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tressn~F)gressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July, 11, 2001 7B cords trlier Gih e trUce~ea~-er Publishing home{! Nail up a horseshoe. ha a pin or a lost penny ne S our fingers. Wish on stan , star. Another Friday herteenth is fast ap- it oui-Pg" rstitions are beliefs use ignorance, fear of S wn or trust in mag- me may seem silly to says pIe but compelling sa~ ". hat, local ranchers I " a have few supersti- ' )ne did admit to a dis- - lack cats crossin his aere . g aid. said he got "an eerie feeling when a dog howled for no reason but don't quote me on that." The common belief that a black cat crossing your path is a sign of bad luck stems from an ancient fear that it might be a witch in disguise. Some believed that a witch could take on the shape of a cat at will. Furthermore, you couldn't destroy the witch by killing the cat because a witch has nine lives. Hence the expression, "A cat has nine lives." Our forefathers believed that it was a sign of good luck if a cat followed you home. , it's cet at andi of the Plumas County Museum Odd and Unusual Artifacts this Week's look at one of the treanures not on display at the Plumas County Museum. artifact is wood and metal. The piece about 29" long by 6" in diameter. It has cut from a bigger item. The piece on the right is and 18" in diameter and is made of oak and Work together. What is it? The answer var, " next week's paper, if yonthink you know ,'" is, call the museum at 283-6320. Last week's I[cr;i:: It is a rug beater. Donated by Veronica rizof .... ' However, if yon moved from piglets beside her. This Other good omens are soul will suffer the horrible one house to another, you meafit that the object of the meeting a load of hay or an fate of being trapped in the were advised to leave your journey would be successful, old man on the road, having a shards. cat and your broom or you Also, people were warned cricket in the house or aIf you should break a Jr- would have badluck, that, if they should pull a stork on the roof. It is also ror, you can wash away the A dog howling for no ap- tooth, they should not throw considered good luck ifa buz- seven years bad luck by parent reason was an omi- it down where a hogcould get zard sits on your house on a throwing the pieces in run- nous sign. If it howled with it or a tusk would grow back Monday. ning water. its nose to the ground, there where the tooth had been.Many people believe that Remember to hang a horse- would be a fire. If its head Our ancestors believed that the new year is a fresh begin- shoe pointing upward or was raised, there would be a a flock of sheep or a herd of ning. Some say that if you eat your luck will all run out. If death. A dog howling when a cows on the road was a very. black-eyed peas on New you are visiting someone for baby was born was looked good omen. In the days when Year's Day, you will havethe first time, always go out upon as a bad sign because it the country was sparsely pop- luck and good fortune for the the same door you came in to indicated that the child ulated arid the transport of entire year. prevent bad luck. If you sing would grow up to lead an evil food costly and difficult, a Others caution you to eatbefore breakfast, you will cry life. flock of sheep or a herd of cowpeas and hog jowl so you before supper. Meeting a pig at the begin- cows approaching a village will have plenty to eat. An- Superstitions were beliefs ning of a journey was once meant milk and meat for the other belief is that is you passed by word of mouth and considered a very unlucky settlers. One can see howcook cabbage on New Year's eventually mingled together sign. To avert bad luck, the this particular encounterDay, you will have plenty of to form a uniquebody of folk- traveler must pass the ani- would be thought fortunate green money for the wholelore. mal by walking or riding on and how it would survive as year. It is bad luck to take a The real origin of the hum- ground that the creature had- an omen of good luck after bath on New Year's Day. ber thirteen's unpopularity is n't trodden upon. If that was- the obvious significance of it Mirrors also play an ira-still a mystery. Some people n't possible, it was recom- was forgotten. Seeing lambs portant role for the supersti- consider the number lucky. mended that the traveler re- frolicking in a field was also tious. Bad luck about break- One thing is for sure, the turn home and begin the a good omen for the same rea- ing a mirror is said to spring United States hasn't suffered journey another day. son. from an ancient belief that much ill luck after starting While it was an unlucky Many people still believewhat you see in a mirror is out as thirteen colonies. omen to meet a sow, it was that seeing a white horse in a actually your soul. If the mir- considered lucky if the tray- pasture is also a sign of good rot is broken while it con- eler met a sow with a litter of luck. tains your reflection, your The University of Califor- trees with small-scale logging nia Cooperative Extension is equipment. looking for owners of small Eligible demonstration forested parcels in the north- sites of three acres or less ern Sierra Nevada to help re- must be fairly flat and locat- duce wildfire-caused home loss. "Wildland fires are becom- ing increasingly common as more people move to rural ar- eas," said Michael De Lasaux, UC Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor for Plumas and Sierra counties. "'One of the most important things we can do to alleviate the wildfire risk is to reduce excessive fuel accumulations in what is known as the wild- land-urban interface." For information call 283-6125 or c-mail ed in Butte, Nevada, Placer, In cooperation with the Plumas, Shasta, Sierra or Yu- U.S. Forest Service, the UC ba counties. Landowners and Cooperative Extension is loggers will be shown how launching a seven-county dense stands of small trees demonstration project that can be thinned using small will show how to mechanical- tractors with specialized at- ly thin dense stands of small tachments for cutting and g moving the trees. The small trees that are removed may also be milled for lumber or posts. Project leaders include De Lasaux, Cooperative Exten- sion Forestry Specialist Gary Nakamura, and Bruce Hart- sough, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biologi- cal and Agricultural Engi- neering. "To my knowledge equip- ment such as this is not cur- rently being used in this manner in Northern Califor- nia," De Lasaux noted. In ad- dition to demonstrating the potential of this small equip- ment, this project will also examine economic and envi- ronmental considerations. The U.S. Forest Service National Fire Plan is funding this project. Contact De Lasaux by calling (530) 283-6125 or via e.mall at to participate in the project. A Web site with pictures of the potential logging equip- ment to be used and addition- al information about the pro- ject is located at . CARBONLESS FORMS PRINTED Call "THE PRINT SHOP" 283-0800 tlln many * on Arbitron, 2001 radio county coverage of g quarter hour ratings, Monday- vunday, 6am - 12 midnight. ii