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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 5A County education office to enter Race to the Top State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and Secretary of Education Glen Thomas Jan. 4, announced that to date, al- most 800 local educational agencies, including the Plumas Office of Education and the Plumas Unified School District, have indicat- ed their intent to participate in the federal Race to the Top reforms and support Califor, nia's RTTT application. Under the Obama adminis- tration's guidelines, in addi- tion to prompting legislative education reforms required for states to compete, Race to the Top calls on LEAs to vol- untarily partner with the state through a memoran- dum of Understanding to im- plement reforms that im- prove student outcomes. LEAs that wished to part- ner with the state's RTTT ap- plication were asked to sub- mit letters of intent by Dec. 31, 2009, prior to the Jan. 8, 2010 deadline for submitting their final memoranda of un- derstanding. California's MOU was de- veloped in accordance with recently released final Oba- ma Administration Race to the Top guidelines. "The federal Race to the Top competition hasspurred tremendous interest among an amazing array of talented educators in California," said O'Connell. "I'm delighted that almost half of our local educational agencies already have stepped up to the chal- lehge and agreed to partner with the state in making the fundamental education re- forms called for in the Race to the Top competition. "By investing in state and local systems that will accel- erate and drive growth in stu- dent achievement, the Race to the Top will help Califor- nia develop a highly skilled workforce, fuel future inno- vations and maintain Califor- nia's standing as a leading world economy." Secretary Thomas said, "Representing more than 3,796,709 students, school dis- tricts that have submitted let- ters of intent demonstrate the collaborative effort it takes to strengthen California's Race to the Top application. "However, the California Legislature must still pass comprehensive legislation to ensure that California is highly competitive for this much-needed funding. "The leadership shown by these school district superin- tendents, board members and stakeholders is truly com- mendable, The administra- tion looks forward to receiv- ing their final MOUs." The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" provides $4.35 billion nation- ally for RTTT. California may be eligible for up to $700 million. The competitive grant pro- gram is designed to encour- age and reward states and LEAs that are creating the conditions for education in- novation and reform with a specific focus in four core ar- Indian Valley to host Crab Crack Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor There are still tickets left for the annual crabcrack and auction hosted each Febru- ary by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce with help from the Greenville High School culinary arts and band classes and other volunteers. The event is so popular it's us.ually sold out early, ac- cording to office manager Lil- loan Basham. The crab will be flown fresh via Alaskan Airlines from the southern Oregon coast to Reno, Nev., where Robert Meacher, and Arman- do DiGiacomo usually pick it up and deliver it to the town hall in time for the feast. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 27, this year, with doors and bar opening at 5 p.m., fol- lowed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the auction by about 7 p.m. To go with the crab there will be drawn butter and cocktail sauce, as well as a potato casserole, green salad, the special bean dish culi- nary students are renowned for preparing, and dessert. Some people bring their own condiments and tea lights to set their tables. A walk around the hall is a study in different ways to eat crab, most of which involve a peculiarly gleeful revelry in getting oneself messy. Naturally, bibs and crab crackers will be provided. Besides the crab feed, there will be music, beer and wine, a 50/50 giveaway prize and a live auction by local resident Chris Meyers. Some auction items that have already been donated include work of local artisans and crafters, and services from local businesses. There will also be the return of two popular auction items, a personal chef's six-course Italian meal for up to eight people and a gift basket full of dining certifi- cates from Plumas and Lassen restaurants, complete with a bottle of wine and some glasses. Lisa Balbiani and her el- dest daughter, Hannah, do- nated the personal chef expe- rience. The whole extended family is well known on the local cook-off scene. Courses usually include hot and cold appetizers, soup, salad, pasta, the entr6e ...... dessert and a trio of wines,,_e if desired. "The amount of prep time in the home depends on the menu Choices and the size of the host kitchen," Balbiani said. "It's a good way for peo- ple to get together and not stress about what to make or who needs to bring what. I enjoy cooking, and Hannah is great at serving." In the past, they've served wine selections like a prosec- co, pinot grigio and a Chi- anti, and courses have in- cluded a chopped salad, Cae- sar salad, an Italian wedding soup, traditional minestrone and a green minestrone. Pastas have been manicot- tO, lasagna and cannelloni, and the main dishes have been chicken piccata, veal saltimbocca and others. Dessert has been a deca- dent tiramisu, rich cannoli, and light and fluffy zabaglione with berries, Tickets are available in Greenville at Evergreen Mar- ket, Sierra Sunrise Coffee House and Dell, Village Drug Co., Anna's Cafe and Sterling Sage. To-go tickets orders will be available, through the cham- ber office, for those who can't get a regular ticket, or those who would like to avoid the crowd. For more information, those interested may call 284- 6633 or visit Scholarship available The Opportunity Schol- arship Fund at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation is now ac- cepting applications for 2010: Through this fund three graduating high school se- niors will be selected to line is March 31. To be eligible for this scholarship the student must attend a Cash for College workshop in Jan- uary or February; must be eligible for Cal Grant funding and must have submitted a FAFSA. ,recLv a scholarship of  ....... For more details, see ,10,09.0 rst:, [.the scho!arship applica- four'years of college. - ........ tiofi at or Seniors from Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Call Juliette Read with Siskiyou, Tehama and the Community Founda- Trinity counties are in- tion at 244-1219 with ques- voted to apply. The dead- tions.  Great Beautiful commercial custom building! 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Call for friendly, expert advice and service. eas: adopting internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare stu- dents for success in college and the workplace; recruit- ing, developing, retaining and rewarding effective teachers and principals; building data systems that measure student success and inform teachers and princi- pals how they can improve their practices; and turning around the lowest-perform- ing schools. LEAs are invited to partici- pate in California's RTTT ap- plication by signing an MOU that establishes a framework of collaboration and articu- lates specific roles and re- sponsibilities for the LEA and the state in the imple- mentation of an approved RTTT grant. The number of local educa-: tional agencies that have in- dicated their intent to sign: the RTTT MOU represent nearly half of the school dis- tricts, county offices of edu- cation and charter schools throughout the state. For a complete list of local educational agencies that have submitted their intent to participate, visit caraceto- : cs/intent.htm. For a sample of the memo- randum of understanding, visit Couple to we Ashley Gutierrez and Ronnie Theobald The parents of Ashley Gutierrez are proud to an- nounce her engagement to Ronnie Theobald. Ronnie is the son of Rod and Connie Theobald, also of Westwood. Ashley is currently fin- ishing her last semester at Chico State, majoring in child development. Ronnie is currently the assistant golf professional at Bailey Creek Golf Course and also manages Bailey Creek Cottages. The happy couple be- came engaged Nov. 3, 2008, while on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. The couple plans to wed in 2011. Topper's TREE SERVICE Dave Sims Get your trees ready for the snow! Proper trimming now can help prevent a disaster/ O-S-H-A Certified Crane Removal Fully Insured & Licensed Lic. Timber Oper. #A543 Ca. 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