Two people were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Saturday after separate vehicle crashes.

In the first accident, Patti Canfield, 48, of Smartville, was driving her 1988 Volvo west on Mooney Flat Road west of Pleasant Valley Road when she lost control of the car and struck a tree.

She suffered a broken nose and cuts to her face.

At 11:30 p.m., Gary Kreizendeck, 53, of Grass Valley, was driving south on Gracie Road north of Catherine Court when he lost control of his 2000 Dodge truck and ran it into a tree.

He also suffered a broken nose.

California Highway Patrol was investigating the second crash for alcohol involvement.

– Roman Gokhman

CHP commander


Local California Highway Patrol Commander Ed Michalkewicz has been reassigned to the Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento, where he will be promoted to academy lieutenant.

“We don’t like to lose him, but this is a chance of advancement for him,” Officer George Kirbyson said Monday.

The Grass Valley position will be filled sometime this month, Kirbyson said. Meanwhile, the office’s three sergeants will act as commanders.

Free class offered

to Meltdown participants

The Wellness Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is offering a free class to Nevada County Meltdown Challenge participants to provide strategies that will help them make lasting, healthy changes in their habits.

The class, taught by yoga instructor Jyoti Spearin, will be Wednesday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the hospital’s Outpatient Center conference area.

Space is limited, and registration is required by calling 274-6824.

Those taking the class are urged to wear comfortable, loose clothing and to bring a notebook and pen.

The Wellness Center is also offering a free class on “Aging Gracefully,” Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Center. Neil Massoud, manager of the hospital’s pharmacy department, will instruct the class in how diet, antioxidants, selected protein supplements, vitamins, skin care and muscle-toning can help keep one looking youthful.

– The Union staff

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From all the residents of Grass Valley Senior Apartments, thank you to the firefighters, police department air support and everyone who responded to the Bennett Fire. God bless you all. You are all heroes.

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