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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 7A Community ha chance to help Quincy woman diagnosed with ca Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com It all started with a dinner of spare ribs and peas. The next day 55-year-old Sheila Fitzgerald was cleaning a classroom at Quincy Elementary School when she doubled over in pain. She finished her job and went to the emergency room. The culprit: a 1-inch long Sheila Fitzpatrick and son sliver of metal that had Ronnie are facing her fight perforated her bowel and against leukemia together. intestines. After emergency Sheila will be at Carey Candy surgery, an acute infection Co./Bell Lane Baked Goods developed and that's when this Sunday when a doctors discovered representative from Be The leukemia. Match will be present to sign "We just think it was up donors for the National God's intervention," said Marrow Donor Program. Photo Sheila's stepmother Sandy. submitted Sheila's mother died at age 46 from ovarian cancer. "It Match will be in Quincy at was a horrible way to Carey Candy Co./Bell Lane discover it and for her to Baked Goods to sign up have to endure that pain, individuals from 11:30 to but we discovered it." 1:30 p.m. Without the surgery and All it involves is a cheek ensuing infection, the swab and filling out a form symptom-less cancer (to that to join the registry. Even if point) could have grown, an individual isn't a match "We think we caught it for Sheila, he or she might really early," Sandy said. be able to help someone else On July 22, less than a waiting for a bone marrow month after her ordedl transplant. began, Sheila was admitted The procedure may sound to U.C. Davis Medical intimidating if one is found Center in Sacramento, to be a match, but often it where she spent a month, only involves a blood draw. For Sheila, the most While there are some difficult part wasn't the pain existing conditions that or the diagnosis, but being make an individual separated from her unsuitable for the program 9-year-old son, Ronnie. -- such as heart disease -- Luckily Sheila lives Sandy wants it known that behind her father and an individual doesn't have stepmother, so they are able to be a nonsmoker or a to care for Ronnie and nondrinker. Sandy drove him weekly to ,I have had people who Sacramento to see his room. want to participate, but they "She lives right behind were worried because they me; I just want her to live have a beer after work that with me but she is very they would be ineligible," stubborn," Sandy said. Sandy said, "but that's not That proximity helps as the case." Sheila continues to battle If a donor were to be the leukemia with monthly found, Sheila would receive chemo treatments. Doctors a blood transfusion and then have told Sheila that ehemo spend a month in the won't cure the cancer; she hospital. She would then be needs a bone marrow required to remain near the transplant, hospital for the next two to Often the ideal candidate three months. is a family member m While Medi-Cal covers usually a sibling -- but treatment, it doesn't pay for Sheila doesn't have any, Her travel, lodging or son, who has volunteered, is incidentals. too young, and her dad is Friends held a spaghetti too old. The age window to fundraiser and silent be a donor is 18 to 44. auction for Sheila at Sheila has been entered Eastside Public House on into the national registry Nov. 8 that was a sellout, and is waiting for a match, and a fund has been set up But she and Sandy hope that at Plumas Bank to assist there might be a donor right with expenses. here in Plumas County. "Everyone has been so This Sunday, Nov. 22, a generous," said Sheila. representative from Be The And it's not easy.for ncer Sheila to accept assistance. "She has always been such a hard worker," Sandy said. Sheila worked for Bob's Janitorial and for Plumas Unified School District, filling in wherevershe was needed -- from custodial work to the cafeteria. She had just accepted a job working in the kitchen for Plumas Charter School, but was unable to begin work due to her illness. Sheila saves her energy to take care of son Ronnie who is a fourth-grader at Plumas Christian School. "He's doing well," Sheila said, and added that she is so grateful to the families who have him over to their homes, which helps him take his mind offhiS mother's illness. "He's scared," Sheila said. "He's heard my parents talk about it. He just wants to be my boy." II Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Being a department head comes with a lot of responsibilities and now that will include filling out a time card. Supervisor Lori Simpson broached the subject during the board's Nov. 10 meeting and said time cards would help the officials account for their time. During an interview following the meeting, Simpso~ said that the time cards weren't "meant to put them on the spot'! or say "we don't trust you." Bt~t rather they resulted from concerns raised about employees working at home and the potential risks that created. "That was part of a lot of issues that we were discussing in risk management," she said of conversations with County Counsel Craig Settlemire, Risk Manager Roberta Allen and Human Resources Director Gayla Trumbo. Simpson said that the requirement could also help the department heads allocate their time to various funding sources. "Craig (Settlemire) said he has to cost out his time," Simpson cited as an example. Simpson added that Lassen County officials fill out more detailed time cards than their Plumas counterparts. "Here they just put in when they ask for leave," Simpson said. The Lassen cards could be used as a model for Plumas. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall also weighed in after the meeting and said, "Time BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP cards have been on my radar screen for nine years." One of her chief concerns is that there isn't a lot of accountability and department heads have vacation and sick leave that accumulate and have to be paid out upon their departure. Thrall also worries about the example it sets for their employees and what occurs in their departments while they are away. "It's really important that they be there," she said, In addition to time card concerns, Simpson wants it to be mandatory for department heads to attend management council meetings and would make it part of their annual evaluations. "The last time there was a big group is when we discussed the need for a CAO," Simpson said during the interview. Simpson's comments were made during her board report and were not on the agenda for discussion or action. The new mandates would apply to appointed department heads and not to elected officials. Over-snow. plan letter The supervisors approved a letter to be given to the Plumas National Forest regarding its designation for over-snow vehicle use on the forest. The letter will give the county standing to comment as the process moves forward, which isn't expected to be completed until 2017. The letter acknowledges the long timeline and then reads in part: "Nevertheless, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors recommends a "status quo" alternative with consideration for addition of proposed trails as set forth in the proposed action." New personnel director Sharyl Preskitt has been selected as the county's new. human resources director, succeeding Gayla ~I'rnmbo who is retiring. Preskitt, who most recently was the human resources director for a special district in Santa Barbara, is expected to begin work at the end of November. The supervisors had difficulty recruiting qualified applicants until the base pay was increased. The pay can now range from $6,048 to $7,754 per month; previously it was a fiat $6,048. Thrall said that she was impressed with Preskitt and the amount of research that she had done on Plumas County. "She even watched the live stream broadcast of our meetings," Thrall said. Appointments The board appointed Michelle Gosney and Shane Bergmann to the Almanor Recreation and Park District board of directors to form a quorum. Great time to increase the value of your home or property while the price of building materials is still low Kitchens Bathrooms Room Additions DISTRICT Eileen Counts Medical Receptionist HOSPITAL Nomination #1: Eileen continually works other departments when asked. She is always considerate of patients' feelings and also co-workers' feelings. She is very professional, never late for work. She is just a pleasure to work with and we are so glad to have her here. Nomination #2: I enjoy working with Eileen and appreciate her calm demeanor in our stressful environment! She is always ready to help at the switchboard and admitting when needed. This past summer, she did an excellent job as our team captain for the hospital "Relay for Life" team. She really went the extra mile representing PDH for the event. She definitely completes our team here at North Fork as well. Kudos to Eileen!! Congratulations Eileen Plumas District Hospital Employee of the Month of October 2015 Decks Fencing Finish Basements Siding Old Home Remodels & Restoration Interior & FREE Estimates! CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 We also do aft Insurance-Related Repairs. Serving the area's cons dion needs for 31 yeaa! 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