The city of Lodi is looking for volunteers for California Coastal Cleanup Day at Lodi Lake Park. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m., Sept. 15 at the Lodi Lake Park Discovery Center and help pick up garbage from around the lake.
Volunteers cleaned up 1,333 pounds of garbage from the lake at last year's event.
Leaders are also sought for this year's cleanup. Leaders direct 10- to 12-person teams in a section of the park. Garbage is sorted and tallied, with a list submitted to The Ocean Conservancy's international database to help researchers identify the sources of marine pollution.
There is also a statewide contest for the most unusual item found. A Lodi student won the $100 contest prize several years ago for finding an unscratched lottery ticket.
All volunteers must sign release liability forms. Parental permission forms must be turned in for volunteers under age 18. Forms are available on the city's Web site, http://www.lodi.gov, the Lodi Public Library and at the park the day of the cleanup.
Workers are advised to dress appropriately with closed-toe shoes, gloves, hats and sun-block. The city of Lodi and its sponsors will provide gloves, bags, grapplers, and refreshments.
For more information, contact Kathy Grant at 339-8722 or Frank Beeler at 333-6800, ext. 2443.
Ole Mettler honored by Goodwill Industries
Ole Mettler has been named as the recipient of the Goodwill Helping Hands Award for 2007. Community members who have demonstrated a respect for their city and value the people in the area are chosen as award recipients.
David Miller, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, said Mettler was chosen because of his lifetime commitment to the region.
"He has been active with the youth, veterans and the economic development of the area. He is well known and liked and he has spent many years giving back to the community," said Miller.
Past recipients of the award include Fritz and Phyllis Grupe, Doug Eberhardt, Andy Prokop, Bob Kavanaugh, Judge Rolleen McIllwrath, Senator Patrick Johnson and David Brewer.
A dinner in honor of Mettler will be held on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Stockton Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $250 per person and may be purchased by calling 466-2211, ext. 214.
Woman commits suicide by crashing into tree
A 35-year-old Lodi woman died Saturday when she intentionally crashed her vehicle into a tree in Acampo, officials said Monday.
The crash happened Saturday afternoon on Peltier Road east of Highway 99, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The woman had a history of mental illness and had called someone to tell of her intentions shortly before the crash, the CHP said.
Because the incident was ruled a suicide, the entire investigation was turned over to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, which handles suicide cases outside city limits.
Former Lodian becomes state prison warden
BLYTHE - John Salazar, a former Lodi resident, was appointed warden of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison on Aug. 20 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A 1975 graduate of Lodi High School, Salazar served as an assistant manager for a clothing store in Lodi.
He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1983 as a correctional officer at the California Correctional Center in Susanville.
From 1987-91, he served as a correctional sergeant at the Sierra Conservation Center and then at the California Correctional Center from 1991-94. He then served as acting associate warden, facility captain, correctional counselor III and correctional counselor II at the Calipatria State Prison until 2001. From 2001-05, Salazar was employed at the Centinela State Prison.
He has been employed as acting warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison since 2006.
Census to target local overlooked residents
STOCKTON - U.S. Census workers will knock on doors of unconventional residences and scour communal living quarters throughout San Joaquin County in hopes of finding people normally overlooked by the once-a-decade head count. San Joaquin County is one of two places nationwide where workers will comb group homes, small islands, convalescent homes, dormitories, recreational vehicles and in-law cottages to find residents who might not be counted in the in the 2010 census. Workers will also look for residents in the nine-county Fayetteville, N.C., area.
Dozens of workers based in Stockton will use Global Positioning System devices to try to count every person in the county as of April 1, 2008. Besides nonstandard housing, workers will investigate the small islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where many homes are accessible only by boat.