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IOA Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Plurnas gets funds foremergency food Plumas County has been awarded federal funds un- der the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Plumas County will re- ceive $24,196 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Fed- eral Emergency Manage- ment Agency and includes representatives, from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, United Jewish Communi- ties and United Way of America. The national board is charged with distribute of funds appropriated by Con- gress to help expand the ca- pacity of food and shelter programs in high-needs ar- eas around the country. The national board, made up of various volunteer or- ganizations, will determine how the funds awarded to Plumas County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local ser- vice agencies in the area. The local board is re- sponsible for recommend- ing agencies to receive these funds and any addi- tional funds available in this phase of the program. 0nder the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies cho- sen to receive funds must be private, voluntary nonprof- its or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs; and if they are private; Voluntary ' organizations, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Plumas County has dis- tributed emergency food and shelter funds over the past 27 years. These agen- cies were responsible for providing food, rent and utility help. Public or priva{e volun- tary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Walter Mathison at 283-5515 for an application. The deadline for applications is Feb. 16. Program orffers transportation help to Plurnas, ancer i)atients Plumas County Supervisor Lori Simpson is working with Matthew Foor of the American Cancer Society, Mountain Valley Region in Chico, to develop a list of vol- unteers to provide trans- portation help for cancer pa- tients in Plumas County called the "Road to Recov- ery" program. The American Cancer Soci- ety coordinates the "Road to Recovery" program, from re- cruitment, screening and training volunteer drivers to scheduling transportation pickups. The society main- tains specific standards for the drivers. Volunteer drivers must possess a good driving record and a serviceable vehicle. They may transport patients to or from scheduled treatment appointments on- ly, not for non-treatment-re- lated errands. Drivers may not physically assist non-ambulatory pa- tients. Patients who cannot walk without help must bring along a friend or fami- ly member to assist them. Volunteers also may not give medical advice and must contact the nearest medical facility or call 911 in the case of emergency. Simpson said, "The Plumas County Public Health Department had a ve- hicle that was used by volun- teer drivers to take cancer patients without any other means of transport to their treatments, which are usual- ly out of the county. "Due to liability and insur- ance issues, the use of the county vehicle was discon- tinued last year. I have had numerous calls from people that have no other means to get to their cancer treat- ments out of town, and that literally becomes a life and death situation. "I think it is important to find a solution to help ad- dress this need. Most people have friends and families to help them, but there are those who don't have those resources. "This is a starting point; perhaps in the future we can get a designated vehicle from a local nonprofit group who can manage a list of volunteer drivers, and donations to cov- er costs associated with trans- portation of cancer patients in Plumas County. "For now we need to work with the American Cancer Society and use their exper- tise and resources to address this critical need in Plumas County." A meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Plumas County Library, 445 Jackson St. in Quincy, tO sign up volunteers and dis- cuss all available options for transportation needs for can- cer patients. Anyone who would like to help but cannot attend the ' meeting may call Lori Simp- son at 283-0317.. Center ha00, activities fq:,r,hornebound seniors Local seniors who have trouble getting out and about this time of year might be in- terested in a free service called Senior Center Without Walls. The program offers activi- ties, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes IB Superbowl XLIV Party! Door. Prizes * Beer Specials * Wing Specials Having your own Party? Catering Specials/Party Trays FREE DELIVERY I ALL DAY SUPER SUNDAY I Plumos Pines Shopping Center, Quincy 283-2320 i " i' i and support groups to adults age 50 and older throughout Northern. California who find it difficult to go to a community senior center. From the comfort of their home, they can connect to free activities using their telephones. Activities include a book group for discussing stories and novels by favorite au- thors; an armchair travelers' group that takes guided trips on the phone to local and far- Iks, ei  mere Pre-School storyttme Nov. 7th 10am :7;'t W. Main 1. in Quincy  r " -.3-11OOK (2((1.5) Mon. - Sal. I0- (i Sun. 124pro AHome ad This: ng Your Utility Bills Homes We Build. ,LECTRI,C! 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Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 ti/iii  packet of class materials is mailed to each participant prior to the start of the class. Participants are given the conference call number and a code number to connect them to the chosen classes at the scheduled times. No charge is added to their telephone bills. * Many groups, including parties, interviews, talent shows, chat sessions and grat- itude expressions are offered on a drop-in basis. For more information, contact Senior Center With- out Walls, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland, CA 95610; call toll free (877) 797-7299; e-mail info@SeniorCenterWithout Walls.org; or visit Senior- CenterWith0utWalls.org. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Episcopal Senior Communities sponsor this non-denominational nonprofit program. In 2009, the program was awadad aitation of Honor, from the International Asso- ciation of Homes and Ser- vices for the Aging, and in 2008 it received a MindAlert Award from the American So- ciety on Aging and MetLife Foundation. i ::. " ..... 1. ,1 .  gory Felker, MPT on site for you 5 days a week! Local QHS graduate Class of 1995 Actively involved in community clubs and athletics PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 ? The Wellness Column Presented by Christopher W. Anderson, DC FLEXION DISTRACTION TECHNIQUE Flexion Distraction Technique is a technique primarily designed to target low back disc problems. This technique requires a special table (which my office has) that allows the doctor to move the patient's lumbar spine through different ranges without the patient having to help; they can just relax and lay there. When a patient presents with a disc problem, it is critical that the doctor recognize that certain procedures may not be appropriate for this patient. A traditional adjustment for low back problems is one where the patient is placed on their side and the doctor gently puts pressure on the lower back. The goal is to improve the function of the lumbar joints. When this procedure is performed on a person with a disc problem, the rotation that this adjustment produces in the lower back puts more pressure on the disc. Though extremely rare, this procedure could lead to further injury to the disc. This is where Flexion Distraction technique comes into play. This technique allows me to produce movement at each different level of the lumbar spine. For example, if a patient has a disc injury at the L4/5 level, I can provide gentle traction as well as move it through its normal range of motion with out increasing stress on the disc. In fact, by providing traction to the disc, I can lessen its stress which will often significantly decease symptoms. In some cases, where a patient presents with leg symptoms from a pinched nerve (sciatica) I can relieve the pressure on the nerve by uti!izing this technique. In addition to disc patients, I use this technique for patients with other lower back conditions. By moving the lumbar spine through its range of movement, muscle spasm, pain and tightness can be relieved in a very comfortable fashion. This technique is also very comfortable. Most patients that I treat will jump at the opportunity to be treated on this table. If you suffer with a lumbar disc problem, but are fearful of Chiropractic, this technique may be appropFiate for you. Feel free to call me at my of/ice so that we may discuss your case and determine whether Flexion Distraction may work for you; 832-4442. ENERGY STAR