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Support for Chernobyl kids sought

The Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to provide humanitarian relief to children whose health was affected by the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.

Last 2001, the NCCCP sponsored a group of 28 children, three interpreters and six parents to offer care, compassion, relief and hope to children of Chernobyl between ages 8 and 16. The primary focus is a six-week recuperative stay in America, which allows the children to become healthier and stronger.



Individuals can help support this program by making a tax-deductible donation, by being host to a child, or by volunteering. For more complete information, contact Gail LaBrie at 272-4487.




Friends of the Libraries would like to thank the community for its support last year. For 30 years, the Friends’ main tool for raising money has been its monthly book sale. In 2001, book sales brought in almost $13,000.

Friends also started in-house ongoing sales in the Helling and Grass Valley libraries in 1995. These sales attained a high of over $5,600 in 2001.

Another tool for raising money is membership dues. General membership is $10. There are no duties involved with membership.

Donations also add to the coffers. All donations are tax deductible. In recent years, two members have remembered the libraries in their wills.

The Nevada County and Grass Valley libraries carry rental books, best sellers that rent for $2 a week. Last year, $2,800 came in through rentals. When the book is taken off the shelves because it is no longer popular, it goes on the shelves of a library or to the sale.

The Memorial Fund received over $2,500 last year. The money goes directly for books, with a plate recognizing the honored person.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Victims of Crime Recognition Week will be recognized at the fourth annual Candlelight Vigil April 25. The vigil brings awareness to the issues of violence and abuse and recognizes individuals who attempt to make a difference to victims.

The community will gather at 5:30 p.m. at Calanan Park, near the Bank of America in Nevada City. Participants will march to the courthouse. The Nevada Union High School choir will sing at 6 p.m. Judge Al Dover, Dr. Danita Sorenson of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and members of the community who have experienced violence will speak.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Candlelight Vigil to learn about the issues, available services and ways to receive help. The vigil is a collaborative effort of the Nevada County Victim/Witness Program, the Child Abuse Prevention Council, Nevada County Substance Abuse, Child Advocates of Nevada County and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Awareness Coalition. For more information, call 272-2046.

Soroptimists International of Grass Valley awarded a life membership to Lenda Welz Thursday. Life membership is awarded to members who have retired from their profession, are in good standing, and have been active in the club for 15 years.

Welz retired last year as a reading specialist teacher. Dedicating her life to children – especially those at risk – Welz taught at Washington Ridge Camp and was the Chapter One reading specialist at Lyman Gilmore School.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. Nonprofits news can be e-mailed to


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