This buck seems to be a symbol of resilience as he stands in the snow. This photo was captured by Taylorsville resident Gary Hack

Greenville Rising Jan. 6: New Year: Old frustrations, but also new hopes

By Meg Upon

     Happy New Year. How are those resolutions going? I resolved to try and be more on top of this column whether people submit events and information or not. As always, if you have information, or a story please share with us and we’ll do our best to include it in the next week. Like many of us, I’ve spent a good deal of time this week on the phone with various powers that be, feeling like I’m getting nowhere. After going back and forth with Frontier, I chose to forego getting a landline reinstalled and went with another provider. Trash pickup getting out to the road was a little problematic with the snow, but that’s on me not Waste Management. After 20 years of Amerigas delivering our propane through our meadow I received notice that our driveway was too soft to drive on (for 20 years they delivered from the road). We seem to be going through a good deal of firewood.

     But these really are both frustrations with winter and frustrations with utilities. CalFire announced on Tuesday that the Dixie Fire began when a tree fell on an electrical line. But while all of this feels like screaming ‘duh’ and ‘what next?’ into the wind, I resolved for this year’s column to be hopeful.

Rotary

     Around a couple of tables in a private home, Greenville’s Rotary Club masked up and met yesterday and divided up the work of calling former residents of Greenville, Indian Falls, Canyon Dam to get a better idea of who is wanting to move back, who is ready to rebuild, who intends to, and who has moved away. Also the calls will determine who is still un-housed and needing immediate housing. Community volunteers are doing this work. If you get one of these phone calls know that these are all local volunteers from Greenville some of whom lost their own houses and they are working with the Dixie Fire Collaborative to get a better sense of who is remaining and what town might one day look like.

Chairman

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     The word around Indian Valley is that everyone is pretty happy that Supervisor Kevin Goss will be the chairman of the board of supervisors this go around. It relieves the stress of many to know that Goss will be at the helm during this year of reimagining and rebuilding a future in Indian Valley.

Greenville Junior/Senior High School

     In case you were wondering where Greenville High School students are mid-year, 12 are at Chester High School, 22 are at Quincy High School, 1 went to Portola High School, 15 went to Indian Valley Academy, two are in Plumas Unified School District Alternative Education and one is on Independent Study. Eighteen students left the county all together. There’s a good deal of students navigating winter roads and traffic stops in the earlier hours of dark mornings. Without reliable Internet and phones one wonders what next school year will look like in Indian Valley. PUSD will soon be announcing a new superintendent soon. All of this opens up many questions for the future.

Greenville Transfer Station

     Word also has it that the Greenville Transfer Station will now have regular winter hours: Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch closure from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. I think I can speak for many here and say thank goodness.

Free Propane and Firewood

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     Stephen Murray is running his giveaway of free propane and firewood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9 in the Evergreen Market parking lot. He’ll be running his giveaway in Chester on Saturday Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the 76 Station and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Westwood at Fuel Good Gas Station.

The Greenville Resource Center

     While The Greenville Resource Center has not posted in a week to their facebook page the last missive on Dec. 29 stated a need for items concerning winter. Warm clothing, batteries, tarps, first aid kits, shovels, and window insulation for RVs. Lara Wheeler, who manages the center, has indicated there are many things going on at once and there will be a story out soon about what’s in store for the resource center.

The Arts

     Yes. The arts. We need them. Especially in winter. There are a few things coming up for people of all ages to consider. The annual Poetry Out Loud competition for high school students takes place Jan.30 at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy. Any interested students should contact their English teachers or email me at [email protected]. Pachuca Productions while on COVID hiatus will be sponsoring a contest for performers of all ages. Any performer or potential performer in the region can submit an original five to ten minute script they’ve written on any subject to [email protected]by Feb. 28. The top ten entrees will be performed in a one-act play festival, date to be determined. She also welcomes one person shows that will be supported by Pachuca Productions.

     Feather River College’s spring theatre production will be looking a little different this year. This year drama instructor Jeff Bryan is creating a show of Shakespearean monologues. The class will begin online with the hope that later in the semester students will be able to meet and rehearse and perform in person. Feather River College begins Jan. 18.

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     Over the holiday break I had the opportunity to interview and speak with a few therapists who stressed the importance of art therapy. Art belongs to all of us whether it be drawing, painting, playing music, writing, acting, sculpting—the simple act of creating is therapeutic and does not require us to be ‘good at it’ but requires instead that we be patient with ourselves and learn to let ourselves go in the process in order to free ourselves. It is my resolution in the new year to help the community find its way through the arts. In the coming month I will be rounding up interested parties in hosting workshops for just this purpose. If you are interested in theatre, writing, drawing, dancing, etc or teach such things, please email at [email protected].

     Stay safe and warm out there.