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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Grass Valley — The

Grass Valley — The Pine Cone Effect By Jason Fouyer Former Grass Valley Mayor This morning I pulled up to the stop sign at Mill and Main. At the same time, a woman driving a green sedan stopped at the opposite stop sign. I waved her on trying to be a gentleman. She waved me on and the exchange of, “You go…No. You go,” went on for a minute or two. We smiled, laughed, and then proceeded to accelerate at the same time. We both stopped, laughed again, and she entered the intersection with a gracious wave. This exchange of kindness, slow pace and sense of community is why I live in Grass Valley. I like to refer to it as the pine cone effect: all the things we love are under the pine trees. Many who visit find joy in the quaint historic downtown, the proximity to the mountains, lakes, and rivers, the wineries, or the robust arts community. However, I find the heart of the community lies with the people. I live here because it is a place where people want to be. We are here because it has a sense of place. It is filled with homes, not houses. Borrowing a stick of butter from your neighbor is not only common, but encouraged. Being friendly towards others never gets old in Grass Valley. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy seeing the incredible talent The Center for the Arts brings to our town. I love the accessibility of the lakes and rivers. I can go fishing in the morning and be home by lunch time. I love the downtown on a busy Saturday night or the smell of Caroline’s coffee roasting on a weekday morning. The local history is rich with facts and folklore, but it is the simple things that make this my home. A trip to the grocery store quickly becomes a social hour, bumping into countless friends. Even my Saturday newspaper is filled with stories of people I know—not know of. Also, I love raising our children in a community that is safe, where the topnotch schools are engaging, and endless outdoor opportunities abound. These activities encourage our children to blend the academics with life lessons and explore the world around them in ways not always available in our fast-paced digital world. These are the same opportunities older generations remember fondly from their childhood. Those shared experiences of being kind to others, slowing down, and living with a sense of community are, fortunately, available all of us who are lucky enough to call this our hometown. I can’t wait to see you at the stop sign. 80 DESTINATION Nevada County

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