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Parking limited around construction

As construction continues on the Holiday Inn Express on Bank Street in Grass Valley, the manager of the project says downtown drivers might notice fewer parking spaces as soon as next week.

Wayne Mygren, the project manager for M.P. Allen, said parking spots on the south side of Bank Street, adjacent to the project, will be closed through the completion date.

Mygren said the implementation of steel structure for first floor of the hotel should begin Feb. 24.

Construction of the hotel, which will be known as the Gold Miners Inn, is a $10.5 million project. It will include an 80-room motel with a conference center and four retail spaces.

Mygren said the hotel is expected to be open in September.

Bank names new vice chair

William “Bill” Papola Jr. is well known in Nevada County as president of Network Real Estate, co-owner of Baccarat Farms horse ranch, and a big supporter of Music in the Mountains, Habitat for Humanity and Future Farmers of America.

Now, he is taking on another new role: Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Community 1st Bank in Placer County.

“I’ve been a resident of the foothills since 1970, so I’m very familiar with the needs of the people of both Nevada and Placer counties,” Papola stated in a media release. “Because Community 1st Bank’s shareholders, directors and officers are living and working in the local communities, we can provide quick replies and exceptional service to our clients. We’re here for the long haul, and for the benefit of the community.”

The grand opening of Community 1st Bank’s first customer banking center is set for Tuesday at 2250 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 100, in Roseville.

Health Fair comes to Sierra College

The Sierra College Nevada County Campus is hosting a Health Fair on from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Lower Quad, Cafeteria, Student Lounge and Student Health Services.

The campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.

The fair will include health activities, free fitness testing, information, inspiration and incentives that will be offered by the many participating community health organizations and clubs.

Prizes will be given, including a raffle for trial fitness memberships.

The Health Fair is free, however there is a $1 parking fee on campus. For more information about this event, contact the Campus Life Coordinator at (530) 274-5291.

– The Union staff

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