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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Supervisors pass medical marijuana ordinance
  • Junior Fishing Derby results
  • High school play celebrates the Bard
  • Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District responds to state
  • College baseball team wins final home game

Red violin reception delights symphony patrons

Dr. Ray White shows off one of the posters he designed for next year’s Susanville Symphony concert season — this one a concert on the lawn of the historic Lassen County Courthouse. White opened his Janesville home for a fundraiser reception for Elizabeth Pitcairn on Wednesday, Feb. 19. For more photos, see the Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 edition of the Lassen County Times.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 — Did you know Elizabeth Pitcairn’s mysterious and famous Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin constructed by the master builder in a little shop in Italy in 1720, yes, the one that vanished from history for about 200 years and inspired an Oscar-nominated movie, has a name?

“Meet Felix,” Pitcairn said of her unique instrument, “named for Felix Mendelssohn whose descendents owned Felix in the early 1900s … People often ask me if I think of my violin as a male or female entity. I really think of him as male but with the soul of a woman … I need a man in my life, you know.”

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Chamber Membership Dinner cancelled

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce announced it has cancelled its annual Membership Dinner Meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27 at Lassen Steaks.

A full refund will be given to those who made prepaid reservations. Awards for Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be given out at a later date.

For more information, call the Chamberat 257-4323.

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Owner says hero dog prevents gas disaster

Henry Armetta poses with his pup, Toby, after the friendly canine saved his owner and their home. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — After his owner fell asleep with a pot on the stove, wire haired mixed terrier Toby ensured his owner was safe.

On Monday, Feb. 16, local Henry Armetta, 89, fell asleep on the couch with his hearing aids out and a pot of wheat berry boiling on the stove, while his wife was out shopping.

According to Armetta, while he was asleep the pot was making noise and boiling over on the stove.

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Transit staff considers bus GPS system

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — After a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Lassen Transit Service Agency approved the Lassen County Transportation Staff to enter into an agreement with Radio Engineering Industries to potentially bring a GPS tracking system to the Lassen Rural Bus fleet.

“I’m convinced we’ve got an opportunity here, but … I want to see how that opportunity is going to translate into meaningful cost savings that will be enjoyed by both vendor and us having the contract … and how its going to reduce the budget in a somewhat meaningful way,” said board member Jim Chapman.

At a Jan. 12 agency meeting, Brian Garrett, from Radio Engineering Industries, presented what the company could offer to the local transit service and the community.

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Dahle urges Congress to reauthorize Rural Schools Act

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — Assemblyman Brian Dahle announced recently the introduction of legislation which encouragesCongress to reauthorize the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Secure Rural Schools funding mitigates the impact on county governments and schools from the reduction in timber-harvesting production on federal forest lands.California’s rural communities have come to rely on Secure Rural Schools funding — more than $33 million statewide (annually) — to support public schools and critical roads programs.

“The Secure Rural Schools Act fulfills a commitment made by the federal government to rural counties.We need to ensure that the federal government continues that commitment as it is vital to educating our children and providing good and safe roads in California’s rural communities,” said Dahle.

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