Nothing wrong with being ‘thankful’ a little early | Editorial

Thanksgiving is still almost a month away. But with October winding down and Halloween festivities on the calendar for tonight, we can’t help but notice we’ve already got an awful lot to be thankful for.

First — two weeks ago editor Mike Wolcott asked readers to submit a few words on why they (still) love Chico. The response has been overwhelming and, as promised, we’ll print just as many of the replies on Sunday, Nov. 7 as space will allow. (And there’s still time to submit yours; the deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. Just write to

The submissions have served as a reminder of all that is great about our town, and the surrounding area, on so many fronts. So much that today, we’re going to jump the gun just a bit and remind our readers of a few things they should already be thankful for.

First, the trees in Bidwell Park (and all over the county) are doing their annual transformation from summer green to the brilliant colors of fall. It’s a wonderful excuse for a Sunday drive or walk; dare we say that outside of the northeastern corner of our country, it’s hard to imagine any place can deliver an array of colors on par with our “City of Trees.”

The best part is, we don’t have much reason to worry that a fire is going to destroy any of these beautiful creations. Last weekend’s downpour, which dumped more than four inches of rain at our E-R office Sunday alone, has likely brought a very-welcome end to what has been yet another brutal fire season. And more rain is on the way.

Let’s all be thankful for that.

Many local creeks were booming much earlier than usual, lakes were on the rise and there was even snowfall in higher elevations of the mountains. And yet by week’s end, we were once again enjoying 70-degree weather, complete with fresh green grass beginning to replace brown fields in the country.

The sounds of live music can once again be heard on the streets of Chico on some nights. High school and college sports are continuing with relatively few interruptions because of COVID. Restaurants seem more crowded — if only they could find more help, and stay open longer hours — and we have reason to.hope that, supply-chain issues aside, we could have a decent holiday shopping season.

We even have reason to believe that everyone’s favorite topic — homelessness — will show some improvements. The city of Chico’s plan for a shelter center near the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds was a long-needed missing piece of the puzzle, one that should only lead to a better situation for everyone involved — on all sides of the issue. If all members of the various warring factions could take a deep breath, it’s a good time to be thankful for this, regardless of what it took to get to this point.

Those are a few things to be thankful for. There are many, many more and you’ll be reading about a whole bunch of them next Sunday.

But today, we’ll leave you with a reminder of some very special things going on tonight. It’s Halloween, after all, and it’s a great day for fun for both the young and young-at-heart.

First, the Forbestown Haunted House opens at 5 p.m. in the Forbestown Community Center, 19100 New York Flat Road, Forbestown. After exiting the haunted house visitors may follow the lit path through the park to Elevation Church for hot dogs, hamburgers, games, prizes and trunk or treat.

The Oroville Fall Festival is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Christian Faith Center Oroville Campus, 1235 Lincoln St. in Oroville. This event will feature a trunk ‘n treat with candy and prizes for attendees in costume.

And don’t forget trick-or-treaters may be in your midst tonight. Drive safely, stock up on candy and remember — if nobody knocks on your door, you’ll get to eat it all yourself.

Either way, it’s just one more reason to be thankful for a beautiful fall day in Butte County.

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