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Locals are home alone in Littletown during winter

You and I are still socializing in the bar at the Washington Hotel, asking locals how they fend off cabin fever. Yes, we’ve been here for two weeks. So what?

Poison Bob likes to take walks, if weather permits, and play with his favorite sidekick Buck-O, a Queensland heeler. “Oh, I listen to the radio, visit my friends, enjoy the surroundings, stop in at Washington’s living room.”

Bob has lived in Littletown for several years and has an 18-foot trailer over at Pine-Aire Campground. “I have the best landlords in the entire world, Gene and Jeanne Godfrey. They are absolutely the best people ever.”

Like most satellite-owning residents, Gabriel is a dedicated fan of the Discovery Channel. “Snow is OK, I certainly don’t mind it, no. I used to get so excited when it snowed because I could go skiing. But now (sigh) I’m a little older, and I’d rather stay home where it’s warm and dry.”

Merv offered a nugget of truth. “To be absolutely honest, this is the one time of the year when Washington really belongs to the people who live here. We don’t get many visitors of any kind, very few tourists, so everything is mostly quiet. I think we all enjoy these few months of the year when we can call the town our very own. At my house we like to watch TV, play games, play cards … Aunt Elaine and Amy play cribbage by the hour – they really love their time together.”

Dena Krausch is Industry Queen 2004. “This is the perfect time to clean out the closet, organize the family photos. Chuck likes to get out and plow everybody’s driveways after it snows. We spend most of our warm-weather time outdoors or at the river, so when bad weather keeps us inside, we have plenty of chores all lined up.”

In the cafe next door, Amy Lee was in the back by the heater working on the perennial jigsaw puzzle. I no sooner turned around than in walked Russ and Lillian Schulze from Bigtown; what a surprise! The cafe was quite empty and quiet, and Lillian asked Chef Wil if he was indeed open for business.

“You bet we are. C’mon in and get warm, we’ll bring you some lunch.”

Henry came through for a cup of coffee. “Hey, good to see ya, folks, glad you could make it down! Pick a place to sit, any place at all.”

Lillian mentioned that Bonnie Palmer had been their son’s teacher at Pleasant Ridge for five years. That was a coincidence of sorts, because Bonnie Palmer taught right here at Washington School around 1956 or so and to go even further back, her own mother, Mabel William Flindt, was the teacher here from 1923 to 1927. Just so you know who I’m talking about, here’s a photograph that Bonnie so kindly gave me of Mrs. Flindt, taken when she was a very young woman. What a beauty!

But I digress. Russ and Lillian were married Nov. 19, 1943 and have lived in Nevada County for 57 years. “Oh, we were just babies when we married,” she said, and I can certainly believe that because they are brimming with energy and good health. So happy you came out for a visit and we could meet!

Washington School is planning a fund-raiser for Friday, Feb. 6. Dinner, which is a baked potato and a salad bar, starts at 6 p.m. to give guests the strength for the Haute Trash Fashion Show at 7 p.m. I’ll tell you more next week, so please make a note on your calendar.

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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