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July 2015

A Woman for All Seasons

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:31 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although Catherine Janicke was originally hired to sign up people for health care, she plunged into any and every task that arose during the years she worked here. Not only able and intelligent, Catherine is strong! Time and again I was struck by her stamina and fortitude.  She raked and hauled wagon-loads of debris across the Oak Tree campus and singlehandedly undertook the Adopt-a-Road clean up project on Community Work Day. It was not uncommon to find Catherine, burdened with heavy plastic tubs of clothing, climbing a rickety ladder that leads to our attic. A glimpse out the window would catch her lugging cases of yogurt, feta cheese, canned soups, or chili to the food pantry.  If it was heavy, she bore it. If it was dirty, she cleaned it. If it was broken, she fixed it. If it was unseemly, she dealt with it. Oh yes, and she did sign people up for health care.

Catherine was invaluable preparing for and participating in public events. She set up and broke down many a table and chair, wiped down many a counter, and vacuumed many a carpet. Her precision to detail and kind, yet firm, manner kept political candidates on their toes as they addressed the community on Candidates’ Night. Her smiling support encouraged young performers to do their best at afternoon classes and evening recitals. Her sense of humor and easy laughter were invaluable when creating a Haunted FRC. On Halloweens, she made an excellent minion.

Catherine hauled countless car loads of discarded clothing and house wares to the Salvation Army, laundered, folded and shelved at least a ton of clothing for the clothes closet, lugged boxes and bags of garbage and recycling to down-the-hill-dumpsters, and smiled through it all. She was helpful to everyone, regardless of sex, age, or species. I never once heard her utter an unkind word to or about anyone. The most frequently asked question on her lips was, “What can I do to help?” Whatever it was, she did it. How can we help but miss her?



July 6-9th…...Open 1-5

July 13-16…..Open 3-5

July 20-23…..Open 3-5

July 27th 10-5, 28th 12-5, 29th-30th 9-5




Donate Your Vehicle to Support Library & FRC

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:28 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Do you have a truck, car, boat, or motorcycle that’s been sitting in your yard for months, years, even decades? Would you like to support two valuable San Juan Ridge institutions, the Community Library and the Family Resource Center? Well, now you can clean up your environment and help our library and the FRC with only one phone call.

Donating is easy!  All you have to do is call the CENTER for CAR DONATIONS at 877-411-3662 and tell them that you want to donate your vehicle to the SAN JUAN RIDGE COMMUNITY LIBRARY. The Center for Car Donations will schedule a convenient time to pick up your vehicle and arrange for it to be sold. When the vehicle sells, you will receive a thank you letter and an IRS tax form 1098 if it sold for over $500. The Community Library and Family Resource Center will split 80% of the total sale of the vehicle. You can donate as many vehicles as you like. Every penny counts. Plus, you’ll be improving your property. It’s painless, generous, and good for all.


Second Annual Community Work Day Works Wonders

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:25 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 1:26 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Without our wonderful volunteers there would be no food in the pantry, no clothes in the closet, and no wood in the woodshed. Without our community work day volunteers there would be a thick bed of leaves, pine needles, and other debris blanketing walkways and play yards and no fresh wood chips covering the playground. Overgrown quince and blackberries would continue to crowd pathways and trash would litter the grassy shoulders of sections of Oak Tree Road. Our small, but mighty, crew labored willingly and well to accomplish a long list of tasks despite the oppressive heat of late June. When asked why they chose to spend their day pitching in at the FRC, our wonder workers answered thusly:


Bodie Wagner

Always glad to lend a hand when help is needed, Bodie Wagner spent the day raking and moving load after load of brush and debris in a garden cart that he assembled for us. He followed up on the next day mowing tall brown grass with his tractor. “I’m here to support the Family Resource Center and the Ridge Community, and also because of my personal experience with the FRC and the Oak Tree Campus. The Oak Tree Campus has been a hub of the community for my family since my son started school here 19 years ago.”



Suzy Mapachi

With her 16 month old son, Luce, strapped on her back or by her side, Suzy Mapachi weeded, raked, and hauled wheelbarrow and cart loads of debris across campus, and spread soil in a new planting box. Luce helped his mama pick up pine cones from the play ground to ready it for new wood chips. “We come to Playgroup here. We love the Family Resource Center and we love work parties. The lunch was awesome! The FRC is strategically located by swimming holes so after we work all day we can go swimming!”



Phil Clark

Phil Clark hauled bags of soil amendments and spent hours pulling years of staples out of the Phoenix Building’s beautiful cedar walls. “When you take a little out it’s good to put a little back in. I’m glad the Family Resource Center is here for the community.  It just feels good to contribute to a good cause. It’s a good family feeling.”



Marc Ryan

Stalwart volunteer, Marc Ryan swept, raked, and spread fresh wood chips on the children’s playground. “The FRC has the whole campus to take of and they need the help. There’s so much to do that I wish there were three of me. I’m grateful to be able to help.”



Nick Ashman

On his first visit to the FRC, Nick Ashman came by to inquire about resources. When he realized that he had arrived in the middle of a Community Work Day, he put his own needs aside and pitched right in to rake & haul pine needles & cones, then spread wood chips on the playground. “I’m volunteering to support the community. I heard the Family Resource Center needed help and I’m here to share. The Rainbow People taught me that community is far more valuable than money or anything else.”



Changes, Changes...

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:13 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Due to funding cuts, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center’s schedule will change dramatically during the month of July.  Although Children’s Playgroup will continue as usual on Tuesdays from 10am to noon, there will be NO regular services available during our children’s SPORTS CAMPS. (See complete schedule below.) Once the camps are over, we will revert to our regular schedule, with the exception of Fridays. The Family Resource Center will be closed every Friday from now on.

Although our funding and staffing has decreased, we intend to do our best to continue to provide services to our community. Children’s Playgroups are a top priority and will remain a Tuesday morning tradition. Access to the food pantry, clothes closet, computers, FAX and phone will remain available during open hours, as will seasonal access to firewood.

An essential ingredient to the success of our programs is our continued stewardship of the beautiful and historic Oak Tree Campus; and it is our avowed intention to keep it clean and well-tended. We also intend to find a way to continue and expand children’s activities, including visual and performing arts classes and Games Day; and we hope to continue to host events that build, educate, and serve our community.

We realize that the decrease in hours may be a difficult transition for some, especially those who visit on a drop in basis and have come to rely upon our doors being open eight hours a day, five days a week. Once August arrives, we will return to a more regular schedule and be open four full days a week. In the meantime we ask for your patience and support.


North San Juan Community Center Seeks Chef

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:12 PM by Kristin Snell

by Bodie Wagner on behalf of the North San Juan Center

The North San Juan Community Center is looking for a Chef!!!!!

This would be for the “Organic Tuesday Lunch” & the “Thursday Senior Lunch.”  If interested, send resume to P.O. Box 324 North San Juan, CA  95960  or email it to  & please include a phone number.   For a more detailed description of requirements, send request and include an address to which we can send it, email preferred.


Building Oak Tree School Final Exhibition Opening Reception to be Held Saturday, July 11, 2015 

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:10 PM by Kristin Snell

by Jeff Adams, Project Director—Oak Tree School Remembered

View the final exhibition of Building Oak Tree School: A Living History of Education on the San Juan Ridge at an opening reception hosted by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Saturday, July 11, 2015, 2 to 5 pm.

In 1975, a group of recently minted contractors on the San Juan Ridge broke ground to build a school for this rural community in the Sierra foothills, assisted by, at times, more than 100 local residents. The community faced a host of challenges throughout the process – opposition by union leaders for hiring local rather than union employees, independently sourcing all of the materials and equipment to construct the school, having to quickly learn a host of state and local laws to ensure the project’s regulatory compliance, and internal debates over the structure and content of the school curriculum. Despite all of that, the community still managed to build the school. Then, on February 4, 1977 – a little over four months after opening – almost all of the buildings comprising the Oak Tree School campus burned to the ground.

The construction of Oak Tree School was nothing short of a radical experiment in community building, local politics and grass roots education. While the impetus behind the building of the School grew out of the back-to-the-land ethos, its construction and operation brought about unprecedented cross-cultural collaborations—and at times conflicts— that have had a lasting influence on the San Juan Ridge community.

The story of Oak Tree School invites us to explore what education means to different people and how education can be a site for community and social transformation. The final exhibition will feature excerpts from interviews with the builders of the school and the students who attended it, design drawings and documentation of the process to build the school, original photography, and other artifacts. The exhibition will also address how school choice later decreased attendance to the point that the school was eventually forced to close.

Queen of Storytelling Festivals Returns July 17th-19th

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:09 PM by Kristin Snell

From the web at:

Once upon a time, children’s author, poet and storyteller, Steve Sanfield joined forces with the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center to create the first ever Sierra Storytelling Festival. Set among the towering pines, sloping lawn and our historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 30th year – a much-loved annual tradition for both locals and visitors from across the country.

Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals”, our festival brings a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages. People have told stories since the beginning of time and our storytellers keep the tradition alive, voicing the narratives of life, our histories and traditions, our reasons for living, our hopes and dreams.

If you enjoy listening to a good story, this is the event for you. Our storytellers will entertain listeners of all ages with tales from around the world and close to home. bring friends and family and picnic on the lawn, slow down, turn off the phone and soak in the stories of world-class tellers.

Buy your tickets early, to make sure you get a seat at this world-renowned event.

Featured tellers for this year’s festival are as follows: Patrick Ball, Dovie Thomason, Rafe Martin, Barbara McBride-Smith, Willy Claflin, Angela Lloyd, Bob Jenkins, Izzi Tooinsky the Wild Man (pictured above) and special guests.

Information about the Storytelling Festival, including a schedule of events, can be found on the web at:



San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association Asks County to Dismiss SJR Mine Permit Application

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:08 PM by Kristin Snell

by the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

In a letter dated April 23, SJRTA President Sol Henson asked Nevada County Planning Dept. staff to consider dismissing the use permit application for the San Juan Ridge Mine.  Text of the letter is below.  To date we have not received a reply, but plan to pursue this questions with the Planning Dept.  SJRTA will be collecting signatures on postcards this summer asking the department to dismiss the application.

As of the end of March 2015 it has been one full year since San Juan Mining Corporation unilaterally halted the Baseline Groundwater Monitoring Program (BGMP).  There appears to be no sign that the applicant will restart the monitoring program as they refuse to comply with the County’s monitoring requirements for groundwater quality.  This leads us to believe that the applicant is not serious about the requirements laid forth by the County and the expectations of a community that wishes to have adequate protection in light of past impacts.  The SJRTA and the San Juan Ridge community continue to support the content of the BGMP as well as the County requirement of one full year of water quality and well level monitoring in order to provide an adequate environmental review for the proposed project.

Despite the applicant’s refusal to collect the required water quality data, the applicant is still collecting well level data through the contractor, Cranmer Engineering.  Cranmer was downloading well level data as recently as the week of March 9th, 2015.  Does the applicant plan to complete the County required one full year of supply and water quality monitoring, or are they trying to only fulfill their water supply requirement with the hopes that they will not have to fulfill their water quality requirement?  This is a top concern in the San Juan Ridge community.

Additionally it is stated in the BGMP that as a result of Cranmer’s water quality and water supply data collection that this data will be shared with individual well owners.  To date this obligation has been satisfactorily met.  Residents did receive water quality data that was posted on the county website up until the end of March 2014 however residents have not received any data collected from the pressure transducers that were placed in the over 100 wells participating in the Monitoring Program.  Well owners on the BGMP are communicating to the SJRTA that they want to see the data that was promised to them.  More importantly, if the monitoring program is not going to continue based on the full requirements laid out by the County then shouldn’t the sensors be removed from wells at this time?

If the applicant has no intention of moving forward with their water quality monitoring obligations as part of the environmental review process then we request that the application be dismissed.  At the very least, shouldn’t a timeline be adopted by which the applicant must fulfill their monitoring requirement, based on one continuous baseline year?  At this point our opinion is that they would need to start over again.  We would greatly appreciate your response to these questions and concerns.

For more information about the SJRTA and their projects, please visit them on the web at  You can also contact them by phone at 478.1941. 


San Juan Ridge Community Library Update

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell

by Julie Childs, Board President-San Juan Ridge Community Library

Hours: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm and Sat 10am-4pm        

Phone: 292-3008 during open hrs.

· Wi-fi and computers available for public use

· Work stations and comfortable seating

· Book sale shelf, DVD’s for checkout, periodicals, children’s room

· Experienced staff on hand

· An ever-evolving collection of wonders to listen to, read, and watch.

The library celebrated its one year anniversary in June, and our new book kiosk, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and party! We had a lovely time with snow cones and cupcakes in the freshly cared for front yard. Supervisor Hank Weston came to introduce the kiosk, as well as Laura Pappani, our county librarian. So much appreciation to the team of volunteers who spent their time building beautiful flower boxes (Michaelle Kellerman), weed-whacking (Fox Firemaker), Manny Garrison, Jess Frapier, Deanna Puetz, Roo Cantada, Shannon Cueva Little, and Eric Stifter for cleaning awnings, bathroom, and a sundry other jobs that needed done, to Jennifer Staves for Pizza, Ed Boast for paint and brushes, to Stormy Nelson of Head Start for all her support and donations of punch ingredients to our birthday party! We have so much appreciation for all the sweethearts who have donated in so many ways to our awesome library endeavor. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Our kiosk is stocked with adult and juvenile best-sellers, and current materials. You’ll need a county library card to use it. This enables you to check out a book at any time, plus you’re able to return it in our book drop if we’re closed. We are grateful for receiving a grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality district for the kiosk. As we are still a 100% volunteer run organization, we have an ongoing need for funding, so any and all monetary donations are welcome, and tax-deductable!

June has flown by and we’re into July with our new Summer Reading ProgramA Magic Reading game! When you come to the Library, we’ll get you started. You’ll learn the simple rules of the game and on weekly visits you will fill in a magic spread sheet, learn a magic trick, dip into a magic hat for a prize, and decorate our Magic Tree with “read” leaves. In September there’ll be a Magic Show and Party and children will receive a beautiful color chart of their summer’s reading.

The Tapestry Project is ongoing in the backroom T 1-3pm, and Thu 10-12pm. To sit and stitch is to be a part of these evolving works of wonder. It’s beautiful, and all are welcome.












Make Money, Make a Difference

posted Jul 6, 2015, 1:07 PM by Kristin Snell

Submitted by IHSS (In Home Supportive Services)

Assist seniors and people with disablities to live independently at home.  The IHSS Public Authority is looking for in-home caregivers. 

· Flexible schedule

· Rewarding work

· Home-health training

· $9.50 per hour

Call for more information: 530-274-5601 or 866-577-6331


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