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Monday, December 10, 2018

Lockwood Fire Protection Auxiliary Helps Camp Fire Family


Lockwood Fire Auxiliary held their annual Christmas Community Pot Luck on December 8 with the usual great food, singing and raffle.  At the beginning of the evening it was announced the Auxiliary had picked a family who lost everything in the Camp Fire to support with the proceeds from the raffle.  People bought tickets like there was no tomorrow, raising over $700.00 to send to the Hill family with seven children.

The full story on the family and the letter sent to Lockwood Fire is on the Lockwood Fire web site, http://www.lockwoodfire.org It is truly amazing.

Recognition was given to volunteer firefighters Randy Binz, Jim Darnell and Doug Mather.  A new recruit was also introduced.  Their dedication to learning and assisting the department with cleaning, painting and maintaining the fire house along with other projects were acknowledged and appreciated.  The Auxiliary presented CAL FIRE Division Chief Rob Withrow  for his outstanding work with the Lockwood Board, firefighters and Auxiliary to help bring the department back from a difficult period.  Of special note was the introduction of a new trophy award, the Perpetual Puff Award. The award will be presented to a deserving individual each year with the name and year engraved on the side.  This first year recipient was Jackie Vaughn who has volunteered to the department over 18 years in a variety of capacities as Board Director, Board President, Auxiliary member, webmaster and communications and public outreach coordinator.

Every year the Auxiliary invites the Pine Grove DJJ youth to come and enjoy good food and camaraderie during what must be a difficult time for most.  The boys outdid themselves this year presenting the Auxiliary with a chocolate and vanilla, raspberry filled, white frosting topped, beautifully decorated, huge cake to share with everyone.  It was a very "delicious" event!

Cal Fire leading the caroling



Friday, December 7, 2018

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Dec 2018



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CAPC Newsletter                                                  December 2018

Holiday Safety for Families
 
Child abuse is incredibly prevalent in the winter holiday season because of stress, the expense and bustle of shopping, and increased alcohol use. Accidents related to holiday decorating and festivities also contribute to unsafe conditions for children. Here are some tips to help keep families and homes safe during the holiday season.
 
Beware of Holiday Candles
~Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials.
~Do not leave children unattended in the room with lit candles.
~Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
~Refrain from using candles to decorate Christmas trees.
 
Test Tree Trimmings
~When decorating with lights be sure to purchase the type that have been tested and labeled by an approved laboratory.
~For outside decorations - use only lights that are labeled for outside use.
~Do not overload electrical outlets and always unplug all lights when leaving the home or going to bed.
 
Keep Christmas Trees Fresh
~Choose a fresh tree and secure it in a sturdy stand.
~Locate the tree away from heat sources and exits - water it daily.
~If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire retardant.
 
Prepare for Holiday Parties
~Decorate with flame retardant or non-combustible materials.
~Have a designated smoking area outside, for the sake of others that are sensitive to secondhand smoke.
 
Designate a Driver
~If you are a party attendant, select a driver.
~If you are a host you should have a supply of nonalcoholic beverages on hand for the designated drivers.
 
Inspect Fireplaces
~Fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected each year before the start of the heating season. Creosote forms as the wood burns, creating a buildup in the chimney walls that will cause a fire if not properly cleaned.
~Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy screen when burning fires.
~You should only burn wood and not paper or pine limbs which can float out of the chimney and may ignite a neighbor's yard.
~Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace.
~If stockings are hung on the mantle, don't start a fire in the fireplace.


 
Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
 
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
 
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
 
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
 
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Upcoming Events










Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Resilient Amador
Steering Committee, Tuesday, December 11, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  


Children's Holiday Festival
Friday, December 14, 5:30-8:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
 
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, January 28, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 

  
About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
Investing in Our Youngest Children
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Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Amador Fire Safe Council Town Hall Meeting - Mon Dec 17

Mitchell Mine Fuel Break Project
Mitigating the Risk of Fire in Amador County

With the recent devastation of the Camp Fire, we must face the fact that the fire risk in Amador County is very high. To this end, we need to continue to take action to be prepared for wildfire and mitigate the fire risk.

Since we formed in 2002, the Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) has been working with partners and stakeholders to reduce the risk of wildfire in Amador County. The Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to “improve the protection of Amador County residents and their properties from the catastrophic effects of wildfire through action, partnerships, education and outreach.” The board of the AFSC is made up of Amador County residents that volunteer their time to write grants, attend and facilitate planning meetings and work with the AFSC Coordinator to implement projects.

In September, the AFSC was awarded $1,017,239 from CALFIRE’s Climate Change Investment funds to implement the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break, which is located between Pine Grove and Volcano. The planning for this project has been in the works for years, and environmental compliance is roughly 50% complete; work on the ground is projected to start in early 2019.

The Mitchell Mine Fuel Break will be a 300-foot-wide shaded fuel break that is approximately 10.4 miles, through public and private land, strategically placed by CALFIRE and AFSC professionals, and sanctioned as a priority by the Amador Fuels Reduction Collaboration (see map). A shaded fuel break is an area where underbrush and small trees are cleared, leaving trees larger than 10 inches in diameter in the cleared swath. As the name describes this would act as a break of fuel functioning to significantly slow down a wildfire, and provides an open space for fire fighters and emergency responders to work to fight the wildfire.


In addition to CAL FIRE, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Indian Grinding Rock State Park are project partners; the fuel break will include public land managed by both of these entities. The fuelbreak includes many parcels of private land and in order to make it effective, AFSC needs to partner with the included private landowners – therefore, we need Rights of Entry for work to occur.

The Amador Fire Safe Council will be hosting a public meeting Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Town Hall, 19899 Highway 88, Pine Grove, CA to discuss the project with the community. If you are a resident of the Upcountry or a community member interested in the project, please come to learn more about the project.

For more information on the project visit the Amador Fire Safe Council website www.AmadorFireSafe.org and like the AFSC on Facebook.



Monday, December 3, 2018

17th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 14

Winter Festivals Around the World" is coming! Please join us on Friday, December 14. FREE and open to ALL families! The fun begins at 5:30 pm, and Santa Claus will be there at 6:45 pm


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A-PAL Humane Society: "Santa Paws" - Sat Dec 8

A-PAL HUMANE SOCIETY’S "SANTA PAWS" - Saturday, December 8 from 10am-4pm at the Feed Barn 11261 Prospect Dr., Jackson. Pet photos with Santa himself!  $5 donation to A-PAL per Holiday Card. All Proceeds to go A-PAL Humane Society! Win 5 to 35% off all pet supplies when you get your pet photo!
For more information about A-PAL, visit:


Saturday, November 24, 2018

FACL: Holiday Pop-Up Book Sale - Sat Dec 8

Holiday shoppers are invited to shop locally to get their holiday gift books at the Friends of the Amador County Library Holiday Pop-Up Book Sale, Saturday, December 8, 10 am – 2 pm. at the Amador County Library, 530 Sutter Street, Jackson (where 88/49 and Sutter Street meet).

Offerings will include hand-picked new and like-new cookbooks, crafts and art books, new fiction and nonfiction, DVDs, stocking stuffers, and more for almost everyone on your list–all at low, low FACL book sale prices.

There will be free refreshments, too. All sales benefit library programs and materials.

More info: FriendsACL.org, 209-217-1911.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

18th Annual Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Tree of Lights - Thurs Dec 6

JACKSON, CA—The 18th Annual Tree of Lights memorial celebration honoring loved ones who have passed has a new location for a special reason! On Thursday, December 6, please join the Hospice team at their agency in Jackson, 1500 S. Hwy 49, where the celebration will showcase their new 14-ft. blue spruce, recently donated and planted on the property by Chad and Erika Simmons of Simmons Landscape. This tree will serve as the agency’s Tree of Lights for years to come.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with opening welcome by Hospice Chaplain George Stathos, followed by music, candle lighting, reading of the names, lighting of the Tree of Lights and refreshments.

To donate online to the Tree of Lights, go to www.hospiceofamador.org and click on the event flier on the homepage. You may also download and print the flier from the website or Facebook page and mail to HOAC at the address listed above. For each $15 donation, your loved one’s name will be included on the memorial board and read aloud. Each year, the Tree of Lights continues to grow, honoring our community’s loved ones who have passed.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, the two-county regions only independent, non-profit hospice agency.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Lucke, Grants & Communications Associate
209-304-4011 (direct)
209-223-5500 (office)



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Nov 2018



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CAPC Newsletter                                                  November 2018

Thank you Amador County!

Thank you so much for the incredible turn out and participation at our first Resilient Amador event held last night, Tuesday, October 9th in Jackson!

Thank you to Judy Knapp of Prevention Works for facilitating this great evening. This is just the beginning of a broader and more inclusive conversation about addressing ACEs through trauma-informed approaches and practices, and building resiliency in our community.

We would also like to give a special thanks to our panel for highlighting the work they are doing around ACEs and Trauma Informed care, as well as frankly sharing some of the challenges we still face. Thanks so much to ACUSD/ACOE Superintendent Dr. Amy Slavensky, Board of Supervisor Frank Axe, Jackson Fire Chief Debbie Mackey, Behavioral Health Director Melissa Cranfill, and Vanessa Compton Peer Personal Services Coordinator with Behavioral Health.

The Resilient Amador steering committee and work groups will be gearing up for next steps in the coming months. We encourage everyone to get involved, make your voice heard, and help us make Amador a thriving and resilient place to live and work for everyone.

Please join us here as a member on ACEs Connection to stay up to date on all Resilient Amador activities as well as to have access to a wide and thorough range of ACEs and trauma-informed resources. 

You can also give us a call or send us an email to learn more at (209) 223-5921, or info@amadorcapc.org.

Thank you again to everyone that made this evening such a success!



If you would like to find resources, learn more about ACES and Trauma-Informed Care, stay up-to-date on local Resilient Amador happenings, and participate in the larger national and international movement around this topic, visit our Resilient Amador Community on the ACEsConnection page. Want to join as a member? Give us a call or send us an email and we will get you all signed up! (209) 223-5921 or info@amadorcapc.org.



Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
 
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
 
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
 
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
 
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Upcoming Events










Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Resilient Amador
Steering Committee, Tuesday, November 13, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  

 
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday,November 19, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 


Children's Holiday Festival
Friday, December 14, 5:30-8:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
  
The Challenge for Rural Communities

Unfortunately, child abuse affects everyone, everywhere. But did you know that rural communities face even bigger hurdles? With fewer resources and services, longer distances, transportation challenges, and isolated families, the added stressors add up and increase the risk of child abuse in our less populated areas. 

Here in California, most rural counties have statistics for child abuse and child abuse related incidents that are significantly higher than the state average, including Amador County. 

The latest data available (2017) shows that Amador County has on average 42% more allegations of child abuse made compared to the California state average. For babies under one year of age, the Amador County rate of substantiations is 17% higher than the California rate. For children entering care outside of their home Amador has 20% more babies under the age of one compared to California (all rates based on incidents per 1,000 children). Below are snapshots of the data for all ages for both Amador (orange) and California (blue). 

For the full set of data, click here.


Amador County 2017
   
California 2017
   





We present these to you, not to discourage, but to paint a realistic portrait of the challenges we face here locally. By coming together to help strengthen families, create connection, and making children our first priority, we can overcome these daunting numbers and keep our children safe.

How can you make a difference in the life of a child? To learn more, to get involved, or to offer your services, give us a call, (209) 223-5921 or send us an email, info@amadorcapc.org.
About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
Investing in Our Youngest Children
First 5 Logo
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642