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Smithsonian’s Journey Stories at Museum
April 28, 2015

The new Journey Stories exhibit will open at the Community Memorial Museum on Friday, May 8th with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is brought to Yuba City through the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and Exhibit Envoy. The Journey Stories exhibit examines America’s mobility and innate love of adventure and travel, extending from stories of coming to America, to how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it changed our country and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Throughout our history, Americans have claimed their freedom by asserting their mobility.

Americans are all about going places, and that mobility spurred the development of ever faster modes of travel: trains, cars, boats and airplanes. Because everyone has their own travel stories, the Community Memorial Museum is asking everyone to share their favorite journey story with the Museum. Maybe you recall a family vacation, a first trip on an airplane, or a family story of how your ancestors came to America. From Native Americans to recent immigrants, regardless of our ethnic and racial backgrounds, we all bring something to the history of travel, immigration, and transportation in America. The Museum is accepting your journey story in any format - written by hand, on computer, recorded, or videotaped. The Museum wants to learn about your journey story to help create our community’s Journey Story archive that will remain in the Museum as part of our collective history. Call the Museum at (530) 822-7141 for more information about this project or bring or mail your story to the Museum.

The Journey Stories exhibit will remain at the Museum through June 17th. Admission to the Museum is free. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City.

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Local Aviation Book Signing at Museum
April 17, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host a book signing with local author and pilot Allen Herr on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. His new book Golden Wings Over the Feather River describes early aviation in Yuba, Sutter, and Butte Counties from 1910 to 1939. This pioneering study of local aviation history details lively stories of fearless risk takers in Northern California: early aviators, barn stormers, commercial flyers, airplane builders, and local airfield development.

Mr. Herr will talk about the book and will be available to sign copies. Golden Wings Over the Feather River is available for purchase in the Museum Store and at the time of the book signing event. The event is free and open to the public.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Prisoner of War Art at Museum
April 13, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host an exhibit of photographs of art and graffiti created by German Prisoners of War being held at Camp Beale, now Beale Air Force Base, during World War II. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge.

In 1944 a Prisoner of War camp opened at Camp Beale, and about 1,000 German prisoners were held there. A tall barbed-wire fence enclosed 17 barracks, four mess halls, a canteen, six storehouses, and a chapel. Two guard towers watched over the compound.

The prisoners provided much needed agricultural labor to local farmers and ranchers. They also helped to provide their own care and feeding, and they filled various service positions around the post. In accord with the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government paid POWs 80 cents a day for their work. The POW labor saved Camp Beale an estimated $3 million in employee wages.

Today only a solitary confinement cell block remains from the POW compound. Prisoners drew beautiful murals on the cellblock walls. Some wrote poetry or expressed their longings to go home. Time, weather, and vandals have destroyed most of the drawings and writings. The photographs in this exhibit document the remaining images in this remnant of a war far past.

The exhibit, which will remain at the Museum through Saturday, April 25th, is courtesy of area photographer Terry Single. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Barbara LeVake Appointed Fifth District Supervisor
April 09, 2015

Barbara Levake, who served as Supervisor from 1989 through 1992, was appointed Thursday, April 9, by Governor Jerry Brown to replace James Gallagher as Fifth District Supervisor. Mr. Gallagher is now a member of the California Assembly.

LeVake, pictured here with then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Starr Bend Setback Levee dedication in 2009, is a member of the Levee District One Board of Directors.

Here’s the Governor’s official release: Barbara LeVake, 68, of Yuba City, has been appointed to represent the fifth district on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. LeVake has been principal at Brazil-LeVake Government Relations since 1995. She served as a member of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors from 1989 to 1992. LeVake was a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Shipsey and Seitz from 1970 to 1974 and at Miller, Evatt, Henry and Jennings from 1968 to 1970 and the Law Office of Aguilar and Louis from 1965 to 1968. She is a member of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association and California Women for Agriculture. LeVake was a member of the State Reclamation Board from 1994 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $34,736. LeVake is a Republican.

Children’s Spring Vacation Program at Museum
April 02, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Spring Vacation Children’s Program on Thursday, April 9th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum. The program features a storytelling performance and crafts activities and is suitable for children of all ages. The event is free of charge, and no reservations are needed.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Where Does the Word Sheriff Come from, and What do Counties do?
April 02, 2015

April Is National County Government Month

Do you know where the term sheriff comes from? Do you know who inspects restaurants and ensures gas pumps are accurate? Why do we call a political subdivision of the state a county?

These are things residents can learn during National County Government Month, which began today. The County of Sutter is participating in this national celebration of all things county in a variety of ways, including posting a story a day about county history and services on its website and Facebook page, and hosting a high school speech contest where students have three minutes to make a presentation to County Supervisors on a topic of their choice.

"Programs and services provided at the local level are some of the most essential services necessary, especially for public safety," said Board Chairman Ron Sullenger. "Our hope is that residents learn more about what counties do, and why, and how to engage their local government."

According to the National Association of Counties, county resources are the core building blocks for healthy, vibrant and safe communities. Nationwide, counties invest more than $100 billion each year in transportation, broadband services, water systems and public facilities. Counties run most of our nation’s local jails and court houses, own the largest share of America’s road miles and operate more than 900 public hospitals and countless parks, libraries, firehouses and 911 call centers. County transportation and infrastructure are vital to boosting economic competitiveness, moving our food efficiently and maintaining a strong national defense.

The initial Sutter County Facebook posting for National County Government Month on April 1 discussed the history of the word county. In old England, the country was divided into regions called shires (the term sheriff is derived from the word shire-reeve, or shire official), but after France invaded England in the 11th century, the French term county replaced the English word shire. The first county in America was at James City, Virginia in 1634. Sutter County was one of the original 27 California counties, founded on February 18, 1850.

Future postings will explain programs and services provided by various departments, including who is responsible for inspecting hundreds of food facilities and gasoline pumps.

Sutter County plans some events in April, culminating with the high school speech contest on Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City. The speech contest is modeled on the three minutes members of the public are allowed to address the Board of Supervisors on matters not on the regular agenda. All high schools in Sutter County have been invited to participate.

Other events include:

  • April 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Kids Health and Activity Fair sponsored by Sutter County Public Health at the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Ave., Yuba City.
  • April 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by Sutter County Public Health where children learn the rules of the road and bicycle safety skills, Richland Housing Center, Garden Highway, Yuba City.
  • Sutter County Public Health will participate in a forum on vaping, or e-cigarettes, at 6 p.m. on April 15, at the Veteran’s Center, 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Also participating will be Yuba City police, the California Highway Patrol, the Yuba City Fire Department, and Yuba City Unified School District.
  • April 21, 11 a.m., the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office is conducting a luncheon for the Victim Witness Program at Ettl Hall behind the Community Memorial Museum on Butte House Road.

Text of first Facebook posting for National County Government Month

April is National County Government Month, a time to learn about counties and what they do. In England, counties used to be called shires, a mechanism for maintaining royal power in places distant from the throne. (The term sheriff is derived from “shire-reeve,” a local official). Following the invasion of England by France in the 11th century, the term shire was changed to county, after a French term meaning ruled by a “count” or “viscount.” The county custom crossed the Atlantic with the colonists, who formed the first county in America at James City, Virginia, in 1634. Sutter County was one of the original 27 counties in California, founded on February 18, 1850. Today, there are 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 19 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia for a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the United States