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Chester Progressive Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 5A L A K A L M A N O R YEAR, from page 4A April 29 American Red Cross Emer- gency Services Director Charles McCaul has been ap- plying for equipment grants as part of the chapter's preparation process. "I'm pleased to announce that because of the generosi- ty of a Wal Mart Foundation grant award, the Three Rivers Chapter was able to purchase six disaster trail- ers. We were also able to pur- chase 100 cots, blankets and personal hygiene kits for each trailer," he said. May 6 It was a grand afternoon at the Seneca Long Term Facili- ty April 29 when family, friends and hospital staff joined Ida Collier in the cele- bration of her 100th birthday. In obvious high spirits, Collier had earlier told her family, "I feel like I'm only 86-years old!" President Steve Burkman and the Chester-Almanor Parent Teacher Association hosted a special meeting Sat- urday, April 25, in the cafete- ria at Chester Junior-Senior High School. The primary business ac- tion was the election of 30th District PTA officers for the July 1, ~009 through June 30, 2011 term. Individuals elected to serve are President Casey Heady, from C. Roy Carmichael in Portola; Vice President Kerry Friedrichs, Chester Elementary School. Secretary Gall Brown, West- wood High School; and Trea- surer Nancy Cardenas, Lassen Union High School. "We currently have an ac- counts payable balance of $615,000; that amount is down over $1 million; the lowest debt total this district has had in years," said Chief Executive Officer Doug Self during his April 23 financial report to the board of wustees. He called the debt reduc- tion and the district's gained ability to pay its bills a key health indicator. He said over the past few years, ven- dor bills had soared to an all time high of $1.7 million. He said the district had re- ceived over $1.8 million in gross revenue; a figure he said was up $278,000 over last year. For Rotarians around the globe, Saturday, April 25 was the date that many clubs set aside to complete work pro- jects within their local com- munities. Although the Rotary Club of Chester completes a num- ber of annual community service projects, 2009 is the first year the club has partic- ipated on the selected inter- national workday. May 13 Coach Dale Keefer refused to call it quits after he and the Chester High School ju- nior varsity basketball team finished the season at the top of their game. Setting a record of 18-3, the young team only lost one league game and ended in a first place tie. Fanning reported the team participated in its first two AAU tournaments during the month of April. He said the team played three games over the April 4-5 weekend. May 20 Arthur Woods, at 2006 Chester High School gradu- ate was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: College Campus Chronicles. He said his story, "The Path of A College Entrepre- neur," is about the chal- lenges and pinnacles of start- ing businesses while in col- lege. May 27 Lake Almanor's first water quality sampling event of the year took place April 6. The 2009 monitoring program col- lected data on temperature, oxygen, nutrients and plank- ton at four stations within the lake. These parameters were se- lected because they give the most information about lake health and are relatively easy to measure. They can al- so be compared with past da- ta to determine if conditions are changing in the lake. Dr. Johnston's data re- vealed no significant changes in water quality, indicating Lake Almanor is in good con- dition. June 3 The playground at the Chester Elementary School was a beehive of activity May 29, when the classrooms and bicycle racks emptied for the annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Sponsored each year by the California Highway Patrol and the Plumas County Pub- lic Health Agency the event is heavily supported by par- ent volunteers and local busi- nessman, Chuck Elliot, of Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports. PCPHA outreach coordina- tor Lori Pini said she was very pleased to report that the 40-45 children participat- ing in the rodeo all wore bi- cycle helmets. Seneca Healthcare District revenue cycle manager Lin- da Stumpf reported another record revenue month May 28. Stumpf, who works for the district's contracted billing and collection firm, Health- care Resources Group, said $1.8 million was received during April. The new outstanding ac- counts receivable balance is $3,659,917, nearly two-thirds lower than the initial $10 bal- ance facing HRG at the start of their contract. Chief Executive Officer Doug Self was considerably more effusive about the re- duced number of days bills remained in accounts receiv- able. 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The 38 CHS gradu- ates were awarded more than $140,000 in local scholarships and $76,000 in institutional awards. June 24 The Almanor Basin Water- shed Advisory Committee hosted a special workshop about unique water birds in the Chester Memorial Hall June 16. The focus of the presenta- tions were the western and Clark grebes, their habitat, population vulnerabilities and potential solutions to the threats the birds face. The primary waterway at- tracting biologists to the north state is Eagle Lake in Lassen County, with the largest and most important breeding population in North America. It averages be- tween 2-3,009 nests annually. The second most important waterway is Clear Lake with 1,500-2,000 nests. Lake Almanor rates third on the North American conti- nent with 800-1,000 nests. The Century Mile High 100 Bike Ride topped 460 a half hour before the close of the morning registration. a total of 472 riders rode in the event. July 1 The Seneca Hospital Auxil- iary is in full swing after kicking off its new year with its annual June installation luncheon. "Tending Our Green- house" was the theme for this year's event. Newly installed officers are Pat Roarty, president; Peggy Dick and Jan Owen, co-vice presidents; Linda Yaap, secretary; and Debbie Brownrigg, treasurer. "It's just kind of over- whelming; I've always had so much support from my fami- ly the church and the com- munity." said retired minis- ter Jim Benner when asked how he felt about being se- lected as the 2009 Chester Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal. July 8 Crowds spilled well beyond the favored viewing zones and lined up three to four deep all the way to the Collins Pine lawn for Chester's annual Fourth of July parade. July 15 "This was a labor of love," said Prattville resident Arlus Moore about the June 30 in- stallation of an entry sign at the old pioneer cemetery. Paris Moore, who designed the wrought iron sign, ~alled the project "a true communi- ty effort that was supported and funded." "I'm glad you turned out so good after all the crying I did. I went home and picked up my little boy and just held him," said retired California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Cooley July 4. 2009. He said that to Sondra Gay (Young) Jones and he was talking about the emotional toll it took on him to pull her out of a car trunk filled with the pipe-bludgeoned bodies of her father, sisters and neighbor boy. That very Independence Day moment was the first time patrolman Cooley and Sondra Gay had laid eyes on one another since she was a See Year, page 6A HOUSE ON THE LAKE ... Sl MILLION THREE LUXURY CARS... LEAVING TOWN DURING A WITHOUT TURNING OFF THE WATER IN YOUR HOME ... PRICELESS Protect your investment, let the cold weather specialists at Slusher Plumbing care for your home during the winter season. Holiday openings & closings are welcome. 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