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108 Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL B Round up the kids, grab the sunscreen and start the car .... We're headed for the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. That's right, the gates opened this morning at the fairgrounds in Quincy. And it's looking like this will be one of the best fairs in recent years. Fair Manager John Steffanic, with the help of his staff and countless volunteers, has assembled a party that should be the highlight of the summer. Soon the air will be crisp and the first signs of fall will be upon us.: School will be in session and the vacation season will come to an end. But the next four days will be a magical time. Friends and family will plan to. meet at the fairgrounds to create memories that will last a lifetime. It's easy to romanticize the fair. The annual community event represents a bit of Americana that is deeply engrained in all of us. The food, the music, the rides, the exhibits, the carnival atmosphere -- everyone has a favorite fair memory. The list of activities, exhibits and entertainment is extensive this year. Check out the front page of this section in the newspaper for a complete schedule of events. We have said it before, but our community is fortunate to have a fair to call our own. Many volunteers and contestants contribute countless hours of their time and energy to make the Plumas-Sierra County Fair the must-attend event of the summer. We shouldn't take our fair for granted. Just a few years ago, losing the fair was a very real possibility. State budget cuts significantly reduced funding for county fairs. Small fairs like ours throughout the state were in serious jeopardy. But we made it through the recession. And the report two weeks ago that the state f'mally restored fufidfng for the fairs was welcome rlews: Tl 8 t llhtmal $33,000 our fair is expected to receive will help ensure the Plumas-Sierra County Fair will remain a summer tradition for years to come. See you at the fair! Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feath ! bhshmg spaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Nick Hall .................... Copy Editor Staff writers: Michael Condon Susan Jacobson Makenzie Davis Greg Knight Ruth Ellis Debra Moore Will Farris Josh McEachern Stacy Fisher Ann Powers Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on Calilomia Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Taking the time to see old sights with new eyes I spent two days last week being tour guide for my cousins visiting from Florida and found myself as much of a starry-eyed tourist as they were! I encourage you to tour your favorite Plumas County spots and look with new eyes -- not taking for granted the wildly scenic place in which we live. If you find yourself caught in the day-to-day toil as I did when I lived here before, keep reading and I will take you along for our tour. WOW, EASTERN PLUMAS COUNTY you are beautiful and amazing! We had two days of jam-packed sights and entertainment that started with a visit to Plumas Eureka State Park. I was fortunate enough to meet briefly with PESPA Vice President Tim Hardie and get brought up to date on the 10 years I missed and the events of this summer. My family headed over to watch a couple of my favorite guys in the Blacksmith Shop. (Thank you Dennis Black and John Work for the great presentation that kept them busy and entertained while I did a bit of "work.") We then headed over to the Assay Office where Fred Seifert gave us a detailed accounting of how the miners found out what the bag of quartz they mined was worth. I never realized what a sophisticated scientific process was followed back then. Again - amazing. We walked around the grounds reading the signs and learning more until we concluded the self guided tour in the museum. As we headed out, I saw Ranger Pat M Turn SUSAN JACOBSON Staff Writer O'Reilly and was reminded that Mr Hardie had been bragging about the musical skills offered in the camp t-we program at the park. O'Reilly hustled away and came back with a mandolin, a washboard, and a washtub string base. He took the mandolin and my cousins took up the other instruments and a down home jam session got underway. Hardie wasn't bragging, this guy has some entertainment talents! He also has the gift of indirect persuasion as the teenager in our group took a turn at each of the instruments. As we bid farewell to our living history morning, we made a quick stop at Jamison Falls to gaze into the clearest of blue waters that I don't think I have seen anywhere in the world. How lovely. From there we headed down to Oraeagle This week's special days of NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. Aug. 12 The Plumas-Sierra County Fair opens today at the fairgrounds in Quincy. The theme this year is "Farm to Fair." 1851 -- Isaac Singer is granted a patent for the sewing machine. 1981 -- The IBM personal computer is released. 1994-- Major League baseball players go on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series games. Aug. 13 1942 -- Walt Disney's full length animated film "Bambi" is released in American theaters nationwide. Aug. 14 1959 -- The founding and first official meeting of the American Football League Cher is the number #1 billboard hit; it remains so for the next three weeks. 1975 -- "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," the longest running release in Film history, opens in Los Angeles. Aug. 15 1914 -- The Panama Canal opens, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 1939 -- The t-tim "The Wizard of Oz" premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. 1965 -- The Beatles play to an audience of nearly 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York, New York. The event is later regarded as the birth of stadium rock concerts. 1969 -- The three-day outdoor Woodstock Music Festival opens in New York, New and I did my best to give them the history as we paused at the Mill Pond for a moment before heading up to Lakes Basin. The in:st stop in Lakes Basin was Gold Lake. We talked of my old adventures at Gold Lake, Recalling a particularly fond memory of accompanying my husband, then football coach, on his annual camping trip with the PHS football team. The fun of careening around the lake on water skis behind a boat that recklessly changed speeds from 5 to 25 back to 5 mph again depending on how fast the football player could hand pump the fuel pump. Ahh those were the days. We headed from there to Salmon Lake where we began to really glimpse the rocky spectacles offered by the Buttes. I shared with them the stories of the many guest lodges among these scenic lakes. We left Salmon and headed over to Packer giving the Florida flatlanders the full effect of the jagged rocky sight! I think I stood for several silent moments in awe at the rugged beauty. I have not witnessed such remarkable contrast since I left this lovely place 11 years ago. They too were in awe and out of breath; both the beauty and the altitude. Our last stop on the Lakes Basin tour was Sand Pond. As we arrived, we ran across two of my most favorite people and, following introductions, we located a table and settled in for a picnic lunch. (Again it's good to be home where familiar faces are all around you). While we watched toddlers splash in the shallow warm water, I shared stories of the many days spent in "play dates" with our circle of friends and their toddlers now teenagers. How lovely the setting of mountains, pines, willows, rocks, water, wildlife and smiles. Countless times throughout the day my cousins expressed their love of the cool breeze, the sound the wind made in the trees, the fresh clean air that smelled so different from the warm gulf breeze they have at their home. The aroma of trees, the bright blue sky, the emerald green water. Details that, in the past, were lost on the every day life of a local, I noticed this time. The day ended with a visit to Nakoma and the story of the hidden design gem left by Frank Lloyd Wright. Right here at home perched on a mountaintop surrounded by lush golfing greens in all its glory as the sun dipped into the Sierras. Their departure day began by starting out with an ATV ride to a destination high above Portola. The~viewsfrom a .: , mountaintop create memories to last a York. Aug. 16 1962 -- Beatles drummer Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr. Aug. 17 1907 -- Pike Place Fish Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, Washington, opens. lifetime. Our last local stop was the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola. My cousins had heard about the museum While in San Francisco earlier in the week. The improvements since my last visit 1945- George Orwell's classic novel "Animal Farm" is in:st published. (AFL) is held. Aug. 18 1872 -- Montgomery Ward issues its in:st 1965 -- "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and catalog offering a money back guarantee. vv~u~Yh--T~ N months and will be circulated between KEMEMBEP. those branches. KERI TABORSKI 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 were staggering. The museum was bright, clean, and full of equipment. The grounds outside were the same; clean walkways, several engines, cars, and cabooses. If you haven't toured our lovely county lately, take a day or two and see those old sights with new eyes. It's good to be reminded of how lucky we are to live in a place that others visit for vacation. Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has approved the establishment of a county free library with the central headquarters located in Quincy and will establish library branches in Taylorsville, Greenville, Beckwith, Portola and Meadow Valley. Books will be changed every three A 1903 Model 18 Thomas touring car, owned by Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno has been entered in the horseless carriage division in the ll3th annual Plumas County fair parade and Wells Fargo Bank's historic 100 year old Gold Rush era Ben Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company stagecoach will participate in the parade. Also, the 18 year old, three ton elephant Bertha from John Ascuaga's Hotel and Casino in Sparks will also be in the parade. The theme for the 1965 Plumas County Fair and parade is: "The Good Old Days". 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Quincy resident Mitzi Cox was named Sweetheart of the Mountains this year at the Plumas County Fair. Nearly 600 residents and area visitors joined the celebration and open house at the Feather River Bulletin following the annual Plumas County Fair parade, marking the upcoming 125th year of newspaper publication of the newspaper in Plumas County. Catwoman turned herself into one very cool black cat I've been known to root for the underdog. Currently, my underdog is a cat -- of the raven coated kind. Last week I was working on a story about National Black Cat Appreciation Day, Aug. 17. Animal experts told me the misunderstood felines are often unjustly stigmatized because of their dark hue and are often the last to fmd a forever home. That's a tragedy. I mean, who wants to go through life constantly plagued by prejudice? Especially when you have nine of them. According to Kindness for Cats, a pro-feline nonprofit, black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate. Why? My research found a few answers that can best be summarized as black has been erroneously linked to evil since the beginning of time. Lucifer, witchery, bad luck and more have all been associated with the shade. For whatever reason black-cat haters exist, I think it's time to pay tribute to some of the more famous kick-ass kitties -- like Catwoman. Similar to the others, the femme fatal feline (with a black costume) got a bad rap when first created in 1940. However, through the decades she's proven herself quite the power player known for having a complex love-hate relationship with Batman and has been his most enduring love interest. MY TURN ANN POWERS Staff Writer Kudos to Catwoman on that one. Batman is seriously hot and she had the good sense to know -- where there's a bat, there's a cat. Moreover, the whip-carrying burglar, with a taste for high-stakes heists, has extremely good taste. Ever notice how she's always making off with the priceless jewelry from the safe the Joker just busted open? She also puts on her make-up way better than he does. Furthermore, the comic review website, IGN, ranks the Gotham City bad girl as llth on their top 100 villains of all time. Who could compete? When Bob Kane first created Catwoman, Jean Harlow was his muse. In addition, Kane said his fictitious flirty feline would never be a killer like the Joker, but a "friendly foe with sex appeal who committed crimes." He also claimed Catwoman secretly yearned for Batman's more clean-cut and sterile lifestyle. Kane said that meant she possessed a moral compass deep down. In the 1980s, Catwoman apparently tired of toxic relationships and used her celebrity to set an example for victimized females worldwide. If you look back at how she was portrayed around that time, you'll fmd the character working as a dominatrix in order to survive, but desperately wanting to leave her abusive pimp and former boyfriend. Catwoman witnesses his heinous crimes and, because of an event that happens to her sister, she fears for her sibling's life. Hence, the family-first feline masters the martial arts, which allows her to break free of the hooker world and create a better life for herself and her sister. In conclusion, I'd like to send out a major congrats to Catwoman for having good taste in men, jewelry and cosmetics. Way to go on getting yourself on IGN's top 100 list, learning self defense and using your notoriety to make a statement against prostitution. Huge hooray for putting family first by saving your sister's life and having a longstanding career in the comic, film and TV industry. All in all, Catwoman is definitely one very cool black cat.