In need of AA? A good group meets at the Lutheran church across from Ray's Hardware each Friday evening starting at 7 pm.

            A representative of the Air Med Care group will be at Stone Soup on March 14 to explain the program and answer any questions. This is a plan that will cover expenses if one needs air transportation to a hospital after an illness or accident. They will meet at 1:00 after lunch at Ponderosa Community Center.

            Don't forget that Hill Top Gang is beginning to have Saturday breakfasts on the last Saturday of each month. Come by the community center on Feb. 23 from 8 to 11 and check it out. They are going to try a new item or two on the menu. All monies go to support the medical van, so come help out and have a great hot breakfast.

            On Saturday mornings starting about 10:00 craft workshops are being held at Books & More. Various local crafters are leading these small groups and they are having fun. We have had beginning watercolor, knitting, and various other projects. Come by for more information, please.

            The Bangor Community Blood Drive will be held on February 26th from 2pm to 6pm at the Bangor Community Hall located at 7500 Oro Bangor Rd. You don’t have to live in Bangor to donate your blood during this event.

            Look Back in Time – In 1935 Bud Scroggs (no middle name) was born in Clay Co. North Carolina. If you have good memories of him, take a minute or two to reflect.

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

A new program at Books & More is holding craft workshops on each Saturday from 10 – 12. During the past few weeks we have had groups who are learning to knit, made a quilted grab bag, put together greeting cards, quite a variety of projects. Each quarter we plan a new set of workshops. The end of this quarter of projects is Feb. 16, then we will start another set of workshops. The last workshop of this quarter will have Jani Beckwith leading a group making collages. We will have a raffle each quarter, too. Stop by and check us out.

Brownsville Thrift Store will be holding a Bag Sale during the week of Feb. 6th. You can stuff a bag with many items for $3.00, what a bargain. Come help support our volunteer fire department.

On February 9 a group of parents from Yuba Feather school are having a fund raiser in front of Books & More. They are raising money to send students to the science program at Shady Creek. This is a week long camp that used to be held at Woodleaf and is a great program. They will be selling Valentine goodies and other items. If any of our flea market people would like to set up a booth that Saturday, that would be great. How about some local crafters setting up a booth; hope the weather is great.

Bob & Jim’s Breakfast & Burgers can take care of all your catering needs. They can provide a wide array of menu items (not just burgers and sandwiches). Call Jim at 530-675-9181 or 530-675-2219 to discuss menu, pricing, etc.

Brownsville Mercantile is opening a mini florist shop starting February 6th. They will be offering potted plants, fresh cut flowers, balloons and more. The Valentine’s Day flower arrangements will be available starting February 12. Stop in and check it out. They are located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

Look Back in Time – In 1912 Joseph Rose made a big strike at the Twentieth Century Wonder Mine in Rackerby, paying $5,000 per ton (wonder what the tonnage price is now).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

The Hill Top Gang is starting a whole new breakfast program because insurance on their medical vehicle went up a great deal. So now they will start serving breakfast also on the last Saturday of each month, same time (8 – 11) and same place (Ponderosa Community Center). Now they will be working twice as hard with regular breakfast on the second Sunday of each month, too. Please help support this great program as our volunteers make breakfast and help transport people to medical appointments. For more information come to breakfast and ask or call 675-0212 for a ride.

Bob & Jim’s Breakfast & Burgers is looking for a part-time line cook. Some experience is helpful. If interested please apply in person at Bob & Jim’s, located at 16920 Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm.

Look Back in Time – In 1909 fifty inches of rain fell in this area during January (Ben's rain gauge says our seasonal average is about 80+ inches per year, this year to date is about 27”. We are still getting some good rains, but far below those of 100 years ago).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

There will be a great spaghetti dinner on Jan. 26 as part of our yearly Yuba Feather Community Services membership drive. Dinner will be served at 6 pm. Watch for fliers with more information. It will be held at the community center in Brownsville. Along with the dinner there will be a wine tasting, a dessert auction, a 50/50 auction and more. Members of YFCS can get in free and non-members are encouraged to join.

The storms last week pumped up our rain totals and the snow pack at the peaks and looking forward to more.

Look Back in Time- In 1898 Julia Kumle sold one-tenth interest in the Red Ravine Mine at Indiana Ranch to L.T. and William Crane of Sharon Valley (is that the Kumle that the road behind Cedar Circle is named for?).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Many heartfelt thanks to all those who gave of their time and money to make the New Years Eve Extravaganza a success as the dinner, auction, show and dance were enjoyed by all attendees. All the volunteers made the event an evening to be remembered. Happy New Year to all!!

The Forbestown library day will be moved from Friday to Thursday starting on January 17th. The hours for the library are noon to 3:00. Come and browse the many books available and or sit and enjoy a board game with a friend or neighbor. It is a splendid way to pass the time on a wintery Thursday afternoon.

Hope to see you around Brownsville soon! Christine & Yvonne

Brownsville Thrift store reopens this week, Wednesday through Saturday. Books and More will remain closed for another week, reopening January 9.

We hope the New Years Extravaganza went well last night at the community center. Sure hope there was not a shooting or other negative happenings (see Look Back in Time). This event was held to raise money to re-roof and repair the amphitheater, so we hope it was a success. Yuba Feather Community Service board is hoping more of our communities will get involved with events happening at the community center. This is a great venue for gatherings, ball games, tennis practices, outdoor events and many other happenings. The board will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Please consider signing up to be a member and help out in some way.

Look Back in Time – In 1906 music and supper were first class at the New Year's Grand Ball in Dobbins. A shooting was stopped by friends who disarmed the belligerents, thus preventing a waste of good ammunition (not much has changed).

We wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and we hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Don't forget that the Thrift Store will be closed until Jan. 2 and the bookstore until January 9.

Look Back in Time – In 1917 M. J. Cooney was appointed U. S. Explosives agent in Forbestown and was able to issue permits for explosives of all kinds (was that to celebrate New Year's)?

Merry Christmas everyone and we hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Bookstore Boosters are hosting an art workshop each Saturday from 10 – 12. These are organized by one of the Boosters and are just for fun, or learning a new skill. A couple of weeks ago there were a half dozen or so new knitters learning how to make a scarf or a cap. On another Saturday Jani Beckwith had us making Christmas cards; it felt like being back in third grade. Fun! The list of workshops is at Books & More. Starting the new year we will feature Yvonne making a quilted hand bag on Jan. 12, then Penny Goodwin will teach knitting again on Jan 19. Come check it out.

The Next Step program is trying to organize a list of local people willing to do work on a short term basis. The list might involve some housekeeping, yard work, or other odd jobs. If you or someone you know might be interested in some very part time work, please call Books & More 675-3275.

Most of us have lights on a porch and some have a tree up and decorated. Such a great family holiday. Please remember those who might not have friends or family near.

Don't forget that Books and More will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9. Not sure of any trip or anything, just a break.

Ya Hoo! The first day of winter is December 21st. I’ve pulled out my sweaters, jeans, sweatshirts and boots and I’m ready for my favorite time of year. Let it rain, snow and let those temperatures drop. I want to sit by the fire with a cup of hot tea, watch old movies and craft the hours away.

Look Back in Time – In 1927 Charles Adams' car went down the road with a large Christmas tree on the running board (we miss those running boards).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

We are hoping the New Year's Extravaganza will be on your calendar. On Monday, Dec. 30 the event will start at 6 pm with a tri tip dinner and an auction. Next comes a stage show organized by Tania Ransom followed by a raffle. Last is a dance using the DJ skills of Dr. Duncan's Entertainment. Larry Duncan was fortunate enough to escape the Camp Fire with some of his equipment, more than half of his things were lost in the fire. We are hoping that this party will be fun for him as well as all of the party attendees. The funds raised at the event will be used to re-roof and repair the amphitheater. If the buildings and park at Ponderosa Community Center are not cared for it could fall apart. This center is certainly well-used by our communities and it is important to keep it repaired as needed.

The thrift store in Brownsville will be closed from Dec. 26 to January 2 as they take a well deserved break and enjoy the New Year. Books & More will be closed an additional week, until January 9.

Christine and Susan wish to thank everyone who participated in the 26th Annual Christmas in the Foothills. We appreciate any feedback, good or bad, that you can give us. We apologize for the mix up on the map. Your comments, suggestions and or ideas can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Look Back in Time – In 1927 the newly completed banquet room of the Masonic Lodge in Forbestown was used for the first time, following their election of officers (we wonder if families of those officers are still using the Lodge).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

The Bookstore Boosters are sponsoring weekly craft lessons on Saturday mornings from 10 to 12. We have had a Mandala group and a beginner knitting group so far. Next on Dec. 8 Jani Beckwith will lead a lesson on making holiday cards. You can personalize your cards, making special ones. On Dec. 15 Krishna Acala will have a Kid's Craft group. Come by and check us out for the next lessons.

On Wednesday, December 12, the Yuba Feather Historical Assn. will hold its annual Christmas party downstairs at the Ponderosa Community Center at 6 pm. It will be a turkey dinner with the board supplying turkey and fixings, so please bring a side dish or dessert. There will some caroling and fellowship to follow. Every year the YFHA has a fundraiser at this party to raise money for a special project at the museum, so come by and eat, chat, sing and help out.

The Ministerial Fellowship, (comprised of the local churches), Mt. Hope and YFCS will be hosting a free community Christmas dinner on Saturday, December 15th at 2:00 pm at the Ponderosa Communities Center in Brownsville. If you are able, please bring a side dish to share. All are welcome so come and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. You never know, you may make a new friend or two. If you are interested in volunteering or just need more information please contact Janis Maasen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Look Back in Time – In 1910 the Rackerby Shakespeare Club met at G. A. Devol's home, while the men played Pedro and cribbage and children played games (sounds like fun).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Next Step and Yuba Feather Community Services are working together planning a New Year's Eve Extravaganza at the Ponderosa Community Center. We hope to raise enough money to pay for having the amphitheater re-roofed and repaired. So far we have a tri- tip dinner, served at 6:00. After dinner an auction is planned with Butler Cross as our auctioneer. Tania Ransom is planning a stage show featuring local artists, followed by a raffle. Last, will be a dance using an MC/DJ, Dr. Duncan's Entertainment, lately from Paradise. During the last four hours we will have a Kids' Party downstairs. The bargain ticket will cost you $15 in advance and $20 at the door. How many places can you go, get dinner and entertainment, for that price?

The new Bookstore Booster club is on their way. This is a small group who plans to help the bookstore make money to handle the raise in rent and to increase our advertising. We are trying three approaches: craft workshops each Saturday at the store (come see a schedule), a raffle each season (the prizes and tickets are at the store). We had our first seasonal Cookie Party on Nov. 17 to launch the fall season. There are raffle prizes at the store and craft workshops planned. Now to increase our signage. Working together, we can get it done.

Christmas Season is definitely upon us. The Foothill Fire Department held their annual Christmas Bazaar and Hometown Christmas was held at the museum in Forbestown. The Foothill Communities Christmas Tree Lighting event will be held on Friday, November 30th at 6:30 pm at the Foothills Fire Department on Willow Glen Rd in Brownsville. Santa will be on hand as well as Christmas treats and hot beverages and caroling. Then on December 1 & 2, the 26th Annual Christmas in the Foothills will be in full swing with 27 shops, restaurants, craft fairs and wineries along the route. The route map/list is an insert in this issue of the paper as well as available at each stop.

Look Back in Time – In 1899 New York Flat School closed for the season. Roads were nearly impassable because of deep mud (wish we had some of that rain).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

The quilt show is over one more time; all went well. Several people went home happy after winning many door prizes or raffle prizes. The winner of the opportunity quilt, Abundance of Pinwheels, was Jean Hansen who traveled quite a distance to attend our show. Quilters who won the vote for Favorites in the large quilt category were: Gina Ellis, Bonnie Talbot and Betsy Battershell. Winners for small quilts were Leslie Collins, Bonnie Talbot and Mouse Norris. Other winners of favorites were Norma Lipelt, Leslie Collins, JoJo Pesek, Cathy Shepherd and Dianne Ball. A great time was had by all, so put the first weekend in November on your calendar for next year.

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, November 22. You barely have your turkey dinner dishes washed and put away when the annual rush for Christmas bargains begins. As we all know Friday is Black Friday and the stores are flooded with bargains, sales and shoppers. Saturday is Shop Local and Small Business Day. This helps the small businesses, owned by your friends and neighbors in your local community, and in most cases can be the most prosperous time of year for them. So when planning your Christmas shopping lists, please don’t forget the small/local businesses.

Friday, November 30th is the Annual Tree Lighting held at the Foothill Fire Department on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville. Santa will be there with a sack full of candy canes and ready to hear your Christmas wishes. There will be caroling, hot beverages, and Christmas treats galore. Come and mingle with your friends and neighbors and enjoy some Christmas cheer. The event starts at 6:30 pm and is sponsored by the Foothill Fire Fighters Association.

Look Back in Time – In 1927 a radio set was being installed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Cooney in Forbestown (now that the ATT tower is installed in Brownsville, we are waiting for it to go on-line so we can get some reception).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Are there any flea market/yard sale people out there who would like to set up tables (free) at Books & More during the Christmas in the Foothills event, Dec. 1 and 2? We would like to sell frozen tamales as well as some of the things from our back room. For further information, please call 675-3275.

We regret to say there will be no YFCS Thanksgiving dinner this year. Maybe we can round up enough volunteers to make it happen next year. The Hillside Community Church will have a community dinner on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 pm. You can find the church on Areo Way off La Porte Rd, before you head down the hill to Rackerby. Come join friends and neighbors, bring a dessert or a side dish. For more information, please call 675- 2151

Don't forget the Foothill Fire Department Thrift Store Bazaar Nov. 16 and 17. Time to do some gift shopping and help support our volunteer firemen.

The Brownsville Mercantile is now under new ownership/management so please welcome Renee Wood. Changes are being made and we look forward to seeing the outcome. Come browse the many rooms filled with local crafts, jewelry, vintage items, and more. Renee minds the shop on Saturdays so stop in and say hello. The shop is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

As the joy of Christmas Season 2018 settles over northern California, the historic gold rush communities of the North Sierra Foothills will be buzzing with the 26th Annual Christmas in the Foothills on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2 from 10am – 4pm. The trail winds through the serene oak filled hills of Browns Valley, Loma Rica, Bangor, and Dobbins/Oregon House, then continues up through the pine forests of Brownsville, Challenge, Forbestown and Clipper Mills. You will find restaurants, wineries, shops, craft and vendor fairs, and more. Wine, dine and shop your way through the beautiful North Sierra Foothills. This event started in 1992 in an effort to highlight the businesses and non-profit organizations who do so much for residents in these communities. The Rabbit Creek Journal and YFCS originally co-sponsored the event but over the years it has become a community run and sponsored event. No business is charged a fee for participation as volunteers take on the planning. It is an excellent way to showcase the beautiful forested area in which we live. The most important part of the event has always been the people who work so hard every day to make life in the foothills a little easier. Supporting these foothill businesses by shopping at their stores during the event can really make a difference for them. Come shop without traffic and the parking is plentiful. All of us here in the North Sierra Foothills look forward to welcoming you! The participant list and map will be an insert in the Territorial Dispatch in the November 27 issue or you can find it at www.facebook.com/Christmasinthefoothillsnorcal or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Watch for the location numbers posted outside each stop. A special thank you to all the businesses who have generously donated time and money to help with this event.

Look Back in Time – In 1900 stage driver, C. A. Smith was driving a flash, newly painted coach, done by local artist C.F. Harvey of Sharon Valley (wish we could have seen it).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

It looks like our Meals With(out) Wheels program will be starting Nov. 1. If you or someone you know has signed up for this program, meals should be delivered on each Thursday. To receive five frozen meals each week, one must be 60 years or older and be home bound. People who come by on Thursdays can pick up their meals at Ponderosa Community Center. It is possible to have a friend or neighbor deliver meals if we can. We hope to get a vehicle to deliver the meals in the future, but first we need to handle insurance issues.

Brownsville Thrift Shop is beginning to make room for their annual Bazaar and will no longer be able to accept large items until next year. They use their annex during the Christmas season and just don't have room for any large pieces. They do appreciate all of the great donations that come in and are so glad that the community supports our volunteer fire department.

Veteran’s Day is November 11th. It is a day set aside to honor our brave men and women who sacrifice their time and sometimes their health and lives to keep U.S. citizens free and safe. We thank each and every one of them for their sacrifices. As you come in contact with one of these brave people please shake their hand in thanks, for without them we would not be the great nation we are today. God Bless each and every one of them.

Look Back in Time – We wonder if there were droughts 100 years ago like the one we are experiencing now. No rain since when? We all have yard burn piles to be burned.

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Don't forget Stone Soup is serving up a great lunch every Thursday at noon. You can get a great salad, a bowl of homemade soup and a dessert for $3.00. In addition to eating, though, you can visit with old friends, make new friends, put a puzzle together, play a game or more. If you feel like being part of the group that helps put this lunch on, please come on by and volunteer.

It is hard to imagine that the Brownsville Mountain Quilt Guild is having is having its 17th annual quilt show. That is quite a tradition! The beautiful quilts will be up for your viewing on Saturday, November 3 from 10 – 4 and Sunday Nov. 4 from 10 – 3 at the Ponderosa Community Center in Brownsville. There is a $6.00 admission charge and there will be door prizes, raffles and a Country Store with a variety of sewing related items for sale. Vendors will be offering their wares. Downstairs, Yuba Feather Community Services will have food on sale.

Standard time arrives again at 2:00 am, Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night or you’ll be showing up an hour early for church, etc. I guess that would be better than arriving an hour late, which I have managed more than once, I am sad to say. This whole changing the time back and forth is crazy!

Calling all crafters! Books and More, in Brownsville, has a section of the store set aside for consignment, The More. The More is in the process of being revamped and going in the direction of handmade items. If you are a crafter and wish to sell your craft on consignment, contact Books and More at 675-3275 for more information.

The annual Thrift Store Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held on Nov. 16 and 17 from 9 to 4. This is a good chance to start Christmas shopping, buy goodies for Thanksgiving dinner, or just fill an empty spot in your house. Any sales help our Foothill Volunteer Fire Department keep afloat.

See you all at the Trucks with Treats event tomorrow night in Brownsville and Forbestown. Bring your vehicle with your treats and park in the lot at Books and More for the Goblins to trick or treat from vehicle to vehicle. Both events run from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Look Back in Time – In 1915 W. C. Ruff and wife autoed from Rackerby to Brownsville (was Ruff Hill named for this family?).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

Halloween is Wednesday, October 31 and Trunks with Treats will be taking place in Brownsville and Forbestown. Forbestown will set up the Charles Lynd Hall, on New York Flat Rd., with games, food and candy. Books & More will have a mini haunted bookstore set up. There is a need for folks to bring their vehicles to the parking lots at Books & More and Brownsville Mercantile, with bags of candy, so the little goblins can trick or treat from vehicle to vehicle. It’s a great way to visit with your neighbors while the “little monsters” stock up on Halloween candy. This is all a spooktacular way to give the kids a fun Halloween in the hills. Both events run from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, rain or shine and there is no charge for any of the fun.

The Foothills Christmas Shoppe, to be held at the Ponderosa Communities Center on December 1 and 2, still has a few booths available. If you want further information or are interested in reserving a booth to sell your crafts, etc. please contact Christine Mills at 675-9225 or Susan Adams at 675-2731.

Look Back in Time – In 1924 Chauncey Bean brought his cattle down from the mountains ('tis the season).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

We had our first rain of the season and what a rain event it was with thunder, lighting, hail and sheets of water. My gauge read 2-1/2 inches. That does not mean we are “out of the woods”, (no pun intended), yet with fire season. We must all still be diligent and watchful until we receive more of that liquid sunshine.

Winter is right around the corner and that means it’s time to stock up on firewood, batteries for our flashlights, and gas for the generators. We never know from year to year how severe our winters will be. As for me, I’m hoping for a good bit of snow and rain. My apologies to all those who love summer!

Our column is a little on the short side this week as we are both on vacation with Yvonne in Ohio and Christine in Tahoe.

See you around Brownsville soon!

Yvonne & Christine

We are watching for activity at the Gold Eagle site. Doing all of the planning takes a great deal of time. Chief Bill Shaw told us of all the new regulations put in place since the store was first built. Everything from water lines, fire safety, to all equipment inside the store has to be upgraded for our safety. We all sure miss our local grocery store, but we thank Tony's Smoke Shop for stepping up and helping our community.

Calling all crafters! There are still booths available for the Foothills Christmas Shoppe to be held at the Ponderosa Communities Center in Brownsville on December 1st and 2nd, as part of the 26th annual Christmas in the Foothills event. If you are interested please contact Christine Mills at 530-675-9225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Has anyone else noticed the amount of acorns that have fallen this year. Our property has acorns everywhere and some of them are huge. The squirrels will have a feast this winter. They’re burying them like mad all over our property. Bon appétit little squirrels.

Look Back in Time – In 1925 Challenge students were bused to Dobbins High School (that idea was bounced around again during the 1980s).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

On Thursday, Oct. 4, there will be a Yuba County Public Safety Meeting. It will be held at the Ponderosa Community Center from 6 to 8 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet our new sheriff, Wendell Anderson, as well as other public officials: district attorney, probation officer, county administrator and a fire service representative. Some issues to be discussed are public safety services and Measure K which will be on the November ballot. This is your opportunity to exchange information and ask questions of our county officials. We need a houseful to show our interest and support so come on out and bring a neighbor.

Look Back in Time- In 1911 a Dobbins Athletic club was formed. The first boxing match was held, fighters were Virgil Peachy and Kid French (with no TV we made our own entertainment).

The annual Trunks with Treats event will take place once again on October 31st in both Brownsville and Forbestown. Forbestown will have games, food, and candy all at the Forbestown community center and is sponsored by Elevation Church. In Brownsville, Books and More will have the haunted bookstore where the little ghoulies will be able to wander through for a little fright. We encourage you to bring your bags of candy, park your vehicles in the parking lots of Brownsville Mercantile and Books and More and give the kids a fun and safe place to trick or treat from car to car. We adults also get to have a good time visiting with our friends and neighbors and enjoy the costumes. This event takes place rain or shine from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

October 5th is World Smile Day. Sometimes it seems it can be a little difficult getting that smile to spread across our face. On World Smile Day let’s try to give that beautiful smile to each person we pass. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they become contagious. One smile makes two! (I’m smiling at you)

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

 

Jacob at Brownsville Station has many new tastes waiting for you at his restaurant. We tasted a gazpacho (a cold soup) made with lemon cucumbers and it was great. Fried green beans is one dish that it is easy to eat too many of. Another favorite is green chili with pork and he usually has a special of the day. Many people think his salads are the best. We haven't had dinner there, but there are many interesting dishes to choose from. Most of his ingredient choices are different from the ones we are used to. Give it a try.

This Saturday, September 22, is not only the first day of fall, but the second variety show presented by YF Next Step. At the amphitheater in Brownsville at 6:00 o'clock we will be putting on a show with many varied acts (much variety!). It will be free, but needing donations to cover the cost of renting the space. Refreshments will be served about 5:30. The show we had to celebrate the first day of summer was a great deal of fun and we hope this one will be, too. See you there.

The Cap Shack, Brownsville’s mini version of Starbucks, and Amplify Realty are moving to the Brownsville Mercantile. When the move is complete, sometime in October, you will be able to take care of your real estate needs, have a latte and scone and browse the many other rooms filled with local crafts, gift ideas, necessities, etc. The Cap Shack will be adding an outdoor seating area as well as a bakery. The Brownsville Mercantile will become our “mini mall”.

The annual Draft Horse Classic and Fall Fest, at the Nevada County Fair Grounds, are back this weekend, September 21 – 23. It’s an exciting way to spend a day with the whole family. Between horse performances, you can stroll through the barns and visit with the horses at Fall Fest, or sit and enjoy live entertainment at Music Fest, all a part of Draft Horse Classic. The hours are Fri & Sat 9 am – 7 pm and Sun 9 am – 5 pm. For ticket pricing, call 530-273-6217. The Nevada County Fair Grounds are located at 11228 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley.

Look Back in Time – In 1898 F. G. Kelly conducted evening classes in German and Latin at New York Flat (all kinds of life went during the past 150 years).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne