Sunday Mar 24 2013 comments The week in photos, March 17 - 23 By: Megan Houchin, -A +A Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalScience teacher Don Scott talks 11-year-old Harrison Brazil through a science project on Friday, March 15 at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School in Auburn. Thirty-four of Scott's 55 students competed in the Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 8 and 9. Six of the students won first or second place in their respective categories. Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalSheila and Travis Traunikar pay close attention to the discussions led by John Akers, senior chaplain and executive director of the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, during the Placer County Sheriff's Office Community Awareness Academy this week. The four-week course just reached the midway point. Paricipants have had a tour of the county jail, a lecture on investigations and patrol and a field trip to the Air Operations Unit facility at the Auburn Airport. Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalPlacer County residents participated in the second week of the Placer County Sheriff's Office Community Awareness Academy. This week, participants watched of the K-9 unit and learned of the agency's air support. The academy runs through March 27. Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalColfax's Devon Loomis, seen on the mound, said the game his team looks forward to most is playing against Placer under Friday night lights at James Field. Loomis struck out five batters in two innings of work vs. the Hillmen. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalVolunteer Trish Jesnsen unloads a donation of bread, a regular from Truckee Sourdough Company, at the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet on Monday, March 18. The food closet is participating in a challenge with other food closets across the country in which each receives a share of $1 million proportionate to how many donations received in March and April. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalRiding in a convertible in the parade were, from left, Mini National Grand Celebrity Alexis Garica, 11; Honey Festival Queen Katie Turton, 8; Wee Miss Placer County Fallyn Fossum, 6, and Miss Auburn Katie Newman. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalAuburn's Bob Young was decked out in green in honor of Saint Patrick's Day during Auburn's 37th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade Sunday March 17 through Downtown Auburn. "This is the 37th year of the parade. I started it to kick off my capaign for judge in 1976," said Young. The parade started at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at the top of Lincoln Way and proceeded to Old Town Auburn. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalA line of cars and motorcycles made up the Saint Patrick's Day parade through Auburn Sunday March 17 at 5:17 p.m. The crowd wasn't huge but those who attended enjoyed the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day as the parade rolled through town. Bob Young led the parade in his restored 1957 green Lincoln Continental. Anne Stokes/Gold Country News ServiceRoy Steele became the first stadium announcer for the Oakland A's when the team moved west from Kansas City in 1968, and he was the team's only announcer until he suffered an illness in 2005. Steele returned to the booth to call a high school game March 8 at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Gus Tomson/Auburn JournalChicago Park's Dawn Pustizzi fishes on the banks of the Halsey Afterbay in Christian Valley on Tuesday March 19 - one of several anglers enjoying good fishing and mild weather preceding the rainstorm later in the day. CourtesyZeph Thomas performs his high-bar routine in San Luis Obispo on March 9. The 9-year-old Thomas ranked in the top 10 in his event out of nearly 50 competitors. Thomas qualified to the Regional Championship meet in Reno, Nev., in April. Thomas competes for the Auburn Gymnastics Center. Auburn Journal File PhotoAuburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn holds up the written warning that officers have the option of giving traffic violation offenders, thanks to a policy change in the fall of 2011. From 2011-12, police issued 359 traffic tickets and 369 written warnings, whereas 832 traffic tickets were handed out the previous year. Jason Kang of FPS Design Studios/CourtesyThe Delta Ducks, seen in dark jerseys, are a new minor league football team that will call Golden Eagle Stadium home. Kim Palaferri/Auburn JournalFrom left, seventh grade science teacher Kirstyn Dutro and students Dreyson Hicks and Dylin Pombo try out a ramp and track system on Thursday March 21 at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School. Purchased through three $1,000 grants from the Auburn Education Foundation, the tracks give students a physical way to study velocity, acceleration, momentum and energy. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalBear River's Andrew Reis allowed one hit and no earned runs in a complete game against Placer Thursday, March 21. Here are images from stories covered this week by the Auburn Journal.