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Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 — Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.
    Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
    The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
    “Colorado blue spruce trees provide homeowners with numerous benefits,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They can be used as an energy-saving windbreak, for privacy, as ornamental trees and even as living Christmas trees out in the yard. They truly provide year-round beauty for any landscape.”

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Westwood High graduate finds artistic success

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 — It has been quite a few years since Amy Moore has lived in Westwood. After graduating from Westwood High School she left to study at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received a degree in photography.
    Yet it is not a selection of photos she displays at art shows, but prints and cards of paintings she has done in water-based media. Watercolor, gouache, ink and acrylics are her choice for artistic expression. She said her primary training in painting and drawing took place at Westwood High with Jacquie Cordova, who was the art instructor.

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National Weather Service dispels lightning myths

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 — The month of August usually presents prime conditions for thunderstorms in Northern California.
    Lightning strikes produced by storms can be deadly. As of last week, 21 people in the U.S. have been killed by lightning strikes in 2015, according to the National Weather Service.
    The following are some myths and facts produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
    Myth: If you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.

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Barbecue benefits senior center

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 — As a way to raise funding to upgrade the heating system in the Lassen Senior Services facility, Wheels West is sponsoring a barbecue cook-off this fall.
    Teams can sign up to participate in the event scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 3 in the Tractor Supply Parking lot. Entry forms can be found on the Lassen Senior Services Facebook page or by emailing executive director Penny Artz at executivedirector@lassenseniorservices.org, or call 257-2113.
    Entry forms are due by Sept. 21 and can be mailed to 1700 Sunkist Drive, Susanville, CA 96130; Attn: Penny Artz or via email.

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Vote postponed on property agreement

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 — A vote pertaining to property for the placement of a second water tank as well as issues on the relinquishment of water rights at Duck Lake with Beaty and Associates was tabled at the Monday, Aug. 3 meeting of the board of directors for the Westwood Community Services District. The board determined it needed additional information before voting.
    The district is taking the necessary steps to install a second water tank, recommended by the state of California Water Resources Control Board. The project was accepted by the Upper Feather River Regional Water Management Group, which makes it eligible for grants, therefore the district is working on the engineering aspects in order to be ready when money becomes available. The plan is to obtain grant money in the amount of $700,000 for the purchase of a million-gallon steel tank.

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