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A sad day: Wednesday was a very sad day at The Union because Dale and Crystal Herron came into the paper to let us know that columnist Vivian Herron of Washington had died. For those of you who didn’t have the honor of knowing Vivian – and it was an honor – she was as lively and fun in person as she was in her weekly column about life in the town of Washington. She was full of life, in the best sense, and had a bright smile and infectious laugh that punctuated many of her stories. It was fun to see her on her turf, in Washington, since she knew the name (and much more, I’m sure!) of every person we encountered. When Vivian came to The Union she was never empty-handed. Once I was the lucky one who received a jar of her homemade jam, and it was delicious. Hearing of her death also saddened me because Vivian and I talked on the phone a bit and I always looked forward to those conversations and just assumed there would be many more in our future. That’s the lesson in the sadness, I think, to remember that none of us will always be here and that life can change in an instant. Rest in peace, Vivian. You were loved.

Cut-A-Thon on Saturday: The women at Stray Cuts and Co. hair salon in Nevada City are putting on a Benefit Cut-A-Thon Saturday for the people who were injured in the tragic motorcycle accident on the bridge in Yuba City. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stray Cuts, 215 Sacramento St. Cuts are $30, and all money will go for the medical expenses of the injured cyclists. Call 265-3888. The stylists who are donating are Paula Grogan-Onescu, Cheryl Young, Nyla Haddy, and Danielle Ennis. Everyone who gets a haircut will also receive a raffle ticket to win some donated prizes.

Public eavesdropping: Those who read The San Francisco Chronicle might see Leah Garchik’s column on the back of the Datebook section, with its “Public eavesdropping” box in the right hand corner. People send in snippets of conversation they overhear. Reader Beverly Riddle of Nevada City sent in the Oct. 1 column because the quote was local. Here it is: “I only open the checks and the love letters.” – One woman to another as they opened their mail in the Nevada City post office, overheard by Mark Staneart. Only in Nevada County, huh?



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


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