Growing up with the sound of music

Carolyn Carter
Staff Writer

  “My mom is an opera singer and my dad is a music professor.”

  That is the line I tell everyone when I’m asked what my parents do.

  Though I feel I’ve conquered the fluctuation in my voice just enough to make it sound like I have normal parents with normal jobs, I still get some sort of surprised response followed by the question of the existence of my own musical talents.

  Music was an inevitable family activity in my household growing up. All four of us kids played some sort of instrument. Some more than others, like my brother who can play any instrument you throw at him. All four of us sang. Some better than others, like my Whitney-Houston-sound-alike sister.

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Newspaper’s job is to bring truth to you, the people

Feather Publishing

  From reporting about civic events, murder trials and everything in between, the role of newspapers — including the one you are reading — is as important as it has ever been.

  We are living in an age of advanced technology and information sharing. This information age has seen the birth of the Internet and the growth of blogging, Twitter and Facebook. Instant news and information is available just moments after it happens, if you know where to look.

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A home stands the test of time

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

  As the oldest in a family of six children, and one of only two girls, I am the designated event coordinator. That means sending out annual emails to arrange the traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, and the special family days such as our parents’ birthdays and anniversary.

  This is a big year in the Simone family. Mom turns 75 and dad hits 85, though neither is very thrilled about their respective milestones.

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Where I Stand; Always new people to meet in town

James Wilson
Staff Writer

  Having been born and raised in Quincy, I grew up without expectations of anonymity. Whenever I go shopping, or to the movies or anywhere in town I expect to run into at least a handful of people I know.

  My wife, Amy, has gotten to dread grocery shopping with me and makes fun of how long it takes me. Last week I ran to the store to buy a head of lettuce and some cheese for dinner, and eventually returned home an hour later. I find it hard to see people I know and not engage in some sort of conversation with them.

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New ‘one-stop shop’ will help offenders get back on track

Feather Publishing

  One year ago, criminal justice leaders admitted the county was facing a mess. Just a few months into the Assembly Bill 109 inmate realignment, they were grasping for answers to deal with a problem they weren’t prepared for: How could Plumas County possibly deal with all the felons who would be staying here instead of going to state prisons where they should be?

  The county didn’t have adequate alcohol, drug and mental health services and the jail was quickly filling to capacity.

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