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Off to Italy: Grass Valley woman going back to her roots

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Nancy Wasser’s grandmother, Mary Foppiano, was born in 1862 in the mountains close to the town of Rapallo, which is the largest Italian Riviera seaside resort near the closest airport in Genoa, Italy.

Now, Wasser will return to her roots thanks to winning a trip to Italy as part of the third annual Nevada County Italian Festival.

Her grandmother came to the United States in 1879 to work for her uncle, John Foppiano, and to work on his 50,000-acre cattle ranch in Fossil, Waterman Country, Wheeler County, which is located in sunny north-central Oregon.

Wasser is a resident of Grass Valley and will be turning 90 years young Nov. 13.

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