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8B Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Mental health workers instrumental in helping thwart suicide attempt We might never know exactly why a man walked to the middle of the Spanish Creek Bridge, crossed the railing, and considered stepping over the edge. All we know for sure is that he didn't jump. A lot of people came together last Wednesday to prevent a tragedy. It started with the hikers at the bottom of the canyon who realized what the man was about to do and called 911. It ended with a team of selfless, caring professionals -- Plumas County citizens -- who delicately kept the man on the bridge for more than two hours until they could get close enough to grab him. Plumas County doesn't officially have a crisis intervention team. But when we do, it might look a lot like the group on that bridge -- the sheriff, California Highway Patrol and the county's mental health department working as a team. Each department bringing its own expertise to a crisis situation. Thanks to the initiative and expertise of local CHP Commander Joe Edwards, the seeds for a local crisis intervention team have already been planted. Edwards is a certified mental health instructor for the CHP. He wants to share the training CHP officers receive with other first responders in the county. He described his vision during an interview last month. "You bring together mental health, police, medical, fire personnel, and you have a team that can go out and be proactive," Edwards said. "If we have someone who we know needs help.., this crisis team goes out and tries to have a consensual contact with the person to see if we can help them." Edwards was on assignment in Alturas last Wednesday. But, like the sheriff, he was in constant phone contact with officers at the scene. "I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was during that drive home from Alturas," he said. "I was so proud of them/' If Commander Edwards ever needed to demonstrate the value of having crisis team, the bridge episode was the perfect example. Some of the last week's episode were staffers at the Plumas County Mental Health Department. Mental health's role in this feel-good story is noteworthy. For years the department has been criticized for isolating itself from law enforcement. Whether or not the criticism has been justified, the reality is therapists don't usually respond to a potential crime scene. Their work is best performed in a somewhat controlled setting, not on a bridge in the Feather River Canyon. Last week Mental Health Director Peter Livingston made an unprecedented call in a rare situation. His decision to send therapists to the bridge could be considered a game-changer. At the very least, it earned some respect from law enforcement. Livingston breathed a sigh of relief when it was over. He said he was just glad no one got hurt. "Whether that was a by-the-book procedure, I don't know," Livingston said. "I think it can probably be open to criticism, no matter what anybody does." He certainly won't hear any criticism from law enforcement. "The mental health employees were instrumental in saving that person's life," Sheriff Hagwood said. Edwards said any crisis intervention team will be better if the mental health department is involved. Sure, our in'st responders can learn some mental health techniques, but they will never be completely armed with the toolbox of skills that a mental health professional has. Livingston said he wants to be part of a crisis intervention team, he's just not sure what kind of role his therapists should play. Last week they played the role of lifesavers. 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. Feat0000bhshmg 00wspaper / For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .... Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald .......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee .................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura 8eaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 recycled paper Member, Calilomia Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Setting the table brings great rewards The girls standing in front of me at the Dollar Tree carried handfuls of pinwheels, candy and sodas. They were decorating their animal stalls for the county fair. A few doors down, a mother and daughter were cutting yards of fabric at American Valley Hardware. They were building a tent for their garden at the county fair. Me, I was scooping up plates, vases and candlesticks. I had entered all four days of the table-setting competition at the county fair. (The fair is obviously good for local business, but that's not the point of this column.) The last time I entered the fair, my youngest daughter was 8 and wore the crown of Little Princess of Plumas County. Now she's 27, a teacher at Quincy Elementary School and mother to a 4-month-old. Had it really been 19 years? I forgot how much fun it is to enter the fair. It's a little like playing fantasy football. It's entertaining to watch the NFL, but it's much more engaging when you have "skin in the game," as every MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer man I know is fond of saying. Each year we print a special fair publication and this year I interviewed Louise Young, Plumas County's answer to Martha Stewart. She and her daughters have a decades-long tradition of entering the table-setting competition, and she encouraged me to participate. (This year her daughters wouldn't be at home so others needed to enter. Usually Louise and her girls swept the awards.) How difficult could it be to set a couple of This week'sspecial days tables? While I was at it I decided to enter my pumpkin bread, which I have perfected over the years, and lemon-blueberry bread, which I haven't. (The latter stuck to the bottom of the pan; the former earned me a blue ribbon.) But it was those table settings that consumed my time. Turns out that it is pretty difficult to set a table, in particular when you have the following admonitions ringing in your ears: flowers must be fresh, not too high, and arranged, not potted; linens must be spotless and pressed; china and glassware must sparkle and be in proportion to the arrangement; the setting . can't be too busy or too plain; the table must : be balanced; candlesticks can't be too high - or too low; food isn't allowed unless it's -" uncut fresh fruit or vegetables... : The themes were Quilting Bee Tea Party, Superbowl Lunch, Cinco de Mayo dinner , and '50s Dinner Party. Finding the necessary pieces found me scouring . virtually all of the stores in Quincy, ransacking every corner of my house and borrowing from my friends -- even new friends that I met in the process. And though I received a blue ribbon, two thirds and a second for my efforts, what I really earned was new friends and enhanced relationships. I've known Louise Young and her daughter Tara for many NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. August 27 Burning Man, the week long event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, 110 miles north of Reno, continues this week (Aug. 25 - Sept. 1). The 28-year-old event was founded in San Francisco in 1986 and moved to the Nevada venue in 1990. August 28 1898 -- A North Carolina pharmacist, Caleb Brad_ham, invented the carbonated soft drink that would later be known as Pepsi-Cola. 1937-- Toyota Motors is founded in Japan. 1996-- Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, divorce after marrying on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England. August 29 1898 -- The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is founded in Akron, Ohio. The company's Goodyear blimp is known throughout the world, which first flew in 1925. 1858 -- The United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1966 -- The Beatles perform their last concert as a group at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing an estimated 1,833 people and causing $108 billion in damages. August 30 1836 -- The City of Houston, now the fourth largest city in the United States, is founded by two real estate entrepreneurs and was named after General Sam Houston, former Governor of Texas. Today is Frankenstein Day in honor of the 1797 birthday of author Mary Shelley who wrote the novel in 1918. August 31 1997--Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and their driver were killed in an automobile accident in Paris, France. Se,.ptember I " To}day is Labor Day. The fin-st Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. In 1894 the U.S. Congress voted it a -national holiday to be observed on the first Monday in September. The traditional September birthstone is the sapphire. years. (Tara surprised her mother by visiting from Chile and entering the competition.) Going into the fmal day, we , each had won one blue ribbon so the tie-breaker would be the '50s dinner party. It was only fitting that Martha Stewart won. During fair week, we chatted on the phone, posted on Facebook and eyed the , tables together. The good-natured competition was fun and drew us to the fair each day where Fred and Sharon Surber, the king and queen of the horticulture ., building, gave us insight into the judge's decision. The interaction never would have happened without the table settings drawing us together. , People that I knew only casually invited i me into their homes and opened their china cabinets. I found inspiration for the tea  party at the hospital volunteers' Bargain Boutique, but it was Mary Edwards' teapot and pastel dishes that provided just the right touch for that day's competition, and . her wedding china set the perfect table for an elegant '50s dinner. But the personal interaction really began in the Dollar Tree while chatting in line with people I didn't know, but had something in common-- participating in the fair. Sunday night, after all of my table settings had been dismantled, I divided my borrowed items into boxes -- each destined for a different friend. The competition was over quickly, but I have the pictures, the ribbons and the friendships to remember forever. And, just a heads up -- watch out, Martha Stewart -- it's already on for next year. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The stock of J.R. Long grocery store in Greenville was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars when fire started in the waste material located in the rear of the store Monday evening. A nearby house was also damaged. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 The Feather River Inn near Blairsden will be the backdrop of a television movie: "The Breaking Point" starring Corbin Bernsen of television's L.A. Law fame. It is a World War ]I drama, a remake of the 1965 feature film "36 Hours" that starred James Garner. Two bus loads of Plumas County timber men and loggers as well as a dozen of Plumas County logging trucks loaded with logs and festooned with signs attended a rally in Redding this week to protest the proposed USFS listing of the spotted owl on the endangered species list. They joined some 2000 people who attended the rally at the Redding Civic Center. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Now that Plumas County has enough money to close its landfills and implement transfer sites, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors have eliminated the $38 annual solid waste parcel fee that was implemented in 1991. The newly founded Feather River College rodeo class and program is helping to ren9vate and improve the old equestrian arena at the Plumas County : fairgrounds in Quincy. The new class, which expected a fh-st time enrollment , of about 20, has 38 students from all over the country enrolled to date. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper 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, a From movies to theatre, the arts change lives: The spear sped past my right ear, disappearing into a roar of thundering hoof-beats pounding up the track. As I wheeled around to face the charging foesl lions grappled with gladiators and the gleam of swords and spilled blood glistened in the dying sun. The jungle cat leapt for my face -- But then the movie stopped. Over the last 22 years, I have journeyed to the depths of underwater caves, sped through space and time, and sobbed as desperate couples were wrenched apart by war, geography and family feuds. I have witnessed lethal alligators and breakups in Paris, the deaths of innocents and the disappointments of dreamers. So why do I keep going to the movies? From the moment my 2-year-old eyes glimpsed Luke Skywalker's X-Wing and Clint Eastwood's grit, movies represented magic. The Town Hall Theatre became no mere building on Main Street, but a window into another world. As the projector whirred, human lives imprinted on celluloid ignited my imagination. Like all arts, movies represent a universal language, a form of expression we all influence and create regardless of nationality, race or creed. Indeed, with the advent of the camera phone, everyone with an iPhone is also a f'flmmaker. Scenes of protests in Palestine or puppies on roller skates reach the world MY TURN AUSTIN HAGWOOD Staff Writer instantaneously, and news stations feed on submitted clips to fuel their appetite for 24-hour coverage. Yet as the number of images and videos reaching us grows, so does our appetite for them. We watch, but we seldom analyze; we consume, but do we create? In a way, reading novels and movies helps us to read life. And at no other point in my brief days on the planet was this process more important than in middle school and high school. My life took a turn for the better the day local music and drama public school teachers pulled me out of the audience and into the rehearsal room. From jazz band to musical theatre, I watched as dozens of students learned to contribute a unique verse to the human song, a sound existing in an instant and living in hearts outside their own. Friends -. struggling with equations sprang to life ; upon the stage, delighting the community and themselves with a newfound power of creativity. And still the magic did more. ., As we tried on different identities --  outlaw and acrobat, Peter Pan and Mad Hatter-- we came to understand new aspects of our own. Our county possesses a wealth :, measured in verdant valleys and frost-cold ' lakes, in peaks to climb and adventures i untold. Yet its human wealth may be found where the mountains echo -- in high schools and classrooms where teachers light creative f'we. ," The language of art is open; students ., need only seek an opportunity to speak it. 'r Elementary fourth-graders and high school seniors alike can take advantage of the free and outstanding arts education public schools offer. Most college applicants have good grades, but few of them play the bassoon or know how it feels to impersonate Cinderella before hundreds of people. Learning art does more than teach us to paint or write a story, practice the piano or open a camera shutter. It teaches us , that our creations -- our ideas and passions as images and sound -- can touch . others in achingly beautiful ways. Art can change us forever; art can last. What will your artwork be?