June 2021, Volume 2
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Calendar of Events Import

Ayoob's Intermountain Hardware 75th Anniversary!

Community Town Hall

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

Seneca Healthcare District 2021 Wellness Screening
06/23/2021- 06/24/2021

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Veteran's Fishing Day on Lake Almanor

Taylorsville 4th of July Silver Buckle Rodeo and Jackpot Roping
06/30/2021- 07/04/2021

Seneca Healthcare District 2021 Wellness Screening
06/30/2021- 07/01/2021

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Turner Excavating, Inc Presents Sips & Stones

4th of July Parade, Main Street Chester

Fireworks Spectacular Over Lake Almanor

4th of July Chester Classic Fun Run

4th of July Craft Fair

Lake Almanor's Farmers Market

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace

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

Chester Library Book Sale
07/31/2021- 08/01/2021

Register/Sponsor a Float for the 2021 4th of July Parade!

Registration for all 4th of July floats and vendors is available!

When: Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 11am
Where: Collins Pine Park on Main Street to the Meadow

Register for Floats or Register to be a Vendor Here or call 530-258-2426 

If you don't have time to work on a float, but would like to sponsor one, please call 530-258-2426.

Don't forget to purchase your 4th of July t-shirts here!

Thank you Community Partners and Platinum Sponsors for sponsoring the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks!
Community Partners
Coldwell Banker Kehr-O'Brien
Collins Pine
Rouland Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District

Platinum Sponsors
Lake Almanor Ace Hardware
Ayoob's Intermountain Hardware
Olah Construction

Town Trivia

A lot of correct questions to this week’s Town Trivia answer, Homer Flint but the early bird was Ralph Anderson with the correct question: Who designed Bailey Creek Golf Course.

Ralph wins a $10 gift certificate from Ace Hardware, who will also be our sponsors this week. Thank you all for playing and to Ace Hardware, supporter of The Chatter and Town Trivia.

Answer this week: Mt. Harkness

Please send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com.

Looking for sponsors for Town Trivia! Get your company name and logo in Town Chatter for four consecutive weeks. Contact katherine@sansoneplus.com.  

Please note: only emails received after release of Town Chatter Wednesday am will be considered.  Send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com on or after each Wednesday of publication. We are always looking for sponsors for Town Trivia. If interested, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com.

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 

Amazing Opportunities at Slusher Inc.
Plumbing, HVAC and Electric Service & Repair and installation technicians
Slusher, Inc is a well established 41 + years in the Chester/Lake Almanor/Susanville area
Please email info@slusherplumbing or call 530.258.3474 for more information. 

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

Chester Fire Department and CPUD Open House
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Featuring fire engines, ambulances, helicopters, information tables, CPUD equipment, children's activities and FREE hot dogs. 

Cal-Fire Suspends Burn Permits. The CALFIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit will suspend burning on Monday, June 1st, 2021 for Plumas County. Click here for more information: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Lassen National Forest is happy to announce that Almanor Group Campground is now open for reservations! This site can accommodate up to 100 people and costs $100 per night. For reservations and availability please visit https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232246

Holiday Market offering  hiring bonus! Summer season hiring bonuses are being offered by Holiday Market. Holiday will be hosting a recruiting event from 11am-3pm this Wednesday, and Thursday, June 9th and 10th in front of the Chester Holiday Market on Main St.  www.ShopHolidayMarket.com

Community Wellness Screening
The 2021 Wellness Screenings Sponsored by the Seneca Hospital Auxiliary takes place on the following dates:

Wed, June 23, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Thurs, June 24, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Wed, June 30, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Thurs, July 1, 7:00 am - 9:30 am

372 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States
Download Flyer Here for more information

ARPD Fall Soccer 2021 Registration:
Almanor Recreation and Parks District has opened registration for the 2021 fall soccer season. The season will begin in August/September. To register your children visit ARPD's website at https://www.yourarpd.org/index.html

Almanor Flag Football: 
Almanor Flag Football is excepting registration for this year's summer camp. July 12th-16th, 5:30 pm. Check out their Facebook page for more  information https://www.facebook.com/Almanor-Flag-Football-244341679827558

Celebrate Ayoob's 75th Anniversary, June 11

Ayoob's will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on June 11, 2021 from 10 am -2 pm. A customer appreciation lunch will be served up from 11 am -1 pm. Stop in. Say hello. Celebrate. Take a look at the in-store specials and promotions, have some good food and enjoy the fabulous mural just completed on the north side of the building.

Ayoob’s Department Store in Chester was one of four Ayoob stores in Plumas County, a dynasty begun by Mike Ayoob, Sr. The Chester store was built by Ed Neuman and wife Helen Ayoob Neuman in 1946. After its celebrated grand opening on October 25, 1946, the store provided many necessities for Chester residents over the years, from clothing and gifts, to appliances, building supplies, and furniture (excepted from Chester History Tour, Marilyn Quadrio).

The building and store are now proudly owned and operated by the Newell Family who purchased it in 2014 renaming it, Ayoob’s Intermountain Hardware.  Ayoob's of today continues to provided provide many necessities for area residents, such as clothing and souvenir gifts to hardware and sporting goods. The Newell Family pride themselves on great customer service as well as “having a little bit of everything”. Their hope is to continue the legacy of Ayoob’s by making it everyone’s favorite place to shop small while creating their own legacy for future generations of Newells. 

Town Hall - Monday June 14 - Memorial Hall

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. 
- Margaret Wheatley

Join us for the Second Community Town Hall, Monday, June 14, 5:15 - 6 pm, Chester Memorial Hall 225 Gay Street, Chester.  The Town Hall will also be broadcast live on the Lake Almanor Area Chamber's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lakealmanorarea/

Seneca Healthcare District: Introducing CEO Shawn McKenzie 

Seneca Healthcare District will be participating in this month's Town Hall, where our community will have the chance to meet CEO Shawn McKenzie, ask questions and discuss Seneca's commitment to our community and our efforts to be your provider of choice. During this time we will talk about the current Seneca projects and their status. Join us to learn more about Project Botox, Project Welcome Mat, Project SWA, Project Bullhorn, Project Lockjaw and the New Hospital Build status.

The Almanor Foundation: Our Story

The Almanor Foundation— changing the Greater Basin. Join Susan Bryner, Director of The Almanor Foundation and President of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber as she shares the vision behind this newest addition to our community. Learn about who it will serve, how it will be funded, the proposed initiatives it houses, and most importantly, how you can be a part of this wonderful opportunity to steer the direction of our community and spark needed action. Foundation directors and steering committee members will be present to answer questions and share the can-do spirit that moved them to take part.

Town Halls are a project of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber's Town Talk Series.  

Wanted: New Ideas, Fresh Takes and Genuine Interest


Lake Almanor Watershed Group is looking for New Ideas, Fresh Takes And Genuine Interest in the ongoing good water quality of Lake Almanor and its watershed!  

The Lake Almanor Watershed Group - also known as LAWG - is looking for you to share your thoughts at their 2-hour monthly meetings.  For more information, please visit  
www.sierrainstitute.com/LAWG or call Peggy at 256-3920 or Bridie at 596-3681.
Lake Almanor Watershed Group - Steering Committee Meeting
June 9th 1 to 3 PM via Zoom and in person at the Maidu Summit Consortium
Water Monitoring

Sierra Institute’s GrizzlyCorps member Kevin Price and local volunteer Phil Datner got out on the Lake Almanor on May 18th to practice with the water quality equipment recently loaned to the Lake Almanor Water Group by Scott McReynolds from the Department of Water Resources.
Kevin and Phil, along with other community member, will be heading the effort to collect water quality field data this season that will be the basis for the Lake Almanor Watershed Group’s Water Quality Report in 2022.
If you’re interested in volunteering contact Kevin at kprice@sierrainstitute.us

Weather, Lake Almanor & Fishing Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association


Lake level has peaked at 4483’ we will begin seeing a drop in water level soon. This past week’s 90+ degree weather raised water temps into the 70’s. We will see a cooling trend this week with day time highs in the low 60’s and overnight lows in the thirty’s. We are also scheduled to receive winds early in the week. Clarity is hovering between 10-15 feet.

The Hex hatch has begun with small hatches taking place around the dam and along the West Shore it will be a few days before we see prolific hatches and it will take some time for the fish to key in on the hatches as well, the hatch and bite will only improve from here.

The bite remains tough for trollers as fish continue to feast on insects. There continues to be no rhyme or reason to the fish caught, you have an equal chance of catching fish trolling fast, slow or anything in between.  Hamilton Branch remains your best shot from shore. There has been lots of pressure around Red Bank, that water is between 20-30’ deep and catching has been sporadic at best. Bass fishermen are picking up quality smallies shallow early moving into deeper water as the sun comes up. Boats are beginning to search for fish throughout the lake with Big Springs, A-Frame, Peninsula and the East Shore seeing some pressure.

Traffic has picked up at both USFS boat ramps and the ramps get busy late morning and early afternoon. Most of our campgrounds with some operating at half capacity. Call ahead to insure availability.

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

Seneca Healthcare District Receives Donation from Seneca Hospital Auxiliary

Chelssa Outland

Seneca Healthcare District (SHD) is grateful to all the loyal volunteers from Seneca Hospital Auxiliary. These volunteers provide non-medical volunteer services to our patients, families, hospital staff, and community, as well as philanthropic contributions to Seneca and the surrounding community.
The Seneca Hospital Auxiliary is a nonprofit made up of dedicated volunteers who give their time and financial resources to help others. The organization’s members are an integral part of the Seneca team of professionals. Members of the Hospital Auxiliary raise funds for the purchase of new medical equipment needed to improve the quality of care, funding of scholarships for students entering the health care field, and other health and wellness needs within the community.

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Seneca Hospital Auxiliary awarded Seneca 42,000 dollars for the purchase of new hospital equipment.

This year, Seneca Hospital Auxiliary donated the following to the hospital and the community:

• $42,000 Hospital Equipment
• $3,000 Seneca Long Term Care Activities Fund
• $4,500 Scholarships
• $325 Community Supper

In addition to their monetary support, they host two Blood Drives each year; assist with the Flu and Wellness Clinics; volunteer inside the hospital where needed; host an Annual Game Day; and help serve at a Community Supper.

Seneca Hospital Auxiliary welcomes new members to join. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman, Dorothy Stroup, at 530-250-7985. Your time and experience will go a long way to enhance Seneca Healthcare District and our community. For more information visit our website at www.senecahospital.org/auxiliary/

“Many thanks to the generous donors who made our accomplishments this year possible.” – Seneca Hospital Auxiliary
Town Chatter - June 2021, Volume 2