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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11B Formerly fat doctor to dish weight-loss secrets in Quincy Mar. 18 Tiffiney Lozano Staff Writer Family physician Dr. Nick Yphantides will present a free lecture at the Quincy Town Hall Theatre next Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Author of the popular book "My Big Fat Greek Diet," Dr. Nick jokes that despite his ac- complished career, he was "board certified" in medical hypocrisy, as 10 years ago he weighed in at close to 500 pounds. Embarrassed and unable to fit into airplane seats or restaurant booths, the doctor grew tired of saying to pa- tients, "Do as I say, not as I do!" Determined to practice what he preached, Dr. Nick broke from his daffy job com- mitments and set out to change his life. He loaded an RV with protein shakes and no-calorie diet drinks, and dubbed his new home on wheels the "USS Spirit of Reduction." An avid baseball fan, Dr. Nick began what he would later call the "Take a Swing at Weight Loss Tour." Stopping at every major league baseball stadium in the country, Dr. Nick pro- ceeded to lose an astonishing 270 pounds during the course of the next eight months. That journey began in April 2001. Today, Dr. :Nick is still a family physician, as well as a medical consul- tant and a member of the Presidential Task Force on Nutrition, Fitness, and Public Health. The doctor said he can em- pathize with those struggling with weight loss, and can offer medically safe advice to lose it for good. His life story has been fea- tured in People Magazine, Reader's Digest, Washington Post, New York Times, and on CNN, Fox News, Focus on the Family and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is no stranger to Quincy. Friends with Quincy's Dr. Jeff Kepple, the two met in medical school. In fact, Dr. Nick even worked at Plumas District Hospital for a short stint, covering extended emergency room shifts. The Plumas District Dr. Nick Yphantides will share his incredible -- 270 pounds -- weight loss story next Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m., at the Quincy Town Hall Theatre. Yphantides, a friend of Quincy's Dr. Kepple, is the author of the popular book "My Big Fat Greek Diet." Photo by submitted. Hos-pital Employee Wellness Program sponsors the upcoming lecture. The program was estab- lished in 2008, and recently received a $16,350 Innovative Community Wellness Grant. The program plans to use the funds to sponsor other guest speakers, community wellness fairs and outdoor activities. Editor to give talk on local author for Women's History Month In honor of Women's Histo- ry Month, Delaine Fragnoii, managing editor of Feather Publishing Company's four Plumas County newspapers, will give a presentation Wednesday, March 31, on one of America's most prolific and highly accomplished Western genre authors• The luncheon presentation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Mineral Building at the county fairgrounds in Quincy. Back Door Catering is preparing the meal. Tickets are $17 and seating is limited• Stop by the Plumas County Museum or call 283-6320 for tickets. Tickets are non-refundable after March 24. The museum and the Plumas National Forest are sponsoring the event. Fragnoli will cover the life and work of author B.M. Bower, from her early years when, as a ranch wife with three young children, she tried to break into the genre of the Western. Yes, B.M was a "she." Bertha Muzzy Bower, born in a log cabin in Minnesota in 1871, was one of nine sur- viving children. She grew up on homesteads in Minnesota and Montana before landing in California. By 1904, she was a pub- lished author in short story magazines, and in 1906, her first full-length novel, "Chip of the Flying U," was pub- lished by Smith & Street. Following the pattern of two full-length books each year, and numerous short stories, Bower began publishing with the Dillingham Company and then, in 1912, landed a con- tract with the prestigious Lit- tle, Brown & Company for the remainder of her career. Although admonished to maintain her gender-neutral initials, B.M., to perpetuate the facade of male authorship in a field where no female dared tread, Bower became one of the foremost and most popular writers of the time, finding herself among such notables as Zane Grey, Max Brand and Rex Beach. Her novels, however, did not always follow the standard "Western" theme. She developed complex story lines and personalities for her subjects, ranging from fun-loving cowboys to sinister mine operators to rustlers to the almost super- natural, with bootleggers, archaeologists, forest rangers, moviemakers, airplane pilots and sheepherders, just to mention a few. Bower had her own tribula- tions in real life. Married three times and divorced twice, she moved about seek- ing material for her stories. In 1914, she moved to the Pocket Ranch along today's Oakland Camp Road in Quincy, and over the next few years built up that ranch into the valley's showplace. Here she penned at least four books, with one, "The Look- out Man," set on Mount Hough. In keeping with her rest- less character, Bower moved on in 1918, traveling the Southwest and moving to Nevada and the mines that were developing there. Over the span of her long career, Bower published 68 novels and hundreds of short stories. Many of her books have been reprinted and are still available for purchase today, and several of them were made into movies• She passed away in 1940, just before her last novel, "Man On Horseback," was released. With their attractive dust jacket art and quality print- ing, Bower's books have become very collectable, some commanding prices of $300 or more per copy. Artists who contributed to her books include Charles Russell and Anton Fischer. Fragnoli has published widely herself, from aca- demic journals to national consumer magazines• She has 17 years of experience in newspaper, magazine and book publishing. She holds degrees in literature from California State Univer- sity-Fullerton and The Clare- mont Graduate School. Vinton's Cowboy Poetry event rides again Sierra Valley Grange Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor Vinton's Cowboy Poetry show is the eastern Plumas tl. • with enjoying old-time West- ern music and the humor and pathos of cowboy poetry. Poet-songwriter T.J. Casey, singer-songwriter Belinda Gall and cowboy poet J.D. event that keeps going and Seibert are headlining this going anr. xv iit ear's show, which pomises 24th year,je show featuring "to live up to the outstanding a taste of the Old West will performances enjoyed in the return March 19 - 20 to the Sierra Valley Grange on Highway 70. The show offers a welcome social respite to cabin- fevered folk who are invited to dine on either corned beef and cabbage (Friday night) or a roast beef dinner (between shows on Saturday) along past. Having spent two-thirds of his life in a saddle, mentored by old cowboys and old horses, T. J. Casey sings what he knows and shares that authenticity with the audience• Casey said that while the old cowboys and old horses of his native Montana taught him honesty, humor, respect and trustwor- thiness, younger horses and wild cattle developed his agility and made him tough. Casey has been performing Łor the:past 30 year sharing the stage with: Merle Haggard, the Everly Brothers and other legends. Most recently, the Rural Roots Music Commission awarded him Country Western CD of the Year - 2009. Belinda Gail began her Western music career in 1996, singing with the Sons of the San Joaquin. Her dynam- ic style and captivating voice quickly captured the atten- tion of national venues, and she tours both the Midwest and the West• She has appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lynn Ander: son and many'otgs:Bndhad her. own show in Branson, Mo. Most recently, she ap- peared in Branson for a month-long engagement with Curly Musgrave, a former headliner for the Vinton show. Gall has won a long list of awards for her singing and songwriting and has the distinction of holding the Western Music Association's award for Female Performer of the Year five years in a row. J. D. Siebert is an up-and- coming cowboy poet whose witty poems derive from firsthand, eperiences as a cowboy thi,0hout the 3Nest. When he'g n performing at museums and festivals, he lives in the one-horse town of Agua Dulce, attends local brandings and trains horses in his spare time. This varied group of per- formers is sure to delight. Performances are March 19 at 7:30 p.m.; a matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday and an evening performance at a volunteer at TALES FR-OM THE SHELTER. PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 283-3673 7:30 p.m. the same day. Tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for kids age 12 and under. Dinner tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under• Corned beef and cabbage will be served from 5 7 p,m Friday d aroast beef dinner will be serVed between Saturday's shows from 4 - 7 p.m. Proceeds from the Cowboy Poetry Show benefit the Sierra Valley Grange build- ing fund, preserving and maintaining an historic building and much-needed community gathering place. • For more information, call Betty Ramelli at 993-4692. Plumas County Animal Shelter means different things could help with newspaper articles. Got muscle or just want to help once in a while? Friends needs strong men or women to lift and transport 50-pound bags of food from Reno once to twice a month. Are you a fix-it person? Occasionally there is a need for heavy lift- ing, repairing or building. Do you like to be on the go? You could help run errands, shop or be a booth representative at the local farmers market or county fair. Just want to stay home? You could be a free program I was surprised to discover there were so many opportu- nities for people as volun- teers at the Plumas County Animal Shelter. After attending my first and grant investigator. These are just a few of the possible ways that you could help. But if you would rather mingle with man's best friends, dogs and cats, there is plenty of fun and challenge waiting for you. The shelter can be a scary and frighten- ing place for many dogs and cats, so the more attention and interaction they can re- ceive the better it is for them. There are many hands-on activities such as: playing, walking, petting, grooming, home fostering and adoption assistance• meeting with the Friends of the Plumas County Animal Shelter, I was instantly taken with the sense of unity, camaraderie and a genuine goodwill for the welfare of the shelter animals. At the meeting, I was warmly wel- comed and introduced. It was organized and focused, mixed with lighthearted humor and updates on the progress of animals ready for adoption-- this part I was expecting. What I wasn't expecting was to find that my precon- ceived notions about working in a shelter were wrong. In any case, whether you are a hands-on or hands-off type of volunteer, there may be something that's just right up your alley that meets your interests and time limita- tions. What are you waiting for? All monies donated to Friends of the Plumas CountyAnimal Shelter goes toward the betterment of the impounded dogs and cats. Tax deductible donations may be sent to K-9 Rescue, P.O. Box 182, Quincy 95971. Thank you. Volunteering does not always mean that you have to deal with anything loud, smelly or gross. There is a wide range of volunteer jobs that require little to no contact with the animals. For instance, are you a new aspiring photographer or a skilled pro? 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