In 1882, a single city block of lower Manhattan lit up when inventor Thomas Edison flipped the switch on the nation’s first commercial power plant. Out west, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death and the Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County held its first Italian Festival in the town of Sutter Creek, beginning a tradition on the first Sunday in June that endures 130 years later.
For many years, youth from DJJ’s Pine Grove Camp have shown their commitment to the community by participating in the Italian Day parade. This year, Captain Martin King and his Crew Number Four represented the camp in a parade along Sutter Creek’s main street. Youth Correctional Counselor Tom Menley, a 15-year veteran of the camp and Sutter Creek resident, led the contingent by driving the crew’s CAL FIRE rig as the crowd showed its appreciation for the crew’s community service, which includes dozens of projects throughout the year when the crew is not on the fire line.