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‘Hospitality House Serves’ provides training for future chefs

​Hospitality House Serves is the Hospitality House Community Shelter’s culinary job training Program. The program is funded through Nevada County’s Housing and Community Services 2013 Community Development Block Grant. The six-week course provides members of the homeless community with training for employment in the food services industry.

The Hospitality House Serves program provides students with the core fundamentals to succeed in the modern kitchen. It also provides a sustainable pathway to personal empowerment and development of self-esteem. Aside from the food service skillset that students acquire, a large majority of students attain employment and/or housing while enrolled in the program.

The program has seen 14 participants, with the third class currently in-progress. Hospitality House reports that almost half of the students who have participated in the program have gained employment. Many have also obtained housing, and have returned to mainstream society as stabilized, housed, and employed individuals.

West Nile virus activity

​The Nevada County Public Health Department recommends that residents continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carry and transmit the West Nile virus, which can sometimes lead to severe neurological illness, particularly in those older than 50.

As of Oct. 15, there have been 562 reported cases of West Nile virus infection in people in California. In Nevada County, no human cases have been reported this year but surveillance from and routine testing of sentinel chicken flocks does show that mosquitoes in the area are carrying the virus. There were no positive indications of West Nile virus from our dead bird reporting program.

To reduce the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus, residents are encouraged to:

— Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active

— If outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk

— Use an appropriate mosquito repellent

— Drain standing water

For further information, go to http://www.westnile.ca.gov.

IGS intern creates Condon Park Disc Golf mobile map app

Nevada County Geographic Information Systems intern Daniel Kitowski created a new mobile web application for the Condon Park disc golf course. The app enables players to see a map of the course, plot their current location, then see distance and obstacles to the next hole. The Information and General Services Agency regularly runs several active internships where interns gain valuable skills and real world experience, as well as produce useful work products and projects like this example.

All IGS internship opportunities can be found at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hr/Pages/Nevada-County-Internships.aspx. For more information, contact Steve Monaghan, County CIO at steve.monaghan@co.nevada.ca.us.

​View solar eclipse at the Madelyn Helling Library

The Nevada County Astronomers will hold a free viewing of the partial solar eclipse in front of the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday. The eclipse will begin at 1:52 p.m. and the sun will reach maximum coverage (40 percent obscured) at 3:16 p.m. Filtered solar telescopes, including a hydrogen-alpha telescope, will be available for safe viewing of the sun. Special solar filter viewing glasses will be available to borrow. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Please note that poor weather will cause the event to be canceled. For further information, call the Madelyn Helling Library at 265-7050.​

LaMalfa’s representative to hold satellite office

Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s Field Representative, Jennifer Horne, will be holding a satellite office in the Northstar Conference Room located in the County Executive Office in the Rood Government Center from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday.

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