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Readers’ Corner

Heart of Nevada City: Everybody loves the Miners Foundry, but Executive Director Ellen Davis and Administrative Assistant Laurel Gavin have been astounded at the generosity of our restaurant and food merchants.

When the foundry was ready to begin its long-awaited bathroom renovation, Ellen sent letters to restaurants and grocery stores in hopes that they could help provide lunch for the 10-person Habitat for Humanity crew remodeling the bathrooms. The crew only asked for coffee in the morning and lunch; other than that, their work is volunteer, Ellen said.

“Not long after the letters went out, we had phone messages, e-mails and letters from merchants wanting to help,” Ellen said. “It brought tears to our eyes.”

So far, the following merchants have either catered lunch for the crew or volunteered to do so: Villa Venezia, Trolley Junction, South Pine Cafe, Swiss House, Charlie’s Angels, Citizen’s, Daddy’s Little Grill, Round Table Pizza, P.J.’s Meats, Los Sombreros, Bubba’s Bagels, Carl’s Jr., Railroad Cafe, SPD in Nevada City and Raley’s.

In addition, Sierra Tile and Stone and Young’s Carpet One both donated materials.

Ellen said she’s also discovered that the Habitat crew likes wedding cake, and since the foundry is a popular site for weddings, the workers have been able to sample leftover cake. In fact, after last weekend’s Wedding Fair, Donna the Cake Artist left all of her samples for the crew. It was much appreciated.

Strange ticket: Did you know you can get a ticket for something called “wheel cramp?” Someone I know got a ticket in front of the courthouse in Nevada City. He looked it up in the Penal Code and found out that wheel cramp is when your car wheels are not turned toward the curb when you are on a grade of 3 percent or more. Now, call me a cynic, but when people are breaking into cars, cooking meth, stealing mail and all sorts of other stuff, wheel cramp seems pretty minor. Not to mention the fact that I have no clue what percentage any grade in town is except the 31 percent grade in Cascade Shores. Be careful when you park – you’ve been warned.

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

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