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The planter outside what was Village Drug with cheerful flowers. Photo by Meg Upton

Greenville rising: Week of Oct. 4

Meg Upton

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Changes seem slow and then at breaking speeds all at the same time. We will try and get everything in that is sent to us, but if we miss something or if you know of something happening that can be verified, please drop us an email and let us know.


There will be a ROE (Right of Entry) meeting on Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Greenville Elementary School. The preferred deadline to submit an ROE is Oct. 15; the mandatory date before it’s too late is Nov. 15. For people who’ve lost homes, debris is removed by licensed contractors at no cost to them and disposed of at certified waste sites.  Homeowners cannot just take the debris to our local transfer station; it must go to a specialized waste facility. Once homeowners have disturbed the waste, the county and state programs cannot come in to help. More information is available by calling the Debris Removal Center at the Plumas County Environmental Health Department or by visiting the Plumas County website and selecting Dixie Fire/Debris Removal.  An on-line fill in enrollment packet can be found at that site. For more information call (530) 283-7080.


In possibly the sweetest gesture of solidarity ever, the members of the St. Giles Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina and its neighboring town of Taylors have been praying for Indian Valley and its recovery and have instructed the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to send a financial donation. But also they are sending shirts and cards.

“We are providing a tee shirt to each of the 800 residents of Greenville. We know that the pain extends far from Greenville, but we wanted to connect your Greenville to our Greenville, and your Taylorsville to our Taylors,” said spokesperson Ted Morrison. The t-shirts along with the cards will arrive mid to late October and will be available at Crescent Country. The cards have been written by all members of their congregation, young and old alike.

“We care deeply about Plumas County, and all distressed areas, and we want you to know we love you,” said Morrison.

PGE Mobile Center

     Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is hosting a mobile customer help center in Greenville where customers can get in-person answers to questions about obtaining power while rebuilding structures after the Dixie Fire.

The mobile help center will be outside the Evergreen Market on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Staff can answer questions and provide information on reestablishing energy services for rebuilt homes and businesses.

PG&E representatives can walk customers through the process of getting temporary and permanent power, as well as ask questions about tree removals.

In accordance with PG&E’s guidelines to ensure customer and employee safety, PG&E employees will wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Customers impacted by wildfires who are going to rebuild or have questions are urged to contact PG&E early and apply for temporary power by visiting www.pge.com/cco or email [email protected].


Good news for all of us swimming in bags of trash and recycling: The Waste Management transfer station in Greenville is now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices to dump may have changed. As usual, they are still closed between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. for lunch.


     There will be another round of “Refrigerator Rodeo” for people whose refrigerators were either burned, damaged or now defective due to the Dixie Fire. Contact “Lara” at (907) 242-4426 or message her on facebook. If you would like to donate funds for refrigerators contact Sue Weber at (530) 258-6634. From Lara:

“We do not yet have an ETA on when the next round of refrigerators will arrive and are looking for them now. Sue Weber organized the last two rounds of new refrigerators in conjunction with the Sheriff’s department and CalOES. I’ll be helping sign people up this time around while Sue focuses on emergency housing.”

Healing and Storytelling

Two projects are underway to help Dixie Fire survivors and other survivors of traumatic experiences to get through these times.

Dixie Fire Stories.

Local photographer Joanne Burgueno teamed up with writer Sarah Gray to do a series on facebook called  Dixie Fire Stories. Burgueno  photographs people and their losaes in the fire and then posts them to social media on multiple pages including their main page “Dixie Fire Stories.”

Anyone wishing to be part of her project should call (530) 927-7255 or message her on facebook at Dixie Fire Stories or her personal page Joanne Burgueno.

“The interview process itself doesn’t take more than an hour.  Along with photographs that I take, I also ask for personal photos they would be willing to share.  I can do the interview at the site that was lost or elsewhere depending on the comfort level. We audio record the interviews to be transcribed later. Photo and audio releases need to be signed as well,” said Burgueno. Plumas Arts is supporting this project.

Healing Through Writing Workshop

On Saturday, November 6 from 10 am. to 4 p.m., author and Greenville resident Margaret Elysia Garcia will be facilitating a workshop called “Healing Through Writing.” The focus will be writing from an arts therapy perspective to acknowledge and heal trauma experienced by the Dixie Fire and other catastrophic life events. The event will be held at Feather Rive College, that is co-sponsoring the event with Pachuca Productions. The workshop is free but limited seating due to COVID. Priority is given to Dixie Fire survivors. Participants will need to bring paper and pens and a bag lunch for the day. To sign up, text to (714) 746-4093 with your name and what you want to work on in writing or email [email protected]. You do not need to have experience in writing to do the workshop. Spots are filling quickly. Junior high school age through to adult ages are welcome to participate.

Westwood Museum

     The Westwood museum has started a project to collect written accounts of people’s personal experiences during the Dixie Fire,  to be assembled in a binder to be kept at the museum for public viewing. Photos are welcomed also.  There is no deadline or required format or length. We are hoping to receive written accounts from all areas of the Dixie Fire footprint and from residents, officials, fire personnel,  children and adults, etc.  There are some suggestions for content on the Westwood Museum facebook page.

If you have information you want to share about meetings, events, and progress in rebuilding Greenville, please send your information to [email protected] by Friday of each week for the weekly column. Thank you.


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