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2B Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter VITAL Sq AT.ISTICS OBITUARIES Montana James Fitzpatrick Montana James Fitzpatrick passed from this life unex- pectedly Thursday evening, Sept. 29, 2011, while doing what he so enjoyed: playing with his friends. He was 12, and had suffered from a ,congenital heart problem. Born in Chester to Brian Lee Fitzpatrick and Sarah Kaye Long on Feb. 12, 1999, Montana had been raised in Greenville until moving to Quincy one year ago. He was currently a sixth-grade stu- dent at Quincy Elementary. Montana loved to talk about and ride dirt bikes. He also enjoyed riding his BMX bike and fishing. In passing Montana leaves his mother, Sarah Long, of Quincy; father, Brian Fitz- patrick, of Texas; grandparents Patricia Long and David and Denise Long, all of Green- ville, and Grace and Jim Watz, of Texas; uncles Matthew, Nathan and Jacobb Long; aunt Adina Ports; and cousins Destiny and Adam Potts, of Greenville. Private family services will take place following crema- tion at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks that any remembrances in Montana's memory be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which so graciously sent Montana to Hawaii a year ago, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971. Don Keith Ray Don Keith Ray, affection- ately know by many whom ! Head Stones : Monuments @ Engraving : Granite or ,. Concrete Coping & Borders Noah & Henri Miller Free Installation AVAILABLE 7 DAYS 4, 8 AM-8 PM 257-7523 or Cell 249-9011 704-790 Thornton Rd * Susnnville he touched throughout his 48 years as an educator as "Coach Ray," peacefully passed from this life at his residence, with his loving family at his side, early Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2011, at the age of 76 following a valiant battle with cancer. Born Aug. 22, 1935, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Keith and Erma (Kight) Ray, as a young child he and his family relocated to the northeastern California railroad commu- nity of Portola. Here Don was raised and educated, attend- ing grammar school and later Portola High School and graduating as a member of the class of 1953. A talented athlete who competed in football, basket- ball baseball and track, his athletic accomplishments led him to Chico State where he again competed as a member of their football, baseball and basketball teams. As a shortstop he played for the Tri-City Braves, a farm team of the Pittsburg Pirates. Following Den's junior year of college, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Lee LaSarte, in a ceremony at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portola, Aug. 5, 1956. To this holy union two sons and two daughters were born. Don graduated from Chico State with his bachelor's degree in 1957 and with his new teaching credential in hand took a position at Princeton High School where he began what became a 48- year teaching career. Here he coached all three sports, drove the school bus and in his spare time constructed the school's baseball field. Obituary Policy Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obit- uaries. Paid Obituaries start at $70 and may include a photo for an additional $10. For more information or to arrange fo these notices, contact any of :ur,offices during business hbclrs or email' typesetting@ plumasnews.corn; .subject obit. established 1929 Monuments Benches Signs Borders Address Stones GRANITE MARBLE NATURAL STONE 110 PACIFIC STREET P.O. BOX 1766 ' PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832-1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOOTMON U MENT.N ET Plumas Unified School District Kindergarten Readiness Act Superintendent PUSD Glenn Harris Dear Parents, As our district continues its focus on early literacy, I thought I would bring you the most recent infonnation on the Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 138 I. The information below we hope will as- sist you as prospective K-12 parents to better understand what Calitbrnia School Districts are re- quired to do to accommodate the changing requirements of "entering age" for kindergarten. The Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 1381, changed the required birthday for admission to kinder- garten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012- 2013 school year. A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginnin, g of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before one of the following dates: For the 2012-13 school year, the date is November 1 For the 2013-14 school year, the date is October I For the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter, the date is September I. A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between: For the 2012-13 school year, November 2 and December 2 For the 2013-14 school year, October 2 and December 2 For the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter, September 2 and December 2. Parents and guardians are currently not required to enroll children in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten. Each elementary or unified school district must offer transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes for all children eligible to attend. Although the intent of the law is to provide separate and unique experiences for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students, districts have flexibility to determine how best to meet the curricular needs of each child. Plumas Unified School District is working with our schools to de- termine how to meet the needs of our students. Sincerely, Tori Willits, Educational Services Director - PUSD In 1961, Don and Nancy re- turned to Plumas County where he began his teaching career with the Plumas Unified School District at Quincy High School. Don coached junior varsity foot- ball, baseball and basketball before being named varsity coach three years later. He went on to obtain his master's degree in education at the University of Nevada, Reno. His athletic and coaching accomplishments led Don to be named a member of Portola High School's Hall of Fame and Chico State's Hall of Fame in three sports. He was a longtime member of the California Teachers Association, the Northern California Coaching Associa- tion and the Feather River Referees Association where as a member he refereed for many years. In Northern California coaching records he is fifth in football wins. Don loved the beauty and serenity of Bucks Lake, especially enjoying the time spent there with his family. He found pleasure in fishing and waterskiing as well as relaxing reading. In passing Don leaves his loving wife of 55 years, Nancy, of Quincy; sons Jeffrey Don Ray and wife Noni, of Quincy, and Joseph A. Ray, of Moreno Valley; daughters Felicia A. Beck and husband Denis, of Ocean- side, and Kristin Spain Wells and husband Mike, of Loomis; brother James Ray, of Weed; and sisters Norma Zugar, of Martinez, and Grace Morgan, of Portola. He was also the proud grandfather of Matthew, Claire, Zachary, Benjamin, Natalie, Kyle, Mikaela and Mackenzie; and great-grand- father to Cruz, Vivienne and Scarlette. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated for the repose of Den's soul 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. John's Catholic Church in Quincy, followed by a short memorial service and a reception at Quincy High School. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any remem- brances of Coach Ray be made to the Coach Don Ray Memorial Fund, c/o Plumas Bank, 336 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (Acct. No. 111058299). All funds will be used for the construction of Quincy High School's state- of-the-art weight room. The Ray family appreciates all your support. Gilbert Mark Reel Gilbert Mark Reel passed from this life unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Seneca Healthcare District's hospital from heart failure at the age of 78. His loving wife was at his side. Born May 9, 1933, in Los Angeles, to Estel and Thelma (Rhinehardt) Reel, Gilbert attended grammar school in Los Angeles and high school in Downey, where he was a member of Downey High School's class of 1951. He went on to attend Fullerton Junior College for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he served his country honorably for four years. He had been stationed in Swinefert, Germany, for a year and a half. Upon his return from the military Gilbert began what became a 65-year career in the hardwood lumber business working for his father and later owning and operating Reel Lumber Service and Regal Custom Milling along with his brother. The business was started by his father during .the Depression years and is now operated in Anaheim and Riverside. Gilbert met pretty young M Mailer), & Mailer), Attorneys at Law II{OBATE TRUST AI)MINISTRATION ESTATE PLANNING 257-4300 75 S, Gay Street . Susanville Meredith Gayle Savage while borrowing her roommate's phone; Gilbert and Gayle were united in matrimony May 27, 1961, in Glendale. The newlyweds honey- mooned at Lake Almanor, and continued visiting the area before building their second home on the Lake Almanor Peninsula in 1983. The couple split their time between Huntington Beach, where they resided for the past 35 years, and the Lake Almanor Peninsula. Gilbert was a longtime member of the Los Angeles Hardwood Lumberman's Association and his love of shooting skeet and sporting clays led him to become a 13-year member and past "president of the Southern California Skeet Association as well as a member of the Westwood Gun Club. As a private pilot with an instru- ment rating, Gilbert enjoyed the serenity of flight as well as spending time on the ocean with his yacht. He liked the challenge of the' game of golf and could be regularly found on the links of Mt. Huff Golf Course. In passing Gilbert leaves his loving wife of 50 years, Gayle Savage Reel, of Lake Almanor and Huntington Beach; dear brother Donald Reel, of Downey; nieces Linda Clark, Shirley Cadwell and Doreen Reel; grand-niece Samantha Cadwell; two grand-nephews, Danny and Billy Clark; and sister-in-law Beverly Savage Rupel and her three adult children. A celebration of Gilbert's life will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary. com. Any remembrances in Gilbert's memory can be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. : .... BIRTHS ..... Kaymarie Isjira Brady Kaymarie Isjira Brady was born to Tanishia Shaffer- Smith and Matthew Brady, of Quincy, on Sept. 14, 2011, at 5:.47 p.m. at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Kay- marie weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches in length. See Vitals, page 3B LASSEN-PLUMAS-SIERRA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING FOR THE YEAR 2012 The Lassen-Plumas-Sierra Community Action Agency (LPSCAA) is now accepting proposals for funding in Calendar Year 2012. LPSCAA was established to assist low-income individuals and families in Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra Counties achieve self-sufficiency. The strategy for the year 2012 strongly emphasizes family and youth development, nutrition, health, education, housing and home energy assistance programs with the goal of achieving economic self-sufficiency. Applications are due bY :00 PM, Fridly, November 4, 2011 The application can be obtained at the LPSCAA office, 183 W. Main Street, Quincy, during normal business hours. Requests are also accepted by phone (530-283-2466), mail (P. O. Box 319, Quincy, CA 95971 ), or email (mcorderman@plumascdc.org). For more information contact: Lassen-Plumas-Sierra Community Action Agency P.O. Box 319 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2466 G e n t I e, e ffe c t i v e .... family dentistry Emily S. l-lerndon, I)D8 Loma Linda University School of Dentistry honors graduate i F 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