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Winter Storm Warning
...significant Mountain Snow Today Into The Weekend... .a Significant Early Season Storm Is Forecast To Bring Snow And Wind To The Mountains Of Interior Northern California Through Saturday Evening. A Couple Of Feet Of Snow Are Possible Above 6000 Feet By Saturday Night Over The Higher Elevations. Motorists Planning Travel Into The Mountains During This Time Frame Should ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:53pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada; Western Plumas County, Lassen Park

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 11 Pm Pdt Saturday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions Especially Over The Passes. Total Snow Accumulations: Above 7000 Feet 1 To 2 Feet With Localized Higher Amounts. Between 6500 And 7000 Feet 5 To 10 Inches With ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:47pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: Greater Lake Tahoe Area

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 5 Am Pdt Saturday To 4 Pm Pst Sunday Above 7000 Feet... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 3 To 5 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches, Are Still Expected. * Where...sierra Nevada Mountains From Yosemite To Kings Canyon ...Read More.
Effective: November 4, 2017 at 5:00amExpires: November 5, 2017 at 5:00pmTarget Area: Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

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11/21/17 City Council Meeting


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Friday Update on November 17 2017

All,

A few items this week:

·         Next week’s City Council Meeting will have only a couple items as we head into Thanksgiving Week. Commercial Cannabis Regulation, Street Closures and an amplified sound permit. The City Council Meeting will begin earlier at 5:30.

·         A really productive Planning Commission Meeting with the design review and approval for the Callahan Estates Subdivision. The project is really nice and the PC was very thorough in their review. Some modifications to some of the lot setbacks were continued to the December 12 meeting.

·         The Grant/Main traffic signal is fully operational. It is very “smart” with sensors for pedestrians, bikes and preemption devices for public safety.

·         The Roundabout Project saw a tremendous amount of progress for the one week of closure. Median Islands are in, sidewalks are poured and crossings are done. Grant Ave will be open all week during the Thanksgiving Holiday and we expect closures to resume the week of November 27.

·         Fencing for the Futsol Court is going up at City Park. This is turning out to be a really nice project! Lighting will go in within the coming weeks.

·         Congratulations to Police Officer Victor Barajas for completing his Field Training and he is now operating solo. His final day of training included a high speed chase through town!

·         Staff and the Winters Chamber met to discuss the December 2 Tractor Parade. We expect a very big turnout for the parade this year!

·         All are is invited to a free flu shot clinic Monday, December 4 from 3pm to 6pm at the Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters. Everyone can benefit from a flu shot to prevent the illness that can lead to missed work or missed school days.  Prevention is especially important for young children and older adults.  Minimum age for this shot clinic is 4 years old.

·         Youth Basketball sign ups are under way at City Hall. It looks like we will have more than 350 players in the League!!

·         Both Winters Ranch Subdivision and the PG&E Training Facilities received their final inspections this week. Both are exceptional projects.

·         Winters Matriarch Bobbie Greenwood turns 100 years old on November 21. She is an absolute institution in the community and someone who has dedicated her life to Winters. From swimming, to the business community, schools and the AFS foreign exchange student program, she has impacted the lives of many from literally all over the world. Congrats to Bobbie and a toast to the next 100!

No Friday update during Thanksgiving. Have a GREAT holiday!

John


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Planning Commission Meeting 11/14/17


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Friday Update on November 10 2017

All,

A couple of things:

  • Prepare for the week day closure of Grant Ave for the completion of the Roundabout Project. The closures starts this Monday, November 13 and will be from 8 a.m on Monday until 3 p.m. on Fridays (open on weekends) and could last for up 6 weeks. Detours will be set up, but plan alternate routes for your travels. This is not going to be easy, but a major project like this requires the closure.
  • Tell everyone to be aware that the Winters Police Department will have an enhanced “Distracted Driver Enforcement” this weekend. Put down the cell phones and the food and focus on driving your car. The citations are expensive and well deserved! Imagine seriously injuring someone because you are sending an LOL or a silly emoji.
  • I tell folks that the Winters Police typically gives out warnings to most residents. In the Distracted Driver Enforcement, do not expect the courtesy of a warning.
  • Outdoor cultivation of cannabis will be returning to the Planning Commission for further review after the City Council Public Hearing this past Tuesday. The entire issue is pretty dynamic and the final regulations have yet to even be released from the State on a multitude of issues surrounding the topic. Staff recommendation on the total prohibition of outdoor cultivation was definitely premature. The public hearing had a number of current cultivators presenting some really good suggestions and arguments on ways to allow personal cultivation without it becoming a nuisance. A nice group of people with reasonable approaches.
  • Congratulations to the Salmon Festival Committee on an incredible event. The salmon are coming up Putah Creek, so head on down to watch the spawn!

Finally, a shout out to the many men and women who have served our nation in military service on shores both foreign and domestic! Veteran’s Day is not just a day off, it is a chance to recognize those who have put service above themselves to protect the rights and liberties which make our nation the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Many of our veterans see things which leave indelible and un-eraseable images sketched into their minds which will last a lifetime. Some have suffered incredible wounds which have left them with disabilities which will be debilitating for their eitire lives. These former soldiers are amongst the most incredible hero’s amongst us who need more than just a day of recognition but, they need our help. The prevalence of “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) and the soaring rates of violence and suicide amongst our veterans is something which cannot be ignored. I don’t endorse any charities, but I encourage you to check out the information from the Wounded Warrior Project https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ to see what many of these veterans are experiencing and ways that we can all help them and their families.

I genuinely count the many blessings we have in our nation and am grateful for the life and liberties we are afforded because of the men and women who serve so that people around the world can live free. Thanks seems awfully hollow for the service many have provided, but it is meant with genuine sincerity.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Walnut Lane/Grant Avenue Roundabout Project Update

The Roundabout project is moving along as scheduled. The contractor, Vintage Paving, will be entering the phase of the project which will require the full closure of the intersection of Walnut Lane and Grant Avenue (SR 128), beginning Monday, November 13th  .  This road closure will be in effect Monday, 8am, through Friday at 3pm.  The roadway will be opened during the weekends beginning at 3pm on Friday.  The closure could be in effect for up to  six weeks, depending on weather and other construction factors.  A detour will be posted to direct traffic via  East Baker Street around the work zone. Local traffic will be allowed access to Walnut Lane during these detour closures. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the individuals below:

Carol Scianna, Winters Environmental Services Manager (520) 794-6715 or carol.scianna@cityofwinter.org.

Project Resident Engineer, Michael Karoly, PE, (916) 960-6308 or mkaroly@willdan.com

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during construction.


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Friday Update on November 3 2017

All,

A couple items this week:

  • The Second Annual Winters Salmon Festival will be held this Saturday, November 4 from 11:00 to 4:00 at Rotary Park in Downtown. The first of the fall run salmon are making their way up Putah Creek and it is time to celebrate! Lot’s of activities and information are planned for the entire family. For more information, go to http://www.cityofwinters.org/winters-salmon-festival/
  • November 11 is the Shrimp Feed at the Winters Fire Department. For Tickets, go to Wintersfire.org
  • The November 7 City Council Meeting will include the following:
    • Amendment to West Yost Agreement No. 027-17 for WWTF Influent Screen Design
    • Final Acceptance of Public Improvements for Hudson/Ogando Subdivision (Winters Ranch)
    • Adoption of Yolo Local Government Accountability and Transparency Program Statement
    • Public Hearing and Consideration of Zoning Code Amendments to Prohibit Outdoor Cultivation of Marijuana and Commercial Marijuana Uses
    • Capital Improvement Program Overview – Programs and Funding
    • Designation of City Council Members to Zoning Code Update Subcommittee
    • Consideration of Amendment to City Manager Employment Agreement
  • The Main/Grant Signal went through the preliminary to the final inspection by Caltrans on Thursday. A couple items need to be fixed over the next week, then it will be activated. Caltrans policy is that a new signal can only be activated Tues-Thurs, so it will be turned on either next week or the week after. Cross your fingers.
  • Starbucks is working through some issues with PG&E to get power and gas service into their location. This is causing some delays which could last well into December and probably not before Christmas!! Evidently the fires in Napa and Sonoma have required the relocation of personnel which is delaying many projects.
  • The City’s Wastewater Division will begin the cleaning of our sewer and storm drain lines next week. Look for the personnel throughout the town for the next month.
  • The community garden at Walnut Park will start this Saturday, November 4 beginning at 8:00. This will be a wonderful addition to the park and an incredible resource for the folks living in the neighborhood.
  • Staff is working on a proposal to seek the development which will create housing opportunities for teachers and other young professionals looking to move into Winters.

Saturday is the Winters AYSO Regional Soccer Tournament for the U10 and U12 divisions. Look for a lot of excitement and action at Waggoner School.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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11/07/17 City Council Meeting Agenda and Packet


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Winters Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Hello Winters Community,

It’s that time of year to plan our Annual Winters Community Dinner. With everyone trying to get donations for so many needs, we feel it’s very important to feed those in need and home alone on Thanksgiving Day.

The purpose of this dinner is a wonderful opportunity to show our neighbors we care, by serving or delivering a Hot Traditional Thanksgiving meal with dessert. There will also be a sit down meal available at the Community Center for those who come by.  The majority of the folks we serve to are seniors, disabled and those home alone on Thanksgiving Day. Last year many families & individuals were served who had nothing to eat on Thanksgiving Day.

We will be cooking the Full Traditional Meal at the Community Center on Thanksgiving Day.

Can you donate funds to help purchase food?? Could you help box up meals to be delivered Thanksgiving day?? Or, maybe serve or deliver a dinner to your neighbor?? You can donate at First Northern Bank under Winters Community Dinner. We can provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes as well.

If you would like to help with preparing or serving meals, please call Marie @ 795-4824 or  Gwen @ 795-4444 for more information.

We also will have Red Food Collection Bins around town at Anytime Fitness, Camille’s, Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank and the Community Center to drop off CANNED GREEN BEANS, CANNED CORN & BOXED STUFFING MIX. If you would like to DONATE A TURKEY, please call myself or Gwen to arrange to drop it off at the Community Center.

Thank you for your consideration and Happy Thanksgiving.

Your Neighbors,

Marie Rojo-Heilman and Gwen Pisani

**PLEASE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @ WINTERS COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER  

Click here to view this notice in pdf


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Friday Update on October 27, 2017

All,

A couple items this week:

· Staff is working as diligently as possible to get the Main/Grant Traffic Signal turned on. We have hit a couple snags on the technology and the back-up power supplies. We are getting calls about the project and are doing all we can at this point to gain activation. Once allowed, we will be turning the light on versus the idea of a Stop sign at the location on the interim.
· A Parking Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 in the Downstairs Conference Room at City Hall. We will be reviewing the report and recommendations from our consultant Kimley Horn.
· The City Park Playground is open for unlimited use! If you have not seen it, please go see an amazing structure.

Finally, we certainly got panned in social media this week about the roundabout! Lots of feedback and opinions, suggestions and characterizations which are sometimes not as fair as they should be (my favorite was being compared to the guys from Dumb and Dumber- nice).

The roundabout is the result of literally years of considerations to meet Caltrans standards for level of service on Highway 128. Under the old model, we would be installing (and operating) numerous traffic signals, widening the roadway to four lanes and watching congestion increase. The roundabout provides the opportunity to keep the majority of 128 through town as two lanes, keep traffic flowing, slow traffic (without stopping) and keep the main thoroughfare through town attractive. To learn about the entire plan, go to http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/GrantAveCompleteStreetsConceptPlan.pdf .

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update for October 20 2017

All,

A couple items this week:

·         The City Council directed that administration for Winters Fire be done internally versus through the Fire Administration Services Agreement with the City of Dixon. In many ways, the Winters/Dixon Agreement has provided many benefits, mostly with the development of our staff in being ready to re-take the reins of running the department. I will be working on an overall transition strategy which I will share in the coming weeks!

·         Staff provided some of the final environmental review information for the Marriot Hotel financing folks and the project is expected to be funded and plans submitted in the near future. This is a critical project to support PG&E and our many visitors!

·         Downtown Hotel is expected to submit plans within the next few days to commence construction. Keeping our fingers crossed.

·         November 1 will be the start of salmon spawning in Putah Creek. The “boards” near the Sacramento Delta will be removed and we should see salmon begin the final migration into our creek. Last year, over 2000 salmon returned. It is amazing.

·         The Salmon Festival will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11:00 to 4:00. Last years event was wonderful and this years event will hopefully see the arrival of the guests of honor in the creek.

·         Staff is hitting some bumps on the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments Project. Stay tuned……….

·         Last weeks disastrous fires in Napa and Sonoma had the City’s Emergency Management System ramping up. Behind the scenes, there was a ton happening, including contingencies for mass evacuations which would have sent a ton of people our way. I will share that we had business and property owners who helped the City immeasurably with our contingency planning in the event that we got slammed with thousands of Napa evacuees. A special recognition for the folks at Mariani Nut, Vintage Paving and the Dioscese of Sacramento who really stepped up in our preparedness efforts.

·         On a “tip”, we were contacted by local television crews about the “City Manager” cancelling the American Red Cross to set up an evacuation shelter last week. The answer to that question was yes for a number of important reasons: first, we were never requested to set up a shelter by any authorities from Solano or Napa and the request to the Red Cross was very premature; second, Yolo County OES and member cities have our own Mass Care and Shelter Division which we use versus the Red Cross; Third, an evacuation Shelter had already been established at Solano Community College for those being evacuated; fourth, a 3 minute drive around town found we had no evacuees in town in need of assistance; and finally, the idea that we would divert precious resources away from those in need would have been irresponsible. Given the massive fires in our hills the past 4 summers and local evacuations, we have become keenly aware of how to evacuate and care for people.

·         Emergency Management is a collaborative effort which often involves City, County and State Agencies. People often wonder how literally thousands of fire personnel “suddenly” appear for major fires or incidents. Its all based on a very well established network of agencies which have planned how response can occur and resources are allocated. No one agency can respond in comparison to many.

·         During our evaluation of evacuees, I ran into some folks who were evacuated from Lake Berryessa having dinner at the Round Table Pizza. I asked if they need help and the indicated they had just booked rooms at a hotel in Woodland. Nice folks in what had to be a horrible situation.

·         In the event of a disaster, the City of Winters, Winters Fire and Winters Police Facebook Pages will be our main source for pushing information. We will also partner with the Winters Express and their social media. To control “rumors” check our social media to get the real scoop!

·         To get text and call notification for disasters, emergencies and alerts sent directly to you, go to www.yolo-alert.org and register/download the alert app. Its actually pretty cool!

·         The Winters High Football Game versus Willows is a fundraiser to help those impacted by the fires in Napa and Sonoma. Donations will be taken at the gate for both JV and Varsity. Come out to the game and support both WHS and help raise funds for out neighbors across the hills.

Finally, the City was given an incredible gift with the construction of the new playground at City Park. Enough thanks and gratitude will never do justice to the efforts and the results of Project Playground and their Coordinating Committee!

The playground is now emblematic of the commitment to our youth, but also the culture of Winters where neighbors, friends and people who have never met come together to accomplish something great!

The size and scope of the actual playground structure is way beyond anything the City of Winters could ever afford. The combination of volunteer labor and the fundraising to make it happen put it amongst the nicest structures in town. Generations of children and their parents now have amazing place to explore and develop in our town!

The volunteer effort was special and something I will cherish for my entire life. Over the course of about 8 days, I watched folks with tremendous construction skill (the red shirts) work alongside those without (me and many others) to build a miracle before our eyes. The work was hard, but the determination and spirit was motivating and caring. At each meal (we ate pretty well on the project) people who did not know each other became a unified team and our community became a highly effective unit in the playground construction. The spirit was infectious and we were able to watch folks want to do more and more each day. Before last week, I bet a lot of people never used a router, but most are now pretty proficient!

There were a number of folks who were at the build every day, giving 12 hours, leaving tired, but showing up at 7:00 the next morning ready to get back at it. For the many who showed up on any of the days, I watched 110% effort and a lot of hustle!

The real “gift” was the perpetuation of the “Winters Spirit” of neighbors coming together in a volunteer spirit to make our town better. We really are a special place and this project was a spectacular occasion to show people why we are an incredible place to live, raise our families and call this community our “home”.

Mentioning names is tough, but without question we all need to especially thank Project Playground Co-Chairs Emarie VanGalio and Moyra Barsotti for their commitment to making this project spectacular! They thought BIG and more than delivered for our community. I will share that they were incredible to work with on the “business” side of things and they more than delivered when it came time for making it happen. Their efforts were impressive and the results show!

One of my favorite quotes is ……………… “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible”.

Project Playground did an Excellent job and is owed a tremendous sense of gratitude for an incredible gift.

Well done!!

Have a nice weekend.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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City of Winters Youth Basketball 2017-2018 Registration

Attention all Youth Basketball Players!!  

  • The City of Winters will once again be sponsoring youth basketball for boys and girls from kindergarten through the 8th grade.
  • The registration fee is $ 40 for players that do not need a jersey and $50 per player that do need a jersey. This also includes a team T-shirt. There will be late registration but everyone will be put on a wait list. Late registration has a fee of $70 per player.
  • Drop off your completed participant registration forms and the appropriate registration fee by 5 p.m. on Nov. 22nd at City Hall, or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Youth Basketball, 318 First Street, Winters, CA  95694.
  • For more information, call Program Coordinator Ruben Valencia at 530-219-0265 or Karla Jenkins at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.

Volunteers Needed for Youth Basketball

  • The youth basketball program relies solely on volunteers to be coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, referees, etc. Your help is always needed and would be greatly appreciated.
  • For those that would like to volunteer please return the completed paperwork to City Hall.
  • For more information, call Program Coordinator Ruben Valencia at 530-219-0265 or Karla Jenkins at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.

Youth Basketball Volunteer Registration (pdf)
Youth Basketball Registration – in English (pdf)
Youth Basketball Registration – en Espanol (pdf)


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Senior Survey

The City of Winters is planning current and future programs and services for older adults.  Please print, complete and return to City Hall or to Sheila Allen at Sheila.allen@yolocounty.org or 530-757-5583.

Senior Survey (English – Word.doc)
Senior Survey (English – pdf)

Senior Survey (Spanish – Word.doc)
Senior Survey (Spanish – pdf)


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Fire Victims Relief Night

Fire Victims Relief Night (pdf)
Dr. Sellers Field
Winters Warriors vs. St. Helena Saints
Monday October 16, 2017 – 6:00 (Varsity Only)
Please join us for some Monday Night Football and more importantly our Fire Victims Relief Night. Due to the fires that are still raging across the Napa Valley, Friday’s football game has been postponed to Monday night October 16th at 6:00. Winters High School will be joining forces with St. Helena High School and the Winters Fire Department in an effort to raise funds and collect donations for families affected by the devastating fires.
The WFD will have collection bins set up at the gate. We’re hoping to collect clothing and/or toiletry items. All donations will be greatly appreciated as many families lost everything. WFD will also be walking around with a boot for individuals who want to make additional monetary contributions.
We are asking for a $10 general admission donation at the gate which will also get you entrance into the game. (If you prefer not to give a donation, normal gate prices will be in effect. Including free entrance for all WHS Students with an ASB Card).
Lastly, we are asking that everyone wear blue to the game in an effort to recognize and support all of the amazing City and Cal Fire employees that continuously protect our communities, especially in times like this.


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10/17/17 City Council Meeting


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Friday Update on October 6 2017

All,

This weeks update is more a push and a highlight of an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the Winters Community by participating in the playground build next week at City Park. The Project Playground folks are on the verge of what many communities have tried but few have accomplish, a community/volunteer build of a new playground structure.

Sign up for the Playground Build:

 

The build starts on Monday. Here is a link to the site to sign up and volunteer. http://www.projectplaygroundwinters.com/the-build/ It legitimately is an opportunity for people to make a genuine and lasting positive impact on the community and the lives of generations of children by helping build an incredible community asset. Think of it as your personnel contribution and sweat equity to the joy and happiness of thousands for years to come.

Winters is an incredible place to raise your children. We have some pretty simple but amazing facilities where children create their memories of a lifetime. These include the baseball diamond at City Park, the Playground, the Community Center Stage and our Community Library. Each of these assets were “community builds” of sorts by resident stepping up to do their share in making a lasting impression.

There are few opportunities in life where you can affect “generations to come” and the build of this playground is one of them. I feel blessed to know many folks in Winters who help shape the lives of children through similar acts. A couple examples of people and projects so many of us know:

  • First, it is essential to recognize the entire group who built the first playground. These folk built a structure  which lasted for almost 30 years and helped establish a volunteer soul and ethic for our town. They are amazing folks who give back to this day. (I will share that when we went to tear the “old” structure down, it was like trying to take down El Capitan. It put up a mighty fight and we continually laughed that for something which was about to fall down, it did not go quietly!)
  • Carol Scianna from the City Staff and the Winters Friends of the Library (WoL) change the lives of our kids through literacy and library programs. WFoL was one of the largest fundraisers for the playground project which will produce a new “community stage” from which the Winters Shakespeare Workshop is held each summer giving young people a chance to play classic medieval roles and broaden their theatrical horizons. Andrew Fridae and Nora Carey who now own and run The Palms Playhouse got their start in the Shakespeare Workshop and Andrew is now a Director with the same program. A great example of investment coming full circle.
  • Mary Lou Linvill and for years Denise Cottrell along with many others who facilitate the Winters Shakespeare Workshop. As parents we create those nuggets of opportunity which educate, challenge and provide the chance for youth to build confidence and life skills which benefit them for their entire lives. The program continues to this day and entertains and inspires us.
  • The Little League Diamond at City Park was a community build facilitated by local contractor and parent Monte Molina and the entire LL Board. It is a special place where literally thousands of children have played ball.
  • Winters AYSO Soccer is going on 40 years providing activity for children almost year round. Bill Davis is our most tenured member having started in about 1982 and gives up every Saturday to referee. My personal referee mentor and friend is Al Pederson who is an absolute role model of commitment to our youth. Al leads the instruction and coaching of our mostly teenage referee core by helping teach not only how to ref a soccer game, but in helping build confidence and leadership skills of these young folks in what can often be a difficult situation. Neither Bill nor Al have had kids in the program for at least the past 15 years, but they keep on investing because I know it is important to them.
  • Eric and Laura Lucero helped start and run the Winters Junior Warrior Football program which is the feeder program for Winters High School. Eric is an incredible coach and has made life changing impressions on young folks. Its impressive to see parents/adults of young kids coming up to Eric and calling him “coach”.  Its got to feel good.
  • Woody and Rebecca Fridae are literally institutions in our Winters Schools through the development of the Angel Island and Camp Loma Mar “experiences” they have developed for 5th and 6th grade students. They both achieved a point where children of past students are in their programs. Imagine the ability for kids to share and connect with their parents on glorious memories spent in common experiences with the same people.
  • My friends Kurt Balasak and Jill Aguiar and the Winters Education Foundation are doing amazing things in support of our teachers and the benefit to our children. Not only through funding, but through bona fide programs which enrich our schools.
  • Winters Theatre Company founded in part by Germaine and  the late Howard Hupe (and their cast of hundreds) gives children of all ages their opportunity to start community theatre. I can remember my daughter starting as a very nervous “fairy” and seeing her confidence bloom to a now confident woman. As both educators and entertainers, the impression is amazing.
  • Since moving to Winters, my wife Kathy and I have lived community involvement through many efforts. I will share that our most enriching have been through those which affect our kids. Whether through the Winters Schools, AYSO, Winters Fire, Girl Scouts, Rotary and others the positive impacts on our lives is ten-fold to those I think we have affected. I have exclusively reffed AYSO Soccer over the years because of the positive personal impacts I feel recreational soccer gives to kids versus competitive. All of it is magical and very rewarding. It really is sweet!

And I could go on for pages……………………………

I am convinced that the common thread which makes Winters an incredibly special place is our children and the generations of folks who have made their lives here. At Rotary yesterday, high school English teacher Matt Biers talked about how Winters kids are “really good citizens and nice people”. So much of that comes from the examples and values that we as parents and adults instill in them through our actions. Our actions as adults create the atmosphere and culture which makes good citizens.

October 10-15 is OUR opportunity to perpetuate the soul of our community and set an example for the next generations by helping build a new community playground. We are doing something which most communities cannot accomplish by an all volunteer build. It’s YOUR chance to put a positive mark on our town by contributing to a monument which brings an entire compilation of pride, joy, happiness, kindness and community commitment into a place where generations of children will play.

I hope to see you out there!

John


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