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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 9B 00Swimmers seek to expand treasured community response Why do I swim? Swimming captivates my mind and body like nothing else. Propelling myself through the water makes me feel strong and ! capable. When I swim, I am i not fighting the element of water; I am moving through : and with it. The fluidity of : body and water feels natural to me. All my senses are alive '. when my body is enveloped in the coolness of the water. I .-feel like I can fly. Is this why we all swim? i Lap after lap; stroke, kick, : turn. There are many of us , going back and forth in a ', meditating, rhythmic tempo. ' We stop. We smile. We are all ', ages and all unique. ' The 8-year-old is practicing : his swim turns for the : upcoming meet. The : 35-year-old is trying to shed : pounds, reacquainting ' herself with the activity that , she loved in her youth. A ', couple shares a lane. An elite , swimmer stops on his way ', through town to get a ', workout, creating the wake that delights the rest of us. A man rehabilitates from surgery, knowing that his new knee will fred strength and healing in the water. A woman with multiple sclerosis sees her power and control come alive as she glides with ease and grace down the lane. The doctor taking her lunch break, the college athlete cross-training, the community activist, the farmer, the teacher, the forester -- these are us. We are the swimming culture of Plumas County. None of us rely on external motivation. We don't have a cheering section. We don't have a coach telling us to _ keep going. We don't have a team that depends on our performance. We are internally driven. We count our laps, our yards, our strokes. We time ourselves. We do intervals and drills, pUshing our distance. metimes w'ut'lledO ......... COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL float for awhile before we head home after work. While we do all of this alone, we are a united community. Between our sets we share nods, exchanging of stroke tips, and catching up on each other's lives. Imagine taking your family for an October swim in Quincy. You taught your child to swim in July, and now can watch him improve and grow in the months that follow. You know you won't have to start from the beginning next year. Think about how fit you are in the summer. What if you could maintain that all year with an activity that transcends age, injury and physical limits? Imagine a healthy activity for your family and friends on a cold, rainy day. What if hundreds of regional swimmers came to Quincy a few times a year to compete, like they do in July? What if Masters swimmers came here to work out and compete? Imagine, if you will, a health community that included a vibrant swimming culture. The Feather River College Foundation has been great about keeping the Fitness Center pool open in the summer. Swimmers are so thankful for this. We hope the foundation works to fix the dangerous broken tiles, the crumbling painting, and the heater so more people feel welcome in these waters. We hope we can swim without heaving rumors of.pool closure or expenses. What if swimmers were consulted about costs and repairs? What if swimmers were part of the solution? Plumas parks and recreation is -amazing for what it does for our swimming culture. Pioneer Pool is one of the gems of this community. It is a healthy and safe environment, and you don't have to drive a hundred miles to visit this special place. It's a place for children and families to recreate and relax. The lifeguards are professional, kind and excellent with children. I am so proud of these young people who take their jobs seriously and also love swimming. "Thank you" barely touches the gratitude so many of us have for this place. What if ... what if...? What if this amazing energy could be extended throughout the year with a cover for the pool? What if these very usable resources were used coilaboratively in a way to serve and nurture a swimming culture and healthy community? What if achild who became a swimmer today continues a routine of lifelong fitness and health as most swimmers do? What if local athletes had the " opportunity to discover the training and cross-training benefits of aquatic sports? Many solutions exist in the minds of our swimmers, including a youth swimming team, college and community swimming classes, and a USA Masters Swimming Club. A Masters group would be eligible for grant money and members would become part of the larger national and international swimming culture. I know money and budgets are always a concern. Like everything else in this small town, it would take the commitment and time of a few to benefit the many. If you are interested in helping this effort; please email Katie Desmond at kdesmond@frc.edu. Medi-cal managed care forums planned Included in the 2014 governor's budget there is a mandate to enroll into managed care plans seniors and people with disabilities who currently have full Medi-Cal benefits and do not have Medicare. This transition is scheduled to occur Dec. 1 in 18 counties, including Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas and Tehama. There will be various notices sent to these individuals prior to Dec. 1 informing them of the managed care options. To assist impacted seniors and people with disabilities understand how this change will impact them, various forums have been scheduled to educate them on the process. Topics covered will include the following. --What is managed care? --How is it different from the current Medi-Cal health care system? --Rights and protections. ----Specific managed care plan information. Events will be held 1 - 3 p.m. at the following dates and locations. ' Oroville: Thursday, Sept. 18, Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road. Quincy: Wednesday, Oct. 8, Mineral Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient handouts -- call Forest Harlan at 893-8527. These forums are hosted by the Diversability Advocacy Network funded by a grant from the SCAN Foundation. DAN is a consortium of various nonprofit and governmenf agencies that serve seniors and people with disabilities. It is administered by Independent ' Living Services of Northern California. Beginning computer class scheduled at library The Quincy branch of the Plumas CountyLibrary, at 445 Jackson St., will be hosting a free computer class Sept. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. The subject is beginning Internet. Participants can learn how to perform basic searches using a search engine or a known address. No computer experience is required, but comfort with mouse and keyboard is suggested. The instructor will be Erin Roth, accompanied by assistants. Space is limited; call the library at 283-6310 to reserve a space. On-line Annual Property Valuation Notices There is a new feature on the Plumas County Assessor's website. This feature allows taxpayers to view their annual value notice. These notices have historically been mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to taxpayers who have either had new construction, a reduction in value due to cur- rent market conditions or an increase in value due to changing market conditions. Also receiving annual, notices are secured business property assessments, Williamson Act and Timber Preserve properties. The significant increase in the number of properties that have had their values reduced due to current market conditions as well as continued pressure on the county budget has contributed to the difficult decision to change the notification medium. It is expected that it will take a period of time for the public to get used to the new system; however, there are some distinct advantages. Unlike mailed paper notices that can be lost or misplaced, the electronic version will be available all year long at a central place. This delivery medium is more eco-friendly. Taxpayers who do not have access to the internet can contact the Assessor's Office and request a paper copy of their notice at no charge. Annual value notices can be accessed by going to the Plumas County website at www.conntyofplumas.us; clicking on Departments, selecting Assessor and then selecting Value Notices in the upper left had corner of the page. You will need your Assessment Number, Parcel Number or Physical Address. The Plumas County Assessor's website has a number of other useful features including parcel data searches, a complete inventory of Assessor's Parcel Maps in printable format and many informative resources on assessment related topics. If you have questions about our website or would like to request a paper copy of your annual value notice, please feel free to contact us at (530) 283-6380. BE HEARD Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications Broadband Business Services via Fiber Seriously Fast Internet. Really! Do you need... faster and more efficient data moving? better real-time access to consumers and clients? faster payment processing? greater cloud storage? PST Fiber vs. T1 Connection: l Ox the Speed--For the Same or Less Than What You Are Now Paying! www.plumassierratelecom.com 530.832.6000 * CALL TODAY! PST is a subsidiary of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. Serving Plurnas, Lassen, Sierra and Washoe counties since 1937. Local. Trusted. Serving You. Bectfldty and Telecommunication Services