Readers’ Corner 10/26/07 |

Readers’ Corner 10/26/07

Helping fire victims: Our community knows how to pull together, and support for the Southern California fire victims is proof. The Three Rivers Red Cross sent 15 people, including four from western Nevada County, along with two emergency response vehicles.

“There are a ton of people who need assistance,” said Susan Tiffany, the disaster services manager. The chapter already has spent 40 percent of its disaster services funds this year and welcomes donations.

Your donations can be sent to the chapter’s main office at 2125 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, 95991.

Read all about it: The New York Times ArtsBeat blog wrote about Mariee Sioux of Nevada City performing in NYC’s East Village last week. Also mentioned was local harpist Joanna Newsom. The occasion was a party for NC’s Grass Roots Recording Co., as The Times wrote:

“Cradling an acoustic guitar, she used quick bursts of finger-picking to give some songs unexpected (though still gentle) momentum,” it read. Sioux was on the Oct. 4 cover of Prospector. Congratulations to all!

Rainy days: Pat Lane writes: “I’ve been doing a study of drivers who do not turn their headlights on when it is raining, even though it is the law. My unscientific results have shown that eight out 10 of them are either teenagers (mostly girls) and women, the two groups of drivers who I think are the most easily distracted and who I think don’t always have their minds on their driving. How do we get the word out that common sense and the law insist that lights be on when it is gray and rainy?”

Thoughtful gesture: A rare look into the court’s inner workings:

Judge Robert Tamietti was the one who told Deputy DA Kathryn Francis in his chambers that she didn’t get the judicial appointment she and others had sought, court records show.

“Judge Dowling made these assignments as a humane gesture to attempt to minimize awkward notification of fine attorneys of disappointing news in a public setting. I took on the assignment as to Ms. Francis for that purpose and with that spirit,” the document said.

Well done, Judges! Ms. Francis is a fine and eloquent attorney, indeed. Judge Candace Heidelberger is a longtime NC resident.

North Star House: A ceremony to kick off restoration of the historic house disclosed this detail: The rock used to build the handsome columns at the home came from waste rock at the mine. Glad to know architect Julia Morgan was fond of recycling. Thanks to docent Penelope Curtis for the insight.

Trick or treat: See’s candy is now offered for sale at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 265-2692 for further information. Proceeds are used to fund Nevada City’s special events. Did you know privately held See’s is owned by Warren Buffett, one of the world’s greatest investors? “It pays to buy quality,” is Buffett’s mantra. With See’s, people don’t return many of them to the candy dish.


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