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Make special summer memories with your children

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — When I was growing up, summer was a time when you rarely wore shoes; it was a time to make homemade ice cream; a time to drive to the Cosumnes River about three miles from home to swim after dinner; it was fair time, and we would go as a family to the El Dorado County Fair and the California State Fair.
    Vacation from obligations at school creates a perfect opportunity to schedule family activities that result in special memories that last a lifetime.
    I was reminded of the importance of family time while reading a few essays penned by students at Fletcher Walker Elementary School for a writing contest. One author remembered a long drive to grandma’s for Thanksgiving and waking early to the smell of waffles and bacon; another wrote about a trip to the San Francisco Zoo; a third had camped by the ocean on California’s north coast.

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Congratulations and our best wishes to the Class of 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to fail — that’s the advice salty-tongued Oscar winner Robert De Niro gave recently as he addressed the graduates at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
    Yes, these graduates are future actors, dancers, writers, directors, photographers and filmmakers who De Niro acknowledged won’t find the same job opportunities as those who completed studies in other fields such as nursing or accounting, but life is always about the choices we make.
    “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion,” De Niro said. “When you feel that, you can’t fight it, you just go with it. When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense. You aren’t just following dreams, you’re reaching for your destiny.”

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Do your part to help conserve water

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Despite the fact the city of Susanville’s two main sources of potable water — Cady and Bagwell springs — continue to produce far more water than city residents consume, the state of California has ordered municipal water suppliers across the state — including the city of Susanville — to reduce water usage by their customers in response to more than three years of drought across the state.
    Appeals by city staff for reason and fair consideration from state officials have fallen upon deaf ears — as is often the case with the state’s one-size-fits-all approach to many situations that just don’t make much sense here in our little corner of Northeastern California. So it is what it is.

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Stepping into retirement: Let the golden years begin

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — There comes a time in life when the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow at last yields the reward of retirement and, for me, that time is now.
    As of Thursday, May 28, I will have worked my final five hours as a staff writer for Feather Publishing and, more specifically, the Chester Progressive.
    Many have asked if my farewell will be bittersweet and I would have to say yes, for a multitude of reasons.
    My relationship with the Lake Almanor Basin will change. No longer will I be here, there and everywhere in a professional capacity chasing the scanner, attending meetings and covering events.
    While I will remain in the community for the foreseeable future my role will be that of neighbor and friend.

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Susanville resident proves it’s never too late to follow your dreams

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Congratulations to Susanville resident Bill Merkle, 82, on his graduation May 16 from Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
    Merkle, the former warden at High Desert State Prison, earned a degree in humanities 36 years after he left his studies when the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transferred him from San Quentin State Prison to High Desert State Prison — at a time when he was just six units shy of earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

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