Littletown in the doghouse |

Littletown in the doghouse

I wish to take exception to The Union’s March 5 article about our school kids “building doghouses for every derelict dachshund, every poodle without a palace, every schnauzer without a shelter.”

Um, we don’t have any of them there kinds of dogs in Washington. Mostly what we have is jist plain, ordinary dawgs of various colors and sizes with rather vague pedigrees.

Which brings me to my second complaint. Last week, out of the goodness of my heart, I made an offer to everyone within a 50-mile radius of my house that I would personally load up my car with spare local dogs and deliver them to interested parties. I have been sitting by the phone with my hands clasped under my chin for a solid week and haven’t received a single call.

The doghouses are being built from pre-cut kits donated to us by Anna and Mike Drummond of Pet Adoption League; they loaded up their truck and drove them down here. Then a while ago, I was in their store, and Mike said, “Don’t you guys need some paint for the doghouses?” and he lugged a big box of paint cans out to my car to take home. Washington School thanks you both very, very much for your generosity!

Our teacher, Pete Milano, muttered something about getting some roofing shingles for the houses. For an instant I thought of putting them on tiny cement foundations and selling them off as affordable housing. I have four kids, none of whom see a future for themselves in Nevada County. I’ve met many Bigtowners, second- and third-generation residents, whose children and grandchildren live close by. I guess times are a-changin’.

Also, to complain a little more, a couple of weeks ago The Union reported on a big power outage and listed lots of places that went dark: Pike, Bigtown, Camptonville, North San Juan, to name but a few, but nary a mention of Washington, and I want to know why not?

My gosh, we’ve had the PG&E here since 1946, and even single-party phone lines since 1976, so we’re really movin’ along. Littletown is a vibrant, thriving community facing the same big city problems and challenges of y’all out there in Unionland and – well, maybe I’ve shoveled it a bit too deep.

It’s time for a ray of sunshine, so say hello to Mary Johanson, who works at a local pharmacy and enjoys it no end. “I really like working here, meeting all kinds of interesting people every day.” She and her husband, Gary, are busy raising their granddaughter Jessica, a first-grader at Mount St. Mary’s who is getting super grades and loves to read.

The Johansons came to Nevada County in 1991, and never looked back. “I know you’ve heard it before, but this is a wonderful place to live and work, with lots of neat, friendly people.”

The Washington Hotel is featuring a rather special offer: “The Privacy Dinner Experience,” an intimate, seven-course gourmet dinner in the restaurant’s Victorian Love Nest (fondly referred to as the Foo-Foo Room). Chef Wil will plan what dishes would please you and your guest, and he is yours and yours alone for the two or three hours that it takes to enjoy it.

Recovery from dinner occurs upstairs in the Grand Suite, a European-theme room with its own private full bath and a gorgeous view of the Yuba River. I remember Hank DeCorte, Mervelous Merv and the rest of the crew slaving away to put that beautiful room together, and it’s always in demand. You and your beloved get to live in your own little world for 24 hours for $169 (it’s usually $210), and it’s a one-of-a-kind getaway.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

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