WSSR Pool Progress - September 2015 Newsletter

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Thanks to All Our Members

Janet Reihsen - Membership Chair

The Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council Board of Directors extends their thanks to all our loyal 2015 members. Thank you for all your support throughout the year.  Your continued support for this worthwhile community restoration project is both essential and very much appreciated.

White Sulphur Springs Ranch Pool Progress

John Lullo

Light at the End of Tunnel . . .

    The Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) has been working on the restoration of White Sulphur Springs Ranch for about 5 years.  A few recent encouraging events suggested the need to update the Community.
    In 2011 the MVSC was awarded a grant from the Caltrans Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program. The grant was directed at the restoration of the swimming pool, but the money would not be forthcoming until all the necessary infrastructure upgrades were in place. Electrical systems improvements, a new water distribution system, and a septic-leach field large enough to service the planned restoration of the ranch were required. A series of engineering studies and soils testing could not identify a suitable location for the leach field on any of the 39 acres of White Sulphur Springs Ranch (WSSR) property. The moisture content of the soil was much too high.  It was not until July 2015 that a solution to the problem became possible. An adjacent property came up for sale.
    The soil on the property was tested and deemed suitable for the leach field. The MVSC was then able to use capital reserves to purchase the 3 acre parcel adjacent to the property. As a result of solving the leach field issue and subsequent renegotiation of the terms of the grant, Caltrans has generously agreed to release funds from the promised grant to cover critical infrastructure upgrades. The project is finally ready to move forward.
    Preliminary pool and bath house designs are complete and were submitted to the County in August. Septic, well distribution and electrical designs were also submitted at this time. The Caltrans grant will require a State Architect review, which will occur sometime this winter. If all goes well, ground will break for the new septic system and leach field in the spring or summer of 2016.
    The need to purchase this adjacent land has depleted our capital reserves. Numerous local contractors have agreed to donate labor and materials to support the project but more is needed. The MVSC asks the Community to support the many fund raising efforts that will be presented. The next one is the Mumbo Gumbo fundraiser at Nakoma on September 5.      Tickets are available at . Cash donations, private party and business memberships will also help. To learn more about how individuals can support the restoration effort, visit the website at  Anyone interested in helping should call 530-836-1436 for more information.
A 1979 pool party at White Sulphur Springs Ranch

Mumbo Gumbo in Concert at Nakoma

Don't Miss this great Fundraising event supporting historic White Sulphur Springs Ranch and featuring MUMBO GUMBO in Concert at Nakoma September 5, 2015.  The group has a dedicated following and blends many genres from rock to soul providing for great listening and dance music.

And don't forget we are Raffling off a Samsung 40" LED Smart TV with Full HD-1080P. The TV was donated by Aaron's of Reno.  Raffle tickets are available every Wednesday night at the Outpost by the Mill Pond and on September 5, 2015 at our Mumbo Gumbo concert where the drawing will be conducted.

Summerfest 2015 draws a crowd!

John Lullo

Almost 400 people attended the 7th Annual Summerfest at White Sulphur Springs Ranch on Sunday June 28, 2015.  The featured entertainers were the Comstock Cowboys who thrilled the crowd with toe-tapping, danceable, western and blue grass music. Many of their fans came from Virginia City and even as far away as Texas and many were outfitted in Western costume. They danced and sang along and showed the Plumas County fans how much they appreciated their favorite entertainers. The evening musical favorite was the old Glen Campbell tune, sung with the new term “Comstock Cowboys” substituted for “Rhinestone Cowboy”.  The event also included a tri tip barbeque, silent and live auctions and a key raffle that opened a chest of wine worth over 400 dollars. Karen Damon from Reno was the big winner.  Her key opened the chest.

One of the six live auction items was a 3 day stay at a luxury home on the Stinson Beach Lagoon in Marin County.

The event was presented by the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council.  The MVSC has been working for years to restore the historic White Sulphur Springs Ranch site. The spring fed pool is the first priority and finally after much delay due to regulatory requirements, the MVSC is in the process of acquiring adjacent land that will provide a suitable leach field to serve the pool and bath house.
Karen Damon of Reno won a chest of wine at Summerfest 2015
Photo by Linda Cooley

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