If you are among those who have applied for a job with the U.S. Census for the next round in 2020, a recent call I got may be helpful.
The caller said she applied online and didn’t hear anything back — no thanks for your interest, or a timeline for an answer.
So I called Marna Davis, my media contact with the Census. She said that hiring notifications will be coming out in January. As I recall, the paid training starts in March and the work in April, according to what she told me in October.
These employees will be on foot, trying to connect with those who have not responded in other ways to the census, by phone, mail or email.
My caller also shared some good information with me. She said she actually found an initial response from the Census but it went to her spam folder.
So if you haven’t gotten an answer, you might want to look there first.
Once again, interested applicants are advised to file an application online at www.2020census.gov.
I am always glad to pass along good news after bad, knowing how therapeutic the positive is.
I felt that way when I was interviewing Jeni Harris, who owns the Curves gym in Paradise for our Camp Fire one-year anniversary.
She was the comeback kid, going back into the burned building when it was renovated, and providing extraordinary support for her members when she herself lost her house in Magalia.
As she did last year, she headed to the national convention in Waco, Texas, just days after the fire (and hours after the fire anniversary). What a surprise she was to get.
She was recognized by the corporation’s president and vice president, and earned the Comeback Award.
I was impressed with her enthusiasm and support for her members during our interview. She definitely deserves this award, and how lucky her members are to have such an involved person.
Just an aside, there is another Curves gym in Oroville, but none in Chico.
Another chance to shop
Starting to shop for Christmas? Yeah, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving. But if you’re sending items to other states or countries, it’s nearly too late.
Mark date Nov. 30 on your calendar, and place Made in Chico on it if you’re looking for Honey Run Covered Bridge souvenirs.
The bridge nails heart keepsakes will be on sale in front of the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re an out-of-town shopper and unable to make that date, the bridge association is putting some of the nails online on eBay.
Karin Willhoit of Chico told me last weekend that she’s been getting inquiries from outside the area, and is trying to help them secure that memory. Check the Facebook page for more information.
Hockey oops, good news
My apologies to those who might have read last week’s column about a hockey tournament in Hamilton City. I got the date wrong.
The roller hockey tournament was the day before, on Saturday. However, there was adult hockey on Sunday evening at the Hamilton City Rink operated by North Valley Hockey and Sports Complex.
The nonprofit hockey league has youth and adult games.
But there is a postscript to the Sunday column. I’ve learned from folks at the Paradise ice rink that some new ice-related events may be coming to the ridge. So you ice and blade fans, stay tuned.