By Meg Upton
Shout it from the trailer rooftops, treetops, and whatever we have left: there is coffee, I repeat, there is coffee in downtown Greenville. Owners Rachael and Travis Goings have done a soft opening of The Valley Grind (the yellow trailer on the lot where the Sierra Sunrise used to be). It’s a regular coffee house with its offerings. They update their lunch menu on their facebook page so check them out and our sincerest warm wishes for a successful business.
So it snowed in May and at first I was getting a little bitter about it (mostly because I’m cold and am so done with firewood this season), but as I write this Laguna Nigel—a hop, skip, and a jump across the freeway from where my son is going to school is on fire. A brush fire in May has already taken 20 houses today in south Orange County. It’s a fierce reminder of what all of us living in the West are facing, and a flashback for those of us who have already experienced it. Tonight it’s a 175-acre fire with strong winds. Who knows what we will wake up to. Just like ours it’s coming out that it started in a deep canyon. I hope the worse of the damage is over and it doesn’t take nearby retirement communities (Laguna Nigel is about half retirement communities). I’ll gladly take more snow right now.
And tomorrow, on my way to Chester, I’m going to grab my second cup of coffee from the Daily Grind. I hope to see you there.
Please send in anything you have to announce to the community to [email protected].
PG&E will be holding two pop-up assistance centers in Plumas County regarding the Direct Payments for Community Recovery program. The Pop-up in Chester will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at 271 Main St, Chester; the Pop -up in Greenville will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at 117 Grand St, Greenville.
These pop-up centers are designed to provide assistance to individuals who may be experiencing trouble while using the online claims submission process at www.dp4cr.com. They’re also in addition to our more permanent Local Assistance Center in Quincy, which operates every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed between 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) at 1446 E. Main St., Quincy.
Have you heard GHS alumni and Nashville songwriter Alicia King and Rocklin based GHS alumni video producer Diane McAtee Utley new song, “Some Things a Fire Can’t Take”? It’s part of a fundraiser for Greenville. Check it out on the Dixie Fire Collaborative webpage. Separate article to come on this exciting adventure.
Indian Valley Prom takes place Saturday, May 14 with a prime rib dinner at the Rock Club Mineral and Gem Museum at 6 p.m. followed by a community promenade at 7:30 p.m. and a dance at the Taylorsville Historic Hall from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Complimentary free tickets are available at Indian Valley Academy, Indian Head Properties, and Judy Dolphin. Pick up by tomorrow if possible. For more information contact Megan Neer.
Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to live music by local musicians and GHS alumni this Sunday, May 15 in the Music on the Green Revival in front of Greenville High School. Bring a blanket or a chair. Sponsored by Plumas Arts and Indian Valley Community members. There will be a ‘community mural’ to paint as well. Weather should be good.
Next Gold Digger planning meeting is on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Green Meadows community room down off Hot Springs Road.
Wednesday, May 18 is registration night for seventh through twelfth grade students planning on coming back to Greenville Junior Senior High School for the 2022-2023 school year. Sports and class sign ups begin at 5:30 p.m. for the junior high and 6 p.m. for the senior high. Will take place at the school library.
Sawmill Ribbon Cutting
At long last the mill operated by J&C Enterprises at Sierra Institute’s Indian Valley Wood Utilization Campus in Crescent Mills will be will be hosting a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, May 18 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be speakers, information booths, food trucks, and of course, the ribbon cutting. The mill is located at 15690 Hwy 89 near the tracks on the valley side of the highway, (essentially behind Gigi’s Market).
Plumas Rural Services (PRS) and the Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center (RGRC) have a new partnership with Assist International (AI) that is already proving to be helpful for people moving into their new homes.
AI is a global nonprofit organization that partners with local organizations to magnify their impact and reach communities facing suffering and hardship. In this area, AI is helping Dixie Fire survivors moving into new homes by providing donated furniture, appliances, and other items.
AI has a warehouse in Ripon, CA, full of donations mainly from Costco. If you or someone you know lost their home in the Dixie Fire and are setting up a new home, stop by the RGRC in Crescent Mills or call the Disaster Case Management Services number at (530) 283-2735 and let a case manager know that furniture and appliances are needed. PRS and the RGRC are glad to connect people in need with this valuable program. This program is not based upon financial need, and anyone who lost a home to the Dixie Fire is eligible regardless of where they live now.
The RGRC is accepting the following items for Dixie Fire survivors: first aid kits, sun block, lotion, over-the-counter medical supplies, and RV skirting. The Resource Center is also accepting gift cards to Evergreen, Taylorsville Young’s Market, Holiday Market, Sav-Mor, Safeway, as well as gas cards.
Donations of these items may be dropped off at the RGRC in Crescent Mills or at Plumas Rural Services’ office at 711 E. Main Street in Quincy.
The RGRC is unable to accept donated home goods due to lack of storage space. Home good items may be posted on the Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center Facebook page with photos. The following home goods have been requested by fire survivors: Patio furniture, mattresses, beds, table and chair sets, couches, and other furniture.
For donations and questions about RGRC, contact RGRC Coordinator Lara Wheeler via text (preferred method of communication) at (530) 778-4309, phone at (530) 283-2735, x833, or fax at (530) 778-4309.