Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tickets Now On Sale for Boots ‘n Books

Back by popular demand and always a sell-out, award-winning Western singer and songwriter Dave Stamey will hold center stage at the Friends of the Amador County Library fundraiser, “Boots ‘n Books” on Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m., at Calvary Chapel, 18400 Ridge Road, Pine Grove.  Calvary Chapel, a new and larger location than in previous years, will accommodate Stamey’s numerous loyal fans.

Dave Stamey has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association.  He also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

There will be door prizes, a raffle, a split-the-deck drawing and refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available).  Tickets can be purchased at Hein & Company, 204 Main Street, Jackson and by mail at P.O. Box 701, Jackson, CA 95642 from December 1, 2013 until January 31, 2014.  Make checks payable to FACL. Call 209-296-1712 for more information.

“Boots ‘n Books” benefits the Friends of the Amador County Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Amador County Library.  This event is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

Friends of the Amador County Library
P.O. Box 701
Jackson, CA  95642
Non-profit organization, Tax ID  #942374918

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lowe's Adopts The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, Amador Campus as it 2013 Heroes Project. "Never Stop Improving"

The Lowe's team has selected The Arc of Amador and Calaveras for their 2013 Heroes project.  "Lowe's embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged work force. Lowe's believe that by working together they can build something better - for their company, their customers and the community.

Lowe's representatives, Karen Briggs Human Resources Manager, has been visiting with The Arc of Amador and Calaveras on a regular basis reviewing building and program needs and bringing Lowes team members in to The Arc to give their professional opinion on where improvements can help.  The Lowe's team helped The Arc identify areas that needed improving - new blinds in the windows to help with heat and cold, new benches outside that are solid, new light fixtures, new umbrellas for shade in the garden area, and the list goes on and on. The Martel Lowe's store participates in volunteer projects like this every year as part of an community employee volunteer effort known as Lowe's Heroes.

Lowe's Heroes is a company-wide volunteer program that offers its employees the opportunity to support their local community improvement projects. The program has been in effect since the late 1990s and according to company officials, last year alone, Lowe's Heroes were responsible for completing more than 1,300 community and education projects throughout North America. Lowe's contributed more than $1.3 million in materials to support these projects.

"The Arc is so grateful for the recognition and opportunity to be recipients of Lowe's Heroes program.  Some of the hardest challenges for non-profits are to find the dollars to support capital/maintenance improvement programs, knowing that we were selected for this year's project has been so rewarding. The Lowe's team is phenomenal and we've developed a great partnership with Lowe's!  They're always looking out for us!" Said Shawnna Molina, Executive Director of The Arc of Amador and Calaveras.


Lowe's Heroes - Theresa Shubaly and Sean Martin

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Operation Care - December 2013

In This Issue
Amador's Got Talent
Color Fun Run
Purple Soldier Sponsors
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Week of January 13thand Week of January 20th  

If you are interested in helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, you are required to attend the mandated Victim Assistance Training program. Please call Ashley at 223-2897 for more information.

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Contact Us:
Operation Care Presents
AMADOR'S GOT TALENT - February 8th 2014

Auditions December 7th and 14th at
Operation Care Office

 Call 223-2897 for more information
Save The Date 
Operation Care's 2nd Annual Color Madness
5k Fun Run/Walk

When: February 1st, 2014 
Time: 9 am Registration, 10 am Start Time 
Where: Start & Finish at Margaret Dalton Hall 
For More Information: 
Contact us: 209.223.2897
This event will be sponsored by:
Motherload Crossfit   
Purple Soldier Run
Thank You  
for making the Purple Soldier Run 
a fun and successful event!
AAA Insurance 
Aces Waste Services
Nicole Allen
Bowman Insurance Services
Judy Clement
Cookson & Bowman Insurance Services
Don Wilke's Subaru Plus
Frances Headley
Homestead Real Estate Services
J.B. Engraving
Jackson Rancheria
Jamba Juice
Jeff Holman Auto Center
Kristi Roots Insurance Services
Stuart London
Maynard Management, Inc.
Mel and Faye's Diner
S.M. Miller
William Price
Jenny Suplaban
Traxler Accountancy
Wal-Mart Foundation
Water Street Antiques
And a special thank you to
Rugged Edge Crossfit
for hosting our event.  
Where to go for Help
If you or someone you know needs help, dial 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600 or (800) 675-3392. Operation Care provides safe shelter for women, men, and children, as well as counseling, support services, crisis intervention, education, and referrals. For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer your services, please call 209-223-2897.    

More about Domestic Violence:
Operation Care

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed Nov 20

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
November 20, 2013
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell

Call to order
Approval of Agenda (Action)
Approval of Minutes  September 18,  2013 (October meeting cancelled, no quorum)
Treasurer’s Report (Action)
Executive Director Report
AFSC invoices confirmation (Action) (see reverse side)
Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees 
Public Events Committee
Employee Handbook Review Committee
ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project updates
Tiger Creek RAC project status
High Country CWPP status
Sherwood project status
Fiddletown CWPP
National Forest Foundation Grant
Old Business (discussion and possible action)
New Business  (discussion and possible action)
Bookkeeper death
Officer election – replacement of John Romena
 Public Comments
Next meeting, December 18, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

"What could be finer than Wine & Fire"? Lockwood FPD Fundraiser is underway on November 13

The Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary is raising funds by selling Sip California wine tasting cards from November 13, 2013 through January, 2014. Funds raised will allow LFPD to purchase necessary equipment and supplies during fire season and throughout the year.
Sip California ( currently markets three distinct Complimentary Wine Tasting Cards via e-commerce through its website.  The Sacramento Valley / Sierra Foothills card sells for $35.  The Lodi Appellation card sells for $35, and the Sonoma Region card sells for $50.  Each of the three wine region cards affords the cardholder complimentary tasting for two at wine tasting rooms through December 31, 2014.  
Beginning November 13, 2013 through January 2014, you can purchase each Wine Tasting Card directly from Sip California through its website  using the fund raising code LFPD.  For each card purchased using the LFPD code, Sip California pays the Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary half of the proceeds.  If the internet is unavailable, cards may be purchased through Jackie Vaughn by calling 209-296-6868.
Says Jackie, who is spearheading the fundraiser, “The Sip California program comes at a great time for holiday gift giving.  What better way to raise funds than by providing a unique gift opportunity while supporting our volunteer fire department?”

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp firefighters enjoy pumpkin carving...some for the first time.

Most of us reflect back fondly with memories of carving the annual family Jack-o-Lantern as children. For many of the firefighters at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp carving a pumpkin for the camps annual pumpkin carving contest was a first time experience...and boy what an experience it was. It’s true what they say everyone enjoys an opportunity to act like a kid again and the Pine Grove Firefighters where no exception. 
The otherwise confident swagger of the firefighters was replaced with nervous laughter as they hesitantly reached in to their pumpkins to scoop out a hand full of “pumpkin guts”. The pumpkin carving contest quickly became competitive with each guy attempting to out due the other with their creativity and artistic abilities. Soon the various symbols of the season began to take shape in the form of the occasional bat, ghost or goblin. The completed works of holiday art were both unique and impressive. The contest was concluded with judging and five lucky winners receiving prizes for their effort.
The night continued following the pumpkin judging with hot fudge sundaes and bags of treats. With the freshly carved Jack-o-Lanterns lit all around and the lights turned low, the guys settled in to their seats to watch Hollywood’s latest offering of fear. Once again the child within began to appear when the occasional gasp, scream and outburst of “don’t go in there” and “run” was directed at the TV. The night concluded when the guys expressed their sincere appreciation to Youth Correctional Counselor Debby Brady for her efforts making the night of fun possible.

Submitted by: 
Michael S. Roots
Mike Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice

Pictures and Editorial by Lt. Liptrap

Thursday, October 24, 2013

PGYCC: Fundraiser for Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp fire fighters participated in a Fundraising event led by YCC Deborah Brady. We were able to present ATCAA with a check for $447.00.  They were very grateful, and stated that our donation would help to provide much needed services to the people in the community of Amador County.
ATCAA is a Non-Profit Organization that specializes in the following services: Early Childhood Services, Family Learning and Support Services, Family Resources, Housing Resources, Lifeline Program for the Elderly, mentoring and the Friday Night Live Program.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

FACL's Fall Book Sale slated for November 1-3

SUTTER CREEK, CA.  Good quality books covering a wide range of subjects -- from romantic fiction and history to children’s tales and mysteries -- will be on sale at the fall book sale November 1-3 sponsored by the Friends of the Amador County Library. The always popular sale once again promises to offer thousands of titles donated throughout the year to benefit and support the local library.

The sale will be open as follows:

Friday, November 1, 4 to 7 p.m.  Opening night is for members only. Non- members can join at the door.
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Open to the general public.
Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Open to the general public. Bargain day – all books 50 percent off.

The sale is held at the Post 108 American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Road, Sutter Creek, on Hwy. 49 across from the Italian Picnic Grounds.

Special ticket sale to next Boots ‘n Books on Friday, Nov. 1 ONLY: In addition to stocking up on great books at incredibly low prices, members can purchase tickets to the next Boots ‘n Books where award-winning Western singer and songwriter Dave Stamey will hold center stage on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Calvary Chapel, 18400 Ridge Road, Pine Grove.  This is your chance to get advance tickets for only $20 to the popular event – cash or check only. (Tickets at the concert, if available, will be $25.) Tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 1.

GOURD WORKSHOP TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF THE AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY -  On Saturday, November 2, which just happens to be the second day of FACL’s fabulous book sale, the Amador Gourd Artists are offering three classes for anyone interested in learning more about making gourd art. The classes will be held just up the hill from the book sale at the Amador County Agricultural Department, 12200 B Airport Road. You can pay the $30 registration in advance at the main library in Jackson, with $10 due on the day of class for supplies. For more information contact Aaron at 209-274-6565.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NFF and Forest Service Announce $113,000 in Grants to Support California Watersheds and Communities

DAVIS, Calif. —The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (USFS) have announced the recipients of $113,000 in grants to improve landscape conditions, forest health and water quality in California. The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship grant program helps forest collaboratives and community-based organizations reach agreement on landscape scale restoration and create forest-based jobs.

Grants will be awarded to Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Camptonville Community Partnership, Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, The Watershed Research and Training Center and Yosemite Stanislaus Solution.

From forest restoration around the Rim Fire to a forest biomass center near Tahoe, important community conservation efforts get a boost thanks to grants funded by the USFS and administered by the NFF. The goals of this program include supporting sustainable and diversified job growth that fosters healthy communities, as well as healthy forests and watersheds throughout the region. By working together, communities are able to invest in and advance a shared vision of long‐term ecological, economic and social sustainability.

“Sustaining healthy forests and healthy communities is a primary goal of the U.S. Forest Service,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “This program builds capacity across the landscape and helps us reach our land management goals while supporting and working together with our community partners.”

The Community Capacity and Land Stewardship program was developed as a partnership between the NFF and the USFS. The program provides capacity‐building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward improving landscape conditions, forest health and water quality.

“We are honored to work with such great partners to implement this innovative capacity building program for the benefit of community forests, water and wildlife,” said Vance Russell, regional director of the National Forest Foundation’s California Programs. “We hope this program will be scaled up and replicated in other regions across the country.” Supporting a shared commitment to collaborative efforts further enhances California’s natural resource and watershed restoration, and helps to build sustainable economic capacities in local communities.

The NFF and USFS plan to continue the partnership, further building upon collaborative conservation successes throughout California. Proposals for the next grant round should be submitted prior to December 4, 2013.

Through this and many other programs, the National Forest Foundation facilitates local involvement and encourages community participation in forest stewardship to enhance the viability of natural resources while considering benefits to, and the involvement of, surrounding communities. Brief summaries of supported projects are provided below. 

2013 Community Capacity and Land Stewardship award recipients

Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Capacity Building Project, Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests—To address the needs of local job development, forest stewardship and fire prevention through collaborative partnerships.

Camptonville Community Partnership, Forest Biomass Business Center Economic Development Plan, Tahoe and Plumas National Forests—To build community capacity to develop an economic development plan for a forest biomass business center in Camptonville, Calif.

Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, Western Klamath Mountains Partnership, Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests—To convene a series of facilitated workshops and workgroup meetings with a diverse group of stakeholders in the Western Klamath Mountains to collaboratively identify, plan, and prioritize landscape level upslope restoration projects.

The Watershed Research and Training Center, Trinity County Collaborative, Shasta-Trinity National Forest—To complete a forest and recreation assessment for Trinity County. Seventy-Two percent of the landscape is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and recent efforts have brought over 60 stakeholders together to collaborate on natural resource issues.

Yosemite Stanislaus Solution, Yosemite-Stanislaus Collaborative Capacity Building Stanislaus National Forest—To build organizational capacity in order to continue the collaborative process, advance projects which promote local job creation, improve the health of the national forest, and promote the societal integrity of a community. 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CA Fish & Game provides a “Free Fishing Day” for Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

The CA Fish and Game Department designates two days a year - where fishing licenses are not needed to fish California waters.  We took advantage of this on Saturday and tried our hand at a little Amador County Trout fishing.

The event, conceived by camp staff several years ago, is very popular with our youth.  This year, Youth Correctional Counselor Debra Brady and Lieutenant Jim Liptrap - served as the event instructor and cook.

With all the fires right now we only had ten guys in camp that could go fishing and all of them couldn’t wait to try it.  Although none of them had been fishing before, they caught more than any of our previous groups.  They caught three fish, and apparently, there was a monster fish that they had all the way to the shore …but at the last minute it got away.  At least that’s how they tell it.

Along with the polish dogs that was enough for lunch.  The guys learned a new skill or at least tried something new and they all had fun. 

Michael S. Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras to benefit from United Way's Day of Caring – Fri Sept 13

Local and Sacramento residents will be spending one day caring for The Arc of Amador and Calaveras by volunteering to improve its Amador Campus in Sutter Hill (75 Academy Way, Sutter Creek, CA). The event will be held Friday, September 13th, celebrating United Way California Capital Region’s 90th anniversary and kick off the fall fundraising campaign. United Way is trying to reach its goal of completing 90 volunteer projects with its certified nonprofit partners across the region in 2013.

We want to thank our local Jackson Kelly-Moore Paints, and Store Manager Steve McRee, for donating over $200 worth of paint for our United Way Day of Caring. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating supplies to support United Way and The Arc of Amador and Calaveras by participating in the “Day of Caring” please contact Sherri Pitto at 209.267.5978 x25

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras provides support and services to persons with developmental disabilities so they can better live, work, learn, and recreate in the mainstream of life. For more information about The Arc of Amador and Calaveras or to become a volunteer, please visit

PHOTO: Pictured L to R: Donnie, Sharley, Shawn, Charmaine, Zach, Roger

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Oktoberfest brewing up in Jackson - Sat Sept 21

Proceeds to support A-Pal, Food Bank, Men’s Club

August 20, 2013 – Amador County, CA  - Yes! Believe it or not, the Oktoberfest in Munich, or "October Festival" always begins in the middle of September and ends the first Sunday in October. That’s why Amador County will have its own authentic Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at the Italian Picnic Grounds from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. This exciting festival promises fun for the entire family, including live entertainment, contests, wiener dog races, music and dancing, and an authentic taste of Bavaria with Wolfgang's soft pretzels, and of course, the mainstay of any Oktoberfest...German beer! So dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and come join the fun!

Jackson Oktoberfest was founded by Wolfgang's Pretzels of Pioneer, California in 2012. Wolfgang wanted to share his German heritage with the community, while raising some money for local charities. This year, the event will be held at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek, which has been aptly dubbed "Oktoberfest Picnic Grounds" for the day. Proceeds will benefit A-Pal, the Interfaith Food Bank, and St. Katharine’s Men’s Club.
Beer aficionados will experience the taste of authentic German Oktoberfest beer without going across the pond. Delight in the flavors of Original Hofbrau Oktoberfest brew, along with several other Hofbrau beer selections. Wine, soft drinks and water will also be available.

Adding to the fun, will be a showcase of authentic oompah, polka, and waltzing music by the Gruber Family Band, and Bavarian Country & Folklore dances performed by Alpentänzer-Schuhplattler. So put on your dancing shoes and brush up on your “Chicken Dance”!

And if you have never witnessed a “Wiener Dog” race, well, you’re in for a real treat, as Amador County Daschunds will be hosting this short-legged competition, sure to have crowds of cheering and participating dog owners and friends. If you are a daschund owner and wish your own short-legged friend to participate, contact Debbie Baker at work 209-267-0128 or cell 209-307-0011 or

Of course the best of any Oktoberfest celebration is the hearty menu of delicious German foods. Menu items include Bratwurst & Sauerkraut, smoked pork chops & Sauerkraut, Wolfgang's authentic Bavarian Soft Pretzels, apple strudel, and vanilla battered apple rings!

Adding to the excitement are traditional contests with plenty of prizes. Try your hand at Keg Rolling, Yodeling, Bratwurst Throwing, or see how many mugs you can hold in one hand! There will also be a Bavarian Dress contest for men, women, and children, so don your lederhosen or dirndl, and join in the fun!
Oktoberfest hours are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturday, September 21, 2013. Pre-sale tickets before September 15th are just $25 for a custom collector's beer mug or wine glass with one drink, and entertainment. Youth ages 6 – 20 are $10 including a soda and entertainment. Children under 6 are free. VIP Dinner packages are available for $40 and include reserved seating, a custom collector's beer mug or wine glass with one drink, your choice of pork chop or two bratwurst, sauerkraut & pretzel dinner, and entertainment. A VIP table of 8 is just $300. Jackson Oktoberfest is hosted by Wolfgang’s Bavarian Pretzels. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. More information is available by at or by contacting

Oktoberfest in Munich, or "October Festival", was initially a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen's wedding which was held on 12 October 1810. It is a 16 day festival which usually takes place in the middle of September and ends the first Sunday in October. Over the years, this festival has become one of the most important in the world with more than 6 million people attending the celebrations in Munich each year, and other festivals held in other cities worldwide. Learn more about Munich’s Oktoberfest at

Amador County Daschunds will draw crowds of cheering and participating dog owners and friends at the “Wiener Dog” races during Oktoberfest.