Help Our Local Rio Linda Vet Clinic!!

Rio Linda Vet ClinicOur local Rio Linda Vet Clinic needs your help! Looking for volunteers and/or sponsors to donate their time or materials to give our local vet clinic a fresh look. The Rio Linda Centennial Celebration is closely arriving and it would be nice to give back to our community by giving the clinic some new paint to spruce it up a bit in time for the celebration. All volunteers are welcome as well as material donations.

Materials Needed:

  • Outdoor Paint
  • Paint Brushes/Rollers
  • Ladders
  • Buckets
  • Masking Tape
  • Maybe a few nice potted plants and/or flowers

If you would like to get involved in sprucing up the local Rio Linda Vet Clinic or you have some materials to donate please contact us through our form on the contact page and include your name, contact info and if you would like to volunteer your time or have material donations. The day to paint is pending and will count solely on whether enough materials can be collected for the cause. All volunteers who have come forward to volunteer their time to help paint will be contacted and provided with a set day and time that painting will take place.

Thank you and LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!! :)

A Moment of Silence for Norma-Lee….

Norma-Lee, a western swing artist who twice served as honorary mayor of Rio Linda/Elverta, died June 29 of cancer, her family said. She was 58.

With a single name and a penchant for one-liners, Norma-Lee was a colorful Canadian who migrated to California in 1980 and settled among free-spirited residents of Rio Linda and Elverta. She responded to questions about her last name with “Normally, I’m Norma-Lee” and said that she dropped her last name as a statement about women’s independence from men.

“It’s another one of my half-baked ideas,” she told The Bee in 2003. “I’m not an adverb, but close.”

Norma-Lee was a community fixture as a longtime volunteer for the Rio Linda/Elverta Chamber of Commerce. Elected honorary mayor of Rio Linda/Elverta in 2003 and 2010, she used her position to speak out against illegal dumping and other neighborhood concerns.

She served on local improvement committees and was active in the Elkhorn Moose Lodge and the American Legion. She knitted and crocheted hoodies for toddlers as a member of Elder Craftsmen, a volunteer group that makes quilts and clothes for seniors, children and veterans.

Norma-Lee was also a talented songwriter and musician who had sung in public since childhood and played guitar and fiddle. Introduced to western swing in Sacramento, she joined the Western Swing Society in 1983 and served in many positions, including treasurer, secretary and newsletter editor.

“She loved to perform,” said Bill Enyeart of the Western Swing Society. “She played a little bit of fiddle, but she really loved to sing. Everybody enjoyed listening to her.”

Norma-Lee formed a band, the Maple Sugar Gang, and collaborated as a songwriter with Dayna Wills, a niece of western swing legend Bob Wills. One of their tunes, “Sing Faded Love, Dayna Gayle,” won the 2000 Song of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

The former Norma Louise Weatherbee was born in 1954 in Brantford, Ontario. Her father, Derald “Boots” Weatherbee, was a champion fiddler who played on broadcaster Ted Mack’s amateur show.

She performed in Canada before traveling around the United States and settling in California. She had no children during two marriages and was predeceased in December by her husband of about 25 years, Donald “Rocky” Kennedy.

Norma-Lee, who stopped playing guitar after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, wrote songs that have been recorded by other artists and belonged to the Nashville Songwriters Association. She also published a book of poetry and a musical mystery novel.

She was inducted into the Lincoln Country Music Roundup Hall of Honor and into western swing halls of fame in Sacramento and Seattle. She is set this summer to be added to the hall of fame of the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest.

She rescued unwanted cats and dogs and was devoted to her three pet Chihuahuas. She loved all animals, even pests.

“She wouldn’t let you kill a fly,” said her sister Joyce Hutson. “You had to catch it and take it outside.”

Rio Linda gears up for centennial celebration

By Ravali Reddy
By Ravali Reddy The Sacramento Bee
Last modified: 2012-07-01T05:46:42Z
Published: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 4B
 Copyright 2012 The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Rush Limbaugh may have spent the majority of his career mocking Rio Linda, but that hasn’t stopped the town from inviting the nationally syndicated radio talk show host to be grand marshal at its centennial celebration in October.
“He’s given us a hard time but he’s also given us press,” said Mike Grandinetti, a Rio Linda resident and facilitator of the Rio Linda Centennial Committee. “Plus this place is kind of home to him.”
If he says yes, Limbaugh – who hosted a Sacramento talk show on KFBK (1530 AM) in the mid-’80s –will get a chance to ride in a hot rod in the centennial parade before moving into a dunk tank meant to raise funds for the restoration of a fire truck.
“The ideal would be to get him into the dunk tank,” said Grandinetti. “I would love to make that happen.”
The ad hoc Centennial Committee, which was formed earlier this year in collaboration with the Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society, consists of Rio Linda residents who are working on organizing a series of smaller events that will culminate in a three-day birthday celebration for the town Oct. 5-7.
Residents already have gotten the chance to participate in the Miss Rio Linda pageant, which crowned high schooler Samantha Moore, and help paint a mural on the south wall of Nu-Way Market at the intersection of Front and M streets.
The mural of a woman sewing a quilt was completed over a month ago. Some are surprised it has remained graffiti-free.
“The negative side of me kept saying it was going to be tagged, but it hasn’t been touched,” said John Todd, publisher of Rio Linda Online and a lifelong resident.
Grandinetti sees this as a sign of the community’s support for the centennial celebration, which he is confident will grow as October draws nearer.
Celebration plans include a parade, the opening of a museum detailing the history of the area, a candlelight ceremony, an interdenominational church service in the park and the burial of a time capsule. Most events will take place in or near Depot Park, the Community Center and M Street in Rio Linda.
The committee is simultaneously working with volunteers to restore a historic archway that stands at the intersection of Rio Linda Boulevard and M Street. The restoration is scheduled to be finished in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the archway as a part of the October festivities.
Organizers are encouraging anyone with a personal tie to Rio Linda to participate in the weekend’s celebration by submitting pictures for a centennial history book and personal letters for the time capsule. The book will be sold to raise funds for future restoration projects, and the time capsule will be opened in 2062, so current young residents of Rio Linda can witness its opening.
“I see this all as a part of Rio Linda pride,” said Grandinetti. “That’s what this community needs, something to revitalize (residents) and make them proud of where they are, and that’s what we’re trying to give them.”

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