Downieville School Fall Festival 10/22/14

Downieville PTO is putting on a Fall Festival this weekend with games, prizes, face images-1painting, crafts for kids, chili and corn bread and a pumpkin patch. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Fall Festival AND an apple baked goods bake off. If you would like to participate, just  bring your baked good to the school at 11:00 on Saturday.  Also, anyone is welcome to judge, for a small fee. All proceeds go the PTO. Winner of the bake off gets bragging rights 🙂 Thank you so much and I hope you can attend. It is going to be fun.

More Fun with Lou 10/1/14


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014  2:00 PM

Downieville School Fundraiser 9/10/14

Help send our 5th & 6th graders to the Marin Headlands !

A life changing education week of experiencing science hands on in a beautiful coastal setting.  A Downieville Schools tradition.

We need to secure enough funds so that all students may go on this trip.

You may donate coins, cash or checks at:

Sierra City Country Store, Downieville Grocery Store, St. Charles, The Shack, Burgee Dave’s, The Grubstake, La Cocina del Oro, sierra Hardware and Two Rivers Gallery.

Please make checks out to :

The Downieville School and note: 5th&6th Grade Headlands Trip

Thank you to everyone for your support.

Calling All Ice Creamers 8/6/14

“Calling All Ice Cream Makers! Naomi Parlor #36 is planning their annual Ice Cream UnknownSocial for Saturday, August 23th, from Noon until 2 pm and we need Ice Cream Makers. Think of it, an opportunity to enter your favorite homemade ice cream in the fierce competition for the Blue Ribbon and bragging rights for a WHOLE YEAR about how you took first place. Don’t delay, reserve your spot today and help us keep this tradition going. For details on how to participate with your favorite homemade ice cream please contact Karen Galan at 530-289-3595 or Earlene Folsom at 530-289-3530”

Lora Lee Comes Home 7/23/14

DOWNIEVILLE – Western Sierra Medical Clinic has announced that Family Nurse

FNP Lora Lee Grutkowski

FNP Lora Lee Grutkowski

Practitioner and medical and emergency care provider Lora Lee Grutkowski has rejoined the non-profit health center at the Downieville site clinic, beginning August 4.

Grutkowski previously provided primary care services from 2008 to 2012 at Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville, at its mobile clinic sites in Camptonville and Pike City, and at the Grass Valley clinic site.

Grutkowski brings 35 years of clinical nursing experience. Since 2012, she served as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley’s emergency room and as a Registered Nurse in the operating room, performing operating room nursing as well as pre-operative clinical assessments for the Department of Anesthesia.

“We look forward to working with Lora Lee again. Her in-depth experience in both primary and emergency care will help people thrive through all stages of their life,” said Dr. Glenn Thiel, Chief Medical Officer at Western Sierra Medical Clinic.

During her 35-year career in nursing, Grutkowski developed an expertise in illness diagnosis, urgent care, cardiac and pediatric life support, surgery practices, immunizations, physical examinations, acute care and treatment of chronic health illnesses. She also has experience in medical administration and legal consulting.

Grutkowski earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has Board Certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Grutkowski also is Board Certified as an Operating Room Nurse, as an RN First Assistant in Surgery, and in Legal Nurse Consulting.

In Sonoma County, she worked at Healdsburg District Hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. Grutkowski’s professional affiliations include the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and the Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses. Grutkowski is a recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Award-Registered Nurse First Assistant, Nurse in Washington Internship Award – Community Scholarships Winner, and Peri-Operative Nursing Educational Award for Nursing Excellence.

For more information on Western Sierra, please visit

Sign Up Now ! 7/16/14

Good afternoon,

In the hopes of getting the word out and generating more sign ups to the CodeRed program, please  print this internet instruction for in your papers/website. For varying reasons there are still many residents not signed up either because they don’t know about it, they don’t have internet or may feel it’s too difficult to sign up. There are people who will assist them if they call and ask. Your help would be very much appreciated, thank you!

CodeRED Instructions V2

Sgt. Michelle Anderson
Administrative Operations Supervisor
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 66, 100 Courthouse Square
Downieville, CA 95936
530~289-3700/Desk: 530~289~2880
Cellular: 530~913~3986
Fax: 530~289~3318

Movie Night at the Yuba 7/16/14

Sierra County Arts Council

Movie Night!

MV5BMTk2NzczOTgxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODQ5ODczOQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_“Star Trek Into Darkness” comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville
Friday, July 18th at 7:30 PM
Director: J.J. Abrams Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry (TV series “Star Trek”).
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana.

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

This program is part the Sierra County Arts Council’s “Movie Nights” series with funding from the Bill Graham Foundation. The Sierra County Arts Council is a local partner of the California Arts Council.

$5.00 Suggested Donation.
About the Arts Council – The Sierra County Arts Council is a member-supported 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public benefit corporation established in 1981 to promote, support and advocate the arts throughout Sierra County, California.

DVL Community BBQ July 8th Noon 7/2/14

Brian Jamison, DVFD Coordinator for the FFBI

 7/2/14 Brian Jamison, DVFD Coordinator for the FFBI

On Tuesday, July 8th at high noon aka 12:00 PM the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department  is inviting the community to a Barbecue luncheon at the Masonic Hall Tin Cup Diggins Park in Downieville where representatives of the Fire Fighters Burn Institute will be guests along with our County Supervisors and employees of Sierra County..

Downieville Volunteer Fire Department is a member of the FFBI Team and has been honored  for “commitment to improving burn care and recovery programs for firefighters and our communities.”Fill the Boot burns

A recent incident involving severe burns to a member of DVFD, Fire Fighter Tim Gascoigne, who was taken by helicopter to the UC Davis Burn Center after an accident with a propane fire in his home, demonstrated the responsiveness and help available to our community. Representatives of the FFBI went to the hospital and assisted the victim with his needs. Thankfully, the burns were superficial and no lung damage was apparent.

The FFBI was founded in 1973, about one year after the tragic jet plane crash into the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in South Sacramento that took the lives of 22 people. There was no burn care in Sacramento at the time and Captain Cliff Haskell of the Sacramento Fire Department asked Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Local 522 to assist him and together the FFBI was founded with a goal of establishing a burn unit in Sacramento. About one year later Sacramento’s first burn unit was established at U.C. Davis Medical Center.

Although firefighters are a major part of the Firefighters Burn Institute, FFBI provides burn survivor program support and prevention/education services to the entire community.

Summer Tennis 7/2/14


Lessons are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children from ages 5 through 11 will take to the court at 8:00 and those from ages 12 through 17 will start at 9:00. Some exceptions will be made for families with two or more children to save on shuttling. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 17 that would like to participate in this summer’s program, please call Paul at 530-289-1018 or email him at Prior notice is not required. You can just bring your child on any of the scheduled days. There is no charge for this opportunity although donations are very welcomed.

tennislessonkidsThe lessons of courtesy, respect and cooperation will continue to be emphasized along with the many other skills that organized life-long sports can foster. Board members of the tennis organization are Tom Potter, Bryan Davey, Kristy Folsom, and Tim Beals.


DCAC Meets on WSMC 6/25/14

The Downieville Clinic Advisory Committee sent two representatives to the WSMC Board of Directors meeting in Grass Valley on Wednesday July 25th to ask them to postpone any decision on cutting days and hours of service to the Downieville WSMC site until the community had the opportunity to help find solutions to maintain the 24/7 health care that is now available to western Sierra County.

The concept of 24/7 doesn’t mean the Clinic facility is open 24 hrs every day. It means the Clinic will hold regular hours of service through the week days and then a Provider capable of performing emergency care including procedures and medications that an LVN or EMT is not allowed too administer, because of state licensing requirements, would be on call nights and weekends. Not an unreasonable request of service. What has been developed over the past 38 years and should be a standard for any rural clinic to attain.

Family Nurse Practitioner Frank Lang developed a schedule to give the 24/7 care with himself Scott Kellerman, M.D. and Nurse Practitioner Lora Lee Grutkowski during the transition period. It is unknown how the WSMC Board of Director will take this information but the hope is they will see the need for continuing 24/7 care in western Sierra County.

At the time of the merger of Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville and the Miner’s Clinic in Grass Valley it was suppose to be a mutually beneficial merger. It appears that the Administration used the merger to strengthen and build a new facility in Nevada County and decrease the health care in western Sierra County. The Downieville Clinic building was owned outright by WSMC and was encumbered. The building now has over $600,000 lien on it, it is not clear why. The new facility in Grass Valley was thanks to a grant from USDA CDGB. The 330 grant funding from HSRA is based upon a “rural frontier” community( i.e.: western Sierra County) but the majority of the funding goes to Grass Valley and Downieville gets less than 10.

This  is odd as the funds are supposed to serve an area where there is a need. Grass Valley has many doctors and clinics, a hospital with an emergency room 24/7 and western Sierra County has only the WSMC facility in Downieville where all emergency services use as a base. Enloe Hospital is who the EMT’s work with and Enloe works with Downieville for training and protocols for EMT’s.

The majority of the WSMC Board of Directors are from Nevada County although there are five residents of Sierra County as members. This has been a bad situation for us. Stay tuned for the update.  GOOD NEWS – just got word the WSMC Board voted to continue the 24/7 coverage and 5 days a week Clinic hours for another two months while DCAC discussions continue with the Administration finding long term solutions.

News From Lou 6/25/14

Okay folks, It’s time to eat again!

Friday, July 18th at Big Springs Gardens. This will be an evening BBQ with live entertainment. No, we couldn’t get Celtic Thunder or Il Volo to join us. But there will be live music! $39 per person which includes entry fee, meal, tip and non-alcoholic beverages and of course the music.

You can contact me or Joyce White so we can make the reservation. You must do this before July 11th. And, if you want to ride the van, you can contact me by the 11th also.

And yet, there is more………

I have been getting a lot of requests to go back to The Palace at Lake Francis in beautiful downtown Dobbins. So, let me ask you, would Saturday June 28th be too soon for all of you? Let me know by tomorrow, so I can call to make a reservation. Yes, we usually go on Sunday’s, since they serve prime rib on Friday and Saturday only, that is the better day. I have a drive on Friday and don’t know when I will get back, that’s way it’s Saturday.

Like I said, It’s all about food!

Let me know,


AND , As some of you remember, last Tuesday/Wednesday was our outing to see the musical “DANCE INFERNO” at the El Dorado in Reno. I have to tell you, of all of the shows we have been to so far, this was the best! This is Lou’s opinion only. However, watching the other 9 in our group, it looked as though they might have the same opinion.

Let me set the stage. Maryann and Peter Bryan, Joyce Felix and Joyce White, Rick and Gail Clemo, Vi Marcantionio and her sister Mary De Santis and of course, Barbara Seley. These are pretty much the “Downieville Trouble-Makers”. Did I mention, I was the youngest in the group?

So, the University of Nevada, Reno was hosting a football camp for high school kids and about 30-40 of those guys also came to the show. ( oh, and by the way, they too had reservations at the buffet the same time as us. Can you say “Not enough Food”?) Boy, those boys can eat!

And, of course, they sat right behind us in the showroom. We knew we were in for it with all that energy! Yet, they were very well behaved……..mostly……….

The show starts with a selection of ABBA’s songs, on to Gloria Estefan, Village People and so on. Remember, this is the Disco era (1970’s) so these boys were not even born then. They broke out singing with the singers on stage and knew every word to every song. I was so impressed. But wait, they can dance too! Yep, down the isles they boogied to just about every song. Gail and I couldn’t decide who was more entertaining. What a great time those boys had at this show!!

Needless to say, the show was very high energy. The costumes were the best. (this is Jack Marshall’s assessment) something about feather skirts. I don’t know. Really, the costumes were great the dancing was some of the best I have ever seen…they were perfect! The music was awesome! The show lasted and hour and a half and when it was done, we all looked at each other and said, “really”? it just started.

So, the good news is, the show goes until August 10th. I would highly recommend this show! If you have a chance to go see it, do it! you will not be disappointed. If this can get 90-something Joyce Felix or 80 something Peter Bryan out of their seat and dancing, it has to be great! Well, Peter wasn’t out of his seat, but his leg was going 90 mph. I’m going back to see it in August with my sister and brother-in-law and am already looking forward to it.

Oh, I was exhausted after the show…..had to change clothes

Anyone else interested? let me know.

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