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8B Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DITORIAL AND OPINION .............. _EDITORIAL ............ rear: can Christmas is less than a month away and the holiday shopping frenzy has begun. Yes, this is another "shop local" pitch, but it's also a realistic one. Some gifts can't be purchased in one of our small towns, and sometimes bargains are too good to pass up. But local stores frequently have just the right gift at a competitive price. And gifts can lurk in unexpected places such as hardware stores, the local auto shop, and grocery outlets. Or treat your recipient to a service such as a massage, a beauty treatment or even a lube, oil and filter. Gift certificates to local restaurants or coffee houses also make appreciated gifts. The point is to think about the person you want to gift, and match them with something that could be procured locally. Remember that it's important to support our local merchants, restaurants and service providers. The dollars we spend in their shops are reinvested locally. It's also a way for us to thank them for all that they do. Whenever there is a fundraiser for a school, an organization or an individual, it's the local businesses that are approached f'wst. 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. Greatest gift of all Some local residents have already given the best gift that they possibly Could this holiday season -- the gift of life. They signed up with "Be the Match" to become bone marrow donors. Their gift could help save the lives of those who suffer from blood cancers such as leukemia. Forty donors signed up in a four-hour period Nov. 22 in Quincy. They will become part of the National Marrow Donor Program registry and could be matched with a local person in need of a life-saving treatment or someone half a world away. Other ways to give As we make our holiday lists, let's not forget those asie necessities --- food and warm clothing --or those whose families can't afford to purchase presents for their children. Each of the communities holds coat and food drives and the sheriff's department collects toys for youngsters. It's also a good time to remember our local nonprofit organizations, churches and other groups that rely on donations to survive. Yes, this is the season to give gifts. We encourage our readers to think not only about the gifts that can be put in a box and tied up with a festive ribbon, but the other types as well. With a little thoughtfulness, we can make this a truly joyous holiday season. Feathe Biishing ...... ::dJY~i:i!!; y- Nspaper / For breaking news, go to 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 Jacobsen 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. Don't sit BE HEARD back and let others do the talking Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR for you. Family traditi n ." Then and now As I write this piece, Thanksgiving is only a day or two away and that brought to mind many of the ideas, values and traditions that seem to go hand in hand with the holiday season. Now I realize that your "holiday season" may involve a different length of time than mine, but for the purposes of this narrative let's say it includes the entire months of November and December. Let's get back to ideas, values and traditions. When I was a younger adult, the values I was taught as a child, and have tried to live by as an adult, had a big impact on how I formulated what would be good traditions to have in my life. Having Thanksgiving dinner at home with the whole family and going out together the next day to cut a Christmas tree were two mainstays. Waking early to open gifts on Christmas morning, a family Christmas dinner and attending Christmas Eve services at church were almost carved in stone. Staying up on New Year's Eve with my bride to have a midnight supper, quiet time MY TURN GREGG SCOl"r Staff Writer and welcome in the New Year listening to Dick Clark's "Rockin New Year's Eve" was a time I always looked forward to. As the years have all too rapidly slipped by, I have noticed a change in the nature of my holiday activities. First of all, it has become, for various reasons, almost impossible to gather all the kids and grandkids in one place at one time. Second, I have come to the realization that just because I thought a certain tradition was a great idea doesn't mean everyone else was as thrilled about it as I was. 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 following the murder of Mayor George Moscone. Feinstein was later re-elected and served in that position until January 1988. 1991 -- Pan Am Airlines declares bankruptcy and ceases operations. Dec. 5 1933 -- The 18th~Constitutional Amendment (which was passed in 1919) is repealed and alcohol prohibition ends. Dec. 2 1969 -- Major Nelson marries Jeannie on the TV show "I Dream of Jeannie." Dec. 6 Hanukkah begins at sunset evening of Dec. 14. and ends the 1970 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations with headquarters in Washington, D.C. 1768 -- The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is published. The 2010 edition was the last printed publication. Dec. 3 1877 -- The first edition of the Washington 1818 -- Illinois, "The Prairie State" Post newspaper is published. becomes the 21st state. The state bird is the northern cardinal. Illinois' olTmial 1884 -- The construction site of the flower is the violet and the state tree is the Washington Monument in Washington, white oak. D.C., is completed. 1947 -- The Tennessee Williams play "A 1964 -- NBC Television network debuts Streetcar Named Desire" opens on the Christmas special "Rudolph the Broadway in New York City starring Red-Nosed Reindeer." ,, , ;~,,,~ ........ il ~l! I!~; = 'i :,~ :. ;,'. .: .i "~ ;,~: ..... ~-.. :'~arlon Brando Dec. 7 1960 -- The Broadway musical "Camelot" Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. debuts at the Majestic Theater in New York. It becomes associated with the Kennedy presidential administration. 1967 -- An organ transplant team in Cape Town, Africa, performs the first heart transplant on a 53-year-old man. Dr. Christian Barnard heads the team. Dec. 4 1881 -- The first issue of the Los Angeles Times newspaper is published. It commemorates the Japanese attack on the U. S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. Today is cotton candy day. The cotton candy machine was invented in 1899. 1787 -- Delaware, "The First State" is admitted as the first U.S. state. The state bird is the blue hen chicken. The official flower is the peach blossom and the state tree is the American holly. 1954 -- The first Burger King fast food restaurant opens in Miami, Florida. 1979 -- City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein, 45, becomes the mayor of San Francisco Dec. 8 1980 -- Beatle John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman. Leunon was shot in front of his apartment building, The Dakota, in New York City, New York. Example? My wife just told me today that going out to cut a tree the day after Thanksgiving was not one of her favorite activities. Why? She explained that she did enjoy going out with the kids and me and seeing the gorgeous fall scenery was really nice. She enjoyed standing around the warming fire drinking mugs of Wassel (Wassail) that we usually brought along. She even enjoyed the photos we took of her trying to help the kids hold up a tree that was three times their size. What she didn't enjoy was spending hours trying to find that perfect tree only to end up liking the one I found more than hers. "Why don't you just pick a tree to cut?" she said, "I always like the one you pick better anyway." Even the quiet evening and supper with her on New Year's Eve is not quite the same. Over the last 25 plus years, it has become a hit and miss proposition as to whether one or both of us will actually be awake to welcome in the New Year. So yes, some of our traditions have changed and some will stay the same at least for a while. Instead of cutting just one tree for the family, we spend most November weekends harvesting trees for the Boy Scout troop's fundraiser. But I do find one for our living room as well and my wife always says she is pleased. Instead of a midnight dinner, we have a "later than usual supper" and we can stin sit and talk until one of us dozes off. A new tradition is going to the Community Tree lighting here in Chester. It's a wonderful time to gather with friends and neighbors and just relax and contemplate the joyous season that is before US. This is, after all, the time of year we traditionally celebrate as the season of giving and thanksgiving. Granted, we can never hope to match the importance of the gift we celebrate, but we can give the gift of ourselves by using our time and talents for our family and our community. I have four children and six grandchildren, so far. They and their families are the pride of my life. They all live in different towns and have lives and commitments of their own and I know the old traditions will probably never be the same. I do believe, however, that the value of any tradition is not so much about what you do, but the people you are sharing it with. Any time of the year I can be with my family is special to me, but holiday gatherings with part or all of them seem to have an extra special meaning. I will always cherish the memories of Thanksgivings and Christmases past, but at the same time I look forward to the new adventures and traditions in the future. As long as I am spending those times with family and friends they will produce wonderful traditions and memories. To each of you who have made it through this entire expose, let me express how much I hope the traditions and memories you are making will be wonderful too. Happy Thanksgiving and have a Very Merry Christmas. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO ... 1915 Assisted by contributions of money and labor by citizens and business owners, construction of a dam at the lower part of the field located west of Quincyhas begun and the tract will be flooded, forming a free skating pond for winter sports. It is also reported that the toboggan run, also provided by community contributions several years ago, will again be put in condition and a line of electric lights will be strung the entire length of the tracks, some 1500 feet. 50 YEARS AGO ... 1965 ' Gordon Purdy, Plumas County Board of Supervisor representing Chester, was installed as President of the Northern California County Supervisor's Association at the annual meeting in Redding. The Plumas Unified School District governing board was forced to approve a $11,000 expenditure to provide compulsory continuation education classes to 15 Plumas County high school drop-outs, age 16 through 18 of age. 25 YEARS AGO ... 1990 Bringing the Plumas County Animal Shelter into minimum compliance with State Humane Society recommendations will cost Plumas County approximately $800. The Plumas County Board of Supervisors transferred the funds from a county contingency fund to comply. 10 YEARS AGO ... 2005 Author Sherry Long has published a new western themed book set in the 1800's: "The Truth About Jacob". The author, with Plumas County and Greenville roots, is the daughter of Greenville residents Jim and Pat Hatch and was born and raised in Greenville. h !tm tim i I'll be the first to admit it always seems ,,,~'~G,. as ff it takes me a wee bit longer than most everyone else to get in the Christmas spirit -- even though some stores try to not-so-gently prod me into the mood by putting their holiday displays up a few days before Halloween nowadays. I don't know about you, but it's pretty hard for me to go from witches and goblins straight to visions of sugarplums in a quick MY TURN heartbeat, no matter how hard I try. I SAM WILLIAMS mean, there's really no room at the inn for Lassen News Editor ghouls on Christmas, right? And having seen a couple of real live beyond-the-beyond entities in my time, I'm not too likely to be to scared of the pesky my turkey bucks and getting ready for the ghosts of Christmas past, present and feast that will have passed by the time you future should they decide to gang up on me read this. Could this be the year I get ready and try to make me think Vm a big, old for Christmas early? Wait and see. Ebenezer in training, either. You I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how chain-rattlers be gone! blessed we are with all the Christmas It should be a little easier for me this celebrations coming to Susanville in the year as the first real winter storm of the next few weeks. year rolls in over Diamond Mountain as I Of course, there are many craft fairs write this, making our corner of where one can pick up unique, handmade Northeastern California as pretty as any items. And we should all remember to be Christmas card. Hey, I'm already saving generous this Christmas and contribute to in those less fortunate with gifts of toys, money or foodstuffs. And then there are all the performing arts events that celebrate the season -- Christmas in the Mountains (in Westwood), the Magical Country Christmas on Main Street in Susanville, the dazzling Susanville City Kickettes and more than 150 dancers from JandJ Performing Arts, the Festival of Lights at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, the Community Choral Christmas Carousal at Artisan Coffee in Janesville, the Lassen High School Christmas Concert, the Nutcracker Ballet (thanks to Best of Broadway and the Reno Dance Company) and the Susanville Symphony's A Very Classical Christmas -- to name a few. While we happily enjoy all these events and all our festivities with our families and friends, we should never forget the real reason for the season --- the birth of our Lord Jesus on Christmas morning. Better get ready. Christmas is only a little more than three weeks away, and if you're a Scroogey procrastinator like me, it will be here before you know it.