Lorraine’s Lowdown: Spring a good time to catch the buzz around town | TheUnion.com

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Spring a good time to catch the buzz around town

‘Tis High Season for honey bee swarms. It’s the cycle of life in action as bees multiply both their own numbers and their hives. In spring, hives are overcrowded with baby bees. That triggers half the bees — the swarm — to take the old queen and find a new home. The new queen lives on with the other bees in the old hive. The swarm stops at convenient locations and sends out scouts to find a suitable new home, such as an old tree with a cavity. Hopefully the new home isn’t someone’s attic, but that can occur as more and more old growth trees with holes in them are cut down …

Buzz a Pro. Only 10 percent of swarms survive if left on their own. “We encourage people who encounter a swarm to call us and we’ll alert a professional beekeeper,” says beekeeper and A to Z Supply owner Dan Wheat (530-273-6608). “A professional can try to gather the bees if the swarm is on a limb less than 20 feet high, and then provide the bees with a beehive box …”

A Summons for Jury Duty is truly arbitrary. At the start of a recent NevCo civil trial, Superior Court Judge Robert Tice-Raskin explained to prospective jurors assembled in his courtroom that he had excused himself when he was called for jury duty at the trial over which he was about to preside …

Congrats, Kano. K9 cop Kano and his Grass Valley Police Department officer/handler Evan Butler won first place in the Novice Division — open only to K9 cops working the streets for a year or less — at Western States Police Canine Association trials in Yuba City. Kano won awards for narcotics detection and patrol protection …

Meyers Investment Group of Baird & Co. employees teamed last weekend with Rotary Club of Grass Valley South to do weeding, planting, spreading bark and other beautification projects at Western Gateway Park. As part of “Baird Gives Back Week” each May, the investment firm’s employees around the world volunteer in their respective communities. Local Baird employees and clients, area business owners and employees, and Rotarians, all joined in the work — er, fun. Meyers Investment Group team member Julie Schaefer reports, “We let clients and friends know what we were doing, and found many were eager to help …”

Kudos, Probation Department. Chief Probation Officer Mike Ertola proudly reports NevCo’s recidivism rate is the lowest in the state, just .78 percent for all formal probation cases. Why do more than 99 percent of probationers go on to lead productive lives, instead of committing and being convicted of a new felony offense? Mike credits “… the dedication and commitment of my probation officers to changing offenders’ lives through best practices …”

Got Tix? The raffle drawing is Thursday for a Raven West Guitar Company SkyMaster Classic Series Electric guitar autographed by Bonnie Raitt. It’s a fundraiser for Child Advocates of Nevada County, the nonprofit that provides emotional and practical support to help children overcome trauma and isolation caused by abuse and neglect (CAofNC.org). The coveted guitar was donated by Volz Bros Auto, the 10th guitar owner John Volz has donated to a variety of local charities …

Butterflies Along the Golden Center Freeway? Yes, it’s the annual Butterfly Garden at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, which springs to life each Memorial Day weekend. For a donation of $15, families purchase cards to be affixed to butterfly statues in memory of someone who has passed, or in honor of someone living. “Families write the sweetest things on the cards,” says mortuary owner Kay Baker, who started the tradition two decades ago with Beth Moorhead. “Then they stroll the garden and discover what others have written about their loves ones.” Drop by the mortuary, 459 Hollow Way in NevCity, to purchase a card. The annual event raised $29,500 last year for Hospice of the Foothills …

Restaurants Join Forces. Wild Eye Pub in GeeVee hosted a 12-hour fundraiser Sunday to benefit Burgee Dave’s at the Mayo in Camptonville. The day-long festival of music, food, and festivities raised $10,000 to help co-owners Brian Price and Sandi Kubich rebuild their Burgee Dave’s restaurant after it nearly burned to the ground in 2017. Brian served 400 of his signature Bloody Marys, each topped with a cheeseburger slider. Pub owner Beth Moore says, “We’ll have Brian serve up his Ultimate Bloody Marys again at a special Father’s Day brunch.” Brian adds, “A big thank you to everyone at Wild Eye Pub and the community at-large that is always there for us …”

Local Musician Saul Rayo was diagnosed with cancer, and a fundraiser featuring 10 bands and individual performers is scheduled at the Miners Foundry May 24 (MinersFoundry.org). Another musical fundraising extravaganza takes place at Besemer Concert Hall June 9 (TomDalldorf@gmail.com). Saul says he and his wife, Elena, are grateful: “We truly appreciate the trust our community has in us to find our way to a deeper understanding of how to heal. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming …”

Back from the Happiest Place on Earth, newspaper columnist Hollie Grimaldi-Flores and event organizer Shanin Ybarrondo have reluctantly put away their Mickey Mouse ears. The pair has known each other for two decades, and call themselves “work out for life partners” because they walk or do some physical activity together five days a week. The dynamic duo toiled 12-plus hours a day registering guests for a conference at the Disneyland Hotel, then caroused the theme park at night. Shanin says the goal was simple: “Always have fun, especially while working.” Hollie adds, “I personally showed up as three of the Seven Dwarfs – Sleepy, Dopey and Happy …”

The First One Is Free. Opening Day at the Kentucky Mine is set for Saturday, May 25, noon to 4 p.m., kicking off a summer-long concert series at an intimate amphitheater carved into a mountainside in Sierra City. The venue seats 200 guests and boasts a large dance floor (full concert lineup at SierraCountyHistory.org). The free performance includes juggler/humorist Izzy Tooinsky and Celtic folk/rockers One-Eyed Reilly. “We’ll offer barbecue burgers and hot dogs for five dollars, plus free ice cream sundaes, tours of the mine, and glitter tattoos,” says concert promoter Chris Stockdale. “And everyone can hone their juggling skills at one of Izzy’s workshops …”

“It’s Not Whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi…

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