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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Give Mom the gift of time

Readers Shared their Mother’s Day traditions that include taking trips down memory lane via family photographs, gifts of plants and flowers, dining out so Mom doesn’t have to cook, and more. Seems the greatest Mother’s Day gift is the gift of time …

You Can Still donate to the Nevada County Diaper Project’s Moms Helping Moms promotion (NevadaCountyDiaperProject.org). One in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. “Make a donation anytime this month, and include the name and address of a woman you’d like to honor,” says project director Karen Keegan. “We’ll send a thank you card to let her know how much she is loved …”

Thank You, Firefighters. The second annual Thank a Firefighter event is scheduled May 19 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The fundraiser is open to the public: a morning golf tournament, a social hour at 2 p.m., then a Mexican food buffet. This year’s dinner will honor the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters and their spouses will be special guests of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association, whose members organize the event and pay for the firefighters’ dinners. Last year’s event honored NevCo Consolidated Fire Station #89, and property owners event chair Don Bessee adds, “We also provided Station 89 with an outdoor kitchen last year …”

Softball Superstars on 11 teams descended on Penn Valley’s Western Gateway Park Sunday for the fourth annual Nevada County Heroes Co-ed Softball Tournament. First responder teams and community teams competed in two different brackets, then the championship game pit one against the other. The first-responder teams “can only choose players from our own gene pool,” lamented one Probation Department team player. (Community teams feature competitive ball players.) Community team Goon Squad of Yuba City bounced back from the loser’s bracket to beat Probation in the championship game …

Play Together, Work Together. The Tournament raised $2,200 for the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, a nonprofit that has donated more than $1 million over the past two decades to local law enforcement and fire protection organizations. Treasurer Marty Lombardi says, “Our council is proud to host events that facilitate collaborative opportunities among first-responder agencies.” The tournament began as Lilly Pruett’s Nevada Union senior project. She says it’s rewarding to see the tournament thrive and provide a venue for so much fun. “I did not expect that it would be this big and continue to grow every year,” says Lilly. “It’s an honor because it means more support for our first responders …”

Worth the Wait. Lefty’s Fry House officially opens this weekend after a soft opening last week. The restaurant next to Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley is owned by Chris Duncan and John Cammack, who own Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City. Lefty’s Fry House is a casual affair, where you order at a counter and servers deliver your meals. The new venture encountered a number of delays over the past 18 months. The window sign announcing the new restaurant — with a series of prophetic question marks — was first posted in late 2017 …

Donna Imsand Cirino of GeeVee will be inducted today into the Daly City/Bay Area Hall of Fame for her athletic prowess on the basketball court at Westmoor High School. Donna was a 5-foot, 6-inch forward and team captain. She was named Most Valuable Player, as well as First Team All League, All County, and All Northern California. Donna broke the school’s scoring record when she racked up 34 points in a single game; she averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and five steals per game. Donna was also the first girl to play on the all-boys basketball team at her junior high school …

Donna Continues to Be an inspiration to young girls with her website, Sporteenies.com. The site promotes teamwork, manners, morals, responsibility, anti-bullying, and similar values via products, music, and books. “Back then, we were called ‘Tomboys,’” Donna says. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to create, illustrate and author the Sporteenies brand for girls who love to play, get dirty, climb a tree, throw a ball and still be a beautiful girl …”

Nice Work, Save Mart Supermarket, sprucing up the front of the grocery store. Even though many locals thought the old storefront looked just fine, the new façade is lovely …

Her British Accent blended in as Barbara Bashall, Nevada County Contractors’ Association executive director, visited family in the United Kingdom the past two weeks. (Barbara returned before the Duchess gave birth, or we all know Barbara would have photos with royal baby Archie!) One vacay highlight was visiting the Undercroft Museum beneath York Minster cathedral, a treasure trove of archaeology and magnificent display of the engineering that props up the tower. Barbara explains, “When they were excavating, they found layers of history dating back to Roman times …”

Not Just for Crazy Cat Ladies, an inanimate kitty cat that promises to move and sound like a real cat is apparently a “Joy for All” that offers comfort and companionship to everyone from age five to 105 (see photo). CVS has it priced at $99, which might seem steep. But remember, you never have to feed it or clean its litter box …

It Started in 1949, when the Goldancers Square Dance Club held its first dance at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. Now the festive group is celebrating its 70th anniversary and is California’s oldest square dance club. About 100 people feted the Goldancers at a celebration last week in Roseville — the party was held there to accommodate fans from Reno to Redding and the Bay Area. The Goldancers promenade and do-si-do every Thursday night at the Golden Empire Grange Hall, and host classes for newbie square dancers in September. Says Colleen Chapman (cdchapman@att.net), “After seven decades, it’s all about having fun, good friendships that endure, laughter, exercise, music and enjoying the art of dance …”

Applications Are Being Accepted for the next M3 Mall Community Service Pageant, open to guys and gals ages three to 103. The royal court performs a variety of duties in Nevada County, such as welcoming people at local events and serving nonprofits. Contact Volunteer Pageant Director Melisa Mistler at melisa@m3mall.biz for more info. Last week, 14 court members created hand-made gifts and delivered them to senior residents at Brunswick Village …

“Whether You Think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford …

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