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Happy Birthday! To Ben Barretta, a great guy and president of the Nevada City Rotary Club. Have a wonderful birthday!

Overheard on Broad Street: Two teenage girls walking along Broad. One girl pointed to a shiny silver BMW sports car, turned to her friend and said, “Now, that’s the kind of car our parents should get us. That, or a Porsche Boxster. Those two-seaters are just so much safer.”

Kudos to pilot: William Duda of Grass Valley was lauded in a letter we received for giving more than 100 young people a free demonstration airplane ride as part of the Young Eagles program. The goal of the Young Eagles is to allow young people to experience positive activities and discover all that the world of aviation has to offer.

Did you know: The Nevada County Fair will have four nights of motor sports this year in the arena?

Never Too Late: Melba Brown, who handles paid obituaries for The Union, told me about the organization Never Too Late. It is very similar to Make-A-Wish, except the recipients are the elderly. It is for people over 65 who are in nursing homes, assisted living or adult day care. Basically, the organization grants wishes for these seniors. It might be a simple thing, like a balloon bouquet for someone’s birthday, or something more elaborate, like driving a race car. From the Web site: “Mostly, Never Too Late is about making connections, networking in the best sense of the word, making people feel good about themselves. This program is about taking people who feel invisible and forgotten and showing them we care just because they are alive and with us. … It is about remembering them and honoring them for all they have ever done, or been, all of their long lives.” For more information, call founder Bob Haverstick at (317) 823-4705 or visit on the Web.


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

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