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Running into people: I think one of the neatest things about living in a small town is bumping into people as you go about your business. I was getting gas recently on Sacramento Street and saw Susan Solinsky, so I naturally asked about the Mowen Solinsky Gallery and how they were doing. Susan said the gallery on Broad Street has been doing very well, both with tourists and locals. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re in for a treat. Absolutely beautiful.

Proud of education: I got a great e-mail from Marshall Goldberg, who is the principal of Bitney Springs High School. He had read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the “quiet erosion” of science education in California high schools and told me the following: “Here at Bitney Springs High School – a small, public ‘college prep’ charter school on McCourtney Road – we require the state minimum of two years of science for graduation, but encourage students to complete at least three years. We have a complete science course offering, including scientific methods, biology, chemistry, physics and geology. The average number of students in our science classes (and other classes) is 20. In science (and in all our classes) we are raising the bar. We believe in the benefits of smaller class sizes, hands-on learning … accessibility … and the benefits of building a school culture focused on academic excellence.” He also told me the school’s motto: “Where students are known, respected and educated.”

Hospital library: Gary Cooke over at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital wants readers to know that through the Alzheimer’s Outreach Project, the hospital has a collection of Alzheimer’s and memory loss books available for check out to anyone in the community. You don’t have to be dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s, Gary said. The books on preventing memory loss are excellent. There is even a DVD. The consumer section of the library at the hospital is just inside the door. Look for the Alzheimer’s Outreach Project sign and then the books with purple dots on the spines. Call the part-time librarian to find out what hours the library will be open each week at 274-6064.


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

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