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Pine Street Totem Pole: Nevada County Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief David Ray has some info on the Totem Pole in Nevada City because he once lived kitty-corner from the property it sits on. A Mr. Peterson lived there – this would have been in the early ’70s – and David said that the Petersons’ place “was not a place to mess with.” When David was a kid he once asked Mr. Peterson what the significance of the Totem Pole on the lawn was, and he remembers bring told “It looks for kids messing with and playing around in my yard.” In another nostalgic thought, David said he always knew the Pine Street Bridge as the “green bridge.”

Cut-A-Thon for motorcycle victims: The date has been changed for this benefit, which will help the local victims of a Yuba City motorcycle accident that claimed one life and left two people severely injured. Paula Grogan-Onescu, a stylist at Stray Cuts in Nevada City, said the benefit has been moved to Oct. 16, a Saturday. Paula, Cheryl Young, Nyla Haddy and other stylists will cut hair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a $30 donation. All money raised will go to the surviving victims of the accident and to help with funeral expenses for the deceased bike rider. There will also be a raffle of donated items on that day. They’re asking that people make appointments for the Cut-A-Thon by calling 265-3888.

MIM Home Tour: The Union had a special section about this event last week, but event chair Barbara Tanner called and asked that I “remind” people about the event because this weekend’s tour is a departure from its usual date (the first weekend in October.) She and her committee have been baking cookies (I could almost smell Barbara’s snickerdoodles through the phone) in preparation of the tour. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on Saturday and Sunday. They’re available at the Music in the Mountains box office (265-6124) or the Nevada City Postal Co., Odyssey Books, Mike’s Alta Sierra Market and Citizens Bank in Penn Valley. Don’t you drive by certain houses wondering what they look like inside? Here’s your chance to peek! And if you’re going for the cookies, they’ll be served with lemonade at the Deer Creek Inn.


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

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