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Even pets were impacted by the Dixie Fire. Independent Thomas suddenly became more needy, but he is a lucky one - he still has a home. There are many cats still wandering the streets of Greenville at night. Photo by Meg Upton

Greenville Rising: June 16-Pets impacted by the fire also

By Meg Upton

   School is out for summer. We get the mixed blessing of much needed rain and mudslides. One escape route is closed. The trigger sound of emergency phone alerts still make most of us jump out of our skin. Is there a way to change the tone for non-fire emergencies? For many of us, it is simply not over and we never want to hear that particular sound again—especially our children.

   In the midst of new emergencies, I am struck by the beauty of wildflowers in Indian Valley. I don’t recall in the twenty years I’ve lived here ever seeing so much color, so many poppies. It’s truly incredible to witness.  I’d argue that no place in Plumas County is as vibrant and colorful right now as the burn scar of Indian Valley, the stark contrast makes for some really incredible views.

   If you were fortunate enough to be at Greenville High School football field last Saturday, you got to witness the best of us: Judy Dolphin and others acknowledging the rite of graduation for some Greenville students who graduated from elsewhere this year.  Commencements in Plumas County didn’t necessarily mention the Indian Valley students among them and that particular struggle, so it was that much more special to have the celebration.

   As we pull towards the anniversary of the fire, this gentleness with each other will become more and more important. It has fundamentally changed our perspective of the world. Take my mother’s old cat, Thomas. By all accounts he was the most arrogant and indifferent creature on the planet (even for a cat) before the fire. Now however, he’s probably the most loveable and (and needy) creature I’ve ever encountered. He’s living out his last years in southern California in and out of a lush backyard in a relatively fire safe area. I think, if he’s changed that drastically then pretty much all of us have.

   The following are upcoming events and announcements for this week. If you have something you’d like to announce, consider sending it to [email protected]. Thank you and have a good safe week.

Summer Camp

   Healing through the Arts Summer Camp is happening for ages 5 through 10 at Indian Valley Academy in Taylorsville from June 27 to July 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Sue Weber at (530) 258-6634 or email her at [email protected]. The summer camp is available through a partnership between Mountain Passages, Plumas Strong, Plumas Rural Services, and Plumas Charter School. Come fill your child’s day with arts, play, games, crafts, and snacks!


 Will we wind up with more food options after the fire than we had before? Maybe. Today Mary’s German Grill will be operating at the Region Burger site (the white trailer with many a flower pot in front of it in downtown). Region Burger is now open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. They’ve added locally sourced (High Sierra Sheep Company) lamb to the menu.

   Samantha Prior’s Crush-a-Bowl will be open any moment now. Both trailers are located near the new Nelz Towne Pump side of downtown.

Greenville Fire Cats

  As anyone driving through Greenville late at night can see, there are still many an unclaimed feline in downtown Greenville at night. Volunteer Kimberly Pierce has been trying to keep them fed and watered. On the Rebuild Greenville facebook site, she’s posted an Amazon wish list for cat food. And if you lost a cat in the fire, you might want to check and see if one of those resilient felines is yours.

Dixie Fire Collaborative

    The next Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting is this Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria. One item up for discussion is the PG&E settlement funds coming to the DFC. The first installment is here. The DFC will have information about rebuilding workshops too.

Gold Diggers

   The next Gold Diggers planning meeting is June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Green Meadows community room.

Wine and Cheese

   The Mountain Valley Parent Club has a Wine and Cheese Night scheduled for Saturday, June 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Genesee Store. The fundraiser for Indian Valley Academy programs is $50 a head. Tickets are available at the IVA school office or by calling (530) 284-7050.

Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center

    The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center (RGRC) has cooling assistance items in stock for Disaster Case Management Program clients who are residing in new living spaces. A variety of fans and air conditioning units are available. If you are not yet signed up for Disaster Case Management Services, please call (530) 283-2735, ext 883, or residents can email [email protected] to complete an intake for the program prior to coming to the RGRC to pick up a free fan.

   RGRC also has free COVID-19 test kits, toiletries, food, home goods replacement items, first aid kits, and other over-the-counter medical supplies available. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Book Signing

   Margaret Elysia Garcia will be at the Crescent Country Saturday Market on July 2 for a book signing and selling of her new book Burn Scars, a collection of poems dedicated to the living through the aftermath of the Dixie Fire 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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