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Denture caper: Remember when I wrote that there was an ad in The Union classifieds for dentures someone had found? (I liked the line “please identify.”) Well, I got the most interesting response from Sandra Rockman, telling of the time that her mother, suffering from dementia, lost her dentures in Grass Valley. This happened about eight years ago, when Rena Rockman took an unescorted powder from the board and care home on West Main Street where she was living. Most of the merchants at that time knew Rena, since she and Sandra would often take walks in the area. (To “keep her restless feet happy,” Sandra says.) Rena ended up on that day at Cheryl’s Clothes Closet, where Sandra was, and greeted her with a big smile – sans teeth. So Sandra called The Union and placed the following ad: “Alzheimer Mom lost dentures downtown Grass Valley. Please call …” Sandra said she received a call from The Union’s classified supervisor a few days later, saying they felt bad for Sandra and her mom and weren’t charging them for the ad. “I’ve never gotten over that graciousness in the midst of such a difficult period in my life,” Sandra said. Isn’t that nice? Then she added, “My mom is gone now, since ’98, but the care she got here in and by this community after I moved her from L.A. was the best a person could ask for.” By the way, she said she thought she heard on NPR that dentures are left behind in hotel rooms more often than anything else. Who knew?

Save the Yuba: The Yuba Watershed Council is looking for volunteers. They are trying to develop their restoration program and would love it if some folks would step up. Call Lynn Campbell at 265-4860 or e-mail her at if you’re interested.

Pirates, ahoy: If you go to Summer Nights in Nevada City tonight, or another Wednesday, look for the Pirate Ship Playhouse on the top of Broad Street. It will be opening for playing beginning at 6 p.m. The ship/playhouse will eventually be raffled off to support Sierra Services for the Blind. Tickets cannot be sold at Summer Nights, but you can arrange to buy them later from volunteers if you’re interested.


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

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