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Area history: The owner of The Owl in Grass Valley, John Soares, called to tell me what his bartender, Max Roberts, is up to. Many of you probably remember Max from his bartending days at The National Hotel – hey, that’s where Nevada City City Councilman Steve Cottrell said he learned a lot about the area history when Steve was a night bartender there … must be something about The National! Anyway, Max has been tapped to be interviewed and filmed, beginning today, in Virginia City, Nev., by a company called Wild West Tech. He will be speaking about gambling history and area bar history. Max’s specialty is law enforcement history. John said it’s an exciting opportunity for Max, and he’s being paid for this work. “He is so pumped and excited. He loves to talk to people about history,” John said. Max is a terrific speaker, so I’m sure he’ll do well.

Potbellied pig update: Remember Cecelia, the potbellied pig who was rescued by San Juan Ridge pig lover Lisa Jansen? Pig lovers and local rescue folks will be at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley this Saturday with some pigs they’d like you to meet. Lisa said the event is called Dog Days of Winter. I don’t know who/what else will be happening, but I’m sure the pigs will be fun. It’s from noon to 5 p.m.

Cramping your wheels: An anonymous caller said that it is not funny to make light of a ticket for cramping your wheels because a runaway car or truck can cause considerable damage. Duly noted.



Meltdown related news: Carolyn Rice sent me a nice note to point out that The Community Center/Senior Center at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley offers low-priced classes for the weight and health conscious. She mentioned aerobics, tai chi and stretch and strength. Carolyn says, “The Center is a multigenerational, self-sustaining local entity that gets no government subsistence, yet has managed to survive with community support and is a vibrant and vital member of our community.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.




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


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