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Susanville WebXtra for May 15th, 2019
Volume XI Issue 208
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Michelle Davenport with Pearl and Peach
Michelle Davenport with Pearl and Peach

Why We Love This Place Wednesdays:
Michelle Davenport

By Terra Avilla

People continually ask me how I chose the topics that I write about and if it's hard to think of things' every week.

The answer is no... in fact the hard thing is that there are so many things I want to write about but I have to choose one over the other.

But then there are weeks like this one, when I just feel compelled to not wait another week, or another moment, without telling you all how wonderful something is.

That wonderful 'something' for this week is Michelle Davenport.

Michelle is the perfect mixture of an adopted mom, an aunt, and friend. Michelle is my family. Michelle is my entire family's family. She is sweet and thoughtful and caring and patient.

Lord... she is patient.

Simply put, without her help over the past 5-years the Avilla household would not have held it together through late worknights on my end, mixed with Frankie's hectic work schedule which takes him out of the area frequently.

I cannot count the number of calls and texts from me apologizing to Michelle that I would be late to pick up my kids. Michelle's reply is always the same, "We're fine, we just (insert fun activity) and are about to (insert some other fun activity), take your time."

Then she sends me a picture of my girls laughing or snuggling with her or one of her kiddos.

My family would not function without Michelle's support and love.

Moving over from Reno to Susanville, I knew only my husband. So, when we discovered I was pregnant, I panicked. My parents and Frankie's parents were an hour and a half away. Who would watch my little girl? Who could work with my ever-changing work schedule? Who could I trust to take care of the most important thing in my world?

I knew I wouldn't have immediate help for those million questions first time moms experience: is this rash normal? Is the baby eating too much? Eating too little? Sleeping enough? When are her teeth coming in? Good golly how do I potty train this stubborn little human? And on and on.

Then I found Michelle.

I met her and all of my worries evaporated. She felt like home. Since that day Michelle has been right alongside my family as we have now grown from one little Peach - to a Peach and a little Pearl.

Michelle is always available for my bizarre questions and helped me and Frankie grow as parents. I am so blessed that my girls have 'Auntie Chelle.' They love her so much. My husband and I love her so much.

Her house is overtaken with toys and sippee cups, bouncers and toddler-sized shoes for my children. It is their home away from home.

I remember one day I had an in-custody on my shift and I was held over. I couldn't leave. Frankie was out of town and Michele called me and said Peach wasn't feeling good.

I felt awful that I couldn't be there, but comforted knowing Michelle loves my kids as her own and was taking care of her.

When I picked up Peach, she told me all about how she threw up in Michelle's bed and Michelle cleaned up the mess and rubbed her back until she fell back asleep.

I was - and am - so grateful for the caring heart in that woman.

And it's not just me that Michelle pours her heart into serving. Michelle has raised a gaggle of her own children and yet still finds time to give her love back into the community.

For instance, about twice a year, Michelle gets dozens of flowers or 'Smiles' as she calls them and delivers them throughout the community.

In accordance with Michelle's wishes I won't go into all of the selfless things she does or donates to, however, I can say that Michelle loves to serve. She donates time and money into this community without ever once stepping into the limelight.

Michelle has been one of the most integral people to my family's success in Susanville. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not reminded how lucky I am to have her in my life - in my children's lives. She is interwoven into my family, and whether she likes it or not - despite how old my girls get she is stuck with the Avillas forever.

She is one of the first reasons Susanville felt like home and she is definitely one of the reasons I love the place I live.

Susanville Choral Society Presents 'Music of Spring' Concert May 31st

A stellar evening of vocal performances will be the centerpiece of the May 31st Susanville Choral Society presentation of "Musique du Printempts" at the United Methodist Church on South Lassen Street.

The concert, featuring the music of spring by composers like Scarlatti and Faure, will have something for everyone according to Choral Society Director Liudmila Mullin.

"Enjoy our mixed-voice choir, accompanied by the Choral Society's famous pocket orchestra, performing a wide variety of music genre," said Mullin. "Certainly, something for everyone!"

Admission to the concert is free and donations to offset production costs will be gratefully accepted. The performance begins at 7:00p.m.

For more information call 251-6738, email or click here to visit the Choral Society at Facebook.

Lassen County Fire Safe Council to Offer
Home Ignition Zone Workshop

If you are interested in how you can protect your home, family and animals from wildfire, sign up for the Home Ignition Zone Workshop hosted by Lassen Fire Safe Council on May 31st and June 1st.

Find out how the fuels around your home and buildings can be arranged, modified and designed to be attractive and resist ignition from even severe wildfires. It’s not a miracle or luck.

This workshop will discuss in detail; the reality and myths of wildfires, the science of how wildfires ignite structures, how wildland/urban disasters occur, the concept of the Home Ignition Zone and the pre-fire actions that departments and residents can take to prevent wildfires from destroying their homes and communities.

A wildfire home assessment field exercise will also be offered which will assist participants in identifying wildfire hazards in the HIZ and the actions required to mitigate these hazards and reduce the probability of structures igniting.

This information will benefit residents, fire and emergency services, city/county officials, insurance and real estate professionals and anyone concerned with reducing their exposure to wildfires.

This HIZ Workshop will be instructed by Pat Durland. Pat is a nationally respected and internationally known expert in wildland fire mitigation training and planning programs for agencies, communities and property loss professionals. As a 20-year resident of the fire-prone Boise foothills, Pat and his family have dealt with wildfire both personally and professionally.

The two-day Home Ignition Zone Workshop will be held at the Janesville Fire Station, located at 463-390 Main Street from 6:00p.m. until 9:30p.m. on Friday May 31st, and from 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. on June 1st. RSVP’s are requested as we will want a head count to provide food and beverages, for which LCFSC will be “passing the hat” for contributions.

Please RSVP by email, preferred, to , or by phone: 530-251-5560.

This workshop is being funded through Title III funds made available to LCFSC from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors to support Lassen County’s 10 recognized Firewise Communities.

Janesville School Kindergarten Roundup
Scheduled for May 22nd

Janesville School will be holding a Kindergarten Round-up on Wednesday, May 22nd, from 8:00a.m. until 12:00p.m. Lassen County Public Health will be on hand to provide free dental screenings to any prospective Kindergarten student.

Speech screenings will also be available.

Parents and students can visit the current Kindergarten classrooms.

Children must be five on or before September 1st, 2019 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. Children who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd, 2019 are eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten.

If you have or know of anybody in the community with children in this age range, please encourage them to call our office at 253-3551 and/or attend the Round-up.

The following information is required in order to register your child:
• Current Immunization Record
• Birth Certificate
• Oral Health Assessment
• CHDP/Wellness Examination

Even if you are missing these documents, it is important to begin the registration process. School begins on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 and registration packets are now available in the school office.

Golf for a Great Cause: Susanville Symphony Holding Charity Tournament June 1st

The Susanville Symphony Society will be holding a charity golf tournament June 1st at Diamond Mountain Golf Course with all proceeds from the event going to support the society's youth music programs and scholarships.

Awards will be presented following the golf tournament along with BBQ pork sandwiches with sides.

Two hole-in-one prizes are being offered during tournament play - $10,000 in cash and a $15,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle - along with prizes for Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.

Registration for the tournament, which is limited to 144 players, is $100 per person and includes golf cart, bag lunch and dinner. Deadline to enter is May 24th.

Check-in for golfers on June 1st is at 7:30a.m. Players tee off with 4 person scramble/Shotgun start at 9:00.

Click here to download an entry form or stop by Axia Home Loans 2940 Riverside Drive Suite C. For more information call 310-8111 or 252-1533.

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SusanvilleStuff Today in History
A Lassen High Track meet at Arnold Field in a 1941 Eastman Studio aerial photo

Teacher Ruling Draws Protests
May 15, 1942

Despite the protests of a group of approximately 50 citizens, the board of trustees of Lassen Union High School Wednesday night passed a resolution upholding their former action in connection with the dismissal of Mrs. Alta Jensen, home economics instructor.

The board’s resolution climaxed more than a week of debate over terms of a board ruling against hiring of married teachers.

Written protests were filed with the board from three Susanville organizations in the Jensen case, in view of the fact that the teacher’s husband is to be called into the armed forces in the near future.

Backing up their protests through representation at the meeting, the organizations argued that the anti-marriage rule should be abolished under war conditions.

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Why did the rooster attract all the hens?
Cause he's got great pecks!

Congratulations to Madison Norvell, winner of this week's Pizza Factory giveaway!

You too could win a large one-topping pizza from the Susanville or Janesville Pizza Factory locations just by entering our weekly giveaway!

Just click here and follow the link to our handy entry form. You can enter once per day from each email address. We'll announce our weekly winner right here next Monday morning.

The prize is good for take-out or dine-in orders only, sorry no delivery.

Good luck and enjoy that yummy Pizza Factory Pizza!
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Susanville Weather Forecast

Today: Breezy, cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 59 to 69.

Tonight: Breezy, cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 35 to 45.

Thursday: Showers likely. Highs 51 to 61.

Thursday Night: Cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows 31 to 41.

Friday Through Sunday: Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs 57 to 67. Lows 31 to 41.

Monday, May 13
Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon Industry Night, every Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lassen County's only industry night for restaurant, bar, food service and hospitality professionals. Relax and get waited on for a change. Bring your business ID or paycheck stub for specials on appetizers and beer.
Community Calendar

Tuesday, May 14
Community Yoga: Meditation with Teresa Mossinger 6:00- 7:00p.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Classes are ongoing, drop-ins are welcome! Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Tuesday, May 14
Lassen Family Services Parenting Group Classes. Reduce the chaos and power struggles; learn an approach to parenting that is both simple and effective. "Positive Parenting with a Plan," Designed as a 12-week program, group and individualized instruction is provided on an on-going basis. Group classes are held Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 14
Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon Trivia Tuesday will be every Tuesday night from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Teams of 1-4.

Tuesday, May 14
Soroptimist International of Susanville is a women's community service organization. Soroptimist sponsors many awards and scholarships in our community. Join them every Tuesday at noon in the Willow Room the Diamond Mt Casino. For more information please contact Sharon at (714) 393-5487.

Tuesday, May 14
LassenLitRocks will be offering 4 sessions of free Reading Literacy classes on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm. The sessions will be from January 22 - February 28, March 12 - April 11, April 23 - May 23 and June 4 - June 27. These classes are located in the Lassen Library at 1618 Main St., Susanville. You can sign up for the classes at the library or call (530) 257-7471.

Tuesday, May 14
Lassen County Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month. From 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at 707 Nevada Street, Susanville.

Tuesday, May 14
Historic Uptown Susanville Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Wednesday, May 15
Susanville City Council Meeting 6:00 - 8:00p.m., at City Chambers 66 N. Lassen Street. Susanville City Council Meeting 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, May 15
Community Yoga: Stretch & Strengthen with Kelly Fairbank 9:00 - 10:30a.m. Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Wednesday, May 15
Susanville Weight Watchers meet Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 and 5:30 - 6:30 at the Susanville Mall Community Room, 805 Main Street, Susanville. For more information, please contact Theresa 530-310-5896.

Wednesday, May 15
Lassen Aurora Network Veteran's Support Group Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm at 811 Cottage St, Susanville. Our Mission is to provide a judgment-free environment where Veterans from all era's and services can meet and discuss issues without outside influences.

Thursday, May 16
Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Mixer hosted by Eagle Lake Village. Mixer is from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Rd. For more information, please call 257-4323.

Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19
Lassen Humane Society's annual spring yard sale will be on Friday, May 17th, from 9:00 - 4:00p.m., Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th from 9:00 - 3:00p.m. For more information, please call 257-4555 and leave a message.

Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19
Susanville Indian Rancheria 10th Annual Pow Wow. Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more information, please call Amelia Luna at 530-249-7192.

Saturday, May 18
The 7th annual Low-Cost Rabies and Licensing Clinic will be held at Memorial Park from 10:00 - 2:00 pm. Bring your dogs and cats dog to get rabies shot and license! (Cats only get rabies shots not licenses). Remember, it is a law to have your dog licensed within the city and the county. You cannot purchase a license without proof of rabies.

Saturday, May 18
Community Yoga: Beginning/Intermediate Yoga with Lynda Jackson 9:00 - 10:30a.m.
Community Yoga at the Clubhouse 470-835 Wingfield Road, Susanville. Check us put on Facebook at Susanville Community Yoga

Saturday, May 18
Masonic Lodge #149 host their 3rd Saturday Breakfast from 8:00 - 11:00 am. The cost is $6.00, and it's held at the Susanville Masonic Hall on Lassen Street (Across from the Post Office) the 3rd Saturday of each month. Proceeds go to benefit the School & Scholarship Fund.

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