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Making a visit to my childhood neighborhood

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — Back in the late 1950s I lived in the Lakeview neighborhood of northern Chicago. It was just my dad, my mom, my brother and me back in those days.
    My dad died in 1960, my mom passed in 1987 and my brother departed last year, leaving me as the sole survivor of that family unit, although my mom remarried and I have a half-sister, a step-sister and a step-father who live in Southern California as well as a foster brother who lives right here in The Ville.
    My brother and I talked about those old days in Chicago a few times before his death last year. His memory was always much better than mine, so I decided to take a week’s vacation to personally check the place out. It’s changed, with skyscrapers here and there and all the rainbow flags flying in what is now Chicago’s gay district.

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Remembering the great courage of our Founding Fathers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — This Saturday, July 4, Americans will joyfully celebrate Independence Day and the Second Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence — but do they realize all the Founding Fathers risked to secure our freedom?
    The declaration, drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson, was approved by 12 of the 13 colonies on July 2, 1776 and most of the 56 signers put quill to parchment on Aug. 2, a month later, famously pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to the fight for liberty. New York’s delegates finally approved the declaration July 9 after consultation with their home assembly.
    Every school child probably can recite the opening lines of the declaration’s second paragraph, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Congratulations to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — Congratulations to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and application team for successfully getting Susanville to the quarterfinals in the America’s Best Communities competition.

The competition strives to stimulate economic revitalization in small communities and towns across rural America and Susanville finds itself in a unique position as the only quarterfinalist from the state of California.

Eighteen finalists will be selected from the current 50 and will receive $100,000.In recent weeks, Chamber staff has been seeking donations to reach a $15,000  match, a sign the quarterfinalist communities are serious about revitalizing the area.

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Elton was wrong: ‘Goodbye’ seems to be the hardest word

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Adios! Au revoir! Ciao! Arrivederci! Catch you on the flip side!
    As you may have gathered, I’m saying goodbye.
    Starting next week, I’ll be working at the county’s Public Health Agency and couldn’t be more excited.
    For the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of reporting on the happenings of Plumas County. It has been a wild ride, but eventually, all rides must come to an end.
    During my final days here, I’m trying to find a balance between my excitement for a new chapter in life and the sadness that comes with ending this one.

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Ken Shamrock – The World’s Most Entertainerous Man

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — I almost fell out of my chair when I heard Susanville’s Ken Shamrock, The World’s Most Dangerous Man — climbs back into the Mixed Martial Arts octagon to fight Kimbo Slice in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, June 19. Yes, Bellator 138: “Unfinished Business” on Spike TV.
    I remember a somber interview I did with Shamrock at the old Lassen County Times building on Gay Street nearly a decade ago a few days after the UFC Hall of Famer’s third and final fight against Tito Oritz — one Ortiz won by a technical knockout, a fight some contend the referee stopped way too early. The bout between the two bitter rivals drew the UFC’s largest television audience to that date. Tickets to the live event sold out in just two days.

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