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This is it

Summer vacation comes to an end and students must head back to class

Many of us probably remember the time when summer vacation lasted three full months and we didn’t head back to class until after Labor Day. Not any longer.

Plumas County youth will resume their studies as early as Aug. 20. Such is the case for Feather River College, as well as Long Valley Charter School at the eastern end of the county. Plumas Unified School District students head back to class Aug. 22 followed by Plumas Charter School and Plumas Christian School on Aug. 27.

While the students are well aware of the end of their summer vacations, we wanted to alert the communities as a whole because it’s a time to be extra vigilant as our young people make their way to and from their campuses. And there are new locations that will require extra caution.

Plumas Charter in Quincy is splitting its students across three campuses and will be holding classes on two locations across the street from each other on Lawrence Street near Patti’s Thunder. It’s already a congested area and there will be many more cars and pedestrians, so proceed with extra caution. The school is also holding class in the former DMV building on Main Street next to the CHP. Once again there will be more cars and pedestrians in the vicinity so be aware.

The beginning of the new school year also brings new residents to our county, particularly in the Quincy area, with Feather River College. Many of the student athletes participated in the annual Plumas-Sierra County Fair parade this past weekend where the crowds cheered the new arrivals. Make them feel welcome as you see them about town wearing the green and gold.

Next week officially kicks off the new school cycle and we wish all of the students a safe and fulfilling year.

Firewise is a continuing effort

This week’s newspaper includes an article about the county’s three newest Firewise communities: the city of Portola, Galeppi Ranch subdivision in Quincy and Lake Almanor Pines in Lake Almanor. Residents in all three areas are working independently and together to make their homes and neighborhoods as fire resilient as possible. Those interviewed all acknowledged the work of Plumas County’s fire prevention specialist, Sue McCourt, and the valuable information that she provides.

While Plumas residents have always lived with the threat of fire, last year’s destruction in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa, and this year’s Carr Fire in Redding, point to just how dangerous fire can be. Not only are whole neighborhoods leveled, but lives have been lost. Last week’s quick response to the Murphy Fire in the Feather River Canyon points to how seriously every fire start is taken.

No one wishes for time to pass more quickly, but we can’t help but think that those across the North State will breathe a collective sigh of relief, and hopefully smoke free air, when the first rains of the season fall.

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