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16B Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter SINGH, from page 1B her life would die with her. But a discovery made by George's daughter, LaVerne Aventi, blew the whole secret into the open. The reveal After George died, his daughter from his third relationship, LaVerne, was going through his personal belongings and came across his Veterans Administration card. The day of birth on the ID was right, but the year was off and the name read George Neeley, not John Aventi, as LaVerne knew him. LaVerne recalled seeing the ID earlier, when she was a teenager. When she asked George about the name, he had brushed'it off with a story about how he was too young to enroll so he used a fake name. LaVerne Googled the name and found a message on posted by Diana Neeley, now Diana Simpson, from Port01a. Diana asked the online community if anyone knew what ever happened to her father. LaVerne messaged Diana, saying she might know what became of her father-- if they were talking about the same person. Diana Filled LaVerne in on how her father disappeared in 1953 and relayed that her brother, George's son from his first relationship, also died in 2007. Diana described Claire to LaVerne, who concluded that Claire must be the woman she knew as Carmen. LaVerne pressed Claire about Diana's story until Claire broke down and told her the truth. Then LaVerne realized her father had a life she had never known about, and she had a sister she had never met. Out in the open Since the Neeley/Aventi secret was revealed, life has changed for all those involved. George's children from all his relationships have connected in ways they never thought possible. Diana said she was overjoyed when she found out she had siblings she had never known about. LaVerne flew out to California last April and the two sisters were able to meet face to face for the first time. Diana said she regularly texts and talks to three of her newly discovered siblings. "I would love to have a family reunion some day," expressed Diana. "I would love to meet my brothers face to face." Diana said she feels no resentment toward Claire. "She was just a kid," said Diana. "She didn't know what she was doing. I'm not going to spend my whole life hating someone." Despite Diana's willingness to forgive, Claire still feels a deep sense of regret. Along with that regret, however, is a yearning to rediscover the past she left behind, "I would really like to fred someone out there who remembers me -- maybe has a photo from when I was younger --just to prove that I was Claire Singh, not Carmen Aventi," said Claire. As Claire and George's past becomes clearer, their family's future is clearing as well. As George's children move forward with their lives, they do so with a better knowledge of where they came from. If any readers remember Claire or George, or know what became of Claire's brothers Henry, Herbert and Johnny Singh, they are encouraged to reach out and contact LaVerne Aventi at 10 RI, bag Russet Large Red Green Bmlm Bell Bell Peppers ! hie pdces 6 & 7, 2015, on . Sale M am. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 5am-lOpm 50 GRAND AVE., SUSANVILLE, CA 96130 3 lb. Bag Cde i fldaa Mow OIIjir lk suppL. No ralnc please. Sc~tch Beked Goods Rne Wines & Spirits All Lottery Games US Postage We accept Food Stamps &WC Claire Singh poses for the 1952 Portola High School yearbook the year before she left Portola. Photo courtesy Portola High School M usicians invit Love Song le Words & Music offers a Beverages are available for Love Song Challenge for the purchase. Feb. 12 Words & Music, Words & Music is a hosted at Pattfs Thunder . program of Plumas Arts that Caf in Quincy. Performers features acoustic may sign up in advance for performances of music and open mic by emailing the spoken word. For more information via information about this or, other programs sponsored r A two-song, eight-minute by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402,1 maximum will apply to all. visit or stop i: Doors open at 7 p.m. and by the Plumas Arts Gallery rI the all-open-mic program located at 525 Main St. in starts at 7:15. Quincy. Office hours are Words & Music is Wednesday, Thursday and sponsored by Plumas Arts Friday from 11 a.m. to $:30 and there is a $3 entry p.m., and Saturday from 11 charge at the door. a.m, to 3 p.m. Plurnas Arts set to host 'Artists and Taxes' workshop Plumas Arts will hold its first Plumas Artisan-Made Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The workshop is for artists about taxes. The workshop will cover topics from Schedule SE paperwork to deductions and answer questions about the Board of Equalization. The workshop will be held at the Quincy library from 4 to 6 p.m. Kristin York from the Sierra Business Council will present the material. The workshop is free for Plumas Arts' artist members ($40 a year with other membership benefits) or $20 a workshop for nonmembers, i Preregistration is required and space is limited. Contact Kara, Rockett-Arsenault for more information at kararockett@gmail,com or 283-3818. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for-you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: I #