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COMING EVENTS december 4 olde tyme christmas December 5 williams Home & Business Decorating Contest december 6 14th annual chocolate festival december 11 Starust dance holiday recital december 12 festival of lights williams

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Williams citizens are gearing up for the second annual festival of lights. (Courtesy of Richard Lau) By ELIZABETH KALFSBEEK


fter the great success of last year’s Festival of Lights parade, Citizens for a Better Williams is hosting the event again this year beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The light parade will commence at Redinger Park at 9th and F Streets in Williams, then proceed east on F Street to 7th Street, traverse north on 7th Street to E Street and finally west on E Street ending at the Sacramento Valley Museum, 1481 E St., Williams.

Cookies and cider refreshments will be provided at the museum and Stardust Dance Studio out of Maxwell will perform on stage after the parade. People are welcome to stay after and enjoy the Christmas music while visiting with friends. “We wanted to put something on that the whole community could enjoy for little or no cost,” said Citizens for a Better Williams president Andi Armstrong. “It brings a sense of unity to the community.” Entries for the event include family floats, business floats, fire trucks, marching bands, marchers and more. Commercial floats cost $25 to enter, nonprofit organizations cost

$15 to enter and schools and individual entries cost $10. There will be first, second and third place awards with cash prizes. Two judges will be from Williams and an additional one each from Arbuckle, Colusa and Maxwell. “We want to make sure the county is well represented,” Armstrong said. Citizens for a Better Williams was formed in 2005. Previously, the group was the Williams Pioneer Day Parade Committee, but as the group began to take on additional projects they decided to change its name to reflect the purpose of the association. “The goal is to bring social capital to the community through events and visual projects that everyone can enjoy,” Armstrong said, who has been the Citizens for a Better Williams president for two years. “A lot of what we do is visual. We are working on the historic downtown area to make it more pleasing to the eye.” The group hosts two parades per year, including the Festival of Lights parade and the Williams Pioneer Day parade, in addition to coordinating beautifying projects around the City such as planting flowers, pruning trees, cleaning gutters, arch maintenance, pulling weeds, painting historic buildings, sending packages to troops and more. Another project generated by the Citizens for a Better Williams is the flag project, in which 100 American flags were donated to line the streets of Downtown Williams on significant days such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

W.E.S. Students enjoy new workout room


tudents at get into shape. There W i l l i a m s is still work to do and Elementary love more P.E. equipment to dance, hoola-hoop, to purchase, but exercise, and play group students are already games. And now they enjoying the new space have a new room just for which can be used such activities. Cyndee not only for P.E., but Engrahm, Principal, large group activities gave permission for like Square Dancing, students and teachers singing, theatrical to modify a portable activities, and even classroom that wasn’t cheerleading practice. being used into a P.E. Students and staff at room that could be used Williams Elementary on a regular basis. would like to thank A money drive was everyone who gave initiated in classrooms time or money to the at the beginning of the Working out is a new experience when you can watch yourself doing it. Williams Elementary students effort. The next project try out the new mirrors in the P.E. room which were installed by Williams Glass. (Courtesy Photo) school year, students sold for the room is to get items on the playground, enough exercise balls and more than $200 was raised toward supplies for the and hand weights for a class set. Anyone wanting to donate room. Teachers and students met after school to move out to the project, or who has unused therapy or exercise balls old books, shelves and desks. they would like to contribute, should contact the Williams Williams Glass donated labor and installed a wall of Elementary School office. mirrors so students can watch as they workout, step-up, and


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generations, another great reason to shop locally

Generations owner Cathy Bliss is creating more options for those wanting to shop locally. (Staff Photo)


ver the last several months local businesswoman Cathy Bliss, owner of Generations in Colusa, has been bringing in new and exciting clothing lines, giving locals another option for their clothing needs. Generations opened for business in 2001 and offered clothing, jewelry, candles and other gift items. Recently Bliss has added fashion clothing lines for infants, children, juniors, women, classic women’s styles, plus sizes and men’s. This gives locals an alternative for traveling out of the area for their clothing needs.While many often associate smaller boutique style shops with higher prices, nothing could be further from the truth. Bliss offers high quality, fashionable clothes at what most would find very reasonable prices. Glory Jeans, Cutie Patootie, Caribe and California Blue, Reef, Dakine are examples of some of

the new brands offered in the store, with more on the way. Even though the economy has seen a major downturn, causing many businesses to close their doors, Generations has remained steady and hopes to continue to grow. “I just want everyone to know I appreciate their business,” shared Bliss. She also expressed how grateful she was for the advice she has received from former Chick Montgomery owner Dale Montgomery, who shared her product knowledge with Bliss. Generations offers purses, wallets, clutches, scarves, socks, jewelry, handbags, backpacks, school uniforms, candles and so much more. Generations is located at 650 Market Street in Colusa and is open Tuesday-Saturday. To find out more about the products offered call 530-458-2265.

H1N1 Vaccine coming to colusa County SPECIAL TO THE WPR Over the next few weeks Colusa CountyPublic Health will be receiving additional doses of H1N1 vaccine. As we receive the vaccine we will be contacting specific priority target groups to offer the vaccine so we can ensure high risk individuals are immunized. In order to ensure we are reaching high priority groups Public Health has implemented a post card system which will allow us to collect information on individuals identifying their risk category and then inform them as to where and when they can be immunized.

- Health care workers that provide direct patient care

Public Health wants to ensure those Colusa Countyresidents that are unable to get vaccinated through their primary care provider and fall into any of these high risk groups, have the opportunity to register for H1N1 vaccine. If you would like to register for vaccine becomes available please contact Colusa CountyPublic Health at 458-0380. Those individuals that do not fall into any of the high risk categories may also register and will be informed when Public Health receives vaccine that can be administered outside of the priority considered groups.

The following are priority groups; - Caregivers of children under 6 months of age. - Pregnant women - Individuals 6 months through 24 years of age - Individuals 25 through 64 years of age with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or compromised immune system.

This system of registering for H1N1 vaccine from Public Health is open to all Colusa Countyresidents that are not able to get vaccine through their medical provider. If you know of high risk individuals that are in need of vaccination please encourage them to contact Public Health at 458-0380.


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DMV OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ALL FRIDAYS IN DECEMBER SPECIAL TO THE WPR Sacramento – The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds customers that all public offices will be closed on Fridays Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 2009, in keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order S-13-09. All Offices will also be closed Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Department offers a number of online services through its website (www.dmv. including payments for vehicle registration and driver license renewals via secure debit

transactions, filing a notice of release of liability, change of address, and scheduling appointments. Customers can also effect transactions via the telephone by calling (800) 921-1117. For registration and driver license renewals, customers must have their six-digit Renewal Identification Number (RIN) that accompanies their renewal. Automated services are also available at 1-800-777-0133. Motorists who have a registration renewal date that falls on Dec. 4, 11, and 18 will have penalties waived until the next business day.

williams 4H achievement night By: Fallon Freed Special to the WPR

October 20 was achievement Night for Williams 4-H. Following the regular meeting and a pizza treat, awards were announced by the key leader, assisted by Hunter Ortiz and Makayla Freed. Members received medals, ribbons and other recognition for the past year’s accomplishments.

During the regular meeting several activities were addressed, including the 4-H window display, donations to armed services personnel, and the Thanksgiving basket program. Members were encouraged to help on Veterans Day placing flags at the cemetery. Refreshments were provided by the Colsa family, completing a fun 4-H meeting!

maxwell 4H Club Report Ho! Ho! Ho! By: maureen Lagrande Special to the WPR

Christmas has found it’s way early into the hearts and minds of the members of the Maxwell 4-H Club. Hands flew up fast when volunteer committee chairpersons were needed for the annual CannedFood, Coat, and Toy-4-Tots Drives. Parents always volunteer to assist the committees willingly, as well, and we thank them for their support. Please remember to bring your donations, for each Drive, to the next Club Meeting, if you wish to participate. The football season is coming to an end and everyone who helped out on game nights, to

clean up, did a great job! What teamwork! Bryce Perry is continuing to collect items for the Adopt-A-Troop program so please help him out any way you can. We were informed that the Livestock Judging Day event has changed to seperate days for each of the different livestock projects. Remember to change your calendars and keep checking for dates for each of your indiviual project’s judging day. Thanks to the refreshment committee for ending our meeting on a sweet note. We all look forward to our treat at the end of the night and we appreciate everyone who volunteers. meeting!

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1. What American state was the first to make Christmas an official holiday? a. Connecticut b. Alabama c. Alaska d. North Carolina 2. What was the name of the dog that belonged to the Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”? a. Rudolph b. Toto c. Max d. Cerberus 3. What was pictured on the first stamp printed for the Christmas season? a. Santa Claus b. An Angel c. A Star d. A Rose 4. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in what year? a. 1925 b. 1700 c. 1895 d. 1750 5. Which of these events did NOT occur on Christmas Day? a. Hong Kong fell to the Japanese in WWII. b. Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by four ghosts. c. King Arthur pulled Excalibur from the stone. d. Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 6. When you go Wassailing, what is it that you are doing? a. Giving out gifts to your friends & neighbors b. Going out in the woods to cut down your Christmas tree c. Challenging as many of your neighbors as you can to a snowball fight d. Going to visit neighbors and receiving goodies! 7. The poem commonly known as “The Night Before

Christmas” was originally titled: a. The Night Before Christmas b. Santa Claus is Coming to Town c. A Visit From Saint Nicholas d. The Night Visitor 8. What did Chevy Chase plan to buy with his Christmas bonus in National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation”? a. An RV b. A Pool c. A Red Convertible d. A Christmas Tree 9. What Christmas Ballet is the most famous of all? a. Rudolph’s Surprise b. The Nutcracker c. Mr. and Mrs. Claus d. Frosty Goes to New York 10. Where was Mommy kissing Santa Claus? a. On the Corner b. In the Bedroom c. Under the Mistletoe d. In a Dark Alley 11. Who wrote the song “Here Comes Santa Claus”? a. Michael Jackson b. Gene Autry c. Persy Douglas d. Leroy Jones 12. What does Alvin want for Christmas? a. An iPod b. A Bottle of Rum c. A Hula Hoop d. A New Car 13. What should little children leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve? a. Cookies and Milk b. A Bottle of Wine c. Chewing Gum d. Cheddar Cheese 14. What is Frosty the Snowman’s nose made of ? a. A Carrot b. A Potato

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15. Who is Ebenezer? a. The Milk Man b. The 23rd President c. The Scrooge d. Mrs. Claus’s Secret Friend 16. What color is the Grinch? a. Green b. Blue c. White d. Black 17. Which reindeer’s name starts with a “B”? a. Bart b. Burt c. Bodog d. Blitzen 18. Which reindeer does not belong below? a. Dancer b. Comet c. Roger d. Dasher 19. Which newspaper assured a reader: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus?” 20. Where did the Grinch steal Christmas? 21. Who introduced poinsettia to the United States, the plant known as the “Christmas Plant”? 22. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” came from what movie? 23. What is Rudolph’s Cousins name? 24. How many times does Ralphie (A Christmas Story) say that he wanted the “Red Ryder BB Gun” 25. What is the most popular Christmas Song?

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We Survived


iving so far away from our family has been really hard at times, so whenever they come to visit it’s a special treat. This year we had all the parents here for Thanksgiving week, and it went surprisingly smoothly. My father, mother and step-father arrived Saturday, November 21, in time to watch Meredith perform with her class from Stardust Dance at the craft fair. Then Aaron’s parents arrived on Monday afternoon with their fifth wheel camper. I admit, there was some trepidation on my part, worrying about everyone getting along in close quarters for that length of time. But, we did it! As in most years we ended up with way too much food, which always makes me feel a little guilty, but when you have nine adults in attendance, eight of whom are capable of singlehandedly making a full Thanksgiving dinner, all pitching in for the occasion, it’s inevitable. The food and the company were phenomenal, and the week memorable for all the right reasons. We were truly blessed by their presence to share the holiday with us. On November 21, my mother, stepfather, husband and I attended the Family Water Alliance dinner in Maxwell. It’s become a tradition for the four of us, as it’s usually the


Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Water Alliance board and to Everett dinner always has an exceptional Brainard, the local Traeger dealer in turnout, with key political figures Williams, for the opportunity to win in attendance, and many other VIPs such a cool barbecue. giving their take on current events, the As a reminder great food and the to our readers, don’t fun atmosphere. This forget that Olde year was even better. Tyme Christmas Aaron and I will be taking place attend fundraising December 4 in dinners throughout Colusa, and the the year, buying Second Annual raffle tickets and Festival of Lights will entering drawings be held on December with no luck most of 12 in Williams. With the time, but since such wonderful they are fundraisers holiday festivities we don’t mind. taking place in our This year however, county, the holiday ANDREA MOORE we were the lucky season is off to a great Publisher winners of a Traeger start! smoker barbecue. I can’t tell you how Andrea Moore excited we were! Within two days can be contacted at publisher@ Aaron had gone through a 20-pound bag of pellets, cooking or smoking everything he could think of. So, we say a big Thank You to the Family

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Williams Farmer 12/6/1913-OFFICER BASHORE HAS VERY NARROW ESCAPE Night watchman J .J. Bashore is naturally a fearless man and his daring has led him into a number of exciting adventures both afield in quest of big game and in dark nooks of the town in pursuit of suspicious characters. He has recounted many interesting anecdotes of narrow escapes from rattlesnake colonies in the mountains; wild cat tussles while exploring “Dark Hollow” near Snow Mountain and bear hunts in other spooky fastnesses of the Coast Range, without the slightest hint of a shudder. But it remains for a little spent meteor, however, which crossed his path the other night, to cause him to put the care in scare, and it will take him several days to shake off the creepy feeling in the region of his spinal column at each remembrance of his aerial visitor. While making the rounds of the business houses at an early hour Thursday morning, and when near the office of C. K. Sweet, Mr. Bashore was startled by a white streak which passed from south to north a few feet from his head. So swift was its flight that a trail of sparks and a rush of air accompanied it. Although the night was black, enough light was spread for a moment to distinguish tiny objects. The sensation was sickening, the officer says. And for some time he was afflicted with nausea and trembling. In fact for once his nerve forsook him. The meteor, Mr. Bashore thinks struck the earth in the vicinity of the Fashion Stables Corral or the commons just north of the same. Williams Farmer 11/26/1937 WORK TO START SOON ON CITY HALL: P.W.A. APPROVES CONTRACT Word was received yesterday by Mayor Bert Mc Martin that the P.W.A. had passed favorably upon the awarding of the contract for the Williams City Hall. It is thought that some of the city officials will motor to Sacramento the first of the week to complete final arrangements for the starting of the work. If everything goes as now planned, work on the project should be commenced by the sixth of December. Contractor Adam Arras of San Francisco was in Williams this week checking on the supply of materials and will be ready to start work immediately when the final arrangements are completed. 150 HEAR GOVERNOR AT WILLIAMS BANQUET MEETING The banquet meeting at Masonic Hall in Williams Monday night was filled to capacity when Governor Frank F. Merriam spoke and was rewarded by the experience. Governor Merriam gave a most


pleasant and informative address. He stated that his audience could take his remarks as the report of the president of the board of directors to the stockholders. He explained that the budget had been balanced during the last two years and that the deficit of $32,000,000 was reduced $19,000.000 in the same period, and predicted that the budget would not only be balanced during the next two years but the deficit would be reduced and a surplus would be on hand, according to present indications. He called the attention of his audience to the movement which stated to place on the ballot the repeal of the sales tax, which he said, could be called a “school tax” as this fund is used for the schools entirely. He declared himself in favor of the sales tax and warned the voters that if this money was raised in any other manner it would prove a burden on the property owners of the state. The Unicameral legislation was rapped as a most unsound venture and one which would deprive the rural sections of any voice in the state affairs. The Governor declared that he was in favor of the two house legislature which the founders of our republic established when this nation was founded. Ellis Rogers rendered two trumpet solos, accompanied by Mrs. V. S. Forsythe as part of the evening’s program while W. C. Ast of Williams was in charge of arrangements for the meeting.


contractors to start the actual work of constructing City Hall. County Surveyor John Boles was here Wednesday morning and aided the contractors in establishing the corners of the property so that ground could be prepared for the foundation. Lumbers and materials for the structure have started to arrive and with the weather permitting the work will go forward rapidly from this time on.

to just north of Maxwell were held Thursday morning at the Husted Road overpass, Akiji Yoshimura, emcee, took note of the exceptionally cold weather by welcoming all to “Alaska” in his opening remarks. He introduced various dignitaries including representatives from State Senator Marler’s office and assemblyman Ray Johnsons and read a telegram from Governor Ronald Reagan. Among those introduced were Mr. and Mrs. Moon Wing Lee, Miss Williams Farmer Colusa County Dianne 12/2/1938- NEW Knight, Colusa county WPA GRANT Board Chairman of ALLOWED FOR Supervisors Frank SCHOOL PROJECTS Miller, Glenn County A new allotment of chairman of the Board $4,173.00 has been of Supervisors Pete PAT ASH allowed the schools Contributor Holvick, Mayors, Gene of Colusa County for Sacramento Valley Museum Mathews of Williams, county-wide project for and Joe Livermore of WPA help to be used in Colusa and various school cafeterias. The new project Division of Highways personnel started Tuesday, November 29, and including Bill Warren. Moon Wing the old project terminated on Monday Lee spoke most eloquently of the November 28. All this money is spent work done by Granite Construction on labor and work is given only to Company in the rapid construction, women who have been certified by of the people who promoted the the state SRA. At the present time advancing of the construction date, the Williams Union Grammar School of the California Highway Patrols is receiving the service of two women action in patrolling the narrow two under the project. The county-wide lane stretch of temporary Interstate project entitles all schools, grammar 5. He also pointed out that it will and high to receive this help from out be all freeway from Sacramento to federal government, providing they the Oregon border in less than 18 serve lunches to underprivileged months. children without any cost to the pupil. Williams Farmer

Williams Volunteer Fire Department at the town tree- a tradition in Williams since the 1930’s .Taken at the intersection of 7th and E looking east on E. circa 1950. (Photo property of Patricia Ash) Williams Farmers 12/10/ 1937- WORK ON CITY HALL STARTS N. P. Rummonds, engineer with the PWA arrived in Williams Wednesday night and started to assist in getting the crew assembled for the

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Williams Farmer 12/8/1971- RIBBON CUTTING OPENS FREEWAY; ‘BLOOD ALLEY’ GIVEN DEATH KNELL Ribbon cutting ceremonies opening the 14 miles stretch of interstate 5 freeway from south of Williams

12/8/1971- FIREMAN’S DANCE IS DEC. 18 Williams Fireman were out on Saturday and Sunday selling ticket to the annual Fireman’s Christmas Dance. The dance, a tradition of 49 years, will be held on Saturday December 18, at the old Williams High School gym. This is the fireman’s on public money raising event of the year and the highlight of the year and the highlight of the Christmas season. This year Bill Holland’s band will be back to provide the music after an absence of several years. The firemen play an important part in the Christmas traditions in Williams. Last month the fireman went up into the mountains to the west to select and bring down the beautiful spruce that has (or will soon) been erected on the city hall lawn with the aid of the PG&E crew and on December 24, at 3 PM it will be the Williams Fireman that Bring Santa Claus into town on a fire truck to distribute candy to the communities youngsters, another Christmas tradition of long standing.


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Retire? Not Yet! Special to the WPR

by Elizabeth Kalfsbeek


ven though he has been working since the age of 14, including a 31-year stint in the United States Army, Williams High School teacher George W. Simmons isn’t thinking about fully retiring just yet. He will be 70 in May. “Many people retire from the Army and go fishing,” Simmons says. “I didn’t want to drink beer and fish. It’s just not what I want for a pastime. It’s not contributing to society. I got a lot from society and I wanted to give something back.” Simmons decided he would pursue teaching as a second career six years before retiring from the Army. He discovered many officers with college degrees who couldn’t even write a paragraph, he says, and he wanted to find out why. Simmons loved his time in the service and found it very rewarding. Throughout his military career, he found to lead he had to teach.

Williams High School Teacher, Mr. George W. Simmons. (Courtesy Photo)

Becoming a teacher seemed a logical next step. “I get a lot of satisfaction from my students,” Simmons says. “I really do. They keep me young. When the light goes on in their head it’s astronomical.” He received a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree

in education and history from Chico State. He has been teaching juniors and seniors economics, U.S. history and U.S. government in Williams for the last 15 years. “I served my country,” says Simmons. “Now I serve my community.” Born in Los Angeles and raised in

Quincy, Simmons chose Williams because he wanted to live in a small, quiet community.He finds Williams fits his needs and lives there with his wife, Renate. His son, Michael, lives in Germany and his daughter, Andrea, lives in Kansas. Simmons also has two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. “When you reach my age you can do damn well what you want,” Simmons says. “At the same time, when you get to my age, what do I have to offer? I have my ability to teach and give back to the youth what I got out of life.” Rather than fully retire, Simmons will most likely scale back to teaching a half day, depending on the needs of the district and the principal. “In the classroom you can accomplish something,” he says. “That’s what I enjoy doing. If you can’t get out of bed every morning and not look forward to the day, what’s the point of getting out of bed?”

costa’s cookies Special to the WPR

by Elizabeth Kalfsbeek


is the season of giving, and for the Costa family – Laurie, George, Allison, 14, and Carli, 12 – they mean business. “My husband and I wanted to teach our girls the importance of giving, especially during the holiday season, so each year through our Maxwell 4-H Club we donate Toys for Tots, canned food to the Food Basket and coats to Impact Thrift Shop,” says matriarch Laurie Costa of Maxwell. That’s all well and good, but it’s “Mrs. Costa’s Sugar Cookie Kits” that have made the family seasonal celebrities --- and friends, family and neighbors hungry for the holiday season. The tradition began many moons ago when Costa’s mother would bake cookies and have her children decorate the Christmas cutouts with frosting and colorful sprinkles. The family would give away the cookies on plates to family and friends at Christmastime. “We would spend an entire afternoon frosting and sprinkling to our hearts content,” Costa remembers. “She was so proud of us and how creative we were. Then she would rave about how wonderful the cookies looked when we were done. It was a tradition that I looked forward to and loved.” Costa refined her technique with the help of her grandmother. The pair found several recipes in magazines and tested them out together. “We were looking for that ‘perfect’ sugar cookie recipe,” Costa says. “We made a few alterations to the recipe so it would be soft and sweet and taste great with or without frosting. I have been making that same recipe since I was 12.” Costa continued baking sugar cookies at Christmas and giving them away to friends, but

it wasn’t until 1994 that “Mrs. Costa’s Sugar Cookie Kits” were born, just before the birth of her first daughter, Allison. Costa experienced terrible morning sickness that lasted the majority of the day during her pregnancy, leaving her with little free time. But her heart still wanted to make the cookies and give them away. “I found the perfect solution,” says Costa. “I baked and bagged the cookies and placed them on a tray with canned frosting, sprinkles and candy canes with a tag attached that said, ‘frost, sprinkle, eat and enjoy!’ My friends loved the idea because they didn’t have to bake the cookies but could still frost them and enjoy them with their children.” Costa’s sugar cookie recipe even made it into a cookbook several years ago, and her hobby has spawned a collection of hundreds of cookie cutters used for special occasions.

“Traditions and family are very important to me,” Costa says. “The traditions, especially at the holidays, remind me of my childhood and the happy memories that I had growing up. I hope my girls will carry on the Costa cookie tradition.”

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Fur, Fin, Feather Taxidermy

Owner of Fur, Fin, Feather Taxidermy in Colusa, works on one of his mounts. (Staff Photo)


or generations, sportsmen have made the voyage to Colusa County’s fertile hunting grounds. For some it’s a rite of passage or tradition, father and son spending quality time together outdoors. But now, more and more women are also hunting, turning it into a family sport. The new generation of hunters have had to closely guard their right to the sport which most depend on to fill their freezers. Thanks to the world-class hunting land, Colusa County businesses thrive during the hunting seasons when on a good year, hundreds of duck hunters “flock” to the county, taking advantage of all that the county has to offer.

From duck clubs, motels, restaurants, sporting good stores, markets and more, everyone benefits in one way or another. A prime example is Fur, Fin, Feather Taxidermy in Colusa owned by Brent Nobles. Even a 100 day hunting season allows him to be in business throughout the year. Although business is steady throughout the year, it’s during waterfowl season that business really booms. “If it wasn’t for hunting and fishing, Kittle’s and I wouldn’t have business,” Nobles said “It brings a lot of people to town.” “Hunting is a part of history, It’s how our ancestors survived,” said Kelli

Randolph, one of the members of ability, but he is able to make a living the Fur, Fin, Feather team. Randolph at it. From a very young age Nobles got keeps busy this time of year by helping involved with hunting and taxidermy clean ducks that the hunters bring in courtesy of the local 4-H clubs. As “I hand over to them their clean and so often happens in life, things have sealed ducks ready for cooking,” she come full circle and now he is a 4-H laughed. FFFT is USDA certified and leader for taxidermy. offers duck plucking services where Nobles is a member of Safari Club Randolph and others pluck, clean International and handles everything and vacuum seal ducks, pheasants from fish to exotic game from around and turkeys. the world “We do it all, nothing too Randolph went on to explain that big or too small,” he laughed. Some though many may not realize it, money of the animals he is currently working from the hunting and fishing licenses on include deer, bear, ducks, turkeys go towards specific wildlife programs and fish. Last year alone he mounted in the state and help protect habitat 500 mammals and birds. Recently he for future generations of hunters “It was able to go on a two week, African also teaches children where food safari, truly the trip of a lifetime. comes from and it’s a great family Fur, Fin, Feather Taxidermy is activity. Here at the taxidermy shop open seven days a week during duck we get to see season and by so many happy appointment men, women off season. and children Nobles is also taking part your one stop in a healthy shop for setting hobby.” up guided hunts Not many here or abroad people can through his say they are vast network of working their outfitters.Brent dream job, but Nobles may that is truly the Kelli Randolph helps out with the duck be reached at case for Nobles, plucking side of the business, especially 530-632-2417 the owner of during this busy time of year. (Staff Photo) or via email at: the taxidermy shop. Not only does he get to cultivate his artistic

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CALTRANS SAFE WINTER DRIVING TIPS Winter driving on roads and highways in the snowcapped mountains of California can be a pleasant adventure or it can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. The California Department of Transportation provides the following information to help make your mountain driving safe and pleasant. Before Heading for Snow Country: • Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition. • Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. You may want to add special solvent to your windshield washer reservoir to prevent ice from forming. • Check your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition. Always carry chains. Make sure they are the proper size for your tires and are in working order. You might want to take along a flashlight and chain repair links. Chains must be installed on the

drive wheels. Make sure you know if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive. • Other suggested items to carry in your car are an ice scraper or commercial de-icer, a broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free you car if it is "snowed in", sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become mired in snow and an old towel to clean your hands. • It is also a good idea to take along water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing. A lengthy delay will make you glad you have them. •Weather conditions may warrant detouring traffic from the main roadway. It is strongly suggested that drivers always keep an updated map containing the areas of travel. •If you have a cellular telephone, pre-load the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN) phone numbers for convenient, updated road conditions. •Put an extra car key in you pocket. A number of motorists have locked themselves out of their cars when putting on chains and at ski areas. Driving Tips: •Allow enough time. Trips to the mountains can take longer during winter that other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. •Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay. •Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use a snow brush or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog. •Slow down. A highway speed of 65 miles per hour may be safe in dry weather, but an invitation for trouble on snow and ice. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. •Be more observant. Visibility is

often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment. •When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems. Chain Requirements: •R1: Chains, traction devices or snow tires are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles. •R2: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.) •R3: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions. Chain Controls: •You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don't. You will usually have about a mile between "Chains Required" signs and the checkpoint to install your chains. •Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions. •The speed limit when chains are

required is 25 or 30 miles an hour. •When you put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic. •Chain Installers: If you use the services of a chain installer, be sure to get a receipt and jot the installer's badge number on it. Remember, chain installers are independent business people, not Caltrans employees. Having the badge number may help with any misunderstandings later. Chain installers are NOT allowed to sell or rent chains. •When removing chains, drive beyond the signs reading "End of Chain Control" to a pull-off area where you can safely remove them. Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN): Caltrans officials urge you to check road conditions often. To help keep abreast of changing conditions, Caltrans operates the Caltrans Highway Information Network which motorists may telephone - 800.427.7623 - for up-to-the-minute information in California and Western Nevada (Lake Tahoe/Reno Area). The network is updated as conditions change, and is voice-activated for safety and convenience. Before driving, check with the CHIN


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Colusa county breast cancer fund The Colusa County breast cancer fund will be holding meetings the second Tuesday of every month at mcNarymoore from 4Pm - 5pm. for more information please contact Sherry burns at (530) 4582111. *************************** Catholic Church of the Annunciation 627 8th Street Williams “Meet & Greet Coffee Club” Every Third Sunday of the Month after 9:30 a.m. Mass Join us for refreshments and conversation *************************** WILLIAMS COMMUNITY CENTER ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES Veteran’s Hall - 9th & ‘C’ Street, Williams, Ca. Monday Night BINGO: Everyone Welcome! . Early Bird Games Begin at 6:30 P.M. Regular Games Begin at 7:00 P.M. Refreshments Available at Reasonable Prices, Home Made Desserts. Just a reminder that in the month of December, there will be NO Bingo! We will see you all in the New Year. Happy Holidays. Game Day: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. There will be no Movie Day the Months of November and December. *************************** CELEBRATE RECOVERY meets every Friday night at 6:30 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church (north annex building) at 4th & Jay Streets in Colusa. CELEBRATE RECOVERY is a free program that addresses issues of alcoholism, codependency, drug addiction, and other hurts, habits and hang ups. CELEBRATE RECOVERY is open to anyone who is experiencing pain, brokenness, or just wants support and encouragement. We are an anonymous program. For further information, please call 458-2802. *************************** second annual festival of Lights celebration The event will be held December 12th in Williams. *************************** make a difference in your community the citizens for a better Williams hold meetings

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the 4th Thursday of every month beginning at 6:00pm. meetings are held at the Sacramento Valley Museum. everyone is welcome!! *************************** Pacific Flyway Quilters The county’s quilt guild. monthly meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Meeting starts at 7:00pm located at the Colusa Masonic Hall 311- 5th street. *************************** Home & Business Decorating Contest Show your holiday spirit by participating in a home and business decorating contest. December 5th, between 6pm and 8pm. There is no fee for entering. Pick up your entry form at the Williams City Hall or Shear Class. *************************** 14th Annual Chocolate Festival and Silent Auction Sunday, December 6, 2009. Noon to 3PM. St. Stephens Episcopal Church. 5th & Webster St, Colusa. $7.50 donation for 5 Great Tastes. 100% Proceeds go to Local Outreach Programs. Call for tickets: 624-4022, 4585655, or 458-2632. *************************** Christmas Community Concert The Community Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert at the Arbuckle United Methodist Church located at Ninth and Pendleton Streets in Arbuckle on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Many towns in Colusa County are represented by the members of the choir. The members have been meeting once a week for several weeks to preparefor their Christmas presentation. Jody Bowker is the director and she has selected special music for the event. Refreshments will be served following the performance. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. It will be an evening of delightful song and Christian fellowship *************************** New Story-time Begins at Williams Library Story-time is coming to the Williams Library. Children accompanied by their parents will

hear favorite childhood stories, see plays and participate in craft activities. Offered every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 beginning December 2, 2009. The Library is located at 901 ‘E’ Street. Call 473-5955 for additional information. *************************** Olde Tyme Christmas (Colusa)December 4, 6-8 p.m. Market Street *************************** Call Santa! (sponsored by the Colusa Lions Club) December 10-11, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. call 458XMAS (9627) *************************** Stardust Dance Christmas recital at Pierce High School (Arbuckle) December 11, doors open at 6:15 p.m. performance at 7 p.m. *************************** Santa to make the rounds in town with Colusa City Fire (Colusa) December 14-18, evenings (times and locations pending) *************************** Annual Firemen’s Ball (Williams) December 19, for tickets call 473-2269 *************************** Santa visits Williams Fire Hall (Williams) December 24, 3 p.m. *************************** Santa to visit Arbuckle (Arbuckle) December 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. Santa will be making the rounds in the town of arbuckle *************************** Arbuckle Methodist Church will have a Christmas performance by the community choir Dec. 13th at 7pm. It will be at the church. *************************** St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Colusa Dec. 20th at 6pm there will be a Christmas (organ concert) event benefiting the Colusa Christian Assistance Fund. *************************** Trinity United Methodist Church in Colusa will be hosting a Children’s Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 20, 2009 which will be during the regular church service at 10:00 am. There will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The ancient story of Christ’s

birth is retold through traditional carols and Scripture. This will be held December 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm. *************************** Our Lady of Lourdes mass schedule. Dec. 24th at 5:30pm will be a vigil mass (English). Dec. 24th at midnight will be the midnight mass (English). Dec. 25th 8am mass (Spanish)

*************************** Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maxwell. Dec. 24th midnight mass *************************** First Presbyterian Church (Colusa) will be hosting Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, December 24th, 7:30 p.m. and at 11:00 p.m. *************************** Church of the

Annunciation in Williams (Catholic) Dec. 25th 9am mass *************************** St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Princeton. Dec. 25th 8am mass (English)

CLASSIFIEDS REAL ESTATE Exclusive 27.33-acre home site west of Corning with more than 1,275 feet of Thomes Creek frontage. Ample acreage for a home, barn, stable and more. Access to three county roads. Magnificent views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen and Pacific Cascade Coastal Range. Priced to sell at $120,000. Contact owner at (530) 8482315

FOR RENT very large room for rent private bath, private entrance, use of kitchen, tv, computer, washer/ dryer, deck, all utilities, a/c, inc. male or female. pet ok. call 476-3767.

FOR SALE Firewood for sale: mixed hardwoods, very dry $100 1/2

cord, $180 full cord call 476-2948 for more information. Alfalfa hay. by the bale or by the ton. loading & hauling available. located in Williams. please contact dennis at 701-4158 Walnut dry, cut firewood for sale. $25./pickup load. All proceeds benefit the Colusa Co. Yuletide Dinner. Call Juliann at 4587446

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Winter is Arriving! again. Remember, we are in Zone 9, not 10, in the Western garden book. Winter is arriving later each year, Why gamble establishing a tropical so it seems. Our rainy season seems landscape only to have a freaky cold to hit in February or March, even spell wipe it out? April. The temperatures have been so mild that Banana trees are So, invest wisely in hardy plants actually bearing fruit in Williams. that thrive and not just survive. It’s Bouganvillea and other tropical important to ask questions and read plants are becoming common sights labels. Find out if your potential in Colusa County. Back in the 1970’s, purchase is an annual (lasts 1 season) these plants from southern climates or a perennial (everlasting). For were sold only as annuals. Queen years petunias and marigolds took palms were not sold here because top sellers for spring color. However, it got too cold for them to survive. those are annuals, and many people I have been marketing plants for are now planting perennials. Why many years and recognize the trends. replant year after year? Knowledge Global warming is no joke; it’s a is the key to success in gardening fact, just look around. Although, and landscaping. It also will save it makes me remember when we you time and money. reached a low of 18°F in Arbuckle, with a high of 32°F. That in itself For those of you with tender plants, makes me too leery to recommend get ready for winter. I’ve found that tender tropicals. It was so cold that Christmas lights emit just enough the oleanders, bottle brush and even heat to keep frost from settling on eucalyptus froze to the ground. It tender plants or trees. Watch the happened before and could happen weather for frost warnings and be By Curtis Pyle


3. Using a dormant spray will eliminate most of next season’s insects before they occur. This also usually cleans up over-wintering diseases such as rust and blight. 4. Check your yard for loose items that may blow in the wind. 5. Cover up your valuable items to protect from rain and rust. 6. Look up over your car to make sure that you are not parking under a dangerous tree.

Some people recommend turning on the sprinklers for an insulation of ice. However the weight of the ice will usually break a tree or plant right to the ground. I’ve found that a fan can keep cold from settling and frosting your plants. Otherwise, let nature take its course and let freeze what may freeze. Just wait until spring to prune off frozen branches as they add protection to the heart of the plant that may die completely So cozy up to the fire with a book if frozen. and enjoy one of the mildest winters in the United States (or at least Composting is a natural way to under normal circumstances!) keep soil warmer. It is also the best way to keep out weeds and amend Gardening Tip of the Week: your soil. To raise Peonies here, put a bag (with holes in it) of ice over them Winter Checklist: a couple of times this winter. They 1. Check dangerous, broken and need the cold! unpruned trees or shrubs. 2. Check stakes; make sure plants are not being strangled to death by old plant ties.


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Williams pioneer review

Capay Valley Wines Are Special

Special to the WPR

by Elizabeth Kalfsbeek


hen race-car builder Tom Frederick and flight attendant Pam Welch decided to switch careers, they didn’t know they would be the first wine-grape growers in Capay Valley this century. After taking viticulture courses at UC Davis Extension, the couple founded Capay Valley Vineyards in 1998 by planting 15 acres. All fruit is estategrown, and the vineyards are planted to Viognier, Syrah, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. “We had the property, and no one else was growing wine grapes here at the time,” says Welch, a 30-year Capay Valley resident. “It turned out this is a good area for the grapes. They are happy.”

“Spain’s favorite grape in California style” depicts the Tempranillo, and the Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright cherry and spice flavor. “(Consumers) can expect the California fruit to shine through and also the terroir where it’s grown,” Frederick says. The latest product is a sparkling wine made by the Charmat method with Capay Valley Vineyard’s renowned Viognier grapes. The grapes are picked much earlier than they would be for still wine, so the acid is high and the alcohol a little lower. “We’re really pleased with it,” Welch says. You won’t find many sparkling Viogniers out there, and we thought it would be a good new product.” Welch believes it’s good to know where your food comes from – and your wine, too. So many wines come Now Capay Valley is one of the from a “virtual winery,” she says. newest American Viticulture Areas The owner might buy wine from one in California, designated as such in place or another, have it bottled and February, 2003. During research for place their label. “In a way, there’s no the application, it was discovered there connection in the whole operation,” was a thriving Capay Valley Winery Welch says about virtual wines. “(The in 1861 that received the distinction owners) may never touch any of it. But of “the finest vineyard in the state.” my biggest satisfaction is to know that Capay Valley Vineyards shares the I’ve touched all the plants, followed appellation with other wine growers, the wine-making process through and such as Rominger-West, Simas Family delivered the bottle of wine to the Winery, Full Belly Farm and more. customer.” “We make customer-friendly wines Frederick knows “locally grown” is that are smooth and easy to drink,” a very important concept, not only in Frederick says. “You don’t have to be a the wine business, but for food also. wine aficionado to enjoy them.” California is blessed Capay Valley Vineyard’s Viognier is a to have an abundance dry, white wine with hints of the tropics of locally grown – fresh pineapple and peach – that is food, he says, but he great with Asian cuisine. The Syrah realizes it takes more is well-balanced with plum and black effort to shop locally cherry tastes and goes well with beef, rather than just hearty pasta and grilled vegetables. buying the national

Williams residents and members of the Citizens for a Better Williams headed up to the mountain Sunday, November 29 to pick out this year's Christmas tree for the City of Williams. (Photo Courtesy of Richard Lau)

brand. “The customer has to view it as an adventure to shop locally,” he says. Supporting the local, small producers is paramount to the viability of the local economy.” All vineyard tasks, pruning, shoot thinning and harvesting, are done by hand and tailored to each variety. Harvesting is done at night to ensure that the fruit is cool to start the winemaking process. Terri Strain, wellrespected winemaker from Sonoma County, oversees all winemaking operations, bringing with her 20 years of experience. She combines the “best of science and art” to bring out the fruit characteristics of each varietal. Oak is used lightly to add mouth feel and structure but not overpower the fruit. “Probably every wine expresses a sense of place,” says Welch. “Our wines express Capay Valley.” When You Go: Capay Valley Vineyards is at 13757 Highway 16 in Brooks. The tasting room is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays by appointment. Wines can be found at Nugget Market, Davis Co-op,

Sacramento Co-op, Corti Bros. in Sacramento and on the Web site. For more information, visit www., or call 796-4110.

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