San Bernardino Co. awarded for programs

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. The National Association of Counties Achievement Awards Program recognizes counties for improving the services they deliver to the public. San Bernardino was the only inland Southern California honoree for 2009.

The County's Facilities Management Department was honored for its Demonstration Garden Project. It replaced 27,000 square feet of thirsty grass with a garden of native plants and a smart irrigation system. The result was a saving of more than 1.5 million gallons of water. The project saves the city about $8,000.

The Department of Aging and Adult Services was honored for its "We Can" program that promotes fun and physical activity for seniors in an innovative "exertainment" format. It increases movement, and supports liveliness and energy for seniors by merging the interactive exercise of the Nintendo Wii system with nutritional information.

The probation department was honored for its "Project ADAPT", which meets the challenges of distributing medication safely to thousands of adult and juvenile corrections patients. It improves patient care and safety, and it's expected to pay for itself over the life of the project.

The County Museum was honored for its first free Sundays program that allows under-served residents the chance to enjoy the Museum's wealth of cultural and national history collections at no cost on a regular monthly basis.

Other departments were honored for alerting consumers to scams and fraud in the community, and improving the review of juvenile cases in the courts, public health and probation systems.

The Regional Parks department received an award for its environmental science day camp for school children, while the Workforce Development was honored for job training and English language teaching programs.

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