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6A Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 Feather River Bulletin LIGHTS, from page |A the lights on. Property tax revenue allocated for Quincy lighting is approximately $33,000, while expenses are approximately $69,000 -- 80 percent of which goes to PG&E. District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson and Robert Thurman, an associate engineer with the county's public works department, wrote an argument in favor of the measure that is printed on the ballot. It reads: "Without passage of the Quincy Street Lighting District parcel tax, some or all of the streetlights will need to be turned off." The vote comes after PG&E invested in the community's street lights by installing more efficient lighting. Crescent Mills In Crescent Mills, voters are considering a special parcel tax not to exceed $45.95 for the first year-- July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. In subsequent years the tax is not to exceed $40.49. On the ballot no argument is made against the tax, known as Measure E, but Distxict 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss and Robert Thurman, an associate engineer with the county's public works department, wrote an argqlrnent in favor of the measure, which included the warning: "Without passage of the Crescent Mills Street Lighting District parcel tax, some or all of the streetlights will need to be turned off." The process Ballots can be hand delivered to the courthouse or returned by marl. Kathy Williams, the county's chief elections official, said that a new ballot box has been installed near the front entrance of the courthouse in Quincy. Williams said she likes the new location because it's easily visible from both the elections' first-floor office and by courthouse security. If ballots aren't returned by hand, Williams reminds voters: "They must be postmarked by Nov. 7 and the ballots are prepaid for everyone." If a voter has moved, he or she has until Oct. 23 to reregister to participatein this election. VALEDICTORIAN, from page 1A unlike college. Val-Sal (pressure) makes kids less likely to try new things if they're not sure they'll be good at them (and earn high marks)." Trustee Dwight Pierson concurred, saying, "I feel we should encourage kids to take more classes, take advantage of as many opportunities as possible in high school. But this compromise serves a purpose. I'm trying to avoid kids getting a lower GPA because they took more classes. I'm worried they'll be taken out of the running." Board President Leslie Edlund said she felt the opposite. "Val-Sal (competition) encourages you to take those advanced placement history and other classes," Edlund remarked. "These kids are the ones who do lots of things and try everything." Trustee Dave Keller agreed, saying, "Val-Sal candidates tend to be achievers who seek out challenges, even taking college courses while they're still in high school." Clerk of the Board Traci Holt commented, "This compromise lets us recognize more students while also maintaining our rigorous valedictorian-salutatorian academic award standards." Portola High Principal Sara Sheridan offered her thoughts on the process. "There are prescribed steps to take to earn Val-Sal, to get there," she said. "There is no room to dabble. There's a certain track that students have to be on. There are pros and cons to this. I've had students come to my office and really want to take something like art, but tell me, 'I know it won't get the points to help me get to valedictorian.' For a lot of kids, it comes down to do they want to have a pleasant high school experience? Or do they want to compete to be valedictorian?" Board members asked if students could be given an option to take some classes as pass-fail to avoid impacting their GPAs and district staff said some students do this already. Trustee Pierson summed up his position by saying, "I understand the bright kids can't get enough. We need to make a decision for our students and families." The board's decision could be implemented as soon as the 2018 graduation, according to PUSD staff. Q, from page 1A Community United Methodist, Our Savior Lutheran and Christ the King Episcopal churches hold Pet Blessing Service, 3 p.m., at Dame Shirley Plaza. Pets must be kept on leash or in carrier and must have identification in case of escape. Aggressive or nervous pets can be represented with a photo. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Stuffed animals are also welcome and encouraged. For information, contact Pastor Kendrah at 283-2546 or Pastor Andrew at 283-1740. Wednesday: Plumas Arts and Plumas National Forest host an evening of readings and reflections from the Literary Artist in Residence at Black Mountain Lookout for 2017, Margaret Elysia Garcia. Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St., beginning 5:30 p.m. For information, contact Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or visit Community Supper at Quincy Methodist Church, 445 Jackson St., 6 - 7 p.m. Roni Java Staff Writer Local workshops to train Plumas County veterans in job-readiness skills and interview preparation are being planned for early 2018 by the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce, thanks to a new partnership between the chamber, Feather River College and the county's adult education program OnRamp to Employment. "Plumas County is home to 2,000 veterans, over 10 percent of our population, and we felt there was a need for this kind of training tO serve our vets," said Audrey Ellis, executive director of the chamber that is located in Graeagle. Ellis hosted a recent planning meeting to organize the job-skills training sessions with several local job-development and veterans specialists. Details are still in the, early stages. Plans call for the workshops to be offered free of charge and held in Chester, Indian Valley', Portola and Quincy a few months from now. "Many veterans come out of the military thinking they have no skills," said chamber staffer Linda English. "In reality, vets are great employees. They are dependable and thes.e workshops will help them ill learn to reflect their skills in their resumes and on job interviews." Cover letters and the contents of a resume often determine who gets a job interview and who doesn't, so attendees will learn to identify marketable job skills and practice techniques for successful interviewing, among other capabilities. The training workshops will also be available to nonveterans as resources permit and the program plans to address barriers that can discourage a vet or other job applicant. For example, being called for two interviews after sending out multiple resumes should be considered a.successful job m search and not getting an interview doesn't mean the jobseeker is a failure. Ellis explained that an additional feature of the partnership will be a focus on Plumas County job placement for vets. The chamber hopes to help employers understand how military job skills can successfully translate to private sector employment needs. "These workshops have the potential to provide a very solid workforce for the county," OnRamp Director Pam Crespin said at the planning meeting. The partnership is made possible through the state's Adult Education Block Carolyn Shipp sign making equipment and shape throughout the county. Sherrie Thrall said her Staff Writer software to curb the costs of "The fact that we would not constituents on Highway 36 outsourcing for street sign be subject to the long waiting have been advocating for a making, periods would be especially new sign for over a year. She The Plumas County Public Perreault said because useful," said Perreault. said members of the Chester Works Department will have the county is so small, He cited instances, like Library Group even offered to new street signs on demand the department has had 1traffic control or the recent purchase a new sign. with the approval by the to wait when the county fire near Quincy, when the"But as Bob says, you can't county board of supervisors of needs signs to increase the county needed signs, but just order one sign," said sign making equipment at its number of signs to lower the would have had to wait a Thrall, adding, "I really Oct. 10 meeting. Public Works cost from sign couple months for support this... I think this is a Director Bob Perreault asked manufacturers. The result manufacturers to make a very good move for taking the board to authorize the has been a deficit in signage customized sign. care of our own needs." purchase of $11,000 worth of and signs that are in poorDistrict 3 Supervisor The sign equipment will be Grant, according to Feather River College, which is serving as the fiscal agent for the grant that is authorized for up to $13,480. "FRC and the Plumas Unified School District's Adult Education program are excited that we have the opportunity to fund this project and hope that its success will make it an ongoing part of the county's adult education efforts," said FRC President Dr. Kevin Trutna in a statement about the partnership. For more information about the workshops, emafl the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce at Or call 836-6811. able to produce all manner of signs, from street name signs to emergency road work signs. "I think this is a very good idea and I don't know why we didn't do it a long time ago," said District 5 Supervisor Jeff Engel. The board voted unanimously to purchase the equipment. 'Let's get those signs out," , said District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson. DMF Boarding Kennels 283- 2833 SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES 14 Crescent St, Quincy * 283-1956 den m&m CA. LIC #405176 * #302259 283-1 605 ,uincy Tow Service & Auto Repair 283-1162 180 Nugget Ln, Quincy Horton Tire Center 116 E. Main St. Quincy 283-1450 283-9200 i01 Trilogy Lane Quincy, CA 95971 I What to with the eftover Halloween candy Halloween is certainly known for the spooky decorations that adorn homes and for the creative costumes children put on to canvas the neighborhood. But for marry youngsters, Halloween is all about the candy. In just a few hours, trick-or-treaters can accumulate a substantial amount of assorted chocolates, confections and other sweet treats. Once everyone has had their fill of their favorite items, candy often gets relegated to a giant bowl on the kitchen table, where it beckons each resident who passes by. Rather than submitting to the call of the candy and sacrificing your dental health as a result, enterprising individuals can repurpose that leftover H,dloween candy. Incentives Parents can store extra candy to use as rewards for good behavior. Many parents use sweet treats as rewards for children learning to potty train. Rewarding older children for a job well done cleaning up their rooms or as a special treat for scoring a good grade on a test a3so can be a way to put the candy to good use. Gingerbread houses Christmas is just two months after Halloween. Put candy into sealable baggies and use it come the holiday season when building gingerbread houses. You will have a variety of different candies from which to choose and won't have to purchase anything new in order to decorate your creations. Advent calendars Halloween candy can be saved to make an Advent calendar. This calendar traditionally counts down to Christmas, revealing a date and a sweet treat 'behind each door. Instead of purchasing a ready made Advent calendar, families can get together and make one for a family craft as a way to recycle Halloween candy. Goody bags Candy is a crowd-pleaser, and leftover candy can be used in goody bags doled out at birthday parties. Keep the candy well-sealed to store away until it is needed to fill goodie bags. Add a few trinkets that tie in with the theme of your party, and you're all set. On a similar note, leftover candy can be used to stuff a pinata for a party. Pinatas are available in many different themes and styles, making any occasion ripe for a pinata. Baking Cookies, brownies and cake bars taste even better with peanut butter cups, chips and chocolate candies baked inside. Some candy can be frozen for later use in baked goods. Baked goods can be enjoyed by the family or used for bake sales for schools and other organizations. Donations "Hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes may appreciate donations of candy for staff and visitors. You can visit different places to see if they would appreciate a candy donation. Adult beverages Hard candies can be used to add some flavor to adult beverages. Let the candy sit in the alcohol for a few hours and the candy will dissolve. Use a coffee filter to strain out any candy remnants. 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