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Cohousing makes Time Magazine: Madelyn Helling called to tell me that the Oct. 30 issue of Time has something on co-housing and mentions Chuck Durrett and the project in Nevada City. Of course, I subscribe to Time magazine, but obviously Madelyn, retired librarian that she is, has more time to read because I hadn’t seen it yet!

Sign behind the bar at the Brass Rail in North San Juan: “Must be 21 to drink here. Must act 21 to stay here.” This was brought to my attention by Don Baumgart.

Fourth generation Altarista: This is from Teddy Kell, who is kind of the “mother” of the Altar Show, going on at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It was fun seeing my great-grandson’s altar on the front page of The Union. Here’s the rest of the story: Sam is a fourth-generation altarista. His great-grandma (me), grandma (Meg Hughes) and mama (Annie Hughes Baker) are all multiple altar-makers. This is Sam’s third altarista year, and he’s already planning next year’s. He’s 9 years old.”

Early info on Bridge of Giving: Realtor Pamela Morey with Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty is putting together this event to benefit the Food Bank of Nevada County. Pamela says, “It is called the Bridge of Giving, and it will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. It is a food drive that will take place at the old bridge and parking lot of the Highway 49 crossing of the South Yuba River. The event will have folks from the community create a bridge of donated foods that will span the length of the bridge. The idea is to get people to get out and enjoy the beauty of their own community. I realize that many folks, especially those new to the area, are not aware of the beauty that is right in their backyards. This will encourage people to get out, see the river, take a short walk or hike, and support the community at the same time.” Pamela has already obtained the special use permit from the state parks. I’ll have more on this as it gets closer.

Age old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Grass Valley Gary says he has the answer. Maybe it’s all the time he spent in Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with lots of time to think. Gary’s answer, “It had to be the egg, since birds evolved from reptiles, and they were laying eggs before birds existed.”


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

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