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Cartoonist honored on St. Piran’s Day

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

R.L. Crabb, The Union's longtime local cartoonist, was honored at Saturday's celebration of St. Piran's Day in downtown Grass Valley.

Crabb is the first recipient of the Cornish Cultural Heritage Award, which city personnel say is informally referred to as the St. Piran's. It's a tin-made plaque intended to honor the contributions of local citizens of Cornish descent. However, the plaque itself did not arrive in time for this weekend's celebration.

Crabb was born and raised in Nevada County but moved around the country before resettling here.

"There's an old saying that the wind doesn't blow in Nevada County, it sucks," Crabb said. "So I'm back. I've been back for the last 20 years."

City officials estimate the crowd at this year's St. Piran's celebration to be the largest ever, with nearly 100 people in attendance. Crabb said he was pleased with the turnout and the weather.

"It gets better every year," Crabb said. "There's always a few more people and the weather cooperated. You can't ask for more than that."

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"Nobody got shot," he added, with a smile.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to or call 530-477-4230.

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