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Positive light shines on our students

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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We’re still talking about Corina Loving, who was elected president of the Twin Ridges Elementary School District.

From Corina: “Oh my gosh, what don’t we do? We keep a handle on the budget; that’s a challenge all by itself. We have a steering committee for our charter schools, for one thing. Maybe someone has a grant and comes to us … For instance, we were able to get together with Diana Pasquini to organize a great summer art program at Malakoff School. The kids really enjoyed that, learned to do some creative things.

“We keep abreast of current legislation that affects our particular school district. It sounds casual, but it’s absolutely crucial to stay current on what’s happening in the state and federal government. It’s so easy for the powers that be to concentrate on the needs of the big school districts in the larger cities, and then our rural districts tend to get ignored. That means services for our in-the-country kids get cut back or eliminated, and we can’t afford to let that happen, no way. Our rural voice can so easily get lost, and we can’t let that happen.

“I’m also the government relations chair with the California School Boards Association for our district. Ever year I attend the CSBA Legislative Action Conference; we lobby our assembly people, go to workshops, and meet with lawgivers about issues in our district.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of meetings and a lot of travel time, but this is wonderful for our community and brings a more positive light to what we want to do for the children in the long run. Sometimes you have to step outside the box for the betterment of the whole, lead by example. I’m more than willing to do whatever it takes to make it a little easier for our kids.”

Birthday party plans are afoot at the Washington Hotel. Bartender Mickey Stefan and co-owner Mama Sue Decorte want to get the word out that Tony Ratti’s 50th birthday is Feb. 9. If you know Tony (or don’t know him, that’s all right, too), please call MIckey at 265-4364 for some surprise pre-party details you need to know before attending.

The April Fool’s Pajama Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and it is exactly that – a pajama party. I’m telling you now so you’ll have time to find some decent nightwear other than your usual ratty T-shirt and worn-out slippers. Mickey said wearing your birthday suit is severely discouraged – she knows who you are, and if you show up au naturel, she won’t let you in.

Everybody in pj’s gets a teddy bear as a party favor, and there will be a contest for best boy and girl jammies. Guests are urged to bring along their favorite lullaby and be prepared to sing it, or have a friend sing it for you.

Rooms are available for overnight stays and several have already been reserved; call Mickey at the above number. I’m definitely going, as I have a set of size 4X Doctor Dentons in classic red flannel that I’ve been saving for just such a special event.

True to the flavor of an authentic Gold Rush saloon, Mickey really does slide beers clean on down the bar to appreciative customers. “Oh, sometimes I get a little sloppy,” she laughed. “But come on down, and I’ll try to be more accurate for you!”

No, I’m not done by a long shot. I still have to tell you about Space’s visit with his son Rusty, the annual Valentine’s Day blowout on Feb. 14, the Mardi Gras party and meeting Little Tom. Yes, we also have a Big Tom and a Medium Tom.

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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