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KVMR makes pledge goal with spare change: KVMR Program Director Steve Baker says spare change is still rolling into the FM radio station (89.5). The Nevada City community radio station had extended its spring membership drive into Monday morning short some $6,500 of its $95,000 goal, with co-host Dawn Fischer infectiously shaking her spare change jar on the air. The resulting flurry of pledges – from one listener emptying his car ashtray to individual gifts of up to $1,000 – brought the extra day of fundraising to a quick end by 9:40 a.m. Monday. End of story? Nope. Steve reports a listener walked into the station Friday morning with rolls and rolls of coins to make good on his spare change pledge from the wild Monday. “We definitely have inspired listeners,” says Baker. “Plus now we can say with certainty that we’re radio that can make change.” And the result is a record spring membership drive of over $96,000 from nearly 800 listener/supporters.

More pileated woodpeckers: Nanci Shandera has spotted some. “On my property in NC off Newtown Road, there are several pileated woodpeckers – I call them ‘Woodys’ after the Walter Lanz cartoon character inspired by these characters. They are hilarious and look rather insane, with their shock of topknot feathers and wild circles around their eyes. I have the ordinary variety of woodpeckers on the property as well, but these Woodys are quite entertaining, except when they try to peck through my eaves! They swoop down from their high perches on cedars and make quite a show of it with their black and white underfeathers.”

Do you drive a Chevy Silverado? Does it have more than 200,000 miles on it? Chevrolet is looking for personally owned Silverado trucks in the Sacramento area with 200,000 miles or more to join the Silverado 200,000 Mile Club. The contest is going on until Sept. 29, when the top trucks and their owners will be at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Go to Chevrolet’s Web site at or call 1-800-950-CHEV.

Wearing white after Memorial Day: Is it OK now that the holiday has passed, or is that an outdated notion? (For anyone under 50 reading this, they used to say you couldn’t wear white until Memorial Day and you had to stop wearing it after Labor Day.) Ditto for shoes and purses. Does anyone care anymore?

Save Our Historic Canals: SOHC will hold its annual meeting tonight at the Madelyn Helling Community Meeting Room in Nevada City. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to all who are interested in the Nevada County canals, particularly the Lower Cascade Canal. Kathy Van Zuuck, a plant ecologist and botanist, will present a slide show featuring plants in the canal ecosystem. Susan Luhman will answer questions at 265-5234.


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

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