Panama Art Factory tenants asked to vacate studios, retail yard to stay open for business

Panama Art Factory tenants asked to vacate studios, retail yard to stay open for business

By Monica Stark editor@valcomnews.com Ten days to vacate. Met with that message upon arrival to their artist studios at the Panama Art Factory on the afternoon of Friday, July 7, tenants spread More »

Spirit of the Pocket Independence Day Parade drew 48 entries

Spirit of the Pocket Independence Day Parade drew 48 entries

Photos by Stephen Crowley stephen@valcomnews.com The festive, celebratory spirit of a traditional community Independence Day celebration brought together the neighborhood with the annual Spirit of the Pocket Parade on July 4. Totaling More »

2017 Fireworks Buyers Guide  Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

2017 Fireworks Buyers Guide Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

By David Dickstein It’s almost time to enjoy a slice of our country’s birthday cake, and as Sacramento collectively blows out 241 candles by day, many citizens will keep the flame alive More »

Sacramento Zoo to celebrate 90th anniversary June 17

Sacramento Zoo to celebrate 90th anniversary June 17

By Lance Armstrong lance@valcomnews.com   The Sacramento Zoo recently turned 90 years old, and to celebrate that milestone, the public is invited to join in a birthday bash at the zoo on More »

Local author to discuss romance thriller at Arden-Dimick Library book talk

Local author to discuss romance thriller at Arden-Dimick Library book talk

By Monica Stark editor@valcomnews.com For years the CIA has been trying to capture the elusive criminal, the mysterious drug lord of all the Americas and possibly beyond, El Tiburón (The Shark). Meanwhile, More »

 

Mike Gilson – A True Hero

Because so many children lived on Janey Way, other kids often came there to play. Mike Gilson was one of those kids. He was one of those larger than life people you meet. He stood a strapping six feet tall

Halloween Memories

On Janey Way, back in the early 1960s, we did not celebrate Halloween the way kids celebrate it nowadays. We did not attend neighborhood parties where the children bob for apples and eat sugar-free treats. The malls did not open

The Hubcap Trick

In the early 1960s, the Janey Way Gang transitioned into teen age. They grew restless. They sought activities more adventurous, more dangerous, perhaps more mischievous. That’s when we began playing the hubcap trick. It typically went like this: Two kids

Sandlot baseball was a hit

Before Little League Baseball, before Pony League, before Babe Ruth League, on Janey Way, we had sandlot baseball. We began by playing catch on the street with rubberized baseballs, but that soon failed to satisfy our need for real competition.

The Generation Bowl

In college football, they play the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Professional football has the Super Bowl. On Janey Way, we played the Generation Bowl. This story tells how that game came into existence. When I grew up on

‘The Great Beer Heist’

One hot August night in the early 1960s, my brother Terry and I sat on the front porch of our home enjoying the wisp of a cool delta breeze. Our parents went out that night, leaving us home alone. As

The Felling of Kenny Stone

Kenny Stone was a block of a fellow, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds. Harry Viani stood 5 feet 4 inches tall and skinny. My sister Pat Relles was tiny by comparison, barely 5 feet 3 inches tall

‘Sidewalk Surfing’

I grew up on Janey Way in the 1950s and 60s. Life was simpler then. We had no personal computers, cell phones or video games. Facebook and MySpace hadn’t been invented. Television was in its infancy. We had to think

Senior moments be gone

There is a common misconception that loss of mental acuity...

Prescription for Conscious Eating

Along with regular exercise, we need to make dietary changes that support increased needs...