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Maria Brower said she was surprised by her selection as Citizen of the Year by the Nevada County Historical Society during the organization’s annual dinner Sunday.

After 30 years of working in the genealogy field, which included founding the Nevada County Genealogical Society, she didn’t expect to be honored for what she deems a labor of love.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Brower, who has served as manager and library technician at the Doris Foley Library for the past six years. “I was overwhelmed and surprised because assisting people is what I love to do. I write and speak about Nevada County history and it’s not a burden or like a job to do. It’s a joy.”

The honor, awarded for the 58th time, recognizes honorees for their outstanding contribution of research and preservation of Nevada County history.

Organization works for homeless

Divine Spark, a local nonprofit organization “serving the sanctity of all beings,” has announced plans to offer meals for the homeless during a weekly luncheon and support meeting.

From noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday through Oct. 1 at the Madelyn Helling Library Conference Room, those attending will not only be offered a meal but also an opportunity to talk about their problems, improve support and increase unity among those attending.

For more information, contact Divine Spark at 590 Searls Ave., #1, Nevada City, or call 265-2620.

– The Union staff

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