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Editor’s Notes

Our Public Safety Committee hosts a discussion on golf cart driving safety next week. Special guest speaker will be CHP officer Greg Tassone.
Included will be talking points about Senior Citizen driving tips. While none of us qualify as "Senior Citizen" yet, it may be interesting to learn what to expect when we finally get there. Right?
The committee meets Thursday, February 23, 1:30 in the afternoon at the Community Center's Oak Room. All Wildwood members are invited.
Speaking of community, our local Lions Club hosted its 23rd annual Crab Feed recently, raising many thousands of dollars for its multi-faceted efforts in this area.
From youth activities: Boy Scouts, Little League, soccer and a number of high school scholarships—not to mention the Kindle project for the younger grades—our community benefits.
Great work, ladies and gentleman. A collective thank you from your community.
Had a chance to find myself at the Nevada County fairgrounds last Sunday, just as it was suddenly targeted a shelter for those of our neighbors evacuated to higher ground.
The lingering issues surrounding the dangers caused by the overflow of Oroville's huge dam, exploded into national news when authorities in Yuba and Sutter counties declared mandatory evacuations of Marysville, Yuba City and a number of smaller towns West of us.
I got to the fairgrounds shortly after 8 Sunday night. Empty parking lot. Lights off, gates locked.  Within 30 minutes, more than 80 cars, lights everywhere and emergency groups setting up shop.  Red Cross officials had already designated 100 beds which were in route.
By midnight, some 600 were calling the fairgrounds "temporary"home, including their pets and other small animals. By early Monday morning, food and water was in good supply and at 9 a.m., Nevada Countians were lining up to drop off dog food and blankets.
I was reminded once again of my first-hand experience during 1988's 49er Fire. I was then News Director at KNCO and Nevada County officials had declared a state of emergency.
We broadcast that announcement and within minutes, the line up of out-of-harms-way residents were lining up outside the station throwing cash and supplies to station staffers to help those forced from their homes as the fire swept through a large section of the western side of the county. Many of those were Lake Wildwooders.
Flames from the fire started that morning near the 49er Bridge upstream had, by late afternoon, roared down on us from the Yuba River canyon and up onto Bitney Springs ridge.
(By the way; Pleasant Valley Road is three lanes wide from the Main Gate to Highway 20 now,  the result of the huge traffic jam created when Wildwood was ordered evacuated. Residents could not get out—emergency responders could not get in. Some very scary moments for many.)
Now, to say we are a diverse community is a huge understatement. Whether its legal or illegal use of marijuana, building new dams, protesting everything from women's rights to the new president's political appointments—we seem to be split evenly on the local and national political spectrum.
It isn't until events such as last week's dam scare, that you see we really are a united community when we need be. It's nice to remember that. To know it. To trust it.
Despite our differences, we immediately come together as one when need be.
Kinda makes the vitriol and angst seem insignificant.
Next issue publishes March 3. Deadline is February 22—George Washington's real birthday.

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