Almost as heartbreaking as traveling to downtown Greenville proper, is the clearcutting of the dead burned trees along the Grade leading into Greenville, offering views no residents have ever seen before. Photo by Meg Upton

Greenville Rising: Week of Oct. 19

     Indian Valley got its first rain and snow post Dixie Fire so far so good on the rocks and debris on the highways but residents should remain cautious as the inclement weather continues.     

     During today’s Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting, it was learned that there is no wide-scale plan for FEMA trailers to be used en masse in Greenville. Sheriff Todd Johns reported at the meeting that 14 trailers have been given the go-ahead to be placed on an empty parcel on Wolf Creek Road just north of Greenville. Larger scale trailer encampments have not been okayed.

     Cleanup is beginning. We look forward to reporting more soon.

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Deadlines

     The FEMA deadline is fast approaching. The FEMA deadline is next Monday, Oct. 25. The number to call is (800) 621-3362. Apply now. The Right of Entry hard deadline is Nov. 15 (residents were encouraged by the county to apply by October 15). The initial application for ROE is short and uncomplicated and should not take the applicant more than a couple of hours to get it completed.

Preschool

     Linda Pettit, the site supervisor for Greenville State Preschool stated in an email that, “although we are unable to use our Greenville State Preschool classroom this year due to smoke damage, we are still here and continue to support the youngest members of our Greenville/Indian Valley communities with quality early childhood development programs. While our community navigates the rebuilding process, we are happy to be offering home visit preschool services for children ages 3 and 4, including those with disabilities. These services include weekly visits from a licensed teacher as well as customized weekly activity packets.” For more information, or to fill out an application, please contact Linda at (530) 250-7033 or (800) 404-1242.

Shelter

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     Greenville Elementary School site is currently available as a shelter for those still camping out in the cold weather.  Since its opening on Monday, Oct. 18, five people have used its services (which include showers), but no one has spent the night. If you are aware of anyone still camping out with or without tents in this continuing inclement weather, please let them know about the shelter at Greenville Elementary School and direct them there for warmth, hot showers, sleeping, and other services.

Now Open

     The Indian Valley Clinic has now reopened. The physical therapy office is planning a reopening by Nov. 1. The Indian Valley temporary Fire Station is now open along hwy 89 at Cheney Street

Free Meals

     The Greenville Southern Baptist Church is still serving free hot meals to Greenville and Indian Valley residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 241 Greenville Wolf Creek Road.

Resource Center

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     The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center will be moving soon but is still taking donations at the Crescent Hotel site in Crescent Mills. Organizer Lara suggests that those wanting to help locals purchase gift cards from Evergreen Market for at least $20 there by supporting the only open market in Greenville and supporting locally displaced people all in one shot. The phone number for Evergreen Market is (530) 284-7313. Gift cards can also be dropped off at the Resource Center.

Employment

     Californians in six counties impacted by 2021 wildfires have until the end of November to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. The extension to file an application is Nov. 30, 2021 for individuals in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Tehama, and Trinity counties.

Community Events

     Halloween. There’s a ‘Trunk or Treat’ candy give away happening in downtown Taylorsville starting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Taylorsville has been the go-to for Halloween for decades.

     There is still a few spots left for the Healing Through Writing Workshop which will be held at Feather River College underneath the Library on Saturday, Nov. 6 p.m. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and plan to wear a mask. The workshop is free. Text to (714) 746-4093 if interested.

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     The American Legion local post and others are planning on holding the annual Veteran’s Day parade (11 a.m. on Nov. 11) in downtown Greenville like they have every Veteran’s Day for years. Some online have been trying to suggest other venues, but it sounds like veterans and their supporters will win out on keeping the parade where they’ve always had it. The American flag is already flying outside the remains of the American Legion Hall.

     Though not officially canceled at the time of this column, musicians planning to play at the Music on the Green Revival due to take place on Oct. 24 on the lawn in front of Greenville High School are saying it has been postponed due to weather.

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