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12B Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive Reporter qu ur own nal Q: Chuck, I'm stuck. I can't share details, but I can say that I feel Paralyzed to the past, and I want out. My counselor says I'm scared of change and taking risks, and sEe's right. I've taken some baby steps, but she says it's time to take one giant step. I guess I'm looking for some way to push forward, or should I say up and out? Any suggestions? --"Just a Leap Away From Freedom" Fort Worth, Texas A: American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg, a native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, made the decision of his life in Olympic competition, and it paid off big-time, with the first American gold medal -- and the first gold medal in general -- in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Whatever our C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS aspirations, his example shows us the way to our ticket to gold, too. After earning his place in the finals by finishing second in the semifinals, the 20-year-old Kotsenburg called his elder brother Blaze, who was at home in Park City, Utah, and U.S. coach Bill Enos to run by them a risky and, some would say, crazy idea, accordir g to USA Today. Kotsei burg wanted to throw something into his first Olympic finals run -- a trick he had never done before in either practice or prior competition. It is called a "back 16 Japan," which is essentially spinning backward 4-1/2 times (1,620 degrees of rotation) while grasping the back part of one's snowboard (Japan). It is also known as a backside double-cork 1620 Japan. At first, I'm sure coach Enos and brother Blaze raised their eyebrows at the idea. One might try that daring trick on a practice run back in Park City, but at the Olympics during the f'mals? Kotsenburg said to his coach, "I think I might go back 16 Japan." The coach responded, "Send it! What do you have to lose?" Though he had made his mark as a champion snowboarder back in the U.S Kotsenburg was already being cast as an underdog in the Olympics -- especially while in the shadow of megastar Shaun white, who withdrew from the men's slopestyle competition a few days earlier. He was up against not only 11 other Olympic competitors but also his own internal risk walls and emotions. I can imagine he could feel his heart pounding as adrenaline surged through his body at the starting gate while he was alone thinking of his upcoming untried trick. I'm sure he asked himself, if even momentarily, "What if I don't pull offthe back 16 Japan?" It could have meant the agony of defeat before his largest audience ever. Well, Kotsenburg faced his un Chester: Chester Little League sign-ups; 7:45 - 8:30 a.m Wel~-'~tti 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Chester Fe~ ~9-20 Elementary School lobby. L Play open to boys and girls age 4 - 14, in four divisions. Costs $60. For information: Camille Klimek, 258-6204. Chester: Sober Grad committee meeting, 6 p.m Chester Wed High School cafeteria. Fe~ ~lj Parents, community members interested in volunteering welcome. For more information: Wendi Durkin, 228-2683. To donate: Jennifer Branch, 258-3588. Chester: Almanor Community Supper, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m Chester l'~tU Memorial Hall. FE~ 20 Twice-monthly event' hosted by different club, organization November through April. Free; donations appreciated. For information, tp volunteer: Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543. Greenville: Dinner and game night, Greenville Community Methodist Church on Pine Street. Chili cook-off with fixings 5:30- 6:30 p.m family games until 8 p.m. Indian Valley Academy Class of 2016 hosts event to raise money for senior trip. $9 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Chance to challenge school chess team extra. Winning student chili chef earns prize. Quincy: Support the Arts Concert, 7 p.m Town Hall Theatre. Elita Hutchins organizes benefit for Plumas Arts as senior project. Features singer-songwriter Jennifer Hoffman, rapper Mikey FreSh, Quincy High School Mini Trojans, Amy Weaver, junior high jazz band. Tickets $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children. All proceeds go to Plumas Arts. Graeagle: Live Music at The Grille, 5:30 - 9 p.m Chalet View Lodge at 72056 Highway 70. Featuring Kelly Ann Miller, guitarist and vocalist. Dinner menu available. For information, reservations (recommended): Bob Hickman, 832-5528, Portola: Words & Music, 7 p.m Williams House. Monthly series of acoustic music, spoken word. Sign up at the door for open mic. $3. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information: 283-3402. person $8 each at time of purchase. Four best poker hands win. Helmets required. Giveaway tickets $1 each, six for $5; snowmobile drawing tickets $20. Proceeds benefit Rotary Endowment Scholarship Fund. For information: 836-6811. Quincy: Country style breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Eggs your way, potatoes, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Fair University; registration begins 8:30 a.m classes start 9 a.m.; Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Local experts teach techniques for entering county fair competitions. Free. Preregister by Feb. 20 for free T-shirt. For information: 283-6272, Greenville: Annual speech and instrumental music contest, 6 p.m Greenville High School library. High school students present speeches "Engage Rotary, Change Lives- Living a Life of Service Above Self," instrumental performances in first level of regional Rotary competition. Presented by Greenville Rotary Club. Community members invited; indudes pizza, refreshments. Quincy: Wine, Spirits & Chocolate, 5 - 8 p.m Carey Candy Co. at 91 Bradley St. Suggested donation $10/person; proceeds benefit KQNY Community Radio. FI'I Chester: Feb 7.0 Fish fry, 5:30- 7 p.m Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 194 Main St. $8 per person. Vinton: 21st annual Monte Carlo Night, 5, p.m Sierra Valley Grange Hall. Hosted by Rotary Club of Loyalton to support scholarships, community service projects. Casino play, auction, prizes, food, snacks, no-host bar. Tickets $10 presale from a Rotarian, $15 at the door. Tickets include $2,500 in play money, two complimentary drink Graeagle: tickets. For information, tickets: Kim Wilbanks, Live Music at The Grille, 5:30 - 9 I~.m Chalet 249-4858. View Lodge at 72056 Highway 70. Featuring Karl Larson, guitarist and vocalist. Dinner menu available. For information, reservations Lassen Volcanic (recommended): Bob Hickman, 832-5528, National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, Sat-Stilt meet 1 p.m. outside Loomis Quincy: Fe~ 22-23 Ranger Station on plaza in Georgia's Open Mic Night, 7 p.m Plumas Arts Manzanita Lake area. Gallery. Greenville High School student Georgia permitting. 1- to 2-mile Tomaselli's senior project features artists, open adventure explores winter ecology, Lassen's mic, hors d'oeuvres. $5 admission donation geologic history. Dress in layers, carry food, requested. drinking water. Limited number of snowshoes available for $1 donation. Vinton: Drought management workshop, i 2 5 p.m Sierra Valley Grange Hall on Highway 70, Sierra Greenville: Valley, Feather River resource conservation Special line dance class, 6:30 districts host event for area farmers, ranchers in -8:30 p.m Indian Valley response to growing local concerns about Stilt Recreation and Parks District potentially devastating water shortages, drought ~e~ 23 Community Center at 209 impacts. Sign-in, refreshments begin 12:15 p.m. Crescent St. (Highway 89). Free, open to all interested parties. For ~res specialty line dance information: instructor Krista. $5 per person. Come solo or bring partner. Regular line dance classes first, third Sunday each month 5 - 6:30 p.m. For information: 284-7279. Genesee: Mardi Gras Party, Genesee Quincy: Sat Store. No-host bar opens 5 Feather River Kodenkan JuJitsu grend opening, IllAall' h ~ p.m famous "Shortest Mardi Gras Parade in the 1690 E. Main St. above Papa's Donut House. World" starts 6 p.m. Opening of new dojo starts with workout 11 Presented by Genesee Hysterical Society. a.m followed by mat purification ceremony Louisiana Cajun jambalaya buffet, $15 a plate, 12:30- I p.m. Includes demonstrations, teaching after parade. Live music and dancing follow. For by senior ranks. Open to the general public. For reservations: Genesee Store, 284-6351; Trisha information: Sensei Burkhard 8ohm, 836-1148, Aitken, 284-7480. Chester: Family Barn Dance; 7 - 9 p.m doors open 6:30; Chester Elementary School gym. All-ages event includes live dance music 1'the Musical Mavens, line dancing, contra dancing. Child care available. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Lake Almanor Fitness Center, Plumas Arts. Tickets $7/person, $15/family, $5/Plumas Arts members; available at Good Vibrations, Pluma~ Bank, Books& Beyond. For information: Jeff Bryant, 259-3757. Lake Davis: 18th annual Lake Davis Poker Run, 9- 11 a.m. Registration at J & J Grizzly Store (staging area) at 7752 Lake Davis Road. CANCELED. Awards 2 p.m. Entry fee $12/person; two or more hands per Safeway 2/22. Monday: QHS Jr. Class Enchilada Feed, La Sierra Lanes. 4:30- 7 p.m. Pay $5 for 3 presale, $6 for 3 at the door. Tickets available at Epilog Books, y Candy. Also sold at For info: 283-1633. Quincy: "Local Investing From Wall Street to Main Street," 5:30 p.m 672 Main St. Transition Quincy workshop addresses options for investing locally. Starts with potluck. For details: 283-1309. Lake Almanor: Annual Snowmobile Poker Run, check-in 8:30 - 11 a.m Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park at highways 36 and A13. CANCELED Table Mountain (Butte County): Free naturalist-led wildflower tours, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville. California Department of Fish and Wildlife presents discussion of area's geology, vistas, wildflowers, vernal pools Two-hour tours are approximately 2-1/2 miles over uneven terrain; limited to 25 participants. No dogs. Advanced registration at required. For information: CDFW Interpretive Services, 916-358-2869, k16 fears and slam-dunked his the question Kotsenburg's back 16 Japan and the coach asked him on the phone: slopestyle snowboarding "What do you have to lose?" contest, which was also Taking a chance is almost making its Olympic debut as always risky. But what's the an event. He received a score alternative? You've heard it of 93.50 on that first run -- a said that "if you always do high score that slayed the what you've always done, following nine competitors you'll always be where you've and even held throughout the always been." It's also true second runs of competition, that a rut is merely a grave too. with the ends knocked out. Kotsenburg was ecstatic Don't misunderstand me. and knew exactly why he won: I'm certainly not saying that I a single risk, a single trick, a believe we all should risk life single act of competitive and limb. Remember that courage, to which he also Kotsenburg is a trained added his unique hold on the professional and was board, named the "Holy up and out in his area of Craft." He said, somewhat calling and expertise. Logic shocked and laughing after should precede the leap or the run, "I ended up landing it at least build its platform. and winning with it." (Isn't Is risk difficult? That's an that exactly how all of us have understatement. But is the felt after doing something we goal worth the gamble? I thought we could never do?) believe so; otherwise, I Kotsenburg demonstrated wouldn't be where I am. I go to something I've believed all of the words of my hero, John my life, during my careers in Wayne, who said, "Courage is martial arts, movies and being scared to death but television: There's no reward saddling up anyway." without risk. There's no Kotsenburg said in an higher compensation without interview after winning facing the challenge. There's Olympic gold: "Honestly, it no gold without the bold. feels like a dream right now The reason that athletes -- seriously the craziest thing like entrepreneurs, educators ever I didn't really think and myriad others who it would happen." advance in life -- are often The road to the next level is successful is that they are always uphill, but so is better willing to face their fears and living. And the only thing that even failure. They won't give often separates us from it is up; they won't give in. They our (next) "back 16 Japan." may fall to the ground in So what is your "back 16 defeat from time to time, but Japan"? I don't know by sheer determination -- and specifically what it is for you, often God's grace and a little but I bet you do. And it's help from friends -- they will likely the next move you need rise again to meet the to make to get to a new challenges of a new day. So I plateau -- to attain your know that Kotsenburg's U.S. award. teammates in the slopestyle Kotsenburg stands on the competition, Chas Guldemond shoulders of his predecessors and Ryan Stassel, though they in modeling for us our next didn't win a medal this time,- step in life. Truly, America's will not give up their future first gold medal in the Winter hopes and goals. Olympics can be our ticket to Kotsenburg's own attitude gold, as well. about the possibility of failure He was willing to pay the before his back 16 Japan was price, and now he has the this: "I really want to medal prize! just as much as the next guy, but my attitude in the run: If I Write to Chuck Norris land, that's cool; if not, I need ( with questions to try harder, obviously, about health and fitness. That's just how I snowboard." In the end, I believe we all Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris have to answer with our lives Distributed by NANCY HUFFMAN CATALANO SEPTEMBER 24, 1926 FEBRUARY 16, 2005 (In celebration of her life; in mourning for her loss.) Her laugh cascaded like a rippling stream which buoyed her closest friends with instant joy; Her mind was focused like a laser beam And saw the flaws in any schemer's ploy. She empathized with all who suffered pain And all her life gave alms to those in need; She taught the young to think and to refrain From excess acts in daffy word or deed. She loved the spoken tongues of many lands Ar/d used them all as though they were her own; She shunned dogmatic, preaching firebrands But had a faith as hard as polished stone. I miss my Nancy in these trying times, And yet, I know she's always here with me; I feel her in the house, the woods, my rhymes, And everywhere I go or choose to be. She'll always live in me, although we can't converse, And live in all she's touched and all who read this verse. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano F m IIIIIII m m m I m m m I m m I~ SENIOR Wednesday, Feb. 26 Spaghetti/meat sauce, broc- | 1VIE 1N]-LI coli, green salad, french roll, grapes & banana. | | Monday, Feb. 24 High sodium: tuna melt,Thursday, Feb. 27 | green pea salad, slicedChef salad, navy bean soup,:. oranges, cookie, mixed fruit cup, whole wheat roll, ice cream. Tuesday, Feb. 25 | Pork roast, sweet potato, Friday, Feb. 28 | peas/cauliflower, whole Beef stir fry, onions/green grain roll, applesauce,pepper, brown rice, sliced | carrots, fruit cocktail I o I Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643;| Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 632- 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for | reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory | charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. " ILl I m m m m m m m m m m m I~ !