Monday, September 29, 2014

Fire Prevention Week October 5-8 - Jackson Fire Department Reminds Jackson Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Jackson, California, September 29, 2014 – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Jackson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Cody Martinsen, Captain. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on
every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

The Jackson Fire Department will be hosting activities at the local schools and senior center during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Jackson, please contact the Jackson Fire Department at (209) 223-9039. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives”, visit NFPA’s Web site at

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gourd Ornament Class to Benefit Friends of the Amador County Library - Sat Oct 25

The Amador Gourd Artists will be holding the third annual Gourd Ornament Workshop on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amador County Agricultural Department at 12200B Airport Road in Jackson.

There will be three gourd art projects, which will last two hours each.  Participants will be able to take three different pieces of work home with them at the end of the day. Participants should wear work clothes and/or aprons to protect them from paint.  Participants also need to bring a lunch; a lunch break is scheduled and classes following it will restart promptly on the hour.  

The cost of the class is $30, not including materials. Proceeds from the program support the Friends of the Amador County Library.  To enroll, send a check for $30 made payable to “Friends of the Amador County Library” to: FACL Gourd Class, P.O. Box 701, Jackson, CA 95642 prior to the beginning of class.

A materials and supplies fee of $15 will be collected at the Ag Dept. on the day of the event.  
There is room for 24 students. Reservations for class are on a first come, first served basis.  
For more information call Aaron Bullock at (209) 274-6565.

Gourd Class 1: The 2013 gourd class created many imaginative and colorful projects.
Gourd Class 2: Members of last year’s gourd class had a great time while exercising their creativity.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Foothill Conservancy hosting conservation benefit raft trip September 21 on the American River

If you missed Foothill Conservancy’s August benefit raft trip, you’ve got a second chance to experience the fun of whitewater rafting. On Sunday, September 21, Foothill Conservancy will hold a special one-day Mokelumne River conservation benefit raft trip on the South Fork of the American River. The trip is made possible due to the generosity of O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, Calaveras County's family-owned and operated rafting outfitter.
All proceeds from the trip will benefit Foothill Conservancy's Mokelumne River conservation efforts, which include not only securing Wild and Scenic protection for the river, but salmon and steelhead restoration, smart water planning for our region's future, and much more.
The cost for this all-day adventure is $100 per person, more than a 25 percent discount from the regular Sunday price. Children and youth are welcome, minimum age 7 years.
This is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day with family and friends while helping to protect and restore the beautiful river in your own back yard!
O.A.R.S. is a worldwide leader in the adventure travel industry, with well-trained guides and top-notch equipment. That will ensure your trip and lunch on the river are fun and unforgettable. Here's what they say about the trip: The South Fork of the American River offers some of the most exciting Class III whitewater in California and is perfect for beginners, families and anyone who just wants a day out paddling in the California sunshine. Whether paddling through thrilling rapids or swimming alongside the raft, lots of splashy good times are guaranteed.
For more information and to register, see You can also call the Conservancy office weekday mornings at 223-3508 or send an e-mail to
See you on the river!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp "Gone Fishin"

Twice a year California Fish and Wildlife opens the state of California to anglers for free fishing days. A program designed to allow people to experience fishing often for the first time. This was true September 6th 2014 as guys from the Pine Grove Fire Camp were able to take a short break from battling wild land fires in the state and relax on the shores of Bear River Reservoir. To get the true experience the young men arose from bed early, took their breakfast and lunch with them, and loaded into the vehicle to make the 45 min journey to the reservoir. As is the case with all the lakes in the state the reservoirs water level was low adding to the walking distance to the water’s edge. Once at the water each young man grabbed a rod and reel, were shown how to tie on a hook, and each choose the bait they wanted to tempt the fish with. For most it was their first experience fishing so a casting lesson was next. Once casting was mastered the they spent the next three hours trying different baits, depths, and lures to land a trout. When it came time to return to camp the anglers learned the true meaning of the saying “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching” as they came back to camp with empty stringers. They did however bring back an understanding of the sport and an excitement to return to the lake again in the future.

Pictures and editorial by Case Manager Jeff Cramer

Amador County 4-H Open Enrollment Going on Now!

Jackson, California (September, 12, 2014)— More than 6 million young people across the country are enjoying 4-H today! 4-H offers young people many new opportunities allowing them to make an impact on the community, and step up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. Amador County 4-H is a volunteer youth development program open to all youth between the ages of 5 to 18 years old sponsored by the University of California and the County of Amador.
Six clubs: Fiddletown, Gold Nuggets in Plymouth, Ione Community, Jackson Gold Wheels, Shenandoah Valley, and Willow Springs make up Amador county 4-H.  Each of these clubs offers several club projects like gardening, cooking, photography and various animal projects for its members to work in. There are several new projects including, junk drawer robotics, rocketry, cake decorating, and pollinators.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
·         Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
·         Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and
·         Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. In Amador County, more than 190 4-H youth and 50 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.
To learn more about 4-H or to enroll today visit call the Amador County 4-H Office at 209-223-6484.
Vera M. Allen, Program Representative
12200-B Airport Rd.
Jackson, CA 95642
Fax: 888-764-9669

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"The Trailerettes" Open House Trailer Tour to benefit Operation Care - Sat Oct 11


Women's Vintage Trailer Camping Group Presents 

Sand Aid Fundraiser raises over $5800

The community spirit of Amador County shined last Sunday, September at Sand Aid, a charity event organized to help victims of the Sand Fire that devastated a huge swath of Amador and El Dorado Counties between July 25th and August 2nd of this year.

A tidal wave of fellowship engulfed the Plymouth Hotel as eight bands played on two stages, while hourly raffle drawings and a silent auction raised funds for the victims. Nearly 300 donors attended and a total of $5843 was raised during the event. Fire victims Ralph Cova, owner of On Purpose in Sutter Creek, and long-time Amador residents Bill Cleek and David Roberts of Rancho Cicada Resort graced the gathering with their attendance.

The tireless efforts of the Sand Aid Team, Sarah Visser, Nedra Russ, Dianne Walton-St. Francis of the Plymouth Hotel, Amy Champ and Julio S. Guerra made the event possible. The team would like to thank the many local merchants who donated goods and services (too numerous to list here but God Bless you!), and the volunteer acts that played their hearts out and wowed the crowd: Mr. Pinstripe; FreeZeout; Warm Charlie; Nedra, Julio, and Tom of nJr; Damon Wyckoff, Darcel and Denise Hunter, Pat Keene and Tess Sell, Slade Rivers, and The Brokin’ Jug Band.

Those wishing to help, but who were unable to attend on September can donate to the Amy Champ Charity Fund at the Plymouth Wells Fargo, the contact there is Assistant Vice President Donna Brune. Donations will be accepted until September 28th.

Sand Aid is the only Sand Fire charity assistance venue available to Amador County victims. For information about donating, or to submit Assistance Grant Applications, please contact Julio Guerra at (209) 296-1928 or

Monday, September 8, 2014

Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 20

Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join us for the 2014 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 20, from 8:30 am until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne's watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!

“Since the first year of the Mokelumne River cleanup, volunteers have removed tons of trash and recyclables from the river,” said Carolyn Schooley, cleanup coordinator. “Their hard work benefits the people, fish and wildlife that use the Mokelumne by keeping its water clean and ensuring the river remains a beautiful place to enjoy.”

There are two sites for this year’s cleanup: Electra and Big Bar, close to Electra Road, and the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing. Participants will pick up trash along the river’s banks and on adjacent beaches. A special prize will be awarded for the “weirdest” trash, and all volunteers will receive thank-you goodies for their morning’s efforts.

All participants must register in advance, by going online to, or by calling Carolyn Schooley at (209)223-3508. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult and must turn in a liability release signed by a parent or legal guardian. Liability releases can be found on our website. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and long pants, and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a water bottle. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

PHOTOS from previous Moke River clean-ups:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp raises $920 for Operation Care

During the month of July fire fighters at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp participated in a Fundraising event led by YCC Deborah Brady. They were able to raise $920.00 to donate to Operation Care.
On August 25th we presented them with the check. They were very grateful, and stated that our donation would help to provide families with a safe harbor and keep them out of harm’s way. It will also assist them in being able to keep their crisis hotline available 24 hours a day seven days a week. This made the guys feel good about themselves for helping out the local community.

Operation Care is a Non-Profit Organization that specializes in the following services: Domestic Violence Support Services and Advocacy, Rape Counseling, Support Services and Advocacy, Amador County Safe House for Battered Women and Children, Safe Harbor for Battered Men and a 24-hour Crisis Line.

Photo & Editorial by YCC Brady

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Child Abuse Prevention Council - September 2014

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CAPC NewsletterSeptember 2014
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Hello friends of CAPC!
This is our second month with our new monthly newsletter format.
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Thank you for everything you do to help prevent child abuse in Amador County!

National Grandparents Day
Sunday, September 7, 2014 

Grandparents day this year is Sunday, September 7th. But actually the whole month of September is a chance to honor and celebrate grandparents everywhere!

Grandparents play an important role in all children's lives, but did you know there are over 2.7 million grandparents raising their grandchildren in the U.S.? In 2012, 30% of children under five with working mothers were cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent. In California over 10% of children are being raised by a grandparent or other relatives.

· Over 625,000 children live in grandparent-headed households (6.8% of all the children in the state), according to AARP research published in 2007.

· 25% of these grandparents live in households without the children's parents present; 67% are under the age of 60; and 16% live in poverty.

·In addition, almost 328,000 children live in households headed by other relatives (3.5% of all the children in the state).

Grandparents and other relatives raising children deserve our praise, support, and encouragement for taking on this huge responsibility. Often, these children come to them when the children's own parents abandon them or when the children can no longer live with them because of the parent's mental disorder, substance abuse, or incarceration. Many of these children have special needs or may have suffered from abuse or neglect from their own parents.

Grandparents and other relative caregivers are encouraged to seek support for this unanticipated stage of life. There are many resources available. Here are a few:
Child Abuse Prevention Council
975 Broadway
Jackson, California 95642

Grandparents Day
Sunday, Sept. 7
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, Sept.15, 10:30am
975 Broadway, Jackson

Homework Strategies
CAC Amador County SELPA
Wednesday, Sept. 24
975 Broadway, Jackson
257-5330 for more infomation

Dad and Me
(4th Saturday of every month)
Saturday, Sept. 27 10:00am-noon
975 Broadway, Jackson

Coming up Next Month:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
About CAPC

Our Vision
All children know they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.

Our Mission
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families and engage communities.