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Free hearing screenings at class

The Wellness Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will offer free hearing screenings following a class on hearing difficulties scheduled for Thursday, July 15, from 4-6 p.m.

The class will cover types of hearing loss, safety devices, communication strategies, and community resources that include a hearing-aid loan program. It will be held in the conference area of the hospital’s Outpatient Center. The class will be taught by representatives of the nonprofit Agency for Hearing. There is no fee.

Another free class, covering nutrition, will be held Wednesday, July 14, from 7-8:30 p.m., and taught by Laura Seeman. This class will include instruction on how food affects blood glucose levels, how to plan meals, count carbohydrates, estimate portion sizes and read labels.

Jeffrey Cram, Ph.D., will offer his “Living Well With Pain” class on Monday, July 12, from 10-11:30 a.m. There is a $15 fee for this class.

Pre-registration is required. Call 274-6824.

The hospital’s Web site is

Grass Valley man receives award

A retired airplane mechanic in Grass Valley was honored last month by the Federal Aviation Administration as a master mechanic.

Fred Taylor received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for his 50 years of service as an FAA repairman in Van Nuys on June 8.

The award is named in honor of Charles Taylor, who designed and built the engine for the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer. To be considered for this award, the FAA Web site states, recipients must be certified mechanics who have worked in aviation for at least 50 years.

As a “designated airworthiness representative” for the FAA, Fred Taylor traveled around the world to places like China, Japan, Korea and Germany, making sure airplanes – including jets used to carry passengers – were safe for flight.

In his 56 years of service, Taylor inspected more than 1,000 airplanes, he said.

“My job was very stressful because I was responsible for the safety and lives of the future passengers of these planes,” Taylor said.

In addition to receiving a placard signed by the FAA chairwoman, Taylor’s name was placed in the “Role of Honor” book, which is on display at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Prescribed burn visible today

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will be conducting a 238-acre prescribed burn today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Station, off Peoria Road, four miles east of Highway 20.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Highway 20, Smartville, Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, Grass Valley and Nevada City. The burn is a scientific study intended to produce data on how to manage noxious weeds that are currently threatening wildlands, and the effects between fire grazing and water quality.

– The Union staff

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