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Junior football gives little Bruins a workout

“Oooh, my hammies,” complained James, as he walked across the kitchen to grab a pair of scissors from the drawer. He was, of course, referring to his hamstrings that had been put to the test at the Bear River Junior Bruins football camp earlier this week.

The scissors were to be used to cut the sleeves off of his camp T-shirt, transforming it into a muscle shirt. James is 8, but his attitude mimics that of his three teenage brothers – our battle to preserve his innocence never ends.

James and other participants of the BRJB camp enjoyed cooler-than-average temperatures as they fine-tuned their skills for the 2007 season. Led by high school coaches Scott Savoie and Dean Sweeney, and by volunteer Bear River varsity football players and alumni, the half-pint players got a taste of the physical dedication it takes to become a real player.



Angela Otwell, secretary for the BRJB, said this year’s four-day camp had 87 participants, and the $40 fee included a T-shirt and Thursday evening barbeque. The young athletes shared the Bear River High School practice fields with the freshman football team and pony-tailed high school cheerleaders.

Look for the BRJB cheerleaders in front of El Dorado Savings on Saturday, where they will be holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




If having to use a port-a-potty has kept you from attending the Bear River Bruin football games in the past, then help is on the way! Real restrooms are under construction and should be ready for the 2007 season.

The LOP area can always use another toilet, but another real estate office? A reliable on-site source has told me that the space near the Holiday Market and next door to PointClickPrint will soon be home to a Keller Williams Realty office. The move was prompted by the Realtor’s desire to expand the office’s presence in Southern Nevada County.

More local agents may not be all bad, however, since there are nearly 100 homes for sale in Lake of the Pines. The good news is, according to the Nevada County Board of Realtors Web site, homes are selling for 95 percent of the listing price. However, the average DOM, or days on market, is 122 days.

ERA Cornerstone Realty Group has its grip on the south county by marketing the Saddle Ridge development on Combie Road. For the past several weeks, heavy equipment has been re-ordering tons of red dirt in preparation of the 73 house foundations soon to be poured. According to agent Mimi Simmons, a stone privacy wall will be built first, to shield the development from traffic on Combie Road.

School will be back in session in less than one month, so the time to forget about a soft real estate market is now. On Sunday, July 22, Lake of the Pines will be hosting Music on the Lake, featuring Rockin’ Bocker. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the LOP Clubhouse.

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Laura Lavelle’s column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at laural@the union.com or leave a message with the Readership Editor at 477-4238.


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