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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL ! ily What do you care most about in life? Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: neighbors, the community, etc. That's our world, our "sphere of influence." Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us. We monitor. We respond. We pay attention. We laugh. We cry. We hurt. We rejoice. We care. And that is'what good community newspapers do, too. As I have traveled the nation this past year, it's been reassuring to see so many dedicated men and women who newspapering as so much more than a "job." Newspapering is a job in the same sense that being a father or mother is a "job." Parents are responsible for the well-being of their family. Good newspapers take on that role with the communities we serve. Newspapers are vigilant in protecting our communities from destructive influences, both from without and within. Newspapers sound the alarm with swift, accurate and thorough coverage when sensitive issues arise. We provide not just facts, but clearly labeled editorials and analysis stories that offer in-depth points -- and counterpoints -- to help everyone weigh matters with suff'mient information. Newspapers also serve as "points of pride" in which communities celebrate individual and collective achievement, offering congratulations and joining in mass celebration. Newspapers serve communities in sad times as well, providing clear, concise facts about tragic events, their causes and how they might be prevented from reoccurring. When communities are sick or injured, newspapers bleed. We share the pain and shed tears along with our readers. If the newspapers I've described sound like living, breathing things.., that's because they are. Despite what a few might have you believe, newspapers are far from dead. As long as parents take pride in the birth of a baby, h home run by their%i e Leaguer or graauatlon, marriage, promouon or any number oi life's milestones, people will enjoy reading about them in their community newspaper. As long as people care about who died in their community this week, how high their taxes may rise or who scored the winning touchdown at the high school football game -- community newspapers will be alive. As long as bulletin boards and refrigerator doors display cherished family memories, community newspapers will be alive. John Donne said: "No man is an island." Because we don't live isolated lives, apart from everyone around, newspapers are going to be here to help us celebrate, mourn and record life's history as it happens. Newspapers are the "tie that binds" people together. And in the words of that old hymn: "Blest be the tie that binds." Thanks for reading your newspaper during National Newspaper Week. Guest editorial by Robert M. Williams Jr., "a weekly newspaper publisher in Georgia and president of the National Newspaper Association, representing more than 2,500 daily and weekly newspapers across America. Feath hshmg spaper 7" For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com 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 Beaton Debra Moore Carolyn Carter Maddie Musante Michael Oondon M. Kate West Makenzie Davis Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Will Farris James Wilson Susan Oort Johnson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Indian Valley Bulletin Record (530) 283-0800 (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter Chester Progressive (530) 832-4646 (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Westwood Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye As I sit here contemplating the last few years of my life and my journey forward, I can,t help but think of the song "So Long, Farewell" from the movie "The Sound of Music" -- a fitting ballad for my upcoming departure. Since moving here in early 2012 and accepting a job with Feather Publishing in July 2012, I have made Plumas County my home and its residents my family, Although "I hate to go and leave this pretty sight," this next step is crucial ifI am ever to get a firm and organized hold on my life. A few weeks ago I was offered a property management job in Sacramento. Anyone who follows my opinion pieces should know this is a path I was trying to avoid following. I grew up around the property MY TURN SAMANTHA P, HAWTHORNE Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com management industry and I spent the first six years of my adult life directly involved in it. Despite my reluctance to return, I am This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of October 1 The traditional birthstone for October is the Opal. 1880 -- John Phillip Sousa becomes the leader of the United States Marine Band. 1890 -- Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress. 1891 -- --Stanford University in Palo Alto, California is founded. 1914 -- The American Pop Corn Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. The company was founded by Cloid H. Smith in Sioux City, Iowa, and is the oldest popcorn company in the United States, selling its brand Jolly Time Pop Corn globally and in every state in America. Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida. October 2 1950-- "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schultz is in:st published. 1959 -- The television series "Twilight Zone" premiers on the CBS television network. October 3 1872 -- The Bloomingdale Brothers open their first store on Third Avenue in New York City. 1955 -- "The Mickey Mouse Club" debuts on the ABC television network. 1961 -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show" premiers on the CBS television network. 1964 -- The first Buffalo wings are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. 1995 -- O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. October 4 1883 -- The Orient Express, the passengar train with a route from Paris to Istanbul, began service. 1914 -- The October issue of Good Housekeeping introduced for the first time, the Morton Salt Girl, the little girl with the umbrella on the packaging of ;Morton Salt. The logo and the slogan "When It Rain It Pours" was registered 100 years ago. 1962 -- "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson is in-st broadcast. 1971 -- Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, opens. 1957-- "Leave It To Beaver" premiers on the CBS television network. October 5 National Newspaper Week (OCtober 5-11) rec6gnizes the imp0rtance of community newspapers, both big and small. This year's theme is : "The Foundation of Vibrant Communities". 1857 -- The city of Anaheim in Southern California is founded (German for "home on the Santa Aria River"). 1982 -- EPCOT Center (Environmental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) at 1921 -- The World Series is broadcast on radio for the fin'st time. excited to be going in that direction once more. As of Oct. 1, I will be working for U.S. Residential Group as an on-site property manager for a 100-unit HUD and tax credit property. I will also train to be an area manager, overseeing a portfolio of properties -- this is where my excitement comes out. Rather than go back to a job where my experience was underutilized, I will be venturing into a new area of the field where I think my skills will best be served. I know I often preach, "Do what you love and don't, get stuck doing a job you simply tolerate," but this is far from the case. I honestly loved being a property manager but it was not my dream job, which is what I always aspired to do. Reporting, on the other hand, has been a dream come true. I have been able to develop my talents in writing and photography, giving me something to be proud of. I have learned valuable lessons in life such as how to be a part of a community; how to stand up for yourself and your beliefs; and how to keep digging until you get the answers you need. I've also developed a thicker skin by learning how to properly process negative feedback and how to ignore harsh comments. Above all, being a part of this community has made me a better person. In working with those who relentlessly give of themselves to give to others I've built a stronger appreciation for human life. Don't get me wrong, I've always been a very compassionate person but I've also been the naysayer who feels people in general will always do badly by you if you let them in. The people in Indian Valley and Lake Almanor have proved the opposite. While there are a few bad apples, the communities in general are filled with good people. Although living in the city of Sacramento could never compare to living in rural Lake Almanor, I am committed to making it a great experience for my son and myself. In researching the services available, I am certain it's where my family needs to be at this point in our lives. To name a couple, Joshua will have access to UC Davis',MIND Institute and free afterschool care through the city of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation. Quite possibly the best reason for the move is he will be able to grow up surrounded by his cousins -- an experience I had as a child and will never forget as an adult. So while "I'm glad to Icannot tell a , ,,i, lie," I will genuinely miss every aspect of' this beautiful rural community I have been so honored to be a part of. God knows, however, that I will need a break from city life at least once a month and, thankfully, the three-hour drive from Sacramento to Lake Almanor is short enough to bear multiple visits throughout the year. With that, I regretfully bid all my readers "so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen," goodbye. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Quincy's new firehouse, completed at a cost of $6,500, will be dedicated this week. C.A. King, manager of the Quincy Lumber Company and Quincy Fire Department commissioner, presented the department with a $100 check to enable the fwemen to furnish the firehouse apartment. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last haft of our bound volumes in our. archives for theyear 1961 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 An estimated 2 year project to gain historical recognition for the Feather River Inn near Blairsden began under the leadership of the University of the Pacifm Alumni Association. Originally constructed in 1914, the eastern Plumas County resort began as a 500 acre private complex catering to out of town area guests. The Inn at one time had its own railroad depot and dairy. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2014 The Save Lake Almanor Committee's "No Thermal Curtain" protest signs have been seen all over the Lake Almanor basin recently, protesting the proposed thermal curtain that corrals cold water into a designated area within a hydroelectric project's reservoir. The project, if implemented, could potentially effect the fish population among other things. 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. t Two dreamers arrive, love what they findi I've always been a dreamer. I am willing to push the ,limitations of convention to discover what I am capable of, to learn what I really love, and to change things that I am not satisfied with. Six months ago, my boyfriend, Larry, and I packed up all of our belongings and headed for California with more faith than actual plans. I just wanted to write. Larry wanted to mine for gold and realize the dream he's had since he was a little boy, of being an independent miner. I challenged myself to learn more about gold and become a better miner myself. Our day jobs back in Montana fed our bellies, but did not fulfill our hearts. It's not just a rumor: we camped for five months! We slept under the beautiful Sierra sky in a two-man tent that became home, hopping from claim to claim digging that rich Plumas County dirt. It wasn't long before I had gold fever just as bad as Larry. I started researching the history of the Sierra Nevada, the Feather River, Nelson Creek... I was captivated by the rich, lively history of Northern California and the 1849 gold rush. I started fmding quartz crystals and jasper, and learned to identify silver and copper ores. Local geologist Charles Watson, who trusted that we had arrived serendipitously, just as we believed, put us to work in May. We couldn't believe we were getting paid to explore the wilderness! This was our dream. MY TURN MARIAM S. CODY Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com Larry and I have both learned a lot from Charlie, and he's taken good care of us. We continued to make treasured new friends as our attachment to the forests, rivers, towns and people of Plumas County grew. I was inspired to begin writing a second novel, and did so, scribbling in a notebook by firelight, and spending long literary afternoons under the shade of magnificent cedars. I learned the indisputable power of positive energy, focusing an attitude toward a goal and believing in it. Of course a little meditation doesn't replace the required hard work when I set out to achieve something, but it helps me choose to enjoy it. About a year ago we were in a collision with a drunk driver. Our truck was a mangIed twist of scrap metal by the time it settled in the ditch. Every responder was shocked that we lived. I contemplated my purpose, and considered the limited time we all have on this Earth. It wasn't enough to spend any way other than deliberately. Thoreau knew that. Hemingway knew that. My father knew -- he died hunting ducks in a swamp with his beloved Chesapeake Bay retrievers. He did what he loved, and died content. That resonates with me still, always. We settled down in Chester in the beginning of September, and now we have a roof over our heads in a modest apartment. As the mining season winds down, I sit peacefully in my new office appreciating my luck. Or is it destiny? We set out to treasure hunt, and found more valuable gems in the form of kind and interesting people than we ever hoped for, right here in the hometowns of the Sierra. Sometimes the life of a dreamer is stressful, and sometimes expectations lead to a deflated perspective, but for the first time in my life I feel satisfied that I am on the path to fulfilling my purpose. No matter how rocky the road gets, I couldn't be more pleased with how this adventure has gone. Besides, those rocks in the road are very likely to have gold in them.