Readers’ Corner: March 22, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: March 22, 2010

Send your questions:

Remember to send your ideas for questions for local candidates who will be appearing in the April 1 candidate forum in Grass Valley.

These are local candidates for county and Nevada City offices. We have had people send us ideas for questions about illegal immigration and war protesters, which are great topics for debate, but beyond the scope of the offices highlighted in this forum.

So if you have questions about the clerk-recorder race, the race for assessor, treasurer-tax collector, superintendent of schools, sheriff and other local offices, send them to City Editor Trina Kleist at or call (530) 477-4230. Deadline is 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The forum will be at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.

Cell phones for soldiers:

You probably have a drawerful of old cell phones you’d just love to get rid of – and the folks of the Frank Gallino American Legion Post 130 can take them off your hands.

Plus, you’d be helping our men and women in uniform stay connected to their loved ones back home.

Nationally, the Cell Phones for Soldiers program is aiming to collect more than 50,000 cellular telephones, sell them to a company called ReCellular, and use the money to buy prepaid calling cards that are given to soldiers serving overseas. Already, the nonprofit has distributed half a million cards.

And if that’s not enough – ReCellular reconditions and resells about half the phones. Those that can’t be reconditioned are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials including gold, silver, platinum, copper, nickel, iron, cadmium, lead and plastic.

Good deal, huh?

So clean out the drawers and take your old phones to the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley.

Dennis Fruzza, with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International and a post member, says ‘thanks’ in advance.

Community sing-along:

Grass Valley resident Chuck Starnes wants people to know about this event …

“All are invited to join together in concert and choir for a Community Hymn Festival at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Penn Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 17645 Penn valley Drive, Penn Valley. Come to sing old hymns as ‘new songs’ to our God. Call (530) 477-2539 for addition information.”

And honorable mention to The Union reader who can cite the verse Chuck is referencing.

Taking care of our seniors:

HelpLine is offering a free service of scheduled telephone calls to seniors who live alone in Nevada County.

The calls offer the reassurance that someone will be checking on them on a regular basis. If the participant would like, a procedure of safety checks can be set into place.

For more information, call HelpLine at (530) 273-2273. A caring person is only a phone call away!

Readers’ Corner is compiled by The Union staff. To submit items, e-mail them to, and put “RC” and your topic in the subject line, or call (530) 477-4230.

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