Pumpkin sales begin Saturday and Sunday

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Pumpkins

It’s the pumpkin time of year, which means Boy Scout Troop 633 is selling pumpkins on Murieta Drive, in front of the new hotel, across from Murieta Plaza. They’ll be there Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit troop activities. The troop thanks Utterback Sod Farm, Davis Ranch and Murieta Inn & Spa for their help. (File photo) Read more » about Pumpkin sales begin Saturday and Sunday

Murieta responds to the fire victims

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Tony Avampato

TruckloadTony Avampato works at dinnertime Thursday, building the day's second pile of items heading to the Wine Country fire victims. He said it had been a good day. Avampato got it started by placing a classified ad at RM.com, asking Murieta to help. Lots of our neighbors responded, contributing clothing, food, personal hygiene items, sleeping bags, comforters and pet supplies. He said he had learned about streets all over Murieta North and South. "It was a great response. It really was," he said as he headed out to make the final pickups of this week's collection. Earlier in the day, a truck picked up the first load, at right. Avampato is part of McCollister's Transportation Group. A driver with the company is taking a truck full of relief items to the Bay Area. Avampato said there may be a followup effort to collect more items in a couple of weeks. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Murieta responds to the fire victims

Your neighbors: Going full 'Beast'

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Greg PryorIt takes a certain kind of person to run up and down mountains, over and under obstacles, and to finish first in your age class. That person would be Greg Pryor. Also: Rio Circle has its annual October get-together, and longtime RMA manager Rod Hart is honored for his work for the community. See the latest from your neighbors. Read more » Read more » about Your neighbors: Going full 'Beast'

Helping 50 Murieta households be prepared

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Drawing

Jack Pelletier writes down winning lot numbers drawn by Aidan Prouty. (Click photo for larger image.)

BucketThe Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared,” September is National Preparedness Month, and Saturday afternoon four dozen Murieta households got a chance to be a little better prepared themselves. They were the winners of emergency preparedness kits assembled by Troop 633’s Jack Pelletier for his Eagle Scout project. Read more » Read more » about Helping 50 Murieta households be prepared

Neighbor honors: State Fair, NCGA, post office

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Blue ribbon

How many people get a State Fair blue ribbon? Chloe and Julia Garcia did – for their quilts. (Click photo for larger image.)

Garcia girlsAsk Chloe and Julia Garcia about their quilts, and you’ll be treated to a tour of past quilts, prize-winning quilts and future quilts. They’re proud, and they ought to be. Their quilts took honors at the just-concluded State Fair. They won blue ribbons and $125 each. Read more » Read more » about Neighbor honors: State Fair, NCGA, post office

Von Seeger wins Country Club championship

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Club champsBy Don Thames, Country Club golf pro
At the tender age of 32, Stefan von Seeger had waited a long time to win a major championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club. As a boy, when he was not eligible to compete, he watched his father, Steve, win the club championship. His only chance to win a club championship was through the junior competition, which never materialized. He grew up, left the community and then returned two months ago as a Rancho Murieta resident and joined the club as a junior executive member. He wasted no time to grab the title of club champion. In the finals of match play last weekend, he faced past champion and wily veteran Steve Jones. “I knew coming in that Steve is a grinder, so I prepared for that mentally,” said von Seeger. “It became apparent early on that Steve was going to get everything up and down, and he did so throughout the match.” Read more » Read more » about Von Seeger wins Country Club championship

Your Neighbors: Meet the Garcia family

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Garcia family

Geovany and Jessica Garcia and their kids, from left, Adriana, Gianna, Haylee and Giovani. Click the photos to see larger images. Photos by Hayduk Photography.

Jessica and Geovany Garcia met in the Rancho Community Church’s youth group and were married at the Country Club by Jared Huntsinger, who was pastor of the youth group. Jessica has lived out here since she was 15. Geovany grew up in Sloughhouse and has lived in Rancho Murieta for the last 10 years. Read more » Read more » about Your Neighbors: Meet the Garcia family

Ice cream from your memories to theirs

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Ice cream truck

From the childhoods we all knew, the Rancho Murieta Optimists sent their ice cream truck around the community Saturday – an annual, start-of-school event – and prompted a nice collection of smiles by kids. Alicia Correia was in the hot seat (the one leaning out the window) as the kids deliberated about the frozen choices available. Correia says they sold 300 treats, with the big sellers being the Red, White and Blue Bomb and the Cookies 'n' Cream. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Ice cream from your memories to theirs

Where's the ice cream truck? Here it is

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The Optimist Club has arranged for an ice cream truck to make its way around Rancho Murieta Saturday, starting on the South (see map of planned route), then stopping at Murieta Plaza and the North Gazebo, before completing its route on the North (see map). Here's a real-time look at the truck's location. You can zoom in, if needed, by using the plus sign in the lower right of the map. Read more » about Where's the ice cream truck? Here it is

For one fan, a TV show crosses into real life

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Scott Brothers

Bunny and Cheryl Roberts, from left, met TV-show hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott at a Sacramento show recently. To make the outing special, Cheryl created items like the personalized ticket below. (Click photos for larger images)

TicketWhen TV stars Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka “The Property Brothers”) came to town last month for the debut of their live variety show, Murietans Bunny Perdue and her daughter, Cheryl Roberts, were among the fans of their HGTV home makeover programs seated in the audience at the Sacramento Community Center. Cheryl had surprised her 97-year-old mother with VIP tickets that entitled them to meet the celebrity twins after the show. Read more » Read more » about For one fan, a TV show crosses into real life

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