Briefs 6/26/07 |

Briefs 6/26/07

After working for eight years toward the rank of Eagle Scout, 17-year-old Kevin Michael Mandrup of Lake of the Pines was honored at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church.

Mandrup earned 21 merit badges in the effort, and the new rank was bestowed in a court of honor held June 16.

As part of his work to become an Eagle Scout, Mandrup served in various leadership positions, raised money for his projects, earned a lifeguard certification and started a venture crew for his Troop 783 for high-adventure activities for teens 14 and older. He also completed 150 miles of backpacking – including two 50-mile backpacking trips along the Pacific Crest Trail – and he ascended the highest peak in California.

Mandrup’s Eagle project required more than 450 hours of community service. He was initiated into the Order of the Arrow, an honor society of the Boy Scouts.

Fireworks to light up fairgrounds

On Independence Day, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will hold its annual fireworks display.

Gates open at 3 p.m. July Fourth to food and musical entertainment. The event ends with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 273-6217.

– The Union staff

Solar-powered bins used for trash

CAPITOLA – The city is tackling beach trash in a very politically correct way: solar-powered bins that compact trash and keep sands tidy.

Two BigBelly trash compactors, which look like stubby, green mailboxes, are now squeezing discarded pizza boxes, drink cups and other trash to size.

Unlike the regular trash bins near the beach entrance, which overflow with debris during busy summertime periods, beachgoers drop trash in and the door shuts. Then, the trash gets compacted.

– The Associated Press

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