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The Nevada County Branch of the American Association of University Women is proud to announce that the 2004 Edi Silverman Community Service Award winner is Marion Becker. This award was instituted one year ago to honor the member who best exemplifies quality service to this community. The award is named for its first recipient, Edi Silverman.

Becker was a founding member of SITE, the time exchange program started by AAUW. She started the free Nevada County Library Internet instruction program for seniors, taking advantage of the training in Sacramento under a state library grant.

Becker was instrumental in starting the local Nevada County Citizens for Choice group, originally a coalition of AAUW, Business and Professional Women and the League of Women Voters. She actively participated in the process to get Nevada County Citizens for Choice incorporated and to bring Planned Parenthood to Nevada County.

Becker designed and maintained the branch’s Web site, which was the first Web site to be recognized by the State of California AAUW as an outstanding branch Web site. She served as president of the Nevada County Branch of AAUW in 1988 and 1989.

Marion is a retired public health nurse and an accomplished amateur photographer. She resides in Alta Sierra with her husband Claire. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Gold Country LeTip

Gold Country LeTip, a business networking organization, announces its Top Tippers for the month of June: Jonette Walter, Better Bookkeeping; Judi Bannister, Fast and Fit; and Tana Lingvall, Weekenders USA. If you are interested in growing your business and would like more information, call Judi at 265-9419.

Retired Federal Employees

On July 8, 35 members of Grass Valley Chapter 1335 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees enjoyed a picnic under the pines at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Special guests were California State Federation of Chapters President Helen Zajac, former CSFC President Lea Zajac and Chris Parillo, field representative to Congressman John Doolittle.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible and encouraged to join NARFE and are welcome to attend our meetings. The next meeting will be a luncheon meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Moose Lodge No. 2217, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Highway 49) in Grass Valley. For more information, call 273-7324.

Nevada City Lions Club

The Nevada City Lions Club held its 6th Annual Pioneer Classic Car Show on July 17 at Pioneer Park. There were 113 registered classic cars, custom cars, street rods and trucks on the grass at Pioneer Park.

The two top awards were the Best of Show, given to Jay and Lorie Claibourne from Auburn, showing their 1934 Chevy Phaeton street rod, and the People’s Choice, given to Wes Hotchkiss from Auburn, showing his 1937 Chevy two door master deluxe street rod.

Proceeds from Saturday’s event go to the ongoing Pioneer Park projects adopted by the Nevada City Lions Club. This year, plans are proceeding to install basketball courts in the park. The next major event is when the Nevada City Lions open the taco booth at the Nevada County Fair next month, with proceeds from the sales going to back to the community.

Order of the Eastern StarAurora Placer Chapter No. 40

Aurora Placer Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star hosts a reception for deputy grand matron of District 7, Anne Seabaugh, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grass Valley Masonic Center. Hawaiian attire.

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