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~.....+ ~ ill ~+ ~ l+m~ ~q + ~ +++i.ii.. i~ I,+, llli~ *.+,t, .i .. l.Ji jlli~+.,4, Iml++,~l~ +l,lUllllllll~ +lu,, Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 7, 2010 3A / / are to Plumas County's welfare to work participation rate ranks as the third highest in the state. Director John Wagner from the State Department of Social Services made the announcement in a letter to Plt~mas County Social Services Director Elliott Smart. Wagner's letter indicated that the work participation rate for all family cases for Plumas County was 42 percent, compared to a statewide average of 26 per- cent. The data are from the federal fiscal year ending Sprucing up! The Garden Group of Out and About (a committee of the Quincy Chamber of Com- merce) is assisting master gar- dener Noreen Thompson with restoration of the Plumas County Library ,garden in Quincy. Mary Bird, who origi- nally designed the garden, is also participating in the pro- ject. Rita Christensen is the Quincy Green Thumbs group leader and Rachel Ochoa is the co-leader. From left, front row: Mary Weddle, Noreen Thompson and Mary-June German. Back row: Karen Kleven, Alison Young, Rita Christensen, Carla Hamilton and Mary McMonagle. Photo submitted Oct. 5, 2009. According to information provided in Wagner's letter, of the 58 counties in Califor- nia, only Colusa and Glenn counties had welfare-to-work participation rates that were higher than the rate that was calculated for Plumas. According to Smart, the work participation rate is a calculation of the number of families who receive CalWorks (the state's cash assistance program for needy families) that are involved in work or work-related activities for 32 hours per week or more. Under federal law, 32 hours per week is the target for families with an employable adult Smart said. Smart added that the way the rate is calculated can create a skewed picture. He said, "It's an all or nothing proposition. An adult may be engaged in work activities for 29 hours per week," he said. "But the way the rate gets calculated, counties and the adult don't get credit for that, even though the adult is engaged in a significant level of work." Smart said that there are more families than the .rate indicates that are involved in work activities. But for various reasons their activi- ties don't add up to the 32 hours. He said the reasons could include only part-time work due to the recessionary economy or there is no child care available. Smart was pleased with his department's performance. "The data show that we are headed in the right direction in terms of moving people toward self-sufficiency and off of public assistance. "I want to credit the staff for their efforts toward achieving this goal," he said. foundation +bo lo0 ing The Feather River College Foundation board is looking for local hosts for its Commu- nity Host Program for the upcoming fall semester. The program matches FRC freshmen from out of the area with local individuals or families. Hosts and students are matched based on similar interests listed on the appli- cation form. Launched last fall by foundation board president Kris Miravalle, the intent of the program is to make students from out of town feel more at home, to ease the stresses of the move to Quincy and to college life itself. After an initial barbecue mixer in September, hosts were encouraged to attend students' athletic events, invite them on excursions or provide the occasional lasagna dinner. Some hosts took their stu- dents horseback riding, while community h others gathered as a group near,the football end zone to cheer on the student athletes at home games. The players were encouraged by the show of support on the field. Community hosts Wes and Jamie Cannon invited their student into their home to watch "Monday Night Football" and do his laundry. The family experience was awesome for host Karen Paiva, whose student now calls her "mama." She said, "The students certainly seem to appreciate having a contact and some sort of family connection. The re- ward is extended family and enjoying new experiences with a student from out of the area." The program turned out to be very successful in its first year. According to Miravalle, "I had a couple of great conversations with parents of some of the students in this program. They were so grateful that they had someone here to help their kids. I wish my kids had such a program where they are going to college." Community host program coordinators are working on changes, to the model including transitioning pro- gram sophomores into peer mentors. Those interested in learn- ing more about becoming a community host for an FRC freshman can call Kris Miravalle at 283-6600. Ni+ i+ii iiii!iiiiT ,+ii+++i7+i+7+ "After my stroke, I was not able to use my right hand. After three weeks of therapy, I am able to write legibly." Gary Person PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY oC~'~/.~.q% Kory Felker, MPT [~78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 PAID FOR BY I Prepare for Summer with Friden Optometry's Sunglass Sale 283-2020 FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES ' Jonathan Friden, O.D. Joshua Baer, O.D. Formerly Drs. Gilman & Gilman 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care,. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT "Helping Shape our Communities since 1972." L unclyforSupervisor, corn THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT DICK LU,NDY, SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5 I ti , & mere Nov. 7th 10am 373 W. Main St. in Quincy 28,%BOOK (2665) Mon. - Sat. 10 - 6 Sun. 12-4pm On April 24, 2010 Plumas County residents can dispose of up to 9 passenger truck or car tires for FREE! Special arrangements have been made to accept ranch tractor size tires for this event. LOCATIONS: Greenville JrJDr. High School Parking Lot Hwy. 89 Greenville Dropoff from 9:00am - 2:00pm For additional information call (530) 283-6268 Subject to early closure if traUor is full~ Funding for this program is limited. The County reserves the right to stop accepting tires for free disposal without notice. SORRYNO: ,Businesses ,Rims Funding for this program is limited. The County reserves the right to stop accepting tires for free disposal without notice. Funded by a Grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Sponsored by Plumas County Department of Public Works and the Rural Counties' Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority. March Wind#, April Shower#, Briny Fot' l MaSt Hower# i * Cooling System Inspection * 0il & filter change & Lubc- * 50 Point Maintenance Check * FREE Brake Check ( tho c l m") *Check A/C OPERATION ($quipl d) * EXCEPTIONAL Customer Se 4ce Up to 5 qto. of dl (A $100.00 Value) For only 0 & haz mat fee 9 213 Danny Ct., East Quincy Offer Exl~res 511/10 Applies to most car~ and lira trucks