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By Karen Newell Young and Stacy Butler
Around Town
In his first Indianapolis 500 race on May 29, Nevada City native Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The 24-year-old is the son of Dawn and Pieter Rossi of Nevada City and grandson of the late Don Fultz, longtime member of Nevada City Rotary. Rossi, driver of the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Castrol Edge/Curb Honda, began his racing career in karts at the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center when he was 11. Rossi hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for last weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and won first place. He is the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001.

Nevada City’s Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground were recognized May 11 as the 2016 Business of the Year by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. Inn and campground owners Dan and Erin Thiem were presented with a framed certificate as recipients of the club’s Lowell Robinson Business of The Year Award. The 49er Rotary has honored community businesses for several years and this year broadened the title of the award in recognition of the late Lowell Robinson, a longtime member of 49er Rotary and highly regarded community leader who passed away last year. Erin Thiem is also an active promoter of Nevada City through her blog, InnSideNevadaCity. The couple is now completing the new Inn Town Campground, which is slated to open July 1 at a wooded site near the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated awarded Nevada Union graduating senior Eva Caisse of Rough and Ready a $1,000 scholarship based on her winning essay, which she read at the recent award luncheon. Caisse is involved with several volunteer activities, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Toys for Tots and raising money for breast cancer research.

Marion Mack, a seamstress in her senior years, has for 10 years taken newborn babies and cared for them in her home. Glad Tidings, Babies Out of Bondage came to her church one day and asked for families who could care for children born to women in prison. Marion and Delbert, her husband, said yes. Their first baby was born in a hospital and two days later was brought to their home. They took her to visit her mother in prison and spent their own money to buy clothes, a crib and toys. They did this for all 12 babies they cared for over the years. Delbert was well known in the neighborhood for walking the baby in a front baby carrier, stopping to say hello to neighbors. For their one-year anniversary, Delbert gave Marion a gift: a musical mobile to attach to the crib.

Music in the Mountains has appointed Dr. Mieko Hantano as executive director and Peter Nowlen as artistic director. Together, Hantano and Nowlen form a team to lead MIM into the organizations’s 35 anniversary year while transforming it into a 21st century classical music organization, according to a MIM press release. Hantano joins MIM by way of Augusta, Ga.., Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She served as interim executive director of MIM over the past seven months. Nowlen is a prize-winning French hornist who joined the Sacramento Symphony before joining MIM in 1989. He has performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Graduates of the recent broadcaster training class from KVMR 89.5 FM Community Radio met recently with station mentors to learn more about KVMR and the broadcasting experience. The reception was held at the Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City and organized by broadcaster and trainer Elisa Parker. On hand were station program director Steve Baker and mentors Annie O’Dea Hestbeck, Greg Jewett and Jerianne Van Dijk, among others.

Birthday wishes go out to:
Nicole Dillard, prominent bookseller who also owns An Inner Sanctum in Nevada City, marks another year on June 13. Michael Bremer, banjo player for Sgt. Funky and the Buffalo Gals, turned 61 on May 24. His mother, Barbara Bremer, was here visiting from Santa Monica to mark the occasion. Nevada City Rotary Club members John Burke celebrated his birthday May 15, Jim Phillips marked another year on May 19 and Gil Gray turned another year older on May 31.
Around Town features news from local residents and organizations. You can send news of noteworthy achievements, honors, awards  and scholarships to karen.newell.young@gmail.com or stacy@nevadacityadvocate.com.