Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pine Grove Council/Civic Improvement Club - Wed Aug 1

Day: Next Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Time: Council @ 5:30pm and Club @ 6:30pm
Place: Pine Grove Town Hall

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Amador County Child Abuse Prevention Council - July 2012

Swimming Safety for Children

Upcountry Community Council - Next meeting, Mon Aug 13

Upcountry Citizens:

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 6-8 p.m. 
Veterans Memorial Hall 
Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer 
This will be one of the few chances to gather community input in exploring the development of the
Buckhorn Town Center.
Can’t make the meeting?  Please contact Lynn Morgan, UCC Chair, at 295-8626,
or visit for more info.
* The Upcountry Community Council (UCC), acknowledged by the Amador County Board of Supervisors in March, 2007, is a forum for upcountry residents, businesses, and organizations to identify and address common issues and concerns.

UCC Meeting Agenda
August 13, 2012
Announcements—5 minutes
County Update- Supervisor District 3, Ted Novelli—5 minutes
Further Development of UCC Guidelines of Buckhorn Town Center for County General Plan—Renee Mikkelsen—90 minutes
*Revisit Purpose
*Review Survey Responses
*Define Town Center Criteria
5.   Update on Upcountry Transportation Issues---Gary Reinoehl---5 minutes
6.   Status Report on Amador Water Agency---Rich Farrington---5 minutes
7.   Report from Fire Protection Committee—Rich Farrington—5 minutes
8.   Other Items of Discussion and Future Agenda items—5 minutes
 9.  Adjournment

All timeframes on this agenda include speakers allowing time for questions and answers


First 5 News & Announcements

First 5 Amador Newsletter - July 2012

FACL Book Drive Scheduled for August 4

Jackson, CA. Do you have some nice books that are taking up room on your bookshelf? If so, why not sort through them and donate some to the Friends of the Amador County Library. The Friends is holding a book drive on Saturday, August 4 at their book storage facility behind the old courthouse in Jackson, 42A Summit Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Every year the Friends collect books from generous donors throughout the county and then sell them to raise money for the county library. This year’s book collection efforts are particularly important as the county’s library budget has been cut along with most county services.
Because of the Friends’ successful book sales and fund raisers, the non-profit organization has been able to contribute significantly to the library, enabling the purchase of new books, e-books, online resources, and other important library services.
"We couldn’t do what we do for the library without the generous donations from so many Amadorians," said Janie Brown, president of the Friends board of directors. "I hope everyone who loves books will help us continue to support our excellent library system."
For those who have books to donate but who can’t make the August 4 book drive, the Friends have set up donation boxes at the following locations:

• El Dorado Savings Bank, 460 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek
• Bank of Amador, 422 Sutter St., Jackson
• Bank of Amador, 26395 Buckhorn Ridge Road, Pioneer
• Clark's Corner, 12 West Main, Ione
• Pokerville Market, 18170 State Highway 49, Plymouth
Gently read books and lightly used audio-visual materials are requested.   The Friends cannot accept donations of books in poor condition, manuals or magazines. If you have major donations of books and can't make it to the book storage or the other drop off locations, please contact us at 296-5541 and someone will pick up your donations.

All donations to the nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Monetary contributions are always appreciated and can be sent to FACL, PO Box 701, Jackson CA 95642, or can be made online at

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Coronado Stone Products sponsors Upcountry Community Center

The ATCAA Upcountry Community Center (UCC) opened in January 2003 to provide for the educational, health and recreational needs of Upcountry residents.  The center is run by the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA), a local public agency that provides social services and safety net programs in Amador and Tuolumne Counties.  The center is sustained through grants, fundraisers and most importantly, community support and donations.  In June, Coronado Stone Products donated a new printer and office supplies to the UCC and we would like express our gratitude for their generosity and support of our community.

The UCC provides classes and programs for the community including Reading Tutoring, Food Distributions, 12-Step Support Groups, Senior Lunches, Play Groups, Wellness Workshops, Community Computer Lab, Counseling, Family Advocate services, and more.  We also work in conjunction with the ATCAA Camanche Lake Community Center and the ATCAA Ione Family Resource Center as well as other community partners to provide programs including Backpack-2-School and Holiday Angel Tree.

Coronado Stone Products has a commitment to supporting the communities in which they work.  We are so pleased that they shared their resources with the UCC and greatly appreciate their partnership in helping us continue to offer important and quality services to the Upcountry community.

To learn more about the ATCAA Upcountry Community Center and our many services or if you would like to donate to the UCC, please call (209) 296-2785.

Pictured above: Ruthella Turner accepts donation of  printer and office supplies
from Dylan Mowrey of Coronado Stone. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Civil Air Patrol Squadron Plans Open House - Thurs July 26

(Placerville, CA)— Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Thursday July 26th starting at 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 130 Placerville Drive, next to the Placerville County Fairgrounds. According to Capt. Aaron Yanagihara, squadron commander, the entire community is welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.
The Open House will review the missions of Civil Air Patrol which include Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs and how the local squadron plays a vital role within the community.
If you are interested in learning more about Civil Air Patrol and how to become a member, either a cadet or senior member, please be sure to attend. After the Open House, visitors are welcome to observe our Drug Demand Reduction course for our Cadets.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Meeting on Mon July 23

Hello Friends of CAPC!
Things are slowly transitioning over here to First 5 staff, little by little.
This month’s council meeting will be held Monday, July 23, at 10:30am at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center. Please join us for discussion about future directions and plans for the council.
And, as we all know, it’s been just a little bit HOT this week, this month’s newsletter shares important water and swimming safety information and tips for children and teens.  Please take a moment to share this newsletter, thank you!
Keep cool out there, and stay safe.


Tracy Carlton
Project Coordinator
First 5 Amador/Child Abuse Prevention Council
975 BroadwayJackson, CA 9564
CAPC: 209-223-5921
First 5: 209-257-1092
Fax: 209-223-5931

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Foothill Conservanc​y seeking Interim Executive Director

The Foothill Conservancy, a small 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit conservation organization based in Pine Grove-Pioneer, is seeking an Interim Executive Director.

The position is FT limited-term with the potential to become permanent.

See job announcement and application information at:

Foothill Conservancy
P.O. Box 1255
Pine Grove, CA 95665

Friday, July 13, 2012

Amador Fire Safe Council – Wed July 18 at 3PM

Amador Fire Safe Council – Wed July 18 at 3PM
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell
Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Approval of Minutes June 20, 2012 (Action)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices approval (Action) (see reverse side)
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
Lookout Tower
Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees                      
Employee Handbook Review Committee
Old Business (discussion and possible action)
Pine Grove CCWPP Steering Committee/Work Group Report
Tiger Creek RAC project status
Sherwood project status
New Business  (discussion and possible action)
County Fair – need volunteers for booth help  
Public Comments
Next meeting, August 15, 2012