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2008-08-02 21:00:09

By Michael Hatamiya, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Aug. 2--Need to get rid of the bed that your son outgrew but don't want to haul it to the dump? Want to give away that perfectly good pair of galoshes that you never used? How about that electric fan that's sitting there unused and unwanted and cluttering up your garage? Freecycle may be the solution. The Freecycle Network is a grassroots movement of people connected by the Internet to give away items they don't need nor want,...

2008-08-02 15:00:19

By Rob Young, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Aug. 2--A toxic chemical spill Friday forced about 20 employees to evacuate a Yuba City packaging firm. Steve Steckbauer, an official at Deluxe Packages, 800 N. Walton Ave., said a 55-gallon drum containing a catalyst for adhesives ruptured with a "boom" about 9:30 a.m. Steckbauer estimated about 20 gallons of the chemical spilled from the drum, which he said was connected to a pumping system. Yuba City firefighters and police...

2008-08-02 12:00:37

By Ryan McCarthy, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Aug. 2--One of the school colors will be green, a frog or a hummingbird is expected to be the school mascot and more than 100 students will attend classes Aug. 18 when the new Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy opens in Dobbins. "This is the next generation that's going to look after the planet," Paul McGovern, chief financial officer for the charter school in the Sierra foothills, said of the students. Five teachers were...

2008-07-30 12:00:48

By John Dickey, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 30--The Cinemark Movies 12 is expected to be completed in time for the holidays, company officials said Tuesday. "Right now, we're on schedule to open for Thanksgiving," said Tom Owens, senior vice president for real estate for Cinemark. A November opening would allow the company to show the holiday run of movies at its new Yuba City facility. "A lot of big films open for Thanksgiving," said James Meredith, vice president of...

2008-07-24 12:01:21

By John Hollis, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 24--It's such a positive program for pre-teen girls. It helps them develop self-respect and the ability to make healthy decisions. It's a lot of fun. The girls are running and having a great time," said head coach Clarine Musfelt. The program: Girls on the Run. The fun: Combines training for a 5K run while learning self-esteem lessons that enhance the social, physical and mental health in 8- to 12-year-old girls. The...

2008-07-23 21:00:36

By Ryan McCarthy, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 23--Keep the staff and change the administration, asked several parents at Ella Elementary School in Olivehurst, vowing to keep their children out of school when classes resume Aug. 18. "The wrong people have been terminated," Gina Souza, president of the school site council, told Marysville Joint Unified School District trustees Tuesday night. Souza -- and other parents who spoke outside the meeting -- praised the work of...

2008-07-23 15:01:09

By Ryan McCarthy, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 23--Keep the staff and change the administration, asked several parents at Ella Elementary School in Olivehurst, vowing to keep their children out of school when classes resume Aug. 18. "The wrong people have been terminated," Gina Souza, president of the school site council, told Marysville Joint Unified School District trustees Tuesday night. Souza -- and other parents who spoke outside the meeting -- praised the work of...

2008-07-22 12:01:08

By Nancy Pasternack, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 22--Plans for a 250,000-square-foot expansion, an eight-floor main tower, and a helicopter landing pad at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville are underway, pending the results of an environmental impact report. Officials of Fremont Rideout Health Group hope to break ground in late 2009 and complete the project by the end of 2012. The City of Marysville approved a contract last week for Planning Partners, an...

2008-07-18 12:00:45

By Andrea Koskey, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 18--A downed tree sparked a four-acre fire in the Yuba County foothills Thursday afternoon that did not harm any structures, but resulted in a quick response from local firefighters. "We don't need another fire like the ones burning in Butte or Shasta counties," Dobbins Fire Chief Mike Butler said, referring to the thousands of acres still burning in both counties. Witnesses said firefighters arrived quickly after the blaze...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Andrea Koskey, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. Jul. 17--Effects on prime agricultural land, water quality and noise were some of the major concerns that residents living east of Wheatland had for a proposed rock quarry south of Beale Air Force Base. Nearly 100 project opponents attended the Yuba County's Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night, where the draft environmental impact report was discussed. The Ostrom Road Quarry is proposed by DeSilva Gates Construction in...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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