VETRAX July 7/19/17

Three VAs in One
The Veterans Administration is a branch in the federal government, and like most federal organizations it can be quite confusing. Most people do not understand the structure of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is made up of three divisions that are responsible for specific activities — VA Health Care, Veterans Benefits Administration and Burial and Cemeteries. Each division is independent and can often be like a stove pipe, where communication does not necessarily exist with the other two.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) handles all health care for veterans. It is responsible for the medical centers, outpatient clinics, community based outpatient clinics, and the vet centers. They provide care, medications, and prosthetic devices as needed. They are responsible for setting the veteran’s health care priority and eligibility based on information provided by the benefits section. To enroll to receive treatment, the veteran can visit a VA hospital, community-based outpatient clinic or county veterans service office.
The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) is responsible for the payment of all VA gratuitous benefits. It handles claims for disability, compensation, pension, and education, including vocational rehabilitation, burials, home loans, life insurance and just about any other monetary benefit that comes from the VA.
The National Cemetery Association (NCA) operates the National Cemetery system. It is responsible for the establishment and construction of new cemeteries and the care and maintenance of existing cemeteries. It provides flags for burials of veterans and issues Presidential Memorial Certificates.
The Plumas County Veterans Service Office can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office at 283-6271/6275 Mon-Fri from 0800-1600. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. You can get information on the Web from the Plumas County Veterans Service Office webpage by accessing the Plumas County Website under Veterans Services.

The VA Van departs at 0700 Tues and Thursdays from the County Annex upper parking lot. Ensure you call Kyle Short County Veteran Service Representative at 283-6271 three days prior to your appointment at the VAMC Reno to schedule a reservation on the VA Van. The Van can transport up to five veterans first come first served.

Board of Supervisors 7/19/17


The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in regular session  at 9:00 a.m. on July 18, 2017 in Loyalton, CA. This meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at
The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following email address:
Heather Foster AGENDA


  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board



Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Memorandum of Understanding between Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NORTEC) and America’s Job Center of California Partner’s.


Agreement between the California Department of Public Health and Sierra County for the Emergency Preparedness programs including Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and Pandemic Influenza (Pan Flu).




Discussion/direction to staff regarding proposals for an internal equity study.




Discussion/action regarding response to the 2016/2017 report of the Sierra County Grand Jury. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS)


Update/discussion regarding the Loyalton Mobile Estates mobilehome park. (SUPERVISOR BEARD)

Items placed on the Consent Agenda are of a routine and non-controversial nature and are approved by a blanket roll call vote. At the time the Consent Agenda is considered, items may be deleted from the Consent Agenda by any Board member or Department Manager and added to the Regular Agenda directed by the Chairman.

Resolution authorizing appointment of retired annuitant to extra help position. (AUDITOR)


Governing Body Resolution naming authorizing agents for Sierra County Homeland Security Grant for a period of three years. (OES)


Amendment to Agreement 2017‐077 with Incorporated Senior Citizens to correct a clerical error in the funding amount. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Authorization to advertise and fill a vacancy in the Department of Public Works and Transportation ‐ Administrative Secretary I‐III. (PUBLIC WORKS)


Amendment to professional services Agreement 2016-104, and Amendment 2017-018, between Community Recovery Resources and County of Sierra for residential and transitional living services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between CSTL Inc. DBA Clean & Sober Living, for sober living environment services for residents of Sierra County. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Resolution approving Naloxone Distribution Grant Agreement between the California Department of Public Health and Sierra County and authorizing the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health to sign the agreement and all invoices to secure funds. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center and Sierra County for crisis line services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Clean & Sober Detox and Sierra County for substance use detoxification services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Professional services agreement between Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. and Sierra County for adult residential care services. (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH)


Resolution approving the agreement between the County of Plumas and the County of Sierra for Ryan White Part B Services. (PUBLIC HEALTH)


Request to recruit and fill a vacant Eligibility Worker I-III position with an Integrated Case Worker I-II position. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Professional services agreement between UC Davis and Sierra County for 10 units of training. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Memorandum of Understanding between the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Health Care Services as the Compact Administrator and Compact Co-Administrator and the County of Sierra for access of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) database. (SOCIAL SERVICES)


Modification of Agreement No. 2010-086 with Northern California EMS, Inc. for Emergency Management Services (EMS) Services within Sierra County, extending services for fiscal year 2017/2018. (CLERK OF THE BOARD)


Minutes from the regular meeting held on July 5, 2017. (CLERK-RECORDER)




Letter from Karen Baylor, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services regarding the appointment of Ms. Kathryn Hill, Clinical Director of Behavioral Health for Sierra County.


Doubling Down Badly 7/19/17

TrumPutin moving forward, democracy declines – by Tom H. Hastings

Tom Hastings

As a child of the Cold War (born during the Korean War, learned to talk during the McCarthy Era, turned 12 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, feared the Soviets and loved Barry Goldwater as a 13-year old) it is stunning to me, even as a peace and justice person critical of my own government since Civil Rights and Vietnam, that Donald Trump is a) president and b) a traitor to the US and c) loved by his nationalist base.

Seriously. While the Putin-ordered Russian interference with the US election is far more complex than most media describe, it is real and Trump was “elected” due to Russian meddling at several levels.

And now, having met face-to-face with the foreign adversary who put him into the highest office in the land, Trump is once again doubling down on treason, saying he wants to ‘move forward.’

Great line for a crook. Caught robbing the bank? ‘I just want to move forward.’ Exposed as a perpetrator of illegal financial crimes taking millions from retirees? ‘Can we just move forward?’ Confronted as he stands holding a smoking pistol over the bleeding-out body of the Goddess of Democracy? ‘Let’s just move forward.’

No. Unless by ‘move forward’ you mean move to impeach.

@HardyMerriman: GOP wants to make US a one party state. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, no action on hacking the vote. It’s a slow motion coup.

There was much about Winston Churchill I loathed—he was an avowed racist and self-described terrorist—but his gift for the turn of phrase was significant, and never more profound than when he said, “democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

TrumPutin ‘democracy’ is what we are sliding into. Writing this column in Russia might be the last thing I ever did, as the slaughter of Russian journalists by Putin shows. Fake news, fake elections, fake democracy—that is what Putin has produced in Russia and he now brings it to the US.

In the McCarthy Era the hysteria whipped up by the Wisconsin Senator was fake news and it harmed our democracy then. Now, however, the Russian agent is the tool in the White House. Trump and the Republicans are the greatest threat to our democracy we have faced since World War II, rot from the inside instead of bombs from elsewhere. Trump is just low-hanging fruit to Putin and Trump’s voters were badly, sadly duped.

Without an impeachment, without a serious overhaul of enforced voting rights and a return to safeguarded paper ballots, we will continue to watch the erosion and destruction of this 241-year experiment in freedom. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is stable right now. Civil society will engage or it will lose what liberty is left.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director.


PNF Fire Restrictions 7/19/17

PNF fire restrictions effective July 20

QUINCY, CA July 18, 2017 – Fire restrictions are effective July 20 within the Plumas National Forest (public land) according to Daniel Lovato, Forest Supervisor.

Fire Restrictions

You may not build, maintain, attend, or use a fire, campfire or stove fire except in the Designated Recreation Sites in Attachment A of the PNF Forest Order #11-17-05 even with a valid California Campfire Permit.
a. Note: campfires must be built within agency installed & approved fire pits.

However, lanterns and portable stoves (includes propane campfire units) using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California Campfire Permit available from ( ) or from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8-4:30).

No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, Designated Recreation Site (Attachment A), or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Some people may be exempt from these restrictions if they have been specifically allowed by the Forest Service via a permit or approved plan of operations or if they are a member of any Federal, State, local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence on the PNF are exempt from #1 & 2 above while they are at their recreation residence.

Information about private land fire restrictions (regulated by the CA Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)) may be found at: .


Woodcutting is currently allowed within the Plumas National Forest (public land) if the daily fire indices permit. To determine if woodcutting is permitted on a given day, call (800) 847-7766

prior to cutting wood. A recorded message will notify woodcutters if the next day is hoot-owl

(no cutting after 1 pm), open all day (no restrictions), or no woodcutting allowed that day.

Note: call before 4:30 pm on the day you plan to cut as the message is updated for

the following day at about that time.

Questions about fire restrictions, designated recreation sites and firewood cutting on the Plumas National Forest (public land) may be directed to local Plumas National Forest Service offices including:

· Supervisor’s Office – (530) 283-2050

· Beckwourth Ranger District (Portola/Milford area) – (530) 836-2575

· Feather River Ranger District (Oroville /Challenge area) – (530) 534-6500

· Mt. Hough Ranger District (Quincy/Greenville area) – (530) 283-0555

Other recreation information may be found at: .

Key Points:

1. Plumas National Forest (public land) fire restrictions will be effective July 20, 2017. Campfires allowed in designated recreation sites only (see Attachment A).

2. Woodcutting may be allowed depending on the daily fire danger; call (800) 847-7766 before 4:30 pm daily.

3. Information about private land fire restrictions may be found at: .



You are invited to the Downieville Mountain Brewfest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 2-6 PM, in beautiful historic downtown Downieville on Highway 49 where the Downie and the North Yuba Rivers meet. No better place to be on a hot, August day!
This is the third year that Downieville Improvement Group is hosting the Brewfest and we are excited to present several new brewing companies! Come to taste some of the best craft beer from Northern California and beyond. Featuring 25 brewing companies that will be pouring some of their finest brews. Enjoy the Chicago-style blues music of Bob Mora & The Third Degree Blues Band from Rough & Ready, California. Savor the delicious food choices that will be available to purchase from local establishments and well-known food trucks in the Gold Country. Amazing offerings of beer, food and music!

Go to: for more information and a complete list of participating brewing companies. Also visit the Facebook event page: Downieville Mountain Brewfest 2017 for all the latest updates. Tickets are $30 in advance and available through: or in Downieville at several business locations. Tickets at the door will cost $50. You must have a photo ID to taste, and there is no charge for non-tasters or designated drivers. Shuttle service will be available from the nearby campgrounds for $5 each direction. Please no dogs at the Brewfest.
Tickets are selling quickly-don’t miss out! See you in Downieville!

Downieville Summer Tennis 7/19/17

Every now and then you get just a perfect photo of the Summer Tennis Group and here it is…. Paul Douville with his Tennis Pros – Photo taken by Darcy White.

 7/19/17  Back Row – Paul Douville and Niles Bosworth
Middle Row – Johnny Luccessi, DJ Ashby, and Colton White
Front Row –     Katie Stringer, Caleb Luccessi, Kyren Rust, Jackson Stringer, JesseLyn Fisher

Warren J. Creswell 7/19/17

Warren J. Creswell
June 13, 1932 – July 13, 2017

Warren J. Creswell passed away in Reno on July 13, 2017. He moved to Sierra City in 1994.
There will be a memorial service at Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5.
Donations can be made to your favorite cancer thrift shop in Warren’s memory.7/19/17

Boycott of Sanity 7/19/17

Nukes and the global schism – by Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler

The United States boycotted the U.N. negotiations to ban — everywhere across Planet Earth — nuclear weapons. So did eight other countries. Guess which ones?

The international debate over this historic treaty, which became reality a week ago by a margin of 122 to 1, revealed how deeply split the nations of the world are — not by borders or language or religion or political ideology or control of wealth, but by possession of nuclear weapons and the accompanying belief in their absolute necessity for national security, despite the absolute insecurity they inflict on the whole planet.

Armed equals scared. (And scared equals profitable.)

The nine nations in question, of course, are the nuclear-armed ones: the U.S., Russia, China, Great Britain, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and . . . what was that other one? Oh yeah, North Korea. Bizarrely, these countries and their short-sighted “interests” are all on the same side, even though each one’s possession of nuclear weapons justifies the others’ possession of nuclear weapons.

None of these countries took part in the discussion of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, even to oppose it, seeming to indicate that a nuke-free world isn’t anywhere in their vision.

As Robert Dodge of Physicians for Social Responsibility wrote: “They have remained oblivious and hostage themselves to this mythological deterrence argument that has been the principal driver of the arms race since its inception, including the current new arms race initiated by the United States with a proposal to spend $1 trillion in the next three decades to rebuild our nuclear arsenals.”

Among the nations — the rest of the planet — that did participate in the creation of the treaty, the single vote against it was cast by the Netherlands, which, coincidentally, has stored U.S. nuclear weapons on its territory since the Cold War era, to the befuddlement even of its own leaders. (“I think they are an absolutely pointless part of a tradition in military thinking,” former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has said.)

The treaty reads, in part: “. . .each State Party that owns, possesses or controls nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices shall immediately remove them from operational status and destroy them, as soon as possible . . .”

This is serious. I have no doubt that something historic has happened: A wish, a hope, a determination the size of humanity itself has found international language. “Prolonged applause broke out as the president of the negotiating conference, Costa Rican ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, gaveled through the landmark accord,” according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “‘We have managed to sow the first seeds of a world free of nuclear weapons,’ she said.”

But nonetheless, I feel a sense of cynicism and hopelessness activated as well. Does this treaty sow any real seeds, that is to say, does it put nuclear disarmament into motion in the real world, or are her words just another pretty metaphor? And are metaphors all we get?

Nikki Haley, the Trump administration’s U.N. ambassador, said last March, according to CNN, as she announced that the U.S. would boycott the talks, that as a mom and daughter, “There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons.”

How nice.

“But,” she said, “we have to be realistic.”

In years gone by, the diplomat’s finger would then have pointed to the Russians (or the Soviets) or the Chinese. But Haley said: “Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?”

So this is the “realism” that is presently justifying America’s grip on its nearly 7,000 nuclear weapons, along with its trillion-dollar ‘modernization’ program: tiny North Korea, our enemy du jour, which, as we all know, just tested a ballistic missile and is portrayed in the U.S. media as a wildly irrational little nation with a world-conquest agenda and no legitimate concern about its own security. So, sorry Mom, sorry kids, we have no choice.

The point being, any enemy will do. The realism Haley was summoning was economic and political in nature far more than it had anything to do with real national security — which would have to acknowledge the legitimacy of a planetary concern about nuclear war and honor previous treaty commitments to work toward disarmament. Mutually Assured Destruction is not realism; it’s a suicidal standoff, with the certainty that eventually something’s going to give.

How can the realism manifest in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons penetrate the consciousness of the nuclear-armed nine? A change of mind or heart — a jettisoning of the fear that these insanely destructive weapons are crucial to national security — is, presumably, the only way global nuclear disarmament will happen. I don’t believe it can happen by force or coercion.

I therefore pay homage to South Africa, which played a crucial role in the treaty’s passage, as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports, and happens to be the only country on Earth that once possessed nuclear weapons and no longer does. It dismantled its nukes just as it went through its extraordinary transition, in the early ‘90s, from a nation of institutionalized racism to one of full rights for all. Is that the change of national consciousness that’s necessary?

“Working hand in hand with civil society, (we) took an extraordinary step (today) to save humanity from the frightful specter of nuclear weapons,” said South Africa’s U.N. ambassador, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko.

And then we have the realism of Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing on August 6, 1945. Recounting the aftermath of this horror recently, which she experienced as a young girl, she said of the people she saw: “Their hair was standing on end — I don’t know why — and their eyes were swollen shut from the burns. Some peoples’ eyeballs were hanging out of the sockets. Some were holding their own eyes in their hands. Nobody was running. Nobody was yelling. It was totally silent, totally still. All you could hear were the whispers for ‘water, water.’”

After the treaty’s passage last week, she spoke with an awareness I can only hope defines the future for all of us: “I have been waiting for this day for seven decades and I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived. This is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.”

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.


County Job 7/19/17

Enviromental Health Specialist I

The Environmental Health Specialist I level is the entry level into the professional series. Incumbents work under close supervision. Assignments are generally limited in scope and under the direction of the Environmental Health Director. As experience is gained, the incumbent is granted more independence from supervision. Most incumbents are expected to promote to the II level after two years of satisfactory performance.

Send completed Employment Application and Resume to:

Sierra County Health & Human Services – Fiscal Office
PO Box 1019
Loyalton CA 96118

Lou’s Family Friends 7/19/17

Well, Look who I bumped into this morning! I was walking past the Fourth Ward School House and bumped into Wilbur, Maybelle, Little Flo and someone I have never met. I introduced myself to her. She told me her name is Matilda. She continued to tell me she is Maybelle’s second cousin, once removed. She tells me she lives just below Silver City and is here visiting Maybelle and family.

I asked Wilbur and Maybelle where they have been, I haven’t seen them for a couple of weeks. The told me they have been spending time with family and friends in Sutro and decided to come home by way of Silver City. Along the way, they came upon Matilda and invited her to spend some time with them in Old Virginny. She told them she needed some time away from the flatlands and a visit to their place would be nice. They were happy to see Matilda as they don’t get to see and visit with her very often.

I told Wilbur and Maybelle that Little Flo is sure growing up fast. I followed up by asking why they were hanging out at the Fourth Ward School House. They told me they talked about it and decided they wanted Little Flo to attend school to learn a little about the Comstock and surrounding areas. I told them that actually, the Fourth Ward School is now a museum but has a lot of history inside. I told them that they would probably want to send Little Flo to the Elementary school a couple of blocks away. They said they know that but want Little Flo to start at the Fourth Ward School to get some 1800’s history of the area before they send her to learn the “basics”. I asked Little Flo what she thought of all of this. She told me she is very excited to be starting school and learn some new things. She leaned in and whispered in my ear, really, I want to get away from Mom and Dad a little as they tend to argue some. Although, she said, it hasn’t been too bad since Cousin Matilda has been with them. She told me she is hoping other ponies will be attending school too as she would like to meet some new friends. She gave me a nudge and told me she missed seeing me on my walks and is glad they are back home. I told her I missed them too.

I continued my walk about town about two feet off the ground as I’ am so happy to see that family again. They are the friendliest of all the broods in the area.

Arrival at the Yuba 7/19/17

“Arrival” comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville
Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM
Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers – Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Story: (based on) by Ted Chiang Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

This program is part the Sierra County Arts Council’s “Movie Nights” series with funding from the Bill Graham Foundation. The Sierra County Arts Council is a local partner of the California Arts Council.

$5.00 Suggested Donation.
About the Arts Council

The Sierra County Arts Council is a member-supported 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public benefit corporation established in 1981 to promote, support and advocate the arts throughout Sierra County, California.

District Gov at Lion’s Club 7/19/17

District 4-C5 Governor Nick McNicholas is presented a Downieville Museum T-shirt by Lion Mike Galan

The Downieville Lions hosted the District 4-C5 Governor, Nick McNicholas at the July 17th meeting. Lion Nick, a retired educator from the Esparto Lions Club, was accompanied by Tim Luckinbill, District Chairman from the Colfax Lions Club, and Mike Hill, Sierra Zone Chairman from the Nevada City Lions Club. During the meeting at La Cocina de Oro, District Governor, Nick, initiated Robin Bolle into the Club and installed the 2017-18 Club officers. Following a delicious meal, Lion Nick spoke about the many facets of Lionism, encouraged the Downieville Club to carry on with its programs, and continue to build club membership.
Lions International, with clubs in 200 countries, is celebrating it’s Centennial year as of June 7th! Anyone interested in joining the Downieville Lions Club may contact Membership Co-Chairs, Liz Fisher and Mary Ervin or any club member.


Gabby’s Language Lesson 7/19/17

Phrases I Think Should be Used  – by Gabby Fringette

Gabby Fringette

As we all know, I’m pretty quick with words, already ready with a quip or a bit of snark for any situation. I’ve come up with some good lines and there are some I think everyone should use, not just one mouthy teen. So here are my top five phrases I think we should all employ. Please, spread them around in your daily conversations and on social media.

1. Catching the harpy’s breath. Harpies are shrill and bitchy part-woman part-vultures from Greek mythology. They are very judgmental, and like to yell at people. Catching the harpy’s breath would basically mean getting the full brunt of someone’s yelling, insulting, or criticism. Example: ‘she’s going to catch the harpy’s breath if she wears those shoes with that skirt.’
2. Waiting seconds. Basically, waiting seconds feel longer than regular ones. When you have to wait for something, time sure drags on and takes is own, well, sweet time to pass. Example, ‘soon the waiting seconds were about an hour long each. In real time five minutes had passed.’
3. Sourings of imagination. When you imagine something over and over and build it up and reality is a major disappointment. Example: ‘because of the sourings of imagination, the chocolate wasn’t as good as I’d thought it would be.’
4. Friend-in-law. This is basically the close friend of one of your loved ones who you put up with because you are attempting to be a decent person. Example: ‘though they spent time together, it was only because of Sally. They didn’t actually like each other, but Jackie and Steve were friend-in-laws so they tolerated each other.’
5. Mixing like water and olive oil. Water and olive oil don’t mix. It means it’s a terrible match. Example: ‘the teacher had assigned Quinn and Marisol together. The girls mixed like water and olive oil.’

These are just a few of my favorite phrases from my daily conversations and other things I’ve written. At least the ones I could remember. Feel free to use them.

Best Day at Fair 7/19/17

Best State Fair Volunteer Day Ever!

Why? Because, for some reason, all of the people visiting the fair wanted to talk with us! We were there for 5 hours, and talked for about 4 1/2 hours. Either they had been to Sierra County, wanted to come to Sierra County, or never coming but wanted to talk about wonderful places they had been. And, people LOVED our booth. This is what I learned:

1. Many people commented they loved seeing live people and not fake people.
2. Supply door opens inward – not outward. No matter how I tried…..
3. Left is still left, right is still right (in case you get left mixed up with right….)
4. So many compliments on our booth. It was amazing.
5. Man: Do you know where Nevada County is?
Me: Yes!
Man: (looking at me expentently, waiting….) I meant the exhibit.
Me: No………..but the information booth is right over there……
Man: thank you (and walks away)
Man: returns, Smiling, hands me a list and map of exhibits . We are both quite pleased and a big thank you to him. I left the map for other volunteers
6. IS IT REAL???? AND THE BEST: sitting in the chair, I was eye level with the children. While the bear was a big draw, the bigger draw was the fire. They were fascinated with how it was made, after learning it was not real. It was a real conversation piece with the kids. (yes, I received permission from the parents to take a photo for our news outlets).

David and I think the makers of the booth which gave us a wonderful day at the fair. And to Mary Ervin – would this even happen without her? Sign us up for next year!!

On The Shelf by Paul 7/19/17

Issue 2017 – 8
Children’s Summer Reading Program
There is still plenty of time for children to take part in the Downieville Library’s Summer Reading Program. All a child needs to do is to check out books from the library (or read them in the library) and keep a record of books read on the forms provided. Children who have read throughout the summer, and kept a record of the books they read, will receive a free book of their own choosing at the Fall, 2017, Book Faire at Downieville School.

The other feature of the Summer Reading Program, Reading with Rachel, still has three sessions left, all on Thursdays: July 27, August 10, and August 24. Rachel reads with children aged 8 and under from 1:00 to 1:30 PM, and with children aged 9 and older from 1:45 to 2:30 PM. At each of those times, for each of the three remaining sessions, a drawing will be held to present one child with a new book of their own.

Book Share & Review Group
Continuing with the books that were shared at the June 27 gathering:
The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff: using quotes directly from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books, as well as creative conversations between the author and Pooh and his friends, this short book presents a basic understanding of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru: a novel about race and art, the story tells of two young white men living in New York City who appropriate an old blues song for their own profit. As NPR says, [the book] is part thriller, part literary horror novel, and…a timely novel about a topic that’s frequently discussed in America…” (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Pessimisms: Famous (and Not So Famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst, by Eric Marcus: this brief book is filled with “pessimistic” — and often hilarious — quotes by a whole variety of people on a variety of topics, e.g., life, people, family, health, aging, politics, the state of the world. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Morris: set in eastern Poland during the Second World War, this novel is the tale of two Jewish children sent into the forest to escape Nazi pursuers, ending up at the cottage of a Polish woman whom the people in the nearby village consider to be a witch. It is a story of terror, loss, and hope. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett: in this memoir of the author’s twenty-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy (poet and memoirist), as one review states, “[the author] shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.” (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Tuesday, August 22, at 1:00 PM.

What’s New on the Shelf
Several books of fiction have recently been added to the collection at the library:
The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende
The 6:41 to Paris, by Jean-Philippe Blondel
The Spy, by Paulo Coelho
A Gun for Sale & The Ship-Wrecked, by Graham Greene
The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory
The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff
Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Artemisia, by Alexandra Lapierre
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize)
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Katherine, by Anya Seton

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