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Two original works by Grass Valley artist Jerianne Van Dijk can now be found on porcelain dessert plates, spoon rests, coasters and other items produced by kitchen products supplier Harold Import Co.

Van Dijk has signed a licensing agreement with House of Prill, the gift and licensing division of Harold, to use two of her original illustrations, “Too Many Wines Spoil the Cook” and “Life is a Cabernet,” on products it sells worldwide.

Harold sells over 3,000 household and kitchen items through more than 10,000 stores worldwide. Van Dijk’s illustrations can be found on calendars, greeting cards, posters and other items. Her work can be viewed online at


The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Oak Vineyards and Winery on the San Juan Ridge was awarded a silver medal in a recent wine competition sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Owners Bob and Ginny Hilsman will be pouring their medal winner at the Wine With A View tasting event from 1 to 5 p.m. March 12 at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

Information about the winery, located at 14510 Blind Shady Road, is available online at


Nevada County composer/ performer Jerry Grant is going the high tech route to distribute his latest album, “Rush Hour,” featuring Grant and the Nujazz Alternative.

The album is being offered for sale online by CD Baby, which calls itself a primary supplier of music to digital download services such as Apple iTunes, MSN Music, Napster, Rhapsody and others.

Grant’s music has been performed locally at the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival 2004 and at Meet the Composer events of the Nevada County Composers’ Cooperative. His latest album can be found online at


Owner/broker Mimi Simmons and seven associates at ERA Cornerstone Realty Group recently completed a week-long ERA Real Estate implementation course that emphasized business planning and financial management.

ERA Cornerstone, with more than 50 agents and four offices in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley, recently joined the ERA system.


“Microchip Fabrication,” a 600-page text book on semiconductor manufacturing written by former county supervisor Peter Van Zant, is now available in Chinese.

The book, designed to support community college and in-house semiconductor technician training programs, was translated into Chinese under license from the publisher, McGraw-Hill Books. The book was originally published in English in 1984 and is also available in Japanese.

Peter Van Zant Associates of Nevada City provides consulting and training services to private, nonprofit and public organizations. Additional information is available by phoning 478-9162.


Facial tissue may seem innocuous enough, but it can cause major problems for area residents on septic systems, according to Jim Marich of Mr. Rooter plumbing in Penn Valley.

Because facial tissue is made with a higher cotton content that toilet paper, it is more difficult to break down in septic systems. That increases the probability of clumping and clogging the system, according to Marich.

Other items that shouldn’t be flushed down septic systems include dinner napkins, dental floss, paper towels, feminine napkins, and contraceptive items.


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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