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12B Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Considered the most decisive battle in the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg took place over three hot days in July 1863. What began as a small skirmish eventually involved 160,000 Americans and resulted in over 50,000 casualties, becoming a pivotal moment in the war and American history. On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to the battleground in order to dedicate it as a national cemetery, and in doing so delivered his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. Calling upon the founding principles of equality inherent in the Declaration of Independence, he called for a "government of the people, by the people, for the people," a phrase that has since come to symbolize American democracy. A special event at the Mohawk Community Resource Center will provide an up-close look at this important part of American history. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, in commemoration of the 151st anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the MCRC Speakers Bureau returns with local Civil War historians Jeff Turner and Dennis FitzPatrick. This event is free and takes place at MCRC, located at the junction of highways 89 and 70 near the Corner Barn in Blairsden. Kicking off evening will be an open-house reception and artifact viewing with several museum-quality Civil War artifacts provided by FitzPatrick. A former high school and college instructor, FitzPatrick developed a keen interest in American Civil War history while traveling to Virginia during his professional career in the auto industry. He Jeff Turner speaks regularly on the Civil War and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln. became an ardent student and researcher of the Lincoln's Gettysburg period, and has toured most Address. A major battlefields on the question-and-answer period East Coast. will follow his presentation. Over time, FitzPatrick This is the second acquired an extensive installment of the newly collection of Civil War formed MCRC Speakers artifacts, many of which Bureau, organized by will be on display. Advisory Board member FitzPatrick will be present Richard Short and MCRC to answerany questions Coordinator Heidi Rose. about his artifacts, This event will provide knowledge and travels. Now insight into an important retired, FitzPatrick .lives in time in American history. Clio with his wife. The open-house reception A fourth-generation and artifact viewing with Californian, Turner FitzPatrick begins at 5 p,m., developed an interest in and light refreshments will history early on in life and be served. became a serious student of Turner's presentation Californian and American begins at 6 p.m., followed by history. With a particular a question-and-answer interest in the Gold Rush, period. The event is free; Civil War and the life, RSVPs are requested, writings and speeches of though not required. For Abraham Lincoln, he has more information or to studied the topic for some 40 RSVP, contact MCR&at years. 836-0446 or visit A retired attorney now plumasruralservices.org/ living in Graeagle, he has mcrc. enjoyed speaking on these MCRC is a service of topics to many Plumas Rural Services, and organizations, groups and provides activities and schools over the years, advocacy for eastern For the MCRC Speakers Plumas County Bureau, Turner will communities. A number of combine aspects of two of events take place at the his favoritepresentations: center daily, including a the Battle of Gettysburg and variety of classeS, support AUCTIONS.com INCORPORATED, of be Sold Ev Jr Auctioneer's Note: Lightning Auctions has been the leading auction house in Northern Nevada for 25 plus years now. Selling everything from antiques and collectibles, entire estates, business liquidations and used vehicles. We conduct online only auctions, provide appraisal services for bankruptcies and estates, accept quality consignments, conduct estate sales and we are always willing to go out and personally look at your items to see how we can help you. So if you need to sel or you're looking to buy, gwe us a call or check us out online at www.LightningAuctions.com. Lightning Auctions, Inc. 870 S. Rock Blvd Sparks Nevada 89431 Phone: (775) 331-4222 Fax: (775) 331-4281 Dennis FitzPatrick displays a 1863 U.S. Springfield rifle musket, during the war, and a Union cartridge bag with the tins still powder. Photos courtesy Plumas Rural Services used mainly by the Union Army inside, for carrying bullets and groups, social opportunities and numerous special events. Classes and programs are continually expanding, and a coordinator is on-site to assist families and individuals with specific needs. MCRC receives most of its funding from donations and fundraisers and a sponsorship drive is currently taking place. Anyone wishing to support its activities with a tax-deductible donation, by volunteering at the center or by supporting one of its many fundraisers is invited to contact the center. Church offer! new service for families .F0r families with young think the kids are smiling the main lta ., where they children, attending church because they aren't beingcan see whatis going on on Sunday mornings can be constantly 'shushed'; they get during the service, but if difficult. Besides the chaos of to have fun coloring or they choose, they can also getting kids dressed and playing with other kids while color or read or simply play ready for church, the in church." with other children while the services themselves can be Unlike traditional churchservice continues. long and boring for both services, which are typically Of course, being designed children and adults, quiet and meditative, Family for children, the service is Realizing this, Christ the Church at Christ the King is also tailored to shorter King Episcopal Church in marked by a more attention spans. Quincy has expanded its experiential worship that"Family church is rarely worship services in order to isn't interrupted by the longer than a 'Mickey Mouse better meet the needs of area sounds of children playing. Clubhouse' or 'Curious families with a short, "I think if God wanted George.' We want to keep the informal evening service 4-year-olds to be quiet in message simple," explains designed with young church, God would have Warren. Shorter readings, children in mind. made quiet children," interactive prayers and an Christ the King is calling Warren jokes. "We want to be abbreviated communion help these new services "Family a welcoming place for people keep the service to a Church," and they have been of all ages. We want kids to half-hour. met with enthusiasm after know that God loves them,The next Family Church the first such service last and that's a hard message to service will be held this month, get across if adults in church Sunday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. at "We are seeing a lot of are constantly telling them to Christ the King Episcopal smiles, on the faces of both be quiet. We want Family Church at 545 Lawrence St. parents and children," said Church to be different, we in Quincy. For more the Rev. Matt Warren, vicar want to hear those joyfulinformation, contact Warren of Christ the King "To be little noises that kids bring to at 283-0254 or visit honest, I think the parents church." Facebook.com/ChristThe are smiling because the The service includes a KingQuincy for more service is so short, but I children's table, right under information. LUSK, from page 1B with a copy of",Always Remember Me" tucked under his arm. Librarian Tracy Kepple noticed and asked about it. "Soon all of thbse little boys came out of the woodwork and were talking about Jedidiah," she said. She invited Cynthia to "Booktalk" and asked her to discuss the book. The first 20 minutes were devoted to Cynthia describing the process of writing the book from choosing the cover and title to working with a publisher. When asked about the title, Cynthia explained that when she was wheeling Jedidiah down the hall in the hospital in Sacramento, he asked her to write a book about him. "Why?" she asked. "So you will always remember me," he responded. The final 10 minutes were spent with students sharing their favorite memories of Jedidiah. Cynthia also spoke to the older students, many of whom played soccer with Jedidiah's older brother, Justin. The book contains three speeches that Justin wrote, and librarian Kepple encouraged the students to read those, even if they didn't read the entire book. "It's great for this time in your life," she told the students. The Quincy library has four copies of the book and all are currently checked out. The public has an opportunity to visit with Cynthia this Saturday, when she will be signing hooks from 1 to 3 p.m. at Epilog Books.