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Small world: Remember when I wrote about Ron Sturgell, the guy who has more than 10,000 historical pictures? He’s also the guy who has an exhibit of pictures at the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. Anyway, when I wrote about him using all of his own money for this effort, some readers sent him donations to help him preserve these important pieces of the county’s history. One of those who donated – although I didn’t know it at the time – was my friend Ginny Knott of Nevada City. Well, earlier this week Ron drove to Ginny’s house to personally thank her for donating! Is that nice, or what? He also gave her two pictures of the mine that used to be on her property on Bridge Street. Don’t miss his exhibit at the Fair. It’s in the Main Building, on the right side, in the front. By the way, The Union will once again have a booth in the Main Building, as well. I’ll let you know when key editors and reporters will be there when I get the schedule.

Day at work: It was Friday afternoon, and I was getting ready to write this column for Saturday’s paper. I got out my file folder of e-mails, letters, notes I’ve scribbled, etc., and found an e-mail I’d received from someone who was looking for a Nevada County resident and asked for my help. The area code of the man’s phone number was 630. The first thing I do is get out the phone book, because just about everyone here is listed. I love that!! And sure enough, this man was listed. His name is Nolemana Hu, so of course he was the only one. I called him and asked if he knew Jack Bright was looking for him. “Jack Bright? I completely lost touch with him! How did he know I was in Nevada County?” Nolemana said. Anyway, when we dispensed with that business we had a lovely chat. Nolemana, who moved here one year ago from Maui, used to train horses. He has extensively studied their bloodlines, genetics, etc. He said he spent a week researching Smarty Jones and knew that, genetically, he would not win the Belmont. And we know now that he was right. Nolemana moved to Nevada County after a friend discovered it and said it was a great place to live – and no humidity, which is bad in Maui. Nolemana’s wife is still commuting back and forth from Maui, where she is the principal masseuse at the Four Seasons, with 85 massage therapists working under her. She’ll be living here full time pretty soon, when she will have a small massage business. Isn’t it interesting what you can learn by just talking to someone? There used to be a newspaper with a feature called “Everyone Has a Story,” and a reporter would call random people out of the phone book and write about them.


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

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