Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CAL FIRE: Pink Ribbons Worn to Show Support for Battle Against Cancer

Sacramento – Like millions of Americans, firefighters and their families are affected by cancer every year. For the next week, CAL FIRE is joining fire and police departments across the nation to show their support for the battle against cancer by wearing special CAL FIRE shirts with pink ribbons on them. Raising awareness and money for cancer research, CAL FIRE’s 2013 “Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign runs October 20 - 26 and is part of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when wearing pink signifies support for breast cancer research.

“For the past several years CAL FIRE firefighters have proudly helped raise awareness for such an important cause,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “The shirts we are wearing are just a small sign of support for an important battle.”

Proceeds from the T-shirt sales generated by CAL FIRE employee's voluntary participation are donated to cancer research related non-profit organizations.

CAL FIRE is one of the largest fire departments in the nation and the over 7,000 men and women of the department have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to this worthwhile effort by voluntarily joining in on the  "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign. CAL FIRE is proud to help raise funds to find a cure and send a strong message of hope to those suffering from this disease. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 19

Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join us for the 2013 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 am until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne's watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!
“Since the first year of the Mokelumne River cleanup, volunteers have removed tons of trash and recyclables from the river,” said Randy Berg, cleanup coordinator. “Their hard work benefits the people, fish and wildlife that use the Mokelumne by keeping its water clean and ensuring the river remains a beautiful place to enjoy.”
There are two sites for this year’s cleanup: Electra and Big Bar, close to Electra Road, and the Highway 26 North Fork Mokelumne crossing. Participants will pick up trash along the river’s banks and on adjacent beaches. A special prize will be awarded for the “weirdest” trash, and all volunteers will receive thank-you goodies for their morning’s efforts.
All participants must register in advance, by going online to www.foothillconservancy.org, or by calling Randy Berg at (209)295-4900. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult and must turn in a liability release signed by a parent or legal guardian. Liability releases will be provided upon registration.
Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and long pants, and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and a water bottle. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.
The 2013 Mokelumne River cleanup is sponsored by ACES Waste Services, Amador High School “S” Club and Earth Club, Brent & Jeff’s Upcountry Hardware (Pine Grove), East Bay MUD, Munnerlyn’s Ice Cream (Pine Grove), New York Fitness, Pine Grove Market, Safeway, Star Donuts (Pine Grove and Jackson) and Star Pizza (Pine Grove).