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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 9A Kennedy lauded during his last meeting Debra Moore Staff Writer Sheriff Greg Hagwood's appearance in an ice Cream commercial last April resulted in a sweet treat for the county. "I want to make a charitable donation in the amount of $5,000," Hagwood told the board. That's the amount he received from the ice cream company for participating in their marketing campaign. "I would like to see $2,500 go to the theatre and $2,500 go to the animal shelter," he said. Hagwood's announcement and request followed Roxanne Valladao's comments to the board. The' executive director of Plumas Arts revealed that the community raised $90,275 to buy a new digital film system for Town Hall Theatre. Without purchasing the new technology the theatre would have been forced to discontinue showing movies. There is enough money left over for a "rainy day" fund for the theatre. "I've been begging for money in this county for 28 years," Valladao said of her efforts to promote the arts in the county. She was overwhelmed with the response for her call for help for the digital system. "The 20- and 30-somethings really stepped up to the plate," she added. Valladao began her comments by saying, "I just want to be here to say 'bye' to Jon.' The Dec. 16 meeting was Jon Kennedy's last as District 5 supervisor. "You will be missed," she told him. Social Services Director Elliott Smart also acknowledged Kennedy. "I want to thank you for your service," he said. As one BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP of the longest sitting department heads, he noted that he has seen a lot of boards interact. He commended Kennedy, saying, "You are willing to compromise," and "You do your homework." He suggested that Kennedy should be an example for other supervisors. Appointment The supervisors appointed Bob Orange to serve on the board of the Indian Valley Community Services District in order to form a quorum. In the wake of three directors resigning earlier this month, the five-member board needed a third to conduct business. Bid awarded The supervisors selected Hat Creek Construction, the low bidder for the Bucks Lake Road rehabilitation project, to perform the work. Hat Creek bid $819,999 on a project that the engineer's estimate put at $935,000. The next low bidder was Dig It Construction at $834,093.58. All six bids received for the project fell below the engineer's estimate. Of Hat Creek, Perreault wrote in his supporting documentation, "The company is an established f'mn in northern California with extensive work for both Caltrans and Federal Highway Administration on projects in Plumas County." The project will be paid for by the State Transportation Improvement Program and is scheduled to begin in early summer. Child abuse prevention The supervisors authorized a change in who will administer programs associated with child abuse prevention. The Child Abuse Prevention Council has been an independent contractor. Social Services Director EUiott Smart said funding and program requirements have changed, making it necessary for the county to adjust its approach. He recommended eliminating the contract position and developing one within his department. The supervisors authorized that Smart add a staff services analyst to his staff. Retiring Liz Cortez, a paralegal in the county counsel's office, is retiring after 38 years of county employment. "She will be virtually impossible to replace," said County Counsel Craig Settlemire. "I think Liz has worked in every legal department," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. Settlemire said that she had worked for the district attorney's office and as a judicial secretary. "She's been my go-to person," Settlemire said. "It took her 38 years to get tired of all these attorneys," Chairman Kennedy quipped. Setflemire will be looking for a paralegal or legal services assistant to replace Cortez. "Going to see what kind of people are out there," he said. Wilson, Marty win crib tournament title Some of the relatively newer cribbage players that have been competing in Quincy's nearly 50-year-old Holiday Cribbage Tournament have quietly been making their presence known. That was certainly evident last week when two of these "newbies" outpegged a couple of "old-timers" to win this year's tournament. James Wilson and Brett Marty, who have only been playing in this contest for about eight years, were drawn for the same team and took full advantage of that pairing by using their respective card-playing talents to capture the coveted champion's title for 2014. The dynamic duo bested a field of 14 teams to win the annual event held last week at Main Street Sports Bar in Quincy with lunch provided by Sweet Lorraine's. The two pegged their way to victory by winning seven out of nine games. Each pocketed $150 and the bragging rights as reigning champs until next year's tournament. Unfortunately, their victory came much to the dismay of J.D. Blesse and Mike Taborski, two of the tournament's old-timers. They too also had seven wins and clearly thought they had the tournament in the bag only to have their egos bruised when they learned they had tied with Wilson and Marty and ultimately lost the title by virtue of the tiebreaker (having scored fewer overall points than the champions). The second-place finishers each earned $35. Finishing last wasn't uncharted territory for this year's losers, Mike Beatty and Art Hinton. The two fmished dead last with a scorecard that was just the opposite of the winners' efforts -- seven losses and only two wins. 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O N (530) 283-2035 SINCE 1984 Parting gifts Supervisor Jon Kennedy displays a goodbye gift that he received at the end of the Community Development Commission meeting Dec. 16. The tongue-in-cheek gift poked fun at Kennedy's views on the state of Jefferson. Kennedy's term in office concludes at the end of the year. He and his family have relocated out of the area and he did not campaign for a second term. Last week's community development meeting, as well as the regular Board of Supervisors' meeting, were his last as District 5 supervisor. 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