December 2020, Volume 5
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Stuff You Should Know

New Year’s Eve Fun Facts

1. “Auld Lang Syne” was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 and may have based it on a folk song. The words auld lang syne mean “times gone by”.

2. In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

3. The ball dropped in Times Square weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered in 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles.

4. More than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed on December 31.

5. If you want good luck, you should eat 365 black-eyed peas though in Spain, people eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.*

*Since 2020 was such a bust, I suggest we all wear red undies, eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day and along with champagne, down 12 grapes at midnight!

More Stuff: 

Read Past Town Chatters

Community Meeting Times

Plumas News Weekly Updates

Plumas County Health COVID Updates

Sierra Small Business Development Center Free Trainings & Workshops

Job Board


Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Quincy has two opening. 
Please check link for job descriptions.

UDSA jobs available
Click here to search jobs by location! 

Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St., Quincy

Sierra Hospice
Inventory Associate
Part-time · $12/hour
684 Main St., Chester

NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time. 445 Main St., Chester

Dollar General
Sales Associate, Chester
376 Main St., Chester

Alliance for Workforce Development 
Accounting Technician 

Sierra Institute,Taylorsville
Rural Community Development Project Specialist
Start January 2021. 
HVAC Installer

Seneca Healthcare District 
Check out openings

Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening


Seneca Healthcare District Is Open and Ready to Serve

Chelssa Outland, PIO

If you are in need of urgent or emergency services, do not wait to get care. Please come see us, we are open, safe and ready to serve you!
To learn more about our services check out:

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. All are welcome. Zoom is available.

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. CLICK HERE. Go to the bottom of the page and look for SUBMIT HERE.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

BLOW-OFF 2020 and BLAST-IN 2021

Join your community and celebrate the end of a most challenging year while welcoming 2021 with a firework display on New Year’s Eve at 9pm at the Rogers Field. Chester Elks will be facilitating the parking inside the airport for a minimum $10 donation per car, which will go toward the fireworks. The Elks have also volunteered to pick up any debris left on the runway on New Year’s Day and welcome additional assistance. Thank you to our wonderful Elks members who do so much for Chester and always come through when needed! 

Thank you to our newest fireworks sponsors, Carla and Terry Parsons, Mike Rue and Lake Almanor Brokers. To support the fireworks, you can purchase a 2020 sweatshirt at or drop off a donation at B & B Booksellers 278 Main Street, mail it to Lake Almanor Chamber, P.O. Box 1198, Chester 96020, or use the DONATE button below

New Year, New Routine

Kelly, O’Brien, Lake Almanor Fitness


To get you started in the New Year, I will be doing a weekly tip, fitness-fact, or exercise to add to your workout to help launch your 2021 fitness. Below is to get you started! 

I know many are comfortable doing an exercise routine that they have been doing for years and are familiar with, but that is a no-no. Your body is very smart and can get lazy if not challenged.

In order to maximize your time, effort, and dedication to coming to the gym and working out, you need to alter and change-it-up to continue to maintain your body's health. It may be adding a different machine, free weights, or a floor exercise to your routine in order to jump-start your muscles. If interested, I am happy to evaluate what you are currently doing and update your regimen so you can meet your fitness and health goals.

For more information, call Kelly at 530.258.3900, email or
come by 160 Cedar Street in Chester.

Regular hours of operation:
Monday through Friday 5am to 9pm/Saturday 7am to 1pm (Sunday closed)

Holiday Hours:
New Year’s Eve 5am to 5pm
Closed New Year's Day

Trip the Lights Fantastic

The perfect outing for the family! Many of our residences and stores have gotten into the holiday spirit by setting their homes, shops, and businesses "ablaze" with colorful lights, animated characters, and music.
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Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

Lake level continues to rise ever so slightly. We have snow on the ground at lake level and our road ways are slick. Morning temps will be dipping into the low teens with chances of snow later in the week. Water temps are in the low 40’s and visibility varies throughout the lake from 5-9’.

We caught fish right off the dam all the way along the East Shore up to Dorado. The majority of the fish we caught were smaller with a few quality fish in the mix. We also caught a few fish from the Peninsula to the A-Frame. We were mixing up baits, speeds and depth, the top fifteen feet of the water column was the most productive. Pond smelt pattern gulps, hot orange (Jay Fair) trolling flies and rapala’s all caught fish. Gulps at 1 mph, flies at 1.7 (with wiggle discs) and rapala’s up to 2 mph. Speedy shiners at 2.5-3 mph should also catch fish this time of year.

Fishing pressure remains light from boaters. We are beginning to see some bigger fish in the coves as both fly and bank fishermen picked up some quality fish this past week. The Canyon Dam boat ramp is open and cleared of snow. The ramp gets very slick from water dripping off boat trailers, exercise caution with the freezing temps.

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants Open December 30

Clint Koble, SBDC Advisor


The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant will OPEN DECEMBER 30. A total of $475 million will be available in two rounds. Round one will distribute $237 million and opens December 30 at 6am and closes January 8 at 11:59pm.  Lendistry will act as the intermediary to administer and distribute the funds. 
The Sierra Small Business Development Center is working with our statewide SBDC network to provide information and technical assistance to applicants.  To prepare for this grant, click on the link below to review PowerPoint slides to assist you:

THREE TIPS TO APPLY:  (Included in the link slides above)

1.  Use Google Chrome to apply.  You can install Google Chrome for free.

2.  Use a valid email address.

3.  Scan your documents properly.  The link above will take you to acceptable downloads (under Tips).

If you have questions, please contact me:

Clint Koble, Advisor
Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
(775) 843-4081

Updates from Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc.

To help businesses and employees get ready for 2021, the following is news from Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc.  

Contact Supervisor Terri Hiser-Haynes at 530-616-0902.  Additional questions can be sent to, or visit us on Facebook. 

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Town Chatter - December 2020, Volume 5