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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, March 9, 2016 3A Very warm, dry February Elevated temperatures monthly long-term average. dominated the discussion of , ...........Fortunately we had February weather in the received a lot of moisture in region. January, sb when the The monitoring equipment February amount was added at Chester airport recorded to the prior accumulation, our high temperatures that PRECIPITATION season total came to 26.38 averaged nearly eight degrees I EPORT inches or 114 percent of the above the norm for the month. DALE KNUTSEN long-term average. Lows were almost three March typically represents degrees above the long-term our final significantly "wet" figures. These local trends month of the cycle. Whether .mirrored what was happening month, bringing our that will be true this year throughout northern July-June season total to 77.5 remains to be seen, but there California where records inches or 79 percent of the have indeed been "March were broken in many long-term average for this Miracles" in the past. It only locations, point in the season, takes some relatively minor February was also The monitoring site at shifts in pressures, relatively dry in the Lake Prattville recorded 2.42 temperatures and upper Almanor basin. The west inches of new total altitude winds over the shore received only 11 inches precipitation in February, Pacific to rearrange the of new snowfall during the which is about half of the storm tracks. Teacher Susan Tantardino's fifth grade class at Chester Elementary School receive state quarter albums on Feb. 11, as part of an Elks' U.S. Geography presentation. Left: Dave Aitken, Terry Parsons, Mark Murray, Dave Alcorn, fifth-grade class and teacher Susan Tantardino (far right), Photo submitted Each year Elks Lodge No. issued by the U.S. mint at a the nation's wealth. 2626 presents state quarter rate of five states per year. In addition to the albums, albums to the fifth-grade But in what arder were the four starter quarters were classes in Chester, Westwood state quarters issued, the given to each student. Bonus and Greenville, as part of an class was asked? quarters were then given to Elks' U.S. geography Delaware, being the firstthose answering the presentation, state in 1777, was in the first following, one for each Can U.S. Geography be fun group of quarters released to correct state: Which are the and informative? Why yes, it the public, with Alaska, "Four Corner" states, those in certainly can be, just ask achieving statehood nearly which a person could stand in Chester Elementary teacher 200 years later in 1959, being all at one time? The answer, Susan Tantardino's fifth minted in the final group, of course, was Arizona, Utah, grade class. When asked by Elk member Colorado and New Mexico. The students, 31 in all, were Dave Alcorn how many states What four states have visited Thursday, Feb. 11, by there were when he was incapitols with the name members of the Lake the fifth grade, it was including the word "City?" Almanor Elks Lodge: Terry correctly figured to be 48 by The students read off Parsons, Dave Alcorn, Mark students, not one in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Murray and Dave Aitken. original 13 colonies as some Salt Lake City, Utah; Carson They presented a fold-out U.S. suggested. City, Nevada; and-Jefferson state quarter album to every Bringing in the albums and City, Missouri. child as part of the state quarters provided useful What two states border organization's State Quarter historic knowledge; where the more states than any other? Geography Program. states are located, year thaf The answer surprised most of State quarters are unique they became a state and in the students. Tennessee and in design, and specific to each what order they joined the Missouri, each bordering state. Examples shown by Union. eight different states. three student volunteers Interestingly, students The Lake Almanor Elks included a California quarter learned that California Lodge members fund the depicting Yosemite and John became the 31st state in 1850, State Quarter Geography Muir; an Illinois quarter years before states located in. Program with a special picturing its state outline and the center of the Country. The thanks to member Hal Abraham Lincoln. Fun indeed reason, the class discovered, Martins family-owned -- and informative, was because of the Learning Express stores of The state quarters were importance of the gold rush to Reno. Mt. Lassen Starts at 7:00 p.m. Women's history Rebecca Merritt Smith, later known as Rebecca Austin, a renowned 19th-century botanist, will be the subject of this year's Women's History Month presentation sponsored by the Plumas National Forest and the Plumas County ' Museum. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to I p.m., on Thursday, March 31, in the Mineral Building at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. Austin lived in Butterfly Valley, where she began her botanical research "in this charmed spot, the home of Darlingtonia californica (pitcher plant), Drosera rotundifolia (sundew) and the Sarcodes sanguinea (snow plant) and the other rare ferns and flowers." The $20 tickets include a catered lunch and are available at the Plumas County Museum, 283-6320, from March 15 through March 25. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be reserved by phone, but must be paid for by March 25; seating is limited. Photo courtesy Plumas National Forest ~T 1 Please Thursday, You don't have to be Irish to NewEn A delicious blend All Children Under 12 Must Be Accompanied by an Adult. FREE ADMISSION! 200 Main St., Chester 258-3009 $5.00 suggested Donation towards the renovation and adaptive re-use of the Chester Theatre for Movies, Drama and Concerts Sponsored by MLCC We Request The Pleasure of Your Company For A Delightful Afternoon Tea and Costume Party! Crescent Country Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sample Downton Abbey Special Brews (The Republic of Tea) Vote for your favorite tea and a chance to win it! Costume Contest Downton Abbey Fashions & Finery Are you an 'Upstairs' or 'Downstairs'? Wed thru Sat: 11-5, Sun: 11-4 Hwy 89, Crescent Mills (530) 284-6016 Thursday, March 17th Lake Almanor Elks Lodge 164 Main St., Chester Social Hour 6pm Dinner $14 per person Tickets Available At: Edward Jones - 361 Main St., Chester Roland Insurance - 650 Main St., Chester Lassen Gifts - 220 Main St., Chester Elks Lodge - 258-3557 Or Steve Dewitt - 258-4222