Monday, July 28, 2014

New Melones Fishing report from Glory Hole Sports

7-28-14 Fishing Report

Water Conditions:  New Melones Lake is currently holding
636,575 acre-feet of water.  The lake level dropped three feet this week and is currently at 885 ft. above sea level and 200 ft. from full.  The water is stained in most areas of the lake, and fairly clear in others.  There are mud lines forming near the shore throughout the day, especially on windy days and days with a lot of boating traffic. The average water temperature is 76-82 degrees.
Tuttletown launch is closed. Glory Hole Point boat launch is open, and there are no plans to close it. There will be some transition periods between launches where launching will be limited to one or two lanes.

Trout:  Fair.  Night fishing anglers have been doing well.  They are catching limits of fat healthy trout under a submersible light.   Try anchoring the boat in 25-50' of water, and dropping the light 15-25' feet down.  Be patient, it may take awhile for the light to attract plankton, baitfish, and trout.  To catch them, try using live minnows, mini jigs, Power Bait, and crawlers. Trolling anglers are starting to catch a few more on each outing. The trout feed on 2-4" shad.  Try using baits that match the size, profile and color of the baitfish.  Rapala Shad Raps, Scatter Raps, Rattle traps, and Jointed Shad Raps are a very close match to the natural forage.  Another way to get a few more bites is to add scent to your lures.  Pro Cure gel in shad scent, or threadfin shad scent will do the trick.  Don't forget to bring some crawlers.  A single crawler threaded on the hook fished behind a single gold or silver blade is a great way to pick up a few fish.  

 
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Brian Basacker of Sonora.  He caught a nice limit while night fishing at the spillway.  His largest fish weighed 1-pound, 13-ounces.  

Congressman Tom McClintock to hold Town Hall meeting in Copperopolis

Congressman Tom McClintock represents the Copperopolis area in Congress, and is inviting all constituents to a town hall meeting. The Congressman will make brief remarks on the state of national and international affairs, and then take questions from the audience.
The meeting will be held Thursday, August 7, 6:00 PM at the Copperopolis armory, 695 Main Street.
Congressman Tom McClintock was elected in November 2008 to represent the 4th Congressional District in the United States Congress. Rep. McClintock is the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the Budget Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.   He is also a member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. 

Linda Sue "Susie" Stevens - has sadly passed away

Linda Sue Stevens passed away at her residence in Copperopolis on July 21, 2014, she was 66 years old. Born in Henderson Kentucky, Linda loved her Family, her Dogs and Gardening. She was a hard worker who enjoyed relaxing at the local Casino’s now and then. Linda is survived by her Husband Gary Stevens of Copperopolis, sons Troy Bryan McWhirt of Copperopolis and Sean McWhirt of Douglas Flat, and 7 Grandchildren.



Source thepinetree.net

Board of Supervisors 7-29-14 meeting agenda

To view the Board of Supervisors 7-29-14 special/evening meeting agenda CLICK HERE


Sand Fire update as of 1:04 7-28-14 65% contained

Sand Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 28, 2014 1:05 pm  
Date/Time Started: July 25, 2014 4:34 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit 
County: Amador County  
Location: East of Highway 49, 5 miles north of Plymouth  
Acres Burned - Containment: 3,800 Acres - 65% Contained  
 

Sonora PD press release re: Fire West of Lowes

The Sonora Police Department’s Fire Investigative Unit has completed their investigation into the fire, which was started west of Lowe’s, on 9 July 2014.
During interviews with witnesses, the responsible party was identified as Aaron Shermer, 27, who was a resident of the homeless camp, located at the origin of the fire. Shermer is currently on probation for causing corporal injury to a cohabitant and has an extensive criminal history.
During the investigation, it was learned Shermer admitted to starting the fire. It was also learned he attempted to put the fire out, until it became too large for him to do so, at which time he fled the area. The fire burned over a quarter acre of grass and oak trees before being contained by ground and air units.
Upon the completion of the investigation, the report was sent to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Officer requesting a complaint be filed against Shermer for felony causing a fire. The fire suppression cost was over $4,500, which Shermer could also be held responsible for.

Affiliated Physician Clinics Joint Anthem Blue Cross Network for Covered California Members




July 25, 2014 (Sonora, CA) — Adventist Health and Sonora Regional Medical Center, as well as its affiliated physician clinics, have reached a new multi-year agreement with Anthem Blue Cross to serve Anthem’s individual members who purchased their plans through Covered California.

With the new agreement, all affiliated physician clinics of Sonora Regional Medical Center can accept Anthem Blue Cross Individual Pathway PPO sold via Covered California. This includes the following physician offices:

Board of Sups to discuss 'Wild and Scenic' designation for Moke River

The Board of Supervisors will be discussing the Wild and Scenic Designation for the Mokelumne River at their evening meeting scheduled for  July 29th at 6:00 PM.

Stage III Water Conservation Mandatory Measures


Temperatures into the triple digits once again

  • 7-28-14
  • Today Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
  • Tuesday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west after midnight.
  • Wednesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 64.
  • Thursday Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
  • Friday Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
  • Friday Night Clear, with a low around 62.

Sand Fire update 7-28-14

Sand Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 28, 2014 8:00 am  
Date/Time Started: July 25, 2014 4:34 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit 
County: Amador County  
Location: East of Highway 49, 5 miles north of Plymouth  
Acres Burned - Containment: 3,800 Acres - 65% Contained  
Estimated - Containment: 8-1-14  
Structures Threatened: 515  
Structures Destroyed:10 residences and 7 outbuildings  
Evacuations: Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road New Evacuations in progress; Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Buzzards Gulch Road. Riverpine Estates. Vintage Road to Morning Canyon Road  
Road Closures :Sand Ridge Road  
Injuries: 1 minor injury  
Cause: Vehicle into dry vegetation 
Cooperating Agencies: CHP, El Dorado Co SO, Amador SO, Cal OES, CDCR, El Dorado Co Animal Control, USFS, BLM, El Dorado Co DOT, CCC, Red Cross, PG&E, Cal Trans  
Total Fire Personnel: 1937  
Total Fire Engines: 196  
Total Fire crews: 51  
Total Helicopters: 4  
Total Dozers: 30  
Total Water Tenders: 52  
Incident Management Team: Incident Management Team 2  
Conditions: Fire crews increased containment overnight and will continue to improve and hold the established control lines throughout the day. The steep, dry terrain continues to be a challenge but the recent gains in containment has moved the projected control date to August 1st.  
Phone Numbers  (530) 647-5218 (Incident Information) 

Yosemite El Portal fire update 7-28-14

Fire Information Report for El Portal

Report Date: 28-JUL-14

Burnt Area:2,600 Acres (420% increase from yesterday)
Location:Mariposa County, California
Cause:Undetermined
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 1
Expected Containment:Unknown


Fire report information is based on the Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) database. Additional information for current large incidents is available via the Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR) provided by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Discrepancies between the fire acreage displayed on the large incident location map and the acreage reported in the ICS-209 are subject to the currency of ICS-209 information reported above (please note the report date). The USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

Copper Firefighters on KVGC news

Miss Amador and some of her Court delivering water and granola bars to the firefighters at the #SandFire. Photos courtesy of Dianne Bennett.

CFPD Engineer Paramedic Matt Sowell, Firefighter Ricky Molina and Firefighter Lance Gunter.

Karaoke at the Old Corner


Sports Pub donates to VFW

At the 7-20-14 VFW Post 12118 meeting a representative from the Sports Pub, Vietnam Veteran Don Shand, donated a $600.00 check to the VFW for Support the Troops Care Packages.

The funds were raised by the Sports Pubs annual Hot Rods and Harleys Poker Run held the second Saturday of June each year. The poker run idea was hatched by Sports Pub owner Micki Phillips and friend Charity Maness, both Ladies Auxiliary members, in an effort to raise funds specifically for Support the Troop Care Packages. Quickly, folks jumped in to help, organizing, advertising, etc, all to make sure that those serving overseas received a little love from home.

This year's Poker Run ran to San Andreas, Murphys, Tuttletown, Jamestown and back to Copper. Approximately 60 poker run enthusiasts participated.

Pictures Don Shand and Commander Gilbert






Pictures from 2014 Poker Run.
Mark your calendars for next year....June 13, 2015....3rd Annual Hot Rods and Harleys Poker Run!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yosemite Fire - El Portal - 500+ acres 5% contained

Fire Information Report for El Portal
Wildland Fire Incident
Report Date: 27-JUL-14

Burnt Area:500 Acres
Location:Mariposa County, California
Cause:Undetermined
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 1
Containment Status:5% contained
Expected Containment:Unknown


Fire report information is based on the Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) database. Additional information for current large incidents is available via the Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR) provided by the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Discrepancies between the fire acreage displayed on the large incident location map and the acreage reported in the ICS-209 are subject to the currency of ICS-209 information reported above (please note the report date). The USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

Sand Fire update 7-27-14 - 10 residences destroyed, 3800 acres 35% contained

Sand Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 27, 2014 2:15 pm  
Date/Time Started: July 25, 2014 4:34 pm  
Administrative Unit: Amador- Eldorado 
County: Amador  
Location: East of Highway 49, 5 miles north of Plymouth  
Acres Burned - Containment: 3800 Acres 35% Contained  
Structures Threatened: 515  
Structures Destroyed:10 residences and 7 outbuildings  
Evacuations: Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road New Evacuations in progress; Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Buzzards Gulch Road. Riverpine Estates. Vintage Road to Morning Canyon Road  
Road Closures :Sand Ridge Road  
Injuries: 1 minor injury  
Cause: Vehicle into dry vegetation 
Cooperating Agencies: Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, El Dorado County Sheriffs, Amador Sheriffs, Cal Trans, Red Cross  
Total Fire Personnel: 1464  
Total Fire Engines: 149  
Total Fire crews: 45  
Total Airtankers: 6  
Total Helicopters: 6  
Total Dozers: 16  
Total Water Tenders: 22  
Phone Numbers  (530) 647-5218 (Incident Information) 

Honor the Fallen 6-25-14 thru 7-24-14




Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton Jr.


Died July 24, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


20, of Kenosha, Wis.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wildfire in Yosemite prompts evacuations

MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —A fire burning in Yosemite National Park has forced evacuations and road closures.
The town of El Portal has been evacuated and Foresta is in the process of being evacuated.


Sand Fire to 4000 acres 100's evacuated

Sand Fire grows to 4,000+ acres; hundreds evacuated



Fire scanner busy today


7-26-14 4:54 pm
With all the fire activity in the surrounding Counties, please use caution out there folks.
Currently there are no fires in Copper....

More evacuations in Sand Fire

An evacuation center has been setup at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Evacuated animals are also being sheltered at the fairgrounds.


Structures Threatened:









250  
Structures Destroyed:5 residences and 7 outbuildings  
Evacuations: Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road New Evacuations in progress; Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Buzzards Gulch Road. Riverpine Estates. Vintage Road to Morning Canyon Road  

Morning work party at Community Garden 7-26-14

Work party 7-26-14 ay 8:30 am.
 
We'll try to get out before it's too hot, but we've some 'catching up' to do.

Anyone with working water meters which you are no longer using, please bring by the garden as 3 of ours have gone down in the past 2 weeks.

Thank you for your consideration.

Richard/Carla/George
 
 

Calaveras Planning Commission 7-24-14 meeting video

To view the Calaveras Planning Commission 7-24-14 meeting video CLICK HERE

Video of Calaveras Planning Commission, Calaveras County Water District, and Calaveras Board of Supervisor’s meetings graciously supplied by Calaveras Public Access TV and accessed through the Community Action Project.

CFPD part of strike team headed to Sands fire in Amador County

At approximately 5:00 am 7-26-14 Copper Fire along with Central, Murphys, Altaville and San Andreas were asked to form a Type III (wildland) Engine strike team to head out to the Sands Fire in Amador County.


Photo courtesy Vino Noceto Winery

Sand Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 25, 2014 10:30 pm  
Date/Time Started: July 25, 2014 4:30 pm  
Administrative Unit: Amador- Eldorado 
County: Amador  
Location: East of Highway 49, 5 miles north of Plymouth  
Acres Burned - Containment: 1300 Acres 20% Contained  
Structures Threatened: 250  
Structures Destroyed:3  
Evacuations: Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road,  
Road Closures :Sand Ridge Road  
Injuries: 1 minor injury  
Cause: Under investigation 
Total Fire Personnel: 500   

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vandals key 'Murder' Into Veterans Car

TUOLUMNE (CBS13) — A veteran’s car was vandalized with an offensive message keyed into the side of her car, and her bumper sticker torn to shreds.
Jennifer Kyndra Artzer showed CBS13 the dog tags that are a symbol of the sacrifice and commitment as well as a source of pride. They are proof of the respect she’s earned serving our country in Afghanistan.

Read more at CBS 13

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers



Stop Settling for Less and Upgrade Your Life!

Welcome to our ‘Thought of the Week and Upgrade Your Life’ Series.  This series will give you valuable ‘New Thought’ information and advice that will help you learn how to Reclaim, Keep Your Power and make your Life much Easier.

Personal Development Series.  No:  101

What Strong People Don’t Do! 

When getting through some seriously tough times, we often struggle with hanging in and staying strong.  Since emotional healing is something all of us struggle with at times, I thought I’d write each week about some things emotionally strong people don’t do to give you new insights and perhaps creating a better life.  Enjoy!

Recipes by Nate

Orzo with Garbanzo Beans, Goat Cheese, and Oregano

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups orzo (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15- to 15 1/2-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 15-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

 

Heating up this weekend

  • 7-25-14
  • Friday Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night Clear, with a low around 66. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming north in the evening.
  • Saturday Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65.
  • Sunday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
  • Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

VW Show and Swap Meet


Blues and Bones July 26 at Calaveras Fairgrounds

http://www.bluesandbones.com/

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Angels Camp Farmers Market


Board of Supervisors 7-29-14 meeting agenda

To view the Board of Supervisors 7-29-14 special/evening meeting agenda CLICK HERE


Board of Sups to discuss 'Wild and Scenic' designation

The Board of Supervisors will be discussing the Wild and Scenic Designation for the Mokelumne River at their evening meeting scheduled for  July 29th at 6:00 PM.

Board of Supervisors 7-22-14 meeting video Part 1

To view the 7-22-14 Board of Supervisors meeting video Part 1 CLICK HERE





Video of Calaveras Planning Commission, Calaveras County Water District, and Calaveras Board of Supervisor’s meetings graciously supplied by Calaveras Public Access TV and accessed through the Community Action Project.

Copper Gazette surpasses one million views

Though it whizzed right by me, it was brought to my attention that the Copper Gazette, since its inception, has exceeded one million views.

Yes, this little news site, which a few times has received some regional, state and national coverage for my on the scene reporting, has really made its mark in the news. And I have you, the viewer/reader, to thank for this.

Thank you so much for your support over the years; your story ideas, your shares on FB, your pictures, and of course for being a member of this great community we lovingly call Copper.

Blessings to all and as always....happy reading!

Sincerely,
Charity Maness
Owner/Journalist


Dale Laughlin still in our hearts

Dale Laughlin passed away December 15, 2012, yet his memory still lives on in the hearts of many.

A member of the local VFW Post, his service to our country will be forever remembered, as on July 20, 2014 VFW Aux president Diana Shand and her husband Don Shand, presented Commander GIlbert with a plaque commemorating Dale's service to our country.

When the VFW Post is able to finally call a building their home, Dale's plaque will be displayed proudly for all to see and remember the wonderful man, father, friend he was.

 Don Shand, Diana Shand, Commander Al Gilbert
Richard 'Dale' Laughlin.

Senior of the Year nominations being accepted



2014 SENIOR OF THE YEAR


The Calaveras Commission on Aging recently sent out 125 Call for Nominations letter to county service clubs, organizations and churches in the search for the 2014 Calaveras Senior of the Year.  Recognizing that senior volunteers are a vital lifeline for most organizations, the chosen senior will be honored September 9, 2014 at a luncheon at the Town Hall Building in San Andreas.
The deadline for submission is Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and the nomination letter may be downloaded at www.calaverascountycoa.org.  Eligibility Requirements and Nomination Information are detailed.  Contact Kathi at (209) 498-2246 for questions.
The Calaveras Senior of the Year has been recognized since 1976.  Every year, the choice is challenging because of the names of those submitted and their vast contributions.  It is so important to be specific in the volunteer contributions for the nominee and not just those in your organization.  Please return information to Calaveras County Commission on Aging, 891 Mt. Ranch Rd #20, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Calaveras County DA Press release re: Child Rapist Robert Walker Sentenced To 27 Years To Life


San Andreas, CA...On July 21, 2014, Robert Walker was sentenced to life in prison for raping a six year old child. Walker had been found guilty of this crime on June 11, 2014, following a five day jury trial in Calaveras Superior Court. The mandatory sentence for this crime is 25 years to life, but due to Walker’s criminal past, his sentence was increased to a term of 27 years to life in prison. Under current law, he will not be eligible for release on parole until he serves a minimum of 27 years behind bars...

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation into this case in July of 2012 when the victim’s mother came forward to report the crime. The Sheriff’s Department determined that the crime actually occurred in 2008 when the victim was 6 years old. Despite the passage of time, the Sheriff’s Department put together a strong case and worked closely with Social Worker, Alfiea Porter, in documenting the victim’s report in a child appropriate manner. Mary Sawicki, Director of Calaveras Health & Human Services Agency stated, “Ms. Porter’s excellent work in this case is commensurate with her dedication and passion for protecting children.” Jen Joses, PA-C, of the Calaveras Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) also played a key role in corroborating the victim’s report.


Flourish Apparel and Gifts in Town Square offers dry cleaning drop off and pick up



Prime Rib at the Old Corner


Footlight Theater presents, “Song of the Lone Prairie, or… Poem on the Range!” a Melodrama in the Foothills at Hurst Ranch






WELCOME HOME, CANYON KID...NOW REACH FOR THE SKY! When a straight shooting, and guitar strumming singing cowboy known as The Canyon Kid returns to Dirt Clod, California, he finds his hometown in the grips of a tyrannical albino "hanging judge" named Basil Kadaver and his evil co-horts - the slinky gypsy seductress Nastassia Kinky and her half-witted brother, Two Gun Boris. To make matters worse for The Kid, he also discovers that his childhood sweetheart, Darla Darling, is engaged to a known desperado who is now the town sheriff. Will The Canyon Kid defeat the bad guys, win the love of his life and save the day?? To find out, don't miss:

Footlight Theatre Company 
in cahoots with
Hurst Ranch 
Presents:

"SONG OF THE LONE PRAIRIE, or...
POEM ON THE RANGE!"
A Wild West Dinner, vaudeville and Two Act Melodrama Extravaganza!!

 

Payless IGA weekly ad for 7-23-14 thru 7-29-14

To view the Payless IGA weekly ad for 7-23-14 thru 7-29-14 CLICK HERE


Histories Mysteries at Columbia State Park

We invite families or groups to solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800s.  You will witness the event, interview key members to the crime and get a chance to subpoena them in court.  Then you will select one person from your group to question people on the stand.  At the end, you will determine the outcome of the crime.  Contact Columbia State Historic Park at 209-588-9128.   
July 26, 8 am to 5 pm. 

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuolumne Supervisors consider non motorized section of Lake Tulloch

At the July 15, 2014 Tuolumne Board of Supervisors meeting the Supervisors addressed a plan to create a non motorized area of Lake Tulloch at the Green Springs arm, known to many as the Kistler Ranch cove.

The proposal submitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed to cordon off the majority of the cove, a common and favorite cove hangout for many local boaters and visitors alike. However, in a letter penned by Evan Royce, Chairman of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors to TriDam the proposal was reduced to cordon off only a small finger of the cove for non motorized boating and allowing the cove to remain as designated; a 5 mph zone.



Congressman Tom McClintock to hold Town Hall meeting in Copperopolis

Congressman Tom McClintock represents the Copperopolis area in Congress, and is inviting all constituents to a town hall meeting. The Congressman will make brief remarks on the state of national and international affairs, and then take questions from the audience.

The meeting will be held Thursday, August 7, 6:00 PM at the Copperopolis armory, 695 Main Street.

Congressman Tom McClintock was elected in November 2008 to represent the 4th Congressional District in the United States Congress. Rep. McClintock is the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the Budget Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.   He is also a member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. 

July 21, CalFire fire situation report

CSTARS presents 'Singin' in the Rain'


Vacation Bible School - bringing positive light into each childs day

Over 80 Copper kids participated in the annual Copper Canyon Baptist Church vacation bible school held last week, 7-14 thru 7-18-14.

Games, songs, lessons, crafts, etc with a Christ centered theme were enjoyed by all.

The theme of the school was 'Weird Animals'. With the emphasis being that though someone may be different or 'weird' to you they are still loved by God. Some folks got into the spirit and dressed 'weird' to show kids it was OK to be different.

In the center of the room was a huge tree trunk decorated with small paper flowers with writing on them. Each flower represents a 'God sighting'. If a child saw or thought of something nice someone had done they wrote it down and placed it on the tree trunk. This repeated action taught the kids to look for the good no matter where you are.