Readers’ Corner: Sept. 29, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: Sept. 29, 2010

The good folks at Friends of Nevada County Military wanted to share this. It’s from Lt. Col. Jeffrey J. Heilman, USAF, who adds he is getting to redeploy to the States:

“I wanted to thank you for the boxes that you sent me throughout my deployment to Iraq. They always seem to come during a slow period, and the items inside made me and the rest of the office pause to take time away from what we were doing and think of home.

“Attached is a picture of me taken on top of the ‘Victory Over America’ Palace at Camp Slayer, Iraq. This picture was taken on Sept. 11.

Reader Kristi Soholt, of Viking Wind Farm, offered this update on Grass Valley resident Eitan Beth-Halachmy, who slumped off his horse – named Santa Fe Renegade – during the opening ceremony of the World Equestrian Games Saturday night in Kentucky.

Kristi has heard from the family, and she writes:

“Good news continues from Lexington, Ky.! While still in critical condition, Eitan is continuing to improve. There have been no major setbacks – quite remarkable considering the extent of his condition. The worldwide love and concern have been a great comfort to Debbie and those closest to Eitan.

“Santa Fe was moved to a close friend’s farm in Lexington… and he is doing well… Santa Fe was not injured, but I believe that he is as concerned for Eitan as the rest of us are.”

Robin Nichols has a small, local crafts business, and she has an idea for a fun festival and craft sale, but she needs help. Robin writes:

“I’m producing a Holiday Craft and Toy Festival at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Nov. 21 as a partial benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and Hospitality House.

“This unique festival includes a make-and-take crafting area for children and adults. The idea is to encourage people to explore making holiday gifts.

“The center of the Great Hall will be filled with make-and-take crafting booths, and live music will be on the main stage throughout the day. The perimeter of the Great Hall, the Stone Hall and the Upper Gallery will be filled with regional crafters vending their wares.

“At this point, I’m looking for vendors to rent booth space and volunteers to help with the make-and-take booths, set-up, clean-up, etc.”

If you can help, contact Robin Nichols at Sugar Pine Mountain, P.O. Box 1155, Nevada City, CA 95959; or visit or write to or call (530) 277-2589.

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