Category: Senior Corner

Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 Years Ago- December 7, 1941

By Eileen Majors 75 Years Ago- December 7, 1941 It was early December, 1941 and the Navy was on high alert.  The USS Arizona was one of 145 Navy and Coast Guard vessels positioned at or in the waters near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Battleship USS Pennsylvania was one of them, and my dad, Henry Jacob Heinz was on that ship which was in dry-dock at the time. On December 6th (he told me) there was a big party and with the help of the ships’ bands, music and fun was enjoyed by all, perhaps leaving some a bit off guard for the next morning’s events. It was 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time when the fateful...

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A Tangy Vinegar Story

Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar By Christy Milan        The smell of vinegar is sometimes too potent for many. It is a very distinct and rather strong odor.  This strong substance can be used for cleaning, pet care, health and even in the garden.  Variations of vinegars include white, malt, wine, fruit, balsamic, rice, coconut, cane, raisin, date, beer, honey, east Asian black, flavored vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Each one is used for different purposes. White vinegar is used to clean. While, Apple Cider vinegar is used for medicinal purposes. The other vinegars are usually for...

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The Appealing Apple

Photos, Recipes and Article By Christi Milan       The arrival of autumn evokes the memories of cozy fires, cool nights, falling leaves and the wonderful scents of the season. Swirling in the air are fragrances of cinnamon, all-spice and cloves. Autumn’s crop of fruits and vegetables offers a variety of flavors. Some of autumn’s delights are cranberries, squash, persimmons, pomegranates and apples. I believe nothing says autumn like apples. Apples are used to make a variety of great tasting beverages. One apple beverage that most people are familiar with is apple cider. Apple Cider can be...

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Pro Golfer Visits Westwood

Pro Golfer Visits Westwood by E. Majors In the area with his dad, Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson visited Westwood recently. Phil Michelson, Sr. attended school in Westwood and graduated in Chester. When their family arrived at the museum, Sheri Binswanger immediately called Terry Ferguson, a fellow board member for the Westwood Museum. He went to school with Mickelson, Sr. and the two had fun sharing old times. The Mickelson family also visited Buffalo Chips Pizza, where he may have gone unnoticed. The staff that was on duty enjoyed his visit and his compliments so much, they made a point to...

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Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt

Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt By Molly Barber Photos By Jeff Barber & Ronnie Theobald I come from a family of people who truly love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were multigenerational activities along with most other outdoor recreation. Hunting isn’t something I got into but growing up with a grandfather, father, uncle, and brother who loved it, I participated in my own way. I remember riding on quads or in trucks looking for deer, walking countless miles with them while they chucker hunted, and camping with them before opening days. I loved using and calibrating...

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Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar.

Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar. By Melissa Wynn Moth Photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Caterpillar Photos Courtesy of WhatsThatBug.com On a warm Spring morning as I reached to unlock the door of our Westwood office I saw a big beautiful, fuzzy moth basking in a ray of sun on the wall beside the door. I was so intrigued by it’s fiery orange head and the Nike swish pattern on her wings that I just had to find out what she was. I carefully captured my incidental treasure in a large plastic storage container and rushed it to the home of our local...

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Eagle Lake & Lake Almanor Fall Fishing’s on its Way!

By Dave Huhtala, Owner The Elegant Iris and The Men’s Den It’s been a long hot summer but fall is on its way. Eagle Lake fishing should start picking up. Low water again for this year. Well I  like to get out there around the end of September and early October with my jigs. First legal light and work the water with white, brown,  turkey, and olive colored Marabou Jigs. Don’t forget about the little white Paddle Bugs or small white Gitz Its. At this time of year the minnows are balling up around the shore line. If you find them you will have a blast with that bugfree 4-6 lb test line. Again...

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