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Serving the Chester & Lake Almanor Areas Vol. 67, No. 19 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-258-3115 Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 5oc Smiling like jack-o'-Ianterns, Lake Almanor Christian School students enjoy their visit to the pumpkin patch. From left: Kahlea Ney, Sequoia Ayers, Nicholas Bauer, Halley White, Shaylee Dunbar, Hailee Crabtree, Joshua Stegall, Samantha White, Skylar Ney, Jackson Smith, Domonic Stegall, Talon Pleau and Jacob Foster, Photo submitted Lake Almanor students return to historical farm Logan Dunbar Lake Almanor Christian School The elementary grade students from Lake Almanor Christian School visited Hawes Historic Farms on Oct. 15 to pick their own pumpkins. The children as well as the adults had a wonderful time at the farm. Not only did they choose pumpkins to take home, they also jumped on a giant pillow, rode on a train, went for a hayride, shot a corn-cannon and witnessed a pig race. The kids also had the wonderful adventure of wandering through a corn maze. Hawes Historic Farms also featured a unique education offering called the "Pizza Farm." Here, the students learned about pizza, from the farm to the table. With their minds full of new knowledge and a colorful pumpkin for each, the students rode back home smiling like jack-o'-lanterns themselves. Hawes Historic Farms is a favorite destination for LACS students. The upper grades recently returned, from a visit in which they were able to participate in a Civil War re-enactment. Board vacancy 'filled Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer Shawthorne@plumasnews.com The reluctant departure of Peninsula Fire Protection District board members Bob Phillips and Russ Greenlaw left two empty seats on the /oard, resulting in two enthusiastic community members applying as replacements. Peninsula resident Pat Roarty and Lake Almanor Country Club resident Mark Vatcher both submitted letters of interest for the positions. Although both board members resigned before the Oct. 30 board meeting, only Phillips' position was available for occupancy. Since Greenlaw officially resigned the evening after the Sept. 18 meeting, the board was unable to accept his resignation until the October meeting. Following the Ralph M. Brown Act, the district is required to advertise the See PFPD, page 4A Rotary supports te,00:m Rotary Club of Chester President Cheri Mclntire presents Chester High School Athletic Director Terry Hernandez with a $1,000 check for the football program. The donation was made in gratitude for the assistance the football team provided, in the form of heavy lifting, during Rotary's Major Appliance Cleanup Project. Over the course of the past 11 years, student organizations that have assisted with the lifting and moving of heavy appliances have each received $1,000 to benefit their program. To date, the Rotary Club of Chester has donated $11,000 toward the improvement of student programs at the high school. Photo by M. Kate West Supervisors change venue for their next meeting Debra Moore Staff Writer 4 dmoore@plumasnews.com Anticipating a large crowd for its public hearing on the general plan update, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors is moving its Nov. 12 meeting to the Mineral Building at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The board's regular II!!!![l!lll!!!!l]lll 8  : i i i O To subscribe to the Progressive, call 530-258-3115 agenda will begin at 10 a.m., and the public hearing on the general plan is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., after the noon recess. The last time the, supervisors discussed an item regarding the general plan, the standing-room-only crowd spilled into the hallway, with many unable to hear the proceedings, so the decision was made to move to a more accommodating location. County Counsel Craig Settlemire said that during the hearing the public will be able to comment on the updated general plan as well as the environmental impact report related to it. See Meet, page 4A Spot fires Rotary, CHS football players clean sweep oft3asin M. Kate West Staff Writer ChesterNews@plumasnews.com Rotary Club of Chester members and volunteers hit the roadways of the Almanor Basin in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 26, to begin the llth annual Major Appliance Cleanup Project. In trucks pulling trailers, and with route maps in hand, teams spread out through the lake communities to pick up the unwanted appliances and e-waste on their assigned lists. The MAC Program team featured six Rotarians, six adult volunteers and 16 Chester High School football players. Along with their listed collections, the teams gathered $500 in donations from a grateful public. Those donations will go directly to the CHS football program and the Rotary Club will add the funds to raise the donation amount to $1,000. Over the past 11 years, the Rotary Club has made a total of $11,000 in donations to the Interact Club and other CHS student programs. "The football team really Showed up in full force. We couldn't offer this community service project without the support of coach Terry Hernandez and the lifting power of his team," Rotary president Cheri McIntire said. In total, the teams picked up more than 250 items, large and small, a combination of appliances and e-waste. Over the past 10 years, the MAC Project is responsible for removing 1,500 items of unwanted appliances and e-waste from the Almanor Basin. After Oct. 26, the item total is now at 1,750. "Even though it was a very successful day, we did miss several appliances, as we do every year. Our Plan B is that we have a crew that goes out a few days later to pick up the missed appliances. We extend our apologies to them for the delay and thank them for their patience," McIntire said. In addition to picking up the items on their list each year, the Rotary Club has also in past years brought teams in to clean dumpsites in the local forest. "I feel that we have turned the corner on picking up unwanted appliances. With each year we get less major appliances and more e-waste. As a club, we are very excited that people are holding onto their appliances and e-waste for our annual pickup day," she added. McIntire also said, "I'm pleased to share the good news that the club is receiving less and less reports of appliances and other waste being dumped in the woods." In addition to the generous donation, the Rotary Club started the volunteers and football players off with a continental breakfast and ended the day with an all-you-can-eat pizza party. "Again our thanks go out to Almanor Energy Plus for accepting all the appliances we collect and to All Green Electronics Recycling of Sacramento for collecting and disposing of the e-waste. These partnerships, along with Chester High, makes this valuable service possible to the community," McIntire said. Spot fires breaking out along Highway 36, east of the Chester Causeway and across from the Northshore Campground, result in a multiple-agency response. At approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, firefighters from the CalFire Westwood station, the Almanor Ranger District and Chester Fire converged to battle seven spot fires spread out over 100 feet along the highway. Fast action by the crews prevented the spot fires from reaching heavy vegetation. According to CalFire apparatus engineer Mike Keating, units were on scene approximately 40 minutes. It is believed the fires originated from the exhaust of a passing vehicle, likely the result of a failed catalytic converter. Photo by Michelle Black !