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Giant pumpkins: Remember Tom Wilson, the Grass Valley man who raised the huge pumpkins weighing hundreds of pounds? Well, he entered one in the Auburn Community Festival last weekend and won fifth place – and $100! His fifth-place pumpkin weighed in at 613.5 pounds. Who won first? Someone with an 849-pound pumpkin. Tom’s 613-pound pumpkin is a new Nevada County record, as far as he knows. Another local who won (in the youth category) was Grass Valley resident Michaela Shimek, who is 3. Her pumpkin weighed 510 pounds. All this talk of pumpkins should get you ready for Halloween.

Military families wanted: Our Just Mom columnist, Gina Gippner, is working with some other people to form a group called Nevada County Military/Families Support Organization. Gina has a son in the military, and she is very involved in supporting our troops and the people and families who love them. A planning committee is meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and Gina would like anyone with an interest to please attend. It will be at the Veteran’s Hall, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Call Fred Bueller for more info at 265-4879.

Gypsy needs a home: Cheryl Wicks is concerned that Gypsy, a spayed female dog at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, is running out of time. Gypsy needs to go to a home where she is the only dog, but she likes cats and other critters. She’s had all her vaccinations and her adoption fee is only $10. You can see a picture of Gypsy at or call Cheryl at 272-8833.

Voting info: A reader called to tell me that there are no Voter Guides available at the Nevada County Elections Office. If you didn’t receive one in the mail (it is on newsprint and is magazine size) or if you registered in the past two weeks or so, you may not receive one. There are two solutions. One is to go to the Elections Office and give your ZIP code, and they will copy the relevant pages for you. Or, you can go to the Web, where everything is online – including two propositions that made the ballot after the Voter Guide was printed. That address is

Winterizing: Am I the only person who thought Sunday’s rainstorm was going to be small? Wood pile not covered, patio cushions sitting out … arrrgh!


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

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