Editorial: Only in a small town
by Press-Banner editorial board
Dec 10, 2010 | 8395 views | 3 3 comments | 853 853 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last weekend, something remarkable happened. Debra Collins, a 58-year-old woman from Felton, was found in Fall Creek after spending six nights, shivering and weak, sheltered under a fallen tree. Collins’ discovery by Joachim Deguara and his 7-year-old son, Dylan, was the result of a fairly remarkable chain of events that could only happen in a small town where neighbors care about each other.

The Press-Banner talked with people in Felton this week, who said word spread quickly on Hihn Street through downtown Felton.

When the word went out Thursday, Dec. 2, that their neighbor was missing, the town knew instantly. The owner of a Felton clothing store told her husband, who went into Fall Creek looking for Collins. Finding nothing, he e-mailed friends asking them if they’d search the next day.

The clothing store owner also called her friend, a psychic, and asked if she had felt anything. The psychic told the woman several words, including “Fall Creek,” “heart” and “deceased,” the business owner said.

During the course of the day, the business owner talked to her neighbor, Hanne Deguara, who went home and told her husband, Joachim, about the missing woman.

The Deguaras moved to Felton less than a year ago and did not know Collins.

But the next day, Joachim and Dylan were planning to go on a hike, so Hanne suggested they head to Fall Creek to look for Collins. Sure enough, after walking off the beaten path, they spotted her, and the story ended happily.

It’s that kind of simple communication and industriousness that makes the San Lorenzo Valley a unique place.

Neighbors know each other. Businesses genuinely care about the people in their town. And those people are willing to drop anything at a moment’s notice to help someone in need.

It’s easy to think about “what if” or to scream about the government’s slow action after Collins went missing. But it’s better to realize that, especially during this holiday season, we need to care for our neighbors and help when there is a crisis.

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Small town guy
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December 15, 2010
"Only in a small town "

"Finding nothing, he e-mailed friends asking them if they’d search the next day."

Maybe the title should have been;

"Only in a small town with an internet."

A woman went for a hike but didn't come back. People went to look for her and found her. Wow, ya, I guess that would never happen anywhere but in a small town.

RIP PB&J
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December 12, 2010
When this paper could have been useful in spreading the word of someone in need, nothing was put in the paper for days. This would have added more people who may have been able to help in some manner. As it was, the Press Banner missed a chance to add value to its own credibility. Then after the woman was found, it was days before the paper noted that.

Is this paper supposed to be of value to the community it supposedly serves? Or is it just a sounding board for political purposes, providing only carefully selected information from the council?

Seems the PB is in a Jam.

How can you sell advertising if your not relevant to the community?

Antwone Doddsone
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December 12, 2010
Why are you so dumb, you are really dumb. For real. Her name was Deb, not Brenda. You guys are turning into the SENTINEL!


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