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Inventor gets nod from Staples

Nevada City resident Tony Miller has been selected as a semifinalist for the Staples Invention Quest, a national contest for an office product to make working life easier.

The contest, sponsored by Staples, the Boston-based retailer of office products, spurred more than 8,000 different ideas. Miller is one of 100 semifinalists for his Peanut Eater, a hand-held vacuum cleaner attachment that collects foam packaging peanuts and deposits them directly into a trash bag for disposal or reuse. Each of 100 semifinalists receives a $100 gift certificate. Twelve finalists will be selected by Feb. 7 to receive a trip for two to New York for the Invention Quest Finals on March 10.



An expert panel of inventors and entrepreneurs will decide who walks away with the $25,000 grand prize. Eleven finalists will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Additionally, winners will receive royalties if their ideas are created and sold exclusively by Staples.




‘Teach-in’ to discuss military service

The Peace Center of Nevada County has organized a teach-in to educate students about military service options, alternatives and the Selective Service program.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City.

This event is open to students, parents and teachers who want to learn more about requirements, options and alternatives for young people.

For more information, call the Peace Center of Nevada County at 470-9797.

Bear River grad joins choral group

Helen Huggins of Grass Valley is now a member of Valparaiso University’s University Singers chorus. The University Singers is a choir that emphasizes vocal development and ensemble skills through the study of significant works of choral and choral/orchestral music for performance in worship services and concerts.

Huggins is a junior international economics and cultural affairs and German major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of David and Virginia Huggins of Grass Valley and a graduate of Bear River High School.

Job-shadowingprogram planned

The Sierra Career Partnership is sponsoring a series of job-shadowing days in the coming months.

Students from Nevada Union High School, Bear River High School and Sierra College are scheduled to participate in a job-shadowing day at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Feb. 11; 45 students are expected to attend.

The following month, the Foothill Theater Company will be scheduling a job shadow day for NU, Bear River, Colfax High School and Sierra College. It is open to approximately 100 students.

Future job-shadowing days include a day in April when students will meet with representatives from the Tahoe National Forest.

For more information, call Chris Hinderman at 273-4431, ext. 208.

E-mail learning news to davidm@theunion.com


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