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Kind neighbors make Grass Valley a special place

Some folks say that Grass Valley isn’t the small town it once was – that traffic is awful and all the rest that comes with change.

Many of you have lived in a large city before coming here. A community, and more importantly, a neighborhood, is what really makes any place we live special. What each of us contribute, even in the smallest effort, can and does make us what we aspire to be as a community.

Across my street a home was up for sale for sometime. Finally two teachers from Marysville bought it.



It wasn’t long before there was a knock at my door. They and their dog, dressed as a bee, were handing out Halloween candy.

Then December came and beautiful lights went up and warm cookies were delivered.




On any rainy night when I might feel a little low, there’s a knock at my door and some sweet treat to have with cold milk – making me feel, frankly, like my mom’s still around.

On Memorial Day weekend, I opened my drapes to see their entire deck railings covered with red, white, and blue decorations, a red star flag in the window.

What I want to say to this couple and their three grown kids, and even their dog, is this: I have the privilege of living across from real, caring people.

You are a constant reminder of how it’s done, neighborhoods. I mean, one cookie at a time, one smile is all. Despite how busy they are, they still come here wanting to make our street, our community, their new home.

I know you are wondering where you can get warm cookies and cough syrup at midnight when you are sick. It’s easy – get busy and walk across the street. Let your neighbors know in some small way you care. Perhaps a single flower on a mailbox.

It won’t matter about Walgreen’s building here, the traffic, or any thing else if we concentrate on how we can make our lovely town stay special.

We fly our flags because we are free because men and women died for us. Don’t let us let down their sacrifice. Like the State Farm slogan, “like a good neighbor,” I will be there!

Diane Davy lives in Grass Valley.


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