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Blaze threatens Lakeview Circle homes
- Aug. 12, 2015

By Nick Baptista

   Quick work by firefighters from CalFire and Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District kept a fast-moving vegetation blaze Sunday afternoon near New Hogan Lake from damaging homes in a nearby residential area.

   The blaze began at approximately 4:42 p.m., said CalCo Fire Chief Jason Robitaille, and was caused by a disabled vehicle on a dirt road.

   The motorist was attempting to repair the vehicle when the fire started, the chief added, and although the motorist tried to contain the blaze, it quickly got out of control.

   Units from CalFire and CalCo arrived at the scene three minutes after the initial call. However, the fire was moving at a moderate rate and began to threaten homes along Lakeview Circle. CalFire air tankers were dispatched to the scene and dropped retardant to help stop the fire from reaching homes in the neighborhood.

   The flames damaged an electrical panel used by the Calaveras County Water District wastewater treatment pond in the area and PG&E was called to make repairs, Robitaille said.

   The vegetation fire charred approximately 22 acres and most crews were dismissed from the scene by 10 p.m. Sunday, with periodic checks of hot spots the following day.

   CalCo had two water tenders, two engines and a chief officer at the scene while CalFire dispatched two air tankers, a helicopter, a bulldozer, several engines, hand crews and a battalion chief to the blaze.

   There were no injuries.

New lunchtime Thursday option for seniors
Aug. 12, 2015

By Nick Baptista

   Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Hall is the latest site for the Senior Nutrition Program provided by Common Ground Senior Services.

   A half-dozen people were at the hall Thursday morning when the doors opened for the new congregate dining program in Valley Springs. Although the program aims to gather those 60 and over for a weekly hot, delicious and nutritious meal, those under 60 can get the same meal for $2 more and no eligible participant is denied a meal based on their inability to pay. The suggested donation is $4 for those over 60.

   Another aim of the program is to offer stimulating socialization opportunities for seniors.

   Carolyn Walker of Valley Springs had the distinction of being served the program’s first meal at the hall, which is located at 189 Pine St. Lunch is served every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Chef Bobby Keeling prepared the meal. It was a chicken ranchero, Spanish rice and salad. He has been with Common Ground Senior Services’ nutrition service for several years after working 20 years for Marriott Corp. and before that with the Calaveras Unified School District and Apley’s, where Good Friends Restaurant is today.

   For more information about the program, visit, or call (209) 498-2246 or (209) 223-3015.

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Community Calendar
Church Directory
Sheriff's Log
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Golf Roundup
Area Fishing Report
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