Kennedy, Nanty Glo Home Page webmaster and owner,
is a former teen and campus minister. He began his journalism
career as teen columnist for the Nanty Glo Journal
and its sister weekly newspapers from 1957 to '62 and
became the Journal's third editor in 1962 at age
20. He has edited other newspapers and magazines, and
more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have
appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free
Press, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Christianity Today,
and many other publications. His Jonals appear here on
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Willows and views of Sacramento River, Glenn County Ca.
Jonal entry 1189 | June 21 2011
Despite the many posts I've put on the
Jonals from and about my visits to Willows over the years, I have
never published any pictures of it before. It has some very picturesque
sites, including the county courthouse seen in the open shot below.
Though it looks majestic, it is considerably smaller than Cambria
County's courthouse in Ebensburg. About 80 miles north of Sacramento
on the major north-south Interstate highway in California (I-5, which
goes from the border of Mexico at Tijuana to the Canadian border in
Washington), my brother Bob and his wife Lois moved there and opened
a business around 1969. They moved back to Lois's home area in Indiana
when they sold the business and, after Lois passed in 1996, Bob moved
back to Willows.
Also seen in Willows in the video below
are some clips of the Veterans Memorial Building where the VFW in
town has its offices and its meetings and which was ceremoniously
burning worn-out American flags on Flag Day. Bob is an active member
of the VFW, so between that obligation and a poppy sale fundraiser
in front of the town's supermarket, I had lots of time to occupy myself
independently during last week's visit. I was in a mood to get better
acquainted with the Sacramento River which flows about ten miles east
of Willows, having its source at Mount Shasta near the Oregon border
and its mouth in the San Francisco Bay west of Sacramento.
After visiting river sites near Butte City
my first day of touring, the next day I went north to Hamilton City
and the Bidwell River State Park, all of which are covered in this
nearly 25-minute video.
The map below shows the sites discussed in the video.
After leaving the river at Bidwell State Park near the village of
Hamilton City, I went on to Chico, a city of aproximately 90,000 residents,
a few miles farther east at the Sierra foothills, to take a nature
walk at another park named Bidwell, that city's major green area but
far from the Sacramento River. I hope to add the video taken on that
walk next time.
Useful work phrases: I'm not being rude. You're
Thought for today
The future is something which everyone reaches
at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he
C.S. Lewis (1898
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