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American River Parkway Foundation is Grateful to all Supporters!

American River Parkway Foundation is Grateful to all Supporters!

Dear Parkway Supporter,

The American River Parkway is a natural oasis that meanders through the urban core of Sacramento. The American River Parkway Foundation is proud to sponsor programs and organize volunteers to maintain and restore the Parkway. Each year brings greater challenges as Parkway use has grown to over 8 million user visits per year.

With your support through our membership drive the Foundation staff and volunteers have completed the following work thus far in 2014:

Removed 10 acres of invasive plants along the shore-line for enhanced boating, fishing and riparian restoration.

Maintained and cleared vegetation along the 23 miles of multi-purpose trail so equestrians, hikers and runners have access.

Planted 750 native plants to aid in the reforestation and challenge to exotic species.

Painted the bathrooms at Discovery Park after the new sewers were installed in a cooperative venture with the County.

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Students, parents still searching for answers in boy's suicide

Many students at Folsom middle and high schools are mourning the death of 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who committed suicide because of bullying, according to friends and family.

Folsom High School students have decided to take a stand, creating a pledge promising to fight against bullying.

"It's really hard for someone that is getting bullied to go through," Junior Lily Fernandez said.

Parents though, are asking for much more.

"For this to happen at the middle school level is unbelievable," parent Julianne Sturdivant said. "I'm deeply angry, but I'm trying to funnel that into positive solutions."

Sturdivant is a mother of two and is extremely disappointed in the district's response to Ronin's death. She thinks bullying isn't a priority for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Sly Park residents prepare for massive storm.

POLLOCK PINES - Pollock Pines and other foothill communities braced for high winds and rain as a severe winter storm moves in Wednesday.

"People are stocking up on getting their gas cans filled, with their generators and snow blowers and you know, getting ready," said Jeff Cole, owner of Sly Park Resort in Pollock Pines.

Many residents reconsidered putting up holiday decorations until after the high winds hit.

"They were saying the winds a gonna be so strong that they will knock a lot of the outside decorations down, so they said to hold off, maybe until after the storm," Cole said.

Fred Lauridson of Pollock Pines had stockpiles of wood and gasoline to run his two generators. "Probably about 50 to 60 gallons of gas between my boat and having a motorcycle," Lauridson said.

Community responds to bullying death

The community is still reeling over the suicide of a 12 year old boy from Folsom. Many people who didn't know Ronin Shimizu came forward and talked about their own personal experiences with bullying, including a local teenager.

Ernesto Martinez, 16, never met Shimizu but felt a strong enough connection to post an eight minute video onto YouTube after learning he had taken his own life.

"It saddens me to the deepest part of my being because I was in the same situation at the same school a couple years ago," said Martinez on the video.

Martinez transferred to Folsom Middle School five years ago to get away from his tormentors -- the bullying didn't stop. "Eventually it got out of control and it was every day," recalled Martinez.

Now a junior in high school, things are much brighter for Martinez, but he can't help but look back at those awful years. "It's never okay to bully anyone," he said.