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Nevada County folks the best you’ll ever find

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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Doo-wop lives! The inimitable Brian Lee hosts a show every Saturday night on KVMR from 6-8 p.m. featuring doo-wop, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. Why not just straight doo-wop?

“I think my listeners appreciate a little more variety,” Brian explained. He’s been a Nevada County resident for a lot of years, having come up from Southern California, and he loves it here.

“Oh yeah, it’s just great. I like the lifestyle, the change of seasons … it’s just a neat place to live and a lot of fun. We (wife Sandy and kids) live maybe 10 minutes outside of the city limits, but it feels like we’re out in the middle of nowhere.”



I got a terrific New Year’s Day treat, dear readers. If you remember, I mentioned my broken record player a while ago, and try as I might, I couldn’t find anyone on the Net who could come up with parts to fix it. Dang. Then I got a wonderful note from Bigtowner Sandy Beach, who had the same problem and recommended a repairman down the hill: “He is fixing my dinosaur even as I write this.”

The information was much appreciated, but the real reward was when I called Sandy; that 10-minute chat absolutely made my day. What a personality on that woman! She’s a relative newcomer, having moved to Nevada County last February after years of visits, and she couldn’t be happier about her decision to relocate.




“I love the rocks, the trees, the people who go out of their way to be friendly. I saw a sign in a little shop on Broad Street that said, “I belong here,” and that’s exactly how I feel.”

She’s presently looking for work; she’s so enthusiastic about living in Bigtown, she could be a one-woman Chamber of Commerce.

Just before Christmas I was in a grocery store near The Union, stocking up for the holidays. Trish Jaime has worked there as a checker for quite awhile and we always chat when I go through her line. When my stuff was bagged, she said, “Oh my goodness! Let me give you a Christmas hug!” and she came around the counter and we hugged each other, and I melted. Where else does nice stuff like that ever happen but Nevada County? Over time, I tend to take living here for granted; then I meet people like Sandy and Trish, and it all comes back to me.

I’m sorry you missed the Washington School Christmas Program, but if you had come down, I would’ve blessed you out but good. It was snowing something awful that night. We’re going to try to get you down here in June, when we have a graduation and don’t have to worry about bad roads.

Not to brag too much, I had breakfast with Bernie Fishman and Ed Taylor a few weeks ago. I was in the Kmart cafe when I heard: “Vivian! Hey Vivian! Come on over!” Boy, howdy, that sure brought back a lot of memories, because when I was young and lithe and some good-lookin’ guy called out my name, I’d get into more trouble – oh, never mind that.

Ed has lived in Grass Valley close to 60 years; he attended Hennessey School and the old Grass Valley High School, and he’s got some neat stories to tell, which I hope he’s written down. Bernie is lightning in a bottle; what can I say? I could’ve sat there for another hour listening to him.

I have all kinds of news from your favorite little town, so please visit next week.

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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