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The shoot on Saturday, April 18, 2009, will offer local families a chance to take part in fun and safe shooting. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE – Lake County 4-H and the Konocti Rod and Gun Club will hold a free family fun shoot on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your family out for a day of fun and safe shooting at the Konocti Rod and Gun Club range at the end of Highland Springs Road in Lakeport.

There will be one-on-one coach/shooter instruction including air rifles by Crossman, .22 rifles, center fire rifles, shotguns, and black powder rifles and antique firearms.

All firearms and ammo provided for free; no personal firearms please.

They will have educational displays from Safari Club International, free gun locks and safety literature.

Large hot dogs for $2 and water for $1 will be available.

For more information visit, or call Rick or Jill at 707-994-7531.



All firearms and ammunition will be provided for free during the Saturday shoot. Courtesy photo.

SACRAMENTO – John Wagner, director of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), announced earlier this month that participants in California’s Food Stamp Program will receive a 13.6 percent increase in their monthly benefits beginning in April.

Approximately 2.5 million Californians (one million households) receive food stamps totaling approximately $321.6 million each month. That is expected to increase to 2.8 million Californians (1.15 million households) in the upcoming year.

The 13.6 percent increase will raise the average monthly food stamp benefit from approximately $300 per household per month to approximately $341 per household, resulting in $47 million in additional federal dollars arriving in the state each month.

“These benefits help low-income families put food on the dinner table every day,” said Wagner. “A 13.6 percent increase will dramatically help families, while also boosting California’s economy in ways that benefit grocers, food manufacturers and growers.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Feb. 17 provides for the 13.6 percent food stamp increase through federal fiscal year 2010.

The act also provides California with approximately $22 million in administrative funding for costs associated with increased SNAP caseloads. (The federal food stamp program is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “SNAP”.)

Participation in California’s Food Stamp Program by those not already receiving CalWORKs or other assistance increased 21 percent between January of 2008 and December 2008, from 628,000 to 764,000 cases.

To be eligible, households must meet asset requirements and have an income below 130 percent of the federal poverty level, currently $2,297 a month for a family of four. “We encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to apply for nutrition assistance benefits,” Wagner said.

According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) research, every $1 of additional federal food stamp benefits results in a $1.84 in local economic activity. More than 19,000 retailers and 62 Farmers' Markets serving more than 183 locations statewide currently accept food stamp benefits in California.

As part of the announcement about the increase in the food stamp benefits, Dr. Mark Horton, Director of the California Department of Public Health, reminded Californians that they can eat healthier foods in difficult economic times because it is often less expensive than buying highly processed, prepared foods that may be low in nutritional content.

“All Californians should eat more fruits and vegetables, buy produce in season when it is most affordable, and select whole foods, such as dried beans and grains, whenever possible.” he said. “It not only makes sense from a health perspective, it makes good economic sense as well.

“Farmers’ markets can be a great source of low-cost healthy foods,” Horton said. “We are pleased that 62 farmers’ markets across the state accept food stamp benefits, and we look forward to working with our community partners to increase that number even more.”

Dr. Horton oversees the “Champions for Change” public awareness campaign targeting low-income mothers in California communities that include a high number of food stamps recipients.

The campaign, administered through a statewide network of community organizations known as the Network for a Healthy California, is aimed at empowering low-income Californians to exercise and choose healthy foods to combat obesity and its associated health effects, including diabetes and hypertension.

In addition to the food stamp increase, the ARRA also provided additional funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). Under EFAP, commodity foods from the USDA are made available to California’s food banks and food pantries for distribution to low-income Californians.

The amount of commodities provided by USDA is based on economic need, as determined by the unemployment index and the U.S. census population. In fiscal year 2008-09 through March 31, California received 48 million pounds of commodities from USDA. An additional 22 million pounds of commodities is scheduled to be received through September 30, 2009, plus another 10 million pounds of commodities under the ARRA.

The assistance comes as demand for food at California food banks is reaching an all-time high. “No California family should have to face hunger,” Wagner said. “In difficult economic times, the nutrition assistance safety net, which includes food stamps and the emergency food assistance program, becomes even more important. Californians who are able to make food donations to their local food bank or pantry are encouraged to continue to be as generous as possible."

Additional information about California’s Food Stamp Program is available at

Additional information about the Champions for Change outreach campaign is available at

Additional information about the Emergency Food Assistance Program is available at or call (916) 229-3344.

MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Luncheon Club will host a discussion about the local watershed at its meeting on Wednesday, April 15.

The group will meet beginning at noon at the Middletown Methodist Church's social hall, 15833 Armstrong St., Middletown.

Learn more about your local watershed in an interactive program with Chris Simon, outreach and education coordinator for the Upper Putah Creek Watershed.

The Middletown Luncheon Club sponsors a monthly speakers program every third Wednesday of the month, except in December.

Local nonprofit groups serve lunch each month. This month Catholic Charities will serve. Reservations are not required.

Lunch costs $5 per person.

For more information, contact Helen Whitney, 707-928-9812.

UKIAH – The Area Agency on Aging, for Lake and Mendocino Counties, will conduct a public hearing to accept comments on the 2009-2012 Area Plan.

The plan sets forth goals and objectives to address needs of seniors & people with disabilities in Lake and Mendocino Counties.

The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 30, 9 a.m. to noon, at 747 S. State St., Ukiah.

To RSVP or get more information, call 707-463-7775.

The area plan is available on line at

CLEARLAKE – Redbud Library will hold its annual book sale on Wednesday, April 29, from noon until 7:30 p.m.

Redbud is partnering with Friends of Lake County Library to make this event one of the biggest book sales ever.

Proceeds from your donations will help support the libraries of Lake County.

For a donation of $15 you get a book bag that will hold as many books, CDs and DVDs as you can stuff in them.

Children’s book bags cost $8. Items are also sold separately.

There will be refreshments and entertainment.

Enjoy a skit of a woman’s version of the “Odd Couple” from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring Irehne Dishman and Linda Guebert. “A Pet Blessing” will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Redbud Library is located at 14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake, telephone 707-994-5115.

Support your local libraries and join them for the largest book sale in Clearlake.

LAKEPORT – On April 14, Dr. Tom Suchanek from U.C. Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey will present the results of a long-term interdisciplinary study of mercury cycling and bioaccumulation in Clear Lake to the Lake County Board of Supervisors.

The presentation is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. during the board meeting, which will take place in the board chambers at the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

This presentation will be the culmination of over 15 years of study by about 30 scientists from U.C. Davis and other academic institutions as well as from federal, state, and local governments on the sources, transformation, transport, burial, bioaccumulation and effects of mercury on Clear Lake’s water, sediments, benthic (bottom) invertebrates, plankton, fish, birds and humans.

A primary focus of the Special Issue and the presentation will be the influence of the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund Site as a source of mercury in Clear Lake, as compared with other mercury-contaminated sites worldwide.

The results of these studies were published recently (December 2008) as a 300-page special issue of the highly regarded peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecological Applications that is distributed to ecologists and other scientists throughout the United States and the world.

This study represents the first holistic ecosystem-level study of mercury cycling and bioaccumulation derived from mining sources, as opposed to atmospheric deposition.

The 17 individual publications in this special issue may be accessed and downloaded as PDF files for free at the following Web site,

Results from an additional follow-on paper published in 2009 by Suchanek and others in the peer-reviewed journal Water, Air and Soil Pollution, that provides a mass-balance mercury budget for the lake (quantifying the inputs, outputs and storage components of mercury within the Clear Lake aquatic ecosystem), will also be presented.

The presentation will be held on April 14 during the Board of Supervisors Chambers (1st floor) of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 North Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.

A follow-on reception by Drs. Tom Suchanek and Peter Richerson will be held in the Lakeport Museum (second floor conference room) from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance to the Museum on April 14 will be through the stairs at the rear of the building, which is directly across the street from the Courthouse. Several of the other authors of the papers in the Special Issue are also  expected to be present as well.

Questions regarding the presentation and reception may be directed to Dr. Tom Suchanek (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or via telephone 916-919-0859.

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