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Ann Sanderson, a Nevada City maker of fine art quilts, recently traveled to Rome to exhibit her work “Tsunami,” one of 41 pieces out of hundreds of international art quilts submitted to bring awareness of world water issues. The first leg of the exhibit was at the UN in Geneva, followed by Rome. Next is a show in the United States, followed by an international exhibit. “It was a real honor to have them select my piece, “Tsunami,” to show in the UN Exhibition “Water is Life,” Sanderson said.

Bent Metal opened a secondary tasting room in September at 163 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley. It is the fifth winery-tasting room in the historic downtown –the others are Avanguardia, Lucchesi, Sierra Starr and Smith Vineyard. “Owners Scott and Judy Brown have taken a contemporary approach to creating fine wines in the Sierra Foothills,” Bent Metal’s website says. “From metal to medals, we have both. It’s casual and friendly with beautiful Sierra views.”

The 49er Rotary Breakfast Club chipped in on Sept. 18 to help volunteers and participants of the 22nd Annual Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathalon held at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City. The club supplied coffee, tea and continental breakfast fare to the many volunteers who make this annual event possible. Hal DeGraw, Julie McManus, Marty Lombardi, Kimberly Parker, Dave Robinson and Mike Ferguson all staffed the refreshment station, while Ed Townsend headed up the kayak contingency of volunteers that included Matthew Marguiles of Matteos, and Scott Kellerman. Nevada City Vice Mayor Duane Strawser tuned up bikes for those who participated in event, which is a swim-bike-run contest for women 18 and older. One hundred percent of the net proceeds benefit the SNMH Foundation Women’s Imaging Center/Barbara Schmidt Millar Fund of Nevada County and the Barbara Schmidt Millar Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit bsmtri.org.

Bruce and Lucy Bottrell, longtime owners of Mother Truckers on the San Juan Ridge and Natural Selections in Grass Valley, have bought and are reviving the Country Store, also on the Ridge. The Country Store is located at 19008 Tyler Foote Road, a mile past the North Columbia Schoolhouse. “The Country Store long served as a neighborhood market where locals, as well as campers and visitors to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park could gather, as well as pick up a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread on the way home from work,” said Diana Pasquini of the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Plagued by fire and the recent death of its owner-operator, the little store was vacant for several years. Now, it is back in business thanks to the Bottrells, who also have made a management change in their family-run operation. Bruce and Lucy Bottrell have decided to retire and place management of their three stores into the hands of their son and his wife, Eli and Sara.