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lOB Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter It isn't easy being green Life lessons from Kermit My father loved Kermit the Frog. At 70 years old, he would sit down to the television and watch the Muppets each week, just so that he would be able to absorb a little of his favorite character. Kermit the Frog, a simply made hand puppet, would send my father into hysterics with every wide twitch of his mouth. I would watch this David Niven-looking Englishman taking off his glasses, wiping the tears out of his eyes, because his laughter would .... iii '!i!! .... .... i i i COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL transport him somewhere beyond his usual British decorum. He had a little version of Kermit hanging outside his tool shed.., a green Christmas tree decoration with red mouth wide open, pink tongue poised to bring an insect in. It started his day out right to walk out the back door, being greeted by Kermit on the side of the shed. The question for me was, why did he find Kermit so endearingly funny? (I found him amusing, but nothing compared to my father's reaction.) In answer to my question he answered me by breaking into the song entitled "It's Not Easy Being Green." "It's not that easy being green; Having to spend each day the color of leaves ... But green's the color of spring. And green can be cool and friendly-like, and green can be biglike an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree. When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why wonder. I am green and it'll do fine. It's beautiful. And I think it's what I want to be." After the song, he told me that he was like Kermit ... Events Around Plumas County Graeagle: midnight at 4864 North Valley Road includes Vendors welcome. Donations of gently used Free live music by the catered barbecue dinner, music, bar, family items accepted for indoor rummage sale; Millpond, 6:30 pm. - activities, chauffeur service. Proceeds proceeds benefit MCRC. For information, to dusk. Presented by support youths in Mountain Circle's foster reserve space: 836-0446. Graeagle Outpost. care program. Hoedown tickets $30, kids 12 Featuring Friends in - 18 $15, kids 12 and under free• Tickets Clio: Harmony, Carlee and Conner. Food, drinks available via runningwiththebears.org, Wine Tasting on the Terrace, 5 - 7 p.m., available for purchase. Lupines Natural Foods, Plumas Bank in Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa. Featuring Greenville, Mountain Circle office. For Lone Buffalo Vineyards. information: 284-7007, QUincy: runningwiththebears.com. Meadow Valley: Plumas-Sierra County Fair, Meadow Valley Schoolhouse centennial fairgrounds. Theme: "Fun Lake Almanor: celebration, 3 - 6 p.m., schoolhouse on and Games•" Exhibitions, Art, Craft & Vintage Faire; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; corner of Bucks Lake Road and Meadow entertainment, vendors, Lake AImanor Community Church at 2610 Valley Cemetery Road. Class reunion food, carnival rides, Plumas County Road A13. Vendors offer including students, parents, teachers, rues. Pioneer Pool handmade, vintage items, community members; presentation admission $1. For information: encompassing schoolhouse history by plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Quincy: Plumas County Museum Director Scott Plumas Unified School District surplus Lawson; refreshments; wine tasting• To auction, 9 - 10 a.m., 113 N. Mill Creek contribute photos, memorabilia for display: Quincy: Road. Public viewing, silent auction with Donna Peter McEIroy, 283-2896; Beck, Quincy Certified Farmers' auction awards immediately following. For 283-0966. Market, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., information: pcoe.k12.ca.us. corner of Church and Main Quincy: streets. Vendors offer local Fair Parade celebration, opens 9 a.m., Main Soul Food Sunday, 2 - 6 p.m., Main Street produce, handcrafts, Street Sports Bar. Bloody Marys, mimosas, Sports Bar. NFL ticket starts 10 a.m. For prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live more served. Country singer Chad Bushnell information: 283-9788. music by Johnny Walker and Greg Willis; The performs at 9:30 p.m. For information: Pukes at 6 p.m. For information: 283-9788.  Fair Race; grandstands open 5 p.m., racing QuincyFarmersMarket.org, 487-4386. starts 7; American Valley Speedway at 206 Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade, 10 a.m. Fairground Road. Adults $8, ages 13 - 17 staging behind Safeway. Registration booth $7, ages 6 - 12 $5, 5 and under free. For '  Ghes,telr i ! opens:8 a.m.'in front of Plumas.Chritiari  i irlrmati0n aericanvalleyspeedway.com, Fifth annual Plumas Pet School; judging starts 9 a.m., horse judging 283-2175. '  Partnership adoption event, starts 9:30 a.m. Theme: "Fun and Games." I rll __ I 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Plumas Presented by Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Westwood: b,G, 5  Bank. Featuring adoptable Plumas-Sierra County Fair. For information: Barbecue and horseshoe tournament, noon "--  animals, participation Cheryl Kolb, 375-0086. - 5 p.m., Chuck's Railroad Room at corner of from Plumas Animal Welfare Fourth and Ash streets. Proceeds benefit Society, High Sierra Animal Rescue, Plumas Extreme Bulls and Broncs, 7 p.m., Westwood Little League. Tournament starts Audubon, Plumas County Animal Shelter, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds rodeo 1 p.m. For information: 256-2420. Treats Dog Co. Donations of pet food, pet equestrian area. Presented by Rockin M items accepted. Rodeo with Feather River College Foundation Rodeo. General admission $12; , ,, ..tu,'%L 'Greenhorn: VIP tickets $25, include Cattlemen's All-you-can-eat barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., barbecue 5 p.m. Tickets available at Blairsden: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch at 2116 Courthouse Caf, Plumas Bank, fair office. Mountain Music and Greenhorn Ranch Road. Ribs, chicken; For information: Jesse Segura, 283-0202, Barbecue on the Lawn, 5 salmon, veggie kabobs with reservation, ext. 306. - 8 p.m., Bontaful Also available: bonfire sing-along with Gardens across the street from s'mores, horseshoe tournaments, swimming, Westwood: Anderson Nursery. Featuring Tyler Stafford• horseback rides, wagon rides. Barbecues run Night of acoustic music, 7 - 10 p.m., For information: 836-1619. through Sept. 26. For information: Chuck's Railroad Room at corner of Fourth greenhornranch.com, 283-0930. and Ash. Featuring Doug and Meg (the Sheehys). Dinner and show $39.95 per Portola: couple, cover charge (without dinner) $5. Concert in the Park, 7 p.m., Portola City Limited seating. For reservations (required Chester: Park. Free live music featuring soul, Latin, for table seating): 256-2420. Meeting about tourism Afro jazz by New World Jazz Project. business investment Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of districts, 9 a.m., Best Commerce, city of Portola. Food, drinks .  Graeagle: Western Rose Quartz Inn. available from 6 p.m. 50/50 giveaway, Graeagle Fall Festival Arts Organized by Coldwell Banker prizes, family fun.  and Crafts Fail'; Sa[ 10 Kehr-O'Brien property manager Susan Bryner a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 for Lake Alrnanor lodging providers. a.m. - 4 p.m. Nothing Chester: imported. For Artists' reception, 4 - 7 information: p.m., The Backroom greatamericancraftfairs'c°m' Graeagle: Gallery at Books & Free live music by the Millpond, Beyond. Featuring Robbie Johnsville: 6:30 p.m. - dusk. Presented by Graeagle Laird, Karin Urquhart. In Plein air fundraiser. Johnsville Historical Outpost• Featuring Plumas Players. Food, conjunction with Old Towne Society presents painting event. Paintings drinks available for purchase. Wine Stroll. Refreshments served. For judged, prizes awarded Sun. Ends with information: 258-2150. exhibition, sale open to public. Featuring guest artist Helen Valborg. Registration Old Towne Wine Stroll, 4 - 7 p.m., $150, includes lunch Sat. Space is limited; Quincy: downtown. Theme: Wines of the West. bring art supplies. For information, to Free substance abuse training, Food, drink, entertainment, extended register: johnsvillehistoricalsociety.org, 2:45 - 5 p.m., Serpilio Hall at Plumas-Sierra business hours. Free, donation to St. 836-0102. County Fairgrounds. "Screening, Brief Andrew's Academy gets commemorative Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" mug, map of participating businesses. Maps, training for substance use, mental mugs available at St. Andrew's Academy,  Blairsden: health, law enforcement, health care 198 Main St.; Bidwell House, 1 Main St. Annual parking professionals• Arrive early to check in. lot/rummage sale, 8 a.m. Presented by California Addiction Training Greenville: - 3 p.m., Mohawk and Education Series, California Department Running With the Bears. Boston qualifier' Community Resource of Health Care Services, Plumas County offers marathon, half-marathon, 10K Center at junction of Alcohol and Drug Services, 20,000 Lives. . options. Presented by Mountain Circle highways 70 and 89. Parking lot Spaces To register (required): Family Services. Post-race hoedown 5 p.m.- available for rent: $40 single, $60 double, surveymonkey.com/s/2014CATES. green, though in a different way. He loved green things -- designing gardens and planting his own. It was like growing up in a park, being around my dad, who was always trying new growing experiments -- grafting something onto some other plant, saving seeds, continually turning compost. After mowing his lawn, he would invite me over to the wheelbarrow, full of grass clippings. He put his nose into the pile, and I would follow suit, taking in the freshness of the clippings. He would tell me that the lawn was not only a cool green carpet on which to relax, but that the grass clippings were just beginning their work, moving into a new life and a new purpose. That purpose, of course, was to mix with leaves to develop wonderful compost, which would then return to feed the lawn. He was always teaching me as I followed behind him. He bought me my own set of garden tools -- a rake, a shovel and a hoe. With these i could learn the rudiments of gardening and caring for the soil. He would show me a worm, wiggling in his hand. When I initially scrunched up my nose, he would ask me to relax, talking to me about how these worms were our workers, constantly processing leaves and grass into soil. He said that we needed to treat them well, as they were doing us and the earth a great service. He made our time together a constant lesson in "greenness." He also said that there would come a time where I would want things that were not so friendly to the earth. And that time came as peer pressure helped me to want ',more." He also assured me that there would come another time when I would tire of those "things," understanding the toll they were taking on our planet. He furtherexplained that it would be painful at times, to choose to do with less. To finish answering my question, he said," Kermit is part of that important web of life that we take for granted, wanting more, damaging more. We are provided with everything we need, and we need to take care of the lives of all creatures. I like Kermit because he is silly and has a funny mouth that is expressive. But, Kermit is telling us something more with this song. He is showing us about two things -- self-acceptance, realizing who we are meant to be, and that we sometimes have a greater responsibility that is difficult." A wise man, my father not only learned from Kermit, but taught us well. Maybe the best lesson Kermit taught him was not only about "greenness," but how to flow with life, losing oneself in a totally laughter-filled moment. Cresta Dam drum,gates undergoing maintenance A contractor for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started work this week to maintain the drum gates atop the Cresta Dam. Occasional and brief traffic delays due to southbound lane closures will occur on Highway 70as equipment is maneuvered near the dam on the North Fork Feather River, PG&E announced recently. The work is regular maintenance to ensure the drum gates remain in good ' working order and to remove sediment buildup inside the drum gate chamber inside the dam. The drum gates sit atop the dam and control storm event water flows by being raise d and lowered. While maintenance is underway, required water flows will continue through the radial bypass gate adjacent to the drum gate and through outlets below the dam. Reservoir levels are expected to remain normal, keeping the Cresta Powerhouse operational. The contractor will use heavy equipment such as cranes and a small barge to do the work. Divers will also be employed. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-November. Cresta Dam was completed in 1949 and is one of many PG&E hydroelectric facilities along the North Fork Feather River that comprise the "stairway of power." Last year, the same contractor -- Global Diving and Salvage -- performed drum gate maintenance on the nearby Rock Creek Dam. SO WHEN THEY MEET (For young lovers everywhere) So when they meet together face to face, He holds her shoulders at his length of arms And looks into her eyes across the space To be enthralled as by a siren's charms. And when they close the space to join their hearts, They keep their distance still before the kiss And linger there as Cupid weaves his arts Until they wake as from a deep abyss. Where then he nears her heart-shaped lips with care And presses to them with an ardent will, Then feels her fired passion grow and flare And knows their love is more than just a thrill. For this is why we live -- so we can share the love Bestowed on us by guiding hands from far above. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano July 21, 2014 F I m m m m I m m m I M m I SENIOR. Wednesday, August 20 I MENU I Monday, August 18 | Ethnic: bean & cheese tostada, tomatoes/lettuce, Mexican succotash, cantaloupe slice I Tuesday, August 19 | Healthy heart: baked fish, quinoa pilaf, green salad, orange slices, oatmeal Hot roast beef sandwich, steamed broccoli, cole slaw, pear/!ime jello Thursday, August 21 Pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans/red peppers, whole grain bread, Waldorf salad Friday, August 22 Ethnic: spaghetti & meat sauce, tossed green salad, steamed spinach, peaches Icook!e/ice cream II Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643;,, I Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- | | 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for| reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older." I One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory| • charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. a- ,,.... m , m m .. m ._.. m m dl