Readers’ Corner: Sept. 9, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: Sept. 9, 2010

More than 300 people showed up to taste and judge participants of the third annual Barbecue Battle, raising about $8,000 to help western Nevada County’s neighbors in need.

The winner of the People’s Choice award, for their delectable baby-back ribs, was Team Monster, headed by Kristian Hockinson.

Five very experienced judges also selected winners for the Critic’s Choice Awards, judging on texture, taste, tenderness and appearance.

First place winner of the Critic’s Choice Award was Bam Dazy BBQ, captained by Brendon Sullivan. Second place went to Caroline’s Coffee Crew, headed by Caroline’s Coffee owner Trace Fike.

Third place went to the Byer’s Leafguard team, captained by Jeff Fierstein. The voting was very close, and all of the teams had excellent BBQ.

A trip to Hawaii was won, along with numerous other raffle prizes.

United Way of Nevada County, which organized this good-time event to help support its 20 partner agencies in our area, sends a big “thanks” to all the sponsors who donated, especially Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express, SPD Market, Grass Valley Inc., Keiki Beach Bungalows and TriContinent.

You’ve probably read about “sustainability” in the pages of The Union, and heard people talking about “green” this and “eco-friendly” that.

The core idea of sustainability, going back to its formal beginnings a couple decades ago, is to provide for the needs of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to provide for their needs.

A group of contractors and others interested in applying sustainability principals to their trade formed the Sierra Green Building Association and Local Green Sierra. Now, they want to spread the word with a Sustainability Expo and Symposium, to be held May 15-16, 2011, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Here’s what organizers say:

“Our main focus will be hands-on education, workshops, presentations and demonstrations on sustainable farming, building and lifestyles.”

They’re looking for volunteers to serve on a committee of qualified folks and groups to fill key positions for the event. Committee members will look at topics including education, fundraising, green building, sustainable farming, recycling, marketing – and how to create a fun and exciting event that will give people tools to make their own lives more sustainable.

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