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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Plenty of sights seen in Spain, Hawaii

Buckley and Laura Armacher, owners of Budget Blinds of Grass Valley, toured the Palace in the Plaza de Espana in Seville.
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Amy Leifur and Family are headed to Maui because her lucky $20 raffle ticket was drawn Thursday night in the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council’s annual drawing for a week-long vacation at the Royal Lahaina Resort along Kaanapali Beach. The raffle raises $10,000 for the council that supports Nevada County’s police and fire first responders. During the past two decades, the council has donated more than $1 million in tools and training to local law enforcement and fire protection agencies. While a crowd gathered at Kane’s Restaurant held its collective breath, Amy’s raffle ticket was plucked from among 500 possible winners as the event was broadcast live on KNCO Radio by gracious host Jon Katis …

Coincidentally, Amy is a hard-working attorney in San Francisco who represents public agencies, including police departments. Her Nevada County friends and family asked/begged/coerced her to buy raffle tickets. Amy told me by telephone she was thinking “donation” and not “vacation” when she purchased five tickets for $100. “I was just donating because it is a wonderful charity and I never expected to win,” she said. “It sounds as if the council does great things to keep people safe, and I wanted to help. Winning was an unexpected treat …”

It Only Takes One: FYI, Last year’s raffle winner was former Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer, who is better at resisting peer pressure than most because he purchased a single raffle ticket …



Those Who Sew have an opportunity to help make dresses for young girls and short-shirt sets for young boys in third-world countries. Thousands of hand-sewn clothes crafted by Nevada County locals have been delivered to Uganda, Thailand, Cambodia and other needy countries over the past few years. If you’d like to help with needle and thread, attend the next sew-a-thon 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 13 at Calvary Bible Church. Another option is to contact Lynn Costa (ClassicCosta@yahoo.com or 530-205-7154) and take home sewing kits to create the clothing at your leisure. Lynn says attire can impact child safety in some countries: “If sex traffickers see a well-dressed child, they assume the child is well-cared for and watched-over, and they will often leave that child alone …”

Penn Valley’s Chamber of Commerce and others are gearing up for the 19th Annual Joanie Bumpus Daffodil Run scheduled for April 7. The annual 5K run, 10K run, and 5K walk draw about 400 athletes. The fundraiser supports service organizations, schools, nonprofits, an annual scholarship, and the purchase of thousands of daffodil bulbs that are distributed and planted throughout the Penn Valley area. Says chamber prez Mike Mastrodonato, “It’s said the Masters Golf Tournament is a ‘tradition unlike any other.’ The Daffodil Run is that kind of tradition in Penn Valley …”



Remove and Relocate. All-around good guy and community helper Brad Peceimer is once again offering to remove rattlers from your property (call/text 530-913-6426). Brad’s been doing it for nearly two decades, and captures up to 300 every year. The rattlesnake “season” is just gearing up because in the colder winter months, some rattlesnakes enter a period of brumation, which is dormancy similar to hibernation. Brad says he once found 20 rattlesnakes on a single parcel off North Bloomfield Road! Obviously, the trick to a successful rattlesnake round-up is not getting bit, and Brad says the key to that is patience. “You can’t get over-zealous,” says the rattler wrangler. As for the snakes’ new digs, Brad quips, “I take them to a nice place where they can sit and enjoy the sun under a little umbrella with a tiny margarita …”

There Are Only a Few remaining scholarships available to defray the $45 ticket cost for “A Day for Women,” the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley event April 6 at the Sierra College-Nevada County Campus (SIGV.org). The affair is a day of hour-long courses that explore personal growth, creativity, healthy eating, gardening, technology, and body work. Scholarship requests, including a statement of need, are accepted at SIGrassValley@gmail.com. Special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank and YubaNet for sponsoring the scholarship opportunities …

Buckley and Laura Armacher just returned from more than a week’s vacay in and around Spain. The couple, of Budget Blinds fame, visited the Sagrada de Familia, a Barcelona basilica that tells the story of the Holy family from the Nativity to the Passion. In Seville, Buckley and Laura toured the Palace in the Plaza de Espana and enjoyed a flamenco stage show in the heart of the region where the flashy dancing originated. Their itinerary included a private cruise on the Canal de Alfonso XIII and Cava tasting on a below-ground train ride through more than 18 miles of underground cellars. Says Buckley, “In Palma, we walked miles along cobblestone streets opening up to plazas and churches with the highlight being the massive Santa Maria cathedral, a Gothic 13th century landmark …”

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore offers the Deal of the Day. High-efficiency LED light bulbs, provided by PG&E as part of its push for energy conservation, go on sale today and may last only a few hours. If you’re into numbers, the store has only 96 omni-directional bulbs and 288 floodlight bulbs up for grabs. Says ReStore General Manager Steve Sarantopoulos, “The price is a steal as PG&E says we must sell them for only 99-cents each …”

Veterans and Business. An info-packed roundtable for business-oriented military veterans is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at the Nevada County Contractors’ Association. There will be presentations covering everything from securing a loan to creating a solid business plan. Best of all, it’s free (vbocix.org). US Small Business Administration Economic Development Specialist David Castaneda tells me, “There will be resources there to help veterans start or expand a business…”

Ain’t It the Truth: Money can buy many good things, except good sense…

Please send your good and sensible tidbits for Lorraine’s Lowdown to LorraineJewettWrites@gmail.com.


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