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6B Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND PINION EDITORIAL Now that we've celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest with a mad rush to buy all those colorful presents we stash under our brightly decorated Christmas trees to surprise our family, friends and loved ones. This holiday season, we once again challenge you to spend $100 locally. Three years ago we began challenging our read- ers to spend $100 lbcally during the holiday-sea- son. With our economy still sagging, it's worth making the challenge again for one reason: a num- ber of you have taken it to heart -- and it has helped. Merchants repeatedly have told us it is very common for shoppers to tell them they were par- ticipating in the challenge to help bolster our local economy. So here it is again: If each of our newspaper readers spends $100 shopping at home this holiday season, it would pump more than $1.5 million into Plumas County's economy, based on a conserva- tive average of just two readers per newspaper., The $100 could take the form of gifts from your favorite stores. Thinking outside the traditional gift-giving box, how about the practicality of giv- ing a gift certificate from one of the many restau- rants, beauty salons, massage therapists, auto de- tailers, gyms, golf courses and other service providers throughout the county? It doesn't have to be just presents. You could al- ways spend the money on something more person- al. Whether it is getting your nails done for a spe- cial party, a dinner out or tanking up for a trip to visit family, there are literally hundreds of ways to spend $100 in Plumas County this holiday sea- son -- we challenge you to find the ways that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Money spent locally has these benefits, to name a few: Funds re-circulate -- Significantly more mon- ey re-circulates in our community when purchas- es are made locally because these businesses fre- quently purchase from other local businesses, ser- vice providers and farms. Purchasing locally helps grow other businesses, as well as our community's tax base. New jobs -- Most new jobs are provided by lo- cal businesses. Small local businesses are collec- tively the largest employer nationally. Community investment -- Local businesses are owned and/or managed by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community's future. They are generous when it comes to supporting lo- cal school programs, Little League and all the oth- er organizations that make Plumas County such a great place to live and raise a family. Customer service -- Local businesses typically hire and train people to have more specific prod- uct expertise, resulting in better customer service. Employees will go above and beyond when they are helping someone they consider a neighbor, not just another customer. One-of-a-kind character -- A growing body of economic research shows in an increasingly ho- mogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled work- ers are more likely to invest and settle in commu- nities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. Remember, shopping locally and spending $100 could be the best Christmas present for not only those on your list, but for everyone in Plumas County as well. Think local first. Editorials are written by members of the editorial board, which consists of the publisher, the managing editor and the appropriate staff writer or writers, and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. Fea ing 7auewspaper I 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 Alicia Knadler ...... : .Indian Valley Editor Ingrid Burke ...... .......... Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaton Susan Cort Johnson Carolyn Carter Debra Moore Jordan Clan/ M. Kate West Michael Condon Aura Whittaker Ruth Ellis Sam Williams DJ Estacio James Wilson Will Farris Samantha P. Hawthorne Pledge to volunteer in the New Year It's certainly no secret that winter is not my favorite time of the year, yet, as with many things in life, I think it's important that we each try to find the positive in any given circumstance. Instead of my usual mantra of "the snow and rain will fill the lake and make for a glorious summer season," something I say often to avoid the winter blues, I will in- stead focus on a topic that I feel is far more important: community volunteers. Whether in the store, at the post office or even at home, if one looks around you will likely see someone who somehow makes a difference in the community. We often think summer is the time when individuals, nonprofit organizations and service clubs are the most active. It is per- haps because the warmer weather allows for more outdoor activity and a higher pro- MY TURN M. KATE WEST Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com file of their good works and purpose. But as we head into the Christmas sea- son, examples of good works abound. I've recently covered substantial mone- donations made by both the Chester Lions Club and the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626. So far those hard-earned dollars have This week's special days NOT JUST In 1913, the Ford Motor Company intro- AN OR.DINA1KY duces the first moving assembly line. DAY Vietnam: In 1969 the first draft lottery COMPILED BY in the United States is held since World War II. KERI TABORSKI In 1981 the AIDS virus is first recog- Not just an ordinary day. . . .a sampling of nized by the Centers for Disease Control weekly notable special days and facts and Prevention (CDC) headquartered in throughout the year. Atlanta, Ga. November 28 In 1925The Grand Old Opry begins broadcasting in Tennessee on radio WSM as a one-hour radio program called the Barn Dance. November 29 In 1963 United States President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Com- mission to investigate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. In 1972, Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercial video game. November 30 Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the best- selling album of all time is released in 1982. United States President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Preven- tion Act (the Brady Bill) into law in 1993. December 1 Today is Eat a Red Apple Day. The science of growing apples is called po- mology and apples are members of the rose family. There are approximately 80 calories in a red apple. December 2 La Guardia Airport in New York, later named after former New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia, opens in 1939. In 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Enron files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2001. December 3 In 1818 Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state. In 1960 the musical "Camelot" debuted at the Majestic Theater of Broadway in New York City. December 4 In 1881 the first issue les Times is published. of the Los Ange- The first BurgerKing fast food restau- rant opens in Mianni, Florida in 1954. In 1991 Pan Am Airlines declares bank- ruptcy and ceases operations. gone to three programs, the Helping Hands Food Pantry, to purchase food goods for the ABC Resource Center's annual holiday turkey basket giveaways, and to the Christ- mas Angel Project. These dollars are precious and like a peb- ble tossed in the water, they will ripple out- wards and will do many good things for children, seniors and families in the com- munity this holiday season. These organizations, along with the vol- unteer workers of the Plumas County Sher- iff's Association Toys for Needy Children, the Chester Elementary School PTA, the Teen Angel program and the Westwood- based Chimney Fuhd will make a big differ- ence in the lives of so many. I am sure there is a myriad of other indi- viduals, organizations and clubs through- out Plumas County that either mirror or originate a multitude of good works. As one year winds down and we ap- proach the New Year's holiday I believe we should also consider celebrating those that serve and not just those belonging to for- mal clubs or organizations. In small communities, especially those not incorporated, volunteers often fill the shoes usually worn by some form of gov- ernment employee. Volunteer firefighters are a good exam- ple. When city dollars aren't available to provide for a full complement of full-time employees, members of the community step forward to give of their personal time. The Main Street Design Committee in Chester is another fine example. Instead of having a planning department within the Lake Almanor Basin, this small group of citizens meets and reviews and makes sug- gestions that keep the flavor of the commu- nity intact. Then we have the Pink Ladies and Blue Gents of the Seneca Hospital Auxiliary who volunteer by the hour, nearly every day of the week. The same goes for the trained volunteers of Sierra Hospice. You also can find hundreds of volunteers serving as board members on a variety of special government districts like fire, recreation, cemetery and the multitude of public utility/community service districts populating the Basin. Volunteers keep the parent teacher asso- ciations alive in the schools, as do the many members of boosters organizations. The Blue Star Moms look out for active duty service members while the American Legion does the same for veterans. The Boy and Girl Scouts of America can be found participating in a variety of See My Turn, page 11B R_EMEMBE1K WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO .......... 1937 The heaviest rain in the 12 day storm that has skyrocketed precipitation in Plumas County to a point more than dou- ble the average of the last 40 years fell in a five hour period Tuesday morning. The rain brought this years total to 16.04 inch- es with the normal on average for the last 40 years registering at 7.90 inches. Streams are running bank full and the Feather River canyon was closed for two hours Friday with an earth slide. 50 YEARS AGO .......... 1962 The new science wing at Portola High School will be the first building unit or- dered under the Plumas Unified School District construction program when the .override tax was approved at the Novem- ber meeting. The project to include two new classrooms and a kindergarten room at the Pioneer Elementary School campus in Quincy was also authorized. 25 YEARS AGO .......... 1987 The Plumas County Wildlife Shelter in Quincy burned to the groundlast week on Thanksgiving Day. Shelter volunteers had planned to completely move the shelter the next day to a new location so the shel- ter wasnot full of animals at the time of the fire. However, a red tail hawk was lost in the fire. Although Quincy Fire Depart- ment chief Andy Anderson said the cause was a smoldering cigarette, volunteers suspect ~)ossible arson. 10 YEARS AGO .......... 2002 The Golden Merchant award of 2002 awarded by Plumas Corporation was awarded to small business Nellz Town Pump in Greenville. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspa- per archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actu- ally appeared in the original newspaper. County .needs to target young people This is my first My Turn. Just like two months ago, it was my first time ever writ- ing a newspaper article. This is the first November in more than 16 years I haven't been in school, and for the first time last week I went to a dentist who didn't also know the inside of every one of my family member's mouths. Because of all these firsts I feel it is need- less to say I am young. I am not ashamed to say I am young, nor am I ashamed that this is my first time doing a lot of things. I am very proud of my age and of my new accomplishments in life, but I think what's even more exciting is that I'm having these new experiences in Plumas County. I am not from here. I was raised in Sono- ra and moved up here in 2008 to study equine studies at Feather River College. Being five hours away from home in a for- eign place encompassed by sometimes-im- passable mountains was daunting for an 18-year-old girl, but I learned to adapt. During the summer I was hired at Graea- gle Stables, in what I saw as the smallest town ever. However, after experiencing all the beauty and freedom the area had to of- fer, it was not hard to make the place home. I often hear people saying the main issue in the county is the declining population. Though I can understand the concern, it's discouraging for people like me who are actually responding to the county's at- tempts to lure people in. I am a Plumas County recruitment poster child. I have been around for almost four years. I left here when I graduated MY TURN CAROLYN CARTER Staff Writer ccarter@plumasnews.com FRC to finish my education, but I always came back when I was out of school. Just a couple months ago, I exchanged my home base for the mountains, the trees, the horses and the people of Plumas Coun- ty. I am not the only one either. My best friend from Santa Rosa, who also went to FRC and worked in Graeagle, is up here with me. She and I congregate with the oth- er young people who have made this area their home too. We are all like some under- ground society nobody really knows about. I know it is discouraging to see people leaving, but take heart in those the com- munity is bringing in. We are young, we are energetic, and we know that coming up here and forsaking the comfort that is in a big City means we are really going to try to make it work. This community is an hour and a haft away in each direction from two major col- leges and we have one really great one right at our doorstep, so there is a constant flow of young people coming into the coun- ty. There should be a big red target painted on all these youngpeople coming in. I know young people can be indecisive, so the community wants families with 2.5 kids for commitment assurance. However, I believe if the younger generation is con- vinced there is something worthwhile up here for them they'll stay, and in staying they'll probably start their own families. What's even better is that something does- n't have to be a great paying job. For me all I needed was what was al- ready here like recreational activities, beauty and a certain sense of indepen- dence. I figured out the job stuff after I de- cided to stay, as most of us did. Trying to create jobs with enough in- come for families to support themselves is going to bea tough task for this area. Yet creating jobs for young single people to support themselves is doable, and using the county's natural assets to bring them in is more than achievable. Younger people have the passion to for- give the county for the shortcomings that are only a consequence of hard times, and bring in an energy and life that is much- needed. I think this is a truth that should not be overlooked, and it doesn't make any sense to me that we are letting the young people funnel into the county, and then shoot out once they have a diploma. This could be a vital new approach to the population problem. Focusing on young first-timers is risky, but I think underesti- mating the youth coming inis even more detrimental. j