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FBLA ends year with awards banquet

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Johnathan Chapman, left, and Deann Davidson are Lassen FBLA’s Member of the Year recipients. They were presented with the award during an awards banquet held on May 3.


Sunday, May 24, 2015 — Another year is winding down for Lassen FBLA and members’ efforts and accomplishments were recognized during an awards banquet May 3.
    New this year is the presentation of the Business Partner of the Year awarded to Susanville Supermarket IGA for its continuous contributions,  including being a huge help when Lassen FBLA hosted the sectional conference in February.
    Co-advisor Kerrissa Schall presented the award to manager Todd Eid.

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May is Mental Health Matters Month

Saturday, May 23, 2015 — One in five of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetime and everyone needs to understand help is available, according to Lassen County Health and Social Services Director Melody Brawley.
    To help bring awareness about the offered tools and resources and to break the stigma, May has been designated as national Mental Health Awareness Month.
    According to Brawley, a mental health challenge is fairly common, but it’s something we don’t talk about because there is such a stigma to it.
    Some people think sex offenders and school shooters, but it’s not like that, according to Brawley.

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Lassen, Whiskeytown to implement park fee increase June 1

Saturday, May 23, 2015 — On June 1, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will simultaneously implement an increase for entrance and camping fees.
    “I want to extend my sincere thanks to the public that voiced their opinion on the proposed fee increase,” said Superintendent Steve Gibbons. “We carefully considered all comments and as a result, the proposed increases at Lassen have been reduced.”
    Visitors who purchase an annual pass can use the pass at both Whiskeytown and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Camping fees are increasing at Lassen Volcanic. Camping fees at Whiskeytown are increasing per site per day for the day-use area. Starting in December 2015, Lassen Volcanic will have a new winter seasonal pass available.

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Sober Graduation donations sought

Saturday, May 23, 2015 — Sober Graduation draws several hundred high school seniors from the county each year and provides a place for them to celebrate in an alcohol- and drug-free environment.
    Planning is under way for the 30th annual Sober Graduation to be held Friday, June 5.
    In a letter, county superintendent of schools Patty Gunderson said, “Our goal is to continue the success of Lassen County’s Sober Graduation celebration: no accidents, tickets, citations and most importantly, no deaths on graduation night.”

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FFA represents Westwood at state convention

Saturday, May 23, 2015 — Fourteen of Westwood High’s FFA members attended the 87th annual California FFA State Convention from April 17 to 21 in Fresno, California. The adventure began with a drive to Williams, California to tour Bar Ale, a supplier of livestock feed. Westwood FFA members are purchasing feed from this company for the animals they are raising to show at the Lassen County Fair. Later that day the students toured the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California.
    The next day they met with members from different FFA chapters where they rode rides at a amusement park called Black Beards.

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