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The Jones Ridge Chronicles: Usually newspapers aren’t too happy to publicize the “competition” (the phrase ‘buy an ad!’ comes to mind.) But I’m going to make an exception for The Jones Ridge Chronicles and its editor, Ben Bacon. Ben, who is 11, also lists himself as publisher, general manager, reporter, photographer, cartoonist and delivery boy.

In a letter he sent me to accompany the Chronicles, he told me he started the neighborhood newsletter as a school English project and enjoyed it so much he kept writing it every month. “It’s fun to write about the neighbors and it has made our rural neighborhood more of a community,” Ben wrote in his letter.

Now I know a bit about writing about the neighbors – that’s essentially what Readers’ Corner is, right? Ben does a good job of covering his neighborhood (what we call a “beat” in journalism-speak.) He’s got items on wildlife sightings, a neighborhood pet feature called “Critter of the Month,” and information such as the fact that Jess and Lorraine Barba did a great job of plowing peoples’ driveways during the snowstorms.

The three-page newsletter has photos (by Ben), including a photo of a bear paw print in the snow taken Jan. 2. If you’re interested in subscribing to The Jones Ridge Chronicles, send $5, for one year, to Ben Bacon, 16698 Fritillary Way, Grass Valley, 95945. By the way, Ben’s name sounded familiar. I found it in a column I wrote in November, when Ben wrote to me to tell me how he’s enjoying “cooking” in the family’s burn pile. I predicted then that we hadn’t heard the last of him – and I guess I was right (a rare occurrence, believe me).

Car seat checks: The Union’s Sharla Cartzdafner let me know that more than 55 car seats were checked at Jim Keil Chevrolet on Sunday. Sharla’s husband, Kevin, was one of the volunteers checking, and out of nine car seats he saw, only one was installed correctly.

Cascade Shores beach: Reader Denise Cain gave me a heads up on the construction going on down at the Scotts Flat Lake boat ramp. “I was getting panicky, along with a few other folks in Cascade shores, as I could not see how a new beach area was going to fit in with the remodel here. I called Peggy Davidson of NID, and she said, ‘Not to worry, they are planning a nice new beach to the right of the new boat ramp.’ She said that the wet weather has slowed the project, and they don’t have a completion date as of this time. She also said that they are having a problem with people using their vehicles to move the concrete barriers at the bottom of Lake Lane, then driving trucks and ATVs on the new smooth surface, causing construction workers to have to redo the surface (time and money wasted). The barriers cost $1,500 a month, so KNOCK IT OFF!”

The other Bob Crabb (not our cartoonist): Turns 65 today! Happy birthday, sweetie!


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

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