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lib Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Try a couple papers on us; and then tell us what you think We are all in this together. Without your support, there would be no local newspaper. And without this paper, a vital link that helps bonds our community would be missing. While some daily newspapers across the nation are shrinking or going out of business, we are happy to report that this newspaper is alive and well. We aren't going anywhere. But we don't take our good fortune for granted. Loyal readers and advertisers are essential to our success. The Feather Publishing team strives to improve the quality of your local paper every week. We are pretty proud of what we have accomplished. And we are excited about the direction we are heading. We want everyone in the county to see what their newspaper has to offer -- what they might be missing. That's why Feather Publishing is reaching out to all Plumas County residents in the coming weeks with a special promotion. Soon, everyone will have a chance to sample this paper for free. You don't need to sign up for anything to get your complimentary paper -- it will arrive in the mail. Here are the respective mailing dates you can expect to receive a copy of our paper that serves that area: Indian Valley Record: today, March 19 Feather River Bulletin: March 26, April 2 Portola Reporter: April 16, 23 Chester Progressive: May 7, 14 ff you like what you see -- and we think you will -- we are offering you a chance to subscribe to the paper for haft the regular price. To show our appreciation for those who become subscribers, everyone who takes advantage of the offer will also get a free classified ad. The combination of the half-price subscription and the ad essentially makes the paper free. Our regular subscribers are also welcome to take advantage of this special offer-- and this special price is good for a one- or two-year subscription. , The deal is even more attractive whert you consider just how much you can save weekly by taking advantage of all the advertised specials from your local merchants, not to mention the terrific bargains in our classified section. Your newspaper is a shoppers' paradise! We also want you to know we are rededicating our effort to bring you a better product. We plan to feature more in-depth stories about people and events in our community. In addition to reporting the "who, what, when and where," we want to ten you "why" a story matters. Why you should care. You can expect to see more important information presented in an easy-to-read format. More photos, more graphics, more key pieces of information highlighted apart from the story itself. Expect to read more names of people you might know, see more pictures of people you might recognize. Perhaps even a story about.., you. Do you have a story to tell? We want to help you tell it. We are constantly evolving, trying to come up with new and better ways to deliver the news you care about. We have ideas, but we are always looking for more. That's where you come in. Take a long, hard look at the paper in your mailbox. Call or email and tell us what you think. We sincerely encourage your feedback. Sure, we like to hear what we are doing right. But, more importantly, what are we missing? What about your community would you like to know? We have said this before, and we still believe it: This is your newspaper. We are merely the caretakers. Feat0000Pllbhshmg /00wspaper 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: Laura Beaton Carolyn Shipp Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Westwobd PinePress (530) 256-2277 Pdnted on recycled paper California Newspaper Publishers Assoc. Land of the free, home of the brave I had the honor of spending some time recently with a man born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., during the escalation of the civil rights movement in the South. Charlie Hardy, who is now 73, grew up in an era when "every facet of life was segregated." From schools to drinking fountains to restaurants, segregation was a fact of everyday life. This remained true, especially down south, even after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Browfi vs. Board of Education. That unanimous decision stated "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," paving the way for desegregation in all aspects of life. During his speaking tour through Quincy, Hardy related his first-hand experiences of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began Dec. 5, 1955. The bus boycott occurred after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up MY TURN LAURA BEA'rON Staff Writer her seat to a white man. Hardy described the 381-day boycott that finally ended when the Supreme Court upheld an Alabama lower court decision ruling that segregation on buses was a violation of the Constitution. Hardy said the '50s and '60s were a remarkable time, even though "when you live in a period of greatness, you don't know it at the time." 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. March 12 1894 -- Coca Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by a local soda fountain operator. 1912 -- Girl Scouts of America is founded in the United States. 1918 -- Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after St. Petersburg held that status for 215 years. March 13 1781 -- The planet Uranus was discovered. 1897 -- San Diego State University was founded. 2013 -- Pope Francis was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. March 14 Today is Pi Day, representing the mathematical concept of 3.14. 1794 -- Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin. 1964 -- A jury in Dallas, Texas, found Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of United States President John F. Kennedy. March 15 1820 -- Maine, the Pine Tree State, was admitted as the 23rd U.S. state. 1906 -- Rolls Royce Ltd. car company was incorporated in England. 1956 -- The play "My Fair Lady" premiered on Broadway in New York City. March 16 1958 -- Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Ford Thunderbird, since the company's founding in 1903. 1968 -- General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado, since the company's founding in 1908. March 17 Today is St. Patrick's Day. "Erin Go Bragh" -- "Ireland Forever." 1941 --The National Gallery of Art officially opened in Washington, D.C. by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1969 -- Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel. March 18 1850 -- The financial services corporation, American Express, headquartered in New York City, is founded. Students sitting in classrooms today have the advantages of battles fought and won by earlier generations, Hardy told a class at Feather River College. "It's not over -- you have a role to play. This is a great time to live a life of significance." The same year that Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat, the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in rural Mississippi rocked the mainstream media. Till, from Chicago, was visiting relatives when he reportedly told a white woman, "Bye, baby," as he left a store. His actions were relayed to family and friends of the woman, and Till was kidnapped, brutally beaten, mutilated, shot in the head and submerged in the Tallahatchie River, where his body was found a few days after he was abducted. The echoes of the subsequent trial, which ended in acquittal for the accused killers, reverberated across the country. Such acts of terrorism, routinely conducted by the Ku Klux Klan in an effort to uphold white supremacy, shined the light on the rampant prejudice and discrimination of the southern judicial system. The trial that freed the killers of Emmett Till, which his mother Mamie called a farce, provided a spark that propelled the civil rights movement into an unstoppable force. That force would slowly but relentlessly turn the wheels of justice and ultimately lead to the Vietnam War protests, and the women's and gay rights movements. Education is an important tool capable of burning away the shrouds of indoctrinated ignorance and prejudice, unveiling the virtues of truth and justice. Let's live up to our moniker of "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave." Next time you feel that twinge of intolerance threatening to make your gorge rise, stop a moment to reconsider. In doing so, you may just realize the power of love and freedom, and the destruction that hate and prejudice wreak. If you hear somebody utter disparaging or hateful words based on ignorance and prejudice, speak up, stand up, do the right thing. Hardy said that throughout our lifetimes, preparation and opportunity are like parallel lines. In order to succeed, there has to be an intersection between the two. That intersection, or crossroads, can appear at any time. So instead of walking down the same old familiar path, try taking the road less traveled. Invite new experiences into your life and new pathways for your feet and synapses to follow. Chances are, you'll feel better in the end -- and so will the people around you. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The electrical power poles for PG&E's new lines to Meadow Valley are being set by a 30 man crew this week. Additions will be made to the Portola High School and Quincy High School this year to include a shop, band room and gymnasium dressing rooms. 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Work is scheduled to begin as soon as weather permits on four Plumas Unified School District projects. Chester High School: additions to the gymnasium including a lobby, exercise rooms and enlargement of the locker rooms and shower rooms. Chester Elementary School: four classroom additions. Greenville Elementary School: construction of a multi-purpose room. Quincy Elementary School: three classrooms additions. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Heavy, wet snow fell on Plumas County last week, breaking tree limbs and cutting electrical service. The snow fell to below 3,000 feet, leaving snow as far down the Feather River Canyon as Caribou and Storrie A rock slide in the Feather River Canyon knocked an 80 car freight train off its tracks near Tobin. There were no injuries and no contaminants spilled in the Feather River. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors awarded a $1.196 million contract for the renovation of the former Feather Publishing Company building located on the corner of Crescent Street and Main Street in Quincy. Once the building is completed, it will be the new one-stop permit center, housing the Plumas County Planning Department, the Plumas County Engineering Department and the Plumas County Assessors office. 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. It's already time to draw A container on my kitchen windowsill is filled with tomato plant seedlings. One morning a few tiny green specks could be seen atop the soil and a few days later a multitude of plants had sprouted. My husband, Terry, gets the credit. He is determined to have a bountiful garden this summer. Already we are beginning to create a layout for planting. One garden box will be devoted to tomatoes. We will create a greenhouse affect with PVC pipe arched across the box and covered with clear plastic, patterned after a covered wagon. It is a design we saw used at the community garden planted at the One Stop Center in Westwood. Many lessons were learned last summer when we filled two planter boxes with tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, lettuce, spinach and lemon cucumbers. Also, along our fence we planted raspberries. Although I thought Terry was starting plants a little early (we don't have a greenhouse), there is wisdom in planting a garden this summer. Even though we have gotten quite a lot of rain recently, California is in a drought. The third snow survey of the season, Feb. 27, found water content in the snowpack at 22 percent of normal and only 19 percent of the average reading in early April when snow begins up plans for MY TURN SUSAN GORI JOHNSON Staff Writer to melt into streams and reservoirs. The California Department of Water Resources has set its allocation of water from the State Water Project at zero. It is reported farmers may not plant as many crops but leave fields fallow instead. Of course costs rise if supply does -not meet demand. We are not only planting crops but expanding the garden. Last year we purchased readymade planter boxes which we put together and filled with fertilized soil. This year we are making one or two on our own. In addition, we will try a variety of vertical gardening techniques because our yard is small. In -July 2(13, I attended a vertical gardening class taught by Melissa McCoy, a vegetable garden owner of Every Bloomin' Thing. The class was sponsored by the Westwood Family Resource Center and funded by Lassen County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. McCoy brought lots of pictures and examples of innovative garden ideas. I learned old gutters attached to a fence can be filled with soil and planted; also an old dresser with the drawers pulled out. These items are retrofitted by drilling 'h inch holes in the bottom and adding a layer of moss for good drainage. Although it was too late in the season to put into practice McCoy's suggestion of growing plants up trellises as a space saver, I will use this strategy this upcoming summer. My mother asked if I wanted an old metal bed I slept in as a child which she has stashed in a barn. I immediately thought it would make an excellent and decorative trellis in the garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers and squash grow well on trellises. Terry not only began planting seeds, he is also exploring ways to enjoy the vegetables 10ng after summer has ended. The last time we stopped at a favorite used book store in Reno he purchased a couple books about canning and freezing fruits and vegetables. He is expecting a great harvest.