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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Hospice patient now an author, TV star

Lorraine Jewett
Lorraine’s Lowdown

Yippee! A break from the rain! Allergy season is here, and May flowers are just around the corner …

Zeke Lewis, author, stroke-survivor, and now-TV star, was featured this week on Sacramento CBS affiliate Channel 31. Zeke is a patient of Hospice of the Foothills, and as a result of a stroke 10 years ago, has difficulty speaking. In his delightful way of helping Hospice staff get to know him, Zeke asked caregivers to select one of his poems or short stories to read aloud during their visits. Everyone was impressed with his writing ability and learned that publishing his work had been an enduring dream for Zeke and his family …

Publication of Zeke’s Missive was organized by his family and loving fans at Hospice, with funding from the Dream Foundation, an organization that serves the terminally-ill by fulfilling end-of-life dreams. At 90 years young, Zeke held a book signing at Eskaton Village where he and his wife of 66 years, Dee, live together. All 99 copies of “Zeke Ponders On” sold out! A second printing was immediately ordered, and it, too, sold out! Now there’s even a waiting list for the third printing. Get on that list at ZekePondersOn@yahoo.com

Nevada City Hasn’t Cornered the Goat Market. Hansen Bros. Enterprises on LaBarr Meadows Road had a flock of goats grazing on 90 acres behind the rental yard a while back. General Manager/President Jeff Hansen says the company wants to reduce fire danger, and the goats did a great job eliminating low ladder fuels. “We let them do their thing,” says Jeff, “then we went in with equipment and took care of what the goats weren’t able to munch down.” While there are no plans in place now, Hansen Bros. bought the acreage to keep options open if the company wants to expand HBE Rentals someday …

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Anyone Who Knows Her knows Karen Campbell of Margarita’s Restaurant fame is a die-hard SF Giants fan who bleeds orange and black. She recently received a pin from the Giants’ organization honoring her five years as a spring training ticket salesperson in Scottsdale. Each spring, she rooms with a dear friend in Arizona whom she’s known since third grade when the two were growing up in Chicago. Karen was a Cubbies Fan for many years, attending games with her father seated in the $1 bleachers that now cost $75-plus. She moved to Los Angeles in 1975, but was never enamored with the Dodgers. After settling in GeeVee in 1989, she watched the earthquake-disrupted World Series and fell in love with the Giants …

For More Than A Decade, Karen organized bus trips to San Francisco for up to 150 NevCo fans who wanted to see the Giants in person. Karen says, “I can’t tell you how many people I took to their first Pac Bell Park (now Oracle Park) game!” She continues to share the love. “So many locals come to my ticket booth in Scottsdale because they want me to sell them the best seats, which I always do,” Karen confides. “It’s as if I have a little family there now …”

The Engineer’s Association of Nevada County judged some of the student entries at last weekend’s Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) competition. Winners awarded cash prizes for their outstanding engineering efforts at the 4th Annual Expo were: 1st place and $100: Jamie MacDonald and Jacob Fassler (Mt. St. Mary’s Academy); 2nd place and $75: Trevor Buti and Luke Billingsley (Mt. St. Mary’s Academy); and 3rd place and $50: Mason Belding (Cottage Hill School). Thanks to the association engineers for donating their time to evaluate our up-and-coming engineering wizards, and congratulations to all the winners …

The Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association will explore White Bordeaux blends at its meeting April 18 (SWGGA.org). Criteria to attend? You must own a vineyard, make wine, or just want to learn about wine! Meetings are educational and fun, and there’s wine. During social time before the educational program, everyone shares their favorite wine. This tidbit comes from the Clarabuts — Tony, former GeeVee Fire Chief, and Susan, one of NevCo’s education grand dames who preps new teachers for the classroom. Says Susan, “Bring six wine glasses for the blend trials, and be prepared to leave the meeting with more knowledge of white wine blends …!”

Abby Kelly has retired after 14 years at the Nevada County Elections and Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Abby was known for her exemplary customer service, treating all customers with kindness and efficiency. Please welcome to the office Frederick Garcia, a highly-regarded management specialist with 20-plus years of experience in similar offices in San Francisco, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. Frederick is also a karaoke aficionado who has won singing contests all across the state, so hopefully we’ll enjoy his dulcet tones Thursdays at Nevada County Brewing Company’s karaoke night …

The Maestro of Karaoke, Kenn Rutledge, and his partner Rich Fuxjager of Rotary/Chamber/Downtown Association fame, have returned from a relaxing vacay in Puerto Vallarta. The dynamic duo strolled the Malacon Boardwalk and admired artwork, enjoyed a day cruise to the small village of Las Animas, and lounged in the beautiful infinity pool at their resort. Rich says, “Of course we went to a karaoke bar so Kenn could do his thing …”

Nevada County Historical Society members and guests will hear fascinating tales about the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad at the free monthly speaker night April 18. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the momentous event that helped settle the West and set the U.S. on course to become a Super Power. Guest speaker is California State Railroad Museum docent Bob Rohwer, railroad enthusiast and model railroader for more than 50 years. Meeting details at NevadaCountyHistory.org …

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