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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 21, 2014 15B Charles "Quincy Rider" Williams, right, and Jim "Pita" Payne pause in their trail work on the Pacific Crest Trail last year. Many PCT hikers and volunteers adopt a trail name. Photo submitted Local man wins "Trail ' t i Maintainer of the Yea Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com You can bet that earning one of the Pacific Crest Trail Association's 2013 Trail Maintainer of the Year awards means you've logged a lot of hours working on the 2,650-mile PCT, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. About 35 days worth of backbreaking labor removing 550 trees from the PCT was the accomplishment of one of those award winners: Charles Williams, of Quincy. Justin Kooyman, the PCTA's regional representative of Northern California, lauded Williams for performing a tremendous amount of work in 2013 across four different national forests that the PCT travels through: Tahoe, Plumas, Lassen and Shasta/Trinity. Williams leads the "Pounder's Promise" trail crew that recently adopted a 55-mile section of the PCT, running from the northern border of Lassen Volcanic National Park to Burney Falls State Park in the Hat Creek district of Lassen National Forest. Inspiration Williams, 44, hiked 2,600 miles on the P.CT in 1993. Ten years later, in an effort to lose weight, Williams embarked on a hike to Canada from Kennedy Meadows in Cenal caiorfla. His journey was cut short, however, after he injured himself while climbing over a large tree in Plumas County. Fast forward nearly another decade, and Williams, with a Region 5 chainsaw "B" certification under his belt, was ready to take on a significant project or two, "logging out" sections of trail in order to make walking or horseback riding on the trail less difficult. "It gives me great satisfaction and a poetic justice of sorts to log out the trail now with the skills I've learned through PCTA Trails Skills College training," Williams said. A Southern California native, Williams moved to Plumas around 2008 and enrolled in the equine studies program at Feather River College. He learned about riding and packing, and one day wants to ride the PCT. Meanwhile, Williams uses those pack and riding skills to assist in his trail work. "Pounder's Promise" is to do more work on the trail than the year before. He's been successful for the past three years, earning him the notable "2013 Trail Maintainer of the Year" award, which he received April 12 at the annual PCTA meeting in Sacramento. With his skills and motivation, who knows what Williams will accomplish this year?. He is looking for more volunteers to help maintain his 55-mile section of trail during the week of June 8 - 14. To volunteer, contact Gina at volunteer@pcta.org. About the PCTA The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. To learn more, go to pcta.org. Krystina Oravetz, left and Bliss Soares play their violins. Photos From left: Bob Gilberti, Roger Lundegard, Ethan Boyd and Miles submitted Rubalcava-Cunan comprise the trumpet section. Orc:r00estra practicing "Pc r annual spring concert Johnene McDonald Special to Feather Publishing The High Sierra Community Youth Orchestra is practicing for its 12th annual Spring Concert to be held at Quincy Elementary School on Sunday, June 1. The concert is sponsored by the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District, Plumas Arts and Face the Music Studio. This orchestra is a 36-piece ensemble that combines many of Quincy's most talented musicians. The concert will feature some wonderful orchestral arrangements as well as many featured young musicians. This years featured musicians will be The Bombastic Strings (the Van Pelt Family Fiddlers), Tailor Walmer, bagpipes; Emily Walmer, piano; Elijah Barnes-Jauch, fiddle and vocals; Sylvia Wood, piano; Whitney MacIntyre, trombone; and Che Rubalcava-Cunan, classical guitar. Conductor Johnene McDonald will be leading the orchestra in many selections including "Swedish Rhapsody," "Saint Louis The Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. (AFWD) is gathering information in response to a grant application to provide customized business consulting to eligible Plumas County businesses. The business assistance program is designed to provide businesses with extensive training in the fundamentals of business planning and development, financial aspects of running a business, marketing and loan preparation. Interested vendors should email tholt@ncen.org for more information or to request an interested vendor package Blues," "Valse Lyrique," "Concierto de Aranjuez," "Warrior Legacy," "Minnie the Moocher," "Irish Suite," "Salute to the Big Bands" and the famous "William Ten Overture." Also performing will be the String Wizards. The annual concert is the orchestra's annual fundraiser for new music for the 2014-15 season. Donations accepted at the door are $5 per adult or $15 per family. There will be refreshments during the intermission. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 6:30 sharp. Please come and lend us an ear Sunday, June 1; the concert is going to be a wonderful evening sharing music and friendship. May Specials for all you Hot Mamas! FREE Check with Mention of this Ad. *Through May 31 , 2014 BeMm00lle , il ' Abt'omottVe (530) 283-2211 200 E. 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