Hits & Misses in Nevada County: New improved corner a HIT
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 email@example.com.
HIT (from reader Becky Goodwin): To construction going on at the corner of Neal and South Auburn streets in Grass Valley. Looks like someone is replacing the weathered old “Welcome to Grass Valley” sign with a new, improved corner as well!
HIT (from Editorial Board member Susan Rogers): To the ACME Robotics team from Nevada Union High School, which placed 22nd in the recent World Competition in Houston. That might not sound like a great showing, but considering there were 160 total teams, it’s actually pretty terrific. Congrats to these bright kids, who should have a great career ahead of them if they stay interested in this field.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To the column by Hollie Grimaldi Flores describing the joys of summer camp. Her vivid tales of mosquito bites, learning to braid a lanyard (I still have mine), using a sleeping bag, hiking adventures, camp songs, and water-front play brought back fond childhood memories for me. I hope lots of kids get to go to camp this summer.
HIT (from Rebane): To KVMR (89.5 FM) for the pop-up concerts happening around town which are meant to spruce up the listening lineup and entertain shoppers. While hoping to spur donations, the music was a nice surprise to this early morning shopper on Mill Street last week.
HIT (from Rebane): A mega HIT to Music in the Mountains for bringing Opera Modesto’s Carmen in Concert to the Nevada Theatre Tuesday evening. What fun to yell BRAVO! (it’s a required opera-goer response when hearing something they like) for beautiful and moving arias performed by talented soloists. The melodies, the passion, the jealousy and the tragedy — a powerful story — all brought to life right here in Nevada City.
MISS (from Rebane): To the way Waste Management continues to toss emptied trash cans helter-skelter all over the roadside. Multiple complaints over the years to Waste Management has not improved the matter. Our neighborhood collection point starts out with the trash cans lined up like parade soldiers and after pickup, Waste Management throws the cans on their sides leaving the bunch to look like they were hit by a grenade.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Terry McAteer): To Bear River High School tennis champ Sophie Christen winning the section singles title. Sophie is a freshman!
HIT (from McAteer): Many thanks to the City of Grass Valley for fixing the drainage situation on Slate Creek Road. The annual spring under the roadway turned the road into a water slide!
HIT (from McAteer): As another school year comes to a close, a huge thanks to the many community members and parents who volunteer in our schools to assist our students and teachers. Your service is noted and appreciated.
MISS (from Editorial Board member Shanti Emerson: A big miss to the conspiracy theorists who somehow read something in James Comey’s tweet that ruined the annual Blue Marble Jubilee fundraiser, which was supposed to have benefited Grass Valley Charter School. This was fake news at its worst.
HIT (from Emerson): To the annual Quilt Show at the Fairgrounds. Incredibly beautiful pieces of art.
HIT (from Emerson): To the Kids Safe Day and Carnival at the Rood Center. This was a chance for families to meet with first responders, plus many local health and safety organizations. There were fire engines, police cars and ambulances to see up close. Also, there were fun rides for the children to enjoy. Thanks to Gold Country Kiwanis and the many generous donors that made this day possible.
HIT (from Emerson): To the two men who asked me to eat with them after I admired their food in front of El Favorito Taqueria. Strangers no more! Yummy.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Rick Nolle): To the golf community of Lake Wildwood for sponsoring their “Salute to the Military” golf outing. Lake Wildwood members sponsor a military person from Beale Air Force Base. The military person receives free golf, lunch and laughs at the members’ expense.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): Friar Tuck’s opened in 1973 in Nevada City, and it just changed hands. Through good times and bad, (and following a total rebuild after a devastating fire), it continues to be “Nevada City’s living room.” Uniquely, it features top-notch live music every single night: Jonathan Meredith and Tom McDonald since 1975, George Souza 1980, John Girton 1981, Kelly Fleming 1985, plus Lorraine Gervais, Dream and The Dreamer, Eli Rush and … And that’s just the music, not to mention great food, drink and ambiance. Here’s a sincere “thank you” to the Cook family, and every success to the Paige family with their new venture.
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