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Rain on the parade: It’s pretty hard to throw a parade in February in Nevada County, what with rain and snow and all. Sunday’s Mardi Gras Parade was a bit wet, but marchers and spectators alike went on as if it were a sunny day. Did you happen to catch the Lyman Gilmore Band? Their rendition of “Louie, Louie” was awesome. I marched with the Red Hat Society, and we had the band in front of us, so it was especially festive.

It seems like the Mardi Gras festivities don’t get out of control anymore, anyway. The extra police presence helps, too. I had a big chuckle when I saw Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato wearing his fur hat and Mardi Gras beads while he schmoozed with the crowd. A far cry from his LAPD days, I’m sure!

Too many phone books? Is it my imagination, or are phone books multiplying like rabbits? There used to be a time when there was one. It was THE phone book. Now you’ve got Sure West, Pac Bell, Gold Country, and at least a couple more. Anyway, if you want to get rid of some, you can toss them in the curbside recycling bin or in one of the recycling centers around town.

Recently, when the Nevada City post office had some undeliverable phone books, Postmaster Lisa Giannetta called the Nevada County Recycles Program for some help. They brought a recycling bin and even provided volunteers to tear the plastic wrap off the books. All told, 1,200 pounds of phone books were recycled, saving about $88 in disposal costs.

Nevada City business: If you have an interest in this topic, Cathy Whittlesey of the Chamber of Commerce has a meeting for you. It’s happening this Friday at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 317 Broad St. It concerns a report written by the Chico Economic Development Department at Cal State University, Chico, that reflects the economic impact of the Nevada City business community on the city. There will be a presentation summarizing the report and explaining the data. Call the Chamber for more info at 265-2692.

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

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