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8B Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter D ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Help Santa and your local merchants There are only 28 shopping days left before Christmas and we encourage you to use them thoughtfully. That means before you click on "submit order" or slide your credit card out of town, ask yourself"Is this something I could buy locally?" Yes, this is another "shop local" pitch, but it's also a realistic one. There are some gifts that just can't be purchased in one of our small towns, and sometimes bargains are just too good to pass up. But there are many times when local stores have just the right gift at a competitive price. And sometimes you have to think out of the box. Did you know that the Plumas County Museum offers an array of books and other gift items? Did you know that local hardware stores carry kitchen items and outerwear? Did you know that gift cards can be purchased from restaurants, hair stylists and other service providers, as well as retailers? How about a gift certificate for a session with a local photographer? Did you know that pet supply and feed stores also provide a source of unique gifts for the animal lover on your list? Every community in this county has shuttered stores along its main street. It's sad to see empty storefronts where once vibrant businesses thrived. Greenville and Portola both lost their bookstores, and the residents of Chester and Quincy could experience a similar fate if they don't check out Books & Beyond and Epilog before going to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com. A book is a personal and lasting gift, and the staffs at both stores know their inventory and are able to assist and make recommendations. It's the same with proprietors throughout the county. They strive to stock their shelves with items tailored for their customers. Quincy residents who still bemoan the loss of The Finishing Touch should check out Sterling Sage in Greenville or Sierra Wisteria or The Nest in Chester, or perhaps one of the little shops in Graeagle for home d6cor and gift items. The holidays mean sweet treats. And from stocking stuffers to coworker gifts, chocolate makes the perfect present. Buckaroo Chocolates in Graeagle, Carey Candy Co. in Quincy and the Candy Shoppe in Chester will wrap up a single truffle or an entire box of delectables. It's not possible to list all of the shopping opportunities in our county; this only a very~small sampling of what's available. Check with the local chambers of commerce, newspaper or local phone book for more ideas. Just remember that it's important to support our local merchants. The dollars we spend in their shops provide jobs, taxes and revenue that is reinvested locally. It's also a way for us to thank the merchants for all that they do throughout the year. Whenever there is a fundraiser for a school, an organization or an individual, it's the local businesses that are approached In-st. The number of merchants has dwindled, but community need has not. So this year, as we prepare our Christmas lists, let's think about the possibilities and shop local whenever possible. SO once again we challenge each of our newspaper readers to spend at least $I00 shopping at home this holiday season. If we all did that -- based on just two readers per newspaper-- it would pump more than $1.8 million into Plumas County's economy. Shopping locally and spending $i00 could be the best Christmas present for not only those on your list, but for everyone in Plumas County as well. blishing paper 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: Miriam Oody Debra Moore Michael Condon Maddie Musante Makenzie Davis Ann Powers Ruth Ellis M. Kate West Will Farris Aura Whittaker Susan Cort Johnson Sam Williams Greg Knight James Wilson Feather River Indian Valley Record Bulletin (530) 284-7800 (530) 283'0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Westwood Lassen County Times PinePress (530) 257-5321 (530) 256-2277 Member, Printed on California Newspaper recycled paper Publishers Assoc. Terms and conditions don't always apply "Terms and conditions may apply." The box highlighting this statement popped up on my phone while trying to download the latest app. The term has become ubiquitous online, popping up before you try to do anything. It's usually followed by long, unreadable legal jargon about what the intent, rules and regulations of whatever app or program you download entail. This first time I ever saw this term was when I was still in grade school. My family was sent a free trial of America Online on a 3.5 floppy disk. We decided to see what all this "Internet" fuss was about and loaded it up onto our computer. I remember my dad painstakingly digesting each line of the document under the disclaimer. MY TURN JAMES WILSON Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com "I'm not going to agree to any terms and conditions unless I know what I'm getting into," he said. To take the time to read each disclaimer that pops up today would be impossible. This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KEEl TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the" year. 1978 -- San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by tormer San Francisco Mayor Dan White at City Hall. of November 28 Today is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The term "Black Friday" refers to retailer's "in the black" sales revenues. November 26 1789 -- Thanksgiving Day is observed nationally for the first time, as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress. 1842 -- The University of Notre Dame (French : meaning Our Lady), located in South Bend, Indiana, is opened. November 27 Today is Thanksgiving. Count your blessings and not calories. 1924 -- The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City. It originated when first U.S. generation immigrants employed by R.H. & Macy & Company celebrated their new all,American holiday by caravanning animals, including elephants, from the Central Park Zoo, to the Herald Square Macy's store. Note: In 1927 Felix the Cat is the first giant balloon in the annual parade. The parade was ! canceled from 1942 to 1944 to save helium and rubber during WWII. In 1952, the parade was broadcast nationally on NBC for the first time. This year it will take 8,000 volunteers to coordinate the 2.5 mile parade through Manhattan. 1925 -- The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. November 29 1963 -- President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F, Kennedy. 1972 -- Atari announces the release Of Pong, the first commercial video game. November 30 1982 -- "Thriller," the second solo album by Michael Jackson, is released and becomes the biggest selling album worldwide. 1993 -- President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law. 1999 -- Exxon and Mobil Oil sign a $73.7 billion agreement to merge, creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company by revenue. 2004 -- Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah, and longtime champion of the game show Jeopardy, finally loses. He earns a total of $2,250,700 in prize money, television's biggest game show winnings. And a waste of time. Though "terms and conditions may apply" is relatively recent in popular cult .ure, the idea has been around forever. Any contract you sign has terms and conditions to it, otherwise there would be no need for a contract. I've come to the realization that terms and conditions are what make up nearly every aspect to life. Each bill I receive, whether it's my phone bill, gas bill, electric bill or rent, all have terms and conditions that apply to it. What I am charged is all dependent on these conditions how much I use, supply and demand in the community, how current events affect that, etc. Going deeper, even relationships with people are all subject to terms and conditions. Friends become friends largely due to geographic convenience. I find this blatantly evident when I'm hanging out with the same friends I hung out with 25 years ago. Who you grow up with, who you befriend in college and who you grab a boor wi~h a tcr work io o21 due to geographic convenience. Even love has terms and conditions that may apply. It's not the most romantic of thoughts, but it's true. I love my wife, and I would give or do anything for her. But that love is conditional. If my wife were to break my trust or try to hurt me, for example, my love for her would be tarnished. I don't think I could love someone who's coming at me with a butcher knife. Before everyone starts to think I'm completely cynical, I should get to the point I'm trying to make. Almost everything in life has terms and conditions. Almost. I thought everything in life was conditional until four months ago, when everything turned upside down. My daughter was born. There is nothing my daughter could do, nothing in the world, that would break my love for her. My daughter could become a super-vinain the likes of which Superman has never seen, and she'll still be my little girl. My daughter could turn into a werewolf every full moon and. gobble!up a bunch of': "' townspeople, and I would:stin think s}ie'.4 :" the cutest thing in the whole world. With all the uncertainly in the world, it's reassuring to know there's one thing that has no terms and conditions -- my unconditional love for my daughter. As I get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm going into the holiday this year with a whole new perspective. I have more to be thankful for than I ever have in my whole life. And this adventure is still just beginning. No terms or conditions apply. R EMEMBE1K WHEN our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those KERI TABORSKI historical items are not available to Historian include in this Remember When column. 75 YEARS AGO 1939 Advertised Thanksgiving grocery items 25 YEARS AGO 1989 featured in Plumas County markets this Thanksgiving grocery items week: Tom turkeys, 22 cents a pound; advertised and featured this week: fresh cranberries, 18 cents a pound; plum Turkeys, 49 cents a pound; cream cheese, pudding, 35 cents a tin; mincemeat, 25 69 cents a package; canned pumpkin, 99 cents a jar; 10 pounds of sugar, 58 cents a cents; fresh yams, $1.00 for 3 pounds; sack; pumpkin, 11 cents a large can; fresh Hawaiian pineapple, $1.79 each; potatoes for mashing, 13 cents for a 10 stuffing mix, 50 cents a bag; canned pound sack; celery, 7 cents a bunch, cranberry sauce, 59 cents; fresh 50 YEARS AGO 1964 cranberries, 99 cents a bag; frozen The last half of our bound volumes in pumpkin pie, $ 2.99. 10 YEARS AGO 2004 The remodeling of the permit offices at the new Plumas County courthouse annex (formerly the Feather Publishing Company newspaper and printing building in downtown Quincy) were delayed this week as the elevator renovation hit a snag when two left-hand elevator doors were shipped in error. 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. We must recognize extraordinary opportunities My nephew, Armando, watched the San Francisco Giants win game seven of the World Series not from a comfortable position on his couch or the home of a friend or even a sports bar. He watched from the stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Royals play, because he decided to do something many would label crazy. When the series went to game seven, he hopped on an airplane with a goal to watch the game in person. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he decided to seize it. Have you ever seized an opportunity? While attending college I often went to South Lake Tahoe to work during the summers. The casinos hired college students from all across the United States for seasonal jobs, so it was a good place to earn money and make new friends. As summer came to a close, a young.man needed a ride to Peoria, Illinois, so my friend, Andrea, and I planned a road trip. We drove to Illinois then kept on going all the way to Washington, D.C where we toured the White House and visited the grave of President John F. Kennedy then drove back the southern route. We used her car as a motel, sleeping in rest stops each night. On the return trip I tasted grits for the first time. By telling such stories I am not advocating irresponsibility, the mortgage-your-house-to-cover-the-cost kind of behavior. Nor am I suggesting you MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer ~Uscortjohn@frontiernet.net shirk your duties, ignoring appointments, obligations and promises, simply dumping your workload on a colleague. However, there are times when we should step outside the routine. Perhaps it is striking that balance between reckless abandon and accountability, so our life does not become a rut. Kirk Nowery, author of"Make the Most of Your Life," writes of a time a friend asked him to rearrange his schedule so he could fly to Germany when the Berlin Wall was torn down, but he determined not to go. Nowery wrote, "Whenever I see images of those thousands of people in a frenzy of freedom, bashing away at that despised wall with sledgehammers and picks and whatever else they could get their hands on, I wish that I had been there. I wish that I could have seen it firsthand. But I missed an opportunity because I chose to do the expected rather than the extraordinary." When we live a life ready for the extraordinary, our out-of-the-rut experiences won't simply focus on good times, special encounters and events or activities that might be considered self-indulgent whims. We will be more inclined to readjust our schedule so we can go to the aid of those hit by a natural disaster; to risk our health to work in West Africa clinics trying to fight the spread of Ebola virus; to take time to celebrate the achievement of a friend. Several years ago I had the chance to go on a mission trip to Mexico with a group from Calvary Chapel Sacramento. Working as a freelance writer, I was scrambling to complete assignments for several publications, not wanting to lose any contacts that contributed to my income. Then I got an assignment I had sought for a very long time but it required a decision -- should I accept the assignment and stay at my desk or pack my bags for the mission trip? I decided to serve short term on the mission field. I have never had any regrets. Situations will present themselves throughout our lifetime. We must decide whether to embrace them. We must determine if they fit the category of extraordinary and are worth walking away from the ordinary, j