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By Karen Newell Young / Stacy Drake
Around Town
February 2017
Goodbye NID, hello retirement

The Nevada Irrigation District on Jan. 25 honored Nevada City’s Dave Carter, who retired after 37 years as a public relations consultant to the district. Carter began a public information program for NID in 1980 after working for a few years as a reporter for The Union. During a lengthy career as a freelance writer and consultant, Carter also contracted with the Placer County Water Agency for 23 years and spent 25 years as a tourism publicist for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “NID was my first and last client,” he said. “I thank the district for the opportunity. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to build a successful business in the community I live in and love.” Carter and his wife, Donna, plan to enjoy retirement life in Nevada City.

That’s a lot of blood

On his recent 77th birthday, George Harper of Nevada City donated his 900th pint of blood at the Blood Source in Grass Valley. That equals 112 1/2 gallons of the red stuff, or two 55-gallon drums full of blood. Harper started donating in 1962 to help a friend’s mother. His second donation was in 1972 in Grass Valley. He continued to donate four times a year when the Sacramento Blood bank came to Grass Valley. When the Blood Source opened a donation center at 759 Sutton Way, Harper was the first to donate. He soon learned that he could donate platelets (one component of whole blood) 24 times a year. “Give a pint, save a life,” he said.

Making history

Wally Hagaman, a prominent historian with a focus on Chinese culture, will serve as Grand Marshal in the Nevada City Chinese New Year Festival and Parade on Feb. 12. Hagaman is a member of the Chinese Historical Society of America, Nevada County Historical Society, Yuba County Historical Society and Friends of The Marysville Bok Kai Temple. He has served on the Auburn Joss House Board of Directors and participates in Chinese Temple restoration projects in the U.S. and Australia. He is also a founding member of the Nevada City Chinese Quarter Society. His current focus is on the Chinese customs and experiences during the California Gold Rush. He also writing a history of the Chinese in Nevada County.

Fairgrounds rate first

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno last month at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and fair-related professionals from throughout the Western United States attend to celebrate the industry and its accomplishments in 2016. The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is the highest honor a fairgrounds can receive and is given to a program that demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

Attention, couch potatoes

On Jan. 14, Fit Culture Studio at 75 Bost Ave. in Nevada City celebrated its fifth anniversary at that location with an open house hosted by Joey Bratton and his father, Mike Bratton, of State Farm Insurance in Grass Valley. California Organics supplied food and Ol’ Republic provided beer. Fit Culture coaches participating included Hope Roperto, Joey Bratton, John Hendrickson, Jessie Lewis, Soozie Yearwood, Steven Conrad and Wendi August. For more information, call Bratton at 530-265-5342.

On the move

Grass Valley Jazzercise, 126 South Auburn St., welcomes a new instructor. Lisa Guardino, who is moving to Nevada County from Southern California, began holding classes last month.

Playing for keeps

The CATS mahjong practice group meets at Summer Thymes every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Hindi Greenberg organizes the group of former CATS mahjong students. “We generally have two tables playing, sometimes three,” said CATS Executive Director Jeannie Wood. Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty.
Dave Carter (holding certificate) was honored by the NID Board of Directors in January for his 37 years of service as NID’s public relations consultant.
George Harper, 77, recently donated his 900th pint of blood at the Blood Source.

Historian Wally Hagaman has been named Grand Marshal for the Nevada City Chinese New Year
Festival and Parade on Feb. 12.

Joey Bratton, owner of Fit Culture, talks with member Kim James at the fifth anniversary of the studio in Nevada City.