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Early Risers Toastmasters Club

The Early Risers Toastmasters enjoyed speeches about how to quit smoking, buying foreclosed real estate and the joys and frustrations of remodeling. Our speakers were Katie Bennett, Diane Di Leo and Mike Crandall. George Chileski, Larry Lansburgh and Judy Nichols were evaluators.

Katie Bennett carried home the outstanding speaker trophy and Judy Nichols was outstanding evaluator.



Every week we also have “Table Topics,” which are short extemporaneous speeches on topics assigned at the last second. This week’s table topics winner was Janis Aydelott.

All Toastmasters Clubs welcome guests, and we were lucky to have Amy Perry and Stephen De Sena as our guests.




If you’d like to improve your public speaking and leadership skills, come to one of our meetings. Guests are never required to speak. Early Risers Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. If you have questions, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will hold its October general meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. The meeting’s discussion topic is the state of career technical education or manufacturing technology, formerly referred to as vocational education in our public schools. With 30 percent of our local high school graduates not continuing their education at the college level, there is a renewed interest in re-instituting and promoting vocational education in the public schools.

The October program’s featured speaker will be Bruce Kirk, who teaches Manufacturing Technology at Yuba Community College. His talk will focus on vocational education in the state’s schools, what it used to be, the direction in which it is going and the direction that vocational education should go.

The Meeting will be at the Peace Lutheran Church at 828 West Main, in Grass Valley. Members of the community are always welcome and encouraged to attend League meetings.

North Gold Country Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association

The North Gold Country Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association will hold their annual celebration and Founder’s Day potluck luncheon at 11 a.m. Oct. 8, 2007, at the home of Ann Elliott, 23903 Oakmont Way, in Lake of the Pines, Grass Valley.

We look forward to meeting many Kappas from Nevada, Yuba and Placer Counties and will be presenting anniversary pins to members who have been Kappas for over 50 years. Last names starting with A-U bring a main dish and salad for 15; V-Z, bring your favorite finger desserts. Please e-mail your reservations by Oct. 4 to madelynd@theunion.net (or call Madelyn DiMagno at 432-4992) and she will provide you with directions on how to get to Ann’s home.

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday: Oct. 10, Bingo; Oct. 17, Mark Lyons Ð ghost stories; Oct. 24, Ka Hale Hula Hawaiian Dancers; Oct. 31, Halloween Birthday Celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Oktoberfest

The Gold Country German-American Club will hold its annual OKTOBERFEST on Oct. 13 at the Fairgrounds -Community/Senior Center, 11350 McCourtney Road, in Grass Valley.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Music at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and $9 in advance. Lively dance music will be supplied by Joe Smiell and his Bavarian Band. A tasty German dinner with cake and coffee can be purchased. Beer and wine will be available. German folk dancing by our own Alpine Dancers and raffle prizes will complete the evening’s entertainment.

For information and/or to order tickets, call 272-6095, 272-3044 or 477-2205.

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway

The October meeting of Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will be held at Players Pizza in Penn Valley on Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. After dinner, there will be a showing of “Sweetland,” a recently released Norwegian movie. Call 432-0995 by Oct. 6 for a reservation.

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Nevada City Lodge # 518

Nevada City Lodge # 518 donated over 400 dictionaries to the third and eighth graders at three schools in the community. Dictionaries were also given to the Spanish speaking children in the schools.

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Boy Scout Troop 855

Robert William Lawson is the oldest son of Kim and Chris Christensen. He has an older brother, David Lawson, residing in North Carolina, two younger brothers, Joseph Lawson, also being honored as an Eagle Scout, and Christopher Christensen and a younger sister Amber Lawson, who is on her way to earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Robert started scouting in second grade in Gilroy, as a Wolf Scout. He worked his way through the ranks in Cub Scouts in pack 713. As a Cub Scout he enjoyed the pinewood derby and placed third one year. He earned Cub Scouts highest honor the “Arrow of Light.” He bridged to Boy Scouts and began his trail to Eagle with Troop 792. He moved to Grass Valley in 2000 and joined Troop 856. As a Boy Scout, Robert attended camps Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, Fleishman, Royaneh and Winton. Robert enjoyed earning his SCUBA certification and BSA Lifeguard, going whitewater rafting, Camporee at Camp Parks, overnight on the U.S.S. Hornet, and being staff at the rained out 2007 Camporee in Brownsville. He joined troop 855 in June after becoming an Eagle Scout on Nov. 20, 2006 to continue his scouting experience, perfect his leadership skills and share his skills with younger scouts and his brother Joseph as an adult scout. Robert has 36 merit badges. Robert earned the Eagle Scout Bronze Palm.

He is currently a senior at Bear River High School where he enjoys singing in the choir. After graduation, he plans to attend college and major in pharmaceuticals. Robert’s Eagle Scout project was to give back to Clear Creek School where he attended from sixth to eighth grade. His Eagle Scout Leadership Project was intended to beautify an area in the front of the school. His project included general clean up of an area of approximately 50 sq. yards which included raking up of leaves. They planted drought resistant plants and installed a simple drip system to allow them to be watered easily during the school year by the janitor. They added decorative rocks around a new reader board and also repainted the rock Cougar sign at Clear Creek School.

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Joseph Alan Lawson is the second oldest son of Kim and Chris Christensen. He has two older brothers, David Lawson, residing in North Carolina, and Robert Lawson, also being honored as an Eagle Scout. He also has a younger brother Christopher Christensen and a younger sister Amber Lawson, who is on her way to earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Joseph started scouting in first grade in Gilroy, as a Tiger Cub. He went through Tiger-Webelo I in pack 713. He moved to Grass Valley in 2000 as a Webelo and joined pack 854 under Cub Masters Frank Koehler and Michael Bradford. As a Cub Scout, he enjoyed camp Pahatsi and the Webelo’s Eskimo run. He earned Cub Scouts highest honor the “Arrow of Light.” He bridged to Boy Scout troop 856 with his fellow Cub Scouts on a rainy day in January of 2002 at Bridgeport State Park. As a Boy Scout, Joseph attended camps Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, Fleishman, Royaneh and Winton. Joseph enjoyed earning his SCUBA & BSA Lifeguard certification, whitewater rafting, Camporee at Camp Parks, overnight on the U.S.S. Hornet, and being staff at the rained out 2007 Camporee in Brownsville.

Joseph joined troop 855 in June after becoming an Eagle Scout on April 2, 2007 to continue his scouting experience, perfect his leadership skills and share his skills with younger scout as a senior scout. Joseph has 38 merit badges. He is currently a sophomore at Bear River High School where he enjoys being on the cross country team. After graduation, he plans to attend college and major in computers. During college, he wants to enlist in the Air Force Reserve and become a medical technician with follow up plans pursue a commission.

Joseph’s Eagle Scout Leadership Project was intended to give back to Clear Creek School where he attended from forth to eighth grade. His project was to make six benches for their new gym because Clear Creek School did not have benches or bleachers for sports and other events in the gym. Benches were painted school colors. The benches were made so they can be stacked due to the limited storage available in the gym.


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