Susan Maxwell Skinner


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Photojournalist Susan Maxwell Skinner began her newspaper career as a reporter in New Zealand. She spent eight years with the Buckingham Palace press corps before leaving London for Carmichael, where she focuses on her adopted town.

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Vote For Our Parks

Carmichael Recreation and Park District is asking—begging—for funds to bring facilities in 13 parks up to scratch. Measure G, a general obligation bond on the November ballot, would yield nearly $32 million for CRPD projects.

A lot of money, sure. But it’s about one-third of what’s needed to cover everything on the district’s wish list. Though no one likes new taxes, few Carmichaelites would prefer the consequences if the measure fails.

Our parks and facilities are in bad shape. Most were built 60 years ago. Since then, the area’s population has grown, amenity use has increased and financial support has diminished. CRPD’s income from facility rentals barely covers maintenance, let alone upgrades.

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Speaking Of Eagles

The ongoing—and increasing—presence of bald eagles on the American River is the subject of a Carmichael Library talk on Thursday, April 30. Photographer/author Susan Maxwell Skinner will present photos and stories of the newcomers’ migration to areas considered closest ever to Sacramento.

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People of the Year

Artist and humanitarian Marcy Friedman, Emigh Ace Hardware store owner Rich Lawrence and River City Brewing Company co-founder Beth Ayres-Biro will be top honorees at Carmichael’s 2020 Person of the Year gala. The event will be hosted by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce at Arden Hills Athletic & Social Club on Friday, March 20.

Friedman will be honored as 2020 Person of the Year. Lawrence will be recognized as Businessman of the Year and Ayres-Biro as Businesswoman of the Year.

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Animal Antics

Bats, birds and reptiles will be among the educators during Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s annual NatureFest on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event aims to encourage an appreciation of nature among children and adults.

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As with a rock-star’s farewell concert, finality can be negotiable.
After staging a milestone “final” event that lured a record 2,000 competitors last year, the world’s oldest triathlon did not quite end after all.
Now steered by a Sacramento businessman, the contest that the late Eppie Johnston began in 1974 has new branding. From the starting gun July 20, and for future summers, it will be known as the Great American Triathlon.

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