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Nevada City trivia: An anonymous reader asks: “How many readers know that a totem pole has existed since the ’60s on a lawn between the Pine Street Bridge (there’s that bridge again!) and Zion Street? Readers? I’ve seen a totem pole on Highway 49, but don’t recall seeing the one she is mentioning in town.

NCTV update: Lew Sitzer, who is running the television station these days out of The Imaginarium, took offense at my referring to NCTV as “the old FCAT.” Lew says, “We are trying our best not to be the ‘old FCAT’ as mentioned in your column. We are the ‘new NCTV’ and have been having a minor revolution here in the process of growing a new community TV station. Presently we are producing 37 weekly series, plus a daily high school ROP class and a weekly Sierra College class.” OK Lew, I’ve got it. You’re the new NCTV.

Senior Fashion Police: Another anonymous reader, “P,” sent me this amusing clip. It deals with appropriate fashion for your age group, defined as Over 50, Way Over 50 and Hovering Near 50. The following combinations should be avoided at all costs:

• A nose ring and bifocals

• A pierced tongue and dentures

• A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar

• Mini skirts and support hose

Calendar Girls: Did you all see Shirl Mendonca’s column last week about “older” ladies in Lake Wildwood posing nude for a calendar as a fund-raiser? (This is true, by the way.) Shirl tells me that the day after her column about the calendar ran in The Union, Channel 13 from Sacramento came and filmed the ladies for the 10 p.m. news. One way to get Nevada County on the map!

“Swimming With Maya:” Martha Meredith of J.J. Jackson’s in Nevada City is having another author’s night; this time it is Eleanor Vincent, who used to live here in the ’80s. Her book is called “Swimming With Maya” and deals with her personal story of healing following the death of her older daughter. It also tells of the remarkable friendship between a man who is alive because her daughter’s heart beats in his chest and the grieving mother (Vincent). Martha said seating is limited for the Friday night event (Sept. 24) so reserve a seat by calling 265-2644.


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

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