May 2021, Volume 4
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Upcoming Events

Gather Home Expansion Kick Off!

Turner Excavating, Inc Presents Sips & Stones

Lake Almanor Memorial Weekend Craft Fair
05/29/2021 - 5/30/2021

Ayoob's 75th Anniversary Celebration!

Community Town Hall with Seneca Healthcare District CEO, Shawn McKenzie & Almanor Foundation Director, Susan Bryner

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Turner Excavating, Inc Presents Sips & Stones

3rd Annual Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

Annual Mile High 100 Road Bike Event

3rd Annual Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Veteran's Fishing Day on Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Taylorsville 4th of July Silver Buckle Rodeo and Jackpot Roping
07/01/2021 - 07/04/2021

Turner Excavating, Inc Presents Sips & Stones

4th of July Parade, Main Street Chester

Fireworks Spectacular Over Lake Almanor

4th of July Fun Run

4th of July Craft Fair

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace
07/10/2021 - 7/11/2021

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

2021 Lake Almanor Poker Paddle Water Run

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Annual Fishing Assoc. BBQ & Fundraiser

Almanor Art Show

Job Board

Employment and Career Opportunities

The Greater Lake Almanor Basin offers a variety of seasonal, part and full-time positions for those seeking employment. Please check out the link below and discover how fun and rewarding a career or job in this beautiful area can be. 

Weekly Featured Job 

Lassen Gift and Soda Fountain Company is looking for a sales clerk and two soda fountain employees. Please see Sharon Henry at Lassen Gift and Soda Fountain for more information. Call 530-258-2222 today.

Town Trivia

Winner this past week was Evan Williams with the right question to “The year Lassen became a National Park.” Correct question: What is 1916? Thank you, Tantardino’s Pizzeria & Pasta for sponsoring and awarding a $10 gift certificate!

Answer this week: The highest hike in Lassen Park..

This week’s sponsor is Tantardino’s Pizzeria & Pasta offering a $10 gift card. Thank you!

Please send your question to on or after each Wednesday of publication. We are always looking for sponsors for Town Trivia. If interested, please contact

Our Newest Chamber Members & Sponsors

We are pleased to share several new members to the Chamber Community, as well as those signing on as Community Partners or Platinum Sponsors. Our members support the work we do for our businesses and create an active, thriving community.

Welcome to Our Newest Chamber Members

Pizza Factory

Watkins Pet Supply

Thank you to our newest $1,000 Platinum Sponsors

Olah Construction

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

About Us

The Town Chatter is made possible through the funding of our Community Partners:

Collins Pine
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate
Rouland Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District.

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

Annual Blood Drive Today. The annual Blood Drive is today, May 26, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 164 Main St., in Chester. All blood types are needed and you must make an appointment. Please call Nancy Foote at 530.259.4647 or visit and use sponsor code: CHESTER.  Thank you for participating!

Prescribed Burn. The Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District will be conducting 200 acres of prescribed fire starting within a few weeks. The prescribed fire will occur around the Domingo Springs Campground, Feather River homesites and Willow Creek homesites areas. These prescribed burns will be part of a larger 1,800-acre project stretching from Domingo Springs through the east side of Warner Valley and surrounding Fleischman Lake. This ongoing Warner Defensible Fuel Profile Zone project provides and promotes a healthy fire-resistant fuel break while reintroducing fire back into its natural ecosystem. See full article in Plumas News (link)

Memorial Weekend Happenings 

Gather Home Grand Opening of Larger Store. Friday, May 28th is the day Gather Home will open with their larger store. They are excited to share what they've have been working hard on behind the scenes. 138 Willow St. Chester. 9 - 4 pm

Sips & Stones. Friday, May 28 Sips & Stones Memorial Theme event at Turner Excavating. Enjoy wine, snacks, music and art on the patio. 3746 Big Springs Rd Hamilton Branch 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Rotary Craft Fair - Chester Park. Rotary presents their annual Memorial Weekend Craft Fair in Chester Park, Saturday and Sunday May 29 and 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Elks Parking Lot Sale. The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge will be hosting a parking lot sale on May 29th and 30th at 300 Main Street in Chester. 

Pancake Breakfast. The Annual Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day Weekend hosted by the Peninsula Fire Department will be Sunday, May 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Station 2.

Peninsula Fire Sirens Thrift Shop. The Fire Sirens Thrift Shop will be open Saturday, May 29 from 10:00am-2:00pm and Sunday, May 30 from 8:00am-12:00pm. A day pass for LACC is available at the gate on Clifford Drive. Masks are required and hand sanitizer will be available.

Memorial Day Service. Chester Cemetery 11-Noon, May 31. Guest speaker PCSO Dep. Blake Williams. Join the American Legion Post 664 and Chester Boy Scout Troop 36 to honor our fallen Veterans.

Memorial Weekend Yard Sales. Be on the lookout around the community for yard sale signs! Memorial Weekend is historically a big weekend for sales and this year is no different!

Facts About Memorial Day

Katherine Sansone

Though many of us recognize this as a weekend of family gatherings, BBQ’s and lots of fun, it is important to remember that this day was created to recognize those who have fallen defending our country, and today seems even more important than ever to take the time to remember.

1. Originally called Decoration Day
To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths, hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.

2. Wasn’t always celebrated the last Monday of May
After the Civil War, General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called for a holiday commemorating fallen soldiers to be observed every May 30. But due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which took effect in 1971, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday of May to ensure long weekends. The veterans’ organization American Legion has been working to restore the original date to set Memorial Day apart and pay proper tribute to the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.

3. It’s legally required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance
In December 2000, Congress passed a law requiring Americans to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen. Though this doesn’t appear to be common knowledge, perhaps this year we can do our best to take the time from our gatherings and remember what the day is about.

4. Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day
In 1966, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to officially recognize Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day. However it remains a contentious debate, with other towns like Boalsburg, PA claiming the title of “Birthplace of Memorial Day” as well.

5. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery
On the first Decoration Day, General Garfield made a speech where 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

6. Flying the American Flag
On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise until noon, then raised to the top at full staff until sunset.

7. Red Poppies
Red poppies are worn the Friday before Memorial Day. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

8. Hot Dogs – Yes Hot Dogs!
On a lighter note, peak hot dog season is considered to start on Memorial Day, continuing to Labor Day. Americans will likely eat seven billion hot dogs, or 818 every second, during that period. 

Golf Tournament a Chamber Win

The Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament hosted by Bailey Creek Golf Course was a resounding success! Over 140 players enjoyed a 4-person, 18 hole scramble with prizes for closest to the pin every par 3, men's and women's long drive, and a chance at a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one sponsored by Rouland Insurance and Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien.

Tournament Winners
Three teams shot 58 and went into a scorecard playoff.  Winners were:

1st Place: Dave Williams, Landon Williams, Bill Webb, Brandon Webb
2nd Place: Anthony Larissa, Mike LaFaye, Mike Fernandez, Tim Marsky
3rd Place: Greg Martin, Sue Martin, Linda Layland, Dave Cooley

Sponsors & Raffle Donors
We want to thank our tournament sponsors and raffle prize donors without whose generosity the tournament could not happen:
  • Almanor Ace Hardware
  • Almanor Basin
  • Almanor Energy Plus, Inc. 
  • Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware
  • Blue Goose Gallery
  • Cal-Sierra Title Company
  • Coffee Station
  • Coldwell Banker Kehr-O’Brien
  • Collins Pine
  • Cozy Cabin
  • Cravings Cafe
  • Edward Jones
  • Eric Dunbar, DDS
  • Forever Home & Outdoor
  • Gather Home
  • Giggling Crow
  • Knotty Pine Resort
  • Holiday Market
  • Lake Almanor Boat & RV Storage
  • Lake Almanor Brokers
  • Lassen Meadows Ranch
  • Olah Construction
  • Plumas Pines Resort
  • Rouland Insurance Agency
  • Sage Creek Insurance
  • Seneca Healthcare District
  • Sierra Desert Properties
  • Sierra's Fly and Tackle
  • Tantardino's Pizzeria
  • Tom Wallick Pottery
  • Waypoint Charters

Chamber Welcomes Pizza Factory

Your Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Pizza Factory as our newest member! Laura and Michael Kincaid, owners, are long-time residents of Chester and the Lake Almanor Basin, having lived here for 12 years with their three children. They are going into their sixth year of ownership of the Pizza Factory restaurant, and they recently renovated the interior with handmade tables and seating, creating a warm and inviting place for dining.

The Kincaid's are very engaged and passionate about supporting the community where they live and work. Some of the special perks they offer their customers are the use of Holiday Market 'Wow" points in exchange for a one-topping pizza and discounts for schools to reward students with pizza parties. 

Laura and Michael are very excited to be able to participate again in this year's July 4th festivities, and rest assured that their pizza frisbees will be on offer again! Laura said she enjoys being able to bring a better quality of life to her neighbors here, and looks forward to many more years serving the community.
Stop in and welcome our newest member, and sample their delicious eats!

197 Main Street, Chester

Weather, Lake Almanor & Fishing Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

High winds coupled with unsettled weather have made for uncomfortable fishing conditions the past few days. The bite remains tough at best. That said the fish we are catching are in great shape. Water level seems to have peaked the past few days, and clarity remains at 10-15’. Water temp has dropped the past week; I saw 57 degrees on the fish finder today.

The bite has been tough for bass fishermen as well, there was a small club tournament this weekend and the top boat (five fish limit) was ten and a half pounds. Plastics, crank baits and top water all caught fish. Trout trollers are targeting the north/west section of the lake alternating between fast and slow depending on weather. We are covering lots of ground and fishing hard for a half dozen bites. Today I slow trolled for two hours without a grab, sped up with hardware and ended up with five fish. Red/gold at 20’ on the wire was our top producer. I have not seen or heard of any positive reports on the hex hatch, we are at least two weeks away from the hex hatch getting into full swing.

Traffic has been light during the week, both USFS boat ramps are open and most campgrounds are open as well. Our weather is expected to improve this next week and I would hope fishing does as well.

Support the work of the Almanor Fishing Association.  Become a Member Today!

Let Freedom Ring!

What are the best things that happen during July?  

Food, family, Fourth of July, and fireworks! 

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber Board has declared 4th of July 2021 a time to Let Freedom Ring.  Join us in celebrating what makes the 4th a great occasion in the Lake Almanor Basin! 

  • Register for the Parade  (click here)
  • Donate to the Fireworks  (click here)
  • Buy a Rubber Duck ticket from a Rotary Member!
  • Register for the ARPD Fun Run (TBD)
  • Let Freedom Ring with your purchase of one of our 4th of July t-shirts! Men's, women's and youth options available. (Click on the t-shirt you like to purchase and receive by the 4th).

Chamber Board News, May Meeting

Board Members & Staff Present: Susan Bryner, President; Christi Chase, Vice President; Ryan Newell, Secretary.  Directors: Tom McGowan, Sharon Roberts, Matt Staggs, Carol Franchetti; Tina Davis, Executive Director, Kristal Johnson, Admin.

Guests: Clint Koble, Jennie Matthews

Meeting Highlights

Web Site. The Chamber will soon be rolling out a new website! Chamber Nation has designed a fresh new look and assistant Kristal Johnson is working to create pages and loading content. The new platform will be more user-friendly and easier to access, and once the site is up and running we will offer training for members.

Town Halls. The May 10 Town Hall addressed the 2105 Project, PG&E’s relicensing of the lake. Over 350 viewed the meeting either in-person, on zoom or through Facebook live. The Chamber Board wrote and signed a letter to FERC representing the 150 plus member businesses in our community. Information about the issue and sample letters can be found at The next Town Hall, June 7, will be presented jointly by Seneca Healthcare and the Almanor Foundation. (See Calendar)

Economic Development. Tom McGowan reported on the economic element of the General Plan presented by Tracey Ferguson to the Board of Supervisors at May 4 BOS meeting. The report recommended: the formation of an economic development advisory board, a point or contact person be assigned for economic development at the county level, support of local Chambers with county resources as economic development entities in their region, support for infrastructure improvements to benefit economic development. The reaction of the Board of Supervisors to the plan was disappointing to all present, with little discussion or examination of the content or recommendations. They pushed the item out to the May 18 agenda. Look for more information to come.  See the full plan. (link)

Member support: Clint Koble of the Sierra Small Business Development Center will be providing one-on-one support and counseling for small business owners one day per month, in the Chamber office. Dates and times will be announced soon. Clint notes that the last round of SBA loans was quite successful, most in the amount of $5000-15,000 range and very helpful to area businesses that struggled through the pandemic.

Events: The board voted on a theme for this year’s 4th of July parade and activities. Let Freedom Ring. See article in this and last week’s Chatter. Jennie Mathews, updated board on Farmers Market progress and budget process. Suggestion was made that some Chamber businesses would benefit by being open each Thursday during the market’s 4 – 7 hours.

Town Chatter - May 2021, Volume 4