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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 3A Social services director optimistic about trends Debra Moore Staff Writer dm0ore@plumasnews.c0 m A day after Social Ser- vices Director Y, lliott Smart received approval to fill three vacant positions in his Kate West New director appointed to fair board Laura Beaton Staff Writer Kate West of the Lake A1- manor/Chester region was appointed to the Plumas-Sier- ra County Fair governing board of directorS at the Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 11. "I have always loved the fair and the connection it makes with community, lost arts like canning, country life through 4-H and history in general," West said. Her term runs for three years. Roller-skating may come to Serpilio Hall at the fair- grounds soon, manager John Steffanic said Dec. 10. Steffanic is working with a private party on a revenue sharing plan to provide rental skates to customers at least once a month. The Eta Alpha 37th annual Holiday Craft Faire, held at Serpilio Hall On Saturday, Dec. 8, sold out all of its booths and went smoothly, Steffanic said. The sorority raised funds for its scholarship program at the annual event. The fair board is still solic- iting ideas for the 2013 fair theme. To learn more, visit or call 283-6272. The fairgrounds' winter hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Friday through Sunday. Next year's fair is in the planning stages already, Stef- fanic reported. He said he will update the board next month when the boat'd meets Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. department, a new employee was on the job. "We already have an em- ployment list," Smart said. "So we brought someone on staff quickly." That leaves two mot:e posi- tions to fill, which Smart is optimistic will happen quickly. During the Board of Super- visors' Dec. 11 meeting, Smart asked the supervisors for au- thority to fill the positions that were open and told them that no money would be re- quired from the county's gen- eral fund. Supervisor Jon Kennedy wanted to know why there were vacancies. "People come out of college wanting to save the world," Smart responded. "I tell them that they can save the world one family at a time." Smart said that the reality of social work is "heavy pa- perwork, heavy court ap- pearances." He said the work is diffi- cult because many of the people who require service don't want to be asking for assistance, but life circum- stances sometimes require it, especially when previ- ously employed people find themselves jobless. The applicants' distress impacts the social workers. "These are high stress jobs," Smart said. Bad news, good news Smart presents quarterly reports to the supervisors, and due to some scheduling delays, Smart presented infor- mation for the third quarter of the year, ending Sept. 30. "First the bad news," Smart said. "We are continuing to see applications for public as- sistance at unprecedented levels." Smart said that prior to the Library sets winter hours Debra Moore Staff Writer Waning days mean earlier hours at Plumas County's li- braries. During the county Board of Super'visors' Dec. 11 meeting, the supervisors approved that change and also approved Librarian Lynn Sheehy's request to hire a half-time em- ployee to fill a vacancy. Sheehy said that an employ- ee who performed cataloging and circulation desk duties had left the position at the end of November. The funds were already allocated in this year's budget. Sheehy said that the position Library hours Chester Monday -Thursday: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Greenville Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 1:30- 5:30 p.m. Portola Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 2-6 p:m. Thursday: noon - 4 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m. Quincy Monday: noon - 6 p.m. Tuesday -Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. recession, in the years 2000 through 2007, the department averaged 189 applications per month. For the period follow- ing the recession, the average has been 295 per month. At the end of September, that number had spiked to 362. "The good news is that for the last four years, we have talked about caseload growth. This quarter we experienced a downturn in caseloads." Smart said, however, that it would take three consecutive quarters of decreased cases to consider it a trend. Following the meeting, when asked how applications are on the increase but case- loads are on the decrease, Smart explained that it means "more people stopped receiving assistance than requested it." Smart said that after foul: years of rising caseloads, "it says to me that maybe we fi- nally got over the hump here." He said that when he walks through the lobby it pains him to see people he knows having to ask for help -- peo- ple who work in the service industry or construction trades, for example. "I'm really hoping that we are over the hump," he said. 0.95 % APY* 15 Month Limited time offer. Hurry in for a great rate on our featured Certificate of Deposit through State Farm Bank . Bank with a good neighbor'. CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION. Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic, #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. 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