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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Stretching out the days

Former Nevada County Airport Manager Harold Wolfe flew his Cessna 152 across Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa in 2007 to visit family during a 23-day whirlwind trip with his wife, Patty.
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Spring Sprung Wednesday, marking the vernal equinox, one of two times each year when day and night are just about the same length. Our planet’s northern hemisphere is now tilting a little bit each day toward the sun, leading to longer days and more sunlight, until the summer solstice. Attribute your water-cooler wisdom to NASA …

Power of the Purse. More than 350 people filled GeeVee’s Vets Hall for the annual Friendship Club luncheon Thursday, raising money for the nonprofit that offers opportunities and experiences to at-risk teenage girls. Among the attending glitterati were Mayor Lisa Swarthout, Police Chief Alex Gammelgard (also on the Friendship Club Board of Directors), NevCo Supervisor Sue Hoek, and Sheriff Shannan Moon. Tears were shed as one young woman told the crowd she tried to commit suicide before she found joy at the Friendship Club. Executive Director since 2004, Jennifer Singer, explained, “We make a commitment to our girls, and the girls make a commitment to their future…”

Thanks to the Support of our generous community and the dedication of the Friendship Club’s 120 volunteers, the club will expand its reach to include boys later this year (donate at FriendshipClub.org). Special thanks to my table captain and hostess-with-the-mostest Denise Johnson (of Craig Johnson Plumbing fame), who attended her first luncheon three years ago. Ever since, Denise has been the weekly chauffeur for Lyman Gilmore seventh-graders, ensuring they arrive at Friendship Club meetings safely and on time …

The Dashing and Distinguished Hank Weston will be honored by the Penn Valley Rotary Club at a banquet Friday at Lake Wildwood’s Clubhouse. The former 4th District Nevada County Supervisor was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year because of his many years as a public servant and firefighter. The event will not only honor Hank, but also serve as a fundraiser for local Rotary and Penn Valley Union Elementary School District projects and programs. Tix and reservations at PennValleyRotary.org…

Wedding Bliss and Bluster. An unnamed bride was determined to have her wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe, despite 20-degree weather and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour last month at Incline Village. Her veil blew off, but luckily got tangled in her gown’s train as it whipped around in the wind. The pastor began, “This is going to be the coldest — and shortest — ceremony I’ve ever performed …”

And the Winners Are Citizen of the Year Bart Riebe, Volunteer of the Year Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, and Business of the Year Dr. Sean Rockwell’s Dental Wellness Center. Those awards were presented by California First District Congressman Doug LaMalfa at the Second Annual Community Awards Ceremony organized by western Nevada County’s five Rotary Clubs. More than 100 people cheered on the winners and enjoyed a sumptuous dinner catered by Antonio Wednesday at the Foothills Event Center …

Happy 70th Anniversary to Dick Law and his co-workers at Paul Law Realty. Dick’s father, Paul, established the real estate sales and property management firm in 1949 and it continues to thrive …

Still Flying High is Harold Wolfe, former Nevada County Airport Manager. Harold continues his love affair with the air, flying his Cessna 152 across Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa in 2007 to visit family during a 23-day whirlwind trip with his wife, Patty. About 10 years ago, Harold decided to build his own airplane. Six kits and two years later, he took his first flight in his hand-crafted plane the day after his 85th birthday. Since then, he’s racked up 460 hours in that plane. At 92, Harold tows the plane around on the ground without breaking a sweat. He says, “The plane weighs a bit less than 800 pounds, so it is not too difficult to move around …”

Trevor Wade, who performs stand-up comedy acts all in rhyme, embarks on a cross-country tour after a final home-town gig April 1 in Grass Valley (TDWade.com). Trevor will be joined by an opening act comedienne and her partner, a documentary filmmaker. Their recently-added presence on the tour eases some anxiety for ProMother Hollie Grimaldi-Flores, Trevor’s proud promoter/mother. Venues for the “U.S. They Tour” are all mapped out, but accommodations — not so much. The trio is prepared to spend a few nights in their “tour bus,” a 2013 Prius. With understated eloquence Trevor admits, “It’ll be cramped …”

The Shasta Mountaineers recently celebrated their decades of friendship, love of the outdoors, and many successful ascents of Mt. Shasta. The guys — including John Hicks of Penn Valley — met at kayaking school in Lotus along the American River while training for the Eppie’s Great Race in 1978. The group gets together for lunch every year in San Francisco, where many of the guys are prominent attorneys. Some members started climbing Mt. Shasta annually back in 1968 but have since hung up their crampons. John scaled its peak several times between 1980 and 1995 …

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