Wednesday Jan 02 2013 comments Rocklin 2012: The year in photos -A +A While Rocklin’s new dog park at Johnson-Springview Park is divided into separate areas — one for large dogs, one for small dogs and one for special needs — it doesn’t stop Lily and Buddy from playing. The park unofficially” opened in January at Johnson-Springview Park. Historian and Rocklin Heritage Committee member Gene Johnson joins Carol Ellis at Tuesday night’s Rocklin City Council meeting. Ellis wears a 19th century dress to draw attention and support for preserving historical sites throughout downtown Rocklin. Proceeds from a fundraiser helped the Boungnasiri family with medical, funeral and related expenses following the death of 2-year-old Evan Boungnasiri, pictured on the back of his 9-year-old brother, Hayden. Evan died Jan. 11 after suffering cardiac arrest and falling from play equipment. Also pictured are 4-year-old Jordyn and 7-year old Ellie. The T-Birds dance to “Grease Lightning.” Rocklin High presented "Grease" in January. Performers pictured, from left, are Jason Hughes, Michael Carpenter, Warren Cain, Logan Mayes, Tyler Eung and Alex Johnson. Featured performers in Whitney High School’s production of “Spelling Bee,” back row, from left, were Alex Clark, Brooke Vasconcellos, Spenser Diegert, Michael Ewing and Scott Padian. In front row, are Sidney Gonzales,Travis Longacre and Sierra Zellmer. The production ran for three weeks in February. Granite Oaks seventh-grader Brandon Boeger cheers for his team, Rubicon Academy, during an Academic Pep Rally in February. Folsom Brainstormer team member Nikhil Gupta, 11, listens as volunteer referees Gail Owens and Matt Curtis go over points awarded to his team following the Robot Game obstacle course during the FIRST Lego League state championship, held at William Jessup University in February. Wolf Den leader Patrick Leffel places derby cars on the track for one of the qualifying heats at the Cup Scout Pack 102 annual Pinewood Derby in February. Jim Crosthwaite of First Step Sports Marketing Group spearheaded the first Foothill Rubber Ducky Festival in May. The highlight of the event was to be the drop of 1,000 “doggy” rubber duckys from a Re/Max hot air balloon. However, windy weather prevented takeoff, so volunteers stepped in to blindly toss duckys toward the target. "The Cat in the Hat" (AKA: Ryan Lore of Roseville) mingled with students on the Rocklin Elementary School campus as part of the Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday in March. The Mets T-Ball team (ages 5-6) take the field during Rocklin Little League's opening day ceremonies at Twin Oaks Park in March. American Medical Response EMTs Jack Bishop and Christine Smith transport a car crash “victim” from the scene of a DUI accident staged at Rocklin High School in March. Christopher Johnson, 14, a student at Rocklin Academy of Math, Science, and Engineering, explains how his Rube Goldberg machine works at the STEM Expo at William Jessup University in March. The end result is a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Johnson, who won first place in his age group for his creation, took two months to design and build his project. “Most of the science fairs in previous years never had a category called Rube Goldberg,” he said. “I’d seen a couple before on YouTube, so I wanted to do one myself.” Justin Cutter, co-founder of the Compass Green Project, explains the mobile greenhouse to kindergarteners and first graders at the Maria Montessori School during a visit in April. Rocklin Fire Captain Rick Holmes leads third-graders at Sunset Ranch Elementary School in April on a tour of one of the department's ladder trucks. The students have launched a service project to help the Rocklin Historical Society's campaign to build a replica of Rocklin's first firehouse on Front Street. Granite Oaks Middle School seventh-graders Hunter Caddow, Genesis Navarro, Sam London, Delaney Hertel and Jack Scaglione use decomposed granite to crate a functional walkway through the GO Green Scene Garden. Lowe’s awarded Granite Oaks Middle School a $5,000 Toolbox for Education award to expand the school’s garden in April. In May, Rocklin City Council member Diana Ruslin presents a proclamation promoting Donate Life California Month to Connor Cheney. The 13-year-old was an infant when he received a life-saving organ donation. He is now actively trying to get more Rocklin residents to become organ donors. When students began gathering pledges for the annual Jog-A-Thon, Rock Creek Elementary School Principal Dorothy Sutter announced that the winning class would be given the privilege of tossing water balloons at her as she rode a tricycle around the school playground. Theresa Hellen's kindergarteners and Delanne Mathias' fourth-graders raised $3,400, giving the the privilege of tossing water balloons at Sutter in May. Three-year-old Samantha Runyan, of Rocklin, places a rose on the headstone of a veteran during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Rocklin Cemetery. Motorists on Rocklin Road near the intersection of Sierra Meadows Drive may have noticed the new goose crossing signs. Every year, several families of Canada geese make their home in Sucker Ravine Creek near the new Rocklin Library at the corner of Granite Drive and Rocklin Road and within the Sierra Lakes Estates mobile home park on Rocklin Road. According to Rocklin’s Planning and Housing Services Manager Laura Webster, the signs are intended to alert motorists to prepare to stop whenever the geese families cross Rocklin Road – often during rush hour. The geese do not care about peak traffic times; they just want to get to the other section of Sucker Ravine. Melanie Petersen flips her tassel as a sign of her graduate status at the conclusion of Rocklin High School's commencement ceremony in June. Seniors Gage Bort, left, and Franklin Gentile are all smiles during Whitney High School's graduation ceremony, held June 7 at Wildcat Stadium. Musician Jerry White performs with Joel the Band at July's "Celebrate America" music extravaganza, hosted by Destiny Christian Church. "The Ultimate Crash" host Matt Muenster talks with Rocklin homeowners Britni and Jesus Arguelles as they check out the new bathtub installed during a July renovation. The Rocklin home will be featured on DIY's Network show in January. Rocklin residents Vickie and Cody Turnquist use the water feature at Lone Tree Park to cool off. The park was renamed in July and is now Kathy Lund Community Park. Rocklin Reserve Officer Braden Shaw graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in December with a degree in criminal justice. Shaw has been a volunteer with the police department for three years. Rocklin police in August announced a new policy of hiring police officers from their non-salary reserve officer force. William Jessup University senior Michelle Alva, an outreach coordinator with the university’s student leadership organization, admires the renovations in the campus’ cafeteria in August. “It’s so beautiful, it looks like a hotel! It’s so fancy!” she noted. James Summers, interim fire chief since July, was named to the position in August. Gene Lane, manager, California Transmission, left, and owner Dave Feuerwerker dish out samples of their award-winning chili at Hot Chili, Cool Cars in September. "The secret we give out is quality meat," Feuerwerker shared. STAR Eco Station Director Lyndsey Schutt shows off an exotic Peruvian walking stick to guests at the sixth annual Creepy Crawly Creature Feature in September. Jon Brines/Placer HeraldJoel Parker Whitney (played by resident Smokey Bassett), top left, President Abe Lincoln (played by resident Ed Lawson) and Lilly Rosina Trott, daughter-in-law of Trott Hotel owners Sam and Mary Trott (played by Carol Ellis), join seven candidates vying for three open seats on the Rocklin City Council at a forum sponsored by the Rocklin Heritage Committee and League of Women Voters Oct. 2 at Saint Mary’s Chapel. Candidates pictured are Jack Lento-Edrich, left, Ken Broadway, Dave Butler, Dan DeFoe, Greg Janda, George Magnuson and Julie Millard-Stadel. Longtime Rocklin Fire volunteer Ken Whitman, center, died Oct. 12, just a day after he was awarded the Rocklin Fire Department’s Chief's Legacy Award for service to the community. He’s pictured here with his friends, family and fellow firefighters Oct. 11. Shoe Guy Bob Walatka of Keller Williams in Rocklin hands out Gordon Biersch samples to patrons at the Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser in October. Mother and daughter Liz and Joselyn Cesare, 8, of Rocklin, plant trees at Breen Park with the rest of her Girl Scout Brownie Troop No. 251 Saturday. Tree planting was one of several projects done by volunteers for Rocklin's Community Service Day in October. Candidate Dave Butler and Strikes Unlimited owner Kari Pegram watch the election results come in at Butler's election night party at Strikes Unlimited. Joining Butler in victory were top vote-getter Greg Janda and incumbent George Magnuson. Cadet Captain Matthew Dunn, 14, a sophomore at Whitney High School, plays taps during the closing of the Veterans Day ceremony at the Rocklin Cemetery. Ava Branson, 5, and her mom, Jessica of Rocklin, help package ManaPack rice meals at the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event at William Jessup University in November. Rocklin's Christmas Tree lights up next to St. Mary's Chapel on historic Front Street.