Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: October 23, 2013
Colusa Theatre needs funds, or it will shut down
Time marches on, and often that's a good thing, but sometimes it marches on right past our memories.
The Colusa Theatre has been showing Hollywood movies since 1931, but as Brian Pearson reported in the Oct. 16 edition of the Sun-Herald, the venerable house will have to close its doors unless it gets some badly needed cash soon.
The reason? Hollywood has gone completely digital — it has left celluloid prints behind.
And the one-screen theater simply could not afford to buy a digital projector, which would cost more than $50,000.
It's not over yet. On Nov. 2, owner Mark Wilkinson will throw a party in hopes of raising the funds needed to buy the new projector. The party will feature a live local band, Highway 20 Band, and an auction of memorabilia.
We hope the event is a big success. Time does indeed march on, but not everything should be consigned to the past.
Harvest Festival proves to be a big hit
The organizers of the Colusa Harvest Festival — the first of its kind — hoped to attract more than 20 vendors to the Oct. 12 event.
They got 42, Pearson reported.
In fact, the festival was so large that organizers "had to get creative to figure out where to put people," Vice Mayor Greg Ponciano told Pearson, and that's the sort of thing we love to hear.
It's just a fact that a small town such as Colusa doesn't have as many events, but the turnout tells us that if you put a good one on, the people will come — in droves. And by many accounts, the Harvest Festival was a hit.
We're already looking forward to next year.
Third-graders get first-hand look at ranch life
It's one thing to read about a subject.
It's quite another to live it.
We were charmed to read about third-graders from Burchfield Primary School who got a chance to visit a ranch near Arbuckle recently.
The students fished, studied watershed features, took paddleboat rides, ate dirt (!) and, our favorite, measured earthworms.
How can you not love measureing earthworms?
The "dirt" in question, Pearson noted, was chocolate pudding and crumbled Oreos mixed with gummy worms.
Surprisingly, that wasn't the children's favorite. One of the Colusa High School seniors who mentored the children said they enjoyed the boat ride the most.
Nice to see kids going for exercise over sweets!
In any case, we're guessing that one special day was worth many, many days in the classroom. There's been a great deal of attention lately toward student performance across the country. We're guessing it would improve a lot with more days like that.