Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Grinch cancels parade

By
From page A4 | December 05, 2012 | 4 Comments

For 35 years — rain or shine — there has been a Christmas Parade in downtown Placerville on the first Sunday in December. So what happens the first year the city of Placerville takes it over? It wimps out and cancels the event due to a little rain.

The parade has always taken place in sunshine and in some terrific downpours and storms, snow and freezing temperatures.

Did no one at City Hall watch the TV weather forecast? Everyone else saw that the rain was going to end by noon. It ended before then. The parade was supposed to start at 1 p.m. By then sunshine was peeking through the clouds.

The city didn’t just screw up the 36th parade, but it threw a monkey wrench into the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. All parade participants were to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots program. Some often brought lots of toys. And barrels set out by the Belltower were filled by bystanders.

The organizers of this year’s Toys for Tots program will have their barrels out by the Belltower this weekend. Bring your toy or cash donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 to the Belltower. Gifts can be for boys and girls ages birth to 13. And if you can’t drop them off at the Belltower this weekend, there are boxes all over town where they can be dropped off including the Mountain Democrat, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Raley’s, Thompson’s Toyota or GMC store, Cuppa Coffee, Kelsey’s Needle Krafts , River City Bank, Arian’s Supply Sergeant or go to the Website for more information at edt4t.org, call 530-344-9384, or e-mail edt4t@gmail.com.

City management staff ought to get out of Grinch mode and help out Saturday and Sunday.

Mountain Democrat

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

  • CherylDecember 05, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Couldn't the parade have been re-scheduled for this coming sunday? Some participants would probably not be able to attend, but I'm sure others would have been able to. For the sake of Toys for Tots and sales for local merchants it seems something could have been done.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • From A ChiefDecember 05, 2012 - 11:22 am

    A public statement from a chief saving the Grinch's reputation http://youtu.be/zBXZxYjYonA

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Steve RogersDecember 05, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Who's Shanon Baker?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • PaulDecember 08, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Have you ever considered that it was not safe to proceed with the parade last Sunday? Safety was the reason for the cancellation. At 8:00 a.m., the parade organizers were still hoping that the wind, rain and potential lightning would subside. But as the morning continued, the weather did not clear. I was at the head of the parade route at 11:45 a.m. to help turn away anyone who was thinking the parade would occur. Grinch didn't cancel the parade. The organizers made a decision based on safety. Fortunately, someone had some sense.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

 
More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 14 Comments | Gallery

Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3

 
.

Opinion

My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 9 Comments

 
Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

.

Letters

‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 8 Comments

 
Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 6 Comments

 
Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8