The Next Step group is contemplating starting a Bingo game in order to raise money for a vehicle to help those without vehicles get around. This would not be for medical appointments, that is covered by the Hill Top Gang. Some people would like a ride to Stone Soup, Farmer's Market, to shop in Brownsville or even in the valley. If you or someone you know are interested in helping with this project, please us let know by calling Books & More (675-3275).

            Yuba Feather museum will be hosting its ice cream social on Sunday, July 21. These events are held twice each month, on the third Sunday and the last Saturday, during summer months. One can enjoy a root beer float, an ice cream sundae, or just plain vanilla ice cream. The proceeds of these events help support the museum, so come on by.

            Has this weather been wonderful or what? Haven’t had to use our AC and have been able to leave the windows open all day with the cool breeze blowing through. I can go outside and swing in the hammock, eat out on the deck, and just enjoy the great outdoors without dying in the heat. Now this is what I call summer. But, I do realize that the hot weather could be waiting to pounce. Then the whining will begin.

            Look Back in Time – In 1903 George Newell arrived at Woodleaf with D. L. Falcks twelve-horse freight team and a load of general merchandise (be glad when our groceries arrive at Gold Eagle again).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            Independence Day is this Thursday, July 4th and the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association has big things planned. The hamburger/hot dog barbecue dinner and Kids Fire Muster Event will start at 6:00 pm with the raffle beginning at 7:00 pm and the fireworks at 8:30 pm. The Kids Fire Muster will be for all kids ages 5 to 17 and the age groups will be divided into 5 – 7, 8 – 11, and 12 – 17. There will be a Water Brigade, Hose Roll and Water Balloon Toss. Sounds like great fun!! Come on down to the Foothill Firehouse located at 16796 Willow Glen Rd. and celebrate the hard-fought independence and freedom of our blessed Nation.

            Saturday, July 6th, Geney Holley will hold a scrapbooking project event at Books & More from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested just bring your memories and stop on by to join in on the fun and laughter that usually breaks out during the crafting classes. Books & More is located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

            Just a reminder that the Old West Trio will be bringing their western harmony to Lucero Vineyards & Winery on Sunday, July 7th. The event starts at 4:00 pm and tickets are $20.00 per person. Contact Marian Lucero at 530-632-5076 for tickets or more information. Lucero Vineyards & Winery is located at 10654 Texas Hill Rd. in Dobbins.

The Brownsville Classic Car show will be held in the Historic Chestnut Grove, 8979 La Porte Rd. on July 13. This show benefits Autism Speaks and will include raffles, food and a DJ. The goal for Autism Speaks is the change the future for all who struggle with an autism disorder. Admission is free and one gets to see many beautiful restored autos as well as visit with neighbors, have lunch and enjoy the shade of chestnuts. Anyone needing information please call Linda Wooldridge 530 675-9060.

            We would like to start up Next Step again for a couple of reasons. To have a community car taking people to the Farmer's Market, Stone soup or even to town would be great. However, that takes money and dedication. Can we raise both? Having a Bingo game at the Farmer's Market would be a start. If we could find volunteers to run the game on Saturdays from 11 to 1, or so, would give us that start. There are also other projects proposed by Next Step that could use attention. If you or someone you know might want to help out, please stop by Books & More or call 675-3275 and talk to Yvonne.

            Look Back in Time – In 1925 Dobbins residents voted to double the road taxes from 50 cents to one dollar a year to fix the roads (if only!).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.           

             Christine and Yvonne


            The Farmer's Market is doing well each Saturday from 9 to 3 with such varied offerings. In addition to produce, they have a hot lunch, kids' activities, crafts and more. A Bingo game is being planned. Each week a special happening is planned for the afternoon. Things are happening!

            Don't forget the Ice Cream Social at Yuba Feather museum on Saturday June 27 from 1 – 3. Money from these socials help support museum programs. Come enjoy ice cream and chatting with neighbors. Other socials happen on third Sunday and last Saturday during the summer.

            On Thursday, July 4, the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association will be hosting their annual community fireworks event. They have a fundraiser barbecue and raffle before the fireworks begin.
All funds are used to provide assistance for firefighters and their families in case of illness, accident or accidental death, and for the betterment of our community. The fireworks are donated by local community members and the firefighters set them off in a safe and sane environment. The Foothill Fire Station is located at 16796 Willow Glen Rd., Brownsville. Come join your friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens for a night of good food, and good clean fun.

            Starting Saturday, July 6, Loretta will be at Books & More with her delicious soups. If you remember the Mayflour Bakery you know Loretta's soups. She varies the selection each month and you can purchase a pint for $4.00 and a quart for $8.00. I can tell you from experience that your taste buds will be delighted.

            Also on Saturday, July 6, Geney Holley will be holding a scrapbook project class at Books & More from 10 am  to 12 pm. Books & More has a different crafter in each Saturday for community crafting classes. Come by the store for a list of the events. It is a great time for fellowship, laughter and a bit of crafting fun with friends and neighbors. Call 675-3275 to sign up or for further information.

            Books & More may have to close a bit early on Saturday, July 6. Yvonne has to leave early for a wedding and Joyce is resting from her hip surgery.

            The Old West Trio, a beautiful western harmony trio, will be at Lucero Vineyards & Winery on Sunday, July 7, singing classics from the American Cowboy and Silver Screen song boooks. Tickets are $20.00 per person and a hot dog dinner plate will be available for $7.00. Wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. The concert starts at 4:00 pm and Lucero Vineyards is located at 10654 Texas Hill Rd., Dobbins. Call Marian Lucero at 530-632-5076 for tickets and information.

            Look Back in Time – In 1904 the hotels in Clipper Mills and Woodleaf were filled with summer tourists, enjoying the hunting, fishing and reading (now we see Rvs on the road).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


The Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Ass. is planning their fourth annual community fireworks and barbecue event on July 4 at the firehouse in   Brownsville. A raffle is being planned to help raise money to use to provide assistance to fire fighters in case of illness, accident or accidental death. If you can help this cause by donating an item, please contact Michaelle Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or stop by the firehouse. Hope to see you there on July  4 enjoying the food and the fireworks.

The Old West Trio is planning a concert at Lucero's winery on July 7 at 4 pm. Seating is limited so one might want to call for a reservation: Lucero's Winery 632-5076. The winery is located at 10654 Texas Hill in Dobbins. The cost for the concert is $20 with a hot dog dinner available for an added cost. Sounds like fun.

Have you been to the Farmer's Market yet? It is held every Saturday from 9

– 3 at Ponderosa Park in Brownsville. The choice of fresh vegetables will be increasing soon as our summer season is about here. The extras (hot lunch, a kids spot, craft items, as well as foods) are available, too. Several special events are planned for the afternoons.

The Stone Soup's Community Workshops are being planned for the next month or so. These workshops are held at Ponderosa Community Center on Thursdays after lunch (about 12:45 or so). On June 20 there will be a presentation by the Fire Safe council helping us be prepared. On July 4 Rand Collins will tell us Two Patriotic Tales, one about the Star Spangled Banner and the other about an unknown hero of the Revolutionary    War. On July 18 a lawyer will give us more information on the pros and cons of having a trust and considering reverse mortgages. Come by and have lunch at noon or stop by after lunch and join us in a workshop.

There is a new happening at Foothill Fitness in Brownsville. Dustin Goodwin is offering a Woman's Self Defense class every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6 – 8 pm. This could save your life and costs only $5.00. He has other classes, too, each Tuesday and Thursday evening. A kid's class runs from 5 – 6   and an adult class from 6:15 to 7:15. Come by and check it out.

Bookstore Boosters started the summer season with a newsletter, new art/craft workshops and a new raffle. This season's raffle will be held on August 24; that will begin the new fall season. Come by and see the items to be raffled and maybe buy some tickets. These activities help the bookstore in many ways: increase the number of people who come in, have a room to hold small meetings, and pay our bills.

Thanks to all who donated blood in June. There were enough people to stay on the list of spots to donate blood in the future.

Look Back in Time – In 1907 Woodleaf tollkeeper, Mr. Twogood, noted a man with an auto passed by (only one?).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne



            The Bookstore Booster group is doing all they can to help Books & More stay afloat financially. We had a hot dog lunch during Memorial Day weekend. Now there is a new seasonal newsletter available at the store that has the new list of craft workshops. One newest crafter to sign up is Geney Holley. She is offering a Memory Book project starting on July 6. If this is of interest to some people, she will extend the project to other days. Each Saturday morning there is a workshop of some kind held in our meeting room. There are several regular workshops available: Vera Hecker – drawing, David Giles – art, Jani Beckwith – art, Pennie Goodwin – knitting and more. Give us a call 675-3275.

            The one month of the year that Hill Top Gang changes the date of Sunday breakfasts happens in June. Because they offer a Mother's Day breakfast in May, people asked for a Father's Day breakfast. So in June the breakfast will happen on June 16. The breakfast on Saturdays will happen on the last Saturday of the month, June 29. On both of those days there will be an Ice Cream Social at Yuba Feather Museum in Forbestown in the afternoon. Sounds like a pretty good day.

            The Lutheran Women’s Mission League will be holding a bake sale on Saturday, June 15th at the Brownsville Mercantile. Stop by between 10 am and 3 pm to purchase a delicious treat for Dad. As you know, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Of course, the goodies could be sold out before 3 pm so be sure to get there early.

            Look Back in Time – In 1925 the roads in Clipper Mills had been scraped and are now in good condition (wonder if it was snow).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


   On Saturday, June 1, the Yuba Feather Museum in Forbestown opens for the summer season. They will be opening the gate to the replica village, Gold Trader Flat, at 9 am. One of the events of the day will be a chili cook-off so come and vote for your favorite chili. Gunfighters will be visiting the museum during the day, that always adds some excitement. Both the museum and the village have many interesting displays. We love to wander the village and imagine living in the area during gold rush times. Inside the museum one of the new displays features toys of the era, kids had no screen time back then. The museum will close at 4:00, but will reopen on weekends during the summer from noon until 4:00.  Docents will be there to welcome you, so come on by and bring a friend.

            So few people showed up at the last blood drive that they said they would have to drop Brownsville as Vilalant location. We really hope that will not happen. So in honor of Mickie Miller, who strongly promoted the Blood Drives in the past, let's work to make this a great drive. Please show up to donate blood on Wednesday, June 5 at the Ponderosa Community Center from 2:30 to 5:30. Please bring a photo ID; eat well and drink plenty of water before you come. As a “thank you”, receive a Vialant T-shirt.

            There is a new sheriff in town, Wendell Anderson, and he will be holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 29th at the Ponderosa Community Center from 6:30 to 8:00pm. If you have questions, concerns, etc. come meet Sheriff Anderson.

            The last day of school is June 7th and this means the munchkins will be out about enjoying their summer vacation. They have been known to pop out onto the road without warning so be aware. We wish all the munchkins a fun and safe summer.

            Look Back in Time – In 1910 the traction engines and train of cars changed from wood to oil burners. They hauled 21 tons of freight to Woodleaf merchants (that's a lot of freight).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


            The new location for our Farmer's Market by the amphitheater on Ponderosa Way seems to be working out well. Parking is a bit of a challenge at times, but the trees and grass around the amphitheater are great. The extra activities are a draw, too. The Kids' Spot has a variety of activities set up from 9 until 11:30 so parents can shop, visit or sit and watch. There is a food booth with several choices of dishes. Then after lunch there is a special “Happening”: 1st Saturday of the month is music, 2nd Saturday will be a kid's activity, 3rd Saturday will be sports, and 4th Saturday will center on a food. So far the vendors have been happy with the market. Both produce and crafts are available as well as spots for local non-profits, as in bake sales. So come check it out some Saturday.

            This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend, with Memorial Day holiday falling on Monday the 27th. On Saturday, Books and More will be set up to serve hot dog lunches. Space is also available to set up for the peddler’s fair. Space is free and all you need to do is bring down your goods to sell. Spaces are available at both Books and More and also Brownsville Mercantile. All funds from the sale of hot dog lunches will go towards helping Books and More pay their rent. Books and More is a jewel in Yuba County as it is the only bookstore in the county. Come on out and help support this great community gathering spot located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

            Wow, just when you think the summer weather has begun to settle in, blammo, we get a week of rain. Now, I’m not complaining mind you, I loved every minute of it, but it reminds us that Spring weather is volatile. It keeps the forest wet for a little longer and I’m just not ready to pull my shorts out of storage yet. How about you?

            Look Back in Time – In 1914 Leslie Gordon passed through Rackerby with a load of freight for his store in Brownsville (we will sure be glad when our local store gets re-built).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


        The Bookstore Booster Group will hold its second Show and Tell on May 18 at 10 am. This is the second season of the craft workshops held at the store each Saturday from 10 to noon. Some of the works will be on display and we will draw the winning raffle tickets. The new newsletter will be out on that day and will have a listing of the next set of workshops. There is a wide variety of activities from which to choose, from knitting to watercolor. Come check it out. This group helps raise money to support the bookstore. Members of the group just held a bake sale and a pulled pork sandwich lunch, thanks to Cindy and Mike. We brought in a week of rent money.

            There will be a peddlers fair and hot dog lunch held on Saturday, May 25, at Books and More. Peddler booth spaces are free so bring your treasures down to sell. This is Memorial Day Weekend and there should be plenty of treasure hunters out and about. The funds from the sale of the hot dog lunches go to help pay the bookstore rent. Come on out and join us, please.

            If you didn’t already know, Tony’s Smoke Shop & “Mini Mart”, on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville, has just about anything you would need in groceries. He has canned and boxed goods, milk, bread, bacon, eggs, cookies and goodies, ice cream, ice, some frozen meats, a few produce items and more. Thank you Tony!!!!

            Look Back in Time – In 1886 there was a parade in Brownsville and a Grand Ball in the Knox Hotel. The music was by Brownsville Brass Band and a midnight supper was served at the hotel (we will certainly miss the parade at Forbestown Daze, but times change).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


            The new  Brownsville Farmer's Market and Picnic will feature several new spots in addition to the regular vendors. This will be held on Ponderosa Way at the amphitheater starting at 9 am every Saturday beginning May 4. One new feature is a Kid's Spot with various activities in the amphitheater from 9 'till 11:30. There will be a hot lunch to buy and special happenings in the afternoon. On the first Saturday of each month there will be live music from 1 to 3 and a beer booth. On the second Saturday there will be a kids' activity; on May 11 it will feature remote cars. Each Saturday will have a different focus. See fliers for details. Hope to see you there every Saturday that you can.

            On Saturday, May 18, the Fire Safe Council will have a program showing how we can make our homes more fire safe.  It will be held at the Foothill Fire Station in Brownsville from 2 to 4. We can all learn more from the tips featured in the film. There will be a question and answer period also.

            Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th. Give mom a break and clean the house, wash the dishes, do the laundry, or take her out to breakfast at the Hill Top Gang Mother's Day breakfast. Most of all, treat her like a queen. Mom bandaged your booboo’s, fixed your meals, read you stories before bed, put up with your sassy mouth, and much more than can be listed here. Thanks Mom!!

            Loma Rica Community Church will be holding their Annual Bazaar on May 17 & 18. The hours are Friday, 17th from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 18th from 8 am to 12 pm. Come stroll through the many booths and find a special treasure.

            Look Back in Time – In 1915 a large crowd attended the Rackerby Old Home Picnic, enjoying races, a baseball game and a dance in the evening at the hall. Food for the horses was provided.

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


            Yuba Feather Community Services will be serving a great Mexican dinner on May 4 starting about 5:00. This Fiesta is a celebration of Cinco de Mayo and will help support our community center. It is hard to pay for electricity, maintenance and other projects as needed, so please plan on joining us for dinner.

            The new Brownsville Farmer's Market and Picnic will open on Saturday, May 4, at the amphitheater on Ponderosa Way. Booths will open at 9 am, food will be served about noon, and a treat of live music, along with a beer booth begins at 1:00. Every Saturday there will be something extra happening after lunch. The next Saturday, May 11, there will be a bicycle rally. Come check out the new venue and help support out local farmers and crafters.

            During the Brownsville Farmer’s Market & Picnic, the Next Step Organization will be sponsoring the “Kid Spot”. There will be art tables, Lego building, games, play dress up, reading corner, Barbie play and more. “Kid Spot will be happening every Saturday, starting May 4, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. It promises to be great kid fun while parents shop and visit. Next Step is still looking for volunteers and if you are interested contact Yvonne Scroggs at 675-3275.

            Don't forget to come by for a pulled pork sandwich and buy something at the bake sale at Books & More on Saturday, May 4. Lunch will be served from 11:00 to 1:00 or so. This treat is being made possible by one of our Bookstore Boosters and we thank them for all of the time and effort put into this project.

            Brownsville Thrift Shop will be having a storewide sale on May 1, 2, 3, and 4. All items will be 1/2 price. Sounds like a great time to get some bargains so stop by and help support our volunteer fire department.

            Look Back in Time – In 1908 a rich gold strike at the Solano Wonder Mine in Brownsville has assayed at $22,500 to a ton of ore (wonder where that was in Brownsville).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne



            There will be a Mexican Fiesta Dinner at the community center May 4. This will benefit Yuba Feather Community Services and help support the park and community center. It is amazing how much money it takes to run the center: electricity, up-keep, and more. Come have a delicious dinner, enjoy your neighbors and friends for the evening and do your part.

            On Saturday, May 4, some of the Bookstore Boosters are volunteering to make pulled pork sandwiches for lunch and have a bake sale to benefit the bookstore. Thanks, guys! Come by and check it out. Anyone wishing to setup a vendor booth is welcome to do so. Space is free. We are all working together to help pay the rent on the building.

            The annual Vintage Tractor & Farm Days event is being held on May 4 & 5. There will be restored tractors, tractor games and drives as well as many activities for the kids. Come enjoy live demonstrations of vintage farm and home skills. Food, beer, wine and arts & crafts vendors will be there for your enjoyment also. Don’t miss out on the free hay rides. This event will be at the Alcouffe Community Center located at 9185 Marysville Rd., Oregon House. The hours are: Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, May 5, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Bring the whole family for a day of good old fashion country fun. Admission is free but parking is $5.00

            Look Back in Time- In 1900 William Birmingham of Strawberry Valley has a crew of men at Brownsville filling holes in the road (where are these guys when you need them?).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

            It is time to start thinking about summer activities and that means opening the museum in Forbestown. Opening day is June 1 from 9 to 4 and a chili cook-off is planned. We need chili cookers to sign up to participate. Watch for the fliers coming out soon. Yuba Feather Historical Association meets for their seasonal pot luck dinner meeting at Ponderosa Community center and will be asking members to sign up to help at the museum during the summer. It is a great way to meet new people, learn about local history and enjoy a weekend afternoon. Don't forget the ice cream socials on the 3rd Sunday and last Saturday of the summer months.

            Come join in the fun of the Annual Forbestown Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Elevation Church AG and the Forbestown Activity Center. This event will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 am in the Forbestown Community Park for all kids 0 – 18 years. Come join in the Easter fun and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather that is anticipated.

            Speaking of Easter, Bob & Jim’s Breakfast and Burgers will be offering an Easter ham lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, April 12 & 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. For $9.99, you will enjoy a meal of bread, ham, mashers, veggie and dessert. Bob & Jim’s is located on the corner of Willow Glen Rd. and La Porte Rd. in Brownsville.

            Look Back in Time – In 1898 Jared Forbes brought up a beautiful lot of flowers on the stage for the Methodist Episcopal church in Forbestown (where did he get flowers this early in the season?).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


         Did you ever wonder how to decorate a beautiful Ukrainian Easter Egg? In a craft workshop on April 13, Barbara Neely will show us how to create this gorgeous egg called a Psyanky. This craft began at least 2000 years ago and has an interesting history. Call Books & More, 675-3275, for more information. 

          Where is our Gold Eagle Market? We know it has been raining, it seems forever, but we sure need a market and gas. Hopefully with Spring here, there will be some activity in the lot soon.

          Do not miss out on the Spring Fling being held at Books & More in Brownsville on Saturday, April 13 starting at 10:00 am. There will be a bake sale, peddlers fair and the always-popular homemade tamales. They go fast so get there early. Individual tamales are $3.00 each or you can get the lunch for $6.00, which includes tamale, beans and nachos. Yum!! If you are interested in a space for the peddlers fair, the space is free and there is plenty of room for all. Just come and set up your booth. For more information, call Books & More at 675-3275.

          The Loma Rica Community Church will be holding their Annual Bazaar on May 17 and 18. Booth space is free and you must reserve your space before April 20. To reserve your space please contact the church office at 530-743-5435. We will post further information regarding this event as it draws near.

          Need a car washed? Head over to Foothill Fitness on April 13 for a clean, shiny car. Kids are making money to help get our new Farmer's Market going. 

            Look Back in Time – In 1909 the Honcut girls baseball team played the girls from Rackerby, followed by a dinner at the Honcut Hotel, then had ice cream and entertainment (we would love to have local baseball teams again). 

          Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.              Christine and Yvonne

            Yuba Feather Historical Association has its quarterly general membership meeting at the Ponderosa community center on April 24. There will be a potluck dinner starting at 6:30. This group will be getting ready to begin the summer program, opening the museum in Forbestown on June 1. Come join the fun.

            Just imagine! It is time for the third anniversary of Stone Soup, our lunch program served on Thursdays at noon at the community center. It is a great gathering of friends and neighbors, eating and chatting. For this special anniversary, there will be a great baked potato bar. A special event is being planned: look at the baby pictures and guess which of us was that baby.

            Books & More will be the location for the Spring Fling event on Saturday, April 13. There will be a peddlers fair, fresh tamales for sale and Next Step will hold a bake sale. The event will start at 10:00 am. Come early as the tamales sell quickly as well as the baked goods. Booth space is free for the peddlers fair and if you are interested in setting up a booth please contact Christine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 675-9225.

            Look Back in Time – In 1925 work was progressing at the Beever Resort below Brownsville. There was a 15 room hotel, 50 cottages, a swimming pool , golf course and a dance hall (as you drive by on the way to town, glance at the meadow and just imagine the life that was there).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

            Finn Cherry, a 10 year old student at Yuba Feather Elementary won the spelling bee there and went on to win three rounds at the Marysville Joint Unified School District bee. Congratulations, Finn.

            Next Step, the group that is ready to help anyone take the next step they need to in improving their life, is holding an event on Saturday, April 13 at Books & More. There will be a Bake Sale and hopefully some tamales for sale. Plans are being made now, but you might jot the date down on your calendar.  We invite crafters and others to set up booths free of charge.

            Ready for a great breakfast? Don't forget that the Hill Top Gang serves breakfast at the community center on the last Saturday of the month. For $6.00 it is all you can eat and you will be helping to support the van that helps us get to medical appointments. Come on and enjoy.

            Look Back in Time – In 192? there were rabbit races (not sure where). The speeds of the rabbits from Rackerby were clocked at 13 ¾ seconds faster than any rabbit ever run in California (to clock rabbits running is amazing).

            Guess what Monday is? You got it, April Fools Day. Now, I don’t want you to get carried away and pull harmful or hurtful pranks, but it is a day for good clean fun and jokes. Be aware, a jokester could be lurking in your day. Have a fun April 1st.

            One of our neighbors received a scam call from someone claiming to be from PG&E, stating they hadn’t paid their bill and their power would be shut off if they did not pay it over the phone with their credit card or checking account number. Luckily, they did not fool our neighbor. We want to remind everyone to never, ever, ever, give out any of your personal information to any callers, no matter what stories they may tell or how much information of yours they seem to have. They will use scare tactics and play on your emotions to get to you. If you get a scam call be sure to report it to either the company they claim to represent or the authorities. Don’t let yourself become a victim of these jerks.

            Calling all crafters and or vendors for Memorial weekend. I know it is a bit early but would like to have you put Saturday, May 25 on your calendar as there will be a craft/vendor fair held at Books & More and Brownsville Mercantile parking lots. Booth space is free and there is plenty of space for all. Books and More will have pulled pork sandwich lunches and a bake sale for a fund raiser to help keep their doors open. Please contact Christine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 675-9225 for more information or to reserve a space.

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


          Last Thursday there was a community workshop  at the community center after Stone Soup in which we learned many interesting details about Reach air medical service. We hope to offer more of these workshops. There will be a sign up sheet for those interested in various topics at Stone Soup and at Books & More. When enough people show an interest in a topic, we will organize a workshop.

          March 20th is the first day of spring. This winter has been truly felt and the rain has been welcomed. Of course, we will still experience rain and possibly snow. The meadows and roadsides will begin to fill with blue, pink, and yellow wild flowers. The sun will warm the morning air and the trees will begin to fill with the song of birds. I will miss winter but I know it will be hiding behind the sun waiting to return. Happy Spring!!

          Books & More , in Brownsville, is offering craft classes each Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm. Stop by the shop and pickup the list of classes and sign up for those you are interested in. You can also purchase tickets for the raffle held each quarter. The current raffle prizes are a hand knitted hat, crocheted baby blanket and matching cap, a crockpot, a cake by Krishna (to be baked after raffle) and a set of 6 beautiful stemware glasses. Books & More has become more than just a bookstore to our community. It is a meeting place where people can enjoy conversation and good company as well as a good book. All proceeds from the craft classes and raffles are used to help keep our treasured Books & More open.

          The Brownsville Mercantile will be raffling off an Easter Basket on April 20th. With each minimum purchase you will receive a ticket for the raffle. Stop in and wander through the many rooms filled with crafts, vintage items, clothing, greeting cards, and other gift items. They are located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

          Look back in Time – In 1900 the Challenge post office was moved with horses, cables and willing hands, to a new, much more convenient location west of the hotel ( it would be fun to know the exact spot and put a sign there).

          Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

The new craft workshops at Books & More on Saturday mornings are going well. We have a new crafter who volunteered to teach a group how to dye Russian Easter Eggs. It is quite an interesting process; this workshop will be offered on April 13. Stop in or call for more information (675-3275). Each week there is different workshop offered.

Yuba Feather Community Services will be holding their annual election tonight at 7:00. This group does a great deal for the communities by organizing and running Ponderosa community center and park. They hold an open meeting each month on the second Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. Please come by and get involved in some of the

programs. The big change they are working on this season is making changes in the Farmer's Market: times, location, and additional features. A day for Family Kickball is being planned also, so come get involved.

There will be a special presentation at Stone Soup on Thursday, March 14, about a program called Air Med Care. It is an ambulance membership program that gives you helicopter transportation when one needs an air ambulance. This program will begin at 1:00 at the community center. Come by for lunch first at noon if you would like. `

Look Back in Time – In 1903 the 8th and 9th grades of Upham School in Rackerby were having extra lessons in surveying, map-drawing, bookkeeping, and natural philosophy (good practical skills).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


            We hear that the Family Kickball game has been postponed and will be tried again on March 9. Two reasons: wet weather and the opportunity to attend the Yuba Feather Taco Dinner that evening. We  hope many will attend the Taco Dinner to help out Yuba Feather School and then come play Kickball the next Saturday. Let's have fun together, many of us from all of our communities.

            Count the daffodils on our hill. They are telling us that spring is just around the corner. The lilacs are budding, almond blossoms fill the valley air and yet we may still see a snow flurry or two. These mixed up seasons: fall and spring. You never know. I have heard it said that it has snowed at least once in every month of the year in La Porte.

            Okay, it’s that time again! Daylight savings time is back. Whatever you do, don’t forget to “Spring Forward” your clock on Sunday, March 10th. Actually, you should set it forward on Saturday, March 9th before you go to bed, otherwise you’ll be late for any Sunday morning plans. Believe me, I’ve made that mistake more times than I wish to admit.

            Look Back in Time – In 1898 H. Klos of Brownsville built a butcher shop in Indiana Ranch and will open next week (a good old-fashioned butcher shop!).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne

            Eating my favorite green chili stew at Brownsville Station last week, I asked Jacob about his plans for St Patrick's Day. He assured me that he likes the traditional corned beef and sides but that he would put his unique twist on the meal. So on Sunday, March 17, come on by and taste test his dish.

            St. Patrick’s Day, Bob & Jim’s Breakfast & Burgers will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. You’ll be able to enjoy a plate full of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots for $9.99.

            Brrr! It has been cold and wet, maybe like February is supposed to be.  Ben tells us that we have a great deal more rain this year than last. However, we are still 30 inches or so less than our  annual average which is more than 80 inches. Still more wet to come?

            Look Back in Time – In 1898 the amateur theatrical troupe of La Porte gave a fine performance of East Lymne, followed by a dance (we miss our  Ponderosa Player troupe).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


            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