Hits & Misses in Nevada County: HIT to Bear River’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V win
Each week we’ll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
HIT: To the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion Bear River Bruins football team. Of course, we’re going to root, root, root for the home team, but the resilience this Bruin team showed in its journey to the title is well worth celebrating. To think just a few weeks ago, Bear River needed to win its final regular season game just to get into playoffs. Talk about making the most of an opportunity. We look forward to more fun to follow in the weeks ahead as the Bruins kick off in a Northern California bowl game.
HIT: To the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, organized by the family of Michael E. Bratton in his memory for the 12th consecutive year. This event, which has raised more than $350,000 for youth groups, grief counseling, suicide awareness programs and area nonprofit organizations. Along with the 5K and 10K competition, the Turkey Trot has also become an annual reunion of sorts offering a lot of familiar faces of many community members — more than 2,500 this year alone.
MISS: To rushing through Thanksgiving in order to hurry off to Black Friday shopping, leaving family and friends behind to get a great deal. Sure we’re grateful for the opportunity to save some money, and can appreciate the boost to the bottom line for businesses, but Thanksgiving is about much more than turkey, pumpkin pie and getting 50 percent off.
HIT: To Pascale Fusshoeller of YubaNet, a deserving recipient of the 2017 Elza Kilroy Award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Most known for YubaNet’s fire coverage that helps keeps the community safe, Pascale’s commitment and contributions to Nevada City and western county at large are considerable. Congrats to her and all others to be honored at the chamber’s 116th annual Installation and Awards Dinner in February.
MISS: To nearly $17 million in American taxpayer money that has been spent to settle sexual harassment cases of Congress members. And not only are our dollars being spent in such settlements, but the records are kept confidential. Whether the cases involved sexual harassment, or discrimination against protected groups, is unknown. The identity of lawmakers and aides involved in alleged misbehavior also remains unknown.
HIT: To the strong turnout for the first Cornish Christmas celebration of the holiday season. Here’s hoping for another good show this Friday night, and again on Sunday in Nevada City, where the first Victorian Christmas will be celebrated. Both events showcase all our downtowns have to offer, as well as offer an opportunity to support local businesses by turning to our merchants with our wish lists.
MISS: To an alarming number of area residents who say they’ve had their drinks spiked at local bars. Thanks to a local woman who shared her own story in recent weeks, dozens more have shared similar experiences, which law enforcement says often goes unreported. The sooner such incidents are reported, however, the more likely an investigation can bring justice to whomever would sink so low as to drug another person and put them in danger.
HIT: To Les Schwab Tire Center for its gift of nearly 10 acres of land to the city of Grass Valley for the purpose of a public access trail along Wolf Creek. Giving back to the community is a great thing, and even more so when the community can directly benefit from such a gift. And, of course, adding another trail to enjoy the outdoors will be a huge hit upon completion.
MISS: To the predictable but pathetic party-line responses to accusations of sexual harassment among lawmakers and government officials. If our party affiliation seems to determines our level of outrage, our hypocrisy shows we’re not at all serious about coming to grips with this very serious and widespread issue in our society.
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