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Lorraine’s Lowdown: How’s the weather out there?

It Seems Like Only Yesterday that we were complaining about constant rain, day after day. Now sun-baked temperatures are pushing 80 …

Paul Haas has been Grass Valley’s official “Town Crier” since 2015. At special events, he dresses in period costumes and represents early Grass Valley settlers and miners who immigrated here from Cornwall, England. Paul announces the seasonal news, tells background stories, and even weaves a few tall tales. Says Paul, “It’s an honor to represent Grass Valley’s Cornish Heritage by informing and entertaining while I ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good introduction!’” Paul’s family heritage may influence his performances. His great-grandfather, Isador Wilhelm Haas, was Grass Valley mayor in 1908 and 1909 …

Despite His Official Title of Town Crier, Paul never sheds a tear at local events that have a Cornish theme such as Cornish Christmas, St. Piran’s Day (think Pasty Toss and hungry dogs), and Cornish Choir performances. “Oh, if only Paul could sing as well as he bellows!” quips Cornish Carol Choir Director Eleanor Kenitzer. Paul was recently honored with an invitation to join the American Guild of Town Criers. Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Marni Marshall says, “Paul always adds great human-interest to any event, and does it with style, joy, and gusto …”

While We’re Talking Cornish, tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. performance of Grass Valley’s Male Voice Choir May 4 at Peace Lutheran Church (GVMaleVoiceChoir.org). About 40 dashing gentlemen with melodious voices will perform various Cornish songs and other oldies. Generous Guys: the choir distributes tix to local nonprofits, and lets those organizations keep half the price of every $20 ticket they sell …

What Looks Like a Lamp Graveyard is repair work in progress at Illumination –— The Lamp Doctor in GeeVee. More than three-fourths of the lamps need repair because incandescent bulbs burned the sockets, according to Manager Peter Haugen. Incandescents are therefore a no-no, and florescent bulbs are essentially hazardous waste that should be disposed of properly (B&C does that). Peter recommends LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs, which can last up to 27 years and save energy costs. Says Peter, “When we switched to LEDs here at work, our electricity bill dropped from $250 to $48 per month …”

Did You Know the first electric light was developed in 1802 by Humphry Davy, a CORNISH chemist and inventor? Different versions of the light bulb were made over the course of that century by a number of inventors until Thomas Edison created the first commercially-successful incandescent light bulb in 1879 and hogged all the credit …

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild (PineTreeQuiltGuild.com) will host its 35th quilt show “Springtime in the Pines” May 4 and 5 at the fairgrounds. This year’s featured quilter is Sandra Bruce, a local award-winning art quilter. Sandra was raised by deaf parents and credits them with encouraging her to follow her artistic dreams. Those quilters are a fun bunch: for the “Guild Challenge,” quilters draw letters from a bag. Then each artisan makes a quilt that has something to do with their random letter. “F” inspired GeeVee’s Margaret Vodicka to create an incredible landscape called “Furious Forest Fire” that will be displayed at the quilt show. There’s also a quilt with an adorable border created by first graders from the Nevada City School of the Arts …

Bob Larive of NevCity shared his experiences growing up in Japan when he spoke to Melissa George’s class at Bell Hill Academy. Bob’s guest appearance was part of the second-graders’ curriculum about Japan, which included creating a Japanese “cherry tree” and enjoying a traditional Japanese meal catered by the Royal Dragon restaurant. Because Bob’s father was in the Air Force, Bob spent his formative years in Japan and often wandered off-base for exciting adventures. Students listened in rapt attention as Bob explained the affinity and ability of his young Japanese counterparts for the American sport of baseball. Says Bob, “It was our sport, but they beat us every time …”

It’s Not the Kind of Constitutional Challenge we may see in DC. This is a quiz night-fundraiser hosted by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County (Info@lwvwnc.org). Teams answer questions about the Constitution, three branches of government, and democracy in general. Audience tix can be purchased at the door May 3. Inside scoop: Some of the “questions” won’t be written or verbal, but asked via theatrical performances by league members. Costumes that our Founding Fathers might appreciate are encouraged, and you can’t guess whom you’ll see wearing a colonial wig, tricorn hat, and knickers while brandishing a quill pen …

Event Organizer Fran Cole says such frivolity is strongly encouraged at the Constitutional Challenge! Some contestants have been spotted boning up on history and government, such as attorney Steve Baker of event sponsor Diamond Baker Mitchell, LLP. Hitting the books is certainly not against the rules — but Fran wonders why those studying slam shut their tomes as if caught perusing comic books during literature class? Steve replies, “The high school students are going to stomp us! They have been studying AP Government and U.S. History all year …”

Kudos and Thanks to James Leal, who served as NevCity’s interim police chief the past nine months. One member of the department’s staff praised James: “He was a ray of sunshine, always polite, kind, and in a good mood!” James will be remembered for improving communication between police and the community, which helped the town address important issues such as transients and traffic. James, who lives in the Bay Area, says, “From the moment I arrive in Nevada City, everyone was supportive. I never felt like an outsider …”

Best Wishes and Good Luck to new NevCity Police Chief Chad Ellis, who was sworn in Wednesday. An 11-year veteran of the police force and former Lieutenant, Chad is the first officer promoted to chief from within the department’s ranks in at least 30 years …

Headshots with a Purpose raised more than $10,000 thanks to more than 100 donated auction items and folks buying new professional business portraits for suggested donations of $50. The annual event is organized by Joy Porter of Winding Road Imagery, and proceeds benefit orphans in Uganda. “I’m so blessed by the outpouring of love that extends beyond our borders,” says Joy. “The impact is going to be life-changing for our kids in Uganda …”

Advice from the Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio: “Never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome …”

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