Saturday, May 25, 2019

CAL FIRE Urges Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Contact:  Lynne Tolmachoff
Chief of Public Education
               (916) 651-FIRE (3473)
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Memorial Day - Unseasonably Cool Weather Can Fool You!
CAL FIRE asks the public to take steps to prepare for wildfire! 

Sacramento – With rain and snow forecast in much of California this holiday weekend, now is the time to prepare for wildfire; don’t let the cooler weather fool you. CAL FIRE is urging Californians to keep everyone safe if you plan to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend.

      “Although most of California is experiencing unseasonably cooler temperatures, our dry climate means that we are continually susceptible to wildfires,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE director. “With the cooler weather, don’t let your guard down as the abundant growth of plants, shrubs and grass will dry out quickly and become a large tinder box for wildfire. We all need to do our part to ensure we are being safe when working or recreating outdoors by taking precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire.”

Since January 1, CAL FIRE has responded to more than 736 wildfires that have burned nearly 1,361 acres.

If you plan on driving to your holiday destination:
  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground, which can cause a spark and potentially cause a wildfire.
  • When towing, make sure trailer chains are properly secured, and never drive or pull over into dry grass, which can start a wildfire.

If you plan on going camping:
  • If you plan on having a campfire, make sure it is legal to do so. Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of the ring; make sure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving. Buy your firewood where you burn it, that way you aren’t spreading dangerous insects and diseases, which can kill millions of trees. If your campsite is more than 50 miles away, call the state or federal park, or forests closest to the site and ask if they know of local distributors.
  • Make sure to obtain a campfire permit at ( and check for local fire restrictions.
  • If you are grilling, never leave the grill unattended, and always watch what you are grilling.

Fire is not the only danger that can occur in the outdoors; water drownings also increase dramatically during Memorial Day weekend. If you plan to brave the chilly waters this weekend, here are some tips:
  • As the snowpack continues to melt, the rivers and lakes will run fast and cold, making them very dangerous. When you are in the water, never swim alone and if you aren’t a strong swimmer, always wear a life jacket.
  • Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult within arm’s reach.
  • Be particularly cautious of rivers and waterways with rapid currents and never underestimate calm water.
  • And lastly, drinking while boating/swimming is just as dangerous as drinking and driving on the roadways.

Californians are encouraged to be safe this holiday weekend and remember that One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire. For more ways to be safe this holiday, or   

Visit or for more information from CAL FIRE.
CAL FIRE Communications | 1416 9th StreetSacramento , CA 94244

Friday, May 24, 2019

Mt. Zion Church - Fri May 24

Foundations – Part 13
The Rapture was discussed last week, but it would be well for us to consider again Titus 2:11–14: “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
E.P.I.C.S Fusion Grill Trip This Sunday!
Join the over 55er’s as they go together to lunch at The Fusion Grill in Valley Springs. They will leave immediately following service.

Our Next Sandwich Sunday! 
Sunday, June 2nd 

Picnic Party!
Everyone bring a picnic-friendly favorite – sandwiches, watermelon, pasta salad, cookies, etc. Everyone’s invited except the ants!

E.P.I.C.S/Fearless Youth BBQ!  
June 20th @ 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall   
Students will be joining with our Seniors for a great time of Food and testimonies from our youth summer camp experience!  See Pastor Jimmy or Pastor Anna or Ken and Jane Bosworth for   more information

Monthly @ MTZC:

Family Worship Sunday
Come worship as a family through a time of sharing, caring, communion! Every FIRST Sunday of the month, we come together to worship in a special service for the whole family.

Sandwich Sunday
The first Sunday of each month we gather after service for a themed potluck! Join us as we gather to build our family connection with each other!

The Brotherhood Men’s Breakfast
Join with the guys the fourth Saturday of each month. We meet at 8 AM in the church fellowship hall.

The Summit
Join us for the most important service we have every 2nd Sunday night 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Also, you are invited for ice cream immediately following the service.

Wednesday Family Nights
Join us each Wednesday 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM for Youth, Children, Nursery and Adult Bibles studies!

Have you ever missed a sermon and wished you had some way to hear it? Do you have someone you want to share a Sunday message with? Good news, you can! Just visit our website or search for "Pastor Erik Hansen" in the iTunes store and download our free podcasts straight to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod! If you have questions or comments, contact the church office at (209) 296-5673 or email us at
Copyright © 2016 Mt. Zion Church, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 425 Pine Grove, CA 95665

Thursday, May 23, 2019

AWA-Tanner Water Treatment Backwash Recycling Plant conserves 67 million gallons of water per year

SUTTER CREEK, CA - Amador Water Agency Board of Directors and guests dedicated a new recycling plant that will conserve up to 67 million gallons of water per year at the AWA Tanner Water Treatment Plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Creek.

The newly completed Tanner Backwash Recycling Plant recycles 90% of the filter backwash water and returns it to the headworks of the Tanner Water Treatment Plant, conserving over 180,000 gallons per day.

Backwashing refers to pumping water backwards through water treatment plant filters so that the filter media can be cleaned and reused. Historically, spent backwash water from the Tanner Water Treatment Plant was discharged to a pond and the former Ione Canal to evaporate or seep into the ground.

The Tanner Water Treatment Plant provides drinking water to Martell and the cities of Amador City, Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth. This is the third AWA project for recycling backwash water since 2016. The others were added to AWA’s Ione and Buckhorn Water Treatment Plants. The three plants combined will save 120 million gallons per year. 

The recycle plant is located at the existing AWA Tanner Water Treatment plant site and does not increase water treatment plant capacity, but it does reduce the amount of water diverted from the Mokelumne River. Recycling the backwash water is just one way that AWA can provide for future water demand.

Construction for the recycling plant was paid for by a $4,097,995 grant from California Department of Water Resources that does not have to be paid back. The Agency provided $65,000 towards the project.

MDS Engineering & Construction Inc. was the contractor on the project.

AWA Board of Directors and guests dedicated a new water conservation project at the Water Agency’s Tanner Water Treatment Plant. Left to right: AWA Directors Art Toy, Rich Farrington, Susan Peters and Board President Paul Molinelli, Jr.. Back row: AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo, Director Gary Thomas, Jason Preece (CA Dept. of Water Resources), and John Kingsbury (Mountain Counties Water Resource Assoc.).

Mother Lode Friends of Music: Summer Pops Concert featuring Tenor Ricardo Campero - Sat June 9

Mother Lode Friends of Music welcome the long, warm summer days with a delightful afternoon of operetta, light jazz, and show tunes, Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theater, Sutter Creek.

Relax and enjoy a classic Summer Pops program with the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, performed by Mother Lode Friends of Music and guests.

 Tenor Ricardo Campero, past winner in the Regional Metropolitan Opera competition, headlines the program, accompanied by Rebecca Nelson on piano. Campero is known for his effortless lyrical voice, and is in demand as a featured soloist. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, New York and at the Vatican in Rome.

Joining Campero and Williams on stage will be The Dogwood Chamber Players (Alice Williams, cello; Candis Kimball, oboe; Sandra Betti, flute) and Gordon Rowland on guitar.

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek, is a casual setting for a lively afternoon of summertime fun. Admission to the concert is free.

For more information, visit the Friends of Music’s website at or call (530) 676-5396

Dan Leary Memorial Golf Tournament - Sat June 22

Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge Teeing up for Charity
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras named as beneficiary of this annual tourney!

The Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge has named Hospice of Amador & Calaveras a recipient of the 2019 1st Annual Dan Leary Memorial Golf Tournament on June 22. We are reaching out to the public to ask that they get out there and swing those sticks in this FUN and valuable event that will benefit our agency!

The tournament will be held at Sequoia Woods Country Club, with lunch on the golf course and dinner and awards at the lodge following tournament play. Cost is $60 for SWCC members, and $100 for non-members. Check-in at 11 a.m., tee-off at 1 p.m. Cost includes cart, lunch, and dinner. Tee-sign sponsorship is available ($100). Donations of raffle prizes are also being accepted!

In the 10 years this tournament has been held, it has raised more than $133,000 for local charities. Please consider supporting this event, and the Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge in their commitment to help “The very young, the very old and our local communities.”

For information on sponsorship, or to sign up, call 209-795-3112. Deadline to sign-up is June 10!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

TGIF Kickoff Concert at the Kennedy Mine - Fri June 14

Start the Summer music season at the Kennedy Mine! The first TGIF concert of the season will feature Primitivo on the Change House stage on Friday, June 14 at 6pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the Latin rhythms.
Don’t want to cook?  The Kennedy Mine Foundation’s Taco and Nacho Bar will be open! Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit: or contact the mine 223-9542.
Kick off the Summer AmadorArts Council concert season!

Kennedy Gold Mine Barbecue Art Show & Sale - Thurs June 20

JACKSON, CA - Artists in all media are invited to show and sell Gold Country-themed art in the Kennedy Gold Mine Barbecue Art Show & Sale, Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 5-9pm.

Included in the art show and sale will be winners of the Kennedy Mine Paint & Shoot Contest that was held in April. Local artist Stephanie Strong and nature photographer John Slot judged the art and photos that were produced outdoors over three days at the historic mine property.

Winners of the 2019 Paint & Shoot contest were Margaret Plumb (First Place Adult Painting), Jennifer Fuller (Second Place Adult Painting), Julie Trail (Third Place Adult Painting), Angela Carpenter (First Place Adult Photo), Terry Moore (Second Place Adult Photo), Richard Mursu (Third Place Adult Photo), Jonathan Burrows (First Place Youth Photo), Jesse Holmes (Second Place Youth Photo).

At the Kennedy Mine Barbecue and Art Show, interested artists may enter up to 4 pieces per artist (space permitting). Works in any media, with a Gold Country theme, are welcome. Art sales benefit the artists and the Kennedy Mine Foundation.

Details and entry forms are available at

At the Founders Day Barbecue, guests will enjoy a beautiful evening on the Change House Lawn, the Foundation’s famous deep pit barbecue, music by Slade Rivers, raffle, and a live auction of the first place painting and photographs.

Margaret Plumb (First Place Adult Painting)

Angela Carpenter (First Place Adult Photo)

Jonathan Burrows (First Place Youth Photo)

Winners Collage