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Soumitro Sen

Carl Hansen of Grass Valley has been named to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Deans List for the fall semester. Students must be full-time who maintain grade point average of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below “C.”


Kenlyn McGrew, a senior from Grass Valley, was listed to the Gonzaga University President’s List for the fall semester. Students must earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average to be listed.


Vida Vreca, a resident of Grass Valley from 1996 to 2003, graduated from Pacific Union College with an RN (Registered Nurse) degree in December 2005. She currently lives in Elmira and is working at a local hospital in Northern California.

While living in Grass Valley, she worked at TDK Semiconductor Corp-oration, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and the Law Office of A. Ann Armstrong. She is involved in Australian Cattle Dog rescue and canine-assisted therapy.


Sue (Crane) Falkenhainer, a native of Nevada County, was named 2005 Sutter Spirit Employee of the year for a nine-county area. She is an RN Primary Care Clinician in the Concord Home Care Office. She was chosen from among the 2005 quarterly winners for outstanding service. She and some of her patients will be filmed this spring for a segment of the Sutter “Your Health” TV show featuring “A day in the life of a visiting nurse.”

As employee of the year, she will receive an additional cash bonus and an engraved crystal award at a party.

She is a 1979 graduate of Nevada Union High School, and a graduate from San Jose Sate with a B.S.N. degree in 1985. She has been an RN for Sutter VNA of Contra Costa County for five years and lives in Danville.

She is the daughter of Sylvia Crane of Grass Valley.


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