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Lorraine’s Lowdown: The snub that wasn’t and tossing pasties

Lorraine Jewett
Lorraine’s Lowdown
Steve Piziali, owner of Piziali Construction, heads to the hills for a few hours of skiing when the snow is falling and it’s too wet to do construction work here. Steve swears he did not hand-letter the bottom of his skis: “‘Sick Day’ is a brand. It just happens to be the brand I ski on…”
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To Appreciate This Story, it helps to know that slang for the verb “disrespect” is dis. You should also know that dis is not what was done to CA Congressman Doug LaMalfa at the State of the Union address last month …

The Congressman, whose First District includes Nevada County, asked President Trump to sign a ball cap. It appeared to television viewers that Trump, entering the House chambers, dissed LaMalfa with a brush off. Truth be told, the Prez promised to sign the hat after his speech, which he did. LaMalfa later donated the autographed Paradise High School ball cap to a fundraiser, where it was auctioned off for $24,000! The money will fund private clean-up efforts at the fire-ravaged high school, which will hopefully allow the Class of 2019 to hold its graduation ceremony on its home turf …

St. Piran’s Day, with its iconic Cornish Pasty Olympics, is March 9 at the Grass Valley City Hall parking lot. The free event pits city officials against other glitterati who try to throw the Cornish delicacies the farthest. Because the special competition pasties are made with dog-friendly ingredients, there’s no mess after all the spectators’ pasty-loving pooches finish their clean-up duties. Ben Aguilar, GeeVee Vice Mayor, is primed and prepared to present his pasty prowess: “Grass Valley has a rich Cornish history, and a knack for pasty tossing. Nevada City should stop playing with their goats and focus on the big game come St. Piran’s day …”

When It Rains, it pours snow on the mountains. That’s when owner and namesake of Piziali Construction heads to the hills for a few hours of skiing, which Steve tries to do a few times each week. If the weather here is nice enough to work, he does, because Steve is one of those “Work Hard, Play Hard” contractors. Even when he hits the slopes, Steve returns in time to meet his obligations such as afternoon board meetings at the Nevada County Contractors’ Association. No, he did not hand-letter the bottom of his skis. Steve says, “‘Sick Day’ is a brand. It just happens to be the brand I ski on …”

StoryCorps is Coming to town, thanks to Nevada County Reads & Writes. StoryCorps is the nonprofit project that creates brief, heart-tuggin’ recorded interviews that air on NPR’s Morning Edition, and are then archived at the Library of Congress. For 15 years, StoryCorps mobile recording studios have traveled the U.S., collecting and preserving stories about everyday people living extraordinary lives. StoryCorps will be recording in NevCity March 26-28, and Thursday is the deadline for NevCo residents to apply to share their anecdotes and histories. Fifteen applications will be chosen for StoryCorps recordings, and organizers are seeking a wide range of ages, backgrounds and perspectives. Search StoryCorps on the Nevada County Library website for an application …

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Kudos to the Generous Folks at Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty. The company has supported Nevada County Habitat for Humanity since 2012. Says H4H Fund Development Manager Jim Phelps, “In supporting the Habitat mission, they are making a statement and a difference to working class families here.” The Realtors also support Habitat’s signature fundraiser, Street of Dreams. “It’s natural for us to support an organization like Habitat since our business is to help people find the homes of their dreams,” says Owner/Broker Diann Patton …

What’s the Secret to perfect Shrove Tuesday waffles? Whipping the egg whites. If you separate the whites from the yolks, and whip the whites until they’re stiff and fluffy before you hand-fold them into the batter, the result is “light and airy waffles” promises Father Seth Kellermann. Grass Valley’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church hosts its 103rd Shrove Tuesday Waffle Sale — Tuesday, of course — during both brunch and dinner (See “Waffle Sale Flyer” at EmmanuelGV.org). The waffles are served “All You Can Eat” and prices vary if you add eggs and/or ham to your order …

Proceeds from the Waffle Sale benefit local charities and the church’s annual mission trip to Mexico. At the first Shrove Tuesday Waffle Sale in 1916, eight church members gathered to enjoy a waffle supper cooked in a waffle iron heated over a wood stove. Each woman paid 25 cents for her meal, netting $2 for church coffers …

From Gutter Ball to Flying High: NevCo’s Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts its 37th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake March 9 (BigsofNC.org). The fundraiser helps the organization connect youths with caring adults. In addition to marvelous raffle prizes, both bowlers and spectators can bid on a unique silent auction item: a 30-minute helicopter tour for two, followed by lunch at Diego’s Restaurant. Says Event Coordinator Lindy Schasiepen, “Anyone can take a plane ride and look out a tiny little window. In a helicopter, you can see everything when you’re seated in that giant glass bubble. What a thrill …!”

Please Say ‘Howdy’ if our paths cross during the Foothills Celebration in downtown GeeVee today. Don’t let a few raindrops dissuade you from enjoying fine wines and gourmet festival food while you sip, shop and stroll through our humble hamlet …

Let Them Eat Cake! Going strong for 45 years, this year’s Spaghetti Dinner, Cake Auction, and Silent Auction to support 4-H DC Delegates is March 9 at Grass Valley’s Veterans’ Memorial Building. The annual fundraiser pays for 4-H members to travel to DC, where they are assigned a “political party” and appointed to “Congress,” then learn how our federal government “works.” Tix are $5 for adults, $2 for youths, but dinner is free if you donate a cake to be auctioned…

Remember: To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst…

I might be able to handle the worst, but I’d prefer to receive your best news at LorraineJewettWrites@gmail.com.

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