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he Pineridge Bluegrass band from Northern California kicked off the Music at the Museum series August 12th in Williams. The first of its kind for the City of Williams, the event exceeded the expectations of event coordinator Pat Ash. “It was fabulous! I have heard nothing but positive comments from the vendors, the band, and the community,” said Ash as an official count of over 150 people was made. “I always wished that someone would start this type of program, and one day I realized that I was that someone, and why not try to get the ball rolling myself. I wanted to see if it would be well received and supported by the community, and I wasn’t disappointed.” Ash anticipates the event will be hosted next year all summer long, with the support from the City of Williams Recreations Department. “We are in the process of hiring a recreation director and hopefully they will take the ball and run with it.” In addition to the toe tapping experience, spectators feasted on tri-tip sandwiches prepared by the Williams Volunteer Fire Department, enjoyed a summer treat of strawberry short-cake presented by Citizens for A Better

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Music at the Museum The Hot Rod’s - 50’s & 60’s Band

September 11

Colusa Firefighters Association Demolition Derby

September 15

California Women for Agriculture Monthly Meeting

September 18

Williams Little League Fund-raising Event

September 27

Last Colusa Farmers Market of the 2010 Season

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Spectators watch as the Pineridge Bluegrass Band entertains the citizens of Williams on August 12, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Dick Lau)

Williams, and drinks were served by the Lady Jackets Basketball Team and the Williams High School Spirit Squad. The community wants to extend a huge thank you to Brady Myers Insurance Agency of Colusa and Sarvin Singh of Williams, the music sponsors for the August 12th event, “The evening’s entertainment would not have been possible without the generous donations from Myers and Singh.” said Ash. “I hope everyone will let them know how much it was appreciated.”

A second Music in the Park event will be held on August 26th, at 6:30 pm where spectators will be rocking to 50’s and 60’s hits performed by “The Hot Rods” from Santa Cruz California, with a special guest performing on the keyboard. Vendors will include the Williams Little League, Citizens for a Better Williams, and the Williams Community Center. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.


Yolo County Fair Amateur Wine Competition By ELIZABETH KALFSBEEK Winners of the 10th annual Yolo County Fair Amateur Wine Competition will be showcased in the Ag Business Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds through Sunday, Aug. 22. Entries from Colusa, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties will be on display. “It provides a venue for people who want to do something with their homemade wine, and the competition has definitely succeeded in that,” said contest founder Dirk Brazil, who began making his own small batches of wine, mostly Zinfandel, about 20 years ago. “For some winemakers, it gives them a chance to have their wines judged and to receive feedback from professionals, and for others it appeals to the competition aspect.” The home winemaker, who is also Yolo County’s Deputy Administrator, has always been a fan of small county fairs. After admiring amateur competitions at

other county fairs, Brazil decided to approach the fair board a decade ago about founding a similar contest in Yolo County for area home winemakers. According to the fair guidelines, an “amateur” is considered a person who does not work in, or own, a commercial winery. Classes include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel, other white wines and other red wines. Judging takes place using the UC Davis 20-point scale, an industry standard, with categories for aroma, clarity and others depending on the varietal. The judging panel consisted of Wine Stewards from Nugget Market. Awards include first, second and third places, plus honorable mention. There will be one “Best of Show” winner. Last year, Anthony Garrett of Vacaville was distinguished with the honor for his Pinot Noir.

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Wine Competition

Fellow Citizen


While the quality of wines spans the spectrum, overall, Brazil said, the participants have sophistication about wine that may be driven by the presence of the university the agricultural influence cast over the whole area and the grape growing science taught at UCD. “We have a really informed core of people,” Brazil said. “There are a lot of participants with an extensive knowledge of winemaking and grape growing.” In fact, many of this year’s exhibitors won gold at the 2010 California State Fair. “(Making wine) is just a fun thing to do with your hands,” Brazil said. “It’s fun to get your own grapes, make your own wine and share it with friends and family. This competition has been going strong for 10 years and hopefully we’ll have another good decade.” For more information, contact Brazil by e-mail at or call 219-5930.

2010 sidewalk improvements project to begin The 2010 Sidewalk Improvements project combines three federally-funded projects for constructing new sidewalks and accessible ramps to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility along the following routes: Fremont Street, between 10th Street and 3rd Street, 5th Street, between Fremont and Oak, 7th Street, between Fremont and Webster, and 3rd Street between Louis and Lafayette. The project is funded using $370,000 in Federal Stimulus funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – ARRA), and $271,000 in “Safe Routes to Schools” Program funds. The City of Colusa has contracted with Lister Construction. The work begins in mid-August and will be ongoing for approximately two months. Lister Construction and the City will make every effort to minimize impacts and inconveniences to the Public caused by the construction. Safety will be paramount, with special regard for school traffic.

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nsurance agent by day and super mom by night, Lorena Padilla, 29 of Maxwell is a hero to many of her clients, more so to her family: sons Guillermo 8, and Leonardo 3 and husband Guillermo Sr. Owner of Lorena Padilla Insurance Agency, Padilla loves coming to work and facing the challenges she meets each day. “I enjoy my customers and finding a way to meet their needs” said Padilla “One thing I wish I could give up is not being able to print and fax, and the computer problems can go too.” A life long resident of Colusa

County, Lorena spent most part of her childhood in Maxwell before her family relocated to Williams when she was in Junior High. “I started working when I was 14 out in the fields,” explained Padilla, “I hope that I can pass on to my children that working hard gets you places.” Although, one of Padilla’s desires is to be able to spend time with her family, not have to worry about the bank account and taking a long vacation to Hawaii. “I think Williams is a nice town, with good people,” said Padilla, “I do wish that there were more things for the younger kids to do, more entertainment to keep

them out of trouble.” When Padilla isn’t being super agent and super mom, she enjoys gardening, riding bikes and watching soap operas. When things are tough Padilla takes refuge to her favorite quote “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

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annie b’s community drive opens for donations Annie B’s Community Drive has started, with 160 charitable causes in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa counties participating in this program to stimulate donations. North Valley Community Foundation is challenging our region with $500,000 in percentage grants (over five years) for local nonprofits. The Annie B’s Community Drive is designed to encourage giving to local nonprofits during a two-month donation period, August 1 - September 30. During the first three campaigns, over $3,000,000 in contributions for local nonprofits was matched by $300,000 from North Valley Community Foundation, allowing donors’ contributions to make an even greater difference in the region. Donors to nonprofit organizations participating in the Annie B’s Community Drive must make their contributions by September 30 at 5:00pm. Gifts are made to NVCF by a donor on behalf of the qualified local charity. Nonprofits receive 100% of these donor contributions plus

monies will be added from the grant funds available. The total amount of donations determines the match percentage. A special event will be held September 16 in conjunction with the Thursday Might Market at the Chico City Plaza highlighting participating nonprofits. A complete list of participating nonprofits is available on the NVCF website,, where donations can be made online. In addition to increasing support for local nonprofit organizations, the goal of Annie B’s Community Drive is to help organizations fulfill their missions in sustainable ways and to increase support from donations. Many participating organizations will use this opportunity to create and/or increase their endowment funds at NVCF. NVCF is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization that builds financial resources to meet community needs through grants and programs primarily for residents in the Butte , Colusa, Glenn and Tehama counties. With

net assets of over $5 million, NVCF provides financial and administrative services to donors, professional advisors and nonprofit organizations with the goal of enriching the quality of life for community members. Since 1986, over 200 individuals, families, businesses, and community groups have established funds at the Foundation. North Valley Community Foundation is one of approximately 700 community foundations throughout the United States that provides similar services. Each is dedicated to increasing philanthropy and improving and enriching the lives of community members in a specific geographic area. The NVCF office is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5pm and by appointments. NVCF is located at 3120 Cohasset Rd., Suite 8 in Chico , California. Call (530) 891-1150 with any questions or visit the NVCF website,, to learn more about programs and services.


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arbuckle market season ends soon!

city of colusa commission & committees vacancies NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that vacancies exist on the Commissions and Committees of Colusa as shown below. The Colusa City Council will fill these vacancies by appointment on April 3, 2001 and encourages all interested citizens to apply. Tree Commission – two (2) seats (Restricted to City Residents) Heritage Preservation Committee – one (3) seats (Restricted to Residents of Colusa’s Ultimate Sphere of Influence) Community Development Block Grant Loan Committee – one (1) seat (Restricted to City Residents) Additional information and application forms may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office located at 425 Webster Street, Colusa, 458-4740. Applications must be received by the City Clerk no later than 5:30 PM on September 13, 2010 to be considered.

Henderson Peach’s at the Arbuckle Farmers Market. (Staff Photo)

As summer comes to an end, the last Arbuckle Farmers Market of the season wraps up the last week in August. Things have begun to wind down as school starts and the crowds are filled with hard-core regulars rather than the summertime occasional shoppers. In the few short years since the market began in 2008, it has become a huge part of the Arbuckle community. Market patrons usually find fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, homemade jams and jellies, crafts, jewelry and more. “I love the peaches” said Nancy Newlin from

Colusa. Henderson’s peaches has been selling at the market for the last couple of years, and recently introduced fresh peach smoothies made through the use of a selfpowered bicycled-blender. It is the unpredictability which usually brings shoppers coming back each week; you will never know what you might find at the Arbuckle Farmers Market. For more information about the Arbuckle Farmers Market, or to become a vendor, please visit their website at www.



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moore family update

Moving can be trying on the best of terms, but, are really looking forward to meeting more kids and when you are trying to move over 650 miles with four- seeing who their teachers will be. They start soccer days’ notice, it gets crazy. There are so many things, little practice next week, so that is new for them, and the details that have to be covered, it’s enough to make parks department is trying to rope me into coaching, your head spin, but we managed the move. Thankfully so stay tuned on that subject. We are looking to get my mother met us part way to take the kids while we Meredith involved in 4-H. She wants to do sewing and finished packing for the move from Colusa to Milton- knitting until we get property to raise some animals. Freewater, Oregon. By then the kids will be old enough for hogs Our new town is just a little larger than and steers. Colusa and is also a farming community. Aaron is enjoying his new store and was The crops here are mainly wheat, peas, even interviewed last week as the new guy beans, apples and there are dozens upon in town by the local newspaper. Those darn dozens of vineyards. It’s hard going back newspaper reporters anyhow. Apparently to calling harvesters “combines” and all the they also have an all-positive newspaper. other little nuances that are characteristic See, people do like reading good news! of different regions. Soda is “pop,” but now I’d like to encourage readers to continue it’s hard for me to call it pop after saying to send in their creative writing pieces, press soda for so long. I think I’ll stick with releases, events, recipes and announcements, soda. the things that keep the WPR interesting! ANDREA MOORE While it’s nice being back up north, Publisher closer to our families, there are so many Andrea Moore may be reached via email at things about Colusa County I already miss, namely all the friends we made. We were made so welcome in Colusa, and it’s an experience that can’t be For submissions or questions please email to: replaced. or publisher@ So far we have the kids signed up for school, and they

CHERNOBYL TO COLUSA By Denise Denton-Rinzler Every year I remember how we arrived in Colusa - via the Russian Chernobyl Nuclear disaster. Today I hear folks in government, the street, even my own family talk about nuclear power being an acceptable energy source. Recent fires are again threatening Chernobyl radioactive releases from soil and structures . May I bring you a little story of the not-so-distant past.


– We were living in Trieste, Italy, shining bright on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It surges up into craggy little hills bordering Yugoslavia. Our rustic home was five miles from the Yugoslavian Lippizan foaling/ training farm. Austria was a regular lunch jaunt. Munich a six hour day trip for dinner and shopping. It was a good life, a beautiful life. Until Chernobyl. We returned from a three day holiday on the isle of Krk (no vowels!), arriving late that April evening. I awoke next morning to the sun shining, alpine birds singing, daffodils blooming . Our neighbor’s children were playing outside while their mothers gossiped over cups of espresso held like sacraments. I turned on TV. A nuclear reactor in Pripyat, Russia was burning out of control. The newscasters appeared shaken and confused. They called the radioactive cloud spreading over northern Italy “la nube”. It was

suddenly a nightmare world. The thing. The Death. There were riots by the farmers as government agents confiscated and burnt pyres of radioactively contaminated crops and livestock . The Italian newspaper Corrier della Sera called it “The Salad Wars” as the Italians struggled to obtain their daily food. One morning an old woman tried to sell me, like a drug dealer, some tomatoes secreted in her handbag. The government announced children should not be allowed outdoors and that everyone should remove their outer clothing before entering their homes. The Soccer Cup games were halted. Long lists of radioactive isotopes contaminating the air, food and water were posted daily. It was Spring, sun shining, flowers blooming, nothing looked amiss. But radioactive materials (it was reported years later) 200 times greater than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were invisibly infiltrating our air, water and soil. The Soviet Union reported 400,000 evacuated from their homes, an additional 9 million people affected, billions of dollars lost. 2.5 million people were effected in Bealrus. The Ukraine, “ bread basket of Russia” is still contaminated. Germany and Austria posted millions in losses from agricultural damage. Even as far away as the United Kingdom, restrictions on the slaughter of

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sheep were in effect through 1996, ten years after the accident. We returned to California during our August 1986 vacation. Nice 530.473.2525 thing about Italy, almost everybody gets at least one month’s vacation Article Submissions each year. Ours was spent looking for a new place to live. Publisher It’s lovely in Colusa today. The flowers are blooming profusely. The Editor sun is shining. Let’s not allow mellowed memories to cloud our Classified & Advertising reason. There still are no working solutions for the radioactive waste generated by current plant designs. ADVERTISING & SUBMISSION DEADLINE Chernobyl was determined to be “ ISSUE DATE................................................................................DEADLINE a human error”. As far as I know, AUGUST 20, 2010 AUGUST 13, 2010 humans will always error. Until SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 AUGUST 27, 2010 SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 we develop better designs and a SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 real nuclear waste plan, let’s choose Please note that the WPR reserves the right to edit content for length and clarity. We also reserve the right to refuse energy sources that don’t kill us and submissions should they be negative or defamatory. destroy the land we love.




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Williams Farmer 8/19/1900 SACRAMENTO VALLEY

two scores. Several persons from here witnessed the game and many listened to the program on the radio. All were proud of the former Williams boy who joined the Oakes when by a mere boy of 17.

The weather has continued abnormally cool during the week, and has been favorable for growing fruit, but Williams Farmer has retarded drying. 9/18/1953 The prune crop is HOW TO KILL A being gathered; the TOWN yield us quite heavy, but the fruit mostly This editor deserves of small size. the attention of every Pears and peaches citizen are nearly all If you were to kill a gathered, and good town, here are have yielded good a few things to do: crops. Fig picking and curing are in 1. Don’t pay taxes. ASH progress. There is a PAT Let the other fellow Contributor large crop of grapes, Sacramento Valley Museum pay his. Then fuss excellent in quality. because the streets Oranges and olives are not kept up. are in good condition, and it is reported that the yield will be 2. Never attend any meetings above average. The almond crop called for the good of the town. is larger than anticipated. Hop If you do, don’t have anything to picking is progressing. Grain say. Wait until you get outside harvest is completed, except and then cuss those who in a few scattered localities. All made suggestions. Find fault reports state that the yield is with everything that is done. much below average. 3. Get all the city will give you and Williams Farmer don’t give anything in return. 8/25/1900 NEWS OF BIRTH 4. Talk co-operation, but don’t co-operate. L. G. Manor was in town yesterday with his countenance all wreathed 5. Never accept an office. It’s in smiles, all on account of a fine easier to criticize than to do young daughter that arrived at his things. home Saturday. Mr. Manor says he has a just right to be proud, 6. Don’t do anything more as this is the first daughter born than you have to. When others to a Manor household for three willingly and unselfishly generations. give their time to make a better town, howl because Williams Farmer the town is run by a clique. 8/30/1940 SITES STONE TO BE USED 7. Don’t back your fire IN BUILDING ALCATRAZ department or your police PIER department. If the fire department works to bring A crew of men is busy at the insurance rates down, tell Sites Quarry is busy at the Sites everybody that is what they Quarry preparing stone which are supposed to do. Don’t will be transported to Alcatraz thank them or the policemen in San Francisco bay where a for endangering their lives pier will be built for the Federal that you might have a Penitentiary. Ed Smith and Sons safer town in which to live. have been employed to move the stone to Alcatraz. 8. Look at every proposition The stone from the Sites quarry in a selfish way. If you are not is recognized as one of the best the one who gets the most building materials available. good out of it, vote against it. Many of the big buildings in San Never consider what it will Francisco, including the Ferry do for the town as a whole. Building are built of this stone. 9. Don’t do anything for the Williams Farmer youth of the town. Criticize 8/25/1950 them as potential delinquents. FORMER WILLIAMS Keep your feet on them. BOY PERFORMS IN OLD TIMERS GAME IN S. F. 10. If you have good town leaders don’t follow them. Take Leo Kintana, former local boy, a jealous attitude and talk about exhibited the staunch form them and everything they do. which gained him a berth on the Oakland Acorn Baseball team 11. Don’t work on any committee. of 1936 once again last Saturday Tell them “I’m too busy.” night in San Francisco when in a contest between the Old 12. Don’t say anything good Timers of the Oaks and the San about your town. Be the first Francisco Seals. Leo, inserted to point out it’s short-comings. as a pinch hitter, connected for a Pretend that if trouble comes double off the boards to drive in your way it will be residents

of some other town who will visit you while you are ill; bring their fire department if your property is burning; comfort you if you lose a dear one; stand back of you in a disaster.


The two best hard top racing cars in the width and length of the Sacramento Valley are owned by Colusa County residents. Last Saturday night at the Willows Speedway, Fred Wells of Colusa 13. Above all, don’t support your scored a thrilling victory over Ed retail stores and businesses. Brown of Meridian in the feature But if you need a donation, race. Brown drives a car belonging ask them for it and then raise to Bill Able of Williams. cain if they do not see fit to Wells will be out to make it two donate. Expect them to back wins in a row Saturday night. The you, but don’t back them. Colusan will have to drive his best race for Brown only lost on by a Know anybody like that???? wheels length in the Northern Canadian Record California Championships Monday night at Hughes Stadium Williams Farmer 8/24/1956- in Sacramento. JACKETS FIRST PRACTICE MONDAY Williams Farmer 8/31/1956 Monday, August 27, the DEDICATION CEREMONIES Yellowjackets open their 1956 HELD LAST NIGHT FORM season. This is the second year NEW HIGH SCHOOL of eleven man football. Last year the Yellowjackets finished fourth The new Williams High School in the Sacramento Valley League, was dedicated at impressive winning two and losing three. ceremonies held in the school The Yellowjackets have some gym, last night. fine material returning this year, Speaker’s dedication the losing only three regulars on last modernistic new building to a year’s squad. Returning veterans “house of learning” included L. who are expected to do a good job G. Johnson, superintendent of are Wes Fry, who will be playing Colusa County Schools, Bryan full back; John Snelgrove, who Mendenhall, Mayor of the City will be playing halfback; Barth of Williams, L. Glenn Manor, Troughton, end; Gene Mays, member of the Board of Trustees, tackle; Vern Swanson, tackle; and Wes Fry, President of the John Troughton guard; Williams High Student Body. Pud Fouch, guard; Jim Snelgrove, Following the speakers, spectators end; Larry Davis, tackle; Tyke were free to wander about the Gassaway’ tackle; Baldy Ferry, school, examining the facilities quarterback; Morris Ball, and meeting the teachers. halfback. In addition to the returning varsity lettermen there are a few junior varsity stand outs from last year who will add strength to the varsity. They are Wes Caudill, center, John Anderson, back; Clint Troughton, back; Jack Temple, Back; Herb Donavan, tackle; Bryce Pool, end; Wayne Shuman, back; Pat Keffer, back. Along with these are a few more junior varisty men and sixteen freshmen. The Yellowjackets open the season against Live Oak High School here on September 21st at 2 p.m. Then they’re in league play the following week against Princeton at Williams on September 28th. All home games are at 3:30 P.M. and with your support the Yellowjackets will win! Williams Farmer 8/24/-1956 HARD TOPS ROAR AT WILLOWS SAT. 28


August 21, 2010 - September 3, 2010

out & about

Fred Pitts of Pitts T-Shirts takes a moment to sketch at the Arbuckle Farmers Market. (Staff Photo)

Andi Armstrong, Angela Fulcher and Pat Ash serve up Strawberry Shortcakes at the Music at the Museum while Officer Steve Woldanski stands by.(Photo by Dick Lau)

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mirsona manor welcomes paul harrison as new administrator

Mirsona welcomes Paul Harrison as new administrator of the Williams Senior Care Home. (Submitted Photo)

On July 1st Mirsona Manor welcomed Paul Harrison as its new administrator of the Williams senior care home. Paul brings extensive Have a photo that you would like to share? experience working with seniors in multiple senior care settings. For the We will feature your photo in the last ten years, he has worked in California’s central valley in the management “Out & About” section; just email them to: of multiple carehomes. “My family and I are very happy to be in Williams and are dedicated to providing the best in care for our wonderful residents. I look forward to working closely with members of the community and focusing on the needs of our seniors,” he continued. Paul, a native of New Zealand, is joined by his wife Christine who hails from California’s central valley and their four wonderful children. About Mirsona Manor The U.S. Census Bureau announced because 72 percent of households Mirsona Manor is a licensed 15-bed care home that offers residential today that it is returning $1.6 billion returned the questionnaire by mail, independent and assisted living care for seniors. Mirsona Manor is in 2010 Census operational savings. meaning fewer homes had to be located at 282 10th Street in Williams, in the heart of Colusa County. For The savings occurred because the visited to obtain census answers. more information please call (530) 473-5906. American people stepped up — 72 Furthermore, the 565,000 census percent of households returned the workers used in this operation questionnaire by mail so there were were more productive than in the lower costs in following up on previous census, resulting in lower households; because contingency labor costs. funding set aside for disasters or An additional $150 million in major operational breakdowns was savings were realized because a not tapped; and a more productive number of other census operations, workforce completed assignments such as counting the population in more efficiently. Alaska and on tribal lands, came in “This is a significant at a lower cost. accomplishment, and I would like The savings represent 22 percent to thank the American public for of 2010 Census costs this fiscal responding to the census and the year. more than 255,000 private and Census operations continue public sector partners who joined throughout the summer with a with us in making the 2010 number of planned, rigorous quality Census a success,” Census Bureau assurance checks to ensure an Director Robert Groves said. accurate and complete count. “The 2010 Census was a massive “The Census management team, undertaking with great risk for along with a dedicated census operational problems and cost workforce, worked diligently to overruns,” U.S. Commerce Secretary ensure we keep the census on Gary Locke said. “But with the track and on schedule while being leadership of Dr. Groves and his vigilant with taxpayer dollars,” team at the Census Bureau we had Groves said. “Early data are showing an incredibly successful count that improvements in the quality of the came in on time and well under field work even as we achieved these budget.” savings. We will remain focused Approximately $800 million until all 2010 Census operations are in savings are realized in the completed.” contingency funding set aside in case The Census Bureau is required by of natural disasters or operational law to report by the end of the year breakdowns. No significant events the nation’s population and disrupted major census operations apportionment of seats to each that took place earlier this year. state in the U.S. House of 1108 Market Street - Colusa, CA Another $650 million in savings Representatives. were realized in the labor intensive, door-to-door, follow-up operation

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corona takes championships

August 21, 2010 - September 3, 2010

granzella’s hosts whodunnit fundraiser september 18


At only 12 years old, Jackie Corona (daughter of Merced Corona) competed in the 2010 Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, took home the championship belt with a victory in the finals on Saturday, August 7th. Corona has been boxing since she was about 4 years old, and only started competing several years ago. The Ringside World Championships included 1600 competitors from 13 different countries.

ranzella's will host an original murder mystery comedy, Death in the Dugout, on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 6pm sharp. The hilarious spoof is a fundraiser for the Williams Little League. The fun and funny dinner theatre production is co-presented by Granzella's in association with writer/director Doug York. One price includes the dinner, the show, tax, gratuity and a donation to the Williams Little League. Death in the Dugout is an original murder mystery comedy play written for the event by Doug York, whose work includes the original murder mystery comedy, Murder On The Rails, produced for many years aboard the Sunset Dinner Train, based in McCloud, CA. The interactive theatre event invites audience members to solve the zany whodunnit as they gather

clues throughout the evening. "These shows are funny, witty and a bit naughty," says Doug York, who has performed his mystery theatre in real haunted mansions, secret castles and many private parties up and down the West Coast over the past 8 years. "I'm thrilled to write a new story for Granzella's. I always stop here on my way to and from my hometown of Mount Shasta. You always see someone you know here, tasting olives, checking out the story about the fire or gawking at the polar bear in the lounge. These features figure heavily in the story line created for the Granzella's family. We encourage groups of friends and family to come together to have a great time laughing, dining and engaging in a very entertaining evening," said York. "I decided to write a baseball

MY LITTLE MAYBERRY Esssays of Colusa By Denise Denton-Rinzler


Love to travel. Hate getting there and back. Booking. Hate flailing through the Byzantine process of booking flights, hotels, rental cars. The circuitous, boring computer queue questions are time- sucking torture. It’s a test. Do you really want to take this trip? Packing. Takes me the same amount of time packing for three days as two weeks. Bring the same amount either way. The charm of “clothing optional” destinations begins to dawn. Imagine, time to pack! Okay, let’s see, I’ll need something to wear on the plane…and some sunscreen. Ta dah! Not that I’d ever go to such destinations. I have my pride (and no store carries that much sunscreen). Transportation. Trains are the most civilized form of transport. You can read, socialize, sleep and have a

nice aperitif. Driving is so nerve racking. How often have you asked yourself, “Am I the only sane driver on this planet”? Flying. Ugh. Like cattle being herded into a giant cylindrical garbage can with wings. “Moo moo, could I have some contaminated water, recycled air flow and a side of terrorist threat, please?” But one must leave home periodically for several reasons. 1) It’s important to see just how big a planet you live on. Keeps you from worrying so much. 2) Communications with other people is mind-expanding. 3) Food, food, food. There’s an old (what else?) Chinese saying, “If you want to change your life, change your location.” Afterwards, return home, feast your eyes on the emerald rice fields, walnut, almond and pecan groves, miles of beans and tomatoes. Admire the primitive, green strength of the Sacramento River, sniff sulfer in your shower, swat a mosquito, rev up the washing machine, answer the 4,000 accumulated emails. Ahhh, home at last.


themed story when Granzella's identified the Williams Little League as the beneficiary of our fundraiser," York said. For information or to order tickets, please contact Granzellas at 530-4735014.


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The Emerald Ash Devastation By: Curtis pyle Arborist Emerald Ash Borer is devastating ash trees in 13 states. It was just recently detected in Iowa and is spreading across the country at an alarming rate. This insect attacks and kills ash trees. Many cities have used ash trees almost exclusively for their urban forest. The problem is complicated with the fact that a tree can have an infestation for two years or more without any outward signs of a problem. In other words, once you see it, it’s too late to treat! Once a tree has it, all attempts to correct the situation have failed. Preventative measures are proving good success. Several new products are available now. However, one must decide if your tree is worth saving or not. Most of the ash trees in Colusa County are either Modesto Ash or Raywood Ash. There are many other varieties growing, and grown here in California. Many cities grow ash because it is such a tough species of tree, and cold tolerant. For the most part, the average life span of a Modesto Ash tree in California is 50 years. There are exceptions to every rule. I have cut down ash trees with over 100 growth rings. Years ago, Colusa planted many ash trees in its parks and older neighborhoods. Some of these trees should be evaluated and decisions made if they should be saved. It’s inevitable that E.A.B. (Emerald Ash Borer) will make it to California soon enough.

Just last year, E.A.B. has been identified in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota. It has also been found in southern Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. according to the experts. “It continues to spread in all directions.” One trend that has been observed is that it tends to follow the highways as it spreads into new areas. Two possible explanations are firewood from infected trees, and nursery stock. Most new evidence has shown infestations to be in trees for up to several years before discovery. Not all insecticides labeled for E.A.B. have shown acceptable levels of protection. Scientists have found that when specific management protocols are followed, that multiple insecticide options are available to preserve high-value ash trees before infestation. Emerald Ash Borers are not the end of the world. We need to use consulting arborists with the expertise to manage the situation and map our preservation trees. Once E.A.B. hits, it will kill all of the ash trees left unprotected. There are currently several different types of treatments for E.A.B. Research continues everyday for more solutions. At this time, I have identified several products that are applied either as a basal bark trunk drench, or as a trunk injected treatment. Treatments vary with the size of the tree, the area it’s growing in, soil type, run-off potential, and how long the product will last. I recommend

checking the internet for more information on E.A.B. I am dedicated to trees being an arborist myself. More information and treatment options are forthcoming. We have notice this time with E.A.B. It will make it here to California in time. Besides treatments discussed here, I will think twice before planting any more ash trees on a job. This also includes the Raywood ash which is very popular here. In the last decade, Sudden Oak Death Syndrome has been creeping into our backyard. It is wiping out many of our heritage oaks with the speed of a light switch. We are still learning how to control that situation. About 50 years ago, Dutch Elm Disease began working over our Elm trees throughout the state and elsewhere. The war continues, especially in northern California. What’s the answer? What’s next? Education, Observation, Research, and Treatment will keep us going and hopefully most of our trees, too. New resistant cloned varieties of trees are always in development. Nature has its way of taking back some of its beautiful trees as it sees fit. Remember, God is in charge here, and we should not take our trees and our eco-system for granted.



August 21, 2010 - September 3, 2010


colusa county schools providing free & reduced meals for children Colusa County Schools today announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The household size and current income

member, and the signature and corresponding Social Security number of an adult household member. If the household member who signs the application does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate on the application that a Social Security number is not available. Under the provisions of the free and reduced-

criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Children who receive Food Stamp (FS), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application and solely on the amount of the child's “personal use” income. Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled children. Applications are also available at the principal's office in each school. To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or program officials. Requirements for school officials to determine eligibility for free and reducedprice benefits are as follows: For households receiving Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits – applications need only include the enrolled child(ren)'s name, Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, and the signature of an adult household member. For households who do not list a Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, the application must include the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each household

price meal policy, the determining official(s), as designated by the sponsor/agency, shall review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with the sponsor/agency’s hearing official. Parents or guardians should contact their child(ren)’s school(s) for specific information regarding the name of the determining official and/or hearing official for a specific school, agency, or district. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the levels shown above. Sponsors/agencies that use direct certification should add the following paragraph to their public release: Households that receive Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete an Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the Food Stamp, CalWORKs, KinGAP, or FDPIR office that a child is a member of a household currently receiving Food Stamp or FDPIR benefits

or an assistance unit receiving CalWORKs or Kin-GAP benefits. School officials will notify households of their eligibility, but those who do not want their child(ren) to receive free meals must contact the school. Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, and FDPIR households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility.


Williams pioneer review

August 21, 2010 - September 3, 2010


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

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, WilliAMS CoMMunitY codependency, drug addiction, and Center ASSoCiAtion other hurts, habits and hang ups. ACtiVitieS CELEBRATE RECOVERY is Veteran’s Hall. 9th & ‘C’ Street. open to anyone who is experiencing Williams, CA. MONDAY NIGHT pain, brokenness, or just wants BINGO: Everyone Welcome! support and encouragement. We are Early Bird Games Starting Time an anonymous program. For further at 6:00 P.M.Regular Games Begin information, please call 458-2802. at 6:30 P.M. WE WILL NOT BE PLAYING ON 5TH MONDAYS MAke A differenCe in THIS YEAR. Refreshments Your CoMMunitY Available at Reasonable Prices, The citizens for a better Williams Home Made Desserts. Game Day: hold meetings the 4th Thursday of Third Wednesday of the month, at every month beginning at 6:00pm. 1:00 P.M. Join us for our tournament meetings are held at the Williams of the card game “Golf ”. Win City Hall, everyone is welcome!! prizes have fun meet people! Movie Day: Fourth Wednesday of the PACifiC flYWAY month, at 1:00 P.M. Price: FREE QuilterS Refreshments: Soda & Candy are The county’s quilt guild. monthly available at a low price. (Bring a meetings will be held the 3rd Pillow-the seats are hard) Wednesday of every month. Meeting starts at 7:00pm located at Submit your event to: the Colusa Masonic Hall 311- 5th lloyd@ street.

ColuSA fArMerS MArket: neW loCAtion The Colusa Certified Farmer’s Market has moved to Memorial Park (10th & Market Street). Open every Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. through September 27. WIC/Senior Nutrition Coupons accepted. music at the museum A FREE Concert at the Sacramento Valley Museum will be held, Thursday August 26th. Come enjoy the sounds from “The Hot Rods” playing hits from the 50’s & 60’s. Submit your event to: lloyd@ Demolition derby The Colusa Firefighters Association will be holding its 3rd Annual Demolition Derby on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00pm, Derby begins at 7:00pm. Tickets available at 750 Market Street. $15 per adult. $10 per child under 12. Calling all women of agriculture Are you a woman dedicated to the survival of Agriculture? Unite as “California Women for Agriculture” (CWA) promote, and educate the importance of Agriculture. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM. For more Information, contact Melodie Johnson at (530) 458-5130. AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE COLUSA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER There are citizens who would like to change, improve and strengthen the county animal laws. Areas of concern are leash law, dangerous dog, puppy mills, animal cruelty, kennel licenses. If you are concerned about certain situations in your area; would like to see the county ordinances strengthened so we can support the animal control officers please send an email to and state where you would like to improvement. A community forum meeting will be announced at a later date. Submit your event to: lloyd@

a CLASSIFIED b 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, Lassen and Pacific Cascade Coastal Range. Priced to sell at $120,000. Contact owner at (530) 848-2315

FOR SALE Firewood for sale: mixed hardwoods, very dry $100 1/2 cord, $180 full cord call 476-2948 for more information.

NOW ONLINE Williams’s alumni: interactive website private & free make new contact with old classmates and browse the site for class pictures and candid pictures from 1912 to about 1970. New reunion and candid pictures posted continuously. Sponsored by a Williams gal! Email:

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August 21, 2010 - September 3, 2010



Colusa Unified School District hoy anunció su política para proveer comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido para los niños incluidos bajo Escuela Nacional de Programa de Almuerzo y / o Programa de Desayunos Escolares. Cada escuela y/o oficina central tiene una copia de la política, que se puede revisar por cualquier persona interesada.El tamaño de la familia que reside en el hogar y el criterio de ingresos identificado aquí abajo será usado para determinar la elegibilidad para los beneficios de comidas gratuitas, de precio reducido, o de precio regular. Los niños de las familias que residen en hogares en los cuales sus ingresos son menos de los niveles mostrados aquí son elegibles para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido. Los niños que reciben Estampillas de alimentos (Food Stamps), Oportunidad de Trabajo Y Responsabilidad Hacia Los Niños (California Work Opportunity, Cal WORKs), Pagos de Asistencia para Parientes Tutores (Kinship Guardian Assistance Program, KinGAP), o el Programa de Distribución de Alimentos en las Reservas Indígenas (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, FDPIR) son automáticamente elegibles para comidas gratuitas sin importar el ingreso de los miembros de la familia en el hogar en el que residen. La elegibilidad para un niño de crianza está basada en una solicitud separada y solamente en la cantidad del ingreso del niño de “uso personal”. Las solicitudes están siendo distribuidas a todos los hogares con una carta informándoles de la disposición de comidas gratuitas y de precios reducidos para los niños inscritos. Las solicitudes también están disponibles en la oficina del director en cada escuela. Para solicitar los beneficios de las comidas gratuitas y de precios reducidos, los miembros del hogar deben llenar la solicitud y regresarla a la escuela para ser procesada. Las solicitudes pueden ser entregadas en cualquier momento durante el año escolar. La información que las familias provean en la solicitud será utilizada para determinar la elegibilidad para las comidas y puede ser verificada en cualquier momento durante el año escolar por los oficiales del programa escolar. Los requisitos para que los oficiales determinen la elegibilidad para los beneficios de las comidas gratuitas y de precios reducidos son los siguientes: Para los miembros de la familia en casa recibiendo Estampillas de alimentos (Food Stamps), CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, o los beneficios de FDPIR – las aplicaciones necesitan solamente incluir el nombre del niño(s) inscrito en las estampillas de alimentos, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, o FDPIR el numero de caso, y la firma de un adulto miembro de la familia en casa. Para las familias que no presenten el numero de caso del programa de estampillas de alimentos, CalWORKs, KinGAP, o FDPIR, la aplicación debe incluir los nombres de todos los miembros de

la familia en casa, la cantidad de ingresos que recibe cada miembro de la familia en casa y el número de Seguro Social correspondiente de un adulto de la familia en casa. Si el miembro de la familia en casa que firma la aplicación no tiene un numero de Seguro Social, debe indicar en la aplicación que no tiene un numero de Seguro Social disponible. Bajo las provisiones de la política de las comidas gratuitas y de precios reducidos, el oficial u oficiales nombrado y designado por el patrocinador / agencia deberá revisar las solicitudes y determinar la elegibilidad. Los padres o guardianes que no estén satisfechos con la decisión de elegibilidad pueden abogar la decisión con el oficial determinante informalmente. Los padres también pueden hacer una petición formal para solicitar una audiencia sobre la decisión y pueden hacerlo oralmente o por escrito con el oficial de audiencia del patrocinador / agencia. Los padres o guardianes deben contactar a la(s) escuela(s) de su hijo(s) sobre información específica referente al nombre del oficial decisivo y/o el oficial de audiencia para una escuela específica, agencia, o distrito. Si un miembro del hogar pierde su empleo o si el tamaño de la familia en el hogar aumenta, la familia debe contactar a la escuela. Tales cambios pueden hacer al niño o a la familia en casa elegible para los beneficios si el ingreso de la familia cae dentro de o por debajo de los niveles mostrados anteriormente. Los patrocinadores / agencias que usan la certificación directa deberán agregar el siguiente párrafo a sus medios de comunicación públicos: Las familias que reciben los beneficios de la Estampillas de Alimentos (Food Stamps), CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, o FDPIR puede que no tengan que llenar la Solicitud para Comidas o Leche Gratuitas o de Precio Reducido. Los oficiales de la escuela determinarán la elegibilidad para comidas gratuitas basado en la documentación obtenida de la oficina de las Estampillas de Alimentos (Food Stamps), Cal Works, Kin-GAP, o FDPIR que un niño es miembro de una familia que actualmente está recibiendo los beneficios de las Estampillas de Alimentos o los beneficios de FDPIR o una unidad de asistencia que está recibiendo los beneficios de CalWORKs o Kin-GAP. Los oficiales de la escuela notificarán a las familias de su elegibilidad, pero aquellos que no quieren que su(s) hijo(s) reciba(n) las comidas gratuitas deben contactar la escuela. Las familias que reciben las Estampillas de Alimentos, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, y FDPIR deben llenado la solicitud si no son notificados de su elegibilidad para la fecha.

$1.600 Millones Ahorrados Durante el Censo de 2010 Serán Devueltos al Departamento del Tesoro La Oficina del Censo de los Estados Unidos anunció que devolverá al Departamento del Tesoro $1.600 millones de dólares en dineros ahorrados durante las operaciones del Censo de 2010. El ahorro resultó de que toda la nación puso de su parte — 72 por ciento de los hogares devolvió por correo su formulario del Censo, lo que se tradujo en menores costos de seguimiento puerta a puerta. Por otro lado, un fondo de contingencia asignado a desastres naturales y fallas operativas no se utilizó y una fuerza laboral más productiva completó su labor de manera más eficiente. “Este fue un logro significativo. Quiero agradecer, a todos los habitantes del país por responder al censo, y a los más de 251 mil asociados de los sectores público y privado que, con nosotros, hicieron del Censo de 2010 un éxito,” dijo Robert Groves, director

de la Oficina del Censo. Por su parte, el secretario de Comercio, Gary Locke sostuvo que, “El Censo fue una tarea masiva con altos riesgos operativos y posibles excesos de presupuesto. Sin embargo, bajo el liderazgo del Dr. Groves y su equipo en la Oficina del Censo, tuvimos un conteo increíblemente exitoso que se hizo a tiempo y muy por debajo del presupuesto.” Alrededor de $800 millones de los dineros ahorrados provienen del fondo de contingencia para desastres naturales y fallas operativas, que no se utilizaron ya que no se registraron eventos de gran magnitud que interrumpieran la realización del censo en meses recientes. Otros $650 millones provienen de la labor de seguimiento puerta a puerta, que si bien fue exhaustiva, tuvo menor envergadura de la prevista, ya que 72 por

ciento de los hogares del país devolvió su formulario por correo. Esto significó que un número menor de domicilios tuvo que ser visitado en persona para obtener las respuestas al censo. Además, los 565 mil empleados contratados por el censo para llevar a cabo esta labor de seguimiento fueron más eficientes que en censos anteriores, lo que resultó en una reducción de costos. Un monto adicional de $150 millones en dineros ahorrados se dio como resultado de que otras operaciones como el conteo de la población de Alaska y las regiones tribales fue menor. El total ahorrado representa 22% del costo del Censo de 2010 para el año fiscal en curso. Las operaciones del censo continuarán por el resto del verano con una serie de rigurosos controles de calidad diseñados con el fin de garantizar un conteo exacto y completo

de la población. “Mi equipo administrativo y yo, en conjunto con la dedicada fuerza laboral del censo hemos trabajado diligentemente para garantizar que las labores de conteo se hagan bien y se ciñan a los tiempos estimados, siendo a la vez muy cuidadosos con los dineros de los contribuyentes”, señaló Groves. “Datos preliminares demuestran ya mejoras en la calidad del trabajo de campo incluso habiendo ahorrado estos fondos. Continuaremos enfocándonos en estas metas hasta que completemos todas las operaciones que hacen parte del Censo de 2010”, concluyó. Por ley, la Oficina del Censo debe entregar a fin de año un conteo de la población nacional y estatal, además del porcentaje de Representantes a la Cámara a que cada estado tiene derecho.


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