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Hits & Misses in Nevada County: HIT to the Nevada City Classic

Each week we’ll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to editboard@theunion.com.

MISS (from reader Rick Kraus): We thought we may have been witnessing a UFO landing as we approached the Grass Valley Post Office Friday evening. But alas, it was not that. It was only numerous new high intensity lights illuminating the parking lot. The excitement grew as we speculated that they actually may be using the illumination to plant a whole new set of shade trees for the parking lot to replace those that were ripped out last year. But that wasn’t true either. It’s just an extremely well-lit parking lot now. The aliens approaching from space will certainly know how to find Grass Valley now.

HIT (from reader John Wilson): Many thanks to Susan Rogers for the incredibly enlightening presentation she gave to the Nevada City Rotary club on fire protection and evacuation. And many thanks to her for her willingness to work with local communities on fire preparedness. She is an incredible asset to the community.

MISS (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To Quest Diagnostics whose national, giant database of patient information was recently hacked. Quest operates the blood draw lab in our local hospital’s facility. It’s another hack — who knows what and how much of our personal information is floating around in the wrong hands?

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HIT (from Rebane): To the Nevada City Classic, our challenging grand prix, and to the bicycle riders, who when they crash leave their skin on the pavement – ouch! We warmed up for the race by watching Hell on Wheels, a chronicle of the 2003 Tour de France — teamwork, time trials, flats, mountains, strategy, tactics, and crashes.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Terry McAteer): To the Nevada Concert Band, a treasure. They decided this year to move around the county, beginning with a superb performance at Alta Sierra Country Club, was a bit hit. Thanks to our volunteer musicians.

HIT (from McAteer): To Rough and Ready’s Secession Day, which was a tasty treat. Six chili cooks served up some fine fixings. Thank goodness they were convinced to stay in the Union.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Shanti Emerson): To new owners of Friar Tuck’s opening their doors and hearts to all. Thanks for the free food, the dollar bill and for all the money you raised for local charities.

HIT (from Emerson): To the fun street fair sponsored by the Unitarian, Methodist, Jewish, and Episcopalian neighbors on Church Street last Sunday.

MISS (from Emerson): To the shenanigans of Dahle and Kiley in this last election.

HIT (from Emerson): To Music in the Mountains opening their new office at 131 S. Auburn Street in the old bank building. Now you know where to get your tickets.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Dick Tracy): Need a good chuckle? Imagine self-proclaimed genius Donald Trump on “Jeopardy” making up facts as he goes along.

HIT (from Tracy): Years ago, I asked a recent transplant from Florida how she was enjoying California’s weather.

“I certainly don’t miss Florida’s humidity,” she said, “but your cloudless skies are boring!” I wonder if she’s still here and appreciating the magnificent cloud displays in the East. Even at night they look like a painting by El Greco.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Susan Rogers): To next week’s “Wild for the Yuba” celebration of the South Yuba’s 20th anniversary as a designated Wild & Scenic River. On Friday, June 14, this event at Pilot Peak Winery will have great food from Meze, music and SYRCL’s renowned silent and live auctions with great stuff to bid on. Hope to see you there.

MISS (from Susan Rogers): To this week’s letter to the editor suggesting that the County or the Fire Safe Council “subsidize” free green waste drops of any amount at the transfer station. Really? The nonprofit Fire Safe Council exists on membership fees, donations and tiny percentages of the project grants they get, and that barely keeps their doors open. The County’s money come from us, the taxpayers — governments don’t have funds of their own. Why should I (or anyone else) subsidize some large landowner to clear his land on my dime? This new reality is forcing many people to make some hard choices.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): To the multiple offerings of fine local produce, products and meats, crafts and live music being gratefully, upon us once again. On Saturday Nevada City kicked off its morning Farmers’ Market on Union Street featuring sustainably grown fruits, vegetables, meats and food products from our area. Also happening now is the “Market at Grass Valley” with three locations: the North Star House on Saturday mornings, Downtown Grass Valley across from Safeway on Thursday evenings and the Pine Creek Shopping Center in front of Raley’s on Tuesday mornings. They’re all healthy, wholesome, impressive and fun; the result of year-round efforts on the part of our growers. Please visit https://themarketatgrassvalley.com/ and http://www.ncfarmersmarket.org.

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