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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.


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Age Shouldn’t Matter

By Paula C. Collins

History Buff

Brita (Berryman) Rozynski (93) has lived in

Nevada County all of her life and continues

to remain active in the community. Three

days a week you will find her at Searls

Historical Library doing “whatever needs to

be done.” Currently, she is putting Nevada

City assessment records into a data base.

With her love of history it is no surprise that

she is also a member of the Nevada County

Historical Society board of directors serving

as a director-at-large and sunshine chair.

Rozynski has been a member of the Grass

Valley Native Daughters of the Golden

West for 75 years and is currently a trustee.

Her roots are deeply embedded in the

area as both parents were born here and

one of her grandfathers arrived in the late

1860s from Cornwall to work in the mines.

And that brings up the Cornish pasty,

a meat pie. Until the summer of 2019,

Rozynski participated in making and selling

pasties at the United Methodist Church

monthly fundraiser. Although she has

slowed down some, this perky woman still

enjoys local entertainment and events like

the Historical Society’s speaker nights. She

also likes book sales, not surprising as she

is an avid reader.

Going Strong

At 75, Pamela Yazell shows no sign

of slowing down. For example, she is

currently president of the Rotary Club of

Penn Valley and participates in the club’s

projects such as helping with a science

fair at Williams Ranch grade school, and

preparing Christmas food baskets for at

risk families.

Yazell is someone who embraces life, which

explains her hair color. “I was approaching

a certain age and decided to go purple,”

she explains.


Retirement has afforded Jim Slouber

(70) additional time to pursue

his passion – photography. The

photographs he takes are mostly

landscapes, and he has been

fortunate to seek-out subject matter in

China, Italy and Ireland on trips led by

David Wong, a local photographer. In

fact, Slouber hopes his next trip will be

a return to scenic Ireland.

Slouber is a member of the Nevada

County Camera Club, does some

astrophotography with his grandson

and has built a home studio.

She has discovered OLLI at Sierra College

geared to lifelong learners, and enjoys

their film and history classes. A movie buff,

on Saturday nights she will go on her own

to what she considers “a must see film.”

A highlight of her year is attending the

San Francisco Ballet’s new season, and

she also goes to local theatre productions

and concerts. Yazell has a daily reading

schedule and says she reads “just about

anything and everything.”


His father was a mining engineer and

worked at the Empire Mine, so it is

only natural for Slouber to become

a docent at the now State Historic

Park. Dressing the part of a miner,

he enjoys participating in Mine Yard

Living History Days by taking visitors

into a mine shaft.

Involved in the community Slouber is

a volunteer with the senior firewood

program sponsored by Gold Country

Senior Services. He picks up, splits and

stacks wood. A man of many interests,

he also likes to cook and uses his

kitchen skills at a local church helping

prepare their Last Friday Suppers.

An important part of her life is a small

group of friends who call themselves

WOCA (Women of a Certain Age). They

go out to dinner, attend performances,

hold potlucks, exchange books, celebrate

events like birthdays, help each other, and

of course, talk.

A widow, Yazell sold the businesses she

and her husband owned, downsized and

moved to a home in Eskaton Village,

where she is happily getting to know her

neighbors and fellow dog walkers.


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