February 2021, Volume 1
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Job Board

Peninsula Family Dental, Eric S. Dunbar, DDA:
Immediate position available for a receptionist to grow with practice.
Learn more here
Carol’s Prattville Café 
Dishwasher/$14 an hour
Join our team! Cravings is looking for a dedicated hard-worker to help take our restaurant to the next level.
Dish & Facilities Manager: Responsible for overall cleanliness/organization of all restaurant equipment and storage:
Bring resume to Cravings, 278 Main St., Chester, Thurs- Sun., 9a-2p, or email christichase@gmail.com.
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Quincy has two openings. Please check link for job descriptions. https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/
UDSA jobs available
Click here to search jobs by location! 
Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St., Quincy
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
Full-time. www.afwd.org
Sierra Institute, Taylorsville
Rural Community Development Project Specialist
Start January 2021. 
More information
Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer
Seneca Healthcare District 
Check out openings 
Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening


Each week The Town Chatter will feature a trivia answer (like Jeopardy, but local) about the Greater Lake Almanor Basin. The question and winner will be announced in the following weeks issue. 

Congratulation to the winner of last week’s Town Trivia, Kevin Sweeney, who receives a $3.00 coupon from our sponsor, Brenda Lemons, owner of The Coffee Station
Last week’s answer:  Name at least three hikes to geothermal areas.

Correct Question: What are Sulphur Works, Bumpass Hell, Devil’s Kitchen, Terminal Geyeser, Boiling Springs Lake, and Little Hot Springs Valley

This week’s answer: One of Lassen Volcanic National Park’s features that no other U.S. National Park can claim.

Please send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com

For anyone interested in prize sponsorship for Town Trivia, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com 

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are at 8:30 am on the 2nd TUESDAY 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

Bits & Pieces

Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief

The State of California is offering $475 M for Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief!  These are grant awards of $5,000, $15,000, and $25,000 depending upon your gross income.  The first round ended on January 13, 2021, but the second round will open on Feb. 2, 2021 and close on Feb. 8, 2021.   These grants are available for small businesses and non-profits 501 c (3) and 501 c (6). They are not loans, they are grants. To apply on February 2, 2021, go to https://careliefgrant.com

In addition, a round of the Payment Protection Plan (PPP) began the week of January 11, 2021.  These are first-come, first-serve.  Contact your nearest bank to see if they are participating.  

If you have questions or problems registering for the Workshops, COVID-19 Relief Grant or the PPP, please contact clint.koble@gmail.com or 775.843.4081.

Collins Pine Nature Trail

A great time for snowshoeing. A couple of ARPD volunteers "broke trail" by packing the snow along Loop A from behind the Community Building.  Check it out! 

Community Supper Sponsored by Celebrate Recovery

The Community Supper is moved to Thursday February 4th – snow or shine -- from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Dinner is roast be, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, corn pudding, salad, homemade bread and sinful brownies. Drive thru is located in the parking lot of the Memorial Hall on Gay Street in Chester, down from the Corner Store.  Please stay in your car and your hot meal will be brought to you.   There will be another community dinner February 11, which is our Valentine’s Day Dinner and is sponsored by Seneca Hospital Auxiliary. 

Vaccine Portal Created by Plumas County Public Health

Please see attached release regarding the set-up for a vaccine portal to assist with information regarding COVID vaccine.

Lori Beatley
Health Education Coordinator
Emergency Preparedness
Plumas County Public Health Agency
530-283-6425 (Fax)

New Year, New You! Tip #4


Just do it! 

Many of you may have started an exercise routine as one of your New Year Resolutions. To sustain your new habit, remember to be gentle with yourself. So often we can set ourselves up for failure by setting our expectations too high. A more realistic way to look at sustaining your new fitness routines is to try to never go more than two days in a row without exercise. Of course, that does not apply if you are injured or ill. This applies to your vacations too! Remember: not all workouts have to be high intensity. Make sure you do not let too many days go by without doing exercise. Go for a brisk walk or do a few bodyweight exercises. I guarantee that 10 minutes into it you will feel 100% better!

--Kelly O’Brien, Owner

Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report


This past week’s series of storms dropped more than three feet of snow at lake level. Water temps fell a couple of degrees and we are beginning to see ice forming in and around coves. There is another storm headed our way Monday into Tuesday which is predicted to bring more rain than snow. 

Water clarity is down to five feet and temps were ranging between 36-39 degrees. Hamilton Branch is depositing dirty water and visibility at the branch is a foot at best. If we receive a significant amount of rain, shore fishing will be wiped out for at least a couple of days with muddy water deposited into Almanor from all our tributaries. Fishing conditions will change daily for both bank and boat fishermen. Geritol was unfishable yesterday due to ice and Hamilton Branch was barely fishable.

We are expecting a change in weather conditions beginning Wednesday through at least next weekend. Trollers, as conditions improve, I would recommend concentrating your efforts on the south end of the lake and branching out to other areas as conditions permit. Keep it simple, find bait/fish and stay on them, they will eat eventually. I target fish in the top 15 feet early in the day and rarely fish deeper than 30 feet this time of year. While you will mark bait and fish deeper, I have found the biters 25 feet and shallower.

The Canyon Dam ramp is clear and open. Lake level is increasing daily and you will need rubber boats to get onto the dock when launching.  Be safe and call ahead for current weather and fishing conditions.

- John Crotty

Lake Almanor Basin Hospitality Tantardino's

Family-- A Tradition that Continues at Tantardino’s Pasta and Pizza

New owners of Tantardino’s Pasta and Pizza, Stacy and Dennis Mannle, have not missed a step since purchasing the popular Peninsula Drive restaurant keeping it “all in the family” as it was meant to be. Opening 46 years ago by the Tantardino family and run by Barbara and Art, it a true mom and pop business, which it remains today.

“My husband is the chef and passion behind the food and I am the local so when Tantardino’s was available for purchase he said, ‘let’s’,” says Stacy. So, with a bit of a push from her husband, they purchased the restaurant, packed, gave their notices and moved into a family home in Chester in June of 2019.   

Wanting to keep much of what people have come to know and love about the eatery, Stacy only added a few touches to the décor but really left it “as is”. “Why mess with something that is working. Familiarity is important and comforting in these times,” she adds.  

What they did do is bring Dennis’ flavors and flair from his long-term experience working for Napoli’s in Vallejo, CA starting when he was 16 years old. Seven years ago, Dennis and one of the sons opened Napoli’s in neighboring Benicia. Some of the new items that are popular with guests at Tantardino’s are the Chicken Parmesan and raviolis. Dennis also did some “tweaking” to the lasagna, pizza sauce, and dough. 

Stacy, like many locals, began coming up here as a little girl with her family camping, hiking, swimming, boating -- doing all the things that residents and guests love about Lake Almanor. Though Stacy was the local, it was Dennis who wanted to make the move seeing a great opportunity.  “I was well-established in my career as an event planner and thought . . . hmmm, really?” But she smiles and says, “It couldn’t have worked out better for us and we hope the community feels the same,” she says with a big grin that all have come to recognize and love when they visit Tantardino’s.  

“Tradition is one of the defining words for Lake Almanor. We always want to honor and enhance what has made ‘the lake’ what it is today,” she says with her signature smile.

Located at 401 Ponderosa Drive, Lake Almanor Peninsula; 530.596.3902; tantardinosca.com

Please call for hours and drive-thru options.

Peninsula Firemen’s Association Fundraiser


Get your ticket for the Peninsula Firemen’s Association “Crab & Go!” drive through Crab Feed hosted by Tantardino’s Pasta and Pizza on February 20 from 4:00 to 7:00pm.  

The meal includes crab with cocktail sauce, salad with dressing, bread and dessert.  For group orders of six or more meals, two bottles of wine will be included. Bring your wallets to purchase tickets to participate in 50/50 Raffle and raffle for other gifts. You will be able to meet your firefighters who will be welcoming you with their “FILL THE BOOT” in hand. 

Monies raised will go to the purchase 10 turnouts ($3,000/per set) as well as helmets and wildland gear. “Last year we had to cancel all our fundraising efforts due to COVID and the department needs equipment for the firemen,” says Bruce Sherod, Peninsula Firemen’s Association President. “With the monies raised from Fire Sirens Thrift Store and Peninsula Firemen’s Association, we will replace old equipment and hopefully upgrade our ambulances to better serve you with our main objective to make sure we are all safe.”

Tickets can be purchased at Fire Station #2 – 801 Golf Club Rd. 530.259.2306; Tantardino’s Pizza and Pasta, 401 Ponderosa Drive, 530.596.3902; and Rouland’s Insurance Agency, 650 Main St., Chester 530.258.2218. Click for link.

Sierra Small Business Development Center is here to help

The Sierra Small Business Development Center is located in Truckee, CA.  As a small business Advisor for the Sierra SBDC, I service Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties and provide FREE one-on-one counseling to small businesses.  In addition, the Sierra SBDC offers FREE Trainings and Workshops for small businesses. 

Please go to www.sierrasbdc.com to view our website for services.  Click on Calendar at the top, then click on the FREE workshop or webinar description of your choice.  Following is the list for February 2021:

Feb. 2:  Cybersecurity Basics – How do we Protect Ourselves and our Businesses Against Cyber Criminals?  9:00 am – 10:15 am.

Feb. 2:  Food Truck and Mobile Food Incubator – Session One.  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Feb. 3:  Disaster Relief Loan Updates and CASEFORCE.  10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Feb. 3:  Marketing and Branding Food Business Incubator.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Feb. 4:  Food Truck and Mobile Food Incubator – Session Two.  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Feb. 8:  Taking Your Artisan Food Business to the Next Level.  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Feb. 9:  Food Truck & Mobile Food Incubator – Session Three.  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Feb. 10:  Webinar – Digital Marketing Hour:  Taking Amazing Social Media Videos and 

Photos.  9:00 am – 10:00 am.

Feb. 10:  Disaster Relief Loan Updates:  PPP.  10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Feb. 10:  Marketing and Branding Food Business Incubator.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Feb. 11:  Food Truck & Mobile Food Incubator – Session Four.  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Feb. 17:  Disaster Relief Loan Updates & CASEFORCE.  10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Feb. 17:  Marketing and Branding Food Business Incubator.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Feb. 18:  Cottage Food Webinar – Two Part Series:  Session One.  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Feb. 22:  Checklist to Opening a Restaurant – Part One.  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Feb. 24:  Disaster Relief Loan Updates:  PPP.  10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Feb. 24:  Checklist to Opening a Restaurant – Part Two.  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Feb. 24:  Marketing and Branding Food Business Incubator.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Feb. 25:  Cottage Food Webinar – Two Part Series:  Session Two.  3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.


If you have questions or problems getting registered for the Workshops, COVID-19 Relief Grant, or the PPP, please contact me at clint.koble@gmail.com or 775.843.4081.

Open a Book Whether Locked-Down or Locked-In

If you are indoors more than out-and-about due to weather or mandates, walk-away from the computer and try reading a book. Below are the benefits to taking yourself away from the screen and turning the pages of a book.

Mental Stimulation

Studies show that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active prevents it from losing power. Just like other body muscles, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy. The phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. 


Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have – and these are stressful times -- it all can fade away when you lose yourself in a great story or article. A novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.


Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to move through life more effectively and successfully. 

Also, knowledge can never be taken from you, and in these times, that says a whole lot!


Vocabulary Expansion

The more you read the more words you gain exposure to, which can make their way into your vocabulary. Being well-spoken is a great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. 


Memory Improvement

When you read a book, you have to remember characters, their backgrounds, history, etc., as well as the plots/sub-plots. That can be a lot to remember, but brains can remember these things with relative ease. Every new memory you create forges new brain pathways and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall.


Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

Have you ever read a mystery novel and solved the mystery before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of the details, sorting them out, and determining “whodunnit.” That same ability to analyze details can be used when it comes to decision making when addressing life challenges, choices, and opportunities.


Improved Focus and Concentration

In a five-minute span, one may divide their time between working, checking email, chatting, tweeting, monitoring their phone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like behavior can cause stress levels to rise and lower productivity. When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story and you can immerse yourself in every detail. 


Better Writing Skills

This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary. Exposure to well-written work has a noted effect on one’s writing. It can influence everyday communication through the written word whether it be an email or business letter.



In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject matter can bring inner peace and tranquility. The process of settling down with a book in itself can be calming.  


Free to Low-Cost Entertainment

For low-budget entertainment, visit your library that offers books on numerous subjects, and since they rotate inventory and get new books, you will never run out of reading materials. (Please see COVID mandates for hours, downloading from on-line, etc.)

Like to own your book?  Check out B&B Booksellers and ask Dawn Gray to help you find books that will stimulate and hold your interest. There’s a reading genre for everyone. . . something that will capture your curiosity and imagination.

So . . . Step away from your computer, open a book and replenish your soul with a good read.

Chester Library
210 1st Street, Chester
Librarian, Lori Metcalf 530.258.2742. 
Please call for hours and protocols for borrowing or downloading books.

B&B Booksellers 
270 Main Street, Stover Landing, 530. 258.2150; www.bbbsellers.com
Dawn Gray, Hours Thursday thru Monday 9:30am to 4:00pm

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Town Chatter - February 2021, Volume 1