"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln


I did something this Burney Basin Days that I haven’t had the time or the energy to do for the past several years. I went to almost all of the events, enjoyed myself and was amazed at the amount of time, energy and money went into this year’s program.
The celebration has changed dramatically over the years. Insurance regulations, availability and cost have skyrocketed. Laws have tightened and clamped off what used to be okay.
As time changes and the audience changes, so do the events, and while we may miss some of the old ones, we are delighted with the new.
The one major thing that has changed is one that has affected the Intermountain Area for years.
Our society, here in the Intermountain Area has changed a lot. With that change comes different priorities, family, private time, interests and availability.
50-40-30 and 20 years ago the people were terribly concerned about their individual towns neighborhoods and neighbors.
There was little to no problem getting help on projects, from the planning to the implementation stages.
People came together, brought their kids along, got ‘er done and then enjoyed joining in and having fun.
Now a lot of that is gone. The kids are more interested in other activities, many don’t want to be a part of the events. Many find themselves pushed aside by people that can’t say “Please” and “Thank you” or who won’t listen to their ideas. Yes, those who take the time to volunteer are aware of those problems. I stepped down from more than one thing because I found myself saying “Ah, we tried that and it didn’t work.”
That was wrong - what is old is often new again as the saying goes.
No matter what the problem is, be it “being human and erring” or the computer age, We’ve gotta find a solution.
Those wonderful people who have gone out of their way to raise the money, donate it, get permits and permissions, recruit and instruct have done it for years, often without a thank you.
They are getting exhusted and older. They need help and if the generation behind them doesn’t get involved, the area may lose it.
Burney Basin Days, as wonderful as it is, almost didn’t go this time because the folks putting it on had a terrible time getting volunteers.
I personally want to say thank you to those who planned and executed the celebration to all, each and every one, made it run smoothly and (at least to the public) flawlessly. THANK YOU ALL!

 

I keep hearing some great camping stories. I especially love the stories about all of the fun the little ones are having. I LOVE camping and have so many great memories of camping trips.
As kids, we took a lot of camping trips. It was fun to help my dad plan out the route, help my mom pack the food and most importantly, when we arrived, have a lot of fun with my sister! She was always great entertainment. Here’s one story comes to mind…
We had just cleaned up. Faces were clean, clothes were changed. We were ready for the campfire and a good night’s sleep. My sister had a knack for hurting herself and getting dirty. My mom only laughed at us and how much dirt we had collected on our faces during the day of camping. So after dinner my mom made sure we were clean before we went to sleep.
I’m not sure who had the idea, but my sister and I decided to take a little hike before we roasted marshmallows. It wasn’t quite dark yet and the campfire wasn’t fun until it was dark. There was a great hill behind our campsite, so we decided to take a hike up the steep hill. Everything was great on the way up...
We started back down, eager to get to the marshmallows. I think my sister was a little too eager.
I can’t remember how old we were. I am pretty sure my sister was in second grade or so. I do, though, remember it like it was yesterday. My sister was small, kind of short. She took off ahead of me and pretty soon her pace was a little quicker than a walk. “Oh no’” I could see it coming. Soon she was running and her legs started moving faster than she could keep up with.
She was giggling all the way down...until she went face first and slid the rest of the way down the hill. The laughter turned to tears and at the bottom of the hill was my little sister a little scrapped up and A LOT dirty! Her face was once again covered in dirt with the only clean spots being the streaks from her tears. Is it bad that I still chuckle now when I think about this story!?!
All ended well...marshmallows were had by all...and my sister went to bed with a dirty face!
 
Thank You

Thank a Lineworker on
National Lineworker Appreciation Day

July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day, a day that all Shasta County residents should take a moment to recognize the men and women who work around the clock to keep the lights on for our community.
PG&E has thousands of lineworkers across our service area, and they are often unsung heroes. Day and night, no matter the weather, these lineworkers are up in bucket trucks, arriving first on emergency scenes and operating heavy machinery, all to serve our customers.
Their dedication and sacrifice is something to be celebrated, and that’s why the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) has established July 10 as Lineworker Appreciation Day. If you see a lineworker today, please stop and say thank you and let them know you appreciate the work that they do.

Carl Schoenhofer, Senior Manager
PG&E’s North Valley Division

 


 

 

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