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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

After taking a brief break in tradition, Youth Day is back. I knew it was true when Mike Sebastian walked into my office to use the copier for some Youth Day Parade applications. He commented that he’d be back for more copies as we get closer to Youth Day. Well, he’s only been in twice, so I expect to see him a lot more in the coming weeks. My favorite is “No Horses on the Grass.” Marijuana is now legal, but I didn’t think they feed it to horses. A little fifth grade humor.

I’ve been working with the Putah Creek Café on ordering supplies for the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. I cook the sausage so I would like to think that people come for the sausage and not the pancakes. If you see a questionnaire at the door this year, vote in favor of a future name change: Winters Rotary/Volunteer Firefighter Sausage Breakfast.

Someone asked me how we are going to advertise the breakfast to all of the new people in town? That is a good question, but I’m not sure we need more people at the breakfast. We plan on 600 but haven’t hit that number in years. In 2019, the last year we hosted the breakfast, we had just under 530 who paid to eat. With 300 new homes, averaging almost two people per home, if they all showed up we would be sold out by 8 o’clock and all of the old timers would be left looking for hot dogs and a beer at City Park.

I’m sure the Youth Day Committee is short staffed, but I expect the same effort and excellence that we have come to expect. The parade may get shorter, but if the school band shows up, it will be a success. A few horses always helps, but the fire department needs to put some tissue in their horns and sirens.

If you are new to town, we will make room for you. Remember, April 30, 7 – 9:30 a.m., stop by, enjoy a great breakfast and meet your neighbors. Leave time to listen to old Youth Day stories before you head over to the parade.

Have a good week.

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