June 2021, Volume 5
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Town Trivia

Once again Ron Outland was the winner with the correct question to answer: Provided water via 33 miles of canals and pipes – an engineering accomplishment – to the Dutch Hill Mines in 1878. Question:  What is Crumbaugh Lake? Ron wins a $15 gift certificate from sponsor Watkins Pet Supply who is also Town Trivia sponsor this week.

This week’s answer: The two well-known waterfalls in Lassen Park

This week’s sponsor is Watkins Pet Supply offering a $15 gift certificate to the winner. Thank you!

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. 

This week's featured job.

Feather River Tourism Association

Feather River Tourism Association is seeking qualified applicants who are interested in working in the following fields or similar areas:

  • Administration Marketing Communication
  • Web Maintenance Strategic Planning Financial Oversight

Please contact Karen Kleven, Board Chair
530-394-0269, email karenkleven@gmail.com or visit the website.

Chester Library Reading Program & Book Donations

Books! Friends of Chester Library is happily accepting donations of gently used books for their upcoming book sale this year held on Saturday, July 31st, and Sunday August 1st in the Chester Library parking lot.

Plumas County Library Reading Summer Program 

Join the Summer Reading Program at your local Plumas County Library. This is open to all kids starting June 14th and going through the summer to August 14th. Set a reading goal, reach your goal, receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a gift card. One prize and raffle ticket per patron per week. Please click here for more information. 

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

All Weekend

Taylorsville 4th of July Silver Buckle Rodeo and Jackpot Roping
Jackpot Roping - June 30-July 3; Rodeo - July 4
Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 3rd
Hamilton Branch Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
Volunteer Fireman's Association 
3791 Big Springs Road

Sunday, July 4th
Lake Almanor Elks Breakfast at the Lodge & BBQ at Chester Park

7am, Elks Lodge

Lake Almanor Elks 4th of July Arts & Crafts Fair
10am, Chester Park

4th of July Parade
Brought to you by Lake Almanor Area Chamber

11am, Main Street

Rotary Duck Race
2pm, Chester Park
Tickets will be sold during the parade. All proceeds go to local high school and continuation scholarships. 

Fireworks Spectacular Over Lake Almanor
​Brought to you by Lake Almanor Area Chamber

The show begins after sundown. The show will be shot from a barge located off the tip of the Peninsula and will be coordinated to music that will be broadcast on FM 91.5 during the show. Please continue to send in your donations. They are very much needed to continue our tradition. Click here to donate online.

Facts About July 4th

Katherine Sansone

The Declaration of Independence Wasn’t Signed in July
On July 4, 1776, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, but it actually wasn’t signed until almost a month later. When the declaration was officially approved on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thompson (president and secretary of the Continental Congress) signed the draft that day. The official copy signed by all 56 signees was August 2, 1776.

Fireworks Were John Adams’ Idea
John Adams wrote a letter predicting an annual Fourth of July celebration, calling out an an iconic tradition: Fireworks. He wrote that the holiday would be celebrated “with illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward, forevermore.” Judging by the number of fireworks purchased each year, his prediction was correct.

One President was Born on July 4
Calvin Coolidge was the first (and so far, the only) president to have been born on the Fourth of July. He was born on July 4, 1872, in Plymouth, Vermont, and went on to become president in 1923.

George Washington Celebrated the Holiday with Rum 
While many of us enjoy a red, white, and blue cocktail on the July 4th, George Washington may have been the first to start the tradition. On the second anniversary of the first Fourth of July, America was still fighting for independence in the Revolutionary War. George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers (along with an artillery salute) to celebrate the holiday on July 4, 1778.

The First Fourth of July Was Celebrated in 1777 
When the Declaration of Independence was finalized in July of 1776, future president John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail, saying he expected the date to become an annual celebration in America—and he was right. In 1777, the first Fourth of July was celebrated with fireworks and parades.

Three Presidents Have Died on July 4 
While only one president has been born on Independence Day, three have died on the holiday. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson actually died on the same day, on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the Fourth of July. Later, President James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

The First Person to Sign the Declaration of Independence Was Never President
John Hancock famously was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence (that’s where the phrase 'put your John Hancock here' originates), so many people falsely assume he became president at some point. Although he was president of the Continental Congress, John Hancock never became president of the United States.

Apple Pie Is Considered the Most American Dessert 
When the colonists came to America, they were looking for ways to distance themselves from Britain. They ditched their scones and cakes and learned how to make a flaky pastry crust from Dutch immigrants. Apples were easy to come by, so they filled the pastries with apple slices and the tradition of apple pie (and independence) was born. 

The Star Spangled Banner Didn't Become the National Anthem for More Than 100 Years
Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner on September 14, 1814, as he watched British troops take over fort Fort McHenry during the war of 1812—but the song didn't become the national anthem until more than a hundred years later in 1931. 

Community Needs to Continue to Write Letters to FERC

Wendi Durkin, Susan Bryner

November Lake, Courtesy of John Crotty.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa has submitted the concerns of his Lake Almanor constituents to the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) regarding the relicensing of the Upper North Fork Feather River Project, FERC No. 2105 (Project), that includes Lake Almanor.  Read LaMalfa's letter to FERC here.

To date, FERC has received 100 letters from the Lake Almanor community communicating our concerns about the negative impact of drawing 250 cfs of cold water from Lake Almanor, June - September of each year.  According to Shane Starr of Mr. LaMalfa's office, 100 letters is not enough. To be taken seriously, we need to up the ante and submit many more letters to get the attention the FERC bureaucratic process requires.

We ask our community to continue to submit letters to FERC.  Sample letters are available at this site, along with addresses for FERC.

If you have any questions, please call Wendi Durkin, Chair of the Save Lake Almanor Committee 530-228-2683 or Susan Bryner, President of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber 530-588-3799.

Chamber Welcomes Five Star Bank

At Five Star Bank, a meaningful relationship with your banker is possible. Transitioning to the Lake Almanor lifestyle is Five Star Bank Senior Vice President, Venture Banking Manager, Jon Gregory and his wife Karen McHenry. Jon brings significant depth of experience and contacts working with start-ups, entrepreneurs, tech companies, angel investors, venture capitalists and others involved in the tech ecosystem throughout Northern California. 
Today at Five Star Bank Jon also utilizes his exceptional experience and skillset to serve the Lake Almanor Basin and surrounding areas specifically in the acquisition, construction or refinancing of commercial real estate. In the past year he has helped finance subdivision projects, multi-family housing projects, office and medical buildings, and self-storage facilities.
Jon also works with many small businesses on various types of business lending, including acquisitions, working capital for expansion, tenant improvement projects and new equipment financing.

Jon has customers all over Northern California and enjoys working with businesses that are passionate and committed to their business and its success. He has recently learned that several of his customers have 2nd homes in the Lake Almanor area!

“My wife and I grew up camping in Lake Almanor and we couldn’t be more excited to become part of the community,” said Jon. “As cliche as this sounds, everyone we meet has a smile on their face and you can tell they really love where they live and work.” 

Previously he co-founded two boutique angel investment funds that invest in high-growth-potential start-ups, as well as founded Golden Capital Network -- an organization that hosted venture forums throughout California and Nevada featuring over 2,000 alumni start-ups to over 300 venture capital funds and angel groups. Two of those successful start-ups include StubHub and Pandora. 

Jon also co-founded SARTA (Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance) in 2000 along with the Sacramento Metro Chamber and UC Davis.  

“With Five Star Bank, I’m able to provide the resources of a large bank with the personal accessibility and customer service of a small bank,” said Jon. “Truly the best of both worlds.”
Five Star Bank currently is one the most active SBA (Small Business Administration) lenders, and prides itself on speed of service, its online and mobile business banking capabilities, and commitment to their customers and communities. 

We look forward to working with Jon, and wish him and Karen a very warm welcome to the Lake Almanor Community.  Feel free to call him anytime at 530-518-5733 or email him at jgregory@fivestarbank.com.

This Week at the Farmers Market - July 1

Jennie Mathews, Farmers Market Manager

This week we have some new vendors and live music provided by Christi Chase.

Weekly Vendor Feature
Our featured vendor this week is Mile High Mill & Grain Co. from Ravendale, CA. They are committed to restoring, preserving, and recreating the lost art of local flour milling in Lassen County, CA. Products they offer to the market include hard red wheat (all-purpose, whole wheat, and bread flours); hard white wheat (all-purpose and whole wheat flours); and soft white wheat (pastry flour). We are so appreciative of them coming out to Plumas County to share their products with us!

Signature Cocktails & Beverages
This week's signature cocktail is a Classic Margarita. In addition, there will be plenty of Sincere Cider on hand, the official hard cider of the Lake Almanor Farmers Markets. 
For more information, contact:
Market Manager, Jennie Mathews

Weather, Lake Almanor and Fishing Report

John Crotty

On June 26, 2021, the Almanor Fishing Association held our fourth Veterans Fishing Day on Lake Almanor. We had over 50 boats take more than 100 Veterans fishing. It was a spectacular day for all involved. Mr. John Bottomley celebrated his 98th birthday at our picnic. What an honor for all involved.

6/30/2021 Report
Unseasonably warm temps have fishermen hitting the lake early and getting off the water by noon with some returning in the evening to fish the Hex Hatch. We are in store for another seven days of 90 plus degree weather. My weather gauge showed triple digits here at the south end of the lake yesterday. The warm weather has water temps warming into the seventies as fish are seeking springs or deeper cooler water. 

Fishermen are targeting fish in 45-50’ of water at Dorado, A-Frame, Big Cove and off the Peninsula. Slow with crawlers and gulps remains your best shot at catching a fish. Guys on anchor are using crickets and meal worms with moderate success. The Hex Hatch slowed this past week; we should continue to see hatches for a few weeks. I saw some recently hatched Pond Smelt along the rocky shoreline on Saturday. As the Hex Hatch winds down fish will begin keying in on the smelt. Mother Nature provides our fishery with a year round, high protein diet. 

The Hex Hatch is in full swing with prolific hatches taking place along the west shore almost every evening. Fly fishermen are catching some quality fish with a mix of browns and Bows. Our local tackle stores and AFA supporters, Intermountain Hardware, Sports Nut and Sierra Fly and Tackle will have a good selection of Hex flies.

Both USFS ramps are open; most campgrounds are open as well. We are beginning to see more road construction on roads leading to Almanor, with up to twenty minute delays on the Fredoyner summit East of Susanville. 

Join the Almanor Fishing Association Now.
Town Chatter - June 2021, Volume 5