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Science dude: If you guessed Alan Stahler, you get 10 points. Not only does he write for The Union, he is also a commentator for KVMR, and now he’s on the lecture circuit. Tonight, as a matter of fact, Alan will be giving a free lecture on “Global Warming.” It will be at the Unitarian Universalist Chapel, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Science dude is a Cornell grad, and he will facilitate a discussion following his lecture. It’s at 7 p.m. Call 265-2240 for more info.

Organic vs. nonorganic: Chris Bierwagen called to set me straight (in a very nice way) about the Growers’ Market. Although it is a “certified” growers’ market, that does not mean the produce is organic. In fact, some is organic and some is not. The organic farmers will have signs and certificates stating they grow organic. My mistake was thinking that certified meant organic, but Chris said certified only means the farmer actually grew the produce he or she is selling. Apparently it is a common misconception. By the way, Chris told me some people have commented on the Imaginarium as the site of the Nevada City Growers’ Market on Tuesday as being less than adequate. Do you know of a Nevada City site the market could move to next year? Also, the Saturday Fairgrounds Growers’ Market will close at the end of October; Penn Valley and Nevada City will close at the end of September.

Pine Street Bridge: Reader Beverly Dobbins wonders why there are stop signs on either side of the Pine Street Bridge. I’ve wondered the same thing myself. Before I wade into city bureaucracy, does anyone know?



Peace lobbyist to speak: Robert Alpern has spent 35 years working as a peace activist and lobbyist. He is also an Army vet. He will be speaking Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. His talk is titled “Smart Security: Priorities for the 2005 Congress.” It’s free.

Woof! Woof! That’s the sound of dogs barking at the Nevada County Animal Shelter. Cheryl Wicks reports they are – again – overflowing with dogs. One of our reporters adopted a shelter pup, a mixed breed named Sadie, and she is an absolute love! People here were fighting over who got to baby-sit her while the reporter was at a recent training session. The shelter is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.




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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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