The Territorial Dispatch
August 21, 1996
Boy, we're in the thick
of it now...
Boy, we're in the thick
of it now... summertime, forest fires, politics, fairs and
festivals... heat and more heat. Seems to me this August is
extra busy for some reason. It's unfortunate that there are
more and more fires being started by arsonists than there
used to be. Before you know it 'they' will pass a law
requiring stronger sentencing for people who start fires in
the summer when it is already hot... the way they do for
robbers who threaten clerks or tellers with guns instead of
knives. Like it makes a difference when you illegally start
fires or what your are threatened with in the course of a
Speaking of making a
difference... some people make a difference. Ellie Cary for
example. Last year she was one of the volunteers that put
together the Sutter County exhibit for the California State
Fair. When they ask if she would chair it this year she took
on the job and was determined to finish 'in the money'...
which she did... the bronze award!
Of course she did not do
it alone. The job is too monumental, but the organizing...
getting a design, getting supplies, getting help to build,
decorate, transport, assemble and man the exhibit... takes a
special person with special talents and incredible patience.
But she did it! Thanks, Ellie!
The California State Fair
is happening now and will continue through Labor Day. If you
get there be sure to go and see the Sutter County exhibit.
It has what may be the world's biggest photograph of the
world's smallest mountain range.
The exhibit honors the
Sutter Buttes... the shining, glorious landmark of Sutter
County. No county, anywhere else in the world, has a
mountain range as unique as the Buttes. Speaking of Buttes
(and fairs)... the Butte County Fair is this weekend. The
fair in Gridley is always a nice place to spend some time.
The shady, well-kept grounds invite you to investigate all
the exhibits and entertainment.
Beckwourth Frontier Days
will be represented once again at the Butte County Fair by
Orlin Stearns, John Myers and various other fun-loving,
history-portraying folks who will spin yarns of the old
times for you, and demonstrate 'hawk and knife throwing,
stone carving or how to start a fire with flint and
If the government has
already confiscated your car and you have to stick closer to
home, The Acting Company would like to entertain you with
their presentation of Steel Magnolias. Unless you just moved
into town last month you're bound to recognize at least one
of the great local ladies who play the six leading roles in
this hilarious but touching play.
And speaking of familiar
faces around here... we are going to need a program or
scorecard to keep track of politickin' in Marysville this
fall. It should be comforting to residents of that town that
so many people care so strongly about it that they want to
run for mayor! They all must be driven by a desire to help
the town... I can't imagine that there will be any personal
glory in the job!
And speaking of fall...
the new semester started at Yuba College this week. Does it
seem that summers are getting shorter?
Yup! It is definitely a
Quote of the Week...
There are so many things that we wish we had done
yesterday... so few that we feel like doing today.