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Since he was 9 years old, Drew Harris had wanted to join his friends and be a part of the local Boy Scout troop. He knew if he joined, it would be fun, adventurous and involve hard work. It was also a major commitment for years to come.

With many other irons in the fire, maintaining a 4.0+ GPA this past semester, year round swimming at an elite level, guitar lessons, church youth group and other outside influences; Drew completed his requirements for Eagle Scout.

Drew, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 356 was honored at a special Eagle Ceremony on March 11, at the Abundant Life Church. Guest speakers included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terence McAteer, Penguin Swim Coach Larry Gruver and Grass Valley Police Department Capt. Dave Remillard, who is his scoutmaster. Danny Harkins also attended the ceremony. He also received numerous recognitions from the president, senators, governor and more.



To earn scouting’s highest award, Drew had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project. This project was the “renovation of Nevada Union High School pool.” He was instrumental in obtaining new starting blocks for the swim team, replacing old fence slats, procuring a cement bench for the front of the pool entrance and providing new tables and chairs. Drew has been a lifeguard for Nevada Union High School Special Education Program. One of the scouting awards he was recognized for was the “Heroism Award” which involved his helping save the life of Danny Harkins, along with Jon Huffman-Eddy.

Drew is a senior at Nevada Union High School. He plans to attend the University of California next fall and study kinesiology. Now that he has reached his goal of Eagle Scout, his next challenge is to qualify for the Olympic Trials for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.




Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will meet Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Peardale Firehouse, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. Members and guests are invited to bring an example of a special bloom from their gardens to share. Terry Poss will bring us a report on “Flying Flowers,” aka butterflies. New officers for the 2006-2007 year will be elected and sign-ups for committees requested.

Golden Foothills District Chairman Mary Francis will conduct a traditional installation of officers for the club on May 24, beginning with a luncheon at noon. The Arrangers group meets May 23, at 9:30 a.m. to make corsages and centerpieces for the event. Both these meetings are also held at the Peardale Firehouse.

Several field trips have been planned for the months of May and June. On May 17, club members will be visiting nurseries in the Auburn and Loomis areas. On May 27, a group will be attending the Divide Garden Club Flower Show in Georgetown. And a visit to Kathi Keville’s Herb Garden on lower Colfax Highway is planned for June 19. For more information about the trips call Nancy Tilman at 477-6229.

In addition, the Chicago Park Garden Club is hosting a workshop for Junior Flower Arrangers on June 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairgrounds. The express purpose of the workshop is to encourage young people to enter the floriculture competition during the Nevada County Fair in August by providing training. The club is sponsoring four Best of Show Awards for Junior Floriculture, Wednesday arrangements. For more information call Ann Wallace at 265-8210.

Nevada County Beekeepers

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting at 7 p.m. on May 1 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn St. in Grass Valley. All visitors are welcome. Questions about the state of your hives? Join our lively regular question and answer session starting promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

The must-see program is “Bee Diseases and Parasites” presented by the Bee Master himself, Randy Oliver.

How are your bees doing? Have your bees disappeared from your hives without reason? Bees have become a very valuable commodity due to the devastation of entire hives from mites and diseases. Stuff happens, of course, but do what you can to keep your precious bees alive and healthy by coming by and picking up tips and instructions on the latest problems plaguing beekeepers.

Please join us Monday evening at the Veterans Memorial Building on South Auburn St. (use the back door by parking lot) in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. All visitors are welcome. For more information call our president Shane Mathias at (530) 308-1376.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Every Tuesday morning, the Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. at Trolley Junction Restaurant. They gather to enjoy breakfast together, and to listen to three speeches. Karen Chileski gave the winning speech entitled “Listen Up,” last week, and the Best Evaluator was LeeAnn Brook. The word of the day during Table Topics was “recalcitrant” and Connie Sudduth gave the winning mini-speech using that word. President Courtney Ferguson runs a lively, interesting meeting, and guests are invited to come anytime. They are not obligated to speak. For more information, call Kathy Hillis at 265-2114.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter 1335

The Empire Mine State Park’s new adit was the featured topic of a presentation by Ray Patton, retired superintendent of the Empire Mine at the regular meeting of NARFE Chapter No. 1335, on April 13.

Patton took the floor following a social hour and lunch, first of all praising the park’s employees, pointing out that the great appeal of the park is not just due to its natural beauty and history, but the lengths that the employees and volunteers go to assure an enjoyable time by visitors.

He described the Mine’s most recent project – an adit that enters the ground almost horizontally and, over a distance of approximately 830 feet, descends to about 95 feet below the ground’s surface where it intersects with the main mine shaft.

The project was proposed in 1988, Patton explained, but didn’t receive funding until after Prop 12 was passed in 1996. The Mine received $2.5 million from Prop 12 to construct Phase I, which is scheduled for completion near the end of May 2006. He said $2.4 million is needed to finish the project, anticipating completion by Christmas 2008. Visitors will be able to tour the underground adit on carts getting a sense of a miner’s experience.

The next chapter meeting will take place May 11. Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes will be the featured speaker.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend our meetings. Chapter 1335 meets the second Thursday of each month at Moose Lodge No. 2217, 15694 Allison Ranch Road (just off Highway 49) Grass Valley. Social time begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at noon with program and business meeting following. For more information call 273-7324.

Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society

On May 3 the Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society will have its monthly meeting in the rear ground floor meeting room of the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall on South Auburn Street at 7 p.m. The program for the evening will be a DVD presentation of “Hidden Fury – The New Madrid Earthquake Zone,” followed by our usual gem and mineral raffle, refreshments and a short business meeting. Visitors are welcome.


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