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6B Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter One of the most widely read books in Plumas and Sierra counties, besides the phone book, is the annual County Fair Exhibit Guide. The guide lists the many different cate- gorms and classes where one can enter their handiwork in competition. The very basic reason for the modern fair is a chance for residents to show off what they have raised, made or grown better yet, to have their entries judged as better than their neighbors' down the road. The motive to compete lives on. Residents will find the general rules governing their entries in the guide. They will also find a preliminary schedule of the fair, contact information and deadlines for entries, judging and picking up entries after the fair. Major sect ohs include home arts, floriculture, Art Barn and livestock. Each section has many different divisions, for example, the Art Barn has divisions for amateur photography and professional photography. Those divisions are then broken down into classes, like sports, children and even last year's fair. The exhibit guide covers how to prepare entries and when to bring them to the fairgrounds. Most entries cost only $2. Those judged winners are awarded ribbons and sometimes cash. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair board has decided to extend last year's offer of no entry fees for junior exhibitors. Junior exhibitors can only win money as a Best of Show recipient, but will be awarded ribbons as usual. They encourage youngsters to experience the thrill of seeing their entries on display with ribbons attached. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair has followed many fairs that have published their exhibit guides online, saving thousands of dollars and "many trees. The 2012 Plumas- Sierra County Fair Exhibit Guide is now available on the fair website: plumas-sierra Uhderstand- ing that many Plumas and Sierra residents still have only dial-up for their Internet service, the guide has been broken down into smaller sections for quicker down- load. Entry forms for still exhibits, livestock and horse show are all available on the website. A limited number of guides have been printed and distrib- uted to community libraries and branches of Plumas Bank. Copies are also avail- able at the fair office and fair staff is happy to print out specific sections of the guide for anyone who requests them. A good measure of support for a county fair is the number of exhibits entered. Now is a good time to show your support for-the fair by planning to enter something this year. Fair staff is happy to assist anyone with filling out their entry forms call the fair office at 283-6272. School and nonprofit youth groups are encouraged to apply by May 1 for $1,000 youth campxng grants being offered by the Lassen Park Foundation (LPF). "The Challenged Youth Camping Grants are awarded so that underserved children can experience what it's like to camp in a national park," said LPF Executive Director Martha McCoy. "Those of us who went camping as children know how sitting around a camp- fire inspired us to dream and appreciate one another and the world around us. But many kids miss out on this. They are often at risk, coming from broken homes or are homeless. Others are in situations where their families simply can't afford to take them camping. This program makes it possible," said McCoy. Last year, the LPF awarded 16 $1,000 grants. The foundation plans to increase that number this year. The grants pay for transportation, food and equipment for three- to five-day trips to the Crags campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park. LPF donations also underwrite the services of a seasonal National Park Service ranger who leads fun outings for the children. "These trips change lives. They build self-confidence, independence, pride of accomplishment and love of the outdoors like nothing else," said McCoy. "The children leave the national park having been inspired by what they've accomplished and by nature itself, and that makes it one of the most gratifying programs we do." McCoy emphasized, "To win one of these grants, school or youth groups need only establish that their kids emoc need financial support. They must also organize the trip, provide adult supervision and insurance. That's it." LPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic support to preserve and interpret the natural and cultural re- sources of Lassen Volcanic National Park and its envi- rons for present and future generations. Areas of focus include youth programs, enhanced interpretive and educational activities, trail restoration, wildlife research and cultural resource devel- opment. To apply for a Youth Camping Grant or for more information about the LPF call 378-2600, email martha@ or visit lassenparkfoundation. org. can Loma Linda University School of Dentistry honors graduate Crowns in one day Safe, proven IV sedation Latest technology reduces discomfort, improves aesthetics New patients, children & emergencies welcome (530) 283-1119 call today for a consultation 431 W. Main St.,Quincy ...... : Jim Reed, the Democratic candidate who is running for Congress in the newly drawn District 1, will greet Plumas County supporters tonight, Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in TaylorsviUe. Reed, a third-generation Northern Californian from Fall River Mills, is both a rancher arid attorney who won 43 percent of the vote in the previous congressional race against Wally Herger, a 24-year incumbent who has announced his retirement. "We're excited about this candidacy," said Trish Taylor, president of the Plumas County Democratic Central Committee. "Jim did amazingly well in his last race with Herger, and this time around we expect a win." Reed's signature issue is fairness to the middle class, which includes saving Social ...the Flanigan-Leavitt way, when you call or stop by our Susanville agent Lori Jorgensen. Loft lives and works in your community, she understands your insurance needs. Shop the local way, shop Flanigan- Leavitt. IYJ Flanigan-Leavitt Irl l. rar c Ager cy, in(.'.,, Security. He will also pursue equality of income tax rates and investment in American companies while limiting gambling on the stock market. "What we need are legisla- tors who truly represent their constituency. I believe Jim Reed is about good governance, r/ot a predeter- mined agenda," said Taylor. Reed states that he wants to end legislative bickering with the goal of finding middle ground to get the government working again. Job creation is also a top priority for getting the economy back on track. Reed earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineer- ing from UC Berkeley, as well as a ,,la~-~d~mme fr~a~ Francisco Law School. He also holds a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University and is well versed in the U.S. tax code and tax policy. Space is limited at this "meet the candidate" event. Those interested in attending are asked to call Taylor at 283-1936 for more informa- tion. NEWS just 1 CLICK AWAY www, Business and 2012 a Sail To Success!" Meet local employers When: Saturday March 31, 2012 face to face Time: 9am- 12pm On-site interviews Wide variety of job openings ' Where: 195 Russell Ave. Lassen County Fairgrounds Jensen Hall. Susanville. CA Call Business and Career Network for further information 257-5057. ,Dr F0r the partners Alliance for Wotkforce Development, Inc. ia an Equal Opportunity Employer~Program. Auxiliary aids and sen~ices are available O~n request to individuals with dl,~bili~o~. Requests made at least 72 hours in advance ~,'#11 help to ensure availability. ,i