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lOB Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Portola-Weed game was about more than just football Sometimes the impact of a sporting event can't be measured by mere numbers on a scoreboard. That was the case Friday night when the Portola High School football team played host to Weed. Just days after a savage wildE]re burned much of their town, including many of the players' homes, the Cougars chose to honor their commitment and made the four-hour journey to play a football game in Portola. No one would have blamed them for staying home. But they felt it was the best way to begin the healing process; the best way to bring a little normalcy back to their lives. What happened in Weed last week was tragic. A little brush fire that started next to a creek exploded into a raging inferno pushed by 45-mile-per-hour winds. It happened so fast the community never had a chance to fight back. The wildE]re in Weed could just as easily have happened in Portola, or Chester, or Greenville, or Quincy. We can't help but feel for that community, because we know the fear. We live with it. It has been weighing on our minds during this punishing drought. Friday night in Portola our community reached out to Weed's players, coaches and family members. The heartfelt gesture deeply touched the residents of Weed who attended the game. The outreach included free lodging for the Weed players courtesy of the Sierra Motel; a complimentary dinner provided by Longboards Bar and Grill; a Saturday morning breakfast provided by the Portola Rotary, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Plumas Bank; and bundles of new clothes collected by the Portola students. The collection jar at the game's front gate was stuffed with nearly $1,000 in donations. Some of that money came from county residents who drove to Portola just so they could donate and offer support. The gesture was appreciated. "Thank you all for your generosity," Weed pastor Alonzo Greene told the Portola crowd during a pre-game address. "We're having a rough time, but with all your support, we'll be just free." Portola High School Principal Sara Sheridan said two Weed parents became emotional when they entered the gate before the game. "When they saw all the money raised from donations, they started crying," Sheridan said. Portola plans to continue giving money and needed supplies to help Weed recover from the f]re. They said  they"don't neO:} more clothes, but they need supplies'to clean--mess attdbegin-the :i, :,::: rebuilding process And they could certainly use money to help pay for it. Donations of food and supplies are being collected at River Pines Resort in Graeagle and at Portola City Hall. Monetary donations can be made online at disaster-relief-fund. In Chester, residents are hosting a donation drive called "Just a Spark Away" to collect specifically identified items to assist Weed residents. All donations are being accepted at the Mt. Lassen Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 25, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Email Debbie Lepage at for information about the Chester drive. Weed and Portola are so very similar-- two mountain communities nearly identical in size. If anyone can understand what the Weed community might be feeling, we can. And, yes, there was a football game Friday night. For a couple of hours life returned to normal for dozens of Weed High School athletes and their supporters. The numbers on the scoreboard mattered little. Last Friday was about more than football. 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. Feat lishing 0000spaper ' For breaking news, go to Mkhael C. Taborski .............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editbr Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Carolyn Carter Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 Try not to complain Try not to complain for an entire day. Just try it. It isn't easy. I took my own challenge and didn't realize how manY times a day I open my mouth to complain until I tried to stop. A comedian(I didn't recognize his name) on Sirius Radio prompted this new self-awareness. He talked about how much Americans complain, especially when compared to people with real problems, such as genocide, war or famine. He cited airline food as an example. We all complained about how terrible it was, but now that it's virtually nonexistent, we all complain that there are no free in-flight meals. He was funny, but right, and over J MY TURN DEBRA MOORE Staff Writer the next few hours I noticed how many times I managed to complain or was about to complain about something that This week's special days 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. September 24 Rosh Hashana begins at sunset. 1789 -- The United States Congress passes the Judiciary Act which creates the office of the United States Attorney General and the Federal Judiciary system including the Supreme Court of the United States. 1906 -- United States President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in the State Wyoming as the nation's first National monument. 1948 -- The Honda Motor Company is founded in Japan. 1968 -- "60 Minutes," the television news magazine program, debuts on CBS television network. September 25 1890 -- Sequoia National Park in California is established by the United States Congress. 1911 -- Ground is broken for Fenway Baseball Park in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. September 26 Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, honoring the year 1774 birthday of Johnny Appleseed aka John Chapman, an early American settler, who planted apple trees as he headed west. 1789 -- Thomas Jefferson is appointed as the first United States Secretary of State. 1960 -- In Chicago, the first televised Presidential debate takes place between candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. 1969 -- "Abbey Road," the last recorded album by the Beatles, was released. September 27 Today is National Public Lands Day, offering free admission in to any national park today. 1908 -- The E]rst production of the Ford Model T automobile is built in Detroit, Michigan, and sells for $825. 1954 -- The nationwide debut of the "Tonight Show" starring Steve Allen debuts on the NBC television network September 28 1913 -- World tennis champion Alice Marble'was born in Beckwourth, living there until the age of five. She won 18 Grand Slum championships between 1936 and 1940. 1867 -- Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario, Canada. September 29 1966 -- The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced. September 30 1935 -- Boulder Dam, located on the Nevada and California border is dedicated (now known as Hoover Dam). ' ,1947 -- The World Series featuring the :. New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers is televised for the first time. 1955 -- Actor James Dean, 24, dies in an automobile accident in California. 1964 -- The first large scale antiwar demonstration in the United States was held at the University of Berkeley when students and the faculty protested the Vietnam conflict. I dare you I should be grateful for. My computer is the perfect example. I tire of watching the "wheel of death," but would I prefer the alternative -- a typewriter and whiteout? (Actually there are some days when I wish we could turn back the clock on technology, but that is for a different column.) We complain about idling in road construction, yet we want smooth pavement and the ability to get from here to there. We complain about waiting in line at the checkout stand, but there is a grbcery store stocked full of food. We complain when cellphone service is scratchy, but we can call virtually anyone at anytime. We complain when the satellite dish goes out, but we have television 24/7 and almost unlimited content. We complain if we have to wait at the doctor's office, but we have access to their care. You get the picture -- we complain. I think it worsens as we age, when arguably there are real issues to despair about, most notably our health. Lately I've been complaining about the future of my front left tooth -- No. 9, as the dentists refer to it. I have options -- invasive and expensive -- but they're better than the alternative. It's funny when you think about the assorted body issues we complain about in youth -- I wish I were taller, thinner, ! that my hair was thicker, longer.., fill in the rest. Now, it's less about all of those attributes, and more about "can my body do what I need it to do?" Last week I took the three flights of stairs to the Board of : Supervisors room at a fast clip, trying to savor the fact that my knees didn't ache and I didn't get winded. Because there will come a day when I will search out the elevator for just those reasons. The absence of complaining isn't enough; it's also about appreciation for what is. I start each day with a prayer of thanks' for all of the people in my life and ask for' their protection. Beyond anything their - health and happiness are what matter ' most. When you start the day thinking of all that is good in your life, it helps with "the not so good," and alIOVVS to let,('ir0!l' off your ack" as my usband woul say. Of course that is easier said when not facing serious illness, death or other personal devastation. I'm not Pollyanna. I understand the need to rail against all that is unfair in our world. I just want to keep the littler things in perspective. So, with that in mind, please feel free to nudge me if you see me tapping my toe in line at the grocery store. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The Feather River Bulletin circulation is now 1178. Quincy, Meadow Valley, Spring Garden, Massack and Sloat total 471 subscribers, Indian Valley 174, Feather River Canyon 136, Portola and environs 196, westbound mail to Sacramento and Bay area 134, Reno eastbound mail 48 and complimentary subscriptions 29. Literally starting with a bang, the 1939 deer season opened in the Plumas National Forest on Saturday. Hunters mostly chose the Grizzly Valley and Clover Valley areas on the east side of the Taking, advantage Today I am thinking of a favorite Scripture passage from the Book of Ephesians in the Bible that states while we cannot work for our salvation because it is a free gift from God received by faith, our salvation leads to good works (Eph. 2:8 - I0). Ephesians 2:10 reads, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." It came to mind as I read a short piece in the Notebook section of WoHd Magazine dated May 31. The piece, tiffed "Coff'm carver," told of a good work God called Bobby Siears, a professional cabinetmaker, to one Sunday morning last year "to help grieving families." Since that time, he has made more than 65 small caskets for children, some the size of a shoebox for premature babies. Parents who have lost a child fired his gesture comforting. His good work is for anyone in need, regardless of income, race or religion, according to the article. Siears was ready for the good work. He had developed the skill and stocked a woodshop with the appropriate tools. God called him to the task when a special needs boy in his hometown of Sorrento, forest where the deer population abounds. Statistics compiled at Quincy headquarters mid-week indicated a total of 438 have been killed, accounting for an aggregate 28 tons of venison meat. 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 A forested area just south of Lee Summit on State Highway 70 near Sloat has been named as the site of the proposed and hotly debated low risk inmate conservation camp. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Plumas Unified School District student of opportunities MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer Louisiana, wandered off and drowned in a ditch. The next day he got up at 4:30 a.m. and built a little casket. The article explains that overnight something inside him changed. This good work seems perfect for Siears -- prepared in advance by God. And he is committed to doing the good work, setting a goal to make 200 caskets a year. Goocr works are all around us, but we must respond. George Mueller built orphanages in the 1800s and much has been written about his faith. However, the stories are also a reflection of people willing to respond to opportunities to complete good works. enrollment is declining. Overall, the district is down 37 students from last year. The Quincy area schools gained students, while Indian Valley, Chester and Portola area schools lost students. The Sierra Valley Mennonite community pitched in and helped to build the new Sierra Valley Volunteer Fir e Department building addition. The men, donating their time, worked all day to erect the heavy grids and completed the addition that will house the department's vehicles, in one day. 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. to do good works Let me explain what I mean. One story relates a time when there was no food in the orphanage. Regardless, Mueller had the 300 children go to the dining room for breakfast: Together they thanked God for the food and waited. A baker knocked on the door with bread to feed the children, saying he had gotten up in the night to bake knowing they would need bread to eat in the morning. We know Mueller did a great work, providing a home and education for more than 10,000 orphaned children throughout ' his lifetime. But good works are not necessarily what we call great works. They are opportunities God gives us to reflect hid love. While we can be called to a good work ' like Siears, they are often a one-time, one-shot opportunity. Looking at the two examples, of good works listed above I see a few lessons. The ' task at hand may not be convenient. You ' might have to stay up late or get up early to ' accomplish it. There's a personal cost as well. The baker used a lot of flour to make enough bread for 300 children. Siears uses cypress to build the handcrafted caskets and donates them to families. Yet in spite of the difficulties we should be willing to do good works. We just need to look for those opportunities.