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8B Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Local headlines we would like to see in 201 5 State of Jefferson flag gets a makeover Drought ends: Sierra snowpack 250 percent above average Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr headline county fair Tesla sets up regional headquarters in Greenville Feather River College offers bachelor degree program Streaming again: Gold dredgers back in the water Yellow-legged frog declared extinct Commercial success: Sheriff Hagwood offered movie role Trump Plumas: Donald Trump buys Pizza Factory site Dream realized: Indian Valley resident Todd Anderson bottles spring water DA praises mental health director Theatre goes digital: Movies featured seven days a week Feather River Inn becomes premiere convention center north of Sacramento Supervisors surprised by $2 million budget surplus SPI gets $100 million settlement from government, adopts entire hospital FRC wins state football championship Former supervisor Kennedy named county CAO Portola Railroad Days shatters attendance record Plumas hot spot: Every home gets high-speed Internet access Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers. Feat0000blishing 0000wspaper / / For breaking news, go to 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 Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson 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 Pdnted on recycled paper Member, California Newspaper Publishers A&soc. Family, community make for happy As I look forward to tomorrow, the birth of the year 2015, my thoughts go to defining what makes for a happy new year. While first, and foremost, is always the joy of family I would have to say community is firmly entrenched in second place. Each day as we leave home and family we enter the world of community, whether on the job, the doctor's office, the post office or even at the grocery store. I believe the interactions we experience daffy impact not only how we feel about our hometown but also how we feel about ourselves. In moving about the Lake Almanor , MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer community I have made many friends and acquaintances over the years and can seldom go anywhere that I don't have the opportunity to offer or receive This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. December 31 New Year's Eve: The first New Year's celebration held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) was held with fireworks in 1903 and was organized by New York Times owner Adolph Ochs. The first New Year's ball, dropped in 1907, was made of wood and iron and was lit by one hundred 25-watt bulbs, measured five feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. The current ball, made of Waterford crystals, measures 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. 1971 -- Cigarette advertisements are banned on television in the United States. January 1 New Year's Day: Happy 2015! The traditional birthstone for January is the garnet and the traditional flower is the carnation. 1890 The first TournamentofRoses Parade is held in Pasadena. (The first color television broadcast of the parade was on NBC in 1954.) 1934 Alcatraz Island, nicknamed "The Rock" and located in San Francisco Bay, becomes a United States Federal prison. 1974-- President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 mph in an effort to conserve gasoline during the oil embargo. January 3 1938 The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1959-- Alaska, "The Last Frontier State," becomes the 49th state admitted into the Union. 1977-- Apple Computer is incorporated. 2000 -- The last original weekday comic strip of "Peanuts" is published. J guuary 4 1847-- Samuel Colt sells his fh'st revolver pistol to the United States government. 1865 -- The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters on Broad Street, near Wall Street, in New York City. 1896 -- Utah, "The Beehive State," is admitted into the Union as the 45th state. January 5 1914 The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage rate of $5.00 per hour. 1933 Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, begins. i946-- FM radio is demonstrated to the : Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time. January 6 1912 New Mexico, "The Land of Enchantment," becomes the 47th state to be admitted into the Union. new year a warm greeting. In many circumstances I credit my employment as a staff writer for really getting to know my community inside and out, as I covered schools, churches, events, meetings and a variety of fundraisers. I don't think it's much of a secret to anyone that I am a community advocate who perpetually will find both the time and way in which I can serve. I am also incredibly appreciative of my fellow advocates who work tirelessly to the betterment of my hometown. These volunteers are members of service organizations. They sit as members of boards of directors, hold yard sales to raise money for dogs and cats and even serve two community suppers a month for six months out of every year. They work diligently on small quilts that warm the hearts of children and seniors alike; they volunteer as firefighters; they collect unwanted appliances; they read and bring other educational opportunities to children in our schools. The list of those that serve in Lake Almanor, as it is in every community in Plumas County, is endless. As the 24-hour-a-day news cycle repeats itself with the focus of what's wrong in the world, my community provides a solid example of what is right in my world. I go out my front door happy, work all day and come home happy. As I look forward to tomorrow and the short months that follow I know I have my much-anticipated retirement ahead of me this year. While my family and friends have come to understand that this time I will be retiring for real, my reputation for raising my hand is also raising the question of whether or r/ot I can truly retire from public service. In my retirement, many things will change in my life, including where I will reside. My husband and I plan to snowbird and while we will winter down off the mountain, there is the also discussion about where we will summer. As of now there is no guarantee that it will always be Almanor. As we come closer to that magic time I guess I will learn whether or not I can separate my heart and location away from my community. IfI find I can't, I am blessed in knowing that my family, friends and community will smile and understand. January 2 1967-- Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the Governor of California. 1947-- Pan Am Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule flights around the world. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian Note from Keri: HAPPY NEW YEAR to my Remember When readers. All new historical items for 2015 are done and will be coming weekly!!! Thanks for reading and enjoying the rich history of Plumas County with me. 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 California automobile license plates for next year, 1940, are designed with black letters and numerals on an orange background with rounded corners. All number series start with #101, eliminating low numbers. Registration period is from January I through February 4. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 One of the most important new traffic laws for next year, 1990, effective January 1, is the lowering of the driving blood alcohol level to .08 percent. Advertisement: Dine out on New Years Eve at Plumas County restaurants. In Quincy, Golden King Restaurant's New Years special includes a complete Chinese dinner for $6.95; Timber House, in Chester, is offering baked ham and yams for $10.95; Plumas Pines in Blairsden has a champagne brunch for $10.95. Local grocery store items for your stay-at- home New Years menu: Crab $2.99 a pound with Dom Periginon champagne at $52.88 a bottle. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 Editorial: New Years Specials: Free party hats and streamers, $5.00 cover charge at the cocktail lounge, $30 for drinks, $10,000 DUI arrest. You CAN put a price on a safe ride home with a designated driver. Note: items include'd 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. Yes, it's time for a little 'Auld Lang Syne' Most everybody knows at least the first verse and chorus of that common New Year's Eve anthem, "Auld Lang Syne" based on an ancient folk melody with lyrics by Scottish poet Robert Burns first published in the 1780s. It's become a staple all around the world as we welcome in the New Year and ceremoniously put the old one behind us with this song and maybe even a gentle kiss sometimes. It's undoubtedly the best known and most enduring of the poet's nearly 400 original songs. Of course, we've Americanized the lyrics a little bit because that hard, way-back-in-the-back-of-your-throat Scottish brogue kind of sticks in our revolutionary New World craw. I mean, "And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught?" Really? (According to, it means, we'll take a good drink or toast.) Maybe I'm just overly sentimental these days, but it seems as ifI become more and more nostalgic with each passing year. It's really curious as these memories from across all the decades of my life come flooding back without any conscious direction from me. I know the past has passed, but I can't stop these memories iii' !! MY TURN SAM WILLIAMS Lassen News Editor from coming, and frankly, I enjoy them. I encourage them. I cherish them. Those events and experiences from long ago shaped my life and made me who I am today. It's good for me to remember all those good friends and loved ones from the days gone by. Some of them I will never see again in this world, but I completely expect a joyous reunion just after my turn comes. Maybe I'm just getting soft, but I also fmd I have less and less interest in making or keeping enemies. I guess I've discovered the true virtue of forgiveness, and believe me, that's a good thing. I used to be everyone's and my own worst and harshest critic. I just couldn't believe how anyone-- including me could be so utterly and helplessly stupid as to make a mistake or do something wrong. Well, I've been humbled by plenty of foibles of my own creation. Now I'm not so quick to pounce like an angry lion, and I've gradually learned there's no good reason to hold a grudge. Powerful lessons, for sure. Treat me badly, and I'll probably forgive you. Lord knows I need plenty of forgiveness myself, and I believe that's exactly the point. So the question Burns asks to open his song-- "Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?" is answered with a resounding no by the lyrics that follow. With his famous song, Burns encourages us to raise our glasses to all those old acquaintances and celebrate and relish the days gone by on New Year's Eve. As we turn the page on the old year and move into the new one this week, I'm surely going to raise my glass high for auld lang syne and toast all the years gone by while wishing for a better one to come. I hope you'll join me by celebrating your own memories and hopes for for the future. Happy New Year, everybody.