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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Walking in an Easter wonderland

Easter Is in the Air, Literally. The front yard of Dan and Elizabeth Poston’s home (next door to Maria’s Mexican Restaurant) is a sight to behold. It started with decorations for an Easter party a few years ago. It has since blossomed to include an explosion of colorful tulips and more than 200 eggs floating from a maple tree. The Poston’s six-year-old daughter loves the magical Easter Tree and is Elizabeth’s “mini me” helper. Meanwhile, Dan’s hope of a storage shed with more tools than holiday decorations dwindles daily. Elizabeth denies she’s hogging the tool shed. She smiles and says, “How the eggs are stored is a common question I get asked and if it weren’t for the Easter Bunny helping out, I don’t know what I’d do …”

The Calm Voice in the Dark Night is just one name for first responder dispatchers. In honor of National Public Safety Communicators Week — which became an official “thing” in 1981 — dispatchers across the country have been honored and flooded with gifts. Local dispatchers are no exception. NevCo Sheriff Shannan Moon sent a congratulatory message that read in part, “Acting as a critical lifeline to other first responders, these unsung everyday heroes are always there to answer the call.” The county’s Probation Department delivered gift baskets, and the GeeVee Police Department gave dispatchers a cake, flowers, and a thank you card. The California Highway Patrol, whose dispatch center is in Sacramento, passed the hat among local CHPers and sent a donation of cash and gratitude to their Sacto dispatchers …

Gold Country Community Services operates Meals on Wheels and the Senior Firewood program, which the nonprofit couldn’t do it without its 120 volunteers who were honored at a special celebration. Those volunteers delivered 38,238 meals to 242 homebound seniors last year, and provided 144 cords of firewood to 157 seniors. Says executive director Janeth Marroletti, “The Senior Firewood Program, and its dual role of keeping seniors warm while helping prevent wildfires, will be featured in an upcoming short documentary produced by Nevada County Media …”

Let’s Rename It The Union’s Home, Garden, Lifestyle and Social Show. Last weekend’s free expo at the fairgrounds drew large crowds of people who weren’t rained upon! Neighbors caught up with one another, new friendships were made, and there wasn’t an umbrella in sight. I particularly loved all the attractions for the kiddies: plant pot painting, bird house making (thanks, Hills Flat Lumber!), and furry pony riding …

Commerce Connection and Cooperation. It’s nice to see Grass Valley businesses joining the Nevada City chamber, and vice versa. For example, a new member of the NevCity chamber is Winding Road Imagery, based in Grass Valley and owned by professional photographer Joy Porter, who is the GV Chamber Prez. Other new NevCity chamber members include Golden Road Productions, an audio-video production company; Two Little Birds, an eco-friendly children’s clothing/gift/décor store; BriarPatch Food Co-op, a business that needs no introduction; and S&S Tree Service, providing everything from tree trimming to clearing for fire safety …

Grass Valley’s Chamber welcomes Sierra FoodWineArt, the classy magazine published by Jeff and Shannon Pelline; Lifelong Health, a nonprofit launched by Eileen Hancock, who already runs Body Balance Academy and Tao Te Café in downtown GeeVee; and returning to the chamber family is American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130 …

Best of the Best. Businesses have received their awards, and now you can vote for the best ads published in The Union’s 20th Anniversary “Best of Nevada County” magazine. Some of my favorites include Stucki Jewelers’ staff comically attempting yardwork under the caption, “We Can’t Do Your Landscaping, But We Can Fix Your Jewelry!” (pg 5); Andrew Twidwell, owner of ABT, dressed in a knight’s costume in front of medieval-looking toilets with the challenge, “In the Game of Thrones, Call a Company You Can Trust!” (pg 27); Craig Johnson Plumbing proclaiming, “You’d Be Plumb Crazy Not to Call Us!” while Craig’s wife Denise attacks a toilet with a plunger (pg 59); and Don Adams Satellite Services spoofing the old Adams Family sitcom (pg 71). They’re worth a look! Magazines are available at many of the businesses honored this year, as well as The Union office …

Thanks for the Indelible Memories, Allison Kirk. The KNCO AM and K94 FM radio announcer was named the Runner-up Most Popular Radio Personality in The Union’s annual “Best of” competition (behind perennial favorite Tom Fitzsimmons). The irony is Allison hasn’t been on the air since last summer, because she has since devoted her time to radio station promotions. “I miss you all!” says Allison. “I want to thank the community I love so much, especially those who voted for me even though I haven’t been behind a microphone for nearly a year …”

There’s Something for Everyone at T-5 Boxing (T-5Boxing.com). The Grass Valley club offers boxing lessons to all ages, genders, and skill levels, and now boasts more than 35 member-students. One of owner/coach Brian Scott’s latest missions is outreach to and membership scholarships for at-risk youth. He’s working with area nonprofits and law enforcement to give young people the gift of self-control through physical activity in the boxing ring. “My coach was always in my corner,” says Brian, referring to Rocci Twitchell Sr., who founded T-5 Boxing decades ago. “Now I get to be in the kids’ corner and it’s awesome …”

More Than 350 Children competed in last weekend’s 47th Annual Trout Derby at Lions Lake, as their younger siblings and parents cheered them on. According to Grass Valley Sportsmen’s Club Trout Derby Chairman Kevin Morgan, the longest fish was 20-3/8 inches and the heaviest total of three fish was 5.6 pounds. “It was one of best Trout Derby events we’ve put on,” reports Kevin. “The weather was great and the kids were catching fish as soon as they dropped their lines in the water …”

Thank You to the people who learned about the Trout Derby in this column, according to Kevin, and then attended the long-running community event. Kevin says several folks even made generous donations. Teach a kid to fish and …

Sage Advice from Anonymous: “Those who live in the past limit their future …”

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