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FEATHER RIVER Vol. 142, No. 19 ...... • Wednesday, [ ;"aC. ~, ': ~: "4 lding Areas Since J866 50 CENTS [] [] [] Chamber president Dee Dee Driscoll presents Quincy Natural Dick Elsken (with his wife, Barbara) gave thanks for being Foods manager Lucinda Berdon with the award for Business of awarded Citizen of the Year. His tireless efforts with C.A.N. the year. Berdon gave thanks "on behalf of the 1,200 mem- were recognized, prompting Elsken to reply with a good-na, bers who make it all possible." Photos by Traci Bue. tured, "And now I need some help." The Quincy Chamber of the Greenville pantry. Commerce named Dick In addition to his tireless Elsken Citizen of the Year efforts with CAN, Elsken is a 2008 at the Wassail Bowl Fri- member of the Lifeboat Corn- day, Dec. 12, Elsken has mittee, which developed the made outstanding contribu- Quincy Community Supper. tions to the community. In ' He has been a member of the 1979, he laid the groundwork Core Team since it began in for the Community Assis- 2002. He assists with supper tance Network and has been every week and his dedica- a driving force on the CAN tion and thoughtful ideas board of directors. When the have contributed significant, CAN building, located be- ly to its growth. hind St, John's, became un- His commitment to the usable, the decision was success of the CAN and made to construct a new one Quincy Community Supper and he headed up the project, remains strong. His positive The grand opening took energy, kind spirit and gen- place in September 2006. tle sense of humor make him He continues to serve as a delight to work with and an the CAN site coordinator and asset to the Quincy commu- also works with Plumas Cri- nity. sis Intervention and Re- The chamber named Quin. source Center. Together they cy Natural Foods the 2008 distribute commodities Business of the Year. The co- monthly at the CAN site. op's mission statement is During the holidays he "a consumer owned coopera- works with the 'Plumas tire that provides our corn- County Sheriff's Office, ai', munity with high quality, ranging for the distribution t of food boxes, including for See Wassail, page 10A Hardly a square surface escapes an artful display of the colossal Christmas collection enjoyed by An assortment of nutcrackers from prince to king add to the festive Christmas d6cor in the De- the Deboi family well into January. Photos by Traci Bue boi home every year. For story, see page 8A OU accl en purc se Detailer loves See page 1B Girls' BB team takes consolation See page 1C Chief Robbie Cassou repaired the two leaks to pre- open the line. Quincy Volunteer Fire Department vent further contamination To help protect railroad Special to Feather Publishing of the environment• and workers during the cleanup, lessen the possibility of the Quincy firefighters needed Recently Quincy volunteer spilled material finding an the right foam in the right firefighters began training ignition source, amount to p 'oduce a protec- with their new flammable Though Quincy Fire has al- tive vapor suppressant foam liquids response trailer ways carried limited blanket. Acallto a foamven- "Foam81." amounts of flammable liq- dor in Oakland who in- Foam 81 was built in re- uids firefighting foam for formed the incident comman- sponse to three major inci- routine accidents involving der that the closest supply of dents, involving massive gasoline and diesel fuel, it alcohol-resistant foam was in quantities of flammable liq- was not prepared to fight a Sparks, Nev. uids, that Quincy Fire has re- fire involving polar solvents Fortunately one of Quin. sponded to in the last few such as alcohol, cy's volunteers, Ben Windle, years. Unlike hydrocarbons (gaswas just getting off work in The first incident occurred and diesel), polar solvents Reno and was able to. borrow in early 2006 near Keddie will mix with water and con- a truckload of foam from the when a train derailed on the tinue to burn. This ability of Sparks Fire Department and Burlington Northern rail- alcohol to mix with water- rushed it to the scene. road line, damaging a 30,000- based foam makes regularSince this incident oc- gallon tanker filled with flammable liquid foams inef- curred outside the fire dis- highly flammable methanol, fective on alcohol fires, trict, the railroad was billed The tank car, which was now During the clean-up phase for the response and a por- off its wheels and crossways of this incident, it was neces- tion of the funds were used to on the tracks, was slowly sary to offload and lift the purchase portable flammable leaking through a sheared-off damaged tank car so the rail- liquids equipment and 50 gal- valve on the bottom of the road tracks could be re-lons of alcohol-resistant fire- tank and through a vacuum paired. The cleanup required fighting foam. breaker valve on the top of heavy equipment, cuttingAs a result of the Keddie the tank. torches and highly trained derailment•, Quincy Fire was Firefighters from Quincy repair crews to clear away better prepared to respond to Fire responded and quickly the damaged railcars and re- the Storrie train derailment just a year later. In this inci- dent; several cars of flamma- ble materials were derailed, spilling nearly 30,000 gallons of highly flammable and wa- ter-soluble ethyl alcohol and a combined 40,000 gallons of peanut oil. Quincy firefighters, using a privately owned truck and trailer, collected up all the flammable liquids foam they had acquired and responded to the scene. This time there were no leaks to repair. The materials had already spilled, run down the hillside into the resort community of Storrie and was just waiting for an ignition source to ig- nite the volatile chemical See Foam, page 6A li li Due to the upcoming holi- days, all Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thurs- day, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. This will affect several deadlines for the newspaper. Deadlines are set as fol- lows for the Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 7, Plumas-West. wood editions: Real Estate Display ad- vertising is due Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, by 4 p.m. Display advertising is due Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, by noon. Legal advertising is due Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. by noon. News releases/letters are due by Friday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. Classified ads are due Monday, Dec. 29 and Jan. 5, at 9 a.m. (