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CHP urges caution during Endeavour fly-over Friday

EDWARDS AFB, CA - Space shuttle enthusiasts can watch for the Sacramento fly-over of Endeavour anytime after approximately 9 a.m. Friday, according to NASA.

The shuttle, mounted on top of a modified 747, will make a single loop fly-over around the downtown Sacramento area, centered on the State Capitol area, at about 1,500 feet altitude.

The flight schedule also calls for Endeavour to pass over the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Cruz and Monterey before heading south to its final stop at LAX. The spacecraft will be prepared for display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles starting Oct. 30.

The California Highway Patrol urges drivers to stay focused on the road and their driving during the shuttle fly-over. Motorists should not stop on roads or highways to view or take photographs of the fly-over. The CHP said such actions can create traffic congestion and cause accidents.

Great Hang Up: Central Valley cell phone sting

GREAT HANG UP: This week, the California Highway Patrol Central Valley Division  serves up a zero tolerance distracted driving campaign.

They will specifically target texting drivers and those not using a hands-free device. Tickets can start at $179 dollars. The CHP Central Valley campaign covers Modesto to the Grapevine.

Driving while holding a phone and or texting is against the law in California, and the City of Elk Grove is looking for good ideas to keep teens safe from distracted driving.

The City received a $10,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to educate teens about the dangers. It may involve driving simulations. They want teens and their parents to weigh in.

Call (916) 478-8148 for information.

150 miles of remembrance

150 miles of remembrance

In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of 34+ Active Duty runners, two Active Duty medics and many other Active Duty, Retired (Military), Reserve, Veterans, Gold Star Families, Blue Star Moms, Green Nights, Patriot Guard Riders, and Community Leaders and Businesses will embark on a 150 mile journey to honor every California service member who has fallen during or as a result of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, AND NEW DAWN.

- At each mile, the Run Team will place an American Flag with a personal biographical card for each California service member who has fallen. Each mile ran and each flag saluted is to pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to their families left behind. Our intent is to create a 150 mile long memorial trail through California.

Endeavour to fly over Sacramento Sept. 20

SACRAMENTO, CA - Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on the top of a modified 747, will do a low fly-over above the Sacramento area next Thursday morning, Sept. 20, on its way to Los Angeles to be displayed.

The FAA has approved the tandem to fly 1,500 feet above locations along the planned flight path. Endeavour departs the Kennedy Space Center on Monday, Sept. 17, and will  follow a route which includes going over Stennis Space Center in Mississippi; New Orleans; Houston; Galveston; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Moffett Field; San Francisco; Sacramento and Los Angeles.

The schedule is contingent on weather and other unplanned events. Endeavour is currently set to land at LAX at 11 a.m. Thursday.

In Los Angeles, the shuttle will be readied for display at the California Science Center beginning Oct. 30.

Smiles with Friends @ St. Paul Church Festival 2012

Smiles with Friends @ St. Paul Church Festival 2012

South Sacramento -- Father Vic Teneza at St. Paul Catholic Church greets Joe Monteagudo, Becky Sliwa and Sister Katrina Quidlat, R.V.M. as the Fall Festival 2012 begins Saturday night with a dinner and dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6922. Contact www.stpaul-florin.org for information about church events and mass schedule.

Railroad Museum to Debut Fanciful Exhibit “Whittle Stop"

Railroad Museum to Debut Fanciful Exhibit  “Whittle Stop"

In partnership with the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA), the California State Railroad Museum will debut an entertaining new exhibit titled “Whittle Stop: A Cast of Caricatures on a Wild West Train” on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  The fun and fanciful new exhibit is an intricately detailed wooden sculpture of a 1880s era steam train from engine to caboose complete with a handcar, water tower, railroad depot, crossing gate and a cadre of more than 40 humorous characters from all walks of life in the West.  Museum visitors of all ages will marvel at the colorful train and ensemble that was whittled, sculpted and meticulously painted by a group of 25 dedicated carvers who spent countless hours working on their labor of love.

The project was conceived at the Caricature Carvers of America Annual Meeting in 2004.  What started as a one-year project grew in scope and the finished train carving and accompanying vignettes were completed in 2006.  Since that ti