Blood drives save lives
|Phlebotomist Leah Aranda attends to Quincy High School junior Jennifer Macias, who is donating for the second time ever. She said she donated because she “felt like being a nice person.” Photo by Laura Beaton
Donating blood may be one of the most generous acts one human can do for another.
For many high school students who participated in the Service Club blood drive Nov. 27, it was the first time they could legally donate their lifeblood.
Quincy High School held one of its thrice-yearly blood drives in its small gym last Tuesday.
According to Jan McKee, United Blood Services of Reno’s donor recruitment representative, the blood drive surpassed expectations, with 37 students giving blood.
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Keddie murder victims’ family member publishes book
The Keddie murders of April 12, 1981, remain an unsolved mystery in Plumas County. Cabin 28 in the former Keddie Resort, seven miles from Quincy, has been torn down, but the notoriety and mystery of the grisly killings remains.
More than 31 years have passed since the horrific scene that 14-year-old Sheila Sharp stumbled upon when she returned home from a sleep-over at a neighbor’s house and found the brutalized bodies of her mother, brother and his friend bound, stabbed and beaten with a hammer.
Now a mature adult, Sharp has released her story, titled “How to Survive Your Visit to Earth,” from Free Spirit Books. The book is co-written by Sharp’s husband, Sifu Richard Whittle.
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Strong winds and heavy rains across Plumas County
Highway 70 has re-opened. PG&E is still working on repairing downed powerlines in the Canyon Dam/Prattville area. 753 customers are without power.
Oakland Camp Rd. at Chandler Road is closed due to flooding.
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Brighten someone else’s holidays this year through charitable giving
The angel tree in Portola’s Leonard’s Market sports an array of colorful paper angels Wednesday, Nov. 21. By Friday morning, all but two had been chosen! But don’t despair; there are plenty of other giving opportunities throughout the county. Photo by Carolyn Carter
The holidays are known for being filled with food, family and those beautiful mornings frosted in fresh snow. But they can also mean a time of stress, cold and hunger for the less fortunate. Giving anonymously to those in need truly embodies the spirit of the season. Involving children and teens in giving makes a stand against the encroachment of selfishness and materialism.
Besides monetary donations — which support unforeseen or unmet needs — organizations commonly request three types of items:
—Food. Unopened, non-perishable food items will stock food bank shelves, or be packaged into holiday baskets for needy families.
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Plumas County continues to monitor storm related flooding
The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services continues monitoring the storm and its impacts on our area. The National Weather Service advises that flooding of rivers and creeks will remain possible through the weekend and especially Saturday night into Sunday when a prolonged period of heavier rainfall is expected.
At this time a Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, Flood Watch, and Hazardous Weather Outlook are all in affect. Residents are urged to monitor changeable conditions and expect localized flooding, hazardous travel conditions, highway closures and power outages.
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