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Real estate company Sperry Van Ness recently added Joe Burns as an associate advisor.

Burns’ office is at 11300 Willow Valley Road in Nevada City.

Burns specializes in apartments and hotels throughout Northern California, according to a company press release.

He served as a luxury home specialist with Blue Sky Home Center and later DMB Realty, at Lahontan, a gated golf community in northern Lake Tahoe prior to joining Sperry Van Ness.

Burns addition is part of a national expansion program for the company which has grown from nine markets to more than 150 markets in about five years.

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Susan Stratman recently joined HelpLine Information and Assistance as its new program coordinator.

Stratman has experience in customer service, public relations and senior issues, according to a HelpLine press release.

HelpLine refers residents to community services and a wide range of public and community-based programs. For more information, call 273-2273 or visit 471 Sutton Way, Suite 202.


Stucki Jewelers hosts a free seminar next month on fair trade in the gem market.

The seminar is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16. People who RSVP will be informed where the event is located, according to a Stucki Jewelers’ press release. The jewelry business is at 148 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley.

Eric Braunwart and Mark Sprague from Columbia Gem House, Inc. and James Arbaugh, president of Stucki Jewelers Inc., are scheduled to speak.

“We developed strict controls on production, so we can absolutely assure our customers as to the origin, quality and treatments of each gemstone,” Braunwart said in Stucki Jewelers’ press release.

Space for the seminar is limited. For more information, call the business at 272-1266.


Do you have news to share about your business? Contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly at or 477-4234.

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