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Local author explores vampire genre with a new twist

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Local author Aaron C. Richards shows off his first novel, “Spies Vs. Monsters,” during a recent book signing. The novel, which offers a modern twist on the old vampire stories, is on sale at Margie’s Book Nook in Susanville.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 — While Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” written in 1897, may be the classic vampire tale, the bloodsucking undead actually made their first appearance in 18th century poetry and then later in prose in “The Vampyre” by John Polidori, written in 1819. Since then vampire stories seemingly popped up everywhere — even today in movies and on television. And let’s not forget the whole chupacabra thing, either.

But beware — local readers had better be very careful when they wander through Margie’s Book Nook because “Spies vs. Monsters” lurks on the bookshelves — the first novel by Susanville’s Aaron C. Richards, one that explores the old vampire genre with a new and modern twist.

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Arts Council hosts local student show

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Ceramic art from Lassen High School students are on display at the Lassen County Arts Council through the month of April.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 —The Lassen County Arts Council provides a different more professional venue for high school students to display their artwork.

An opening reception was held Tuesday, April 14 where students from both Lassen and Herlong High Schools shared their art with their parents and other community members.

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District considers new accounting program

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — The Susanville Sanitary District is looking into potentially using a new accounting program.

During the Tuesday, April 13 meeting, board members Dale Soule and John Murray opted to serve on an ad hoc committee that would review and analyze the Uniform Public Constructions Cost Act.

The program, which was created in 1983, allows local agencies to perform public project work up to $45,000 with its own workforce, if the agency followed the Cost Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual of the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission, according to the information packet provided at the meeting.

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Registration open for Lassen County Kids Camp

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — It’s that time of year again. Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is now accepting registration for its Lassen County Kids Week, June 28 through July 2.

Since 1992, Camp Ronald McDonald has been serving various organizations throughout the summer by offering a residential week-long summer camp at its Eagle Lake location. The camp typically serves campers with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. However, for one week out of the summer, Camp Ronald McDonald opens its doors to the Lassen County community to say thank you for continuously supporting the cause.

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Science achievement

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Tyler Johnson, an eighth grader at Westwood High School, stands beside the science project “Food Coloring Mind Games?” which won first place at the Lassen County Science Fair.

Johnson brought his project to the meeting of the board of trustees for the Westwood Unified School District to ask for financial support to present his project at the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles on May 18 and 19.

Audience members advised him to approach local organizations for financial support as well. He needs finances to cover travel and lodging expenses.

Johnson said his project revealed how the brain influences taste.

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