Hollie Grimaldi-Flores

Hollie Grimaldi-Flores


Hollie Grimaldi Flores was born in Binghamton, New York and raised in a nearby suburb, Vestal. She is the youngest of seven children. In 1985 Hollie moved to California with a degree in radio and television production out of Syracuse, NY. She worked for an award winning video production company, David Watts Productions, in San Francisco and for the writer of a top weekly radio show, Countdown USA in Marin County as well as for KRCB-TV, a public access television station in Rohnert Park, CA before moving to Grass Valley in 1995. After relocating to Nevada County, Hollie worked in a mechanical engineering firm and eventually started her own bookkeeping business before deciding to pursue a return to her first love  broadcasting. Hollie is past president of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley and the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. Hollie has two children from a previous marriage. Trevor Daniel Wade born in 1990 and Courtney Taylor Wade born in 1994. She is married to Ernie Flores and is sharing the responsibility of raising five boys: Michael, Stephen, Nicholas, Christopher and Timothy aged 26 to 17 as well. When not at the station, Hollie enjoys spending time watching local sports, hiking at the river, reading and attending local events with friends.

Counting My Blessings

It is the holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up. It is a very different holiday season for me this year as my two biological children are far and away. Trevor, 23, now lives in New York City and while we might have afforded a flight to California for either Thanksgiving or Christmas, his finances do not allow for a week (or even a weekend) without pay, so we won’t be seeing him any time soon. Courtney, 19, is in Australia working as an Au Pair until June 2014 – no weekend visit in store for her either. Most of our boys (husband Ernie has 5), are out of the area this year and their mother claimed them for Thanksgiving Day leaving us “empty Thanksgiving Day nesters” for the first time in our married life together. What to do? Rejoice? Remorse?

We are filling our day by participating in the Turkey Trot, followed by giving our time to assist the fine folk at Matteo’s Public who will be serving a free Thanksgiving Dinner to those who need one from noon to three.

I am working on focusing on all the good that I have in my life: a healthy family I adore, a job I love, the ability to pay my mortgage, living in the best community ever. There is much to be thankful for.

And so, I miss my children but I count my blessings. Happy Holidays to one and all.

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