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California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.

Kit Carson Middle School closed Thursday and Friday due to power loss

 SACRAMENTO --  An electrical malfunction at Kit Carson Middle School has left the school without power and will force the school to be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week (December 16 and 17), district officials announced today.

While the school will not be open to students, it will remain under 24-hour a day surveillance by district security.  Classes will resume following the Winter Break on Monday, January 3.

Kit Carson parents who would like more information about the closure should call the district office at (916) 643-7444.

Parkside pastor appointed dean of seminary

SACRAMENTO –Reverend Dr. Susan Hamilton will be leaving her duties as pastor of Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ, on January 23, 2011 to assume the position of Dean of the Sancta Sophia Seminary in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she first prepared to be a minister.  Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary receiving her Masters of Divinity in 1999 and her Doctor of Ministry in 2005.

Rev. Hamilton leaves a legacy of achievement and collaboration after her 15 year tenure at Parkside Community Church which includes: a new Sanctuary, a growing congregation, innovative Sunday Services, a working infrastructure of strong commissions, a cadre of effective church leaders and an “open and affirming” congregation. Additionally, Dr.

Suspected copper thieves caught at Las Palmas School

SACRAMENTO -- Police arrested two suspected copper thieves early Wednesday morning. They were on the roof of Las Palmas School.

At approximately 1:42 a.m. Wednesday, police received an alarm at Las Palmas School in Sacramento. As they were checking out the area, they heard the two suspects on the roof.  When they tried to contact the men, they began to run across the top of the school's roof.

From the ground, the officers chased the robbers, ordered them off of the roof and detained them at gunpoint. Burglary tools were found on the men and police say they were going to steal copper from the school. The two men were identified as 39-year-old Michael Locke and 32-year-old Tyrone Locke from Sacramento.

Locke was on parole and charged with Violation of Parole, Attempted Grand Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy and Trespassing.