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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PEP.SPECTIVE ow is the Central P1 # needs of our customers with takes its toll on the tile and WHERe I STAND an increasingly necessary en- masonry work every year. .......................... JiM-'B"O- 'ND- ................... trepreneurial spirit. On the expense side, we in- We remain committed to vested considerable money in General Manager Central Plumas Recreation earning and re-earning our 2009 to retrofit the pool to bring and Park District business, one customer at a it into comp.liance with a new time. federal law regarding swimmer. Q: .Given the challenging To further contain costs this entrapment prevention. economic conditions local- year, seasonal maintenance In July 2010 we discovered a ly, how has the Centralstaff was laid off earlier than 5,000-gallon per day leak in the Plumas Recreation and normal, with regular staff main pool. With some bor- Park District fared overall picking up the park duties rowed SCUBA gear we patched this year? through the final months of the leak temporarily until A: On balance, it's been a the season, more permanent repairs were pretty tough year in terms of Our partnerships with thecompleted this fall. community participation in County Plumas, Feather Our biggest competition for our recreation programs. River College, Plumas Unified attracting swimmers continues Naturally, like any small School District, the Plumas- to be nearby rivers, lakes and business, there is a minimum Sierra County Fairgrounds, streams, which offer free ac- economy of scale that's re- Plumas District Hospital and cess, albeit not nearly as safe. quired to break even on our others continue to be a real Revenue from patrons of the programs, blessing. High Sierra Music Festival' In a robust economy when continues to be a major sup- volume goes down, fees go up. Q: What's new with Quin- port component for keeping But in this economy we've el- cy's Pioneer Park and Com- the pool open to the local com- ther had to stand pat or even muntty Pool? munity. consider rolling back fees, to A" Actually, many good Alsa, in 2010 we initiated the things have occurred for Pio- be affordable. Great American Valley Duck As a public agency, we are neer Park and the pool. Race, which supports continu- aware that sometimes parents With considerable help from ing pool operations. The Duck have to make tough choices the Quincy Rotary Club, the Race, held over the 4th of July between cobbling enoughdistrict replaced a seldom- weekend, brought in $1,500 in money together to make a rent used sand volleyball court its first year. We hope to dou- with new bocce ball and p4- ble that total in 2011. or mortgage payment versus signing up and outfitting their tanque courts, adjacent to the child to participate in a recre- Rotary Barbecue Pavilion.Q: What is the status of ation program. Bocce ball, for example, is . the new properties the d s- We can argue that participa- great for families, church trict acquired adjacentto tion in our sports or aquatics groups, seniors or perhaPs the Pioneer Park? programs, for example, can re- physically or developmentally A: Some pretty exciting duce the incidence of juvenile challenged, times for our community. Due obesity, increase coordination We hope to initiate leagues to an exceptionally rare and and agility, promote healthy in spring 2011. timely opportunity to acquire nutrition, socialization, team The district also co-hosted a a large piece of level property work and so on. But, flour Health and Nutrition Fair at located directly adjacent to Pi- families are struggling just to Pioneer Park with Plumas oneer Park and the pool, at ap- keep their heads above water, District Hospital in late Au- proximately one-third its mar- those arguments become less gust, which was well attended, ket value, the district put- persuasive. The fair has already beenchased a key piece of privately The district has offered lim- scheduled for late August in held property in June 2009. Red fee scholarships to eligi- 2011 and should be bigger and Preliminary planning for ble participants, through a better, the 3-acre parcel, now tenta- grant awarded by the Plumas It has been tough to keeptively dubbed the Pioneer Community Action Agency. revenue up and costs down at Sports Annex, has began with That said, we continue to Pioneer Pool (now 36 years three public site familiariza- try to balance our commit- old) in this economy. Ourtion tours last summer. ment to meet the wide-ranging harsh winter climate really The High Sierra Music Festival rented the ~ite for camping and parking during its event, yielding $1,500. Until additional funds for future development and opera- tions are obtained, the site will only receive intermittent and informal use. In addition to that parcel, the district also was success- ful in acquiring, at no cost, the adjacent former U.S. Forest Service scaling station, through the Federal Lands to Parks program. The paved one-acre site of- fers deeded vehicle ingress and egress access from State Highway 70, plus ample off- street parking for the future. Currently, Plumas Transit Authority, through its parent organization Plumas Rural Services, is renting the site from the district to park its buses, pending the location of a more permanent storage site. L0ng-term planning for both sites will continue, with addi- tional opportunities for public input. The potential long-term community benefit from the acquisition of theseproperties is very exciting. Q: How has the continu- ing decline in numbers of local families affected your youth sports programs? A" Actually, we've been hit pretty hard. The combination of a tough local economy, few- er families from which to draw both players and knowl- edgeable coaches, and increas- ing numbers of youth being al- lowed to choose more "couch time" with electronic devices versus healthy physical activi- ty, has really taken a toll on our youth sports programs. As such it is becoming in- creasingly difficult to attract enough participants to fill out age/grade divisions while keeping fees low. One of the few programs that has resisted that trend is our youth soccer program, which still enjoys high partici- pation numbers, both locally and countywide. The program that has been hardest hit is winter youth basketball league. Six years ago we had approximately 200 basketball participants, with at least four teams per divi- sion, per gender. Two years ago the program slipped to approximately 130 participants. This year we barely reached 100 players -- not enough to field teams in each age group. As a public park and recre- ation agency, the district's mission in youth sports is to accommodate all youth re- gardless of athletic skill or ex- perience, socio-economic sta- tus or popularity a version of the "no child left behind" concept. We keep programs af- fordable and accessible for all families by using local venues and simplified uniforms. A new wrinkle this year, very regrettable to us, is that some of the more competitive parents, seeking a higher level of competition for their chil- dren, have recruited other lo- Cal children to form indepen- dent teams that travel to Reno for basketball games on Sun- days, for the most part in lieu of participation in the local recreation league. In addition, it appears sev- eral junior high girls were en- couraged to participate in a new volleyball program at the college, also in lieu of playing in the recreation league. While we all want what's best for the youth of this com- munity, this new practice has effectively stripped out our ju- nior high basketball program to the point that our junior high boy's division has just two remaining teams, and the girl's division has completely collapsed for the first time in 25 years. The remaining girls who weren't invited to play on the private teams now have no op- portunity to play organized basketball -- at any level -- at all. Those families are pretty devastated. My concern here is that there seems to be very limited coordination or interest in co- ordination between the vari- ous entities that provide ser- vices to our youth. Once we start directly com- petingfor participants, coach- es, facilities and so on, with little concern for who is left behind, we risk losing a vital element of our existence -- a sense of genuine cooperation ... of community. If this practice were to con- tinue or expand in its current format, we could soon reach a tipping point when our youth basketball program and the many benefits that come from it (fitness, healthy socializa- tion, character building and skills development) could col- lapse altogether. Whether we are discussing youth baseball, football, soc- cer, basketball, volleyball or similar, being played at the college, on PUSD sites, Little League fields or district prop- erties, I believe we have a duty to this community to explore and exhaust all possibilities before we accept the notion of leaving our children behind. We will continue to explore creative ways to meet the di- verse needs of all of partici- pants, through community co- operation and collaboration. I welcome community feed- back on these or other topics related to community recre- ation. You can contact me at the recreation district office, 283-3278. WHER3E I STAND Lynn Desjardin Plumas Tea Party Patriots The Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15. Who knew? You remember the Bill of Rights -- those 10 pesky amendments to our Constitu- tion that set forth U.S. citizens' individual rights and protec- tions, and the limited power of the federal government. Have you read them lately? How about your kids or grandkids -- do they under- stand the rights those amend- ments convey? Every week our elected, and worse yet, appointed officials pass hundreds of rules, regula- tions, executive orders and sundry other "important" leg- islative intrusions into our lives. By so doing, more of our rights disappear, with leaders of both political parties failing to safeguard them by follow- ing the Constittition. Do you have any concept of rty just how egregiously ourlives to protect. rights have been usurped by We owe it to our children our federal and state govern- and future generations to in- ments? sist our federal government We face huge economic and return power to a government social challenges. Yet our of, by and for the people. God Founding Fathers, also em- Bless America! triots marie Bill Rights THE BmL OF RIGHTS Amendment I "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Amendment II "A well-regulated Militia be- ing necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Amendment HI "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of broiled in desperate and diffi- cult times, set the stage for us. Their wisdom and insights provide us the most succinct yet explicit blueprint ever de- veloped for individual free- dom -- with the least amount of government interference. I respectfully suggest that it's time we insist our govern- ment leaders follow this blue- print for success. Check out the Bill of Rights below and ask your children's teachers and our government leaders to read it. Discuss it with your chil- dren. Use Bill of Rights Day to review, reflect and rededicate yourselves to the principles that our founders and civilian and military heroes through- out the years have fought so hard for, and often given their the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be pre- scribed by law." Amendment iV "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, hous- es, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, sup- ported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Amendment V "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or other- wise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indict- ment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be de- prived of life, liberty, or prop- erty, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, with- out just compensation." Amendment VI "In all criminal prosecu- tions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and pub- lic trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which dis- trict shall have been previous- ly ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against hin~; to have compul- sory process for obtaining wit- nesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Coun- sel for his defence." Amendment VH "In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the LETTERS to the EDITOR right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexam- ined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." Amendment VIII "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusu- al punishments inflicted." Amendment IX "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Amendment X "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are re- served to the States respec- tively, or to the people." Note: For a more easy-to-read Constitution, see Michael Holler's theconstitution- Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Best medicine My husband and I had a wonderful night out last Sat- urday, thanks to the owners of the Main Street Sports Bar, James and Stacy Huffmon. They brought in stand-up comedy for the first time, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that they are able to do it again. Comics Rick D'Elia and Adam Stone were great fun. We bought their CD after the open for the next Comedybecause if you did a good job teachers at lower salaries, show, and listened to it on the Night, and remember: Laugh- all year and put the paper brought up a very important way home. We would be so ex- ter is the best medicine, right where people wanted it, point, Le. the purpose of pub- cited to make it a regular part Jim and Aleda White you gottips or a little gift. lic education which is to pre- of our social life (which isn"t Quincy I was upset when "progress" pare our young people for pro- much, with three daughters took these little jobs away from ductive adult lives. under the age of 11). Encouraging . industrious kids. And now pa- As with too many political We have traveled to Reno on Wow! It is encouraging to pers are tossed from a car and actions, the long-term cost be- more than one occasion to see know that there are teachers boxes are no longer used. hind a proposed policy seems live comedy, and thoroughly like Cathy Hunter in our I've never met our paper de- to be overlooked. The impact enjoyed ourselves, regardless school system. What an excel- liverers. They don't come to the of an early retirement policy of the long drive home. To lent way to capture kids' at- door to collect. But they have to to future generations cannot have comedy right here in tention and teach them sever- fight the elements and dodge be accurately assessed but can Quincy was fabulous...that al different lessons all at once. wildlife to deliver our papers, be anticipated from past expe- long drive home was not I vote her teacher of the year. hardly ever missing a day. rience in other areas. I agree missed. Joyanne Soderholm Wouldn't it be a nice Chris wholeheartedly with Kaling's Unfortunately, there needs Lake Almanormas thing to do to add a little points. to be enough of a demand to extra Something to their next C.W. Bonfield make something like this Neither sleet .,. bill? Then the distributors pay Quincy worR, and the audience num- Remember when: you wereit forward to the deliverers. bers were surprisingly low. young and had a paper route? Karyn Merriman Discouraged We arrived early thinking it Or when your kids had one? ChesterI have been a regular user of would be a sold-out event, and My daughter started deliver- the recycling center at Blairs- came home thinking of the ing papers at age 101 and her Overlooked den/Graeagle since we moved friends we wished we had in- route was across town. On her The letter from Gene Kail- here. With the closure of that vited to join us and fill up the bike, in rain, sleet and snow, ing, Sierra Valley, titled "Bad facility, I called Intermoun- empty spaces, she was up early to finish be- Idea" regarding Robert Gim-, tain Disposal to see what the I strongly encourage our fore school, bel's proposal of paying ma- hours were for the Delleker Community to help support Of course, some days I drove ture teachers an incentive to site and was very discouraged the efforts of the Huffmons to her. I just couldn't believe she retire early in the hopes of fill- by the answer I received. bring us a new channel of en- kept it up for a few years. And ing the vacancies with inexpe- Being retired, the change in tertainment...keep your eyes Christmas time was special rienced (and immature?)location (and time) is not a major issue other than having to drive a little farther, but for small businesses and people that work it is now almost im- possible for them to recycle. Being open only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., is not helping recycling but discouraging it. What hap- pened to the employee that worked at the now closed site, not available to work at the other site? Thanks IMD, the Board of Supervisors and Ole Olsen (fall asleep again at the meet- ing?) for discouraging recy- cling. Brian Verhalen Clio Tragedy With a single deafening lightning s rainfall fron sky, the Woody's E closed to the mately 2 p.n Seq trike and heavy L a'black, ominuao vens protested as ot Springs was public at approxi- .., Sunday, Dec..5. 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