New life for Veterans Building |

New life for Veterans Building

A small crowd turned out Saturday for the rededication of the 76-year-old Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

Saturday’s event, which was attended by around 50 people, was the culmination of a three-year, $335,000 project to renovate and upgrade the building at 255 South Auburn St.

Most of the money came from state and federal grants.

Steve Monaghan, Nevada County’s director of capital facilities and a speaker Saturday, said the building now has a new sound system, stage lighting and curtains, as well as an updated sprinkler system.

Midge Starnes, a member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion auxiliaries, said Sunday she was especially impressed by how the floor looked in the main room.

“The floor reflects everything. It’s absolutely gorgeous,” she said.

The rededication ceremonies started at 2 p.m. and included speakers and entertainment provided by the Grass Valley Male Vocal Choir and the Nevada Union High School Jazz Band.

The event was sponsored by Nevada County and Nevada County Consolidated Veterans Council.

Starnes said that while the rededication was a success, she expected a larger turnout for the three-hour event.

“We were surprised that we didn’t have that many veterans there,” she said. “But the people who did come enjoyed themselves thoroughly.”

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