Bear River athletic program to be saluted at special event |

Bear River athletic program to be saluted at special event

The annual “spring tease” is well underway, with rain, snow, and chilling wind alternating with short bouts of sunshine, all mixed with loads of pollen.

Just when you think it is safe to put away your parka, Mother Nature indulges in a fickle rendezvous with Old Man Winter, and blue skies turn gray.

While daffodils seem to smile through this climactic nonsense, those in Nevada County who have recently received pink slips, are already struggling with incomes too light to meet responsibilities, or are driving recalled Toyotas with potentially sticky accelerators, aren’t quite as joyful.

In spite of the weather, some students at Bear River High School, as resilient as daffodils, are happily preparing for a celebration on April 17, at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse – an event to honor those most influential in contributing to the Bruin’s athletic programs.

The Bruin Athletic Hall of Fame Gala is being promoted by BRHS’s Student Leadership Class. This formal dinner will recognize past athletes and teams, outstanding BRHS coaches and athletic directors, and others who have laid the foundation for the school’s athletics.

Associated Student Body President Amy Giroux welcomes all members of the community to participate in this fundraiser for BRHS. Giroux and other members of BRHS leadership will celebrate 24 years of Bear River history and introduce the Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors at this gala.

Those interested in donating silent auction items or attending this event can look for additional information in my March 29 column.

Lenten sacrifices:

Another happy event many locals can look forward to this week is St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you are one of the county’s 12,000 or so Catholics – the feast day allows a short respite to Lenten sacrifices, which reminds me of a joke.

An Irish man comes into a pub and ordered three beers, one for himself and two for his brothers, who are out of the country. He does this repeatedly and becomes a regular customer, always drinking three beers at a time.

One day, the bartender notices he is only ordering two beers per round and fears the worst – one of the man’s brothers must have died.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” says the bartender. “I noticed you are only ordering two beers.”

“Oh, no,” said the Irishman, “my brothers are fine. It’s just that I’ve given up drinking for Lent.”

Run for the Cure:

One final note: Donna Prince of the Lioness Club is looking for participants to run with her in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, May 8.

The 5K race/walk starts at 8:05 a.m., and the fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $35.

Register at and join the Lions of District 4-C5.

Donations can be made at the Web site under the Race for the Cure tab. Prince’s donation page is under “Top Fundraisers” at the top right.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to fight breast cancer.

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