presence of “mirror neurons,” which act in response to emotions expressed by others and then reproduces them in the viewer.

Dr. Stephanie Preston (Behavioral Neuroscience, UC Berkeley) sees mirror neurons as a perception-action mechanism, which she contends is “the glue that binds social groups together.” It’s a 1-2-3 sequence: I notice you, I feel with you and so I act to help you; author Daniel Goleman explains in his book, “Social Intelligence.”

Conscious of this theory and taking action, Senior Gleaners was launched in 1976.

The company’s name derives from the word, doglenn, a 14th century Gaelic word meaning: he selects. A gleaner is one who gathers leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they’re commercially harvested.

Originally starting as a group of 30 volunteer seniors collecting fruits and vegetables from a variety of food sources to feed the poor, the non-profit’s clientele has swelled.

Fast forward nearly 40 years and those who rely on the organization for food include a wide range of communities: faith-based groups, developmentally disabled, families with children, single mothers, veterans, seniors, the homeless and foster children to name a few.

President/CEO Gary McDonald said the average age for clients used to be 50 years of age and now it’s 18 years old.

In partnership with numerous East Sacramento grocers, such as Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Save Mart and Whole Foods in the surrounding area, a wide net is cast when it comes to food gathering.

Supplied to over 230 agencies in 12 counties, the food is then divided and transported off-site by partnering companies to their facilities and served to those in need. In total, that’s just over 8 million pounds of food distributed to approximately 108,000 people per year.

McDonald acknowledges the decrease in physical labor done by volunteers previously able to pick crops outdoors.

“Since membership holders have gotten older, there’s been a drop off in gleaning out in the orchards, people’s backyards and fields,” the CEO said.

Near the back of the warehouse, a group of about a dozen volunteers have completed their shifts and are waiting in the pantry area to retrieve part of the agreement—in this case, bread.

If a person qualifies and is in the low-income bracket, groceries are part of the deal. Basically they would be working for food. Applicants pay a $5 per month membership fee, work a four-hour shift and get a breakfast/lunch for their labor.

Encouraging job seekers to give back to the community and keep their skills up while looking for employment, McDonald welcomes all potential humanitarians.

“Volunteers and donations is what we need,” he said.

Later in the day, McDonald was set to testify downtown on Senate Bill 935—to increase the minimum wage.

“It’s the number one reason for food insecurity—lack of wage. The more money for people struggling—the better for everyone,” McDonald said.

On July 1st, minimum wage increased from $8 to $9 despite the living wage of $9.95 in Sacramento. Minimum wage will rise to $10 an hour in January 2016, under the bill signed by Gov. Brown back in September 2013.

“Maybe it will be an affordable wage where [workers] can feed their family. It kills me to think kids are going to bed hungry,” McDonald said.

To donate (including non-food items) or volunteer contact:
Senior Gleaners
1951 Bell Ave. Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 925-3240
seniorgleaners.org

4th of July in East Sacramento and River Park drew large crowds

Red, white and blue filled the streets of East Sacramento and nearby River Park with happy revelers who decked out floats, bikes and, of course, themselves. Photos on this page of the East Sacramento parade were taken by Mike Saeltzer and those of the River Park festival held at Glenn Hall Park were taken by one of the event’s main organizers, Brenda Jew Waters. At the River Park event, there were kiddie parades, which began at Caleb Greenwood; there were antique cars, bounce houses, imagination stations, carnival games and prizes. Additionally, at the festival, there was musical entertainment by Mere Mortals, a local band that plays blues rock, classic rock, R&B and oldies.

Riverview II social club established in Carmichael more than 60 years ago

Jackie (Leam) LaCornu holds a copy of the newly published book, “The History of Riverview: 1926 to 2014, and Counting.” Photo by Lance Armstrong

Jackie (Leam) LaCornu holds a copy of the newly published book, “The History of Riverview: 1926 to 2014, and Counting.” Photo by Lance Armstrong

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles about the Riverview and Riverview II social clubs.

Riverview II, a local, primarily social club that first met in the Riverview clubhouse along the American River in Carmichael, was established in 1953.
The group was founded as a result of the original Riverview organization’s desire to continue its history through the formation of a secondary club with younger members.
The senior club, which was officially founded as Riverview Lodge in May 1926, was recognized in its constitution and by-laws as a club that was organized “for social and benevolent purposes, and to encourage social activities among its members and their families.”
Original Riverview members Jack and Helen Conger wrote a creative, poetic story about that first Riverview club.
The beginning portion of that story reads:
“It happened like this, so the historians tell,
Many decades ago a bunch of – well,
Mighty nice people got itchy feet
And decided to depart from the street.
They thought if they could find a cozy nook
With trees and vines and a babbling brook,
They might get together every now and then
And enjoy themselves – both women and men.”
Twenty-seven years after the original club found that “cozy nook,” the Junior Riverview club – renamed Riverview II in 1985 – was established.
And since the one-time Junior Riverviewers have grown to become seniors themselves, Riverview II members decided to create a book to preserve memories of their cherished club. That 70-page, spiral-bound book, which also includes a brief history of Riverview Lodge, was published on March 1, 2014.
The book is divided into various sections, including a section entitled “Governance.”
In that section, it was noted that Riverview II’s constitution was written in 1954, and dealt mostly with the topics of club officers, elections, duties and membership.
Originally, membership in the club was limited to couples, and only men could serve as officers.
The book recognizes Jack Kemmler as acting chairman of Riverview II in 1953. That position was basically comparable to the position of president.
Virgil “Virg” LaCornu began serving as the club’s first president a year later.
It was not until 2009 that the club elected a female president – Bobby Kramer.
In a recent interview with this publication, Jackie (Leam) LaCornu, whose parents, Jack and Mildred Leam, were among the founding members of the first group, said that she played a large role in the creation of the new Riverview club’s history book.
The book’s committee met at least once a month for one year at Jackie’s house, and according to the book, the committee was fueled by plenty of coffee, tea, water and cookies.
It should come as no surprise that Jackie was able to provide much assistance with the book project, since she was a founding member of Riverview II, which emphasizes a “fun first” approach, which has included many parties and other social activities.
Jackie spoke with much enthusiasm about both Riverview Lodge and Riverview II.
And as she recalled both of those organization’s old clubhouse on the river, Jackie related information about that building’s absence, practically as if she was speaking about the death of a member of her family.
The old clubhouse was undoubtedly Riverview II’s most memorable meeting place.
In explaining why Riverview II lost its old clubhouse, Jackie said, “(In 1980), the senior Deterdings had passed, and the younger Deterdings – Russell Deterding and his wife – owned it. And they had decided to go ahead and turn (the property) over to the county. The county said that the (clubhouse) had to be up to code. It would have had to be completely rebuilt from the ground up, and even then we wouldn’t have owned the land. (The county) would have ended up taking whatever we built.
“The county tore it down, even though we thought it would be perfect for scouts and different county activities.”
The aforementioned Riverview book included the following words: “Riverview II has utilized a number of locations during their existence. However, none are more memorable than the original lodge by the river.
“We sadly said goodbye to the lodge on the river, but felt confident we would have wonderful times together no matter where we gathered.”
Following Riverview II’s departure from its lodge on the river, its members began meeting at the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association’s lodge at 3200 Longview Drive. The group continued meeting at that site until 2001.
Later meeting places of the club have included: the Ryde Hotel in Walnut Grove, the Arden Manor clubhouse, the Campus Commons clubhouse, Aviators Restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport, the Buggy Whip restaurant at 2737 Fulton Ave., Jackson Catering at 1120 Fulton Ave., a home for seniors and residences of members of the group.

Members of Riverview II are pictured at one of their gatherings at Aviators Restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport. Photo courtesy of Riverview II

Members of Riverview II are pictured at one of their gatherings at Aviators Restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport. Photo courtesy of Riverview II

One of the things that Jackie and other members of the club speak about the most is the many fun times they enjoyed as a group.
The largest section in the book is dedicated to fond club memories of Riverview II members.
A few of those memories are presented, as follows:
Milt Faig
“Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day. We’d live the life we choose (sic). We’d fight and never loose (sic), for we were young and sure to have our way.”
Ora Wichmann
“(Ora’s husband) Don loved to make decorations for our parties. He made the room and table decorations for many parties: Hawaiian, beach, Italian, Mexican, cowboy-western, Chinese and Christmas. One year for Christmas, he made a 5-foot-long red Santa sleigh and a 6-foot-tall snowman with top hat and scarf (made from chicken wire and cotton balls).”
LeRoy “Pete” Peters
“(Pete’s wife) Arlene and I moved to Sacramento in 1964 and were very shortly thereafter, in 1964 or 1965, sponsored for membership into Junior Riverview, as it was then called, by Fred and Barbara Taylor. Fred and I were both working for the same consulting engineering firm.”
Dick Ryder
“Our relatively recent (five years) becoming part of Riverview II for (his wife) Irene and I has been a meaningful renewing (of friendships) with a number of people we’ve been associated with over the course of our lifetime, including connections from grade school, high school, college, scouting, work, skiing, fraternity and business. Riverview (II) is truly entwined with our background and with Sacramento history.”
Mary Lydon
“The Horseman’s (sic) hall was decorated (for a party) as though it was underwater. Walls were lined with plastic. There was (sic) a treasure chest and a mermaid, I believe. It was a very elaborate setting for the party.”
Other parties of the club included the Playboy club party in the 1950s and the Orient Express party in the 1960s.
The old Junior Riverview club even made the news on occasions.
For instance, The Sacramento Bee once published a photograph of the group, with a caption, which partially reads: “Songfest – Members of the Junior Riverview Lodge had an old-fashioned pajama party and campfire session Saturday evening at the clubhouse on the American River. The members slept in sleeping bags on the clubhouse lawn and were served breakfast (the next) morning in the lodge by the committee.”
Shown gathered around a bonfire in the photograph were Don and Ora Wichmann, Martin “Marty” and Myrna Luther, Charles “Chuck” and Barbara Wilke, Chalmers and Colleen West, Bob and Barbara Chadwick, Virg and Jackie LaCornu and William and Bobby Kramer.
Although the present day, remaining members of the club are not as active as they once were and have refrained from producing their once often elaborate decorations, they plan to continue to meet for as many more years as they will find possible.
Although it was once a movement of Riverview II to establish an active Riverview III club, that action proved to be a failed endeavor.
And since Riverview II consists of a group of senior members, the club’s existence, Jackie explained, will likely not continue with younger members in the future.
“I don’t think we (will continue with younger members),” Jackie said. “I think (the club) will just have to die like (Riverview Lodge) did. And it wouldn’t be the same (in the future), so I think I’m okay with it. It’s just going to have to die. That’s really why we wanted to do the book, because we were aware of the fact that we’re just getting to the point where we’re fading away.”
But in the meantime, Jackie said that Riverview II members are dedicated to meeting and enjoying each others’ company on a regular basis.