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Birding at Bridgeport: It’s fun to do, and there will be a free guided bird-watching tour this Sunday at 9 a.m. Audubon member Bill Cortright will be there to point out the diverse bird population. Joan Davis, who does publicity for the South Yuba River State Park Association, brought this information into The Union – in the rain, no less, because she’d read about our e-mail problems. Birds that may be seen on the tour include oak titmice, scrub jays, towhees, several types of sparrows, migrating raptors, warblers, American dipper and maybe a hawk or two. The hike is easy; bring water, binoculars and wear good walking shoes. Call Joan at 265-6829 or the park at 432-2546 for more info on this great event.

Military troops/family support group: Gina Gippner gave me the wrong phone number for this contact. Fred Bueller can be reached at 265-4878. Sounds like a good idea for those “left behind” while their loved ones are in Iraq.

Flu shot mess: Sometimes, working at a newspaper can be annoying because you have access to too much information. After reading all the stories about sick and elderly people who cannot get a flu vaccine because of the contamination in England, I spotted this on the Associated Press wire on Tuesday: “Las Vegas casino criticized for giving flu shots to employees.” The story says, “Mandalay Resort Group provided (flu) vaccinations last week to more than 500 employees at the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotels without regard to whether the employees were in high risk groups.” Doesn’t that make you mad? Then, later in the day, AP had a story that said that state and federal prison inmates are also getting flu vaccines. Hmmmm. Grandma can’t get a flu shot, but casino workers and inmates can?



Voting Guides: If you didn’t get one, and don’t have a computer to go online, Maria Brower of the Doris Foley Historical Library says they have copies of the hard-to-find voter guide there. It’s located at 211 N. Pine St. in downtown Nevada City. Also, they have Voting Guides on tape for the blind, as well.

Hilary Hedman: Haven’t mentioned him in a while; just feeling frisky in this rainy weather.




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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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