Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: January 29, 2014
Encore! Colusa Community Theater plays host to musicians
With apologies to Shakespeare, if music be the food of love, we in Colusa have feasted.
The California Music Educators Association North Section Junior High School Honor Band played in Colusa Community Theater on Jan. 18, and the only thing longer than the group's name was the talent on its roster.
The band was composed of 69 musicians, all of them students in grades six through nine in Northern California schools.
They practiced together for two days, putting in long hours, and put on a show to remember.
Guest conductor Jane Brown, the Chester High School director of music education who has worked with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Markand Thakar and Diane Wittry, among others, said the youths put in a lot of hard work to grow from a disparate collection of talented musicians to a true band, Brian Pearson reported in the Jan. 22 edition.
"There were moments when I thought a professional musician couldn't have played it any better," Pearson quotes Brown as saying.
Special thanks go out to Colusa High School music teacher Michael Phenicie — himself no stranger to molding young musicians into bands — and his wife, Yvonne, for inviting the group and putting on the show.
We hope it's the first of many to come.
Colusa 14-year-old picks worthy cause for Eagle Scout project
The Boy Scouts of America, as a group, has endured its fair share of negative publicity in the past few years. It's easy to forget the huge amount of good the group does.
Not so for Spencer Stocks of Colusa, who, as Pearson reported on Jan. 22, is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Stocks led a group of helpers in cleaning up Princeton Volunteer Fire Station.
"This is really a big help," said Stocks' father, Steve Stocks, a volunteer firefighter at the station. Steve Stocks said the volunteer firefighters have many things going on and lack the time to do the job without help. Thanks the Spencer Stocks and a baker's dozen or so volunteers, they won't have to.
Thumbs in the middle
Williams sees a plan for downtown — but one with many questions
Williams' downtown area would get far more than a facelift in a presentation to the city council at a meeting on Jan. 15.
The plan, presented to the council by John Meyer of the Local Government Commission, would improve visibility and access downtown, encourage development and emphasize more connections between downtown and the greater Williams area.
Councilman John Troughton Jr., for one, was not entirely sold, Pearson reported on Jan. 22.
"Your philosophy is, 'If you build it, they will come,' right? ... We need to start drawing business here before we build anything like this," Pearson quotes Troughton as saying during the meeting.
It's a compelling argument, especially for an area with limited resources that can't afford to waste them on a boondoggle. On the other hand, 'If you come, then we'll build it' has a built-in flaw: If they don't come, you never build anything.
If Williams wants more business and a revitalized downtown, it needs to do something to attract new people — and no, a promise to make things better if they'll just commit to coming won't do it.
The plan, as presented, was audacious — and possibly a little too grandiose. But we believe it had elements Williams should look at very closely: a promise, if you will, toward new business that you're already starting to build it, and they should come for more.