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N W~y, NOV: zl, ,,'UU1 Bulletin, ProgJ Thanksgiving is here and, with it, the start of the official holiday season. Last year's holiday was beset by the uncertain- ty of Y2K, and this year's holiday is marred by the aftermath of Sept. 11. Lis- tening to people speak of the holidays, the trend seems to be away from the com- mercial and to the familial. This year's holiday season will be devoted to home and family. It's hard to think of Sept. 11 and think that something "good" could have come from it, but it did. Americans learned not to take everything for granted--their country, their freedoms, their loved ones, even their own lives. And Americans have a renewed appreciation for the people who protect them--firemen and poh'cemen. It's heartwarming to see the new respect giv- en to those men and women who wear a badge. It's also special to see the new apprecia- tion awarded to veterans. The turnout for this year's Veterans Day celebrations far surpassed years past, and gratitude was shown that was fax overdue. Since the at- tack, Americans, for the most part, have become kinder to one another. Let's carry that spirR with us into the holiday season. As we enjoy turkey, pump- kin pie and the Dallas Cowboys, let us re- member the true spirit of Thanksgiving and all that we have to be thankful for this year. Let's cherish these moments with our family and friends. Meanwhile, the day after Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of Christmas shopping and the mad frenzy to fred the perfect gift for all the special someone.s in our lives. Yes, this is where we deliver the annual "Shop at home" speech. Yes, we know, some things just can't be found lo- caUy, but, before you venture to Reno or Chico, check out what the local stores have to offer. Many shops have unique and homespun gifts---just what Santa ordered for this traditional holiday. So, as we enter this holiday season, let's be grateful for all the wonderful things we have. We live in safe communities, brim- ruing with good-neighbors and good friends. There is a lot to be thankful for. President Lincoln expertly summed up what it means to be an American in a time of change and crisis. We must live, he said, "with malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne tlie battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all na- tions." ishing Michael C. Tabomki Publisher Kerl B, Taborskl Legal Advertising Department Debra Coatea Managing Editor Aiicla Hlglme Indian Valley Editor Terri Daoust Portola Editor Marian Uddell Chester Editor Shannon Morrow Sports Editor Jenetta Menely News Proofreader, Kid s Page Editor Staff writers: Dave Keller, Victoria Metcalf, Will Farris, Pete Margolies, Rob Brockmeyer, Shayla Ashmore, Sam Williams, Kelly Dachenhausen, Melinda Visser, Barbara France, Tom Frederick, Susan Cort Johnson I approach my desk with trepidation when the red light on my phone is lit. That's because it means I have a voice message. Voice messages tend to fall in- to three categories: the benign, the nasty and the wonderful. Thankfully, I get more benign than nasty, and "wonderfuls" just make my day. What is the difference, you ask? Let me explain. Benign messages come from callers who want to alert me about a potential story, who want more information, who need to know how to submit a letter to the editor, etc. A "nasty" practically explains itself. Many of these messages are anony- mous--and the date stamp tells me they come late enough that a few cocktails have been consumed. Then there are the "wonderfuls"-- e messages that I won't delete for a few days, so I can replay them in an hour of editor need. Recently, there was a mes- sage from a woman in Chester. We had talked previously about her concerns regarding junior varsity football cover- age. She shared her feelings and I shared our philosophy on covering var- COATES MANAGING EDITOR sity versus junior varsity sports. How- ever, I agreed with her that we could do a better job, and we did the following is- sue. She left a voice mail thanking me for listening and doing something about it. Her message was a keeper. I have a file full of keepers in my desk--cards and notes sent to me per- sonally, thanking me for a story well covered or sensitively handled. I cher- ish these notes, and reread some every once in a while when I need a lift. Rival- ing the size of my "thank you" file is the DOA file (dead on arrival letters to the editor). The DOA file contains those letters that are not fit to print because they are too mean-spirited, libelous, or simply inappropriate. Unfortunately, it seems Card courtesy Plumas County Museum Thanksgiving cards were once as popular as Christmas greetings are today. ;Ri HISTORIAN 7S Years Ago ............. 1926 Endorsing the action of the Plumas Coun- ty Board of Supervisors in extending money for the construction of.a vehicle road in the North Fork canyon of the Feather River, rec- ommending and increase of salary for the Superior Court Judge of $1,000 per year, of the undersheriff of $50 a month and of the li- brarian to $2100 a year, Plumas County's 1926-27 Grand Jury brought its labors to a close Wednesday afternoon after a two day session. 64) Years Ago ............. 1951 Advertisement: Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at Hammonds Hideaway, Greenville. $1.50. Advertisement: Enjoy a special Thanks- giving dinner at the Hi Spot, Quincy. Roast- ed Tom turkey and all the trimmings only $1.95, Virginia baked ham dinner $1.85 or chicken fricasse dinner $1.75. 25 Years Ago= ............ 1976 Advertisement: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner items featured in local grocery store advertisements: Turkey a pound, yams 19 a pound, five pounds of sugar 97, canned pumpkin 39, butter $1.09 a pound, whipping cream for 1/2 pint. Advertisement: Chester Saloon Thanks- STAFF WRITER Monday, Nov. 5, seemed like any other Monday to me. Everything was going south at the office. I wasn't sure I'd get my bearings and produce anything worthwhile before it was time to go home and be a good wife. Heck, I didn't even know what I was going to cook for dinner. Somehow I survived the day and was relaxing in the big easy chair watching the evening news. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, the night sky seemed to glow. I turned my head and stared out the window. Red clouds? Someone doing a little night burning of fall leaves? Mt. Lassen had silently erupted? I was really getting into this curious sight. I went outside, barefoot, and stood on the porch for a better view. I couldn't quite see the source of the glowing clouds so I walked, barefoot still, out on- to the lawn. Leaves were sticking to the bottom of my feet that were beginning to freeze, uck! The sky continued to glow steadily. So, of course, I went and got the camera. Digital is wonderful! I checked the re- sults immedia ly and the screen was black. Too bad. Who would ever believe me now? I started to doubt what I was seeing. Maybe I shouldn't "stare into the light" too much. I might turn into a pillar of salt or get radiation poisoning or be cov- ered in molten lava by morning. Better idea yet, I better make sure I'm not see- ing things. I called the kid away from his video game. Yeah, he sees the red clouds and blows me off with some statement about "Yeah, so?" Convinced I'm starting to overreact, I go back into the house and turn the po- lice scanner up. If this is anything to worry about, they'll be taking care of R, right? The scanner is quiet and the neigh- born aren't coming out of their houses to stare at the night sky, so I figure I'll just shut the drapes, wash my feet off and finish off the evening with a little more the latter is growing faster mer. It seems people are to complain than to compliment One community have found to be ciousness is Dr. Susan dent ceived one of her handwritten have my colleagues. Given how she is, that personal "thank tra appreciated. Now, at Thanksgiving, time to send off a well-deserved you. "We all have people in that we are especially things that we are grateful for. the time to count "thank you." Here are a few on my list: My two daughters, first and Family. Averil, Janet, Lynn and Laura. Health. All of the ladies who take classes--we have fun. Work that is challenging and ing. Coworkers who continuously me laugh. That it's an election year ful candidates. That I have aU-wheel drive and ded snow tires, and my the same. That the horse got well. That I have a tolerant husband' provides abundant material umn. That I work for a weekly daily. That my commute is eight instead of two hours. Chocolate. Cell phones. "West Wing" and "ER." MORE magazine for women Books, videotapes, places. Calls from friends from my That, though America was rible blow Sept. II, Amer[d~ wasn't. That Y2K was last year. That Christmas is coming. That I have a little red light on l telephone that sometimes means a wonderful message. giving turkey dinner $6.00, ham mignon $8.95. Fire Mountain Lodge, Chester. 10 Years Ago. ............ 1991 Smile of the day: An optimist is who spends the week before going "moo." Advertisement: Traditional dinner items featured in local advertisements: Turkey 43 a 30 a pound, butter $1.49 a ounce cream cheese 69 , russet pound bag $1.00, Cool Whip 50. NOTE: Items included in the week ber When column are taken from edition newspaper archives and writing style of that particular spelling and grammar are not copy is presented as it actually the original newspapers. TV. No sci-fi, however. Next day, no one at work town says a thing about last glow. Would you? I decide to keep too. By Wednesday, "Rare illuminate night sky" shows uP top story in the San Francisco cle. FeeUng validated, not insane, I chase the paper and start around and ask everyone I see got to see the aurora borealis iri Chester. Sure enough, lots the same thing and had been quiet. Conversations were coming back from and taft lights were glowing m my shield, but there was me." "It was incredible. I to think. I couldn't help How come no one let us know time it was coming?." Well, it just goes to show. yourself or your eyes. Just get a camera so you can get the sto just hate it when the scoops me!