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Community garden fundraiser

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — Gardening is not only a way to provide families with fresh organic produce, it can also be a therapeutic hobby.

Its benefits are the reasons why one Lassen County resident is working to start a local community garden.

According to Kate Hansen, who is spearheading the project, people will be able to purchase a raised garden bed for a nominal fee to grow food.

“Food, flowers and organic only is kind of what we’re going for,” she said.

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Second annual Walk A Mile event draws a crowd

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — The second annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes — Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims — was a time to challenge people to do more.

The event coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19 through April 25 and is presented by Lassen Family Services and the Lassen County Victim Witness.

“In our community, virtually everyone is or knows a victim or survivor of crime. In fact, in 2014, Lassen Family Services provided assistance to approximately 1,365 residents representing one in 16 people in the county,” said Lassen Family Services executive director Melissa Downing. “As you look at the crowd of people gathered today, victims of crime stand next to you and with you to engage in a common effort in the pursuit of justice.”

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Judge rules co-op violated discrimination laws

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — A judge ruled that Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative smart meters opt-out fees violate state discrimination laws in a case where the utility cut off electricity 14 months ago for a customer suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

For “Better Call Saul” fans, PSREC customer Josh Hart’s malady is the same thing Saul Goodman’s brother, Chuck, struggles with when wearing his tinfoil blanket and banning cellphones from his house.

“I’m glad it’s getting mainstream attention,” Hart said of the TV show.

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Postal workers collect food

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Letter carriers on Saturday, May 9 will be collecting non-perishable food donations along their routes for delivery to the Salvation Army and to Crossroads Ministries.

It is the annual Stamp out Hunger drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Place a food donation by your mailbox before your mail is delivered.

If you have a P.O. Box or reside in Standish, Litchfield, Westwood or anywhere in Lassen County, and would like to make a food donation, drop off any non-perishable food at either the main Post Office in Uptown Susanville or the Eagle Station on Johnstonville Road anytime before this Saturday.

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Chamber scores big win for Lassen County

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — The Lassen County applicant team, led by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating its first round of success in the America’s Best Communities Competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small communities and towns.

The ABC Prize competition is all about encouraging collaboration and cooperation among individuals and organizations that share the same goal: to increase economic development and create positive change within their communities.

The contest required a nonprofit organization take the lead in submitting the competition entry. The Lassen County team, led by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, is comprised of community leaders and civic-minded individuals who worked together compiling information and preparing the application for the first phase of the competition.

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