How to Make DIY Fire Logs From Recycled Newspaper

February is here and we are still in the heart of winter. We are of course happy to be receiving so much snow and rain, but it can make life more difficult. Here are some tips on how to make life easier and more sustainable during the winter:

  • It’s the time of year when homes have their highest energy demands. Heating accounts for 34% of all annual utility usage and is part of what makes an average home twice the emitter of carbon dioxide emissions as a vehicle. Here is a way to reduce the demand for expensive space heating. Check the ducts. To ensure that as much warm air as possible is delivered through your central system, check the ductwork and wrap any leaks with duct tape. Distribution losses (what’s lost while air is transported from your furnace through ductwork to the vents) often amounts to 30%. So, sealing ductwork could increase efficiency and the warm air you receive considerably, keeping you warmer and making your furnace work less.
  • Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances such as clean clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash to prevent adding hazardous waste to the environment (from the chemicals in the de-icing products). Chemical de-icers can be hazardous to your pets, your trees and shrubs, and the environment. Antifreeze that leaks from car engines and chemical snow melters on driveways, roads, and runways can pollute surface waters and groundwater through the soil.
  • Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your garden.
  • If you have a manual thermostat or no thermostat at all, one way to save energy and money this winter is to install a programmable thermostat. When installed and properly set you can save about $100 each year while staying comfortable. Before leaving for vacation, turn down your thermostat (or use a programmable one) so that you don’t waste natural resources by generating unneeded heat.
  • Winter storms often cause power outages. Prevent waste by keeping rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones stored throughout your house with your flashlights. If you do use disposable batteries, prevent hazardous waste by buying batteries with low mercury content.
  • Recycle old newspapers by making rolled paper logs for your fireplace. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until your log is the desired size, then soak your log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use like ordinary wood. Always follow proper safety precautions when burning anything around your home.


Enjoyed By Many Superheroes


Thank you very much for the support you provided the 2nd Annual CASA Superhero Run and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Shasta & Tehama counties cause on Saturday, November 8th!

Having Marissa and Tops Market’s generous offering at Race Recovery was an asset and enjoyed by many superheroes. The bread from your bakery was delicious and so was the assortment of healthy snacks! The volunteers I coordinated that day enjoyed the three dozen assorted scones I purchased for them as well.

You do a great job at Tops!

Suzanne Birch
VP Human Resources & Marketing Director

Trinity County Historical Society

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Trinity County Historical Society
508 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093

Enclosed please find a check from Starbucks Tips ($1,309.00). This also includes the money collected from our $1.00 sampler plate lunch during our Customer Appreciation Day.

Starbucks Tips are donated to many different organizations throughout Trinity County. We at Tops Market take great pride in supporting Trinity County and are pleased to be able to provide Starbucks tip checks to our local organizations.

This is also possible from the generosity of the people who visit our Starbucks.


Dean Ryan

Contribution to Rotary Camp Trinity

Attn: Dean Ryan
1665 South Main St.
Weaverville, CA 96093

Dear Dean and all the good folks at Tops Super Foods and Starbucks,

On behalf of Trinity County youth and their families, I want to share our Rotary Club’s sincere thanks for the generous $1,000 contribution to Rotary Camp Trinity, a Youth Empowerment Camp Program at Bar 717 Ranch in Hyampom, CA. This summer 14 Trinity County Youth could be selected to have a life changing experience at camp, thanks to your generous support.

This Weaverville Rotary Club program for “At Risk” youth is unique. It has the support and cooperation from a wide range of service organizations, individuals and businesses in Trinity County and beyond. The goal of the program is not only to get kids into an enriching camp experience but also to engage community members, organizations and businesses to be in partnership to help empower these children to become self confident in healthy ways, to build inter-personal relationships and social skills that can lead to self confidence and ultimately community pride and a foundation for civic responsibility.

So we thank you for being part of an important and unique partnership to be engaged in caring for our youth. Adding to our thanks, we thought you might find this attached letter from one of last year’s campers, a confirmation of the value of this program to youth who most likely would never have the experience.

Jeff Boal, Chair of Rotary Camp Trinity for Youth Empowerment


Trinity Animal Shelter

Trinity Amimal ShelterTony, Manager of Tops Super foods presented a check in the amount of $621.00 to Christine, Animal Control Officer for Trinity Animal Shelter.

Thank you Trinity Animal Shelter for what you do tor Trinity County…

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Shasta County Haven Humane Society

Shasta County Justad, Manager of Tops Fresh Market presented a check in the amount of $592.00 to Mark Storrey, Director of the Haven Human Society.

Thank you Haven Human Society for what you do for Shasta County…

Food Banks

Potatoes, lettuce, canned foods, tuna, onions and garlic, tortillas, cereal. It’s the basics they were handing out to be sure — but a lot of hands went into packing each grocery bag.

The items handed out Monday of last week by volunteers with the Fresh Start Food Bank in Lewiston came from a variety of sources.

“We saw there was a need so a group of us got together and started having meetings and figured out a plan of attack,” said Jeff England who started the food bank in Lewiston with his wife, Krishann.

They put out bags on doorsteps to collect donations, held fundraisers, and more.

“It helps,” said Autume Spohn of Lewiston as she left with her bag of food. Spohn has four children ages six months to 13 years.

“It’s good for the community,” another recipient said, adding that many in the community are older or disabled with low incomes.

In a recent report from a program of the U.S. Census Bureau, Trinity County’s median household income in 2012 was the lowest in the state.

Endeavors similar to the one in Lewiston provide food for those in need in other parts of Trinity County through the Douglas City Soup Kitchen, Community Food Cupboard of Weaverville, Hayfork Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, Junction City Food Bank and Food for Folks of Hyampom.

Each has its own organization and core group of volunteers. At the Douglas City Soup Kitchen, for example, members of five churches take turns preparing the meals.

Food drives by Tops Super Foods have been a big help to several of the food banks, England said, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services of Trinity County has also been a valuable partner.

Markets around the county have contributed to the food banks, which also distribute government commodities.

The food banks and soup kitchens, each of which keeps different hours, team up to help keep Trinity County residents from going hungry. Some have been operating for well over 20 years and some recently started up.

The need has been increasing, and the organizations are stepping up efforts to meet that need, England said.

Last year the Lewiston food bank received a Redding Rancheria grant for $4,000.

This year the six food banks and soup kitchens are working together to seek grant funding from the Humboldt Area Foundation, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, Sierra Pacific Foundation, Trinity Trust and Redding Rancheria Foundation.

The grant requests is for $4,000 per food bank or soup kitchen for a total of $24,000 to be used for purchase of bulk food items.

“They wanted to give us a larger grant that would go to more entities,” England said. “We’re just trying to make sure everybody in our county gets help and try to raise money for all of them.”

Also, a grant request for six freezers has been submitted to the McConnell Foundation.

The public can also help with donations of food and money.

Fight Hunger for The Holidays

Tops Super Foods in Weaverville has joined with national brand IGA to help fight hunger for the

IGA will match donations through Dec. 31, meaning your $10 donation will provide $20 worth of IGA groceries for Trinity County food banks.

The goal, said Howard Freeman of Tops marketing department, is $10,000 in customer donations, providing $20,000 in groceries for the county food banks.

Groceries will be distributed to the Trinity County Food Bank, Congregational Church Food Pantry, Douglas City Soup Kitchen and Lewiston Fresh Start Food Bank.

Last year, Tops customers donated $11,000.

Tops Fresh Market on Eureka Way in Redding is also participating, with donations there going to the Shasta Senior Nutrition Program and One Safe Place.

A Store Beautiful as the Trinity Alps

This COULD be just a small town grocery store that could care less about the quality of the customer’s shopping experience because it has little competition, but it is NOT. It is a store that is as beautiful as the Trinity Alps. I get the sense that the management of this store is deeply committed to providing excellent customer service. This store is a must see for anyone traveling thru Weaverville.

Paul K.

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Amazing Value They Gave Me…

“Hi, this is Rick, and I just wanted to give a thumbs up to Tops Market, and the amazing value they gave me on a meat bundle. First, the ordering couldn’t have been easier – the website was a breeze, and I was able to choose my own selections, and mix and match to my liking. Then, I could pick up my meat the next day, when I was ready. Finally, the quality of the meat is absolutely amazing – farm fresh, and much better than you would find at the market. You’ve got to give it a try – you’ll love the taste AND the convenience. Thanks again, Tops Market, for everything!”

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