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Readers’ Corner

Meltdown update: It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through the Meltdown. First of all, the time has gone so fast … and when I think about the food items I’ve given up over the past few weeks, it seems like nothing, really. As I’m losing about one to two pounds a week, it occurs to me that part of the success is the community support and the weekly meetings. If you haven’t been to the meetings, I urge you to go. The energy there is remarkable – that large group experience, kinda like a Rolling Stones stadium concert, sorta.

Be thinking about how the Meltdown can carry on after February and how we can make Nevada County a fitness-friendly community.

Feb. 22, Sunday, is the annual Mardi Gras Joe Cain Parade. We’re working on having any Meltdowners who feel so inclined to march in the parade, led by Nevada City Mayor Kerry Arnett. Not to mention the fact that it’s another way to exercise!

Healthy teacher: This isn’t Meltdown news, but it certainly fits. Lori Burkhart Frank of United Way told me about Lew Sitzer, a teacher who works out of the superintendent’s office. Lori said he teaches a health class to sophomores at Nevada Union High School; he asks each student to make a commitment to change a behavior for health reasons and to document it for four months. One example is a student who made committed to have a healthy smoothie every morning; another committed to sitting down with his family for a meal once a week. Sounds like a great idea Lew’s got.

Stonehouse restaurant: I saw Mimi Boardman, one of the owners of the new restaurant where the Old Brewery used to be in Nevada City. Everyone noticed how much work has been done over the past few months while the place was getting ready to open, and I feared that the character of the building would be destroyed. Not so. They have retained the brick and stone walls throughout, and it feels like it fits perfectly in the community.

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

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