Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital provides students with needed school supplies

JACKSON – As students start to return back to school, not every child has the basic supplies they need. As part of Sutter Health’s partnership with Operation Backpack, Sutter Amador Hospital donated more than 50 backpacks full of school supplies to help local students start the school year off with the supplies they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Operation Backpack, a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America, delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in our communities. Sutter Amador Hospital’s donations were distributed to students at Amador County Public Schools.

"We are extremely grateful to Sutter Amador hospital for coordinating this backpack project and for donating them to our schools,” said Sean Snider, director of student services at Amador County Public Schools. “We appreciate this assistance in helping us meet the needs of our students."
The hospital collected the backpacks and school supplies for two weeks in July as part of Sutter Health’s Operation Backpack campaign and the materials were distributed locally last week.
“Year after year, our staff show tremendous generosity by providing backpacks and back-to-school materials during this annual drive,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future.”
As a system, Sutter Health donated more than 2,000 backpacks this year and has sponsored the program for the last seven years helping to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need for the start of school.
"Volunteers of America is blessed to have a partner like Sutter Health,” said Ana Bankert, community relations manager at Volunteers of America Northern California. “The Operation Backpack Campaign is successful thanks to the generosity of Sutter Health staff who dedicate countless hours and resources year after year."

For more information about Operation Backpack or to get involved, visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

California Indian Curriculum Fundraiser - Aug 25 & 26

Lucy’s Spice Box is participating in a unique fundraiser at BINZ tasting room in Amador City for 2 nights, Friday & Saturday, August 25-26 to help support and build awareness for positive change in the Native America Curriculum in our public schools. There is very limited seating for these 2 evenings so they won’t last. This event is not to be missed!


Binz Wines Tasting Room
14204 Main St, Amador City
(209) 296-2191

Mandated Reporter Training offered 2nd Thursdays starting Sept 14

MANDATED REPORTER TRAININGS are open to everyone, and are offered on the 2nd Thursday of every month! Please be sure to RSVP, at 223-5921.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Foothill Conservancy raft trips treat locals to the river in our own backyard

On Sunday, July 16, and Sunday, July 23, nearly 100 happy rafters enjoyed a special raft trip on the Mokelumne River’s Electra-Middle Bar Run between Jackson and Mokelumne Hill. O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, a locally owned-and-operated worldwide outfitter, providedprofessional guides, fully equipped rafts and transportation for the trips. Proceeds from the raft trips benefit the Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect, restore and sustain the Mokelumne River.

This year, 85% of the rafters were Amador and Calaveras County residents.

“We love getting people out on the river,” said Amanda C. Nelson, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “While you can enjoy the Mokelumne from its beaches and banks, floating down the river gives people an entirely new perspective. This was the first time I’d ever been river rafting, and I had a marvelous time. It’s great fun.”

Since regular commercial rafting is not yet allowed on the river, the trips were held under special use permits from the Bureau of Land Management.

“We run river and other adventure trips all over the world,” said Clavey Wendt, O.A.R.S. Vice-President for Community Development. “But there’s really nothing more fun that taking people rafting on our home river. The Mokelumne is a beautiful river that truly deserves permanent protection as a designated Wild and Scenic River.”

The Foothill Conservancy would like to thank its rafting guests; O.A.R.S.; Raley’s, which provided staging for the trips in its parking lot; and PG&E and American Whitewater, which provided flow data in the days leading up to the trips. Since flows were high on the river much later than usual this year, accurate flow predictions were especially important for ensuring the trips were carried out under safe conditions.

“We sold these trips out in advance,” Nelson said. “Even then, people were calling us and dropping by our registration tent both Sundaysasking if they could join a trip. There’s clearly demand for this kind of recreation locally, and we’re happy to promote continued river accessand river recreation for locals and visitors, alike. We hope we can run trips again next summer.”

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Big Red Barn Fundraiser at Rancho Arroyo Seco: "Score With Argonaut High School" - Sat Sept 30

IONE, CA—August 1, 2017—With the BIG RED BARN as the back drop, Rancho Arroyo Seco will host its 11th annual community fundraiser on Saturday, September 30, 2017. This year, proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a digital/video scoreboard for the Argonaut High School Stadium. In addition, it will support the video production vocational course offered at the school. Over 70 students in these classes will handle all pre- and post-production of the content for the scoreboard. This class is providing students with vocational training for today’s world.

The opportunities this equipment offers are more than just keeping score. Picture the game highlights, graduation and award ceremonies with each student featured on the big board, and up-close visuals of football, soccer, track meets and more. As a bonus, this video technology will allow the school to have an ongoing revenue stream through digital advertising offered to businesses and organizations.

The goal for the fundraiser is to raise $25-30,000 or more. The school already has a major donation for the purchase of the scoreboard, but needs what this fundraiser can provide, to “seal the deal”. A tri-tip dinner will be catered by Amador Catering and served by Argonaut High Schools students. The evening will feature Seth Seever calling a live auction, a silent auction and raffle, and a no-host bar sponsored by the Jackson Lions Club.

For questions or additional information, contact Sharon Long at 209-304-5118, or email All donations are tax deductible through the Community Foundation of Amador, Tax ID# 68-0447992. Tickets to the event are $30 each, and can be purchased at Argonaut High School or online at  If you cannot attend, consider a donation. Checks are made payable to BIG RED BARN 2017, and mailed to Rancho Arroyo Seco, P.O. Box 1730, Ione, CA 95640, or call 209-274-2777. The BIG RED BARN is located at 3740 Hwy 104 in Ione. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - August 2017

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  August 2017

 Pediatric Groups Identify Oral Signs
of Child Abuse and Neglect

Neglect is a significant part of child abuse, and oral health issues fall into this area. Awareness around the different forms of neglect can help us identify and prevent further child abuse before it happens. Because of this, we are sharing this very informative article this month from Dentistry Today. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) have collaborated on an updated report that aims to help dentists and other physicians identify problems involving a child's teeth, gums, and mouth that may be signs of physical or sexual abuse and neglect.  

According to the report, injuries and infections in and around the mouth appear often in children who are maltreated. For example, caregivers may react violently during the child's developmentally normal fussiness at mealtime and bedtime. Symptoms that may be signs of abuse or neglect include:
  • Bruises on the lips, gums, tongue, or soft tissue inside the mouth from eating utensils or a bottle during forced feeding
  • Burns or blisters from scalding liquids or fractures to teeth, facial, or jaw bones or scars or blackened teeth from previous injuries
  • Skin irritation, bruising, or scarring at the corners of the mouth, which could be from gags applied
  • Injuries to the back of the throat, sometimes intentionally inflicted to make a child cough up or vomit blood or create other symptoms that would require medical attention and care
  • Injuries and infections tied to forced oral sex, such as tears and other signs of trauma inside the mouth or sores or rashes caused by sexually transmitted disease
  • Bite marks inside the mouth from the child's own teeth, which sometimes are caused by physical or sexual abuse.
In cases of dental neglect, the groups note, untreated cavities and gum disease interfere with a child's ability to eat, communicate, grow, and develop properly. The report also describes the connection between bullying and dental health, as children with mouth or dental abnormalities are frequent targets of bullying and face increased risk of depression and suicide.

Additionally, the AAP and AAPD report, the approximately 100,000 children in the United States involved in sex trafficking or forced prostitution each year have oral and dental problems from abuse and malnutrition, which can lead to poorly formed teeth, cavities, infections, and tooth loss.

Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2017-18 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly, suggested application deadline dates are as follows:
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
Upcoming Events
Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings.

Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, September 18, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 
About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Friday, August 4, 2017

American Red Cross seeking nominations for 2017 "100 Years of Heroes" - Deadline is Tues Aug 8

Every year the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross (ARC) holds an event to recognize people in our community who are everyday heroes. They may have gone beyond what is expected to help save the lives of fellow citizens or gone above and beyond to support the Red Cross mission. We will be celebrating 100 Years of Heroes throughout 2017 and look forward to seeing you there.
Here are the Heroes we are looking for:
  • Good Samaritan: An individual who provided extraordinary or significant services in response to an emergency or disaster.
  • ARC Disaster Volunteer: Someone who assists in shelter operations or local disaster (Disaster Action Team) response.
  • Military (Active Duty/Veteran): Active duty or veteran member of the armed forces or an organization supporting the armed forces who is a hero to our military.
  • ARC Military Volunteer: A veteran member of the armed forces who is a hero in our SAF programs.
  • Operations Volunteer: ARC volunteer who supports the daily operations of the local chapter.
  • Business Donor(s): A large and a small business that has directly supported fulfillment of our mission.
  • Spirit of the Red Cross: A non-disaster ARC volunteer who exemplifies the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross.
  • Hero of the Year (one per event): An individual whose actions demonstrate a passionate commitment to saving lives and/or promoting the health and well-being of others.
Recognition will be
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Jackson Rancheria Hotel's Grand Oak Ballroom

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region seeks heroes in the counties of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador and the Mother Lode to be honored at a special 100 Years of Heroes recognition event.
If you know of someone who has demonstrated an act of heroism in the last year, now is your chance to place that person in the spotlight. We will honor our everyday heroes as we celebrate one hundred years of the Red Cross in the Gold Country Region of California. Submit the story of your hero and why s/he should be recognized today!
Candidates for nomination can be any person who lives or works in the Mother Lode and who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit a true act of selflessness. The categories for nomination are: Good Samaritan (an individual who provided extraordinary or significant services in response to an emergency or disaster), Military (an active duty or veteran member of the armed forces who performed an act of heroism), and Hero of the Year (an individual whose actions demonstrate a passionate commitment to saving lives and/or promotion the health and well-being of others).
"For one hundred years, American Red Cross volunteers in the Mother Lode have rolled up their sleeves and opened their hearts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters big and small," said Gary Strong, Red Cross Gold Country CEO. "Our One Hundred Years of Heroes event is an opportunity to honor members of the community who embody the spirit of the Red Cross."

The deadline to submit nominations is August 8

Nomination forms can be found at

You may also nominate directly from the website by clicking on "100 Years of Heroes Mother Lode Country." For more information about the event, contact Kris Kirkpatrick at (916) 993-7081, or email
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Sierra-Delta Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties.  

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