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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL rlen in COU There was a time when a library was seemingly always open -- teeming with students doing research or children reading picture books or adults checking out the latest novel. There was a quiet hush and the smell of thousands of books that is unique to a library. But declining revenues and budget cuts have gradually eroded the time that libraries are open. It's a situation that is not unique to Plumas County, but local libraries have been particularly hard it. One can no longer walk up to the library door and expect it to be open'--- not during the day, nor the evening nor the weekends. That is about to change -- a little -- thanks to the Quincy Friends of the Pl.umas County Library. The group has long been an important contributor to the library by purchasing books, as might be expected, but also by buying computers, window coverings, seating and garden supplies among other items, as well as paying for the children's program, the summer reading program and more. Now it's going to pay to open the library on Saturdays for one year, beginning Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "During this time we will collect data, which will include the number of patrons that enter the library, as well as what services they use -- computers, book borrowing, use of the children's library, etc.," Diann Jewett, the Friends' secretary-treasurer, told the supervisors during the group's presentation to the board. "It is our intent to present you with this statistical data in order for you to make a more informed decision during your budget cycle." The Friends discussed and approved the idea back in February and have spent the subsequent months working with the county's human resources department and county counsel to put the plan into action. The group also had to ensure that they would have enough funding to pay for the Saturday hours, which includes personnel and utility costs, while still funding their other commitments to the library. The Friends rely on their quarterly book sales to raise money, and the community supports their efforts by donating gently used books a, nd by.show~ ~;[or the sales. ~at : : support will now be more critical than ever. A library is a symbol of a vital community. It ranks up there with a hospital, good schools, and a vibrant downtown as significant attributes in what makes a place desirous to live. Stop by any time, and you will see people of all ages using the computers, browsing throtlgh the stacks and sitting in the reading areas. We applaud the ingenuity and the commitment of the board of directors of the Quincy Friends of the Library, as well as its members, to open the library on the weekend. The Quincy group is not alone. Groups in each Plumas community work to provide support for their local branches. We hope tl e data that is collected by the Friends over the next year will present a compelling argument for the board of supervisors to review .its funding commitment to the libraries. Feat ishing paper go to plumasnews.com 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, Good guys" goodwill continues to grow At the heart of things, I believe that one person's acts of goodwill, positive examples and compassion for others can go a long way. I have witnessed fwst hand how the positive impact creates a ripple that like sound waves magnify as they travel across the distance of time and space. Often, good deeds, acts of service or gentle presence slip by unnoticed at that moment, either due to the "good guys" humility and joy of self-sacrifice, the hectic pace the world is moving these days or sadly due to the fact that attention is given more frequently to negative subjects. However, the more good one does the more it is amplified and the examples are passed on to each life touched by the "good guys." I was recently moved to pause for reflection on this while taking part in two local high school events: a high school football game and the annual Purple Pride Golf Tournament. Earlier this year, two of Portola's "good guys" passed on. The long-lasting effects and ripples that built tidal waves continue to grow in the loss of "good guys" Jack Heskett and Jerry Doilard. kindness led the list. The tribute made to Jack Heskett at the football game humbly brushed on his lasting impact to the many people that crossed his path. With a broad smile, he said yes to anything that supported youth sports, activities or community pride. I personally had the honor to witness hundreds of local youth benefit from his generosity. Not just _I_Z~Z _J-__~_L__l~_ ]k/Ix r_ T--r~ ............. at that moment but also by the people they have become today. SUSAN JACOBSON Staff Writer sjacobson@plumasnews.com Both of these men not only consistently demonstrated goodwill, positive examples and compassion, but through their selfless gifts to others they taught their children, their grandchildren and everyone they touched, how to be a "good guy" which allows their gifts to continue to give. I reflected on some of the attributes that these two, who were able to create impact beyond their arms distance; integrity, patience, strong work ethic, compassion for others, courage, humility, selflessness and This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI from San Francisco to United States President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. 1929 -- Today is "Black Thursday" -- the stock market of the New York Stock Exchange crashes. 1931 -- The George Washington Bridge opens to traffic. It is a double decked suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River and connecting New York and New Jersey. 1945 -- The United Nations is founded in San Francisco with 50 countries signing its charter. 2003 -- The transatlantic super sonic transport (SST), the Concorde makes its last commercial flight. Oct. 25 1964 -- The feature f~n "Mary Poppins" remains the number one movie release for nine weeks following its August opening in U.S. theaters nationwide. Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of Oct. 21 1964 -- The musical film "My Fair Lady," starring Audrey Hepburn, opens nationwide. It was adapted by the long running Broadway musical starring Julie Andrews. Oct. 22 1883 -- The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, opens. 1966 -- The Supremes becomes the first all-female music group to attain a number one selling record album for their album: "The Superemes A-Go-Go." Oct. 23 1964 -- The Rolling Stones make their first 1915 -- Some 30,000 women march on Fifth appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Avenue in New York City, New York; Sunday night. demanding the right to vote. : 1958 -- "The Smurfs," a fiction~ race of " " ~tlay i~a'{]oh~pkin Day. blue dwarves, appear for the first time in" "~= ~""~ ' 1881 -- The Gunfight at OK Corral takes a Belgian comics magazine. Later they are popularized in America in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series. place between outlaw cowboys and lawmen in Tombstone, Arizona. It lasts 30 seconds. 1958 -- Pan American Airlines (PanAm) makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City, New York to Paris, France. Oct. 24 1861 -- The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed, eliminating the need for the Pony Express. The first telegraph is sent At the event that celebrated his life, many people shared experiences from their childhood -- not just in Portola, but also in other areas of California. Stories of how he taught them the value of hard work, encouragement and support of others. Jack led by example and those of us he touched directly have a gift that we can now pass on. His son Steve and grandson Kyle coach the Portola High Football team and they themselves are also "good guys," each day reflecting and amplifying the work of one positively impacting the lives of many others. Like Jack, Jerry Dollard's support of programs in the community was limitless. Jerry's warm smile and patient, gentle compassion at all times was infectious. He always had a positive word for others. The depth and breadth of his involvement in the Portola Area in business, recreation, service groups and schools was far reaching. While volunteering at the Purple Pride Golf Tournament, I turned around and saw a sponsor board with that warm smile I knew so well. Jerry's gift of giving kept going as the Hubbard family made a generous donation to the event in honor of Jerry. One more example of the "good guy" ripple. His children also continue to serve their communities with the same gentle presence and humility Jerry showed. Some of his children and grandchildren now live in Wyoming, active in their communities with service to others, living the "good guy" tradition. The Portola area is still fortunate to have Josh and Cindy here in Plumas County. You will fmd them present supporting sports, encouraging youth and doing what "good guys" do to make the community a better place. So while we think that the loss of these gentlemen's presence may leave a vacant spot on the "good guy" list, the reality is that their presence actually grew the list a" thousand fold as the good keeps giving. The lives they touched, the positive examples they demonstrated go out and touch others ~d grow more ?good guys." ThafiR you, Jack ~eskett and Jerry Dollard,'for me personally, for what you did in our part of the world and the other places and people lucky enough to have had your presence. Take a moment and thank a "good guy" you know, there may come a day you won't be able to. More importantly, both guys and gals; be that one "good guy" and lead by example and let your good grow. REMEMBER WHEN KEIll TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO...1915 Advertisement: Be a knocker with one of our hammers. Every man needs a set of tools about the house, the farm or the ranch. Our experience in the hardware business guarantees that you Will receive the best material in articles at this store--Quincy Hardware Store. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1965 In California State news: Former San Francisco Board of Supervisor member and San Francisco Mayor George Christopher announced that he will be a Republican candidate for California Governor in 1966. Local burglars took $1,000 worth of postal and federal duck hunting stamps at the Sloat Store and Post Office over the weekend. 25 YEARS AGO...1990 Plumas County Sheriff Dick MacKenzie will retire in December after more than 33 years in public service, 19 of those in Plumas County. He has been Plumas County Sheriff since March of 1985. Domestic violence happens to smart gi.rls too It started like this: my college boyfriend, along with a handful of other students and I, were discussing something one of our professors had said in class. I'd disagreed with my boyfriend's perspective in front of other students. He gave me a strange look and then as soon as we were alone, he took his knuckles to my chest and gave me a fLrm quick punch to the sternum. I was immediately winded and stepped back a few inches and he followed with a second knuckle hit to the forehead. "Never contradict me in public," he said. I was 19 and I was supposed to be a smart kid. I was embarrassed and felt dumb. And I liked him. I dated him for three years, though I tried to leave several times. He was also my main ride to school and I was trying desperately to graduate on time. My story is really quite textbook: he slowly got me away from my friends, my family, and my goals. He played psychological warfare on all my insecurities. He reinterpreted his violence as no big deal. Those punches? They were love taps. His dad did that to his mom all the time, he'd say. He controlled my food intake and would exclaim how lucky a fat girl like me was to have a boyfriend. I should be grateful, he'd say. And did I mention he was my main ride to school? Nothing about Patrick caused alarm in my family members or friends at first. He graduated top of his class in high school, was in college, had a job, was well-read, came from a good family, was never in trouble with the law. How did I break free? To quote Flannery O'Connor, "everything that rises must MYTURN MAGGIE WELLS Staff Writer rnwells@plumasnews.com converge." His violence started to escalate ahd one day as he was about to swing at me, I ducked and instead his fist went through the wall of his bedroom. Seeing that hole where my face should have been woke me up out of this trance. The next day my first poem was published in a magazine (he'd forbidden me to submit to the magazine, but I'd done it anyway). An old friend stopped to talk to me while Patrick was in the restroom at a restaurant. My friend said he worried about me, slipped me his phone number on a scrap of paper, and told me to call ifl needed:anything. Two days later, I called. The good news? I never had anyone violent in my life again. The bad news? We live in a society antagonistic in its regards to women's basic human rights. People actively seek to control women's sovereignty. In that respect, domestic violence is a cultural extension of our collective disrespect. Millions of Americans have violent peoplein their lives and haven't escaped them yet. October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence isn't just physical, but mental as well. R's verbal. It's unrelenting control over another human being. If my story sounds too familiar, know that there's help in Plumas and Sierra counties. Domestic Violence Services offer various support services such as counseling for victims and children, legal and court assistance, housIng, employment search help as well as basic needs such as emergency food, clothing and transportation. They also offer a confidential shelter for victims and their children who are in the process of escaping an abusive relationship. AccordIng to Plumas Rural Services, they've seen 39 new clients from Oct. 2014 to Oct. 2015. The new Domestic Violence Response Team program has had 25 referrals In the last nIne months. These are only the numbers of women who've come forward. Plumas Rural Services Domestic Violence Services can be reached at 283-5675 durIng business hours. The crisis line is open 24-hours a day at (877) 332-2754. Plumas and Sierra county residents can walk into the main office at 711 East Main Street, QuIncy, and take an assessment, which covers all forms of abuse (not just physical violence). Artist Julie Hatzell has an art exhibit, a Celebration of Courage, at Pangaea Cafe and Pub in Quincy. Her artwork is inspired by the brutality of domestic violence and the hope of overcoming the stigma, the shame, and a positive life after. Proceeds go to the Domestic Violence Safe House in Plumas County. None of us have to live like that. t i