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Advocate publisher honored

 Stacy Drake, owner and publisher of the Nevada City Advocate, was honored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Nevada City with the 2017 Business Person of the year award at its 116th annual Ceremony and Community Awards Dinner on Feb. 3. Drake, a longtime Nevada City resident, started the Advocate in 2009. The free monthly publication distributes 8,000 papers in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Marysville, Yuba City, Sacramento and other locations in the area. 

Emceed by incoming Chamber President Matt Margulies and real estate agent Mimi Simmons, the night included many community honors that were previously published in the Advocate. New Chamber officers also were introduced at the dinner. Along with Margulies, they include Peggy Peterson, president-elect; Robin Danos, treasurer; Linda Hansen, Mathew Haas, Carissa Cook Stroh, Teresa Berliner-Mann, Barbara Johnson, Homer Nottingham, Hilary Hodge, Steve Moberg, Gretchen Bond, Barbara Tanner, Amelia Barrett, Tom Coleman, Kim Coughlan and Paul Emery. The night’s activities included a tribute to Dave Iorns, former Chamber president and Nevada City businessman, who passed away Jan. 24.

New city manager

 Nevada City’s first woman city manager was named in January. Catrina Olson grew up in Grass Valley and previously served as interim city manager as well as in other key city positions for the past 11 years. “I’ve been afforded a great opportunity. They went through a recruitment process and found I was the best candidate. I’ve been here so long and know the constituency,” said Olson, who has several family members living nearby. She started working in 2007 for Nevada City. “The glass ceiling has broken,” Councilman David “Sparky” Parker said while announcing the promotion 

Gone fishin'

  Judi Weiner, owner of the Judi’s women’s clothing shop on Commercial Street, is selling her business to retire and travel with her husband, Bob. “We’ve been in business almost 14 years,” she said. “I still love doing this work, but we are getting a little bit older, and it might be time to do some exploring,” which in March includes traveling to Croatia and Slovenia. She hopes another women’s clothing store will serve her customers. “There are enough women in the community and this serves a demographic that I don’t want to neglect,” she said. “I have so enjoyed working with the women I’ve met and to help them feel good about themselves.” The Commercial Street location is the third Judi’s; the others were on north Broad Street and where Yobobos is located. The store will remain open until a buyer is found. It is currently having a sale, advertising as much as 70 percent off for some items.

Chanted prayer services

 The Trinity Compline Choirs will chant the office of Compline at 7 p.m. on five consecutive Sundays during Lent. The schedule: Feb. 18., Voces Angelorum, an all-women choir with music by Luther, Crosier, Hallock, Proulx and Blitheman; Feb. 25, Illuminare, Reynolds’ family quartet presents music by Farrant, Lotti, Klug and Hallock; March 4, the mostly men choir presents music by Luther, di Lasso, Darlington/Wesley, Proulx and Wagner; March 11, Voces Angelorum, with a program by Luther, Praetorius, Reynolds and Lotti; March 18, Renaissance Man, all-men group chants and music by Ingeneri, plainsong, Hallock, and Sheppard 

About the photo: 

Rotary Club of Nevada City past President Walt Stickel prepares to present a plaque to Stacy Drake, who was recognized as the 2017 Business Person of the Year by the Rotary Club and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Drake is the owner and publisher of the Nevada City Advocate.