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Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day holiday

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — Labor Day arrives the first Monday of September — Sept. 7 this year — a holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer, one last three-day weekend before the arrival of fall.    
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, some sources report union leader Peter J. McGuire suggested a holiday to honor workers, but others attribute the idea to machinist Matthew Maguire. His Central Labor Union in New York formed a committee to investigate the idea and Labor Day was first celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882.

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Spending time seeing the old sights with new eyes

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — I spent two days recently being tour guide for my cousins visiting from Florida and found myself as much of a starry-eyed tourist as they were!
    I encourage you to tour your favorite local area hotspots and look with new eyes — not taking for granted the wildly scenic place in which we live. If you find yourself caught in the day-to-day toil as I did when I lived here before, keep reading and I will take you along for our tour.
    Wow, eastern Plumas County you are beautiful and amazing!

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The Sheehy Brothers return for two shows

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 — Unfortunately, they tell me, I missed what some call the real heyday of Susanville’s music scene — a time when every watering hole in town had live music, and revelers could happily hop from one venue to the next all weekend long until they found a noise to please their persnickety ears, a beat to satisfy the insatiable urge of their dancing feet and a friendly place to imbibe and socialize with old friends and new acquaintances alike.

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It seems black cats are always getting a bad rap

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 — I’ve been known to root for the underdog. Currently, my underdog is a cat — of the raven-coated kind.
    Last week I was working on a story about National Black Cat Appreciation Day, Aug. 17. Animal experts told me the misunderstood felines are often unjustly stigmatized because of their dark hue and are often the last to find a forever home.
    That’s a tragedy. I mean, who wants to go through life constantly plagued by prejudice? Especially when you have nine of them.

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Are you up to no good? Someone is watching you

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 — Fed up with crime, residents who live around the historic Railroad Depot and near Riverside Park in Susanville have taken the first step toward ending the crime in their neighborhood by launching a new neighborhood watch.
    Several residents shared scary stories of criminal activity in the neighborhood including burglaries, drug dealing and drug use. One woman talked about a strange, uninvited man coming into her home and scaring her daughter. Another victim talked about windows being shot out. Another alleged someone threw a loaded pistol in the gutter, but he couldn’t get the police to do anything about it. The residents said they’ve had to endure drug houses — two of which have been closed down with help from the property owners, but a third is still in operation — and people the residents believe are up to no good roam up and down their streets all night long.

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