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These kids are full of goodwill

Did you see that nice article on the front page of The Union March 5 about Washington’s school kids building some doghouses as a community project? I thought of asking for one, for about 14 seconds, but it would hurt Jasper’s feelings if we put a house outside for him.

We do have a lot of dogs in Washington. Want one? Two? Nine? Give me a call, I’ll round up an assortment and deliver ’em right to your doorstep.



The kids are also practicing for the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” program; their motto is “Hearts will pump because kids jump.” People are asked to pledge money (as little as a penny a jump, dear readers) for how many jumps a kid can do in five minutes.




JT Wilson is up to 450 and Chris Wilson is at 475 – and when was the last time you tried to jump rope? If you’d like to sponsor a jumper, call 265-2880 and talk to Janet or Mr. Pete. The jump is scheduled for March 21 at noon, and there’s plenty of room in the cheering section if you can make it down.

Big Tom Evans bought himself a 2002 customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a real beauty, so he’s been struttin’ his stuff around town lately.

Milt Gramm, another local who never sits still, is nearly done paneling his back porch. (“Sure I did it myself! Why wouldn’t I?”) He’s also one of those green thumb people; his front yard is filled with the most beautiful roses in town.

Mickey Stefan is back in town! Well, she’s been back for a while and commuted to work in Bigtown, but now she’s given up all that city folk foolishness and is bartending at the Washington Hotel … and the Washington Hotel is mighty happy about that, too.

She is organizing the hotel’s very first Toga Party, to be held March 23. Music will be provided by 1/4 Dead, who are part of the famous DeadBeats, a Nevada County band. Togas are optional, but you have to wear one if you want to win a prize (a room in the hotel for one night) for best toga and Queen of Denial.

Mervelous Merv Lee hits the Big 40 on the 22nd, Mickey is 50 on the same date, Tommy Legg on the 23rd and Dennis Erhardt on the 26th. Mickey invites everyone with a March birthday to come to the toga party and enjoy!

Remember the third annual Sweetheart’s Ball at the hotel back on Feb. 15? Su DeCorte said they had a full house with more guests than last year, which I can’t believe, because they were packed last year in spite of a heavy snowstorm.

I wasn’t able to attend, so Dale brought home dinner for us courtesy of Chef Wil, with ambience a la the Herron Hovel.

Wil’s culinary creations weren’t going to get any help from a romantic, serene atmosphere in my house. Instead of Tom Jones crooning ballads, I had Coral singing along with SpongeBob SquarePants on TV. No candlelight – just one 60-watt bulb in the ceiling fixture (the other had blown out).

Fine linens were a plastic tablecloth and paper napkins. I used an old Melmac plate and a fork with a bent tine. How was it? Oh, my, my.

Dear friend, if something truly momentous has happened in your life and you want to celebrate with a never-to-be-forgotten feast, then you really need to call the hotel (265-1990 or 265-4364) and work something out with Wil Chambers.

The hotel has something extra-special to offer … I’ll tell you about it next week when I have lots of room.

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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