Serving the communities of Valley Springs, Burson and Wallace
An 8.9-gram gold nugget
necklace donated by Firefall Jewelers is one of the auction items
available at the Tri-County Children’s Golf Tournament Banquet.
New golf tournament attracts media attention
Valley Springs and La Contenta Golf Course will be in the media
spotlight during the inaugural Tri-County Children’s Golf Tournament
on Friday, May 21.
Reporter Alan Sanchez from Good Day Sacramento Channel 31 will be
on hand with a live remote broadcast for most of the festivities,
according to event organizer Ed Iturralde.
“Valley Springs definitely will be on the map,” Iturralde
The first-time Tri-County Children’s Golf Tournament is a
benefit for autism and foster care in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne
In addition to a tournament for 144 golfers, the event will
include an awards banquet, dancing and live and silent auctions at the
La Contenta Events Center.
“The community has been outstanding in its support,”
Iturralde said. “I’m impressed. I’ve had experience with four
previous tournaments and I’ve never seen support like this. It’s
The community has been very generous in donations to the event,
Some of those donations include an 8.9-gram gold nugget necklace
from Firefall Jewelers and H & R Block’s sponsorship of a $10,000
hole-in-one. The gold nugget is valued at $2,000. Other donors include
The Dollar Store, Passion Flower Boutique.
The player entry fee is $360 for four players or $110 per player.
The format is a four-person scramble with check-in at 11 a.m. and a
shotgun start at 1 p.m.
In addition to the $10,000 hole-in-one, there are three other
There will be prizes for first and last place, along with closest
to the hole.
The awards banquet will feature a chicken or tri-tip buffet along
with pasta, garlic potatoes, caesar salad and wine at each table.
Dancing will be to the musical sounds of the “After Dark”
band. For those who do not golf, but want to attending the dinner-dance,
tickets are $40 per person.
Sponsorships ranging from $1,500 to $500 are also available and
include from eight to four player entries.
For more information, or to get a sign-up form, contact Geoff
Cooper at (209) 256-6967, or visit the organization’s website at www.tricountyautismgroup.com.
Iturralde, who adopted three children who formerly were in foster
homes, said the event will be used to fund resources for autism and
foster care in the three-county area. Funds will help finance classes,
workshops and meetings for the parents and help them to understand the
needs of their children.
Valley Springs man wins $3,000 on Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune had some highs and lows Tuesday for Valley Springs resident Brett Riley.
Riley was one of three contestants on the popular game show that aired on Channel 10 out of Sacramento.
An Amador County area law enforcement officer, Riley reached $30,600 thanks to the opportune use of a wild card, but just as quickly lost it all on one spin of the wheel by hitting bankruptcy.
He rebounded by winning a $3,000 toss-up question and finished with that total at the end of the show.
Riley is also in the Army Reserves and recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Pastor Art Phinney inside the
new sanctuary at Calvary Chapel of Valley Springs.
Calvary Chapel has a new home
By Nick Baptista
Calvary Chapel of Valley Springs, which had its
beginnings nearly a dozen years ago as a Bible study group, moved into a
new church facility at the end of February.
“We’re really blessed,” said Pastor Art Phinney. “A lot
of people did a lot of hard work.”
The congregation, which has almost 200 members, celebrated its
first service in the 8,000 square-foot building on Feb. 28 and a
community wide Good Friday service was hosted April 2 in the new
For the past 10 years, Calvary Chapel held Sunday services in
Jenny Lind Elementary School’s multipurpose room.
The new church is located on a 2 ½-acre site the congregation
received as a donation. The property at the corner of California Street
and State Route 12 had one building on it, which the church used for
Bible study and an office.
Construction costs for the new facility came in a little more
than $400,000 and half of it has already been paid for, said Pastor
Volunteer labor on weekdays, weekends and nights helped defray
expenses and local subcontractors, including non-church members, were
very generous, he said.
“This has been the result of the body of Christ working
together,” he said. “We called it Project Blessing and we have seen
that to be the case to anyone who put their hands to this.”
In addition to morning and evening Sunday services, children’s
activities, Wednesday night services and Bible study are conducted in
the new facility.
Future funding will be used to complete a 2,000-square-foot
portion upstairs for use by the church youth group.
The sanctuary features dual video screens on two sides and a
state-of-the-art audio system.
With the additional space, Calvary Chapel has re-opened it local
Christian Resource Room featuring Christian books, commentaries and a
Foothill volunteer firefighters used a live-fire training exercise April 2 in Burson to receive valuable training. Foothill Fire Protection District photo.
"Practice makes perfect"
Fire engaged in intense training program
A training burn April 2 in Burson was part of a firefighter-training program Foothill Fire Protection District has implemented.
Foothill has 15 of its volunteer firefighters enrolled in its
Firefighter I Program that began last October. The program meets two
weekday nights and one Saturday each month.
“The community will benefit from the knowledge they have
gained,” said Foothill Fire Chief Michael Siligo.
The class follows the State Fire Marshal's teaching curriculum
with exams and quizzes throughout the program. The course combines
classroom learning and manipulative skills associated with a vast array
of firefighting subject matter.
Upon graduation in June each successful student - all current
Foothill Fire volunteers - will become state certified as Firefighter I.
Last Saturday’s training session took place in a building
behind the Valley Springs Glass & Mirror Shop off State Route 12 in
Foothill had been preparing the building for the live-fire
training event for the past month.
The building had been used some years ago for temporary living
quarters and restroom facilities when John Moore, the property owner,
ran a karate studio on site, Chief Siligo said. Out-of-area participants
would use the facility while competing in karate tournaments at the
“I’m very proud of these folks,” Siligo said about his
firefighters. “It took a huge commitment from each of them.”