News Briefs

California wilderness and climate change

September 21, 2014 — 

At the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society’s October meeting, Don Rivenes will present a power point slide show of some of California’s wilderness areas, and how to access them for hiking and bird-watching. He will also talk about the effect of climate change on these areas. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The meeting is open to the public.

In addition, Rivenes will introduce Teresa Langress, a member of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. Langress will share a photo essay on the Climate Change Agents Summer Camp held in Nevada City in July. Young people from the fifth grade through first year of high school learned about climate change at the camp, as well as how to bring about change. SFAS contributed funds to the camp.

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Book sale benefits United Way

September 21, 2014 — 

Nevada County is holding its 19th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. It’s time to load up all those slightly used books you’ve been meaning to donate! In preparation for the book sale, the county is accepting donated books, in good condition, through Oct. 31. Donated books may be dropped off inside the east door in the Rood Center Lobby.

The Book Sale begins Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 7. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County. Prices range from 50 cents to $4, and the sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Fri. There are a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. This event is just one of many Nevada County is holding to benefit United Way of Nevada County. For more information, please contact Lelia Loomis at 530-265-1498.

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Kentucky 4-H: Good Samaritans

September 21, 2014 — 

Submitted by Amy Sether

Members of Kentucky Flat 4-H performed community service at the Draft Horse Classic on Thursday. From left are Riley Sether, Harlie Deschaine and Shelby Fletcher.

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North San Juan Fire board to meet Tuesday

September 21, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the North San Juan Fire Protection District meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the board office, 13200 Tyler Foote Crossing Road.

Items on the agenda include oaths of office and badge presentations to Shayne McLaughlin and David Jensen, approving an agreement with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and approval of a special tax assessment appeal procedure. For more information, call 292-9159.

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Blue Star Mothers invite new members

September 19, 2014 — 

The Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 and meeting begins at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Democrats host open house

September 19, 2014 — 

The public is invited to an open house hosted by the Nevada County Democrats from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 at 138 New Mohawk Rd. in Nevada City. The event will be an ice cream social to allow the public to visit the new office location. All are welcome. Take the Gold Flat exit and follow the signs to the Railroad museum. The office building is adjacent to the Railroad Museum. This move will provide the Nevada County Democrats with more space for meetings, easier office access and greater ability to organize phone banking and precinct walking during election cycles.

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Towntalk: Grocery Outlet employees help feed the hungry

September 19, 2014 — 

Grocery Outlet’s “Independence From Hunger” food drive in July raised more than $7,000 in cash and food for the Interfaith Food Ministry. The two cashiers who raised the most money were Kweku Thomas, far right and Lisa Daniels, second from right. Also pictured are Grocery Outlet owners Tim and Lori Bascom.

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Grass Valley roadwork continues

September 19, 2014 — 

Bennett Street, between Ironhorse Place and the eastern city limit, will be subject to traffic control for underground utility and street work on Sept. 19-26. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress.

Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on-site personnel.

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Smoky skies, brilliant sunset

September 18, 2014 — 

Fire smoke over Western Nevada County Tuesday made for a dramatic sunset.

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Online reputation marketing strategist to speak at NCO meeting

September 18, 2014 — 

Chad Nelson, an online reputation marketing strategist, will be the presenter at the next meeting of Nevada County Online (NCO), from 11 to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

As the founder and president of Champion Online Marketing, a firm that specializes in helping local businesses get more customers, Nelson will explain his “Leading Edge” strategy.

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Utility work to close Grass Valley street

September 18, 2014 — 

Granite Hill Court off Whiting Street will be closed to through traffic for underground utility/ paving work on Sept. 17-26. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Residents have been notified of an alternative access route via a fire access road. Emergency responders and other vehicles will need to use Granite Hill Court but may experience delays of up to 5 minutes. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

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Towntalk: Low-hanging fruit

September 17, 2014 — 

Grapevines on Houghton Ranch Road in Penn Valley.

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Free lunch this Friday in Grass Valley

September 16, 2014 — 

Lunch at the Crossroads invites the community to enjoy a free lunch at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church at 236 S. Church St. This month’s meal will feature deep-dish lasagna, a fresh garden salad, garlic bread and an assortment of desserts. Come early to look over the free, gently-used clothing before heading into Wesley Hall, where free groceries will also be available. Please bring your own bags. The program will end at 1 p.m.

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Towntalk: Look, Mah

September 16, 2014 — 

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) hosted a Mahjong workshop Saturday at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office. Above, Mahjong instructor Gordon Sakaue (and retired Lyman Gilmore teacher) advises players. Mahjong is a Chinese game of skill, strategy and calculation. A growing body of research suggests that playing the game is beneficial for seniors and individuals suffering from dementia, cognitive and memory difficulties.

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“Computers for Genealogy” meeting open to the public

September 16, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group’s ninth session of “Computers for Genealogy” will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The class and handout will cover our most treasured genealogical resources — family photos. The meeting will begin with the history of photography, which will help participants date and classify some of the older ones, and how to catalog and store newer digital images.

Meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information email Donna Dugle Young at ddugle@pacbell.net or call 530-477-0192.

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Hospital volunteers honored for services provided

September 16, 2014 — 

Members of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provide many services that supplement the basic services of the hospital’s professional staff along with raising funds through vendor sales and their gift shop. These extras add to the benefit and comfort, care and happiness of patients.

The following volunteers were recently awarded hour service pins: 100 hours to Kathleen Boyl, Wade Carlson, Jessica Ferrer, Gary Hoover, Julie Jasper, Carolyn Lashbrook, Joan Nightingale and Kathleen Westfall; 500 hours to Millie Delaney and Carol Hix; 1,000 hours to Betty Klimt; 2,000 hours to Georgine Wasley; 3,500 hours to Dottie Wood; 6,000 hours to Helen Dempsey and 7,000 hours to Fran Thompson.

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Where there’s smoke ...

September 15, 2014 — 

Submitted by Annita Kasparian

Smoke from the King Fire east of Placerville in El Dorado County looms near Lake of the Pines Sunday. On Monday, the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District issued an air quality health advisory for people in Nevada County. The Dog Bar Fire near Alta Sierra also continues to add to the smoke burden in parts of western Nevada County.

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Candidates’ forum for Grass Valley City Council set for tonight

September 15, 2014 — 

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will be presenting a Candidate’s Forum for the office of Grass Valley city council from 7 to 9 p.m tonight at the Grass Valley City Council Chambers, 125 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

Candidates participating include: James Firth, Jason Fouyer, Jerri Glover and Terry Lamphier. League member Dottie Schmidt will be the moderator. Candidates will alternate answering questions from the audience and the media. The Grass Valley community is encouraged to attend this event and meet candidates “up close and personal.”

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Falls Prevention Coalition community event Wednesday in Grass Valley

September 15, 2014 — 

The Falls Prevention Coalition’s seventh annual community event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (between Union Hill School and Rattlesnake Road). This is a free event. Call HelpLine Senior Information & Assistance (not the church) at 530-273-2273 to sign up. Designed for seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers, the event will provide information that will help people stay active and independent by reducing their risk of falling. The coalition would particularly like adult children who may be concerned about their parents falling to come … with or without parents. In addition to a program on falls prevention, there will be a senior services resource fair. Morning coffee and a boxed lunch will be served at no charge.

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Dorsey Drive roadwork continues in Grass Valley

September 15, 2014 — 

Highway 20/49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick Road interchanges) will be subject to alternating lane and ramp closures for asphalt concrete removal and paving through Friday. The lane and ramp closures will take place each evening between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be one lane open in each direction at all times.

Dorsey Drive, between East Main Street and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for road work through Friday. In addition, the intersection of Dorsey Drive and Catherine Lane will be subject to traffic control for road work on Thursday and Friday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting).

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Fundraiser for local mom with leukemia

September 14, 2014 — 

A fundraiser for Wendy Foucht, a Nevada City pregnant mother of four, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at 49er Fun Park. Foucht was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, on Aug. 20. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help the family cover medical costs. In addition to the usual recreational activities, food and raffles with prizes from local businesses will be part of the event.

Foucht is registered at The Blood Source, located at 759 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Her account number is 0886. 49er Fun Park is located at 314 Railroad Ave. in Grass Valley. For more information or to donate, contact Charlene at Charlenewells6987@gmail.com.

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Elks host annual Basketball Hoop Shoot contest

September 13, 2014 — 

The Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 is sponsoring its annual Hoop Shoot Basketball contest at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Chicago Park Grammar School. The free-throw contest is open to all boys and girls ages 8-13. All participants will receive certificates. Medals will be presented to the top three girls and boys in each age group. There is no entrance fee. A free hot dog lunch will be served to all children and parents. To apply or learn more, contact Lou Janakos at 530-272-5371.

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Towntalk: High yield

September 13, 2014 — 

Members of the Penn Valley team of the Food Bank of Nevada County’s Healthy Harvest Project Garden reached the one ton mark on Sept. 8. In addition, the Grass Valley team is just 100 pounds short of also hitting one ton this season. Expected output for both gardens for 2014 is over three tons of fresh vegetables, said garden coordinator Ellen Persa. Produce is distributed to those in need directly through the Food Bank and their donations to other agencies, such as Hospitality House and Sierra Roots. The Penn Valley garden will expand this winter for the third time. Pictured above, from left, are Penn Valley volunteers Pete Molloy, Susan Molloy, Bob Mack, John Smedberg and Gwen Smedberg. To volunteer, call Persa at 530-272-3796.

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AAUW to host brunch at Commodore Park

September 12, 2014 — 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch will begin its 2014-2015 year with a brunch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20 at Commodore Park in Lake Wildwood. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about AAUW. On display will be information about the branch’s interest group and scholarship programs giving attendees a snapshot view of the organization’s more than 75 years of service to our community.

Attendees will have opportunities to join avid book readers, hikers, “foodies,” gardeners, global world discussions, arts and craft and movie groups. AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership.

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Results from the 2014 Foreign Car Show and BBQ Battle

September 12, 2014 — 

United Way of Nevada County combined its 8th annual “BBQ Battle” and the fourth annual “Foreign Car Show” into one huge event held on Saturday, August 16. More than 400 people showed up to view foreign cars and sample grilled delicacies. The winner of the 2014 BBQ Battle People’s Choice award, for their tasty ribs, was “Uptown Barber-Q-ers,” the Uptown Salon team headed up by team captain Gary Evans. The team also won the Spirit Award for their positive energy and creativity.

The first place winner of the Critic’s Choice Award was Gold Country Community Services’ team “GCCS Silver Servants” lead by David Caddy. Two teams tied for second place; “The Rib Doctors” with Kristian Hockinson and the “Rotary Club of Grass Valley” headed up by Dave Peeler.

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Towntalk: Star-Spangled Banner celebration

September 11, 2014 — 

Towntalk: Unfortunate mishap

September 11, 2014 — 

Submitted by David Coughran

The driver of a speed boat accidentally ran a boat up on shore at Englebright Lake Sunday. Due to its high water level, the number of recreational boats on Englebright has increased. Boaters are encouraged to exercise caution.

Seller’s spaces still available for American Legion parking lot sale

September 11, 2014 — 

Spaces are still available for those interested in selling wares at a parking lot sale and fundraiser sponsored by the American Legion Post 130 and Auxiliary. The sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building at 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Spaces in the back parking lot are 20’ by 20’ and cost $25. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit local veterans. For more information, contact Lori at 530-575-4378.

Towntalk: There’s a bear up there

September 9, 2014 — 

Ingegerd Hjord’s dog chased a bear up at tree Monday on Boulder Street in Nevada City.

NCTV offering nonprofits free promotional videos

September 9, 2014 — 

Nevada County Television (NCTV) is reaching out to local nonprofits with an opportunity to come into their studio and record a promotional video free of charge. The video can be up to two minutes, giving organizers a chance to talk about the services the nonprofit provides. Recording times are from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday during the month of September. For more information or to reserve a time slot, call Cheryl Noble at 530-272-8862.

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