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Kellermann honored by AMA

The American Medical Association recently recognized Dr. Scott Kellermann for his outstanding and life-saving work among the Batwa pygmies in southwest Uganda, a work spanning over 18 years. Longtime local physician Kellermann and his wife, Carol, started the Kellermann Foundation, providing health, education and economic aid to Batwa pygmies in Uganda. The AMA named Dr. Kellermann the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine recipient for 2018, an award given to physicians whose treatment, education and counseling to patients beyond the U.S. border has made a positive impact on global healthcare. In 1992, the Batwa pygmies, indigenous nomads of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, were removed when the forest became a World Heritage Site to protect the endangered mountain gorillas.

Baker to lead arts group

Californians for the Arts (CFTA), a statewide network of arts organizations and California Arts Advocates (CAA), has named Julie Baker interim executive director. CFTA was established in 2007 by California Arts Advocates as a partner organization to arts groups throughout the state. “In addition to being a skilled arts administrator, she will come to the job as an enthusiastic, passionate arts leader who will navigate both boards through a smooth transition until a permanent director is hired in the fall,” said Victoria Hamilton, president of CAA/CFTA. Until last year, Baker was executive director of the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Rotary leaders pass the baton

The Nevada City Rotary Club and the 49er Rotary Club held demotions last week. Nevada City Rotary Club President Cathy Wilcox-Barnes passes the bell and gavel to new president, Tom Ryan. Mary Anne Davis of the 49er Rotary Club turns over her tenure to new president Kevin Crookston.

The young and old

On Friday, July 27, the Children’s Festival will return to Pioneer Park in Nevada City. The area will be transformed into a lively Renaissance Faire for children with over 20 arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, a bevy of faeries, Pepper the Witch, medieval fencing, jugglers, spinning demonstrations, Queen Elizabeth and her court, Pyrate Skool, and Claude, the life-sized mechanical dragon. There is an entertainment stage with performances throughout the day. Each session will end with the Queen’s Procession and Festival Parade, and all attendees are invited to participate. Costumes are encouraged. This year’s Children’s Festival will once again have two sessions – from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. Admission to each session is $3. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

About the photo:

Dr. Scott Kellermann and his wife, Carol, who founded the Kellermann Foundation.