Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: October 16, 2013
Colusa Fire Department celebrates 140 years
They're among those people you hope you never have to call (unless you're family or friends, of course) — but they're always there to help if you do.
As reported in last week's Sun-Herald, the Colusa Fire Department pulled out all the stops in celebrating its 140th anniversary, complete with treats and a ride on the charmingly named "Little Stinker."
Colusa Fire Chief Randall Dunn said officials expected about 100 people to show up — that's how many they prepared for, anyway.
They got hundreds.
Since 9/11, we've all been a little more aware of the sacrifice and the dangers emergency responders face on a daily basis, but it's still nice to see the community turn out in strong numbers to show their appreciation.
Sad at the passing of a community giant
We were saddened to read of the passing of Jim Granzella, co-founder of Granzella's Deli in Williams.
We weren't alone. As soon as the family released the news on Facebook, support and condolences flooded in from the community.
It's not surprising. Jim and Beverly Granzella started the business in 1976. That's a long time; you're bound to touch many lives.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. Jim, you will be missed.
Phil Putnam's ride from Peking to Paris
Twenty-two countries in 33 days. That's a lot, but even more impressive when done with a 1936 Chrysler Airflow.
Orland resident Phil Putnum took home a bronze medal for his participation and completion of the Peking to Paris rally this summer.
"It was an amazing experience," he was quoted as saying. We can imagine so.
This year's rally was the fifth held — the first being in 1907.
If you want more information from the man himself, check out the Nov. 16 presentation at the Soda Shop, 908 Fourth St. in Orland.
The rally car will be on display, and it also acts as a fundraiser for the Orland Fire Department.