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Pierce High School:

Every 15 Minutes...................................................................Page 4 Food for Thought:

PO Box 1124 Williams, CA 95987

Do Family Farms Still Exist?...........................................Page 7

www.WilliamsPioneerReview.com

California Smokers Helpline .......................................................................Page 8

Lloyd Green Jr.

County Top Spellers to Compete at State Competition ......Page 9

Williams Transitional Kindergarten Celebrates Easter......................................................................Page 10 Williams Pioneer Review Welcomes Robin Matteri to Staff.............................................................Page 11

OnSite Safety Services

Keep Colusa County Workplaces Safe..............................Page 11

Opinion Column My Little Mayberry

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DENISE DENTON-RINZLER

To the Maxim!

ords beginning with ‘E’ have been catching my attention this week. Exuvia: the castoff coverings of animals. Bleah, you say. But think of casting off winter wear and buying fresh Spring clothing. Estivate: to pass the summer in a state of dormancy or torpor. This is me 100%. Honestly not looking forward to the heat. If I could estivate in a nice cool cave stocked with iced champagne the entire time, well that’d be okay. Unfortunately, monthly bills don’t accept estivation as a reason not to forward checks. An eloquent (“e” word) way of understanding a person is to know the

maxims they live by. Review of the etymology (“e” word) of maxim: “An expression of general truth or principle”. Some of my favorites: • Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without. • If at first you don’t succeed, trying thinking. • If you don’t ask, you don’t get. • To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. • In the end, only kindness matters. • And my favorite for Williams Pioneer Deadlines… “Git er done!” P

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■ Williams Community Blood Drive: Thursday, April 18 2013 – 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Granzellas Banquet Center, 457 7th Street, Williams. BloodSource and the Williams Community have a long tradition of working together to provide area hospitals with blood for patients who need it. On Thursday, April 18th, the Williams Community will continue this tradition by hosting a blood drive. All participants will receive a BloodSource t-shirt & MyBloodSource Rewards to redeem online! You can help by giving blood locally. When you give blood at a BloodSource blood center or at a BloodSource blood drive, your life saving gift helps to ensure that blood is available to patients who receive care at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, Colusa Regional Medical Center, Enloe Medical Center, Feather River Hospital, Fremont Medical Center, Glenn Medical Center, Oroville Hospital, Rideout Memorial Hospital or Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley. To give blood, you must be in generally good health, free from cold symptoms for at least 48 hours; be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent); and weigh at least 110 pounds. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Prospective donors must bring a photo ID. For more information about the blood drive please call BloodSource at 1.866.82 BLOOD (1.866.822.5663). ■ “Ray Bradbury – An American Icon”: Friday, April 19 2013 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Get to know science fiction novelist and playwright Ray Bradbury in this special video highlighting the full scope of the writer's five-decade career. Please join us and other community members for this 45-minute film, followed by refreshments, and the opportunity to "strike up a conversation" about Fahrenheit 451, this year’s Virginia Yerxa Community Read. Colusa Fire Department, 750 Market Street, Colusa. For more information visit: www.virginiaread. net

lowing weekend April 3 & 4 The cast is Samantha Shifflett as M’Lynn, Kindra Hester as Shelby, Melissa Howard as Annelle, Cristina Townsend as Truvy, Beth Young as Clairee and Noel Johnson as Ouiser. The Friday and Saturday night performances, door open at 6:30 Play starts at 7:15. The Sunday Matinee performance. Doors open at 1:30 play starts at 2:15 For more information please call Susan Gibbs @ 530-4585479 Our website is www. thestagehands.net. ■ Because We Care!: Become apart of your community and assist in the efforts to keep our town clean. Volunteer with the Citizens for a Better Williams. Meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Louis Cairo’s. ■ Seniors Come Join us for Lunch!: If you are 60 years of age or older and are interested in getting out of the house and meeting others over a delicious hot lunch, please join us! Located at the Boy Scout Cabin, 901 Parkhill Street, in the City of Colusa. Monday through Thursday at noon. Please call Colusa County Public Health at 530-458- 0380 to let us know you are coming! A donation of $3.00 per meal is recommended, but not required. ■ Smoke-free works for me! Interested in making our community healthier and tobacco-free? If so, join the Colusa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition today! Time commitment is minimal and lunch will be provided. Call us at (530) 458-0380 or send an e-mail to TEP@colusadhhs.org ■ Child Safety Seat Classes: “Is your child safe in your car? Certified child safety seat technicians are providing classes at the Colusa County Public Health Department. You will learn how to properly install and use the correct type of car seat for your child. Registration fee is $20 and low-income families may qualify for a free car seat. Call (530) 458-0380 to sign up for the next class.”

■ Virgina Read Day: April 27th, 2013. The Timeless Classic, ■ BBQ Rib Cook-off: The Glenn-Colusa Cattle Women will Fahrenheit 451 bu Ray Bradbury. Book Presentation from host their 9th Annual BBQ Rib Cook-off on Sunday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. led by UCR Professor Rob Latham at 2013 at the Colusa County Fairgrounds During Colusa Westthe Colusa Fire Department, 750 Market Street, Colusa. • ern Days. Beef & Pork Lunch can be purchased from 11:00 “Strike Up a Conversation” 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fire DeAM to 2:00 PM. $12 per person. Anyone interested in compartment Demonstration, Exhibits, Book Swap and More! peting in the cook-off competition please call Jolyn Campbell 735 Main Street, Colusa • Movie (530)521-0711 or e-mail jolyn. 7:00 p.m. A free screening wells@hotmail.com of “Fahrenheit 451” at the Colusa Movie Theatre, 513 ■ Williams Fun Run: It’s Market Street, Colusa. For time to get in shape for the Activities more information visit: www. WILLIAMS FUN RUN. It is WE ARE BACK AT HOME! virginiaread.net scheduled for Saturday, May MONDAY NIGHT BINGO: Everyone Welcome! Early Bird Games 18 and the gun goes off @ Starting Time at 6:00 P.M. Regular Games Begin at 6:30 P.M. ■ Up Coming Stagehands 8:00 a.m. There will be more Refreshments Available at Reasonable Prices, Home Made Desserts Play Steel Magnolias: Diinformation as the date apGAME DAY: Third Wednesday of the month, at12:30 PM. rected by, Dawn Gonzales. proaches. MOVIE DAY: Fourth Wednesday of the month, at 12:30 P.M. Price: Play dates are April 26, 27 FREE Refreshments are available at a low price. and Sunday April 28. The fol-

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Every 15 Minutes These students became members of the walking dead, claimed victim to an alcohol related automotive ................ fatality. The student’s obituary was read aloud to the class as they left the classroom. ragedy unfolded in front of Pierce High School on Later that morning, the crash scene dramatization Wednesday, March 27; two young individuals lost began where the driver of a pickup, Oscar Sanchez and their lives, several injured and one, the intoxicated his passengers Hayden Kalfsbeek, Kendra Kent and driver, in handcuffs and charged with driving under the Angelina Silva were returning back to school. influence. The driver claiming to have had Although the event was staged, it few alcoholic beverages failed to stop can be assured that the emotions were at the intersection of Smoky Hallow very, very real and that the hard facts Rd, and Wildwood Road, impacting and consequences of driving under a small sedan carrying Margarito the influence, are all too real. Meza, Andy Corona, Paola Ayala and The grisly mock accident scene Ricardo Jauregui. was staged as part of the Every 15 Sanchez emerged from the minutes program, which aims to wreck, wandering and stumbling prevent drunk-driving fatalities. A crying in fear over his passengers and reminder that there is no such thing friends whom were motionless in the as a second chance, emphasizing the sedan. minute an individual gets behind the As emergency personal arrived wheel while drunk, high or distracted at the scene, Sanchez was completely that they are no longer in control – disoriented as he tugged and pulled and in just one second, their lives on the twisted metal of the vehicles could change forever. trying to get the passengers to During Thursday morning classes, respond. Pierce High School Students were Sanchez realized the result of reminded on just how quickly lives his decision to drive while under the can change. Preselected students were Officer J. Murphy give Oscar Sanchez influence as events unfolded. pulled out of classrooms - every 15 Air ambulances transported a breathalyzer test. (Staff Photo) minutes by the ‘Grim Reaper’. Ayala and Kalfsbeek to Colusa by: Lloyd Green Jr Williams Pioneer Review

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Emergency personel work to extract occupants of the impacted vehicle. (Staff Photo) Regional Medical Center. Kalfsbeek died en route. Corona was pronounced dead at the scene and was covered and transported to the morgue. Although a drama recreation of an actual crash scene, emergency personnel treat the crash scene very seriously using the opportunity for training purposes - making the scene very realistic. Vehicle extraction tools, the Jaws-of-Life, were used to extract occupants. As the victims were removed one-by-one, Sanchez was apprehended by police officers and was given a field sobriety test by California High Way Patrol Officer, L. Murphy and Colusa County Sheriffs Officer K. Cooper – the officers determined Sanchez to be under the influence and placed him under arrest. Emotions were high as the mock accident concluded, students were sent back to their classes; a mock cemetery was erected in front of the High School’s Gym, handmade tombstones marking those who lost their lives that day during event. “I was pleased when Matt wanted to participate, I saw this program in 2009 and though it was a very good thing for the kids,” commented Tracy Delcour “I knew that it would have a big impact on him.” Delcour’s son Matt Delcour was a participant in the Pierce High

School, Every 15 Minutes program as a ‘Walking Dead”. Parents of the participants in the program also partook in a gruesome emotional part of the program. As the parents sit at home, or go about their day at their jobs – they often wonder where their children are and never expect the dreaded ‘knock’ on the door. “I was prepared that someone was going to come up and deliver the "bad news" so when I saw the CHP car come up the drive way, I prepared myself and I went out to meet them,” said Delcour “They were very somber and professional, for a moment I was going to pass out. They made it feel, very real.” When parents are greeted by a Police Officer and Chaplin, the one sentence changes their lives forever: "I hate and regret to inform you that your son/daughter has been killed by a drunk driver." The mothers fall on the floor; uncontrollable, deep, heart-broken, unable to control themselves, while fathers try their very best. “I was told to go into my son’s room and think about him not coming home,” said Delcour, “I did and then the tears started.” “We have always told our boys that if they do drink somewhere, to call us or just stay put, no questions asked,” said Delcour, “I hope our boys will make good choices and

not drink and drive, this was a good refresher and wake-up call.” The all too real event played out to completion that included a funeral service the following day after the students involved in the event attended an overnight retreat. During Thursday’s simulated funeral service, several speakers shared stories of their experiences and consequences of driving drunk, or riding with a drunk driver. The event was made possible through the collective efforts of: the California Highway Patrol, Colusa County Sheriff ’s Department, Arbuckle Fire Department, Colusa Regional Medical Cetner, Enloe, and McNary-Moore Funeral Service. The program is named for the statistic that someone dies in an alcohol-related accident every 15 minutes during its creation back in 1995 and is presented in hopes that our teens will reflect upon their decisions to drink and drive or to get into a car with someone who has been drinking. The rates of alcohol-related fatalities have gradually declined and at the end of 2007, it is reported that one death occurred every 40.4 minutes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in alcoholimpaired crashes. That is one death every 51 minutes. P


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California Aims to Keep Teens Alive

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he California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, the California Office of Traffic Safety and Burbank city officials joined today to raise awareness of a public health epidemic: reckless and distracted driving. Reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of teens in the United States, and in California alone, 20 percent of collisions are caused by distracted drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 535 young adults between the ages of 16-24 were killed in traffic collisions in California in 2010, representing nearly 20 percent of the total number of people killed on the state’s roadways. Nationally, drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal collision, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, collisions in which distracted driving was a factor killed about 2,700 people between the ages of 16 to 19 – more than seven per day. “Driving a vehicle is a task that requires a driver’s full attention. Inattention, combined with the inexperience of our young drivers, can be deadly,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The consequences of distracted and reckless driving are real. The moment we step into a vehicle, we have to ask ourselves if sending that text or dialing that phone number or any behavior that takes our focus off the road is worth the risk.”

During National Distracted Driving Month, law enforcement agencies across the country are raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and in California, officials are emphasizing the need for a strong combination of education and enforcement to change driving attitudes and behaviors. They also emphasize that distracted driving injuries and fatalities are 100 percent preventable. “We lose sight of the fact that everyday behaviors we see on the roadways are a threat to all motorists,” said Impact Teen Drivers Executive Director Dr. Kelly Browning. “Texting, eating, applying make-up, reaching for an object – these splitsecond decisions take our focus away from the act of driving, and create the perfect condition for potential distracted driving crashes.” As part of the kick-off for California Teen Safe Driving Week (April 1 – 7), parents, educators, elected officials, affected families, and partnering agencies gathered at John Burroughs High School in Burbank to witness firsthand the dangers of distracted driving. On a closed-course track set up by the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, teens tried to navigate around cones while experiencing the impairment caused by everyday distractions. “It’s always an eye-opening experience for teens to see the tremendous impact distracted driving has on their ability to handle the wheel and the vehicle,” said

Carolyn Duchene, Director of the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. “The trail of knocked over cones the teens leave behind on the course gives a pretty clear visual of what might happen if they drive distracted out on the roadway.” Following the event, teens also had the opportunity to meet with family members who have lost loved ones in distracted driving collisions. “If the knocked over cones aren't visually impactful enough, the sorrow and grief of a mother or father who lost a teenage daughter

or son definitely is,” acknowledged Browning. “We don’t do this to scare teens or the driving public. We do it to show the reality of decisions we all make behind the wheel. Our hope is to change behavior and make people recognize the very real consequences of their actions.” The event was made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. P


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Do Family Farms Still Exist

have a confession to make. I am The USDA survey also shows that little spoiled and sheltered, but not in 87% of the farms in the United States the ways you may think. I would say are small family farms. Just how small I am spoiled because I grew up is small? A small family farm eating meat that we raised on is one where the yearly sales our family ranch. We always of agricultural products are had high quality, juicy and less than tender beef. This also means $250,000. I am a bit sheltered because I On average, do not know how much meat small family actually costs in a supermarket. farms make Maybe you did not grow less of a up on a farm or ranch like profit than me. But did you know that large farms. Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97% of farms in the US are Therefore, family owned? That is pretty many small impressive! The USDA Economic family operations Research Service conducted an ag rely on off the farm survey in 2011. They defined a farm work as their primary as a place that produces and sells at source of income. least $1,000 of agricultural products in Let’s break this a year. They also say a family farm is down to a more where the majority of the business is personal level. owned and operated by people related Think of any family to one another. In my members, friends, or THOUGHT OF THE DAY travels, I have met many acquaintances you know The average size of a friends who are the related to agriculture. California farm is 5th generation on their Now imagine that more 311 acres. family’s farm. That kind than 80% of them run a of legacy is remarkable. small family farm. Along Can you imagine the fascinating stories with the daily farming tasks, these shared around that dinner table? people also work a job off the farm to bring in 44-92% of their income. I am picturing a farmer who puts in a full day at the office and then comes home to plow fields or work with livestock. And all in an effort to provide food for other people. Talk about dedication and passion for

their craft! For me, growing up on a small family ranch provided some unique opportunities, including good beef and lamb. While I couldn’t ride my bike down the street to a friend’s house, my backyard was a giant playground

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of rolling hills and oak trees. Most importantly, the ranch provided valuable learning experiences. Raising animals for the fair taught me to be responsible for another living creature. Weekends spent cleaning barns, sorting sheep, and building fence taught me the value of hard work. And to appreciate my hard earned cash! Family farms, small and large, account for 85% of agricultural production. The next time you buy food, fiber, or flowers, remember there is a good chance that it came from a family farm. P

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California Smokers’ Helpline

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o you smoke? Would you like to quit? You’re not alone! There are now more former smokers in California than current smokers. To join the growing number of former smokers, begin by calling the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. Quitting smoking is not only good for your health but for those around you as well. With the counseling offered by the Helpline, your chances of success are doubled and the call to 1-800-NO-BUTTS is confidential and FREE! The

knowledgeable, dedicated counselors are there to support you in all your attempts to quit smoking. You can call any day of the week or leave a message after hours. In addition, Medical recipients completing the first counseling session receive a $20 gift card. The California Smokers’ Helpline offers support in many languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese and also offers help to those who would like to quit using chew. From June to December 2012, 14 calls from Colusa County residents were made

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to the California Smokers’ Helpline and 6 had been encouraged to call by their health care provider. Your provider can offer more information on smoking cessation resources like the Helpline as well as support, so be sure to ask your provider about how to quit today! The Colusa County Tobacco Education Program provides educational materials about the health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke as well as resources for individuals who wish to quit smoking. For more information regarding Colusa County Tobacco Education Program or the California Smokers’ Helpline, contact Rebecca Root at 530-458-0380 or Rebecca.Root@colusadhhs.org. P

This Mother’s Day, skip the bouquet and get mom something she will really use. Whether she’s a serious chef wanting to expand her culinary repertoire, or an everyday cook hoping to save time on food prep, use the gift-giving opportunity to beef-up Mom’s kitchen. For example, a highquality zester or grater will help make following trickier recipes a snap. Or a knife sharpener, which no kitchen should be without, will extend the life of her knives, and make for a safer more efficient kitchen. Look for an all-purpose sharpener designed to restore knives to their original angles. After other mothers’ flowers have wilted and chocolates consumed, your gift will keep on giving.

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2013 Colusa County Elementary Spelling Bee competitors. (Submitted Photo)

County Top Elementary Spellers to Compete at State Competition Williams Pioneer Review ................ ohn Boeger and Jocelyn Kishore, Colusa County’s top elementary school spellers, will represent Colusa County on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in the California State Elementary Spelling Championship. John, a 6th grade student at Egling Middle School, took top honors, and Jocelyn, a 5th grade student at Williams Upper Elementary School, was runner-up in the Colusa County Elementary Spelling Championship. The 2013 Colusa County competition was the third for John, but the first for all of the other 29 competitors. Colusa County Superintendent of Schools Kay Spurgeon and Administrative Assistant Tina Maxwell moderated and judged the competition that advances John and Jocelyn to the State event. In addition to Superintendent Spurgeon, an audience including

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family, friends, teachers, and principals was on hand to support the competitors. At the end of the fast-paced event, “amphibious” was finally Jocelyn’s undoing, while John took the first place title by correctly spelling “parliamentary”. As runner up in 2011 and winner in 2012 of the Colusa County competitions, expectations are high for John’s third trip to the annual state contest held in Stockton. All 58 counties in California are eligible to send two spellers to the state competition, hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education. The public is invited to attend the state event at the Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton. For further information, contact Tina Maxwell at 458-0350, ext. 10354, or tmaxwell@ccoe. net.P

2013 Colusa County Elementary Spelling Bee runner up Jocelyn Kishore and first place winner John Boeger (Submitted Photo)


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Make Sure You Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs Properly

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hat do you do with your unused prescription pills and over-the-counter medications? Do you throw them away? Flush them down the toilet? Simply leave them in your cabinet for a rainy day? Doing any of the above can provoke tragic consequences including enabling the drugs to get into the wrong hands or find their way into drinking water and irrigation supplies. That’s why it’s crucial to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, over-thecounter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, onequarter of first-time illegal drug users 12 years and older began by using prescription drugs non-medically. Prescription drugs are abused far more frequently than illicit drugs for one simple reason: they can be found in almost every home, free for the taking. What’s more, drug overdose deaths, mostly related to addictive painkillers, rose for the 11th straight year in 2010,

according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while it sounds quick and easy to flush pills down the toilet or throw them in the wastebasket, this method can be harmful to the environment and to people’s health. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, nearly 80 percent of recently tested rivers contained traces of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, steroids, hormones and contraceptives. So how can the average person go from being part of the problem to being part of the solution? Begin by examining every prescription you bring into your home. Ask your doctor to ensure he or she is prescribing in the amount you will use. Consider locking your medicine cabinet or moving prescriptions to a secure location, safe from the unwelcome explorations of children or intruders. Remove any leftover drugs from your home promptly and dispose of them in a way that has as little environmental impact as possible. Take a positive step forward in ensuring your community is safer and cleaner. P

Williams Transitional Kindergartners Celebrate Easter

Alex Rodriguez and Brandon Weber lead the Willilams Elementary Transitional Kindergartners across the street to the Sacramento Valley Museum on Thursday, to hunt for Easter Eggs. (Submitted Photo)

Andy Gonzalez, Michael Cervantes, and Diego Ambriz take a break to count their eggs. (Submitted Photo)

Transitional Kindergartners from Williams Elementary School enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt on the front lawn of the Sacramento Valley Museum on Thursday. (Submitted Photo)

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Williams Pioneer Review Welcomes Robin Matteri to Staff

OnSite Safety Services Keeps Colusa County Workplaces Safe

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by: Lloyd Green Jr Williams Pioneer Review ................ ike Cunningham, a career paramedic, takes workplace safety seriously. As the owner of OnSite Safety Services in Colusa, Cunningham provides over 15 years of industry knowledge and compliance. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, protects workers and the public from safety hazards through its Occupational Safety and Health programs, and with thousands of pages of safety code – it can be a cumbersome task to understand and implement the correct codes and programs into your workplace. Cunningham and his staff provide local businesses with the ability to become complaint with the ever changing state and federal regulations while providing a safe and healthy working environment. “A non compliant business is not only putting its customers and employees at risk, it is also putting its stability at risk,” said Cunningham, “a serious accident could cost the business thousands of dollars in fines.” OnSite Safety Services provides its clients with scheduled Safety Meetings, CPR & First Aid Classes, Written Safety Programs, Drug Testing, Inspections and investigations to ensure their clients biggest investment, its employees, is protected. By evaluating your current safety programs, OnSite Safety services will develop a plan of action for your business. Primarily specializing in the agriculture industry, Cunningham says its business emphasizes the importance of compliance with the 10/10 rule, “Our goal is to keep safety on workers minds, and given them the tools they need to ensure that they will go home with all 10 fingers, and 10 toes.” Although OnSite Safety Services specializes in the Agriculture industry, it also expands its services into all commercial businesses. “It’s best to be proactive and progressive when it comes to safety” said Cunningham OnSite Safety Services also provides First Aid and CPR Classes to the general public, in addition to providing safety supplies for businesses. CPR Classes available on the first Saturday of every month. The current ‘hot’ topics for safety these past few years have been Heat Safety, and Confined Space Safety. Cunningham, “there really hasn’t been a change in laws, just more emphasis on what has been already established.” “Everyone knows they need to be compliant, but the hardest aspect is getting the companies to follow through,” said Cunningham, “That’s where we come in.” Safety meetings can be scheduled to fit the client’s needs, and conducted right at the place of business. “The cost and time in a proper safety program is minimal,” said Cunningham, “considering the alternative.” Located in the Historic China Town District of Colusa, Cunningham and his staff are located at 739 Main Street. To start your business evaluation or to inquire about OnSites Services, call (530) 458-7879. P

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graduate of Williams High School, Robin Matteri began dealing Blackjack and Poker at Colusa Casino in 1994. After 17 years in the gaming business, she found her true calling while volunteering for a local homeless shelter. Working to inspire our homeless population prompted her to return to school where she is currently completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Service Administration. Her desire to help others combined with a passion to positively impact communities became the inspiration behind her company; Out Loud Events, which specializes in resource development and fundraising for non profit organizations and agencies who work to implement change in their communities. As a freelance writer, Matteri has had personal essays published in Parents for Parents Magazine, Northern California Poker Room News, Patterson Irrigator, imperfectparent.com and currently produces website content for a number of online forums. “I believe that far too often we find ourselves so caught up in the existence of survival that we forget about the life we are called to lead. Life is about helping others, kindness and seeking truth in the passion that defines us.” -- Robin Matteri returns to Colusa County with the desire to highlight the people, places and things that evoke change and inspire our community to unite. Her desire to document the truth behind the faces of Colusa County is hopefully a testimony to the fact that we all have a story. Matteri is welcomed into the Williams Pioneer Review Staff as a Freelance Community Reporter and will be heading our Advertising Sales for the magazine. “Robin expresses the kind of desire and passion our publication has and needs,” said Lloyd Green Jr, Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review, “I look forward to working with Robin and seeing how she can help contribute to our community and its news magazine.” Robin can be contacted at robin@ williamspioneerreview.com or by calling (530) 924-0225 ext 108. P

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Williams Pioneer Review 04/05/2013  

The Williams Pioneer Review has been one of the local area's most popular community news magazines for the past five years. The Williams Pi...

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