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Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 gll / teenager, you live are is new? line of believe me, I in Quincy. I wasa ,in little jour- the did teenagers twas basically the !that you teenagers r you want to look- We swam in rivers and lakes, ride snow- mobiles, skied, played sports, rode horseback, hunted, fished, rode bikes, went bowl- ing, hung out at friends' hous- es, talked on the phone, lis- tened to n mic, ate at the Polka Dot, babysat, mowed lawns, went to the park, attended school dances, and went to the show every Friday night. We even had a roller skating rink for a short time in the building that now houses Plumas Motor Supply. It didn't last too long because we were too bored to use it. We had Boy and Girl Scout clubs, 4-H, and Rainbow Girls. The Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist churches all had strong youth groups, and they sup- plied the youth community with many activitie We still were so bored that we didn't re alize how much fun we were having. Many things have fortunate- I ly progressed here in Quincy since my days as a teenager, some 26 years ago. We now have an excellent recreation program chock full of activi- ties, a community college that allow teenagers to enroll in some courses, an athletic club, two swimming pools, a shop- ping center with fast food (it was built in 1975), a computer center for public use, dance classes, gymnastics, music lessons. Soon, thanks to many wonderful and caring individ- uals in this community, there will be a skateboard park. A teen center is also in the works. Many teens have their own computers and video games in their own home. I know because I also have a bored teenager at home. In my era, the '70s, we had some similar problems, maybe not so complex as life today, but there were plenty of drugs, cigarettes, and that age old evil--alcohoL There were the parties in the woods and at un- supervised homes. There was a lot of experimenting going on, even in junior high school. Peer pressure was just as prevalent. Sex was an issue but not so demanded of us as you have R now. We didn't have Plumas County Alcohol and Drug or Tobacco Education Programs that care about teenagers like they do now. We also lost classmates in accidents and due to diseases. Two things ended a lot of my boredom as a teenager: one was that wonderful time when I got my driver's license. The freedom and independence that driving by myself gave me surpassed anything that I had ever known. I used to drive my father's big red wood truck or the family station wagon and cruise Main Street endlessly. One particular rainy day, there was no place to go except I I the public library. When I walked through the door, I knew I had found my place, a window tothe world, a haven of knowledge and entertain- mentfor a bored teenager In a small mountain town. The public library did not discriminate; you could be the richest or the poorest, any age, any race, any sex, and have equal access to whatever you wanted to know. This idea in- trigued me. I learned that by being able to read, that I pos- sessed a certain power and freedom to learn things, to study other people's ideas and opinions and formulate my own. Nobody could tell me how to think; I could do my own in- dependent thinking with all the information that I had ac- cess to. I learned that I could travel to other worlds, visiting other cultures, or travel through time to learn about history. I Arts, crafts, and health books were available, along with gar- denlng, cooking, philosophy, and religion. I could also enter fantasy worlds tlirough fiction. Teenagers, while you wait for the skateboard park and the teen center, consider visit- ing your local library if you al- ready haven . Besides the in- credible amount of brains (books) that are housed on those shelves, you can also en- tertain yourself with maga- zines, videos, audiocassettes, CDs and computer access. If you enjoy helping people, con. sider teachins someone to read better through the Library Lit- eracy Program. You never know what cool guy or girl might be there, at the library just reading away. Still bored? Quit whining and clean up your room. Enjoy those boring teenage days. They will be gone before you know it. I hemmmn the Little last week, Over how many vol- ,takes for a team to Each team the district followed by the or state, and regional tour- advance to the ) and think for a mo- people volun- and effort to ' League the success ! Zny final reports to and close out the League season it opportunity to re what happened in 48 consists of 10 Portola, Chester, Modoc, and Burney. we have ap 233 teams made girls from age That equates to League boys would not I without the many' I that we count on To often we find for granted two teams show ball it just thank all the district that give effort to make mlmsu-ator, t uo appreciate IL ulan irom an over-me-environment, t'ortoia ks plan- The bottom line is, it's all counter pain killer, ning a two-lane highway in a about the kids, win or lose, go- So if you suffer with neck river bed, complete with yel- ing to the World Series or to a pain or some other ache or low stripes and lights. district tournament. It's the pain, why not let a doctor of Whether you are in favor of fact that because of all the vol- chiropractic tell you whether this project or not, try to go to unteers, your children have an he or she can help you? this meeting. They can't get it opportunity to participate in After all, we ask the dentist right unless they know how the Little League program, about our teeth concerns and you feeL This is probably your Without you this would not we ask our ophthalmologist last chance to be heard on this happen, about our eyes. Utilize the project. Bill Estes knowledge of the specialists; Ed Laurie Calif. District 48 thaCs what we are here for. Portola Administrator Chris W. Anderson, D.C. Fall River Mills Portola A good When I was young, I counted fkm IlU malk the days and mowed lawns in In reference to the article On Sept. 12, the Portola City preparation for the fair. I "Seniors must remember toCouncil will be asking for pub- watched from the pool to see keep their blood circulating," lic comment on the Riverwalk which carnival rides were set. (Aug. 15) I commend Mr. Red path. ting up, and I remember Perkett for writing about an If you were one of the Por- rolling pennies with Gramma important subject that is affect- tolans who signed the petition in anticipation of buying some ing more and more people to stop the project, I urge you taffy in the exhibR buLlding. every day. to attend the council meeting. Now, as a parent, it is such a I do have a concern with one Over 100 people signed that thrill to see my own children aspect of the article. When en- petition and it was then pre- have the same enthusiasm and couraging people to try to re- sented to the council, excitement as I did, and the lieve neck discomfort brought on by sustained postures, Mr. Perkett writes, "Vigorous mas- saging or snapping your neck is definitely not advisable. Per- manent nerve damage could result...aliow it only at the ad- vice of your doctor..." Perkett is quite correct in saying that -Vigorous massag- ing or snapping your neck is definitely not advisable," I am unclear, though, whether Perkett is actually saying that seeing a chiroprac- tor is not advisable. Chiropractors specialize in restoring function to the joints and muscles of the body. A per- I'm not sure what happened Plumas-Slerra County Fair did to your signatures after that, but the project continues un- abated.. We were told the project would cost $300,000, but that Portola wouldn't have to pay all of that, Remember that, while it's spoken of a "Riverwalk Park," the money is only for the pave- ment--3,000 feet of asphalt,12 feet wide. The "park" comes later, at additional expense to be paid for by an as-yet-undisclosed en- tity. My guess is the city. Some questions I would like not let us down! Besides being a little too hot, the fair was first class!. The motto "Cleanest and Greenest" def'mitely held true. Our favorites were Russell Reid's awesome covered wagon rides through the grounds, the petting zoo, the children's hands-on activities in the ex- hibit building, and always, the 4-H participants and their ani- mals. The reconflguration of Old Town was a great improve- ment and this year's food ven- dors were, as fair gourmet goes, tasty! l'Imnks to the volunteer fire- charter: 675.3 men for the excellent pancake Sixth grade math Greenville breakfast, as this is one of the Elem.: 669.2 rituals I hope my children will Sixth grade language remember! Plumas Charter.' 658.6 I can only imagine the dedi- Sixth grade language cation and hard work involved Greenville Elem: 649.3 to make these five days worthy Sixth grade spelling Plumas of such accolades. Charter: 665,1 I think the fair management Sixth gra le spelling and the many volunteers Greenville FAem:.659.5 should be commended in the Looks like they are all pretty way they have not only main- much the same to me, although mined the fairgrounds and the ninth grade you can check out traditions of the fair, but also for yourself. in the way they have changed Nancy Webb for the future. It just seems to Greenville get better and better. Or perhaps, I just seem to get [tk Jqg older and older! Regarding "Supervisor's ap- Jennifer Dolanprove districts," (Aug. 29) it Milton, Mass.seems to me that our supervt- CtNmk Um m After reading the report by Mr. Chelotti about the dismal scores for Plumas Charter School, I decided to double- check the scores. Anyone wish- ing to look these over can go to . I found this interesting: Reading for Greenville Ele- mentary fourth grade: 652.9 Reading for fourth grade Plumas Charter. 669.8 Math for fourth grade Plumas Charter. 631.5 Math for fourth grade Greenville Elementary: 635.8 Language fourth grade umas Charter. 640.2 Language fourth grade Greenville Elementary: 630.0 Spelling 4th grade Plumas Charter 640.2 sors have forgotten why their jobs exist in the first place--to represent and act in the best interest of the populace they serve. , Redistricting is never.easy, but it is required to give every district fair representation, based on the population. Redistricting doesn't require that the supervisors are happy with the results--it is the vot- ers who will decide that issue at election time. Good leaders make tough decisions that will benefit the majority of their constituents. It is time that our supervi- sors tend to conducting the business of the county fairly, to the benefit of the con- stituents, not their own self-in- terests. Paul E. Heuvelhorst Lake Almanor