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108 Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL me ic awareness all October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's a time to focus on the problem that probably affects more people in this country than the statistics show. Like an aggressive cancer, domestic violence claims helpless victims nearly every minute of every day. Moreover, it doesn't discriminate. Domestic violence can happen to anyone --regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and income. It's so widespread and frequent, experts say it's quickly becoming mainstream. Thepain suffered doesn't always come from a black eye or a broken bone. Domestic violence offmials say it's abuse ifa partner or spouse: Isolates you from socializing with family and friends. Harasses you about imagined affairs. Lies, denies, manipulates and humiliates you. Cheats on you. Seems energized about fighting, while it exhausts you. Presents a wonderful face for the world while tormenting you behind closed doors. Is a control freak with money, your appearance, household decisions, etc. Plumas Rural Services is hosting events in Quincy to help bring awareness to this alarming, and often silent, epidemic. There's a Domestic Violence 5K Walk/Run, and a Celebration of Courage, both on Oct. 3. Whether you've been abused, or know someone who is, make it a priority to attend these events, support this critical cause and help PRS help those who suffer at the hands of another. If you're in an abusive relationship -- get out. Contact PRS. Do not become a statistic. If you're not, support someone who is and the agencies that help them. Let's turn Domestic Violence Awareness Month into 12 months of awareness, action and prevention. 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 ishing 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 Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Stacy Fisher Susan Cort Johnson Susan Jacobson Greg Knight Debra Moore Josh McEachern Ann Powers Gregg Scott Maggie Wells Sam Williams 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 Printed on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Don't sit back and let others do the talking for you, Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ,Reflecting on last month's Ponde.rosa fire Like so many others my heart was sad as I watched the bowling alley burn last month. The moments prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, while quite efficient, seemed to pass slowly as often they do when you feel useless in the face of such a sight. However, the mass arrival of one fire fighting unit after another kept a sad loss from becoming a catastrophic loss. Thank you to all who provided support and assistance that day. Being new to the life of reporting local events, I was faced with such a conflicted moment, but was moved to pick up my camera and start shooting the images my eyes and heart couldn't bear. So that, at . the very least, the final hours of what had been a great place would be recorded. I am not much of a bowler, but the family I married into certainly was. Transforming that old building into a bowling alley was what brought Ron Jacobson Sr. to move his family up the Feather River Canyon in 1966; ensuring my future husband would be here for me to marry three decades later. As an original partner in the bowling alley, they converted the old building into .................... ~V_ l~g___X_eI 11 ..................... a place that would be enjoyed by SUSAN JACOBSON Staff Writer sjacobson@plu You see to me and others on the sidewalk that day, the building held years of memories, meaning and fateful events archived in my life. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Sept. 26 1789 -- Thomas Jefferson is appointed as the first United States Secretary of State. of 1960 In Chicago, the first televised presidential debate takes place. The debate is between candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. 1962 "The Beverly Hillbillies" debuts on the CBS television network. 1969 "The Brady Bunch" debuts on the ABC television network. 1969 "Abbey Road," the last album recorded by the Beatles, is released. Sept. 27 1908 The In'st Ford Model T automobile is built in Michigan and sells for $825. Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. Sept. 23 Yom Kippur is observed today. Today is the first day of Fall. 1962 The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opens in New York City, New York. 1962 "The Jetsons" cartoon show debuts on the ABC television network. 1986 The rose is voted the otYmial flower of the U.S. by Congress. 1954 The nationwide debut of the "Tonight Show," starring Steve Allen, airs on the NBC television network. Sept. 28 1913 World tennis champion Alice Marble is born in Beckwourth, Plumas County, living there until she is five. Between 1936 and 1940 she won 18 Grand Slam tennis championships. Sept. 29 1966 The Chevrolet Camaro two door coupe (originally named the Panther) is introduced and goes on sale nationwide. It is designed to compete with Ford's Mustang. Sept. 24 1948 -- The Honda founded in Japan. Motor Company is 1968 "60 Minutes," the television news magazine program, debuts on CBS. It features Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace. Sept. 25 1911 Ground is broken for Fenway Baseball Park in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. thousands for years to come. The Jacobson men were legendary in that place and while Run Sr. ended up parting ways before the lanes opened in 1967, he remained a fixture of legendary status, claiming many titles along the way. The tradition was still carrying on when I arrived in the family. I was there to watch my husband, Ron Jr., bowl a perfect game. One of three he shot in the "house" they built. Anyone can attest that it must have been in the Jacobson genes because they finally convinced me to join a women's league while I was pregnant with the next Jacobson male. Never breaking 100 in the past, I carried an average close to 200 that season. What I really went there for, aside from supporting the family men, was the Chicken strips and french-fries, especially important during the pregnancy craving times. The food that the Nally family and Sue served from the kitchen was a tasty option that added to the experience found at "the bowl." Friendship was another great thing found there. Most nights of the week, the place was filled. The small setting and the couple of hours each league took gave people time to visit, share local information, talk about their families and escape whatever pressing trouble was present outside of the dimly lit seating areas face to face quality social interaction now lost in our electronic world. I never bought a turkey for the holidays in my first few years of marriage thanks to league bowling. November league play provided one for anyone that got three strikes in a row, or a "turkey" in bowling lingo. Having a couple of high average See Jacobson, page 11B REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ..... 1915 Under new ownership, the Quincy Electric Light and Power Company is preparing to enlarge the capacity of the plant and make improvements on the water system with the intention to establish 24 hour electric and power service for Quincy Township. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1965 Full page advertisement: Grand Opening of The Patio, Quincy's newest Steak House & Bar located next to the Ranchito Motel on Highway 70 in Quincy, built by owners Red Logan and Matt Taborski. Filet mignon steak $5.25, prawns $2.75, prime rib $3.95, surf and turf $5.50, veal scallopini $2.75. Phone Quincy 2 for reservations. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1990 Since the middle of August when Iraq invaded Kuwait, gas prices have skyrocketed in Plumas County, as elsewhere. Gas prices in Plumas County have fluctuated between $1.30 per gallon for regular leaded fuel to $1.95 for unleaded premium fuel. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2005 Mike Tedrick, the Plumas County Auditor since being elected in 2001, announced that he will not seek re-election and would, in fact, retire in December. 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. Remembering the year we got used to burning I woke up to a text message from my aunt ~ bathroom always smells slightly of who was writing me from her new digs at unflushed urine. the Red Cross shelter in Calistoga. She lives It is us and it is them. We eye campers in Middleton and sometime in the night from the cities with disdain. They bring most of it burned down. She's there with inexperience and hubris. We think of trucks, her man, his daughter, their cats and dog sending sparks on the dry grass; of how the , waiting on news of her house, her sister's, brakes on the trains make us nervous; some, her brother's, of us squint-eye smokers. Panic. Havoc. As I'm writing this, there's a The sky teases rain and thunder. The fn:e 65-thousand-acre fire below us and a MY TURN lookouts sound the alarms. The elementary 40-thousand-acre fire to the southwest and MAGGIE WELLS schools make their press board "only you the pristine Northern California air is as Staff Writer can prevent forest fires" signs and post thick as San Gabriel Valley smog in them on the edges of our towns. But the Pasadena mid-Summer (and no one wants to warnings are useless. breathe in Pasadena in mid-summer). Last us breathe fresh air. The gods bring us lightning, not rain. Is Monday, I was at a retreat in Twain Harte There are small pockets of organic, there a sign for, please, no lightning bolts above Sonora off Highway 108. That herbicide-free citydweners who still hold here? A tree ignites and the flames crown highway connects Highway 395 in the the line on sell-righteous great causes that across the treetops not even bothering to Eastern Sierras with I-5 in the valley by we, as a state, are known for. There are burn the whole trees one by one, but instead climbing a steep Sonora pass, starting at environmentalists, like myself, Who cheer scorch the tops and jump from tree to tree, about 5,000 feet and going to over 9,000 feet, on low-flying DC10s as they drop retardant jumping creeks and ravines. with a view that is breathtaking on a clear and water on our remaining forests below. What little water we have left is pointless. day and ominous on a smoky day. We Our landscape is changing before our We try to live. We try to continue on with couldn't return the way we came. Fire now very eyes. Our myths about ourselves our daily lives. The firefighters among us directs our travel and our movements, flayed open. We are not the California that are gone from us for days and weeks on end. While in Twain Harte, a brush fire broke slides into the ocean after one big Their women and men wait for them like out directly behind us and a roadblock was earthquake. We are the next Dust Bowl war brides at the train station. The hotshot set up three miles away. We spent the refugees who will linger in the remaining firefighters, not unlike the marines, fight afternoon with bags packed in the car ready trees the coastal cities having already the fires offensively. They are the front line. to go, just in case. We were trying to live in proven themselves to be only for the rich, They are the first to breathe our fears. They the present and be present, as one does at the prosperous and the carpetbaggers of sacrifice for us. retreats. But that presence came with the virtual industry. The rest of the country is awash in minor omnipresent scent of destruction at the All summer I've watched as the creek concerns of politics and elections, of ready. We had to trust that when the time behind my house gets lower and lower. I've religious zealots and laws. They squawk came, if it came, we'd be alerted to evacuate watched as the rock formations in the about gay people and flags, micro with enough time to snake down the hillside Feather River appear out of their ancient aggressions and macro offenses. It's in a trail of cars, out of harm's way. beds like new planets, new deserts. I've armchair laziness. They can afford to call We rely on strangers now. watched red algae grow over every pond. people out for the words they chose and The fires give our divided state and our I've watched as the children crowd the one they can do it in air-conditioned apartmentsI divided politics a commonality we've never swimming pool in town as all the watering while drinking full glasses of water and quite had before. We used to be divided by holes are deemed unsafe or just, you know, flushing toilets in sparkling bathrooms. social issues, education and economy. Now gone. Pontification is the language of the it's elemental. We are divided by those who My skin has gone dry and bumpy. I feel comfortable. catch on fire, and those who do not. Those guilty ordering water at a restaurant. I who have water and those who do not. force every last drop down if the glass they Understand that we still think of all those Those whose earth is scorched. Those give me is too big. I don't drink water at things too, but we barely have the psyche whose earth remains. Those who can home. I think of the well. I think of the left for our daily lives. breathe deeply and not feel the dizzying length of other people's showers. I keep the Fire. Water. Earth. Air. sharp pains of fire in our lungs. None of sheets on the beds longer. I think of how the Back to basics. This is our California.