Garrett Fong earns rank of Eagle Scout

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Fong familyRancho Murieta’s bumper crop of Eagle Scouts continued Monday night as Garrett Fong was awarded the rank of Eagle in a ceremony at Rancho Murieta Community Church. That's Troop 633 Scoutmaster Brian Correia, left, speaking of the qualities of Garrett, who's flanked by his mother, Karen, and father, Kenton, the assistant scoutmaster. Almost 100 people were on hand for the ceremony and refreshments afterwards. There was a slide show of Garrett’s years in scouting, in which, as Correia pointed out to laughter, you could see Garrett getting taller and his father getting grayer. In addition to hugs and thanks for his parents, Garrett thanked scout mentors all the way back to his Cub Scouts days, his Future Farmers of America advisor and the men who helped him with welding work for his Eagle project. For that project, Garrett, who’s 17, designed and built four permanent recycling bins to be placed in community parks. He’s an incoming senior at Pleasant Grove High this fall and he hopes to pursue higher education in animal sciences. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Garrett Fong earns rank of Eagle Scout

Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

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Baby quailIn our big world, it wasn’t much of a crisis or much of a rescue, which probably means it isn’t much of a story. But a handful of Murietans helped rescue a bunch of baby quail from a storm drain late Monday afternoon. Read more » Read more » about Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

Saying goodbye to one of Murieta's finest

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Mary Brennan

Dozens of people honored Mary Brennan and her 33 years of active community life as a Murietan during a Sunday afternoon going-away party at the Murieta Village Clubhouse. After Judy Bernal introduced her “very dear” neighbor, the crowd applauded Brennan's brief remarks thanking friends, neighbors and family members for coming, and inviting all to visit when she's settled in her new home in Carmichael, closer to family. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Saying goodbye to one of Murieta's finest

Party for longtime Murietan Mary Brennan

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Friends and neighbors are invited to attend a going-away party Sunday in honor of Mary Brennan. The party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Murieta Village Clubhouse. A Laguna Joaquin townhouse resident for more than 30 years, Brennan is leaving Rancho Murieta for Carmichael to be closer to family. She has served on the Community Services District and Murieta Townhouses Inc. boards, shared her love of travel by organizing a travel group for the Women’s Club, and belonged to the Country Club as well as numerous bridge groups.  Read more » about Party for longtime Murietan Mary Brennan

Friends for more than just this summer

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Girls painting

At Wednesday's special visit by the Bookmobile, face painter Pixie Tribe worked her magic on the kids, including a special painting on 11-year-olds Makenna Ravencroft, left, and Presley Cook. What was the special message? Click to see. Read more » Read more » about Friends for more than just this summer

Murieta Life: Bookmobile's weekly visits

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Part of life in Rancho Murieta is the weekly visit by the Sacramento Public Library's Bookmobile. It stops in Murieta Village Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. This Wednesday was the start of the library's Summer Reading program, aimed at kids, and Lyla Haviland, 9, couldn't wait to get started. The Bookmobile, which draws nearly 100 visitors on a typical stop in Rancho Murieta (more than some brick-and-mortar libraries), will deliver the books you request. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Murieta Life: Bookmobile's weekly visits

After a lifetime of writing ... a novel

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Bob Irelan

Friends peppered author Bob Irelan with questions at a publishing party Sunday. (Click photo for larger image.)

He’s not expecting to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, but Murietan Bob Irelan thinks you’ll enjoy his book, “Angel’s Truth.” About 50 friends gathered at the Villas clubhouse Sunday to ask questions about the novel and give it a proper send-off. Read more » Read more » about After a lifetime of writing ... a novel

Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

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Flag retirementBoy Scout Troop 633 will retire worn U.S. flags at Lake Calero on Monday, continuing what has become a Memorial Day tradition for the community. The 14th annual flag retirement begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by piper Chuck Jamison. Among the flags to be retired this year is a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center. Worn and unusable flags can be dropped off at Ace Hardware and the Business Center in Murieta Plaza. The public is invited to attend the lakeside retirement ceremony. Read more » about Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

Some photos from a busy weekend

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Country Club party

The Country Club's party to raise funds to re-do the Terrace Patio (which is a terrific site for parties) looked to be a big hit Sunday afternoon. There were hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music and raffles. (Click photos for larger images.)

Sometimes Rancho Murieta is a sleepy kind of place, and sometimes it's busy. This weekend it was busy. Here's a photo look at the Country Club's party, the Bike Rodeo, the Down Range music fest and the Optimist's ice cream truck. (This isn't even to mention the food trucks Sunday afternoon.) Read more » Read more » about Some photos from a busy weekend

Trail the Eagle: To WWII and back

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Eagle pinRichard Hunt’s 92nd birthday last Saturday began with a celebratory breakfast at the Murieta Inn and Spa, where he presided over a table of 10 women wearing T-shirts identifying them as “Rich’s Harem.” Along with breakfast came a surprise: On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 633, Jacob Wolhart presented Hunt with the Eagle Scout pin he earned but didn’t receive before going off to war in 1944. At that time, metal was being used “for really important things,” Hunt explained to the group. Betty Akins capped the presentation with a poem she wrote in honor of Hunt's birthday. The group, from left:  Charlene Hess, Betty Akins, Rich Hunt, Gail Feher, Jacob Wolhart, Bonnie Kirschman, Martha Foley and Pat Carroll. Read more » about Trail the Eagle: To WWII and back

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