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A new business in Nevada County offers event organizing in a scenic backdrop. Squirrel Creek Ranch in Grass Valley is home to Events Made Easy. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, banquets, company events and fund-raisers are a few of the occasions the business can accommodate, both on and off the ranch.

Started by Brian Sanford, Sarah Warren and Susanna Wilson, Events Made Easy offers local charities, clubs, businesses and individuals a complete range of services, including invitation design, underwriting assistance, activity ideas, catering, musical groups, cleanup and more.

For more information, contact Wilson at 272-6903.


Sierra Nevada Children’s Services announces that Jackie Herring has joined its staff as child development manager. Herring has a master’s degree in child development and has worked for more than 10 years with Domestic Violence, DVSAC.


A new quilt business has opened in Grass Valley. Sugar Pine Quilt Shop is at 452 S. Auburn St. Owner Bonnie Bechtol said the store has anything you need to make a quilt, including quilting fabrics, books, patterns, gifts and different threads. To contact the store, call 272-5308.


SANTA CLARA – (Los Angeles Times) Jurors in Santa Clara will begin deliberating this week whether to hold IBM Corp. responsible for cancers developed by two former employees who handled chemicals at the company’s plant in San Jose.

James Moore and Alida Hernandez are the first of more than 200 plaintiffs to argue in court that exposure to trichloroethylene, sulfuric acid, benzene and other chemicals at IBM’s hard disk drive and chipmaking factories gave them cancer and caused their children to be born with birth defects.

Attorneys for former employees will give closing arguments in the five-year-old case Monday, followed by IBM’s summation Tuesday.

This will be Brett Nelson’s last installment of Biz Bits. Brett has been named coordinator for the Safe Kids Coalition in Sacramento but will continue to reside in Nevada County.

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