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Slice of history: There are so many small towns and hamlets in this area that it must take forever to see them all. Did you know there is a town out by La Porte named Forbestown? (I didn’t ” but I did know about La Porte.) Anyway, the small town of Forbestown is holding a big celebration today that sounds fun and educational. They’re not celebrating the birthday of the town, but it is the 150th birthday of Forbestown’s post office. Janice Hammontre told me it will be just like the days when Forbestown was a mining and logging town. The Yuba Feather Museum is there, complete with a life size replica of a Gold Rush town. Janice says the past will burst to life with actors in costume playing the Law Dawgs and the Pistoleros with their stagecoach, the Gunfighters, Inc. Children will enjoy the activity as the outlaws try to rob the stage and Wells Fargo. For children studying this era of history, it sounds like a blast. There will be an authentic blacksmith making tools and you can watch mountain men display their knife-throwing skills ” from a distance. And no re-enactment from the old West would be complete without pickin’ and fiddling, right? Kids (or adults) can try their hand at churning butter, walking on stilts and using a cross-cut saw. Saloon girls will teach the games of Faro and Three Card Monte. And, Dr. Durett will perform “surgery” on wounded gunslingers, explaining the medical treatment available in the 1800s. This is all free ” except the food and drink, of course. To get there, take Highway 20 toward Marysville and turn right at the 76 Gas Station. The road will turn into Willow Glen and then La Porte.

Turn left at the Challenge cut off road, and take that to New York Flat Road, where you turn left again. Janice would be happy to answer questions and can be reached at (530) 692-0245.

Oops! Thom Staser, CEO of the Nevada County Food and Toy Run, said the Boozefighters (Friday’s column) are not associated with that event. Sorry.



Dogs galore: When I hear from Cheryl Wicks, I know there’s a problem at the Animal Shelter. This time it’s dogs. There are a couple that urgently need to be adopted to avoid being put to sleep. You can see photos of the specific dogs in the shelter on the Internet at http://www.newdawndogrescue.org. It’s a great Web site and even barks when you open it.

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


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