February 2021, Volume 3
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

This & That

Seneca Healthcare District

Please see the portal provided by the Plumas County Public Health Agency to sign-up for the COVID vaccine. Even if you think you are not eligible ow, Seneca recommends that you register. As we have all learned, all mandates and protocols are fluid! 

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

Plumas County Job Opportunities
Information in English
Información en Español
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Taylorsville hiring Summer Youth Corps Crew Leaders. Please check link for job description. https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/ 
Alliance for Workforce Development – Hot Jobs!  
Carol’s Prattville Café 
Dishwasher/$14 an hour
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
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
Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer
Seneca Healthcare District 
Check out openings 
Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening

Town Trivia

For the next four weeks, we have a new sponsor, Tami De Jong, owner of Ace Hardware who is offering a $5.00 coupon for the winner. Please go to Ace to pick-up.

We stumped the community again with this week’s answer: It features nearly 30,000 acres of lush grass, tulles and willows, well-watered by a large number of springs, streams and the North Fork Feather River.

Question:  What is Big Meadows and now what we know as Lake Almanor

This week’s answer: It is the coined name of Alice, Martha and Elinor, the three lovely daughters of Guy Earl, an Oakland attorney who helped organize the Western Power Company.

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 1198  96020

Bits & Pieces

Plumas County in the Red!

Click Here for the full press release announcing Plumas County has gone from Purple Tier to Red Tier. Some changes we will see:

• Retail: Open Indoors with modifications : Max 50% capacity 
• Places of Worship: Open indoors with modifications: Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Gyms/ Fitness Center: Open indoors with modifications: Max 10% capacity 
• Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications: Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Bars (No food service): Closed

Coppervale News

Check out their Facebook Page for updates.

Winter Shopping Reminder -- ❄️❄️❄️

Lassen Gifts -- New days and hours! Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and closed Sunday through Tuesday. We will let you know of any other changes during this winter.

Giggling Crow -- February hours are now Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

B & B Booksellers & Cravings -- They are on vacation! Cravings and the bookstore are now closed and will reopen Feb. 25.  The Bookstore will re-open just in time to get ready for their March Madness Sale.

Last Call for Crab & Go!

Last two days you can get your tickets for the Peninsula Fire Department Crab & Go. 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.


A Big Thank You from Seneca Healthcare District 

One of the best things about our community is our members.

Seneca Healthcare District thanks all who helped with the vaccination clinic to include the Chester and Peninsula Fire Departments and West Almanor Fire & Rescue. 

We would also like to thank Plumas County Public Health Agency for scheduling the appointments for vaccinations as well as Plumas County Facilities for the use of the Memorial Hall.

Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association


Almanor Fishing Report

The level of Lake Almanor continues to rise slowly, up a little more than a foot over the past month. We have snow showers in the forecast for the next two days and a chance of weather later this week.  There is snow on the ground at lake level. All roadways are open and the Canyon Dam boat ramp is clear. The overflow parking lot still has snow but it too is useable. The Canyon Dam ramp was moved on Friday. Rubber boots are no longer needed. 

Water temps ranged between 36.5 and 42 degrees this past week and there is minimal change throughout the water column. Visibility remains unchanged at 5-8’. Fish are scattered throughout the lake and all methods are producing fish. The bite has been okay one day and tough the next. I have heard reports of fish caught fast and slow trolling. There has been a good bite around the dam early in the morning, slowing as the sun gets on the water. Pond smelt patterns continue to be the top producer in plastic, hardware and flies. Most of the fish caught are in the top 25’ of the water column. The ice that was on the water last week is gone and bank fishermen are picking up a few fish around the coves. 

Non-Profit Profile

Sierra Hospice -- Compassion and Concern

Sierra Hospice in Chester has been providing end-of-life support and comfort to patients and their families since 1981.

Patient Coordinator, Judith Lee says, “We are here to help when the time comes that medical treatment is no longer an option. The goal of our volunteer organization is not to “treat” the patient but to offer comfort, resources and dignity during the last stages of life. Our intent is to help make the process as comfortable as possible for the patient and family by offering physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support and caregiver respite as requested.”  Services include loaning medical equipment such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs that provide patients the ability to go outdoors, walk around the house or just sit comfortably on the porch and watch the world go by.

Sierra Hospice offers services to all in the Greater Lake Almanor Basin and is funded through grants, community donations, fundraising events, Shop & Save discount cards and proceeds from “Forget-Me-Not” -- the popular thrift store where necessities and treasures can be found.

November is Palliative Care / Hospice month and that’s when Sierra Hospice puts on three community events to remember patients and their families.  First, is the Memorial Lights display. Trees are lit and decorated with ornaments bearing the name(s) of loved ones who have passed.  Perpetual ornaments can be purchased for $100 and annual ornaments are available for $25.  The memorial trees are lit for the entire month of November and are displayed at various locations around town.  

Also, in November Hospice holds a Community Supper hosted by Carol Franchetti, owner of Carols’ Café in Prattville.  The dinner is free but donations are welcomed. 

To provide for spiritual needs, Sierra Hospice holds an annual nondenominational Hospice Sabbath service of reflection and remembrance on the third week of November. This is celebrated with either candles or a white rose ceremony held at various religious centers. 

For solitude and contemplation, Sierra Hospice also maintains a labyrinth garden that was recently relocated to Chester Cemetery and is open year-round, weather permitting.

Sierra Hospice is always seeking volunteers and resource donations to help meet the needs of patients and families during a difficult time.  For more information, please contact Hospice coordinator Judith Lee at 530.258.3412, by email at sierrahospice@frontier.com , visit us on the web at www.sierrahospice.com, or on Facebook at sierrahospice.com or drop by the office located at 150 Brentwood Drive next to Seneca Hospital. 

Hospitality Profile

13 Years and Going as Strong as their Coffee 

Brenda and Jeff lemons have owned The Coffee Station since 2008 and even with the mountain winters, the on-going pandemic and the fires of last summer, it hasn’t phased or dampened the spirit of the owners and their staff who say, “The Station is doing great.”

Arriving in 1992 with their seven-month-old son, Bryce, from Los Angeles, the Lemons were not new to the area.  They had been camping for years staying at the Lassen View Resort and knew they wanted to eventually live in a rural community such as Chester.  This took them to check out places in Oregon, Washington, Canada, Montana, and Idaho. While camping here the following season, they had an opportunity to purchase a home. They placed an offer and by the time they arrived back in Los Angelo’s, 10 hours later, they were the proud owners of a house in Chester.

Though they knew they always wanted to own some type of business, they pursued other jobs until the ideal situation came along – The Coffee Station was up for sale. “There were other opportunities we looked into over the years but our first and foremost job was raising our kids.  Timing as they say is everything. When The Coffee Station became available for purchase, all things fell into place, even it being around the corner from where they lived,” explains Brenda whose mode of transportation is a two-wheeler. With daughter Miranda, age 11, and Bryce 14, it seemed the right time to take on this new venture.

Brenda attributes the ongoing success of The Coffee Station to knowing her customers, knowing and participating in the community, and good, friendly customer service. “We know what we are and that is a beverage shop. We serve ‘em up quickly, hot or cold, and always with a friendly greeting and smile,” she adds with her signature grin. 

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