ATCAA

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sutter Creek Woman's Club - Wed Jan 2


Wed. Jan. 2 the Sutter Creek Woman's Club will hold their first meeting of the year.  President Deedie Calmes extends a warm welcome to the membership to come hear Jessie Guevara speak about Depression & Suicide among the elderly.  The luncheon will be held at the Sutter Creek Community Center with 11:30 registration time and luncheon being served at 12:00.  Hear hostess is Sue Henner.
 

Carla Gianandrea
Publicity Chairman

Climatologist to speak in Jackson - Thurs Jan 24

Please join the Amador Fire Safe Council on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. for a
conversation with renowned atmospheric scientist Dr. Benjamin Santer, of the Program
for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison with the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory.

Ben’s early research contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of
the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His recent work has
attempted to identify human factors in a number of different climate variables.

Ben holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England; spent 5 years at
the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany; authored numerous publications on
climate; received a MacArthur Fellowship, Distinguished Scientist Fellowship and many other
awards.

LOCATION: Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, California
95642 (Supervisors Chambers, first floor). For more information, 209-295-6200 or
amadorfiresafe@gmail.com


Job Opportunity: PLAYGROUP COORDINATOR in AMADOR COUNTY


PLAYGROUP COORDINATOR in AMADOR COUNTY

The Resource Connection is recruiting for a Playgroup Coordinator for our program
in Amador County. This position is responsible for implementing a monthly work
plan, activities, education, along with physically setting the program up and taking it
down daily. Min 2 yrs. exp. working with children/adults, AA Degree with 24 ECE units
preferred. CA Health & Safety and CPR/First Aid Certificates preferred. P/T, 20 hrs. per
week, M-Th to start immediately. Ability to pass criminal record check required. Salary
DOE, EOE.

Submit employment application, resume and cover letter by FAX to (209) 754-4014 or
EMAIL to ashelton@trcac.org or mail PO Box 919 San Andreas, CA 95249 by the end of
business day 01/09/2013.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Results of the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) projects: 2012 Report Provides Good News from U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Third Year of Program Reveals benefits to People, Watersheds, and Wildlife
DECEMBER 21, 2012 (Amador and Calaveras Counties, Calif.) — A national report released Wednesday highlighted 2012 results from the ACCG Cornerstone projects in the Stanislaus and Eldorado National Forests. The projects are part of a larger national program, called Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration, which works to restore forests for people, water, and wildlife. 
 
The ACCG Cornerstone Project is one of 23 national projects that split $40 million in 2012. According to the fiscal year-end report for the project, the two forests spent more than $658,000 in CFLRA funds this year, matched by more than $433,000 of other Forest Service funds. There was more than $67,700 in ACCG in-kind partner contributions and more than $1 million in leverage funds from ACCG members. Additional funds included a $196,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Company as well as $283,000 worth of in-service work under stewardship contracts.
 
Among the ACCG Cornerstone project accomplishments in 2012 were:

•             Treated 678 acres of hazardous fuels, 558 acres of which were within the wildland-urban interface (with homes nearby)
•             Improved vegetation on more than 1,347 acres
•             Managed noxious weeds and invasive plants on 163 acres
•             Protected or improved more than 740 acres of water or soil resources
•             Restored or enhanced 4.2 miles of stream habitat
•             Improved rangeland vegetation on more than 212 acres
•             Supported 31.1 direct and 47.2 total part-time and full-time jobs
•             Provided direct labor income of more than $1.2 million and total labor income of more than $1.9 million
•             Hired and trained a timber marking crew that can work on projects in the future
 
“The ACCG Cornerstone Project partners have a lot to be proud of,” said Calaveras District Ranger Teresa McClung.  “It’s one of those rare win-win-win efforts, with a broad coalition of partners pulling together to accomplish real benefits for people, forests, water, and wildlife.  We’re looking forward to getting even more done in the coming years.”
 
“Through the ACCG Cornerstone Project we are helping to support business in our community by putting people to work providing marketable wood for manufacturing and bioenergy,” said Robert Smith, manager of Smith Grinding Company. Smith Grinding Company is the first woman-owned small business to partner with ACCG and works with the local Amador-Calaveras Biomass Utilization contracting group. In addition to mastication work on fire breaks Smith, through association with Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) and the Mother Lode Job Training organization, conducted hand clearing of brush and the removal of small diameter trees in forest restoration work. 
The ACCG Cornerstone Project was originally chosen for investment by a federally charted 15-member advisory panel to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic fire and threat of wildland fire to lives and property; restore forests, watersheds, meadows and streams to a healthy condition; create more-resilient forest conditions; restore cultural sites; protect municipal water supply; create sustainable local jobs and improved social conditions; and reduce wildfire suppression costs.   Project activities include thinning, controlled burns, cultural site restoration, stream and meadow restoration and other restoration work.  Selected projects will look to receive funding until 2019, provided funding is included in the President’s Budget and appropriated in Congress each year.
 
“For too long, conservation groups, loggers and community organizations worked independently on local forest issues, and at times, conflict got in the way of good work on the ground. Now we’re seeing what working together can do for our local economy and communities as well as the forest, wildlife and water.” said Katherine K. Evatt, President of Foothill Conservancy. 
 
The ACCG is a diverse, collaborative community organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies in Amador and Calaveras counties. Members include state, federal and local agencies; local businesses; conservation groups; job-training and social service agencies; and others with an interest in forests, economic and community development in the area.

“There are 42 different partners in the ACCG, including local businesses, community organizations and government agencies collaborating to achieve important landscape restoration work here. This was a good year, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Wait until next year, things will be even better,” said Calaveras County District 2 Supervisor Steve Wilensky.

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLR) was created by Congress in 2009 to foster collaborative, science-based restoration in National Forests around the country. 
As identified in the 2012 report, the 23 CFLR sites across the country cumulatively:
 
•             Created and maintained 1,550 jobs;
•             Produced 107 million board feet of timber;
•             Generated nearly $59 million of labor income;
•             Removed fuel for destructive mega-fires on 90,000 acres near communities;
•             Reduced mega-fire on an additional 64,000 acres;
•             Improved 66,000 acres of wildlife habitat;
•             Restored 28 miles of fish habitat;
•             Enhanced clean water supplies by remediating 163 miles of eroding roads.
The annual report was produced by the CFLR Coalition, which is made up of 145 member organizations that includes private businesses, communities, counties, tribes, water suppliers, associations, and non-governmental organizations.
 
Copies of the 2012 CFLR Annual Report can be requested from Jon Schwedler of the CFLR Coalition at jschwedler@tnc.org. Information on CFLR can be found at the U.S. Forest Service’s website: http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/

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Cathy Koos Breazeal
 
Cathy Koos Breazeal
Executive Director
Amador Fire Safe Council

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Women's Club of Jackson - Fri Jan 4

Guest Speaker will be Lisa Crittenden, Sales Manager, KVGC 1340 AM, HomeTown Radio, the only daily source of live news and information for Amador and Calaveras Counties. For over 30 years Hometown Radio has been providing not only local news but community access, emergency broadcasts, senior services information, and Pet Finding, to name just a few. Join us as Lisa shares inside information about Broadcasting, News, and the Programs offered by Hometown Radio.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:00 enjoy a piping hot luncheon, with all the ‘fixings, for only $7.00. Join us in friendship and meet us at the Native Son's Building,Excelsior Parlor #31, on Court Street (up from Main Street downtown Jackson). For more details, or to RSVP, please telephone Barbara Fogg 223-4193 or Jane Gleason 223-4092.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Amador Community Foundation Challenge Grant to support our Amador Homeless Shelter

Amador Community Foundation has issued a Challenge Grant to support our Amador Homeless Shelter. The initial $5000 has been matched. Spinetta Family Vineyards has offered an additional $2500 for matching funds. Help us raise $15,000 for our homeless shelter. All donations are tax deductible. call 223-2148 or mail donations to Amador Community Foundation 148 Main St. Jackson, 95642 Donations accepted through December 31.

Thank you!
Kathleen Harmon
Executive Director

Amador Community Foundation

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed Dec 19

Amador Fire Safe Council
   Board of Directors Meeting
"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."
AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200
Meeting Agenda
December 19, 2012
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell
Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Introductions
Approval of Minutes November 28, 2012 (Action)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices confirmation (Action) (see reverse side)
Announcements
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
Lookout Tower
Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees  
Employee Handbook Review Committee
ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project update
Old Business (discussion and possible action)
Pine Grove CCWPP Steering Committee/Work Group Report
Tiger Creek RAC project status
High Country CWPP status
Sherwood project status
Firewood Bank disposition; truck status
New Business  (discussion and possible action)
 Forestry Challenge
   Public Comments
Next meeting, January 20, 2012
Adjournment

Monday, December 17, 2012

Fundraiser: Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 25

Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium.
Doors Open at 5:30pm
Dinner served at 6:30pm
Raffle at 7pm

Authentic Amador-Italian Meaty Red Sauce or Delicious Basil Pesto
Salad, Garlic Bread, Desert, Coffee, and no Host Beverages (Wine, Beer, Soda, Bottled Water)
Tickets in advance: $15 each or $25 couple.
At the door $20
To purchase tickets call (209) 223-6349.
This fundraiser benefits the Amador County Recreation Agency and the Amador County Cemetery Board.



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Amador Sheriff's Toy Drive - Deadline to donate is Fri Dec 21

Once again this year we are collecting toys for the toy drive.  They need to be in the office by 12/21/2012  and are in NEW condition.
The toys all stay in the community! This is such an easy way to make yourself feel good this holiday season and do some extra good too!
Please stop by our easy access location ;0).  WE are always here Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm.  And often later in the evening.
Right on the Highway in Jackson next to Mel & Faye’s Diner.  
Attached is the flyer for the program if you know anyone who needs to sign up for the toys please pass it along!     
Let us know if you have any questions otherwise have a Wonderfully Happy & Safe Holiday!   

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Dec 2012 Newsletter

Hello Friends of Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council,

The Holiday Season is upon us! Our December newsletter offers some important tips for keeping everyone safe during the holidays.
Let us know if you have any additional ideas or tips and we can share them on our Facebook page. Or, if you haven't already, head on over to Facebook and LIKE us! Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/AmadorChildAbusePreventionCouncil

Once again we will be taking part in First 5 Amador's 11th Annual Children's Holiday Festival. We have chosen Australia as our Christmas destination this year. Come find out how they celebrate Down Under!

Also, consider making a year-end donation to CAPC, all donations to the the council are tax deductible. These funds support the work of the council to provide free trainings, education, and outreach events that value children, strengthen families and engage communities. Let us know if you have any questions.

As always, we and the children of Amador County appreciate your support!
Thank you!

Tracy Carlton
Project Coordinator
First 5 Amador

We've Moved!
Our new address is:

975 Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
209.257.1092
 
www.first5amador.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

Find Your Balance - What is Co-Depende​ncy? - Tues Nov 27

Habitat For Humanity donations and volunteers needed

Habitat For Humanity
TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS NEEDED
GENTLY USED BUILDING MATERIALS
WINDOWS & DOORS 
HARDWARE & TOOLS 
PAINT, PLUMBING
ELECTRICAL     
APPLIANCES & FURNITURE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Fridays & Saturdays 9:30am-4:00pm
172 California Street – San Andreas, CA
Call 209-754-3234

Be a docent for the Sutter Creek Visitor Center or refer a friend

Hello to the citizens of Amador County!

Do you or a friend have 2 hours a month to be a docent at the Sutter Creek Visitor Center or the Monteverde Store Museum? it is fun and you get to meet people from all over the world. No experience is necessary, just a love of the county you live in. We are in need of people to volunteer to keep the doors open for our visitors who need information or want to see the inside of the Museum as part of our history. We have lots of wonderful brochures and maps to hand out that will answer almost any question someone may have, so no worries that you may not know enough about the history, shopping, restaurants, wine tasting, activities, and all the wonderful things that Amador County has to offer the visitors.

There is no set schedule, so you can come in as little or as often as you like. We would greatly appreciate any time you can spare.

--
Thanks so much!

Sincerely:
Lisa Klosowski
Director: Sutter Creek Visitor Center
(209) 267-1344

Amador Fire Safe Council Firewood Bank Call for Volunteers

WARM YOUR HEARTS - WARM YOUR NEIGHBORS
The Amador Fire Safe Council sponsors a low income senior/low income disabled firewood bank for residents of Amador County.  All of the firewood has been donated by SPI, USFS, and Calfire.  Currently, we have 6-8 cords of wood on hand and more being split by the CYA wards as fire season comes to an end.  Wood storage will be in several locations between Sutter Creek and Pioneer.

We NEED VOLUNTEERS to deliver firewood to qualified recipients.  If you are interested in helping keep your fellow residents warm this winter, give me a call and sign up. 
Cathy Koos Breazeal
Executive Director
Amador Fire Safe Council
209-295-6200
www.amadorfiresafe.org

Thursday, November 15, 2012

5th Annual FREE Amador County Thanksgiving Feast - Thurs Nov 22

5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast
Thanksgiving Day, Nov 22
Amador American Legion Post #109 in Martell/Sutter Hill
FREE all you can eat traditional Thanksgiving dinner! Gifts, clothing, children's events.
All are welcome!
Sponsored by the Amador American Legion, Community Hope and Calvary Chapel.

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp holds fundraiser for Amador Stars


Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp held a fundraiser to raise funds for a local non-profit agency called Amador Stars. The guys were very eager to support this great cause!  Amador Stars which stands for Support, Transportation, and Resource Services is a vital part of the support system for cancer patients in Amador County. They have numerous volunteers that donate countless hours to this organization making it possible for them to provide assistance to many cancer patients throughout Amador County. Chemotherapy patients are able to get advice on where to buy wigs, and how to take care of them. STARS offers free wigs to those in need as well as scarves and head wraps.

STARS also oversees providing free transportation to cancer patients that need rides to their chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They transport patients to SacramentoStocktonLodi and throughout Amador County to attend these appointments.  All money raised by STARS stays in AmadorCounty for local cancer needs, except for a small portion that is donated to cancer research. Today, PA 1 Brady and firefighters Trevino and Chavez delivered a check for $430.00 to this organization. They were very grateful for our thoughtfulness, and said our donation would help many people. Pine Grove Camp has also provided community service to STARS by cleaning the local fairgrounds after the big walk to fight cancer each year, one of their major fundraising events.



















Editorial and Pictures by CM Deborah Brady

LFPD Christmas Community Potluck - Sat Dec 1


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Resource Connection Upcoming Workshops

Happy Fall, everyone… we hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather! We have some information and workshops that we would like to share with you. Please feel free to forward, share, post, and distribute, to help us spread the word. Please see attached flyers, as well. Let us know if you would like more copies of any of these flyers, and we will be happy to get some to you.

Please make note of our new office hours … effective Tuesday, November 13:Monday through Thursday8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch from 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Closed on Fridays

Offering a ‘Squeaky Clean’ Home or Child Care FacilityTuesday,
November 13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek
Come and join us for an exciting evening of hands-on experiences on the most effective ways of cleaning your home and child care facility. Parents are looking for high-quality child care… a clean facility increases the quality of care that you provide, and helps to promote your program to parents. In addition to learning the most effective cleaning methods, participants will get the opportunity to see the Fight BAC! Handwash Education System from Glo-Germ, in action! Just because you’ve washed your hands, doesn’t necessarily mean that your hands are clean! “See” how germs are still left on your hands, using Glo-Germ’s special UV Light.

Grandparent Respite Child Care
Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild? This program can help you with Respite Child Care. This Respite program is designed to provide temporary relief for the grandparent from the ongoing responsibilities of caring for their grandchild. The Resource Connection can pay for up to 16 hours of licensed child care, per child, per month. The Resource Connection also provides trainings and discussion groups for grandparents, which provides resources to help the Grand-family with the basic coping strategies to take care of both grandparent and grandchild.  Please see the new, updated version of this flyer, attached.

Just a reminder about our popular Toddler Playgroups!
Free to children ages 0-5 and their Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Or Caregiver. All Playgroups are 9:30 to 11:30 am, and follows the 2012 – 2013 Amador County Public Schools Calendar. Located at a different location throughout the county, Monday through Thursday. Please see attached flyer.

Our Annual Workshop Booklets for the 2012-2013 year are finished and printed! If you would like some copies for your office, please let us know. We will be happy to get those to you.  Thanks so much, and wishing you all a warm and happy holiday season…

Erika Simmons
Provider Coordinator
esimmons@trcac.org






Thursday, November 8, 2012

APAL's Annual "Santa Paws" and Bake Sale - Sat Dec 8



Events/Programs at the Resource Connection




Stan Kelley Memorial Crab Feed - Sat Feb 23

Stan Kelley Memorial Crab Feed

Hosted By The Sutter Creek Lions Club

Tickets: $35.00
Cash, check, or money order
(Sorry, we are not set up to accept credit cards)

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sutter Creek Auditorium
18 Main Street (old Hwy 49 through town)
Sutter Creek, CA 95685


Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for no host bar
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (wine provided with dinner)
Per ABC regulations no outside Alcohol permitted
Proceeds to support:
• Community Service Projects Scholarships
• Sutter Creek Boy Scouts Troop #63

To order tickets or for other information contact:
Chuck Swiderski 209.296.3457 or e-mail cswiderski@volcano.net

Master Gardeners: Free Pruning Class - Sat Nov 17


Free Pruning Class

For those of you who missed the August class, we will be repeating the Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic:  Sataurday, November 17, 2012 @ 10AM @ the Senior Center in Jackson, 229 New York Ranch Road.    The fruit trees are located around in back of the building.  This is a free class – open to the public.

Receive instruction, hands-on experience, and answers to your questions.  If you have them, bring pruning shears and loppers.  If not, we’ll have extras.  Based on extensive research, the UC Cooperative Extension now recommends fruit tree pruning in the late summer and fall.  This allows you to train young trees, maintain tree height, and improve the availability of light for lower fruiting wood.

Master Gardeners are available from 10am until 12 pm Tuesday through Thursday at the Ag Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson, CA.  Phone with message machine:  223-6857.  Website:  cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu, click on Master Gardeners/Home Gardening and select Amador County.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Help the little horse, Spark!

My name is Cam Marker. Stefanie Hogan suggested I contact you to further spread the information surrounding the little horse Spark, that was found abandoned on Michigan Bar Rd.  A few weeks ago. The Dispatch did an article and people want to donate. A-Pal has set aside a fund for Spark, so if people want, they can specify Spark on the donation and send it to A-pal, P. O. Box 190, Jackson, CA 95642 or call 223-0410 for more info. Could you put this info on your site?
Cam Marker
dandilyon@zetabroadband.com

A-PAL Cat Sale - Sat Nov 17

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting - Tues Nov 20

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:00PM
Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson 95642
Amador Flyfishers (AFF) embraces steelhead season with Mr. Lance Gray on Tuesday November 20 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson. Lance will provide a fly-tying demonstration beginning at 6:00pm, followed by our 7:00pm general meeting and Lance's presentation, "Steelheading on the Feather River". Learn the history, river access points, and flyfishing techniques for catching both Fall and Spring-run Feather River Steelhead! With more than 50 years combined flyfishing experience, Lance and his wife Kirsten operate Lance Gray & Company, a full-service outfitter offering guided trips and flyfishing instruction. Amador Flyfishers convenes the third Tuesday of each month to meet popular flyfishing guest speakers, share fishing experiences, and support fishery conservation issues. AFF meetings are free and open to visitors! (www.amadorflyfishers.org)

Contact Information: Ron Calvert, secretary@amadorflyfishers.org

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SC Boy Scout Troop 63 70th Anniversar​y Celebratio​n December 2

WE WANT YOU for the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Sutter Creek Boy Scouts Troop 63. Please SAVE THE DATE of December 2, 2012 from 3-5 P.M.

We are looking for anyone affiliated with Troop 63 from 70 years ago to the present. We would like to invite past Eagle Scouts, Leaders, Merit Badge Counselors, Sutter Creek Lions Club members, Sutter Creek Women's Club members, American Legion members, American Legion Women's Auxiliary members and anyone else affiliated with Troop 63 to help us celebrate this monumental occasion. Share in scout games, stories and history.

Dessert refreshments will be served. Troop 63 continues to serve the community of Amador County through Eagle Scout Community Service Projects as well as support for many community events. We will be collecting canned food at this event for the Interfaith Food bank and creating care packages for our troops. Please call Scoutmaster Josh at 209-267-5953 or Tori Moody at 209-256-0465 for more information.

Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 Mokelumne River and Reservoir Cleanups a big success

More than 215 volunteers joined forces to clean along the Mokelumne River and around Pardee and Camanche Reservoirs during the 2012 Mokelumne River and Pardee-Camanche Reservoir Cleanups on two recent Saturdays, September 15 and October 20. The volunteers removed 2,600 pounds of trash and recyclables, making our local recreation sites healthier for people, fish and wildlife. The Mokelumne River Cleanups have been held for more than 20 years.

“We’re finding that Electra is cleaner every year,” said Foothill Conservancy Cleanup Coordinator Randy Berg. “Over time, we’ve pulled out a lot of the large items, so it takes less time and effort to do the cleanup now. Having 50 volunteers at Electra this year made it go really fast. The high-school students and everyone else worked very hard and did a great job.”

On September 15, volunteers cleaned along the North Fork Mokelumne at campgrounds below Salt Springs Reservoir, around and on Camanche and Pardee reservoirs, and along the lower Mokelumne below Camanche. On October 20, cleanup sites were the Highway 26 crossing of the North Fork Mokelumne, Electra, Big Bar and Middle Bar. Participants included members of Amador High School Cheer, Foothill Conservancy, Delta Fly Fishers, Mokelumne Trailbusters and the Lodi Paddle Club, staff from EBMUD, Foothill Conservancy and the Forest Service, and individuals ranging in age from 12 to 75.

This year’s Mokelumne River and reservoir cleanups were organized by the Foothill Conservancy and the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The September 15 cleanup was part of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Great Sierra River Cleanup and was held in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Business sponsors for the effort included ACES Waste Services, Star Donuts, Pine Grove Market, Martell Safeway, Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, Pardee Lake Recreation, Camanche Recreation Company, California Waste Recovery Systems, and George Reed, Inc. 

For more information, contact Randy Berg at 209-295-4900 or randy@foothillconservancy.org.

TSPN INTERVIEW: Ruthella Turner, ATCAA Angel Tree Program

Ruthella Turner talks with Tom Slivick about the ATCAA Angel Tree program that will be taking place this holiday season.
http://tspntv.com/home/item/19592-tspn-tv-news-ruthella-turner-10-25-12

Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive: Sixth Annual Sweet Potato Pie Fundraiser - Nov 15 & 16

Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive Sixth Annual Sweet Potato Pie Fundraiser, Thursday/Friday, November 15-16, 2012, Volcano Communication Tech Center, Pine Grove. 

Large pies, doz. Muffins, or Mini-tarts- $18.00. Gluten free, or no sugar added-$20.00.

To order- include selection, name, tel. number, and check payable to” Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive,” mail to 12680 Maude Court, Pine Grove 95665.

Proceeds to assist children through “Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive,” a 501(C) (3) humanitarian organization serving at-risk children through Health and Hygiene Education Missions, Support, and School Feeding.

For more information contact Marjorie at mccraig@volcano.net or 209-296-2710

www.helpkenyanchildrenthrive.org

Lockwood's Harvest Dinner - Sat Nov 10

7th Annual ArCreations! Christmas Art Show & Sale - Sat Dec 1

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is hosting the seventh annual ArCreations! Christmas Art Show and Sale on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event will again be held at 75
Academy Drive in Sutter Creek (corner of Bowers and Academy).

All artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities. The Arc’s 41st annual Christmas Raffle will be held in conjunction with the ArCreation! Art Show. Get your Christmas shopping done! This is your one chance to buy a special gift that will be enjoyed by your loved ones for years to come. Do you need Christmas inspiration? This is the place to find it!

For more information call 267-5978 extension 21.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Kathleen Harmon, Amador Community Foundation

Tom Slivick talks with Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director of the Amador Community Foundation.
http://tspntv.com/home/item/19582-tspn-tv-news-kathleen-harmon-10-23-12

FACL Presents: "Boots 'n Books" featuring Juni Fisher - Sun Jan 27, 2013

Friends of the Amador County Library present award winning Western singer, song-writer, Juni Fisher, at its 3rd annual fundraiser, “Boots ‘n Books”,  Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2PM, at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Creek. Tickets are $20 in advance & $25 at the door and will be available at Hein & Co., 204 Main Street, Jackson, or by mail at 14000 Echo Drive, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 beginning Nov. 1. This has been a “sold out” event for the past 2 years, so get tickets early. For more ticket information, call 267-0580.

Amador Upcountry Rotary Club - Thurs Nov 8

Marjorie A. Craig, guest speaker, at Amador Upcountry Rotary Club Meeting November 8 
Marjorie A. Craig, founder and president of Help Kenyan Children Survive and Thrive, Inc., and International Committee Chair of Amador Upcountry Rotary Club, will be the guest speaker at the Amador Upcountry Rotary Club weekly meeting Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:30-7:00PM, Giannini's Italian Restaurant, 19845 Hwy 88, Pine Grove.

She will report on the Ninth Health and Hygiene Education and Support Mission, which provided services to poor at-risk children who attended five community schools in Mombasa, Kenya, May 26-June 20, 2012.   Support for this mission included Dr. Floy Gulart, Pine Grove, Mrs. Sharon Lundgren, Pine Grove, Amador County Girl Scouts, AAUW, ACRA, Payless Market, and St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Parish. 
For additional information, Contact Roberta Pickett, President, Amador Upcountry Rotary, 209-295-6493 or email her, coachHYPERLINK "mailto:88@volcano.net"88@volcano.net.

AFSC seeks volunteers to deliver firewood

Warm your hearts...warm your neighbors!

The Amador Fire Safe Council sponsors a low income senior/low income disabled firewood bank for residents of Amador County.  All of the firewood has been donated by SPI, USFS, and Calfire.  Currently, we have 6-8 cords of wood on hand and more being split by the CYA wards as fire season comes to an end.  Wood storage will be in several locations between Sutter Creek and Pioneer.

We NEED VOLUNTEERS to deliver firewood to qualified recipients.  If you are interested in helping keep your fellow residents warm this winter, give me a call and sign up. 

--
Cathy Koos Breazeal
Executive Director
Amador Fire Safe Council
209-295-6200
www.amadorfiresafe.org

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Angel Tree Applications now available

The 2012 Angel Tree applications are now available. This program provide Holiday gifts for children ages 0-17 years living in Amador County whose families are financially stressed.  The information on the applications is kept confidential.  Please feel free to forward this information, however, no applications will be accepted after the due date  (November 15th) listed on the application.
The yellow, red, and purple paper angels will soon be available for sponsorship.  If you or your service group is interested in sponsoring children this holiday season, please contact the Upcountry Community Center at 296-2785, Elk's Lodge at 223-1905, or the Camanche Lake Community Center at 763-2794.  Angels will also be available at local business.  Please return unwrapped gifts with the paper angel secured inside of the bag by December 7th to the location that you picked up your angel.

Thank you for all that you do to help make Amador County the wonderful place to live that it is!

Ruthella Turner
A-TCAA Resource Center Coordinator
Upcountry Community Center
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Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed Oct 17

Amador Fire Safe Council  Board of Directors Meeting
"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."
AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200
Meeting AgendaOctober 17, 2012 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell
1.      Call to order
2.      Approval of Agenda (Action)
3.      Introductions
4.      Approval of Minutes September 19, 2012 (Action)
5.      Treasurer’s Report (Action)
6.      Executive Director Report
7.      AFSC invoices approval (Action) (see reverse side)
8.      Announcements
9.      Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
·      Lookout Tower
·      Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees                 
·      Employee Handbook Review Committee·      ACCG Report10.  Old Business (discussion and possible action)
Pine Grove CCWPP Steering Committee/Work Group Report
Tiger Creek RAC project status
High Country CWPP status
Sherwood project status
Firewood Bank disposition
Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights – State Parks
11.  New Business  (discussion and possible action)
12.     Public Comments
13.  Next meeting, 21, 2012
14.  Adjournment

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pine Grove Community Conservation Wildfire Protection Plan - Public Comment Period thru Dec 6


The Amador Fire Safe Council announces the release of the final draft of the Greater Pine Grove Community Conservation Wildfire Protection Plan for public review and comment.  The plan can be found on AFSC's website at:
The plan, funded by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, is broken down into easily accessed sections, including an executive summary; risk surveys indexed by street name; home fire safety and protection; recommended fuel reduction projects; conservation elements; defensible space; wildfire ecology and environment; as well as numerous maps outlining fire history and risk in the unit.
The public may comment on this plan until December 6, 2012 when it will be submitted to the agencies for final signature.  Comments may be made in writing to Amador Fire Safe Council, PO Box 1055, Pine Grove, California 95665 or electronically through the comment box on our website or to: amadorfiresafe@gmail.com .

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) Awards Operation Care $20,000 Grant for Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness

Amador County (October 1, 2012)- Operation Care received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) for its domestic violence shelter program. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.

Operation Care will use the grant to provide critical support for its shelter program to help survivors of domestic violence. "Much of our domestic violence funding is through restrictive grants that state specifically how the money is to be used. While they provide the bulk of our services, we are so appreciative of the unrestricted funds from the Mary Kay Foundation. With this grant, we will be able to provide the extra services that make such a big difference to our clients."

"The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence." said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation (SM). "Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts."

About The Mary Kay Foundation (SM)The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation's inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation (SM), visitmarykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About Operation CareOperation Care has been providing services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1980. During the 2011/12 fiscal year, Operation Care housed 72 women, children, and men. This is TWO TIMES the number housed in 2010/11. Advocates helped 54 victims with temporary restraining orders, and provided crisis intervention to 44 sexual assault victims. The staff provided 344 peer counseling sessions, and hundreds of transports to appointments, court, and other locations.

The mission of the organization is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in our community. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit www.operationcare.org and www.facebook.com/operationcare.

Friday, October 5, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Tammie Crabtree, Operation Care

Tom Slivick talks with Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care, about Operation Care's Purple People Project and what the organization plans on doing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

http://tspntv.com/home/item/19493-tspn-tv-news-tammie-crabtree


TSPN INTERVIEW: Desi Valdez, Operation Care

Tom Slivick talks with Dezi Valdez, Prevention Specialist for Operation Care, about the organization's Purple People Project.

http://tspntv.com/home/item/19492-tspn-tv-news-dezi-valdez

Festa Italiana Ravioli Dinner - Sat Oct 13


No-Host Cocktails at 5:30 PM. Dinner at 7:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, Sutter Creek
$25 per person. Children 6 and Under Free
Includes: Antipasto, Salad, Ravioli with Sausage, Bread, Wine, Dessert, Coffee. Raffle to Benefit the ICF Scholarship Fund

Limited Seating – Get your Tickets today! Seating by Ticket Number
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH OFFICE
Questions call Marilyn Anderson 209-295-7878
Or Alba Arosio at 209-223-1914
Tickets also available Online or by Phone with Credit Card
www.highsierratickets.com  or 209-296-5495  ($1.00 service charge per ticket)

Sponsored by the ITALIAN CATHOLIC FEDERATION, Branch No. 428 of Amador County.
Due to ABC Regulations - No Outside Liquor Allowed

Help CAL FIRE Fill The Boot! - Sat Oct 13


Camino In 2008 a partnership was formed between CAL FIRE and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Last year statewide CAL FIRE employees raised $470,401 and over the past four years CAL FIRE has raised over $1.5 million. This places CAL FIRE at #2 in the nation in our efforts to raise monies for Muscular Dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). 

The Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE will be holding their Amador County “Fill the Boot” fundraising event Saturday October 13, 2012 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at HWY 49 and Jackson Gate Road in Martell and at Main Street and Badger Road in Sutter Creek “Amador County residents have been overwhelmingly generous in filling the boot in the past and we expect that they will give what they can” says Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds “we all understand times are tough and everyone has had to carefully review their finances, but I am confident that residents will be able to dig a little deeper and give what they can to help wipe out these devastating diseases.”

MDA does not receive any funding from the state, federal or local governments, nor does it seek or receive fees for service. In California alone, MDA sponsors fifteen neuromuscular disease clinics where those with nerve and muscle disease can receive a wide range of services at no cost. Throughout California, MDA is also funding over 43 separate research projects seeking a cause, a treatment and a cure for over 40 neuromuscular diseases. MDA provides funds to be used for the repair and maintenance of wheel chairs, leg braces and communication devices as well as MDA Summer Camps.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day Two of the 2012 Mokelumne River Cleanup to be held on Sat Oct 20

On Saturday, October 20, people who care about the Mokelumne River will join together at sites near Jackson, Mokelumne Hill, Pioneer and West Point for day two of the 2012 Mokelumne River Cleanup.

“This second day of the river cleanup will allow us to clean up most of the summer’s trash along popular recreation sites on the Mokelumne,” said Randy Berg, Foothill Conservancy cleanup coordinator. “Even though the river has been getting cleaner every year, there are still places that need cleaning up before the winter rains begin.”

Mokelumne River Cleanups have been held for more than 20 years. Previous cleanups have cumulatively removed tons of trash and recyclables. The cleanup benefits wildlife and water quality while keeping the river a beautiful place to visit.

Participants must register in advance.

October 20 cleanup sites are the North Fork Mokelumne at Highway 26, and the main stem Mokelumne at Electra, Big Bar, and Middle Bar.

Volunteers should register as follows:

• For the Electra-Big Bar and North Fork/Highway 26 cleanups, sign up online at www.foothillconservancy.org, e-mailrandy@foothillconservancy.org or call Randy Berg at 209-295-4900. These sites will offer a special prize for the weirdest trash find and a chance to win cool prizes.

• For the Middle Bar site, contact EBMUD’s Steve Diers: sdiers@ebmud.com or 209-772-8260.

This year’s Mokelumne River Cleanup Day Two sponsors are the Foothill Conservancy and East Bay Municipal Utility District. Business sponsors include ACES Waste Services, Star Donuts, Pine Grove Market, Martell Safeway, and Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery.

Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring along work gloves, a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle or canteen and a bag lunch to enjoy along the river. Water and snacks will be provided. Flotation devices are recommended for those working close to the river’s edge. Properly equipped paddlers are welcome to help from the river. No pets or alcoholic beverages, please.

River cleaners under 18 are welcome if accompanied by responsible adults (one adult for every four minors, please). Minors must have their liability releases signed by a parent or legal guardian. Copies of the release for Electra, Big Bar and Highway 26 can be downloaded from the Foothill Conservancy website or obtained from the Conservancy office.

Groups are welcome to participate—please call in advance for information.

Foothill Conservancy also urges everyone to sign on to support National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne – the only way to ensure we have a river in our future. See www.savethemoke.com

For more information, contact Randy Berg at 209-295-4900, e-mail randy@foothillconservancy.org or visit: www.foothillconservancy.org




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting - Tues Oct 16

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 6:00PM
Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson 95642


Amador Flyfishers (AFF) proudly welcomes guest speaker Bill Carnazzo on Tuesday October 16 in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson. Mr. Carnazzo will provide a fly-tying demonstration beginning at 6:00pm, followed at 7:00pm by our general meeting and Bill's presentation, "Flyfishing the Upper Sacramento River". Bill Carnazzo is known for many years of guiding experience and "tight line nymph fishing" tactics on the Upper Sacramento, McCloud, Rubicon, Lower American, and North Yuba Rivers. He is also a master fly tyer, renowned for his original October Caddis imitations. Amador Flyfishers meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, hear guest speakers discussing popular fly-fishing topics, and to support fishery conservation issues. Visitors are welcome! (www.amadorflyfishers.org)
Contact Information: Ron Calvert, rcalvert@amadorflyfishers.org

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2012: Peace Begins at Home

October, 2012 - Amador County, CA - Peace. It's an idea many of us hold dear. But for some families in our community - it just isn't the case. For too many, home is not a place of peace, refuge and safety, but rather, a place where partners use violence and coercion to maintain power and control. 

That's why Operation Care is again hosting the "Peace Begins at Home" Purple People Campaign and the "The Cycle of Violence" multi-sensory 3-D exhibit. It is an effort to raise awareness and help stop domestic violence in our community.

Domestic violence and abuse can be verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial.The subject of domestic violence is often kept very silent. Family, friends and neighbors are often afraid to rock the boat by taking action. Operation Care's goal is to bring this issue into the open and bring the community together in a collective commitment to end the violence. 

"We are asking people to take action," said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care, "not only by wearing a purple ribbon or visiting one of our exhibits, but by speaking out." Physical violence can escalate over time, and can even end in death. Children living in an abusive household will carry the scars from their childhood into adulthood. "The only way to stop the violence is to not tolerate it," said Tammie. "Say something. Do something. If you witness a friend or loved one in an abusive situation, confront them. Tell them it is not OK to be verbally, physically, or emotionally abused, and that there is help available to them. If you find yourself in a violent relationship, don't stay, get help."

Operation Care has a 24-hour crisis line (209-223-2600) and all calls are strictly confidential. Peer counselors are always available to help with safe shelter, a safety plan, a temporary restraining order, or just to listen.  "It is important to note that we are non-judgmental," added Tammie. "People often go back, and we will respect their choice. Our door is open for a victim to return as often as needed."  

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in order to raise awareness, Operation Care has planned a series of events throughout the month. 
 
FREE 3-D ExhibitThe CYCLE OF VIOLENCE is a multi-sensory exhibit, giving visitors the opportunity to see, hear, and experience domestic violence from the victim's perspective. Based upon a real-life 911 phone call, this amazing 3-D exhibit will take viewers on a virtual walk through the stages of the Cycle of Violence:  Tension, honeymoon, and violence.  The exhibit will be open to the public October 8th -October 25th and will be displayed at Operation Care's office, 619 New York Ranch Road in Jackson from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The exhibit is free, and open to the public. Please note that this exhibit may contain sensitive material and explicit language therefore it is not suitable for children. 
 

Purple People
The purple people are back! Life-sized purple silhouettes of women, children, men, and even a dog, have been placed at locations throughout the Amador County. The silhouettes each have a different, real life story or situation. Operation Care staff and volunteers have prepared the annual county-wide display, featuring statistics and stories contributed by advocates, clients, and survivors of domestic violence. This display was developed to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence in our community. The largest displays are at the corner of Highway 49 and Old Highway 49/Main Street in Sutter Creek, and at Jon's Pitt Stop at the corner of Highway 49 and Highway 88 in Jackson.




Purple Ribbon
Baskets containing purple
ribbons to wear or tie a on the car antenna will be placed at many local merchants and business offices. The purple ribbon is a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending domestic violence.

Operation Care has been providing services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for over thirty years. During the 2011/12 fiscal year, Operation Care housed 72 women, children, and men. This is TWO TIMES the number housed in 2010/11. Advocates helped 54 victims with temporary restraining orders, and provided crisis intervention to 44 sexual assault victims. The staff provided 344 peer counseling sessions, and hundreds of transports to appointments, court, and other locations.

The mission of the organization is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in our community. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit
www.operationcare.org and www.facebook.com/operationcare.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Senior Expo set at Jackson Rancheria - Tues Oct 2


JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will host a FREE Senior Expo on Tuesday, October 2 in the Hotel.

The Expo will feature opportunities to try, taste and learn about activities, programs and services available for seniors.

The event will feature free coffee and water, door prizes, and all participants receive a goodie bag with Free Slot Play and other items.

A complete list of vendors and more details available soon.

If you are interested in having a booth at this event, please contact Emily Tirapelle at etirapelle@jacksoncasino.com.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. 800-822-WINN (9466), JacksonCasino.com.

Blue Shield of California Foundation awards $30,000 to Operation Care


Foundation recognizes Operation Care as vital member of California’s network of domestic violence service providers
 
Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) announced that it is awarding $30,000.00 in core funding to Operation Care to support their capacity to provide services and assist survivors of domestic violence (DV) in Amador County. The grant is part of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen DV organizations in California and provide the working capital the field needs to respond to new challenges and opportunities.
 
“The ongoing work of Operation Care is integral to achieve our collective mission to end domestic violence in California,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of BSCF. “This flexible funding helps to sustain DV agencies and programs, and ultimately ensures that those most in need continue to have access to critical services.”
 
Across California, more than 100 DV agencies are engaged day-to-day in the struggle to serve and advocate for thousands of victims, survivors, and their families. Core support grants validate the essential role of these organizations and enable those working on the front lines to focus on achieving their mission.
 
“We are grateful for the support the Blue Shield of California Foundation has shown to victims of domestic violence throughout the state”, said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care. “BCSF recognized Operation Care for our innovative ideas for prevention education. We are very proud of this, and will utilize some of the funds to further our education goals, while continuing to provide all the same services to our clients free of charge.”
 
As the state’s largest private funder of domestic violence services and prevention, Blue Shield of California Foundation is dedicated to ending domestic violence in California. Since 2002, Blue Shield Against Violence has invested over $36 million in DV services and prevention, including more than $14 million in general operating support for over 100 DV organizations across California. For more information, visit www.blueshieldcafoundation.org.
 
Operation Care’s mission is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education to our community.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TSPN INTERVIEW: Lynn Morgan, Upcountry Community Council

Tom Slivick talks with Lynn Morgan, Chairperson of the Upcountry Community Council.http://tspntv.com/home/item/19433-tspn-tv-news-lynn-morgan-9-25-12

(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: You can view the happenings of the UCC at: www.UCCAmador.com)

Pine Grove Youth Conservati​on Camp receives a visit from Russell's Kitchen

 Russell’s Kitchen, a grass-roots Christian outreach program from the Stockton area, has been a constant source of inspiration and enrichment at Pine Grove Camp during the past five years. Most members have had similar experiences as our youth fire fighters but have surrendered to a higher power and are eager to share their new lives. Their messages revolve around personal, real life stories which have the powerful ring of compassion and truth.

Panama, the group leader, keeps the pace fast and incorporates Christian rap to connect with our youth. Food is always a part of the program and a collaborative partnership between Russell’s Kitchen and Cynthia Wilson, Supervising Cook, has results is some amazing variations to our traditional menu. This time Russell’s Kitchen provided ice cream sundaes with numerous topping choices and we offered double cheese burgers, chips, and sodas. Past menus have featured carnitas tacos and spaghetti and meat balls.

While everyone is eating, Kitchen members engage in one-on-ones and small groups to form more personal relationships. Everyone is looking forward to the November program as it will feature a touch football game with, of course, tailgate food.

Photos & story by Lt. Wade Wayland

Mike Roots, Superintendent
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
(209) 296-7581.









Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rail Road Flat School hosts Oktoberfest - Sat Oct 20

Rail Road Flat School will be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the Rail Road Flat Town Hall.  We will be serving an authentic German-style dinner, which will include bratwurst, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh pretzels, apple crumb cake, apple cider, beer and wine.  Entertainment for the evening will include traditional Oktoberfest games and music and a dessert auction featuring homemade baked apple desserts.  Guests are encouraged to come in costume.

Doors will open at 5 pm and dinner will be served from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The price for dinner will be $20 per adult and $10 per child 12 and under.  Please purchase dinner tickets in advance.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

If you have questions about this event or want to reserve tickets, please contact Martha at 754-0205 or msjoleary@hughes.net.  Tickets can also be purchased at the school office.

Rail Road Flat Town Hall is located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road.

This is a fundraiser put on by the Friends of Rail Road Flat School to benefit 6th Grade Science Camp and the Rail Road Flat Pre-School.  Friends of Rail Road Flat School operates under the umbrella of Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council, a public benefit non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

AWA: Community Outreach Commitee - Thurs Sept 20


COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE(Directors Manassero and Molinelli)
September 20, 2012
Amador Water Agency
12800 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA
2:00 p.m.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Members of the public will have the opportunity to directly address the
Public Relations Committee members concerning any item listed on the Agenda below
before or during consideration of that item
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. AGENCY GENERAL
A. Discussion regarding community outreach opportunities

TSPN INTERVIEW: Dan Riordon, Director of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras

TSPN's Tom Slivick talks with Dan Riordon, Director of Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, about the upcoming Hospice 30 Year Celebration Picnic.

http://tspntv.com/home/item/19404-tspn-tv-news-dan-riordon

Upcountry Rotary Club: "Returning Veterans" - Thurs Sept 20

Returning Veterans speak at Amador Upcountry Rotary Club Meeting September 20, 2012.
Jason and Nicole Mulford will speak on “Returning Veterans” at Amador Upcountry Rotary Club weekly meeting Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:30-6:45PM, Gianninis Italian Restaurant, 19845 Highway 88, Pine Grove.

Many soldiers and veterans face serious problems; these include poverty, substance abuse, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and physical impairment. 

Many living in rural areas fail to get the help they need.  More and more the VA depends on non-profit service organizations to help care for the returning soldier and veteran. Attend and learn how we may be more involved in the care of our returning military. 

 For additional information, Contact Roberta Pickett, President, Amador Upcountry Rotary, 209-295-6493 or email her, coach88@volcano.net.

Friday, September 14, 2012

FACT's 3rd Annual Jackson Mid-Town Run - Sun Oct 7


Save the date!  Feeding Amador County Today (FACT) is holding its 3rd annual Jackson Mid-Town Run to raise money for the Amador County Interfaith Food Bank on October 7, 2012. Last year we had 190 participants and raised $21,000 for the Food Bank!  Let’s see how much more we can raise this year! 
There is a 5 K run/walk, a 10 K run, and a new and improved kid’s race!  Fun prizes and good “goodies” in the participant grab bag! 
Come join the fun and raise money for our friends and neighbors in need! Be sure and get that registration form in before September 24, 2012 to guarantee a really cool tee-shirt!  Registration forms and more information is online at amadorfact.org.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Start/Finish: Sutter Amador Hospital
Huberty Way
Jackson, CA 95642
Check In: Race Day at 7:00 am
Race Start: 8:00 am
Kid’s Fun Run: 7:30 am

5 K Entry Fee: $25 includes T-shirt
10 K Entry Fee $35 includes T-shirt
Entry Fees increase $5 after 9/24/12 and we can not guarantee a T-Shirt
Kid’s Fun run is FREE with a nonperishable food donation (no T-shirt)
Registration: Please fill out the registration form and send to or drop
off at:

Bodies-N-Balance
12180 Industrial Blvd., Suite 51
Jackson, CA 95642
(Amador Ridge Plaza—By Safeway)

Checks payable to FACT. We will accept registration forms on race day…Just can’t guarantee a T-shirt.

Questions????

Contact Denise Schaad
at (209)256-1829 or Colleen Begovich
at (209)223-1618.
The Interfaith Food Bank will be accepting food donations at the race.