Readers’ corner 6/14/07 |

Readers’ corner 6/14/07

Nevada City mentioned in book: Many of you have probably heard of the bestseller, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” It never interested me much because I’d rather see my grandkids than 1,000 places. It seems to be turning into a franchise, however, because now there is “1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.” (It’s starting to sound like “Chicken Soup For the Ice Hockey Soul.”) Anyway, Nevada City made it into the second book. Dave Carter forwarded me part of the listing, written by Patricia Schultz. “Nevada City is perhaps the most interesting of the Mother Lode towns,” Schultz writes, “with a compact downtown that looks like a time-worn set from a Wild West movie.”

Buying a Horse 101: The Nevada County Horsemen Inc. presents “Horse-Buying 101,” featuring advice from Mike Duffy from D/D Ranch Service. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Nevada County Horsemen’s clubhouse, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley. Members can attend for free; all others are charged $5. For more information, contact Jane deZell at 268-8785 or Mike Duffy at 320-8495.

Lions Youth Exchange: Leal Portis told me about this. It’s Lions International’s biggest Peace Project – getting folks from different countries to interact and really know each other. Organizers hope the youths, ages 16 to 21, would have a broader perspective on the world when they grow up to be part of their nations’ leadership. Host families are needed from July 7 to 22. The following countries are represented: Austria (three women and two men); Brazil (one woman); Finland (one man); Germany (three women and two men); Italy (three men); and Switzerland (one man). If you are interested, call Leal at 265-3887.

A bear story: This comes from longtime resident Sylvia Crane. “I leave my garage door open a few feet so it doesn’t get so hot during the day. I happened to look outside Saturday about noon, and a bear was just coming out from under the garage door, about half in and half out. It didn’t even have to crouch down, and today I measured the opening. It had to stand about 30 inches tall on all fours. I immediately pushed the door opener and the door went down, and the bear walked about 6 feet and sat down and looked around.

“I was in a panic. Do I call 911, or what do I do? I opened the door and clapped my hands, and it meandered off a little ways and finally walked off behind my garage. I saw it walking by one of the new houses out back and off into the woods. About an hour later, it dawned on me I should go check the garage and see if it was coming or going when I discovered it. What a mess!!!! It dumped the garbage can we keep the birdseed in because the squirrels like it, too. We keep our garbage cans in the garage because we’ve had problems in the past. It dumped one garbage can all over, garbage scattered everywhere, and crunched a mayonnaise jar flat with its teeth. Folks should be aware that bears are around and that they do like garbage. And, don’t leave windows open in your house when cooking or baking. More construction is being done in their habitat, and now we all need to be more careful. In all of my almost 71 years of living on Brunswick Road, I’ve seen more wildlife in my yard the past five years than ever before.”


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

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