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Donations sought for Veterans Stand Down

The Nevada County Veterans Task Force is looking for donations to support its eighth annual Veterans Stand Down in October.

The event is part of the task force’s continuing efforts to honor veterans of all wars. It will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Oct. 19 and 20, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley.

During those two days, veterans may receive assistance with employment, medical screening, flu shots, counseling, county social services, legal aid from the court and help from the county Veterans Services Office. Food and clothing also will be available.

“Our volunteers are happy to return to offer our support and appreciation to those who served their country so well,” task force Chairman Mike Hurley said.

For more information, call 273-1612 or send monetary donations to Nevada County Veterans Stand Down 2007, P.O. Box 564, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

– The Union staff

California wins ‘battle of paddles’

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, – California’s Tahoe Queen won bragging rights by edging Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II on Saturday in the 12th annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race.

The contest between rival tourist boats at North America’s largest alpine lake is billed as the only sternwheeler race west of the Mississippi River.

Both sternwheelers were filled to capacity with party-goers while spectators lined nearby beaches along the course to watch the “battle of the paddles.”

The California-Nevada border off South Lake Tahoe serves as the start and finish line for the six-mile race.

The M.S. Dixie II still leads the series, 7-5.

The event was part of Opening Day Lake Tahoe festivities that also included a parade, street block party, geocaching contest and parasailing competition.

The celebration marking the start of the summer tourist season is produced by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

– The Associated Press

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