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20 Tuesday, May 1,2007 Lassen County Times/Westwood PinePress : 1 forward in studying how we services. Comments will be I ,Ve [ can enhance services and cut studied by,the task force, used tera red tape, we believe it'sin the panel's evaluation of Ii Corner [ important to provide veter- gaps in service and form the ans, their family membersbasis of recommended solu- [i Larry Rogers ] and others with the opportu- tions. ' nity to share their ideas and Called the "Task Force on experiences," said Nicholson. Returning Global War on People can e-mail their Terror Heroes," the panel Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson, head Of the new inter-agency task force examining the process- es for combat veterans seek- ing services and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies, announced the cre- ation of a dedicated Web page to solicit input on the ease of accessing federal services. the task force moves comments to the task force at or fax com- ments to 202-273-9599. Task Force information and mail- ing address can be obtained on the VA home page, The Web page allows active duty service members, veter- ans, family members and oth- ers to comment directly to the task force on the accessibility, timeliness and delivery of consists of the secretaries of defense, labor, health and human services, housing and urban development, and edu- cation, plus'the administrator of the Small Business Administration and the direc- tor of the Office of Management and Budget. Under the terms of the execu- tire order creating the task force, the group has 45 days to identify and examine existing federal services for returning Global War on Terror service members; identify gaps in such services; seek recom- mendations from federal agencies on ways to fill those gaps and ensure that appro- priate federal agencies are communicating and cooper- ating effectively. Two major events of inter- est to the entire community are fast approaching. First, Lassen County celebrates Hometown Heroes, on Armed Forces Day, May 19. Plans are under way for this fundrais- ing event for the benefit of our veterans Joel Stovall, a Marine Corps veteran came up with the idea and now a committee is moving forward with the salute, which will offer entertainment for all. Plan now to come to the Veterans Memorial Building where the program begins at 7 p.m. If you would like to be part of this salute to veterans or want more information, call 251-8192. While you are making plans, mark July 6-8 on your calendar for a major Lassen County event that is sure to bring thousands to Susanville. The Let Us Remember Committee is very excited about this tribute to all veterans which includes the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, the largest traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in American; the Cost of Freedom Memorial which pays tribute to our WWII and Korean War Veterans, 9/11, and lists the names of all our military men and women killed in combat since Vietnam. There will also be a special memorial for all of those killed i.n Iraq. For more information go to the Web site The Lassen County Health and Social Services, Veterans Service OffiCe, is located in the ' Veterans Memorial Building, 1205 Main St in Susanville. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. I welcome your questions or" comments at 251-8192 or e- mail: e PETER M. TALIA Attorney at Law 257-5199 Matthew Johnson FFA Sentinel By Jimmy Graben Special to the Times "Wake up, California FFA!" was the lasting impression California FFA Sentinel Matthew Johnson left with his peers as he delivered his retirement address Sunday morning at Selland Arena. Johnson, 18, was elected sentinel last year and just fin- ished his 2006-2007 term. The five-year veteran of FFA urged the crowd of. over 4,000 people to always live in the moment and to never "fall asleep" in life. Johnson, a three-sport ath- lete at Westwood High School, drew upon his experiences in athletics to describe to his peers the ways he had been "in the zone." "I love to live in the moment," Johnson said. "Through sports, I had many experiences where I felt like I was in the zone, where I felt like I could do anything." Johnson described how he dreamed at night of winning the championship with his football team, but woke up from his dream right when his team was celebrating. He used this as a metaphor to lead in to his own personal, tragic experience. When Johnson was a soph- omore, three of his friends were involved in a car-train collision. Two were killed and the third was seriously injured. Johnson could not believe what happened. "In life, there are many times that one can be awok- en," Johnson said. "Wake-up The Northeast California "The Habitat Organization" Chapter of Pheasants Forever wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses and individuals who by their generous donations of cash and merchani:lise made this fund-raising -? banquet possible. The purchase of raffle tickets and auction items helped the chapter gross approximately $80,000. We would also like to especially thank the following individuals and businesses whose generous donations of $500.00 or more earned them Corporate Donor recognition. All of the proceeds of this banq uet will be spent locally on habitat enhancement and establishment Mike Rose, DDS Sunnyside Homes Diamond Mountain Casino Western Nevada Supply Mike & Lisa Stone Sherri Russell-Meline Dean's Guide Service Dr. Bateson Thornton Masonry Steve's Shooting Supplies Charlie & Ada Oripp Picture Perfect Custom Framing Thornton Masonry The Pardner WaI-Mart Howard & Dmitri Hanlon Staub & Sons Elegant Iris/Men's Den Laner Custom Knives Earthstone Gallery Hat Creek Construction Green Gulch Ranch Sports Hut Nor-Cal Hydroseeding All the Best Video Beterbide Bookkeeping Leyla Bennett Antelope Camp Staff Billington Ace Hardware Black Bear Diner Big O Tires The Bead Shop Jim & Arlene Brown Blickenstaff Ranch Corcin Crossing Cattle ~reek Publishing Cal Sierra Title Chicago Title Chester Rodeo Curves Dees Clothing Store Leslie Ougger Dalcar Electric Elkhorn Bait & Tackle Edward Jones Inves. Diversified Management Elite Salon Edith Schwirian Jewelry ERA Joy Realty Cad Ehrlich Greg Arnold Farmer's Insurance Eagle Home Mortgage Fastenal Richard & Jeanne Fording Every Bloomin' Thing Forest Office Supply Fred's Barber Shop Frosty Mill Jeanne Graham Grocery Outlet Kareen Faure Happy Garden House of Arrows Holt Enterprises Health Nut Linda Hancock Jack & Kay Helmbold Honey Lake Feed Idaho Grocery Heard's Market Holland's Driving School Loon Lake Decoys Marlana Inman Cori Hunt Johnstonville Quality Foods Iron Horse Gym Nancy Jones Les Schwab Tire Center Leslie's Jewelry Jennifer West-Lucchesi Mike's Quality Auto Mahogany Ridge Guest Ranch Mazoli's Catering Milwood Florist McDonald's Barb & Mike Montandon 8ilJ Mutters State Farm Northwoods Gallery Debbie Niemeyer Pezzu[Io & Gossett Plumes Bank Pizza Factory Pew Forest Products Pak-n-Ship Raahauges Hunt Club Ri-Tone Color Center Round Table Pizza Realty World Robbins House of FurnitureSteele Roberts Ross St. Francis Bar & Grill Sportsman's Warehouse Silverthreads Outerwear Subway Surprise Valley Hot Springs Safeway Susanville Ford Lauren Sherman Stichen Horse Ranch Susanville Supermarket Dennis Simpson Dr. Syverson Shelly & Isaac Thornton Cod Shellabarger Suzanne Schneider Tri Counties Bank Susanville Towing UPS Store T & A Lounge TNS Trucking J.W. Wood, Inc Sherfi Thornton US Bank Wheeler's Wilderness Adventures Bob Truesell Uptown Uniforms Jim Burton Ranch Wemple Pumpkin Patch Dr, Paul Holmes Honey Lake Ranch Antler Creek Wildlife Antonio's calls are what shape the character of people. This was mine " Johnson said as he got over his depression he became angry and wondered why bad things happened to such good people. He asked himself why he had to go through all of the pain. "When you have a wake-up call, time stands still," Johnson said. "Waking up is inevitable The ability to move on is what builds-char- acter. That is what defines yOU." He issued a challenge to his peers, asking them if they had character. Johnson said the pain and suffering was still with him to this day, but every one has to keep living for the moment. "You have to learn through hardships and experiences," Johnson said. The tragedy made him appreciate things he before had taken for grant- ed. At the end of his speech, Johnson stated thfit his friend who survived the car crash and put his life back together was a prime example of never giving up and always living life to the fullest. "California FFA, do not take life for granted," Johnson said. "California FFA, wake up!" Following his retirement address, Johnson was hon- ored with a slide show featur- ing him with friends, family and FFA members. Johnson was given a commemorative plaque and embraced on stage by his fellow FFA officers. In traditional fashion, he was honorably disrobed of his sentinel jacket and given his original FFA blue-cor- duroy jacket bearing the name of his FFA chapter. He then received a standing ova, lion from the crowd. FFA Treasurer Ryan Amaral presented Johnson with his award and comment- are The Susanville FFA at San Luis Obispo. He plans to Lassen High School attend and major in interna- .announces the acceptance of tional agriculturalbusiness. several third- and fourth-year Kirby Swickard has been F FA memtm~s into~eco~dary-:a'~gept~tl"to"CIffffO"-Sta~""di~ff institutions, both state and nationwide. The students have been enrolled in the sequential agriculture education pro- gram, which includes college preparatory, as well as voca- tional courses. Matt Potter has been accept- ed to Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, San Diego State, University of Nevada, Reno and Cal Poly, the University of. Nevada, Reno. She will be attending UNR in the fall and will be studying nutritional sciences. Amanda Johnson will be majoring in pre-vet at the University of Nevada, Reno, with plans to go on to recewe her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State. She also was accepted at Chico State. Taylor Hagata has offers of r,m t Buy window coverings and flooring from one of the nation's largest distributors. 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Johnson will attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo next fall and plans on major- ing in animal science. acceptance from Cal Pol San Luis Obispo, University of Nevada, Reno and Chico State. He will attend Chico Stht~6 ~h-nff ivill study agricul- tural business and plans to specialize in range manage- ment. Rachelle Leiding has been accepted and plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno and will be studying speech pathology. She plans to work with children with special needs. Tony Bustamante has been accepted into the CAT pro- gram, a heavy machinery mechanic school operated by the Caterpillar Corporation. Marrissa Allen has been accepted to Humbolt State, Chico State and Fresno State. She plans to attend Lassen Community College for two years and then transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and major in the field of agricul- ture. 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