June 19, 2018

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The dream is becoming reality! Mayers Memorial Hospital District broke ground on our New Hospital Wing Expansion. We celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony last week to give special thanks to all of those that have made our project a reality.

There has been so much that has gone on behind the scenes to get us to this point. By next summer (2019) we will be opening the new wing which will include the Emergency, Lab and Imaging Departments.

Seismic requirements set forth by California Legislation (SB1953) have required hospitals to be seismically compliant in patient care areas by January 1, 2020. A new wing is a necessity in order to meet the state law. The process for this project has been a long one, beginning with making a plan. The plan needed to meet the needs of the community, meet the requirements of the law and be fiscally responsible.

After many variations of the plan, a final version was selected. Many other pieces then needed to be completed including legislation authored and passed that allowed us to use the “Design-Build” process with our project. Assemblyman Brian Dahle sponsored AB1290 which opened a big door for us.

Financing was secured through the USDA Rural Development program. An extensive Capital Campaign led by the Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation was initiated and ultimately very successful thanks to the amazing support of our community.

There is a lot more to this story, but we are excited to say that the project has begun and we will have a new hospital wing opening the summer of 2019. Watch for updates, behind the scenes stories, facts and other topics in our “Construction Corner.”

AAAU Honors Women of Achievement

The Intermountain- Fall River Mills Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) honored two local women with Woman Of Achievement Awards at a recent luncheon. Awards are presented to members of the community and the local club.

The Branch Award was presented to Beatriz Vasquez, for her work as the Branch Scholarship Chair, as well as her involvement with the Tech Trek Committee and other events. Additionally, Beatriz assists in a number of community programs including the Fall River library, Spring Rivers Foundation, and Vice Presidency on the Mayers Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors.

The Community Award went to Allison Breedveld for her role in the development of the spring Rivers Foundation Outdoor Education Program. The Program, which began in 2007, provides annual outdoor education field trips for all kindergarten through sixth-grade students in the Fall River Joint Unified School District, as well as for some students from Redding. Allison’s role also includes recruiting, training, and organizing the over 60 volunteers who help with the program.

Congratulations to both women for their excellent service to our local AAUW Branch and to the Intermountain Community.

Branch fund raising activities focus on college scholarships and Tech Trek camp. College scholarships are provided to local women who have completed at least two years of college. Since 1984 they have provided $53,000 in scholarship funds to 88 local women. The Tech Trek program sends 7th- Grade girls to UC Davis for a one-week summer camp focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. The Branch has sent 29 girls to camp since 1998. While not raising funds, members enjoy a wide variety of educational and fun activities. If you are interested in joining the local branch of AAUW, please contact Vice-President for Membership, Kathy Urlie at (335-2552).

Mountain Jubilee is Saturday

Fun for the whole family can be found at the Mountain Jubilee, June 23rd. Hosted by the Inter-Mountain Heritage Foundation, the Mountain Jubilee will be packed with activities for kids and adults alike. Admission is free.

The day of excitement begins with the co-ed big ball tournament. For those athletes interested in a chance at the title the entry fee is $275 per team and the deadline to register is June 20th. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams, male and female All Tourney, as well as male and female MVP. Please contact Carlos (530) 549-0880 or Kati (530) 640-1961 to register a team.

For those who like an individual challenge, the Mayer’s “Your Life” 5k Color Run starts at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 8 a. m. During this un-timed event “Color Runners” are doused from head to toe in different colors. Entry fee is $20 before June 10th ($25 after). A free t-shirt is guaranteed with early entry.

Not ready to show off your unadulterated athleticism? Afraid of pulling a hamstring? No need to worry, the Mt. Jubilee bar is open from 9 am to close so you can grab your favorite drink, sit back, and watch the competitions unfold. Where there is drink there is also food.

Anna’s Country Kitchen, Pork Chop Slims, and the Fall River VFD will be there serving some tasty food options. French antique/ vintage truck show, Inter- Mountain Mustang Car Club show, HALO Children’s Games, 4-H Poultry and Small Animal show, and Cornhole are some of the other activities to be enjoyed.

Photography enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Crown Camera Photography Workshop taught by Frank Toma. Frank brings his years of photography experience to show you how to take award winning photographs. The workshop starts at 10 am and is free to the public.

Live music will be strumming throughout the afternoon. The sounds of Dust In My Coffee, Andrew G. Bentz, Kevin McDowell, Intermountain Acoustic Musicians, and Rainynight will be cascading over the fairgrounds. An array of afternoon entertainment begins at 1 pm with the cribbage tournament. Registration starts at noon.

Early bids can register by calling (530) 336-6883 and leaving a message. Entry fee is $5 and gift certificate prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place. Check-in for the doubles horseshoe tournament begins at 5 pm with play starting at 6 pm. There is a $40 entry fee per team. The tournament is limited to the first thirty-two teams, so don’t delay in registering. The entry form is available online.

Enjoy a Trucker dinner from 5 pm – 7 pm. Hunger games begin at 5 pm. Camping reservations and more information are available through the Inter-Mountain Fair office at (530) 336-5695.

A full schedule of events, tournament entry forms and rules are also available on our website at www.inter- upcoming-events/mountain- jubilee.

The Mountain Jubilee has something for everyone in the beautiful Fall River Valley. All net proceeds from the activities will benefit the enhancement and maintenance of the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds. The Inter- Mountain Heritage Foundation is a tax exempt, 501 (c) 3 organization that is devoted to the continuation of our local fairgrounds. Come out for a fun day and support the Inter-Mountain Fair.