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lOB Wednesday, May 23,2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL A N I) OPINION EDITORIAL Have fun, but be safe this Memorial Day The unofficial "kickoff' to summer is this weekend. While we hope everyone has fun this coming Memorial Day weekend, the nation's emer- gency physicians caution everyone to stay safe and out of the ER. "Fun in the sun, by the pool, on a boat or at a barbecue can quickly send you to the emergency department if you don't plan ahead or use common safety sense," said Dr. David Seaberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "You can have fun while at the same time take rea- sonable precautions to help keep you safe and most importantly, keep you alive." The American College of Emergency Physi- cians offers top five tips for you and your family for the holiday weekend. Tip 1: Food safety Refrigerate all perishable food within two hours, one hour if the temperature outside is above 90 degrees. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods. To avoid food poisoning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking fresh poultry to 165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef to at least 145 degrees. Tip 2: Grill safety Emergency physicians see firsthand the dan- gers associated with an outdoor grill. Consumers should thoroughly clean a grill of any grease or dust. Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects or food grease that can cause an uncontrolled fire. Replace any connectors that can lead to a gas leak and keep lighted ciga- rettes, matches or open flames away from any grill. Do not use a grill in a garage, breezeway, carport or porch or near any surface that can catch fire. Al- so, always follow the manufacturer's instructions that Come with the grill. Tip 3: Water safety To prevent drowning, avoid alcohol when swimmirg or boatiag. Wer a life jacket wheneyer you areoa o,a.t,.Mi ste. ypg,children.are ,' ', supervisedat all timeswhen near the beach, on a boat or by a pool or hot tub. Don't swim alone or in bad weather. Learn to swim and teach your chil- dren to swim. We also recommend that you learn CPR in case of an emergency. Tip 4: Sun safety Protect against sunburn and heat stroke. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it generously throughout the day. Wear a hat outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Drink plenty of water, especially when in the sun or if you are sweating heavily. If you feel faint or nauseated, get into a cool place immediately. Tip 5: Travel safety Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone who has been drinking. Take along a travelgr's first aid kit to help you be prepared for common emergencies. Wear your seat belt at all times. Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and is in good working shape before a 10ng road trip. Famil- iarize yourself with your surroundings if you are in an unfamiliar place and know where the nearest emergency room is. Also, avoid talking or texting on a cellphone while driving. For more information on ways to stay safe this summer as well as other health-related topics, visit EmergencyCareForYou.org. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the approPriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Fea00ing 00spaper . Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor A!icia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Jordan Claw Michael Condon Ruth Ellis Will Farris Mona Hill Susan Cort Johnson Dan McDonald Debra Moore Brian Taylor Kayleen Taylor M. Kate West Sam Williams Age doesn't guarantee wisdom " MY TURN M. KATI: WI:$ Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com A number of years ago I had the pleasure of working with three different age groups of Lake Almanor Basin youth as the local co- ordinator of the Plumas County Alcohol and Drug Friday Night Live programs. While it's been many years since my thoughts have returned to those times, I do remember with pride the excellent judgment and commitment exercised by these young people. The basic tenant of these programs is that they be "youth driven"; my job was to keep things real and provide direction as needed. At the startup of the programs, each age group had to hold elections, set up and keep on topic with meeting agendas. They also learned event planning and accountability for both meeting attendance and fulfilling the responsibilities of their self-assigned tasks. While they were incredibly successful at every endeavor one memory is a real stand- out, likely because this is the year voters will go to the polls and make their choice as to who will be president of the United States for the next four years. The circumstance of the memory was the election held by the youngest group of kids, those in grades four - six. The process was held over two meetings. In the first meeting I provided the explana- tion about how the youth were in charge of their club. I followed this by advising that they, as club members, would be holding an election for officers at the next meeting. I went on to describe the job responsibili- ties of club president, vice president, secre- tary and treasurer and then I asked them to spend the time going into the next meeting thinking about whether or not they wanted to run for one of the officer positions. They were also asked to go one step fur- ther. If they wanted to assume one of the po- sitions of leadership they needed to be pre- pared to stand up in front of their peers and say why they felt they were the best candi- date for the position. Two weeks later there were approximate- ly nine candidates ready to speak at the pre- election forum. While some were a bit better at public speaking than others, no one could doubt the seriousness of their intentions. The focus in the room by each and every club member, candidate or not, was beyond amazing. At the conclusion of the forum, election ballots were prepared and polling stations were identified throughout the community resource center. Before sending the youth out to vote I took a few mirmtes to explain how the ballot worked and what I felt were the duties of a responsible voter. The members were reminded that this was "their club and their election" and the important choices they would be making might impact how well they would do as a club for the remainder of the school year. In stressing the importance of choosing the right man or woman for the job, I provided them with age appropriate examples. I told them the election was not about who might be the most popular in school, who could throw the ball the furthest or even who was the funniest person in class. The election was about choosing who they felt i would do the best job for them and the club r for the remainder of the year. atter all votes were cast non-candidate club members collected, tallied the ballots and handed me the totals. I was so astounded with the results you could have knocked me over with a feather. As a matter of fact, I was so proud of those" kids I literally began to tear and nearly had to step out of the room. I had the life experiences and several meetings to study the personalities of the 23 club members and I could not have done a better job of choosing the right people for the jobs than these young people did. While the process wassupposed to be a t learning experience for the youth I'm not ! so sure that I wasn't taught the greatest lesson of all. In each instance, these kids shrugged off peer pressure and departed from what can ; be called the "playground party line'" to make serious choices about their future. As the weeks passed, the program and the youth blossomed They, like their entrepre- neurial bank account, continued to grow. Goals were set and exceeded. Looking to the November election, there is nothing I could wish for more than the op- portunity to recapture the joy and pride I felt during that long ago club election. Here's to hoping my voting peers can be equally as astute as those young club mem- bers when it comes time for them to mark their ballots and set the future direction of our country. Where in the World? Teri Small York, formerly of Quincy, and her husband, Jared York, bring the Feather River Bulletin toCroagh Patrick during a .... receht trip tb'lrland. The couple stands at the saddle of the pilgrim's path, with the  summit of Croagh Patrick in the background. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to smorrow@plumas news.com, include your name, contact information and brief details about your photo. We may publish it as space permits. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ........... 1937 One hundred ageratum bedding plants, the fast growing annual, were planted in the memorial plot in front of the Plumas County courthouse this week. The plot be- longs to the American Legion Auxiliary. The secretary of the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce Earl McDaniel, 67, died suddenly but the chamber-sponsored second annual amateur hour show that he had worked on with great vigor, will go on. 50 YEARS AGO ........ 1962 A big pine tree in front of the Catholic Church in Greenville was cut down this week in the initial phase of a project to construct a new church building. Chester deputy sheriffs are investigating a pair of robberies that occurred last Fri- day at the Mt. Lassen Club and Poyner's Grocery Store. Small change and three cas- es of scotch were taken from the club and cigarettes and cigars were taken from the grocery store. 25 YEARS AGO ....... 1987 Plumas County chief probation officer Thomas Frady has proposed the construc- tion of a 1,000 to 1,500 square foot building, costing $175,150 to be built near the Plumas County jail in Quincy as a juvenile hall to house those who have been arrested and are awaiting court or are awaiting transfer to permanent juvenile hall elsewhere. 10 YEARS AGO ............ 2002 Tom Jernigan has agreed to sell the Bidwell Water Company to the Indian Valley Community Services District for $230,000. The Feather River College Board of Trustees has selected an architectural firm to proceed with the contract for new student housing on campus. The new dorms will be located on the lower campus near the baseball fields after the horse stables are relocated to the east. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- per archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Playing a last show with an old friend ..... N MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor swilliams@lasseonews com Anybody who knows me well knows I'm not one who wants to just jump up on stage and play my guitar for people anymore. Sure, that may have been my biggest ambi- tion half a lifetime ago, and as much as I love playing in my living room, it's just not such a high priority for me anymore. These days I always feel kind of awkward and out of practice in that environment, and that makes me feel strangely uncom- fortable. Still, I took a week's vacation recently and headed to Fresno to participate in the first annual Lane Family Concert spon- sored by the Fresno Folklore Society. My old friend and longtime musical collabora- tor David Lane, who's suffering from stage 4 cancer, was the headliner of the evening, held at a new nightspot on the Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno. He was joined on stage by his older sister, Shelley, a friend of mine from the old coffeehouse days in the late 1960s -- (we even wrote a song or two together back in the day) -- and his younger sister, Kathleen -- the lead singer of her own band. I've worked with Kath- leen as well, recording some demos when she was looking for a record contract, and doing a few live shows before I moved out of Fresno nearly 20 years ago. Prune Rooney, who used to play with Bay Area blues great Alice StuarL danced around behind the front line with her big old string bass belting out harmony lines, and I sat beside her beating out the rhythm on my old jumbo Gibson. The two-hour evening focused on music anyone who'd been around the Lane fami- ly for years would have recognized. Their mother, Jimmie Lane, was a versatile and talented ukulele player, and before any of her kids took up the guitar, she showed them how to play the uke -- you know, the old standards like "Has Anybody Seen My Gal," "Ma, She's Making Eyes at Me" and "Alabama Bound." Other family hits included their father Bill's favorite song, "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)" and a number of David's original songs. We played several old songs from the folky days such as the Crosby, Still, Nash and Young classic "Teach Your Children." Sadly, several of David and Kathleen's kids were too stage shy to participate and opted out of participating in the concert, even though they have the talent and skills to make a contribution. Although the doctors say there's nothing more they can do for David, Shelley, a nurse, is seeking the services of a more ag- gressive physician, and David is pursuing what he calls "alternative protocols" not followed by the medical community be- cause they can't make any money on home remedies such as massive doses of vitamin C and concoctions made from, I kid you not, Grade B maple syrup and baking soda. But the disease is clearly taking its toll. David's a huge baseball fan, and we offered to take him to a Fresno Grizzlies' game, but when game day came he said was just too tired to make it. He's a big man, and hasn't lost much weight, but he still looks oddly frail. They say life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. David said the idea of this show was to have fun, and we sure did that. Although we never talked about it, I think we all knew this was probably the last time we'd be on stage together. Thanks for asking me to play with you. I had a great time getting together with some of my oldest friends.