News Briefs

Grass Valley announces road closures

November 21, 2014 — 

East Main Street between Eureka and Richardson streets will be subject to traffic control for utility line work today. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting).

Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to 5 minutes may be possible.

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GV street closure announced

November 19, 2014 — 

Kate Hayes Street between Mainhart Drive and East Empire Street in Grass Valley will be closed to through traffic for underground utility work on Wednesday. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

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Roadwork scheduled for Nov. 18-22, 2014

November 18, 2014 — 

Nov. 18-22

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from King Road to Rock Springs Road in Penryn: Motorists can expect alternating lane closures and ramp closures from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for bridge work.

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Ball to raise money for Center for the Arts youth programs

November 14, 2014 — 

Experience Nevada County Performing Arts Guild’s production of “Cinderella” in style at the Cinderella Gala Ball.

The Center for the Arts, in partnership with PAG and The Cinderella Project, invites you for an evening of elegance and children’s theater. Bring your child or grandchild and dance with the stars of PAG’s Cinderella. Arrive early for drinks and appetizers in the Granucci Gallery. You are encouraged to dress up, and Fairy Godmothers will be in attendance to spread the word about the Cinderella Project and may even grant a wish or two.

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Thanks to Give program gears up for 15th year

November 14, 2014 — 

Thanks to Give, a local volunteer group, is gearing up for its 15th year of delivering meals to seniors and disabled adults who are home alone on Thanksgiving Day.

Each year, about 40 volunteers help package and deliver more than 100 traditional holiday meals throughout the county.

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AnimalSave hosts open house Saturday

November 13, 2014 — 

AnimalSave will host an open house 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the AnimalSave Center, offering light refreshments and a tour of the AnimalSave Center at 520 East Main St. in Grass Valley.

“AnimalSave is thankful for the generosity of so many supporters who recognize and appreciate the good work AnimalSave/Golden Empire Humane Society has been doing for over 30 years, transforming the lives of cats and dogs in our community,” reads a news release from Director Carolyn Niehaus.

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Nevada County Online: How to use podcasting to market your business

November 13, 2014 — 

On Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada County Online (NCO) presents Shawn Tuttle, formerly a professional organizer, workshop leader and podcaster of her own podcast show called “Authentic Success.”

Have you heard about podcasting? A podcast is like a radio show — except that it is self-published. During her presentation, Tuttle will demonstrate what a podcast is, what type of business it is good for, and how you can use your own show as part of your marketing strategy.

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Towntalk: Sunset over Lake Wildwood

November 13, 2014 — 

Another sunset blazes the sky above Lake Wildwood into portrait-like setting.

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Genealogical Society, “What Every Genealogist Should Know”

November 10, 2014 — 

The November monthly general meeting of the Nevada County Genealogical Society will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the community meeting room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Each month a guest speaker will present a topic related to research, methodology and sources used in genealogical research. The topic for the November meeting will be, “What Every Genealogist Should Know,” presented by long-time genealogist and NCGS founder, Maria Brower. The presentation covers a number of related research myths and research tips including, “What Really Happened to the Missing 1890 Census? It’s Not All Missing!” and how to find the “oldest” ancestors in your family tree and those confusing calendars and dates.

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Fly me to the moon

November 10, 2014 — 

Submitted by Annita Kasparian

Soaring over the blue skies of Nevada County.

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Penn Valley Rodeo contest

November 10, 2014 — 

The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association is hosting a poster design contest to promote the 2015 Penn Valley Rodeo. Do you like to draw, paint, sketch, take photos or do digital artwork? PVCRA would like to see your idea for their next rodeo poster.

Visit http://www.pvrodeo.com and submit your idea for a poster to commemorate 58 exciting years of rodeo in Penn Valley. The selected design will win tickets to the rodeo and bragging rights for the award-winning poster design. The rodeo theme is western. Artwork and photos may depict the “Old West” or modern times. Submissions and questions may be emailed to pvrodeo_pr@comcast.net or mailed to PVCRA Poster Contest, P. O. Box 1103, Penn Valley, CA 95946.

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Juvenile Hall awarded Western Growers Foundation garden grant

November 10, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Juvenile Hall, in conjunction with its onsite school, Sugarloaf Mountain, was recently awarded the Western Growers Foundation Garden Grant. The foundation partners with the California Department of Education to award 100 K-12 schools $1,500 each, plus seeds and other materials to grow and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden. The grant funds will go towards the Juvenile Hall’s “Full Circle Garden” project in which they compost vegetation in worm bins, and grow their own fruits and vegetables. The goal of the project is to educate and teach the youth about gardening and the importance of recycling, as well as provide them a productive way to spend their incarceration time. This grant program is made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, administered through California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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Towntalk: Pretty in pink

November 8, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Denise Stein

Organizers of the Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament recently presented a check for $8,500 to Kimberly Parker, executive director of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Brunch for newly retired teachers

November 8, 2014 — 

Nevada County Division of the California Retired Teachers Association will host a brunch on Wednesday, November 12 for newly retired teachers. The event is in recognition of Retired Teachers Week and invitations have been sent to newly retired teachers from Nevada County schools. Teachers who taught in other counties are welcome if they have retired to Nevada County since retiring. The brunch will be at 10 a.m. at Toffanelli’s Restaurant on West Main St. in Grass Valley. If you are a retired teacher and are interested in attending, you are welcome to come as a guest of CalRTA . Contact Carole at 530-272-4132.

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Free seminar on VA non-service Connected Disability Pensions

November 8, 2014 — 

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Program can help eligible wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses defray the cost of senior care and assisted living accommodations. Attorney Gabriel Lenhart will be giving a free seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Cascades of Grass Valley, where he will address eligibility, pension benefits, financial assistance, as well as how and when to apply for benefits. A question and answer session will follow. The event is open to the public. Cascades of Grass Valley is located at 415 Sierra College Drive. For more information, call Linda Hobbs at 530-272-8002.

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Towntalk: Water and stone

November 7, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Georg Kickinjah

Cool, rippled water along the Yuba River.

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Public welcome at Veteran’s Day celebration at Forest Lake Christian School

November 7, 2014 — 

Forest Lake Christian School will be hosting an all school, kindergarten through twelfth grade “Veteran’s Day Celebration” on Tuesday, November 11. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at the Forest Lake Christian Elementary Campus in the sanctuary. The students and guests in attendance will be blessed with the presentation of colors and P.O.W. ceremony by the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard of California State University, Sacramento. Choirs from both high school and elementary school will perform at the event, along with flag salutes from junior high students, and a message by Pastor Jeff Alaways of Simple Truth Church.

The public is welcome to attend the celebration beginning at 1 p.m. at 22924 W. Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley. For more information call 530-269-1540, ext. 120.

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Spooky contest winners

November 7, 2014 — 

The winners of the Great Goblin Halloween Window Display and Costume Contest at our Safe Trick or Treat in Downtown Grass Valley on Friday, October 31 include:

Best Halloween window: Foothill Flowers; Most interactive: The Book Seller; Best costumed business: Tri-Counties Bank; Best costumed theme: Wild Side; Most child pleasing: City of Grass Valley; Best overall: Community Support Services. The event was sponsored by the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

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Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s this Saturday

November 7, 2014 — 

Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a special fundraising event for The Friendship Club from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 8. Owner Judi Weiner will be offering a 5 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise while donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club. Complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. Staff and board members from The Friendship Club will be on hand throughout the event.

The Friendship Club has been helping at-risk adolescent girls in Nevada County since 1995 with a year-round program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement.

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Parkinson’s Support Group to meet

November 6, 2014 — 

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

Share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

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Towntalk: In full color

November 6, 2014 — 

Trees near peak color on Nevada Street in Nevada City.

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Anti-whaling presentation hosted by German Club

November 5, 2014 — 

The Friday meeting of the Gold Country German-American Club will include a presentation about the Sea Shepherd 2013 Antarctic Campaign. Join member Dennis Naumann as he presents his showing of slides, videos and discussion from a four-month journey to participate in the Anti-Whaling Direct Action in the Southern Ocean.

Witness life on board the Bob Barker as they defend whales around the Antarctic continent.

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Guest speaker at Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

November 5, 2014 — 

Bev Anderson, president of the Pacific Chapter of the Neuropathy Association, will be a guest speaker at the next meeting of the Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley. Those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which includes painful feet or numbness, are encouraged to attend and ask questions. For more information, call 530-268-1017 or 530-265-2679.

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Higgins Fire board to discuss health benefits

November 5, 2014 — 

The board of directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District will have a special meeting Wednesday night.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the district offices, 10106 Combie Road, to discuss Finance Committee recommendations for employee health plans.

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Tree mail

November 5, 2014 — 

A tree grew around a mailbox on Gethsemane Street in Nevada City.

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Pine Tree Quilt Guild meeting Tuesday

November 4, 2014 — 

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild will host guest speaker Sandy Klop at the next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4. Members and guests will gather at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Klop of Walnut Creek is an accomplished quilt maker, teacher, pattern designer (American Jane Patterns), and Moda fabric creator.

Three of Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s activities take place on the third Thursday of each month. These include “Community Service,” “Drop-in ’n Quilt,” and “Home Workshop,” which will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the SDA Church on Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. Join the community service effort to make items for December distribution to local people in need such as senior care facilities, homeless, victims of natural disaster, foster youth, and others. Learn a new skill in the free-to-members “Home Workshop” with local trapunto expert Myrna Raglin.

For more information and the monthly newsletter about other activities, visit http://www.pinetreequiltguild.com.

Amazing autumn

November 4, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Annita Kasparian

Bright fall colors in Nevada City.

Joerschke Drive closure announced

November 4, 2014 — 

Joerschke Drive at Dorsey Drive will be closed to through traffic for road construction through Nov. 10. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

Good trade

November 3, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Courtney Hundemer

Students in Bob Walsh and Andrea Marks’ fourth grade classes participated in the “Big Talk,” a living history project where students are divided into various Native American tribes. Classmates spent weeks studying their individual tribe’s ceremonies, daily lives, housing, diets and trading practices. Because tribes historically spoke different languages, the “Big Talk” involved the trading of goods in silence. Above, student Lily Hallenbeck looks into Walsh’s eyes and “soul” to see if he is of sound character and capable of an honest trade.

Nevada County AB109 boasts excellent recidivism rate

November 3, 2014 — 

In 2011 the California State Legislature passed AB109 which changed sentencing rules for convicted felons sentenced to state prisons. Under AB109, criminals convicted of nonviolent crimes, nonsexual and, or, non-serious crimes were to be sent to local jails instead of state prison. Upon release from custody, AB109 criminals would be supervised by county probation rather than state parole.

Passage of AB109 was intended to accomplish two major objectives. The first objective was to decrease state prison overcrowding. The second objective was to improve recidivism, which is defined as a conviction of a new felony or misdemeanor committed within three years from release from custody or committed within three years of placement on supervision. At the time AB109 was enacted, recidivism rates of state prisoners had reached a high of 70 percent; for every 100 prisoners released from custody, 70 were convicted of new crime(s) within three years.

AB109 sought to improve the state’s dismal recidivism rates by shifting incarceration, rehabilitation and supervision responsibilities to local community agencies. In Nevada County, the Probation Department, Sheriff, Superior Court, Behavioral Health, Health and Human Services, local law enforcement and numerous community partners are members of the Community Corrections Partnership, which oversees local efforts to reduce recidivism.

On Oct. 28, Chief Probation Officer Michael Ertola presented the county Community Corrections Partnership 2014-2015 plan to the Board of Supervisors, as well as an overview of recidivism results since AB109 was enacted in 2011. Prior to AB109, State Parole recidivism was 70 percent in California and 50 percent in Nevada County. Post AB109, and as of March 2014, the recidivism rate fell to 44 percent for all California counties.

These numbers pale in comparison to Nevada County’s post AB109 recidivism rate: only 11 percent as of August 2014. This translates to only 13 AB109 offenders having been convicted of a new criminal offense since October 2011.

Ertola states the county’s success “can be directly tied to the incredible collaboration among all members of the Community Corrections Partnership Committee (CCP).” Ertola went on to state, “the CCP’s commitment to evidenced based practices of accountability combined with intensive supervision combined with appropriate treatment services to address the risk/needs of each individual is proving to drastically reduce recidivism in Nevada County.”

Nevada County Behavioral Health Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura’s Law)

Nevada County continues to be a leader in the state and offers consultation and support to many counties throughout California who are implementing or evaluating whether to implement Assisted Outpatient Treatment.

This week, Nevada County Behavioral Health Director (Interim) Becky Slade, Health and Human Services Agency Director (Interim) Michael Heggarty, Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson, Deputy County Counsel Scott McLeran, and Public Defender Keri Klein hosted a delegation visiting from Sacramento County to present Nevada County’s innovative Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura’s Law) program. Sacramento District 1 Supervisor Phil Serna and District 5 Supervisor Don Nottoli participated in a two-hour overview of the program, and then sat in and observed a live status review hearing at Nevada County Superior Court.

Haffey appointed president of State Association

Rick Haffey, County Executive Officer, has been appointed President of the County Administrative Officers Association of California, a network of Chief Administrative Officers of the counties in California dedicated to assisting its members to improve services to their constituencies. The association has provided opportunities for Nevada County to work with other counties to enhance government through advocacy, shared services and education. Haffey will serve a one-year term as president and looks forward to facilitating enhanced communication and cooperation among county government officials in California.

November classes in the Collaborative Technology Center

The Collaborative Technology Center at the Madelyn Helling Library is offering 15 free technology classes in the month of November. Some of the classes being offered this month are an Introduction to the Internet, iPad Apps: the Next Steps, Beginning Mac, and Film Editing. For a full listing of classes, visit http://madelynhelling.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx or pick up a brochure at your local branch of the Nevada County Libraries. You can sign up for a class online, over the phone, or in person. For further information, call Vaile Fujikawa at 470-2748.​

Watch “Divergent” at the Madelyn Helling Library

The library will be showing the movie “Divergent” in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Free admission and free popcorn.

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