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~11 Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 BulleIin, Progressive, Ill By since 1976, except for about a Sometimes, cli.ents will pur- Chester Ed or year and a half off to work for chase the artwork to go with Rick Sylvester, of Chester, Collins Pine. their mounted species. said, "I believe everyone isRick's work is well known born with a package of gifts throughout the Lake Almanor How are Imm and interests." Basin and beyond. A roam- About five months ago, a lo- Indeed, Sylvester, 45, has real, fish or fowl mounted by cal resident and home builder been knocking around Rick is a prized possession of approached Rick with an idea. Plumas County since 1969 many a hunter. The client had a wildlife with a very special package of Rick says he used to hunt photo idea for his new fire- his own gifts and interests, and fish, but has little time for place mantel. He knew Rick Rick's story is that of the that now. Shipments comingwas an excellent taxidermist kid that you only read about in from clients during various and thought Rick could make or see in the movies. As hunting seasons from all the transitiontowood. young as 9, he was chopping around California can keepRick said he thought he up National Geographic pic- Rick pretty busy. could do it. A unique wildlife tures of wildlife to decorate Occasionally, people drop theme and scene developed. his bedroom walls. He says off a "road kill" for restora- Soon, the project started his parents probably would tion. Raccoons are a favorite generating a lot of interest lo- have removed the kind of to restore. Rick works hiscaUy among neighbors on the stuff other kids were hanging magic and set o1' mister rac- West Shore. One project, al- upin their rooms, coon in a stump or gnarledmost complete, has led to At about the same time, log, where he "lives" forever three more. Rick found his mentor in a in the home of some lucky Now, five months later, book: Carl Ackley, the world wildlife collector. Rick has some "big city" deco- famous taxidermist who up- Occasionally, in the past,rators, as far as Texas, inter- graded taxidermy to an art Rick would pick up a piece of ested in his work. form. Rick was inspired and wood and carve out a decoyRick and his woodworking Ackley's passion infected "to try out." Rick found that buddy are now thinking of ex- Rick. he could carve, whittle, mold, panding into decorative pencil draw or watercolor an wildlife doors. animal and get a better feel- Rick says the work is hard Rick has been a taxidermist ing ,of what they should look and can drain him mentally, like for his taxidermy work. m m The Healthy Plumas Pro- in Portola, the instructor had mation on the Internet would ject is offering short classes two very eager students, expand the business to areas at various locations around They were getting ready tothat they are not currently the county about the Internet purchase a computer and reaching. and how to access the wanted not only to learn how What makes these two stu- Healthy Plumas Web site. to use it, but also how to set dents so amazing is their age: Classes continue to be of-up a Web page to publicizeboth are over 80 years old, fered at the senior nutrition their business, still working and still inter- sites, the Employment and Bud Edwards owns a com, ested in learning something Training Center in Quincy,pany that repairs electronic, new. the Greenville Rancheria and mechanical and hydraulic One short class at the nutri- the Round House Council. system components. Bud andtion site didn't make them ex- At a recent computer classhis wife, Kaye, thought that perts, but it got them excited at the senior nutrition center getting their company infor- about learning more. They In these times of uncer- tainty, and recent local fires, open house Nov. 10 berg's famous homemade sal- will appear at the spring sa. event. The unique realism of a Rick Sylvester creation is captured in wood. TI~ eyes, stance and color come fTOm years of work as a taxidermist. but he really enjoys the chal- that he can't always give each lenge, child exactly what they want On a more personal note; or need but having so many the little kid who was "born kids and watching them grow with a package of gifts and in- is a gift in itself. terests" has quite a family to One of Rick's clients recent- share them with. ly said that the reason Rick's Rick has an extended family carvings are coming out so of seven children; ages 17, 16, 15, 11, 6, 4 and 2. Rick says plan to go to the computer center on Commercial Street in Portola to access their new e-mail account. They also plan to get some more lessons on how to use their computer when it arrives. The Healthy Plumas Pro- ject placed single computers with Internet connections throughout communities, in- cluding the four senior nutri- tion sites and two public housing sites. In addition to the computer center in Portola, there are computer labs open and free to the public at the ABC Cen- ter in Chester, the Round House Council in Greenville the Long Valley Volunteer A highlight of the event is Free informational fire-and the Employment and 'ire wishes to'of- Fi er, on loan prevention packets will-be Center in Quincy. fer education, informationfrom the Quincy Fire Depart- handed out, as well as free 9- --- Web site, and a little fun to the commu- ment, which is an important volt batteries for smoke de- , educational tool for children rectors. Department and adults alike, members will also take your There will be demonstra- order for new reflective ad- tions by the volunteers as dress signs, which help fire- well as specialty trucks on fighters locate your home display. Attendees ofmore quickly in the event of the open house will also be an emergency. able to view the video presen- The open house is open to tation of"Getting Out Alive," the public, but should be of and possibly a video of recent special interest to the people Plumas County floods. Thisof the Long Valley Communi- open house focuses on inside ty Services District, which fire safety. A second event in covers the territory between the spring will relate more to Camp Layman and Spring outdoor fire safety and defen- Garden, including Sloat and sible space. Smokey the Bear Cromberg. which has health information unique to Plumas County, as well as a Community Re- source Directory (CRD) were key accomplishments. In coming months, look for upgrades to the health Web site and the CRD, such as more user-friendly icons and more direct links. To request training at your location, and for more infor- mation, phone Barbara Olson at 283-6366 or e-mail . P , .... - we also carry .- nity. Members of the de- partment are having an open house on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall on Highway 70 in Cromberg. According to Fire Chief Larry Sternberg, "This is not a fund-raiser, but a chance to get together and learn something about your volunteer fire department and preparedness." There will be free food and drinks for all, including hot dogs, cookies, sodas, hot chocolate, chips and Stern- Holiday Stationary Party Invitations Accessories Personalized Gift Boxes e Holiday Seals Gift Bags Napkins for Holiday Parties The Feather River Bulletin (s3o) 283.o8oo well is because dermy and ence. "Realism is with Rick, he saieL Indeed, real thing, the Lake Almanor i !!: ;i!iiii ii!i!ii! ii COUNTY LIBRARIAN My dad called me the other day at work. "Oh, no," I thought, "Something's hap- pened to Mom." Dad, who has always grumbled about the cost of a phone call, rarely calls me at work. "How's it going?" he asks conversationally. "Oh, just fine," I say, trying not to sound anxious. "Is anything wrong?" "No, no, butI wondered if you had time for a question?" It must be the annual "What do you want for Christmas?" question, I guess. "Sure dad, what do you want to know?" "I've got this air rifle I've had for a bunch of years," he begins. "And I bought a new cartridge for it the other day, but there must be some kind of leak, because it isn't work- ing correctly." An air rifle? What's my dad doing with an air rifle? "So I called the 800 number, but it's disconnected, and the local sporting goods store couldn't help me," he contin- ues. Why is he telling me all this? "Anyway," he goes on, "I wondered if you could do a search on the Internet and find out if there's a service center anywhere near here. It's called a Crosman air ri- fie." It's a reference suddenly realize. ing long distance reference c sudden surge portance. When 8 pert, you body. My parents Santa Clara hoUSe grew up, now rece not acquired "Sure, I now." And in utes I had Web site, and a in the San Jose "That's great, "I've been thing fLxed There's a huge 1 squirrels in the and I'm going t many as I Squirrels? MY to kill cute little: our backyard? to have a fit. trained them. Most of the brarians receive~ question, how the provide will be This is one of our country, not a crime. IfI have to piti information of the sq~ one wins? Sorry, morn. Observatory holds The observatory at Feather tween River College will be open for baseball public viewing SaturdaY, there from Nov. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. west FRC faculty will be on hand left on Golden to give you a guided tour of From Golden the night sky and answer any turn left astronomical questions you enue after may have. Star charts will be When you provided, yours ing lot, the to keep free, said Robert mediately Astalos, instructor. Dress "Each night the sky to bring a changes slightly, with stars binoculars. and planets rising slightly The first P earlier. That means you can night was see different constellations River College and deep sky objects at differ- Oct. 13. Abq ent times of the year. For that showed up to reason, new celestial objects ders of the will be visible. Of course, were we'll also revisit some of the dark sky old favorites that we saw last ing of MarS, month," Astalos continued, ters, double The observatory's primary Cluster, instruments are a 10-inch Galaxy, the Newtonian reflector on a mo- Pleiades, a tot-driven equatorial mount evening, and an 8-inch Newtonian on a For more Dobsonian mount. Both tele- about FRC'S scopes will be available for public viewing from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The FRC Observatory is ad- jacent to the parking lot be- college's