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Better Together: Early Results from New Recuperative Care Dormitory Predict Long-Term Success

In partnership with the County and Dignity Health Sierra Memorial Hospital, Hospitality House opened a new recuperative care dormitory in October 2018. In just a few months’ time, success from the new dormitory is already evident.

The recuperative care dormitory is designed exclusively to welcome homeless patients released from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to Hospitality House where they can continue to rest and recuperate from their ailments and injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the shelter.

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Sean Rockwell, Grass Valley Dental Wellness – Lowell Robinson Business of the Year; Bart  Riebe, Citizen of the Year; Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Volunteer of the Year; Ed Scofield, District II Supervisor

Local Rotary Clubs Present Awards for Business, Citizen and Volunteer of the Year

On Wednesday March 20th, the five Western Nevada County Rotary Clubs hosted the annual Community Awards Ceremony.

Grass Valley Dental Wellness was named Business of the Year, Bart Riebe was named Citizen of the Year, and Cathy Wilcox-Barnes was named Volunteer of the Year. Nevada County District II Supervisor Ed Scofield, who serves as president of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, presented the awards.

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Reminder: Wildfire Speaker Series on Monday, March 25th

On Monday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services presents Fire Resistant Homes and Defensible Space, the second in a four-part speaker series, designed to educate and inspire the community to prepare for fire season.
These cooler days are the perfect time to tackle cleanup projects outside that could be more difficult or hazardous in the warmer months. Smart planning and collaboration are key parts of a fire-safe strategy. Highlighting the latest science and best practices for our area, attendees will learn how to harden their homes and maintain their property from Dr. Kate Wilkin, Forest and Fire Adviser with UC Cooperative Extension, and Matt Furtado, CAL FIRE and Nevada County Fire Prevention Planner.

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March 26th Board Meeting Preview

Board of Supervisors meetings take place every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. At the beginning of each meeting, the public can address the Board on items not appearing on the agenda, but are of public interest and are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Tuesday's March 26th meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

At 10:30 a.m., the Board will consider the authorization of multifamily housing revenue bonds to acquire and rehabilitate the 42-unit multifamily affordable housing community known as The Courtyards at Penn Valley.

At 10:45 a.m. there will be two public hearings to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation for the Mena TPZ Rezone Project and to consider amending the County’s Land Use and Development Code to incentivize the use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). After each public hearing, the Board will consider adopting an Ordinance on each topic.

At 1:30 p.m. the Board will consider a Resolution approving an agreement between the County and the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District (NCCFD) and an agreement between the County and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) pertaining to the County’s Defensible Space Inspection program. The Board will then consider an amendment to Article 7 of Chapter IV of the Nevada County General Code regarding Hazardous Vegetation Abatement. Afterwards,the Board will consider an amendment to the contract between the County and the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County.

Watch Tuesday's Board meeting live or archived online from our website.

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Mary Olender, WIC Peer Counselor, speaking in Washington D.C.

Local WIC Participant Speaks at National WIC Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Nevada County Public Health Department's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program nominated and sent WIC Peer Counselor and participant, Mary Olender, to Washington D.C. last week to speak at the National WIC Association Leadership Conference and to our representatives on Capitol Hill in support of WIC's Breastfeeding Peer Counseling program.

Mary's compelling story includes her own experience as a WIC Peer Counselor, a WIC participant and her special little girl born last spring. Although Mary had much experience, she benefited from WIC's early support when her youngest daughter, Thea, was born with a cleft palate related to Pierre Robin Syndrome and wasn't able to breathe or breastfeed on her own.

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Celebrating International Board Certified Lactation Consultant’s Day

Support is a key factor in improving breastfeeding rates. Nevada County's Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program assists mothers to meet their goals for optimal nutrition for their babies. There are many benefits to both mother and baby when mothers breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and continue breastfeeding until the baby is at least 1 year old, along with introducing healthy supplemental foods.

Nevada County's mothers and lactation professionals are dedicated to breastfeeding, resulting in high rates of breastfed infants compared to most other counties, the statewide average, and rates across the U.S. Thanks to each of our Nevada County employees who are instrumental in improving maternal and infant health outcomes through breastfeeding support.

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309 Broad Street Historical Landmark Ceremony

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is hosting a unveiling ceremony for a new plaque to be installed at 309 Broad Street in Nevada City, the site of the Golden Era Lounge, on March 29th starting at 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This site was registered as a historical landmark by the Board of Supervisors in 2017, per the Historical Landmarks Commission's recommendation.

At 4:30 p.m., property owner Steve Giardina will speak about history of the site. 309 Broad has served as a saloon or bar since the Gold Rush era. It was masterfully renovated by Steve and Cindy Giardina, who reopened it as the Golden Era Lounge in 2015. It has many historical features, including a bar that is over 120 years old.

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Job Openings at Nevada County: Defensible Space Inspector

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Nevada County is hiring Defensible Space Inspectors to assist County residents with the creation of defensible space around their homes. Inspectors will coordinate and conduct defensible space inspections to help educate homeowners about the steps they are required to take to make their homes more resistant to fire. Successful Defensible Space Inspectors will have experience serving a diverse range of customers, with strong communication and excellent customer service skills. Essential qualifications include knowledge of defensible space, forestry, fuels management and the principles, practices and methods used in site evaluation and hazard reduction.

If you are interested in contributing to the Ready Nevada County effort to help prepare residents for the height of the wildfire season, apply today! Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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