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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Valentine warms the heart

In the era of mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards, this special delivery was hand-made and heart-warming.
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So Fun to Be “In Like” since kindergarten! Check out the pink Valentine’s Day card, a heart complete with jewels, that a sweet elementary schoolgirl gave last week to a boy she’s sweet on. The handsome, fun guy is also good at catching and throwing, too …

Do You Remember this familiar warning from teachers? “Class, if you choose to give Valentine’s Day cards, you must bring one for every student …!”

Farewell, Mr. Nevada City. All-around great guy George Harper and his wife Pat are moving to Oklahoma to be near family. George worked for the county road department for 30 years, served as volunteer parade chairman for NevCity’s Fourth of July and Mardi Gras parades for 23 years, volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce two days a week for 24 years, and flipped countless burgers at the chamber’s Treat Street booth during the fair. He donated 120 gallons of blood over several decades. In fact, he and Pat celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by giving blood. In 1996, he helped carry the Olympic Torch during its relay across California. We’ll cherish of our memories of George and his truck held together by bumper stickers …

Fast Times in Florida. Ken and Laura Bigham of NevCity will be up close and personal at the IndyCar Season Opener March 10 in Florida. They are uncle and aunt of Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion (Laura is Alexander’s dad’s sister). Family members from all over the U.S. and Europe are flying to St. Petersburg next month to cheer on hometown hero Alexander. The family contingent ­— including Alexander’s maternal grandmother Georgann Russell — will be in the “Trackside Club” on race day …

Big Thanks to Big Donors. Several local companies and individuals with big hearts and an unwavering commitment to supporting public safety first responders have donated $1,000 or more to sponsor the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council’s Red Light Ball tonight. Kudos and appreciation to Meyers Investment Group of Robert W. Baird & Co., Beam Easy Living Center, Budget Blinds, Gordon and Lindy Beatie and David Jones …

Carving Craftsman, Part Two. Raymond Kinman was so engaging during his first appearance on last month’s “The American Woodshop” (100 million viewers!) that PBS will broadcast a second segment on March 2. The accomplished woodworking wonder (WoodCarverGuru.com) has talents that transcend the workshop. He’s a member of the local classic rock band Non GMO that plays venues such as Wild Eye Pub and 1849 Brewing Co. Raymond says the band’s name asserts they are not Genetically Modified Organisms. “We’re the real deal — really good musicians!” promises Raymond …

Congrats on Their Third Decade of entertaining locals with comedy, music, and joy at Off Broadstreet (OffBroadstreet.com). The husband-and-wife team of John Driscoll and Jan Kopp opened in their current NevCity Commercial Street location Sept. 22, 1989. The duo writes and presents all original plays, finding inspiration in life events. Says John, “Our patrons say they look forward to carefree evenings with us of fun, laughter and good music. That’s why we are here …”

The Success of the Inaugural Event guarantees a second annual Tapas and Trivia fundraiser next year. Last month’s contest hosted by the American Association of University Women boasted a festival-type atmosphere, as 20 teams tested their trivia knowledge and nearly 200 spectators cheered and sometimes jeered. The fundraiser netted more than $15,000 from fabulous silent and live auctions and enthusiastic ticket sales, all benefitting women’s educational scholarships. Triumphant Trivia Teams won delectable chocolate trophies from Lazy Dog Chocolateria …

Dino as a Verb. Dino, a fixture behind the bar at Kane’s, is in perpetual motion. When he’s not serving up beverage concoctions and appetizers from Kane’s new bar menu (try the Garlic Bleu Cheese Bread!), Dino is busy cleaning and shining bar glasses. There’s not a water spot remaining after Dino finishes his shift! When customers compliment Dino’s dedication, the boss laughingly retorts that Dino polishes the same wine glass all night long. Still other customers have adopted Dino’s name to describe prepping perfect goblets for friends when the dishwasher does a lackluster job: “Oh, sorry, let me Dino that glass for you …”

Patron Saint of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Arnie Romanello, doesn’t do it single-handedly but he’s the driving force behind the annual Cioppino and Pasta Feed that benefits the fairgrounds. Arnie and his Foothill Lions Club team will serve hundreds of fairgrounds fans March 2 (NevadaCountyFair.com). The fundraiser takes a page from Arnie’s family history: the recipe is one his family served every Christmas when 25 of the Romanello clan gathered around tables that stretched from the living room into the kitchen. The recipe with its secret seasoning is 109 years old, and includes only shellfish — none of those swimming, finned fishies …

Winning Wines: With its brands Naggiar and Root 49, Naggiar Vineyards (NaggiarVineyards.com) has won top honors in a dozen prestigious national wine competitions and the Wine Enthusiast magazine. Owner Mike Naggiar says the vines and grapes on his 60 acres do most of the hard work, but he believes the awards “… are also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our vineyard field crews and to the wine making skills and attention to detail of our wine-maker Derek Irwin and his team …”

Another from Anonymous: Better late than never, but never late is better.

Don’t be late, send your best happy news to LorraineJewettWrites@gmail.com.

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