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Readers’ Corner

Meltdown update: OK, OK …the Nevada County Meltdown Challenge has finally outgrown every venue except the Nevada County Fairgrounds, so it’s moving there for the rest of the meetings. I think it will be in the main building – the one you can see from McCourtney Road – but there will be signs or people to direct you next Tuesday. We certainly were crammed in that cafeteria Tuesday night, huh? Maybe that’s part of the weight-loss plan … squished like sardines. When this is all over perhaps we’ll fit in a small conference room. Not because people drop out, but because we’re all so tiny. Hee hee! There was a team sitting in the seats in the back who lost more than 20 pounds – if you’re a member of that team, please get in touch with me.

Did you know a reporter and photographer from the Los Angeles Times were there? A story is planned and may run this weekend. Their Web site is The Meltdown has been featured on Sacramento television channels 3, 10 and 13 so far. I’ve lost count of the radio stations but KNCO has been great with getting the word out. What a great thing for Nevada County to be known for, huh? And I thought it was very brave for Nevada City Mayor Kerry Arnett to get up there and declare his plan to get fit. It’s a good feeling that we’re all in this together! Has anyone tried Charlie’s Angels new Meltdown menu? I’m going to check it out next week.

Retired Public Employees Association: The reader who was looking for this organization didn’t leave her phone number, but I can attest to the fact that it is an active organization!! KNCO reporter and retired sheriff’s dude Gary Jacobson was the first to call, which is fitting since he’s the membership chairman and vice president of RPEA. Call him at the radio station for information: 477-2323.

Apostrophe Liberation Front: Nevada City resident and local writer Don Baumgart has deputized me to cover a grammar issue for The Union. ALF, as the group refers to itself, began when, several years ago, Nevada City posted signs at Pioneer Park saying “no skateboards in it’s (sic) roadways.” ALF’s credo is, “Abuse the apostrophe, pay a dollar!” Don said the group sends offenders a letter asking that they contribute $1 to an educational cause. He didn’t say if the park signs were ever changed, however. Thanks Don, I’m proud to be a member of ALF.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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