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Holiday season a banner year for home decorations

Record Courier Staff Reports

Flu Shots Available

Nurse Carolyn Bailett will be at the Antelope Valley Senior Center to give flu shots to people 50 years and older with special needs and their caregivers on Jan. 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

Let There Be Light

The winners of the second annual Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce Lighting contest are Jerry and Becky Holden on Western Avenue who received $100.

Runners-up Bob and Brenda Musil on Burcham Flats won $50. Juan and Kelly Barajas on Highway 395 took third and got $25.

Displays will be left up until after New Years.

Poets Laureates in the Extreme

Nevada’s 82-year old laureate is Norman Kaye, who has held the position for 37 years.

To those who tried to ease him out with an offer of emeritus in favor of a younger poet, his response, “I don’t want to be the emeritus. Emeritus sounds like you’re practically a dead guy. Do I look dead to you?”

California is having a problem finding someone to take the position.

The current requiements were established in 2001 with the passage of Assembly Bill 113, authored by Assembly member Fran Pavley.

According to the Library of Congress, 36 states have poet laureates, but not all of them have California’s troubles. The California Arts Council is designated as the agency to collect names of applicants, review applicants’ qualifications, and forward them to the Governor for final consideration.

The position requires Senate confirmation. With all those hurdles in place somebody’s face was red when their choice, announced with great fanfare after a careful sifting of candidates was Quincy Troupe.

He recited one of his poems on basketball to the crowd of reporters gathered for the announcement.

Then he quietly resigned when it was revealed that he had falsified his academic record. Still, hope springs eternal as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Arts Council are looking for someone to fill the vacant post of California poet laureate.

To be considered for the position, candidates must be recognized for excellence of their work; have a significant number of published works; be considered to be a poet of stature and must have resided in California for at least 10 years.

Application guidelines and criteria are available on the Arts Council Web site at

Please submit applications to the California Arts Council, c/o Ray Tatar,1300 I Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The deadline for receiving applications is Jan. 31.

For additional information on the application process, please contact Ray Tatar, CAC Literature Coordinator at

Happy New Year !

— Selma Calnan can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 495-2633.