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Volume XVI Issue 132

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

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The Good Stuff by Shelley Bennett

As a mom of a senior, there have already been many lasts this year with my daughter Sofia. Last Saturday was especially bittersweet. We were at the Northern Nevada Cheer and Dance Classic held at Damonte Ranch High School and our team was preparing to compete in the Hip Hop Division.

The girls were getting ready; slicking back their hair, applying matching lipstick, and transforming from sleepy travelers to fierce competitors. There was laughter and snacks, filming Tik Toks and going over last-minute choreography questions.

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I sat quietly and took it in, thinking back to Sofia’s first time at a dance competition in 2006 when she was about 6 weeks old. She wore the cutest purple dress with “Grizzliettes” embroidered on it (thank you Karly Millar!), sat in her stroller, and slept through most of it.

One of my current freshmen dancer’s mom (Parker Foreman) was the captain at the time.

I don’t remember what song we performed to, but I do remember thinking that I hoped my baby girl would someday have an experience like this. Maybe it wouldn’t be dance, maybe it would be basketball or softball or speech and debate or Science Bowl. I just hoped she would be surrounded by good friends, be part of a team that becomes a family, and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction after a job well done.

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And now she is here as a captain with her friend Renee Delgado by her side, leading their team to a second-place finish out of five in their division. According to the judges, the Grizzliettes had amazing facials, great energy, cool tricks and transitions, and were “fun to watch”. One judge even commented, “I wanted to join you!”

I was so proud as I watched from the sound table! Our new members Brianna, Parker, Grace, and Addy were poised and confident as they danced next to our team leaders.

Kaylee, Hailey, Cori, and Madi added an extra layer of sass with their stage experience and leadership. And Sof and Renee… well I have another story about them.

Four years ago, I took the then 8th graders to this same competition. We were there as spectators and I wanted to see if it would be a good fit for the Grizzliettes. The girls giggled and watched in awe in all day. At the end of the day, we all agreed that the Grizzliettes could compete here.

Then Covid shut down the world and the future of drill team and competing looked bleak. But our incoming freshmen (Sofia, Renee, plus Camber, Aubrey, and Mary) gave me hope.

From trying out via video to learning one of our most difficult dances on Teams meetings, they persevered and made the most out of every season.

There have been so many times I have been brought to tears just watching them dance and let it all out onstage. They gave me something to hold on to and believe in and I am forever grateful.

At the beginning of our competition dance, there is a roll off of dancers popping their heads up to counts. Sofia and Renee are the last ones to go and it completed this full circle moment: from sweet, giggling 8th graders to young women who own the dance floor, telling their story with a series of facials, aggressively sharp movements, and synchronization.

Grizzliette alumni and former captain Gracie McCoy and master of dance Seanne McElrath poured their hearts and souls into this team with their hard-hitting and creative choreography. I can’t say thank you enough for their positivity and belief in these girls.

We did miss the rest of our team: Camber, Aubrey, Mary, Julienne, Kylee, Allie, Bailee, Amelie, and Alyssa. They’ll all be back together and burning up the dance floor on Wednesday, February 7th at halftime of the Boys Varsity game. Come check them out!

One of the most incredible things was that after the awards were given and a quick stop at In-N-Out, this team traveled home and went directly to the NCCA Crab Feed where they served salad, soup, and all-you-can eat crab to 250 people! It was a full day and they killed it.

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Remember when news was ‘newsy’? When you read about weddings, family events and engagement announcements in the newspaper? If you have something that might be newsworthy, please submit it to and I’ll do my best to include it here in “The Good Stuff.”

Chimney Fund Crab Feed to be

Held February 24th in Westwood

Westwood’s Chimney Fund will hold a Crab Feed on February 24th, with all proceeds going to Westwood kids, sports and scholarships.

The Crab Feed will take place in the Westwood Community Center, with doors opening at 4:00 and dinner at 5:00.

Tickets are $70 for the all-you-can-eat crab dinner or $25 for a chicken dinner.

Cocktails will begin at 4:00p.m.

Along with dinner there will also be door prizes, raffle prizes, and 50/50 raffle.

Seating is limited get your tickets early. For more information call or text Ashley Ragan at 1.530.816.0173.

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Agenda: February 7th, 2024

Susanville City Council Meeting

The Susanville City Council will hold a regular meeting, February 7th, in City Council Chambers at 66 North Lassen Street.

The meeting will begin at 4:30p.m. Click here to download a printable agenda.

Reports and documents relating to each agenda item are on file in the Office of the City Clerk and are available for public inspection during normal business hours and at the meeting.

These reports and documents are also available at the City’s website.

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Agenda: February 7th, 2024 Lassen

Board of Supervisors Special Meeting

There will be a Lassen County Board of Supervisors Special Meeting on Wednesday, February 7th, at 9:00a.m. at the Board Chambers, 707 Nevada Street, Susanville.

Click here to download a printable agenda for the meeting.

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Lassen Crime Stoppers Update

Lassen Crime Stoppers, a local organization which pays up to $1,000 for tips and information leading to the arrest of someone who commits a crime, has released this week’s list of names and photos of subjects ‘wanted’ by local law enforcement agencies.

To report information about a crime you can anonymously call a simple telephone number, (530) 502-TIPS, and if that information pays off for local law enforcement you will be paid up to $1,000 in cash.

Help clean up Lassen County by anonymously working with the Susanville Police Department, the Lassen County Probation Department and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office through Crime Stoppers.

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Seneca Healthcare Announces

Changes to Primary Care Locations

Seneca Healthcare in Chester has announced some location changes for providers’ offices within the Almanor Clinic.

“In the beginning of February, Dr. Ware will be relocating to the office that is currently occupied by Dr. Russo, Dr. Greely and Lori Koehler, FNP-C,” explains Marketing and PR Officer Chelssa Outland.

Those three providers will move to what is currently Dr. Ware’s office.

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“The front office has more exam rooms and will be better able to accommodate the three providers and their patient load, while also allowing space to potentially add additional providers for the community.”

Outland also notes that Dr. Ware’s new space has been recently renovated and decorated with items of her choosing.

Signage will be posted once the change takes place and staff will help to direct people to the correct location.

Please let a Seneca staff member know if you have any questions or concerns.

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An early 1900’s map of the Honey Lake Valley showing the “Greenough Reservoir”

WP at Work in Lassen County

February 6, 1909

It will not be many months before the Western Pacific’s iron horses will be speeding through the southern end of Honey Lake Valley. Already the advance crews of that company are grading around the point below Lake Greeno, about thirty miles from Susanville.

Many settlers are either homesteading or filing desert claims on all available land in that section and expect with water pumped from Honey Lake to develop farms of great productiveness.

While the Western Pacific will not traverse many miles of Lassen County, it will be very convenient in the way of earlier mails and more satisfactory transportation.

Mail should arrive here at least twenty-four hours earlier and one will not be compelled to pass through the State of Nevada in traveling to and from the southern part of this State.

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If you are a fan of our daily history stories you should join the Lassen Historical Society! It's a fun way to be a part of our county's rich history. When you sign up you'll receive regular Historical Society newsletters with interesting stories and information. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in area history.

Through your membership you help preserve local history. You can download a membership application by clicking here.

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Congratulations to Alan Uchida, the

winner of this week's Pizza Factory giveaway!

You too could win a large one-topping pizza from the Susanville or Janesville Pizza Factory locations just by entering our weekly giveaway!

Just click here and follow the link to our handy entry form. You can enter once per day from each email address. We'll announce our weekly winner right here next Monday morning.

The prize is good for take-out or dine-in orders only, sorry no delivery.

Good luck and enjoy that yummy Pizza Factory Pizza!

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