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4A Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 I I By Victoda MMcalf Staff Wnter Have you read a good book lately? Students at Quincy Elemen. tary School (QES) will be spending March 1 doing just that, as they pick up a favorite book or two and join in some other reading related projects during the day. Students at Pioneer Elemen- tary will be joining in the fun, learning more about the fun world of Dr. Seuss, on March 2, according to Principle Rob- bin Hood. QES activities That night, fifth- and sixth- graders will be sharing their stories in book reports, at- tempting to entice others into reading, too. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the QES cafeteria, students will share their reports, and then Margaret Miles, Plumas County librarian, will enter- tain students and parents alike. Miles will be presenting songs about reading that she has written, according to QES instructor and reading night coordinator Chris Peters. And then, it's off to special- ly assigned classrooms as guests read to parents and stu- dents books they have chosen for the evening. Returning to the cafeteria, each child will then select a free book. According to Pe- ters, children will have had the opportunity to see the books during the day, so choosing one may be just a lit- tle less difficult. The books have been pur- II By Debra Coates Managing Editor Bob Greene is a man who says he enjoys challenges. And, as head of maintenance for the Plumas Unified School District, he says he has lots of challenges. At the request of Superin- tendent Dennis Williams, Greene presented the school board with a list of mainte- nance projects totaling a little more than $2 million. Much of the list included lighting, roofing, painting and paving. Greene said he keeps the lengthy list because when money becomes available, the state will allow him to pursue anything on the list, but not anything that isn't on the list. The state contributes one Managing Editor Plumas Unified School Dis- trict (PUSD) earned high marks in its most recent fi- nancial audit. "Congratulations to the dis- trict for not having any find. ings other, than student body accounts,' said Joy Kobelt, when she completed her pre- sentation to the PUSD Board of Trustees during its Feb. 13 meeting. Kobelt uncovered problems with student body accounts at Chester and Portola high schools. Chester High School showed deficit balances, and Kobelt encouraged deposits so nancial statements present fairly in all respects the status of the district." Jack Trump, of Haws, Theobald and Auman, com- pleted the audit of the Plumas County Office of Education fi- nances. His findings were also presented Feb. 13, and, like the district, the county office was reported to have sound fiscal documents. However, Trump recom- mended that there be more segregation of duties to pro- vide better checks and bal- ances. Trump said, "In a small office, there is often not ade- quate separation." He suggested that district account would operate in ' persennelhelp county*of- e black. She also noted that fi e: ....... 2,300 had not been deposited at Portola High School, saying that it had been "misappropri- ated." Kobelt recommended that internal controls be strengthened to prevent fur- ther problems. As for the other district fi- nances, Kobelt said, "The fi- The Only Honest Pizza Round Plumas Pines Shoppin9 Center 283-2320 FEATH ER Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours." 555 w. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. is open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. HOW to contact us" All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail Web Page 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) on 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. Classified: Monday 10 a.m. News: Fridays, 3 p.m. Legals: Thursday 4 p.m. Breaking news: Anytimel TO Subscdbe: Call (530) 283-0800 or come to the Bulletin office, or use the handy coupon below, or send e-mail 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. Postal Service: USPS No. 188-550. ~..Js postage paid at Quincy, CA. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, p.o. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. 61 Bradley St. Quincy Quincy Susanville Portola/Chester 283-2357 251-2357 1(888) 832-2357 Michael C. Taborski Publisher Kevin Mallory Tom Fomey Assistant to the Publisher Production Manager Debra Coates Cobey Brown Managing Editor Print Shop Manager Diana Kleina Pat Whitcomb Circulation & Classified Manager Bookkeeper Sherri McConnell Eva Small Advertising Manager Composing Manager Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin Re. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 [3 Please enter my subscription for __.__ years. [~ Enclosed find my check for $ In County $20 per year ~1 Out of State $36 per year [~ In California $30 per year Name Address City, State, Zip Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. chased by the QES Parent Teachers Association.~ Peters said. "-. Read Across America This is the fourth national celebration of Read Across America, but QES's fifth cele- bration. "That's .because we thought of it first," Peters said. While the national event is held Friday, March 2, QES cel- ebrates Read Across America March 1. Besides evening activities, each grade participates in a different way, during the day. Last year, some of the teach- ers invited students to bring in a sleeping bag, bean bag cushion, a favorite pillow, and a book, and encouraged stu- dents to abandon themselves to reading. On March 2, students throughout the United States will be learning about the joy of reading--as well as its ne- cessity. The event is spo~n- sated by the National Educa- tion Association (NEA). The annual literacy event-- the largest in the nation, if not the world--coincides with the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), whose beloved books and zany characters provide the back- drop for what NEA President Bob Chase calls, "A day of fun with a purpose." "We hope students of all ages will explore with us the fun, adventure, and magic that reading--and books-- provide. We want readers young and old to join us for the ride," Chase said. Last year's event involved on half of one percent of the school district's annual bud- get for deferred maintenance projects. When it comes to projects, Greene said "Portola gets everything." The most extensive project in recent years was the 39,505 square feet for the C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School campus. Energy Greene said he gets great enjoyment out of two things: saving money on lighting and saving money on fuel oil. While some people may use the Internet to chat with friends, Greene spends his time on-line checking out oil futures. He said he buys when the prices are low. But, as costs for fuel oil be- gin to rise, Greene says it's "scary." In the 1999-2000 school year, Greene said the district used 155,000 gallons of fuel oil at a cost of $142,256. He was paying 92 cents per gallon. Now, the school district is paying $1.26 per gallon. His es- timated cost for the 2000-2001 school year is $195,817, for even fewer gallons of fuel. Greene is pleased that he be- gan implementing energy sav- ing measures when he joined the district in 1983. In the late 1980s, Greene said the school district was using 220,000 gal- lons annually. Greene's implementation of energy management systems at many school sites have been instrumental in cutting the number of gallons con- sumed. Lighting is another bright spot for Greene. In the early 1980s, Greene said the district installed fluorescent lighting, energy efficient for that time. Now, the district is undergo- ing another changeeut and in- stalling fixtures that provide more light for less wattage. Greene is working with Tru-Brite Energy Manage- ment to determine payback (the amount of time it will take for the energy savings from the system to pay for the equipment). Surf the world wide web Get your own E-Mail address 19.95/mo Unlimited access on local numbers Additional fees and hook-up costs may apply See stoce for details TOWN HALL THEATRE Wednesday, February 28th Thursday thru Saturday March 1-3 at 7 pm Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm Adults- $10 Children - $5 Tickets available at the Bookshelf, Quincy Natural Foods and Plumas County Arts Commission. For dinner and a show package, call Moon's at 283-0765. Adults- $20.00 and children - $10 for special menu (drink and tax not included) more than 30 million partici- pants. Even more are expect. ed to be involved in Read Across America activities this year. Those scheduled to honor reading on March 2 include First Lady Laura Bush, mem- bers of both houses of Con- gress, mayors, governors, and state legislators in all 50 states. Actor Morgan Freeman, chairperson of the 2001 event, has recorded both radio and television public service an- nouncements. Singer Reba McEntire, actor Cheech Marin and others are in- volved in the Public Broad- cast System's "Between the Lions." Freeman said that getting a library card when he was eight, "opened up a whole new world for me." And that, according to Chase, is the goal of the pro- gram. celebrate in the district's Drop and Read Dallas In Maryland, bara Mikulski is chairperson for the ebration, and Glendening will eggs and ham restaurant. In California thai les Times books for its program. Those distributed to March 2. In Lumberton, wanis Club will second-g A read-in is Topeka, Kan., have teamed up burn University bring an entire reading fun--alor$ books--to area through third-gradel And Opening up the world through books and reading is the message behind "Oh, the Places You'll Go," by Dr. Seuss. It's also the theme for this year's festivities. Taken from the Seuss title, the theme provides teachers, librarians, parents, students, authors, actors, politicians, and others an opportunity to share the journeys they have traveled through books as well as the world of ideas that books have opened for them. Feitivitlea "Green Eggs and Ham," an- other Dr. Seuss classic, is cele- brated at many schools, in- cluding QES, where they have been served at lunch. In Texas, the Dallas Inde- pendent School District will Reading partnerO More than 40 ners have come as promote reading in t special ways. Students in America, for recting their creativity into service projects i~ communities. el projects are Players in the Football beague ciation have mets for red "cat hats" and will with children in communities as team towns. tall multiple ations---have been I lar by Dr. Seuss's Hat" books. is at AMERICAN VALLEY ANIMAL During the month of March, Dr. will be sponsoring FREE Geriatric Pet Exams for any dog over 7 years old and any cat over 9 Call today for a comprehensive physical at Comer of Alta and Lee Road, Quincy Rates as low as $13.82 per & Internet from a local provider Local Dial-up Numbers for Susanville Quincy. Portola Chester Lake Greenville Slerraville Surrounding Areas Entail Intomet E-commerce * 284-1515 or toll free (888) Open Men. - Sat. 341 Main St.,