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Kids jump rope to raise money, hope for hearts

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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People in Washington have to start savin’ up their money fast. Our school kids are starting their practice for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart on March 2, so, they’ll be running around town looking for sponsors (they can have several each) to pay them so much per jump. Last year the students made a donation of nearly $300.

I’m onto their scam by now – not the Heart Association, the kids. They line up on my porch lookin’ like a bad case of the dry wilts, all peaked and poorly. “Could you (cough moan wheeze) be my sponsor for the Jump Rope for Heart? Puh-leeeze?”

Wail hailfar, how many times can a sick, puny child jump a rope in five minutes? Nine, ten times at a quarter per each?



Um, 800 times, courtesy of JT Wilson. Eight hundred jumps in five minutes! His shocked sponsor started looking around for his own sponsor. Amy Lee did 250 jumps and kindergartners Coral and Derrick jumped 37 and 25 times, respectively. I was broke for a month.

If you’d like to sponsor a kid (a penny per jump is just dandy, dear readers), please call the Washington School at 265-2880 to sign up.




A couple years ago, I was in Westamerica Bank and met a very nice woman, also named Vivian. There aren’t too many Vivians around. She had a couple of kids, was living down the hill and commuting to her work in Nevada County. She said she was planning to move to Bigtown but I didn’t pay it any mind; plans have a way of falling through.

Well dang! Vivian Little is now a bank service officer at the same bank; she married Scot Little (he works for Mountain People’s Warehouse), bought a house and moved up here, all in May 2001. Her kids are Jesse, 6 years old and attending Hennessy School in Grass Valley; and James, 15, a student at Bear River High School. She is so happy, little giggles keep bubbling out of her. If you ever get the blue devils, stop in and see her. She’ll banish them in a minute.

I know you don’t know Jewel Rymer because she lives way over in Olivehurst. I met her at the Martin Luther King Gospel Concert at the Miner’s Foundry on Jan. 20, which you missed again, huh? Miss Jewel is 82 years young and I’m not trying to be cutesy about that. She was married for four years to Lyle Rymer. “Oh, we knew each other when we were just kids; I was 17 and he was 20,” Jewel told me. “Then we didn’t see each other again for 60 years and when we did get together, we decided not to wait too long to get married, which we did on September 26, 1997. He died in 2000, though … just the nicest person in the world.”

The concert is always good, but this year it was extra special because I got to sit next to Jewel and share it with her. Next year it’ll be held in Marysville, and I’m going to meet her there. I’m really looking forward to that, too.

Reader Alert: I had the wrong time for the fabulous Valentine’s Day Extravaganza put on by the Washington Hotel & Cafe every year. The date is Friday, Feb. 14, rain or shine and everything in between. I’ll give you more details next week, I promise. I don’t know what chef Wil Chambers will be dreaming up for dinner, but whatever it is, it won’t be kind to your cholesterol level, I can tell you that much.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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