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2A Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Feather River Bulletin FRC to pilot state program Feather River College's ef- forts to move toward sus- tainability received .a boost from the California Commu- nity College (CCC) Chancel- lot's Office. FRC was chosen to pilot a draft Sustainabili- ty Plan Template in coordi- nation with the Chancellor's Office;the template's au- thors, environmental con- sulting firm Newcomb An- derson McCormick of San Francisco; and the Citrus CommunitY College District. The Sustainability Plan Template has been designed for use by community col- leges statewide and serves as one possible blueprint for district sustainability plan- ning. FRC's involvement emerged after Sustainability Action Team (SAT) Chair- man and FRC President Ron Taylor suggested in late De- cember that the college's current draft Sustainability Management Plan could be enhanced by learning more about the statewide initia- tive to promote sustainable practices at community col- leges. FRC SAT members Facili- ties Manager Nick Boyd, fac- ulty Darla DeRuiter and Katie Desmond, and FRC Sustainability Plan consul- tants Paul Vaughn and Dana Flett traveled to Sacramento to meet with CCC Energy Specialist Dan Estrada, As- sistant Vice Chancellor for College Finance and Facili- ties Planning Fred Harris and lead template author Matt Sullivan of Newcomb Anderson McCormick. It was agreed that FRC's sub- stantial progress toward a sustainability management plan positioned the college to pilot the statewide sus- tainability template. "Testing this template will enhance FRC's planning ef- forts and allows us to let the Chancellor's Office know how this template works for a small, rural college," said Desmond. "We appreciate this collaborative venture and the opportunity to bring our sustainability successes and vision to the statewide conversation." The SAT is in the process of harmonizing the college's draft Sustainability Manage- ment Plan with the statewide template and is compiling feedback from this experience for the tem- plate authors in anticipation of its formal release• to com- munity college districts across California. "I see FRC as a leader in sustainability, in various ways," said Dr. Taylor, "in our physical plant, our cur- riculum, our local focus. It seems a natural fit for a small college in the moun- tains." "Melding our local sus- tainability initiatives and planning with the statewide community college system office's vision is both an in- credible opportunity and a unique challenge," said DeRuiter. "It will show how our small, rural college can get things done despite lim- ited resources." Taylor, DeRuiter and Boyd met with Chancellor's Office and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives Feb. 29. to discuss projects related to sustainable prac- tices and energy savings at FRC. FREE Towing for • Abandoned Vehicles ° Junkers Call for details Now IN (!UINCY Qutucy T0w SERVtCE & RSPAtR 283-1162 * QUINCY, CA ,,:,:F, % ........ : i :1.  .. : i " !.: ........... ..................................... : : !: .i Some restrictions apply ' "T ,00iver me timbers,,, :i On a recent cold crisp morning Captain Gray Beard (aka Plumas County Assessor and Rotarian Chuck Leonhardt) sails into port Pioneer Elementary and participates in the monthly Reading in Kindergarten program sponsored by the Quincy Rotary Club. Capitan Gray Beard enthusiastically read the scholastic book "Pirates Go To School" by Corinne Demas to the kindergarten classes of MS. Westwood, Ms. Hinrichs and Ms. Whitaker. Members of the service club read aloud to kindergarten students monthly to help promote literacy. The Quincy Rotary Club is an organization of business and community leaders that supports and nurtures the local community as well as humanitarian efforts worldwide. They meet weekly on Mondays for lunch at the Mineral Building at the fairgrounds. Photo by Andy Ryback (aka cub photographer Jimmy Olsen) Teams forming f,)r adult softball The Central Plumas Recre- ation and Park District has started its preseaso n planning and sign-ups for the 2012 adult softball season. Scheduled practices will begin Monday, April 9, and will continue throughout the month of April. Softball league games are ten- tatively scheduled to com- mence Monday, May 7. Teams are currently being formed during the pre-season and practice period. All games will be played on weekday evenings at either Gansner Park or the ball fields at Feath- er River College. The adult softball league is divided into four divisions: a men's divi- sion, two co-ed divisions (an upper and a lower) and a women's division. Anyone in- terested in forming a new team is encouraged to attend the pre-season manager's meeting Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m, at the Quincy library. "We would like to encourage new players and teams from around the area to come out and participate this season. Adult softball is a great way to spend time with friends, fami- ly and co-workers in an envi- ronment that promotes physi- cal and social well-being," said recreation and park district sports and recreation coordi- nator Jeren Seibel. In addition, the rec district is seeking individuals interested in umpiring for the league. Training will be provided. "Be- ing an umpire over the sum- mer is a great way to get con- nected with the community, make some money and have fun," said Seibel. Anyone inter- ested in becoming an umpire is encouraged to contact the • recreation and park district. New players that would like to get connected with a team or individuals interested in forming a new team are also invited to contact the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District at 283-3278 or 34 Fair- ground Road in Quincy. Re- turning players for all divi- sions are encouraged to sign up promptly through their team manager. Na00:oma honors local firefighters day these people are out there risking everything to keep us safe. When you consider that so many of these guys are vol- unteer&.this seemed, iike lhe least we could 4o,'! .... , ...... • ....... Attending the event were members of Portola Fire De- partment, Beckwourth Fire Protection District, Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District, including members of that district's Explorer Pro- gram, and Plumas County Sheriff's Office. They were Nakoma Golf Resort hosted an appreciation dinner for lo- cal firefighters and other emergency responders Satur- day, March 3. The event was • precipitated by. thefirofight- ers' impressive reSpong in qmckly extin gmshl ng a late- night electrical fire Jan. 20 that could have devastated the renascent Nakoma/Dragon enterprise. Nakoma COO Mark Be- ranek said, "The event was to express appreciation for every t ! t !i ::! : : i .' ; ...... i .... : .... , ......  : : *. Snow Shoveling & Blowing , : • Roof & Gutter Clean-uPS , • Weekly Maintenance • Debris Removal • Raking ;;:?: • Pruning • Hauling : I! ; 283-5.518 /L(:: •( P.O. Box 1919 Quincy ,% :  FREE ESTIMATES* i: *Some restrictii  treated to an impressive spread of broiled tri-tip with cabernet mushroom ragout, au gratin potatoes, steamed ,vegetable medley and black- berry ,pie, all. p,repared i.n- house by Nakoma Chef Ben Sylvia. Portola Fire Department Chief Travis Schiavone said of the event, "It was fantastic. In many ways, this is a thankless job. People often don't realize what volunteer firefighters go through -- for free. So it's great when someone goes to these lengths to show their apprecia- tion." Bob Frank, Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District chief, whose firefight- ers provided mutual aid to the Nakoma clubhouse fire as well as the many incidents of 2011, remarked on the unique nature of the event, "We were gen- uinely•surprised to have our work recogn,ized like this. It's the best pat on the back we've had in a long time." The event brings attention to what has been a painfully busy year for Eastern elumas County firefighters. "2011 has been the worst year in struc- ture fires in our district that anyone can remember," said Schiavone, referring to the five fires affecting a total of nine structures in 2011, not to mention the numerous med- ical calls, car accidents and wildfires. 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