Your neighbors

A day dedicated to helping homeless dogs

Doggie blankets

Rancho Murieta’s Fiber Art Group got together Wednesday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building and sewed 41 blankets for shelter dogs. The group made the most of its money, shopping smartly for dog-pattern fleece fabric and coming away with 10 shopping bags of it. Cost: $229. Savings: $300+. There are four bags of fabric left over. Back row from left are Sheryl Bray, Kathy Burke, Diane Graf, Marion Connelly, Jane Barnes and Tammy Burkart. Seated from left are Lana Mason and Sue Murphy.

Blankets

The day's work – stacks of doggie blankets. Click photos for larger images

Doing their part to help Northern California

Blood drive

Neighbor Amy Skaggs makes a donation, with BloodSource's Christopher Kunze lending a hand, at Monday's blood drive at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Skaggs' donation puts her at one gallon in lifetime contributions. Northern California is in extreme need of blood, according to BloodSource, the region's blood center. The drive is sponsored by the Women's Club and St. Vincent DePaul.

Good Samaritans, rescuers and rainy roads

During Thursday evening’s heavy rain, Deer Creek rose quickly and overwhelmed Scott Road, as it often does. A drama played out – apparently involving Murietans – at the usual flooded spot south of Boys Ranch Road. Read more »

Driving in style to help the needy

Corvettes

The Rancho Murieta Corvettes Club got into the giving season Sunday, when 15 Corvettes delivered toys to the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s toy drive in Sacramento, which gathers toys for needy children. Earlier in the season, the club delivered two dozen turkeys to the Sacramento Food Bank. (Photo: Corvettes Club)

Murieta girl helps with coats for homeless

Macey Casagrande

Murietan Macey Casagrande faces the TV camera at the site of her coats giveaway for homeless people. Photo by Justin Hayduk. Click for larger image.

It started during last year’s holidays, when Macey Casagrande was shopping downtown with her mother and saw homeless people. She wanted to do something to help, and Saturday morning she did just that. Read more »

Looking in on Santa and Mrs. Claus

Hashorvas

This will be the first Christmas in a decade that Frank and Marianna Hashorva won't be pulling on bright red clothing and delighting children as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Frank is recovering nicely from heart surgery but won't be able to star in Friday night's Santa welcome and the other stops he usually makes — the Country Club's Christmas brunch, the Learning Center's holiday celebration and other gatherings, from here to the Mather V.A. medical center.

To honor the living and remember the dead

Veterans

It was a beautiful Veterans Day, and the vets taking part in the community's celebration gathered for a photo outside the RMA Building Friday morning. Inside, they swapped service stories, sipped coffee and ate doughnuts. There were several vets from World War II, several from Korea, several from Desert Storm and the majority from Vietnam. A couple of local teens were part of the morning: Olivia Reed recited the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" and Tori Davis sang "America the Beautiful" and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." The event continued into the afternoon, when vets were invited to enjoy a hotdog lunch. The Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group was the primary sponsor of the morning activities; Summerfest hosted the hotdogs. Click photo for larger image.

Murietans work to help a refugee family

Helping family

By Linda Klein

The Google search made Sacramento sound like a nice place to live, so 22-year-old Ashraf Mansur and his family took the bus from Los Angeles, where they had gotten off the plane from Afghanistan – refugees with no place to live and little to their names. Soon their lives were to intersect with some helpful Murietans. Read more »

Your neighbors: Meet the Albee-Kesich family

Fred and Robin Albee-Kesich

Click the photo to see a slide show of six images. Photos by Hayduk Photography.

Meet Fred Kesich and Robin Albee-Kesich, Murietans for 27 years. RM is where they raised sons Anthony, now 29, married and living in Oakland, and Stephen, 26 and living in Los Angeles. Read more »

Remembering Sept. 11 in Rancho Murieta

If you were a Murietan 15 years ago, you remember what Sept. 11, 2001, felt like, many miles from Manhattan but much closer than the map would have you believe. If you weren't a Murietan then, here's a chance to wander the archives of RanchoMurieta.com and see for yourself.

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