Readers’ corner 4/3/07 |

Readers’ corner 4/3/07

How times have changed! This comes from reader Don Baumgart. “I talked to a friend in Nashville this week who said he was speaking with a friend’s kid and my friend mentioned the phrase ‘pay phone,’ prompting the kid to ask, ‘What’s that?’ The times they are a changin’.” And that reminds me of one of my grandsons, Dane, who is 11. He was astounded when he used the phone at a friend’s house and the receiver was attached to the phone by a spiral cord. He had never seen a phone that wasn’t portable.

Reading to the grandkids: This comes from reader T.O., who doesn’t like me to use his name. “The Christmas Tree Lady, aka Diane Bishop, shared a wonderful idea with me yesterday – a grand idea to bring families closer, especially for the many grandparents whose grandchildren do not live in the area. Diane purchases two of the same children’s books. She sends one of the books to her grandchildren. When received, the children call their grandmother, speaker phone on, and Diane reads to them over the phone as the children follow along.”

Habitat for Humanity: Do you have a desire to help others? Want to work with some friendly people and get to know them? The Nevada County Habitat for Humanity board of directors is accepting applications for service on the Habitat board. The board meets monthly, and board members are actively involved in the work of the affiliate between board meetings. The Board Development Committee is especially interested in candidates with backgrounds in law, finance or banking, architecture or engineering, city or community planning or a history of service on a nonprofit board that became a model of excellence. Interested? Call the Habitat office at 274-1951 to request a board application form or e-mail Ann Davis, chair of the Board Development Committee (sabwdavis Nevada County Habitat is an extremely active organization, having built 14 homes in its short, 10-year existence. To learn more about Habitat, visit the Web site at

Good news/bad news from Big Brothers/Big Sisters: The good news, as reported by Executive Director Dena Valin, is that the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event last month raised $24,000 for mentoring in Nevada County! The not-so-good-news is that there is still a waiting list for Big Brothers. It breaks my heart to think of a potential Little Brother waiting years to get matched with a Big Brother. It will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Call Dena at 273-2227 and see how you can make a difference.


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

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