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Hetty Williams Memorial Garden: Patsy Davison Bibelheimer was kind enough to give me an update on this project, which is being built at Grass Valley Charter School in memory of Hetty. “As a result of your article about our desire to create a heart-shaped rock wall to surround Hetty’s Garden, some wonderful things have happened. Steve Smith, who is a local plumbing contractor as well as a parent at our school, stepped forward to tackle the building of the rock wall. He enlisted the help of Dave Leyerly, a local mason … and so the two of them will be donating their time and skills. Hansen Brothers is donating the cement … and this past Saturday, Dirk Meyer came with a crew from Twin Cities Church to dig the shape of the heart into the earth so the masonry work could begin. An unexpected bonus has been the handful of people who have stopped by our school with heart-shaped rocks to be worked into the rock wall surrounding the garden. So, our tribute to Hetty is going forward … This Sunday would have been Hetty’s birthday. Hetty was an avid kayaker … so a group of us will remember her on Sunday afternoon by kayaking on Lower Scott’s Flat Lake. She would like that. Oh, we miss her so.”

Nevda City’s roads: This came in a much longer version from David N. Swaim. “Bam!! I think I hit a deer. It was dark and pouring down rain, I could not see a thing. What a jolt. My wife looked over at me, ‘what was that?’ she asked. It was such a thud that it had to be more than a deer, maybe it was a moose. I’ve only been up this way for a year, so you could imagine my surprise to have hit a moose in downtown Nevada City. I did not know we had moose in Nevada County, let alone roaming the streets of Nevada City … I looked all around, but no moose. What else could it have been? What else could have sent my Ford Explorer flying through the air with such force? … Then I saw it, right smack in the middle of the road, perhaps 20 feet behind me. I could not believe its size. It was huge!! It was the biggest pothole I have ever seen. It was the mother of all potholes. Now, I don’t really know how our roads in Nevada City got so bad and I don’t really care. I simply want them fixed. If Grass Valley has decent streets, why can’t we?” Swaim says to talk to City Council candidates to see how they stand on the issue. He adds, “I’m willing to head up a private fundraising group, ‘a fix our streets, grass roots effort,’ if you will. One pothole at a time, if need be. I will donate the first $100 and help lead the efforts to get our streets repaired in a timely manner. However, I’m going to need help. If anyone feels as strongly about our streets as I do, please drop me an e-mail and let’s get together and make this happen.” E-mail to


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

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