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

Time to Get Out and Eat!

At last, we can enjoy one another’s company and support our local eateries.  Here are a few places that are here to serve you, with their current hours of operation.

Click here to learn about basin area restaurants re-openings and hours

Town Trivia

Marlyne Selk wins  $5 off $20 meal from sponsor Mill Creek Resort Restaurant with the correct question: What was the year of the Mt. Lassen eruption to answer: 1915. 
This week’s sponsor Mill Creek Resort

Answer: The hike that allows you to look down into a volcano
Please send your question to: Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com Town Trivia is always looking for sponsors for our weekly prize. If interested, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com

Our Newest Chamber Members & Sponsors

We are pleased to share the many new members becoming part of the Chamber Community and those stepping up to partner even more with the work we are doing for our businesses and to support and create an active, thriving community.

Welcome to Our Newest Chamber Members

Koninkrijk Koffiehuis

Professional Artists and Crafters

Waypoint Charters

Sierra Desert Properties, INC

Mill Creek Resort

Thank you to our $1,000 Platinum Sponsors

Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware

Lake Almanor Ace Hardware


Thank you to our $2,500 Community Partners

TIM O'BRIEN, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate
Tim brought on his entire Coldwell Banker crew!

SHAWN MCKENZIE, Seneca Health District
Shawn brings with him the entire staff of Doctors, PAs at Seneca

LINDA AND BOB ROULAND, Rouland Insurance
Linda and Bob are proud to become a sustaining partner of our work

Learn more here about becoming a member, or how to sponsor or become a partner of the work of the Chamber in our Community.

Job Board

Plumas Pines Resort
Seeking qualified members to our team for the 2021 season and beyond. Jobs include: maintenance, store clerk, housekeeper, marina attendant, bartender, server host/busser, line and prep cook, dishwasher. Email resume to plumaspinesresort@gmail.com or drop off at 3000 Almanor West Drive.


Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Taylorsville
Hiring Summer Youth Corps Crew Leaders. Please check the link for job description. https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/


Peninsula Market
is seeking people to join their team. Positions include working on the register, in the deli, and Wally’s Coffee Shop. No experience? We will train. Pick up an application at 309 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor.


Womack Construction Plumber:
Position offers full-time employment. Requires 5 years of continuous field experience in the residential and/or light commercial plumbing trades. Please call Chance at (530) 596-3364 ext. 117 for more information.


Almanor Dry Dock Marine Mechanic:
Marine repair center at Lake Almanor needs a seasoned journeyman marine repair technician. Forklift Operator: Seeking forklift operator with a minimum of 5-years’ experience operating forklifts greater than 8,000# capacity. Please call Dianne at (530) 596-4406 option 2 for more information on these positions.


Lake Almanor Country Club
Lake Almanor Country Club is a private, residential/recreation community located on the peninsula of Lake Almanor. With the busy season approaching, we have positions open. Join our team.  Click Here to see available positions


Plumas County Job Opportunities


Alliance for Workforce Development – Hot Jobs!  


UDSA jobs available
Click here to search jobs by location! 


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 our openings


Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening


Submit and Find Jobs on Facebook 


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.

Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1198  96020


Bits & Pieces

Chamber is Hosting Town Halls
The Lake Almanor Area Chamber will be hosting Town Halls on the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 225 Gay St. in Chester. Get a closer look at issues impacting our area and hear how the community is making progress. We will kick off our first Town Hall on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Its the Season for Arts & Craft Shows - Returning After Covid
Check out the line-up for 2021 here!  And, watch the Chamber's Community Calendar for updates and/or changes. 

Burning now Permits Required!
Spring has arrived (or so we think) and it is time to begin cleaning up our yards. With that comes lots of debris to dispose of, i.e., burn.  Please follow these guidelines, and remember the need to purchase a burn permit as required by CAL FIRE.

Plumas County Public Health Agency Vaccine Update
Please see the attached flyer regarding the vaccination clinic for ages 16-17 in Plumas County. The clinics will be held at each PUSD local high school: Chester, Greenville, Quincy, and Portola on April 29th during regular school hours. Please see the flyer regarding signing up for a vaccine as the clinics will not be made public through MYTurn. (link)

Annual Lake Almanor Memorial Weekend Craft Fair Is Back!
 The Lake Almanor Memorial Craft Fair hosted by Rotary Club of Chester at Chester Community Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday May 29 and 30th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. As with all events, Rotary will support all mandates issued by Plumas County but expect a full-house and a fun event for buyers and sellers.  For application, please click on (link) and for more information please contact lakealmanormemorialdaycraftfair@yahoo.com.

Beautify Chester with Flower Boxes
Rotary Club of Chester is seeking both merchant hosts and sponsors for the “Flower Box Program,” a tradition started by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber as part of their 2008-2009 Main Street Beautification Project initially called Adopt-a-Flower-Box. The planter boxes are placed before Memorial Day and picked up after Labor Day. For more information, please see attached (link); contact Cheri McIntire, 530-249-2516 or cherimcintirerotary5190@yahoo.com

Welkom Koninkrijk Koffiehuis

The Chamber welcomes Koninkrijk Koffiehuis as one of our newest members! Koninkrijk Koffiehuis is a Dutch inspired bakery owned and operated by Rachel Betzler and her husband Mark.  Located at 236 Main Street, and open 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rachel serves a wide variety of hot and cold coffee drinks and teas, delicious Dutch inspired pastries, breakfast calzones, daily soup specials, cookies, and more!

And there is plenty of outdoor seating set around their yearly bloom of tulips on the spacious front patio.

An enthusiastic visitor on Trip Advisor said of the Koffiehuis, "My husband and I ate breakfast here everyday we were in Chester. We couldn't get enough of their delicious breakfast calzones, pastries and espresso chocolate chip cookies. Great iced coffee mocha too. The owners and employees were so much fun to talk to. Love their outfits."

Please stop in to welcome Rachel to the Chamber, and support a great business in our community!

Edwin S. Butler Annual Pancake Breakfast

What’s a Memorial Day Weekend without the annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Peninsula Fire Department?  “We are happy to be back flipping flapjacks and greeting our regulars and we hope many of our newcomers,” says Bruce Sherod, President of the Firemen’s Association. This is the fire department’s largest fundraiser with money going towards equipment and safety gear for the firemen.

The breakfast, May 30 from 7:00am to 12:00 noon at Station 2, includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, juice, milk and coffee.  Along with “good eats,” there will be a drawing(s). Adults are $15.00 and children, 11 and under, are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased from 8:00am to 3:00pm at Station 2, 801 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor Peninsula inside gate of Lake Almanor Country Club.

Fire Sirens Thrift Shop Open for Business!

The Fire Sirens are excited to announce that their popular Thrift Shop will open on May 15, 2021 from 10am to 2pm at the Peninsula Fire Department off Peninsula Drive in the Lake Almanor Country Club.  “Our members are so excited to be back working and greeting all our loyal shoppers,” says Monique Figlietti, president. The Fire Sirens will also be holding their annual Memorial Day Sale in conjunction with the Peninsula Fire Department Pancake Breakfast. It will be a two-day event with regular shop hours on Saturday, May 29th, 10am to 2:00pm and Sunday, May 30, 7:00am to 12:00pm.

While the store was closed, the shop received a bit of an update and on-going merchandising was overseen by Store Manager, Kris Moore. “We are so lucky to have such generous donors that we wanted to be sure that all the wonderful and quality donations of furniture, housewares, lamps, accessories, clothes and so much more gets ‘shown-off’ as best we can in our shop,” explains Moore.

Learn more about the Fire Sirens

Wellness Challenge Winners Announced by Lake Almanor Fitness

It was a good competition between teams and individuals at Lake Almanor Fitness’ 2nd Wellness Challenge. “The best part about the challenge is to see the ‘competitors’ keep some great wellness habits as well as gaining strength and endurance, more confidence and enjoying the process of getting healthier,” says owner, Kelly O’Brien.

Coming in first for the second time in individuals was Ann Graffweg, winner of $100. Second place went to Katherine Sansone, receiving passes for three in-studio classes, and winning $75 in team competition was Ellen Cook and Derek LeSeur.  “The Wellness Challenge was a first for us, and by participating, it gave us additional motivation to keep our goals for a healthy lifestyle plus it was a lot of fun,” says Cook and LeSeur.

Participants accumulated points by keeping water and food journals, attending classes, individual workouts, cardio exercise (running, biking, walking) and personal training with the most points accumulated over two months the winners.

With people coming back for the summer and many visitors to the area, Kelly is offering daily and weekly passes.  For more information, visit www.lakealmanorfitness.com. or in person at160 Cedar, Chester, CA


A Discussion on the Post-COVID Economy

Congressman Doug LaMalfa invites you to a roundtable discussion on small business needs for improving our local economies post-COVID. Summer is coming and soon our mountain towns will be filled with tourists, and our local industries in full operation. This will be an opportunity to share ideas on what the local economy needs to thrive, including regulatory reform, infrastructure improvements, economic development assistance, and any other ideas with a federal nexus.
Local chamber leadership, business owners, realtors, local government representatives, and others from the community are welcome to join. Please share this invitation with your membership and others who should be part of the discussion.
If you’d like to RSVP or have any questions, please contact District Representative Shane Starr at shane.starr@mail.house.gov
Friday, April 30th, 2021
9:30am – 11:30am
Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds
Stage area next to Mineral Building
204 Fairgrounds Rd., Quincy, CA 96020

COVID-19 Financial Assistance ‘State and Federal’

SBA's Relief Program for Restaurants
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF)....the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants.

For complete information: 
SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines 

Clint Koble, Advisor for the Sierra Small Business Development Center based in Truckee, CA., is announcing some current and soon-to-be avenues for financial assistance to small businesses that have suffered financially from COVID-19.  Koble says it is imperative that small businesses contact him or the Sierra SBDC for guidance and assistance in this process to be sure of receiving aid.


Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association


Lake level (4482’) and water temps (50-55degrees) continue to rise. Our spring weather pattern continues with overnight lows dipping into the high twenties and daytime highs reaching the high sixties. There was some wind Saturday that made trolling tough and we are expecting some unsettled weather next weekend otherwise, it’s time to get on the water.

Canyon Dam continues to be the only usable public boat ramp on Almanor. Yesterday trucks/trailers filled both parking lots and were parked along the roadway coming into the parking lots. Most of the local businesses are taking advantage of the weather and if they are not currently open, they will be soon. Most of the resorts have private ramps with a few open to the public for a fee. Please check in advance with resort owners to make sure their ramps are open and/or usable.

The bass bite improves daily. I have heard reports of smallies topping the five-pound mark. As water temps continue to rise, they should begin bedding soon. Trollers are picking up rainbows and browns with an occasional salmon thrown in the mix. The bite has been inconsistent at best and the fish are tough to find. You can choose your favorite trolling method and cover water; Arctic Fox trolling flies at 1.7mph, hardware at 2.5-3 mph and as always, slow trolling crawlers and gulps are your best shot. The insect hatches are off the charts and fish are beginning to migrate to the northwest side of the lake. Hamilton Branch and the causeway are your best shot at catching fish from shore. Still no reports of road construction projects on roadways leading to Almanor.


Highlights from the Chamber's monthly meeting

The Chamber monthly meeting was held on April 13, 2021.

Members present: Susan Bryner, Christi Chase, Tina Davis, Carol Franchetti, Kristal Johnson, Tom McGowan, Ryan Newell, Chelssa Outland, Sharon Roberts, Matt Staggs
Guests: Jordan Tackett

Meeting Highlights:

  • Chelsea Outland elected Treasurer.
  • Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien, Seneca Healthcare District and Rouland Insurance have agreed to step up as Community Partners.  New Platinum Sponsors are Ayoob’s Intermountain Hardware and Almanor Ace Hardware. 
  • The Chamber will be hosting Town Halls on the second Monday of each month, beginning May 10, at Memorial Hall in Chester, 5:15-6:00 p.m.  
  • The Chamber approved moving ahead with a Farmer’s Markets at Chester Park each Thrusday, June 17through October4, 4-7 p.m. Market manager Jennie Matthews and Chamber staff are working to recruit vendors. The Chamber is also working on a public/private partnership with Plumas County for use of Chester Park for the Town Plaza which will host these Markets
  • Wild West Bass Tours Fishing Tournament is this weekend April 23-25.
  • The annual Bailey Creek Golf Tournament planning is in full swing, Chamber staff are helping recruit table and hole sponsors and advertise the event, to be held May 22.
  • July 4th planning is moving ahead, with the hope that Plumas County will approve our application for a permit. The staff is working on planning and collaboration.
  • The Courage Triathalon was approved at LACC and planning is moving ahead for that event. 
Town Chatter - April 2021, Volume 3