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Read and Ribbit As the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee draws near, students are finding motivation to stick their noses in books. The Reading is Fun Program rewards children for reading books, or having books read to them, with free admission to the Fair.

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Avio Vineyards and Winery Avio Vineyards is a little piece of Tuscany tucked away in Amador County. Owners Stefano and Lisa Watson have lovingly created a charming Italian style farmstead, where guests enjoy a friendly welcome in the beautifully decorated tasting room. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to Avio’s “piazza” where they can relax and enjoy wine tasting next to the picturesque stone fountain.

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Mining artifacts finding displays throughout Amador County Hard rock mining artifacts are finding their way to displays throughout Amador County. Folks driving past the Argonaut Mine over the past couple weeks have noticed that metal pieces scattered about the grounds are being removed. According to Jackson City Manager Mike Daly, the local Argonaut Mine property caretaker was concerned about vandalism and theft and approached the Kennedy Mine foundation and Ed Arata to save the loose artifacts.

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Earth Day in Angels Camp By Amanda Chaddock Staff Writer The weather warmed up just in time for the celebration of Earth Day on Sunday April 22nd. In Calaveras County, the occasion was commemorated at Utica Park in Angels Camp. The location, with its many trees, provided a lovely atmosphere for the event as well as relief from the hot sun. This Earth Day Celebration was sponsored by Green Party of Calaveras County and Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families. The event consisted of booths supporting various causes such as Calaveras Youth Mentoring, Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch, Wild and Scenic Mokelumne, and more. There were also many vendor booths selling items including nature photography, homemade soaps, and leather belts. Wild Geese Garden Herbs out of Mountain Ranch brought different herbs and vegetable plants for purchase. Jayne Henning was the friendly vendor in Wild Geese Garden Herbs, “I like to be a part of the movement to protect the Earth, and be with good people who also enjoy celebrating the Earth.”

Guests enjoying the live music at the Celebration.

“We came out to enjoy the weather and the festivities,” says Peter Koehler, of Sonora. He, along with daughters Kristin and Brianna Koehler, picked out vegetables for their garden at the Wild

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The Community Bank of San Joaquin will soon take possession of the Trinitas Golf Course near Wallace. With a price tag of $1.38 million, no bids were placed in a public auction this week on the troubled property. The property developed by Michael and MichelleNemee will revert to the bank after lengthy court and foreclosure proceedings. The bank has waited more than two years to auction off the property, with a stay on the sale lifted about two months ago by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ronald Sargis. A March 2nd sale, which also lacked any bidders, was voided by the bank after the Nemees’ attorneys claimed it had not been properly noticed. Among other debts, the Nemeesowe more than $2.3 million to the bank on 280 acres of land that includes an estate home, olive orchard and an 18-hole golf course constructed without required permits. Calaveras County Supervisors voted 3-2 to deny the Trinitas project in 2009 and the County has been locked in a court battle with the Nemeesever since. Even with the property foreclosed upon, the Nemees have an outstanding $12 million civil rights suit pending against the County and former employees for alleged violation of right to due process.

Geese Garden Herbs booth. As Brianna picked out a bell pepper she commented, “It is important to help the Earth.” The Earth Day Celebration also offered live music. Husband

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New playground at Hogan By Amanda Chaddock Staff Writer New Hogan Lake has a new attraction. The Army Corps of Engineers at the lake has responded to customer desire by opening up a playground facility. Located at the Observation Point, adjacent to the Army Corps office, the playground is surrounded by beautiful views of the lake. Adam Durando, the manager of New Hogan Lake with Army Corps, stated, “We are always trying to upgrade the facilities available to visitors.” Being that there is only one other playground available in Valley Springs, Durando believes the new addition is good for the community. He points out that having the playground next to the office assures a safe location for families. “We opened the playground about two weeks ago and kids have been there every day,” says Durando, It seems families in the town are responding to the playground with excitement. The Valley Springs community is sure to benefit from having another option for play time. Following a recent visit, Amanda Sharpe of Valley Springs

The new play structure with a view of New Hogan Lake as the backdrop.

remarked, “The new park is a great place to take the kids. They loved playing on the rock climbing walls and running through the tunnels. I enjoyed taking in all the beautiful scenery. It’s our new favorite place to hang out.” Also accessible in the surrounding area are picnic tables and barbeques, as well as a sheltered area that can be rented out for birthday parties or other events. Restrooms are available on site. A small information center concerning the lake is located

within the office. Here, children may obtain a free coloring book promoting water safety in addition to the assorted information that is provided. Every year the Army Corps seeks to improve upon the recreation aspect of New Hogan. In the future they may consider adding more picnic tables or infant swings depending on visitor requests. For now, the playground offers a safe and lovely environment for families to enjoy as the weather warms up.

Kelly’s diocese to pay $3.75 million Accused Priest Kelly also served in Lockeford and San Andreas STOCKTON -- The Diocese of Stockton has settled a civil lawsuit and will pay $3.75 million to a plaintiff who accused removed priest Michael Kelly of sexually molesting him. After obtaining one of the largest individual settlements for sexual abuse, the plaintiff named in court papers as John TZ Doe identified himself as Travis Trotter. Trotter, of Fairfax, was an altar boy at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton under Kelly’s direction more than 20 years ago. He

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said he recovered memories of the abuse years later and that the emotional fallout has prevented him from working as an airline pilot. Trotter revealed his name to encourage other abuse victims to come forward and begin the healing process, he said. “I wasn’t able to be strong as a child,” Trotter, 37, said Friday. “… I finally took care of that little boy inside me.” Trotter filed suit, his attorneys said, since the statute of limitations didn’t allow for a criminal

trial. Church officials agreed to pay to avoid further litigation after a jury on April 6 found Kelly liable of sexually assaulting Trotter. Kelly, who had taken the stand once, left for his native Ireland — citing health reasons — two days before he was scheduled to testify in the second phase of the trial, which focused on the diocese’s liability. The diocese had to consider the jury’s verdict on Kelly, and the priest’s departure, in decid-

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Clock’s ticking on safest conditions to burn The clock’s ticking away on safest conditions for creating defensible space around your home before high fire season is upon us. Cal Fire reminds everyone that Burn Permits are required Tuesday, May 1st, and that last year nearly 25% of all wildlandfires were started by residential burn piles that escaped control of the person in charge. To greatly reduce your risk of causing a wildfire, Cal Fire strongly urges property owners to safely burn debris piles now, while the ground is still damp from recent storms and remember that burn barrels are no longer legal in Amador, El Dorado or Calaveras Counties. For tips on residential debris burning safety and other fire safety topics, visit For alternatives to burning debris, contact the Amador Fire Safe Council at

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By Amanda Chaddock Staff Writer As the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee draws near, students are finding motivation to stick their noses in books. The Reading is Fun Program rewards children for reading books, or having books read to them, with free admission to the Fair. “Anything we can do to engage more of our community is the right thing to do,” states Laurie Giannini, Fair Manager. This reading incentive commenced on April 1st and will continue until the opening day of the County Fair on May 17th. All of the schools in Calaveras County distributed the “Read and Ribbit your way to the Calaveras County Fair” reading logs, which require a parent or guardian signature to be valid. Kindergarten through second graders must read 25 books, third graders 25 books or 350 pages, fourth and fifth graders 500 pages,

and sixth graders 650 pages. Accomplishing this task gains the student admission to the fair on either May 19th or 20th. In addition, carnival tickets will be awarded to the first 50 children to turn in their reading logs. The program began about ten years ago with the goal of involving local classrooms without taking up the time of the teacher. As most students are already required to do a reading log, the Reading is Fun Program was easy to implement. Giannini commented, “We have a responsibility to be a resource to the community, and the reading program is one of these ways.” The program also ties in with this year’s theme: “Pride in our past, Faith in our future.” As Giannini stated, children are the future. With this in mind, other programs for children will also be featured at the fair. As for the past, there will be many historical exhibits and photographs to

celebrate the Jumping Frog Jubilee being one of the oldest fairs in the state. The Fairgrounds Office can be contacted for further information at (209) 736-2561.

Mining artifacts finding displays throughout Amador County Hard rock mining artifacts are finding their way to displays throughout Amador County. Folks driving past the Argonaut Mine over the past couple weeks have noticed that metal pieces scattered about the grounds are being removed. According to Jackson City Manager Mike Daly, the local Argonaut Mine property caretaker was concerned about vandalism and theft and approached the Kennedy Mine foundation and Ed Arata to save the loose artifacts. The effort will allow many historic artifacts to be displayed for all to see. Many of the items were not original to the Argonaut Mine, but were collected by the property owner and stored at the Mine site. The City of Jacksonplans to display some of the artifacts at the Vista Point and at the Kennedy Tailings WheelsPark. There are also plans to display many items throughout the Historical sector of Sutter Creek.

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KELLY’S continued from Page 1 legal team did not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that abuse had occurred; instead, they had to prove it was more likely than not that the molestation and rape occurred. “This case has always been (based) on no hard evidence,” said David Edwards, who served as jury foreman. Edwards said the jury looked at complaints by various parents at different parishes where Kelly served.

“For me, there just was just too much inappropriate behavior by Father Kelly,” said Edwards, 47. “It was just too hard to dismiss.” Jurors also considered that some church staff, who became mandatory reporters in 1998 by law, testified that had the complaints taken place at this time, versus 20 years ago, they would have reported the incidents to law enforcement for further investigation. After the settlement was an-

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nounced Friday, some of the jury embraced Trotter and his family. Most headed to the news conference to learn more about Trotter. At the conference, John Manly, Trotter’s lead attorney, urged law enforcement officials to investigate the diocese’s handling of clergy sexual misconduct. Blaire said the diocese has clear procedures and policies for investigating allegations, including a review board made up of community members, law professionals and abuse survivors. “If anybody wants to come in and examine the way we conduct our investigations, I welcome them to do that,” Blaire said. Now, Blaire said, he must reach out to the people of St. Joachim’s Church in Lockeford, Kelly’s last parish, where he was highly supported. Kelly previously had worked in Modesto, Sonora and Ceres. The priest, who is presumed to be in Ireland, is still under investigation by the Calaveras County Sheriff ’s Office related to sexual abuse allegations from when he served at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in San Andreas a decade ago. Manly, of Newport Beach, also represents the alleged victim who came forward from Calaveras County. The diocese oversees parishes in Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. From the $3.75 million payout, $2 million will be paid by insurance and the rest will come from the diocese’s reserves. The diocese has paid millions of dollars in settling past cases of sex abuse by priests. It includes a $7 million payout to brothers John and James Howard, who said they were molested by now-defrocked priest Oliver O’Grady while he served at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock. O’Grady was criminally convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Overseen by then-Bishop Roger Mahony, the diocese was criticized for covering up O’Grady’s abuses. Mahony, recently retired as archbishop of Los Angeles, in 2007 settled with more than 500 victims — a total of $660 million — and publicly apologized for the abuses by priests. But Blaire stood by Kelly. “We defended him because we believed he was innocent,” Blaire said. “The jury made a decision, and I respect that decision.”

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