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........ : .... : --- .lJa .! l,l I I lliBllll,ll III \ ~~ ...... 6A Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 Chester Progressive YEAR, from page 5A 3-year-old child and the lone survivor of what is common- ly referred to as the Chester massacre. Recounting the Oct. 10, 1952 murders Cooley said, "It was a hell of a thing to hap- pen to a small community." Cooley credited many oth- ers for their part in the res- cue of Sondra. July 22 "We have consistently raised around $5,000 a year for our local schools from our annual Art Around the Lake event," said chairper- son Judy Chynoweth July 13. "This event benefits art and music in our school and, as human beings, we all need to be creative. It is really im- portant to light that spark in young people," she said. She said having art pro- grams in school "creates peo- ple who love to create." July 29 The basketball action in the Chester Park Saturday, July 25, was fast at the Chester High School Booster Club's second annual 3-on-3 Hoop Tournament. Coordinated by Coach Dale Keefer, he received a full as- sist from CHS parents and players alike. Parents worked as officials, assisted with set-up and food conces- sions. The tournament drew 25 teams and played three dif- ferent divisions; men's, se- nior high and junior high and included play by two women's teams. Aug. 5 when thunderstorms Chief Executive Officer brought over 1,800 lightning Doug Self reported to the strikes to Northeastern Call- Seneca Healthcare Districtfornia, the number of Pacific board of directors July 30 Crest Trail hikers on Main that g~oss patient revenue Street in Chester has in- for the month of June at creased dramatically. $2,024,206 and operating ex- Although the trail is not of- penses at $1,082,278, leaving ficially closed at this time, the district in the position of the website for the Pacific a positive gain of $181,149. Crest Trail Association is en- "This represents a greater eouraging northbound hik- gain of $139,19 over the ers to leave the trail at the same time last year,, he said. Highway 36 trailhead,which Self said completed sung- is approximately 12 miles eries at the hospital were west of Chester. triple of those performed last Many of the hikers have year. He credited the con- followed the advice and made tracted services of the ortho- their way into town for motel pedic surgeons for the in- stays, meals, shopping and crease. Lauffdromat services. ** Continuing on, many PCT For nearly 10 years now, hikers are holding up signs Chester Rotarian Peter as they seek transportation Schulz has been globetrot- to the Redding area where ting in the name of Rotary In- they can resume their north- ternational Service Projects. ward journey. The latest and largest of service projects involved the Aug. 19 The Chester-Lake Almanor attaining and shipping of an Chamber of Commerce held X-ray machine and processor to Wainibokasi Hospital in its first ever Almanor Basin the Fiji Islands. Street Party as part of the Taking up the challenge newly expanded Second Fri- again in 2009, Schulz broad- day format Aug. 14. cast his current medical Merchant by merchant, in equipment wish list. a farmer's m.arket style, the booths offered something for Among those listening was Seneca Healthcare District everyone whether it be the Chief Executive Officer Doug handcrafted ,'Friendship Self, who is also a Rotarian. Pumpkins" offered by Ginger Self made contact with Stratford or the tasty mugs of Red Onion Ale offered by Schulz and told him about a potential X-ray machine in Chester's newest restaurant Washington. or learning about the art of Upon communicating with fly fishing from Tom Mau- CEO Warren Benincosa, moynier. Schulz learned there was an Aug. 26 almost new X-Ray machine "The Almanor Basin available for donation, Branch of the American Red Cross has recently trained Aug. 12 seven new volunteers to ser- A special memorial service vice on the Disaster Action was held for Cletis, a.k.a. " Teams and to work as Discs- Chester the Library Cat. ter Service Human Resource Wednesday, July 29. people," said lead volunteer Populai', he was greatly Linda WhiteAug. 20. missed after he was struck The newly certified volun- by a car and died in Nov. teers are Steve and Nancy 2008. ' Berge, Tom and Joyce Fish- er, Paula Wansa and Lee Since the evening of Aug. 1 Eckert. Sept. 2 As a follow-up to prior dis- cussions about the outstand- ing loan on the Lake A1- manor Clinic building, Chief Executive Officer Doug Self made a presentation to the Seneca Healthcare District board of directors Aug. 24. "I have had discussion with the chairman of the Cal- ifornia Health Facilities Fi- nancing Authority about the possibility of refinancing the clinic loan through their or- ganization," he said. He told the board that CHAFFA was the same orga- nization from which the dis- trict had borrowed money last year to bridge the finan- cial gap during the period of time when Governor Schwarzenegger was delay- ing MediCal reimbursements to hospitals. He said loan financing would be available under the state's HELP II Program, which provides capital for buildings and equipment. CEO Self told the board CHAFFA's lending rate is 3 percent. He said the latest in- terest rate on the Plumas Bank loan was 6.5 percent on the loan balance of approxi- mately $1 million. A special hearing onthe Final Environmental Impact Report for the Lake Front at Walker Ranch was held in the Chester Memorial Hall Aug. 26. Plumas County Zoning Ad- ministrator Randy Wilson arranged the public meeting to review the final document and make a potential deci- sion about the possible certi- fication of the EIR. Wilson turned the podium over to senior planner Jim Graham to read the meeting guidelines and present the project and EIR history. Since Friday, Aug. 21, the telephone lines in the A1- ,manor Basin have been buzzing about the lack of mammography services at Seneca Hospital. Chief Executive Officer Doug Self confirmed mammog- raphy services had been shut- down since Aug. 12. "We did miss a deadline to re-file paperwork with the American College of Radiology," he said. Sept. 9 Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Exec- utive Director Susan Bryner and director Joe Gilmour met with the members of the Lake Almanor Country Club 18-Holers Ladies Golf group~ Aug. 25 to accept a $400 check from the lady golfers to sup- port the beautification of Main Street Chester. "We raised the funding through our annual Women's Invitational Golf Tourna- ment, sai'd spokesperson Jude Morse. She said a lot of discussion had occurred about the po- tential of donations and cred- ited Joan Johnson with the idea of making a contribu- tion to the chamber. Sept. 16 The Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce is 2-0 in scoring hits with their newly expanded Second Fri- day events. While the Aug. 14 event had approximately 23 partici- pants, September had nearly double the involvement from the business community. In addition to booths shar- ing crafts, jewelry, designer drink products and culinary samplings, there was also an increase in food vendors. Joining Dean and Gina Hayes Lakeside Barbecue in food offerings was the crew from the Peninsula Market. The event also drew sever- al vendors from the Lassen County area. Second Friday music was provided Rob Steen and Stone and Straw. 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Their choice was to pre- sent a check to the Chester- Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce and a challenge to the community to meet their $7,000 contribution to the an- nual fireworks." Defined as a matching grant, the Shaheens will do- nate one dollar for every dol- lar raised in the community, up to the maximum of $7,000. Sept. 30 "The mammography ma- chine is back on line and we are now seeing patients from our waiting list," said Seneca Healthcare District Chief Ex- ecutive Officer Doug Self Sept. 23 during the regular board meeting. Almost to the day, the re- turn of this health service was under the 30-day window from his initial notification to the Chester Progressive Aug. 24 and to the assurances he offered during the Aug. 27 SHD board meeting. Self also said Seneca is busy schedul- ing mammography appoint- " ments. He told board members SHD will be participating in a few mandatory mammogra- .h3( studies. 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