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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 5A 0 :twith the old, in with t,!00e new t Plumas Unified School District has received six new school buses this year from differentgrant opportunities and bus pass monies. Two of the new buses have wheel- chair lifts installed to accom- modate most students. Four old buses wait to be sent to the dismantler; two other buses have already been dismantled. The new buses are safer and produce fewer harmful emissions compared to the older buses. In California, grant money can only be released after the old buses have been dismantled, permanently removing them from use. Photos courtesy PUSD Will lights go out in Greenville? Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor A proposal to shut off 19 streetlights in Taylorsville, Greenville and Canyon Dam will be up for action tonight, Wednesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. Directors of the Indian Val- ley Community Services Dis- trict will meet in the Indian Valley Civic Center, at 430 Main St. in Greenville. The lights were designated nonessential, after meetings in February among direc- tors, PG&E representatives and Fire Chief Jim Hamblin. The issue of streetlights and how they are paid for has been on the district agen- da many times in the past two or more decades, espe- cially during those times when the county doesn't want to contribute toward the $14,000 annual cost; Such was the case last year, when directors were advised not to expect finan- cial support from the county anymore. For the past several years, the county has contributed about 25 percent of the costs. The service districts and the county seem to have the same problem according to Public Works Assistant Engi- neer John Kolb. "They cannot raise rates to pay for higher energy costs without placing the issue be- fore voters in their district, a Proposition 281 require- ment," he said. Services districts like in Indian Valley and East Quin- cy receive a lump sum of tax money from the county. "How they choose to spend that money is entirely up to them," he added. The Indian Valley direc- tors have chosen to spend most of their money on the fire and rescue department, with small portions allotted to other community services, such as the parks, pool and campground. There have been talks of forming a countywide street- light district and taking the matter to voters according to Kolb, but the consensus seems to be that such a move would be an expensive fail- ure in the current economic and political climate. Directors tried to recoup the money in 2005, by initiat- ing a utility fee on the sewer bills of residents, but the fee was removed in 2007, in def- erence to Proposition 218, though they still believe their case in billing for the lights was a good one, ac- cording to director and fi- nance committee member Jane Braxton Little. Among the lights proposed to be shut off are five in Tay- lorsville, 12 in Greenville and two that are located out- side the district boundaries, one in Mount Hough Estates and one in Canyon Dam. The estimated annual sav- ings of the action would be about $2,425. Railroad Days needs volunteers Planning for Portola Rail- road Days in August is picking up steam. The asso- ciation began soliciting food vendors for the event, and is looking for someone to help organize the arts and crafts vendors. "Our arts and crafts ven- dor chairperson had to step down last year, and we have not been able to fill the posi- tion," commented Donna Mills, Portola Railroad Days chairwoman. "This is one of our main sources of fund- ing, so we are urgently searching for someone to as- sist With organizing this ac- tivity as soon as possible." According to Mills, the work is not difficult. The vendor chairman mails event letters and forms to past participants, screens applications and finalizes agreements. The committee provides mailing lists and pays for postage and other related expenses. Committee members work closely with each other dur- ing the year and at the event. The committee meets most Fridays throughout the year, but no one is required to meet every Friday. "We are excited about our event this year. It marks the 28th annual Railroad Days festival. We already have a great deal of interest from vendors, car enthusiasts and entertainers, and have a lot of planning and work ahead of us. We are all volunteers, but there just aren't enough of us. We need and will ac- cept all the help we can get," said Mills. This year, Chris Skow, owner of Trains and Travel International in Reno, Nev., hopes to help by bringing a passenger train to Portola to help celebrate the 100th an- niversary of the first passen- ger train over the Western Pacific Railroad. Those interested in volun- teering some time to Portola Railroad Days should con- tact Donna Mills at 832-6032, or Portola City Hall at 832- 6801, or join the 8 a.m. meet- ings on Fridays at City Hall. Our community benefits from it! Open Tues-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm Sat I 0am-4pm Closed Sun & Mon Take advantage ofour Queenie Special: 20% OFF all in-stock candles - cake candles - scent-a-buns - votives 283-2929 2019 E. Main St. Meanwhile, directors would continue to work with county supervisors toward a countywide streetlight dis- trict. For those unable to make the meeting, a recording will be available via the district's website and indianvall- Visitors to the site can click on agendas and min- utes, then on the March 2010 meeting agenda, and a link to the recording will be avail- able at the bottom of the agenda, usually within a cou- ple days of the meeting. JtplleU 00celq l0000ks, & more Pre-School stoxTttme Nov. 7th 10am ;73 W. Main SI. in Quint"), d83-ll()(K (i(k'3) Mon.- Sin. 10 - (i Sun. 12tpm :i:iiiii Manual & Aquatic Therapy Orthopedic & Sports Injuries Post-surgical Rehabilitation Sciatica Program PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 Need help REP ING If it's ng we can'll find someo can. CONSTRUCTION |INCE 1984 m General Building Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 I Principal's Message A few days ago, one of our teachers stormed into my of- fice, threw her papers on my table, and blurted out, "That's it! I've had enough; I'm retiring!" I stopped what I was doing and gave her my full attention. In my most concerned voice, I asked what had happened, imagining all kinds of terrible student behaviors. "I was just sitting across from a student," she began, "when he looked up at me and asked, 'Why are you getting old?'" Glaring at me, she continued, "I asked him what he meant" (which may not have been the wisest question for her to ask at that point,) "and he said, 'Well, your face is still really beauti- ful, but you're getting wrinkles!'" She broke into a huge smile, clearly enjoying his innocent lack of civility at her expense. Personally, I think it's a darn good thing he made that comment about her being beautiful. It proba- bly saved his bacon. Sincerely, Shepard Kest Porter, Principal A Word from the Secretary I need a couple of parent volunteers to help with Spring Pictures. This year's date is Tuesday, March 9th begin- ning at 8:30a.m. Please plan on being here all day. Volun- teers will get a free picture package. If you are able to help please call the office at 283-6520. Unfortunately, we have many students arriving to school late. All students should be at school prior to 8:15 a.m. When the first bell rings at 8:15, students are to walk to their classroom. The 8:20 a.m. bell rings to signify the start of school. At this time, students should be in their classroom seat ready to begin instruction. We appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you, Jennifer McColm, Secretary Calendar of Events Mar 4 K-6....Read to Your Child Night at Pioneer Mar 8 K-6....PCO at QES, 3:15 Mar 9 K-2....Spring Pictures Mar 12 K-6....EndofTrimester Mar 18 K-2....Awards Assembly, 8:30-9:00 Mar 18 K-6....Report Cards Sent Home Mar 26 K-6....Springfest, 5:30-8:00 Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0868653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 www'richardstcktn'us WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE That's baby talk for, "Do you have life insurance?" As your family grows, so do your reasons for protecting them. Get the right life insurance and peace of mind. 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