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4A Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Jail prepares special holiday gift for seniors Inmatesbake 290 dozen cookies Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com One of the joys of Christmas is the spirit of giving. For people who spend the holiday as an inmate in the Plumas County jail, traditional gift-giving options are extremely limited. But they do the best they can. This year the jail inmates and staff again collaborated to prepare a Christmas treat for people who sometimes go without -- the county's senior citizens. "It feels good to give something back," said inmate Josh Olson. "Being in here we aren't really able to give any gifts. So this is our gift." The gift is sugar cookies -- 290 dozen sugar cookies, to be exact. For nearly a week many inmates spent their spare time baking the cookies from scratch. They each added their special touch when they could. "I like the decorating," Olson said with a grin. "That was the fun part." This is the second year the inmates and staff baked cookies for the local Senior Nutrition Center. Last year 4 X e  "We have a lot of male inmates in here who have never decorated a cookie in their fife .... They've never even maa/e a cookie in their life." Chad Hermann Plumas County jail commander they made 190 dozen. The center distributes the cookies to seniors all over the county, often delivering them to their homes. For some elderly people, the dozen cookies might be the only Christmas gift they receive. Jail Commander Chad Hermann started the program last year. He and his wife, Renee, bought the ingredients and the inmates did the work under staff supervision. "The response we got from the inmates was very positive," Hermann said. "They were all excited about it." This year the inmates nearly doubled their production. Hermann said it takes a lot of time, but that's LOBSTER TAIL DINNER $2 7.9,0000on Wednesday, Dec. 3!" Served 5-8pro Reservation Recommended % something the inmates have. "We have a lot of manpower," Hermann said. "We don't have commercial-grade blenders and all of that. So we went out and purchased a small hand blender," Hermann said. "It's hard when you have to make them one batch at a time. But you have to work with the tools you have." Hermann said many inmates feel a genuine sense of achievement when the baking is done. "We have a lot of male inmates in here who have never decorated a cookie in their life .... They've never even madea cookie in their life," Herrnann said. "Seeing them following instructions and starting with a bunch of ingredients and actually fmishing a project it's a huge accomplishment for some of them. "They actually get kind of competitive with their cookie decorating vho can do it the prettiest. Some of them have a little too much icing on them, but they're good cookies." Hermann said he would like to see the inmate Christmas cookies become a tradition. He's considering expanding to Easter egg decorating for the annual county Easter egg hunts. Under Hermann's watch, the inmates have already developed a very successful garden. He said he would like to eventually see jail's manpower put to work in many ways. "We've been talking about establishing a countywide work crew," Hermann said. "It's just a matter of getting the fmances to get the Jail Commander Chad Hermann and Corrections Officer April Gott show off some of the 290 dozen Christmas cookies prepared by inmates last week. Moments later, the cookies were picked up by Senior Nutrition Center staff to be distributed to senior citizens throughout the county. Photo by Dan McDonald materials you need to make it happen properly." For now, Hermann said the inmates are just glad to be able to give something back to the community. "Most of (the inmates) have value; they have quality of life," Hermann said. "It's just a matter of them making the right choices. And we really try to stress that by doing something as simple as this." "That's definitely true," said Olson, who used to live near the community center in Greenville. He said he would walk over and play cards with the seniors at the center. "That's where I learned to play cribbage," he said. He smiled when he realized some of his old cribbage partners would be eating his cookies. Superher,00es of Kindness strike again Students in Arlene Stahlman's kindergarten class, known as the Superheroes of Kindness, spread some holiday joy to the residents of the Country Villa Quincy Healthcare Center by singing classic holiday songs Dec. 20. Photo submitted books to distribute to all the kindergarten classes in Quincy. At the nursing home, Stahlman's students sang "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "All I Want for Christmas is a child's voice. A child's life; Help an abused or neglected child @ Plumas CAS, (530) 283-2227 Court Appointed Special Advocotes FOR CHILDREH classes to share. Another project the Superheroes of Kindness completed was composing and illustrating a series of books that teaches math through stories. Stahlman's class made copies of the My Two Front Teeth" before handing out some snowman art they made for the residents. "The Superheroes of Kindness are wishing peace, love and happiness into 2015," Stahlmai] said. Up-to-Me-minute condi#ons at plumasnews.com 00/3[ain S/. 00inner_7-/ouse  Hwy 89, Greenville 530-284,6888 ', Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ifow to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. PestitlestoR Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Tabersld Mary Newhoues Operations Co-Owner/Legal ' Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Forney -Advertising Sandy Condon Preduction Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, Publishers Assoc. recycled paper 1 Feather River Bulletin RO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I Please enter my subscription for _ __ years. 1 I [] Endesed find my check for $_ I [] In County$36 per year [] Out of State $44per year I [] In Califomia $37 per year. I I I Arlene Stahlman's kindergarten class was at it again with good deeds of the year, singing Christmas songs for the residents of the Country Villa Quincy Healthcare Center on Dec. 20. Stahlman's class worked up to this event after completing other acts of kindness during the school year. Stahlman got the idea to make this class's theme Superheroes of Kindness after reading a blog written by a teacher in Missoula, Montana. The point of the theme is to show the class that anyone can make a difference, no matter how small he or she is. Before heading to the nursing home, the Superheroes of Kindness kept themselves busy with other good deeds. Stahlman's class recently went to the special day class where they taught each other a beanbag dance. Then they created two sets of the alphabet made with sandpaper for both Fire, Water or Wind Damage have you frustrated? Don't be misled: It's ultimately your choice what contractor you use for repairs, not your insurance company's choice! Insurance- related repairs are one of our specialties. Emergencies 24/7 CONSTRUCTION m SINCE 1964 m General Building Contractor Calif. 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