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Meltdown update: There is so much to report on the Nevada County Meltdown Challenge. I’m sure everyone knows now that Katie Couric is sending a “Today” show crew to Carole Carson’s house before the crack of dawn on Tuesday morning. Locally, the interview should be seen about 8 a.m. She got a call late Friday from MSNBC – they want to do a documentary-type story on Nevada County’s Meltdown and plan to spend the day and evening Tuesday in Nevada County. They will hook up with Carole after the “Today” show and follow her throughout the day. Then, Tuesday evening, they’ll be at our Meltdown meeting at the Fairgrounds to film. And they won’t be the only crew there, either. A British network – called Splash of all things – will be filming for European television.

More and more calls are coming in, and even more people are joining the Meltdown. Carole said Friday there are nearly 180 teams registered now. I know collectively we’ve lost more than 1 ton and by Tuesday that number will be even higher! Think about how much a ton really is. If our county loses 4 tons by the end of February, that would be incredible.

And, even though we weren’t in the Meltdown just for the prizes, they continue to be donated. Weight Watchers’ headquarters called and they will have a representative on hand at the meeting Tuesday night, handing out free T-shirts. (They’re bringing 1,000.) I heard they will also be contributing prizes for the end of the Meltdown.

By the way, on the prize issue: Don’t be discouraged if your team isn’t losing 10 pounds a week. Carole said while the top few teams will get prizes based on most weight lost, many other prizes will be given out in some random way.

Anyone who hasn’t joined the Meltdown can still come on down. Show up at the Fairgrounds Tuesday night and join the fun. It’s never too late. Oh, and try to bring chairs to the meeting if you can.

Don’t forget to check out on the Web, too!

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

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