During An Unsuccessful Morning of Fishing, my friend Kris said, “If my brother were here, he’d tell me what I’m doing wrong.” I asked if his brother were a fishing guide or expert angler. Kris replied, “No, he just likes to tell me what I’m doing wrong…”

Kathy Slouber, a track star who works out with the Sierra Gold Master Track Team, just returned from Senior Games in Alaska and Oregon. In Fairbanks, Kathy won gold medals in the javelin and discus in her 70-74 age group. She also set a discus record of 16.65 meters – the previous record at those games was 15 meters. In Corvallis, Kathy won gold medals in hammer and discus. Kathy works out three to four days every week. “You’re never too old to get started and compete in sports,” says Kathy, who will be 71 next month and says the key to success is good technique. She has been competing as an adult for about six years, but adds, “I competed in high school in some track events, so I still have muscle memory in discus and javelin…”

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Far right, Kathy Slouber, a 70-year-old athlete who trains with the Sierra Gold Master Track Team, won gold medals in discus, javelin and hammer at Senior Games in Alaska and Oregon.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

South Fork Vodka has been nominated for a second year to compete in USA Today’s Best Craft Vodka Distillery contest. Last year the Grass Valley distillery, owned and operated by Jon Dorfman, left, and Dan Kennerson, placed third in the national competition.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Olen Hampton drove his 1944 Dodge Power Wagon while raising his family in the Lassen area. Hampton’s grandson, Gary Apple, built a Power Wagon from the new chassis of a 2018 4WD truck as a tribute to his grandfather and that classic wagon.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Gary Apple is a metal fabricator who built these Power Wagons from new chassis of 4WD trucks and presented them at the “Community Shines” car show to benefit the Food Bank of Nevada County.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

A new mural is planned for downtown Grass Valley that depicts Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan tribal member Jennifer Plunkett singing out to baskets beneath the sacred Black Oak tree. It will be painted on the back of the Tri Counties Bank building.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Nevada County Poet Laureate Kirsten Casey read her poem “The First Day of the County Fair” during the fair’s opening ceremonies. The poem considered the pain and loneliness of the pandemic, and the joy of the community gathering together again for the fair.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Northstar Resort resident Patty Mede says she appreciated the shade sails that provided escape from the sun while she shopped for festival food along the Nevada County Fair’s Treat Street.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Married couples Lucas and Becca Mijares and Coston and Jenna Beauchamp purchased Caleb’s Creamery in May and plan to give the business a facelift. The two women are sisters who grew up in Penn Valley.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

Following the surprise birthday party for Kelly Dokimos, she and husband David Dokimos embarked on a trip to visit Dokimos family members in Athens and a catamaran adventure on the Aegean Sea.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold

When Kelly Dokimos, co-owner of Dokimos Pharmacies in Grass Valley and Nevada City, arrived at her surprise birthday party, she was greeted by photos of her smiling face emblazoned on personalized labels of champagne bottles.

Lorraine’s Lowdown: Never too old for gold