Hits & Misses in Nevada County (Nov. 9)
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISS: To posting information on social media without knowing whether what you’re posting is true and factual. Social media is wonderful for catching up with friends and is powerful in quickly sharing information. The rumor mill, however, is terribly unfortunate. Officers responded properly when Nevada Union’s school resource officer called for backup while restraining a student this week. The situation could have escalated. But when the situation didn’t escalate, the rumors did. “Someone got stabbed.” “Someone overdosed.” No. They didn’t. And while we’re at it, Tri Counties Bank was not robbed, and Panda Express did not burn down last week. Posting unconfirmed, unsubstantiated conjecture is the next worse thing to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, when there is, in fact, no fire.
HIT: To volunteers of the Rough and Ready pop-up “store.” When during and after the Lobo and McCourtney fires the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department was inundated with donations — to the point they had to start turning folks down — a group contacted the owners of the empty Rough and Ready Market and asked permission to set up the shop. Now donations are accepted and, better yet, available locally. No doubt the donations will make a difference, as will the kindness you’ve shown to our neighbors.
MISS: To the extra $3 or so it now cost us to fill our tanks, thanks to a gas tax approved at the state level without voter approval.
HIT: To Nevada County Teacher of the Year Lisa Drageset, from Nevada Union High School, and all teachers of the year honored by our local school districts and the Superintendent of Schools. Thanks also to those organizing the effort to recognize our teachers with an annual banquet honoring their commitment to our children.
HIT: To the Nevada Union volleyball team, which — for the first time since 2009 — is playing for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship. And to Bear River’s girls cross country team, which also earned a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Congrats also to the Bear River football squad for earning a spot in the playoffs.
MISS: To road rage. It’s unfortunate when someone’s careless or rude driving habits result in angst on our roadways. But car chases that lead to running a car off the road? Anyone acting in such a manner, with such a level of anger, shouldn’t be at the wheel of thousands of pounds of machinery that could pose a danger to the lives of others — whether it’s the driver who ticked you off or others “in your way.”
HIT/MISS: To Amanda Thibodeau, who served as Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School director for six years. The Harvest of the Month program, which brings locally grown food to classroom tastings, has expanded from seven schools to 21 elementary and middle schools, four high schools — and now the hospital, too. Amanda is stepping away to spend time with family, including her 1-year-old daughter, and her own farming. She’ll be missed by the students, teachers and farmers — as well as readers of her Harvest of the Month column in The Union.
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