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12A Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ~ea~ner I~tver I~utteztn In addition to the pilots and their passengers in the 20-some airplanes that flew in from various places for the festivities, hundreds of folks enjoy the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department's pancake breakfast and ladder truck rides Sunday, June 15. Many attractions brought dads and families to the Gansner Airport for the annual Father's Day Fly-In and Community Breakfast. Attendees were able to get a close look at several static displays, including the California Highway Patrol and Forest Service helicopters, a special emergency rescue vehicle used by the sheriff's department and an array of both classic and custom cars and trucks. Photo by Julie Cassou Portola museum wins Union Pa if" grant The Feather River Rail Union Pacific Foundation Union Pacific FoundatiSn Society, a public benefit grant. In 2013, the UP informed the FRRS that the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Foundation gave out aroundgrant application was organization, which is the$7 million to 980 separatesuccessful and the owner and operator of the nonprofits throughout the organization would get $3,000 Western Pacific Railroad entire 23-state service area of to support the ongoing Museum in Portola, has the Union Pacific Railroad. volunteer work to stabilize announced it was successful The successful FRRS and catalog the vast Western in obtaining a $3,000 grant grant-writing team consisted Pacific Railroad archives. from the Union Pacific of active member Debbie To award the 2014 Union Foundation. This 2014 grant Baer, of Portola, life mezfiber Pacific Foundation grant will be used to support James Mason, of Pasadena, checks to all of the 33 winning ongoing stabilization and and charter life member nonprofit charities in the cataloging work by FRRS Wayne Monger, of Suisun greater Sacramento region, volunteers of fragile portions City. Monger has also served the Union Pacific Corporation of the historical archives of as an elected member of the director of public affairs for the Western Pacific Railroad FRRS board of directors for 25 Northern California and stored at the museum site in of the past 30 years that the Nevada, Liisa Stark, arranged Portola. Feather River Rail Societyfor a special Union Pacific The Union Pacific has existed as a nonprofitheritage passenger train to be Foundation is the charitable corporation, operated May 16 between the giving arm of the Union The Union Pacific Rocklin and Auburn Capitol Pacific Corp. The Feather Foundation grant application Corridor passenger stations. River Rail Society was one of was completed prior to theFRRS representatives Baer over 2,300 charitable mid-August 2013 deadline, and Monger were invited to nonprofits that applied for a During February 2014! the join dozens of representatives of the 32 other nonprofit charities in the Sacramento region for the on-board ceremonies and check presentations. The Feather River Rail Society owns and operates the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola. The museum is open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 until Oct. 1, volunteers ~ permitting. Train rides are available on the museum grounds every weekend from Memorial ]Say through Labor Day. The world-famous "Run-A-Locomotive" program, where a paying guest can operate a diesel locomotive under the guidance of an instructor, is also available from mid-April through mid-November, weather permitting. anc irewlse Sue McCourt Fire Prevention Specialist Special to Feather Publishing Neighbors spent a recent Saturday helping each other prepare their homes for fire season. Whitehawk'Ranch has been part of the Graeagle Fire Protection District's nationally certified Firewise Community since 2010. This year, the Whitehawk Ranch Homeowners Association members stepped up their efforts by completing a Community Wide Fire Risk Survey, substantially increased their hazardous fuels removal maintenance budget and, in cooperation with their Townhome Owners Association, is actively addressing many fuel reduction projects within their community to improve their safety in the event of a wildfire. On Saturday, June 14, a Firewise demonstration day was held for Whitehawk residents to help answer the question "What is defensible space and how can I get some?" It appeared that the community members indeed wanted to know more about how to protect themselves and came with rakes, pitchforks and pruning shears in hand. With this year's extremely dry conditions and fire stories on the news daily, homeowners joined in and learned firsthand about fire behavior around their homes. Chuck Bowman, Graeagle Fire Protection District Firewise leader, and Steve Ursenbach, Whitehawk Ranch's local Firewise Committee chairperson, teamed up to share their knowledge. With visits to two homes in Whitehawk Ranch, 35 participants were shown ways to better prepare their home in case of a wildfire and to understand the risks associated with airborne embers. In the event of a wildfire, embers from a large fire can travel up to a mile ahead of the fire and land close to a home. Steve demonstrated the concept by lighting several wooden matches and throwing them on the pavement and questioned the attendees: "Would you feel comfortable with these landing next to your house? This is exactly what can happen if a wildfire is in the area." Looking at your home from a different perspective and working together as a community is what being a Firewise communityis all about. Helping a neighbor Residents gathered at the home of a person who knew her property was in need of defensible space maintenance, but wasn't sure what to do about it. They worked together with tools in hand sharing their own techfliques on how to , space out plants and figure out those areas where an *, ember could find its way into" a home. Working together for( a common goal made it a rewarding way to spend a Saturday morning. Participants commented on~ how nice it was to give back to their community. The : youngest participant said, "This is fun! I learned a lot about trees!" Six truckloads of pine needles, limbs and many " pinecones were removed. "I am so pleased to see this , high level of participation by ~i local residents to learn specifics about better ways toi:~ prepare their home for wildfire," said Chuck Bowman. "This summer is ' one of the driest on record and keeping up on your defensible space this summer: is a must. Simple things like keeping your gutter Clear of pine needles regularly and paying attention to the 10 feet next to your home is critical.": The goal of the Whitehawk HOA board was to bring the need to create defensible spaces "closer to home" to its members and this event hit the mark. The group of 35 collectively spent over 100 hours learning about and doing hands-on defensible space clearance. The lessons learned were invaluable. Getting together to share clearing techniques, custom tools and ideas on what to look for when they get home made it a valuable way to spend a Saturday morning. Plumas County has four Firewise communities with two more in process. Being a Firewise Community is a great way to get together with your neighbors to learn about fire behavior in your community by fire experts. The program is designed to make preparing for wildfires a neighbor-to-neighbor experience while maintaining your individuality. For more information on how you can get started in your community with the Firewise Program, contact the Plumas Fire Safe Council at 283-3739. Additional information can be found on the Web at or our a ad]ustab& all at the ou can Klarissa : Soy Kitner Luxury Firm 20 year King Set ........ $10 9 based, high density foam Twin set.....ll lj Queen set....M]m Full set ..... King set ....... ViSCOPEDtC' The best se~ction at the best price/ NO WITH FOR 6 INTEREST PAYMENTS MONTHS!*