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After 32 - 40 hours of training plus internship, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program volunteers help clients understand Medicare, including supplemental and drug insurance, Medicare health plans and long-term care coverage. HICAP is a program of Passages. Volunteers become registered with the California Department of Aging and provide answers to many questions and problems that confront Medicare recipients. Training begins Feb. 18 and orientation is scheduled f6r Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. Interested candidates can call Tim Sonnenburg at 898-6641 for a job description and application. For more information about available services call 800-822-0109 or go to Open Enrollment for Covered California is through Feb. 15, 2015. Do you need to change your plan? Do you want to change your insurance company?. Call Lori Today! Lori Morrell Lomas, EA CA. Lic. #0B06912 Feather Financial 20A Crescent Street Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2341 ~7- Lorl Morrell Lomas wwwfeotherfnanca com feather:{ financial -. : 7~,~and Insurance Services Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. " Mailing address: CO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: Website: (530) 283-0800. Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin,Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper P 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Subsc#ptlon Order Form Feather River Bulletin p.o. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 [] Please enter my subscription for __ years. [~l Enclosed find my check for $ In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year [] In California $37 per year. Name I Address I City, State, Zip Subscd~Uons can be transferred, but nut refunded. BIB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .1 FOSTERS, from page 1A But that's difficult because there is currently a shortage of foster parents in the county. "We can do an emergency approval for relatives or close family friends," she said, but that it isn't always an option. There have been times when children have had to spend the night with a social worker in county offices until a home can be found. "There are several children placed out of county now because we have no homes for them," said Michael Yalung, a social services supervisor. That makes it difficult for children to visit with their parents. In most foster care placements, the goal is to reunite parents and children. Social workers also try to keep siblings together. Lucie is currently caring for three siblings and a fourth child. At one point she had three sets of siblings -- a brother and sister from three different families. "That was challenging," she said. "We had to talk about respect for each other and how in this home we're all brothers and sisters." But in addition to teaching her foster children personal relationship skills, she often has to teach the basics, such as how to brush their teeth, how to clean themselves -- and other routine functions that many would take fo.r granted. It can often be a heartbreaking experience. For many children, it's the first time they have been fed three regular meals and snacks. "Kids hide food because they are afraid that they're not going to get it tomorrow," she said. Even what she serves is a learning experience. "They only know how to eat convenience types of foods," she said, but now fresh fruits, vegetables and salads are part of their daffy diet. "One of the little guys I have now is balking at the healthy food," she said. Lucie receives funding to provide for her foster children, including food and clothing. Expenses must be documented. "The misconception is that you can make money from this, but it's not true," said social services' Mohawk. "Many foster parents have other jobs" -- such as Lucie's preschool work and her husband's handyman business. The children's medical and dental needs are paid for, but a foster parent must ensure that they are driven to their appointments, often out of the county. "In the past I've had to take kids to Sacramento or to UC Davis," Lucie said. At 58, Lucie admits that she gets tired. "There are times when I want to come home from work and just put my feet up," she said. "But where would they be?" She pauses. "They're children. IfI can give them six months or 12 months of love, hope, kindness or peace ... if I can give them food ... You have to follow your heart; I have to do what I can." Is it heartbreaking to give them up? "I have to go into it with the realization that it's temporary," she said, but admitted that it's still very difficult. While she has been working with the children, their parents have been taking classes and going through programs to address the situations that led to their children's removal. When it's time to return children to their parents, the re-entry begins gradually, evolving from supervised to nonsupervised visits, and from one-night sleepovers to twu tligltts to full-time. But when Lucie begins caring for a child as a toddler and has him or her for a year, the transition isn't easy. "When they don't want to go, it's frustrating and heartbreaking," she said. It doesn't always work and children have been returned to Lucie's care. Others are successfully reunited with their parents and Lucie sees them around town, or visits with them on a more regular basis. While in her care, the children refer to Lucie and Steve as "grandma" and "grandpa." "I try so hard to assure the parents that I'm not competing with them," she said. "That's why we don't let the children call us 'mom' or 'dad.'" Her philosophy seems to work. Recently she received a call from a parent who said, "Thank you for providing a safe home for my child." And more of those are what the county needs. While the child protective services division of social services removes children from unsafe homes and monitors them, it's local foster agencies that provide the new living situations. Mountain Circle and Environmental Alternatives are the two local foster family agencies that serve Plumas County. Mohawk encourages those interested in becoming foster parents to obtain more information from her department or one of the agencies. "They will talk about the training, the home requirements, all that's involved in becoming a foster parent," she said. "Not everyone can take care of someone else's child." While the average ptacement is eight months to a year, the county also needs emergency placements of up to a few days. "We need more families, but those that we do have are absolutely wonderful," Yalung said. Yalung has been a social worker for the past four years, after retiring from a 36-year career with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. "I started driving the kids and I really ~ liked the work," he said. Mohawk has been in social work for the past two decades and has watched the programs evolve to provide more support for children and their foster parents, For example there is now funding to help teens with extracurricular items such as sports equipment, and youth can remain in the system until they are 21. But for Lucie, there isn't a time limit. "They will always be part of my family," she said. CONTRACTS, from page 1A the best bang for the bid," he If it went to bid said. "I think we have to John Kolb, who is service for the eastern have it go out to bid. I owe assisting the county with portion of the county, is still that to my constituents." contract negotiations, said privately owned by Portola Simpson continued to that both InterMountain and resident Ricky Ross and his argue that the board had Feather River Disposal family, promised the solid waste companies would have an "I don't want to run a operators that the county advantage over any possible homegrown guy out of doing would not go out to bid, but Competitors because of the business here," Simpson Thrall and Swofford, who tipping fee that they had said. were on the board at the negotiated with Lockwood: time, did not recall that. The tipping fee is the money "I don't remember saying An article printed in this that we wouldn't put it out to that is paid to dump a load of newspaper Jan. 26, 2011, waste at the Nevada landfill. bid," Supervisor Terry read: "As the agenda item Swofford said. He said that came to a close Simpson "It's significantly less than he has to do what's best for emphasized the county, someone who doesn't have a the people that he would continue to do contract with Lockwood/' he represents, business with the two said. "In good conscience, the current contractors and Ross said that he began people I represent should wasn't issuing a request for working on the relationship figure out if they're getting proposals." with Lockwood more than two decades ago and negotiated a 40-year agreement, which is enjoyed by the county and Feather River Disposal as well. Waste Management, the parent company of Feather River Disposal, also owns Lockwood. Other issues In addition to whether the contracts should be put out to bid, the supervisors discussed several other items regarding the contracts, including commercial recycling costs, the use of the contractors' equipment, attorney fees in the event of litigation, and profit margins. If you're not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" No t,,~le 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-839--1959- delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. No games or gimmicks. JUST GAS, AT A REASONABLE PRICE! Locally Owned & Operated Q, from page 1A Sunday: Fourth Sunday Sing, 6:30 p.m., Calvary Chapel Quincy ' at 1953 E. Main St. next to Department of Motor Vehicles. Includes old hymns, classic praise music. Requests welcome. Repeats every four Sundays. Tuesday: Relay for Life meeting, 5:30 p.m., Plumas Bank Administration Building at 32 Central Ave. behind Safeway. Gathering open to everyone to share opinions, thoughts. Wednesday, Jan. 28: Event Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m., Mineral Building at Plumas- Sierra County Fairgrounds. Fair manager John Steffanic presents free workshop on planning events. Includes free workbook (while supplies last). For reservations: 283-6272, johnsteffanic@ Social pm Or ,2015 40.00 per person hour at 6 pm * Dinner at 7 Call Steve: 530-218-1828 or Bob: 530-832-2406 leave message at 530-832-5785 Advanced ticket sales only (No tickets at the door) "Serving Darn Good with Maple Butter & Chicken-Apple Sausage, 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day Comfort Food Since 1976" / I i,