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Judge Bryan returns to bench

Judge Carl F. Bryan II said Monday he will return today to the bench at Nevada County Superior Court after recovering from prostate cancer.

“I feel great. I can’t wait to get back,” Bryan laughed. “I’ve had enough of housework.”

Bryan will return to handling felony matters in Dept. 4 and will assist in criminal cases in Dept. 1. He will retire at the end of the year, sparking a six-way race to replace him in the June primary.

Bryan, 57, took a leave of absence from his two decades on the bench in December after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. A month ago, he underwent a new microsurgical process, which produces very little scar tissue, to remove the cancerous gland.

Since going public with his diagnosis, Bryan has encouraged men over age 50 to get an annual blood test along with their physical examinations. The PSA test – for prostate-specific antigen – can detect the disease at the very early and very curable stages.

Prostate cancer shows no symptoms in the early stages.

The only caveat from the avid sportsman: “I haven’t played golf yet.”

Several farmers markets serve area

The Nevada County Certified Growers Market, which had its first appearance of the season on Saturday at the county Fairgrounds, will open other markets over the course of the summer.

Though most vegetables are late this season due to a wet spring, some produce – including green beans, golden beets, lettuce and Swiss chard – already are available to early shoppers.

The market presents locally produced food, flowers, bread, cheese, meat, wine, oils, art, crafts and other goods at the following locations:

• Saturdays: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 4; 8 a.m. to noon, May through October.

• Mondays: Lake of the Pines, time and location to be announced.

• Tuesdays: Sierra Presbyterian Church, Nevada City, 3 to 6 p.m., July through September.

• Thursdays: Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley, 3 to 6 p.m., June through September.

• Fridays: Downtown Nevada City, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August through September.

– Trina Kleist

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