It's a sad note for lots of locals who grew up here in the past decade and a half, or had kids that grew up utilizing the Allyn Scott Youth and Community Center.

The place that was for years a safe place for kids to go after school has fallen on hard times. The organization lost out on a bi-county grant it had been relying on annually. So it's no longer able to provide services.

Ken Scott, who founded the center with his late wife, Allyn, started the center to have a place for kids to hang out "to stay out of trouble," he said. That was in 2001.

They used to have tutors available to help kids with homework, and then other activities kids could engage in to blow off some steam. It was a place to recreate … catch a bite to eat … have a place to be.

For some years, the center received grants, which enabled it to run its after-school programs. Now the reserve funds have been used up. The building rent runs high and it costs a couple thousand a month to keep the power turned on. The well is about run dry.

So … a donation drive is going on. Check out their website at asycc.org for details and see if you can help.

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Thumbs Up: Nice story last Saturday by reporter Kirk Barron about how a local woman found herself choking on a piece of food. It seems it would have been a grim story had it not been for quick action from her children — a daughter, Araceli, 12, called 911 immediately and then alerted her big brother, Alfonso, who rushed out to perform the Heimlich maneuver on his mom.

He'd learned the maneuver in an eighth-grade first aid class.

Happy ending. And it reminds us that 20 or 30 years ago, it was all the rage: classes put on in workplaces and community halls where participants earned certification in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Not sure we'd remember how, any longer. Maybe it's time for a new campaign.

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Thumbs Up: We were very happy to read that the elections last weekend at the Sikh Temple on Tierra Buena Road came off practically without a hitch. Thousands of members showed up and were able to cast their votes for those they believed should be seated on the temple's governing board.

Hopefully the transfer of responsibility goes well and this will put a somewhat tumultuous time well behind them.

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Thumbs Up: We think it's very cool that Hal Tacker, 62, of Colusa is chasing and setting new records in the speed category. He and friends engineered improvements on a 1971 Honda SL 175, and took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week.

He pushed the goosed-up small cycle during the test runs to an average of 88.085 mph. The previous record was 70.033. That's a big jump.

Kudos.

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Eesh: Hostess Brands, the maker of such nutritious items as Ho Hos, is now about to market its latest culinary delight: "Deep Fried Twinkies." You know the snack that some consider "non-perishable?" According to a wire story we ran a week or so ago, the spongy-stuff with filling-stuff will be battered and partly deep-fat fried before being frozen, packaged, and sent to your local Wal-Mart freezer section.

You'll buy them in boxes of seven, take them home, and finish them off in an oven or frying pan.

Fun. Comfort food. Retro cool. That's the marketing approach.

"Most of our customers have a desire to eat healthier," said a Wal-Mart food executive. "But at the end of the day, it has to taste good. Great healthy things that don't taste good don't do well."

But bad things that do taste well … it's a win.

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Additionally:

• Chuck: They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a typo.

• Angie: I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

• Chuck: Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

• Angie: I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

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