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,,i'1) by Bill Burleson getting tired of listening and tv news on the Are 'you depressed by financial page? around you and feel a Gridley still has its water. Press salesman was in for said the new-used press be financed at whatever is in effect at the time perhaps in July. The given up trying to the up-and-down rates. two weeks the situation two points. leasing company rep- says he is getting bus- Prime plus five percent on contract ... he said that was 20. Must make the his head when he he could have purchased rthe financed machines for money. visitors from Africa Herald tour Tuesday• standing looking at the the warning bell sound- " exclaimed one, just visited Reno. of Nigeria was by the day's tour, led by Ed Kiiby, and Gray retiring manager, John Technology, he said, is Country needs. is now divided into 19 copies our democratic government. There are n languages, and 225 na- hunters will be interested gun rules of Nigeria: no two barrels, no auto- All guns are registered, and must be in order topur- However, there is I. that poachers were hants. They are try- RUSS VELASQUEZ AT GRIDLEY HIGH. \Vithm the past l'c~v years, Russ Vclasqucz has seen a girt shot, kids have threatened to burn his house dov, n and hc has gone on a motor- cycle trip in the Baja Desert with hard-core youth gang members. Today, Velasquez has hopefully left most of those bad times be- hind, but he'll be doing the same job -- helping youngsters. Velasquez, a dark-haired, beard- ed man who just turned 27 this week, has been hired by the Con- cerned Citizens Committee to work with students in Gridley area schools. Although lhc funding for his job is still questionable because it is be- ing raised through community donations, Velasquez will be on campuses soon to gel to know lhe students and will officially start v, ork next September. Although one of the major con- terns of the Concerned Citizens Committee and Velasquez is drug and alcohol abuse, they stress that he is there to talk over any prob- lems that are of concern to students. And, he will not be a narc. "Russ is not going to be a narc. He's not there to squeal on any- body. He's there to help," pointed out A] Tarzian, a member of the Concerned Citizens Committee. His sentiments were echoed by Gridley Elementary School District Superintendent .lames Underhill, who said: "If he were going to be used that way, 1 wouldn't want him here•" Even Police Chief John l)onna- hoe, whose job is to enforce drug laws, says he won't be a narc. "He's not there to be a narc. I'd like to put that in bold print. He's there to help those people who need help," the Chief said• What Vclasquez will be is a street worker, one who works as a counselor not in an office, but in the cafeteria, on the playground, after school, before school and sometimes even at home. According to those involved, the Gridley area needs this kind of per- son -- someone sludents can talk to for help other than academic and someone who will not narc on t hem. "! think he's the best thing to come along in this area for a long time, especially considering we would not be able to collect enough money to hire another police officer," Donnahoe said• "In many ways, he has more ex- pertise in the area of drug coun- seling than an officer would. We've needed a program such as this for years•" The Chief also thinks Velasquez is the ideal person for the job. "Russ is a local man. He is a family man and wants to raise his family herc. He has a sincere desire USPS 859-420 to help the people of the area and to make it a better place for not only his family, but for everyone else," the Chief said. Underhill, who will oversee the program, agreed, saying: "We will not observe this person as a cop en- forcing our rules, but as another positive adult figure with whom students can relate." Gridley is actually a long way from Velasquez's home - he grew up and went to high school in West Covina, which is in the San Gabriel Valley. His first experience with work- ing with young people came when he was not much older than them - he was a tutor at the age of 18 in the McKinley Home for Boys. After 18 months there, he did a 14-month teaching stint at a paro- chial school. Then he went to work as an out- reach worker for the City of West Covina, counseling boys on proba- tion, ages 11 to 16. Two years later, Velasquez found himself working with street gangs thrgugh a program in the neighboring City of La Puenta. "1 would talk about anything that's important to them, jobs, school, friends," Velasquez said. It was during this time that Velasquez had several youths (Continued on Page 8) Vol. 100 No. 71 15c Copy Gridley, Butte County, CA 95948 Friday, May 2, 1980 the diminishing on Page 8) area youngsters needing for fall school may get them free next will be given May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 the Health Department tnside the Butte County on Oro-Gridley th Department spokes- getting, needed immu- now instead of waiting te summer will mean and also assures that a be able to complete all immunizations by the of school• who are at least eight in need of "baby are also welcomed to the All minor children accompanied by a parent gUardian. Regulations do babysitters, grand- and other non-parents to Consent forms needed Parents who can- td the clinic may call the and make ar- to have the forms sign- then have a responsible the child. information, call the Department offices at or 891-2731 between 8 Monday through Fri- Abuse topic Chamber on May 7 Area Chamber of May 7 meeting will Robert Shadley of the Sheriff's Depart- about drug abuse. the head of. the nar- for the BC Sheriff's has had extensive ex- in this field of police e was a member of the Police Department and the local Tri-County Task Force. to Chamber Vice- Dave Young, the pro- begin promptly at noon audience time to ask Went. on to add that the community are en- ::to attend and find out this growing problem. HEALTH FAIR PLANNING - Gridley Ambulance manager Larry Johns (left) and EMT Keith Spears talk over plans for this year's senior citizens Health Fair with Ruth Damour, one of the organizers. The Health Fair is free to all seniors 55 and over. it will be held Tuesday in Memorial Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People helping people--that's what it's all about. That's how organizers are de- scribing this yeai"s Senior Health Fair in Gridley, which will be held in Memorial Hall Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The annual Health Fair for seniors 55 and over is available free of charge. T, ransportation will also be provided by calling 846-4737. The Health Fair will provide every type of informatioa to help Seniors improve their health and to "live better in 1980." Those in at- tendance are welcome to pick up informational material, talk to professionals and volunteers, or to take advantage of the free health checkups for: diabetes, breathing capacily, check of teeth or den- tures, foot problems, hearing and • hearing aids, glaucoma and other vision problems. With strokes and heart attacks on the increase, the blood pressure measurements offered are vital also. A special take-home test to detect early symptoms of coloreetal cancer will also be offered. All of these tests deal with areas of special concern to older people: If any test is found not quite nor- mal, the individual will then be re- ferred to their doctor. [\ From a barbershop chorus to rock and roll to country and west- ern, this-year's Red Suspenders Days live musical entertainmen', will definitely have something for everybody. On top of approving several music groups for the festivities, the RSD planning committee has also announced two activities for child- ren--clown alley during Saturday's parade and hot wheel races later that afternoon. The headliner for the musical entertainment this year is the Chico based country-rock band "Midnight Flyer," who will play during the street dance Saturday, May 17 from 8 until 11 p.m. But that's at the end of a great day of live musical entertainment, according to chairpersons Nikki Schmidt and Linda Poto iki. After the annual Little League pancake breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, the Gridley High School German band will perform. The parade will begin at !0 a.m. and will run through downtown Gridley. For the kids, there will be a special "Clown Alley" at that time, which is sponsored by the Lioness Club. All children are in- vited to dress as clowns and march in a unit. Trophies and ribbons will' be awarded.to a lucky"King and Queen." No prior registration is necessary for Clown Alley. After the parade there will be much more musical entertainment with performances by Bob An- stead's "Music Makers," "The California Oldtime Fiddlers As- sociation from District One," "C.T. and Company" under the direction of Cheryl Thornton, "Cat's Pajamas" and Jim Cham- bers' "The Pike City Ramblers•" All the While, there is much" more to do. The Exchange Club chicken barbecue is planned and the famous bedraces will begin. At 1 p.m. there will be a fireman's tug-of-war. At 3 p.m. the Butte County Fairgrounds will furnish hot wheels and green machines for races on Kentucky Street. Ribbons will be awarded. Participants can build up some energy for the "Downtown Hoe- Down" by dining on barbecue beef, cooked by Tip Holioway. Although Saturday is a big day for the annual festivities, the other three days also have highlights. The annual celebration kick-off Thursday night with the PTA's an- nual ice cream social. On Friday, there will be plenty of sidewalk sales by local mer- chants and browsers can also at- tend the "Show Me How Fair" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the direction of Brenda Thomas. That event will be in the Gazebo area, with 15 different displays now slated, including painting, bread making, crafts, quilting and cow milking. Entertainment that time will be provided by the "Paradise Kitchen Klatters," who specialize in sing- ing and dancing with a vaudeville flavor. The highlight of the evening will be the first "Little Belle" contest in the Gazebo at 7 p.m. Besides the talent displayed by the contestants, there will be enter- tainment provided by "C.T. and Co." and Jeanette Quist's Dance Troupe. The new Little Belle and all con- testants will ride in the parade. Sunday there will be a couple of athletic events for participants. The annual Gridley-Live Oak- Biggs golf tournament tees off at Table Mountain at noon. See Mike Connell or Bud Panecaldo for reg- istration forms. There will also be a tennis tour- nament, now in the planning stages. Sunday is also the date for a tack, horse, mule and.equipment auction at the Butte County Fair- grounds. For more information or dntry forms, call Susan LaRose at the Gridley District Chamber of Com- merce office. Over 200 attended last year's Gridley Health Fair. A larger crowd can be handled promptly this year, organizers said. The Fair is sponsored by the Community Action Agency of Butte County through the services of its Rural Senior Service Project, and has been coordinated by Ruth Damour, Senior Programs Special- ist. Damour has expressed sincere appreciation to the various Gridley organizations participating, and to the individuals who have served so faithfully on a planning commit- tee. Medical providers who are do- nating their time and services are: Lions Club, Dr, Eugene Higgins, Buxton Hearing, CSUC Audiol- ogy, Gridley. Ambulance, Heart A ssociation, Oroville Family Health Center, Dr. David Eltman, The Lung Association, Butte Col- lege, Dr. DeWayne Caviness, American Cancer Society, CSUC Community Services, Dr. Thomas Lorenz, Copeland .Hearing Aid, and Dr. Ronald Vogel, D.P.M. Information organizations are: (Continued on Page 8) LITTLE" MISS BELLE CONTES- TANT - Emily Nicole Diddow is'the second entry for the Red Suspenders Days Little Miss Belle contest. She b the six-year-old daughter of David and Janie Daddow of Gridley and at- tends McKinley Elementary School. Emily l ilkes to skate, dance, read and color. Climbing trees and petting animals are also some of her favorite activities. " (PI o by Rox=nne Oukk